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.


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