Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Part Time Job Number 2!

SACE was over, I'm not studying currently, I've spent a valuable November with TAS and December is approaching. While waiting for my university offer, which the earliest intake will only be in March/April, the most obvious thing to do is to get a part time job! And so I did! No, not Sushi King again. Since I finished SACE exams, my SAM principal, has been asking me if I wanted a job. I agreed, and immediately I received a call from Ms. Ooi of the Marketing and Communication Department. I was hired to do Communications work, which includes writing, editing, data entry, web upload, photography, taking calls, making powerpoint presentations and many more! Not too shabby, sounds like stuff that I could handle. :3 Oddly enough, when all my friends (SAM, Jules...) left Taylor's, I'm the only one who went back instead to start working there, haha. For now, it's only for two weeks! But I probably can extend the job if I like to, and if they still want/need me. :3

At the moment, I was only hired for two weeks. I had no work on Monday, since it was a public holiday (I actually went to college that morning though... trolled...). So on Tuesday, 29 November, I woke up early and got to college by 7.40am! My work hours was supposed to be 9am-6pm, but I had to follow my dad to work, so I had no choice. Spent all extra time on the computer at the library!

So, I got to work! The office is behind the receptionist at the Placement Centre. Met my boss, Ms. Ooi who got me comfortable at the office. I was given a square table as my workspace! And I got a company Dell laptop to do my work on to. When Ai Jou arrived, she started giving me tasks. What I do mostly is to read articles written by other people on events and stuff at Taylor's. I would be like an editor, checking out for errors, correct format, and concising them. The edited work goes to two different media - the e-News and the Taylor's website. I have to screen through pictures and pick out nice ones for the photo gallery to. And put captions to them. Sounds easy but it's not! It's harder to pick out the important points and change the info because I didn't experience what the writers did. At this point, my ESL skills really came in handy. :P Other than that, I would help Ai Jou do some proof reading, or scan some stuff at the printer. Thankfully, I wasn't made into a slave or an office lady, as the others teased me about. xD The people at the Marketing department were really friendly! There was Ms. Ooi, Ai Jou, Elaine, Raymond. Then I met the often-missing Vincent today, and Sam will be returning to the office tomorrow. Also, another intern will be joining us next week! Today, Ai Jou made me hot chocolate too! Kinda fun at the office, feel like I belong there. ^^

Lunch break was around 12 - 2pm, but it was pretty much very flexible. Ai Jou and Ms. Ooi invited me to lunch on two different occasions! But I had lunch with Alex, and then BK. :P When I was bored, I'd go visit Ms. Wong at her office too! Sometimes I'd start snoozing off... probably from staring at too much text and pictures at one time. I wish I brought more snacks and stuff. Today, Isaac ninja-ed into the office, asked for me, dumped a cup of bubble tea and ninja-ed off. So sweet. xD

It's only day 2, and it's a pretty fun experience! I haven't been doing much different tasks, but still, since it involves words and typing and some creativity (and free time on Facebook, whee!), I'm pretty contented. Ai Jou has just gave me new assignments for next week - writing 5 different articles for the Taylor's website! Woohoo! Since most of the articles are from my point of view, and is about my experience in Taylor's, I would probably include the extended version of those articles here at my blog, ehehehe... It's nice that most of what I'm doing are editorial and journalism stuff - these are things that I somewhat enjoy doing!

Now I have to sleep early so that I won't go fishing at work! I'll update more on my job soon. Toodles!


Quote of the Day: "Wishes can come true. But not if you just wait for miracles. Miracles are things we make for ourselves. Here, and now." - Oerba Dia Vanille, Final Fantasy XIII

Monday, November 28, 2011

Animangaki 2011

Wooh, here comes the super epic backlogged post! It's been more than two months since. But for formalities sake, I'm gonna be blogging about Animangaki anyway!

After the Raya Holidays, I had about a week to prepare for Animangaki. On top of that, my trials begins the week after Animangaki. Epic timing and commitment.

Here's what I had to do in early September, leading up to Animangaki (12 September):
  1. Touch up on costume!
  2. Make owhsmshiz spear
  3. Prepare for cosplay competition
  4. Play Guardian Angels :X
  5. STUDY FOR TRIALS

I suddenly had a desire to join the cosplay competition at Animangaki. Usually, I'd only join the Comic Fiesta Group Competition. I suddenly thought, "Hey, why don't I take the challenge I join Animangaki's competition? I doesn't seem to tough anyway. (joo are sadly mistaken, Suzanne!)" And so I did! I managed to get Irfan to join me too. So yeah, we had to come up with the script (for a game that wasn't released yet!), and then record our voices, then practice for it - because I up for the challenge, wanting to do an action skit instead of my usual "comedy" ones.

Actually, the biggest mistake was being so overly ambitious. And procrastinating, of course. I had one week of holidays to plan what I wanted to do. I left all work for the week itself and as usual, placed unnecessary stress on myself (then again, what's life without it? lD). Staying back after college, planning the skit, not being strict enough... On top of that, I fell somewhat sick that week too! I only started getting materials for my scythe on Thursday (or was it Friday..?). Bottom line, it was lots of rush job that week.

Somehow, I was really blessed to have the support of my friends. Isaac was helping me tons with my scythe. I'm really bad at all these architecture/engineering/design part of propmaking. He gave me directions on how I should design the scythe and stuff. Will was pretty helpful with cutting the cardboard too! Nick provided the voice of the Narrator! Because I was facing some troubles, I couldn't do any of my scythe construction on Saturday (I had to study instead). Isaac took all my materials and did it on his own... ;w; I really don't know how else to say thank you! Even more so because he had trials coming up too. It was a mixed feeling of guilt and deep gratitude.

The super owhsm scythe

If only I had pictures to show of the Scythe WIP! I didn't take much pictures, and even if I did, they would've been lost with my hard disk. .w. Basically, we just drew out the shape of the scythe on this harder-than-mounting-board board, cut it out (it was REALLY HARD cutting it nicely). After that was all Isaac's hard work. Styrofoam pieces of the scythe was cut out to give definition to the scythe's blade. The handle of the scythe was a PVC pipe, with a wooden pole inside the hollow pipe to reinforce it and lengthen it. The boards and styrofoam pieces are taped together, then taped to the pole. The silver paint was sprayed on to the blades the day itself, ehehe... For a two day, last minute job, it was rather good (even getting props from another propmaker! :D [see what I did thar] )!

So! That was the construction of the scythe! Saturday, I was mostly working on fixing the skit audio, spraying Irfan's wig, and preparing other stuff. Saturday was Animangaki Day 1, but obviously, I couldn't afford to go. Saturday night, both me and Isaac had no sleep at all... srzly. .w. Early in the morning, me, Irfan and Isaac met up in college to finish up the scythe, and to rehearse our skit! We only left for Sunway University, along with Jules' car around 9am-ish. The scythe was quite a hassle to transport around, extending from the boot right up to the front seat (said car being a Myvi). Then again, we sorta made the scythe a little too long compared to what it should be... ^^"

We finally got to the event! I took about an hour getting changed and putting on my make up. I was pretty pleased with myself! Class Zero, although only just me, Jules, Isaac, Irfan and Jak, it was sort of our public debut! Final Fantasy Type-0, whee! (the game wasn't even out yet, at that time) I cosplayed No.6, the scythe-wielder, Sice. I wished I had gotten a more suitable wig, or at least had the time to style it. On top of that, I wish I had owhsm knee high boots! Anyways, here are some random pictures of my cosplay, and TAS!

TAS at Animangaki!

Class Zero epicness

More Class Zero epicness!
(the 5: Sice, Eight, Jack, Queen and King)

Can't get enough of it :3

Sice Solo Shot!

Royal Milk Tea on stage! :3 TAS Lakeside!

Camho with Hapiii~

There wasn't a lot of owhsm cosplays, actually (maybe they were hanging out outside the hall?) And for most of the event, I was busy over the Cosplay Competition. Irfan and I got on stage for our 2 minutes skit. The adrenaline kicked in, and our attacks were more ganas than our practices! We really got into the mood of the battle. Timing was a bit out, but still, pretty proud of our work! ^^


http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=2384439612533
(not sure if the video or link works here!)

The stabbing moment

After that, all the participants had to pick out a card that had a "restriction" and "theme" in it, then we had to plan a new skit, to be performed about 2 hours later. We had to do a "free skit" (that's the worst thing you could give someone with a short deadline! D:) and we had to "use slang words like 'desu, kya, nyan...' ". I think I kinda pissed Irfan off a lot at this point... being distracted and indecisive and disapproving and stuff... ^^" We had help from the other TAS members, brainstorming on what to do. We had way too many ideas, but eventually we settled down on a parody of MMORPG's... of Ragnarok Online, more specifically.



Super random shiz! I felt really really sheepish after doing that! And I thought the crowd was quiet But apparently, quite a lot of people enjoyed it. xD And the crowd actually responded to our injokes, teehee.

So after that, we kinda just lazed around to wait for the results. Around 6pm-ish, the results were announced. Irfan and I won 1st runner up! Well, at least we had some sort of achievement after all that hard work! The prize wasn't much to bloat about though. :P After all that, we walked through the canopy walk and had dinner in Sunway Pyramid! While still in our uniform. And capes. Wahahaha! Everyone was staring at us, especially at Ichiban Ramen. I forgot that I left my eyebrows white, ehehe... We were at Pyramid until 9pm-ish. It was a good meal and time well spent with TAS. Not to mention it was the day where they noticed Isaac's assets too, haha.

So yeah, that was Animangaki 2011! It was mostly about the rush job, the cosplay competition and TAS. I did speak to the other cosplayers, met some old friends and hung out with Melissa and the others too. All in all, I was pretty happy about what I did for Animangaki, but I'm sure it was quite a trauma for some of us because of the last minuteness, ehehe... Anyhow, I had fun!

Before I end, here's the video by Studio Omoshiroi of the cosplayers at Animangaki.



Next on my backlog list seems to be lens pictars and cosplay plans... oh well, we'll see about that. Meanwhile, I'll be going back to Taylor's starting tomorrow to work for the Marketing department! I'll definitely blog soon!

Again, last but not least...


Quote of the Day: "I wouldn't know the motives for a person killing a person, but as far as helping a person is concerned, why should there be a logical mind?" - Kudo Shinichi, Detective Conan.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Jules' Birthday!

 The Taylor's Anime Society advisor, Julianne, is having her 26th birthday on November 17. She's been hinting it for awhile now, and obviously, we already know it from long ago! In fact, we had our own plans...


EVIL PLANS IN PROGRESS

What happened was, on the 16th, we were already hanging out. I had lunch with Jules' until 3pm, then we waited for Isaac and Alex till 5pm. Then we spend two hours lazing around at her house, then only we left for dinner (at a Thai restaurant!) at 7pm. When we were done, we decided to get gelato (HEAVENLY GELATO) for dessert at 9pm! So in the end, no shopping! lD On top of that, we only just found out that Jules has her company annual dinner on Friday evening, which was the original date for our BBQ! So in the end, we postponed our BBQ till next week! We fetched Jules back and then we went home.

That's what Jules thought. C:

Obviously, at 10pm, it was a little too late to go home, while we still had to continue our "Surprise Jules at midnight" plan! Me and Isaac sat Alex's car all the way to Seri Petaling because he had to pick up his gift for Jules (because remember, we were supposed to go shopping then go home to drop the stuff xD). While on the car I was SMS-ing Irfan to confirm if he was joining us. 40 minutes later, I received two SMSes.

Wee-kun: Suz. You got home d? Ju sensei worried bout you. =x
Irfan: Lol miss jue getting worried why she no see u guys online yet.

CRAP. They should've sent me home first to distract Jules! Oh well, nothing we can do now! From Seri Petaling, we went back to Subang to pick Irfan up. By the time we got to my house, it has been 1 hour and 20 minutes since we left Jules', and she was going to bed. We were supposed to chill at my house till 12am. But by the time we got back, and I got online, she has already went to sleep. :C Isaac said that we should surprise her earlier before she falls deep into sleep and would be annoyed. We got to her place around 11.45pm and we started knocking on her grills. Didn't work. So we resorted to calling her! Alex called her multiple times, we would hear her phone from the door, but no response! Finally after 7 times or so, Jules picked up the phone. (apparently because she thought Alex's phone call could wait, ehehe... sadly I didn't take my phone out that night, so I couldn't call her instead xD)

"Come out now. Just come out."

She came to the door and we sang her a birthday song! :3 With a Hokkaido cake and a candle! She seemed pleasantly surprised! And she said she didn't expect us at all. SUCCESS!


The owhsm people who stayed up that night!
(the one on the far left is the owhsmest :D)


Birthday girl with her personal cake!

The gift Alex prepared for Jules, complete with an owhsm drawing of Usui Takumi

We sat in her house again, chatted a bit and just enjoyed each other's company. ^^

About an hour+ later, we left for home. Jules still had work in the morning, Isaac and Irfan still had classes.

If you've read the Facebook chat log from above, you would realize that this was not the only surprise we planned for Jules. C:
Jules, you thought that was the only surprise? THINK AGAIN.


As you would know from our very detailed Jules-schedule in the Facebook chat log above, she had a formal training from 10am-12pm (Alex had intel from Sue-sensei!). Alex picked me up from home around 11am, then we bought a cake and zoomed to college. Originally, we were hoping for more people to join us to surprise Jules at the White Room. In the end it was just me and Alex. :X

Camwhore shot of Crime Work in Progress

Moments before running into the room!
(later, the flames would be blown out by the wind =.=)

Jules and her freshly-lighted-in-the-room cake! (and Sue's hand)

TEEHEE
(I was supposed to film the whole "Happy Birthday song" surprise thing, but I forgot to press the button =w= *epic failed*)

HAPPY GAL

She was super shocked! And we probably caught the staff off guard too! Muahahaha! Later, the 3 of us + BK went for lunch at the market, then the 3 of us went back to Jules' place, again! Just slacked there the whole day, just enjoying each other's company as usual. For dinner, we had Korean BBQ! :D

Slacking is an understatement =)

Jules using Ahdell!

We had the owhsm Marble Cheesecake!

Obligatory Camwhore Shoot so that it includes me lD

Daorae!

Tiem for omnomnom

BABI BANYAK SEDAP

Our nomnomnom!

The nomnom aftermath
(have I mentioned that the staff there was being an ass by asking us to order extra dishes because we had 3 people? We made our money worth it by bugging him to refill our side dishes 23403942 times. HAH, he shouldn't have done it in the first place)

HAPPY BDAY GAL AGAIN

In a nutshell, although we only had so few people and not many presents, we definitely enjoyed ourselves, and I hope we gave Jules a birthday to remember! Happy birthday again Jules! Love you lots! :3


Quote of the Day: "You're a tough, troublesome case, you know! With all these distracting emotions...Even if I were Holmes it'd still be impossible to figure out! The heart of a woman whom one loves...How can anyone accurately deduce that?" - Kudo Shinichi, Detective Conan

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Everything Will be Okay, Right?

LOADS have been happening that I don't have the time to blog about other stuff. But now I'm just gonna unload some stuff here... sorry bloggy!

Disclaimer: Emorant ahead. If what I'm writing makes zero sense to you, good! Because it's not supposed to make sense... lD

It's been a roller coaster ride this year. I've met a group of friends that I feel that I finally belong to. Despite our differences, their craziness, occasional indecencies... I feel like I'm at home with them. I make the extra effort to be with them, and this feeling was never as strong as it is now. For once, I don't get jealous seeing other friends being close with another group of their own friends. I don't feel like I'm missing too much. I don't feel left out, because I have my nakama's.

But the year is ending. People are leaving. To make things more painful, Jules will be leaving for the States soon. There's only 5 more days for us. I hope and pray that after all is said and done, TAS would still be together, no matter the distance. I'm so happy when I'm with them, I'd forget all my worries (occasionally, responsibilities too, unfortunately). I try my best not to remind me or the others of the days we have left. But whenever I stop laughing, and start thinking... of the end that's drawing closer, of things that weren't meant for me... when I start thinking, it hurts.

There are other emotions I've been facing, too. So much vented emotions, so much burden... It built up, and I think it just blew in my face. Maybe I've been too used keeping it all inside. On top of that, being prone to stalking tendencies and overthinking things, I'm sensitive to so many small gestures. Again, I only keep this inside. Someone nudged me to talk about it, and so I start thinking about it, I start feeling the pain, I start crying. I've been crying a lot this week that it's been tiring. Maybe before this, I'm just so lazy to think about it so I could save all the unnecessary pain, the unnecessary tears. I'm so tired that I wish I would just fall sick. So that I could just hide in my bed and sleep all day, and be too busy feeling sick to actually start thinking about the emotions.

They say that time would dilute the pain. They say that talking about it, letting it out, would make you feel better. If so, I want to yell till my throat burns, I want to cry till I'm all dry, I want to bite myself so the pain hides my thoughts, to forget about them. At this instance, everything is a blur, and there's no light. I want to blame myself for repeating my past mistakes, for repeating history, all the bitterness, the stupidity... You may say I'm foolish to think and feel this way, that I'm living an Anime. I probably am living an Anime, but the things that are happening are real, the emotions are real, too.

I'm fortunate that at this moment, I have shoulders to lean on. I have people who are cheering for me. They say that everything will be fine in the end. It may seem murky now, but things will fall into the right places after time. I know time will heal wounds, but it doesn't mean that the pain is any lighter, and the scars will stay. So I can't stop asking... "everything will be okay, right?"


Quote of the Day: "Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end." - Annonymous

Friday, November 18, 2011

SOON

So, I would love love looooove to blog and brag about what has happened, but too much has been happening in just a quick span of one week! First, there was AFA in Singapore, and everything that I wished for to happen, has happened, and a little more too. It was an AWESOME trip!

Right after I got back from AFA it was Corroborree! A.K.A SAM Prom! Last time seeing so many SAM 2011 people. I got dolled up and wore a dress that belonged to me, finally! It was a fun night!

Then it was Jules' birthday. And a lot of other things happened, haha. The TAS peeps are hanging out much closer, more than ever! I really love them so much... and I haven't actually expressed how much I really care about them yet... Soon.

In between, I'm worrying about the upcoming Comic Fiesta (IN A FREAKING MONTH) and two costumes that I'll be working on. Then there's all the other things I wanted to do for TAS, and other personal projects that needs to be done.

So, all together, my backlogs are:
  1. Animangaki 2011 (TEEHEE)
  2. Lens Pictures/Cosplay updates
  3. G9 Theme Tuesday Final Updates (Halloween Day etc.)
  4. Last days in SAM
  5. Crazy SACE Finals preparations with TAS
  6. Crazy time with TAS :3 (World Food Day etc.)
  7. ANIME FESTIVAL ASIA 2011
  8. SAM Corroborree!
  9. Jules' Birthday!
...I don't think I'll ever finish lol. Summore everything is already there on Facebook... pretty much. lD

NO. I MUST BLOG. EETS DIFFERENT.

LET'S DO THIS. SOON.


Quote of the Day: "People can really change. When they're far away from each other, their hearts will change. It's so cruel that the only thing I can do is wait." - Mouri Ran, Detective Conan

Friday, November 11, 2011

Suzanne is Free! AND OFF TO AFA!

I've been spending tons of time with my TAS SAMies during the exam period. And finally...

SACE EXAMS ARE OVER!

Again, I'm at that stage where I'm unemployed and waiting for something new to start! :P But I haven't had much time to think about it, because...

I'M GOING TO SINGAPORE FOR
ANIME FESTIVAL ASIA 2011!

Zomg, first time planning out of state trip with friend. First time already then go overseas! C: I'm actually leaving off the bus within an hour! Zomg so excaited!

Owhsm cosplayers!
Doujin merchandises!
Maid and Butler Cafe!
Overseas cosplayers!
KANAME-SAMAAAA!
AND OMG JIN/BEHINDINFINITY AND TUXEDO TEAM!

SO EXCAITED. I'm gonna do my best to spam my camera! 8D

When I get back... I promise... I'll try to update everything... Plus AFA updates... C:


Quote of the Day: "Lang Zi says: On truth's path, the word "probability" does not exist." - Shi-Long Lang, Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

239410L

"The Elric's believed
and they got their bodies back
Gandhi believed
and he got his nation's freedom
I believed
and I waked up today at 4:30am without having blackouts
So everything is possible!!!!"

- Lyan Roberto de Cádiz


Yet again with a major examination! I just had to follow traditions and write this post...
Hello November! Hello 2 weeks more of college and hard work. Please be nice to me.

SACE exams have already started today with English, actually. And tomorrow comes my worst subject - Physics. Hence the quote at the front from my Omega brethren. :3 If I think I can, I can!

Suzanne Akan Menang!
*shot for lameness lD*

- something I snatched from Min -

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
FAN TOI AHHHH!

Quote of the Day: "This is my story. It'll go the way I want it...or I'll end it here!" - Tidus, Final Fantasy X
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