Monday, June 16, 2014

Good Luck, Baby Good Luck to You


It's been 11 months since BEAST's last comeback, and about 13 months since I became a B2UTY. I can't hold it in, I just have to let out all my thoughts about their latest album and title track, Good Luck.

This time around, CUBE has been actively promoting their comeback with constant teasers. Unfortunately, the album was leaked 2 days before the released date too. I downloaded it, but didn't listen to it till the release, because it felt like a sin if I heard it before then. ;w;

Anyway, my thoughts about Good Luck's MV!
  1. The first 40 seconds-ish was like a summary of all their teasers. I liked the sound of the strings, but the real song was WAY BETTER.
  2. I kinda preferred Shadow's artsy MV. It was aesthetically more pleasing. Then again, the pace of the song was slower, so we were able to appreciate the "art" of the video better.
  3. I know Good Luck's MV was about betrayal/break up/trust issues and stuff, but I felt that putting in references from 2 different sources (2046 and the Last Supper) was too much? It didn’t mesh together much. (just my opinion) But the sets were beautiful. And the boys were gorgeous.
  4. Other things to point out about the MV:

    MAKNAE BED ACTION

    Hyunseung body tease okcan

    And of course, the butter knife murder weapon (whut). The girl even took it from the sharp edge lol.
  5. But Good Luck is a really great upbeat dance track. Love love the beats! (got me bobbing my head throughout) The piano parts are beautiful, the backing track, the howling sounds… It really has a Junhyung feel to it that reminds me of Shadow and I am a Man.
  6. THE CHOREOGRAPHY. IS BLOODY AWESOME. And that reverse V sign, which in certain places in the world, is actually an insult. I like to think that the choreographer intended for the gesture to mean that. So for me, it kinda adds to the attitude. Me likey. :D I’m definitely going to learn this dance, once the stage ver. or practice ver. or dance mv (I hope there is one!) releases.

    GOOD LUCK FINDING A FINE MAN LIKE ME, BIATCH

    Sleek dance moves that we haven't see from BEAST for quite awhile!
  7. Back to the music, I LOVE EVERYONE’S VOCALS. Yoseob’s powerful opening, the syncopated falsetto parts, and the way Doojoon’s line led into the chorus, the impactful chorus, Dongseob’s bridge part, and Hyunseob’s background ad-libs really did it for me. Junhyung’s rap was as usual, and left me wanting something more. Everyone had quite an equal line distribution! Except Junhyung I feel… I think the whole song really blended and flowed well! It left no time for resting, other than the short dance break. They took my breath away. ;w;
And some general comments about the whole album:
  1. THE ENGLISH IMPROVED. I couldn’t find much grammar mistakes or cringe-worthy pronunciation (other than some of Junhyung’s rap, especially in We Up, and “Hands up Thumbs up” whut?) but it wasn’t too bad! This is significant, because we've had really cringe-worthy Engrish from BEAST before this ("Make a love baby"). They even have a song completely free of English (No More), I was really surprised. Maybe they hired a proofreader for their English lyrics. Good job, CUBE.
  2. The music style is really diverse for this album. We have an 80s dance vibe (We Up, Dance With U), modern dance beats (Good Luck, Sad Movie), ballads (No More, Tonight I’ll Be By Your Side), and R&B (History). And this is only a mini album, people.
  3. Resident composer Junhyung and the birth of composer Kikwang. So proud! Junhyung is really setting a distinct style that can be identified among his current and previous compositions. (I find I’m Sorry and No More; Just Do as You Always Did and Tomorrow I’ll Be By Your Side, to be pretty similar) And Kikwang clearly gotten his influence from his American idols like Chris Brown. The lines “Take it Slow” and “Relax Your Mind” are like shout-outs, haha. I’m loving History wayyyy more than Let it Snow.
  4. And I need to mention that No More is a beautiful song, with a creative concept for its MV, that carried a touching message. Really, you have to read the lyrics, and interpret the MV. I think it told a pretty deep story. So much feels. ;___;
So far I don’t think it’s exceptionally great, but Good Luck has its charms and it’s still good album! I’m really loving it. And you can clearly tell that BEAST is improving so much, in terms of creativity, style, vocals… It’s a nice evolution.

tl;dr

Good Luck is a unique album which shows BEAST's growth as an artiste. Enjoy the MV, enjoy their new album! :D BEAST fighting!

Hoping to buy their album sometime later, heehee. (apparently they come with photo cards... of the members' lips!)

So BEAST!

Quote of the Day: "Why do people take notice of first snowfalls but not the last days of snow? Remember the last too." - Yang Yoseob, BEAST

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Comic Fiesta 2013!

Comic Fiesta was half a year ago. But I don't give a crap, and shall be blogging briefly about my CF 2013 experience. Hah. C:

Like the previous year, I was on my Christmas holiday and left India for home a day earlier. But this time, I was pushing the limits. I arrived home less than 10 hours till the event. 8D What can I say, I love living life on the edge.

Just as I got home, immediately I was preparing my luggage and stuff for Comic Fiesta. Less than 10 hours till event, I should be sleeping, right? Nope, I was making a new prop. 8D


Soul Staff from Ragnarok Online!

I tried my best, huhu. Luckily mum helped me gather up all these materials before I got home (because I know I won't be able to, since I'll be reaching home at midnight). Considering that it was a rush job, and that I made it within 2 hours, it's quite an achievement, hehe...

For those who are curious on the construction of my Soul Staff (unfortunately I didn't take any WIP photos), the stick was salvaged from a mop (it was really obvious by the pattern if you looked at it in real life lol). The orb was a Christmas ball - couldn't find a blue one in time. The wings were designed and cut out from foam sheets, which I got in A4 size from Popular! They come in many different colours.

RO Signages!

I also made new signages while I was in India, as my previous one went missing at Taylor's Lakeside. I didn't carry them around though, since I left them at the booth for advertising purposes, haha.

Day 1 - 21 December 2014

So, done with my weapon, got some snooze, packed my stuff, did my make up, wore my costume, and was off to Anthea's house! Together, we headed to KLCC for the event. Since I wasn't joining the group competition this year (first time since 2008), I bought Artist tags along with Anthea's doujin booth. The pros of the Artist tag? I get to enter and exit from any entrance I like, and go against all traffic, mwahahaha. :B This is vital, because as the years pass, CF has grown so large it now occupied every single hall in the Convention Centre, and the lines are just legendary. And previous years, in certain locations, there were one-way traffic, and this made it really hard when you needed to meet someone in the earlier halls. You'd have to walk out from the exit on the east end, and run all the way back to the west entrance. Thank goodness I never had to face all the traffic, thanks to the implementation of Guest passes since 2011. (despite getting all these free passes, I still bought the tickets lol) Which was why I hardly enter from the entrance, and also why I never knew of the existence of Hall 6 on Day 2, where most of the cosplayers/photographers were camping at. .___.

Since I didn't have to waste spend the first half of my Day 1 busy-ing on my cosplay skit, nor did I have a cosplay group unlike the years before, I spent quite a lot of time at Anthea's booth, which was shared with Chia Mei and Chia Yuen. Both my cosplayers for CF was a pair cosplay with Anthea, huhu. Unfortunately she was busy with the booth to be hanging out with me much. Sadz.
(whoah what's this I just realized I didn't take any photo of Anthea's booth)

Day 1: Ragnarok Online!

Unglam shots are totally necessary

As per tradition, I'd carry my little bag and shop around the doujin booths. I carried along my Nintendo 3DS too! For it's front camera for selfies, and to StreetPass! Whoah, I had like 300+ StreetPasses! Meanwhile, I said hi to many of my ACG friends, and handed out coscards.

Don't really have much pictures to show because they were mostly just selfie shots lol.

Isabella and I! :D (in the highest-def pic my Soul Linker was captured in, lol)

Frames on! I love how we compliment each other, somehow. Heehee.

With Wei Qi and his first cosplay attempt. Met and chatted with his uni friends too

MALEFICENT AND THE EVIL QUEEN

Me and Wee! I did his make up but gosh, so embarrassing though ;w;

Irfan and Suzie!

Hani! One of my earliest cosplay friends ;w;

Zend! Now Hani's husband :3

This happened really quickly. I was like "AARON! Eh selfie. *snap* kbye" |D
but I like our expressions huhuhu

The Ling brothers!

Felicia and Pa-no! My D.Gray-man groupies! C:

There was a room for handheld and console games, where I spent quite some time at, too. There was a Pokemon tournament there, which Irfan and Xing Yu joined! I also met Tze Han!

Besides that, nothing exceptionally interesting happen. Not that I could remember, at least. .w. Recently, I've been less enthusiastic at taking pictures, and cosplayers are getting so numerous, and the quality is just so amazing nothing really stands out any more, plus there are way too many awesome cosplay photographers. So I can't entertain you much without reference media, haha.

I managed to take a picture of Professor Sycamore though. Professorrrrr! ;w;

Day 2 - 22 December 2014

I managed to get more sleep this time around! Hehe. We went slightly earlier this time around to set up the booths. Meanwhile, I helped Wee with his make up again. Day 2, I debut a new cosplay, N from Pokemon! Also, it was my first time crossplaying! The costume itself was really simple, and was put together from existing clothing, but it was still a new and refreshing experience.

Photo by Raz!

The hat and wig was from Taobao. The shirt was mine, and pants were my brother's. The black turtleneck took me so much effort to find! I finally bought it from an online shop in India. The shoes were Bata, which I found in the Shoe Warehouse at Subang Parade, which I've eyed on for half a year before finally buying them, hoping the price would reduce (but it didn't). The design was just perfect! Except that I'd prefer the green to be brighter.

The black bracelet was put together by my mum, who taped up her adjustable bangle with black tape, and I stuck on the white parts with paper and marker pen. Ghetto's the way to go! The Pokeballs were bought from Korea by my friend! It was an official merchandise which contained Pokemon erasers in it. The Snivy was from Taobao.

The other accessories were all made while I was in India! With cardboard, stone powder clay (from Daiso), and leftover paint from my sports cup. Made them within 2 days-ish.

Work in Progress!

I peeled out all the sticker from a Rubik's Cube and replaced them with gold-painted paper

Final product!

Since it was my first time crossplaying, I wasn't too sure what to do with my make up. The chest binder wasn't as bad as some people described. While crossplaying, I tried my best not to smile with my teeth as somehow, it made me look more feminine, haha.

Day 2: Pokemon

Halfway through the day, I managed to drag Anthea out of her booth, and we went doujin shopping together. And visited the other halls too. I found out that there was quite a good amount of people who identified me as N, and it made me happy. C: The one thing I didn't like about our cosplay was our caps... Like they're cool and all, but they always cast a shadow on our faces and that's totally not picture friendly. D: Oh well...

Some of my favourite faces :3

BRENDEN AND MAY (or Ruby and Sapphire) Bloody cute couple omg

Of course, a group selfie was a must

With Xsaye as Mi!

A really cute Armin cosplayer who ran up to us and was like "OMG I SHIP YOU TWO"
The perks of cosplaying is meeting fans of the same series like this xD

Found a really good Green/Gary cosplayer too! ;w;

Mega Blaziken gijinka! I didn't really notice it until the guy mentioned it actually...

Close up with my 3DS

Thanks to Raz for the mini shoot! Otherwise I'd have no nice pictures of my N cosplay to show ;w;

All in all, it was a rather uneventful CF for me, if you were to compare it to my previous years. Hardly any pictures taken by others, or a group that I walked around with. But that's no measure of whatever fun I had otherwise.

My loot!

As usual, the first item I'd pick up from the doujin booths was zeiva's newest game, Area-X! Gosh the graphics and storyline, and how much they've improved since their earlier games... it's just admirable, and beautiful. ;w; I left her with a word of encouragement and support, since I know it isn't easy as an artist to keep up your hobby while making it a sufficient source of income.

I controlled myself from buying too many badges, because those are my weakness, and I end up not having enough place to pin them, or I'd buy designs that I don't really fancy that much. ;w; The "B2UTY" badge was a limited item that Anthea made, hehe. And the Avatar badges, wooooh! I didn't buy any lol, the whole set belongs to Jen Sion. xD

So that's my CF! Sounds kinda boring eh... Since I don't really follow much of the events/schedule that was happening in the hall. |D And it happened so long ago that I'm probably not recalling all the little interesting bits, haha.

Anyways, hope you somehow enjoyed this entry. :X Doing my best to update the blog as much a possible!

Quote of the Day: "It doesn't seem right to let a girl choose me. I would rather choose the girl I devote myself to." - Mashima Taichi, Chihayafuru

Thursday, June 12, 2014

For my faithful reader...

Just a shout out to a friend who's been regularly reading and supporting my blog since our high school years till now...

Happy Birthday Xsaye!


Back when we were young, with less make up (but still damn cute). xD

Always love that you're a free-spirit doing what you love to do. Never give up your passion! All the best in your future! :3

Quote of the Day: “It’ll be about ten more years until we’re Sensei’s age. Then, we’ll be a bit over 30. I wonder what kind of adults we’ll be. Even though it seems far off in the distance, tomorrow turns into today, and today changes to that day. It’s all connected, without ever ending. One day we’ll be more mature, too, and it’ll seem as if we didn’t have a childhood. A day like that will come, equally.” - Takemoto Yuuta, Honey and Clover

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Cosplay Plans 2014

I want to keep up my blogging, but I'm currently stuck of ideas. (actually I have a few things to write about Penang already but I'm currently lazy |D) So here's the annual update of my cosplay plans!

I've completed 2 of my "confirmed plans" from 2013. It's been awhile since I have group cosplay at events, kinda missing that feel... ;___; So far all my plans are also not for groups, welp. If anyone wants to recruit/join me, please feel free to let me know. 8D

Confirmed Plans

1. Korra [Avatar: Legend of Korra]

Two years delay in this cosplan, ughhh. From book 1, to book 2, now the book 2 is finished and I haven't cosplayed Korra once! I'm still going to do Korra's book 2 outfit, but another I really wanna do is her final episode/Harmonic Convergence version. Because hot damn, her with her hair down. ;w;


Look at how pretty she is ;w;

Cosplaying this version would mean on top of having to finish my procrastinated costume, I'd have to make her outerwear too. But it'd be really awesome if I manage to finish this costume, and bring it to Japan for a shoot, and hopefully it snows! ;w;

2. Jack/Hero [Harvest Moon]

Finally decided to cosplay the guy farmer from Harvest Moon, while Melissa will be doing the female farmer. :D

Highly Possible Plans

3. Morinozuka Takashi [Ouran High School Host Club]

I was chatting to Anthea one day and I was complaining about my lack of cosplans (which is nonsense, because I have so many plans I'm keeping in view ^^") and somehow, Ouran came up! Since she wanna cosplay Honey-senpai, I'd have to tag along as Mori, haha. Personally, I don't think I'd be able to pull off Mori-senpai's manliness and height. ;w; But oh well! If I ever get myself an Ouran uniform, I'd definitely cosplay Kyouya and/or one of the twins, hehe. Suddenly I'm so daring to take up all these crossplay plans, ohoho.

4. Ayuzawa Misaki [Kaichou wa Maid-sama!]

I've always wanted to cosplay Misaki, but I didn't have the confidence... because she's such an awesome female, and she's so pretty (and I'm so not ;w;). She's strong-willed and perfect, just the kind of girl I wanna be! :3 I've wanted to do either her Maid outfit or her Juliet/school festival dress. Right now I'm hunting for a second-hand Maid Latte costume, and it's proving to be hard since I'm fat plus-sized not small-sized. But I think the hardest part of the cosplay would be to find a perfect Usui. ;_____; I need my perfect Usui, ughh.

5. Franziska von Karma/Karuma Mei [Ace Attorney/Gyakuten Saiban]

I've already bought Franziska's wig, and I have the boots, so it's only a matter of time. I'm really looking forward to posing as Franziska for the camera. And trying to act as her, and throwing foolish phrases of foolishful words. It'd be fun. C:

Keep in View (KIV)

6. Athena Cykes/Kizuki Kokone [Ace Attorney/Gyakuten Saiban]

Oh gosh I love this girl so much. I love her characterization, I love her enthusiasm, she's full of cute and power! ;w; The only thing that's stopping me from cosplaying her is the amount of unique stuff I have to make/buy. That long ponytail wig, those boots... Actually my main concern is the yellow suit. If I was size 4, fair-skinned, I'd do this in a heart beat, haha. But I'm not. Yellow is not the most flattering colour, you know... ;w;

Other KIV's are listed in previous post. Just to name a few:
7. Hibiki Tokai [Vandread]
8. Olivier Mira Armstrong [Fullmetal Alchemist]
9. Creator [Ragnarok Online]
10. Kururugi Suzaku [Code Geass]

Haven't announced it here, but I'll be visiting Japan with TAS in December, woohoo! We'll be there for both Christmas AND New Year! :D Which also means, this is the first time since 2007 that I'll be missing Comic Fiesta. But oh well, Japan yo. Plus now that I'm in Penang, it's more convenient for me to go home whenever I like to attend conventions in KL, huhuhu.

Hopefully, I'll at least be able to finish up my top 2 cosplans for this year. Ganba! *w*

Quote of the Day: "Suddenly, I had been freed by being told I could do whatever I wanted. I had to confront my inner self — the one that couldn’t really become much." - Takemoto Yuuta, Honey and Clover.
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