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Monday, October 27, 2014

27 Oct 2014: MGACE 2014 Meet and Greet session (Q&A panel translation script)

Current mood: IDKWTF AYYY sleepy but hyper coz I have a dog on my lap.

Music playlist:
|| Unravel - TK from Ling Tosite Sigure
|| RIVER - AKB48
|| UZA - AKB48

Hey guys! Just a quick update for the moment before I move on to the official post for the event I attended last weekend.

I'm making this post to provide the translation for the questions and answers in the video of the meet and greet session during the event since Youtube didn't want to accept that long-winded video description of mine which was supposed to include the translations for the questions and answers. GDI.

Anyway, the following is the translation script for the question and answers in the video. :)

This video was taken during the meet and greet session on day 2. The precious bbys were cosplaying as Makoto Tachibana and Haruka Nanase from "Free! Eternal Summer" and Onnies cosplayed as Nishikino Maki from "Love Live!". Baozi and Hana answered majority in Chinese, so I will be including the translations for the questions and answers below for reference. :) note that I'm only summarizing the answers because there are some parts in the video which I can't hear properly ;w;

If there are any mistakes in my translations or if I've missed out on any important parts, please do let me know and I will correct it! :)
[Baozi and Hana]
1. Why did the both of you decided to work together as a duo?
Baozi: Before Hana started to collaborate with me, he had worked with other cosplayers before. But, after he got to know me, he stopped working with other cosplayers.
Hana: Back at that time, there are a lot of character pairings that I like from a lot of games. I've wanted to cosplay all of them but there wasn't any suitable guy to pair up with. This was when Baozi appeared. That's all. :3 *cue fangirl scream from Onnies*

2. How many cats do you have?
Baozi: We have a total of five cats, all of them are back home in China. The first one is called Mimi, the second one is Xiao Mai Mai, the third one is Duo Duo (Toto?? |D), the fourth one is...Hana said it's called Xiao Long Bao, and the last one is called Hua Jie (I couldn't hear this one properly, so if I heard it wrong, do correct me ya?). There was one time we brought the cats to the vet, and the vet asked for the name of the cat. I said "It's called Xiao Long Bao." The vet then asked for the name of the other cat, and I said it was called Hua Jie. The vet then commented, "You named all of your cats after the name of food?" and I replied, "The father's name is Xiao Mai Mai.", and the vet was just speechless. |D

*3. When are the both of you getting married? 
Baozi: Pass! Pass! Next question!! 
(at this moment you will see Onnies asking Hana what was all the commotion about, and when he translated the question to her, she had this shocked and excited face and asked us to scream for them. |D)

*4. Who was the one who confessed first? And how did it happened?
Baozi: Can we pass this question? (all of us said "NOOOO~" lol) I will let Hana answer this question.
Hana: Of course not me. :v
Baozi: Really? Really? 8)
Hana: Let's move on. This question is too hard to...answer. 
Baozi: Can you ask us questions which are more normal?
Hana: Something more generic, like "Why do you like cosplay?".

5. Have you ever thought about giving up on cosplay?
Baozi: (to Hana) Wow, never thought about this before. Do you want to answer this? Coz you have faced this issue before.
Hana: This question is so sad. (Girl: Should I change the question?) Oh, no need. We've wasted time. Actually, I've thought about giving up on it before. (Girl: Is it because of Baozi?) Why would it be because of him? *laughs* Basically, I thought how cosplaying have taken up a lot of my time from doing other things. Somehow I feel like I've spent a lot of my youth (idk he said this lol) on cosplay. Then...uhmm...I'll let Baozi take it from here.
Baozi: To summarize what he said, basically, he spent most of his youth on cosplay. (Girl: How about Baozi?) Ahh? No, I'm already old. But, for Hana, he feels that he has yet to fulfill a lot of the things that he wanted to do in life. And, the both of us still have a lot in life that we have yet to achieve. So, for the time being,  we will still continue to cosplay, and we will do our best. Bye bye~ :3 *turns to Onnies* You! It's your time!

1. How do you manage your time for both cosplay and your everyday life?
Onnies: Since I've just started working, and I work Mondays to Fridays, during Saturdays and Sundays, I will try to make my costumes as I can. I try to finish everything fast to make it up for the time I work. My advise for you guys (basically for those who are cosplaying and studying/working at the same time) is to do everything as fast as you can.

2. What is your favorite thing to do when you go to overseas event, besides eating?
Onnies: Heyyyyyy how did you know I love to eat a lot? 8D Hmm...maybe...playing around with the other guests. Also, every country that I've visited are different in terms of, not just food, but the culture, the people....I enjoy seeing the different kinds of people from different countries. I also like Malaysian food a lot. I like it a lot. Last time I went to Bali, their food was okay. It was good. But I don't really enjoy Filipino food. It's just...different. Because Malaysian food are similar to Thai food. The names are different, for example, in Thailand, the food is called with these names, and in Malaysia, it's the same food, only with different names.

3. Which is the most fun thing for you to do when you are at home?
Onnies: You want the true answer? 8) Okay. Whenever I'm at home, I'll try to finish up my costumes as I can. Umm...that's not very fun, right? |D besides that, the most fun thing to do is to sleep, running away from work and all. Even so, I'm still happy to do cosplay. :)

(Questions marked with a "*" means the questions weren't considered valid.)
Please support Onnies, Baozi and Hana by clicking like or following their pages!! :3

Baozi and Hana
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hanaandbaozi
WorldCosplay: http://worldcosplay.net/member/24609
Instagram: moemoebaozi & moemoehana
Weibo: http://weibo.com/coserbaozi , http://weibo.com/coserhana

Facebook: www.facebook.com/onniesm
WorldCosplay: http://worldcosplay.net/en/member/onnies
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DearOnnies

Link to the photo at the end of the video: https://www.facebook.com/hanaandbaozi/photos/pcb.535249376619921/535248643286661/?type=1&theater

Friday, August 15, 2014

15 Aug 2014 (3): AMG 2014 special [Stayxxxx] -updated-


Song playlist:
|| Till I Die - Mica Caldito cover version
|| Before My Body is Dry - Mika Kobayashi
|| Kokoro no Placard - AKB48


Alrightey, people, let's get this show on a roll, shall we? :)

Before we get onto the post, I will have a little intro here.

Stayxxxx is a cosplayer from Taiwan who caught my interest when I saw her Sebastian Michaelis cosplay that was a feature in one of the COSMODE magazine back in 2009. Ever since that time, I've been looking for ways of means to keep up with her cosplays. Occasionally I would still bump into her cosplay photos at some websites, but I was still unable to find a website that I can keep up with her with.
I managed to find her FB fanpage soon, and from then on, I was able to keep up with her again.
I really admire Stay for her passion and the amount of dedication she puts into her cosplays. She never really puts up any sort of "progress" photos, but through the final product of her photos, you can really see the amount of dedication she has. The intricate details in her costumes and props, the skills in makeup, character portrayal, every single detail is to perfection.
She is also selfless, always putting her fans as her priority. She is very nice and very caring too.
Stay is also quite frail as she falls sick a bit too easily, which is why she rarely accepts overseas event invitation. 
I never really tried to talk to her through FB because I know she is also busy with work and what not and there are also probably so many people trying to catch her attention by spamming her. Most of the time I was just admiring her from afar and admiring her photos.

So, to have her at an event which I know gives me a high chance to meet her in person, I am just astounded!

Stay initially had been to Malaysia twice before this: once during Comic Fiesta 2013 and once in a certain Penang event. I missed out on the chance to meet her during CF last year because I was busy with another overseas friend. OwO

To be able to meet her in person this time, up close and personal, I'm just...I feel like it was just a dream but it was reality! And with this...quite a number of people have seen how my reaction was at the sight of Stay in person.

For day 1, she was cosplaying as Houka Inumuta from "Kill la Kill", which happens to be one of my favorite cosplays from her!

 I took this quick sneak shot of her before I had to head back to the stage area to prepare for the AMG Idols.
I AM JUST...CRYING at the sight of her Inumuta cosplay! And damn, she is very tall~ @w@

After the end of the AMG Idol prelims round, I stayed back to watch the cosplay competition (with the purpose of watching Stay from afar). I took a seat at the front row of the crowd which gave me a good view of the judges' table xD

 Taken while the competition was going on! Stay was amused with one of the groups' performance, hence that big smile on her face~ xD
The other two cosplayers that were with her as the judges are Angie and Kazuko. :)

 Jotting down some notes and all that.....
Let me just emphasize on how moe Angie is. Kazuko too~ :'3

 A little deliberation between the judges.

I like this sneak shot the most xD;;
All three judges look so cute! //rolling around

 The judges giving a little poses for the photographers to snap away with their cameras. ///////



There's only one thing I would like to say: there is not one shot where all three of them looked at my camera sobs.

For day 1, most of it were just photos of Stay. After the competition was over, I ran over to her booth to line up and waited for the autograph session!

That was pretty much it for day 1.

And I pretty much also YOLO-ed to come for day 2, specifially to attend the on-stage interview.

The on-stage interview began at about 12.45pm-ish?? And I was lucky enough to grab a front row seat (in which in the end, I was pushed to the front of the stage by a mob of fangirls orz)

Here are a couple of photos that I managed to take before the start of the interview session. :)

Stay was cosplaying as Drocell from "Kuroshitsuji". All the fabulous details on her costume makes me wanna cry. ;w;

She came to the edge of the stage on purpose to let us take her photos!! I am really really amazed by the awesomeness of her cosplay~ QvQ
And this was taken pretty up close too!!


 And then BAM! she was looking straight at my phone's camera!

She held her pose long enough for me to take the similar pose twice as she was still looking at my direction. AIN'T SHE PRETTY,

Ah, and I also managed to record the entire on-stage interview! I've uploaded the video on Youtube and here it is for your convenience.

All interview questions were posted beforehand for screening and what not, and I actually had one of my questions asked xD;; oh, and by the way, her translator-slash-PR personnel is my friend owo)/

I managed to take a full body shot of Stay!! Although the lighting kind of screwed up the photo orz

 Focusing on keeping my phone still as well as being able to see Stay's face in person wwwww
You can see my "Idol" pass properly xD

Photo by: Aarinfantasy Media Team

 Not sure of the reason why I was smiling like mad, but I really love this shot as well xD

Photo by: Aarinfantasy Media Team

A large group phot, and yayyy I'm in! xD
 I just realized that I am being acknowledged as a true fan of Stay by Aarin herself ;w;)/

Photo by: Aarinfantasy Media Team
 Because a selfie on stage is alway awesome. And look at my face there. Too epic ady xD;;;

 Photo by: Shaun

Another sneak shot of the judges. Best not to disturb them anymore _(:'3

Right after the interview session, I ran all the way to her booth to wait for the next autograph session. xD there were already a couple of people waiting ahead of me in line (about five or six of them?), at least it was better than the day before orz.

As promised to her the day before (she told me to come back on day 2 instead so that she can take a photo with me) and also with the permission from the committees, I managed to get the pink macaron handphone strap, and also....THIS!!

We were allowed to take a photo together with Stay!! I was so nervous to meet her up close in person, and she was really nice! I presented to her the Makoto badge and she was really happy with it :')

The next time I was lucky enough to bump into Stay again was when she was outside her room. She was kind enough to stop for pictures, and eventually, we all wanted selfies with her. xD


Look at how she is posingggg~

 Alright, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. I present to you...


I FINALLY MANAGED TO TAKE A SELFIE WITH HER! Damn, she is really tall! And she is really, really nice!! She has this aura that makes me very excited and nervous at the same time when I was standing next to her xD;;


Over all, I really really REALLY enjoyed AMG this year because of Stay! Stay really was a nice person, and although I didn't get to talk much to her, she shows a lot of appreciation towards me. My respect and love for her has grown rapidly this time, and I will definitely continue to support her for the years to come :')

I really can't thank the organizing committees enough for bringing in my ultimate favorite cosplayer who I had been admiring longer than any other international cosplayers out there. :')

Either way, I made this as a special early birthday present for myself, and not once have I ever felt regretful for attending this event. :)

Okay, so there is one more post that I owe you guys, but I don't think I have any more energy to do that. I'm already so old, for crying out loud. =w=

Alright, I guess it's time to hit the sack! I'm very exhausted from sitting in front of the laptop almost the entire night orz

Once again, thank you for reading my posts and stay tuned for more updates in the future! :)



(P.S: Aarin sent this collage to me as a birthday present. She also mentioned about how she could see that I was a very loyal fan of Stayxxxx~ QuQ)

Photo by: Aarinfantasy Media Team
Photo arrange: Aarin Cheah

I am such a slow potato and I only recently found out that Stayxxxx posted the following pictures on her Facebook page. DO TAKE NOTE that the following pictures are genuinely taken BY HER, BY HER PHONE, and I specifically do not own any of the pictures. Link to the original pictures on the page will be provided along with the pictures below. Click on the link provided, like the pictures and like her page too! SUPPORT STAY PLEASE. :3

YESSSS REACH OUT THAT HAND (and I am sorry to have blocked your face, oh dear person standing beside me ;~;)

Photo by: Stayxxxx (Original photo)

All the excited faces. AND I SEE LEENA. HI LEENA.

Photo by: Stayxxxx (Original photo)

My secret to looking good in sudden photo-takings by your favorite artist/idol/cosplayer/person: pose readily, and keep that pose. And I really mean keep the same pose. 

Photo by: Stayxxxx (Original photo)

Nothing is better than taking a selfie from the stage, and hell, I tried squeezing in as much as possible for this shot ;-; (gomenasai to the person whom I squeezed on orz)

Photo by: Stayxxxx (Original photo, and also read her thoughts after attending AMG here! :D)


15 Aug 2014 (2): AniManGaki 2014 (day 2) report

Currently feeling: HIGH. Talking about Pusheen with a couple of friends haha. XD (P.S: someone trying to poison me to watch "Tokyo Ghoul " hurrrrr

Song playlist:
|| The entire KILL la KILL soundtrack vol.2 album


Alright! I'm back, and we shall be moving on to the post about AMG 2014 day 2! I didn't wear anything too fancy or any wigs at all for day 2. Plus, I wasn't in the finals for the AMG Idol so I was pretty much free to roam around the entire event venue. :3

One lesson I learnt for sure, apparently, is to use my good ol' Nokia N8 phone to take selfies next time. I mean, the quality is better than my Samsung phone's front camera. You will see the photos for your self later |D (cursed myself badly because of that mistake lol. Oh well, sobs)

For day 2, I went to Sunway via train and my imouto, Mae, picked me up from the train station to Sunway. We went to eat first before grabbing a strategic spot for Stayxxxx's on-stage interview. After that, it was down to hunting people and taking selfies wheeeee~

Similar to before, the photos I'm about to post are all mine unless stated. I've already asked permission from the original owner of the pics, so no worries xD

Starting off the day with a selfie with my darling Mae! Mae is one of my closest friend in the local ACG community and we go all the way back to 2009 when I first got to know about the local ACG scene. :)


The moe moe Yuukii as Anna Kushina, Red King version.
Someone  please send help. Yuukii is much majestic. I crey. THEM FEATHERS.

With the ever so lovely Nao! :3
Nao babeh I missed you so much~ *hearts*

Pretty pretty Rosa as Momoi from KuroBasu!! :3
Now I see why a lot of girls like to take selfies in this toilet. NICE LIGHTING IS NICE.

The man behind the lens and in charge of all the wonderful photos in the Black Rabbit Photography page, with his alias "Hexlord", it's Thomas!! OwO)/
Never had the chance to work with him yet (always taking selfies together but no photoshoots sob), but one day I will!! *w*
Thomas is one of those who had also supported me a lot since the beginning of my C2AGE committee year in 2012 until 2013, so I'm really grateful to him. :'D

And oh, Mae's accidental photobomb at the back there haha xD

Sexy sexy Vian as Gheyb -- I mean, Aoba 8'D
I swear to Pusheen, Vian, your legs and tummy are illegal. //molest molest

Introducing to you, my new husband~ *w*)/
No, really. No thanks to Serena orz. Serena just pulled Syn over to me and told me that "Nah, this is your husband~" and all of a sudden, Syn starts with all the pickup lines on me.
I swear, I was blushing the whole time Syn wrapped his arm around me aaaaaaaa

*continues blushing*


I haven't been hanging out with Zee a lot, but it is always great to meet her around in events!! :3

Photo by: Zien Yee

The Satsuki brow game is strong. ALL HAIL SATSUKI-SAMA.

Photo by: Unagi Nagi

Le group photo! This is the gang that I hang out with most of the time on day 2~ :3
From left: Mae, Haruhi, Miharu, me and Grace.

Photo by: Haruhi

Selfie with Shiki! It's always nice to be surrounded by a lot of good-looking people HUEHUE
 From left: Grace, Shiki, me, Haruhi, Miharu, Mae~ 8D

Photo by: Miharu

Another group selfie with better lighting!! :D
 I like Miharu's facial expression here 8D

Photo by: Haruhi


Ah, got the chance to bump into Amelea @ Mocchi!! Amelea is a model, currently working full-time in Japan! She already has a fanbase in Japan even before she started working there, and her achievement is splendid! I'm loving all her new works in Japan! :)
Really proud of my girl :'D

And oh, may I introduce to you, Amelea, who is also the girlfriend of Hibiki Tokai, the man behind H.T Production. xD

I should really introduce you to this person too!
She is another long-time friend of mine, and her name is Elie! The both of us also go back all the way to 2009, and we became kind of like sisters because of how she always took care of me, even if it is through words on Facebook. I really adore her very much for her patience with me, and also for being a strong person she really is. :')
We met in person only once before this, and it was back in CF2010. We never had the chance to meet again after that, until just during AMG day 2! I'm really really happy to meet her again!!

Lots of love to my dear neechan, Elie ~ *hearts and huggles*

Let me just emphasize on how cute/pretty/moe Weiss really is in this shot xD

Casually took this pic coz I was dead bored at that time hahaha |D

Waited forever for Miharu and Jude to finish their photoshoot =w=
I like Jude's expression here HAHAHAHA

This is one of my dear kouhai from my high school! Her name is Natsuki, but usually we just refer each other as senpai and kouhai xD
I love her for her quirkiness and her honesty. She is who she is, and most of all, she is also from my high school~!

Unfortunately, this was the first and last time I'll be meeting her in person as she will be heading to Penang to study soon. ;w;)/
Remember, kouhai. Senpai will always love you no matter what. TTwTT)

Haruhi-neechan as shota Nagisa Hazuki huehuee //huggles

 Introducing to you, Calvin! He is the person behind Calvin Pixels Photography and the person who did my underwater photoshoot back in March. :3
Support him!!!!!

 Moe moe Ichi as Charlotte from Infinite Stratos!! Ichi is like my fellow fangirl partner, and we only got to know each other back in May haha xD

My shot together with Satsuki-sama by Unagi Nagi. Much majestic brows.

 Going derp mode with Satsuki-sama. My face not so derp here, but Nagi's face is priceless 8D

 AND MAY I INTRODUCE TO YOU THIS BEAUTIFUL HUMAN BEING. Her name is Joe Yee, and we call her JY for short. She is cosplaying as Camus (Joker Trap ver) from UtaPri and she is HELLA HOT. //infinite molesting
Yes, I edited this photo nicely on purpose to enhance JY's hotness huehue //gets punched

 Playing around with Miharu's crown prop while she was busy with other people |D

Showing some MakoHaru love!
Kazu as Haru and Teva as Makoto! :)

 Not cosplaying as Sheryl Nome, sadly, or else I can have a Brera as my partner ;w;)/
Serena tersayang is cosplaying as Brera~ xD

 Pretty girl, Jyeng :3

 Another pretty girl, Asleno xD

 My shot with my kawan, Zee~ xD

 Nyanyanya together with another ikemen, Snowwww~ :3
Your Makishima cos is HNGHHHH

My girl, Chelcy!! Cosplaying as Ranka~ XD

A friend from college, Rima is cosplaying as C.C~ :3
I missed you a lot too~ ;w;

 Finally met Irie @ Aivee in person!! Your adorable Gou hnghhhh

 Casually stalking Kuro and Aivy's photoshoot HUAHUAHUAHUA


 Noh, don't ask me what is the situation lol.

 Gems did the Nudist Beach pose before settling down to take this photo with me xD;;
//touches chest

 Met with the adorable Angela halfway before I head down and we decided to take this group photo xD
I'm sorry my hands are short and we can't see you, Red~ ;w;

 Another lenglui, Mikimikimikiiiiii~ :3

 Former JOG president, Alvin! It's nice to meet you again, bro~ :3

My pretty college senpai, Wings!! :3
We always seem to meet with each other at the last minute ;w;

 Together with another college senpai, Alison! :D

And another one college senpai, Kura!! Yeap, he is the man behind Kura Pixx~ xD


After that, I literally ran all the way to the bus stop to catch the bus which arrived just in time xD;;

And that was the conclusion of day 2!

To conclude everything, I really, really had a lot of fun with all my friends, just taking selfies, having little chats and all the funny little moments. It's hard to just explain everything using words, but I really had one of the best time of my life on that day.
It was pretty tiring, walking up and down the entire venue the whole day to hunt for people, but the fun and the people I met was all worth it. :3

I don't have any bad comments on the event since I really had fun with everyone, so...yea! If you were there, even if it was just for a while, you would know what I mean. :)

as for the loot from the event, I didn't get much. Not even many coscards coz I wasn't really asking from everyone haha xD

 These are my loots from day 1! :)
The Anna Sui-inspired contact lens cases and Pusheen were COD-ed from Yuukii, and I regarded it as birthday presents to myself.

And I also got myself two pieces of prints from Taiwanese cosplayer, Stayxxxx! On day 1, I got her to sign the Makoto one~ :3

And these are the loot from day 2!
I have my AniManGaki Idol 2014 pass which gave me free access to the event for both days. I will treasure this properly because it is my first ever participant's pass~ QvQ
Then I have two badges which I bought from the Dreaming Dreams booth. Top badge is Nagisa from "AKB0048", and the bottom one is Sousuke from "Free! Eternal Summer". I initially had a third badge, which was Makoto from "Free!" also, but I gave it as a present to Stayxxxx during the day 2 autograph session :3 (eventually I gave the Sousuke badge to my younger sister anyway, so I'm left with only one badge =3=)
Next, I have the other print from Stayxxxx, which is her Makishima cosplay one. I had her sign this one on day 2.
And lastly is that pink macaron handphone decoration. Story behind this? Before the start of Stayxxxx autograph session on day 2, they had this little lucky draw session and whoever was lucky enough to raise our hands quickly will be given little souvenirs from Taiwan that Stayxxxx brought over. I was one of the lucky ones and I got it!! :D

I will treasure each and every loot properly :3


And I guess that's it!!

But, wait, there's more!

I have another post coming up soon, solely focusing on my encounter with Stayxxxx. Stay tuned!! :D