Pond Smelt Tourney

Before I get into today’s blog, I just wanted to share that Shaolin has a new resident.  I’m not pleased.  She moved in next door to Rowan (in Margie’s old spot) and she’s fugly.  Well, not as bad as Elise, but she’s pretty gross nonetheless.

Meet Bella

Yeah that’s right, it’s Bella the Pimple Queen.  Blah.  Somebody get her some facial cleanser!

Anyway, my character Deb has been logging in a bit more often, since King Squirt is still planning on retiring soon.  (If only he could find those last few gyroids!  And maybe find the UFO… but I’ve decided that shooting Gulliver down is not one of Squirt’s priorities.)  Deb, unlike Squirt, still has a lot of stuff to do before her catalog will be complete!  Earlier this week, she shot down the wonderous Golden Slingshot.

Golden Slingshot

Of course, Deb is the character who always has to be a fashionista, and she doesn’t care for the gaudy golden tools.  (She has the complete Silver Tool set and is quite pleased with it.)  So this golden slingshot is waiting in the FREE section by the Shaolin Gates, ready for someone to come and snatch it!  😛

Now for today’s news:  The Fishing Tournament!  Earlier this week, Deb had caught a couple of scary Football fish and she decided to keep one in her house – just in case she could use it in the upcoming tournament.  Sadly, when she spoke with Chip, she found out what sort of tournament was being held this month:

Pond Smelt Fishing Tourney

Pond Smelts.  And ONLY pond smelts.  BOO!  So Deb went up and down the river.  She only saw small shadows, so of course she cast her fishing line out to them.  Every time, it was a pond smelt!  It was like Chip had just brought a bucket full of pond smelts and dumped them in the river.  Deb ended up catching 5 pond smelts in a row!  She entered them all in the competition, and last I checked, she was winning!

Deb's Winning Catch

Wouldn’t it be nice for Deb to finally win a contest, instead of just getting that lame Honorable Mention (aka the You Suck Certificate) letter in the mail?  Let’s hope that none of the other townies will surpass 6.7 inches.  I won’t find out the results til after the tournament.  Fingers crossed!  😀

In DLC news, nothing really has been announced lately.  Sad.  The only clue I have is for the next US DLC, which is going to be released for Valentine’s Day.  I hope it’s something cute!  If I hear any other info, I’ll be sure to post it here!

Before I go…  a bottle was found by the beach.  There was no note attached, only this photo was shoved inside, with a quick little comment:

Pippin is the UFO Expert now!

At least SOMEONE is having some luck finding the UFO!  😛

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JP DLC & UFO News

Orenji is popular!

Me too, Chester!  I just recently discovered that there was new JP DLC announced:  
アニパーサリーケーキ.  When sounded out, this katakana spells “anniversary cake”!  Which means that this is probably the same DLC we’ll be receiving in the USA around the same time (mid-November, maybe the 17th?).  It’s pretty cute, so even if you can’t understand Japanese, go to that link and look at the pic at least!

Annoying...

For the past few days I’ve been bothered by the little lost kitten, Katie.  Yesterday I finally remembered to ask my friend Bella to open her gate!  I haven’t received my special item yet, but I hope it’s something cool!

Basic Painting!

A few days ago, Nook was selling a Basic Painting as the Spotlight Item!  Cool!  I picked it up, and I’ll try to take it over to the city today and display it at the Auction House (if this is a display week, that is…  I haven’t really been visiting the Auction House lately.  Sorry about that folks!).  If it’s not a display week, then it will wait by the gate for someone to pick up!  🙂

Other than those few things, it’s been pretty boring around here in Shaolin.  Just looking for the missing pieces from my Mushroom Series.  I keep getting a lot of repeats of stuff I already have.  😦  I hope I can get the furniture I need by the end of the month!!!  EEP!

Oh, there was another exciting thing to share – but it wasn’t in Shaolin.  I found another ‘note in a bottle’ and it had both a message and a picture stuffed inside!

Oy!  Pip here, writing to you from the Shire.  There’s been quite a bit of excitement happening here.  First of all, I’ve met a new friend!  Her name is Yuki and I visited her town earlier this week.  She was very nice and let me catalog a lot of items!  And she also gave me some hybrid flowers to take home.  Thank you Yuki!  (Later I told Sam that the hybrids had magically spawned on their own.  But I don’t think he believed me, as he’s a very diligent gardner.)

In Yuki’s town Mitsukyo, there was a grand department store.  I was finally able to get my hair to look more like normal.  Huzzah!

Remember when I had caught a glimpse of a UFO not long ago?  I had told my fellow hobbits about it and they didn’t believe me – insisting that it was just some conjuring of Gandalf’s, or some other mischief.  But two days ago, Samwise was out watering flowers (as he does every day) and he saw something flying across the sky!  Of course, Sam doesn’t have a slingshot.  So he ran to me and told me about what he saw.

“I knew it!” I scoffed at him.  “The UFO is REAL!”

So I went outside to look for the flying saucer.  I stood out in the garden behind our house at Bag End and waited for about ten minutes.  To my dismay, I saw the UFO flying overhead… but it was going too fast and I could not hit it with my slingshot.  I felt defeated and came back inside to tell Merry what had happened.

Merry still didn’t quite believe me.  So I told her to go out that evening and look for the UFO herself.  She was smarter than me (sadly, that’s often the case) and waited in front of the main gate to see if a flying saucer would appear.  After waiting for a few minutes, the UFO whirred overhead.  She took a shot – MISS!  Then she ran ahead of the UFO’s path, and took a shot a little quicker than before…  and with a loud CRASH the UFO smashed into the ground near the Old Forest.  Merry ran to the crash site and found a large bird knocked unconscious.

Merry with the UFO.

This bird identified himself as Gulliver.  For half a moment Merry feared that he was a spy from Mordor, but after speaking with him at length she was decided that this animal was friendly.  She even searched the town for the missing spaceship parts that Gulliver needed, and he rewarded her with a special item – a Compass.  Merry put the Compass in our house, and I promptly snatched it and put it in my cupboard.  There’s a Flea Market today, and I don’t want these greedy animals around town (nor the Sackville-Bagginses) to try and get their hands on it!

I was both proud and jealous of Merry.  Sometimes it seems like she always has all the luck!

Until next time,
Pippin/TheShire/3953-6655-4658

Wednesday

It’s Wednesday, the middle of the week!  And you know what that means, it’s time to visit Crazy Redd!  This week in stock is the Exotic Table (own it), a Dynamic Painting, and a Baby Bed.  I think I need this Baby Bed to get close to finishing the Nursery Series.  I gotta say though, I think it’s kind of annoying how Redd always gives me Invitation cards when I leave his place.  I don’t want/need these stupid things!  Is there any way to make him stop??

Its Gracie!

It's Gracie!

GASP!  I stepped into GracieGrace, and lo and behold the Fashionista is there waiting for me!  She first wanted to do a little gossiping:  “That slice of gorgeous was from New Poly.  Her name was Tequila, I believe.”  Gotta tell Tequila that, she’ll appreciate it lol!  OK time for her to rate my current ensemble, which is my ‘native’ costume.  

“…Oh.  I see you’ve decided to make native a central theme to your ensemble.  …I guess those shoes aren’t bad, either…  Honey, some people neglect footwear fashion, but you’re doing OK.  Well, one thing is certain.  You’ve been working hard to stay on the fabulous forefront of style.  You’ve got that fire, honey.  You’ve earned yourself 10% off my entire line today.  Treat yourself to something fabulous.  You deserve to be turning heads, darling.”

Sweet!  Gracie thinks I’m cool.  And I actually have some bells on me right now, so I can actually buy stuff.  I got the Pink Argyle shirt and the Orange Pinstripe for pretty cheap!  Hooray!

I dont speak Japanese...

I don't speak Japanese...

OH!  I forgot to write about what ELSE happened last night, after Wisp came.  I went on a far-away voyage to JAPAN!  I met up with my friend Meg from the town of Friendly.  She speaks very good english, and is very nice too!  While I was visiting, two Japanese friends came to visit.  (Their names are Dice and Chokomaru – not that I can read their names, but Meg told me what their names are in english lol!)  We played Hide and Seek (I lost, it was tough!) and tried catching each other in our nets for a while!  It was pretty funny.  We also went to the Museum and had a discussion about language.  I explained what LOL stands for, since she didn’t know!  And I learned that in Japan, if you type ‘w’ or several ‘www’ at the end of a sentence, it is their version of saying lol, or lolololol, etc.  So I learned some Japanese!  Well, not really.

Learning some Japanese

Learning some Japanese

My new friends also gave me a Red Ogre Mask and a Blue Ogre Mask.  These items are Japan exclusive, from a Japanese holiday called “Bean Day.”  Meg explained to me that in Japan, when you play hide and seek, the person who I would normally refer to as “it” is called the “ogre” in Japan.  Interesting, right?  

We all have Gold Axes!

We all have Gold Axes!

Soon after, Meg had to go.  But that doesn’t mean the fun stopped!  I added Dice and Chokomaru to my friend roster, and invited them to come over and complete the Town Charm in Shaolin.  They came, even though neither of them speak english very well.  It’s ok, we were able to communicate!  We went to the beach so I could show off my house.  When they saw the Resetti model, they were very excited!  And I just happened to have 2 spare Resetti’s.  So I decided to give them to my new friends!  And then they just started dropping all KINDS of Japanese items!  I have no idea what some of them are or what they are supposed to be, but they are cool!

Theres a UFO in Chokomarus town!

There's a UFO in Chokomaru's town!

And finally, last thing I did last night was visit Chokomaru’s town.  It was so nice!  He had really cool patterns laid down for paths.  He wanted me to come down to the beach to see something.  I got a little lost but when I made my way down to him, I saw what was such a big deal… there was a UFO that had crash-landed on the beach!  Gulliver was fretting around as well.  

Chokomaru was trying to get Gulliver in his net!

Chokomaru was trying to get Gulliver in his net!

Side Note:  I’ve been able to post a lot of photos lately, because I love taking pictures, and I finally figured out how to load them onto my computer!  Unfortunately, my SD card has been acting up and my Wii isn’t recognizing it as well.  So… maybe I’ll be able to continue posting photos.  But maybe it will go back to one per day, if I can’t figure out this problem!