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Oh wow, July went by in a flash! It’s really true that time passes faster as you get older. When I was in elementary school in Japan, Summer vacation felt like an entire year.

Anyway, July 3rd was my birthday.

I LOVE strawberry short cakes and wanted to eat one like I always do on my birthday. So we went to a few bakeries in search of a strawberry short cake…

Who knew it was impossible to find a simple strawberry short cake in San Diego?

We went to few bakeries, and called a couple places, but… NO STRAWBERRY SHORT CAKE!

I found this really bizarre. Especially that I couldn’t even find one at Asian bakeries. Strawberry short cakes were like the king & queen of birthday cakes when I was growing up in Japan. Every cake-worthy event there was, such as Christmas, birthdays, etc… we had a strawberry short cake. Well, at least for someone my age. Maybe Japanese people nowadays prefer fancier cakes?

Anyway, we didn’t want to spend my birthday looking for a cake. So I decided to bake it myself.

Non-bento #48: Strawberry shortcake with Totoros!

Non-bento #48: Strawberry shortcake with Totoros!
created and eaten: 7/3/2013

I used Hakurikiko (Japanese cake flour) for the sponge cake, which came out fluffy and pretty good. After it cooled down, I wrapped it with damp paper towel and put it in a ziplock bag and left in the fridge for a while. Then I sliced it, put syrup on the sponge cake, put sliced strawberries in between the layers, covered it with whipped cream, and put in the fridge for a while.

I don’t like piping, because I’m bad at it, but it was my birthday cake so I could do whatever I wanted!

So I added some chocolate covered strawberries on top of the cake to celebrate with me.

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House of Sushi

June 23, 2013

in Blog

It’s been more than four months since Inari passed. I still get comments on the blog post from my blog readers, and they fill my with all sorts of emotions. I know I haven’t been really active on responding, but whenever I try leaving my response it brings me to tears. Not all sad tears but I still miss her dearly.

But today I have happy news. (Warning: A lot of photos ahead!)

Inari’s birthday was May 18th, and on her birthday, there were four of us living together, remembering her. Derek, me, and two new furry family members. Yes, we welcomed two kittens into our family!

Actually we adopted them on April 7th, which was about 2 and a half months ago. I didn’t share this bundle of joy on my blog or Twitter or FB right away because to be honest, I wasn’t sure if they’d make it. When we got them, they were probably around 3 weeks old. They were about the size of my cellphone and only 13 oz each!

Uni & Ebi

Uni & Ebi

Bundle of joy #1

Uni & Ebi

Bundle of joy #2

Uni & Ebi

Next to my Samsung Galaxy Nexus

Usually kittens are not even supposed to be separated from their mom until they’re about 8 weeks old. During that time, they drink their mom’s milk, and their mom will help them pee and poop until they learn how to use cat litter.

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Today is Mother’s Day which I think it’s the perfect day to post this stuffed stuff.

stuffed stuff: Wolfmother ver. 2 from Sword & Sworcery

stuffed stuff: Wolfmother ver. 2 from Sword & Sworcery
stuffed stuff: Wolfmother ver. 2 from Sword & Sworcery
created and stuffed: May 2012 ~ May 2013

I’m a big fan of Sword & Sworcery. It’s an indie adventure game created by Superbrothers and Capybara Games, with music by Jim Guthrie. So when I heard that they were doing an A/V jam, for fan art on their tumblr, I had to make something.

It was a rush project and I did such a crappy job just to make the deadline.

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PAX East 2013: Day 3

May 1, 2013

in Blog,PAX

I’ve had a chronic pain from my right shoulder blade to my neck to my elbow to my wrist recently and all the way down to my middle finger. I’m pretty sure it’s because of my laptop setup (using a laptop stand while sitting on a sofa), but it’s been driving me nuts! It’s also making it really hard for me to type. Regular stretching won’t work at all… If anyone knows a good stretch for this kind of pain or a better setup for my laptop, let me know!

Anyway, it’s late again but the last post for PAX East 2013!

PAX East 2013: Day 3

Ah the last day of PAX East.

I hate whoever put together the schedule for this day! Double Fine Adventure Panel and one of our all-time favorite panel at PAX were scheduled for the same time.

Alas, we had to make a decision and we made a good one.

Pitch Your Game Idea: Jeff Kalles, Kris Straub, Stephen Toulouse.
In this panel, audiences try pitching their game ideas to a couple of EXPERTS in the game industry, and the experts will make fun of your ideas. (The entire panel is meant to be a joke.)

PAX East 2013: Day 3

Kris Straub, Jeff Kalles, and Stephen Toulous

As soon as Jeff explained how the panel worked, people rushed to get in the line to pitch their games. There were no official twitch stream for this panel but you can see the entire panel on youtube. (It’s shot by an audience member so the picture and audio quality are not the best but still fun to watch!)

Pitch Your Game Idea (part 1)
Pitch Your Game Idea (part 2)

Surprisingly, everyone’s idea was very… normal this time. Maybe too normal for this panel. Some seemed even serious about pitching their real game idea. The comments and questions from the panelists were still hilarious but I could tell that they were feeling a bit bad about trashing their “real” game idea.

PAX East 2013: Day 3

Poor Jeff.

After the panel, we headed to the Exhibit hall again and made sure we played all the games at Indie Mega booth.

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PAX East 2013: Day 2

April 17, 2013

in Blog,PAX

It’s been a little while since the PAX East day 1 post but let’s do this. Don’t worry, it’s not long!

PAX East 201: Day 2

Make a Strip panel
Saturday started out with Make a Strip panel. Usually, Jerry already has the idea for the strip and Mike starts to draw and finish a strip within one hour. But this time they did it a bit differently.

PAX East 2013: Day 2

When Penny Arcade had a Kickstarter last year, one of the stretch goals was to do a reality show called “Strip Search.” They’d put bunch of webcomic cartoon artists in a house and have them compete against each other to decide who’s the best. In Strip Search, artists up for elimination have to come up with a comic on the spot in a given time using two randomly selected subjects which is extremely hard especially under pressure. Jerry and Mike are the ones who judge the artists in Strip Search and they can be quite, er, “critical” of the artists’ work to be put mildly.

So for this Make a Strip panel, the audience pitched a number of random subjects that were then drawn from a box. A strip was made but unfortunately, it was NOT family-friendly so if you want to check out tons of photos from Make a Strip panel, check out my flickr set for Make a Strip.

Here are some photos that are safe for my blog.

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