Boy, do I have a ton of events and shoots I have yet to write about! The past few months have been such a big (wonderful) whirlwind of stuff that I really haven't been able to just sit down and sort out my photos and thoughts the way I want to.
That's why I've been severely lacking in updates over here, but my Facebook page
have been getting a fair bit of action. I feel like on those sites I can just thought vomit and blurt things out.
This page though has significant sentimental value to me because it was the starting point for so many things. I wouldn't even know where to begin. So it's rather special to me and I feel like I should put a little more thought into my posts here. I've kind of been overdoing it though! So now I'll share some of the posts I've been making on my other sites, to get my writing rhythm back a bit.
There's a LOT that's been going on! I have yet to write about our Baguio trip, a couple of photo shoots, Cosplay Mania XI, spending time with overseas cosplayers pinkyluxun
and lots of other new friends, our trip to Cebu, etc.
First night in Baguio
Our very foggy first night (or rather, early morning) in Baguio. It had been a long time since I last found myself immersed in fog, so this was a very welcome sight. I could not help sticking my head out the van window to take it all in.
The thick mist concealed the road on some parts, and it was like driving on a bed of clouds. It amplified the glow of the street lamps. This was at around 2AM so it was also unusually quiet. Well, save for the racket our lot was making. We joked that it would have felt like Silent Hill, though with us around it wouldn't be very silent at all.
Looking at this snapshot, I recall thinking about Sleepy Hollow when I took it. Had I not been with my friends, perhaps this may have seemed scary to me. But if our lot can make Helena by My Chemical Romance seem like the happiest song in the world,
Sleepy Hollow can look like a playground.
SO LONG AND GOODNIGHT, SO LOOOOONG AND GOODNIIIIIIIIIGHTTTT
There is much that needs to be said about this Baguio trip but I'll save that for later!
My Chemical Romance Karaoke
Part of my plan for celebrating with my friends was a karaoke session, so after lunch the ten of us headed over to Red Box. Apart from having a lot of our 90s guilty pleasure songs, we love it there because they have
My Chemical Romance.
Our first MCR song choice was Helena, as it is our sort of group anthem and/or running joke (as I had written about here
The background video was completely lame so we took the liberty of doing the actions from the original music video.
We find it very difficult to pass up a chance to parody Helena. Out of love, of course.
Sometimes I wonder if it's a traumatizing experience to watch me and my friends do karaoke from a stranger's perspective.
(Not like you can see it here but I chose that day to wear red eye makeup Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge-style, LOL)I Don't Love You
Melo (Maid Macho
) had a stab at this song.Teenagers
. Another boring replacement video for such a fun song, boo.
Okay now this is just ridiculous. The song is of course Ghost of You
and the background video to accompany those heartbreaking lines comprised of totally mundane things like this chick watching TV with such mind-blasting indifference.
Now that's just lazy! What a travesty! It was supposed to be one of my favorite music videos! Still, Welcome To The Black Parade
was very fun to sing as a group. I had a ball being the second voice while Miguel merkymerx
and Melo BallistaShark
sang the main parts. Watching the way they moved, it was pretty apparent how much time they must have spent just staring at Gerard Way throughout the years.
Not quite the Black Parade.
Somewhere during this session, Melo (not for the first time) screamed, "I'M GAY FOR GERARD WAY!" And there was much manly understanding in the room.
CAN YOU IMAGINE MY JOY UPON SEEING THAT ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGS FROM DANGER DAYS WAS THERE? I thought that even just hoping for a song from Danger Days would already be asking for too much, but they actually had Planetary (GO!)
Melo, Erving, China, me, Miguel, Myk, EJ, and Dom's back (I think)
Not everyone in our group was familiar with this song but I asked everyone to just please please stand up and PARTY WITH ME!
I'm really happy my friends are a bunch that easily obliges to such requests. Much partying was had. And all was good.
And now several of them can't stop listening to Planetary (GO!). Just as planned.
My friends got me a series of small cakes from a Chinese bakeshop. This was the grape-flavored cake. I had never even considered the idea of a grape cake before, so it was the first one I tried.
It was a rather cute little thing, topped with grape, a slice of dragonfruit, and some fruit-flavored chocolate bits.
There was a layer of grape-flavored jelly (which was very mild and not at all overpowering) over what tasted like buttercream, and the chiffon was infused with grape flavor as well. At first I was dubious about how grape would work with cream, but it was actually very nice.
Watch me use the word grape in every sentence in this paragraph.
This cake reminded me of something stupid I did as a kid. It was the time I was introduced to milk with fruit flavors, so I knew of strawberry milk and melon milk and the like. Well, one day I thought I would be a little genius and make grape milk by mixing grape juice powder into a glass of fresh milk. It was terrible and no one should ever do that.
The tip of the iceberg about our trip to Cebu
This deserves a whole post for itself to be able to contain all the things I want to say about that trip. So many warm and fuzzy feelings! For now...
The view from one of our hotel rooms, and us derping in it.
Just chilling after our cosplay panel, with one of the most memorable people we've had the opportunity to befriend.
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Our resident stunt man and fight choreographer Dom as Lei Wulong (Tekken 5 P2 ver) practicing his moves and backflips to my favorite Tekken BGM!
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In this short clip you'll see...
as Captain Jack Sparrow (On Stranger Tides version)
● The tide rushing in rather fast. The ground turned from damp sand to knee-deep water in a matter of minutes.
● Dom dressed as Lei stuck on a boat in the faaar distance behind Miguel.
● Bok stuck on his own little island with an umbrella.
● Reymond trying to fix his shoes/pants on his island beside Bok's.
● Shaky cam footage of me chasing the Captain, who runs out of breath.
The whole thing was just an awesome adventure, and we're happy our costumes got a taste of actual seawater! Hahah! There were lots of creatures in that water, too. Piles of pulsating tentacles, Jesusfish that folloped on top of the water, purple crabs, yellow squid-like things...
We must again thank the iluvcebu.com
team for making this shoot possible!
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I'll do my best to be more diligent about updating here too! But GAH this new journal system is going to take some getting used to! Hope everyone is doing well! A pleasant something to you all!