Crate Crazed!

Now for a rare blog post that isn’t about video games. This is more on the general  gamer girl theme… I’m here to talk about CRATES. Basically everyone has heard of some kind of monthly crate subscriptions that you can purchase to get a surprise of goodies curated to meet a certain theme or topic sent to you. I think it’s time to start talking about the good, the bad and the ugly of these subscription crates… because let’s face it, they are not all created equal. Plus, I’d love to hear your suggestions for your favorite crates too!

My first subscription crate was Japan Crate. I was a Premium Box subscriber, which was the biggest box they had on offer, and was always packed with stuff! It is definitely a good quality subscription crate, you got plenty of stuff for your money. For a while I was pretty happy with Japan Crate, since I’m a total weeb and I had always heard about crazy Kit Kat flavors in Japan, and things like that. However, after many months of being a member, I realized that half of my snacks were going uneaten. I’m a picky eater and I am not really into eating mysterious corn puffs covered with powdered artificial shrimp dust. One time I did get a dark chocolate Kit Kat, and occasionally there would be a Pokemon themed candy, but overall I wasn’t loving the snacks. Then finally, the last straw came. The company was based in San Francisco, and then they moved to Japan. I’m sure for them it was an important business move that helped them in the long run. In the short term, it meant that my shipments were late. I wasn’t thrilled and I ended up canceling the subscription. But I still go on their website from time to time, because you can order some of the popular snacks directly from them. If you’re a more adventurous eater than I am, this may be a good crate for you!

The second crate I ever tried was the Gamer Girl Monthly crate. I just looked up the website for the first time since I ended the subscription (over a year ago) and it seems they have restructured their subscriptions and now you can personalize what items you want to get. So I can’t really comment on how GGM works now. But I can say that it is more expensive that it used to be – I believe I was paying $13 a month when I was a member. However, the downside was definitely that I was getting items that were not from fandoms that I was into. I would also get a lot of earrings and… I don’t have pierced ears. So eventually I decided to cut the cord. I will say that I did get some SUPER cute items, like the Kirby plush coin purse, Zelda necklaces, and some cosplay quality accessories. If you like girly gamer stuff and can afford the new price point, it might be worth a shot for you!

For a little while, I was on a subscription crate hiatus. I’ve joined other monthly services, like JustFab and Adore Me. However, I’m about ready to stop those services because I often forget to tell them not to charge me, and then I end up with credits that I’m obligated to spend… it’s just a hassle. I hate having to send stuff back when it doesn’t fit. Just ugh. I need to shop in stores more lol. If anything, maybe some day I’ll get Stitch Fix instead.

Anyway, when the calendar turned to 2018, my amazing friend Carney (check out her blog!) and I decided to go hard with planners, bullet journals, self love books, and overall life organization and wellness. We each purchased the planner that we thought was best for us, and went to work organizing our lives. It’s actually a lot of fun and helps me stay on task and work toward my goals. However, as we have been sharing photos of these beautifully designed bullet journals (#bujo on Insta, check it out!!) with expertly drawn hand lettering… I felt a little inadequate. I can’t draw, and that’s ok. I got colored gel pens and started writing in bubble letters. Not QUITE as cute as I wanted it to be though. So what did I do? I went to Cratejoy.

I wanted to find a sticker subscription to help take my planner to the next level. And oh boy do they have sticker subscriptions! There are tons of sticker and stationery crates to choose from. I opted to try out the Stickii Club crate and after only one month, I am so happy that I did! I love it so much that I am considering adding an additional theme to my current subscription, since they are only $10 a month. You can choose from Cute, Retro or Pop stickers. I went with Cute… and it was f’ing CUTE!! They sent me several sheets of stickers with a cute bunny theme, featuring stickers representing different emotions and foods and lots of other fun stuff. They also sent a “Stickii Storage” which is a translucent folder sized for an A5 6-ring Filofax style binder, and it neatly organized all of the cute stickers for the month. So what did I do? I went on Amazon, ordered an A5 6-ring binder, an extra folder to hold more stickers… and I ordered some cat stickers while I was at it. I’m clearly out of control with stickers already, and I’m reliving the joys of my 10 year old self by creating this new sticker book to use with my planner. Whew. Stickers never go out of style!! I totally recommend this club to anyone who ever loved sticker collecting. Your love will be renewed!!

Now that my planner is helping me organize my life, and my sticker collection motivating me to continue to use said planner, things are definitely moving in the right direction! But Carney and I also enjoy reading and thought it would be fun to start a book club for ourselves. (Wanna join? Comment or PM me!) We both had picked up the crazy political exposé “Fire and Fury”, so we figured we’d start with that. (Brace yourselves, I’m going to post a book report about it here on the blog when I’m done!) But what about next month? We figured we’d try out a book crate subscription.

The Inspired Book Club crate is a monthly subscription featuring a book and some items that are on theme with the book. After some drama of waiting much longer than expected to receive tracking info, I finally received my first crate yesterday. Now, I haven’t read the book yet – saving it for next month’s book club book – but it’s not as long as I expected. But it does say New York Times best seller. I don’t want to post the contents b/c Carney didn’t get her box yet (compounding on the shipping drama!!), but the items that came along seem very nice, good quality… but I have no idea what they have to do with the book. They seem like completely unrelated self-pampering products. Which I’m fine with, but it wasn’t exactly what I expected.

So that’s really the bottom line – these crates often do not deliver what you expect. Sometimes you are surprised and delighted, sometimes you are disappointed or feel like you wasted money. It’s important to read the reviews (Inspired Book Club also does not have good reviews) and remember that some of these crates are shipped out by an individual to hundreds or thousands of subscribers. Other times, the crates are shipped from overseas and have kinks to be worked out, like what happened with Japan Crate. But that is what makes these subscription crates fun – you never know what you might get!

Do you subscribe to any monthly crates? Have you had a great experience, or maybe a terrible one? Please share it in the comments, I’m very curious!!


2011 Glux Blog in Review

Check this out!  The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,100 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

It’s Video Games Day!

Huzzah!  Guess what folks?  It’s Video Games Day!  Apparently in the USA (or North America?  I don’t really know.) today is a national holiday celebrating gaming!  Who knew?

Now the REAL question is… how to celebrate?  Do you go on a marathon gaming spree playing one game for 6-8 hours straight?  Nintendo wouldn’t recommend that if you’re playing a 3DS by the way!  (You’re eyes will cross and explode in their sockets.)  What about playing every game that you own for 20 minutes?  Or maybe you can celebrate by going to GameStop, Toys R Us or whatever, and buying as many games as your bank account can afford?  Everyone has their own special way of celebrating Video Games Day!  But the important thing is to play your games with pride and without hesitation!


Blog Overhaul

Hello readers!  If you are seeing this post, you may have noticed that my blog looks a little different.  That’s because I’ve decided to change the theme of my blog – I want to expand the focus of my entries.  Instead of my blog being exclusively about my AC:CF town, Shaolin, I want to write about all Nintendo games.  More specifically, 3DS games that I’ve been playing much more lately!  So I will be writing more but I just wanted to give you all a heads up.  I don’t plan on deleting my old Shaolin entries (I don’t want to delete all that hard work lol!) so you can find the info about my town in the archives and in the AC:CF dropdown menu above.  Thanks for visiting, and come back soon for more Nintendo related blog stuff!  🙂



Hi everyone!  You probably all thought I’d given up on AC.  And that would be partly true…  I haven’t played ACCF consistently in quite a while.  It’s sad, I know.  I will get back into it eventually, but for now I’ve just been preoccupied with other games.  Pokemon has basically taken over, and I’ve been busy working on the PokeCenter network that I created for Pokemon players.  If you like playing any Pokemon game, please feel free to join my social network!  It’s free, we have lots of smart players there, a chat room has been added, and there’s contests and stuff!

Anyway, back on task.  I know I’ve missed a lot of DLC.  I’ll work on catching up with that soon.  I wanted to post the newest JP DLC news:

For those who can’t read Japanese, the JP DLC is “Kintarou” and “Kintarou no Haragake”.  After a bit of sleuthing I’ve determined that the Kintarou is a wig to make your character look like the Kintarou character from Japanese folklore.  I’ll quote from Wikipedia:  “Kintarō as an image is characterized with a Masakari ax, a Haragake Japanese-style apron and sometimes a tame bear.”  I don’t know about the bear, but the haragake appears to be a shirt pattern.  It should be cute!  I can’t wait to visit Orenji and pick up the new DLC next month!

As for US DLC… yeah right.  They haven’t even updated the DLC website in a looong time.  So don’t hold ur breath.  lol

In other AC news, I recently bought a copy of Animal Crossing: Game Cube for $10.  I’ve never played ACGC before so I didn’t know what to expect.  It is actually a lot different from ACWW and ACCF!  There is no ‘rolling log’ effect when you walk around, so navigating is a little awkward.  I LOVE my Gyroid Assistant though, it’s so cute!  I wish they’d kept that in the newer games.  If you’re wondering, I named my new ACGC town something very mature and grownup…  “Uranus”.  😛

That’s about all I have to report.  Sorry I’ve been neglecting you guys.  Feel free to follow my Tumblr blog, as I usually update that with random stuff fairly frequently.  And as I wrote before, join up at the PokeCenter if you want to talk about pokemon related stuff!!  xD


Shaolin Year in Review

I meant to make this a little sooner but I just never got around to it.  But finally, I have created my first annual “Shaolin Year in Review” video!  Well, it’s actually a slideshow of my favorite photos and events from November 2008 – November 2009.  It’s not very fancy or anything, but I hope you like it!

Note:  I literally have over a THOUSAND photos from the past year.  These pictures are only a small sample.  Please visit my Flickr page to see all my old photos… well, as far back as my free account will allow.  Or go thru the Shaolin Blog Archives, there’s some old photos from last year in those old entries too!



I just found out this afternoon that my friend from ACUKE was infected with the DimentioMsk HDLC Virus.  😦  Since I recently visited a UK town to get the new DLC items, I am likely to be infected as well, since my ACUKE friends visit each other often.

The good news is that (from what I’ve researched) this doesn’t mess up my Wii system.  The only problem is the fact that this is HDLC, which is of course “hacked” DLC content.  That means that the DimentioMsk is taking up a memory slot that Nintendo might want to use to distribute a new DLC item.  If Nintendo uses the same exact slot to release a DLC, I won’t be able to see the new item.  I’ll only see the HDLC item that is already stored there.  Sorry if this is too technical, but I can’t think of a simpler way to explain this.

The reason this is called a virus is due to the way it is spread.  Since the hacker who created this code copied an item from Able’s Shop, then this HDLC will go into the shop’s inventory rotation.  I might not see the DimentioMsk item in the store for months.  The problem is, you can pass on this HDLC ‘virus’ to anybody that you WIFI with.  That means that anyone you come into contact with will also get the virus.  😦  So basically that means that all my friends that I saw today are probably infected too.

I’m very sorry.  I am not a hacker.  I don’t approve of hacking code to change the game.  I wish there was something I could do about this, but the only way to stop it would be to restart my whole game!  I really hope Nintendo finds a fix for this, or at least I hope the HDLC doesn’t interfere with any new DLC coming out in the future.



The Prima Guide is crappy.  I don’t like how all the clothes are listed separately from the matching hats and accessories.  If I had been developing this guide, I definitely would have kept the sets together!  I mean, Mabel usually tells you if you are buying something that will match another item.   I wish I had been writing those hints down, cuz now I’m trying to assemble a list of “costumes” that have matching hats or accessories.  This is in NO way complete, in any order, or definitely correct – it’s just based on my memory, the guide, and what seems to go together.  

PLEASE comment if you know of anything I forgot, or if something was posted that needs correction!  And for fun, I’ll color the items I don’t have in blue.

  • Detective Hat & Detective Outfit
  • Top Hat & Tuxedo
  • Gracie Hat & Gracie’s Top (I know there are accessories too but let’s not get crazy lol)
  • Festive Hat & Jingle Shirt
  • Big Bro’s Hat & Big Bro’s Shirt
  • Lil Bro’s Hat & Lil Bro’s Shirt
  • Chef’s Hat & Chef’s Outfit
  • Combat Helmet & Military Uniform
  • Scholar’s Hat & Graduation Gown
  • Safety Helmet & Orange Jumpsuit??  
  • Police Cap & Security Shirt
  • Explorer’s Hat & Explorer’s Shirt
  • Captain’s Hat & Captain’s Shirt
  • Outback Hat & Western Shirt
  • Dutch Hat & Dutch Shirt
  • Sombrero & Poncho?
  • Pirate’s Hat & Pirate’s Coat
  • Jester’s Cap & Jester Shirt
  • Witch Hat & Witch Shirt
  • Melon Hat & Melon Shirt
  • Strawberry Hat & Strawberry Shirt
  • Kiwi Hat & Kiwi Shirt
  • Mardarin Hat & Citrus Shirt
  • Watermelon Hat & Watermelon Shirt
  • Grape Hat & Grape Shirt
  • Royal Crown & Royal Shirt
  • Crown & Princess Shirt??  (maybe?)
  • Fireman’s Hat & Firefighter Tee
  • Warbonnet & Folk Tunic
  • Cow Bone & Caveman Tunic
  • Samurai Wig (or is it the Helmet?) & Samurai Suit
  • Geisha Wig & Kimono?
  • Ninja Hood & Burglar’s Shirt
  • Bunny Hood & Fluffy Shirt???
  • Cat Cap & Cat Top
  • Bear Cap & Bear Top
  • Frog Cap & Frog Top
  • Kappa Cap & Kappa Suit
  • Hero’s Cap & Hero’s Clothes
  • Racing Helmet & Racing Shirt
  • Knight’s Helmet & Armor Suit (but what about the Scale Armor Suit?  Does that match anything?)
  • Roman Helmet & Gold Armor Suit
  • Space Helmet & Space Suit
  • Wrestling Mask & Wrestler Shirt
  • Dressing & Mummy Shirt
  • Red Zap Helmet & Red Zap Suit
  • Blue Zap Helmet & Blue Zap Suit
  • Green Zap Helmet & Green Zap Suit
  • Pink Zap Helmet & Pink Zap Suit
  • Samus’ Mask & Varia Suit
  • Toad Hat & Toad Shirt
  • King Tut Mask & Egyptian Outfit
  • Bridal Veil & Cake Shirt


A word to the wise – use FireFox when accessing the Nintendo site.  I had all kinds of problems using the site with Safari, but FireFox totally worked.  I was able to check my order status on the site for the first time.  Joy!  Something I thought was a little weird:

“Component Description


Sooo… my Wii’s color is “assy white” now?  LOL I’m sure that’s not what that’s supposed to mean but it sure looks funny to me!

Anyway, my Wii has already left NOA.  I tracked the package and it is already in Seacaucus, NJ!  Yay!!!  The tracking page said that it should arrive on Monday!  Yes!  Now I just have to hope they don’t deliver it to my landlord by accident, since that will cause delays!  Only a few more days until I know the fate of Shaolin.  I’m very hopeful that it will still exist, because many people have told me they sent their Wii’s in for the same reason, and they came back fully intact.  Please let that happen to me tooooo!!!

OK I won’t post again until my Wii is on and I have real results.  Thanks for staying tuned!



I checked the status of my Repair Order with Nintendo.  It said that they received my Wii yesterday, and it is currently being repaired.  So I assume this means that they will be finished and ship it out tomorrow or Monday.  So hopefully not too much longer until I can play AC:CF again!  I’ll update again when I have confirmation that it was shipped back to me.