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First, PLEASE SUPPORT AGENTS OF THE REALM ON KICKSTARTER!! There's less than a day left to pledge and it's so close I can almost taste it. I adore this webcomic, the diversity in it, the humor, the art, everything. It's the most refreshing magical girls thing I've seen in a long time.

I picked up Laiska from the airport today!! They're here! I enjoy being a hostess so I'm excited to go out and do stuff or just be lazy at home...together. It's nice just having company sometimes, especially friends I don't get to see very often. We're hoping to do some table-topping at some point, which will be fun[1].

The Crazy Rich Asians movie opens here tomorrow. I really want to try my best to see it this week and help support the film. It's odd, but romantic comedy movies have never been my thing even though I really like shoujo manga. I think it's because I don't find the speed at which these movie couples get together very realistic? Two hours isn't enough time to really show proper character/relationship development, I think. Korean dramas take it too far in the other direction, with 20-50+ hour-long romantic comedies with tons of drama. Most shoujo manga hits a nice medium where it's long enough for development, but not so long that it takes a whole week of binge-watching to get through.

Maybe I'll feel differently about CRA because I'll feel more represented on-screen. Many people have talked about how there isn't much (read: any) representation of darker, southeast Asians in the film, despite it being set in Singapore. Being a southeast Asian-American myself, I understand where people are coming from. But we've got to fight for representation on a basic level before we can even get into that, I think. Besides, this is just one movie. It never could have represented all of the Asian diaspora, it's just one slice of a very large pie. My hope is if this movie does well, it'll open the floodgates to more and more representation, especially some that's more diverse. Asia is more than China, more than Japan and Korea. Anyway, I really hope the movie does well. It's too important to fail.

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My poor pilea plant isn't doing too well. I got it as part of a Lunarly box, but it took too long to get to me during a super hot week, so it was half-dead when it arrived. I've watered it and I'm hoping that with time, it'll recover. I wasn't too excited about the box as a whole[2] so I cancelled my subscription, but if the plant lives I'll at least have that. The marker is becoming oversaturated with these "spiritual self-help" things, many of which are at best cultural appropriation and at worst actually harmful.

I enjoy tarot/oracle stuff, meditation, and looking at stones. I do love plants. I feel that there is a sort of spiritual backbone to the world that science cannot explain. But I feel like to commercialize spirituality as much as has become the norm, to find spiritual phrases and imagery printed on a t-shirt and sold for $30 is just too much.

I want to cultivate my own spirituality and have it be genuine and special to me. No one can tell you what to believe, what should work for you. I don't think that you should just pay $40/month for a box to give you some fake woo-woo items to help you "set your intention". You can set your intention for free; just sit down and think about what you want to do. A little piece of amethyst isn't going to be able to do that for you. You can practice mindfulness and meditation for free, too. You don't need to spend inexorbitant amounts of money to feel better.

...I didn't mean for this to turn into a rant, haha. Anyway, I thought I'd try the box out for a month since there wasn't much info available so I didn't know what to expect, but now that I understand it's from that school of "save your soul for $$$" or "buy this $$$ vase and cleanse your spirit" stuff, I don't want it.

I still need to come to terms with my own belief system and set good daily habits for myself that will help me feel better inside and out. However, I can do that at my own pace. Nobody needs more stuff! That's what I'm thinking about tonight.


  1. We're thinking Good Society! ↩︎

  2. $40 for a half-dead plant, a low quality chunk of amethyst, a bar of mint-lemongrass soap, and a cedar smudge stick? No thanks. The site they partner with to send plants is also pretty steep with their prices. I feel like I could have used that $40 to go buy a pilea plant locally that I could see is alive. ↩︎