Sunday, July 16, 2017

Regular Ordinary Blog Layout

Hey! My blog is all pink and non-Ace Attorney related now! What happened?

I didn't notice it earlier when I posted my last blogpost, but apparently, my background was screwed up, and some images were broken. (and I totally forgot to screenshot how it looked like)

So, what happen was, that my image that was hosted by Photobucket is no longer working as I'm not allowed to do 3rd party hosting. Because on 4th July (Independence, yay!) Photobucket decided to impose a $400 annual fee to use their services. This includes 3rd party hosting, and retrieving images that are already uploaded onto Photobucket. Yupe, even though you've been using the site since 2005 (I have.... :'( ) and your photos are uploaded to the website, it's still there, but you can't access or retrieve them unless you pay the fees.


But if you're curious, here's where you can read a little more about what happened.

I've always wanted to update my theme, or at least change my header for a little white now. I guess this works.... ^^"

Quote of the Day: "It’s easy to do nothing, it’s hard to forgive." - Aang, Avatar: The Last Airbender

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Healing My Wounded Knee

A wounded knee doesn't sound half as tragic as a wounded heart

Almost 2 years ago in November 2015, I started feeling pain in my right knee after a week of sports and dance practices in preparation of PIDC Cup. It didn't subside, and was especially painful when I was climbing the stairs and participating in sports. I ended up having to wear a knee brace to help me with the pain. Eventually, the pain subsided, but never really went away.

A year later, the same thing happened, but with my left knee instead (the sacrifices I make for PIDC Cup ;w;). It was a mild pain (my right knee suffered more) and so I didn't pay much attention to it.

Last month, while with a friend at Jump Street, the pain in my knee prevented me from properly enjoying my time there. I was careful with what I was doing, and kept my legs straight so that my knee wouldn't hurt. It made me realize that I should do something about my knees, otherwise it would affect my other activities in the future. I'm still young! I'm an active young lady!

Eventually, my mum took me to the Sports Specialist, and it seems that I'm suffering from some sort of patellofemoral pain or tendonitis, the kind of things I learn from my medical studies, but none that I've seen before. After the shocking medical bill (just for X-rays and ultrasound TT), we decided to start treatment, which includes oral medication (celecoxib and glucosamine), topical medication, home therapy, and physiotherapy (ultrasound and TENS). Thank goodness for insurance! It takes a lot of effort, me having to do ice pack and knee exercises at 2-4 times, daily! @@

Lesson: Early treatment can help a lot.

I've just started my treatment yesterday, so pray for good results! ;w;

Quote of the Day: "Everyone has their own little internal world - a secret garden only they can enter. Each world follows its own internal logic - individuality. And the logic of one world means nothing in another. Understanding other people isn't hard.....It's Impossible." - Joshua, The World Ends With You

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Update from Home!

A quick life update. I've moved out of Penang and I'm back in Subang Jaya, and I've graduated from PIDC!

Did someone call a doctor?

Since moving back, I've been to Korea, had a staycation in KL, attended some conventions, went to the Kingdom Hearts orchestra, and generally just NEET at home in my PJ's and Story of Seasons. I've dyed my hair, too!

In the past month, I've dropped out of my habit of bullet journaling (which I'm trying to fix now). At the start of the year, I've also made a resolution to blog more, which clearly, I failed too!

We're almost halfway through the year, and I'm already 2 months of doing nothing. Maybe with this post, I can slowly get out of my rut.

Quote of the Day: "You don’t lie to MAKE friends. I agree, that wouldn’t be right. But sometimes, you need to tell a fib because you ARE friends. Not all secrets are bad secrets." - Shiki, The World Ends With You

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

WIP: Pyrrha Nikos (Comic Fiesta 2016)

Comic Fiesta was over 3 months ago, but my motto is "Better blog late than never". :P So here is my very simple and quick work-in-progress of my Pyrrha Nikos cosplay that I debut at Comic Fiesta 2016. It's less of a tutorial, and more of a record of my construction notes. Hopefully, it'll be able to help other cosplayers, or at least provide some ideas and inspiration. =) Take note that I'm a total noob at this so please don't expect too much, haha.

Photo by Thomas Kuan/Black Rabbit Photography

Pyrrha Nikos - RWBY


No cosplay construction can begin without reference pictures, so here they are! I was really drawn into Pyrrha's character and design because of the red/gold theme, and the warrior/gladiator vibes, while still being really feminine. This has been in my plans since early 2015, but I just didn't have to guts to challenge an armour cosplay.

I started work less than a month before Comic Fiesta, with much help from Raz. But cumulatively, we probably only used 10 days. xD"

Disclaimer: This post is image heavy!


Thursday, January 12, 2017

New Year, New Journal!

It's 2 weeks into 2017, and "Happy New Year" greetings are already outdated. But really, I'm feeling positive vibes for 2017, and I've been mostly happy and productive so far! So I'd like to wish all of you Happy New Year again, and I'd like to share the interesting things I've found.


I got this 2017 Moleskine Starbucks Planner for free thanks to a friend of mine (it took 15 drinks, but they forgot to credit his account, so we got 2 planners for 15 drinks). Since high school (2006), I've been in a habit of keeping a new planner every year.

Then everything changed when THE FIRE NATION ATTACKED I discovered bullet journal.

I came across a post Cappy shared about bullet journal. It was the first time I heard about it, and as someone who keeps a planner and loves making and striking out list, this piqued my interest. Immediately, I set off to Google.

(The post I came across, and the original website about bullet journal)

The simple idea behind it is to organize your life using a bullet system to set tasks, migrate them, record memorable events, and ultimately increase productivity. But what pushes this to the edge is the amount of creativity and customization the bullet journal community has put into this hobby.

source: twentyfivestars

The internet was swarmed with articles, photos and videos on bujo and I've only scratched the surface. I knew I wanted to pick up the habit, but I also know that I wasn't as artistic, and won't be able to put as much effort into it like all those Instagrammers and Bloggers. (Have you seen what everyone is doing? It's intimidating!)

Barely a week into a plebian's bullet journal

There's a lot of thought that can be put into how you want the journal to be set up, but I know I wouldn't start writing if I overthink it and was afraid of screwing up the flow. Instead, I started immediately on my on bujo with my already available Starbucks Planner, with the most basic layout and design. I accepted the fact that I would make a lot of modifications in the future, and that's actually quite fun to look forward to.

Honestly, I don't think keeping a journal has changed how I do things significantly, since I already had the habit of tracking things on a calendar. But recording everything down and trying to neatly organize my life helped put me into the right mindset. It's also a fun activity to look forward to, seeing the blank pages fill up. :D It gives me a sense of achievement and I'm excited to see where this takes me to.

It's also an excuse of me to hoard washi tapes and cute stationery, ehehehe

In other news, I would like to share my January 2017 achievements so far.

  1. I've almost completed all my patient work, except 1 bridge, and it's officially my last "schooling" day tomorrow!
  2. I did a spring cleaning in my room and now it's super clean and decluttered and it makes me happy. :D
  3. I won something from a crane machine for the first time!

Took me 14 tries for this cutie Ampharos!

I don't know how it happened, but my uni has been hit with the crane machine craze, thanks to a sudden abundance of crane machine that's stocked up with Pokemon plushies. After tasting abit of success, my friends and I have been addicted to these machines. TT Honestly, these machines are such a gamble and you don't have complete control over the odds of winning. I'm obliged to share this video from Raz on the mechanism of claw machines.

tl;dr
Claw machines are rigged. But we can't help but be addicted to it. TT (low-key gambling here haha)

That's all for a mid-January update! I've been planning several cosplay-related blogposts, which I hope I'll be able to dish out, while studying for my final year exams too. Also, I should get around to changing my blog layout soon... it's getting kinda aged, haha. See you guys around!

Quote of the Day: "In dreams, we enter a world that's entirely our own. Let them swim in the deepest ocean or glide over the highest cloud." - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Wishlist!

This is something that seems really stuck up to write. Who goes around saying "Hey, my birthday is coming soon, just FYI but you can get me this"? (actually, I'm sure we know a handful of these thick-skinned people :P)

But all too many times, when a friend's birthday is around the corner and you've already exhausted all your awesome gift ideas for the years before (or not), you'll start cracking your head on what to get them this time. Then, you might end up not getting anything useful or meaningful enough.

So! I'm writing a list of gifts that I would like for those of you who need some ideas. Whether it's for a birthday, or Christmas, or whatever occasion. Thanks a lot for thinking of me and wanting to get me a gift, ehehe. ^///^

(this list is in no particular order of preference)



1. Cute Accessories
Earrings, necklaces, chokers, bracelets, rings, you name it. I love accessorizing, especially earrings. And I'm a fan of cute and unique designs.
Oh, an accessory manager would definitely be awesome too. My tree has broken apart and luckily, Zoe has bought me a new accessory manager for Christmas! I definitely could use more space, though.

2. Make Up
As a cosplayer and a girl, make up is a great idea. I'm recently into lip tints. But my skin colour makes it hard to pick out pigmented stuff like bronzer, foundation or eye shadow. With that in mind, eyeliners, fake eyelashes and eyelash glue would be safe choices.


3. Pillowpet
I've been wanting this for awhile. It's a cute plushie that can be opened up to become a pillow! I have a China knock-off one long ago, but the fluff became clumpy so I left it behind in India. Honestly, I'm ok with knock-off stuff. As as it's cute, nice to touch and hug.


4. Plushies
I appreciate cute things, so plushies of stuff I like is always a yessss.


5. Pokemon Plushies/Stuff
Here's the detailed list of Pokemon shiz I would like to own:
- Rowlet
- Mimikyu (GOT ONE ALREADY YAY)
- Rotom (preferably, Rotom-Wash!)
But really tho, Pokemon anything is good. 8D

6. Perfume
I received a bottle of perfume as a birthday gift in 2013, but I only started using it more frequently starting late 2014. I'm finally more than half bottle down and I think it's not too bad of an idea to get some new fragrance. :D

7. Travel Neck Pillow
I kinda always wanted one but never got it. I should've gotten one years ago when I was travelling around a lot, since I'll be going back to KL permanently soon. ^^" Preferably something cute, or something really comfy and nice to touch. Like memory foam or microbeads, hehe.


8. Selfie Stick/Tripod
I'm perfectly able to selfie, even without a front camera or while using a DSLR (I just wanted to brag, hehe). But I think a selfie stick does help a lot in capturing a wider view. Plus, with some of the more canggih ones having bluetooth and tripod functions, I think it would help a lot for solo travelling. ^^
EDIT: I recently just bought a wired selfie stick! So the next think I need is one with tripod and bluetooth, thanks. :3

9. Wide Angle/Fisheye Lens for iPhone
For me to play/experiment with, and to film better donut selfies. :P


10. Hoodie
I only have one hoodie that I bought from a roadside stall in India. This stuff is kinda comfy and I kinda want one but I'm not sure if I'll get the chance to wear this often enough. :')

11. Laptop Sleeve
Something nice to touch, soft, protective, and cute, of course. (or cool)

12. Foam Head
For my cosplay needs, hehe.

13. New Digital Camera?
Bluetooth/wifi functionality seems pretty cool, haha. I'm just jealous of the newer ones because mine is out dated. But honestly, I don't really need a new one, since my current one works fine, haha. :P

And that's all for now. I'll update this list if I think of anything else. |D

Updated 22 February 2017

Quote of the Day: "Strangers are just friends you haven't met yet." - Jaune Arc, RWBY

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

2016 in a Nutshell

With one more year passing us by, it is time for another one of this post where I look back and review the year!

(2015 in a Nutshell here)

I didn't set any resolutions for 2016, unlike the year before. At least, I've continued the trend of gradually losing weight ever since coming to Penang. I think I've lost about 2-3kg in 2016? Honestly, it's nothing much, I'm still overweight by BMI standards. I've just rechecked my calculator and I'm actually borderline normal now?!?? Oh gosh, I'm shocked and amazed. ;___;

I'm finally graduating from dental school next year, so my first goal is of course to graduate safely in April 2017. After graduation, I would be jobless for about a year before my government hospital placement, so I'll have a "gap year" where I can do whatever. I hope I can utilize the time well, though. So I guess this deserves a sorta-general-2017 resolutions list!

2017 Resolutions:
  1. Graduate safely in April 2017
  2. Improve myself
  3. Explore more
  4. Challenge myself more in cosplay projects
  5. Earn money and have proper savings
  6. Blog more (I said it :O)

It's nothing much but... it helps putting things in a list, hehe.

2016
12 Months
366 Days


Without further ado, let's jump straight into it!

Monday, September 26, 2016

WIP: Chara and Marle (Animangaki 2016)


It's been awhile since my last proper post! I've had a rather enjoyable time back in KL for Animangaki 2016 so I would like to blog about it! Before I actually blog about Animangaki, I'm gonna write abit about my cosplays for AMG and the WIP/preparations for it.

Just a day after I posted my revamped Cosplay Plans for the year, Hani approached me to ask my to join their Chrono Trigger group as Marle to replace Sizer who cannot make it for AMG. I knew about the plan months in advance since Raz was in it, and since Chrono was a series that is dear to me, I jumped right on it. This also means I only have 1 month to prepare the costume, and I wouldn't be able to commit to so many costumes, so I decided to delay my Ace Attorney plan.

Also, we didn't get a doujin booth spot this year thanks to the amazing new lottery system. So that's one less source of income. TT Skylar who was supposed to CP Ace Attorney with me ended up being unable to attend AMG anyways, so I guess the change of cosplay plans and being boothless kinda works, since I'll probably be relying on her a lot to help with the booth. ;'D

No booth means I don't have to design new badges! Although, I ended up doing so anyway since Comic Fiesta Mini is 1 week after AMG.

I was mainly focusing on 2 of my cosplay plans: Marle and Chara.

Chara


You would imagine that a simple cosplay like this would've been easy to pull off, right? I thought so too, but I met with loads of problems with the T-shirt. My plan was to keep Chara's gender ambiguous, as it was in the canon, by using a chest binder and following the official art/sprite where Chara was wearing long pants instead. But if it didn't go as plan, I could always proceed with the short pants/feminine version.

Tshirt #1 from Tesco

I know that the colour was inaccurate, but I was worried I couldn't find the Tshirt in time so I bought this as a back up.

A test run! Looks ok, except for the colours.

T-shirt #2 from the Reject Shop

1-2 weeks later I found another shop that had the t-shirt in just the right colour for Chara! Even with yellow on it, but it's a text print that is sitting a little too high up the t-shirt. I decided to buy it because I really liked the t-shirt colour, and thought that I could remove the print since I've tried doing the same thing before with a black t-shirt for my Yuffie cosplay. (back then I used thinner)

Boy was I wrong.

Initially peeling the letters out by soaking the t-shirt with spirit

After hours of peeling and soaking in spirit, it still showed poor results

This plan was taking me too much time, and showing no results. Even if I were to paint on the t-shirt, the letters would show. I was really disappointed and so I went back to T-shirt #1 I tried painting it to see if I could settle for something less accurate.

Using the seal-the-rest-of-the-cloth-with-masking-tape technique! And my tiny ass brush. Don't judge.

Final results were horrendous...

As soon as I started painting, I felt that something was wrong. I had no choice but to push on. When I was done and I tore out the masking tape, I was devastated. I was painting using a yellow acrylic paint that I've used for my Franziska costume, but somehow on this teal green t-shirt, the yellow had turned into a mustard brown colour. Maybe I should've painted a layer of white underneath before starting? But whatever it was, it's too late for me to make changes, as the "yellow" layer was already so thick and hardened that it made the t-shirt look/feel unnaturally stiff. It'd be too much to paint another layer of white, and then yellow, again.

The t-shirt was too demotivating to look at, so I decided to scrap my plan to cosplay Chara... for now. At least, until I find the right green t-shirt. Alas, I couldn't stay determined. TT

I even made the Locket using acrylic resin. But... not this time. TT


Marle


As mentioned, Marle was a last minute cosplay plan. I decided to sew the costume becuase it seems pretty straightforward and easy (AND NO SLEEVES). I did try looking to see if baggy white off-shoulder jumpsuits were a thing so that I could just buy it off the rack. BUT NO, they only have them in black. I even checked Taobao! I guess ain't nobody wanna wear white. TT

Pants/Jumpsuit-thing

I was referring to this tutorial while making my jumpsuit. Since Marle's pants are really baggy, I used a sweatpants as reference, but made the pattern much bigger. I bought about 4 meters of fabric and had leftovers at the end. I chose a fabric that was light, flowy and nice to touch, but isn't too sheer and see-through.

While working on this project, I was watching the World Cosplay Summit 2016 entries and a Chrono Trigger Let's Play. |D Time well spent!

I used a sweatpants for pattern reference. I made Marle's pants much bigger, with seam allowance

How the fabric looks after cutting. Pin the sides and get to sewing!
(just sew the curvy parts, not the parallel straight lines down, those are sewed later when you open the fabric - I made a mistake lol)


The size of my pants before adding the elastics

Sewing the hem at the ankles and inserting the elastic with a safety pin

After adding the elastics, with a thicker one used for the waistband

After finishing the pants, I made the top. I measured it so that it would be able the stretch and pass through my hips and bum, since I'm making a jumpsuit. But after sewing and trying on the parts, it seems that it'd be easier to keep the pants and top on separately. Besides, I would have a belt on top of everything anyways.

Sewing the top. I slotted the elastic through the red lining that is attached to the white fabric.

Mostly finished! I just tucked the top into my pants instead of sewing them together

Belts, Armlets, etc.

Thanks to Raz, who had a store of gold reflective material... thing (I have no idea how to describe it lol), I didn't have to make all my armour parts with foam/interfacing and cover it with gold cloth, which I first intended to. (I used this method for my Leena cosplay) So I first tested the sizes of the armlet, wristlets, necklace and belt on paper until I was satisfied before cutting the gold material out. They were all fastened with velcro. I glued them on with craft glue because I didn't want the thread marks to show on the surface. I also reinforced the belt with a layer of foam because it wasn't well-shaped or stiff enough. Lastly, I punched a hole on the lower middle part of the belt and attached a chain to it.

Finished!

Shoes and Wig

These were the only two things I didn't make for obvious reasons. I didn't want to be to accurate with the shoes because the original design was slightly odd, and would probably need modifications. I bought a nice strappy brown wedge sandals that I would wear on normal occasions. I felt that Marle would wear something like this too!

Love them :3

The wig on the other hand, was a strawberry-ish blonde wig, since Marle's hair has abit of a orange/red tint to it, compared to Ayla. I managed to find a similar one on Taobao by searching for Umaru-chan wigs, lol. Whatever floats the boat!

Wig test

I had problems trying to tie a high ponytail by myself though. So I only got the wig styled at the event itself by Hani. We had to snip off a good length of the wig, too. ;w; Just so we could maintain the ponytail.

Marle's Pendant


Lastly, I wanted to make the pendant that was the entire cause of Chrono Trigger's time-travelling shenanigans. I made it in a hurry, using acrylic resin from my uni's lab. I couldn't shape it 100% correct as I was rushing, so it turned out abit odd.

Clear acrylic before painting

After painting using acrylic paint and nail polish

Other Notes

I wanted to make the bag and quiver, but they weren't too important so I bumped it to the bottom of the list. The bag would've helped alot, since a cosplayer's woe is always not having a pocket/bag to keep their personal belongings.

Marle's crossbow was iconic, so I wanted to make that with the spare time I had before the event. I didn't pressure myself to making it, since it was kinda last minute and I had to juggle my uni/clinic work as well. Hani had a backup crossbow to lend to me.

I was referring to this crossbow tutorial, which thankfully was even Marle specific! However, when I started drafting out the crossbow, I realized lacked the materials to make it. So the idea was scrapped, lol.

Final Product!

It was a really simple and straightforward project, but I'm still very contented and proud since I managed to make the cosplay from scratch. It's always a good feeling creating something. Plus, it saves money from tailoring, too!

The next thing I would like to make from scratch would be Maya Fey's costume. Hopefully, to be started after my exams end next week. Also, on a side note, Ace Attorney: Soul of Justice was released recently this month and I've purchased it and am halfway through the game!

Another hopefully, is that I will actually finish blogging about Animangaki 2016, and maybe Comic Fiesta Mini 2016, haha.

See you guys around, if there's even anyone still visiting this blog. ;w;

Quote of the Day: "Machines aren't capable of evil. Humans make them that way." - Lucca, Chrono Trigger

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Cosplay Plans 2016 (revamp)

Half a year later, I've only managed to cosplay debut Alex Benedetto at PAM. Oddly, this year is a really slow year. I've been having problems trying to decide what to cosplay this year, and what to debut at Comic Fiesta. I do have a lot of dream cosplays and what not, but not much motivation to get it done, and also not many group/partner cosplays in plan. That or they are all kinda pending/MIA/dead, haha. Another reason is also that I have not been following any anime or game lately. Hence zero new ideas/plans/hype.

I do plan on making 2 new costumes for AMG, which is Chara and Maya Fey. But... looking at my schedule for this month, I'm kinda busy so I'm abit doubtful if I can make Maya in time (planning to sew the costume myself! also a side note: my sewing machine is fixed!) But I'll try my best!

Gonna update this list for my own benefit. Will be adding upcoming stuff and any new costumes that hasn't already been included in the last post.

Confirmed Plans

1. Chara [Undertale]

It was hard to look for an accurate fanart that portrayed Chara as I liked, since the only original reference for Chara is a sprite, or in sepia tone. Because of that, I actually have the choice of being accurate to the game (in game reference shows Chara wearing round necked tshirt/sweater, and long brown pants), or be abit more feminine/cute and go with shorts and possibly leggings. Since Chara's gender is not specified, I'm also planning to use a chest binder. Right now, my issue is buying the right shade of tshirt, that is both round neck and long sleeved. ;w; I have already bought one for emergency use, but the colour inaccuracy is starting to nag at me...

I have not played Undertale, and truthfully, I won't be able to complete the game, because I am, as Flowey said, "those pathetic people that want to see it, but are too weak to do it themselves." :'D I have watched through the gameplay, both Pacifist and Genocide routes, and have read up on enough lore of the game to be extremely interested in Undertale. The choice was between the two humans. I think it's been awhile since I took up the unstable/antagonist role. :)

2. Maya Fey [Gyakuten Saiban 6 / Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice]

GUYS. CAN I TELL YOU. HOW GORGEOUS MAYA IS IN THE NEW ACE ATTORNEY. I have always wanted to cosplay Maya. BUT THIS. I NEED THIS. I have started referring to Yukata tutorials and have bought some of the fabric and will be hoping to start work on this soon. ;w; Now that I'm looking at the reference picture, I'm starting to doubt my fabric purchase because I bought cream instead of a pale lilac... .___. YOU'VE ALREADY PAID RM35 FOR 5 METERS OF CLOTH STOP IT SUZ ;_____;


3. Pyrrha Nikos [RWBY]

Since I've added this plan last year, things have already changed. [PYRRHA DIED ;__;] That doesn't change my wish to cosplay Pyrrha! I'm thinking of a Comic Fiesta debut maybe...? But honestly, the work on this costume still scares me so so much...

4. Yamada Ayumi [Honey and Clover]

Honey and Clover holds a very special place in my heart that I can't really explain why, how or what. It is my hope to be able to cosplay and portray a character that I related with a lot, since I was in high school. It would be fun to have a full group of 5, but I'm not hoping on it since Honey and Clover is not the most popular/cosplayed series. I just want to be able to photoshoot as Ayumi. I think that would be a very special feeling for me. =)

Keep in View (KIV)


5. Kinomoto Sakura [Cardcaptor Sakura] (Animate Cafe)

Another Sakura plan to add to the list! Hahaha... |D This one too cute liao. And Skylar wants to do Tomoyo too. Hweeee.

6. Tohsaka Rin [Fate/stay night]

I've kinda always liked the Fate series and I've always liked Rin and this has always been on my mind so I'm just putting this here... |D

That's all for now I guess...? With the remaining 5 months of the year (what? already?) I hope I can do something more...

Quote of the Day: "Yes! Jealous! I was jealous! But...it takes only a great friend to make you jealous!" - Shiki, The World Ends With You
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