Brown Olympus Pen E-PL8

Posted on 10th, January, 2017

It’s a new camera post! My old camera wasn’t the greatest at focusing—it wasn’t the greatest at taking photos either… I ended up selling it. For a while, my Galaxy s7 edge was good enough, actually, it still is, but I wanted to have a dedicated piece of hardware for going out/taking videos. It was love at first site with the Olympus Pen e-pl8. In the past, I never would have imagined spending more than $300 on a camera, so I never really paid any attention to the previous models. But now that I’m a bit more…seasoned, I’ve come to be more aware of price/quality. Either way, I went in knowing fully well what I was going to get out of this camera.

And here’s the box! :pt1
There was also an extra USB charger included. :cat2
I use my surface cable with the bottom right charging dock thing to charge the battery.

It’s heavier than I was expecting, yet still compact. It feels very solid. I would not dare to drop it. :misc7

This is my first mirrorless camera, so I didn’t exactly know what to expect. There aren’t a ton of external controls, which is fine. Video quality is also great, but there is slight warping when panning. I feel like it’d be easier to get my thoughts out using a plus/minus system, so here it is:

This is what sold me. No shame…well, maybe some shame. :24 There aren’t any other mirrorless cameras that compare… except for maybe the Fujifilm X-A3 or the white Sony a6000. Even so, there’s something about the Fujifilm ones that just seems flat, and the Sony camera is plain. The Olympus Pen e-pl8 comes in 3 colors: black, white, and brown. I became obsessed with the brown and by the time I decided to take the plunge, it got sold out everywhere. Cue a lot of waiting, and I got a hold of it two months after deciding on it. They definitely went with a retro look, but in a good way since it still looks modern.

This camera (with the lens) is $650 in the states and a HILARIOUS $1000 in Japan, so I imported it. Even with the exorbitant shipping fees and import tax it was a pretty penny cheaper.

This is the same camera as the old e-pl7… They literally didn’t even bother. I think there are a couple features that have been added, but nothing that warrants a new generation.

Despite not being upgraded from the previous version, the picture quality is still great. And of course, anything is possible with interchangeable lenses. I’m not looking to be a professional photographer, and the picture quality is better than your typical point and shoot camera. :cat2

The fuzziness is due to user error :misc7
There is a ‘beautifying’ filter, but sometimes it doesn’t get everything :cat3

The screen flips down, and not UP. It’s a little baffling as to why they did this. I think I heard something like looking down looks more natural than looking up, but I still don’t get it. Sure it’s better for selfies, but what if you want to put the camera down on a flat surface and shoot a video?? It would also get in the way of a tripod… Why not have it swing out both ways???

To sum things up, this camera is an accessory that takes pretty nice pictures :thaha I’m really happy with it =) and I have been snapping more pictures than usual. It also starts up pretty quickly, so I’ve snapped a few photos I would have otherwise not been able to get due to starting up the camera.


Decluttering makeup

Posted on 04th, December, 2016

FINALLY DID SOME DECLUTTERING! :fa19 I’ve been holding on to sooo much makeup that I never use…mostly out of guilt. Throwing away stuff that’s hardly used is actually pretty tough. There’s always that lingering “what if I need it one day?” thought. It felt good to finally part with some of it. Doing the same to clothes and shoes is my next step.

This is just about all* of the makeup I have left.
*forgot to include the shu uemura shupette palette :24

Foundations/face stuff


Lips… So much Colourpop…

Eyeshadow primers/eyebrows/eyeshadows


So, I still have a ton of lip products, but it’s more manageable than before. Besides the items I never reached for, there were some old and suspicious smelling items in there that just needed to be thrown out anyway. I feel like all of these items have served their purpose in my makeup collection… Now I have more of an idea of what not to get.

And I’m not saying that these products were bad! Most of them were perfectly fine—they just got beat out by other products or I didn’t like how the color looked on me. I’d say everything except the lip tints and Jill Stuart foundation/green base was average to great.

Here is what I decided to get rid of.

Some of the items, like the lip pencils, will be sold/passed on.

I took a video while sorting through the stuff and it turned out to be pretty long, so I don’t know if I should even bother. Hmmm…

Oh yes, I’ve been thinking about proper skin care a lot lately. My God, so this is what happens to some people around 30… :fa10 It’s not even like my skin is that much different than it was five years ago, I still have almost the same issues. I’m thinking it’s more of a preventative kind of thing. My idea is to find the perfect gentle cleanser (pH balancing), a toner (acid), and a super lux face oil (on its way).

Another super awesome way to help your skin: water, water, water.
You’d think I’d take my own advice. :misc7

*Cough* I’ll just sneak this in here…

So tempted to sneak in another ramen picture for my next blog post. :cat3 Why not. I love tonkotsu ramen. :pt1

These Snoopy donuts from Mister Donut… I cannot.

Aww yeah. See you again around Christmas time? Maybe? =)



Posted on 20th, November, 2016

I was 110% not expecting that result. Never in a million years could I have imagined. The most I could muster up upon messaging my family back home was “uhhhhh…” and “uhhhhhhhhhh…” Welp. I don’t even want to waste more time on it, ugh. 2016-2020 is officially canceled.

In the time between when I posted last, I came down with an interesting…predicament. To make a long story short, upon waking up one Saturday, a lot of things about my right were off. The first two doctors said it was sudden hearing loss and that recovery sometimes just doesn’t happen… I took steroids and got better for ONE day. Got a referral to go to a big facility and the doc there said it could be Meniere’s disease since it comes can goes. :fa21 I’ve experienced no vertigo symptoms, so I was, and still am, super confused about it all. The meds I was prescribed was a ridiculous amount of bitter syrup tubes. Right now I’m taking a 2-week break, hopefully by the next time I see the doctor my ear will still be fine.

And on to happier things— :cat2

I’ve been walking this lil bugger whenever I can.

She’s so easily distracted :cam

Halloween was very uneventful. I wasn’t feeling the Halloween spirit this year; it just kinda came and went. My friends and I got to do a bit of people watching in Amemura, and I was able to eat some Halloween-themed cake.

Hair Growth Update!!! :fa7

After doing the big chop about two years ago, I can say that the length is finally getting to where I want it to be. Unfortunately, the shrinkage is real. :fa16

And my diet? The thing I’ve been struggling the entire year over? Ugh… just when I start getting a few compliments, the ear thing I mentioned earlier decides to happen… So I ended up eating more than I would have had I not had to take that medicine.

I’ve had too much of this…

…and this…

Making it to Christmas with no more days eating out like this is my current goal. I should not be spending $20-$40 on dinner…especially when it’s not steak or lobster! Not to mention I’m sure that after breakfast and lunch, a 1500 calorie meal with coworkers just isn’t worth it in the end. :pt1