Friday, July 27

*Cough* *Cough*

The week in general had been pretty interesting. Firstly would be due to that terrible cough I appear to have contracted from my sister. The good part, however, is the day she passed it to me, it was out of her system.

Lotsa things happened in school this week, including one point when I shouted "VOLDEMORT KILLS SNAPE!" into the classroom when no teachers were around. Although, I missed Monday (and Geography ^_^) to visit the doctor and get a medical certificate that grants me absence from school for a day.

The visit to the polyclinic was the second time I went there alone, and I feel a bit embarrassed to admit it. A lot of new things have sprung up since my last visit, like touch-screen ticket-number generators. I felt like a Japanese Grandmother then, not knowing at first where to start.

The whole procedure at the polyclinic took me about two hours, of which the check-up consisted no more than 2%. One and a half hour's wait for processing and registration, another half hour waiting for my number to flash above the doc's door, barely 3 minutes getting vital stats checked and MC produced, and another 30 minutes at the pharmacy to get my prescription.

Sometimes when I cough my stomach feels this jolt of pain that accompanies it. I can't explain it.

And it's very irritating when I get the urge to cough in the middle of conversation. People would imitate me, repeating my words and inserting coughing sounds. While it's all in good fun and stuff, I get really bugged by it at times.

A cough and a running nose go together like apples and pears. When I try to stifle a cough by closing my mouth, the air escapes through the nostrils and along with it goes the mucus in those runny pipes. I once spewed a globule on my English assignment while I was working on my desk one night. Yuckers.

ED's just getting more and more lulzy every day. I particularly liked the article about Oneoneone. Lotsa laffs!!!11onetan(45)cos(0)0.999...eleventy-one

I was at the arcade this afternoon. I realize I'm beginning to get better at King of Fighters 2002. With my usual combination of Rugal, K9999 and Kula, plus a certain little cheat, I managed to pwn not only the computers but two Player 2s as well. My usual tactic is 'create some distance, jump, C, random joystick movements while mashin buttons, then cancelling into a Desperation Move. I still haven't perfected the control over the stick, so my moves are pulled off mostly by luck and furious mashing. The results turn out wonderfully enough though.

I'm also tempted to start playing Maximum Tune 3, too. Ah, my very own Nissan Skyline...

One day I'll bring my camera to the arcade and snap some pictures. That way I can make proper comparisons between Singaporean and Tokyo arcades, Singaporean and Tokyo consoles, and Singaporean and Tokyo gamers.

Monday, July 23

OMG Girl Killz Herself over Harry Potter!

JUst a little piece of news which I found somewhere and decided to post here. Nothing to do with Tokyo or Singapore, but a lot to do with the lulzy shit at Encyclopedia Dramatica and Harry Potter.

A girl on the Phils has killed herself over the last book of Harry Potter. OMG SO SAD!

A news report said that the girl and her mother had downloaded what they believed to be the legitimate copy of “Harry potter and the deathly hallows”, apparently from ED or whatnot.

It was actually a fake book (methinks it's most likely a lulzy fanfiction) in which Harry potter and his friends meet a gruesome end.

The girl’s mother said that her daughter was very “crushed” by the news and locked herself in her room. When mother came up to call her for dinner she found that her daughter had hanged herself in her closet using rolled up bedsheets and a nightgown.

The news reporter interviewing the mother then said that the girls room was filled with all sorts of Harry Potter toys, models, posters, dolls and the six books.

OMG SO SAD! AND STUPID!

Click on the ED link above for more info about the lulzy things that have transpired over the book, from the ED point of view. Guaranteed fun, n a winrar is u. Dun forget to spam Snape's lulzy death to Snapesnogger.

All links link to ED. NSFW.

Sunday, July 15

Cosfest @ Downtown East

Okay, now that I've got a bit more time, I'll elaborate more on the day's events.

This cosplay event was at Downtown East, in Pasir Ris, which is just beside my town, Tampines. Because I love cycling so much, I decided to cycle all 6 kilometres just to get there. With me was my trusty Canon Powershot IS (actually, my mum's).

I got there in barely half an hour, and was greeted with this sign:

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It seems the Tourism Board has prepared for Japanese visitors too. Very impressive.

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This is how my bike looks like, by the way. It carried me all the way from there to here, so it deserves a little mention, at least. Urata's Numero Uno, coloured in what I'd like to call 'Caterham Yellow'.

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Here's the main hall.

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There's a smaller one to the side, mostly a waiting area for cosplayers during the cosplay exhibition in stage. I decided to check it out, anyway, and lo:

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They were all on discount, but being the poor pitiful young man I was, I could only afford a $19 wooden kunai. In the end, I got myself a catalogue.

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OMG only $39.90! Plus CD! I really wished I had at least $40 then. The stallholder was even willing to reserve it for me.

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All sorts of posters and stuff at the Kare Kano no Mise (some Singaporean Otaku shop company or whatnot) booth. I couldn't snap any close-ups, sorry.

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Losta fanart stuff too, on the benches at the corner of the hall.

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BTW, it's actually Arisa Mizuhara. I'll remember that. ;)

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I couldn't bring myself to buy this. Not only am I poor, I'm thrifty.

Moving on, let's have some cosplayer pics!

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Believe it or not, this was the very same guy in the picture in previous post at the MRT station. Doing the same character, no less.

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Back at the side hall, the cosplayers are getting ready to make their entrance on stage. I particularly like this picture here, cos they look so natural, and I've never had so many girls smile so adorably at me before (I'm deprived). I wished them 'ganbara!' after the shot, to which they gamely replied, 'arigato!'

Of course, you can't expect all cosplayers to be that friendly. found that most of them are quite aloof, or only close to their friends. Ah, well, it's natural. Either that or I'm being too extroverted.

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Here they are, all on stage.

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Pink Chii's the organiser of this event, or so I suppose. You can see black Chii in the row behind.

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A close-up on the panel. We got some big names there, like the director of some Japanese Godzilla movie, a director of this thing, a manager of that company... And pink Chii.

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At this point of time I got bored with the stage exhibition, so I only took one picture of Yuna (I saw her at Ngee Ann as well) before going around and shooting the non-performing cosplayers.

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Pretty awesome, this Archer costume. I never thought one could pull it off so well. It's well enough for me.

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Not sure where they came from, but the costumes are fantastic all the same. My camera lens wasn't wide enough to capture the Nodachi in full length, sorry.

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I don't know who the character she's portraying is but I saw a mob of cameramen surrounding her, and just decided to join in. Nicely done, you don't get a lot of cosplayers who can do it so accurately.

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Cloud demostrates to Shana and a Kimono-clad girl how to put his sword together.

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I bit blurry, but you can clearly see Chikin Little and Shana snapping her cam at the Spidey behind him.

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I love the costumes, even though I don't know where the outfits came from. Now I realize how much of a noob I am when it comes to knowledge about anime and manga. (BTW my favourite is the last one)

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The Danny Choos (coincidentally, Darkmirage calls Stormtroopers Danny Choos as well) were present too. This scout trooper just got pwnt by a Star Trekkie.

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There happens to be another Ichigo cosplayer, no surprise. The Rukia person didn't pull it off very well. My friend calls these people, who can't make it either because of their bodies or faces, 'cosfucks'.

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There were reporters present as well. Can't wait to see this creepy face on TV.

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I was drawn back to the stage when I heard the Hare Hare Yukai song playing. My cam didn't have enough memory to film the whole thing, sadly.

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I stuck around long enough to watch a Kingdom HEarts skit, before moving on again.

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The gang, and Guy Haruhi, the same one from Ngee Ann.

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It seems that Yuki's a guy too. I think.

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Back to the Grafitti wall. It's a bit more filled up now, and everybody was gathering round to watch this pro in a kimono in action.

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Honestly, her drawing's really wonderful. Plus, she's a left-hander, a good sign of artistic quality.

One thing about conventions is that you soon runout of places to walk, and end up walking around the same place again and again. You also would happen to meet the same few noticeable people again and again, like somebody in an SOS-dan t-shirt, somebody with an ill-porportioned head, some fat dude in a Command & Conquer 3 shirt, etc. I never saw Darkmirage and his patented 'I am Darkmirage' shirt though.

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Here's Shana. I think she's okay enough (the shoes are a bit too much), much better than a plump Sakura (from Tsubasa Chronicle) I was watching on stage, or another plump Sakura (from Fate) whom I saw at one of the bench-booths. There was a tubby Yomi, Chiyo and Osaka trio too.

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Another personal fave of mine. The poor girl, she had no pockets to keep her Siemens phone, and I had to hold on to it while I snapped this shot. The guitar looks suspiciously like my Fender Strat, but it turned out to be a Suzuki immitation.

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My spoils! Here they are, arranged on my table. A Haruhi necklace, a Haruhi postcard, a Death Note postcard, three Ouran High postcards (I'm practically a beggar, evidently), and the catalogue.

The event in whole was fun, and it was a real shame for me when I left at 5pm and rushed home (the run over Pasir Ris flyover was much harder than when I rode it from home as it's going uphill and there were lots of bumps and sudden turns) to catch my weekly screening of Rec on Animax (I sincerely think they should give it more air-time, it seems like an entertaining show to watch), only to realize that the 5.30pm slot was for a repeat telecast of Music Station, which I've already seen on Friday. What a friggin' waste.