Sunday, September 13, 2015

YOLO + Chrono Cross Photoshoot!

(This was sitting in my drafts for almost 2 years now. Since it's already half-written, might as well finish it up... |D And yes, this is from 2013, lol)

In December 2010, I first cosplayed Chrono Cross with Ikki as my Serge, and just two other Chrono Cross characters. We were supposed to do a photoshoot in April 2011, but Serge fell sick so it got cancelled. ;__; Then 2013, Serge came across a voucher for a place in Langkawi and so we decided, let's go there for the holidays and shoot at the same time! With some cosplay friends too!

Because... YOLO right?

Disclaimer: This blogpost will be a combo of both my Langkawi vacation and my Chrono Cross photoshoot. C: Photos are either mine or Raz's.

(Raz, me, May, Narukids and Ikki!)

"The sea never changes, does it...?
It's been rolling in and out, like this, since long before we were born.
It's been here for eternity, it seems...
It's probably seen many things... Heard many things...
It'll probably keep rolling in and out, in and out, long after our lifetime...
Without a single change..."

Chrono Cross
Serge by Ikki
Leena by SugarGaL
Photographer: Raz Hoe
Album here

(yes, this is a very old post, but late rather than never, right? :D)
(Post is image heavy)

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Penang Anime Matsuri 2015

This was like 4 months ago, so I'm gonna try to be brief about it, hahaha.

It's the first installment of this event, a day and night event in Penang, organized by Anime Festival Asia (AFA)! Naturally, being in Penang, it's silly not to attend a Penang event, haha.

I had a few goals that I wanted to achieve this year, in terms of cosplay. I wanted to challenge and improve myself in costume-making, which I did for my Franziska cosplay. Secondly, I wanted to make some side income by making my own doujin products at conventions, so that this hobby could a little more self-sustaining. ^^"

I can't really draw, so all I could do with my designs are by manipulating vectors, texts, shapes, tracing pictures with my mouse, and some wit.

My badge line-up for PAM!

As usual, Skylar was staying at my place and was joining for PAM! This time, she brought her car, so things were fun, hurhur. The night before the event, we had dinner at Winter Warmers with Celine, Kiku, Rachel, Gin Min and Roland!

As Skylar was sharing booth space with the girls from Dreaming Dreams, there's no more space for me. :'( I ended up sharing the booth with Raz and Matrika! We reached Dewan Sri Penang early and found a parking next to Esplanade, which was nearby. But we didn't have parking coupons, so we somehow bought 1 hour worth of coupons from a friendly passerby, before heading to the hall to set up our booth. We need our wares displayed before the crowd comes!

Mari Maro booth!

An hour later, Skylar and I had to repark the car with a new 1-day parking coupon. ^^"

It was quite a slow day, and since it was hot and stuffy outside, I spent most of my time indoors at the doujin booths with air-conditioning. The event was dubbed "the hottest event in town", because of the crazy heat. It wasn't a convention hall, so it was lacking in many ways. Sales weren't so good, but I managed to sell about 30+ badges for both days. And surprisingly, my TWEWY badges were the best seller, hehe.

I managed to get nice pictures of my Soul Linker cosplay though! C:

Photo Credits: Blurmage

Got to catch up with a bunch of my KL friends too. Even met some Singaporean friends that I haven't seen in years! Even the TAS bunch came up to Penang! I didn't take any pictures, so none to show you guys. |D

Day 2 at the booth!

Day 2 was exciting because I got to debut my Franziska cosplay! It's always a surreal feeling when you finally debut a cosplan 2 years in the making, from a series that you absolutely adore, and you've been working at for awhile. Oh, and thanks Quist for the whip! Had a mini shoot with Raz. Love the pictures!

Hoping to be able to cosplay Franziska in a group in the future. It's kinda lonely cosplaying solo, you know. ;w;

In the evening, we joined the Matsuri part of the event for a short while. I even changed into my new yukata that I bought from Taobao. The concert was pretty awesome! It was even attended by Datuk Lim! Other than that... it was kinda normal, haha.

Next day on Monday, I got off from uni early and joined Celine, Kiku, Rachel, GM, Roland, Junnie and Xenon at a cafe for lunch before they left back for KL.

Because I damn lazy to write the details, here's the post that I posted up on FB, hurhur.

Penang Anime Matsuri was over last weekend! 2 weeks ago, I decided to work on my Franziska costume from scratch. It was my first time sewing a top, and I ended up completing 80% of the costume by hand! Achievement unlocked! *^*
Despite the rush and challenges faced, it was a very rewarding experience and I'm glad I started on this project. ^^ I look forward to taking up more challenging projects and making costumes on my own! Thanks Raz Hoe for helping me with my vest! And Quist Chan for the whip, huhuhu... Wish I could spend more time with you Quist! But thanks for making the event possible. heart emoticon Jason Sim too! (ENG AHHH)heart emoticon Jason Sim too! (ENG AHHH)Also, I opened a booth at the Creator's Market and sold my own badge designs for the first time! It was just 8 designs, but it was a good start. Thanks to my boothmates Sasha Nehru (and for your aglio olio!) and Raz for letting me join you guys! And June Wong for the snacks and help at the booth on Day 1. And thanks to all who supported my badges! Han Bing,Zheng YawKenneth Chang (FOREVER 18 GOUKON TEAM!) Glenn Yoongand others that may slip my mind. orz
Skylar Eun came over to stay at my place as usual. Thanks for driving us around, huhu. colonthree emoticon We didn't spend as much time together for this event than we do usually. Special shout out to KUMO Badge Printing for printing my badges! heart emoticonMet all my dear ACG friends over the weekend! Had Friday dinner and Monday lunch with Miiko ThngTea Kyandy, GM, Kikuza KuraRoland MosesJunnie Tsukimiya and Xenon! It's always amazing to see you guys and chat with you all again! Fangirling over Miiko's Yuna, HNGHHH. Paiseh didn't manage to use the black PVC cloth you passed to me. Thanks though! ;w;
Other people I met - Thomas Kuan William Chong Jingkoes Ghain thanks for the pictures and chat! And Valkyrie Holic May Alex Strife. FF couples for both days. ;w;b Cute until~ heart emoticon And, no thanks to Micho Teh for taking my hoe. D|
Surprisingly bumped into people from my Chrono Cross shoot at CF 2010,Claude Leow and Shane! Claude wins a cookie for identifying my Soul Linker costume. My RO fangirl is happy. ;w;
Events like these give us an opportunity to meet up with each other and ber-kisiao. I can't wait for the next chance to meet you guys and cosplay again! heart emoticon
(will probably write a blogpost on PAM later, haha!)

Yay, done. :P

Quote of the Day: "I finally know why I started pedalling that day, wondering how far I could go without turning back. I just probably wanted to know how important all the things that I would leave behind would be." - Takemoto Yuuta, Honey and Clover

Thursday, August 20, 2015

PIDC Penang

It's been a long while since my last post on PIDC! I've been back in Penang for over a year now, and am currently halfway through Year 4. Finally decided to update you guys on my experience in PIDC Penang as a student (for prospective students and returning students) and also how the PIDC clinic operates (for those looking for treatment). Unfortunately, I don't have much photos taken for this post. ^^"

If you haven't already, check out my PIDC Salem (India) posts for more on the India side of it.

View of PIDC, Butterworth (multi-story building) from my condo, with Penang Island visible behind. C:

Disclaimer: This post is abit wordy and might not make enough sense to you. Also, unfortunately, I don't have much photos taken for this post. ^^" Plus, photos are not allowed in the clinics.


PIDC Penang has 6 batches of students, about an average of 220 students at any one time (the other 160 are in India). We occupy floors 18-21 of NB Tower, which is just walking distance from Penang Sentral - the bus station, KTM station, and ferry terminal.

Classes are 8am-5pm (depends on your batch schedule), with minimal theory hours and mostly clinical postings. There are 8 different departments, with lecturers from India. Only our current Dean is a Malaysian. Our lockers are 2 times smaller than the ones in India. We have a library with computers, printing/photocopying service, and minimal textbooks and journals for loan. We have an eportal for PIDC Penang, for downloading lecture notes, getting subject information and other stuff.

We have a laboratory for making appliances such as dentures and orthodontic appliances. There are equipments bunsen burners, trimmers, acryliser, boiling water, vibrator etc., much better than back in India. Also, materials are all supplied (acrylic powder and liquid, wax, acrylic teeth, dental stone, dental plaster...) so you only need your tools! But for typhodont teeth, you're on your own.

In the clinics/laboratory, personal protective equipments (masks, gloves, aprons) are provided, so you don't have to bring the ones from India back here. Most equipments have to prepared by you and sterilised (with help from the nurses) on your own. It's your responsibility to prepare them. Only certain equipments (extraction forceps) and handpieces are provided by the clinic.

On the 3rd floor, is more rooms, staff rooms, student lounge, and also the cafeteria. There are snacks, breakfast and lunch prepared here. Also, 2 vending machines are available.

There are no dormitories. Accommodation is on your own. There are condos (Sea View and Ocean View on Jalan Harbour Place) nearby, where most of the students stay. You may choose to rent a landed unit as well, but safety is a concern (I had seniors who almost had a break-in).

Examination System

We go by year (kinda like public school), not a semester system. We have 3-5 subjects a year, which ends with a Final Examination. There are two Unit Tests and two Models throughout the year (and other assignments, practical work, tests and assessments), which marks are allocated to our Internal Assessment.

Things are more strict back in Penang. If you do not secure:
- 80% Attendance
- At least 35/70 Internal Assessment marks
- At least 40/80 Theory exam
- At least 25/50 Practical exam
You will be barred from appearing at the Final Examination/fail the subject. As usual, failing more half the amount of subjects you're taking means you will be retained, and dropped into your junior batch.

Theory Classes

The following are the subjects taken from year 3-5.

Year 3
Oral Pathology
General Medicine *
General Surgery *
(* practical sessions done in Penang General Hospital)

Year 4
Oral Medicine and Radiology
Community Dentistry

Year 5
Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
General Dentistry *
(* only clinicals)

Every subject has 1 hour theory class a week. But we have 5 hours a year for subjects we will be taking in the following years. (e.g. Year 3 students have 5 hours for all eight Year 4 and Year 5 subjects, Year 4 students have 5 hours of three Year 5 subjects to complete)

Oral Pathology doesn't have clinical postings, but instead has 3 hours practical session a week.
General Medicine and General Surgery are done in Penang GH on the island, where we have a school bus ferrying students there for each session on Thursday and/or Friday.

All lecture notes are uploaded to our eportal. And there are Problem Based Learning (PBL) sessions, about 2-4 sessions a year, that has a video assignment as well.

Clinical Postings

I think this makes life in Penang much more interesting in India. As Year 3-5 students, we get to come into contact and treat real patients! It's almost as if we're working at the PIDC Clinics (except that we don't earn anything and we're paying tuition fees. DX)

Students from each batch are separated into 8 groups according to role number. For 2-3 weeks, we are posted at a department with students from other batches. For Year 5, the batch is separated into 4 groups and are posted at the four Year 5 subjects. We are supervised by the lecturers of those departments, and are required to do a certain treatment, or do pre-clinical practices and other practical works, all having a quota to complete. Other than theory hours, (and practicals for Year 3), we spend the rest of our school hours in the clinics.

Gonna give a little overview of each department and what is expected of you. (trust me, you're expected to know ALOT of stuff, and all lecturers will expect you to know what you're supposed to be doing and the general jist of the subject)

For those interested to visit PIDC Clinic for treatment, please read here as well!

Oral Medicine and Radiology

New patients and returning patients with new complaints will come here first, straight from the registration. Consider this the "General Diagnosis". You will have to ask patients questions and record their case history. Find out what's bugging them, how's the pain, what symptoms they're having. Then do a thorough examination of their extraoral and intraoral status, recording decayed/missing/filled teeth, and other findings. If radiograph is required, we'll have to take them too. After that, diagnose the patient, and send them off to the next department for treatment.


For the realignment of teeth. Usually, the lecturer is the one treating the patients, while we bend wires, make appliances and do other pre-clinical works.

Wire Bending

Orthodontics Appliance (untrimmed)

Impression taking and cast

Community Dentistry

No "clinics" involved. Mostly assignments, how to record indices, doing a presentation for an Oral Health Talk, and joining dental camps for community service.

A health talk done by the Community Dentistry department for senior citizens


For making dentures. We do pretty much the same thing that was done back in India. Making pre-clinical complete denture, special tray and crown preparation exercises. Year 5 students have to take patients, and make custom dentures and crowns.

Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics

a.k.a the Penang version of Operative Dentistry. Involves all restoration/filling of tooth and root canal treatment. Mostly only Year 5 receives all the cases.

Cavity preparation and access opening for Root Canal Treatment (pre-clinicals)

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Tooth extraction and minor oral surgeries such as cyst removals. Mostly Year 5 students do the extractions, while the others observe or assist. There are 2 assignments to be done as well (which involves alot of copy-writing by hand).

Hello dere


Scaling, polishing, curettage and root planing. Mostly scalings. We start with hand scalings first before moving on to ultrasonic scaling.

Pedodontics/Pediatric Dentistry

Involves all and any treatment for a pediatric patient. Meaning, we deal with kids. We do scalings, restorations, extractions, pit and fissure sealants, fluoride application etc. Certain treatment such as pulp therapy is usually done by the lecturer.

General Dentistry

Year 5 clinicals that involves any and all treatment, having to follow up with their patients. Also has pre-clinical exercises of pulpotomy and pulpectomy.

Co-curricular and other Activities

Just like in India, we're lacking in this department. We still don't have a big enough community to have clubs and societies. There are only 2 clubs in PIDC - the Toastmasters and the SCOP (Student Council of PIDC). Other than that, we have sports activities weekly. There's volleyball, futsal, frisbee, basketball, badminton etc. The leader for these "sports clubs" will call for games, and anyone is free to join (even lecturers!). Money is allocated to these clubs, so for courts that need to be booked (futsal, volleyball, badminton), it is subsidised/payed for by the university. There are competitions yearly for the ball games as well.

Other than that, we still have our month-long PIDC Cup! But with much more activities and many added indoor games. It is no longer an interbatch competition. Everyone draw lots and are sorted into 4 teams who battle each other for champion!

PIDC Cup starting off with a Jogathon!

My team last year. Spiderman!

Face Painting (more like a full-blown cosplay competition with costumes, props and skits!)
The finale of the PIDC Cup, which is the most anticipated event

Of course, there's PIDC Night too. Our annual "prom night".

A night to feel glam :P

Other notable events are the Dental Intervarsity Games. This is a sports competition where all dental faculties in Malaysia are allowed to participate. The last games in March, PIDC came in 2nd! :D In 2016, PIDC will be hosting the intervarsity games.

The PIDC team!

I hope this post has given you an overview of what PIDC Penang is like! Personally, I feel more at home (literally) and excited back in Penang. The reality of being a dentist is starting to sink in. Everything we learn and do is starting to show importance to the career we're pursuing.

If you have anything you'd like to know about Penang International Dental College, please feel free to comment on my blog or this post! I will reply you as soon as possible, and give you as much help as I can. :D

Quote of the Day: "Only by allowing strangers in, we can find new ways to BE ourselves." - Joshua, The World Ends With You.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Selamat Hari Raya!

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to everyone! It's finally the Raya holidays! Which is also the end of my 6 weeks long examination! Which is why I've been away for a long time.

On top of that, 2 weeks ago, my laptop screen decided to die on me. TT The laptop is still running fine, but after my screen screwed up with some pink pixelated looking thing, it blacked out. Hence, I'm currently cripled without my source of entertainment and distraction. After getting it checked, it seemed to be a graphic card/motherboard issue. And so, I'm in plans of getting a new laptop. :D

Until then, I won't be able to update my blog or work on my PAM blogpost. =(

Meanwhile, here's a random picture for you.

Also, if you notice, I've changed the pictures on the header, haha.

Let's hope the new laptop comes soon. ;w;

Quote of the Day: "To the well-organised mind, death is but the next great adventure." - Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

Friday, June 19, 2015

WIP: Franziska von Karma

Penang Anime Matsuri just ended last month! Due to several circumstances, I was unable to debut my original cosplay plans of Katara and Creator (also, I failed to work on those costumes during my year end break ^^").

So, I had to come up with a back up plan. Less than 2 weeks before the event, I decided that it would be a great idea to finally make my Fraziska von Karma costume. From scratch. I've never sewed a top before, so it was a quite a challenge I was taking up!

Franziska von Karma - Ace Attorney (Cosplan since 2013)

13 days before the event, went fabric shopping and it was chiong time! Presenting to you, my Franziska cosplay WhIP!

Franziska: That foolish pun was foolish, fool.

Featuring my sewing machine: Volvo!

Disclaimer: Post is image heavy. And some sewing terms/techniques are used, with no explanation given. Please figure it out by Google. |D

Saturday, May 09, 2015

My Japanese TV Debut!

Last December/January, I had a 17 days trip to Japan with my Anime Society friends. While I was at it, I decided to film something called a Donut Selfie, an interesting way to record the sights around me!

A lot of people asked me what is a Donut Selfie, how do I do it, why am I doing it... It's fun, that's why! I found out about it through Raz, and here's the original Donut Selfie!

Last month, I received an e-mail from a Japanese lady that goes like this.

I was incredibly surprised that someone from Japan had found my video that only had 400+ views, then found me on Facebook, and wanted to feature it on their network! I've never even had the chance to appear on Malaysian TV, but here I am on Japanese TV!

I made a quick Google search to verify the authenticity of all these. You know... it's always good not to put your hopes up too high, and to be sure of the situation. I found Tomomi's name on Japanese Wikipedia, listed as a director of this program called "Sukkiri!"


Of course, I was cooperative. I posted about it on Facebook as well, and many of my friends were excited for me, congratulating me, and saying that I'm now famous. It's not that easy becoming famous... |D" And no, I wasn't paid for this. It was just a really short feature anyway. ^^" A few days later on Tuesday, the program aired in Japan, and I had a friend help me record a snippet.

Literally, my 10 seconds of fame. :'D It's still kinda surreal thinking that my amateur video was worthy enough to appear on TV. Thanks to this and me posting about it on Facebook, my video had a boost in views to about 700!

Recently, I was looking through my Youtube, thinking about making a blogpost about this. Then I realized that my Donut Selfie video now has 2,100+ views.


A quick check told me that my video was featured in this Japanese Lifestyle blog article on Donut Selfie. At its peak, my video had 700 views in a day. Whoah. /w\

The whole situation kinda amazes me a bit, which is why I'm blogging about it now, haha. The Donut Selfie is pretty fun and you should definitely try it! I'll be doing more Donut Selfies in the future, hopefully one that involves cosplay. But that would definitely take quite some time to complete, as I don't cosplay on a frequent basis. ^^"

Speaking about cosplay, Penang Anime Matsuri is coming in 2 weeks! For the first time, I've designed my own badges, printed them, and will be selling them at the convention!

If you're coming, please support my sales! All proceeds will go to making more cosplays. 8D As for cosplaying at PAM, my plans are unconfirmed yet... ^^" Anyhow, I'm looking forward to the event!

Quote of the Day: "Come on, work with us. A problem shared is a problem halved!" - Rhyme, The World Ends With You

Monday, April 06, 2015

April Update!

It's been 3 months since my last blogpost! April means it's my birthday! I just turned 22! :D April also means that one fourth of the year has passed us by. I had the mindset that the year just started and there was enough time to procrastinate my new year's resolutions. Clearly, I'm just cheating myself... |D

Birthday celebration with my royals!

Although it feels like I haven't progressed much in terms of my achievable goals, a lot has happened to me so far in 2015. I spent most of the first 3 months sitting in my room and studying for my 3rd year finals, but in between, I had a few unexpected surprises.

The biggest surprise of all, is that I found love. And with it came a lot of new experiences, obstacles, and a deeper understanding of myself and my surroundings. It came quite shockingly, but I feel truly fortunate and happy. I can only hope that everything turns out well between us.

Because of my Japan trip and other unfortunate turn of events, I had some issues with my university examinations, causing me to be barred from one of my exams. Thankfully, all is still well (I'll just have to attend remedial classes and retake the exams in September), and I've passed my other two subjects! Which means I'm promoted to BDS year 4! Woohoo!

Also, got to celebrate my Chinese New Year at home after 2 years of absence!

I've had 2 cosplay photoshoots and attended Animax Carnival. I've sold quite a few of my old cosplay stuff, which is definitely gonna fund my new costumes. xD Which... I haven't worked on them at all this entire holiday.

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun!

N - Pokemon Black/White

Another fun thing to note about my holidays, is that I'm finally driving on the road! I've gotten my almost provisional driver's license 3 years ago, but as I'm studying away from home, I never had much chance to practice. I'm still not a very good driver, but I can drive, nonetheless. ^^"

National Dental Intervarsity Sports Carnival 2015!
I represented PIDC in Futsal and we won Gold! (I was mostly the sub, actually |D)

My holidays are ending soon, and I'm going back to Penang this weekend. Hopefully the rest of 2015 will be kind to me!

Quote of the Day: "Don’t go the distance for other people. Do it for yourself." - Neku Sakuraba, The World Ends With You

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Cosplay Plans 2015

It's that time again where I consolidate my cosplay plans for the year. :P And also, look back on my old plans and see how much I've actually achieved, and how much I've scrapped!

In regards to my 2014 cosplans, I finally got Korra off the list after 2 years! I've also cosplayed Seo Yuzuki from Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun. But that's pretty much it... Most of the list, I'll be scrapping...

Being back in Malaysia gives me more resource and opportunities to cosplay and work on new projects. Hence, I'd like to make 2015 a year of:

1. Challenge!
I wanna do most of my costumes, be it clothing or prop related, by myself if possible. And also to improve my make up skills. I've been at this for 7 years, it'd be a disgrace to the art if I don't improve my skills! I'd also like to take up projects that are more challenging, too. The best part about D.I.Y is the satisfaction from constructing your costume from scratch, and also, money factors. :P

2. Money Management!
Yes... we have to admit that cosplay is an expensive hobby, and I shouldn't be wasting away my parent's money for stuff like these. But it's still my hobby! I love it, and I doubt I'll be stopping soon (or ever)! So, I'm hoping to make some side money by doing some crafty accessories and/or plushies. And with Skylar, be more active in the doujin circle.

With those resolutions penned down in this eternal space called the internet, now here's my current cosplay plans!

Confirmed Plans

1. Korra [Avatar: The Legend of Korra]

W-What? Korra again? OAO Well... looking at the reception my Korra has received (thanks so much, everyone ;__;), and my absolute love for her, I would love to cosplay another version of Korra, as well as fix my current costume. Which version, I have not decided. Right now I'm thinking snow jacket, default costume or berserk avatar mode?

2. Creator [Ragnarok Online]

This has been around since 2013. I love the details on this costume and I hope I can bring them out! I'm hoping to cosplay this, with Skylar as my Lif homunculus!

3. Kunikuza Yayoi [Psycho Pass]

Hoping to cosplay this amazing series with TAS! I wanna pick between Yayoi and Shion. But since I'd like to have a Dominator, Yayoi it is. ^^ I guess the most challenging part about this costume is the weapon...

4. Katara [Avatar: The Last Airbender]

The original fandom still lives! This plan has always been somewhere there, since my tan skin automatically equates me to Katara. |D But WATER TRIBE FO LAIF. Hoping to get a TLA group for this!

Highly Possible Plans

5. Franziska von Karma [Ace Attorney]

This plan has been around for awhile, too. With the wig lying around for over 2 years now. Just need the right motivation to go through with this. |D

Keep in View (KIV)

6.Susato Mikotoba [Dai Gyakuten Saiban]

MORE ACE ATTORNEY! I'll only go through with this plan if my friends are serious about making a group (not sure they even remember this plan, haha). Because. Ace Attorney. :'D

7. Hsien-Ko (Lei-Lei) [Darkstalkers]

I actually had this in the back of mind for the longest time (along with Morrigan). I really like both of their character designs! (and my introduction to Street Fighter/Darkstalkers was through Puzzle Fighter, hahaha) Suddenly feeling really tempted to actually cosplay Hsien-Ko because Quist is cosplaying Morrigan. ;___; I think this will be a really challenging and fun project, mostly because of the claws, hehe.

That's it for now! I'm pretty sure this list will see some changes as the year goes. I've still got 11 months to go, after all!

Quote of the Day: "It’s good if you look ahead, but not too far ahead. If you look down, you become scared. What you could do, you can’t anymore. I couldn’t stand that I was afraid of things, so I faced this. And when I could walk through it forward, I tried it backwards. And then, I closed my eyes." - Honey and Clover

Friday, January 16, 2015

Happy 2015!

Once again, another year has flown by! Happy new year!

I know I'm two weeks too late, but hey, better late than never right? Besides, I have an excuse! I've been away to Japan for a vacation with TAS! :D We spent both Christmas and New Year there!
(Won't elaborate too much as a series of vlog and blog on my Japan trip is coming up soon.)

A quick review on 2014!

I finally completed BDS year 2 and left India for good! India wasn't all that terrible, but I really miss life in Malaysia, as I had so many opportunities to meet new people and to attend events.

August: Distant Worlds! One off the bucket list! :D

So far, Penang has been good to me! I have a new place to call home, in a place that I've never been to until this April! There's so much more variety in here that is accessible to us. More variety in food, in shopping... Now we don't have to take an auto to Park Plaza every time we wanted to celebrate something!

My Penang Home!

I'm enjoying dentistry even more now, with clinical sessions, real contact with patients... every thing seems so real now! That I'm going to be a doctor in 2 more years! So many new subjects, new interesting things to learn about, that are actually relevant to my work! I appreciate the lecturers here much more than in India. And the seniors here have been more than welcoming and helpful. But some of these new people that I've gotten to know in a year are going to be graduating soon... :'(

November: PIDC Cup 2014. Gold for female basketball! Go Spider-man!

In terms of Cosplay, thankfully, as what I've hoped for at the start of the year, I managed to be more active! I've only debut 2 new characters, but I think I've gotten so much more. I did (another) Final Fantasy XIII shoot, attended a few events, tried to assimilate into the Penang cosplay scene... Despite having to skip out on Comic Fiesta 2014 for the first time in 8 years, there are 3 main things I'm glad about this year.

One, meeting new and old cosplayers, some which I've already been acquainted with, but haven't really gotten to know well! I feel much more involved in the community now. C:

July: Bon Odori Penang! With other ACG enthusiasts. :D

Two, finally cosplaying Korra. Finally. It's been over 2 years since I first seen Korra and wanted to cosplay her. When Legend of Korra was released, I was even more convinced that this character was just made for me. Damn right I was; it was such a pleasure cosplaying Korra. ;w; I've also joined a solo competition with Korra (and won some cash!), and that was great experience as well.

September: Korra, my favourite cosplay yet (photo by EyeofRaz)

Three, being more active with Skylar! As I'm not really involved in group cosplays any more, I had the chance to sit at her doujin booth and actually sell stuff! We managed to come up with more doujin ideas and execute them, and it's fun! We're always partner cosplaying too, haha. This year, I'm looking forward to cosplaying more with Skylar, and selling more doujin stuff! Some of my own, too. =)

November: Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun! Skylar x Sugar! :3

Of course, as mentioned in the start of this post, I've finally visited Japan. The trip that I had to miss in 2012, I get to save it for 2014! Japan was a beautiful country! With an amazing culture and ethics that never fails to impress me. If given the chance, I would love to go back there again. :')

Lastly, I turned 21! (which is kinda silly to mention, since I'm turning 22 in 4 months now... |D) I guess I'm considered a young adult now? :P I can sign my own consent forms now, I can drink legally... Heavier responsibilities, and a need to be more independent and think more maturely!

This year, I resolve to be more decisive. To take the initiative. To be more active and enthusiastic in doing things. To lose some weight (I said it :O) and be more conscious of my image. (not because I wanna impress anyone, this is more for myself C: ) Of course, I'm still searching for my goals and objectives in life.

Cheers to a great year ahead! :D

Quote of the Day: "To wish for your own happiness is sometimes coupled with another’s unhappiness. Since I couldn’t pray for my own happiness, I prayed to the moon in the night sky for the happiness of the one whose warm hand I held." - Yamada Ayumi, Honey and Clover
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