Weekend Updates

I hope your weekend is not busy because I come bearing lots of updates 😀

  • All I Want For Christmas – chapter 1 has been posted
  • All I Want – up to chapter 6 are now available, more chapters will be uploaded soon
  • Awakening – chapter 1 has been posted
  • Forever and a Day – part 3 of A Not So Ordinary Day has been published. Those of you who have been complaining about the lack of Albert’s POV in Awakening, this chapter should hopefully alleviate your frustration. From beginning to end, A Not So Ordinary Day is really all about Albert 😀 If you’re wondering, Candy will appear in the next chapter.
  • I’ve also fixed all the broken links in the Articles section. You should be able to access them. Although you may need an account for a few of the restricted ones.
  • The pagination system has been modified. So hopefully it’s easier to navigate now. Let me know if you run into any problem.

That’s all for now. That should keep you tied up for a while, at least until the next update.

Enjoy 🙂

Till next time,



Anime/Manga Recommendation: Alpen Rose

In case you’re not sure what to do this coming weekend, may I suggest a vintage series called Alpen Rose (アルペンローゼ) .

Well, maybe it’s not as vintage as our favorites (CC and GNK). The series was released in mid 1980s, first as a manga then adapted into an anime.

Still, if you fancy a tear jerker shoujo romance series, set in a historical era with a convoluted plot and a touch of mystery, plus an amnesiac heroine who also becomes a nurse, this one just may fit the bill 😀

The synopsis from tv trope:

Lundi Cortot is a boy who lives in Switzerland with his aunt and uncle in 1932, few years before World War II; in these days, he and his family find a little girl in a dandelion plain, and they take her in alongside her cockatoo Printemps. Since she can’t remember anything about her past, they rename her Jeudi and raise her for a while until she’s taken in by a nearby store (manga) or a nursery school (anime).

Fast forward to 1939, few after the Austrian Anschluss and a little before Switzerland declares its neutrality. Lundi and Jeudi are already teenagers, but Jeudi is still amnesiac; her only clue about her identity is a song that repeats itself in her memories, whose name is apparently Alpen Rose. And then, a strange man named Count Germont appears and attempts to kidnap Jeudi! When she refuses to become his mistress and is pretty much locked in the castle as a maid, Lundi rescues her and they run away from home, setting out in a journey to find the answers to all of their questions, as well as falling in love in the process…

The complete 20-episode series of the anime adaptation, fully subbed in English can be found here

The manga is comprised of 9 volumes, just like CC. But I don’t think all the manga chapters are available in English. If you’re interested, you can find some of the chapters here

For any other details related to the series you can refer wikipedia

PS – No worries. Another chapter of Forever and a Day is cooking in the pot right now 😉

Updates & 4th Anniversary

I don’t have much time for a long post right now as I need to pack for a short getaway trip with the family.

But I know you’ve been looking forward to this  😀

So here you go, a few updates for you to enjoy over the long weekend:

Forever and a Day has been updated. (I know the pagination style is rather ancient. Please bear with me as I’ll work to improve that)

-More revised chapters of All I Want have been posted.

I hope those could tide you over for a while.

In the mean time, wish you all a wonderful weekend full of fun and laughter with your dear ones!



A question for you

I’m trying to decide between two different layouts which one would work the best for displaying a (super) long post/article.

I like the page navigation style for its cleaner, uncluttered, e-book look, but there will be tons of clicking involved. And this may get some people annoyed.

The other layout is the current one I’m using on my blogs. There’s no clicking needed as the entire content is displayed in one page. You only need to scroll down to continue reading.

What do you think?

Which one do you prefer for a long post/article?

The page navigation, as how it’s being used here

Or the one-page layout here

I would appreciate it if you could give your feedback. And please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have a more specific suggestion.



PS – I plan to update “Forever and a Day” as soon as I select the perfect layout, so you might want to help me with that 😉

CC Fanfic tidbits and Updates

I’m happy to say that the writing of Forever and a Day is progressing rather nicely. An update should be coming in the not too distant future.

I do hope you’re aware that the rating is at least a solid R for this series, and it’ll reach M at some point. No, that’s not a joke. Candy and Albert are not exactly kids anymore. So you can expect them doing grown-up stuff 😉

Also, as I mentioned before, the series will be updated in a sporadic fashion, which means update can happen in small fractions or fragments. However, what I didn’t inform you is that I may not always post an update alert when there is an update/revision. Hence you may want to keep that in mind, in case you’re wondering why it feels like there’s something different the second time or nth time you read it.

Anyway, are you curious about the song Albert originally planned to play in the wedding in Forever and a Day?

Continue reading

Candy Candy Manga Rambling Part VII: A Long Period of Courtship?

If you read my letter 2 rambling, you know that I think Albert is courting Candy through their correspondence. How long do you think their courtship lasts? Going back to the final scene of the manga, we see Albert presenting … Continue reading

Meiji Hiiro Kitan Link Fixed

It has been brought to my attention that there is an error with my last post. It turns out, the link to the source article was broken.

Well, I fixed that. So now you should be able to access the article. Sorry about that. I’ll make sure to verify all the links works before I publish a post.

If you would like to access the full article, you can directly go here.

PS – yes, there will be more updates 😉


Anime/Manga Recommendation: Meiji Hiiro Kitan and Meiji Melancholia

Another article in less than a week?

Is this for real? Yes it is, since you’ve all been so understanding and supportive 😀

You surely don’t want to miss this if you’ve been wondering about another series that has protagonists similar to Albert and Candy in Candy Candy. Yes, there’s Love So Life, and maybe Emma too to an extent. But I might have just found another one with a storyline that is more compelling than the other two. Well, I certainly think so 😀

Meiji Hiiro Kitan (明治緋色綺譚) and its sequel, Meiji Melancholia (明治メランコリア) are manga by Rikachi (リカチ). The two titles are serialized in Be Love, a manga magazine aimed for adult women (yes, such a thing exists :D).

The series was completely out of my radar until about a month ago, when one leisure browsing on a stressful night led to a stumble upon this hidden gem.

The art, as you can see from the cover images below, is very appealing. Rikachi sensei is obviously an amazing artist.

However, I must admit that it wasn’t the pretty art that first drew me to the series. Rather it was the two leads, Tsugaru and Suzuko, and that even upon a quick glance at the synopsis below, I just couldn’t stop imagining Albert & Candy in the same setting and scenario.

Synopsis from Aerandria Scans:
It’s the middle of the Meiji Era and our heroine, little Suzu, is sold to the red lights district. However, the rich heir of a dry goods store, Tsugaru, buys her freedom for no apparent reason. She is deeply grateful for being saved, but she doesn’t understand why he paid so much money for her and the only explanation he offers is “we have a bond.”

She tries to unravel the mystery of his feelings and gradually grows from a little girl to a young woman, always by his side. A gentle and slow-paced love story set in the Meiji Era.


Tsugaru & Suzuko

From the synopsis you could probably tell this is yet another age-gap romance. The kind of trope that satisfies my guilty pleasure craving 😀

Actually, this isn’t the only series of this particular breed of romance manga I’m following. There are a few, but none had truly grabbed me as Meiji Hiiro Kitan had.

No doubt this manga has become my new obsession–which isn’t a bad thing, considering how this could spark more inspirations, in the same way an impulsive reread of Garasu no Kamen had reintroduced me to Candy Candy, which later had galvanized me into writing my first CC fic, and a brisk liaison with Emma had led me to pen Awakening.

As it turns out, the tradition still holds. I’ve regained a renewed determination to continue my ongoing stories, and I owe it all to Meiji.

So… Have I managed to rouse your curiosity yet?

If you’re slightly interested and want to know more about the series, or you’re just plain curious about Albert & Candy from the Meiji Era, read along 😀

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Reverie Update and Status

As promised, here’s the lowdown:

There was a bit of a scare earlier that had sent me into a panic attack when the entire site seemed to have vanished into oblivion, swallowed by the blackhole.

Thank goodness all is well now.

But at the moment, the site is still offline.

Changes are coming, and these changes will directly impact those of you who are still waiting for your account to be activated and those who are interested to register, but not so much those with active accounts.

So anyone without active account who still wants to obtain access should continue reading this.

First, I want to address those of you who have registered at Reverie since early March. You’re probably wondering whether you will ever be granted an access. The answer is yes, eventually. It’s not going to be right away, and the process won’t be as simple as it was before. There are extra steps to follow.

What happened?

It turns out there’s a possible breach in the registration system that must be patched up at once. Because of this I have to implement additional precautionary measures to all pending accounts. Please note this means there will be extra steps you need to do in order for your account to be activated, and you must do it correctly as detailed in the notification email. Otherwise you’ll risk to have your account deactivated and purged, and your IP address might be blocked.

In addition, to prevent any future problem, I decided to disable the automatic registration system.


Does this mean you can’t register at Reverie anymore?

That is correct. BUT there’s a way if you still want to gain access to Reverie’s restricted sites, and the procedures are clearly outlined in the registration page.

Basically, you need to send me a private message. The message should contain a brief statement about the request for access, along with your name, email address, and your country of current residence. Providing me with more information than the required ones listed, such as the reason why you would like to get access, is not necessary, but it may facilitate the approval process. Conversely, providing me with inadequate or wrong information may result in your IP address being blocked, and a request made using an anonymous email provider will be denied.

And please, I beg you, do NOT create a duplicate/secondary account should you run into any problem. Instead send me a message with a detailed description of your problem. I might be forced to ban you if I discover you have multiple accounts.

I hate to impose such strict requirements, but considering the harms this potential breach might cause, that it could be used as a backdoor for infiltrating the main server with malwares and viruses, I don’t want to take anything for granted. I hope you understand.

The good news is that I’m almost done with all the works. So expect the site to be back soon, maybe with an update or two 😀