Friday, December 31, 2010
This month's selection is slower paced with 2 of them being new age songs because I just came down with a bout of stomach flu, so I'm been doing nothing but sleeping and vomitting for the past 2 days. So I've dug up and dusted my collection of new age songs to calm me down and relax to at least get some sleep. I've forgotten just how much I loved them...
Re_birthday (Kagamine Len) : The final song to the Daughter of Evil series. Someone really ought to make an anime series of it instead of the total failure of the incredibly confusing Black Rock Shooter series. Royalty? Check. Deception? Check. Love story? Check! So please can an anime studio make this a series already?
Calendula Requiem (Kanon Wakeshima X Kanon of An Cafe) : A nice departure of Kanon Wakeshima from the predictable and somewhat boring, saccharine sweet lolita look of hers. She still looks sweet but in a different way and the music is still in her usual style. So hopefully, there'll be other music videos that will take her to different directions instead of sticking her in the same path.
Turning (Suzanne Ciani & Yu Chiyi) : I bought her CD some years back and after listening to it a number of times, I stuffed it into the back of my cupboard and totally forgot about it. But after listening to this track again, I'm falling in love with it all over again. Her music soothes me and makes me think of afternoon teas in a sunny garden with a good book...
May It Be (Enya): The theme song for Lord of The Rings. I love all the movies in the series and I really hope it'll be considered as a great a classic like Star Wars and Star Trek. I rememember having a friend once who was so into LOTR that she taught herself the Elfish language to the point she could not only speak it, but read and write it too!
Kanon D-Dur (Evangelion Death & Rebirth, Shinji: Cello, Asuka : Violin, Rei: Viola, Kaoru: Second Violin): Its really nice to see the four children all playing this piece together, and for once you get a sense of peace from them despite the constant bickering and death all around them. Evangelion definitely helps one to appreciate classical music in a different light, such as Beethoven's 9th Symphony that is often used in the battle scenes
Okay, I feel my stomach acting up again so wish my dear readers a happy new year once again! And hopefully have a better start then I do...
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
I left when the rest of the gang decided to head to another location because of heat exhaustion and my tights had torn so I felt kindda exposed.
But it was pretty fun and I learnt some new things about light exposure and such in photography whilst fiddling with a camera. Useful stuff to know so that I can get myself a betetr location next time when I do my own photoshoots haha!
I'll update soon about my Christmas celebration, but considering I don't have the usual family gathering this year, its kindda boring.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Firstly, this is how the costume is supposed to look like. The character is Ciel Phantomhive from the series Kuroshitsuji and he crossdressed in an attempt to avoid detection and get closer to the enemy
I loved this costume alot despite dying of heat, mostly which was caused by my long gloves. So I ended up taking it off whenever I was just standing around and I had to ask photographers to wait whenever they wanted to take a picture because I had to quickly shove them on.
Not the best event day because I overslept and ended up having to put my makeup on at the location itself inside the smelly, dirty toilets. Also, Esther was waiting for our friend to bring her wig and the friend ended up coming only at the later part of the day. So Esther was moody most of the day, not a very good person to hang out with. But I had no choice since I wasn't as close to the other cosplayers and it was bit redundant to walk around the place all alone. So I ended up missing abit of photo-taking opportunities because I was mostly sitting at the shop stall trying to cheer her up.
Not to mention, there were 3 other cosplayers who wore the exact same outfit as me and unlike me, they had at least one friend who was cosplaying the same series as them, so they had a person to pose with. And I so need to rant this out, there was this total cosf*ck of a person who I was so pissed at. She wore the exact same outfit as me except hers was so obviously made of some crappy cheap satin with a really tiny hat that was so small and tall that it almost looked like a miniature tophat. The hat wasn't worn to the side as shown by the character, hers was right ontop of her head and had the front brim pushed upwards. Not to mention, she didn't wear a hoop skirt so her dress was like completely flat and worse thing was, she had wavy brown hair and tried to scrimp on money and didn't wear a wig. She didn't even bloody bother to tie her hair into 2 ponytails and just walked around in that crap of an outfit she had on.
Worse thing was, because her friend's stall was directly opposite Esther's, she kept hanging out there and eyeballing me. Come on, like seriously? Your outfit is so crappy that what reason do you have to eyeball me for? Jealous much?
And I'm sniggling to myself now because after sifting through the photographs that have been uploaded at the forums, it seems no photographer took any pictures of her (except one where she totally photobombed a fellow cosplayer). That shows you how crappy your costume is, so stick your eyeballs back in your brain and try harder. Okay rant over!
Anyway, I'm trying to convince Mini to do a photoshoot with me for this costume since she's already done Sebastian for a few other people, so I need to bugger her and a photographer soon.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
So just be patient, because I'm pretty sure when she's back at posting, her posts will definitely be worth the wait!
On a side note, Truc of sstardesire.blospot.com, recently awarded me the "Lovely Blog Award". Its amazing that I actually got a blog award since it was like the furthest thing from my mind when I actually started this blog and I'm glad that readers enjoy my posts and blog. So of course, I'd like to give this blog to some other bloggers:
Truc of sstardesire.blogspot.com
Steph of xcosmic-lovex.blogspot.com
Jenny of sushi-cat.net
Mitsu of universal-doll.com
Tori of cherristory.blogspot.com
Bloomzy of bloomzy.blogspot.com
These are the gals that I love and constantly read their posts. I may not always leave a comment (sorry!) but I love them nonetheless. So go forth and spread the love!
P.S. I'll be updating my other cosplay soon, I have the majority of my pictures at hand, so I just need to arrange and edit some stuffs first, so be patient kays? Thanks!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
So for STGCC, I ended up cosplaying as Rin Kagamine, neko (cat) version. Technically, there's no such version for the Kagamine twins as only Miku has ever been shown wearing this particular outfit. But Esther and Minichaos and I decided to do it as a team as it'll be more fun that way.
So pictures from the event:
One of my favourite pictures from the event. My mom says I don't look like I put on much makeup, but I swear I put on waay heavier then my usual daily makeup! "0(>.<)o"
Saturday, December 11, 2010
I'm so glad that the next cosplay event has been pushed back to April so at least I can take a breather to save some money and get back to being just gyaru again for awhile. Plus I can get settled down to my new school and hopefully have more fun as compared to my sucky life in Polytechnic. I swear I was slowly counting down everyday I had to come to class and then just zoning out if I actually went to class.
But sad things aside, here's today's outfit (okay technically yesterday, I just noticed the time):
Sunday, December 5, 2010
On a side note, I had a haircut done just recently. Steph introduced me to her hairstylist but there was some miscommunication between the hairdresser and I (my mandarin skills are of mediocre level) so I'm left with a too short fringe, heavy blunt layers at my jawline that remind me of Maikos (Japanese Shinto priestesses for those who don't know) and still unable to curl my hair like before. Haiz... I'm bordering on the line of kidnapping my ex-hairdresser and smuggling him back to Singapore very soon.....
I still have so much to prepare for my upcoming events and hopefully, Esther will be able to get my coscard format done in time. That way I'll have a coscard to pass out to people at the events yay!
Christmas is coming up soon so I gotta get ready presents for my loved ones, and after that it'll be the little staycation that the Bf and I will be having to celebrate our anniversary. Anyone wanna guess how long we;ve been together? Hee.....
Friday, December 3, 2010
Why? Because that's how Blogger works... damn it! Anyway after struggling with it for the past half hour or so, my initial plans to write up a post has kindda been zapped away by tiredness after fiddling with all the stupid applications I had to go through to get my desired outcome and redoing it after Blogger refused to accept any changes I had initially made.
I know the whole blog is now rather pink, but please bear with it for awhile, at least till I can get a better background image or someone kindly helps me out with it, anyone?
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
It's the end of yet another month, and I'm really quite surprised at how the year has gone flying by. Soon, I'll be busy rushing around making last minute preparations for my 2 upcoming cosplay events, then preparing for my family's annual Christmas celebration and then unwinding with a short staycation that the Bf and I will be having to celebrate our anniversary.
But until then, lets unwind with some songs that's currently on a loop in my Mp3 list:
Paradise of Light & Shadow~Synchronicity (Vocaloids, Kagamine Rin & Len): A beatiful song by the Vocaloids again. It's pretty interesting how many stories that have been created with songs revolving aorund them. This one's no different and I love how they emphasised the paralell oppsites between Rin & Len. I'm still impatiently waiting for the third part of this series (This is the second part, there is a prequel to this video)
1000 no Kotoba (Koda Kumi): The song for Final Fantasy X-2 and probably one of the last few better games in the Final Fantasy franchise. It's a really emotional song which is sung beautifully by Koda Kumi, I'm not a real fan of her work, but I do admire both of her song contributions to the series.
Rain (SID): One of the opening songs for Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. Love the anime to bits and I'm left with an empty hole now, while waiting for a decent anime to take its place. It's pretty interesting how the lead singer wears a yukata as a jacket to his otherwise boring outfit. It'll be so nice if other traditional costumes could be worn just as fashionably on normal days (do observe carefully how he matched his eyeshadow to his yukata's lining!).
To the Moon & Back (Savage Garden): An oldie but a goodie, this song is always on my list no matter the situation or mood. Somehow, whnever I listen to this song I always envision a girl in some post-apocalyptic world that's under some kindda totalitarian-like control (Think the government in V for Vendetta? Gotta love that movie!). But there she is looking to the moon and skies, wishing for love to be free from this dreary and dark world....
Beautiful World (Utada Hikaru): The closing theme used in the Evangelion movie, You Are [Not] Alone 2.0. This is truly my favourite anime of all time, and no other anime has been able to skillfully capture the twisted complexities and beauty of the human psyche into a show. You love and yet you loathe the characters all at once with their never-ending battle within themselves and the intersting yet eerily similar way of how close to reality these characters are. The song caught the thoughts that were racing through my mind at the end of the movie without being too dark so it's a rwally refreshing balance. I can't wait for the latest Evangelion movie to come out, You Will [Not] Understand/ Quickening.
Ugh gotta meet a buyer for my Imitation Black costume. I'm so glad to be able to be rid of it, since it's just taking up space in my room at the time-being so its a real chance for me to try and recoup some money for new costumes...
Sunday, November 28, 2010
So this is just my two cents worth of opinion to counter-balance and perhaps explain abit on the flops that had been listed out:
It's a look, just like Manba and Ganguro.... deal with it.
6. Flat Tires
okay, this I wholeheartedly agree with the writer. When I see people who don't bother putting on their shoes properly and just flatten down the back of their shoes, a few things come to my mind.
First, are the shoes that painful to walk in that you have to shuffle your way around in them? Second, maybe you're just too lazy to bother putting them on properly, so in that case, please don't bother buying nice shoes, I'd hate to see you destroy a pair of Jimmy Choos because of sheer laziness.
7. Engrish Shirts
8. Furoku Bag
Hmm, yeah, some furoku bags are of such shoddy quality that it would probably disintegrate if I do attempt to throw it into a washing machine. However, I have seen some of such good quality that people are hawking them on sites such as Ebay. I have seen some being sold for up to USD30 online, so just because some suck, doesn't mean all suck...
9. Mori Girl
Again, this is a street style. You may not get it, but that doesn't stop people from loving it and attempting to emulate its style, and yes I do get your point of it bordering on looking like a crazy cat lady, but no ones complaining about how bubble skirts make anyone with an ounce of fat on their legs turn their legs into walking pig trotters. So give it a rest...
Again, it was a trend for guys to wear skirts and lets give them credit for having the balls to do so and be in a culture where they aren't automatically jeered at or have derogatory remarks thrown at them. Plus if its such an awful thing for guys to wear, why wasn't there an outcry when men's leggings was introduced? I think seeing guys wearing skin-tight leggings that show every nook and cranny of their legs and ass is far more frightening then a guy wearing a skirt.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Honestly, after the first 4-5 books, I read the rest of the books only once when they had just been released as I simply borrowed from my friends the books after they were done with them and hence, it was more of a quick skim through the books then actually sitting down and absorbing the whole thing.
Onto outfit first:
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Back to the story, basically the second day of AFA, I was cosplaying solo, and tagging along 2 other friends who were cosplaying together as a duo. It was a pretty effective system as we had a buddy to pass our belongings to when the other was busy taking pictures or something. and we could look out for each other too, though it was pretty funny when people saw us walking together and decided to snap a picture of all 3 of us despite telling them we're from totally different series.
On to pictures:
My resulting cosplay. The black lipstick was a nightmare, it keep getting outside my lips and onto my teeth and it doesnt help that I have a habit of showing my upper front teeth when I'm just zoning out or something. So I have alot of nasty pictures of me showing my teeth between the black lipstick floating around online.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Anyway, it also took awhile for the various photographers to upload their pictures as they did some editing, and then after I had claimed my own pictures I had to seek permission from them and then edit them some more on my own.
I won't say this is one of my better cosplays as I was really shagged from doing the makeup of 5 other people before rushing to change and do my own makeup. Plus, it didn't help that we were vying for attention amongst 6 other Sandplay groups and another member of our team evetually disappearedwith her friends into the massive crowd. So alot of things went on..
So to pictures I guess
A picture of me and my "brother", Kagamine Len (aka Mika). Yes, "he" is actually a "she" and alot of people commented that we suited each other as siblings. So we're actually talking about doing another version fo the Kagamine siblings for another event.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Though I am tired beyond compare, I am but still happy at the successful 2 cosplays that I have managed to pull off in the last 2 days.
The flashing lightbulbs, the noises from the crowd, people recognising you under all the heavy makeu and costume or simply calling you by your cosplay name, all these send a tingle down my spine and give me an excitement that I relish. That's the reason for my countless sleepless nights fretting over my costumes, the blood and sweat (literally!) poured into making them as perfect as possible, examining each and every frame of the character to get the makeup and look just right, studying signature poses and practising them...
At the end of the day... this is what cosplay is like for me... and I'll probably do it as long as I possibly can...
*sorry for the nonsensical rambling, I am currently in a mood that's a mixture of excitement and happiness over the completed cosplays and fatigue from all the physical work on the days itself, is this what they call "tired but happy"? All I know is that I have to stop myself from constantly checking the message boards for my pictures and be patient, so I'll upload them with greater detail over what happened over the coursof the last 2 days in due time, so bear with me till then...
Friday, November 12, 2010
So I was thinking of ways to make my life easier on that day when I realised that I didn't even have a proper makeup case! My makup more or less are stashed in various pouches that I just pour out onto my bed and stash each one back after I'm done with it. This would cause alot of trouble if I did the same thing at the event location itself, so I needed a large case to fit everything bad!
I managed to find one that's not only so awesome-ly huge, but it looks just as awesome as it is useful but first, onto the outfit I had worn:
It's made of real sturdy leather so it's gonna last for quite awhile, and with it's really cute vintage kindda design, the more it wears out, the better it'll look! Now I just wish I had a matching luggage set! Plus the case has a lock so it'll be perfect for events because I'll know that my stuff would be safe, unless a theif decided to take the whole damn case which would be pretty stupid.
Oh yea, I was checking out the box when I noticed that it actually had the label SK-II imprinted on it, so I don't know if it's a genuine product or a fake, but who cares, it's functional and cute looking and that's all I need!
Ugh, there's still so many last minute prepaerations for the event this saturday. I need to sew the ribbons on my headpiece so that'll it'll look curly and paint my nails black for my character on the second day and I need to stuff my costume and wig and accessories into my luggage so that I can just wheel the whole thing there!
Haiz... and don't get me started on planning the makeup for the other girls especially when there's one girl pissing me off big time because she can't be bothered to learn how to apply basic makeup like foundation and just expect me to do the whole she-bang for her and keep whining when I told her that I don't care but she had better apply her basic makeup first... I am so gonna die...
*looks at makeup case and is filled with shiny new hope and happiness*
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Anyway here they are, well at least better late then never rt? (T_T)
Failed attempt at a =3= face
Monday, November 8, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
But it could be that I've matured alot since then (or just plain becoming older, and a step closer to being senile) and now I do love the idea of dressing up and looking pretty just to please oneself. After all, if you don't love yourself first, it'll be much other for others to love you.
So this is what I wore, whilst doing alittle shopping by myself before making my way to school for a lesson in the evening:
Thursday, November 4, 2010
According to Koji, there'll be four different palettes of four-colour eyeshadows. My guess is that it'll be in a palette like Boujour and Kate with varying colours of the same palette. There' is also some mention of "cream eyeshadow" and "champagne" somewhere around in the website, I don't really get it, perhaps a creameyeshadow in the colour of champagne?
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Whilst taking these pictures, a shophand popped by and I was actually kindda concerned that he would stop us from taking the pictures or worse yet, kick us out of the shop or something. However, he just threw us a quizzical look before packing the other cushions neatly. I guess I must have appeared like a crazy cat lady with the matching outfit! Hahahahha....