Monday, December 28, 2009

Comic Fiesta Day 2

(This post is still currently in progress. .___. Blame Sims 3. AND OMG, 5 or more of the paragraphs I wrote disappeared because of html tags... *dies*)

It's Day 2 and I'm up at 6.30am again! This time, with more sleep from the night before. It was much easier to get ready for day 2 since most of my stuff has already been prepared, and because I was Seychelles for early day 2. All I had to do was throw on my blue dress, tie two ponytails, snap on my pretty(pretty big) red ribbons and ta-dah! After that I took some time to wear my fake eyelashes. Hey, it was my first time doing it. I had my left one done pretty quickly, but somehow I just kept failing my right one. On top of that, my eyes were tearing up a lot somehow. I took a break from that and got on the computer to look at some pictures, do some general facebook-ing and upload a video(which was interrupted by dad later). After help with make-up from mum, I left home for Sunway Pyramid.

I got to the convention hall a little before 9am. It was reaaaally quiet compared to Day 1. The only people there were the bunch of volunteers(who were being submitted to edo's briefing) and a few people who were just sitting around. It seems that everyone, even the booth owners, decided that they should come late for day 2. I started cross stitching to entertain myself before Anthea came to get us into the hall to set up our booth again.

But before that, I met three very friendly cosplayers from Singapore. And they seemed very happy about me being Seychelles! And on top of that, there was a France! Wheee! Sadly, we lamented on the fact that I didn't have a Tuna-chan(a gray fish that Seychelles would always carry).


France: "You should go down to Jusco and buy a Tuna-chan." Seychelles: "Yeah! Canned tunas would make a nice prop! I'll just tell everyone Tuna-chan got stuck at the customs while I imported her over. And they chopped her into pieces and threw her into cans!"


In the end, I didn't get canned tunas. :X I asked everyone for whatever fish plushies they have. Anthea couldn't find hers and Jer Cherng forgot to bring his whale. So I was empty handed and propless with lack of poses. Sigh. So I decided that I'll be Seychelles with technology! Carrying my trusty camera with me and snapping more pictures so I won't regret not having more pictures(like I did the year before, since it's hard to cosplay while taking photos).

Melissa as a different version of Oz today

Lelouuuuuuuuuuch~ <3

I practically squealed like crazy from my booth when I saw them preparing their outfits. The number of Code Geass cosplayers this year made me so excited!

Nothing much happened, and it was a little pass noon already. No news from my Hetalia group as we were supposed to meet up for lunch and have a small photoshoot. So I started wandering around to hall doujin shopping instead. I have a weak spot for badges and keychains and trinkets you can hang around and flaunt, so most of my money went to that. I noticed that the more established and popular doujin groups seem to find no need of customer service... They would do their own thing(drawing for commissions, mostly) and I would stare at their stuff for like, 10 minutes, then I would buy them, and they would pack it up and attempt a smile and go back to their own worlds. We must look pretty scary at the Fiametta-ink booth greeting everyone and listing the prices of our merchandises, lawl. Hey, at least we're friendly.

Funny story. Anthea gave me the doujin layout before Comic Fiesta and we found a booth called "Zeiva". First thing that comes to mind is of course the very owhsm Zeiva on deviant-art who I adore very much.(flash games with bishies? I'm not complaining. =D) But then, Zeiva is from way out there not-in-Asia kind of there, and Comic Fiesta's not a very big convention when you compare it to stuff in Philippines and Japan and the US. So I sort assumed that it wasn't her. I got to the said booth and ZAMAGAWD. It's Zeiva's stuff on sale! I was so excited that we could find her products here in our little convention in little Malaysia! Then I thought that it was probably her representive from Malaysia or something, but the funniest thing was that the price labels were "2 RM, 4 RM" and so on. xD So I bought myself a Zelan badge(the Chinese astrological keychains sold out! Leeeenz! ;__;) and went on my way. After Comic Fiesta I went Google-ing and found out from Zeiva's livejournal that she was, indeed, in Comic Fiesta for her first convention in Asia.
ZOMGWTHSTFUBBQ.
I'm sad. I didn't get a chance to get her autograph! ;__; I can't believe I was so blursauce! Zeivaaaaa!!! I'm crossing my fingers that she comes back to CF2010 so I can buy her game.

I continued my doujin shopping, not until I was dragged off by South Italy/Romano to join the Hetalia group! There was a huge group of us! Unfortunately, due to the simple costume of Seychelles(and that they sing, dance and fish and don't do war there), I was pretty out-of-place as every other country was wearing elaborate(er) military outfits. We wandered around the hall to round up more members, ran out to get more space, got flashedmobbed by cameras, and yeah, it was pretty fun. 8D They then settled down to play Old Maid, Hetalia style! Someone made a deck of cards where each character had a flag counterpart. The goal was to match them up after a series of card swapping with the other players, but to avoid Prussia(his card didn't have a pair)! The verdict? Everyone successfully dodged Prussia, but Prussia himself. xD

After that, we had a mini, short photoshoot because some of us have taken lunch, so the Full House hang out thing was cancelled. Here's some of the pictures taken during the photoshoot. 8D

*insert photos*

We went back to the hall before 3pm to take part in the Grand Freeze. We originally wanted to line up by the red carpet that leads inwards from the entrance, but we got stuck by the swarm of photographers. In the end, we had a large group pose, and the Grand Freeze screwed up once again. Sigh. At least we had fun.

*insert photos*

In the midst of everything, my phone was ringing constantly with "Turnabout Sisters".


Nurul: Oh my god, SUZANNE! Where are you?
Me: Nurul! Sorry, I'm still stuck here with my Hetalia group. I'll change back to Mia Fey really quickly.
Nurul: We won the group cosplay competition!


ZOMGWTHSTFUBBQ?

Yes, they called Nurul to inform that we have won. It's probably to avoid situations where the winner is away for lunch(6pm) or outside the hall or where they'll waste time trying to make it to the stage, like before. But yeah, Ace Attorney won! WOOHOO!

But I still had something else to do before changing back to Mia. I excused myself from the Hetalia group and ran out of the hall to join Amelia and Cherry for our dance. We weren't going to perform onstage as Cherry couldn't book a performance slot for us. Instead, we settled down for a recording of our performance.

*video*
Buono! - Rottara Rottara

Now that my Seychelles dress have served its purpose, I ran off to switch back into my Mia Fey outfit. Back to the Fiametta-ink booth again. At least, things were still eventful. The DJ area suddenly decided to spice things up by playing... K-Pop music? Imagine our amusement when we heard "Gee" by Girls' Generation playing on the speakers. A lot of discussion ensued and the people at my row of doujin booth suddenly seemed like they were on a sugar rush. Everyone started dancing, even us who only knew the chorus and a bit of the words. =P Great job DJs! And after that, they really hit the spot by playing... "Sorry Sorry" by Super Junior! At this point, the WHOLE hall was bustin' a few moves while singing. There was even a girl nearby who started dancing on her chair! They went on to play "Genie", "Abracadabra" and some other songs. OWHSM. It injected a lot of life into the hall, especially the doujin booth area. Then the emcees took the opportunity to started getting people to dance on stage. Epic!



The random dancing on stage!

It was soooo fun!

Quote of the Day: "quote" - Annonymous




Saturday, December 26, 2009

Comic Fiesta Day 1

Okay. So this post came 1 week late, and 3 days after the first one(ZOMG PROCRASTINATION!). But here's it anyway!

My Steel Samurai ringtone woke us up after 2 hours(or less) of sleep. Us being me, Rayhan, Jasmine and Desmond. I dragged myself out of bed and started to brush up. It's 6.30am, 4 hours away from Comic Fiesta! I got dressed while the other 3 slowly woke themselves up. The only part that bugged me was the hairspray that was supposed to turn my hair brown like Mia's. It was so hard doing it by myself, and trying to get it evenly on my hair. In the end, it looked like I had red highlights on my hair. Rayhan and Jen Sion didn't help much with my hair. It's at these times I wish I could split my body into half because it's so much easier helping myself. :X In the end, I left my hair alone and ended with a hand that looked like it was electroplated in copper. Oh, did I forget to mention the white thingy on my lips was still there? At least there's no one layer of skin hanging from my lips, but it's still... white. Thank goodness for lip gloss.

We left on the car with Jasmine's mum fetching us to Sunway Pyramid. Desmond carried my luggage bag, Jen Sion carried Lero, Jun Yu carried my wig and Rayhan carried the "OBJECTION!" signage. And as we left the house, I realized that my attorney's badge(more like a fake, cardboard attorney badge stuck on my collar with that sticky plasticine thingy, inspired by Furio Tigre) was missing. It must've dropped off while I was carrying my bag. Dang! Apollo(Rayhan) decided to lend me his. We got to the convention hall by 9am, not before being stared at by the workers who were cleaning up the shopping mall. There was quite a number of people when we got there, many already lining up to buy their tickets. While they lined up for their tickets, me and Jasmine waited for Nurul to come with our pre-ordered tickets and messed around while we did.


"OBJECTION!" I just had to, signages kick butts :D

And then, I realized my second attorney's badge was missing. Woohoo! I lost two fake attorney's badge before I even entered the event hall. Way to go Suzanne! When Anthea and co. came along, we got our tickets and went into the hall to set up our booth.



The Fiametta-ink booth!


My mushrooms!

My Mario Mushroom cross stitches didn't sell out as I wished they would. So if you're interested in buying one, these are the colours you can choose from!(excluding the Mega Mushroom) They are RM10 each, and friends can bargain. Yes, I'm that nice. :3

Most of the first half of day 1 was sitting at the booth and looking pretty in our cosplay while selling our wares. Sales this year was pretty slow, compared to last year. There's a HUGE increase of doujin booth(100!), and everyone was selling really really good stuff. Fiametta-ink added more merchandises too, so sales was... yeah... slow.

So, here's a few pictures of our morning and cosplay.

The CROWD!(doujin booth area)

A very sexey me, me likey :3

ZOMG. EMA POUT. WIN.

Moar Ema! Seriously, Nurul makes such an owhsm Ema. She's so pwetty~

Trust Rayhan to make everything and anything look ghey [picture by dustyhawk.com]

Our Ace Attorney group! [picture by dustyhawk.com]

My darling Melissa as Oz from Pandora Hearts. Shotaaa! :3

Me, Jasmine, Nurul and Anthea went to the cosplay registration booth at 1.30pm-ish to prepare for our group competition. It was pretty nerve-wrecking, seeing all the good cosplays around us. And to top that up, we're going to be first on stage! So, we sat around, did some last preparations, and had more pictures snapped.

Exhibit A: A very snappy Ema Skye(poor girl had to run back to our booth twice for Pashmina and something else) [picture by dustyhawk.com]

One of my favourite pictures of our group. This was an accidental shot when Serge threw a hula hoop over us and tried to fit 4 of us in it. And when he side stepped, there was liek, 4 or 5 cameramen going trigger happy. WHUT. It was so sudden! It's liek, THEY'RE EVERYWHERE.

And so, the competition started and we're on stage!


8 minutes of Ace Attorney goodness. WATCH IT.

Alternatively, you can see the following pictures to give you an idea of what happened.(pictures by Alan Chin)Epic opening pose. EAT MY FLAMING EYES.

"If you like it then you should've put a ring on it~" (okay, a normal girl would say they look hideous, but this picture is so kewl and lul, I had to show it xD)

Pashminaaa!

One of my favourite part of the sketch, everyone laughed! :3 Go watch the video to understand it

Mia pwning Trucy in a Miles disguise :D I lurve this. Please direct attention to my sexey legs.

Om-nom-nom-nom-nom

Just for side giggles, our sketch was heavily inspired by this very funny .gif.(it needs more people to laugh at its brilliant humour! Warning: it is LONG.


We did a pretty owhsm job on the sketch! 8D All we could do is hope for the best. And go back to selling more stuff while we waited for Comic Fiesta's Grand Freeze.(explained here, scroll till you see "Project Shiva") It was... kinda screwed up though. Not as epic as I expected. We were looking at our watches by 2.30pm. And at 3pm, we still heard no warnings, no alerts, or no cues. About 7 minutes later, we heard the cue and got into our poses. I happened to be holding my handphone while I reached out for my Coldkiller X, Ema was posing with her Snackoos and Trucy was... I'm not sure what she was doing, but she unfreezed pretty early because she was needed. Haha. The freeze lasted for more than 3 minutes I think... about 5 minutes? And it wasn't easy when Ili is talking oh-so-casually to us. Smarty-pants. xP And after the freeze, I rushed off the scene to get changed into my next outfit: Road Kamelot from D.Gray-man!

I was only doing this cosplay for my D.Gay-man friends, who I have formed a pretty close bond with since Comic Fiesta 2008. On top of that, I had a Tyki this year, so HELL YEAH! Thing is, it was pretty late when I changed, and then I had to mend my wig a little more and put on my black nail polish. And then, Melissa had to call me for help... to finish up her lunch.

Didn't meant to look sleepy here

Well, I'm not complaining, it's free food. And I hate to waste food, and there was quite a lot of it too! I haven't eaten anything at all for the whole day(this was the only meal I had for day 1). Yay for my cash being spared, now that I'm broke since all my money is in the bank.

I rejoined the D.Gray-man group quickly after that, who were having a photoshoot. It was short, but fun. I don't have pictures to show yet, but check this space, I'll probably update it.

And after that, it was back into the event hall, where everything quiet down. The people were packing up and preparing to leave.

My new fandom, can't blame. They are so pwetty! :D

Very very cool Alphonse! Fullmetal Alchemist FTW!

More pictures before we end the day. Tara as Rima from Vampire Knight. Love the umbrellas. xD

Emo-shot with my darl.

Phew, and that was day 1! Comic Fiesta this year was really good. The hall layout and everything was such an improvement from last year! We could see and hear the stage from anywhere in the hall, and the quality of cosplayers were owhsm this year. On top of that, there were so much merchandises to choose from. A walk around the doujin booth made me so confused on what to buy, so I kept my merchandise shopping for day 2.

I went home, where I was alone and exhausted. Went though the bath-shampoo-hair treatment-scrub-facial mask routine and made myself busy with my props(like reinforcing my very abused "OBJECTION!" signage). My family came back from Malacca at about midnight, and I retired to bed at about 2am.

See you at day 2! [For more pictures, visit my Facebook album]

Quote of the Day: "Mia...don't cry. The only time a lawyer can cry is when it's all over." - Diego Armando, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Trials and Tribulations

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Pre-Comic Fiesta

Wheee for lack of updates. But here's something I absolutely cannot procrastinate. It's COMIC FIESTA 2009!!! It came as fast as it went, I can't believe the thing I've waited for one whole year have already gone. Now I need to anticipate scmupish SPM first, then anticipate Comic Fiesta 2010. .___.

Anyhow, aside from the phail stuff, let's blog on about my Comic Fiesta preparations first!

Just to refresh your memory, here's what I'm going to Comic Fiesta as:


Mia Fey from Ace Attorney. Early Day 1 and Late Day 2.


Road Kamelot from D.Gray-man(rewinding town arc, white outfit). Late Day 1.


Seychelles from Hetalia. Early Day 2.

Like 80% of all cosplayers across the globe, I opted to leave some of my preparations for the last hour and fuss about it like how a true cosplayer would(not scientifically proven). I have been doing very little since I finished NaNoWriMo. Two weeks or so before Comic Fiesta, my mum took the opportunity to bring me shopping while finding for my cosplay stuff. We went to Subang Parade and picked up my belt and a very cute black top on the way. A few days later we went to Mydin and found my beige scarf. Funny story: Mydin can be such a China of its own. You know how all the stalls in China or Thailand or Indonesia seem to be selling the same stuff? You walk everywhere and they sell them for a different price, although they obviously came from the same place. We found a plain scarf with ruffles in one of the rented shops in Mydin for RM5 and bought it right away since it was what I'm looking for. We ran into the real hypermarket area and was walking around when we happened across the same scarf... for RM2. Dang.

A week or so before Comic Fiesta, I'm rushing our recording for our Ace Attorney group cosplay competition. I really enjoyed mixing the sounds and all, probably because I like boasting about my end results, teehee. All together we had three re-recordings as the first recording sounded bleeh. My owhsm eldest brother(by the name of Louie Yin Zhen Yao) bought me a new microphone so I could do an epic recording like I did for D.Gray-man last year. :D It turned out well(on top of that, we had my brother lending his epic voice) and I made a crack recording in two days or so. Yay for my owhsmness.

The next few days was quite a headache. We needed to slot in time for the group to practice the recording together. And it's not easy when some people are just so busy running around singing and visiting places around Malaysia, and she's still at it now. *coughantheacough* The Sunday before Comic Fiesta, Nurul and I went to a Black Belt Taekwondo Clinic thingy(will blog about it later), and I woke up finding some weird crack on my lip. The next day, it turn white and look all pus-like. HOMG. I HAVE COMIC FIESTA THIS WEEKEND AND NOW THIS? *dies* Went to Nurul's house and we got some of our props done. She flaunt her Ema Skye outfit(she looks great in it!) and I tried to get my Coldkiller X done(please refer to evidence from "Turnabout Memories"). I got my "OBJECTION!" sign printed too. Less than a week before Comic Fiesta and I have yet to make my attorney's badge. Sad sad.

We had our full dress rehearsal on Thursday, except that the same very busy girl was late, and wasn't in her full dress. It was fun, and the worrying start when I needed to rush my props plus there's my Gavel Public Speaking Program to hassle about(will blog about it). I got my hands on some homemade bread dough, but it failed as I didn't add enough PVA glue and wasn't sticky enough that the clay kept cracking before I could form the shape. And Jasmine just had to take the PVA glue home... Ughh... I started painting my Magatama to put my mind away from the very depressing bread dough. I started with a shade of dark blue, then made it lighter, then rubbed it off and replaced it with a pretty shade of purple. I worked till... 4am? Mostly because I was on the laptop too. Teehee.

Even more of the headache came from the fact that my family would be going back to Malacca, leaving me and my very-busy-superstar-brother at home, and the latter was busy with his exams and dance competition he would have zero time to ferry me anywhere. And EVERYONE just had to have their relatives sleeping over at their place. Anthea had her aunts, Nurul had her cousin, Melissa had her aunts. So sleepover at Shu Hui's house plan phailed. In the end, I had to sleepover at Jasmine's house on Friday so I could get transportation. Which meant I have to start packing my stuff by Friday afternoon, after shopping for my Seychelles' sandals that morning. Ughh(I lieked the sandals very much though, except that the strap that holds it to my feet is so soooo annoying). I had a luggage packed with my cosplay stuff, another with my own stuff and clothes for the night, and another with my phail bread dough, shoes and other materials for props. Not to mention, there's Lero and my Road Kamelot wig to carry around too, WOOHOO!

Around 5pm, I left home along with my family who were on the way to Malacca. They sent me to Audrey a.k.a. Firera a.k.a. my uncle, Tyki's house. :3 She kindly offered to help me spike up my Road wig, which still had Anthea's two spikes. She did a pretty good job at it and we were done in an hour or two. Unfortunately, I had no where to go because Jasmine was dragged by her family out of home, and they were going to watch a movie till... 11pm... Audrey sent me home, while I dragged my luggages and stuff back into my house. UGH. Good thing is, I had the time to finish up my props, have a good bath with hair treatment, facial mask, coffee scrub and all, which also relieved me of one luggage bag that I used to carry said items and my nightwear. Wheeeee~ I gave up on my attorney's badge and instead, went on to make a file labled "Court Records" and "OBJECTION!" signage. I used a Secret Recipe cake box as the base, teehee. About midnight, Jasmine came to pick me up, and I was dragging two luggages and Lero and my wig and my "OBJECTION!" signage off the her home. Rayhan joined us after that and we sat at the table rushing our props, just for the heck of it. I mean, who sleeps early the day before Comic Fiesta?


Note the Coldkiller X, mini signage, Maya's Magatama, hairspray and UHU glue. Plus my green pants!


Here's Rayhan trying out his outfit. FOR THE FIRST TIME. Apollo Justice ZAMAGAWD!


Maya doing a hair test

A lot of madness ensues, just like how any sleepover would be like. Maya made supper for us while Desmond plays osu! Yeaaaah. Me and Rayhan seems to have the most energy, talking out loud with a lot of random singing. ("Nobody nobody but youuuu!") We made everyone couldn't sleep. In the end, we retired for sleep at 4.30am-ish. WOOHOO!

And that, my friend, was Pre-Comic Fiesta. See you on the other side of my Day 1 post!

Quote of the Day: "During anime conventions, I survive on nothing but adrenaline rush." - Suzanne Yin.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Yes, I haven't been blogging for a long time now, with some stuff going on(not entirely true) and mostly of procrastination and me being unable to properly blog about whatever that happened for the past month. However, I have the time to come on here to say this...

ZOMG COMIC FIESTAAAA AAAAHHH!!!
*is running on nothing but adrenaline rush*

Day 1 is over and day 2 starts in a few hours! I hope Ace Attorney wins for the group competition, teehee! I'll tell you more once it's over. :3

*spazz*

Quote of the Day: "OBJECTION!!!" - Various Attorneys, Ace Attorney/Gyakuten Saiban.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

I haven't been blogging for a long time, for a good reason. NaNoWriMo has taken a lot of my time the last few days. I had loads of things happening last week and the week before but I just don't have the time to write about them. I'll write about them soon, but for now I'm just updating because it's December! Since I'm pretty lazy to write about how my NaNoWriMo went, and I'm sure there's a lot of you who don't go to my writing blog, I'm going to copy last entry there, here.

It's finally December! The end of NaNoWriMo! So how did Suzanne do?

From the Word Count Widget on my sidebar, it says I'm a winner at 50,126 words. Yes, I made it till the 50,000 word count mark! I wrote almost 10k words on the last day itself!

However... On the NaNoWriMo website, all that wouldn't matter. Verified winners would have a purple bar, which I don't have. I've been typing like crazy all day yesterday, 12 hours straight, 5 hours of sleep the night before. You see, I only submitted my work at 11.55pm, which was a huge mistake, because I had no idea what I was doing. I finally got it, submitting my 50,090 word novel and waiting anxiously for my purple bar to appear and they would take me to the winner's page. But the NaNoWriMo robots(the machines that counts the NaNoWriMoers word counts) updated my word count so I must've been in time, butunfortunately they didn't update me as a winner in time as it was December, 12am already. Yeah, I missed it by seconds.

My mum was pretty unhappy about it(on my behalf, but she wasn't making matters better =/), saying that I worked so hard and lost it just because of the seconds. But really, what matters was how I got there, right? The extra cookie is boasting rights, of course. But since now I'm a "half-winner", I have no idea what I'm supposed to say to my friends. xD I just really really hope that they wouldn't laugh about this thing, saying I'm a loser or what not(ebil lifeless people DO do these stuff, sadly). Although I'm not an official winner, I made it all the way and for that, I'm proud of myself, and I know that it was my own mistake for doing all these last minute things.

It's been a crazy 30 days for me, and a really good time spent with Cedric, Caleb, Hirei, Penelope, Aalaiyah and all my other characters and the Ragnarok Online world. Thank you to everyone who supported me all this way, who has been reading my stuff or just keeping track of my progress(although the latter should really start reading my novel :3). It has really given me a lot of encouragement and the push I need through the month. It's because of you guys that I make the effort to update everyday, or procrastination would win through. I'm really sorry if I've disappointed you guys in any way, if it's about not winning or the plot or my style of writing. I'm a little disappointed with myself for letting my last minute-ness get to me. I was working with old materials too, so it was a pretty easy ride for me this time around. I'll push myself harder the next NaNoWriMo. Probably not next year, darn SPM. @__@

For now, I'll be spending some time editing my work before I keep writing. So stay tuned and keep me kicked if you want to read the continuation of The Eminent Guardians. =)
There you have it! I'll be back to blogging as usual... once I catch up with what I lost the last few days. xP

Quote of the Day: "Are you suggesting that coconuts migrate?" - Guard, Monty Phyton and the Holy Grail
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