Tips on How I Deal With Social Distancing (for Introverts)

I’m back with my three list of recommendations, but I’ll be honest, I haven’t sat down and watch anything worthwhile for me to share. So instead of giving you a list of films I watched, I provide three list of things I do to cope with social distancing. Like the guy from Cast Away, instead of being stranded on an island with Wilson (the volleyball), I’ve been stranded in the city for years with my teddy bear. Talking to oneself is a very handy survival skill during this period of social isolation. The longer you spend time by yourself, the more you become your own best friend. After all, as Petrarch, the father of Renaissance said, life is about discovering oneself. So take this opportunity to get to know yourself during this pandemic.

So here are 3 things that have helped me cope with isolation:

1. Travel Alone

I remember in my teen years, I suffer from traveling anxiety. I have to plan my destination from point A to point B because I fear I would get lost, especially traveling to unfamiliar places alone. Let’s just say I am not the greatest with direction. But thank goodness for Google Map, I don’t fear traveling alone anymore. Whether it is commuting in a train, car, plane, or bus I have came to enjoy spending time alone, reflecting on things surrounding me. The world is bigger than what is inside of me surely. When you spend enough time alone, you learn to appreciate others ironically. You would realize how interdependent we are not only for human connection but for our overall survival. As they say no man is an island to himself. So learn how to be thankful. Too often, many of us are too occupied with what we don’t have that we forget to appreciate what is right in front of our eyes.

2. Play Horror Games

As crazy as it sounds, playing horror games triggered great laughter within me. It might be the fact I’m so scared that I laugh. Those games always make me stay alert. For awhile I was addicted to horror games for that reason. Try it, you might find yourself laughing as well. Laugh at Death is the only way to conquer it. That is what I’ve learned. Life can be like a rollercoaster, so enjoy the ride and laugh. The sooner you accept this fact, the sooner you will begin to enjoy life.

3. Do Something Creative

I begin writing a lot of songs in the past few years as a way to release stress. It helps a lot. Going out for a walk helps with mental health and creativity. When you use all of your senses, you become alive and that is when creativity starts flowing from your veins! No kidding, I am not being dramatic. Most of my songs are inspired by my environment and the media I consume. When I sing, I release all of the emotional tension built up inside me. Humans are meant to create. Creativity is part of human survival.

Well I hope you enjoy my list. I am pretty sure you have your own unique ways of dealing with this pandemic stress. Be safe and be strong. Most importantly, be your own best friend and take care of yourself so you can take care of others. Until next time, bye bye.

Halsdoll’s Diner: How about Some Live Music and Merry Christmas

My diner is a little shabby and there aren’t many customers so I thought I put some music so I will bring some more customers to my diner (a.k.a blog). If you are new to my blog, please check out my old blog post why I created it in the first place. If you are just stopping by, I am so happy you are here! Please come in and enjoy your stay!

On the menu, I am putting in hamburger. I used whole-wheat buns and they come in small size as I can never finish a big full size hamburger. But if this is too small for you, then I can make you two with the price of 1. Does that sound like a deal? πŸ™‚

Halsdoll’s Hamburger

Please also enjoy this original song I wrote about three years ago inspired by the game Armored Core: Last Raven. There will more be live music to come as I enjoy writing songs as a hobby apart from gaming and all the other hobbies I have. Please enjoy and come again to Halsdoll’s Diner.

P.S

I know I post this on Christmas Eve because I am just too excited to post on Christmas Day. I want to unplug from the internet on that day. πŸ™‚

Belated Thanksgiving Dinner: Halsdoll’s Style

People already have their Christmas tree up whereas I’m just getting to Thanksgiving. If this was a real job I might have gotten fired by now. I’m from the West Coast. People here are pretty laid back, a little tardiness is okay. I’m only a few days late. I’m here. I’m present! The stock market is not to going to crash. I’m not in a rush to get a heart attack!

Yes I failed to keep my promise:

New post twice a week or maybe three if I am feeling inspired.

What kind of business woman am I? Maybe I should learn how not to make commitment because I am not very good at it. I am most productive when I am feeling free. Just envision a wild horse running and roaming free in the wild. After all, I was born in the USA, the land of the free. I like to be my own boss and set my own rules.

For those who are new to my blog, I am on a quest to become a better cook. Since I am a life long student, I thought I mind as well pick up a beneficial hobby that would make me feel good mentally and physically. For Thanksgiving dinner, I made mashed potatoes using red potatoes. As for the gravy, I found a recipe on YouTube using chicken broth. It was therapeutic just making it. I felt so calm and relaxed. Don’t feel sad for me if you think my Thanksgiving dinner is petty. Because this mashed potatoes was so rich, I didn’t need any side dishes to go with it. It filled me up the whole day. I’m in lockdown mode so I didn’t need a big dinner. It would have been nice if I had some corn on the cob with it. Isn’t Thanksgiving originally a Native American holiday?

I must say I was proud of my small achievement and the greatest part eating alone is I don’t have to impress anyone. It was a very stress free holiday so I enjoyed it: Halsdoll’s style.

That’s it for now. Hope you had a nice holiday and always remember to be thankful that we are here for another day! Happy belated Thanksgiving. πŸ˜€

My Video Games Shopping List (Part III): Bright Colored Games for Mental Health

If you are worried about talking into the void and it makes you feel invisible, unworthy, neglected, unlovable, it’s okay. I am used to talking to myself and I am quite proud of it. I don’t care how introverted you are but humans are made to talk! So talk to the void if you need to release mental stress! There is no shame to it. I promise it will make you feel better. Isn’t that why people confess to the preacher? Well I hope your sins are not too big.

I need to talk and I must talk! If you are new to my blog, I like to make a list of three recommendations. This time it’s video games instead of movies. I did this shopping list a few years ago on my old blog when I was still a bit timid about online exposure. You can check them out here:

My Shopping List–Casual Games are Great!

My Video Games Shopping List (Part II)

In the upcoming winter days, I prefer playing bright colored games. It’s good for mental health if you are feeling a little down from all the gloomy weather and the Dark Cloud (do you like the pun? I still have yet to beat the game, hehe).

  1. Sakuna of Rice of Ruin

I live in the city and city life has its pros and cons, but these days it’s more cons ever since the pandemic hit. If you can work remotely, there is no point in living in the city. Transportation was the main factor why there are city dwellers like me. But on the plus size, things have been quiet in the city except during certain nights I can hear homeless people shouting. It’s really sad because some are suffering from mental illness. It really is a societal issue. Even before the pandemic, I often dreamed of going into the mountains or somewhere far from civilization so I can breathe nature. I think I found the perfect game: I can play as a farm girl. Yeah, I want to be a country girl for a change! It looks fun and its popping bright colors will sure lift anyone’s mood in the upcoming winter days.

2) Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of An Elusive Age – Definitive Edition

I need to escape from reality ASAP, did I mention I am stranded in the city? I played the demo and really like how immersive the game is. I feel transported into a different world that is less chaotic. I think this is the game I am going to play on my birthday! Some people hate being born close to Christmas, but not me, I am sure the only present I need for Christmas and birthday combined is a good game. Bright colored games= instant happiness.

3) Cuphead

Cuphead [Online Game Code]

I normally purchased pc games that are story-driven and that is where I play most of the indie titles. They can be quite relaxing to play before bedtime. For Cuphead, I am still debating whether I should purchase this on Steam or on PlayStation store. The illustration looks great and I am always up for an adventure so Cuphead made it to my list for the winter days!

I hope you enjoy my recommendations even though I haven’t played them yet! I guess I am just so excited I have to make a list. Hopefully you found something you like on the list as well and it will add a little sunshine to your life. Well that is it for now, bye bye.

Halsdoll’s Diner: It’s Breakfast Time

I am due for a post! I have the energy to whip a post after drinking hot chocolate. I feel so recharged. While on my mini blog break I had a strange idea to motivate myself to become a better cook. As I mentioned in my previous post I need to learn how to cook properly so I don’t disappear. So I decided to create my very own diner and the only customer is me! That way I won’t risk getting the virus! On a serious note though, I used to dine alone a lot after work because I am too lazy to cook but that has changed! Life is different now so I have to adapt to the new reality.

Anyway, I went to the grocery store bought food this weekend so I don’t have to go out for the remaining of the week. While I was at the grocery store, I realized there are so many men in ponytails shopping for food by themselves. The lockdown sure has turned many men into cavemen. I don’t know if that is a good thing or not–but it doesn’t bother me as long they are civil. For the most part, they are polite.

I thought I’d start creating my menu. Back in the day, in my happy days in elementary, I have always admired the lunch ladies for planning out meals for each day. School lunch actually tasted really good so this is where I got the inspiration from apart from watching Midnight Diner on Netflix, which I enjoy very much. Stories surrounding around food sound appetizing. With patience and practice, I can become a better cook. I feel so happy just thinking about it.

For my menu, I start with the basic first, which is breakfast. It is also my favorite meal of the day! You can’t go wrong with a nice hearty breakfast. So far I made pancakes and French toasts. I am almost perfected the shape of my pancake but I need to be more patient so I can make a perfect circle! After all, we also eat with our eyes. I wonder is that where the word eye candy came from? Wait that is not the same thing! Oh my goodness I am turning into a pervert for food!

Breakfast is so good with black coffee!

I hope you enjoy breakfast with me at Halsdoll’s Diner. Please come again next time!

P.S

I just realized I need some eggs and sausage with my pancake. One step at a time, I am getting there.

Blog Update # 2

Four years ago, I had a very bad headache. Four years fast forward, I still have a bad headache. It’s close to election day and the news make my brain dizzy. I am going to take a break from blogging. I guess I am suffering from writer’s block or it’s just am awfully tired. I thought I was doing well by being consistent and I really had fun doing it because I have become an expert at making myself laugh. Right now I just want to focus on Resident Evil 2 Remake, do some housecleaning, eat properly so I don’t completely disappear from this planet. I’ll come back with analysis of Resident Evil 2 Remake because I am enjoying it so far. Surely as I have a lot to say.

It’s so funny that a few years ago I created a blog to connect with the world and here I am still existing because I need to connect with people. Social distancing is not new to me as I have been doing this for years now. Strangely I feel less lonely even though I am isolated from the rest of the world. I just want to focus on my games and take it easy. I will still be here to read people’s posts.

See you guys when I am done with Resident Evil 2 Remake. It might not make it back on Halloween, but you can always follow me on twitter @beriwink πŸ˜€ And if you are here for the first time, hi hello, we can be blogging friends, but bye for now!

P.S

I promise I am not ditching my readers for a game. It’s really for health reason. πŸ˜€

Ranting about the Word Rant

Don’t want my blog to die. Might have to do CPR to revive it so I am doing my best to be consistent! Today’s post is more of a rant. I learned that these days people rant more than they review products. The term review might be just too old school and uncool. Because English is not my first language, I just had to double check its meaning with Google dictionary (maybe not the greatest source).

According to Google dictionary a rant is to:

speak or shout at length in a wild, impassioned way.”she was still ranting on about the unfairness of it all”

Whereas, Merriam-Webster dictionary defines rant as:

1: to talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner

2: to scold vehemently

When I first started my blog a few years ago, one of my devout readers didn’t know what my blog is all about because I just posted whatever that came to my mind–mainly about games and poems. She mentioned my blog as a ranting blog so I didn’t know whether it’s a compliment or an insult because the word sounds bad to me. Thinking back, my intention for my blog was created as way to distract myself from talking to myself. So technically, she was right. I was ranting, rambling incoherently about the things I consumed and in the process, I discovered many things about myself that I didn’t know. So ranting is not such a bad word after all!

I hope you enjoy this rant even though it went no where. Isn’t that the purpose of a rant? πŸ˜€ Well it’s almost Halloween. My furry stuffed animals and I say hello and bye bye for now.

The Problem with the “Like Button”

Generally, I am a nice person and dislike complaining, but I am a little irritated. WordPress is a nice safe place to unleash your thoughts, but what gets under my skin is when people press the Like button to promote themselves. Sure thing, I can ignore it but I am only human. Like any normal human being I appreciate it when people genuinely like my content, but don’t appreciate it when people spam likes. To sum it up, no one likes fake followers and WordPress seems to have a lot of that.

It’s doesn’t even bother me if people actually agree with me or not when they press the Like button. What matters most is getting my voice heard. For this reason, I’ve have never really like the Like button. Anyone can press it and you never know if they actually took the time to read it. For some people who are serious about their craft, writing takes time. Writing is an art form. Organizing your thoughts takes time. So please think before you press the Like button. Press it when you genuinely like it because some people like me take pride in our craft.

P.S

To the girl who told me I have a nice blog. Thank you, I think you told me more than once but you probably forgotten it because you spam it to every blogger to get more followers.

Pretty Girls Are Scary :Three Psychotic Films I Watched

Did you think I was done with Halloween? There are more scary stuff to talk about. I am just getting started. I’ll be honest, I don’t know what Amazon is trying to tell me from my browsing habit. They recommended me some suspenseful shows. I hope they are not trying to imply I am CRAE-CRAE.

Here are the top three psychotic films I watched and enjoyed.

He Loves Me He Loves Me Not

People like my parents say that artists are kind of crazy so when I was in my teen years, my parents discouraged me from pursuing the creative field even though I am a natural when it comes to art. It comes as easy as breathing. The problem with creativity is that your mind never shut and you start to make things up and tell elaborated lies to point it seems very real. In this case, what is more scary than a girl who believes she is in a relationship with a man she barely knew. He Loves Me He Loves Me Not is a fun film to watch and a little disturbing.

Next…

The Hand That Rocks The Cradle

The undertone of this film is very sexual. You got three different ice cream flavors: vanilla, strawberry and chocolate. I am referring to hair color by the way. Hmm.. Napoleon ice cream sounds rather delicious in fact. When I was a kid I want all flavors. Is that how boys feel about girls? Anyway, this film is pretty intense. A woman’s grudge runs deep so you better not try to make enemies because women never forget, especially the beautiful blonde ones. Better not let her in the house no matter how seductive she is. She will destroy you!!!

Final…

Beautiful Vampire

Well I wouldn’t call this one psychotic, but I know a lot of people raise their eyebrow when a beautiful woman chooses to remain single and not have children. People may think she is a vampire, a witch, a demon who knows! There is definitely something wrong with her because she should be married by now! The film is quite comforting and humorous. Maybe it’s because I find the protagonist relatable. Life can get pretty lonely sometimes even for a Beautiful Vampire.

There you have it. I hope you enjoy this Pretty Girls are Scary Edition. Hopefully you found something interesting on this list to watch. I try not to reveal too much about the films because it’s more fun to jump into something without knowing and I am a bit of a list maker so I enjoy doing these posts. Until next time, bye bye.

Fun East Asian Horror Films for Halloween

Sometimes I just float where ever the wind takes me. I’m like a pollen just drifting in autumn’s air. Okay that is not scientifically correct where I am from, but it doesn’t matter. In my universe nothing makes sense.

I have been spending a lot of time streaming on Amazon Prime Video. That’s where I watch all my martial art films. I can’t get enough of them. They are that addictive and fun to watch. You spend enough time on the site, you’d eventually find some good horror films and that is what happened to me. In fact, I haven’t had nightmares for a long time until I watched the following films.

Kidan: Piece of Darkness

There are 10 short stories in this anthology. A few of them spooked me out that I started dreaming that my place is haunted. I woke up to the sound of a single note being played on the piano. I don’t own a piano. I guess the film was so scary I had bad dreams. Maybe you should skip this one. Nonetheless it kept my eyes wide open–just like the cover. It’s that suspenseful.

Next one….

Hitokowa: The Killing Hour

This one is not as scary as the first film mentioned, but visually appealing to the eyes. I am not going to lie, I like to stare at pretty girls, especially when they are well dressed because it’s like watching a fashion catalogue for clothes. It gives me inspiration to take care of myself. Dressing up can be fun sometimes. But the only problem with looking nice is that you attract all sorts of creeps, especially if you are walking in the dark. The whole time watching this film, I’m thinking not so bright girl. It might be wise to change into sweatpants and sneakers so you can outrun your predator. You never know!!! Overall, the film is more comically scary than bone chilling if that makes sense. Ideally, I think the film is intended for female audiences. I had a great laugh. I laughed so loud my neighbors probably thought I am crazy.

Final one…

The Mimic

This film is mysterious enough to keep me on my toes, and the sentimental mother and daughter scenes made me well up with tears (let’s just say my relationship with my mom is strong), but the way how the story is being told is not so good. It felt too Hollywood for my liking. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of great Korean horror films, but this one just didn’t make the cut.

I listed 3 films rating from 1 to 3. The first film mentioned is the best on this list.

Okay, I hope you enjoy my small list of reccomendations and hopefully it makes your film selection easier as there are so many films out there to choose from. Until next time, bye bye.