Countdown to K: 1 day

Who are Rikio and Anna running away from? Where did Kusanagi leave to (watch the K Missing Kings radio drama CD before watching the movie; highly recommended!)? Where did Yata run to angrily after the HOMRA bar was closed down? Where did Shiro disappear to? How is the Silver Clansman (?) and Kuroh’s senpai, Mishakuji Yukari involved in all of this? Is Anna the new leader of the Red Clan? Will Mikoto and Totsuka be returning?

So many questions and ambiguous clues left since the movie was announced last year… but how will they be answered when the movie finally premieres this Saturday?!

I wish you saw the face of the guy who sold us the tickets. He looked totally bored and all “feh, here’s another bunch of these Japanese cartoon-loving kids”. Or maybe we were just really self-conscious about ourselves!

After buying the tickets, a million questions ran through my mind. I felt like a true teenager again, like I was falling in love with Simple Plan all over again (lol). Or that time, when we bought the tickets to the Backstreet Boys’ concert that would commence one week before our exams, haha.

Anyway, some of the thoughts that popped up in my head went along the lines of:

  • What should I wear?
  • Should I buy an anime shirt or something?
  • Would it be alright to wear my old t-shirt?
  • Would jeans be okay? Or shorts cooler?
  • Should I tie my hair or not?
  • How do I show my otaku love?
  • Will people wear shirts with Mikoto’s face on it?!
  • Who will sit beside me?
  • Will I hear people in the cinema whispering about voice actors?
  • Will I laugh if I hear someone talking about Miyano Mamoru (voice of Fushimi)? (lol)
  • Should I take some pictures with potential cosplayers that will go?
  • Should we buy popcorn or bring our own snacks?
  • Will there be advertisements?
  • What time should we go?
  • Will my mom be embarrassed if we try to pose with the poster?

Basically the kind of questions one would ask after getting asked out on his or her first date. ^_^ As you can see, some of the questions are highly ridiculous. I decided that I’m going to invest in some anime/manga t-shirts when I head to the States since shipping there would save my mom’s wallet from tears. If you don’t live in Asia, you wouldn’t understand, lol.

The tickets were a little pricey and I did feel a little jab in the oh-my-god-why-is-everything-so-expensive part of me, but I think the experience of watching anime in a cinema is worth it as long as we have strong undying love and passion great interest. It’s not like we’re going for the hype or anything. We’re watching K because we love K and because anime isn’t just a phase. It’s an investment. No pun intended! ?(^?^)-?

K Missing Kings things I’m excited for: Hearing angela’s Different Colors (!!! aaah!!), seeing Mikoto and Totsuka, seeing/hearing Yukari (aaaah Morita Masakazu aaaaaah!), introduction of the Green King, the new background music, the opening scene (opening scenes are very important… and my favorite part of watching a movie/playing a video game)

Things I’m not excited for: crying (don’t be fooled, this anime can be a tearjerker if it wants to!! We were given free tissue… for crying, I think?)

To all people who are watching K Missing Kings in other parts of the world, enjoy! Let’s all hope it won’t let us down!! And hopefully there will be a season 3!!

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Year in review: 2012

Frankly I don’t remember much about this year. When I’m in the moment, minutes feel like hours, hours feel like days and so forth, but at the end of the day, I look back and realize that time flies faster than light. I haven’t blogged in a while, so I’m feeling kinda rusty right now. I thought a lot about writing art- and video game-related posts but somehow they don’t seem to fit here and I’m saving it to write a book about learning art when I get better. Also, I recently started writing for a video game website and I’m more than just a little proud of it because I hope that it’ll grow into something bigger, just that all the co-writers need to cooperate and make time to write more.

I’m going to start with what I feel is most important which is art. This year, I was officially acknowledged as an ‘artist’ because my mom and sister bought me a sketchpad (yay!) AND my brother asked me for my opinion on his art (I’m grinning so widely now). I’m taking art much more seriously than I did last year. Of course there are the bad days when I think that I’ve got no potential to draw, but on the good days, I’m flying as high as the sky. Whenever I fall, I get back on my feet and keep trying. I understand that the beginning is an endless struggle. It’s a test because you can either choose to stop learning all at once or keep going despite your mistakes. I believe my determination and effort will pay off in the future.

The beautiful thing about art is it makes me easily inspired by everything around me, or maybe it’s just me. I also want to prove myself worthy of owning a graphics tablet (unlike what happened between me, guitar lessons and a Takamine). It’s going to take years but, anyway, art is a never-ending experience since we will never fully learn it. Right now I’m working on a portrait of Kristen Bell. I actually LOVE drawing faces (something I’ve been avoiding for years). So excited to get better! I hope to inspire many others whether they want to take up art or looking for novel-writing material and here’s an inspirational quote I saw on DeviantART to go with what I just said: “If you can write, you can draw.”

I found the picture above on Tumblr recently and I experienced some indescribable feeling the moment I set my eyes on it, so here it is. I don't know who the artist is, sadly. I would've posted one of my own pieces but I don't take many pictures of my art.

I found the picture above on Tumblr recently and I experienced some indescribable feeling the moment I set my eyes on it, so here it is. I don’t know who the artist is, sadly. I would’ve posted one of my own pieces but I don’t take many pictures of my art.

Moving on to the counterpart of my passion for art – video games! Why is it called the counterpart? Because both are responsible for shaping my once negative personality into everlasting positivity. No kidding, despite what everyone is reading on the world news. And this year was the first year I followed live E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) coverage. It was pretty exciting, watching those trailers and Tweeting ‘Happy E3 Week’. πŸ™‚ On a side note, two games I didn’t complete were Alan Wake and I Am Alive. Both storylines caught my eye and actually inspired me greatly but the gameplay was disappointing.

I played Crysis 2 earlier this year. The beginning was kinda dull and confusing because I had no idea how to get past the first few maps. Fighting aliens and ‘Pingers’ was what made me sit up and go, hey, I’m not sleepy, playing this game anymore. As the story progressed, I became more interested. I wanted to talk about this game because I felt that Alcatraz’s (in the picture above (he’s a human in a robot suit, BTW)) ending was mind-boggling and unfair. I won’t explain because it’ll be too long, so… But I’ll definitely be getting the sequel next year. Been keeping up with The 7 Wonders of Crysis 3 video series and it looks promising.

OHEMGEE, I’ve been waiting for this part. I played both Portal games somewhere in the middle of the year. All I can say is, this brainteaser game is freakin’ amazing. I love how the storyline is so simple yet incredibly effective and how likeable all the characters are. Everything about Portal screams triple A title, especially the humor. This game made me more than just a little smarter and I’m not even trying to be a salesman here! The best part is that anyone can play it and I mean anyone. Thanks to my brother who is an equally big fan of the game, I own a stuffed Weighted Companion Cube toy. Whee! That’s GLaDOS in the image above (right), by the way (to my sister and mom who are wondering who my brother and I frequently mention in conversations). One of the best games in the video game world, ask anyone!

Screenshot from my AC3 gameplay

Screenshot from my AC3 gameplay

Another screenshot from my AC3 gameplay

Another screenshot from my AC3 gameplay

Of course, I played Assassin’s Creed 3. That’s not even a valid question anymore. I avoided spoilers for weeks after the PS3 and 360 release. Unfortunately, it wasn’t worth it. A new hero called Connor was introduced. He had pretty big shoes to fill in, which is why his character probably fell flat. Ezio, the main character of the Renaissance trilogy, had so much personality. Introducing a new main protagonist is difficult. Wordy details aside since I might end up writing a full-blown review, this sequel left me disappointed in many ways, but I did gain more knowledge about the American Revolution. I still have faith in the next game next year though!

Last month, I was introduced to Counter Strike: Global Offensive. I haven’t stopped playing since and I don’t think I will any time soon. My eyesight is going, Oh dear. I can’t believe I’m addicted to the video game everyone used to talk about… Oh, I also played Battlefield 3. I’m late, I know, because my PC crashed repeatedly during the incredibly exciting right-out-of-an-action-movie prologue so I gave up for months. It’s a decent game, though I prefer the Bad Company series.

2012 in video games was boring compared to last year. That’s about to change when the clock strikes midnight. In 2013, my highlights include the Tomb Raider reboot (stoked because we need more action-adventure video games for PC), Crysis 3, Metro: Last Light (big fan of post-apocalyptic games, especially this one), Battlefield 4 (probably because the next year will most likely be BFBC3 year), unannounced Call of Duty game, Assassin’s Creed 4 (hopefully a new setting?) and Watch Dogs (sounds like an interesting game concept).

A big accomplishment this year was writing a book with T. Nope, not the NaNoWriMo. Just me, T and a random date. Inspired by our sudden unhealthy obsession for Robert Crais and Barry Eisler books (also crime/fiction and thrillers), we decided one day that we would write a book together in hopes that we will inspire others the same way these two authors inspired us. So we did. We got to work and it worked out at the first try. We wrote a complete story. This was also my first time showing T a story written by me. It really put my confidence to a test. I got cold feet and I couldn’t stop talking when she read it because she, being the pro and all. We hope to publish it soon once we’re fully sure that it’s ready to be sent out to the world. πŸ™‚

Honorable mention, since T already covered the TV show part: Person of Interest. I think we like it because John Reese and Harold Finch are respectable (and total dreamboats; this is for my mom) and because the female characters (protagonists and femme fatales) are all strong. And I’d like to mention The Big Bang Theory since my mind has been singing, The whole universe was in a hot, dense state all day long. Everyone is so cool, especially Sheldon Cooper!

Okay, I’m stuck because I have no idea how to end this. Should it be with wise words of advice? Or what my New Year’s resolutions are? You know what? Neither. Or maybe just a little advice: Hold your head up high in 2013 and don’t let society knock you down just because you don’t succumb to mainstream BS (sorry, this word just feels right).

Happy New Year’s Eve and Happy New Year! Don’t drink and drive!

(Pictures from Google Images)

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Valentine’s love

Once upon a time, I fell in love with an incredibly beautiful creature. I fell so hard but now it almost seems impossible to fall again with so much love keeping me on my feet.

He has a pair of soulful brown eyes and this amazing heart-warming smile.

He’s the most magical creation of love.

How was I supposed to know I was going to lose my heart to the most charming and adorable dog ever? He was supposed to stay here temporarily, but as days went by, I grew closer to this little puppy. Little did I know, I was going to fight for him. I wanted him to stay. Badly.

Caring for this dog has taught me a lot of things. He may have big, floppy ears but trust me, he’s the best listener ever. He’s taught me about unconditional and everlasting love. My knowledge about dogs has increased drastically since this sweet thing showed up in my garden. I used to be the one standing on the sidelines while I watched T pet dogs confidently. Now I’m the one who stretches a hand out to dogs while forgetting dogs have different temperaments (and may bite). 😳

I know I’m not the best or the most responsible owner. I have a busy schedule and this year has been trying, but I guess everyone says that too. I’m striving to make changes for my beloved dog. I hope I will. I know I will.

This different kind of love I feel for my dog is something I can never explain or feel for anyone else. It’s one and only and irreplaceable. So don’t ask me why. I can’t describe.

Happy Valentine’s Day, man’s best friend. Love is a beautiful thing.

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5 Things in 2011

Lately I’ve been M.I.A due to lack of inspiration, but today, something random sparked. So here I am with this, what do you call it, ‘meme’. It’s that time of the year when you decide to look back at what you’ve done and try to make a list of New Year Resolutions. I don’t follow to-do lists but if you do then, hey, it’s a good thing. 2011, like the years before and the years to come, has its ups and downs, and of course, first-time moments.

Cheers to epiphanies, revelations and self-discovery. Here are five random things that happened this year:

1. My first attempt at reading a non-fictional book

Having a pet helped me discover a lot of things because taking care of it – him – requires plenty of research. I recently picked up Stanley Coren’s How To Speak Dog and it’s surprisingly good. Among interesting facts, there are witty and amusing stories (worth laugh-out-loud moments) told by the writer’s acquaintances or simply experienced by the writer. If you think that the spotlight of this book is centered solely on canines, you’re wrong. I learned a lot about other animals. I won’t deny it – this book is life-changing and thought-provoking. You’ll be surprised at what your dog is really trying to say. A dog’s actions are not what humans assume them to be.

2. The year I spend more than an hour on DeviantArt

I don’t, like, have my own page but sometimes when I get bored, I wander over there just so I can search up video game art or whatever I think of and spend hours admiring, observing and appreciating. The art created there is beautiful beyond words. The way talented DeviantArt artists perceive the world is indescribable. And hey, I even found out that getting a BFA in game art is possible. Wow. Never knew that. Am enlightened. On the side note, I’d like to own a Wacom tablet someday.

3. Keeping up with the Kardashians? Heck, no! Keeping up with game updates

I wouldn’t say that I’m an avid gamer, but I wouldn’t say that I’m not. I like playing video games twice and earning in-game achievements. Gaming isn’t just for the sake of winning or completing it faster than your friends. If gamers would just stop rushing through their games, they might actually learn a thing or two and prove that gaming isn’t just a brainless activity you do for entertainment. Okay, I’m going waaaay off-topic. I’ve been reading game news for the past three months or so because, you know, celebrity news is ‘so 2008’. I’m kidding. I know just about any game out there now – Skyrim, Super Mario, Soul Calibur, Portal, Alan Wake – and I even remember a few company names of video game developers. You ask it, I name it. Just don’t ask me this question, please– Call of Duty or Battlefield?

4. Taking the time to learn how to pronounce Constantinople (and other words, of course!!)

Surprise, surprise! More intellectual stuff! Reading, writing, learning, it never gets boring. New challenges are great. When I come across a word that I’ve never seen, I try to pronounce it mentally. It always sounds perfect in my head, but it’s a total tongue-twister disaster when I say it out loud. Not weird at all. ‘Constantinople’ was one of these words. Other words include ‘Machiavellianism’, ‘meringue’, ‘harangue’, ‘juxtaposition’ and most recently, ‘conversazione’. It’s those words I hardly use, but ’tis the season to be curious, I went to search them up this year. Lesson learned: Don’t be afraid to satisfy your inner curiosity!

5. Everything starts with a base (even cheesecake)

For architecture, it’s called ‘blueprints’. For fashion design, it’s a ‘croquis’. ‘Outline’ for stories, ‘biscuit crumbs’ for cheesecake. Everything has a base. I didn’t notice this until I started sketching. I used to start out with a letter ‘U’ as the head and chin. Then I would draw hair, features and so on. But I wouldn’t know where the legs of the human belonged on the drawing. Are they too near to the right? Are they too short? Too long? I had no idea. So I did some research and decided to begin my next drawing with a croquis. I sketched the entire human form and then ‘dressed’ the sketch with clothes, accessories and such. Eureka! She shoots, she scores, she wins! Thus, the base is a very important element of whatever you’re trying to create.

Wow. This is seriously long-winded. I have so much more unrelated things to say. But I think I’m done. Okay, I’m done. This makes up for all the action I’ve missed. πŸ™‚

Now it’s your turn. Five random and memorable things that you’ve achieved / learned / realized in 2011. It doesn’t really matter. Whatever that comes to your mind. This is a live-in-the-moment meme. What are you staring at? The clock is ticking, the year is ending. Get your notebook out and get creative!

C.

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watercolors are fun


Image taken from Tumblr.

I’d like to thank my mom who was willing to let me buy more paint even though I have a box of unfinished poster colors and also the internet for introducing me to the beauty of watercolors. This year – I am quite embarrassed to say – I learned the difference between poster colors and watercolors. I never realized or even thought that they were two whole different things. For years and years, we’ve been buying poster colors just because they come in more colors. If I had known this earlier… man, don’t wanna think about it!

Anyways, I experimented with my new box of paint yesterday and I created quite a horrible piece of art. I used the wet-on-wet technique for this supposed painting of Mount Fuji at the crack of dawn (this was not my idea. I watched a tutorial on Youtube!). Unfortunately, I painted on it when the surface was too wet and the whole thing pretty much got screwed after that. It ended up looking like ugly patches of paint. On the bright side, I saw how the color changed with every stroke I made and it was simply amazing and mind-blowing. I didn’t even try and the blue parts of the sky looked quite professional, if I do say so myself!

I think I have something new to add to my November agenda and I’m hoping it’ll be fun, fun, fun. I’m not really planning what to do exactly because my plans don’t usually work out and they always end up disastrous… πŸ˜• Oh well. More adventures with 18 tubes of paint (and hopefully some pictures) to come soon!

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the girl most likely to fall for the

This is all T’s fault. She’s got me hooked on Parachute. I can’t get enough of their songs and videos. I get so mad because they don’t have enough interviews and live performances on Youtube. I even had a dream about them! Finally I’m in love with a band after that crazy obsession with Supernatural. Uh oh.

Their songs are so easy to sing because the lyrics are really smooth and nice. Their live performances are good and effortless. All of the band members are musically talented too! They’re really creative when it comes to acoustic live performances because they use different instruments (I don’t know what some of them are called) and take music to a whole new level.

My current favorite song is White Dress because it’s so funky and catchy. I’ve already listened to Halfway 60 times this month so that probably says something… πŸ˜€

Well, I’m not gonna tell you which Parachute I’m crushing on, so you’ll just have to make assumptions to satisfy your suspicions. All of them are equally cute. Johnny is the first good-looking drummer I’ve seen. LOL. Kit has really gorgeous hair. Nate (Table Scrappa!) is so crazy-nerdy-cute (please don’t let the grammar police see this word) and Will’s smile is like a camera flash to a fan girl’s eyes and Alex is so funny!

I’m so excited that T said she wants to play the guitar again because of Parachute. I can’t wait until all those assignments are over to get started on guitar strings again. I guess I didn’t really give up on our dusty, old guitar. I was just waiting for someone to say, “Hey, let’s start learning the guitar again” and bam! there you go, that’s the green sign for me.

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hello from the spuddy buddies

Hello world sounds like Hello Kitty or a furniture shop to me.

I’m no good at welcome notes. So let’s just leave it at β€œhello”.

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