Are you like me who prefers watching the horror genre instead of the romantic ones?

If you want to watch something scary, mysterious and thrilling, here are some of my recommended horror anime:

1. Hellsing

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"Hellsing follows the antiheroic vampire, Alucard, and a police girl-turned-vampire, Seras Victoria, two vampires employed by the vampire-extermination group of England, the Hellsing Organization. Slowly but surely, through their active duty, they find a new breed of vampires beginning to arise."

"The Diclonius, a mutated homo sapien that is said to be selected by God and will eventually become the destruction of mankind, possesses two horns in their heads, and has a "sixth sense" which gives it telekinetic abilities. Due to this dangerous power, they have been captured and isolated in laboratories by the government. Lucy, a young and psychotic Diclonius, manages to break free of her confines and brutally murder most of the guards in the laboratory, only to get shot in the head as she makes her escape. She survives and manages to drift along to a beach, where two teenagers named Kouta and Yuka discovers her. Having lost her memories, she was named after the only thing that she can now say, "Nyuu," and the two allow her to stay at Kouta's home. However, it appears that the evil "Lucy" is not dead just yet..."

3. Shiki

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Synopsis from ANN:

"Sotobamura is a small village with around 1300 residents; so small the village isn't even connected to a single highway. An isolated village in which old customs, such as the burial of the dead, are still practiced. One day, the bodies of three people are found dead. Although Ozaki Toshio, the village's lone doctor, feels uncertain, he treats the deaths as a normal occurrence. However, in the days following, the villagers start to die one after the other."

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"Yukiteru Amano (Yuki) is a loner who never really interact with people and prefers writing a diary on his cellphone with his only companion being an imaginary friend named Deus Ex Machina, the God of Time and Space. However, Yuki soon learns that Deus is not a figment of his imagination but real when Deus makes him a participant in a battle royale with eleven others. Within this "Diary Game," the contestants are given special diaries that can predict the future with each diary having unique features that gives them both advantages and disadvantages."

5. Another

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Synopsis from ANN:

"When Kouichi Sasakibara transfers to his new school, he can sense something frightening in the atmosphere of his new class, a secret none of them will talk about. At the center is the beautiful girl Mei Misaki. Kouichi is immediately drawn to her mysterious aura, but then he begins to realize that no one else in the class is aware of her presence."

6. Corpse Party: Tortured Souls

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Synopsis from ANN:

"One rainy night after a school festival, a group of students from Kisaragi Academy decide to perform the "Sachiko Ever After" charm, which will unite them forever as friends. Once the ritual is done, a sudden earthquake transports them to Heavenly Host, a torn down elementary school. Unbeknownst to Satoshi and his friends, however, is the horrific past behind it which culminated in its demolition. As they look for each other and try to escape from Heavenly Host, they soon find out their lives are at the mercy of those affected by that same bloodied past."

Synopsis from ANN:

"On one hot summer day in 1983, a transfer student named Maebara Keiichi comes to a peaceful rural village in Hinamizawa. There, he befriends his classmates Rena, Mion, Rika, and Satoko. Accepted as a full-fledged member of the "club," Keiichi and the gang plays all sorts of activities ranging from card and board games to hide-and-seek. But just as Keiichi was beginning to be assimilated in simple rural life, he stumbles upon the dark history of Hinamizawa. As Keiichi dives deeper into the mystery, he finds that his new found friends may not be all what they claim to be."

8. School Days

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Synopsis from ANN:

"Makoto Ito rides the train to and from school every day. However, at the beginning of his second term, he falls in love with a beautiful girl that also rides the train. Unfortunately, she barely knows of his existence. Her name is Kotonoha Katsura, and though they attend the same school, they are not in the same class. In an attempt to catch her eye, Makoto enlists the aid of a close female friend of his: Sekai Saionji. She helps him, despite the fact that she - unbeknowst to Makoto - is in love with him. Thus the three are bound in a love triangle of life-changing proportions."

9. Pupa

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Synopsis from ANN:

"Growing up with an abusive father, Utsutsu is highly protective of  his younger sister Yume. One day, Yume sees a red butterfly and contracts the strange Pupa virus. She begins to sprout grotesque wings and to indiscriminately attack both animals and humans. Hoping to find a way to stop the advance of the virus, Utsutsu seeks out Maria, a researcher who knows the secret of Pupa. He decides to sacrifice his own body as live bait for the sake of saving Yume."

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Synopsis from ANN:

"Juu Juuzawa is a delinquent high school boy who just wants to be left alone. One day, he is approached by Ame Ochibana, who claims that she knew him in a previous life, and now wants to serve him as his "knight." At first Juu wants nothing to do with Ame, but after a classmate is murdered, he accepts her help as he looks for the killer."

Have you watched all of these horror anime? What do you think of them? Which one is your favorite?

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All the world knows Tardar Sauce because of her grumpy face; hence, she is called Grumpy Cat. She trampled other influential cats by gaining the number one spot in Friskies 50 Most Influential Cats. Could anycat snatch Grumpy's throne?

I saw a cat featured on Mashable. His name is Griffin von Porkchop. He also has a grumpy face because of his snuggled tooth. Will Griffin snatch Grumpy's throne? Here are his photos from his Instagram and see for yourself!

I'm Griffin!

What are you lookin' at?

No one dares enter my territory.

So, what do you think?
Instead of writing for free to build your writing portfolio, a better way to do it is to pitch website owners who pay for guest post/article submissions. There are three benefits you could earn from doing this: build your writing portfolio, earn money and increase traffic to your site. Though some of the sites I would present here won't be providing any link to your bio.

Previously, I have written a part 1 of this article. Read through here. Now, I'll be sharing with you another list.

Ministry Today - A website mag about God, church and goodness. Even the best selling author of the Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren is writing here. Payment is negotiable.

College Humor - An entertainment website geared to 18-49 year old audience. Submit anything funny. If the staff accepts it, you'll be rewarded $25 and additional bonuses for high page views.

Viator - A comprehensive resource website for travelers. Pays $40-$45 for short posts, and $100-$150 for standard travel blog posts.

Family Magazines of Michiana - A website that owns several mags mostly about Michiana families. Payment is negotiable.

High Ground News - A weekly digital magazine and website focused on what's next for the city of Memphis. Payment is negotiable.

Greater Good - A website mag about psychology, sociology and neuroscience of well-being. Pays $.25/word for feature articles, $75 for a book review or research briefs, and $350 for interview articles.

Cities Journal - A travel resource guide website. Payment is negotiable.

International Living - A website that brings stories from expats around the world to readers. Pays $75 for postcards you've written.

Secular Pro-Life - Pays $25 for well-written, well-sourced, secular commentaries on pro-life issues.

Plum Deluxe - A website that features ideas for living the good life. Pays $30 per feature.

Happy writing! I'll have another list soon. Yes, there is a part 3!

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*Note: The pictures posted on this blog are from a manga scanlation site called Manga Panda. Please support the author of Deadman Wonderland by purchasing original copies of his work. This blog post is only intended for informational purposes.

Ganta and Shiro tried to kill each other. By the way, if you still didn't know, Shiro was the Wretched Egg who killed Ganta's friends.

Ganta had made his resolve to kill Shiro to grant her wish of wanting to die. An explosive attack was launched by Ganta but he changed his aim - purposely missing his target, Shiro. Despite killing his friends, Ganta couldn't afford to end Shiro's life. Ganta knew that dying was not really Shiro's wish.

Shiro then burst into tears, regretting what she had done - killing Ganta's friends and for doing other terrible things. She said that she was envious of Ganta and his friends, being able to do the things they wanted. As for herself, she was kept inside the laboratory and were experimented upon by mad scientists including Ganta's mother. The experimental rat was supposed to be Ganta. 

Ganta's mother only got pregnant so that she could have a human subject. However, when Ganta was born, she had a change of heart. Instead, the scientists looked for another human subject, and that was Shiro.

Growing up full of jealousy, Shiro killed Ganta's friends so that Ganta could share her sorrow. However, Shiro loves Ganta. They were friends when they were little. Ganta grew up in the lab, too, and Shiro was his playmate.

"I don't want to die."

Though Shiro claimed that she wanted to die, her true wish was to live and be happy. Ganta said that he might not be able to forgive Shiro. But Ganta was willing to stay with Shiro since Shiro was his possession. They hugged each other. And then they just exploded.

Shiro and Ganta

Deadman Wonderland closed and was soon forgotten by most people, like nothing happened. Of course, the true darkness of Deadman Wonderland was not revealed. They only made it appear that Deadman Wonderland, the amusement park, could not get on business anymore.

Ganta was free, so as the other Deadmen who lived on with their normal lives without using their power, or Branches of Sin. As for Shiro, she was on a coma. But in the end, she opened her eyes and she saw Ganta by her side. That was the end.

If you haven't read the Deadman Wonderland ending yet, I suggest you read it now.
Odesk and Elance are not the only ways to find clients to boost your freelance writing career. However, expert bloggers/writers advised to avoid freelance bidding sites since most of the employers there only pay peanuts - about a dollar or two for a 500-word article.

If you are tired of using these bidding sites, try these job boards instead:

ProBlogger is one of the biggest blogs in the blogging industry. It has a job board section wherein you could find trusted and paying clients. Big sites such as KISSmetrics, Care2 and LifeHack post job opportunities there.

Writer Town is primarily a revenue sharing website with a job board section. It is a fairly new site but its job board section is "active." Weekly, you could see new job updates.

Blogging Pro is a big website that features articles about the technical side of blogging. It has a frequently updated job board section. Within a day, you could see two or more job posts.

Freelance Writing Jobs is a website that offers free resources for freelance writers. They also provide you with the latest job listings they have gathered from several job board sites like Craigslist. They carefully select on what to include in their job listings and eliminate possible bogus employers.

Freelance writing is another resource site for freelance writers. Be it blogging tips or writing tutorials, you could find them here. It is similar to Freelance Writing Jobs, they handpick freelance writing jobs from popular job sites.

Aside from finding freelance writing work here, you could also find various work-at-home jobs. Genuine Jobs is a great site to go if you don't only want writing gigs.
Nozoki Ana is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Honna Wakou. The story is about two college students named Kido Tatsuhiko and Ikuno Emiru. These two live in the same apartment complex. Their rooms are just next to each other, and their rooms are connected by a peephole.

Nozoki Ana Final Chapter
by Honna Wakou

So, what would you expect if there's a peephole? Kido Tatsuhiko saw Ikuno Emiru masturbating inside her room. Kido tried to tell Emiru about the hole, but instead, she blackmailed him by taking a picture of them together - "Kido attacking Emiru."

Not known to Kido, Emiru is a "perverted girl" who wants to take turns peeping at each other. Every man would gladly accept Emiru's proposition, but Kido is "against" it. Well, there's nothing he could do but to accept it. If he won't, Emiru will spread their photo.

Can love blossom between these two students?

Did Kido and Emiru end up together?

Well, yes. After confessing each other's feelings and made love to each other, Emiru left Kido before their graduation day. As to why Emiru left Kido despite their mutual feelings, I totally forgot. Emiru told Kido to wait for one year.

Kido was devastated. He thought that he finally had a grasp of Emiru, but then, she left.

Kido continued his life, but to him, time had stopped without Emiru by his side. After a year, Kido attended their class reunion. Was Emiru there? She was not.

But when Kido came back to his apartment after the class reunion, he noticed the glaring light coming out of the peephole. His heart beats fast, and immediately opened the door of the abandoned room.

There, he found Emiru, sitting on the floor. And they were reunited at last.
I am a frequent lurker of Love Meow. I get to see a lot of cute cat images. One time, I spotted Bootsy. Bootsy is featured on Love Meow's homepage.

Bootsy is a Siamese cat. She is called as the cat with anime eyes. Ever wonder why? Look at these pictures:

Bootsy looking at you


Am I allowed here?

Those big and round black pupils are really captivating. Looking at her pictures made me want to spread her cuteness. Please owner, don't get mad at me.

It seems like Bootsy has mastered the art of the pleading eye technique, which made her eyes look like that of an anime.

You can't defy me.

She is already on par with Puss in Boots. Or maybe much better? What do you think?

*Bootsy pictures are courtesy of Bamhoov
I have previously written about websites that pay you to blog without sending any pitches. You could write the whole draft of your article, and send it to the website owner for consideration. If your article is accepted, the website owner will pay you the appropriate amount.

This time, I'll be sharing you a list of websites wherein you are required to submit your idea first before you start writing and get accepted for payment.

Be a Freelance Blogger - This blog is owned by Sophie Lizard. From time to time, she holds a pitchfest event that gives you the chance to win $100, plus a link in your author bio. She accepts guest posts about freelance blogging.

American College of Health Care Sciences - ACHS is an online college website that offers holistic health education through comprehensive professional online and on-campus education. ACHS accepts guest blogs about holistic health and wellness. They pay $50 for every accepted post.

Cracked - Cracked is an American humor site where you could read about almost anything. If you are witty with a sense of humor, pitch in Cracked. I just don't know how much they pay.

OnText - OnText is a website about ghostwriting and author mentoring. They accept guest posts about ways on how to empower skilled and dedicated writers. You will receive $40 for every successful post.

Misadventures Mag - Misadventures is a website dedicated to bringing qual­ity out­door and adven­ture con­tent about women. You may submit article ideas or an already completed piece about women. I don't know how much they pay for regular submissions, but currently, they are looking for quality feature ideas to be included in their first print issue. And they will handsomely pay $400-$600. Visit this job board.

A List Apart - Accepts pitches that cater to an audience of designers, developers, content strategists, information architects, or similar. Pays $200 for every accepted post.

Income Diary - A blog that provides useful content for web entrepreneurs. You could write anything about how to make money online. Pay is according to what you priced. It's all up to you.

The Frisky - The Frisky is a women’s lifestyle website focused on pop culture, style, news and relationships. Payment is negotiable.

If you know any other websites that pay for guest post submissions, let me know through the comment box and I'll make a new list to share with everybody.

*Image courtesy of Stuart Miles
Update (Oct. 21, 2015):

JRock UK Updater has now moved to JRock News, but the Edohsama site is not closed.

What made me join the bandwagon of anime otakus was because of DN Angel's opening song entitled Byakuya by Shunichi Miyamoto. I heard this song when I watched DN Angel on a whim at our local TV channel. And then I didn't know what got into me. I felt the urge to have a copy of the song, Byakuya, no matter what.

I hardly watched anime series during my childhood days. I just watched anime because my brother was watching it on TV. What else could I do?

But after hearing Byakuya, I became curious on Japanese music. I told myself that if I watched numerous anime series, I could discover more great songs. I became a JPop/JRock otaku first before I became an anime otaku.

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JRock UK Updater banner

I stumbled upon a site called JRock UK Updater. And  now, I'm a frequent lurker around there.

So what's good about JRock UK Updater?

  • It's always updated with JRock PVs, bands and songs. If you want to go beyond the same artists or bands who sing for anime OSTs, then visiting JRock UK Updater will help you increase your list of JRock bands.
  • Occasionally, there are music downloads. Yeah, some of JRUU's blog posts include a download link of music. Some are singles and most are albums. You will skip the hassle of browsing different sites to download your music fix.
  • It has an active chat widget. If you want to talk with like-minded individuals about JRock music, then visit JRUU. Most of the time, the JRUU chatters share music links not included in the blog.

Visit these links, my current favorites in JRUU:

Manila Craigslist is one of my biggest client sources online. It is a classified advertisements website wherein you could find freelance writing jobs.

Back then, I previously applied on a writing job. The "employer" was looking for a writer. I submitted my resume and sample written works because the pay per 500-word article was quite good.

After a few hours, I got a reply from the "employer." I thought it was my lucky day. However, I smelled a potential scam. 

I'm not saying that the "employer" is really a scammer but I won't take writing jobs that would put me at risk.

I had enough experiences of being scammed when I was a newbie writer.

Why is it a potential scam?

1. The "employer" does not observe proper sentence construction. The ad that the "employer" posted was quite decent. I understand that the "employer's" native language was not English. And maybe, he's not the avid writer himself. But if you are an employer and if you want to show a little formality between you and your future employee, you need at least to observe proper sentence construction. Observe capitalization and use the correct punctuation marks.

2. The "employer" hired me instantly without trying to explain the work and payment conditions. Sure, my instant hiring may be due to my splendid resume and  great sample articles. However, if you are truly a legit employer, you will take time to explain the work conditions, especially the payment conditions to your newly hired employee. As the employer, you will take the initiative to build trust with your doubtful new employee.

3. The "employer" remained anonymous. I asked whom I would be working with and the "employer" only answered that "you will be working with us." Who's that "us" by the way? Since I was already "hired," the "employer" should at least e-mail me with his real e-mail address. (Manila Craigslist allows you to send mails anonymously.)

4. The "employer" demands you to start writing at once. Honestly, who would in their right mind would present all the topics in a single flash without even straightening things up with your employee? I have too many questions left unanswered, especially about the work and payment conditions.

5. The "employer" vaguely answers all of your questions. Okay, so I asked him again to whom I would be working for, specifically, I asked to see his profile, and when and how the payments would be sent. I also asked how many articles per day should I write. He only said that I would be getting my salary once the job is done. He didn't even bother to answer all the questions.

So, how do you detect a potential scammer? Have you been scammed before?
After Shingeki no Kyojin has ended, I have kept on searching for new anime series that would exude a great impact just like SnK.

Sadly, there aren't too many new anime series that would held me captive with its first episode.

But my search was over after I watched Tokyo Ghoul.

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Tokyo Ghoul: Original Art by Sui Ishida

A woman eating several tattered and blood-covered corpses? That was an epic way to start the series. Tokyo Ghoul has caught my attention. I love anime series that's something gore. 

The story of Tokyo Ghoul revolves around the life of Ken Kaneki, a once human but soon turned into a half ghoul. 

Kaneki ended up being a ghoul just because he fell in love with the wrong woman named Rize Kamishiro. And yes, she's a ghoul.

Rize's true identity is unknown to Kaneki because ghouls take the form of a human to blend in the society. They are powerful monsters that are kept alive by eating a human's flesh.

So what happened to Kaneki?

Despite being a meek guy, Kaneki was able to muster all of his courage to ask Rize out on a date, and she said yes. 

Kaneki thought he's lucky because finally, he would be going out with the lady he long admired. 

However, the "luckiest" day of his life turned out to be the worst. His date became a nightmare. 

Find out the changed life of Kaneki Ken. You'll definitely love watching Tokyo Ghoul as much as I do.

Name: King Maru
Age: 6 months old
Hobbies: sleeping, playing, eating

That's my pet cat. My husband and I named him after Maru, the fluffy Japanese cat who loves to jump inside boxes.

We named him King Maru because he likes to sleep on our bed, acting like he's the one who owns the bed, the king of the bed.

Well, we just let him be. King Maru is a lovable tiger cat who sleeps on his back with his belly exposed and tiny legs raised - just like the fusion technique in Dragonball Z.

How about you? How does your pet cat sleep? Care to leave a picture of your cat inside the comment box?
I was not able to visit my Yahoo Mail account for several days and I just opened it today on a whim. Among the long list of mails, there was a mail from Helium Publishing with a subject "Important news from Helium Publishing."

I thought that they would only warn me that my account would be deactivated since I had not visited or write anything there for ages. But to my surprise, they would be the one shutting themselves down. 

Well, I was not really surprised. I knew that Helium would close soon after their concept and redesign attempts to gather more members. Like Friendster, Helium had lost its popularity.

Once, Helium was the most popular revenue sharing website, and now, Helium will be officially closing on December 15, 2014.

I'm not actually too attached with Helium since I only joined recently. I think it was late December of 2013. And I had only written a single article.

Here's a screencap of Helium's email:

Who will shut down next? Will it be Triond, Squidoo, Hubpages, or the controversial Bubblews?
A short story:

Revenue sharing websites do not work at all for me. I previously joined three revenue sharing websites where one could be compensated for their writings but all were failures. 

The first site that I joined was Bubblews but we’re on a bitter end. I thought it’s a great site but it has several issues on payments. Read my article about Bubblews.

Then I joined Skrive. I had high hopes for this site but it suddenly closed down since it’s not making any profit. Read my article about Skrive.

And lastly, I joined Socivate. At first, it was a revenue sharing website where you could earn and exchange points for your writings. But then, it only became a forum website about online money making tips.

The ending:

Much to my frustration, since I haven’t earned any decent amount from these so-called revenue sharing websites, I’ve had enough. So I researched for websites that pay you for your guest post submissions instead. I think it’s faster to earn money this way. You don’t have to wait until your article gets a thousand views for you to get paid with only a few cents. 

But having your guest posts accepted is quite a feat. Unlike revenue sharing websites which mostly allow you to write fluffy posts, guest post submissions require a knack for writing. However, with these websites that I have found, you’ll get to earn $10 or more if your guest posts are accepted by the website owners.

The list of websites that pay you $10 or more:

I’ll be only listing here the websites that do not require you to pitch your article before writing. You can write directly your article and submit it to the website owner for consideration.

Foreign blogs/websites:

Listverse - A list site that covers a variety of topics. Pays $100.

Toptenz - A top 10 list site. Pays $50 for every accepted list.

History Lists - A list site about anything related to history. Pays $10 to $20.

The Krazy Coupon Lady - A coupon and finance website. Pays $50.

Matador Network - A travel website. Pays $25 to $60.

Intense Blog - A blogging resource blog. Pays $20 to $50.

Blue Mountain Arts - A company website that publishes contemporary prose or poetry. Pays $50 to $300.

For Filipino bloggers/writers:

Philippine Virtual Assistant Network - A work-at-home company site. Pays $10.

Everything Cebu - A Cebu travel guide website. Only pays $3.75 to $7.5.

Any questions? Feel free to use the comment box!

*Image courtesy of adamr