Metal Gear Solid, the 1st novel

I am not a Metal Gear Solid (MGS) fan. Thanks to my brother’s passion for the game, my knowledge was expanded to the identities of the Twin Snakes, Otacon, Ocelot, and especially the one and only handsome Raiden. That’s all! Don’t ask me for more! Raiden is my only interest. But then, when my eyes caught the title MGS among the pile of worn-out books at an old bookstore in Thailand, the book was brought home without hesitation. Well, one day, my bookshelves will be filled by video game adaption novels – my other precious collection beside BJDs and tea. Anyway, that’s how I stumbled into this unexpected novel.

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Even though the book will serve as a part of my collection, I never buy a book just for its cover. Somehow it would be a crime to the author in my way of thinking, wouldn’t it? And beyond my expectation, the good is really really good.

The readers don’t need to be a fan to understand the first part of this complicated franchise. In the very first chapter, we were introduced to the Les Enfants Terribles project, in which our hero Solid Snake and his future nemesis Liquid Snake were cloned from their father’s gene, the legendary soldier Big Boss. The story began 30 years later, after the Outer Heaven incident when our already-retired Solid Snake was dragged back to a secret mission at Shadow Moses Island to rescue the world, which adapted closely to the game itself. Sound typical, right? It is! This first novel doesn’t have many things to say but mainly as a guide to the complex world of political schemes, which would be opened tremendously in later games. In this book, we would follow Solid Snake in his dangerous mission against Liquid Snake and witness his amazingness along the way.

As other video game adaption novels, MGS was very well written: very tidy, neat, and well organized. The sentences were smooth and easier to read than other novels that I’ve read. Though without complex sentences as well as difficult words, every scene was still vividly described, very entertained, and very engaged. Only through words, the readers could effortlessly vision Snake’s amazing military skills as if a movie we’re watching. Additionally, all chapters were short which I personally more comfortable. Whenever I started to read, I always tried to stop at the end of the current chapter but usually went on at least three more before the night was getting too late.

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From left to right: Laughing Octopus, Psycho Mantis, Revolver Ocelot, Liquid Snake, Sniper Wolf, Vulcan Raven.

Prior to this book, I haven’t ever developed any affection for Solid Snake due to my lack of understanding about his personality and the storyline at a whole. Never before Snake appeared to me with such attractive demeanors: witty, talented, collected, and humorous. Other characters were also fabulously built with cool nicknames and fantastic abilities, like Laughing Octopus, Gray Fox, Spycho Mantis, Sniper Wolf, Vulcan Raven. Some of their skills seem to be unreal, but they perfectly reflected the creative insanity of Hideo Kojima (of why we love this game).

Last but not least, though as simple as a dull action movie, the novel still sharply conveyed the idea of it’s us who decide our life, not by God or the genes we’re carrying within. We are what we want to be.

I would definitely buy the other two novels when I get back to Canada.


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This is my Siela

2 years ago, Siela came into my life out of my wildest expectation. I always thought Angelica would be the first and the last MSD in my collection because my style is more aligned to 1/3. Moreover, a MSD with a teenaged appearance, hell no, I thought!!!

Life is a bag of surprises! In Vietnam, people said: “God will grant you the things you hate.”  And on a good day, I fell for Minifee Liria at first sight!!! Yeah!! It’s a lightning-struck kind of love, I supposed. However, since I already had more than enough BJDs, adopting a new girl would be so impulsed. So I put her in the shopping cart, then removed, then put back in, and removed and looped and looped till my exhausted finger decided to against the rational mind to push the “Pay” button. Even after that, my cognitive dissonance still tried to explain my purchase as “Okay, I buy her to sell because she’ll be very rare!” Lol.

Deep down, I know, I would keep the girl!!!

Even though the first face-up I gave her is beautiful, there’s still something missing. I couldn’t photograph any good picture for the lovely girl. At the peak of my illusion, I believed she’s against the idea of the camera, hahaha. That explains why she got just a few of awkward photos in two years long.

This summer, I decided to repaint her makeup with a whole new face-up style. All hail to the pressure of time and inspiration, the new face-up only needed one night to be completed. And ta-da, I knew immediately that this is it.

This is my Siela Sylvari!!!

Oh, my friends said the new style makes Siela as Valar’s younger version. What do you think?

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The summer will soon depart to welcome autumn back in. To many people, autumn presents the most romantic time of the year, especially in Canada, where we would be easily mesmerized by the gorgeous red-orange shade of maple leaves. I was not an exception.

However, when homesick kicked in, I started to disregard that absolute beauty and missed the petrichor of my homeland. Though the rains wet everything, the warmth of love and the physical presence of my beloveds would compensate for any discomfort. Many times I asked myself, why did I choose to go there? Though my mind knows it well, heart still needs more than just willpower to accept.

Many times when sadness overwhelmed, I simply buried my face in my palms and cried my heart out, then again gathered up for the battles ahead.

Now just the thought of separation while I’m still sitting in my room brings tears up my eyes and shatters my heart. I don’t wanna go anymore, but the train can’t run backward.


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Cre: Dreaming Way Lenormand by Kwan Shina

Fortunately, when things fall apart, “awakeness is found” as the Tibetan Buddhist Nun and Teacher Pema Chödrön advises in a difficult time. The farther I am from my family geographically, the more I love and cherish every moment I have with them. Going out to the world rewards back a lot of precious experiences and knowledge but also take our time with family as a toll. How sad this life is but it also pulls us back to our home stronger than ever. The lonelier I feel, the more determined I am to perfect my education, and then come back home.

Love is the beacon that guides us back home. – from TV series Strain Season 1, Ep 1, 2014.

Doll Meet July 2017

Before going study abroad, doll meetings were never something important to me. Have it or not, it didn’t even matter because we could always meet whenever we felt want to, such as every weekend. No wonder I would never understand why living abroad friends looked at us so admired. Now, I do.

Only can gather once or twice a year turned these events into something very dear to me 😦 And as any others, Ylang Nguyen brought her talent to our group with many lovely photos of our precious babies.

Our other meetings:

How to fit Minifee Moe head with Fairy Line body?

Yesterday, in our first doll meet after a year since the last one, my friend and I swapped our Minifee girls’ bodies. She got my Moe body while I had the Fairy line which I always wish to have. I really appreciate my friend for not minding the faded color of my Moe body. My Siela has been with me in 3 years. Even though she’s well protected from sunlight, pet, and other harmful factors, I couldn’t prevent the fading process of the pinkish tone of her skin .-_-.

I will not waste our time with differences between two bodies because other people already did. You can watch the Introduction of Fairy Line body video HERE for more other details.

In this post, I’ll only show how I fixed the head snapping issue when we switched bodies of the head from Moe body with Fairy Line body. The problem comes from the difference of the Neck Circumferences: Fairy Line is 6.5 cm / Moe 7 cm. To secure the head from constantly snapping back,

To secure the head from constantly snapping back, I put a hot glue layer in both of her head and the neck connector like the photo below. Continue reading

One perfect morning

teacup, morning tea, black tea, teaAbsolutely a night owl I am, a cosy morning being all alone, surrounded by only the warm golden sunlight, faintly chilling music, and something so dear like brushes, colour, and papers was still beyond the bliss. Such perfect mornings I had during the first semester break in Canada when all of my housemates had returned home and left me alone in our small townhouse was the best time of my whole busy year!

Every morning, I woke up at 7:00, had a simple breakfast then prepared a nice cup of my favourite tea flavour, which usually the gentle white tea. Sunlight didn’t come directly in my small kitchen till noon (due to the position of the windows) but the room was still brightened up beautifully and enough to levitated my mood up the white clouds above.

On the table, I relaxingly set my watercolour cake set, three water brushes, drawing notebook, and an elegant teacup. There would be no phone, no laptop on my sight. All was ready for a morning to be completely self-indulged by art and serenity. That was my own little peaceful cocoon amid the cacophony of outside world.

The bliss of being able to be alone but not lonely.

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