Monster Slime Cafe

This past week I have had a birthday. Happy birthday to me!!! Yes *pat on the back* I am making this about me. In case you are wondering, I am now pushing 30.

So last year my friend and I came across this cafe, but were unable to attend due to plans we already had. As a special birthday treat, she took me here to come and make slime.

I know what you are thinking, slime, isn’t that for kids? Well, technically it is, but when we went it was mostly adults and couples.

When you come in, you order and drink (if you want) and pick the kind of slime you want to make. If you look at the pink board there are eight different kinds of slime to choose from. Slime or slimes? Is it a countable noun? I know I am an English teacher, but some times I can’t brain.

Anyways, my friend and I chose different slime but the making process is the same. One could also paint a character as seen in the picture below.

As you can see from the two pictures above, after picking your slime you can choose “toppings” in different amounts to make your slime more fun. I didn’t, but my friend chose glitter. We left the cafe sparkly. Glitter is truly the STI of the art world. Don’t let other people tell you differently.

Once we sat down they brought out the supplies. The big container is the base of the slime. The small hearts to the side are the “special” ingredients for our slime. We also had spatulas to mix before taking it into our hands. At this point, they put some weird liquid like thing on our hands so I couldn’t take photos passed this set. Which makes me so angry because I saw a dog (through the window) on the roof of the building across the street and no one believes me!

So the basic process was this:

  1. Put clear liquid in the big container and mix with the spatula. First it becomes doughy, then pasty, then finally slimy.
  2. Take it out of the jar and mix in the “special ingredient” while playing with it in your hands. Make sure you thoroughly mix it together and make sure it doesn’t touch your clothes cause it will stick and stain.
  3. Add a fragrance. Mine smells like peaches. MMMMMMMMMMMM
  4. Play and have fun.

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My slime (as seen above) is the magnet slime. It is magnetic and can slowly craw with the pull of a magnet. Plus it is dark, like my heart and soul.

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My friend’s monstrosity as I call it, cause you know glitter. Her’s is the heat sensatitive slime. Its base is an orange-red color. The hotter it gets, it changes colors. It goes from red to orange to yellow. It is quite amazing.

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This is the container to take it home. Isn’t it cute?

I wish I had more to say, but if you get a chance to go to Hongdae (in Seoul) stop by the Monster Slime cafe. It is a great way to have fun with your friends.

Peace!

P.S. we passed by a vintage clothes shop on the way there, and saw this Spiderman. His butt is up and his batch is arched. Spiderman is a bottom.

New Year – New Change: One Piece Cafe

Happy New Years!

I hope this year finds you well.

Today marked the re-opening of the One Piece Cafe in Hongdae. To my surprise, it was under construction for the last half of November and the entirety of December. I try to go once a month because they constantly have new character inspired drinks. It was a dream for me to try everything on the menu at least once, but that dream now kicked the bucket. I have written on the One Piece Cafe here.

To my surprise, the cafe part of the cafe is gone. They kept the ship part, but overall it is now a gift/specialty shop. It is now called PLAY ONE PIECE in HONGDAE. I asked why the cafe part was taken off, and the lady whispered to me “the cafe wasn’t profitable.” I was shocked how up front and honest she was with me. Koreans are never direct about that kind of stuff.

This news makes me sad, because specialty shops don’t last long in Korea, especially Seoul. I must admit I was surprised that this place has lasted longer than two years. Anyways, I decided to take a tour of the “new” place.

When you enter, you reach a reception area, where they have some “themed” gifts. They were running a blind box promotion. You best believe I bought one (not a wise choice though). I opened it and got a Zoro figure (YAY!) but one I actually have (BOO!)

On the way to the “gift shop” area, there is a wall with One Piece characters, a photo booth, and a booth to play a demo of One Piece: World Seeker.

The gift shop surprisingly has less stuff for sale, but still a variety to offer.

The upstairs, which used to be the dining area, now displays figures, has a claw machine, and has a little more merchandise for sale.

The rest of the place still seems to be under construction. I’ll check again later this month to see the finished product.

Thank you for reading!

Peace!

Game Review: Camp Buddy

Overall review: 4/5

In celebration of my new affiliate, I decided to post a review about their first game Camp Buddy. Is this review completely biased? Yes! All reviews are biased. They’re like editorials, and everyone knows you cannot retract an opinion!

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Camp Buddy is a boy love visual novel game. What is boy love? Figure it out from the context clues and the above picture.

Like many visual novel games, the goal, besides the main plot goal, is to develop a romantic relationship between the player character and one of several male characters. However, there is no harem route! You only get one guy per play-through, don’t be greedy!

Also, like many visual novel games, you spend the first quarter of the game talking with all the guys and making choices (that actually matter to a point) that lock in the route of the guy you will pursue, along with certain plot points. Your choices are:

Hiro-bodyYour Childhood Friend – Hiro

YoichiThe “Wild” Bad Boy Type – Yoichi

NatsumiThe “Natural” Responsible Type – Natsumi

Hunter-0The Foreign “Young” Type – Hunter

As you proceed through the game the main goal is to save the summer camp while finding love along the way. Depending on the guy you chose, determines how you save the camp and what issues you help them overcome. I can’t say too much because I don’t want to spoil any of the plot.

After playing through four times, one per guy, it is hard to determine which guy is the best. They all have their pros and cons (they’re will written and more than stereotypes)  and I like 3 of the 4 equally. Though, if I had to pick, my favorite guy would be Yoichi. He comes off as a rude bad boy, but he secretly has a heart of gold. In anime terms, he would be tsudere, and we all know how that is my type (I love you Sailor Mars). His back story really resonances with me and I can relate cause some of it is similar to mine. But again, as I said, no spoilers. NO SPOILERS!

This game was made by a small team and crowdfunded through Patreon. The music of the game is pretty good overall. You can listen to it and it doesn’t get annoying or repetitive. When it comes to noises, there are a few sounds that quirky, louder than the background music, and last longer than they should. Here’s looking at your alarm clock!

The voice acting is pretty good in my opinion. To me at least, the voices fit the characters pretty well and are pleasant to the ears. On the down side, the range of emotions some of the voice actors convey isn’t that wide. It is mostly the main characters that have the more emotional scenes so this is something that can be over looked.

Something to note, there is planned DLC coming to the game. Planned, free DLC (if you have already bought the game). Some of the scenes will be expanded, new things to unlock in the gallery (replay some of the more “sexy” scenes), animated mini games, and more importantly, a new romance route for your “rival” in the game.

Taiga.pngThe “Rival” who is getting a new route. Don’t let that smile fool you!

I am not used to reviewing games, so I will work on it by studying other reviewers. Did I forget to mention anything? What do you think? Is this enough to check out the game? Please let me know!

Peace!

Announcement: New Affiliate

I am sure you have noticed a a few new changes to the site, most recently a tab in the upper right hand corner. If you haven’t, that is okay.

I have a new affiliate tabs. This tab will be links to sponsor sites and products.

A new (and the first) affiliate of Daily Big T is BLits Games.

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Who or what is BLits Games?

You can find out more about them here, but essentially here is an exert from their website:

BLits is an independent Yaoi/Boy’s Love development team founded in October 2016 by artists Mikkoukun and Zael, eventually co-founded with the programmer, Jey. Once founded, the team set out to create its first project, a visual novel, “Camp Buddy”.

Why take them on as an affiliate?

Why not? I am a gamer. I love visual novels. I am a bisexual guy so this is right up my alley. The game is fun and what I know of the company they’re pretty good.

How does this affect me?

Uh… it doesn’t. Unless you plan to buy the game, then you can access it from my site.

If you have any questions or concerns please drop me a line using the contact tab. Otherwise, wait for a new update. This was just a quick announcement post.

Peace!

NaNoWriMo

I know it is a late post, but it is November and that means it is NaNoWriMo time. My participation in it feigns in and out, but it is because of this that I was able to write my first novel, even if it is just self-published.

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What is NaNoWriMo?

For starters it stands for National Novel Writing Month. National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand new novel.

Pretty simple and straight forward, right? Right.

I first participated in 2011. I heard about it randomly in an English class and decided I could write a novel. Yes, I thought I could write a Novel in November of 2011, while working and going to school full time. That was a smart idea. The result was, I failed.

My first Novel idea was called Rumble and I only got 17,739 words into it. I didn’t plan, prep, or outline to it. The premise of that idea was all teenagers from the ages of 16-18 is gifted with a bio-band. Every emotion they feel or experience they have is uploaded into this giant super computer in the sky and used to power something. That is it. I never got past that. I couldn’t establish a premise beyond that. Eh.

I was discouraged, big time! BIG TIME! I gave up on writing for fun for almost two years. Then November of 2013 I gave it my second attempt. Yeah, key word is attempt.

That novel was called Elemental Oddesy. It is the fantasy world in my head I often escaped to due to my upbringing. That is a post for another day. According to the NaNoWriMo site, I only got 1,000 words into it. It was hard to put it in writing. It has been an on-going saga of my life that has grew and evolved with me. I felt like I couldn’t do it justice, so it shall remain in my head until my confidence as a writer and a person grows.

November 2014 I attempted a novel and nothing came of it.

November of 2015 is when I hit my stride. I wrote my first full novel, going well beyond the recommended 50,000 with 79,000. I had it edited it, and self-published it under a pen name. I didn’t want to use my real name because at the time I was still pursuing my path as a psychological researcher and wanted my name only associated with the research, not the trash I wrote. (It isn’t really trash, but more “trash” if that makes sense.)

Now, November of 2019 I am trying my hands at writing again. I miss writing for fun, writing to relax, and just writing in general. Plus with winter coming here in Korea, is a good excuse to not go out and do stuff.

So if you get a chance, you should consider participating or donating since it is a non-profit organization and does a lot of amazing stuff.

Peace!

P.S. I know this is primary a travel blog, I haven’t had a chance to go out and travel. I will start again soon. Look forward to it!

BIG T’S TOP 5 GENERATION 7 (Alola) POKEMON

With the new Pokemon games coming out in roughly two months (November 15th, 2019), I decided to do a post of my favorite Pokemon from each generation. These are my personal bias so don’t get hurt if your favorite is not on here. Also don’t be mad that this is a rare top 5 list that doesn’t have the overrated Charizard.

Here it is, my final Top 5 Pokemon post (at least for now), and we reach the Alola region, otherwise known as generation 7. Honestly, I only played Pokemon Sun (and Ultra Sun) once. I didn’t have much fun playing. It was a lot of hand holding. However, a lot of waifus and husbandos came out of this game. Without further ado, let us begin.

#5: Magearna

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Magearna, an event Pokemon one can only get by QR code. If you don’t have it, here you go.

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Honestly, I never used it. I picked it up and automatically put it in my box. Heartless? Yes. So why is it on my list? Well, I just like the way it looks. It looks like my favorite villain from the Madoka Magica series, Walpurgisnacht. Pokemon even updated the nickname system to allow 12 characters. You bet your sweet ass I nicknamed it that. I mean, doesn’t it look like it, even just a little?

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My favorite Pokemon

#4: Mimikyu

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Yes, the knock-off Pikachu merchandise Pokemon. To be honest, I would have liked it (based on the sheer creepy factor alone) even without the hard push in marketing from Nintendo. The promotional video and song that went with it made the Pokemon seem lonely and copy Pikachu so trainers will want to catch and train it. For a ghost and fairy type, it isn’t bad, plus the free substitute in battle is great as well. Still, I kind of regret liking it since everyone else likes it too. I know, I am such a hipster.

#3: lyconroc 

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This (well these) good boy is my third pick. I really think it should be higher on my list. I like all three forms. You got a werewolf, a wolf, and a weird fusion of the two, each with their own unique battle styles. Although, I am not a fan of them being a rock type Pokemon.

Yes, I like them just because they are wolves. I am that kind of person. Don’t judge me. You chose to come to this website. What does this say about you? Huh? If I had to choose a Pokemon to make real and be my partner, I would choose one of these. Or in a twister way, I would chose one that is able to freely change between the forms. I am a monster.

#2: Type Null/Silvally

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Normally, I choose one member of the evolution line even if I like the whole evolution line. However, it was hard to choose between these two. I like Type Null (fun fact, during the reveal video I thought it was a coding error) since it looks like a monster with helmet. That is pretty hard core, even by my standards. It looks cool, plus it is an artificial Pokemon that severed its purpose and was cryogenically frozen. Tragic.

Then it evolves with friendship and all it really does is lose the helmet, and shows its true face (and becomes whiter). That is it. It is the most low-key change in all of Pokemon evolution history. Don’t agree with me? Fight me. Basically this Pokemon says “I like and trust you enough to show you my true face.” That really resonances with me. Plus it looks like another good boy puppy. How can I not like it?

#1: Incineroar

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Another fan favorite and Smash fighter. It is a wrestler, and a cat. If you don’t know wrestling, it is model after a “heel” fighter. Which is pretty cool in and of it self. It has a championship belt that is pure fire. I think it looks cool and it is a starter. I know my taste are predictable.


What do you think of my top 5 pick? Who are your favorite, non-Charizard Pokemon?

Peace!

P.S. I decided to get the Sword version of the new Pokemon games coming out.