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Banana Cake

So I made bananacake for the first time and it turned out pretty damn good.

Recipe:

  • 125 gram butter
  • 200 gram sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla powder
  • half a teaspoon of salt
  • 250 gram flower
  • 4 ripe bananas

Just mix everything together in that order one by one (mash the bananas of course) and bake it in a pre heated oven at 170°C for an hour. Tastes even better the day after. Enjoy!

Also listen to this awesome song my awesome friend Kenny made for another awesome friend called Fearn about this awesome thing called Britland City. Awesome info in the awesome description.

Britland city can also be found here, & here.

Top 10 Legend of Zelda Dungeon Themes

I’m in a very Zelda mood (gee, what a surprise) so today I’m giving you my top 10 favorite temple songs out of all the games. It wasn’t easy, because in truth, I first wanted to do just a top 10 Zelda songs in general, but it became clear very quickly that there’s no way I could have narrowed that down. So instead I picked temples as a theme. That also means I’m likely going to do another top 10 Zelda songs in the future. Zelda fans rejoice, non-Zelda fans… get the hell out of here!

10 –  Oracle of Seasons – Dancing Dragon Dungeon

Perhaps a little surprising, and likely not even recognizable by people who don’t know the series that well, or have only started to play the series a few years ago. This is by all means a very simple repeating song, but out of all 16 dungeons songs from the Oracle games, this one is the one I most remember. Just a simple, catchy song which is more than worthy to kick of this list at number 10.

09 – Spirit Tracks – Tower of Spirits

A second, but more recent, handheld one! Say what you want about the train, but I really loved Spirit Tracks. The Tower of Spirits music is one of the games songs that I can still remember perfectly and I feel it works very nicely with the idea that you’re working as a team, trying to climb higher and higher.

08 – The Wind Waker – Earth Temple

I don’t know what it is about this song, but I just really, really liked it from the first time I heard it. It just struck as familiar straight away, and it still does. Is it just me or does this song borrow from something else that I just can’t seem to remember?

07 – a Link to the Past – Dark World Dungeon

Absolute classic. This one counts for most temples in a Link to the Past, but hell it still gives me goosebumps. Back when I was a kid this song actually scared me for a while so every time I got into a temple I just walked out straight away. Why I never realized I could just turn the volume down is beyond me.

06 – The Minish Cap – Temple of Droplets

Yes, yet another handheld song, I swear I’m not doing it on purpose, just one more after this and it’s all console! Minish Cap has some really interesting music, and this is one song that I felt worked so perfectly with the temple itself. It’s cold, it’s slow and it’s there to remind you that you are now the size of a thumb inside an icecold place.

05 – Skyward Sword – Earth Temple

Oh hey, another Earth Temple song. While Twilight Princess was rather disappointing when it came to dungeon music (you wont find any in this list) Skyward Sword thankfully improved mostly on that part. Maybe I just really like Earth Temple themed music, but you can’t deny this is quite catchy. It’s so awesome that I can feel the lava heat when just listening to it!

04 – The Minish Cap – Palace of Winds

And we’re back at the Minish Cap and the last handheld song in this list. For a handheld midi song this one is quite epic in my opinion. It starts out all nice and slowly being all: welcome to our humble Palace, enjoy your stay… and then it starts building up and it’s all BAZAM YOU IN THE SKY PALACE B*TCH! FEEL LIKE A BIRD!

03 – Skyward Sword – Lanayru Mining Facility (past)

In all honesty, I wasn’t too fond of this song at first, but it has started to grow on me quite a lot, especially the “past” version. It’s rather different from what you’re used to in a Zelda game, but then again, so is the whole damn facility. The present version is kinda so and so when you enter, but the moment you hit a timeshift stone and everything goes back to it’s earlier state, and the music suddenly hits you with it’s percussion, then it’s all “woah”.

02 – Ocarina of Time – Forest Temple

Eery, spooky, scary, haunting are several ways to describe this song. Brilliant is the term I like to use when someone asks me my opinion. It may not be catchy, or epic or have a lot of variation, but when you first enter this place and you’re just a kid, and that music starts playing… you just try your best to not pee your pants. Then a short while later your first wallmaster drops out of nowhere making that even more scary sound and you pee your pants anyway.

01 – Majora’s Mask – Stone Tower Temple

And, perhaps not surprisingly if you know Majora’s Mask is my favorite game, is Stone Tower Temple. Not only is this one of the most insane temples in any Zelda game, it has some, if not the best, temple music in the whole series. It has a catchy tune, yet the deep and heavy voices give it a certain strong impression. It makes you feel, wow, I’m way over my head here. Then you turn the whole place upside down and everything is literally hanging over your head. The music changes a long and while still maintaining the same tune everything suddenly sounds a lot more eery and it feels like you’re in a completely different place. A well deserved number 1 spot in my opinion.

So tell me, when it comes to your favorite dungeon theme, which one would it be?

Challenge List – Week 2

And thus ends the 2nd week of my challenge list. Weekly challenges are going really well, although I should probably start some of those monthly challenges now if I want to make those in time. I’m changing another challenge slightly as well. The do an art challenge every 2 weeks from Deviantart. I’m changing that to doing an art challenge in general, so I’ve got more options. Today I actually did a 100 challenge, which is to pick something I’m bad at, and draw that 100 times. So I drew 100 male torso’s. They’re all roughly 3 minute sketches, but that still took some good time and I feel like I should be doing this 100 thing more, it feels good. Other things I’m doing better at is that so far I’ve been exercising 6 out of 7 days, rather than every 2 and I usually eat 2 pieces of fruit a day instead of one.

I’ve also finished my first book of the year, which was The Hobbit, the illustrated version. I really enjoyed this book and it was a surprisingly easy read, considering how people say that the LotR books are so hard to read (I’ve yet to touch those). Reading the book sort of feels like you’re in a tavern, listening to an old man’s tale. There’s never a dull moment and so much happens that keeps you reading on and on. The illustrations are beautifully done as well and fit the story perfectly, something that people who are into art will definitely appreciate. The only thing I wonder, is why the writer went with 13 Dwarves, as only a few get proper character development. I feel like the same story could have been told with half as many Dwarves. Smaug, the dragon’s defeat was also done in an unexpected way, but these are not bad things of course. I know its kind of pointles to mention, but I’m still going to say that I highly recommend anyone to read it. Now I look forward to the movie even more.

Anyways, here’s the list again with mentioned updates and explanations! This time I’m just going to write the ones that I did since you can find the full thing on the goals page, makes it easier to read through.

Reading & Writing

1 Read at least 24 books (1/24)
– The Hobbit
2 Update my blog at least 3 times a week
– This includes today, so that makes 3 once more
3 Work on my stories at least once a week(2/52)
– This time I brainstormed the story that involves Iluna, very early development
5 Keep a dream journal
– 5 out of 7 dreams, less than last week, but still good

Movies

13 Watch 1 movie I’ve never seen before every week (2/52)
– As mentioned earlier this week, I saw The rise of the Planet of the Apes with Dorothy

Art

19 Draw one full body picture every week (2/52)
– I did several full body sketches during the 100 challenge
20 Every 2 weeks, do an art challenge I find or from List (1/26)
– That would be the 100 male torso’s challenge I did

Entertainment

30 Have a real date night every month with Dorothy (1/12)

Health & Selfimprovement

37 Excercise at least every 2 days for 20 minutes or more
– I exercised 6 out of 7 days this week
40 Eat one piece of fruit every day
– More apples, pears, banana’s & kiwi’s!
43 Clean up my room once a week (2/52)
– Let’s keep it this way!
44 Keep a list of all my spendings
– Watching my money this week

Random

53 Keep a mood calender
      – Oh tiring days!

That’s all for today, I think i may make a new post tomorrow, so look out for that!

❤ Jin

Challenge List – Week 1

Hello there! The first week has passed and so far things are going good. There are however 2 things that will be changed in the list. These changes and the things I did this week are marked in green, and I’ll try to add a short explanation bellow it everytime to be a bit more specific.

Reading & Writing

1 Read at least 24 books (0/24)
2 Update my blog at least 3 times a week
– This includes today, so that makes 3
3 Work on my Eternal Nightfall Story at least once a week(1/52)
– I brainstormed for about an hour, but I am changing this to “Work on any of my stories”
4 Make a list of all my belongings
5 Keep a dream journal
– Managed to remember 6 out of 7 nights so far, so that’s good
6 Write about a subject of interest once a month using at least 1500 words (0/12)

Photography

7 Every month, pick one week where pick a theme and take a photograph every day (0/12)
8 Take a 4 pictures for 4 places, one for each season (0/16)

Gaming

9 Complete 24 Videogames (0/24)
10 Play through Donkey Kong Country Returns or Super Mario Bros Wii with Dorothy
11 Do 1 Let’s Play

Movies

12 Watch the main animated Disney/Pixar movies I haven’t seen or can barely remember again.
13 Watch 1 movie I’ve never seen before every week (0/52)
– I watched My Neighbour Totoro with Dorothy yesterday
14 Watch 3 unseen seasons of any serie from my collection (0/3)
15 Watch 6 unseen anime series (0/6)

Music

16 Do a 30 day song Challenge
17 Discover a new band for each month (0/12)
18 Learn to play one song on any instrument

Art

19 Draw one full body picture every week (1/52)
– I’m changing this to 2 weeks, I’m just not good enough yet and need extra time/practice
20 Every 2 weeks, do a challenge from List (0/26)
21 Improve or redesign 12 of my characters (0/12)
– I’ve spend most of my day on improving my character Iluna, only a few simple sketches but still going
22 Make a short looping animation (5-10sec)
23 Do the 100 Theme Challenge List
24 Do a monthly skechtdump (0/12)
25 Draw a short comic
26 Design a Christmas Card
27 Do something Graphic Design related outside of school every month (0/12)
28 Draw 1 piece of fanart every month (0/12)

Entertainment

29 Attend at least 3 conventions  (0/3)
30 Have a real date night every month with Dorothy (0/12)
31 Go see the Zelda 25 year Anniversary Concert
32 Go to the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studios in London
33 Make a short video (1-3 minutes) every month (0/12)
34 Have a meetup with online friends
– As mentioned in my previous post, I met up with Micha & Jenna, twice even
35 Make a top 5-10 list about things I love every month (0/12)

Health & Selfimprovement

36 Get my weight to 82kg (currently 87kg)
37 Excercise at least every 2 days for 20 minutes or more
– I’ve surprisingly exercised 5 out of 7 days this week
38 Go running at least twice a month (0/24)
39 Drink only water (excluding coffee) for 4 random weeks (0/4)
40 Eat one piece of fruit every day
– Apples, pears & banana’s
41 Get some jobs to earn extra money
42 Clean out things I don’t need or care about from my room
– I put away some things and decided to sell some of my dvds that are collecting dust
43 Clean up my room once a week (1/52)
– And boy was it necessary
44 Keep a list of all my spendings
– And I can already tell I should spend less, but I blame it on the meetups
45 Visit my both Aunts/Uncles at least every 3 months (0/8

Culinary

46 Learn to cook something every month (0/12)
47 Try 12 different kinds of coffee (0/12)
48 Try 12 types of food I haven’t tasted before (0/12)
– I tried Chicken Catsu & Duck Dumplings at Wagamama’s, and liked it.

Random

49 Learn how to play chess
50 Say yes to everything for a day
51 Do one challenge a friend suggests (Not shave for a month – Sharpy)
52 Do something for Nerdfighters
53 Keep a mood calender
      – Oh happy days!

So as you can see, I’m off to a fairly good start. It’s only the first week so it’s not that hard of course, but it shows I’m motivated enough I think. Looking at some of the things I did, I should perhaps blog when I complete specific challenges, like giving my thoughts about a new movie I’ve seen. It will make the blog that more active, so I’ll start doing that from now on and it’s possibly I will continue to make little changes to improve as I go. That’s the update for this week, now I’m going to go back to improving this character of mine! Perhaps I’ll post a sneak peak when I’m done, but I’m keeping the majority for the sketchdump at the end of the month. See you in a few days!

2012 Challenge List

First of all, a Happy (late) New Year to all of you! This means it’s time to officially start my Challenge list for 2012, here it is!

Reading & Writing

1 Read at least 24 books (0/24)
2 Update my blog at least 3 times a week
3 Work on my Eternal Nightfall Story at least once a week(0/52)
4 Make a list of all my belongings
5 Keep a dream journal
6 Write about a subject of interest once a month using at least 1500 words (0/12)

Photography

7 Every month, pick one week where pick a theme and take a photograph every day (0/12)
8 Take a 4 pictures for 4 places, one for each season (0/16)

Gaming

9 Complete 24 Videogames (0/24)
10 Play through Donkey Kong Country Returns or Super Mario Bros Wii with Dorothy
11 Do 1 Let’s Play

Movies

12 Watch the main animated Disney/Pixar movies I haven’t seen or can barely remember again.
13 Watch 1 movie I’ve never seen before every week (0/52)
14 Watch 3 unseen seasons of any serie from my collection (0/3)
15 Watch 6 unseen anime series (0/6)

Music

16 Do a 30 day song Challenge
17 Discover a new band for each month (0/12)
18 Learn to play one song on any instrument

Art

19 Draw one full body picture every week (0/52)
20 Every 2 weeks, do a challenge from List (0/26)
21 Improve or redesign 12 of my characters (0/12)
22 Make a short looping animation (5-10sec)
23 Do the 100 Theme Challenge List
24 Do a monthly skechtdump (0/12)
25 Draw a short comic
26 Design a Christmas Card
27 Do something Graphic Design related outside of school every month (0/12)
28 Draw 1 piece of fanart every month (0/12)

Entertainment

29 Attend at least 3 conventions  (0/3)
30 Have a real date night every month with Dorothy (0/12)
31 Go see the Zelda 25 year Anniversary Concert
32 Go to the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studios in London
33 Make a short video (1-3 minutes) every month (0/12)
34 Have a meetup with online friends
35 Make a top 5-10 list about things I love every month (0/12)

Health & Selfimprovement

36 Get my weight to 82kg (currently 87kg)
37 Excercise at least every 2 days for 20 minutes or more
38 Go running at least twice a month (0/24)
39 Drink only water (excluding coffee) for 4 random weeks (0/4)
40 Eat one piece of fruit every day
41 Get some jobs to earn extra money
42 Clean out things I don’t need or care about from my room
43 Clean up my room once a week (0/52)
44 Keep a list of all my spendings
45 Visit my both Aunts/Uncles at least every 3 months (0/8

Culinary

46 Learn to cook something every month (0/12)
47 Try 12 different kinds of coffee (0/12)
48 Try 12 types of food I haven’t tasted before (0/12)

Random

49 Learn how to play chess
50 Say yes to everything for a day
51 Do one challenge a friend suggests (Not shave for a month – Sharpy)
52 Do something for Nerdfighters
53 Keep a mood calender

A total of 53 may seem a bit random, but that just shows I didn’t make any of these up for the sake off. I just wrote everything that came to mind that I wanted to do and this is what I ended with. I might even do some extra things a long the way if anything comes up. Why am I doing this? Well, the whole point of this list is to become more creative and procrastinate a lot less, but without putting too much pressure on myself. Granted, it looks like a lot, but I don’t have to do all of these, or completely finish them, but it does give me goals to work towards to. Even if I only manage half of what’s on this list, that means I’ll have been a lot more active than any other year. Of course the more I do finish the better and I will do my best, but if something just doesn’t work or ends up being unrealistic, so be it.  Everytime I do something I will update the list, and at the end of each month I’ll be writing a post with an overview of how far I’ve come so far. Wish me luck and I hope you follow me & my challenges, and perhaps make a list for yourself, let me know!

PS: you can find the list and the progress at the top menu bar =)