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New home!

New home!




September 19th, 2009     

I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile now but I keep putting it off so….. I’m just gonna do it! Welcome to Bilingual Gamer, my new personal blog. Bilingual in Vana’diel was going to become too specific and so I began thinking about what I wanted to do about that. It seemed like the [...]


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Real Life in FFXI: Valentine’s Day and White Day

Real Life in FFXI: Valentine’s Day and White Day




March 16th, 2009     

Valentine’s Day! The custom in Japan is for women to give men chocolates. In the past, I’ve made truffles for my coworkers. I also make signed chocolates in game for all of my male friends. It takes a lot of gil and a lot of chocolates but in the end, I think it’s worth it. [...]


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FFXI in Real Life: Part 8 Hina-matsuri

FFXI in Real Life: Part 8 Hina-matsuri




March 4th, 2009     

The feed to TTTO is working again!! /cheer Yesterday was March 3rd, the last day of the Doll Festival. As with most events in FFXI, this one too is inspired by a real holiday. In Japan, March 3rd is Hina-matsuri. It is a celebration for young girls where their families wish for their safe growth [...]


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FFXI in Real Life: The Return of Part 1

FFXI in Real Life: The Return of Part 1




February 17th, 2009     

Back in Part 1 of this series, I mentioned a Ninja snack which was disgusting. The one I bought was supposedly salt flavored. I never saw them in my supermarket after that so I figured they had been banished back to the horrible place they came from. Unfortunately, the company has decided that people need [...]


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I lessthanthree Combini

I lessthanthree Combini




January 28th, 2009     

Japanese convenience stores (affectionately referred to as combini) are amazing. In fact, without convenience stores, I think a lot of single men in Japan would starve. Or end up eating cheap ramen and beef bowls for every meal. They sell drinks, food, magazines, concert tickets, event tickets like when I went to Tokyo Game Show, [...]


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FFXI in Real Life?!: Part 7 “He’s CIC/NIN!”

FFXI in Real Life?!: Part 7 “He’s CIC/NIN!”




January 21st, 2009     

Well, I wasn’t planning on doing anything special here because this is an FFXI blog but…. lots of people celebrated the inauguration of America’s newest President Barack Obama. This celebration spread all across the globe including to Japan. There is actually a city in Japan called Obama. They made their own campaign cheering group of [...]


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FFXI in Real Life: Part 6 “Tarutaru Salad”

FFXI in Real Life: Part 6 “Tarutaru Salad”




January 17th, 2009     

This is one of those things that people have known about for awhile but still makes me giggle. Tartar sauce in Japanese in spelled タルタルソース (tarutaru so-su) So how about a Tarutaru Salad? 海老のタルタルサラダ (Shrimp Tarutaru Salad) It’s quite yummy too!


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あけましておめでとう! Happy New Year!

あけましておめでとう! Happy New Year!




January 3rd, 2009     

Happy New Year everyone! Christmas is over and most of my presents have been tucked away into my suitcases already. My little flock of stuffed chocobos is still running around the house though. One more got named over the break. Squirt. When we lined all the plushies up, one of them seemed way shorter than [...]


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FFXI in Real Life: Part 4 “What is Curry Pan?”

FFXI in Real Life: Part 4 “What is Curry Pan?”




November 28th, 2008     

Today’s FFXI in Real Life is brought to you by…. your friendly neighborhood bakery. Isn’t it so cute!! A baby turtle on a mama turtle to make melon pan. Melon pan doesn’t taste like melon usually. The melon refers to how the top cookie part looks like the outside of a melon. Or so they [...]


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FFXI in Real Life: Part 1

FFXI in Real Life: Part 1




November 7th, 2008     

You know you play FFXI too much when….. you can’t help but take pictures of random FFXI references. For example, what do ninja’s eat? Sushi? No way! Ninjas eat fluffy Ninja Snacks! They were absolutely awful. It was more like eating packaging popcorn that had been lightly salted. Also, on my last visit to Tokyo, [...]


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