November 22, 2016

Death Note L Photoshoot

A while ago I did an impromptu Sonico photoshoot with my friend and yesterday we did another shoot for L from Death Note. I only watched the Death Note movies but they are some of my favourite Japanese movies. Kenichi Matsuyama was so perfect as L, and I especially love L: Change the World, in fact I wanted to grasp the mood for the shoot I actually went and rewatch the movie the night before this shoot. :D

Since submissions are over, my college was pretty empty so we shot in one of the computer rooms haha! I contemplated if I should get any extra lighting at first, but the monitor screens were nice enough to capture the mood we were going for. It's also my first time doing a proper cosplay photoshoot so naturally I was really excited about it since I don't have much coser friends around me whom I can do a photoshoot with. I'm really awkward at events and getting to know new people (unless we have lots of common topics or people approach me first) so I haven't been very familiar with the cosplay community here in Singapore.

I've been doing a lot of photoshoots for school projects and personal ones lately, so I can feel that I'm slowly improving. At the same time, I feel like I have a lot more to learn in photography but sometimes I can't quite figure out what is lacking? I really hope to receive lots of constructive feedbacks on my work more than just 'likes' lol

Anyways, enough of me blabbing and enjoy the photos! ;)

CN: Fuwafuwa Yoi
November 20, 2016

My Last Halloween in College

My birthday's on Halloween as some of you might know, and I never really dressed up for Halloween until I entered college. It's my last year in college so I don't know if I'll ever dress up again for the occasion ^^; This year was especially fun since Halloween was on Monday and all my close friends had classes which meant everyone was there to surprise and have a mini celebration with me.

It's actually my 21st birthday and usually over here it's celebrated grandly since you're finally legal but I really hate huge parties or socializing so I told my parents to buy me a ticket to Japan instead of throwing a huge party. Yes, I'm going to Tokyo next month! :D

For Halloween this year I cosplayed as one of my favourite characters, Umaru from Himouto! Umaru-chan. I love her so so much and can really relate to her otaku and hikkikomori personality, hehe~ I actually made another costume for Halloween this year but since I rushed it it didn't look as good so probably I'll get that fixed and blog about it sometime later. Hint: It's from a video game ^^

Early morning getting into costume with my friend Misato doing her makeup in the background hahaha~ It's been a long while since I've cosplayed so I hope I look good cosplaying as Umaru haha ^^; I hadn't put on so much false eyelashes in a while and it takes me back to the days where I used to follow so much Gyaru style. I'm still learning to style wigs so if you have any tips where I can improve on please leave me a comment.

By the way I kept using the hamster filter on Snow because it's for Umaru!!!

See how a cute filter instantly turns my scar-faced friend into a cute hamster :3

Whee~~~! Surprise surprise~! To be honest I sort of expected the surprise coming.... like it's common right on anyone's birthday? I was just happy that my friends were there and they went to get my favourite cake which is like few stops away from school. It's the fresh cream cake from the bakery that I mentioned in previous post.

Brought a pack of potato chips to school as a prop for Umaru. I tried to get coke from the 7 eleven near school but they were sold out of bottled coke (How can that happen??!) (T_T) My other friend here dressed up as a delivery person from DHL hahaha!

It's a gif here but my friend was saying that I need to finish the entire cake like my character but in the end I only ate 2 slices because it was so filling... still, thank you so much for getting me a cake! :D

It's my last year in college and we'll all be graduating soon so this year I've been trying my best to contribute or celebrate each of my close friend's birthdays. I'm happy that they did that for me too ^^ On a side note, submissions are finally over which is why I am now able to update my blog. Lately I've just been working on completing my Star Guardian Lux costume, gaming and preparing for my holiday. Oh and I'm doing a cosplay photoshoot tomorrow and also I'm really excited about AFA Singapore which is happening next weekend!
October 19, 2016

Life Lately #04

Hello again! It's been a while since I've blogged and sad to say it has been all the way at the back of my mind since lately I've been really caught up with school work that I barely get much rest. :'( But many exciting things happened since last month which I'll be sharing some here, and others in each separate posts to come.

A short update from my previous post on the Star Guardian Lux costume, the new Star Guardian skins are out and they are so cute! (But I still love Lux the best) I'm done sewing the top already, all I'm left with are the ribbon bows, accessories and the staff. Can't wait to get it done soon since it's been taking forever to finish!

I had a short term break last month and went home for about 5 days and it was so great to take a break from the problems in school and to hug my fat cats lol. It's my final year in college now and everything has been so stressful, not the workload but the people. I really hate dealing with people problems so I always try my best to shun away from them but sometimes you still have to deal with them especially when they are your group members. I just keep telling myself that I have to make things work somehow and focus on enjoying the creative process which is what motivates me better.

On the right it's something I did for a class assignment where we have to arrange items into alphabets so I used most of my cute accessories to form my initial. I didn't score that well for this but I enjoy looking at the colours so I'm happy that at least I'm satisfied lol.

Recently my friend who was my lecturer introduced me this awesome Japanese bakery shop called Châteraisé at Chinatown Point which sells delicious and cute cakes at a decent price. I've been obsessed with it since and have gone back to the shop for 4 times within 2 weeks. My favourite is their best-selling Fresh Cream Cake which tastes heavenly but every time I visit the shop I tell myself to try something new. Aside from cakes, they also sell macarons, chocolate, cookies, ice cream and even pudding.

All projects this semester are group projects and undoubtedly many problems occured along the way..... which resulted me failing halfway through one of them. It's my first time failing any projects and I already expected the fail so it didn't hit me too hard when I received the result. I already had a plan B in mind by then so I just laughed it off, discussed with my group members on how we should scrap the previous idea off and start afresh. This time I took on the role of art director as well as photographer hoping I can help my friends to make sure that the final outcome will look good. ^^

Here's us doing location scouting for the second idea~ The place is at Golden Mile Complex which we didn't end up using for our concept although it was a nice place for photos.

To be honest this semester I learned a lot on never giving up and to sometimes be stubborn on your ideas because things might turn out unexpectedly positive. I was close to giving up at some point, but after accepting the failures I stood up and just tell myself to do whatever that makes me happy, and so far I can see things are getting better which I'm really glad. And of course, constant prayers and sharing out my problems with close friends really do help a lot. :)

Other than the fashion photoshoot project that I failed, I had another project that ended up with ridiculously low marks during the mid term assessment. It's a project in collaboration with a company outside which I won't mention right now, but my group were encouraged to change up our idea because it wasn't clear enough although we mentioned all we had to say in the documents we submitted but I believe they overlooked it while assessing (miscommunication and ego being part of the process I suspect) and we're dissed in front of the whole class. *Thank you for the mention (:* If you get the sarcastic remark lol. We were furious but I told my friends we can't give up on the idea and should instead prove them wrong.....and actually became the dark horse for the project. I'm still smiling from ear to ear about how well the concept turned out to be, with the people from the company telling us we've basically checked off everything on their list and they had no comments other than how excited they are to see the final outcome.

So that's one thing that made my week so far, and for the production for the project, I've recently picked up embroidery which is pretty enjoyable so I went to check out some embroidery threads this morning at Spotlight. They have so many colours and I just couldn't decide which one to use for our product ^^;

On a side note, here's a funny story that happened this morning. So lately I've been really exhausted from school work and barely got much sleep. It was pouring at 7am this morning and it was the perfect weather to sleep in. When I finally woke up I thought there's still time to get ready for class and I thought I made it on time at 10am, only to realise today's class starts at 9am instead. So technically I'm an hour late so I went to a nearby mall to get breakfast and went to check out the embroidery threads while saving myself from embarrassment for being late lol. #storyofmylife

I don't usually share about my projects here until they are complete but lately they are all I think about in my mind so I decided to write about that. Thank you for reading my project rants and I hope you'll it interesting to read about what goes on in an art student's mind hahaha~

Making: Plans on how I can allocate time for personal projects
Drinking: Oolong Milk Tea with Pearl
Wanting: To buy some nice fabric to sew my own clothes.
Watching: Scarlet Heart: Ryeo and Love in the Moonlight. Park Bo Gum is so cute haha! Also Yuri On Ice!
Playing: Anticipating Halloween by playing Alice Madness Returns. And I'm also playing Mystic Messenger lol
Sewing: Halloween costume!
Listening: Mandopop and Cantopop on Spotify, reminiscing the old times~
Reading: Readings for my essay assignment due next week.
Wishing: All my projects will turn out good by the end of this semester.
Enjoying: Halloween excitement everywhere, since it feels like everyone's looking forward to my birthday :P
Waiting: For my taobao orders to arrive.
Liking: Etude House's Duo Contouring stick
Loving: My new shoes from Y.R.U which I'll be blogging soon~
Needing: More time to sleep
Wearing: Lounge wear ;)
Noticing: That my skin has been breaking out so much due to lack of sleep
Knowing: That I still haven't book my accommodation for my trip to Tokyo
Bookmarking: Japanese and Korean movies to watch
Feeling: Sleepy