Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Hello Netflix!

Dear lonely blog, I should give you more attention so old lady me will have something to look back on. Life's been good. There was a whole stressful situation back in September but fuckin' glad that's over so I can lax again. Sometimes, things turn out better when you're pushed to make a change.

So like, I caved in and went for the free month of Netflix ... and you know that when you go for these trials, they have you in for the long haul.


Ended up binge watching a few series - Master of None and IT Crowd to be specific.

The IT Crowd
I don't know why I didn't watch The IT Crowd earlier .. so funny and geektastic .. it got me rolling around in stitches. Moss was my favourite character - he's so smart but super oblivious in social situations. Much like Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory. It's crazy how the guys end up causing trouble wherever they go, without realising it haha.

Oh man, there was this one part where Moss thought he was meeting a guy to teach him how to cook, but the guy actually got his English wrong ... and actually, he was looking for someone offering to let themselves be cooked and eaten by him! They laughed off the misunderstanding, and ended up watching Ocean's Eleven on his wide screen TV. Even though he had acquired this dangerous information about the guy, he brings around Roy to meet him too .. just so they can watch movies on his awesome television. Oh dear, oh dear ...

Master of None
Master of None is also pretty funny. Ansari takes serious topics and makes it easier to consume. It's about this Indian actor who was born and raised in America. In the series, he touches upon white privilege in casting movies/shows, relating to immigrant parents, feminism and relationships.

There was this one part where Dev (the main character) had admired this Indian actor who was in a big movie .. but it turned out he was a white guy in brownface. I think this highlights a big issue ... but things are changing because of shows like this!

It's great to see that there is more diversity appearing in television. First with Fresh off the Boat, and now with Master of None. I'd be lying if I didn't get even a little excited when I see an asian character in a mainstream show without it being a one-dimensional stereotype.

Other stuff I've been watching
Steve Jobs - The Billion Dollar Hippy
Scream Queens
The Office (UK)
The Secret
Ant Man
The Walk
The Martian

After much binging, I think I ought to do something a bit more productive ... hey, its been a while since I drew anything huh.


Here's a few drawings I created during Inktober~


My creative side needs to be ignited again!

Alas, I have a commission to do T__T

Until next time~

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Cosplay feelings

It was Auckgeddon last weekend .. wrapping up the con season for the year. This year there was a group for Popstar! League of Legends characters so I joined in. Unfortunately, I missed seeing some people T__T but there is always the next event~

(Above: Me as Popstar! Lux - Photographed by Lennon Nguyen)

(Above: Silly photo with friends)

(Above: With other League of Legend cosplayers! They all looked so awesome. I was so awkward haha *shot*)

After the event had passed, it seemed that a lot of people shared their thoughts about how cosplay was empowering to them in some way. And, I must say that it has empowered me as well. Come and read my story~

In my high school years, I was extremely shy and constantly worried too much about what people thought of me. I hardly went for the things I wanted to do including simple things like dressing up in cute clothes and wearing makeup. I was self conscious about the things I liked, how I looked, what I thought and how I acted because none of it seemed to be the norm in my little world.

Of course, there are many things that have helped shaped me into the way I am today. Still shy, but more confident and proud of what I like to do. Cosplay was one of those things. I voiced my thoughts and feelings about how I was scared of doing cosplay to my friend Amey, but you know what .. she said "Who cares what people think? Just do it cos you want to." Maybe she didn't realise it at that time, but feeling that acceptance really helped me!

Cosplay taught me how to put on makeup, sew clothes, sew plushies .. and now make armour. It has taught me to feel okay about the way I look, feel okay about being a complete dork at heart, and find out that there are plenty people out there who don't think this stuff is weird!

Some of those insecure thoughts were really stupid when I think about them now. They were all based on what other people thought ... and if people have a problem with stuff you like, thats all it is - their problem.

Anyone can cosplay, no matter what~!