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Sunday, 2 August 2020

August 02, 2020

Guide to Madman Winter Sale 2020

Like many others, I was disappointed at this year's winter sales compared to the previous mega sales that occur during Summer (at Jan-Feb) and the usual winter sale around this year. This year's winter sale's maximum discount is up to 70%, which is comparatively lower to previous sales (80% in this year's Summer Sale, 85% in last year's Winter sale and 75% in last year's summer sale). However, there is one major difference compared to previous sales. In previous sales, a particular discount will apply to all volumes of a specific series (other than the newly released volumes). However, the discounting is all over the place for this year's winter sale, and this was very disappointing. I doubt it's a glitch in the system, but it doesn't really make sense to have different discounts for volumes of a specific series, especially if you are not trying to clear out stock for a specific series. 

If you are looking to buy manga, the maximum discount for manga is 60%, so if you are a frugal buyer of manga, I recommend holding off as better prices have been observed from Madman before. Generally, the current offered prices are about 10-20% away from the lowest price Madman has ever offered. However, these is a perilous and unpredictable period and Madman is one of the only sellers that can deliver manga relatively fast to Australians at a comparatively low price when you compare it to other sellers. 

If you are looking to buy anime, the maximum discount is 70%. I'm not really the type to buy blu-ray/DVD copies of an anime since I rather just subscribe to AnimeLab/Crunchyroll or view through other means to watch a series. Therefore, I can't really comment on the price trend.

If you are looking to buy anime figures, the maximum discount is 50%. There are some decent discounts if you are looking to buy anime figures/merch. If it's 50% off, I would buy it since I usually never see more than 50% discount on an anime figure (unless it is stock that they want to get rid of asap). 

Overall, this winter sale is disappointing when you compare to previous sales, and I'm sure many other "seasoned veterans of Madman sales" would hold the same sentiment. However, you have to factor in the impact of COVID-19 on businesses. Perhaps it's worth it for you.

Saturday, 25 July 2020

July 25, 2020

Week 148 -154 Update: An Arduous Path

Hello everyone. I apologize for the lack of updates. I have been busy trying to sort for the next university semester since the break is short and I had to fix things around the house with my dad. Whilst I have been watching anime, I haven't been watching too much of it. Furthermore, I have writer's block so I can't really find the motivation to write a review. This lack of motivation also applies to other aspects of my life. I feel lost and lack of purpose, but I don't feel "depressed" either. I think it's because of the COVID-19 situation that has made me demotivated, and I'm sure it has also done the same thing to many other people. 

Anyway, I think I may be switching to monthly updates since there's not really any point to write weekly updates since there's nothing exciting in my life and it would just make me regurgitate the same things over and over again. Hope everyone is healthy and staying safe and sane in these tumultuous and unpredictable period.

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

June 03, 2020

Week 144 - 147 Update: Prudence

I have always been a prudent individual and try to take the safest path as possible, whilst always having a backup. In life, I always believe in having a backup, even if it means "sacrificing" your desire. Reality is a cruel mistress and most people will most likely never do what they truly want. Currently, I think I'm in a good path, where I am trying to venture in the health field. I always wanted to be an artist/streamer, but I knew that I wasn't going to do well because I lack certain qualities that makes one successful/well off. At least in the health field, I can somewhat excel....

The COVID-19 situation in my country is good right now. Many things are already open so that's a good thing. A lot of people are already walking around like no care in the world. Whilst there is no need to worry, vigilance is still needed because the state I am in has relatively low testing rate (tests per million people) compared to other tests. Some smaller states even have way more tests than us, and I found this extremely puzzling. Hopefully nothing goes wrong. On another note, many anime unfortunately has been delayed but that's to be expected. It's better to have the studio employees to be safe and healthy. Short term pain, long term gain.

Anyway, apologies for the lack of posts in this blog. I have been concentrating on an important exam that could change my life, so I had to really focus on it. I still have my final exams for this semester, so this lack of posts will continue until at least Mid July as this period is possibly one of the important periods of my life, other than my high school final exams. Until then, stay healthy and hope everyone can strive on continue striving on forward...

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

May 05, 2020

Week 138 to Week 143 Update: Frustration and Stagnation

Sorry for not being active on this site, but I had to keep up with university work especially since everything had shifted online due to COVID-19. It wasn't a major change for me since I usually watch lectures online anyway. I do this because I can watch it at my own pace, usually 1.5x speed because the lecturer is talking too slow. What is frustrating is that it's almost impossible to order from overseas now without either waiting for an extremely long period of time or paying perhaps exorbitant prices for the faster deliveries. Fortunately, it's not too bad in my country, and I feel lucky to not be embroiled in worse situations like we see in Europe and USA. 

During this period, I have periods where I feel extremely demotivated to do anything, but I am doing some basic exercises to help relieve some of that frustration. I also became more anxious about my study, and always double, triple checking my notes and sometimes even doubting my notes. I found ways to decrease this like playing games to help keep my mind off etc. Anyway, I'm probably going to be much more occupied by the university workload from here on out, so these updates are going to be irregular again. Apologies in advance, and stay healthy and safe everyone. We will emerge a stronger world (hopefully) from this situation.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

March 26, 2020

Week 135, 136, 137 Update: Reticence

I'm sure many people are nervous in this period of uncertainty and unrest. My university has now switched everything to online from last week, and I don't feel that it changed that much for me. This is because I usually watch lecture recordings anyway. It allows me to speed up the recording, pause, rewind or slow the recording, and this just makes learning more efficient compared to being in the class. However, not having practical experience from labs is definitely a downside, and it's very disappointing that I still have to pay the same amount of university fees, but have less experience. Furthermore, lecturers are also uploading previous years' recordings, instead of conducting a lecture. Disappointing that they would do that. Nevertheless, the general life is definitely more hectic. Supermarket stalls are still running out of toilet paper, etc. in my area. I live a bit further out from the main city, so imagine the city stores. Probably out within 1-2 hrs of opening. 

Anyway, cooperation is needed at a time like this to curb the spread of this virus. But it looks like some people won't listen. Short term pain is much better than dragging it on for longer. For me, I can comply with these demands since I am somewhat of a recluse. Furthermore I'm reticent in nature and I like to conserve my energy to only speak if I have to. On another note, I've been playing Overwatch again, and it's so fun. Even though I haven't played Hearthstone for a few months, I can't wait for the new Hearthstone expansion to come out so I can try out the new class and new cards in arena. It looks so good. Many things to look forward in these dire times. Whilst we may not see the light at the end of the tunnel yet, we must continue moving forward.

Saturday, 7 March 2020

March 07, 2020

Week 133 & 134 Update: "In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity"

I've been busy lately and I just wanted to get everything sorted before I write the weekly update. I'm sure many would have known about the recent panic buying around the world regarding toilet paper and long-life foods. It's a bit ridiculous to see this happening, and even to the extend of fighting people over it. Ridiculous. In dire times will we see the true face of people. It's sad to observe the devastating impact COVID-19 has on the economy and essentially every sector is affected badly. There are some sectors that are benefiting from this. Delivery services, medical services are some of the sectors which are doing well in "chaotic" situations like these. Perhaps not so in my country, but definitely more prevalent in China and other highly affected countries like South Korea and Japan. It just shows how social media is a double-edged blade, and how misinformation can be detrimental to a functional society who should be thinking with lucidity and dealing with matters pragmatically.

But then again, there are always idiots who are inconsiderate and just care about themselves. A recent personal experience involved a fellow student coming into a practical, coughing loudly without closing their mouths. Not only that, but the individual kept using a tissue that was clearly dirty (all yellow). This is why viruses can spread so easily. Some people are either plain stupid or they are purposely being ignorant and inconsiderate. Anyway, enough about my rant. Hope you guys stay healthy and take care of your personal hygiene. Best thing to do is wash your hands with soap (like you should always do) and avoid touching your face, nose or mouth.

Friday, 21 February 2020

February 21, 2020

Week 132 Update: Countdown

There's only two days until university starts again. I am nervous but excited at the same time because this means I will be advancing in my studies and bringing myself one step closer to what I want to do. Whilst I made the wrong choice of what I want to do in the past, I have a clearer vision of what I want to do. I definitely feel much better compared to about two years ago when I felt lost on what I wanted to do. 

That's the reason I started this blog 2+ years ago because I wanted to write out my thoughts on an anonymous platform and it has also helped me improve my writing. It has helped with my writing because I analyze how people write and adapt it to my own writing. However, there are some styles of writing that never cease to amaze me, and it's a level that I could never achieve because my grasp of linguistics is not the best. Anyway, I have been playing Overwatch because it helps me become exuberant and it increases my adrenaline so it makes me more focused in my studies. Oh well, hope you guys are going well too. See you soon.