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Building a House in Hello Kitty Online

Posted on 26 February 2009 by Flisha

Playing Hello Kitty Online jumped ten levels of fun when I made a guild and invited people to join it. My guildmates turned out to be really sweet and nice, and we all got along great, which was a pleasant surprise.

SecretAsianKitty, one of the first few guildees I invited to join Vampire Kittens, even gave me a deed to a house! Deeds are rare these days. They were only available during the Build NYC event back in October, and I hadn’t played much of it. Some founders like SAK still carry some extra deeds, but most have already used them up or given theirs away. So I was pretty excited when SAK just out of the blue gave me a deed! (Thank you SAK!!!)

We decided to build the house in my farm and it would serve as our guild house! We named it Den of Vampire Kittens. (House of Vampire Kittens was too long.) All of my guildmates pitched in to help at one point or another, so we got to complete my house before HKO Happy Hearts ended, yay!

Have a look at the process of building the House of Vampire Kittens!

Thank you guildees! :D I miss you all so much!

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The Happy Hearts Charity Quest

Posted on 25 February 2009 by Flisha

In any HKO event, there’s always that one last quest which beats all quests – the hunt to gather billions and trillions of items to make one single item. In the case of the Happy Hearts event, we had to come up with as many charity shirts and charity bags as we could.

Want to see the horrible calculations?

To make one bag, we needed:

1 white tee
1 newbie wand
75 silk = 592 high quality cotton, 1500 bad wood
75 red dye = 1110 sorosis, 750 water, 750 clay
75 soft cotton = 1500 cotton
150 zipper = 300 slick stone, 150 copper ring, 750 fragments of stone mine
297 thread

And to make one shirt, we needed:

1 white tee
1 newbie wand
210 silk = 1680 high quality cotton, 4200 bad wood
210 red dye = 3150 sorosis, 2100 water, 2100 clay
210 soft cotton = 4200 cotton
297 thread
297 strap

The goal of our guild (Vampire Kittens) was at first to make 10 bags and 10 shirts. When we realized the cost of that goal:

20 white tees
20 newbie wands
22800 high quality cotton
57000 bad wood
42750 sorosis
31500 water
31500 clay
57000 cotton
7500 fragments of stone mine
2970 strap
5940 thread
3000 gravel
3000 copper

…we scaled it down to 5 bags and 5 shirts. Which still proved impossible. Then 3 of each. In the end, the Vampire Kittens elected to come up with just one bag. LOL.

Have a look at what my farm looked like during this quest!

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We needed to gather bad wood. So I had to grow coffee beans, and wait for 7 days days without watering them so they would die. Then I could gather the wood. One tree gives 5 bad wood, and it takes about 7 seconds to gather one piece of bad wood. So you can imagine how long it took for us to complete 1500 bad wood!

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I was lucky I was already done with all the quests in Sanrio, I could focus on the charity quest full-on. My guildees weren’t all that lucky. Some of them still had many unfinished quests in Paris and London.

See us bicker.

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LOL. Let me take this moment to say thank you so very much to my guildmates for helping to complete the charity quest. Even though they were busy completing other quests, and time was limited in HKO Happy Hearts (only two weeks!), they still managed to support me all the way.

Thank you especially to SabreGypsy who contributed a lot of bad wood and copper rings. Thank you to Tifanii who made the slick stone and helped a lot with the cotton. Thank you to Swamplilly who kept the wands and tees. Thank you to Slinky who had the genius idea of how to gather the wands and tees, but later left the guild because we had too many activities (LOL). You are always welcome in our guild!

Thank you to Yausapphire, Melody, Mimisama, Ziggy, Underwood, Deer, Lolitron, Kiff and all the others (sorry if I failed to mention you, just remind me!!) who helped with the so many little things like the gathering of wands, tees, cotton, sorosis, gravel, stone fragments, etc. and especially with building my house.

And thank you so much to SecretAsianKitty for giving me the deed to the house! I will always be grateful. :)

I miss my guild so much. :( Hopefully there will be an Easter event so we can meet each other again soonest. Or better yet, hopefully Hello Kitty Online will finally finish development and be released for good, so we can play everyday! LOL.

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Going Around Sanrio Land

Posted on 25 February 2009 by Flisha

Before I got a guild (Vampire Kittens represent!!!), it was just me, and sometimes Slith, going around Sanrio Land all on our lonesome…

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Stunning monsters… getting drops…

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Commenting to myself…

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Going for screenshots on solo…

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It was fun… but after doing all the quests… not so much.

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And Slith was kind of monotonous after a while…

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He didn’t help in stunning the monsters either. He just always wanted pet biscuits!

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Or pee.

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Or poo.

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So I relegated him back to his cage.

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Hello Kitty Online MMORPG | Full Drop and Price Guide

Posted on 17 February 2009 by Flisha

Here is a complete price guide for all drops from monsters, rocks and plants in the world of Hello Kitty Online. Indicated also are the skill levels needed to get the resource. This guide reflects the new and changed drops in the latest HKO beta, the Happy Hearts event.

By price, it means how much the merchant pays you for the resource. For example you have 50 pieces of gravel. The merchant gives you an HKO dollar for every piece so you get 50 HKO dollars.

To sell something to the merchant, proceed as if you would buy something. Then open your inventory and right click on the resources you would like to sell.

SANRIO HARBOR

Starfish[1]

  • Slime[1] (Price 1)
  • Gravel[1] (Price 1)
  • Parasite (Price 0)

Hermit Crab[1]

  • Ordinary Clothes[1] (Price 2)
  • Wizard of Oz Page 21 (Price 0)
  • Wizard of Oz Page 46 (Price 0)
  • Pinocchio Page 3 (Price 8)
  • Hermit Crab’s Shell[1] (Price 1)
  • Jack and the Beanstalk Page 19 (Price 0)
  • Jack and the Beanstalk Page 88 (Price 0)

Crab[1]

  • Crab Meat[1] (Price 1)
  • Crab Claws[1] (Price 1)

Fierce Crab[1]

  • Fierce Crab’s Claw[1] (Price 0)

Shamrock[1]

  • Shamrock[1] (Price 1)
  • Rare Shamrock[1] (Price 4)

Dark Opal Basil

  • Dark Opal Basil[1] (Price 1)
  • Rare Leaves[1] (Price 4)
  • Unknown Leaves[1] (Price 2)

Bush

  • Short Sticks[1] (Price 1)
  • Fragmented Branch[1] (Price 0)

Spiral Wood

  • Oranges[1] (Price 1)
  • Willow[1] (Price 1)
  • Small Splinters[1] (Price 0)

SOUTH DREAM FOREST

Boar[5]

  • Broken Boar Teeth[2] (Price 1)
  • Boar Hair[2] (Price 1)
  • Boar Teeth[1] (Price 1)

Ivory Wood[3]

  • Ivory Wood[2] (Price 2)
  • Strong Ivory Wood[3]
  • Small Splinters[1] (Price 0)

WEST DREAM FOREST

Centipede [6]

  • Chilopod Antenna[4] (Price 2)
  • Chilopod’s Poisonous Fluid[4] (Price 2)
  • Crazy Chilopod Antenna[6] (Price 4)

Spider[6]

  • Thick Cobwebs[3] (Price 2)
  • Cobwebs[2] (Price 2)
  • Damaged Cobwebs[3] (Price 0)
  • Spider Card[4] (Price 150)

Kaolit[3]

  • Long Curvy Vine[2] (Price 0)
  • Short Rattan[2] (Price 2)
  • Long Rattan[2] (Price 3)

EAST AND WEST OF THE MISTY LAND

Bee[7]

  • Bee Stingers[5] (Price 3)
  • Valuable Honey[5] (Price 10)
  • Bee’s Broken Wings[5] (Price 2),

Armadillo[7]

  • Bruised Skin[6] (Price 3)
  • Hard Shell[6] (Price 5)
  • Thick Skin[6] (Price 5)

Sea Rock[2]

  • Shell[2] (Price 2)
  • Fragments of Stone Mine[1] (Price 0)

Clay Deposit[1]

  • Clay[1] (Price 1)
  • Pearl (???)

EAST DREAM FOREST

Scorpion[6]

  • Scorpion Card[4] (Price 120)
  • Scorpion Stinger[4] (Price 2)
  • Scorpion’s Poisonous Fluid[4] (Price 2),

Crazy Scorpion[9]

  • Insane Scorpion Stinger[6] (Price 4)

Spider[6]

  • Thick Cobwebs[3] (Price 2)
  • Cobwebs[2] (Price 2)
  • Damaged Cobwebs[3] (Price 0)
  • Spider Card[4] (Price 150)

Kaolit[3]

  • Long Curvy Vine[2] (Price 0)
  • Short Rattan[2] (Price 2)
  • Long Rattan[2] (Price 3)

EAST OF FLORAPOLIS VALLEY

Rat[9]

  • Rat’s Tails[7] (Price 8)
  • Rat Card[4] (Price 160)
  • Mouse’s Paws[7] (Price 8)
  • Mouse’s Teeth[7], Price 8

Moth[8]

  • Broken Wings[6] (Price 2)
  • Poisonous Powder[6] (Price 4)
  • Colored Phosphor Powder[6] (Price 80)
  • Moth Card[4] (Price 150)

Sage[4]

  • Sages[3] (Price 4)
  • Peaceful Grass[3] (Price 20)
  • Caterpillar[3] (Price 1)

Sorosis[4]

  • Caterpillar[3] (Price 1)
  • Sorosis[4] (Price 5)
  • Hard Wood[3] (Price 3)
  • Fragmented Branch[1] (Price 0)

WEST OF FLORAPOLIS VALLEY

Hedgehog[11]

  • Hedgehod Skin[8] (Price 10)
  • Hedgehog Stinger[8] (Price 10)
  • Hedgehog Card[4] (Price 165)
  • Brown Hair for Boys (Price 0)

Beetle[10]

  • Broken Beetle Shell[7] (Price 5)
  • Beetle Shell[7] (Price 10)
  • Broom[5] (Adornments for Hands, Nontransferable)
  • Beetle Card[4] (Price 160)

Lizard[10]

  • Lizard Skin[7] (Price 8)
  • Lizard’s Poisonous Fluid[7] (Price 8) 
  • Lizard Card[4] (Price 200)
  • Single Rose[5] (Adornments for Hands, Nontransferable)

Grains[5]

  • Withered Grains[4] (Price 2)
  • Grains[4] (Price 6)

Dandelion[]

  • Dandelions[4] (Price 6)
  • Caterpillar[3] (Price 1)
  • Golden Dandelion[4] (Price 30)

WEST OF THE DREAM LAND

Skunk[12]

  • Skunk Card[10] (Price 170)
  • Stinky Fluid[8] (Price 10)
  • Skunk Tail[8] (Price 10)

Lynx[12]

  • Lynx Paws[9] (Price 12)
  • Flea[9] (Price 12)
  • Long Black Hair for Girls (Price 0)
  • Sharp Talons[9] (Price 12)
  • Honey Drink Guide[3] (Price 50)
  • Lynx Card[10] (Price 170)

Wind Bell Tree[5]

  • Withered Leaves[4] (Price 1)
  • Cotton[4] (Price 5)
  • High Quality Cotton[4] (Price 8)
  • Floral Wood[4] (Price 38)
  • Hard Floral Wood[4] (Price 10)
  • Big Splinters[4] (Price 2)

Caterpillar Tree[5]

  • High Quality Maple[4] (Price 10)
  • Caterpillar Fruit[5] (Price 8)
  • Maple[4] (Price 5)
  • Best Maple[4] (Price 500)

EAST OF THE DREAM LAND

Fox[13]

  • Fox Hair[10] (Price 14)
  • Fox Tail[10] (Price 14)
  • Black-Rimmed Glasses[5] (Price 42)
  • Flea[9] (Price 12)
  • Fox Card[10] (Price 175)
  • Medical Mask[15] (Price 20)

Eagle[13]

  • Eagle Card[10] (Price 175)
  • Flea Egg[9] (Price 12)
  • Eagle Talons[9] (Price 12)
  • Dream Shoes[12] (Price 120)
  • Dream Top[13] (Price 100)
  • Short Bronze Hair with Middle Parting for Boys (Price 0)
  • Dream Pants[15] (Price 100)

Coal[3]

  • Clumps of Mud[3] (Price 1)
  • Coal[3] (Price 3)
  • Cat’s-Eye Stone[3] (Price 100)

Copper[4]

  • Copper Pieces[3] (Price 1)
  • Copper[3] (Price 3)
  • Tiger’s-Eye Stone[3] (Price 100)

NORTH SECRET PEAK

Cur[14]

  • Cur Card[5] (Price 200)
  • Cur’s Teeth[10] (Price 12)

Wolf[14]

  • Frenzied Wolf Hair[13] (Price 18)
  • Starlight Wand[15] (Price 180)
  • Wolf Skin[10] (Price 15)

Yam[6]

  • Yam Blossoms[6] (Price 8)
  • Sincere Leaves[6] (Price 12)
  • Yam[6] (Price 4)

Stone Pile[5]

  • High Quality Coal[4] (Price 5)
  • Blue Shining Fragments[4] (Price 10)
  • Rough Stone[4] (Price 1)
  • Black Shining Fragments[4] (Price 10)
  • Burnt Mud[4] (Price 4)
  • Stone Mine[4] (Price 5)

Crystal Vein[6]

  • Smelted Copper[5] (Price 7)
  • Glossy Stone[5] (Price 2)
  • Brown Shining Fragments[5] (Price 12)
  • Grey Crystal[5] (Price 12)
  • Iron Ore[5] (Price 7)
  • Sharp Stone[5] (Price 2)

Fossil Rock[6]

  • Dried Poop[6] (Price 3)
  • Marble[6] (Price 8)
  • Fossil[6] (Price 8)
  • White Shining Fragments[6] (Price 14)
  • Big Stone[6] (Price 3)

SOUTH WIND GRASSLAND

Python[15]

  • Hard Scales[13] (Price 18)
  • Python Card[20] (Price 180)

Wolf[14]

  • Frenzied Wolf Hair[13] (Price 18)
  • Starlight Wand[15] (Price 180)
  • Wolf Skin[10] (Price 15)

Big Boar[15]

  • Curved Buck-tooth[11] (Price 17)
  • Broken Buck-tooth[11] (Price 17)
  • Angry Eyeball[11] (Price 17)
  • Pig Blood[11] (Price 20)
  • Fresh Meat[11] (Price 17)
  • Boar Scissors LV11 Guide[6] (Price 100)
  • Emerald Earrings[5] (Price 25)
  • Big Boar Card[20] (Price 190)

Fossil Rock[6]

  • Dried Poop[6] (Price 3)
  • Marble[6] (Price 8)
  • Fossil[6] (Price 8)
  • White Shining Fragments[6] (Price 14)
  • Big Stone[6] (Price 3)

Crystal Vein[6]

  • Smelted Copper[5] (Price 7)
  • Glossy Stone[5] (Price 2)
  • Brown Shining Fragments[5] (Price 12)
  • Grey Crystal[5] (Price 12)
  • Iron Ore[5] (Price 7)
  • Sharp Stone[5] (Price 2)

Goat Bamboo[8]

  • Goat Bamboo[7] (Price 12)
  • Shell of Bamboo Caterpillar[7] (Price 12)
  • Soft Bamboo Hair[7] (Price 12)
  • Moso Bamboo[7] (Price 12)

Black Nightshade[7]

  • Withered Nightshade[6] (Price 8)
  • Black Nightshade[6] (Price 4)
  • Knowledge Leaves[6] (Price 12)

Sun Grass[6]

  • Caterpillar[3] (Price 1)
  • Miracle Leaf[5] (Price 20)
  • Sun Grasses[5] (Price 10)
  • Withered Leaves[4] (Price 1)
  • Creeping Oxalis[5] (Price 7)
  • Rare Sun Grasses[5] (Price 15)
  • Rare Sun Fruit[5] (Price 20)

NORTH WIND GRASSLAND

Wolf[14]

  • Frenzied Wolf Hair[13] (Price 18)
  • Starlight Wand[15] (Price 180)
  • Wolf Skin[10] (Price 15)

Big Boar[15]

  • Curved Buck-tooth[11] (Price 17)
  • Broken Buck-tooth[11] (Price 17)
  • Angry Eyeball[11] (Price 17)
  • Pig Blood[11] (Price 20)
  • Fresh Meat[11] (Price 17)
  • Boar Scissors LV11 Guide[6] (Price 100)
  • Emerald Earrings[5] (Price 25)
  • Big Boar Card[20] (Price 190)

Crystal Vein[6]

  • Smelted Copper[5] (Price 7)
  • Glossy Stone[5] (Price 2)
  • Brown Shining Fragments[5] (Price 12)
  • Grey Crystal[5] (Price 12)
  • Iron Ore[5] (Price 7)
  • Sharp Stone[5] (Price 2)

Fossil Rock[6]

  • Dried Poop[6] (Price 3)
  • Marble[6] (Price 8)
  • Fossil[6] (Price 8)
  • White Shining Fragments[6] (Price 14)
  • Big Stone[6] (Price 3)

Goat Bamboo[8]

  • Goat Bamboo[7] (Price 12)
  • Shell of Bamboo Caterpillar[7] (Price 12)
  • Soft Bamboo Hair[7] (Price 12)
  • Moso Bamboo[7] (Price 12)

Black Nightshade[7]

  • Withered Nightshade[6] (Price 8)
  • Black Nightshade[6] (Price 4),
  • Knowledge Leaves[6] (Price 12)

MIDDLE SECRET PEAK

Wolf[14]

  • Frenzied Wolf Hair[13] (Price 18)
  • Starlight Wand[15] (Price 180)
  • Wolf Skin[10] (Price 15)

Leopard[15]

  • Leopard Teeth[12] (Price 17)
  • Leopard Card[20] (Price 180)

Big Wind Bell Tree[8]

  • Wind Bell Wart[6] (Price 8)
  • Wind Bell Wood[6] (Price 8)
  • Good Floral Wood[6] (Price 6)
  • Wind Bell Fruit[6] (Price 10)

Yam[6]

  • Yam Blossoms[6] (Price 8)
  • Sincere Leaves[6] (Price 12)
  • Yam[6] (Price 4)

SOUTH SECRET PEAK

Leopard Leader[18]

  • Leopard Leader’s Claw[20], (Price 0)

Leopard[15]

  • Leopard Teeth[12] (Price 17)
  • Leopard Card[20] (Price 180)

Chaotic Spooky Tree[16]

  • Chaotic Spooky Trees Card[20] (Price 180)
  • Pudding[4] (Price 5)
  • Chaotic Bark[13] (Price 50)
  • Roast Vegetables Guide[5] (Price 80)
  • Shining Pickaxe LV10 (Price 125)

Python[15]

  • Hard Scales[13] (Price 18)
  • Python Card[20] (Price 180)

Baboon[15]

  • Baboon Card[20] (Price 180)
  • Jelly[8] (Price 40)
  • Grilled Corn Guide[4] (Price 65)
  • Rare Baboon Oil[12] (Price 25)

Yam[6]

  • Yam Blossoms[6] (Price 8)
  • Sincere Leaves[6] (Price 12)
  • Yam[6] (Price 4)

Black Nightshade[7]

  • Withered Nightshade[6] (Price 8)
  • Black Nightshade[6] (Price 4)
  • Knowledge Leaves[6] (Price 12)

Hedgehog Vine[8]

  • Withered Thorny Vines[7] (Price 8)
  • Thorny Vines[7] (Price 10)
  • Hedgehog Fruit[7] (Price 20)
  • Caterpillar Wood[7] (Price 15)

Crystal Vein[6]

  • Smelted Copper[5] (Price 7)
  • Glossy Stone[5] (Price 2)
  • Brown Shining Fragments[5] (Price 12)
  • Grey Crystal[5] (Price 12)
  • Iron Ore[5] (Price 7)
  • Sharp Stone[5] (Price 2)

Fossil Rock[6]

  • Dried Poop[6] (Price 3)
  • Marble[6] (Price 8)
  • Fossil[6] (Price 8)
  • White Shining Fragments[6] (Price 14)
  • Big Stone[6] (Price 3)

WIND PATHWAY

Fierce Spooky Tree[16]

  • Frenzy Jelly[12] (Price 55)
  • Fierce Spooky Tree Card[20] (Price 200)
  • Immortal Spooky Tree’s Eyeball[15] (Nontransferable quest item)

Chaotic Spooky Tree[16]

  • Chaotic Spooky Trees Card[20] (Price 180)
  • Pudding[4] (Price 5)
  • Chaotic Bark[13] (Price 50)
  • Roast Vegetables Guide[5] (Price 80)
  • Shining Pickaxe LV10 (Price 125)

Python[15]

  • Hard Scales[13] (Price 18)
  • Python Card[20] (Price 180)

Baboon[15]

  • Baboon Card[20] (Price 180)
  • Jelly[8] (Price 40)
  • Grilled Corn Guide[4] (Price 65)
  • Rare Baboon Oil[12] (Price 25)

Yam[6]

  • Yam Blossoms[6] (Price 8)
  • Sincere Leaves[6] (Price 12)
  • Yam[6] (Price 4)

Black Nightshade[7]

  • Withered Nightshade[6] (Price 8)
  • Black Nightshade[6] (Price 4)
  • Knowledge Leaves[6] (Price 12)

Hedgehog Vine[8]

  • Withered Thorny Vines[7] (Price 8)
  • Thorny Vines[7] (Price 10)
  • Hedgehog Fruit[7] (Price 20)
  • Caterpillar Wood[7] (Price 15)

Crystal Vein[6]

  • Smelted Copper[5] (Price 7)
  • Glossy Stone[5] (Price 2)
  •  Brown Shining Fragments[5] (Price 12)
  • Grey Crystal[5] (Price 12)
  • Iron Ore[5] (Price 7)
  • Sharp Stone[5] (Price 2)

Fossil Rock[6]

  • Dried Poop[6] (Price 3)
  • Marble[6] (Price 8) 
  • Fossil[6] (Price 8)
  • White Shining Fragments[6] (Price 14)
  • Big Stone[6] (Price 3)

Screenshots for all maps and resources will be added soon. If you detect something lacking in this guide, please comment and I will add it up as soon as possible. :)

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Hello Kitty Online | Sanrio Harbor

Posted on 16 February 2009 by Flisha

Map of Sanrio Harbor. Click for a better view.

Sanrio Harbor Map

Sanrio Harbor Creatures, Drops and Price Guide

Crab drops (Level 1):

  • Crab Meat (Price 1)
  • Crab Claws (Price 1)
Hermit Crab drops (Level 1):

  • Ordinary Clothes (Price 2)
  • Wizard of Oz Page 21 (Price 0, Quest Item)
  • Wizard of Oz Page 46 (Price 0, Quest Item)
  • Pinocchio Page 3 (Price 0, Quest Item)
  • Hermit Crab’s Shell (Price 1)
  • Jack and the Beanstalk Page 18 (Price 0, Quest Item)
  • Jack and the Beanstalk Page 88 (Price 0, Quest Item)
Starfish drops (Level 1):

  • Slime (Price 1)
  • Gravel (Price 1)
  • Parasite (Price 0)
Fierce Crab drops (Level 1):

  • Fierce Crab’s claw (Price 1, Quest Item)

Sanrio Harbor Plants, Drops and Price Guide

Bush drops (Level 1):

  • Short Sticks (Price 1)
  • Fragmented Branch (Price 0)
Shamrock drops (Level 1):

  • Shamrock (Price 1)
  • Rare Shamrock (Price 4)
Dark Opal Basil drops (Level 1):

  • Dark Opal Basil (Price 1)
  • Rare Leaves (Price 1)
  • Unknown Leaves (Price 2)
Spiral Wood drops (Level 1):

  • Oranges (Price 1, Stamina 5)
  • Willow (Price 1)
  • Small Splinters (Price 0)

Sanrio Harbor NPCs

Panya
Wanwa
Nyako
Buppi
Sora
Hana
Kyupi
Landry
Scone
Lily

Sanrio Harbor Shops and Shop Items

**Quest walkthroughs to be added later on.

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HKO Happy Hearts Client is Now Available

Posted on 10 February 2009 by Flisha

I don’t know about you but I am getting SOOO excited to play Hello Kitty again! :-) Only two more days!!!

The new client just got released yesterday! For all the people who haven’t tried the HKO game yet, you can download the full client either via the download manager or via a torrent. (I prefer the torrent.) The file is 1.3 Gb.

However, the founders who were able to play last Christmas already have the old client. So all you guys have to do is update the client, by downloading either the manual patch or the torrent. The update is 370 Mb.

The update will only work for the latest client, so if the last time you played was in October 2008, you will have to download the whole client all over again, just like the newbies.

Hope I end up eating in between being glued to my screen for the next few days. (Must get an insurance quote.)

Hoping to see you all with me in Hello Kitty Happy Hearts! Don’t forget, it starts on February 13 at 11am in the Philippines! :-)

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Death of a Chicken in Ateneo

Posted on 08 February 2009 by Flisha

My little sister, M, came home today with a big story to tell.

She had just participated in the PEiesta 2009, it’s an annual all-day PE event for students of the Ateneo.

She was ecstatic that her team won, and I gave her my congratulations. And then I asked her what games she participated in.

Her answer made me cringe.

There was this one game. Let’s call it the chicken game, one for the boys and one for the girls. M wasn’t exactly sure what the rules of the game were (I’d been asking about it the previous night, see). All M knew was that the person who got the chicken first won. I had visions of a chicken running all over the backfield while girls screamed and chased after it. It seemed pointless, but at the same time terribly funny to watch.

Back to the PEiesta. Let’s do this bit present-tense.

The girls go first. Someone, the referee maybe, carries a live, clucking chicken into the gym, in the middle of a gaggle of girls. The girls are antsy and excited. And maybe a little too strung up.

Suddenly, the man throws the chicken high into the air. The chicken drops to the ground, and instantly the girls rush into a frenzy. They pull and push and claw, each trying to keep ahold of the panicked animal, screaming and acting like a crazed mob, intent on ripping the animal alive.

M doesn’t even remember how it ended, whether somebody had succeeded in keeping most of the chicken to herself, or if the mania just gradually elapsed. All she remembers is that at the end of the madness, the chicken was a broken carcass, feathers and blood flung carelessly over blue cement.

I was horrified at M’s story. I couldn’t stop laughing, at first. But, migod, when she told me about the poor chicken and how it had died… It was just very shocking to me, that something so cruel and inhuman could happen at the hands of these young and innocent girls. And that it was encouraged and instigated by the school. (Read a firsthand account from an Atenean student here.)

You would think that the boys’ event would have been canceled at the very least. But no. The only difference was that this time, the chicken wasn’t thrown into the air, and the boys managed to keep the chicken alive.

It was just a chicken.

But.

Still.

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Sanrio Opens HKO Happy Hearts to the Whole World

Posted on 05 February 2009 by Flisha

Yay! SanrioTown has just announced that the Valentine’s event of Hello Kitty Online, called Happy Hearts will not be exclusive to founders after all, but will be open for anyone who wants to play it! w00t! To join, just create a Sanrio account and then download the game.

Hello Kitty Online founders have an edge, though. We’ll be able to play a whole two days earlier than the newbies. HKO will open for founders on February 12, 10pm EST (Feb 13, 11am Manila). The rest of the world will be able to access HKO on February 14, 8pm EST (Feb 15, 9am Manila). And then the Happy Hearts event will end on February 17, 11:59pm EST (Feb 18, 12.59pm Manila).

Am so excited!!! :-)

P.S. Since everyone is now invited, expect the game to crash a lot more than usual. HKO is doing some stress tests in preparation for Open Beta.

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Label Feeds in Blogger

Posted on 04 February 2009 by Flisha


I am sure many Blogger users out there admire the myriad plugins and functionalities of WordPress. I am one of those admirers.

I especially like that there’s a WordPress plugin for category feeds, or label feeds. It’s not immediately apparent that the same is available in Blogger, since it’s never promoted, but you can actually get label feeds in Blogger.

Why would you be interested in label feeds? Many reasons:

  1. Letting readers subscribe to a selected category
  2. Placing the latest posts from a category onto your sidebar
  3. Styling your blog into a magazine layout
  4. Creating label widgets for iGoogle

And you can probably think up more creative ways to use category feeds. These are just some of the few reasons I went looking for the label feeds in Blogger, and so far I’ve used #2 and #4, but quickly abandoned #2 because my sidebar looks busy enough as it is.

So how do you get the Blogger label feeds? It’s pretty simple. First, you have to make sure that your Site Feed is turned on. To do that, your blog’s Settings -> Site Feed -> Allow Blog Feeds -> Full. You can also use Short, if you don’t like offering full feeds. But don’t use None.

Now, if you have a regular Blogspot URL like such:

http://yourblog.blogspot.com

Then your default posts feed is this:

http://yourblog.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default/

But you probably know (and use) that already. To get the feed for an individual label, just add an -/labelName to the end of your default feed. So, for example you have a label Technology, the resulting feed would be:

http://yourblog.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default/-/Technology

A note to remember is that the feeds are case sensitive, so this feed:

http://yourblog.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default/-/technology

…won’t work.

Now let’s say you have a label like this: Things I Like. Just replace the spaces with a %20, so your feed should look like this:

http://yourblog.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default/-/
Things%20I%20Like

Again, be aware of the cases.

Say you have a customized domain like mine. This is my URL:

http://www.randomdetox.com

The rules are the same, you just change the prefix of your feeds. So, an example of my label feeds are the following:

http://www.randomdetox.com/feeds/posts/default/-/Lost
http://www.randomdetox.com/feeds/posts/default/-/Gossip%20Girl

There! Now that you know, make good use of the feeds! :)

Oh and if you’re interested, here are some of my label feeds you might like to subscribe to:

Pop Culture

Hello Kitty
Manny Pacquiao
True Blood
Ugly Betty

Tech Stuff

Blogging
Tech
Tutorial

Travel Stuff

Cebu Pacific
Dakak
Dapitan
Dipolog
Philippine Airlines
Travelogue
Zamboanga
Zest Airways

Other Stuff

Discounts
Free Stuff
Personal

Oh yeah, and here’s how my iGoogle looks like.

How might you use label feeds from Blogger? Leave a comment!

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Dapitan the Beautiful

Posted on 03 February 2009 by Flisha

Dapitan City

I don’t remember uploading these photos of the last time I was in Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte. That was about three months ago. Although I do not miss my very poor living quarters there, I do miss the beautiful, relaxing sights of Dapitan.

Nature never let you forget her majesty in Dapitan. It was easy to just let the romantic days wrap themselves all over you… ’til you forgot that there was more to living than the here and now.

So… enjoy these photos. :)

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