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City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri July 14, 2013

Filed under: Family,Holiday,Opinion,Review,Updates — Yaya @ 10:21 AM
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City Museum was great. We went a few days ago and had a blast. There is so much to do and plenty to see. The fun ranges from slides to caves to a Ferris wheel on the roof. Here are some of the photos we took during our mini staycation.
















Letting the World End One Day at a Time July 9, 2011

Filed under: Food,Review — Yaya @ 8:29 PM
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Supernatural disc 2 was fantastic! It was a fun ride. I loved the goofy episodes that brought a lot of loose ends to fruition. This season also brought together the seriousness necessary for their end of the world theme. I am loving every second of it. This a chance for family time and some relaxation. ^_^

After a wonderful dinner and some good news, I am getting some time to think and enjoy it all. Today was also wonderful because my husband made dinner. What did he make: Tuna Steaks with Edamame!

Dinner was great! I ate and I laughed as our little one giggled and ate with us. He was adorable. He was also a fan of the Tuna Steaks. It was really cool. I truly do enjoy seeing my little man eating a variety of food. After he ate the Tuna he tried some Edamame which he seemed to enjoy.

I am proud to say my little man is one well rounded boy. He loves to eat and try new things. That just made my day. ^_^


The Apocalypse and Supernatural July 6, 2011

Filed under: Family,Movies,Review,TV Shows — Yaya @ 9:56 PM

I was busy with appointments most of the day. Busy with lunch and dinner. Now, I have a bit of time to kill before bedtime. That means I’m going to get my Supernatural on. LOL. I have watched all of the lead up to the end of the world a.k.a. the Apocalypse and I am super excited. I waited so long to watch this season the anticipation was killing me. Today I finally had time to pop in the Netflix DVD, sit down with my family, and watch it. Yay!!

First DVD of Season 5: Talk about a fantastic opening. It was great to see that the opening stayed true to the series. The beginning was indeed the beginning. I am liking what I see so far; angels, demons, war, and craziness. It started out with an action packed opening where we left off on season 4. Then we moved right into the main story line for this season: Angels vs. Demons. After that, it all went downhill. It is awesome! I am trying to give you a basic idea without betraying the story. Overall, I am pleased. I am loving season 5 thus far.

In the beginning I found myself wondering about some of the decisions but not enough to let it ruin the series. Now, I am glad I forged ahead. It has led me to a fun night of pizza and family time. Totally worth it!

Thank you for reading and have a good night.


Paradise Kiss Manga May 6, 2011

Filed under: Manga,Review,Shoujo — Yaya @ 9:56 PM

Paradise Kiss is a Manga that was written and illustrated by Ai Yazawa. It’s original debut was 1999 in Japan. In North America it’s debut was 2002.  This is a shoujo manga with a slight twist. It revolves around the idea of being together and apart all at once. At the same time, it portrays stylish characters who aren’t sure which direction they are headed in. The one thing they are all sure about is that they want to get there together.

Personally, I love this manga because I read it and am constantly reminded of all the crazy stuff people do in high school. I had my share of wicked fun with some good friends and have never had any regrets. This manga is one of the liveliest shoujo mangas I’ve read, which is another reason to love it. This manga is also short, which I thought was great. It is only five volumes long and the story goes full circle.

My favorite thing about this manga is the endless supply of awkward moments. They are the epitome of being a teen and trying to do something or avoid something. These moments add authenticity to this manga. I am pretty sure most teens weren’t going to a vocational school for beauty and fashion but the point is still clear: Life is not black and white. Colors aren’t the spice of life, they are life.

The main character is Yukari aka Caroline who is dealing with the idea of who she is supposed to be and who she wants to be. In a crazy twist she finds herself more grounded as she starts to realize that decisions aren’t always right or wrong. They are all ours to make. She later takes it upon herself to be more assertive in her life and relationships. This especially true for her relationship with Joji aka George.

George is an eccentric, handsome, and extremely charismatic man who chooses to live however he wants. At least, it looks that way. The true reason George lives as he does is quite sad. It’s only mentioned a few times but it is more important than anything else when trying to figure him out. I won’t tell you his reasons, but I’ll say this: We love the worst parts of ourselves more than the better ones. George seems to truly believe this and it creates many of the issues he faces in Paradise Kiss.

The other characters are the amazing Miwako, the hardcore Arashi, and the lovely Isabella. Each puts in their well meaning two cents every time something must be resolved. They are good friends to Yukari and George, as well as peers/coworkers for Paradise Kiss. Arashi and Miwako are lovers and Isabella is just something else all together.

Overall, I enjoyed the full bodied and able characters. Especially Arashi and Miwako. I think Paradise Kiss is a fantastic story to read when you want to be surprised and titillated. If I had a star rating system from 1 to 5, it would get a 5. Read it and Enjoy it. If you want to find out a bit more follow this link to the wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradise_Kiss.

Thanks for reading!!


My Top 20 Anime and Manga List April 26, 2011

Filed under: Anime,List,Manga,Review,Shoujo,Updates — Yaya @ 3:14 AM

My top 20:

1.Tokyo Crazy Paradise (Manga)

2. Skip Beat! (Both)

3. Paradise Kiss (Both)

4. Fruits Basket (Both)

5. Ouran High School Host Club (Both)

6. Fall In Love Like A Comic (Manga)

7. Death Note (Both)

8. Gundam Wing (Both)

9. Elfen Lied (Anime)

10. Ranma 1/2 (Manga)

11. Cowboy Bebop (Anime)

12. The Story of Saiunkoku (Both)

13. The Kindaichi Case Files (Manga)

14. The Wallflower (Manga)

15. Outlaw Star (Anime)

16. Midnight Secretary (Manga)

17. Boys Over Flowers (Manga and Drama)

18. Ai Yori Aoshi (Manga)

19.  D.N. Angel (Manga)

20. Yu Yu Hakusho (Anime)

This is my top 20 anime  and manga list. These are some of the best animes and mangas I’ve seen throughout the years. If you think I missed anything, make a list and add it to the thread. Thanks for reading.