Monthly Archives: November 2012
(i posted something here I have no idea why nothing’s appeared D:)
That being said, I don’t think I’m that control freak during group projects who’s obsessed with regulating his/her group members’ lives. But it’s just that I cannot stand situations from happening that are sometimes beyond my control. I know that during these times the only thing I can do is to trust God that everything will work out, but as human nature stands, I was really frustrated with myself when my laptop decided, “Adios! I’m going off!” and died, just before a class that required full laptop usage. And because I haven’t been diligently making backups of my work into my external hard disk, everything was lost, including the excel assignments that were due that very night.
I could easily redo my work, so that wasn’t so bad. As I tried to recall what data I had left in my laptop, I realized that photos from my Hong Kong trip and my cosplay work-in-progress -photos that I’ve procrastinated posting online up till now- weren’t backed up. I wasn’t sure what happened, so before I got my laptop back, I assumed to worst possible outcome I could think of, which was losing all of these unique captured memories.
So I exited the classroom immediately after class was over, and thankfully found an available computer in the school’s internet cafe. Lenovo’s service centre would close at 6.30pm, so I had at least 1 1/2 hours to submit my work and send Ugly for servicing. Lo and behold, I managed to make a replica of my original work (if not improved) and rush down to the service centre which was just three bus stops away.
Though there was no one there when I arrived, I still had to get a Q-ticket, haha. But anyway I didn’t have to wait too long so I’ve got no complaints about that.
“Hi, what… seems to be the problem?” the friendly counter guy asked me when I set Ugly down on the counter.
“I have no idea,” I looked him in the eye and said it with all honesty. I mean, it just refused to be switched on and I don’t remember doing anything bizarre to it before that.
I didn’t post about it before, but I’ve sent my laptop to the exact centre once because of the battery lock button at the base of the laptop. The button had dropped INSIDE the base, leaving a gaping square hole there. When I had gotten it back then, the technician had only replaced the button without its little spring that made the button useful. So I told the counter guy about it and he gave me the quizzical “why in the world would they do such an half-assed job of fixing it?” glance, and I replied with a “exactly! I have no freaking idea!” look.
Anyway, he made a memo about it, along with asking them to check the battery since I also complained about its decreasing lifespan.
After that whole business was finished, I actually felt really relived, even though they couldn’t loan me another model for work, which was also quite problematic. And the more I dwelt on it, the more depressed I felt. In the end, I walked home in stark silence, worrying about something that seems so insignificant now.
But God always provides me with another event to cheer me up and that’s why I always seem less stressed out when compared to my other peers. On the way home, I saw the a 7-11 was returning to the rows of shops near my house and all of a sudden I felt happy again. HAHAHAHA.
BUT ANYWAY, I’ll probably get Ugly back on Friday, so until then I’ll have to get used to the Mac mini at home.
I’ve been subscribed to Julian Smith’s channel ever since I first saw one of his videos about 2 years ago. His videos just seem to be of the different quality, when compared to other youtubers, if you ask me haha.
But anyway, he just released another of his videos (which are really really rare because he doesn’t do frequent releases like other youtubers) and I thought I’d share it with you. A bit of an exaggeration, but it’s still nice HAHA.
When I first started watching Fate/Zero at the beginning of this year, I was immediately captivately by the total surrealism of the plot. Everything, from the character designs, to the music and animation, seemed to belong to a league of their own. One of the epic scenes that I still remember is the first encounter between Gilgamesh and Berserker:
Gilgamesh really brings staring incidents to a whole new level, haha.
(*Music’s by Kajiura Yuki, of course it sounds surreal!*)
and I didn’t manage to take any pictures of other cosplayers or the event at all.
I was really busy (not lazy, if you must). Don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but I went as Zange Natsume. And because I had to wear gloves, it became very tiring to remove and put them on repetitively. Someone wants a picture, so I put them on for a few minutes, before seeing a really cool figurine that I’ll probably never get my hands on and wanting to take a picture of it as a momento. In the end, I just decided to keep my gloves on all the way. My friend was holding a camera anyway, not that I think she took a lot of pictures too.
Don’t get me wrong, I pretty much loved those people who approached me for a picture, because I did spent quite some time on my cosplay. And I also bumped into a few fangirls of Zange as a result.
Oh yeah. I did take one picture.
I wanted to take a shot of Sky High too, since he’s the other character in Tiger and Bunny that I adore as much as Barnaby, but alas, the crowd made me dizzy.
Speaking about crowds, this year’s AFA, albeit the larger area, felt a lot more cramped than AFA’11.
This year, the event was held at EXPO instead of Suntec like in the previous years due to the latter’s renovation works. Because of the larger area, the organizers could bring in larger appreciation booths, such as the one for SAO and Madoka Magica, and the artists’ gallery (called Creators’ Hub this time round) seemed larger than last year’s. They even brought in more Ichiban Kujis and food booths. However, there were also a lot more people to fill up the enormous hall. This year, I didn’t even attempt to join any of the queues for any of the appreciation booths or the MUSE shop. Reason? The queues were ridiculously long and stagnant. I later came across many annoyed Facebook posts that even those who queued up early for the SAO booth had to wait at least an hour before they got to enter. Also, many of the merchandise were sold out by 2pm on the first day. It was either because the people in front bought multiple copies of item (maybe following the collectors’ rule of buying 3 copies- one for storage, another for reserve and the third for actual use), or the booth’s in-charge just didn’t bring in enough stocks.
Crowd management this year didn’t seem up to standard when I compare it to last year’s (since I only started going for events in 2011). I reached there at about 11am, and there was a really long and confused queue or entrance tickets. One reason could be because they did not have clear signs and directions on where to queue up to buy the different kinds of tickets. The staff that tried to help the group of people were holding up signs written on flimsy A4-sized papers. And as if they didn’t expect heaps of people to be entering from the ONLY ENTRANCE, the queue for the SAO booth was right at the entrance, giving the impression that the hall was so full of people that no one could move. Sure, there were barricades that guided new entrants into the hall, but I don’t think a right way of showing people an event is to present to them,”look, there’re a lot of people inside already! Why not you go in too and squeeze with everybody? :D”
Also it seemed like the PR personnel this year seemed like they were ready to picked a fight with the owners of some of the Facebook comments. I won’t deny that those people were being rude to the staff that ha taken pains to plan such a large-scale event, but as a PR personnel, you are the one presenting the organization to the world, and so every of your actions, words and tone count. For those of you who have followed the slight conversation between AFA and a certain FB user, you will know what I mean.
About the AniSong concerts, I’m not going to write anything about it, since I didn’t attend any of the concerts at all.
But anyhow, I’m glad that they attempted to revamp some aspects of the festival and although I left early due to my aching feet, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Though the crowd made me feel a little claustrophobic, I could understand why the event attracted so many people this year. With all awesome guests appearances, booths and more, squeezing into the crowds didn’t seem like such a bad thing afterall.
All of a sudden I regret not taking any pictures of myself at the event. My friend refuses to give me the polaroid that she took of me. ):
And in other news: I can’t decide whether to open up Saber Lily’s box or not, though I’m pretty sure I’ll end up dissecting its contents soon HAHA
I went for the festival on Saturday and these make up the loot that I hauled out from thehall.
2. Mami Tomoe badge
3. Mami Tomoe keychain
4. Okita Souji Badge
5. Kamui figurine
I actually bought the smaller items first before convincing myself (with the help of my dearest friend) to get Saber lily. And I decided that I’M DONE WITH BUYING ALREADY. NO MORE.
If you had been reading my previous posts, I once wrote about the list of figures I had wanted to collect. I can now successfully strike Saber Lily off. I would have gotten Mami too, but alas, I was strapped for cash. Oh dear.
In case you noticed, the purple thing on the left of the picture is actually my wig.
I’ll probably post about my experience to AFA tomorrow or something because I’m really, really drained now.
Questions and feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org! It’d be good if you send pictures of a white-shirted Zange Natsume to me too! I’d appreciate it! Thanks~