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Thursday, 28 July 2016

Bloo's Reviews | Japanese Candy Box - Japan Funbox

"Some people handle sweets better."
Harvey Weinstein

I received this product in exchange for an honest review.

In today's Bloo's Review I am reviewing the Japanese Candy & Snack Box - Japan Funbox. This is a monthly subscription box filed with Japanese candy and snacks! The boxes come in sizes Mini, Original and Family. The box I'm reviewing is the Mini size which is priced at $14.99 per month (free shipping worldwide) on their website. In this particular box you get 5 to 7 items.

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I really liked the bold and simple design on the outside of the box and when I opened it I found the items nicely packaged inside. 

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As a lover of Japanese candies and savoury snacks I was really looking forward to trying the things I got. It's important to mention I received this box before I decided to transition to more of a plant based diet. Obviously this would not be a good purchase for anybody that may be vegetarian, vegan, or even if you have any allergies as all ingredients are in Japanese. Well unless you speak Japanese that is.

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Now on to my review of the foods I received. 

Pizza Potato

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I was really looking forward to trying these crisps. I'm a big savoury lover and pretty much live on crisps sometimes so I'm always excited to try new flavours. I knew I was on to a winner when I opened the bag and was hit with a hella good smell. They tasted just as good too. For me these are a 5/5

Shuwabo

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I think this was one of my favourites out of the box. I really love chewie candy but my disability means they can be a little tough on my jaw. I didn't have that trouble with this and I would definitely buy it again. 5/5

Ume-pachi

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I had seen someone try this before and hate it so I was a little bit apprehensive when I went to taste it. I tried one of the bigger bits first and was pleasantly surprised. It reminded me a little bit of a plum candle but it wasn't super bad. Then I tried more of the little granules together and was left with a horrible after taste. It almost tasty salty. This was definitely my least favourite out of the whole box. 0/5

Pretz Tomato Taste

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I really liked these. I'm a big fan of Pretz and Pocky but I hadn't tasted this flavour before. They're not as addictive as other flavours I've tried but they's probably a good thing as I'm known to munch my way through a box in one sitting. 4/5

Whistle Candy: Grape Flavour

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I really love grape flavour so I was excited for these. They have a soft, chalky texture and the whole whistle aspect was a bit of a novelty. It also came with a little cardboard box with what I guess is a little paperclip inside. Overall it's a bit odd but they taste good so no complaints from me. I just wish there was more of them in the packet. 4/5

ALFORT

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I was really looking forward to these has I'd heard good things and I wasn't disappointed. The chocolate is slightly more bitter than what I'm used to but the biscuit really balanced it out pretty well. 3/5

Out of all the items I got the only one that I wouldn't want to eat ever again would be the Ume-pachi. The rest was really good. I was trying to decide whether I felt this box was worth $14.99 but if I go into our local American Candy store I wouldn't be long spending that much. It's a luxury and also super fun to try snacks from another country. The free shipping also helps.

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Sunday, 24 July 2016

Disability & Choosing Death


I was scrolling through Facebook as usual when a headline caught my eye, 'One ‘last dance’ for this Wisconsin teen who has scheduled her own death' with the caption, 'Months after turning 14, Jerika Bolen, who is terminally ill, decided it was time to remove the ventilator, time to die.' [link] Along with it there was a photo of a smiling young girl. So I clicked and I was met with an article about a fourteen year old living with Type 2 Spinal Muscular Atrophy who had decided, with the support of those closest to her, to end her life after her prom. The article talks about Jerika, her disease and why she has chosen to end her life. All of which I'm not going into but you may read the article linked above.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Toys 'n' Stuff | Disney Lego Minifigures Blind Bags

 "Happiness is the richest thing we will ever own."
Donald Duck

I had hoped to have a disability related post up today but earlier in the week I went out looking for Pokémon for three hours and cleverly decided to forgo sunblock. Living in Northern Ireland we aren't afforded sunshine very often and this means every year I forget what it's capable of and every year I get at least one bad burn. Well, this year I topped all previous years. Not only have I spent the last couple of days in a lot of pain but my arms and hands swelled up. I'm also in the pre-period stage where I feel lethargic, frustrated and have cramps, preparing for the blood beast to arrive. All in all it hasn't been a great few days BUT I did catch an abundance of Pokémon on the outing so it wasn't totally in vain. Anyway, as I find it difficult to concentrate at the best of times I decided to go with an easier blog post for today. I already had these photos taken and had planned this post for a while anyway. Today I'm going to show you some Disney Lego Minifigures Blind Bag toys I got a while back. I'd been anticipating these blind bags for ages and was excited when I finally picked some up. So on to what I got.

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