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"The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion."

Albert Camus

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Please enjoy some music to listen to during your stay here.  

 

I'm Jypsel, an avid traveler, teacher and lover-of-all-things-nerdy.  I read voraciously.  I'm on the hunt to watch the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. I like being barefoot, exploring new places, studying languages (dead and modern), learning about cultures and being in forests.  I want to see the world and learn everything there is to know. I have an unquenchable thirst for knowlege. I document a lot of my travels on my Instagram.    In my free time, I'm a magical girl. 

My absolute favorite genre is shoujo-ai.  I feel like it's massively underrepresented so if you have any recommendations, I'd love to hear them. 🤍

As of 07.05, I also have an Anime Instagram.  Hope to see you there. \(★^∀^★)/

CALLING ALL HEATHENS!  Check out the Eleven Deadly Sins Challenge by clicking the link below.  I mean... who wouldn't want Satan judging them? 

 

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Bunchberry Jul 13, 2020

Hi there jypsel. How have you been? Things have calmed down a lot now. Are things okay with you? 

Saraii Jul 12, 2020

Okay, so I noticed my previous comment had a lot of misspellings (I either forgot a letter or left out an entire word), sorry for that! I don't want to delete the whole comment to change it, so I hope it wasn't too distracting.

Now to the songs:

Face My Fears by Mree - She really has a beautiful voice, which is something I can appreciate, eventhough the genre isn't my favorite. But as a game song it's really nice! I bet Kingdom Hearts has great OST. I get the pain of waiting for the sequel, haha. Great things always take time to create though, which is especially true for a game. (Movies too! I just remembered Loving Vincent, which is about van Gogh and the entire movie is painted in his style... I believe every frame took around 8 hours to paint!)

All the King’s Horses by Karmina - I really like the mellowness of this but then it also has an epic atmosphere, which is awesome. The vocals are beautiful. Unfortunately I didn't like the lyrics of the chorus. I read up on it and I think it's taken from a nursery rhyme? Without that knowledge it seemed a bit silly to me, which killed the atmosphere a bit.

Remember Me by Thomas Bergersen - Oh, I really liked this one! It's so calming and beautiful. But it also has this epic scale to it! It's just not as hitting as his other work. The vocals were such a nice accompany to the instrumentals.

Erase Me by Said the Sky, feat. NEONHEART - Actually, I liked this more than the first two songs! You definitely scored with this one, haha. I like how chill it is, the steady beat is very relaxing and the vocals are niiice.

Monody by Fat Rat Orchestra - This was sooo sweet. No wonder you fall asleep with this, it's indeed very relaxing and dreamy. Can I just say that I absolutely love the name of the artist? Fat Rat Orchestra is just... adorable, lol! 

I think it's normal to have a contrast in music you listen to, it allows you to enjoy a wider range of genres, which is great! I have something similiar. I like loud, abrasive and unsetteling music (f. e. Death Grips or Street Sects) since to me it's a way to balance my passive, calm and non-extreme personality, I guess. But then again I also like calming, relaxing music, similiar to what you sent to me, which has a "healing" effect on me. It really depends on the current mood.

Now for my recommendations, I'm really curious about your opinion :)

Igorrr - Au Revoir - This one is a bit more experimental. I absolutely LOVE the opera feel to it and the blend with electronics and metal. The instrumentals are insane... in the best way possible! This artist is very creative, so if you like this song, I can only recommend checking out his other work. I contemplated going to his concert, but sadly it was canceled due to the virus.

Molchat Doma - Doma Molchat - Actually, I already mentioned this band, but I really wanted to know your opinion of this genre. I think nowdays it's known as "Russian Doomer Music", lol. It revives this retro style of music that was typical for Soviet countries, I think. I just love the instrumental and even the washed out, distant vocals. It's very calming. Also it brings up this weird feeling of nostalgia for something I didn't even experience. Honestly, if anything, Russian post-punk really pushed me to go learn the language. Also, this band is getting more and more attention nowdays, which makes me happy.  

MGMT - One Thing Left to Try - This song is a VIBE. Did I mention I like retro style music? Lol. This band was a new find for me and I'm in love with their latest album Little Dark Age. All the songs have a similiar feel to them (style-wise) and the lyrics are usually pretty satyrical, dark humour is typical. Traces of it can be found even in this song. I think that as of lately "happy music with dark undertones and lyrics" has been my favorite, lol. Also, can I just point out this specific lyrics video? It's fan-made! I was really surprised, because this is even better than the official one! The retro/vaporwave aesthetic is absolutely on point. The author of this channel is very creative, I like all her lyrics videos for The Voidz songs.

Starset - It Has Begun - I was absolutely obsessed with this band when their first album came out. They're quite popular among the anime community, I actually discovered them through AMVs! I still love their first album Transmissions, but with every new released album the quality dropped (imo). I barely listen to them nowdays, but whenever I do I remember the hype, haha. Their songs usually have super long instrumental outros that I know some people dislike, but I absolutely love them. I think their genre is called space rock? Very fitting. This band actually created a whole narrative around their music and I even have a signed novel about The Starset Society, which is unfortunately just a below average sci-fi. But still, I appreciate their creativity and dedication! Their concerts are called "demonstrations" and they try to stay in character all the time. Their music videos also form a story, they're like short films. I think that's super cool! I don't think I've ever seen any bands to go to such lenghts to stay immersive.

Ulver - Østenfor Sol Og Vestenfor Måne - A Norwegian band. I'm not too familiar with their discography (they went through range of genres, including black metal), but I love this album and this song in particular. I think it's fair to call this neofolk? It certainly has folk elements that I really like. It's haunting and has a sense of grief.

If you'd like to check out even more traditional "Old Norse" music with traditional instruments, I strongly suggest anything from Heilung or Wardruna, their performances are entrancing.

Bring Me The Horizon - "like seeing spiders running riot on your lover's grave" - OK, this is a shot in the dark, but I really wanted to suggest this. It's more experimental and I'm not a big fan of the vocals, but I got used to them and think they're kind of fitting. I find the istrumentals to be quite hypnotizing and trippy, the whole song feels very surrealistic, like I'm in a dream. Imagination runs wild. 

That's all for now, I'm looking forward to your reply! :)

Saraii Jul 12, 2020

Hey! Once again, sorry for the late reply! Life really do be like that, haha. But I'm slow in pretty much everything, so I'm afraid it might take me even a month to reply someday, especially once school starts. I hope it won't bother you too much! 

Yes, I've heard a few songs by Nightwish (End Of All Hope comes to mind) but I'm not really familiar with them. It doesn't surprise me that they shared the singer, I may or may not have confused them a lot with Within Temptation! Both singers look very much alike and they have such a similiar style! I can't really compare them as I'm not familiar their discography, but I like both of their singing very much!

Yes, Doki Doki Literature Club is a visual novel (I don't even consider those a game, since it's mainly reading and almost no dialog options). And yeah, that's right! You could say he left her "hanging"... (fans LOVE that joke). That's pretty much where all the madness begins.

That's really cool! I've never heard of that as well. I may give The Haunting of Hill House another chance. I really just dismissed it as a B horror series, though I've only seen the first episode. I'm generally very critical towards any horror, it's so easy to fall into the usual tropes. I'll keep this series in mind!

Yep, I've truly never played Kingdom Hearts, but I've seen it around a lot, it's a pretty popular game! The main reason I haven't played it is that I don't own any console (PS, Xbox, Nintendo), only a PC and I believe KH is console only? Same stuff with Legend of Zelda, I really wanted to play it but I'm not as much of a gamer nowdays, so I don't to spend that much money if I won't spend a lot of time playing. It's cool that you've been able to meet a fellow fan! I wish I was as confident in approaching people. One time a guy with a pretty dope Soul Eater tatoo sat across me in a train. I wanted to comment on it so much, but I was so shy! At that time I was really afraid of being awkward. You can't really run away from embarassing situations in a train! Anyway, back to KH. Such a shame you lost your fanfictions! I love reading those, haha. And it's so fun to re-discover old works and see how much progress you've made. I've written a few fanfictions because one of my friends is a passionate writer. We sometimes do fanfiction prompts with another one of our friends and it's really fun until I get stuck at some point and it becomes frustrating. I wouldn't really start anything out of my own initiative, because I feel like I really suck at writing! It doesn't come naturally to me. How is it for you, do you write often?

Aww, your cats sound so lovely! And I love their names, they sound really cool! (no wonder if it's from ToG... but believe it or not, I've never seen it, nor read it!) It was interesting to read about your cat having a Feline Attachment Disorder, because I don't think I've ever hear of it. I associate that kind of behaviour with dogs, since cats usually really don't care about humans, lol! I imagine how frustrating that has to be, I don't think I would be able to leave my cat if it were like that. I really count on them being independent and taking care of themselves, since I get home very late. But then again, at least Drogon is cuddly? Even if a bit too much? Lol.

Thank you for explaining the Enneagram, I also enjoy personality theories! I don't really look to deeply into them though, I usually just take tests for fun and see how accurate it is. I took some online quiz for Enneagram too and I got 9 (98% match), 5 (83%) and 4 (73%), so those are the ones I relate to the most. But between 8 and 1 I relate more to 1 - I'm good at hiding emotions and am a bit of a perfectionist at times.

About socializing... my answer is yes to both - I'm a shy loner (the worst combo? lol). I'm an extreme introvert and just talking and being around people for a while exhaust me a lot, but that makes me a great listener. Seriously, I don't even have to try. People LOVE talking. But that also means I'm bad at communicating, awkward moments are inevitable and me explaining anything is a total mess. Often I have to repeat my statements, because they get ignored. I also mishear a lot, or I don't understand what the other says and I have to ask them to repeat it, but I generally don't have a bad hearing, so I don't know why that is.  Because of all that, I was extremely shy in the past, I couldn't deal with awkward situations and I absolutely hated feeling like an idiot most of the time. I didn't want to be a weirdo. I was so angry with myself and others, but I never externalized that. So I isolated myself, even from my friends, because I couldn't be honest with them and kept making up excuse to not see them. That lasted a few years, but eventually I learnt to accept myself for who I am, because I most probably won't change. I also learnt to ignore embarassing moments and just act like it didn't happen or laugh it over. I realized that humans are generally awkward and it's not just me. That being said, I'm not nearly as shy now as I was in the past. I'm learning to be confident and being comfortable in my own skin helped tons. That being said, I can't say that I'm a part of any social groups, nor do I want to, really. I have a few very close friends and that's more than enough for me. I thought I wanted to be a part of a community and just couldn't because of my shyness (similiar to your brother), but I realized that's definitely not the case. Even meeting my friends few times a month often seems like a chore to me, eventhough I really enjoy our time spent together! I'm just totally exhausted afterwards and I desparately need my solitude. So I relate to you a lot! That was such a long rant. I don't even know if it's a good idea to get into such personal stuff on the Internet. I would ask what about you and relationships, but that really seems too private.

Anyway, I also wanted to mention Goodreads. I recently started updating my profile that was left alone for a long time. Most of the books I added have titles in Czech but I'm planning to change that. It's still a work in progress, but I wanted to ask if I could add you? :) 

I see, well, I definitely wouldn't underestimate the situation with COVID-19. I hope you best friend gets better soon! Stay safe! The numbers are rising in Czech Republic as well, because the restrictions were lifted but it's expected to be reintroduced again in September. 

Thank you for the song recommendations, I'll reply to them in another comment and will add my own suggestions as well.

As for Sweet Home, I actually intend to read that next! I just finished the author's other work called Bastard yesterday. I binged that, so I might binge Sweet Home too. I was really surprised how good it was, couldn't stop reading! My expectations were quite low, so I didn't expect the plot twists. I see that you've already read it too, what did you think about it? 

AtuaDamnedIdiot Jul 12, 2020

HAHAHA she isn't that bad you're right. Speaking of Jeffree Star, I'm sick of seeing his face literally every time I go onto YouTube. Like just apologise for pissing everyone off and move on, ugh. Anyways, Battle Angel Alita is pretty meh tbh, but I really love the cyberpunk aesthetic it has going on. I'd recommend it if you like futuristic stuff. What's Ghosts of Greywoods about? It sounds spooky and I love spooky stuff LMAO.

Hiragana was so easy for me to learn, sometimes I still get Katakana mixed up but it ain't as bad compared to kanji though. Omfg, I hate learning kanji so much. Yeah, you probably wouldn't want to get smashed when grading papers LMFAOOOO. Bruh if I was teaching teenagers I'd probably be an alcoholic ngl. I don't know where Ceridwen Dovey is from, I think she might be British but don't quote me on that lol. I haven't read any of those books apart from Frankenstein which we studied last year. Well, I "read" it LMFAO. As for Shakespeare, we read Macbeth in Year 10 and everyone hated it, but I loved it LOL. 

Wearing a mask isn't required here either, however heaps of people have been. My Literature teacher actually emailed us and said that he was going to wear one and heaps of the other staff members were too. I would wear one but I don't have one (and I should probably look into getting one oop). I go back to school on Tuesday and I'm nervous af. Our prime minister was bagging people who weren't following social distancing restrictions, but then he went to a public football game and WASN'T SOCIAL DISTANCING. *insert eyeroll here*

I really liked Michiru and Nazuna, but Nina was cool too. I wish she had more screentime, the episode about her was one of my favourites. Never heard of Junjou Romantica, but it must be pretty bad if you had to bust out the booze for it LMFAOOOO

Minjiuto Jul 10, 2020

Actually, thank you for taking the time to tell me about yourself! I enjoyed reading it. It's so refreshing to listen to your story. It's amazing you were a teacher for 9 years. Also, I'm glad you're getting paid a decent income. I think languages are beautiful and I'd love to understand them all. However, sometimes, time isn't on my side. I am yet to be fluent in Tagalog (Filipino language). I can understand it mostly and.can say basic phrases, however I can't maintain a full-on conversation in just Tagalog. I am half Filipino and half Chinese. I haven't touched on my Chinese side because my dad grew up in the Philippines and knew so little about it. I tried learning Japanese because my family traveled to Japan to see my aunt and cousins. Yep, Duolingo was where I learned a little bit of it, but it was no help! I can read hiragana, but not understand it. I just know basic phrases, but that doesn't count 😅. I'm interested in learning French, Spanish, and Korean. I studied Latin for 5 years. My school required it, but I didn't like it because I can't use it in real life. Nevertheless, I enjoyed learning about Latin and the Ancient Roman culture. This year, my junior year, they don't require it anymore, though. About my school, I go to a charter school. I love uniforms despite it being a restraint of our "expression". I got bullied for what I wore back in elementary school.  I didn't really care for how I looked then, but I get self-conscious afterwards. That's why I love uniforms! Oh, that's a very depressing reason 😂, but I'm over it! I digress.. 😁

About traveling, I only traveled to Kyoto, Japan (as previously mentioned) and the Philippines (Most of the provinces and cities). Korea (Incheon) was just a connecting flight, so that doesn't count 😊. I have so many countries to visit on my bucket list! I'd love to visit Italy, France, Korea, Thailand, Germany, Russia, The Netherlands,.... The list goes on. I just enjoy learning about culture and most importantly, FOOD! Oh gosh, I feel hungry now :(. If you want to travel to Japan, to go Kyoto! It's so clean and the people are so respectful. I can't see any cigarette butts anywhere! Plus, their street food is delicious! The takoyaki is to die for. But before you go to Japan, it's best to know the language or know someone you know there to help you enjoy your stay better. My family was fortunate because my aunt was there. We had trouble communicating because we didn't know Japanese. I think the Philippines is more tourist friendly in my opinion. The people there can speak English very well, and you don't have to learn Tagalog. If you're in the Philippines, go to Palawan. We went snorkeling and the ocean was so colorful. It's so beautiful that there are no other words to describe how stunning it is. You just got to see if to believe it! Have you ever traveled? What countries are you interested in traveling in?

If you want to teach high school English, go for it! If you want to be a professor, go for it! Time flies and life is a fleeting moment. It's all about enjoying it. Teaching kids are wonderful. You get to see ther potential in changing the world for the better and contribute to their success.

I was advised by my teachers to just try a major I'm interested in, and I can find out if I like it or not. You went to college going for an Art major but realized that it just wasn't for you. It's great to have the confidence to switch majors. Btw, thanks for the advice! Lol I hate maths. I'm not necessarily bad at it, but it takes a lot of brainpower! I'm going to Calculus next school year 😭. My worst subject is science. I do get good grades, it's just I'm not interested in it either  :(. My favorite subject is Orchestra. I've been playing violin for 6 years. It's good for the brain, and I love music. I've played piano since I was nine, but due to the lack of practice, I'm not that great at it. I'm at the level of playing River Flows in You by Yiruma.

Ooh, I love webtoons. I'm reading I Love Yoo right now, but I've put a pause in it. I'll consider reading your recommendations! Ring my Bell and Getting to Know Grace, got it!

What are your hobbies? What have you accomplished during this pandemic?