Saturday, October 11, 2014

Revisiting Resolutions 2014

Can't believe it is already the last quarter of the year! Time always goes so fast.

At the beginning of the year, I decided to be super ambitious and make a whole list of resolutions to aim for this 2014. Definitely overshot the margin, but I am happy with the few things I have accomplished. Since we have nearly come to an end, I'll narrow it down.

Acquire job

I am grateful that I managed to get a sweet full time job that I'm decent at! (If I say so myself) 

I have to say I enjoy my time at work more than I ever imagined I would. Co-workers are friendly and are dedicated to doing an awesome job for their clients, so we all work together to create the best work for them. 

I'm putting my skills into good use, though I always aim to improve even more! Learned a lot this year and becoming faster at front-end development which is pretty cool. I feel a sense of accomplishment when completing more difficult projects - its like a game, where I can pass all the checkpoints to reach the next objective! #gamifylife

I would still like to learn more code when I have the time. Everything is always changing in the dev world. This month I unpaused my Team Treehouse membership, so will be learning/revising some concepts.

Get fit

This goal hasn't been that successful to be completely honest! In the beginning of the year, I was super pumped to keep it up but as things go - the passion died out really quickly! Coincidentally, it died out around the daylight savings in March. I started making excuses that I didn't want to walk to the gym at night time. 

I have since started this goal again! It's still bright after work, so there is more daylight to kill. Aiming for at least three times a week. Started to play some casual badminton with workmates recently - and hell, its much more fun than going to the gym! Yay~ let's do this. Time to invest in a cheap badminton bat? Yep.

Cosplay

Honestly, there are higher priorities for me right now. I would love to have some time to make a costume though. If I had three wishes, one of them would be to have more hours in a day to do hobbies! Let's see if I can make that costume by Armageddon time /o\ Maybe its a good idea to post progress here to keep up the motivations haha. 

C'mon Nico, you are a speedy sewer when you put your mind to it! #selfmotivation

Opinions

Maybe I have become too busy to care and think about this.
Let me come back to this sometime. But yes, people's opinions still affect me. 

Not too much at work, while I'm in the code zone though haha :) Or around my close friends, and like-minded people.

More at family gatherings and group events I think /o\ I'm still the awkward turtle.

If there's a specific goal, I can talk fine. If its small talk, save me please!

The Rest

This year has been very much a work-oriented year. And from a month ago, independence!

But, its great! Even though I made that scary, long list at the beginning of the year ... I'm happy with the few things I accomplished thus far. I am glad I took the web development course. I am happy with that one thing - getting a job that I love and being good at it. If a shy girl like me can do it, I think anyone can as long as you are passionate about it! 

PASSION IS EVERYTHING (ノ´ヮ´)ノ*:・゚✧

I am human, and there have been some downsides but that is okay. Better to focus on the positive things in life. Especially with the little time there is to chill! 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Japan Day 2014!

In the weekend, I went to Japan Day! Had a great day enjoying japanese culture, eating japanese cuisine and seeing people again ^^.

There were quite a few cosplayers there who were helping out the Overload stand~ Ah, I love the atmosphere around the group ... maybe I don't know many of the people very well but they are always friendly and welcoming.

Since I did not have a cosplay prepared I was contemplating either wearing my Norway cosplay again, or wearing my go-to schoolgirl lolita outfit. I decided the latter, since I imagined the weather would be quite warm.

Here's Amey and I~


And *cough* obligatory selfie lol.


I saw and had a chat with some fellow cosplayers.




I ate delicious food.

There was a long line at the Takoyaki stand, but it was so worth it. Nom.


There was also this special samurai ramen for only $4! Also very yummy.


Navigating through the various stands~

Oh, looky there it's a Titan!


Traditional Japanese Dolls.


Portable Shrine.


Witnessing the cooking process of takoyaki! 

Sort of inspiring me to get out my pan out again to make a hopefully successful attempt haha.


A random balloon structure that looked pretty neat.


Professional ice sculpting!


I thought this stand had very cute signage ^^. 

I love how they incorporate mascots.


There was also this guy, who was singing a candyfloss jingle! I very much admired his enthusiasm, and it sold me the candyfloss haha. Haven't eaten candyfloss in so long that I almost forgot how good it tasted.


After going through the showgrounds a few times, we decided to take a break and had an attempt at Geocaching. We reached some cool spots that we never would have found if not for the directions~

Amey looking cool at the top of the hill.


The roots of this tree were pretty intricate, and nothing like I ever seen before!


We headed back and joined in the bon odori dance near the stage. It's some kind of traditional dance in the culture, and seems to incorporate a lot of hand movements.

To be honest, I was nervous about joining but then I was like "Oh, what the hell" and it turned out to be really fun to participate in. Should do this kinda thing more often ^^

You never regret the steps you take, but you always regret the ones you don't.

Here was my haul at the end of the day~

$5 Snack Pack from Japan Mart! I always enjoy looking at the cute food japanese food packaging. Sometimes, I cut the package carefully so I can keep and look at them again hehe.



Some books from the secondhand books stall for $1 each. 

Mostly children's books. Didn't realise that I bought a book about toilet training hippo until I tried to read it. Oh well, now I will never forget the word for poop in Japanese (うんち).


Not part of Japan Day, but since I'm a roll with posting pictures ..

I bought some Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyoujin) cellphone straps from Angie's group buy! Thanks to Angie for organising it <3


All in all, it was a great day!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Paramore and Frozen

On the 19th January 2014, I went to the Paramore concert in Auckland! I wasn't sure I was going because I didn't know anybody who wanted to come with me, but at Christmas I discovered that my cousin was a big fan as well so we decided to go together. We actually still do have a lot of the same music tastes, even from when we were younger. It was an amazing experience, and I was honoured to be in the presence of the band, and Hayley Williams' amazing voice! Her voice really is powerful and resonant live! She is such an inspiration to me! Not just her voice, but her style and fashion is really unique and adventurous, and she doesn't care what people think. The only thing I regret is not buying a General Admission. It looked like a lot of fun to be in the whole concert vibe.

Now present self is wishing past self wrote this all down the moment after arriving back home from the concert. Because I was so buzzing with energy and excitement that night. Haha, well there's the videos to help me reminisce the feeling.

( Paramore! )

The Opening Act, Twenty One Pilots was also very good! Their music style is quite unique from what is on the charts. I really like the mix of genres they have there, and the pumping beat. The duo did an amazing drum performance at the end as well.


Ended up watching Frozen twice! Once for regular viewing with Lunatarius and the second time on Waitangi Day again with Rinelle and Rolly as well >u<)b. The first time I watched it, I did not know what to expect. I just hoped it wouldn't be so 'kiddy' because the poster and trailer made it seem that way. When I watched it, I was mind-blown, and throughout the whole movie experience I was riveted with emotion. I was glad I brought tissues .. ALL MY FEELS! And who knew Kristen Bell could sing so well!? I was filled with awe. It turned out she was classically trained in musical theatre before becoming an actress. Frozen was a very heart-warming story, fueled with girl power and celebrates the bond between sisters. It isn't the first Disney animated movie where the girl rebels against order though. I feel Brave exerts this message more.

( Closet cosplay of Anna from Frozen for the Sing-a-long haha )

I liked how Anna was clumsy, and not typically princess-like. It kind of made her more relatable in a way. You always get a clumsy male character, but for girl they are usually meant to be composed and everything. She is a bit naive, yes but that's all part of the character development. She's been stuck in the castle all her life, and hasn't experienced what it is like to be in the outside world. The combination of her carefree spirit and her excitement about finally seeing the other side of the fence might have muddled with her mind. I guess she does take things a bit far though haha.

As for Elsa, it must have been very traumatising for her with the events in the beginning. I could feel how much pain she was feeling - about both having to hide her true 'self' and how she felt she had to keep a fair distance from Anna to protect her. When Elsa escaped and was able to truly let go, and be who she really was - she finally felt free. After all those years of hiding, it must have been a good release! There was a fair bit of character development for both of the sisters. Of course, the timing wasn't very realistic because in real life these things take a larger amount of time to shape up.

Anywhoo...

( "Hoo! Hoo! Big Summer Blowout!" - Oaken *shot* )

I can't get over how great the songs are~ I feel like doing some covers just for fun haha. Found a few easy chords for guitar that work for "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?" and for the pop version of "Let it Go".

Last night I ended up playing for three hours. I'm surprised I still remember the chords since I haven't played properly in a month. Hurrah for muscle memory! Bb and Bm are still a bit hard to reach at the moment .. so gotta stretch those fingers~ I am not very good at guitar yet since I pretty much only use two basic strumming patterns for most songs, but it is fun to be able to play and sing at the same time.

Frozen Chords

 Do You Want to Build a Snowman
 Let it Go (Idina Menzel)
 Let it Go (Demi Lovato)
 First Time in Forever

INB4 slow at blogging.

Dear self, please update more often and then in thirty years you'll have a nice time capsule to look back to!