Oct 16, 2013

When Earthquake Strikes

Early morning of October 15, 2013, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake shook the grounds of our province. I was half asleep when it happened. I was in bed when suddenly, my closet was shaking and the glass of my cabinet was vibrating loudly (it's like it's going to break). I was like, "Is this a dream? Maybe this will just end.", so I did not get up right away but it seems the quake didn't stop and that's when I tried to call my mom. I was shouting like a child and I heard no response from my mom. Fortunately, my sister who was already outside our house, heard my screams and went back to wake me up on my senses and instructed me to get outside of the house immediately. I felt like I was going to break down and cry because of the strong shaking, thinking that our house might collapse anytime now. The strong shaking ended but numerous aftershocks were felt. I felt like my head is spinning and it gave me a headache.

The first thing I checked when I went inside my room after the earthquake was my figure collection. This is how my collection looked liked after the quake:
My C.C. Chibi Arts stumbled to the side, my nendoroids were like doing a harlem shake, my Itachi figure is now leaning towards Shinobu, the Exia looks like it lost its pose and is trying to strike Asuka, Naruto is down with my Timex watch, Hanekawa's shiro cat jumped off from her head, (not seen in picture) Rob's drumset was scattered, and (not seen in picture) Saber's Excalibur was detached.
For now, I removed those figures without stands because they tend to wobble easily which causes my other figures to be unsteady. I placed Hanekawa's cats below her so they wouldn't drop and I did not return Saber's Excalibur yet.

Because it happened on a weekday, I thought that I still need to go to work. When I was on my way to the office, a heavy rain occurred. Great. I arrived in the company's gates, wet from rain, just to be informed that there will be no work. Argh. No one informed me! I received a message from my officemate but it was too late. I was like, "This is the unluckiest day ever!"

Aftershocks are still happening until now. My headache isn't getting any better. I feel like the ground isn't stopping from shaking. This is by far the worst earthquake I have ever experienced.

Oct 10, 2013

Gothic Lolita Photoshoot

Last Saturday, I went to a photoshoot. This was my first photoshoot experience where I was the only model. It was fun and exciting, considering that the theme is Gothic Lolita in a cemetery location. I love lolita fashion and yep, you read that right, the photoshoot took in a cemetery location. It's kind of scary to think but as long as I'm not alone, I won't be scared. My college friend Wena, who has a great talent in photography, has organized the photoshoot and invited my other college friend Daisy and also her two colleagues at work as photographers so there were a total of four photographers.

The costume I wore was my first ever costume when I started cosplaying. I wore it first five years ago in the first UP Otaku Fest. For the photoshoot, I decided to make some adjustments and enhancements on the costume. I had my seamstress fit the costume to me properly as it was initially loose, so that it would show more curves on my body. I also matched the costume with a pair of black gloves and wore a lolita hat instead of a maid headdress. For the accessories, I used a gold heart-shaped necklace (I used a silver one last time and because it was way back years ago already, I can't find it anymore), matching it with gold ring and earrings with black stones.

The photos turned out really good. I'm really glad I modeled for this photoshoot. Here are some of the photos, credits are watermarked/captioned accordingly:

photo by Aldomar
We had an eerie experience at this location of the photo because Wena's camera suddenly hanged up and so she decided to take a break at this point. >_<

 I really enjoyed the photoshoot. I was kind of guilty when I arrived late all because my fake eyelashes didn't stick right away. I will make sure to prepare more on the next photoshoot. Thank you very much to my wonderful photographer friends! ^_^

PS. To all the graves we bothered for the photoshoot, we are very sorry for the disturbance we have caused. >_<

Oct 7, 2013

I want a Bokura ga Ita Season 2

I've posted last year about how I was a fan of Bokura ga Ita. The live-action movie did a lot of changes to somehow make the story a little different but I think the changes didn't actually made a big difference and the story was just similar to the whole plot of Bokura ga Ita and it ended the story just as how the manga was ended.

Takahashi Nanami and Yano Motoharu in Bokura ga Ita anime

Now, my utmost request is for a Bokura ga Ita anime second season because I want to have the anime to have an ending. If only studio ArtLand will pick this up again and do the second season, then I will be at peace. They can actually follow the manga since the live-action movie was short and  like I said, there were a lot of changes made to fit into the movie size and to have some unexpected scenes.

I want to see Takahashi and Yano again. I want to hear their surreal soundtracks again. I've been listening to their theme songs until now which were compiled in Bokura ga Ita Vocal Album: Eien CD. I've been dying to buy a physical album but it's already sold out when I discovered about the album and my only hope is to purchase a pre-owned one in Amazon Japan which cost a lot already. If only the Japanese band Mi will reunite and do some Bokura ga Ita songs again. I want to hear the piano of Ootsu Miki again. I want to hear Sasaki Nozomi sing some of the theme songs again. I want to listen to Katou Izumi's calm voice in her songs again. Ahh, I feel really nostalgic thinking about Bokura ga Ita.

I miss Bokura ga Ita. I want the anime to have a conclusion. I want a second season of Bokura ga Ita. I hope I'm not the only one who thinks this way. I will forever be haunted by the bittersweet feeling that the anime has left me. Some famous anime were reanimated and some were remastered but I only want a second season. Is it too much to ask for? As long as there is no second season, I will not be in peace. T^T