Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 in a Nutshell

2011
12 Months
365 Days
80 Blogposts

BEWARE. Big nutshell, long post ahead! Filled with pictures and videos and text. You have been warned. :D


Friday, December 30, 2011

Pre-Epic Post Note

I just came back from Youth Dhamma Camp 20 - The Dhamma Initiative, and it ROCKS! It was a brand new experience, so many new things I did in camp! Hopefully, for once, I'll fight procrastination and blog about my camp experience, because it was really epic and owhsm. Also, yesterday, one day right after coming back from YDC, when I haven't had time to rest yet (I haven't even rest well since Comic Fiesta!), I had a Ragnarok Online photoshoot with me as Soul Linker and Anthea as High Priest! Kyaaah~ I really had a busy November, and a super eventful December. It's kinda surreal, and unbelievable that 2011 is coming to an end.

In the meantime, I have to finish up my AFA 2011 post, and start on the Epic 2011 post! I've just finished scrolling through my Facebook Wall for the entire 2011, so I can start blogging about 2011 already! Maybe the AFA post will have to wait... lD

Here is the backlogged list again!:

  1. Anime Festival Asia 2011! (Day 2-3)
  2. SAM Corroboree
  3. Comic Fiesta 2011 Preparation
  4. Comic Fiesta 2011!
  5. X-Note
  6. 2012 Cosplay Plans
  7. The Epic 2011 in a Nutshell Post! (will tackle this first)
  8. Contact Lens updates and review!
  9. Rangarok Online Photoshoot!
  10. EDIT (I only just remembered this lD): TAS Hangouts in November (Sunway Pyramid, Nasi Lemak, BBQ, SDC Recognition...)

Tomorrow is New Year's Eve already! Probably going to Rayhan's house wheee. And a friend of mine has been looking to have a casual photoshoot of me, probably in early January. Gabagaba, eventful life is eventful. :3 So grateful for what I have now! On a sidenote, I'll have to work hard on getting into my university though. So much to settle and everything is still a blur... hopefully everything runs well so my mum can get a rest!

Shall be posting new content soon. :3


Quote of the Day: "When it comes to home and family, we never keep either as close as we should." - Oerba Dia Vanille, Final Fantasy XIII

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Anime Festival Asia 2011! Day 1!

Anime Festival Asia 2011 Reports:
AFA Day 1 [11.11.11]
AFA Day 2 [12.11.11]
AFA Day 3 and Home [13.11.11]

I decided to blog about Anime Festival Asia anyway, teehee. Since I don't have enough time to finish this before I go off to camp, this is going to be in several parts...

This year, I decided that I was going to AFA 2011 in Singapore! It was supposed to be a trip with Anthea, in the end plan fail because Anthea is in paddyland. In the end, it was a trip with the Anime Society! It was right after my SACE exams, next day meet with TAS and the next day, it was Day 1! Wee, Irfan, Nick, BK and I were headed down to Singapore on Friday (11.11.11) by different modes of transport.

Wee and I decided to take lots of V-logs on our journey too. I'll post them up if they are not too embarrassing, and if I have the time. So if you see Youtube videos embedded throughout this blogpost, feel free to listen to Wee and I talk crap. And fail angle. lD

So, on Friday, I was travelling with Wee. We left at 10.45am from Holiday Villa on bus, and Alex even came by to send us off!

AFA... Here we come!

My travelling partner! :D

Friday, December 23, 2011

Sidetrack

Mini update again before I embark on the crazy long posts... lD

My cosplay experience last week was EPIC. First, my crazy cosplay prep. Second, fun time at Comic Fiesta. Third, 4th group cosplay win. Fourth, photoshoooot!

Tomorrow's my last day at work. I've been enjoying myself in Taylor's so far. SS15 is such a convenient place to be in, and the people here are fun to be around. My colleagues are rather entertaining, talking crap and discussing about Dragonvale as if it's srzbiznez. I missed the Christmas dinner on Wednesday as I had to go for a Japanese BBQ buffet with my family. They played boardgames in Meeples too! :C Although today made it up as we went for Japanese food (again!) at Edo Ichi, paid by the department! :D Ai Jou treated me to Starbucks on Wednesday too because of my depressing SACE results. I wouldn't mind staying longer in Taylor's, but for now this is where I stop! I really thank them for taking care of me during this short 3 weeks. Ai Jou, Ms Ooi, Samantha, Elaine, Raymond, Vincent and Malcolm. Thanks for making my time enjoyable! :D

After work ends tomorrow, Saturday will be Youth Dhamma Camp 20! I'll be away for five days... And when I get back, I have a photoshoot with Anthea! And then it'll be the end of the year and I'm not too sure what I'll be doing.

Also, I've just received my SACE results on Wednesday. I logged on to the website with my mum beside me. When we saw the results, my mum had a shock, she almost thought those results weren't mine. Well... I had A, B+, B+, B-, B-. Sounds pretty bad I guess... for someone who has gotten As for UPSR, PMR and SPM. (the only B I had was Chinese!) I could tell she was rather disappointed, and I really don't know what went wrong either. I thought my internal marks were pretty good, and that I did rather well for my external paper too... However, I managed to get an ATAR of 91.35! Meaning I'm in the top 8.65% of the population taking SACE 2011! Still, it didn't seem to justify my grades, at least to myself and my mother, especially since the people in charge told us that to enter dentistry, I needed all As... I only had 1. Ugh.

I'm not sad. I'm not happy. I dunno what to feel, so I'm just disappointed... .w. Sigh, nothing we can do! I'll just have to wait for the Uni offer and see where I can go after that...

Recently, I've been playing Zeiva's Visual Novel, X-Note. I must say I enjoy it tons! The storyline is owhsm and touching! And I love the characters too. Cried a few times playing it, although the gameplay is so simple and short, but somehow I still get attached to the story. ;w; I'll write more about it next time.

So... here's my current backlogged list (I know I do this all the time, but it's the only way for me to keep track of what to blog about :P):

  1. Anime Festival Asia 2011!
  2. SAM Corroboree
  3. Comic Fiesta 2011 Preparation
  4. Comic Fiesta 2011!
  5. X-Note
  6. 2012 Cosplay Plans
  7. The Epic 2011 in a Nutshell Post!

That's about it I guess... I feel like blogging about Comic Fiesta 2011 first... since it's still fresh and all... lD Poor AFA! It's been more than a month already! ...It'll come soon. :P I'm gonna attempt to start blogging tomorrow, but no promises if you'll see any new interesting content here before I'm off during the weekend for my 5-day camp.


Quote of the Day: "People who want happy endings have to write their own." - Paine, Final Fantasy X-2

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Mini Update!

It's 4 more days till Comic Fiesta and I have so much undone! Almost 90% of my costume is not prepared, ahhhh! Every year as Comic Fiesta draws close, it always feels unbelievable! Hopefully everything will run smoothly! It's my 10th day working at Taylor's today, and it's been treating me well! I'm taking 3 days off just to complete my Comic Fiesta preparations, wahahaha. I spent the public holiday yesterday pretty well, prop-making till really late at night. I would be updating about what I've done here, except that Facebook is screwed up on the office network right now, grrr.

Meanwhile, here's my super packed schedule for the remainder of the year! ...And WOW the year is ending so soon already!
13-16 Dec: CHIONG COSPLAY! Fang costume and lance still undone! ;w;
17-18 Dec: COMIC FIESTA 2011! Fun tieeem!
19 Dec: Final Fantasy XIII Photoshoot!
20-23 Dec: Back to work. And prepping my Soul Linker costume.
24-28 Dec: YOUTH DHAMMA CAMP 20! (and Christmas!)
29 Dec: Ragnarok Online Photoshoot!
30 Dec: Free?
31 Dec: Cosplay New Year's Eve/Christmas Ball! LAST DAY OF 2011.

All that. And I still have lots of blogpost backlogs, not to mention when it's the end of December, I would be having loads of new content, plus my EPIC 2011 report! Meaning I have to scroll through my Facebook statuses again! Haha.
Backlog list!:
  1. Anime Festival Asia 2011!
  2. SAM Corroboree
  3. More TAS Hangouts - Post Exams (maybe!)
  4. ECLIPSE?
  5. Comic Fiesta 2011 Preparations
  6. Updated 2012 Cosplay Plans? :3
Oh wow... it doesn't look too bad at this moment. I'll work on it, probably next week at work too. Ngehehe. xD

And if some of you still don't know, I'm planning to pursue Dentistry locally. I have submitted my application for Penang International Dental College! If my SACE results (which will probably be released within the next 6 days or so) are okay, I'll probably get in! It's a twinning program to Salem, India for two years. The soonest I'll be leaving for my studies is in March/April, otherwise it will be September. And otherwise, it means I failed, and I'll have to pursue something else. lD If everything goes by plan, I won't be in Malaysia for 2 years. Meaning cosplay plans will be on hold ahhh! Meaning whatever I want to cosplay in 2012, I better start preparations after Comic Fiesta so that I'll fulfill my heart's desires before leaving.

Meaning I must not procrastinate! Less QQ, more pew pew! (Nicholas Tham 2011)


Yes this was a wall of text, I'm sorry. lD I'll blog more with interesting contents. Soon.

Just so that this post will look less boring, here's a Cosplay Meme I did on deviantART! (visit me there plox)


kthxbai


Quote of the Day: "I'm here to see how the story unfolds. Any self-respecting leading man would do the same." - Balthier, Final Fantasy XII

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Exam Week! ...and more TAS

Here is the blogpost that will tell you about the week before my SAM final exams, the final exams itself and TAS.

I thought that after SAM ends, and with our exams drawing closer, TAS would see less of each other. It seems that it wasn't the case...

22 October, Saturday, I headed back to college after dance practice as I had a meeting with the SAM Corroboree emcee. Was supposed to explain to him about Student Council stuff. While waiting for the meeting, I was in the cafeteria studying. Guess who was there? Wee! :D Besides the 2 hours I was away for the meeting, and walking around SS15 to look for egg tarts, I made quite some good progress studying my Physics, and I hung out with Wee and later, Jules joined in too! We would just sit at the table and sometimes, stay silent while we did our own things. Jules calls it the "silent company" though.

Some funny conversations that came up... (some what an in-joke too C:)
Wee: I like the egg tarts in Foh Foh. They're nice! And small.
Suzanne: Like how you like your girls? :B

And so after my meeting, I went to get egg tarts for Wee!
Suzanne: I got something for you! *gives egg tarts from Casamia*
Wee: I got something for you too. *gives egg tarts from Foh Foh*
*awkward moment* *LAUGH*

Random stuff, I know.

Over the next few days, the TAS SAMies were still hanging out together a lot! Me, Wee, Alex, Isaac and even Jules! We would either be in the Cafeteria, or the Study Lounge studying, me with my laptop for facebook music and past year papers. Later, we would start occupying empty classrooms all to ourselves with a projector. :P Sometimes it can get pretty distracting, and we would drown ourselves in jokes and laughter! But it's still a pretty good way to get some info drilled into our heads, and to release some stress, and to enjoy our exam period, ehehe. xD This is the first time I actually studied away from home. And I'm studying at college too, when I thought I'd be spending less time there after classes ended! In the end, for the next two weeks, I was there with the TAS SAMies almost everyday (including weekends), studying morning till night, lunch and dinner included. xD Aaaah those were the days. Good thing about studying in college, like at the cafeteria or study lounge, is that everyone is studying or doing something productive, so you kinda feel the pressure to do something too, instead of slacking. .w.

Tuesday, while I was studying alone, Irfan actually walked over from his house near Subang Avenue to the college cafeteria! He just sat at the table next to me and did his work while I studied. I truly understood the meaning of "silent company" now. xD I think later we met up with Jules and Alex.

Wednesday, Deepavali, the group went to Nick's Cafe again, without me. =( It's a little too much to spend the whole day out from home to go KL during the exams. In the end I slacked in my living hall, studying just a little. lD

Thursday, I kinda spared a bit of time to help Irfan on a little project of his. I guess I could say I had quite some fun playing with Volvo again! :3 That day, me, Wee, Irfan, Alex and Jules were at Classroom Cafe together. Jules had to go out constantly for her tuition classes though. Meanwhile...

Hung out with my high school gals too!

Anthea was back for the week, and the A Level girls were done with their trials, so we decided to meet up just to hang out! More like dessert-testing though, haha! We went to the new dessert shops in SS15. They were having buy 2 free 1 promotions so hey, why not! Went to Snova and Blackball, one after another, ngekngekngek.


Friday, TAS decided to go to Pizza Hut to taste out the cheezy pizza!

Walking to Pizza Hut!

The group! (sans Jules, who was taking the pictar)

Jules and I :3

We told a lot of cold jokes there, haha. Must be because Sue-sensei was there! She was spamming pepper on everyone's food too. She can get pretty spazzy sometimes! After lunch, a couple of us went to Classroom Cafe to play Time's Up! It's a really fun game of Taboo/Charades thingy! Lots of talk, actions and random madness! With all that crotch signals and stuff, waterfaq! Me and Jules pwned the game! We took lots of videos that day, but unfortunately, I won't be sharing them here, wahaha. :P

Plugging the game!

I can't quite remember what happened during the weekend, but the TAS SAMies continued our studying sessions! We were at the Quiet Study Zone because there was some event happening at the Cafeteria, so we had to relocate. Many times, I was studying alone, or Wee would be sitting at the same table, studying with me. Sometimes we are joined by Jules. Then Alex and Isaac joined the studying team. And occasionally, we had to entertain ourselves with random stuff.

Alex and the start of his drawing habits

More randomness

It was 31st! We shared a quart of Baskin Robbins! Green tea and chocolate trilogy! We played Cluedo too!

After all that guilty pleasure, back to stress!

LAPTOP :3 Oooh look at my owhsm laptop skin!

Exam started on 1 November, Tuesday! I was always in the Multi Purpose Hall, so it was easy for me. I was pretty satisfied with my performance for my English paper. The next day was Physics, and I really slaved like crazy to fit everything into my brains. I'm kinda evil to myself when it comes to exams. I wouldn't sleep, I would abuse Brand's chicken essence and coffee as usual to keep me awake and energized, I would just keep reading with my music blasting in my room. It was so so so horrible... In the end, my eyes failed me, I was so exhausted, and I couldn't recall a lot of things during my exams. Have I mentioned how I hated Physics? ;w;

A day before Maths test, somehow, we were discussing Pokemon. Isaac made me start reading Pokemon Adventures manga. Then I was saying how I could recite some parts of the Pokerap, and so I went on Youtube to search...


Such troll...

Anyhow, we sparked quite a passionate conversation about Pokemon! That weekend after Maths exams (which was pretty easy, and a confidence booster!), during one of our study sessions in the cafeteria, as I walked in...

Isaac: Suzanne! I downloaded FireRed and LeafGreen already, you want?
Suzanne: Crazy ah! Later lah. Exams still on okay!
Isaac: Alex started already.
Suzanne: Give me now.

In the end, me, Alex and Isaac started playing Pokemon, wahaha. We started some sort of TAS Pokemon Trio! Me and Isaac were playing FireRed, while Alex was on LeafGreen. I used Bulbasaur, Alex used Squirtle and Isaac used Charmander. xD

Anyways... back to exams...

Well, nothing special happened! I was pretty much a nervous wreck before every single exam. I would be worrying over trivial matters, getting worked up, talking crap, bugging people with questions and revisions... when I think about it, I guess I could get pretty annoying at times... I can't help it! ;w; I'm such a last minute person though, grrr. Anyway, Chemistry and Biology went on fine. (I think I should procrastinate less, even for my cosplay I put myself in a bad position! Then again I always tell myself this but it fails...)

THEN I FINISHED SACE EXAMS, WOOHOO! I officially finished SAM!

After that, everyone pretty much went for their own little celebration. I think I was left alone in Classroom Cafe, but honestly, I can't really remember what I did. :P

So that's SACE exams! And random stuff in between! I'm blogging so much lately and clearing off my backlogs, feeling somewhat productive. lD Next on the list... it's either something personal, or it'll be about Anime Festival Asia! :D


Quote of the Day: "Even if you take apart the chain of memories in my heart, the links will stay there. This memory will always be inside me somewhere." - Sora, Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories

Friday, December 09, 2011

Last Days in Taylor's (October Update!)

This is going to be a random dump of randomness and photos from what I've been doing in October (and maybe November) before my SACE finals.

Here's the (hopefully) concise update!

What to expect in the post! :
Mostly about the Last Day in Taylor's - Camwhoring with teachers and friends, and TAS!
TAS Meetings (Karaoke, Dancing, Treasure Hunt)
World Food Day
Szeto's Birthday
...and other stuff in between
Also, this blogpost will be IMAGE HEAVY!

On my way to the last day of college!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Final G9 Theme Tuesdays

It's been awhile since my last Theme Tuesday. This will be the last update on it! During the last two months, Theme Tuesdays was slowly decelerating to a break because of Trials and the Finals coming up. We weren't as crazy and spazzy (we even had a sort-of failure!) but in the end, we finished Theme Tuesday with a bang!

The things you can do with shades... :P

Beware the creatures of the night!

Monday, December 05, 2011

See You on the Other Side

So December is finally here. The time has come for Jules to leave Malaysia. Ever since the day she dropped the bomb and told us that she would be flying back from Penang and wait in KLIA before leaving on the flight to Korea that transits to USA, immediately, I believe, me and half of TAS thought, "We're definitely going to send her off." Again, just like her birthday, she hinted at it 982432105 times. From long ago, a couple of us had already intended to make a trip to KLIA.

And so we did.

Whut? Jumpbreak is back?


Sunday, December 04, 2011

Lens Updates!

I came home from Karaoke with my juniors, and I was bored with nothing to do. So I started taking out all my lenses and playing with them. xD

Since I took the effort to start blogging, plus I was planning since months ago to write about my lenses, I'll post about my lenses and some other lens comparison shots then! (Yay one more off the backlogged list!)

The Dolly Eye Sugar Candy - Blue
RM20

Bought these from someone on Comic Fiesta forums, along with a bunch of TAS people. We got them in August, right before Cosplay Cafe. Decided to try them on for my Sice cosplay as I thought my Old Adult Blues were failing.
(I didn't take solo shots of them in the case...)

A close-up!

With and without. Enlargement is crazy. o_o

I dub these my yandere lenses! Somehow when I wear these, they look like black enlarging lenses

One with the colours a little more obvious (woohoo! sunlight!)

I'm a little disappointed with how this Sugar Candy lens look on my eyes. Firstly, the design blends better with the eyes, unlike the solid design of EOS Sugar Candy that Anthea had. Already my eyes are a darker shade of brown, compared to Anthea, so the colours of this Sugar Candy don't show that well on my eyes. I guess they would make good, natural-ish enlarging lenses. Enlargement from this is waaay awesome! And scary sometimes! They make me look yandere. xD But as I'm looking for cosplay lenses with colours that would pop, these lens on my eyes doesn't fit what I was looking for... =( Otherwise, these are just like all Sugar Candy lenses, thick black outer ring and crazy enlarging effect!

EOS G202 Candy Series (Barbie King Size) - Blue
RM24
nurin lens

Sugar Candy Blue on left, Candy/Barbie King Blue on right

I actually forgot to take more shots of this, ehehe...

Gosh this took waaaaay long to arrive. Ordered these from nurin in late August. We only got them during our exams, which was the start of November. WATERFAQ! This will be my last time ordering from her, rawr.

I first wore this at AFA 2011. They were meant to be my new Hannah/blue cosplay lenses as my Old Adult Blues were reaching the end of their time. Unfortunately, these were not a "popping blue" that I wanted them to be for cosplay, again... The designs are not too bad though! The colour shows better than Sugar Candy, but of course Sugar Candy pwns in enlargement. At least the blue tone for this is not as "fake" as Dolly lenses. But probably Dolly and Blytheye are still the better ones if you need popping colours for cosplay...

Now that I think about it, I have no idea why I have so many blue lenses, haha. lD

i.Fairy Hanabi - Red 
RM28

In the bottle! :3

The owhsmness!

Camwhored with it teehee

Random comparison shot of Sugar Candy Blue and Hanabi Red!
Kinda reminds me of Mukuro... lD


Hanabi is OWHSM. I guess the extra money you pay for it is worth it! They are a tad more comfortable than the other lenses. The colour blends pretty nicely with my eyes, but it's still a nice shade of red. The brown ones look rather natural too, from what I saw on my friend. My first red lens! My first i.Fairy! I think they are a pretty good buy. xD Oh, enlargement is not as obvious as Sugar Candy, because the black circle is not that thick, and there is more colour too it (rather than just looking black). But Hanabi is actually really big!

Now here are some random lens camwhore shots and comparison pictars!

Blytheye/Adult Grey vs. Brown

Dolly Brown vs. Blytheye/Adult Brown

Old Adult Blue vs. New Adult/Blytheye Brown

Old Adult Blue vs. Candy/Barbie King Blue

My current lenses! Notice how no two lens cases are the same... lD

My retired lenses! The defective New Adult Grey and expired Dolly Brown

My new lenses! Haven't opened them yet, mostly because I want to keep them longer, and because I have no new lens cases. lD
Puffy 3 Tones Green, Dreamy.i Brown, Blytheye Grey, A3/Bambi Grey

Gosh... I'm so addicted to lenses. xD Anyway, hurray that I managed to finish this post and update! o_o


Quote of the Day: "We'd realized along the way that choice was the only thing we had left. Maybe we'd fall short. Maybe we'd never even come close. But someone, someday, would know we'd tried." - Oerba Dia Vanille, Final Fantasy XIII
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