Friday, May 29, 2015

CDJapan Review: First Order and Impressions of service


Yay! It's my first site review.
Oh my gosh! I'm seriously nervous and excited.
Here goes nothing........

This review would be on the items that bought and received, and the process I went through.

The site I purchased from is called CDJapan (www.cdjapan.co.jp), which is known for merchandise ranging from CDs to anime paraphernalia and much more from Japan (hence the title of the site). I learned about this site almost 4 to 5 years ago but with no credit/debit card to my name I decided to wait patiently till it would be my time.


My time arrived and I didn't waste a second. I picked out what I wanted for the time and to just test out how the site works. I bought 4 CDs: Kavkanize [Regular Edition] by Shishido Kavka (1st full length album), THE IDOLM@STER (Idolmaster) MASTER ARTIST 3 01 Haruka AmamiTHE IDOLM@STER (Idolmaster) MASTER ARTIST 3 02 Hibiki Ganaha and THE IDOLM@STER (Idolmaster) MASTER ARTIST 3 03 Makoto Kikuchi.







From this point on I'll be describing the process I went through in purchasing, including shipping and packaging and show pictures of the CDs and some bits of information that might help you if you are interested in buying from CDJapan.                                                        

Order date: 24th May

Shipping Choice: FedEx International Priority
There are about 7 different shipping options you can choose from. Once you are on the page of the item you want you'll see a Shipping Charge Calculator below the Add to Cart tab. It'll give you the list of countries they ship to and once you pick your shipping country of choice just click the tab that says Calculate. A small box will appear showing you the shipping options and their respective prices in Yen and in your choice of currency.

Shipping Time: 2 days

Delivery date: 28th May

In order to make purchases from CDJapan you must make an account with them first if you want to gain the rewards points offered. It is only mandatory if you wish to get rewards points. If you do not wish to make an account or are not interested in the rewards points you can use the Paypal option which I'll discuss a little later. You can make an account first or when you go to checkout your items. A page will appear asking you to either make an account or sign in (which is existing customers). A little note: when I signed up they gave me 300 points (which I'll discuss in a bit) as a new customer. I'm not sure if it's for every new customer but if it is it's to help start you out.

Now I'll explain what this 'points' business is about. Every item on the site has Points You Earn below currency choice tab. These points are equivalent to yen. You can use these points to assist or even pay for the entire order. The points are dependent on the price of the item i.e the more expensive the item is, the more points you'll earn and the less expensive an item is, the lower number of points you'll gain. However, points only apply to those that use the Checkout option. There are two ways to pay for orders: the Checkout option and through Paypal. Once you are ready to checkout, there you'll see the two options and above and below the Paypal tab it will say "Or checkout without creating account" and "No rewards points credited" respectively. 

When using the checkout option you can use a credit or debit card. I will say that the process of the payment being immediately deducted from your account is not going to happen. It's going to take some time. CDJapan will send an approximate amount to your bank and they will authorize the amount once the currency exchange amount is accurate and finalized. At this very moment I'm still waiting for CDJapan to authorize the accurate amount to my bank. On your online bank statement (well for mine) it might show an amount not included in the overall summary and it will only be added once everything is finalized. This, however, did not affect my order being shipped. 

This is the first time I have ordered anything from CDJapan and I must say I am pleased. I give my overall experience a 4/5Everything is laid out in an easy to maneuver format and is easily accessible. There shipping is fast and on time. The prices are reasonable (as in they are the exact prices you would be charged if you were in Japan) and the rewards system is pretty appealing. However, the artist and product titles can get slightly mixed up or blended together with other artists and products with similarities in title, artist or series name, and the fact that its been 5 days since I paid and it hasn't gone through yet is a little never-wrecking. Overall, it was a good experience and I would recommend anyone who is interested in authentic Japanese merchandise to give them a try. [NB: If there is any change in my opinion of the site I will make an update post]

Phew! I hope you are still there. I know this is a long post but you're on the last leg: pictures of my CDs. Yay!


First 3 pictures are of the package itself




The next 5 would be inside the box and the CDs themselves





Now it will be each CD separately

Kavkanize by Shishido Kavka

Sealed

Sealed

Opened

Opened

Inside

THE IDOLM@STER (Idolmaster) MASTER ARTIST 3 01 Haruka Amami

Sealed

Sealed

Opened

Opened

Inside

 THE IDOLM@STER (Idolmaster) MASTER ARTIST 3 02 Hibiki Ganaha 

Sealed

Sealed

Opened

Opened

Inside

THE IDOLM@STER (Idolmaster) MASTER ARTIST 3 03 Makoto Kikuchi

Sealed

Sealed

Opened

Opened

Inside

And the final picture is of the bonus pictures I got from each of the IDOLM@sSTER CDs



I'm so glad you stuck through to end with me.
If you have any questions for me leave me a comment and I'll get back to you as quick as I can.
Till next time.
May the Lord God continue to keep and carry you through this crazy ride we call life.
Bye!

Update for CDJapan Review: 27th September, 2015

I am so sorry for this long overdue update to my CDJapan Review.
I have no excuse for my tardiness, laziness and procrastination.
So without further a due here's the conclusion to my review of CDJapan!

I believe I was still waiting for my payment to go through when I first posted this review.
(NOTE: The time it took for the payment to go through was much shorter than it has taken me to put up this update!!)
I will only be summarizing this as most of the information was mentioned previously.

FIRST ORDER Summary
Order Date: 25th May, 2015
Final Charge Date: 2nd June, 2015
Basically it took about a week for the payment to go through. I must also mention that because there is an international transaction fee. I am not sure if this fee is applicable to Paypal charges (as I have not used Paypal on CDJapan) but it is something to look out for if you do decide to buy from CDJapan.

To conclude I'll be including my second order summary (yes, I bought more things!!)
Order Date:June 8th, 2015
Final Charge Date: 2nd July, 2015

PICTURE TIME!!
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Or so I thought. Turns out I didn't take any pictures of the CDs but I'll put up the front images of them.


Oh! And before I forget (if I mentioned this before I apologize but this is really important) I want to warn about their review system. PLEASE READ THE RULES ABOUT POSTING REVIEWS!!! I went through an incident where I accidentally put the wrong star rating for an album that I fell in love with (gave it a two star instead of five after I ran the cursor of the star rating, which is sensitive, by accident). I contacted their customer service (who I will be giving 5 stars for their professionalism and care of my situation) and conversed with them on what could be done. They were clear and concise in explaining their system and how it works. The situation was fixed by just basically deleting the comment altogether and advised me to be more careful in the future.Remember: YOU CAN ONLY COMMENT ONCE AT A PRODUCT! and PLEASE READ THE RULES FOR THEIR SYSTEM. It will save a lot of trouble and possible heartache.

My final review is the same as the original post: DEFINITELY RECOMMENDED
Just keep in mind what I said previously and I believe you'll have a pleasant experience with CDJapan.

Thank you for waiting and I will do my best to update this blog more often and frequently.
Till next time

May the Lord Jesus bless and carry you through this week.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

Random Life Thoughts #4

My thoughts and observations from different years

1. Thoughts
I think our minds have been cultured/cultivated to expect/yearn to have chaos, drama and destruction to feel alive and complete. 17/08/13 2.30 am 

2. Untitled
People believe that they are the center of the world, even though more than 6.9 billion people don't know of their existence. Race, religion, culture nor education changes that. It may be my view and perception but you gotta admit it is true, we all behave like that at some point in life. Some learn to be less self-centered and more caring, while others bask more in themselves and forget that the world doesn't revolve around them.
Aug 19, 2013

3.The Word of Power Sept 5th, 2013
By calling on the Word of God and claiming His gifts and promises, it will allow the Holy Spirit to show us that we are not alone and that God has a solution for any and every problem that we, as His children, might or will have in life.
Reference: 2 Timothy 4:2.


4. Untitled
The vicious human cycle is leading to its slow, abrupt but forseen end. The speed of advancements in the past 100 years has been slowly progressing into a high speed chase that'll end in a 'crash and burn'.
June 8th,2014

5. Untitled
What do you see in me? Who do you see in me?
June 8, 2014

Inspired by a Facebook post by 'Escape to Reality' on 17th Sept, 2013

" 'History attests that religion and religious people tend to be narrow. Instead of expenditure of capacity for life, joy and mystery, religion often contracts it. As systematic theology advances, the sense of wonder declines. Brennan Manning' Facebook post/quote from Escape to Reality "

This struck a cord in me. I do not disagree nor do I agree with Mr. Manning's statement. I agree when he talks about religion and religious people being narrowed minded, but that is due to their mind and spirit's devotion to the 'theory' of the religion and its practices instead of focusing on the true nature and purpose of it. I also agree that the mindless follow of a religion and its practices keeps is from truly yearning and learning about ourselves and the world God created for us. The final sentence is true as well.

It seems that I have only been agreeing with his point and that there is no fault in it. However, that is incorrect. I believe that religion, in today's culture and mindset, has been given a bad rep. Well its no surprise with all the scandals the church has been through, especially in the last 10 years. On the other hand, that gives us no excuse to cast the church and God aside. We are stereotyping God, the church and believers in Christ all because of a few peoples mistake. But that apparently is how the human mind works, even though we are not perfect it is much easier to condemn another imperfect person when they fall and then categorize them for their imperfection. That attitude and way of thinking is why I am on the bench on Mr. Manning's statement.

I find that our perception of what religion is, is corrupted and based on imperfect human understanding and wisdom. If religion is 'so bad' and 'not Christ like', then did the Lord inspire James to write the meaning and true purpose of religion. Christ has a meaning for 'Religion' and it is not how we depict or treat it. James ch 1 & verse 27 says " Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."

Original date: September 17th , 2013

Random Life Thoughts #2

Regardless.........however

Regardless of how your day starts,
Regardless of how emotionally unstable you feel,
Regardless of how far off track you feel,
Or
Regardless of how far off track you really are from the Lord's path,
He is always there to hold you when you experiencing a million unnerving emotions and frustrations, and are going down the wrong path,
He will lovingly nudge you back to Him and hold your hand once again along the path of life.
That does not mean we should take His mercy and loving kindness for granted,
As His children we must put aside our natural human nature (of hate, lies, lust and so much more) and to truly live as Christ Jesus who became our example even to the Cross.
To put off the old man and have the spirit of our minds renewed through the blood and sanctification of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Reference: Ephesians 4 verses 22 - 25


Original date: October 23rd, 2014

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Random Life Thoughts #1

Life has its ups and downs
Most want just the 'ups'.....
And at this moment, that's all I want.
Selfish? Yes. Needs of correction? Yes!
My habits and hobbies are one of my
biggest downfalls.
In order to grow, I need to put everything into
The Lord's hands.
Everything? You may ask.
Yes, everything.
My good moments, emotions and thoughts;
As well as the negative ones.
What I need is to put ALL my trust and hope
to build, grow and strengthen me into the
individual He has planned for me.
It's scary at times but I need to believe that
He has my best interests in mind.
My Lord, Savior, Guardian..... My everything.
Carry and guide me through this period in my
life, as I know in the end it'll be worth it.

Original date: June 23rd, 2014

Friday, May 15, 2015

Vulnerable: How should I be vulnerable as a Child of God?

It's easy to be nonchalant.
It's easy to be neutral.
It's easy to want to be:
the peacemaker,
the middleman,
and actually succeed.

It's easy being neutral.
It's easy being emotionless.
It's easy being neutral.
I repeat......It's easy......
being emotionless;
being neutral.........

But is it really.......the right......
feeling?

I want to feel.
I want to remove this mask;
This hollow shell that covers,
and shields my.
Shields my heart?
From what?
..................
Pain?
Hurt?
Betrayal?
Deception?
Yes! Yes!
I'm scared to allow people in.
I'm scared of expressing my views;
My feelings.

I learned that doing such a thing,
leaves you open to attack;
It leaves you open;
..............Exposed!
..............Vulnerable!

It's not easy being open.
It's not easy being exposed.
It's not easy choosing one team,
and staying and standing firm
in that choice.

It's not easy being vulnerable.
I want to be vulnerable.
I want to be exposed, open, honest,
and vulnerable with You Lord Jesus.

It's not easy being vulnerable.
Help me to be vulnerable.
It's not easy being me.
Help me to be the 'me' You designed
me to be.

It's not easy being vulnerable.
It's easy being neutral...........
..............
I want to be vulnerable.