Monday, August 19, 2013

Where has Suzanne been?

Suzanne, why you no update?

As usual, I apologize for the lack of updates. Reason being, with so many social networks, I find less and less time and reasons to update my blog. =( I'm not even updating my Facebook much any more! (but I'm still always on it) I'm usually just posting pictures and updates on FB via Instagram. Or personal fangirling and ranting on Twitter. And I mostly lurk on Tumblr these days, which I've just started an account on it in late May! (visit my Tumblr if you want to see my spazz about Beast)

Just thought of giving some updates about what I'm doing. I'm actually really slacked off for year 2. Even for my recent exams, I've put in so little effort into studying (bless my last-minute-studying skills). I'm probably the chillest student in PIDC. Who turns on her laptop the minute she wakes up, the minute she's back for lunch, and the minute she's off from class. It's like I don't feel safe if the laptop's not on. :P Then I'd stuff my face on the internet, lurking on Tumblr for Beast goodies, watching YouTube videos, watching anime/drama, and generally wasting time. Like what I'm doing now. |D

What brought me back to my blog is because a classmate of mine mentioned to me that his mum found a blog describing PIDC really well (hi aunty!). Turns out it was gula-melaka. :P When I checked my blog again I found that I had two comments, a month and 2 months old from prospective students. I've had a few people who approached me on Facebook after finding my blog because they wanted to know more about the uni. Being the nice person I am friendly, I would always try my best to help others out, and by blogging about PIDC. I'm glad people found my blog useful. I hope people would be educated before making their uni choice, because there's too little information about us out there. With a busy schedule, 15 batches to date, and approx. 40 students per batch, who's so free to write these stuff? Heck, who even blogs these days? (oh wait...)

Yeah, I'm just going to leave a note to prospective students: I will do my best to write more on PIDC here. If you need more information, don't hesitate to look for me on Facebook. (I should be really easy to find, my information is all public on the internet, haha) But please add a note and send me message when you add me! I won't approve unless I know you personally or we're affiliated somehow and I need benefits from you. I'll do my best to answer your doubts.

Thanks for reading! :D

Quote of the Day: "It's okay to protect what you love. It's okay to cry and express your feelings" - Yong Junhyung

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Lens Update Again

Yupe. I'm on a roll now, so I'll start by updating my lenses from 2012/2013. I've been cosplaying less since I entered uni, so naturally, I'd have less lenses to review.

I forgot to take pictures of the lenses in their bottles, hehe. ^^" The following pictures are either raws or minimally edited for lighting, or just to cover up flaws of my skin, hehe.

EOS Sugar Candy - Pink

My first pink lenses! I bought this from nurin lens. If it's not because EOS dealers were hard to find, I wouldn't have ordered from her. Her prices aren't that good, and her batches are pre-order wayyyy slow, and always delayed. These were meant for my Ayase (Guilty Crown) cosplay, but they arrived 1 day late, so I wore my EOS A3 Grey lenses to Comic Fiesta instead. .__.

Comparison shot! Sorry if my falsies freak you out abit |D

I love Sugar Candy for its enlargement. But of course, for casual wear, the outer rim is too thick, and the colour is is a solid ring without any blending patterns. But it's a good thing for cosplay, since a lot of characters are drawn with eyes that resembles Sugar Candy lenses. The colours are quite noticable, but it's main selling point is its enlarging/moefying feature. It give an illusion of really huge pupils! Which is also why I insist on getting EOS Sugar Candy lenses instead of others.

EOS Sugar Candy (Outdoor natural lighting)

If you look closely, EOS Sugar Candy lenses are different because the colour just fades into your natural eye colour without too much patterns. I like how it blends in too, kinda like jelly! Other brands of Sugar Candy  has a sunray pattern, which sacrifices some colour, and doesn't look as natural and doesn't blend well, I feel.

Luxury Babe 03 - Blue

Bought from Mochi Mochi, who's pretty fast! I chose these for my Korra cosplay, mainly. I needed a blue that was of a lighter tone. Most blue lenses were dark blue like the ones above.

Indoor natural lighting

These lenses were definitely of a light tone, but unfortunately this blue wasn't saturated/obvious enough. They looked really grey in most lighting, or just slightly blue. Despite having blending patterns, it's almost unnoticeable. You only can see some thin lines if you zoom in. So, the lens looks really solid without much blending, which fits some characters (like Korra!) but it can look a bit freaky if you stare straight on at the camera. Kinda like how Dolly eye lenses do.

Indoor natural lighting

(Right eye) EOS Dolly Eye Brown

In fact, now that I think about it, these lenses are exactly like Dolly eye lenses, except that the pupil hole is larger, appear to have a larger diameter, and the black patterns are almost non-existent. Yeah... my only disappointment would be the low saturation of blue.

The Dolly Eye Dreamy.i  - Brown

Bought as my casual/neutral lenses, which I used for Mia Fey! I forgot to take more pictures of these, so the ones here are a little blurry, sorry!

In the bottle, upper right vial!

Outdoor Natural lighting

Close up, room lights

Most brown lenses always has too much of a yellow/golden hue. These lean more towards a chocolate tone, which is more natural! The enlargement isn't that big, and the pattern is quite simple. Just a blending radial pattern for both the outer rim and colour ring. Blends well with Asian eyes! Definitely fit for casual wear. My only problem with this is... I can't differentiate which is the right or wrong side, haha. |D

That's all. Thanks for reading! :D

Quote of the Day: "You really should come with a supply of cheese to match your vintage whine." - Miles Edgeworth, Ace Attorney

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

PIDC-ians Guide to India

PIDC Batch 13!

This isn't really a full guide, more like a few notes. I've planned to write about India in more detail so newcomers would be more prepared. But I kinda have a feeling I won't be completing this post, so I'll just post up whatever I had scribbled about for now, heehee.

I hope you'll find some use of it! (if you even found my blog at all)

(this will mostly make sense to those who are currently in the Salem campus)

- Rain is sparse. If it rains once in a month, that's a lot for Salem. Unless it's the rainy season, around September - October

- India, especially Tamil Nadu, gets blackouts frequently.
- During the blackout, the hostel, hospital and even shops in town will use generators to supply electricity. It usually takes about 1-5 minutes to turn on the generator, which is noted by a loud machine noise.
- If blackout occcurs in the afternoon, high chance is they won't be wasting diesel for you. Unless many people yells for the generator to be turned on ("AKA! GENERATOR!") or it's lunch time
- Public wifi, especially the ones in Penang Block, will be down. (personal wifi is still usable)
- Aircond is usually off in Penang Block, and is requested to be turned off at the Senior Hostel
- If electricity is cut for a few seconds before coming back on, this means they have turned off the generator and returned to normal current.
- Current fluctuates a lot here, so if you care for your electronic gadgets, please unplug them during the blackout, or buy a voltage regulator.

- Paper rupees often have scribbles on them. Don't be alarmed, they are usable. (Rs1000, Rs500, Rs100, Rs50, Rs20, Rs10, Rs5)
- Coin rupees are confusing with different sizes for each value. I can't help you with that. (Rs10, Rs5, Rs2, Rs1)
- Rates range from RM1 for Rs15-17.
- My personal estimation formula: Rupees x 6 / 100 = Ringgit (Rs100 = RM6)

- New students will set up a Punjab National Bank account upon arrival, which 90% of the students don't use, and leave empty - We usually use Western Union. Parents set up an account in Malaysia, deposit Ringgit into it under your name and passport number. You will be given a code, which is given to the Western Union guy here in India, who will come to the hostel to deliver you the money - Please ask seniors for the agent's name (Prabu), who is also our money exchanger

- New students will each get an Airtel SIMcard.
- There are many other telco out there, which I can't help you with because I only use Airtel
- You can SMS Pandian (ask for number) for any sort of top up, and he will come to the hostel around 9pm to collect the money
- Data plan is Rs98, 1gb, 21 days.
- For talktime reload, I suggest asking for "full talktime". The amount is different everyday, but what it does is you pay Rs100, you get Rs100 worth of talktime. Usually this is taxable. Credit expires 20-40 years later, by then none of us would be in India any more.

Hostel General
- Two hostels: Senior Hostel for the boys, Penang Block for the girls
- Two to a room
- Room cleaning everyday (provided the aka doesn't slack off)
- Electric and water bill is collected every month, about RS600 per person
- If you have room complaints, make a constant effort in reminding the warden, she delays work, a lot. As your last resort, get your parents to call her. They are scared of parents.
- Public fridges available. However, beware of thieves. You may want to purchase your own fridge, share it with your friends, and chain it securely.

Penang Block
- a.k.a New Malaysian Hostel a.k.a Ladies' Hostel
- Boys, NO ENTRY
- Two wifi ports: PENANGBLOCK downstairs, and PIDC LINK upstairs.
- Depending on the location of your room (like room 106!), you can tap into this wifi comfortably from your study table. Otherwise, best spots are the lobby.
- Gym with treadmills, elliptical machines, weight machine, almost-full-lenth-mirrors. Not well-maintained though. Bring your own extension cords and magnet for the treadmills!
- Pantry with public fridges, microwave oven, oven, hot plates.
- Curfew is 9.30pm. After which the aka will make rounds to take attendence. Answer with "TWO!" (even if your roommate is not in) if you and your roommate are present
 - File your room complaints, be it your tap, burnt out light, aircond etc. in the respective complaint logs found in the reception desk.

Senior Hostel (can't give much pointers since I'm not familiar there)
- a.k.a Old Malaysian Hostel a.k.a Boys' Hostel
- 9 blocks. Each block has slightly different room layouts and furniture
- Volleyball court, ping pong table and badminton net

Wow, that's really little. xD

Quote of the Day: "It takes a ton of pressure to make a diamond." - Godot, Ace Attorney

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Second Year in Uni! (fangirling inside)

I’m in Year 2 Dentistry!

This is old news though. It’s been 2 months since my finals, over a month since I’ve gotten my results, and 3 weeks since I’ve gotten back to India. I’ve sailed through Year 1 without much obstacles, and achieved slightly above average results, as usual. I’m completely honest about being a just a “Jill of all Trades, Master of None”. xD I managed to get a distinction for Anatomy (my more favoured, strong subject), but that’s nothing next to the others in my class who were hard working and achieved better than me, especially in the Theory papers, because I suck in those. To make matters worst, when I called my mum to deliver the good news, she said “hah? 1 distinction only? Why not more?” Haha… family expectations. |D (my eldest brother had the same reaction)

On a brighter note, we were the first batch in not just PIDC history, but Vinayaka Missions University history with a record breaking 100% pass rate for all subjects! No one failed anything. No one had to retake any subjects. No one had to drop batch. It was great. ^^ Except for the fact that we’re getting two new classmates from the previous batch, and one of them is uhh… not someone you want to be too friendly with…

It's been 3 weeks since I started class. Due to VMU vacations, we had to join our seniors for Microbiology and Pathology theory classes. Imagine our lost faces for the first few classes. I'm fortunate and grateful I have a good command of English, and hence a better understanding of the classes and words used by the lecturer. Most of my friends don't even know what a "chisel" or "stylus" is! o_o

Despite the new year resolutions I've set at the start of this year, my new goal is just to sail through year 2 with minimal effort and stress. I don't really want to bother about overachieving in my academics anymore. I just want to pass, that's all. :P

On a side note, it's Malaysia General Elections 13 today! (I wrote this on Sunday hurhur) More and more youths are getting politically aware, and everyone's getting frustrated with the current government. I can't tell if changing the government would make matters better, but it's hope. And it's definitely better than allowing those in power now to think that they can get away with their dirty tricks. I've just turned 20 last month! So according to Malaysian laws, I can't vote yet (voting age in Malaysia is 21). Personally, I'm not interested in politics, but I do agree that it is time to change. I'm not too sure what's the latest news, but apparently Ubah is going to fail, thanks to our beloved government's amazing tricks. I wonder where they find the guts to do such things when the generation now is much more knowledgeable and informed and they find the need to publicize and take action on social media regarding such behavior. Oh well, life sucks...

Anyhow, it's been a very relaxing 3 weeks for me. There's no class tests to study for, just some homework here and there. Attend class, come home an hour earlier, internet, anime, drama, gaming, kpop, dance, basketball... that's pretty much my life now.

While I’m at it, I’ll be updating on what I’ve been up to since I came back to India. Mostly on my interests and fandoms, hehe. A fangirl needs her platform to spazz. :P I’ll write on how my holidays in Malaysia went, some other time.


Friday, March 01, 2013

P12120 - 59562

It's that time again. I've never studied so hard, so consistently in my life before Dentistry came into the picture. I take pride in my last-minute-studying skills. Yet this time, for once, I couldn't summon that power. Instead I've been studying at a slow, carefree speed, yet in my mind I'm yelling at myself, wondering why my Limit Break was not activated. I can only hope that this is a sign that my consistent studies are outweighing my need for no-sleep-cramming-all-day. But whatever it is, I don't feel comfortable not entering what I call my "study zone". And honestly, it's breaking me, because I know that this is not my usual standards.

About 11 hours till my Anatomy exams, my first paper. All I can do now is to give it my all.

Let's go, Batch 13! Let's go, Vikings!

Quote of the Day: "Who cares about answers? There aren’t any to begin with. All that matters is whether you tried until you were content." - Honey and Clover

Friday, February 08, 2013

Cosplay Plan 2013

I'm on a roll now, so I'm going to update my Cosplay Plans, since I feel like it, wheee! :D

I went back and look at my 2012 Cosplay Plans I wrote last February. It's kinda funny that I didn't cosplay any of the characters listed there. I only had one new cosplay last year, which was Shinomiya Ayase, which I only decided to cosplay after watching Guilty Crown almost half a year ago, knowing that my friends had already planned a group for it.

Anyways, I have more definite plans for this year. And I hope to cosplay them all, plus photoshoot my new and old costumes!

Confirmed Plans

1. Shimada Minami [Baka to Test to Shoukanju]

I don't usually do anime cosplays, but since this is with TAS, I'll be glad to! :D Plus it's a uniform cosplay, so that's funnnn. On top of that, Irfan came back from Japan with Minami's summoned beast hand puppet for me, since I mentioned that I might consider cosplaying her. Well, I guess I can't say no now. |D I like her character the most! The funny thing is, when my friends asked me which character I was considering, I said Minami, and first thing they did was laugh... because well... she's flat. =w= What, busty girls can't cosplay flat girls is it. So I'm probably going to chest bind for this one, haha.

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

It's been a long time since I planned to cosplay this with Anthea, who'll be cosplaying Anya. It's time to put it into action! I've got Jules' Knight of Seven costume with me. Got the boots. Got the wig. I just need a binder. C:

3. N (Natural Harmonia Gropius) [Pokemon Black/White]

I like being true to the series, and names and all, but I'm -not- going to go by N's real name, lol. Anyhow, this was a plan since 2011 as well! I have the wig, cap and a Snivy already, but Anthea (cosplaying Touko/White), can't make it for Comic Fiesta 2012, so it didn't debut. =( It shall see the light this year!

4. Korra [Avatar: Legend of Korra]

This has been the plan since last year, I just didn't have the time to execute it! Plus mum says my arms are too big for her. :C And Korra has a nice figure. But I have a nice figure too! Just that I have a tummy. orz Anyhow, since Book 2 of Legend of Korra will be coming out soon in April (according to rumours), I would love to cosplay Korra's new look! Actually, there's not much changes from her old outfit, haha. But this is fresher, so let's do eet!

Highly Possible Plans

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

Surprise surprise. I need to break away from "nice girl" cosplays. I'm always just smiley and nice, I need to be more BADASS. I really like Franziska's traits. AND DAT WHIP. And she takes no shit from anyone. On top of that, I really want to challenge myself and work this character, although my skin tone is on the dark side. Plus, Irfan totally disapproves this, because he said I'm not suited for short haired characters. OBJECTION! I shall prove him wrong! Besides, I don't need his approval anyway. D:

6. Creator [Ragnarok Online]

I'm forever a Ragnarok Online fan. Creator is another job and design that I love a lot. I want to show my RO love again by cosplaying another job! :D This time transcendent huahuahua. Hopefully I get to make a badass axe, a cart, and a homunculus! No, I'm not going to be so exposed as the official art. Looks odd... .w. And I'm probably going for a pleated skirt, like how it appears to be on the in-game sprite. Seems cuter that way. C:

Keep in View (KIV)

7. Harvest Moon

I was supposed to be in a Harvest Moon group last year, but I couldn't make it for the photoshoot last month... It was a HUGE Harvest Moon photoshoot, and I was so jelly! ;w; I was supposed to do Claire, or Popuri. Sigh... But that's not stopping me from spreading the Harvest Moon love. I'll definitely want to cosplay one of the farmers in the future. Just haven't decided which, and when.

8. Hibiki Tokai [Vandread]

I'm not too sure if I'll be able to cosplay this, since I think Melissa won't be able to join me for Vandread. =( It'll be really nice to show people that Vandread is still loved! I'm sure cosplaying Hibiki will get quite some attention, heehee. VANDREAD YO.

That's it for now. Don't want to commit too many, but don't deliver, haha. All the characters I've listed previously in my other Cosplay Plan posts still apply. They're all still in my mind! Well, I'm still in India so chances of cosplaying is still really low. But I realized that this is still a hobby I love a lot, so I won't be letting go!

On a side note, I'll be home on 15 March. Meaning I'll be free to attend Animax Carnival on 16-17 March, yay! And I'll be having an Ace Attorney Photoshoot on 31 March. Double yay! And hopefully another Final Fantasy XIII Photoshoot. Triple yay!

Cheers to the new cosplay year!

Quote of the Day: "Everyone gets lonely at times and wants to go to your place, but I wonder who holds you when you have hard times." - Honey and Clover

Saturday, January 05, 2013

Hope for the New Year

First blogpost of 2013!

Happy New Year!

First of all, I didn't manage to finish the 2012 report in time, haha. Probably will... take awhile. |D On the other hand, it's already 2013! And it's already the weekend. And today will be my last night in Malaysia for my Christmas holidays. Damn.

Going to have a quick review of 2012 and my thoughts on the new year. I had a great Christmas holidays! A really packed week of cosplay and Christmas parties, and I had the chance to meet up with my friends, and that is always great to have.

Honestly, I felt 2012 was a great year of change and maturation for me. Especially since I've spent more than 8 months away from home, in a foreign land. The transition to university was a big leap. India is definitely not a star choice for overseas studies. But the whole experience was really humbling, and taught me so many living skills. I learn how to be more independent, more bold (when it comes to bargaining for stuff or fighting for your rights), more tough, more hardworking, more opinionated... Best of all, I think I've gain a whole load of confidence. Mostly from having a more active lifestyle, and being fitter. I really learn to love myself more, and I'm starting to love shopping too! All those clothes and shoes and cosmetics and accessories OMNOMNOM. :3

I had gained so many friends from PIDC too, and I really value these friendship! At the same time I'm able to maintain the bonds I have with my friends back in Malaysia.

Since I had a great year of change in 2012, my hope for 2013 is a year of achievement. Age beautifully into my early adulthood, counting down the last four months of my teen years. I want to become that person I've always admired. Whatever character it may be, as long as I believe and work hard, I can achieve it. I want to set my mind to certain goals, and see through them.

The best way to set goals is to list them down! So, for the first time of my life, I thought thoroughly through my New Years Resolutions for 2013. And I am determined to realize these goals.

1. Health and Image
- Maintain my active lifestyle, eat healthy, become fitter, dress better and feel more confident!

2. Studies
- Most importantly, pass my first year. Hopefully get a distinction in, maybe Anatomy and Oral Biology.
- Less last minute studying! Prepare more notes ahead in time! Revise the classes on the day itself!

3. Sports
- Improve myself physically, and up my skills so that I can be an asset in PIDC Cup 2013! Especially in volleyball, frisbee, basketball. I want to make the main team!
- Learn how to smash in volleyball!
- Up my stamina for field events: 800m, 400m...
- Batch 13 for PIDC Cup 2013 champion :D

4. Cosplay
- More costumes, more photoshoots
- Sell and let go of my old costumes (finally)
- Win the Comic Fiesta Group Cosplay Competition again

5. Others
- Blog more, type more. Do things that I enjoy, more (does not involve web surfing and anime)

Those are the main things on my mind. By tomorrow, I'll be back in India, with my main focus back on studies. As much as I hate to get out of holiday mode, I have to move on. ;__;

To everyone, I wish you the best of 2013! :D

Quote of the Day: "Without music, life would be a mistake." - Friedrich Nietzsche
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