Friday, June 28, 2013

First day of volunteer work

Finally!  My first day of volunteer work has arrived!!!  It took me almost a month and a half of preparation before I could even start volunteering! (⋋▂⋌)

During the later part of May, I got an interview and was accepted into the hospital volunteer services.  I was told about a bunch of stuff I had to do such as TB tests before I was allowed to volunteer and that's what took up most of the time before starting.

I went in this morning and somehow woke up on time even after sleeping through my alarm (or my subconscious shutting it off).  I was afraid I wouldn't wake up to my alarm...; I had worked the night before and couldn't fall asleep. D:

I was put into the service area of floor hosting which is cool because it let me interact with patients being able to enter their rooms, ask them if they needed anything, and if they wanted the morning paper.  I was also able to do other small helpful things such as restocking gloves and fetching certain supplies for patients.  There were a lot of interesting supplies in the stockrooms and it almost felt like it was a hotel.

This offered me excellent exposure as I never could have gotten this kind of insight without volunteering.  I wish I had done this so long ago! (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻  I was able to get a first hand look at the daily routine of the nurses and staff on the floor.  It really wasn't that busy this morning but I did get the chance to fetch some drinks for people and even escort a patient outside.

I wanted to do volunteer work in a variety of areas just to get some experience with different skills but it seems like we have to stick to one area for a while.  I was thinking that maybe I should do office and file work.  I never got the chance to do something like that and now that I do, I really want to see how good I am at it since I like organizing.  The volunteer executive was telling me that I might be able to alternate between being a floor host and an office volunteer so I'm excited about that!  ^.^

It was a fun experience and I had a great time hearing patient stories and helping them.  In all honesty, it didn't feel too different from working at a hotel doing room service, lol.  Not that I ever worked in room service but it was the only thing I could think of.  Patient rooms look sort of like hotel rooms, at least in the hospital I was at.  Besides that little fact, I was happy that I could help the nurses, tending to small tasks that they don't have time to do.  I'm sure that doing something as simple as refilling an empty latex glove box will make a huge difference in the workflow for the nurses. (︶ω︶)

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Brief Movie Reviews: Prometheus; The Hobbit; Iron Man 3; Wreck-It Ralph; My Neighbor Totoro; Toy Story 3

Since I've been watching lots of movies these days, I thought it would be cool to share what I've been watching and my brief thoughts on each of them.  I think these short movie batch reviews might be cool if you're looking for something that's not too deep but just a short snippet of what I thought of them.  Enjoy!

Prometheus  Rating: 5/10

The first thing I thought about this movie was why do they have to have so many landscape shots for the first 10 minutes of the film?  lol  Did they have any significance?  I don't think so...

This movie was pretty much what every critic told you to expect.  I read all the spoilers and reviews before watching this so I wasn't as disappointed as I should have been.  I wasn't even freaked out by anything.  And they call this a thriller... =_=

I highly recommend anyone who watches this movie to pirate it (as to not waste your money) and make sure to read spoilers, critic reviews, and parodies before watching.  It will make the experience much more enjoyable and you can even take this as a comedy!

The Hobbit  Rating: 8.5/10

I really liked this film.  The setting was very beautiful.  I would also like to point out that Gandalf seemed so OLD!  I think it was his voice.

I thought it was funny that Frollo made a cameo, even though he was just there to look pretty.

I also found it funny that the trailer for The Hobbit shows all this stuff that should happen, getting me super excited and then when I finally watched the film, I didn't see half of it.  Curse this movie being split into 3 parts.  Can't they split the trailer into 3 parts as well?

Either way, this film was enjoyable and well written, even if it wasn't the most exciting (in terms of where the story took us), it was cool seeing Gollum again.

 Iron Man 3  Rating: 6.5/10

So disappointing yet filled with so much.. promise?...  No, it didn't really have too much promise. (>.<)

What disappointed me the most was what they did to Tony Stark.  During almost the entire movie, he was this PTSD hero who was hardly ever in action with his Iron Man suit; when he was, all he did was suck balls at fighting off terrorists attacking his house only to end up fleeing north and destroying his suit.  And when he finally gets his suit back, he sucks balls again fighting against weird fire dude only to have his lady friend Pepper kick ass for him. 

Btw, in my defense, my issue isn't with PTSD itself; what really annoyed me was that they had the theme with PTSD and yet they never followed through with it...  Wth happened with this film?!

 Wreck-It Ralph  Rating: 9/10

I must say, this was a very innovative idea for Disney.  I found it highly amusing with so many video game cameos.  My inner fan-girl was touched.

It was quite amazing seeing the game world of 'Hero's Duty' because of its stark contrast to the retro Wreck-It Ralph.

What really got to me was the sound effects.  I liked the Mario-like sounds that were used because it made it seem so much more like you were in the game.  The creators were very detail oriented even going as far as to how the characters in the game moved.

My only initial criticism was the use of Rhianna's pop song in one of the scenes.  I found that to be a bit out of place.  Regardless, this is a fun movie with a fresh concept.

My Neighbor Totoro  Rating: 9/10

Did anyone else hear about the dark side of Totoro?  It was a rumor that started in Japan.  Here's the link if you're interested: Tonari no Totoro scary rumors

Despite the dark rumors about this film, I still found it very charming and fun.  Miyazaki does a flawless job capturing the joyful and carefree days of childhood.  The characters seem so realistic, that it makes even me feel like this story has a hint of darkness.

With this film being as lighthearted as it is, I find it somewhat amazing at how anxious I feel for Mei when she does something as simple as getting lost.  Even after years of not watching this, it's still charming as ever.  Btw, I prefer the Fox dub.

Toy Story 3  Rating: 10/10

One of the best trilogies of all time.  I had to re-watch this because it always brings me to tears at the end.

The story is amazing and the theme is so epic...  Pixar blew me away and then some.

The animation is better than ever and I love the story concept and the various settings.  Toy Story has come a long way from the first film and I'm so happy I got the chance to watch this film again.  It reminds me of the time I was a child and had boundless imagination that brought toys to life.

I highly, highly recommend this film to anyone with an appreciation for great animation and a beautiful ending that does a movie series justice.

Beauty Tips #2: For the summer

Use selective face priming:

Instead of priming your entire face, try priming only the areas that need it such as your T-zone.  Primer actually prevents the skin from breathing by forming a seal over it (much like plastic wrap) so it isn't always the best thing to prime the entire face.  Only certain regions may need it.

Don't use sunblock under liquid foundation:

Doing this will make your makeup even more oily and cakey.  This also applies to sun serum which I have tried using.  Your makeup will get oily much faster if you do this.  Instead, opt for using a powder foundation over your sunblock during the hot summer months.  I've tried this and found much better results with my skin getting less oily throughout the day! :D

If you must use a liquid foundation, try to get one with SPF in it and use only that without sunblock.

Facial mists are a good alternative to touch up powders:

Facial mists cool down the face and actually refreshes your complexion.  Is your face getting overly flushed and oiled down from the heat?  Maybe a facial mist is for you!  It gives your face a nice refresher without packing on more product and clogging your pores.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

It's so hard to save money... even if I don't go out!

Hello again!  I know I've promised to write more but sometimes it gets so redundant.  So that's why there's about a week gap between now and my last post.  This may happen again if I don't have many fresh blogging ideas. 

I've been watching a lot of movies lately.  Redbox has become one of my new best friends!  Hehe, jk.  I even went to the library to attempt finding some good fiction and eventually failed, ending up with only travel books, lol (but travel books are cool!  No bashing intended).  So it's back to movies for me..  And since I'm not the most articulate writer, I thought, hey, why not just make some brief reviews for whatever I'm watching?  Alas, I shall save that for another day.

It's been really hard trying to save money.  I want to save enough for my future nursing school tuition.  Surprisingly, it's not been as easy as I anticipated.  I mean, even if I commit my life to not spending money on frivolity and rarely going out anywhere, the internet has opened up a gateway to online shopping that's so hard to resist!  I find myself wanting to buy makeup, video games, clothes, and everything else under the sun.  Note to self: try to find low budget activities. 

With that said, there really isn't much going on in my life right now... D:

I was actually planning on visiting my grandmother in sunny Hawaii during the last week of June but she fractured her wrist and when I thought about it, that means that she wouldn't be able to pick me up from the airport anyway!  I'll have to find another day to make my trip there.  But the flights looked packed so maybe going now wasn't meant to be.  I was so wanting to go at that time too because my younger cousins and their family would be off the island going to some baseball thing on the mainland.
I'm embarrassed to say, but I sort of wanted them out of the picture while I visited Hawaii because it's soooo awkward for me to relate to my younger cousins.  Idk why but I suppose after they entered their teen/pre-teen years, I was already in my last year of high school/starting college and in addition to living thousands of miles away, I never got the chance to connect or interact with them.  We used to be really close when I was in elementary/middle school and it seemed to all fall apart during my last years of high school where I didn't visit much anymore.

Does anyone else have this issue with awkward family relations?  If you do, that's how I feel when I'm faced with the anticipation of visiting them (especially alone).  I just feel so much older than them and I don't really know how to adjust my psychological thinking to their level.  So whenever I see these cousins, it's sort of uncomfortable for all of us.  x(  This makes me think back to when my mom and I went to my cousin's birthday dinner at some buffet with just us family and omg, awkward!!! (And this was without my Uncle that I could never connect with even as a child.  Hey!  This is a good thing to talk about in another topic!)

I still have to plan for other trips I want to go on, hence me wanting to save even more money.  Geez, I'll have to have no life for a long time.  xD

That's all that's been going on.  After I watch the other movies, I'll make a batch post of brief movie reviews.

I've also thought about some interesting youtube trends that have been going on and I will share that in another post as well.  Take care guys and thanks for reading! ^^

Monday, June 10, 2013

Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

Hello friends!  I had the opportunity to watch two of the biggest summer movies with my dad in theaters within a day of each other (Star Trek Into Darkness and Iron Man 3).  Since I watched Star Trek Into Darkness first, it shall be the first to be reviewed.

Surprisingly, after absolutely LOVING the first Star Trek movie, I wasn't all that excited about the second one.  Maybe I was getting tired of movies always having this trend of getting darker as the series go on.  :/

Besides all that, I was taken aback at how great this movie was.  I don't know what I was expecting and I couldn't exactly imagine a Star Trek movie being bad; I have this sci-fi, space travel bias..

This movie had everything:

-Action (tons of it)
-Fights on moving vehicles
-Alien duke outs
-Battles in warp
-Hostage bargaining
-Space jumps
-Character development
-Great villain
-Awesome CGI & practical fx
-AND they even managed to fit in a boob scene.  lol

Star Trek, like it's predecessor, had amazingly detailed graphics that were seamlessly blended with practical effects (makeup, set, etc.)

 I was loving these landscape shots!
Even though it's been years since the first Star Trek movie, I still hold each of the characters dear to my heart. 

First lets talk about PRO's of the movie and what I thought made it so special.

1.) I was very impressed with Chris Pine's interpretation of Captain Kirk's internal turmoil.  He was having issues with truly taking responsibility for his actions because of his naturally arrogant and free-spirited personality.  He created a surprisingly deep portrayal of his character and that added just enough realism to take this film to a whole new level.

Now about Mr. Logic...

I feel like the theme of this film is greatly based upon Kirk and Spock's relationship.  They're sort of like this two sided coin, Spock being the logical side and Kirk being the intuitive/impulsive side.

This movie explores how Spock's logicality starts to interfere with certain moral decisions that he makes and how his crew reacts to his actions.

In the scene above for example, Spock is in this unstable volcano and the crew is on a mission to stop it from erupting to save these aliens who for some reason, built their city right next to it.  Spock is willing to sacrifice his life so that the Enterprise doesn't reveal itself to this primitive civilization.  This doesn't sit well with Uruha as personal feelings are involved.

Kirk, while irritated about Spock's indifference to his own life, is mostly annoyed by the fact that Spock basically 'tattled' on him to their boss back at the academy.  Kirk's reaction?...
"O-M-G, I saved your life!!!  Why'd you go behind my back bro?!!!"

This brings me to my next favorite thing about the movie, the characters.

2.) I am completely in love with the crew and they're all so endearing in their own special ways.  I love watching them interact with each other and the entire dynamic is beautiful.  I think this is something that a lot of action films fail to do and I get so bummed because it adds so much dimension and substance to the film as a whole.

There's this scene where Kirk, Spock, and Uruha are in this space ship together and Uruha decides to complain to Spock about her annoyances.  Poor Kirk is literally in the middle of this bickering couple.  It's so funny and relatable..  I really like that scene.  There's also a lot of other funny moments that are purely emotional reactions but it works so well and I actually find them funny!  (Side-note: I usually don't find movie jokes that funny.)  I'm so happy that they left out the cheesy jokes and lines because I believe real humor in films come from the character's expressions and reactions that we don't expect.

Another very touching moment is when Kirk is in locked in the power room, getting radiation poisoning and he has this moment with Spock.  He asks him how he doesn't feel anything so he can die without suffering.  Spock starts to cry because he's finally acknowledging his feelings from his Human side and the sadness of losing a friend (although we totally know Kirk isn't going to die, it's a touching scene nonetheless).  

In this moment, they both place their hands on the glass and form it into the 'V' symbol that Spock is so well-known for.  They've met each other halfway.

Loving the bromance here.

3.)  The last favorite thing I love about this movie is the villain!

LOVE him!

Benedict Cumberbatch was a great choice as the diabolical villain, Kahn.  The writers were clever in how they slowly revealed Kahn's motiviations.  Kahn had real motives for doing what he did.  He was a villain with substance.

His accent makes him sound extremely intelligent and conniving.  I really like how Cumberbatch portrayed Kahn.  He was a physically advanced, intelligent, and conniving character and I believe that Cumberbatch delivered on all aspects.

Now for my criticisms.  After reading other reviews with similar nitpicks and responses, I came to a better understanding of certain things that happened so I'll explain them if they come up.

1.) There's so much action in this film.  After a certain point in the movie, it's like the characters are always in mortal peril.  It's like one obstacle after another with no breather in between.  I guess if you're a hardcore action fan, this isn't really an issue but personally, I thought it to be somewhat overwhelming and it dulled my senses as this action stretch went on and on.

2.) At first, I wondered how Spock was suddenly able to kick Kahn's ass after being beaten down by him so easily in the early stages of their fight.  But some people were explaining that Uruha was helping Spock to take him down by hitting him with multiple shots from her stun gun and that's how Spock eventually defeated him.

3.) One part that bugged me was the scene where Kirk was stuck in the radioactive room.  He was obviously dying and Spock was on the other side and I just didn't get WHY they didn't break that glass to let him out of there.  Or if anything, just unlock the door and let him out!  He was able to get in, why was he not able to get out?  And even Scotty (who, btw helped Kirk to get into that room) was there.  Don't get me wrong, I really liked that heartfelt scene with Kirk and Spock but I can't wrap my head around why they weren't able to pull him out of there and instead were content with leaving him to die from radiation poisoning.  Seriously, couldn't they have broken down the door?  They got him out of there when the ship landed, why not then?

That's all I have to say on this film.  I love it because it had everything, maybe a little too much action overload but they included all these fun moments with the characters and there was so much development between Kirk and Spock that I forgive them for these little flaws.

It's a great summer movie and I highly recommend people to see this in theaters as it offers a more epic experience and gives this film the justice it deserves.

Friday, June 7, 2013

I have time to cook again!

I feel sort of bad because I had these food pics for a long time but never got to creating a blog post to do them justice.  D:

But I will now, so here it is!!!

I created these within the last month now that my class is over and I have so much more time to get creative in the kitchen.

The first dish I made was this pasta cheese bake and a bruschetta appetizer that was inspired by my favorite beauty guru, Bubzbeauty! (^o^)  I liked her cooking video so much that I decided to attempt her dish.  Here's the video for it:

The pasta bake is extremely delicious right out of the oven when the cheese is still nice and crispy.  It lasts a very long time in the fridge too as long as you keep it in an airtight container.  Somehow my sister really enjoyed this dish; She had no idea that there were mushrooms in it and if I told her about the mushrooms, she probably would have been too closed minded to try it!  xP

I'll post the pics of the bruschetta soon.  Sorry but I have it on a different camera that I have to find...

The next creation is japchae.  It's a Korean noodle dish that is so yummy and I could eat it all day.

I've made this before and I'm still trying to perfect it.  I tried marinating the meat this time with soy sauce and sugar overnight but it got a bit too salty for my taste.  My family didn't see any problem with it though. :/

Perhaps the next time I make this, I'll add some ginger and more sugar and water to the soy sauce.

I used maangchi's recipe and it's cool because her cooking video hints for you to season it as you wish with however much sauce or oil that you feel necessary.
Japchae video/recipe:

Last but not least, I wanted to try making my kakigori again with shaved ice but as I've gotten bored with the same old ice in a bowl, I tried putting the ice in a parfait cup (inspired by the maid cafe's desserts) and layering it with ice cream and sweet red beans.  I prepared some milk tea extract in advance with a milk tea packet.

I just used a bit less than half the amount of water so the mixture was more concentrated.  Then I put it in the fridge to be ready the next day.  Milk tea flavored ice is super yummy and has a much lighter flavor than ice syrups you get from the store.  It's also much more creamy, similar to sweetened condensed milk but lighter.  ^^

I now realize that I should have put the red beans on the bottom and the ice cream on the top.  The red beans are really sweet so I think it was too overwhelming to have a huge scoop of it at the top of the parfait, lol.  I did it this way because I've seen pictures of kakigori in Japan where there's a big scoop of sweet red beans on the top.

Since I'm talking about food, I'll add in one last dish although the credit goes to my mom.  She attempted to make dragon roll sushi and after looking at this picture, you'll see how much effort is put into it.  No wonder the stuff is so expensive!

It's such a labor intensive dish and takes a ton of prepping!

The finished product.  It was really yummy!  Others might think it a bit bland (without the sauce) because my mom decided not to season the rice but I personally like my food more on the bland side anyway.  xD

That's all the foodpics I have for now.  Hope if gives all of you some inspiration to do some summer cooking!

Weird crackhead at work yesterday

I closed at work yesterday and alas, I had to face the rigors of the night shift... lol, okay it wasn't all that bad but I was a little freaked out by Mr. Crackhead who was twitching around all over the store.  ( ಠ_ಠ )

So I was in my department, just minding my own business and I see this dude walking around (Note: I didn't notice anything weird at the time).  I say hello, how are you, and then ask him if he needs help with anything.  I do notice at this point that his eyes were really wide open and bloodshot.  Seriously would this scare you because it made me feel a bit scared. lol

It's weird because I got this sort of feeling as if he was this serial killer or something.  Like the type of feeling you get when you think you've just met this person who's going to kill everyone in the vicinity.  Sorry for the visual but I was getting that vibe from him.

On top of all of this, last night I watched the most recent episode of game of thrones "The Rains of Castamere" and I was feeling kinda down.  I guess that episode affected me more than I thought.  I even knew what was going to happen to Robb Stark and his mother... (╥_╥)
If you don't know what I'm talking about here and don't care about spoilers for Game of Thrones, check this out:

Back to the crackhead, I had a few coworkers come up to me, asking if I saw a weird and creepy guy.  I thought for a moment and asked them if they were talking about 'bloodshot-eyes'.  They told me that was him and I thought, oh no, what's going on?

Apparently, he was going around the entire department store, asking associates for different things and sometimes telling them strange stories about his life events.  He had also gone into the women's dressing room with a dress and perfume.  Yeah, very strange..

Here I am, planning on where I'm gonna hide if something bad happens.  I was seriously getting worried because I thought we had a shooter in the store.

Our managers were telling us to report to him where we saw the dude and it seemed like they were keeping a close eye on him.  Even the mall security was involved.

At the end of the day, there were laggers in my department so I was late to close the registers.  I was getting freaked out as each minute went by because I was all alone there in a dimmed store, and our manager had informed everyone via intercom that everyone should exit the store in groups of two for safety.

I felt so lucky because one of my co-workers that was also upstairs stopped by where I was and not only did she help me close a register, she also stuck around without me asking because she was intending on leaving the store with me.  My opinion of her has completely changed.  I've heard people talking smack about her not working hard enough or whatever but I never really thought of her that way.  She's actually a very sweet old lady (btw, she's not the one I was angry with in a previous post).  I was super grateful that she was going to walk out with me and we even met a few of my other favorite co-workers on our way out.  We dedided to exit as a large group.

In the end, I didn't really have much to worry about because there was a mall cop right outside the exit door so I felt pretty safe. :)

When I got home, I went online to figure out more about crackheads and if the guy was actually a drug addict.  One of my co-workers had called him that so I wanted to confirm.  He actually matched the description of a crackhead having a twitchy gait and wide, non-blinking eyes.  I found that 'crackheads' were the type of people who would do anything to get crack (such as lie & steal) and weren't much of killers.  Haha, silly me, planning my escape plan in my head at work, lol.  I also found that they could be incredibly strong so it would be best not to get in a fight with them, also because apparently, they don't feel much pain.

So lesson learned, if you see someone suspicious, try not to to keep too much attention on them as if you're suspicious and don't aggravate them in any way.  It's the best way to keep safe in many situations actually..

I'm so glad and grateful that I got home safely today because sometimes you never know..  America seems like such a dangerous place to live in these days with all these mass shootings going on.  Maybe I'm being paranoid... I dunno.

I'm off to bed now.  Goodnight guys!  Sleep tight and appreciate all the good things in life.  :)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

What should I do with my life?

I'm sure most people ask themselves this question at some point in their lifetime.  Hell, they might ask this question all the time.

As for me, I'm still in my 20's and it's proven to be one of my most lost and confusing years.

I've been in school literally around 4-5 years and still haven't gotten a bachelor's from it.  I feel lucky to have somehow put together an Associates degree.

When I think back, I feel like I've been spending a lot of time running around aimlessly, unsure of where I'm going or why I'm doing this.

It's nice to say that I haven't spent every waking moment lost and confused but I still feel that a lot of time was spent experimenting with no real direction.

I think the only good thing I got out of this was that I learned so much about myself that I probably never could have learned in other ways...  Which is actually quite a great thing but not so much in the eyes of society.

At this moment, I'm reminiscing a lot more because I've recently gotten a clearer idea of how long it will take me to get into this nursing program that I've been on a waitlist for.

I got an email from the adviser telling us about transcripts and making sure they're correct.  I emailed her back asking some questions like what my waitlist number is.  She replied right away and even had my waitlist number.  After calculating, I found that it could possibly take another year or two before I can get into that program.  O _ o

So far, I've been waiting for a little over a year and thinking about waiting another possible 1-2 years is starting to make me wonder what I should do during that time.

I want to do something meaningful with my life but I really don't know what.  In a way, this is a really great opportunity to do something interesting and fun before I'm crushed under the weight of books and studies.

I know a ton of people who look at the waiting time and see the horror before them.  But I don't want to think that way.  I want to look at this so called 'problem' and find the good in it, maybe even not see it as a problem at all.  Thinking negative never gets me anywhere so I'm going to attempt to think positive about this!

There's so many things I could do during that time, it's hard for my mind to come up with ideas...

Should I go on an international trip?

Should I volunteer somewhere? (Oh wait, I already am at a hospital, Woot! :D)

Should I take up a new hobby?

Should I improve my art skills?

Should I learn a new skill?

Should I read more educational books?

There's so many possibilities that await me with all that time before I dedicate my life to this profession I'm getting into.  It's quite exciting but also overwhelming with all the possible things I could do.  I really want to do something that will help me to grow as a person.  I think going on an international trip on my own or with a sibling would be most rewarding.  I'm a little scared to go on my own, but I think it could prove to be good for me to learn some real independence.

I've always wanted to visit England since I've already been blessed and lucky enough to go to Japan and Korea (even though I would love to go to those places again and again forever).  I'll have to wait and see.

Hopefully you all aren't as lost as I was, or... maybe still am?  I feel as if I've somehow found direction again with nursing because it's something that's solidified in my life's timeline.  But after nursing school is over, I'm sure I'll lose what direction I had again and have to find a new direction.  That's why I feel like a lot of people in this life, even though they don't admit it, will always be lost at some point and ask themselves what their purpose is; They'll always have to find a new way to go after they've walked the last road they took.

Practicing Disney drawings

Believe it or not, I was inspired by POGO's Winnie The Pooh remix to make a Disney drawing.  x)  It's a very cute, relaxing, and child-like remix.

I don't know when I'll finish it but I'm hoping I get it done before the summer is over.  I started practicing again because my original style of drawing is anime/manga so when I attempt to draw Disney characters, their eyes are always larger than they should be; It's weird because everyone always talks about how big Disney character's eyes are. lol

I want to create a fanart where a few of the Disney child characters from England are all at a cafe or in any place where they'll be eating food.  I got the idea of the Disney characters from England because while listening to that Winnie the Pooh remix, I realized that Christopher Robin is from England and then so is Wendy, Alice, etc.  The cafe idea came from Maid Cafes in Japan.

My sister got to go to one of these cafe's before me and omg, was I jealous!  I'm a bit more of a Japan fanatic compared to her so when she told me about this..... ah, I don't even want to go there.  She took lots of pictures and I saw the super kawaii desserts that they got to eat, which included this really adorable parfait that had an animal face on top of it.

So there you go, that is my inspiration for this fanart that I want to make.  I'll definitely post it on here and perhaps some work in progress (WIP) pics while I'm at it.

I'm starting with Alice because she's really adorable and I thought it would be a good place to start.

Here's my first attempt at drawing her.  And of course I used references~!  Did you think I drew her from memory? xP

I thought this was cool because I usually suck at drawing Disney characters and somehow she indeed looks like a legit Disney character!  You know how there's all those rules about how you have to draw them to get everything right from how the hair is drawn to how far apart the eyes should be...  I remember watching videos in the past of Disney animators talking about how to draw the characters and they're REALLY specific on how to draw them, doing measurements and everything.

I actually did make her eyes too big so all I had to do was shrink them a bit and viola!  She magically looked like how she should!  I was amazed at how much of a difference that small detail made.

Well, I hope whoever reads this likes this post.  I'm always blabbing about how I'm an artistic person but I never back it up with some of my artwork.  Hopefully this will help to credit my claims.

Thanks for reading & oyasumiiiiii!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Trying to get in touch with my artistic self; Fandom post

So sorry.  I would have created a new post sooner but I was yet again sucked into tumblr's black hole of gifs.  That site can be sooo evil...  In a 'too good' kind of way.

I was literally up until around 4am browsing through gifs. ( o _ O )  Well, I might as well celebrate my finds with more gifs in this post!

Right now I'm drinking a nice hot cup of green tea...

... And munching on some pirouettes.  Life is good.

*Leaves to refill cup*

Okay I'm back!  So yes, I'm trying to get back in touch with my artistic side and putting an effort to draw and experiment with different anatomical perspectives.  I'll try to remember to post pics when I finish my reference sketches.

I spent one of my afternoons just looking up some research material for poses... 
Me after I was finished ----------> ლ(́◉◞౪◟◉‵ლ)

I was inspired to make a character design by one of my most absolute favorite shows for the summer,  
Game of Thrones!!! 

This show is my drug.  It's even gotten me pumped up for more fantasy series so I started watching Merlin on Netflix (although it just doesn't measure up to the epic quality of GoT...  it'll help me pass the time between seasons I guess). xP 

Like Game of Thrones, Merlin has an attractive and likeable cast.  Besides Merlin himself, I've somehow taken a fancy to King Arthur even though he started off as a total douchebag.......  well, he still kinda is but anyway!

Me likey... 8D

He seems like a character that has a lot of layers but I'll have yet to see what the story has in store for him.

Merlin is a pretty fun show; It's just that when it's compared to Game of Thrones, it's like comparing a fine wine to a can of beer...  At the end of the day, one just has more complexity and dimension than the other. 
I would consider Merlin to be cute in comparison to the nitty gritty Game of Thrones.   The tone of the story is lighter, even when they make attempts at a darker plot.  I'm wondering how much darker the Merlin series will become as it gets closer to the ending.

I'll stop stalling now and post my Game of Thrones inspired pic.

She's supposed to be Leaf, one of the Children of the Forest from the Game of Thrones books.  She hasn't appeared in the series yet so I'm having a lot of fun making up what I think she looks like from the descriptions.  I thought she might resemble an elf but I've seen a few other artworks of her that portray her with more animal-like features.

I still have a lot to improve on and this is just an experimental drawing/coloring.  ^^  It was really fun creating her and so hopefully I'll find a few other characters to portray.

Lastly, in commemoration of my crazy night of tumblr and Game of Thrones Season III, I'll post a few of my favorite Game of Thrones gifs while I'm still on this topic.  ;)

Surprisingly, I didn't find too many funny gifs but the ones I did find were pretty funneh! 

I couldn't resist, he's too cute. x3

Happily ever after with everyone's favorite Game of Thrones gif!