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I think it's more likely that we see her swinking around naked on a wrecking ball.
My thoughts are pretty similar. I am sure he wanted to lead more of a normal life and grew out of the whole I-have-a-doll-waifu. There is also the possibility that he wants to have kids. Didn't he also ask her not to wear lolita clothes during certain occasions? Which led to an angry instagram post from her "I do whatever I want", and tons of her fans defending her by saying Manaki shouldn't manipulate/abuse/whatever her. The shitstorm was major, and I think he was still active on social media at that time. I wonder if that was the turning point for him? I mean, imagine you even went through the aftereffects of that stupid weightloss surgery with your wife, were at her side when she was in hospital because of it, and then she slanders you the moment you say something she doesn't like?
You didn't miss out. Watch her reaction to lolcow. It was boring af. Hiding the website and linking the video was the best thing PULL could have done. She wanted to troll us, but got trolled instead *lol*
The VISA escape point is... a double-edged sword though. I mean, I am with you concerning Venus, don't get me wrong. But most of the time the people who marry for Visa (especially women!) are not the ones benefitting from the marriage. They are basically at their husband's mercy, the VISA is a pressure point, it's easily used against them, they are getting manipulated etc. I am from Europe and you don't even want to believe how many of these poor women I had in my language classes. It was disgusting. And not even the Visa is something they have for sure - it's not that easy to stay on one.
Oh, and just putting my 2 cents into the Swiss German is like a different language discussion. It is not. It's like saying: I speak English and Scottish English. Both is English, just a variety of it. I am not from Switzerland, but I understand Swiss German pretty well. For a lot of people from Germany (especially the norther parts) it might be difficult because they are not used to heavy dialects like spoken in certain regions of Austria or Switzerland. But if your ear is slightly used to hearing those, you will hear no Dutch or anything in it, just... German. I am actually not convinced of her German at all. I still need to hear her speak it for a longer period (not just basica and short phrases.
And lastly, her newest pity-post. It reminds me of this movie where a guy wakes up every morning and has to relive the same day over and over again... been there, done there, next.
45 minutes? Imo that's way too long (at least for me). I managed to watch 5 minutes and then skipped to the end to see her new hairstyle. Don't like it much tbh. I feel like the bangs don't suit her face anymore. The color is nice though.
Mikan went to Kyoto to visit a friend, a local there, who showed her around. Seriously these vlogs are so different to the other jvloggers' who just meet each other and stick together. I didn't even know how sick I was of watching the same content and the same people over and over again. It's great for Mikan that she seems to be so social and easily makes friends. She seems to click well with her classmates and she looks very happy. Good for her! I finally also watched her video in which she talks about her first term at fashion college. I don't know how good her Japanese is, I can't tell, but being able to follow a whole class in Japanese and interact with everyone else in Japanese (she said that only two other students speak English, everyone else including teachers and classmates only speak Japanese or other Asian languages) that's pretty good. I was working as a language teacher a while ago, and I had many students in my classes who were preparing for university or college, and I know how difficult it was for them to reach the point where they could actually study in a foreign language and follow whole classes about different subjects.
So, while I am waiting for my food to be cooked, I watched her latest haul video. Well, as always her style is tacky, but this time even she comments on one of the skirts to be too short. And she was not kidding... she couldn't even turn around because she would have flashed everyone. The only okay pieces were the white pants and one of the black shirts. Also she constantly kept commenting on how good her wig looks. Was the wig sponsored? That said, the hair lenght would fit her quite well, I think. She called the video 20 Date Outfits Your Boyfriend Will Love! What To Wear On A Date! I will leave that without further commenting on it, because... yeah... sure...wtf? Also she bought one of these elastic bands for exercising and had no idea what to do.
I don't buy it. I don't think she even truly considers going to the countryside or doing anything alike. She has pulled the *insert-thoughtful-and-reasonable-thought card quite often, just to throw it in the trash five minutes later. I will focus on my health. I will take a break. I will try to vlog and show you the beautiful country I am in. I will do this and that on youtube I am going to get help. I am going to therapy I seriously don't believe her anymore.
I honestly think she has no real friends. She might have people checking on her here and there, like maybe Ella dropping a line or the apricot-girl writing her a message once a month, but that's not real friendship. I feel like most people who hang out with her first really try to be there for her, and then just can't take it anymore. Like Mikan for example. I can't even blame Mikan (or whoever) for being tired of the whole drama at one point. I also don't know what kind of friend Venus is. She seems to be overly sensitive. Just imagine being friends with someone who would get upset over every tiny thing and even lash out against you? This is obviously just assumptions. But friendships go both ways, and at the moment she seems to be mostly focused on herself. (if she would at least focus on herself and get help and therapy, now that would be good, but I think she really enjoys her little bubble at the moment)
Someone brought up Mikan here ( concerning studying etc.) But Mikan has a completely different drive. She is ambitous and very active, and social. She set herself a goal and went for it. She studied, worked, did the entrance exam and goes to school now. I could never imagine Venus doing that. Not because she isn't smart enough or because of her social awkwardness, not even because of her mental health problems... I seriously think she is way too lazy and she likes to be in that bubbly of hers. I doubt she wants to even remotely face reality.
Honestly, I grew tired of her drama. I get she has mental problems and is ill and everything, but I really don't want to watch that trainwreck anymore. Whenever she posts a new video, I come here first to read what you guys think, and then decide if I watch it or not. Needless to say that I skipped most of her recent videos. Besides that I am beginning to find her too manipulative. I have the feeling that whenever a friend tries to reason with her and maybe argue with her or doesn't like something she does, she acts as if she was heavily betrayed and is a victim of said (former) friend. Just a feeling, but it's really off-putting.
It's hilarious how she went diving with full makeup on LOL. I have to say though she really looked good in that wetsuit - probably the best in a long while. It suited her so nicely, which is kinda funny. And after she finished diving, her bare face looked nice too. It just proves how much better she would look with simple makeup and in more mature clothes.
Private is private? Will all due respect - and I do agree with Venus on this in general - but in her case it's bullshit. She decided it's private now, all of a sudden, but it wasn't private a few months ago when she even called him out for something he did on her instagram. Of course people are going to ask question when Manaki's online presence goes from 100% to 0%. She teased her followers on the Manaki situation plenty of times, hinting about her marriage and sexuality. She could have just made one single statement aka "We decided to keep our private life out of the spotlight" right when Manaki quite instagram & co and she could have shut everyone up.
I do love everything else about the video, especially when she talked about how she tried to replace her missed childhood with cutsey things, and while she still like that stuff, she knows it was just a replacement for things she couldn't have back then. She looked well and beautiful and I am glad she is coming back. I hope she will indeed post a lot of Japan content now.
I don't get why she didn't make two videos: One her lookbook, the second the making of. The whole introduction which completely destroyed the flow of the video could have gone to the second video. The way she explained why she chose this or that styling and showed glimpses of models and fashion shows would have also fitted a making of better. The outfits were okay, just not what Taylor is wearing nowadays... not even close to what she wears. The voice over was pretty bad, she is babbling way too much. Also she sometimes broke the voice over and rather posted the actual background noise and what they were saying while filming. It just... not a good video. Also just as a sidenote: Taylor looked like such a mess in the first part wearing her lemon pyjama. Meanwhile we have Nathalie looking effortlessly cool. Btw here is Mikan's lookbook from last fall. She also made a voice over, and the video is by far not perfect, but considering she has less money, the smaller audience and less time, she did so much better:
I honestly couldn't finish the video. Yumi's expression... was really sad. I wonder why she posted it, it's almost like a cry for help. And he didn't even apologize, instead he belittled her and made her apologize >>
The bigger red flag though is the video afterwards. "We are so happy and the video is nothing, look how happy we are." It gave me the chills. This is everyone in an abusive relationship. (not saying Splenda is abusive, but we all saw how much he belittles and objectifies her)
I haven't watched her videos in months. Coming back to the thread now and watching her latest video... is kind of a shock. She looks so much worse. Her hair is fine, but her face... When she officially stopped with the circle lenses and the dolly make-up 2 (?) years ago, I thought she would be going for a more natural look, but she is looking way more unnatural than she did before. I know it's all her decison and her own fault, but I do feel sorry for her. She seems to have no confidence at all, and she also seems to have zero friends and absolutely nothing she likes to do. Hong Kong is an interesting city, but she doesn't even seem to go shopping there... I guess in Japan it helped that she had her circle of friends around (doesn't matter if they were real friends or not), they kinda boosted her confidence. And I do think it helped her confidence that between them she was the model-girl with a rich af boyfriend. But now she has to live her own life, and it's kinda sad to watch. Meanwhile when I watch Sharla... despite going through a divorce, she seems to be so much happier and in a better place than Taylor.
To Marianna's defence though, she didn't say that Japan healed her, but that she was sick and no one knew what was going on. Apparently she even lost her job over it and had to stay at home for months, until finally the doctors realized what was wrong. Once healed she left for Japan, because she didn't want to miss any opportunities. If I remember correctly she said that being sick showed her that life is short, and she really always wanted to travel and move etc, so she did. :-)
This whole drama just shows me again why I kinda like Mikan. At least she had the guts to come to this place personally and post with her name.