Sunday, May 31

My Part-time Job over the June Holidays!


I needed to find one that was preferably conducted over the weekends, so as to give me time during the weekdays to revise for my mid-years, which are coming after the June hols.

It has to be well-paying too for what it is worth, since the money has to go into my Stormtrooper armour costume, for my admission into the Singapore Garrison of the Internationally-recognized 501st Legion, which will arrive from the US in mid-June (and I must pay for and collect it as soon as possible).

Furthermore, I had hoped that it would be a no-stress affair, something I can do that is fun, enjoyable and would relieve me from my revision stress.

Seems like I hold very high expectations for my part-time job, eh? What are the chances I can find one that fits all three stringent criteria?

Months ago I had considered doing saikang (shit-work, basically you are tasked with an extremely mundane and tedious workload) at a sports complex of which a freind's father of mine was boss. $9 an hour, if I worked 9 to 5 over two five-day work weeks I would hhave just enough to cover all expenses. But that would mean having to sacrifice precious time which could have been used for studying. The situation looked desolate, and I was ready to submit to it.

One fateful night, after a photoshoot outing with the 501st at Merlion Park, the gang and I hung around for a while. And that was when I got acquainted with Movie Mania, through a charming individual with a burning passion for the things he loves. He was a former 501st member, and was the first Darth Vader costumer in Asia.



Now I make temporary minimum wage by putting on costumes and putting smiles one peoples' faces, old and young alike. My appearances are mostly on weekends, the pay is reasonable, and best of all, I have so much fun doing it. :3

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I remember, it was only 3 years ago when I first encountered the 501st. Back then all I could do was gape in awe at how these fellers could bring a silver-screen element to life, and take pictures with them like any other fan would do.

Last year at STCC, I went with my then-classmate Ron, another Star Wars fan, and met up with the Gordonator, whom then I associated with as an active Singaporean animeblogger. Both of them had intentions of joining the Singapore Garrison. We inquired about it, and I was daunted by the cost and the dedication required to build up these armour kits (just as I was surprised at Ngee Ann Civic Plaza two years ago when I heard the same thing from the guy manning the booth). Nevertheless, I eventually signed up as a volunteer together with the both of them (Ron had actually successfully compelled a very reluctant me into joining).

Fast forward to today, both of them are trooping around in their Stormie outfits, and I serve as an active volunteer, photographer and personal assistant to the two them, as well as the other costumers in the 501st wearing more badass costumes like Boba Fett and Darth Vader. From the 501st I'm getting premiums and collectibles, photo-taking opportunities, developing friendships with like-minded Star Wars fans, and even invites to parties and family gatherings (where I show up at the door and get responses like, "oh, you're with the Star Wars right? Hey [insert name here], your star Wars friend is here!")

Still, what remains was my passion for wearing costumes, pretending to be some character from some TV show or movie which I like, and entertaining crowds with my gimmick. I did not want to limit myself to just Star Wars in the 501st. So God bless the fact (yeah I'm semi-Christian now) that I met Reno that night, and got contracted as a costume 'talent' under Movie Mania.

The first step I took was joining the 501st. Many steps later, I'm doing what I love and getting rewarded for it with Movie Mania (and still with the 501st). Just goes to show how important taking the first step is, eh?



Back to my part-time job. Over the next few weekends (and a few weekdays here and there), I'll be making costume appearances at various locations in an Optimus Prime costume, as the MM gang and I pave the road to the Transformers 2 Gala Premiere at the 22nd of June. If you're in Singapore and wanna meet up some time and take pictures, feel free to contact me.

P.S. Best part of everything? I get to pose beside Movie Mania's very own pretty-faced Optimus Prime (Sexy Female Version)! B)

Sunday, May 17



I don't know how true this is, but it's waaay too awesome to be done by anybody but Valve. A whole new concept, different from what we've seen so far.

Everything about this video can be described as excellent. The funny passcode, scout's butterfly knife-twirling, little action sequences featuring the spy at work (the way he saps the sentry is a bit OP, but it's all in the name of making the spy look cool), the Russell Peters tribute, and the awesome (yet somewhat expected) twist at the end.

Still, Valve has no confirmation that this is the official video.

Friday, May 15

Infatuations; i.e. How I Deal with Them.


I pick up my trusty old guitar, and sing and strum along to this song. Very long but alluring intro, nicely harmonized, with an infectious bass riff, cosmic guitar licks, a radical drum progression, and airy piano scales.


I Will Possess Your Heart - Death Cab For Cutie

How I wish you could see the potential
The potential of you and me
It's like a book elegantly bound
But in a language that you can't read just yet

You got to spend some time, love
You got to spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find love
I will possess your heart

You got to spend some time, love
You got to spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find love
I will possess your heart

There are days when outside your window
I see my reflection as I slowly pass
And I long for this mirrored perspective
When we'll be lovers, lovers at last

You got to spend some time, love
You got to spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find love
I will possess your heart

You got to spend some time, love
You got to spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find love
I will possess your heart

I will possess your heart
I will possess your heart

You reject my advances and desperate pleas
I won't let you let me down so easily
So easily

You got to spend some time, love
You got to spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find love
I will possess your heart

You got to spend some time, love
You got to spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find love
I will possess your heart

You got to spend some time, love
You got to spend some time with me
And I know that you'll find love
I will possess your heart

I will possess your heart
I will possess your heart


The lyrics really do hit home for my case. This is how I feel all the time when it comes to this. For me it's about getting people to like me as I like them. I do think there is some potential of me being a boyfriend, only I'm the only one who can visualize it. Sometimes when I see that person I like I start to dream of how it would be like to be with her. I guess I just gotta try to 'spend some time' with them, before I can ever get a chance to 'Possess' their hearts. B) Too bad I don't have time to spare either. I devote too much of it to my studies and my laptop. :/

So yeah. This song goes out to all my current infatuations out there, about 4 to 5 of them at least. Just wanna say to each of you, I find you nice and attractive, and I might wanna date you a while. But just for the record, I wish to remain celibate, liberal and full of choices for the rest of my life, and fap to mine own pr0n. >.> So try not to go too far too fast with me. ;)

I had originally planned to write something more detailed, but concluded that it would sound too mushy and self-deprecating. So meh. :\

Friday, May 8

My Current Situation in Studies


This 4koma accurately describes it. Read from top right down, then top left down.

Thursday, May 7

Blogging.


It's something I hardly find time to do nowadays, what with Facebook and SGcafe, eating, showering, shitting, time wasted telling myself I'll do my homework tomorrow morning (never happens cos I never get up on time), all squeezed into the few hours I have at home after school.

Each day only allows us 24 hours. 24 hours, as most of us have come to notice, isn't plenty of time at all. As a seasoned procrastinator I am all too familiar. You can't be everywhere to do everything at once.

Similarly, this applies to blogging. I started blogging some 7-ish years ago, simply as a medium to channel my (at that time) naive, childish thoughts. At one point of time I used it as school work. Still okay. Then later on, inspired by people like Darkmirage and TJHan, I tried turning it into an anime blog, hoping for a shot at fame, and a little something to fill up my arrogance (as many people describe me, I don't deny it). Difficult to maintain, especially for somebody so uncommitted as I am. Twas a failed venture, yea, now that I've wizened up. With the dissolution of Team Blue (actually their dissolution has got nothing to do with me, but I broke off all contact with them after my laptop died), I have long since lost most contact with the blogging otaku society in Singapore.

Then my blog became an extend 'Status Updates' feature. And I'd post little slices of life I deem them interesting, as far as I can remember them. Mundane things like what I've been doing of late, school life, etc. The blog has become an online progress report of a mentally insecure individual with unnatural tendencies.

With the way I coexist with the human creatures among me, I have shaped for myself a rather reverse-hypocritical mindset of the way I relate to other people. Generally, I take great interest in what goes on in their lives (nosy person I am). And then, I'm constantly telling myself "why are you blogging? It's not like anybody's going to read it anyway."

(I dunno. I call myself an attention seeker, but really, I'm only trying to be noticed by those I 'pay special attention to' and would like to do otherwise. My mindset has not changed since my primary school days.)

Digressions aside, this is just a bit of weight off my shoulders. This period of time is not my Golden Age of blogging, whether that Age would ever come is another matter altogether. I have made a tack; my blog is going in another direction now.

There are reasons why Gordonator is such a popular blog page. I have mapped a path according to these reasons I have discovered (I am one to follow from other's examples, as you might notice), and that is where I'm headed. Just like how, after deserting the otaku blogging scene, I've gotten in touch with the local cosplaying/gaming/lulz scene, thanks to SGCafe. Fanboy-wise, at the very least, all I'll be doing to that extent is documenting cosplay/501st events.

"Life as it goes, events of interest, stuff in my head. In lightly romanticized prose, always speaking my mind, with concern for your thoughts."

I'm going to keep it as simple and interesting as possible. Watch this space.

I'm not gonna care who reads my blog any more because it cramps my style and is part of what I dislike about myself. So the blog shall be treated like nothing more than just an impassive diary. You are still welcome to read it though.

Next blog post to be up soon. I skipped school today due to my cough and what with the Swine Flu thing going around. I also want to talk about my Malaysia trip, the Japanese exchange student who visited recently, my hair, and my current infatuations (and what I intend to do to dispel them cos I know I stand no chance).