Friday, February 16, 2018

A Vietnamese New Year

Happy New Year!

It's not a Vietnamese New Year without a table of goodies.  There are fruits, flowers, assorted cakes/cookies, traditional items like banh day and banh nep, new year candy, drinks, etc.  Usually banh trung and tet are available too but I already ate them.  I forgot to take some pictures of food yesterday.  Today's Friday during lent so no meat.

My sister is making banh tet/trung later so I'm sure I'll have more pics.

Also, the final picture is a quick cung table, like an alter, with food offerings for ancestors.  New Year is a time to spend with family, including those who have departed.  Prayers are used to call them back to join in a meal, give blessing to the family and pretty much chill out.  At the end of new year, there's a ceremony (prayers) to send them off.  Offerings are often done for three days plus an additional day for send-off, so I guess technically four.

It's been a busy day.  Hopefully it won't be cold tomorrow so I can go watch the lion dance.  New Year always equal food and I'm hungry, so going to have early dinner now.

Happy New Year, folks!
~Lenne Penry

Banh day dau. 
 Banh nep.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone!
Chúc Mừng Năm Mới      

~Lenne Penry

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hey everyone!

Hope you're having a happy Valentine's Day! 

If you're single, like me, there's always discounted candy at Walmart tomorrow!  Just kidding, don't eat too much candy (bad for ya!).  On the bright side, we can always look forward to next year for a chance at becoming the MC in our own love stories which have yet been written.  Lunar New Year is in two days so it's not that far away!

Whether you're lucky enough to have someone or waiting for that 2D crush to become 3D, treat yourself to something nice this Valentine.  Enjoy the pretty decorations and rejoice in the festive atmosphere.

Happy Valentine's Day! 


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Wizardess Heart MC's Personality Change?

Hey everyone,

Am I the only one who's noticed a change in the Wizardess Heart MC, Liz Hart, in the new story lines?  She's not the simple, blushing, understanding though dumb type of girl they've had since the inception of the series.  In Zeus's route (the newest route), she seems short tempered, slightly snarky, assertive, and a tad sharper.  She kind of reminds me a little of my MC, except Bao Lai is also goofy and socially awkward. 

I wonder what provoked the change... different writers, maybe?  Or maybe the same writers thought she'd act differently because Liz didn't have a buddy/boyfriend in the first three years at the academy in this route. Maybe the personality change could be attributed to maturity without a bf to rely on.  Not sure.  I'm liking Liz a bit better than her old airhead version but I still think Amelia deserves her own route with Prof Merkulova.

What are your thoughts on the matured/modified Liz Hart?  How do you like Zeus?

For those who haven't checked out this series, it's free in the Playstore and one of the better ones by Shall We Date Apps.  Give it a try.

Thanks for visiting!
~Lenne Penry

Happy Lunar New Year! (Year of the Dog)

Hey everyone!

Friday, Feb. 16th, is Lunar New Year.  2018 will be Year of the Dog.  (Yay!  Puppies!)

Here's a Polaris doodle featuring Prime Minister San An (whose zodiac animal is the Dog) and the MC, Bao Lai.

Little Background:
Lunar New Year follows the phases of the moon; each new moon is a new month.  The Lunar New Year date varies on the Gregorian calendar.  Asian countries that celebrate Lunar New Year use the Gregorian calendar on a normal basis but keep track of the Lunar New Year date for this special holiday.  It's considered the most important holiday of the year since it will determine how the rest of the year goes.

The yellow flowers are called Mai, and are associated with Spring and therefore, Lunar New Year, in Viet Nam.  Most Westerners think of Anh Dao (cherry blossoms or sakura) because of popular Japanese cultures (even though Japan doesn't celebrate Lunar New Year).  Anh Dao also grows in Viet Nam but Mai is the official Spring Festival (Lunar New Year) celebration flower.

Peaches are... dear to San An for reasons made in book one.  White peaches also stand for longevity.

Red is for luck and yellow/gold for wealth.

Red envelopes are given during this holiday and contains... cash!  (cha-ching!)

Friday, February 9, 2018

A Polaris Valentine

Hey all,

Here's my Polaris Valentine doodle featuring the MC, Bao Lai, and one of the guys she can get from volume 1, Kang Lang.  Decided to go with the yandere/tsundere theme because Kang Lang is such a sweet with crazy person.

Let me know what you think. <3


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

OKKO Fan Art Contest: Rental Boyfriends

Hey guys and dolls,

My tablet has been acting up and I've recently managed to get it working again.  I've just re-downloaded Rental Boyfriends and looks like there is another contest; fan art this time.  Bad thing is... last day to enter is tomorrow.  It has to be Valentine's Day theme.  Just FYI in case you're interested.  Download the game to get more info from the news board plus use the guys' pictures as references for your art.  Last minute, I know, but some of you artists out there are fast and creative so I'm sure if you really want to enter, it's not impossible.

I'll stay out of this contest because of late notice and quite frankly, I know my art is noob status.  Need to work on it.  I think I'll post a quick Polaris Valentine doodle next week with the (literally) crazy romantic, Kang Lang.  He's actually my favorite character to write for because he's such an @$$!  I wonder what that says about me.  Huh.

Anyhow, happy drawing!
~Lenne Penry

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Snowy Sunday

It was snowing today when I woke up.  Holy smokes, I haven't seen this much snow in so long!  When I was a kid, seeing snow made me giddy because I'd always hope for a day (or many days) off from school.  Now, it's pretty but a pain because I really don't want to drive in it.  Hopefully it'll clear up before I leave for work tomorrow.  Here are a couple pics.

Any snow where you are right now?

Friday, February 2, 2018

Free Geek Fuel Box Came

Hey guys and gals,

Got my free Geek Fuel box today.  Came with the items listed in the previous post (Transfomers T-shirt, GF lanyard & pin, Steam code, and a random journal.)  I received the Zelda journal.  It's really nice in person; well made.  I don't usually write in journals but tempted to fill this one up because it's so pretty... either that or put it up as decoration.  Maybe I'll keep it on the nightstand as a dream journal.

Well, anyhow, just wanted to show that the GF offer was legit.  The promo is now over though, I believe, but who knows, they might do it again.  Keep an eye out for next time.  ;)

Happy Geeking
~Lenne Penry