Thursday, July 24, 2014

Losing weight

I've started this thing called a diet.

And this thing called cardio.

And this thing called pilates.

I know this is quite strange for me because I'm one to shun away from any kind of exercise and opt for eating less.

So what inspired me to lose weight?  Well, after a while of seeing all these Asian celebrities and Kpop idols being so slim, I thought, "hey!  I want to be skinny too!"

And that's my shallow reason for wanting to lose weight.

But don't get me wrong, I don't believe in starving myself to death.  I want to become slimmer, but a healthy slim, not the anorexic kind.

At first when I started weighing myself, it looked like I suddenly lost 2kg, but then I realized that I was probably just bloated and it was all water weight. haha

It's been a blast though.  After downloading the 'myfitnesspal' app, I've put in my goal of losing 5kg.

The myfitnesspal is quite useful because it spans out the calories so a person isn't starving themselves to death.  I think it's about 0.5kg per week.  It also logs nutrients, exercise, etc and it's really good at looking up food by scanning a barcode.

We'll see how this goes.  I'm excited because I can run on a treadmill while watching Kpop music videos.  Can't get much more inspiration than that!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Why does Lightning look so different in FFXIII Lightning Returns? [SPOILERS-!]

I finally finished the game Lightning Returns recently and zomg, why does her face look so different?  I mean, she looks like she got plastic surgery.

Before I begin, I'd like to point out that I am not criticizing the game in its entirety.  This is solely about the change in Lightning's hair and facial design.  The game play of Lightning Returns has nothing to do with this. :)

I didn't really notice her face change until I beat the game and watched the ending CG animation scene.  (pic above is from the opening CG scene)

I was a bit disappointed that the animators weren't consistent in her facial design, especially when it was so beautiful to begin with.

Here's some compare/contrast pics I found.

This one is of the CG animation for FFXIII, FFXIII-2, and FFXIII Lightning Returns.

And here's the cutscene animation.  It's a bit more difficult to tell the difference in the cutscene animation unless you look closely.

The hair quality is quite varied.  FFXIII had very nice hair rendering at the time and it got even better in FFXIII-2.  But in Lightning Returns, it seems like the hair texture isn't as sharp.  Lightning's hair also seems to get pinker and pinker as the series goes on. 

It's a bit difficult to tell the difference in her face with the pictures above so I made a few of my own comparisons.

I tried my best use pictures that had the most similarity in the position of her face.

Does this even look like Lightning anymore? 

In my opinion, she really looks like a whole different person!

What do you think?

As for the changes in Lightning's face...

  • Her eyes are smaller, rounder, and farther apart.  They're not as heavy-lidded and the hue of blue in her eyes is different.
  • Her eyebrows are lighter and aren't as arched.  
  • Her nose is now angled downward.
  • Her lips are a different shape.
  • Her face isn't as long or sharply angled.
  • Her hair color is different, isn't as textured, and isn't as sharply rendered.

My theory for these changes is that the animators wanted to make Lightning look more like Lumina as she was a part of Lightning and they eventually fused back into one.  I also think that they were attempting to make Lightning appear more Human-like (with the ending showing that all the characters were reincarnated in our world) and that's why her hair texture in Lightning Returns looks more like a real person's instead of the typical, perfectly textured and styled Final Fantasy hair (at least in the CG scenes).  But really, I'm more bothered by the drastic change in her facial design.

Who knows, maybe the animators just weren't consistent.  I personally wish that regardless of the reason, they stuck with Lightning's original character design because it was so great!  She had a beautiful face and her hair texture and color was gorgeous..






Now she looks sort of.... weird.  Basically like a different person.  I'm not saying she's ugly but this design isn't the Lightning I know.

Do you think she looks different?

I don't see many forums about this so maybe it's just a minor detail but part of the reason why I love Final Fantasy is for their gorgeous CG cutscenes and characters.  So if the creators change an originally awesome character design this much, it leaves me a bit disappointed, especially when all the other characters' designs are consistent.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Cookie Day!

Today was one of those busy days where everything factored in made me really tired.

So, I decided to give myself a cookie!

I went to the Asian market near my workplace after my shift and bought all kinds of goodies. :D

I was too lazy to take pictures of everything but it mostly consisted of yanyans, senbei, ramen, milk tea, nori flakes, and cabbage buns. ^^  This potato snack was quite tasty.  I always see things flavored on potato but never the other way around.

I think that if a person works really hard, they should reward themselves by treating themselves to something nice.  It doesn't have to be anything expensive, it could be something as simple as an ice cream cone.  It's just that (in my case at least), there are times where I'm so hard on myself and work too much and never play.  It can really bring me down..  But there's no better mood-lifter than giving oneself a 'cookie' for a good job! ( ^ . ^ ) /

My cookie today was a mini snack shopping spree at the Asian market.  It was nice visiting them again.  It's been months!

Hawaiian Print Jumper

I purchased this piece in a store called Papaya in Pearlridge mall [Pearl City, Hawaii].   I remember seeing a really fashionable girl wearing this while walking in the mall and in that moment, I thought, "I really want one of those!"  I stumbled upon Papaya while exploring and to my surprise, they had just what I was looking for!  Not exactly in the print I wanted but I'm okay with this one.  It was around $17.  It's super comfy and the perfect outfit for the summer because it of its light weight and airy fabric.  It also comes in a ton of cute prints.