Friday, February 24, 2012

YDC - Dhamma Initiative (Day 1 & 2)

It was a camp with tons of firsts for me and everyone.
It was a camp that brought tons of changes and friends!

20th YDC - Dhamma Initiative
24 - 28 December 2011
Subang Jaya Buddhist Association
& Outbac Broga

I was still recovering from post-Comic Fiesta jives and I just ended my job too. Either way, I wouldn't miss YDC for a thing! (except Comic Fiesta :P) I'll try to do a quick run through of the camp. If I get through this, this would be the first time I'm actually blogging about the complete camp experience! |D
(I'll be splitting the post to Day 1-2 (SJBA) and Day 3-5 (Broga) )

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Cosplay Plans 2012 and beyond

It's been half a year since I updated my Cosplay Plans section on my blog. Unfortunately, as I'll be starting uni soon, and spending 2 years in India, 3 years in Penang, my cosplay will have to enter low gear, especially for the next two years, as I can only come back to Malaysia probably twice a year.

Still, one is still allowed to dream and hope right? xD

My cosplay meme with a list of past cosplays! February update.

Everything listed here are subject to change, as usual. |D

Cosplay Highly-Possibly's!

1. Korra [Avatar: Legend of Korra]

SHE IS SO EPIC. Korra's the new Avatar (not those blue stuff) after Aang! And she's the new title character for the next Avatar installment. Whose release date is not announced yet. But Korra just looks so badass for me to pass. She can waterbend, firebend and earthbend! If I do Korra, it'll be my first title character cosplay. :3 (still rather low profile though, ehehe...) Love love Avatar!

2. Claire [Harvest Moon]

Harvest Moon looove! Someone suggested me to do Claire for a group, so HELL YEAH. And I just started playing More Friends of Mineral Town and it's really fun and nostalgic! Hopefully can do this with the group!

3. Kay Faraday [Ace Attorney: Investigations]

I'll forever be an Ace Attorney fan, so I'm still kinda hoping to do Kay Faraday. Especially since I managed to gather an Ace Attorney group after converting some of the TAS people into playing Ace Attorney, ngahahaha! I have a Phoenix and Miles! So Kay would go absolutely well with Edgeworth. :P I'll sneeze in his cravat, wahahaha.

The Maybe's

4. Essi [X-Note]

I don't know. I just feel like it. I feel so tempted! |D This would be the most unknown cosplay though (and she looks rather normal too!). Essi is from Zeiva's Otome game, X-Note! Which I spazzed about here. Even if I did this, it'll probably be just a personal project, with a personal photoshoot, haha. MUST SHOW ZEIVA TOO teehee. We'll see... It'll be awesome if I had an Anon, Yuon or Oure. :3

5. Dawn/Hikari [Pokemon]

Celestia suggested me to do Dawn because I told her this year might not be a good time to start crossplaying (therefore cosplaying N). So I'm considering... |D

Old plans/Crossplay

I didn't want to start crossplaying yet, as it takes a bit effort to research on the make up and chest binders. I'll get to it soon... I guess... Here are the stuff I wanna crossplay though.

6. Kururugi Suzaku (Knight of Seven) [Code Geass]

Because Anthea still has her Anya costume. And Jules passed down her Knight of Seven costume to me! So it's a bigger motivation to do this. I just need time. .w. Must hide my womanly boobs, ass and hips!

7. N (Natural Harmonia Gropius) [Pokemon]

First of all, yes that's N's real name. And I think it's pretty weird. DD: Anyway I still wanna do N! He's sorta the enemy+rival in Pokemon Black/White, but at the same time he's not. CAP. And hawtness. :3

8. Hibiki Tokai [Vandread]

Hibiki's the one on the right, people. |D Melissa and I had a discussion during one of our swimming sessions, and was talking about how we hardly cosplay together, and was trying to decide which series to do together. We decided on this! Melissa will be doing Dita, and I'll be Hibiki! The only thing that's off with us is the height, haha. But platforms will fix it abit I guess. And camera angle. :P Vandread is such a classic... :3

9. Jack/Hero [Harvest Moon]

My love for Harvest Moon is pretty strong, so this is still rather possible. xD We'll see, we'll see...

10. Jack Russell [Radiata Stories]

I love Radiata Stories tons, but it's a really obscure game for the PS2. Would love to do this so much, but the costume is not that simple, and might not be recognizable. I'll have to put this on low priority, with the hopes that I can bring it to life.

11. Golden Sun

The problem with Golden Sun is the same as Radiata Stories. Lots of effort, and might not be recognizable! It's definitely still on my wishlist, and it'll be awesome having a group. I am thinking of either Isaac, Felix or Jenna. Mia's possible, just that the blue wig... wah!

Can't think of anything else at the moment... I need some group cosplay to sweep me into joining them. And for the series I love, I usually need someone to accompany me before I decide to do it. xD I'm pretty sure there are more cosplays I would love to do! Must. Think. Hard.

Anyway, this is all for now. Hehe. :P Will add more here when I think of them! Please do suggest stuff for me to cosplay if you'd like, heehee.

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

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Jill of All Trades

[thoughtful/rant post that may/may not make sense]

I am pursuing Dentistry.

"You're going to look at mouths all day!"
"Really? I thought you'd do something like law/arts/etc."
"Don't you like doing [insert hobby]? Shouldn't you be a [insert related occupation]?"

You don't say... I'm pretty sure I'm not expecting to be a dentist that's slamming tables at court.
Yes, I love cosplaying and talking and expressing myself, but I'm not good enough and I know myself well that I can't make that a career.

The real reason of why I'm pursuing Dentistry? I don't know where my life's passion lies. Or how do I make a career out of it.

Lately, I've come to see myself as a Jill of all trades - someone who's good in many things, but never the best.

My family says I'm academically the smartest among us 5.
But I perform just slightly above average - I'm not smart enough for straight A's or scholarships.

I love cosplay, won a few competitions, and I've been at it for years.
But I'm not pretty or renowned, my costumes are mediocre, and I'm definitely not as skillful or pro as some who started later than me.

I love writing. I'm comfortable expressing myself in words and I enjoy freeing my imagination and writing with symbolism.
But I shy in comparison to so many wonderful writers out there. I have a limited vocabulary and my figures of speech can't never be as beautiful. And I can't seem to completely pen down the stories in my mind, and no one gets the symbols in the stuff I write (either it's too deep, or it was completely unnecessary...)

I can play the piano, and I got my Grade 8 in 8 years.
But I'm definitely not good at it, despite the certificate.

I'm a natural leader, I can do sports, sing, dance, speak in public, and so many more.
But I'm just not very good at what I do. I'm just good. Mediocre. Okay.

In many personality/career test I do, I'm always the "artistic" one. I would love to make that a career, but it's not a very practical choice. I'm not saying it's bad or impossible, I don't think my capabilities or passion is great enough.

Case in point: my brother, Dennis. His passion is dance. He lives and dreams dance. Dance revolves around his life so much that it really is his career now. And he is great at what he does! And he is constantly bettering himself at it.
To do something you love so much as a job, that's what I would love to do. I'm so jealous of those who know what their passion is, those who know right in the beginning what they want to do for the rest of their lives. I wish I could be like my brother. Before the day my passion for any art becomes clear like my brother's, I cannot commit myself as a real artist in that field.

I've always been in the best/better class in school. I've always been doing Science subjects and just trying to get good results that I don't know what else there is. You could say I pressured myself into taking a professional course like Dentistry. It's the only Science field that I could see me doing, that I was interested in. If I go back to doing Science, it's Dentistry for me.

Putting it that way, I guess I can't blame people for asking me why I chose Dentistry. "That's not like you! You like to talk and be with people!" Instead of asking me questions and telling me what I am like, please tell me, what do you want me to do? What do you see me as? Mass comm, law, doctor, what is it?

No one can give me an answer.

The easiest reason to why I chose Dentistry was that I had braces and I was somewhat inspired by my dentist (true story). She seems happy with her job, she works normal hours, and she earns good money! So I thought I could make good money and use good money and time to support my other hobbies. Another reason is that I felt the need to fall back into Science and use my somewhat-academically-gifted brain (But I do enjoy Science! Just that Physics is so so confusing to me...).

Now as I write about it, maybe the reason of becoming a dentist was my way of staying out of the "Jill" bubble. Because I'm never spectacular at what I do, I can only prove to myself that my skills are worth something by winning competitions or snagging some sort of award/recognition. I needed to challenge myself with goals that are attainable. I'm always looking for greater heights to achieve. Becoming a dentist is now that greater height I'm climbing towards. For a person who is lost without a purpose, dentistry is right for me.

I must sound like a really silly and sad person after all I've written about. Many people have questioned my choice. But I've stuck to my decision and although my reasons are weak, I am serious about this. I know what I'm getting into, and I'm determined to become a dentist. I'm even hoping to specialize in orthodontics if the future allows. If I can't find my passion, I'll just have to work hard at something I like! I can't afford to hesitate now. I'll just have to dash to the summit without looking back!

Jill of all trades, master of none.
That's me. I can do anything. I'm okay with everything. I'm not particularly good in one thing. I have many hobbies that I love equally, but I can't find the one that rises above all. That's why I don't know what to do. That's why I don't know what should I pursue. That's how I came to my decision of Dentistry.

I may be a Jill, but I can still be successful.

Quote of the Day: "When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap." - Cynthia Heimel

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

FFXIII and RO Photoshoot!

I had the opportunity to have not one, but two photoshoots at the end of December. One on the day right after Comic Fiesta, and another one a day before New Year's Eve!

Final Fantasy XIII Photoshoot
19 December 2011
Lightning Farron by Celine
Serah Farron by Chia Mei
Snow Villiers by Alex
Oerba Yun Fang by Suzanne
Hope Estheim by Melissa
Photographers: Anthony Tan and Brian Lim

Ragnarok Online Photoshoot
30 December 2011
Soul Linker by Suzanne
High Priest by Anthea
Photography by A.R.C (Alex)

Celine was requested by a Singaporean photographer of hers to get our Final Fantasy XIII group for a photoshoot. Obviously, how can I resist the great opportunity! :D

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Comic Fiesta 2011!

I was procrastinating this post for awhile because when I think of Comic Fiesta, I feel so tired suddenly, because so much happened! |D

Anyway, let's start!

Comic Fiesta 2011 DAY 1

I only slept for 2 hours-ish, preparing my props and packing my luggage for the convention. I even had a backpack with my detached spear poking out! (it makes a really good chain jingling sound that gives an intimidating effect :3) Left home around 8am-ish to Anthea's, where I met up with Chia Mei and Chia Yuen there. I didn't have time to eat breakfast either! (dad bought home Wan Tan Mee, but no time to sit and eat |D) They were all prepping up, doing their make up and putting on their costumes. I couldn't do much as I didn't want to wear my sari so early, as it was going to take more time and effort figuring out. I made my fur pelts that morning itself with Anthea's leftover fur, haha. Around 9.30-ish, we got on the taxi and left for KLCC!

We got there around 10-ish, hopped off the taxi and headed off to the event! At first, it was pretty confusing. There were two halls - Hall 4, for ticketing (and later the "Cosplay photography" hall); and Hall 5, the event hall, stage, doujin booths, everything!

Champion Red welcomes you to Comic Fiesta 2011!

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