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

2013 in a Nutshell (incomplete)

(I know it's already 2015, and this has been long overdued. I was working on this over half a year ago, and although still incomplete, it would be a waste to let this rot in my drafts. So I'm publishing this despite the inappropriate timing. ^^")

12 Months
365 Days
8 Blogposts (BLASHPHEMYYY?)

Here's the brief, unrecorded story of my year.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Lens Reviews 2014!

It's been awhile since I did a lens review/update! I've gotten a lot of new lenses lately and I wanna share how they look!

Lenses reviewed in this post are:

  1. The Dolly Eye Blytheye - Grey 
  2. EOS A3 (Princess Mimi/Bambi) - Green
  3. EOS Fay/Fairy - Blue
  4. i.Fairy Sakura/Sugar Candy - Pink
  5. Vassen Lollipop - Red

So many different colours. So many different brands and patterns! Wow! :D

Disclaimer: I'm doing these reviews just for the convenience of other people who need customer pictures. I'm not a professional reviewer and I'm definitely not paid to do this!
None of these pictures are edited. (except for some pimples, ehehe!)

I just realized I should've taken pictures with flash too... |D

The Dolly Eye Blytheye (Adult) - Grey

I once reviewed EOS Adult Grey lens (which are similar), but those were defective and the links for the pictures are broken, so I'm reviewing these again! I used these for my N cosplay, and for casual wear! :3

The Dolly Eye Blytheye Grey
Base Curve: 8.6mm
Diameter: 14.5mm
Bought from: I forgot... ^^"

I feel that Blytheye lenses are the most basic circle lenses that can never go wrong. The colours are nice! The pattern is simple, very similar to the good old Dolly lens, but has been improved to look less scary, and more suitable for casual use. I love them! It's the basic 14.5mm lens, so enlargement is normal. These are my go to lenses when there are no specific pattern I am looking for. ^^

Indoor Lighting

Size Comparison. Outdoor Lighting

Pros: Nice basic colour! Good for casual use.
Cons: Not very enlarging/dolly

EOS A3 (Princess Mimi/Bambi) - Green

The reason why there's so many names is because the pattern of these lenses are similar! Mine are EOS though. I gotten these pair for my Shimada Minami and Fang cosplay.

EOS A3 Green
Base Curve: 8.6mm
Diameter: 14.8mm
Purchased from: nurin lens

Outdoor Lighting

As a cosplayer, I'm not so satisfied with these lenses. The colour is not obvious enough, and seems to be washed out or dull. This makes it good for casual wear, though. I really love the pattern of A3 lenses, the unique limbal ring pattern and the blending colours toward the middle. But these green ones didn't work as well as its grey counterpart. (also click to compare how bright green Puffy 3 Tones are as compared to A3!) Those were gorgeous. I kinda wanna make a repurchase for A3 Grey. :3

Indoor Lighting 

Size Comparison, Outdoor Lighting

Pros: Pretty pattern. Suitable for casual wear.
Cons: Green not obvious enough for cosplay.

EOS Fay/Fairy - Blue

I got these pair to replace my old Luxury Babe 03, which apparently, Luxury Babe lenses are now less opaque and bright from before. Worried about that, I decided to get these as my new Korra lenses! Like before, I was looking for something with a light blue tone.

EOS Fay/Fairy Blue
Base Curve: 8.8mm
Diameter: 14.5mm
Purchased from: XL Contact Lens

The pattern!

As I bought these from XL, it came with a cute macaroon-looking blue lens case! My other friend who bought a purple lens, got a matching purple lens case too.

I'm happy with these lenses! They are your regular 14.5mm patterned lens - not too thick limbal ring. I guess these are comparable to Blytheye. As I was just looking for the accurate light blue colour, these didn't disappoint. If you're looking for a dolly/moe effect, this is not for you.

More pictures in different lighting!

Close up, Outdoor light

Close up size comparison, Indoor light

Pros: Nice light blue colour! (which is hard to find)
Cons: Not very enlarging/dolly

i.Fairy Sakura (Sugar Candy) - Pink

Got these to replace my Shinomiya Ayase lens.

i.Fairy Sakura Pink
Base Curve: 8.6mm
Diameter: 16.2mm
Purchased from: XL Contact Lens

These pattern of these lenses are just like my old EOS Jewel/Sugar Candy ones! The only noticeable difference is that Sakura Pink is larger than Sugar Candy. It has a thick limbal ring, and just one colour tone with no patterns, which is kinda thin and blends into your natural eye colour like jelly, which gives the illusion of large pupils. (that's the charm point of lenses like these!) Enlargement is pretty mad and obvious! Definitely a dolly lens. They were slightly challenging to wear too, since they're 16.2mm. |D As for the colour, it's very light and jelly-like, definitely not your go-to lenses for obvious colours.

Indoor Lighting

Size Comparison, Outdoor Lighting

Pros: Dolly-effect! Super enlarging! Suitable for certain anime characters.
Cons: Colour not very obvious. Might be a challenge for some to wear. (16.2mm!!)

Vassen Lollipop/i.Fairy Cara - Red

I got these for my Seo Yuzuki cosplay, I'm not sure what I was thinking, haha. This is my first time using Vassen lenses!
(Somehow, whenever I upload portrait pictures of myself wearing these lenses on Blogger, my eyes would turn all black instead... =/ )

Vassen Lollipop Red
Base Curve: 8.6mm
Diameter: 16.2mm
Purchased from: SK Acute Lens

Pre-ordered and COD from SK, and she packed it in a cute bag ^^
I actually ordered i.Fairy, but it came as Vassen. But it doesn't really matter!

Look at the pattern! :D

These lenses are wayyyy more intense than I expected, haha. I usually won't buy lenses with patterns like these, but I actually really like these! It's a really interesting and unique pattern. The colour is really bright and obvious. Probably because of the yellow in between. I think in comparison to Twilight and Dolly+ lenses, these has more colour coverage, and it's brighter. (Twilight lens colour is more solid/opaque and dark/saturated, Dolly+ is more natural) The colour is enhanced even more so because the limbal ring is really thin, and the pupil hole is small, too. It's definitely not a lens for casual wear. And definitely not for regular characters like Seo, ehehe... |D These lenses are huge (16.2mm!), and when I stare off to the side, I can see a bit of the colour obstructing my vision. I'd definitely consider buying these lenses in different colours though. They have really unique shades!

Indoor Lighting

Size Comparison. Outdoor Lighting

Pros: Very obvious red colour! Great for cosplays/costumes.
Cons: Definitely not for casual wear. Colour may obstruct vision. Might be a challenge for some to wear.

In case you're curious, I'm wearing Etude House's Fresh Cherry Lip Tint in orange/peach! I dunno what's the difference between the different lip tint series Etude House carries, but I really love their lip tints as they are very natural and convenient! And I think the orange really goes well on me! I used to own the Dear Darling tint in red, but it went missing on a day out... ;___; I'm also wearing the brown eyeliner from Etude House, huhuhu.

Random Etude House plug 8D

I hope you aren't too sick of seeing my face so much in this post, hahah! Gonna get more lenses soon, hopefully will be getting a pair of white screen lens too! Oooh so excites!

Quote of the Day: "Don't let the mysteries of yesterday mystify you today. Only losers think like that. You've got to change with the times! That's one of my rules!" - Godot, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

S.O.X. Fantasy Fest 2014

Another cosplay-related post!

So, in October/November, Celcom was promoting Xpax, School of X (S.O.X.) thing by organizing a series of events that involved Anime, Cosplay, Comics and Games. It was called S.O.X Fantasy Fest, and will have 3 regional festivals (Johor, Penang and KL) and a finale at Kenanga Wholesale City. A week before the event in Penang, Jon told me there was gonna be a Cosplay Competition with cash prizes, so I thought, hey why not? Not sure what I was thinking, but I was feeling ambitious, that I could snag the RM300 grand prize for the solo cosplay competition.

For both the Penang Regionals and KL Finale, I was cosplaying Korra from Avatar: The Legend of Korra. But two slightly different Korra's.

Sunday, 2 November 2014 (Penang)

I was going to the event alone. As the official website mentioned that the cosplayers have to be on standby 3 hours before the competition (which was scheduled at 12pm), I left home really early for the ferry. I managed to do half my make up and tied up my ponytail with my Korra hair accessories.

My semi-casual look, still grabbing attention on the ferry
(and as usual, IDGAF :D)

As usual, I walked to the jetty alone. As I walked past a parking lot near my university, I saw this Indian man who was sitting on his stationary motorbike. As I was walking past where he was, he suddenly called out to me.

Dude: Hey miss.
Me: *looks at him*
Dude: Do you wanna suck me? Free service.
Me: *notices something on his crotch area* *looks back forward and walks off nonchalantly*

But after that, my mind was just yelling WHAT THE CRAB. I just kept walking at my normal pace, and luckily he did not pursue me. But that experience was a first, and was very disturbing. ==

Got to the island and for the first time, I took a cab alone, in Penang too! Around 9am+, I arrived at 1st Avenue safely, the venue of the event. Walked in and the whole mall was still dim and quiet. I got to the event floor, and the only people there were the staff and some of the DOTA2 players. I felt like I got there wayyyy too early. o__o

So I registered myself, got my participant tag. And the girl told me, "The competition starts at 4pm, so please be at the stage area around that time." Whaaaat? o__o So what am I going to do for the next 6 hours in a small event like this...?

Lesson: Always believe in Malaysian timing.

I took my sweet time fixing my make up, wearing my costume and redoing my hair. By the time I was done, it was almost 11am, but the event was still rather empty. Thank goodness my friends, Jon and Wani was there. We just sat down and started lamenting on our sad fate of being so early at a quiet event while everyone else was having fun at Cosmart, Jcos and other bigger cosplay events.

Can you see the enthusiasm bursting from our faces?

We just killed time sitting around and chit-chatting. When the other two started to get busy, I just mind myself and walked around the event floor. I was quite nervous, as I had not prepared anything much for the competition. So I'd find secluded corners to practice my water and firebending.

The few pictures I found of myself, taken by the public

Random sad fact: I was called Katara. This was not the first time. .___. I was so happy when a guy who took my picture said he was an Avatar fan. Then he said "Katara" and I was just smiling apprehensively, thinking "OH NOH YOU DIDN'T". Recently, I found out my ex-roommate also thought I was cosplaying Katara, but had the impression that Katara's name was actually Korra.

Life of a Korra Cosplayer

Me, Jon, Wani and another guy (sorry I forgot your name! D:) went to Nando's for lunch. After that, we met up with more friends, yay! Raz and Jimmy! When we returned to the event floor, it was starting to flood with more people and other cosplayers. I was starting to get more anxious, seeing my competitors! But before the competition, we had a mini photoshoot, where there were 3-4 cameras pointed at me. Never before. o_o

Thank goodness my Taekwondo skills were put to good use!
Photo credits: Eyeofraz

Photo credits: Jingkoes Ghain

Photo credits: Jingkoes Ghain

Run, saikang, run!
Photo credits: Jingkoes Ghain

After that, I had to standby for the competition. I was somewhat confused by the competition format as all the websites about the event kept giving different information. Finally, we were told that we had 3 minutes to do whatever we liked. So I thought, hey, might as well just do some sort of a bending performance. I admit, my costume is simple and not outstanding. The only way to stand out is to give a good performance, when most of the contestants would only be doing the standard 3 poses. The best thing about me cosplaying Korra is that I could give a good performance with my bending props, and that I could bring out her cheerful character.

I did more practice with my props, and listened to the music I took the whole night to decide on. Finally, it was my turn to take the stage.

Original video from caterpillartomoko (10:02 onwards)

(for notes on how I made my bending props, read here)

I was panting and sweating after the performance! Swinging those props around really takes a lot of energy and effort! Despite some screw ups and my boots going unstable on me, I think I did a pretty good job! I was also quite happy at the fact that the judge (Kaien) thought my hair was a wig, hehe! (she liked it, and that was the main point ^^) I just rested for the rest of the event till the prize giving ceremony. By then, I had also met up with the usual Penang suspects: Jin, Shereen and Sizer!

We went to the top floor to get some Chatime. By then, it was 6pm and Raz was calling us because I was supposed to be gathered at the stage for the prize giving. Whoops. :P (sorry not sorry, because BUBBLE TEA PLZ)

After all the participants went on stage to collect our participation certificates, they announced the Top 5 winners. My friends were telling me that I'd definitely win, and I was quite satisfied with my performance, too. But by experience, I didn't want to/couldn't be too confident before the results were announced. But alas, they called my name for the grand prize. Korra! :D

The Solo Cosplay contestants!

This is my first time doing a skit for a solo cosplay! And my first time winning cash for cosplaying! I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited about the money. But I was also able to prove that you don't need an amazing costume with mad weapons or armour to win.

All you need is some Avatar spunk
(gif credits to Raz!)
(I abuse this pose a lot :'D)

For winning the competition, I get RM300. And I am invited to compete in the Solo Cosplay Competition 3 weeks later in Kenanga Wholesale City, for a chance to win RM1,500 and an iPhone 5s! I'm even given RM100 as transport allowance if I go. Since I'm actually from KL, and the grand prize is amazing, you bet I'm in! There's really no loss, for me. :P


I was really busy with my sports cup, and was recovering from my food poisoning. I couldn't find time to properly plan out my skit idea until Thursday night, since I had an exam too. I had some ideas on what I should do, running in my head for those 3 weeks. I tried to get opinions from my friends too. But since I wanted to give it my all (RM1,500+ is on the line! D:), and not give a half-assed performance, in the end, I didn't confirm anything or even finished recording the audio for my skit until Friday, when I was on the bus ride home. (I actually edited my audio on the bus!) I got my eldest brother to voice Adult Aang for me. C:

Forever chionging props for cosplay. SPACE ROCK! Earthbending prop!

Saturday, 22 November 2014 (KL Finale)

I had to actually ditch my sports team in competing for volleyball (my favourite sport! ;A;), just to join this competition. It was clear that this cosplay competition had more at stake, but it still made me sad to be missing out of my PIDC Cup Volleyball...

I didn't sleep much before the event, as I was fixing my costume, working on the audio and props the whole night. Probably just 1-2 hours of nap? My parents fetched me to KL around 9am as they had to travel to Melaka for a wedding. They had actually delayed their departure by a day, just because I was coming back that weekend. Luckily the fetched me there, I wouldn't wanna carry my costume and props and ride public transport alone. I originally wanted to use a mirror for my skit, too. But obviously, transport is a problem.

Ahhhh. The times I wish I could drive myself around, alone. ;w;

I got to the event early again. I was in partial make up, again. And only started to fix every thing else, and wear my costume when I reached the event.

My semi-casual look again! Before donning my costume

The only ones in the toilet were the girls who were working at the maid cafe. After getting in cosplay, I went and register myself. Then I walked the halls and said hi to the people I know I tried to kick up some conversation! The last convention in KL I attended was C2AGE in May, so it's been awhile since I met some of the usual KL faces. (although lots of them traveled north for CF Mini C:)

Lovice! A cosplayer I met in the Penang Regionals! C:

Photo by Viv Minami!

Around 1pm, the solo cosplay contestants had to standby. I'm 3rd to go up stage! Around that time, my friend, CCT just arrived at the event! Thank goodness for him, otherwise I'd be lost and alone at the event and going back to Subang by myself. |D

Anyways, it was show time!

Original Video from Jon Dei Goon (8:09 onwards)
Clearer video with my performance here!
For videos of all the contestants, check this playlist!

I cringed a lot when I looked back at this performance. It could use a lot more practice, feedback and thought. I think my movements while talking weren't obvious enough. And the hair part, haha! I intended to throw it down slowly but... adrenaline I guess. |D So awkwardddd! And my water/fire bending! The event hall was roofed, but the hall wasn't closed, so it was ventilated by some huge ass ceiling fans (like the one in Sunway Carnival Mall). Thanks to that, my cloth got blown in all the wrong directions, and I kinda panicked a little. The wind was screwing up my water/fire bending, the ironyyyyy. (saw what I did there) No time/equipment to prepare air bending due to some circumstances. Oh well. Either way, I think I did what I can, I really think I could do better. But there's always next time, which means I can make an even awesome performance!

Group picture with the Solo Cosplay contestants!

After that, I dragged CCT out to fulfill my bubble tea cravings, hehe. xD Which was also when I realized my Chatime card was missing... D:

Back at the event, I just continued to socialize around and meet up with the other cosplayers. I met Joe Yee, Ash, Jon, Wani, Potter, Guki, some other new faces like Kuro, Stanly, photographers like Alex, Haziq, Thomas, the people at the CF booth, Jared, Grace... and a lot more!

Also, finally met my Gekkan family in flesh! Reika and Kira!
(stay tuned for our Gekkan Shoujo cosplay in the future 8D)

Since my platform boots are quite a hazard to my feet, we took a break sitting in front of the stage area. We managed to catch a small "Guess the Character" session, in which CCT mimicked Gray Fullbuster's pose, and won a HunterxHunter folder, haha! We were also there of the Oh! My English session, where 4 of its cast members were dressed in cosplay, and were promoting the show and asking some random questions. It was kinda entertaining, surprisingly, haha.

Later on, there was a Cosplay Parade thing going on, where the cosplayers walked around the hall in a sorta parade style. I joined in, since I had nothing else better to do.

(watch out for me at 1:29 xD)

While waiting for the prize giving ceremony, this guy who had approached me earlier to join a competition, told me that I have won it. Here's the full story!

Before my competition, said guy approached me and asked me to join a competition, in which you take a picture of yourself, post it on Instagram and #SOX2014 (all that usual jazz), and if you get the most amount of likes, you'll win! You have to register yourself with the guy to be eligible, first. Since you approached me, and a photo is really easy to take, so why not? I registered myself, and after my performance, I got CCT to take a photo of me and Instagram that right away.

Have I told you I abuse this pose. A lot?

I was pleasantly surprised when I was told I won. I just looked at CCT with a "not bad" face. The guy asked me to leave my details so that they could call me up to collect my prize later.

So, came the time for prize giving! The emcee was explaining the details of the competition I joined (which was called Cosplay Paparazzi, haha).

Emcee: And the winner will get a brand new Lenovo phone!
Me: *widens eyes and raises eyebrows* *looks at CCT* *mouths "Me?"*

I thought it was just some random competition where you win some goodie bag and stuff. I never expected to win a phone! None of us did! The most amazing part about it is that I actually won, and that they gave me a phone, all for a whooping total of 12 likes on my Instagram photo. Amazeballs.

My new phone! (which I'm probably gonna try selling)

After that, the Solo Cosplay competition winners were announced as well. I got 1st Runner-up! While running up the stage, I could hear people saying "her again?". Yeah, I won two prizes, deal with it. :P

Emcee Neo photobombing me and ruining the focus of the picture pfff

Although I didn't get the grand prize (would've really liked to upgrade to an iPhone 5s!) but RM1,000 is really amazing already. Plus I got an extra surprise phone! Not too shabby.

Here's the list of winners for the Solo Cosplay!
Champion: Gakupo
1st Runner-up: Korra (me!)
2nd Runner-up: Gasai Yuno (Kuroyami)
Interestingly, we're the Johor, Penang and KL regional's champion, respectively. Meaning, we've already got RM300 in our bag, hehe! More money to steal from Celcom. (another note: It's been over a month since Penang regional and 2 weeks since the finale, I still haven't gotten my prize money yet.  =| )

After that, I changed out of my costume. I get a barrage of "Belanjaaaa!" comments from everyone. We bought Subway for dinner. Then took the monorail and KTM back to Subang Jaya.

I didn't attend the Day 2 event (which had the really funny group cosplays!) as I had to head back to Penang. Spent the rest of Sunday at home before taking a bus back North.

All in all, it was an amazing experience! So much love for the Avatar series, and love for Korra! As mentioned, this is my first "real" solo cosplay competition, and my first win, and my first cash prize! Even after 7 years cosplaying, there are so many things to discover from it. I've also felt more connected with the cosplay community recently, meeting and being more familiar with old/new cosplayers. I'm really pumped and excited to keep my hobby alive! And to bring more Korra cosplays in the future. C: I'm the Avatar, after all!

Quote of the Day: "Instinct is a lie told by a fearful body, hoping to be wrong." - Zaheer, Avatar: The Legend of Korra.
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