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South Shore Market, Oʻahu

I am here to share my love of video games, anime & manga, music and so much more!

To be quite honest, writing this very first blog post is nerve-wracking! I hope that you who clicked on this is interested in video games, anime & manga and music, because that’s mainly what this blog will be about. With the addition of my YouTube videos of course for those of you, like me, who like to watch videos from time-to-time.

Why do I have a blog?

  • Because right now it is difficult for me to create YouTube content for you all.
  • Because at the moment, I can write to y’all about my “self-proclaimed multi-hobbyist” hobbies!

My personal mission is to be BOLD and INNOVATIVE, but always with the COMPASSION of Mama Mary and Christ.

Here are some questions I’ll answer for you to get to know me a bit better:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?I do have a personal journal, well… it’s more of a prayer journal than it is diary. And again, I chose to do a blog, because with my current capabilities I can only write, or rather type, the things that I love and want to share it with you!
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?as mentioned above, I will be writing about the three main things I love: video games, anime & manga and music. However, there will be other hobbies that kinda fall under the umbrella of those three main hobbies, if you will.
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?I would love to connect to people who have the same avid passion and love as I do for video games, anime & manga and music. Especially music, that is one of my biggest passions! I play the piano, ukulele and trying to relearn violin. I sometimes dabble in my vocals, NBD (No Big Deal).
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?I honestly do not have the answer to that question. But what I do hope is that I gain a following that will lovingly read my blogs, watch my YouTube videos on the things I love and follow me on my adventure vlogs! Please subscribe to my channel!

Again, I am just as nervous writing this blog post as well as even starting a blog, but I am very excited to start this new venture! I am “nervous-cited” as Princess Anna from Frozen would say. Actually, now she’s Queen Anna… oops… spoiler-alert!

Now please bear with me if my first blog posts are “crappy” or they “aren’t creative enough” I did not graduate with an English Degree, okay? and my first two, maybe three, languages are English, Ilocano and Tagalog. But, I love to talk about myself, which I can translate into writing! Also, small plug-in, I did get an A-minus in my Poetry & Drama class in college with the head of the English department, so, there’s my English Credentials, lol.

If anything, please just be kind and be thoughtful and I accept any and all constructive criticism. Well, I will leave you with that. Please take a look at my other blogs (if I already uploaded them) and I really do hope to have this little piece of the interwebs go somewhere. Especially, since I wrote out this whole blog post for you. lmao. But, I digress. Thank you for reading, thank you for taking your time!

Mahalo nui loa. Mahal kita. and I will see you very soon!

Peace,
Andrew Patrick Ines ❤

Love people who love you back…

Prayer Journal, 05-Dec-2017

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

“Respect people who find time for you in their busy schedule.
But love people who never look at their schedule when you need them.”


People make time for
who they want to
make time for
people text, call and
reply to people they
want to talk to.
Never believe anyone who
says they’re too busy.
If they wanted to be around you,
they would.


Prayers out to all my friends and family. That they know that I love you as much as you love me. And even though if we do not hang out physically, know that I am praying for you.

an island of hope in the sea of sameness

Via YouTube

“What happens when a popstar’s cell phone falls into the hands of two girls?”


Via Google

Jordan Cahill is the popstar in Disney Channel’s Original Movie, “Stuck in the Suburbs.” Which is now streaming on Disney+. This movie was released in July of 2004, starring Danielle Panabaker as Britanny Aarons and Brenda Song as Natasha Kwon-Schwartz. Jordan’s cellphone falls into the hands of Brittany and Natasha. And his whole popstar life starts changing. But, not only did Jordan’s life start changing, Brittany’s life does, too.

Brittany wrote the lyric, “an island of hope in a sea of sameness.” Which is true for what Brittany’s life looked like. She was a carbon copy of all the other girls around her. That is until Natasha moved into town and transferred to Brittany’s High School. Natasha was this character who was so different from everyone else and expressed herself even in the clothes that she wore, that’s how you could tell at frist glance that she was so different.

Natasha had travelled the world, from Paris to Madrid to New York City. She had caught Brittany’s eyes because she was so different and lived a life that Brittany wanted her whole life – travelling and wearing one-of-a-kind clothes. It was Natasha’s difference that allowed Brittany to break out of her “sameness” shell and create someone new for herself. Brittany was stuck feeling like she was everyone else and Natasha had showed Brittany, that she, too could be different.

Jordan, on the other hand, was also living a life that he sorta-kinda didn’t want. It was a life of fame that was about his image, rather than his music. You see, Jordan’s music is what brought him to fame, but under his Record Label guy, Len, Jordan wasn’t able to create the music that HE wanted, HIS own PERSONAL music. It wasn’t until his best friend Eddie had accidentally lost Jordan’s phone bumping into Brittany that allowed the girls to change his life.

Jordan, on the bigger scale, was the same cookie-cutter popstar that he did not want to be. And Brittany on a smaller, suburban scale was a cookie-cutter high school girl. I mean literally in the very first minutes of the movie Brittany’s friend’s mom had trouble finding her house because, Brittany’s house was the same “cookie-cutter” suburbian house as every other house in the neighbor hood. Natasha was a girl who stepped out of her comfort zone and was the inspiration for Brittany to do just that, express herself.

I believe that the lesson, or the take-away, from this movie is the debate of “which should we value more: the differnces or the similarities between people?” And in Brittany’s lyric, “an island of hope in a sea of sameness,” we are proposed that question. I think that seeing BOTH the similarities and differences between people are most important. And in this movie it shows.

Although, in a very “Disney-esque” way did a big-time pop star meet a small-time girl from the suburbs. But, the message is clear: Jordan and Brittany were going through similar situations, although, they were from different worlds, they still became friends. They would update each other about their lives through phone call after Brittany’s soccer practice and the girls end up in one of Jordan’s friend’s new music video.

Via Youtube – More Than Me (Acoustic)

I never dreamed

That someone could see

That knew who I was

Knew all that I could be

Only your love can make me believe

I can be somethin more

So much more than me.

-Jordan Cahill, More Than Me (Jordan’s Lyrics)

So I played 365+ hours of Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Bruh, that’s as if I played one (1) hour everyday for a year. In a span of three (3) months since March 20, when the game was released, up until June I had clocked in 365 hours of Animal Crossing: New Horizons…

That’s 18 hours per week from March 20 to the beginning of June. That’s almost part-time job hours, just playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Via YouTube – Animal Crossing: New Horizons E3 2019 Trailer

Escape to a deserted island and create your own paradise as you explore, create, and customize in the Animal Crossing: New Horizons game. Your island getaway has a wealth of natural resources that can be used to craft everything from tools to creature comforts. You can hunt down insects at the crack of dawn, decorate your paradise throughout the day, or enjoy sunset on the beach while fishing in the ocean. The time of day and season match real life, so each day on your island is a chance to check in and find new surprises all year round.

Nintendo, Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Here are some things I learned about real life while playing Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Talk to your loved ones

My island villagers all reminded me of people in my real life. And so, it was a good reminder to go ahead and call or text my friends and family. Especially since in March we started self-isolating ourselves and quarantining in our own homes from Ms. Covid-19.

And sending letters and gifts can be fun and exciting, too. I mean isn’t it a good feeling when one of your favorite villagers sends you a letter, even better when they attach a gift to a letter? I took initiative myself and started sending some care packages to my friends and in the future I hope to start sending cards for my friends’ birthdays, that is when I start making money again. Like in Animal Crossing (they cost 200 bells to send letters) sending letters and packages still have a cost with postage and weight if you’re sending IRL (in real life) gifts.

Interior design – Reorganize your space to fit you

Although, we may not have a Happy Home Academy IRL, we can still do some interior decorating ourselves to create a space for us to feel comfortable in.

My room was such a mess even before quarantine and Covid-19 hit the U.S. And so that gave me some time (after Animal Crossing of course, lol.) to tidy up my room. Of course, it is still quite a mess it definitely is a big improvement from four (4) months ago. Plus, I got to make the space how I wanted to, with my favorite art (painted by yours truly, of course). Redd ain’t got nothing on me. These are original Andrew Patrick Ines Paintings – Blathers would have a “hoot” and gladly accept such genuine artwork.

Do the things you love

Literally, do the things you love. Remember what your hobbies were or what activities that you did at home that were life-giving to you. For me that’s watching anime, reading manga or novels, playing video games and making music. And now creatively writing blogs like these.

In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, there are a ton of activities like catching bugs, fishing, interior AND exterior decorating (that I covered in the last section), crafting and etc. There was just so much to do and the possibilities were endless. And with the Summer Update adding the diving mechanics to the game, it made summer more… summer in quarantine. Now, with the added August update of Sunday Night Fireworks shows, it is starting to feel more like Summer.

“Magic is just science with your eyes closed, maaan.”

-Pascal, Animal Crossing: New Horizons

I leave you with my first Animal Crossing: New Horizons YouTube Video.

Via Youtube – The Start of Island Life

Animal Crossing is a reminder that time will pass, too. That everything will be okay, that as long as we come together as a community, we too can pass through hard times together. Although we cannot control time, we can control our actions in the present. This means self-care, keeping in touch with our family and friends, reaching out to people in need and maybe catching a fish or two along the way.

-Andrew Patrick Ines

Love,

Andrew 💕

Living life with a PULSE

And no, I am not talking about a heart pulse. But, that is somewhat accurate to what it is to be living a year-of-service with Marianist PULSE: It is to live with a heart…beat.

Marianist PULSE is a post-graduate, social justice rooted, year-of-service Catholic Volunteer Program that I had gone on right after I graduated from Chaminade University of Honolulu. I graduated in May 2019 and then in July 2019 I had flown from the islands of Hawai’i all the way to midwest Dayton, Ohio – with layovers of course, because I am a “Filipino cheapskate.” lol. OH! and PULSE stands for “Partners in Urban Leadership, Service and Education.”

For more information about Marianist PULSE click here.

So, on PULSE, we lived in intentional community with our fellow PULSErs (PULSE Volunteers). This PULSE year 2019-2020, we had volunteers from all over! Me from the Pacific Ocean, students from San Antonio in Texas, Missouri, West Virginia, Iowa, Dayton in Ohio and even from the Caribbean in Puerto Rico! It was great getting to meet all these wonderful new faces and even more awesome to get to have a familiar face from school come along this new journey with me.

PULSE had recruited students from the Marianist Sister Schools in the United States: Chaminade University of Honolulu in Hawaiʻi, St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas and The University of Dayton in Ohio. We had a special Jesuit guest coming in from West Virginia which was awesome because that opened my eyes to see the similarities that Catholics and Christians had with Jesuits. Growing up at a Catholic private school, I was taught that Catholics and Christians were different, and that we were only supposed to practice Catholicism, but as a middle schooler, I did not know any better. Oh well. 🤷🏾‍♂️

Anyways, On PULSE we lived in intentional community with our fellow PULSErs. And us PULSErs volunteered Full-Time – about 35 to 40 hours a week – at partnering Non-Profit Organizations around the Greater Dayton Area. I and a fellow PULSEr volunteered at Brigid’s Path, a new born recovery center for women, families and especially babies who are impacted by the Ohio Opioid Epidemic.

You can read more about the Ohio Opioid Epidemic here.
And info about Brigid’s Path can be found here.

At Brigid’s Path I volunteered as the Communications and Marketing Intern. That was a great position for me as I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. and Isn’t that what you were supposed to do after you graduate from college? Get a job that matches with your degree? Well, I was totally in a positive high that I got to do some High-Level Communications and Marketing. I was stoked out of my mind, but I also did not know what the hell I was doing, too.

In my experience in college, my marketing expertise was more on a personal level with my own social media and my researched based in my classes. I hardly had a lot of “hands-on experiences” with any organizations or businesses, other than when I Student Work Studied for University Communications and Marketing at Chaminade University.

So, community life was a fun time. Five (5) guys under in one house? AND the fact that there were TWO (2) islanders under one roof? Heck yes! I was excited, but also nervous. “Nervous-cited,” I was, if you will. As a pansexual male with a strong lean towards males with commitment issues from a lot of the guy friends I had in the past, I was worried that I wouldn’t be liked for me just being me, whether or not the guys found out that I liked guys or not.

What made me even more nervous was the fact that I was a gamer and also an anime & manga otaku (meaning lover of anime & manga). I already had some hardships in high school for liking anime and manga and I even hid that fact in High School. In College I was able to live knowning that no one really cared about my interests. As long as I was myself and I loved myself and loved others I should be fine.

There was then a lot going on in my head. Knowing that I am 4,500 miles away from home, I am now half the Pacific Ocean AND two-thirds (2/3) of the Continental United States away from my small rock that I left. This on top of being nervous in a new environment, slowly took a toll on my mental health, but it was more happening in the background without me knowing.

And then The COVID-19 had hit China. Then, in March it was declared a pandemic. I had chosen to leave the program myself, legally I was let go from the Volunteer Program for something else that is personal. I chose to leave. It was pretty close to COVID-19 being called a pandemic and I would leave Dayton and return home to Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi. It was a long 9 months, however I did not finish out the service year, I had a blast. It was quite awesome!

On the other hand, and looking back then, I was damn sad that I had to leave the program and everyone was doing everything to keep me, but What I think was happening was God trying to tell me that I needed to be home, especially right now. And so saying “yes” to PULSE, I brought that fiat and said, “yes” to leaving the Volunteer Program and coming back home, for whatever silver lining that was coming for me.

I am now back home on Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi, and am enjoying being back home. The Service year had ended earlier this month im the first week of July. Of Course, I was devastated that I could not physically be present on their end-of-year retreat, however as I was taught in Campus Ministry at Chaminade University, I can be present “in spirit” as well. Prayer is a powerful thing, and that whole week PULSE had their retreat, I prayed my daily prayers with PULSE everyday.

Now our lives move on and I take away the things that I learned during my time in Dayton and working for a Non-Profit and what I learned in community life. And I bring that all back home to Hawaiʻi to better serve my community life here at home.

Thank you for everything that I know, and because of you I am made stronger in the image and likeness of God, whom we know by many, many beautiful names.

Love,

Andrew 💕

Via Youtube
imagine / my favorite things / 7 rings / thank u, next – Ariana Grande | Live at The 62nd GRAMMYs ® (2020)

“All I can do is imagine a world where there is peace with you.”

-Andrew Patrick J.B. Ines

Retreat by Andrew P. Ines

A 20-“ish” word poem

Via Instagram @andrew.inescuhen102

Retreat, renew the spirit.
Anxiety and a calm heart. Refuge.
Faith, hope and love. Awakening with
friends, fun and happy bonds.
Shelter, home, peace.
Family. Refreshed.

-Andrew Patrick Ines, September 23, 2016


This was a poem written in my English 102 Class. The assignment was to write down 20 words and turn them into a poem. The words depicted in the poem “Retreat” was in reference to the Awakening Retreat through Campus Ministry at Chaminade University of Honolulu.

All these 20 words in this poem is what I felt like when I attended my very first Awakening Retreat: AR34 – “Rooted in Love.” And it is also what I ALWAYS felt whenever I attended any retreats thereafter.

I felt at Home. with Family and with Friends creating Happy Bonds. and Refreshed.

Love,
Andrew ❤︎

The Netflix combo that we didn’t know we needed.

Twogether Netlfix Official Trailer via YouTube

Twogether is an eight (8) episode Netflix Original Series about two young adults, Lee Seung-gi and Jasper Liu Yi-Hao from South Korea and Taiwan, who travel across Asia in search of their fans.


I did not even know Seung-gi and Jasper before this, but what interested me in this Netflix Original Series was two buddies from two different countries traveling across Asia. The traveling was so nice to see, especially when you are stuck in quarantine during this time of the Covid-19 Pandemic. And for me seeing these young men in their 30’s traveling Asia is very wholesome and entertaining. It reminds of me of the times that I simply do Target runs with my closest friends. Especially if they are one on one trips.

Traveling with a group of friends is so much fun. But, sometimes a little intimate one on one with a friend or, even if it applies to you, a significant other is just as great, or simply a very close friend who also enjoys to travel outside of the house.

I want to emphasize on the fact about taking the time to create a space for you and one friend to do a one on one. It’s very relaxing just you and the other person having fun having conversation and just being you. That’s the kind of adventures that I enjoy.

Mr. Seung-gi and Jasper have so much fun together… excuse me… “Twogether” on this trip across Asia, even though they both know different languages and are from different Asian Cultures. Even Asians have different cultures and customs around the continent.

Anyways, both Seungi-gi and Jasper took the time to learn their respective languages, Korean and Mandarin Chinese so they could communicate with each other. They also knew English from their past experiences like in college in the U.S. or just learning English for fun, I guess.

But, with that, since they both know three languages, Korean, Mandarin Chinese AND English and being Trilingual, in that aspect, they were able to communicate with each other so well. And as an American English speaker viewer, I was amazed at how much English they knew. I guess I now understand how my Japanese speaking friends felt when I spoke Japanese with them and I knew so much Japanese.

It’s so interesting to see that Seung-gi and Jasper can understand each other in all three languages, Korean, Mandarin Chinese and English. It’s like even though they are from different worlds they can still understand each other.

And that’s on similarities between people, rather than looking at the differences in others.

Love,

Andrew 💕

Gonna Be All Right – Lee Seung-gi & Jasper Liu | Twogether OST

I will leave you with this song.

“No matter what you do, it’s gonna be alright.”

-Lee Seung-gi & Jasper Liu

Author’s Note – 30.Jul.2020:
Thank you everyone for making this post popular! I really enjoyed this show and it introduced me to Jasper Liu & Lee Seung-gi. I am now about to research their dramas and shows that they’ve done and binge them. hehe!

Love, Andrew 💕

The Hibiscus are blooming!

Via Nintendo Switch Capture

It is the time for the Hibiscus to be blooming on my island in Animal Crossing: New Horizons! I woke up at 5:00am this morning and opened my game and noticed the hydrangeas were out of season, which meant that the Hibiscus are now in season! and OH MY GOODNESS! THEY ARE SO BEAUTIFUL!

I think of new flowers blooming as a new time to try something new or a chance to try something different. The Hydrangeas were “soo last season.” It’s now time for a new season of flowers, Hibiscus.

In my research below this is what I found about the Hibiscus flower through Google.

The hibiscus is Hawaii’s state flower. This yellow flower is striking and beautiful. The vivid color signifies delicate beauty and joyfulness. … In the past, they were considered an endangered flower.

from https://www.withouraloha.com/spiritual-meanings-of-hawaiian-flowers/

I guess for this season that the Hibiscus is in season in Animal Crossing I plan to look for the delicate beauty and joyfulness in everything. I also hope to bring this with me past the season of the Hibiscus and Look forward to the nearing Autumn season bushes.

I hope that you find the delicate beauty and joyfulness in your life this Hibiscus Season. ❤︎

Love,

Andrew 💕

Andrew takes to the Ice.

Well.. Yuri on Ice!

Funimation Dub Via Youtube

Above is the Funimation dub. and below I’ll add the Japanese PV.

avex pictures Japanese PV Via YouTube

Yuri!!! on Ice” is an anime that I hold very close and dear to my heart. It’s about a Japanese ice skater, named Yuri Katsuki who is trying to follow in the footsteps of a famous Russian ice skater, Viktor Nikiforov. Within the first couple of episodes, we are given the rundown of what is going on with Yuri (Mister Katsuki-san) who is in a slump and is having a difficult time in his figure skating competitions.

OH right! This is an anime about figure skating. And it eludes to some LGBTQIA+ themes, which I am just still curious about if it is canon or just fan-canon, but storytelling creators make stories to be told and taken however their fans want. And as a little asian gay boy, I believe that Yuri and Victor are partners (Not business partners). Well, they can be partners in the figure skating world, but I believe that they are meant to be together, both as coach and student AND as romantic lovers.

Heck, if Victor ever comes out of coaching and wants to skate WITH Yuri, I would not doubt that their doubles ice skating programs would crush it on the ice.

Anyways, I am obssessed with this show. One, because of the LGBT+ themes – almost closely shounen-ai (少年愛 ). “Shounen” meaning boy and “ai” meaning love, and two, because of the ice skating.


Above are some pictures of me on the ice at the Dayton Riverscape Ice Rink.

Left is me at the Dayton Riverscape Ice Rink. Riverscape Metropark takes their Huge pavillion and turns it into an outdoor ice skating rink for the winter season, from November up to March.

Middle is of my Ice Skating Coach at the Riverscape Ice Rink. She taught me for three Sunday Mornings how to Ice Skate. And we started from the basics, like skating forwards, skating backwards and front and backward swizzles! She was a great coach with a lot of winning credentials in the Ice Dance and Figure Skating world!

Right is one of my buddies and I having a fun afternoon ice skating. This afternoon was one of the most fun I had ice skating, especially when there were these two brothers who wanted my friend and I to play tag with them. However, my friend did not play with them, I decided to go along with their shenanigans as their “Adopted Bigger Brother.” I sensed that they knew I was a good skater which is why they had tagged me so randomly. lol.

All in all, I am an Oʻahu, island boi at heart, but I also LOVE being on the ice and just gliding. It almost feels like I am floating on water and flying. I guess I understand why ice skaters love to ice skate.

I guess I can see why Yuri loves ice skating and loves Victor, because in all honesty, I love Yuri and Victor, and I love the ice!

Catch you later,
Love,

Andrew ❤︎

Morning Garden Vibes

lo-fi + blooming summer flowers + sunny lens flares enjoy!

Music: DLJ – Summer Love ➤ https://soundcloud.com/dljbeats/summe…

Playlist of Videography ➤ https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list…

Subscribe to my YouTube Channel➤ https://www.youtube.com/pokekid54321


This morning I wanted to test out my iPhone XR camera. I was told that these cameras were so good! I had already played with the settings to only take video in 720p, just because 1080p takes a TON of space on my phone, and I did not get the 256GB file size iPhone. I have a blue, I think it’s 64 GB iPhone XR.

Anyways, with the settings on 720p and just recording plants, editing on iMovie adding slow-mo here and there and no filters, add some lo-fi from DLJ (check it his awesome song Summer Love here) and you got this gem of a video.

I love editing videos like these. Nothing too crazy with the transitions and effects, just point & shoot, add some slow-mo and add some chill music on top to the vibe. And you get a minute vibe.

Thanks,
Mahal Kita (Love you),

Andrew ❤︎

Morning Prayer by Andrew Patrick J.B. Ines

Sunrise, Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
Photo Courtesy of Douglas Peebles

Good Morning Everyone!

I wrote this morning prayer on our first day on a retreat. the activity started just before the sun was rising. I remember that there were clouds in the horizon, so it kinda felt like the sun had “two” chances to rise for us, the first time behind the horizon and Diamond Head and above then clouds. We all individually wrote down a prayer however short or long we made it and then when we all were finished, we read all the prayers together in unison. But, we were saying OUR OWN prayer in communion with everyone else. So it sounded like an orchestra tuning their instruments before a symphony, it was beautiful. Different voices and different words meshing together to all form one giant discord of a Morning Prayer.

And sometimes the morning feels like that. Chaotic and beautiful.


Written on Awakening Staff Retreat

Morning Prayer
October 14, 2017
By Andrew Patrick J.B. Ines

Good Morning Sun,
The Earth says “Hello”
and we say “Good Bye, until tomorrow.” to the moon.
Thank you for your dim backlight at Night
to keep watch over us. To remind us that there is still
Light in the Dark.

Thank you Sun for rising, to remind us that it is a new day,
and that we’ve woken up from Yesterday.
Everything yesterday, was yesterday and today is for today.
That this is the chance for a fresh new start.

Amen.

Love,

Andrew Patrick J.B. Ines ❤


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