Monday, December 10, 2012

Doing a post on MACARONS…

Just because they’re macarons, they get more views than other posts with random titles, which is why I’m doing this … XD

Kiddin ~~~~~

These were mackies that I got for the Victorique cosplay the other day …

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Mehh, you’d laugh if I’d say that I use this exact same plastic containers on the real day =[

I actually bought very decent glass jars, but later found out the mouths were too small for these babies~

Serve me right for asking the lady at the shop to ‘Get em’ giant ones!’

LOL~

Greed kills … but what to do? Smile with tongue out
These were selling at a soaring price of almost RM3 per piece. I got 5 pieces for RM14 from Macaron Café, Gurney Plaza
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You might be asking: ‘Ada macaron in those cosplay pics meh??’

“Got … got …. too bad my pics ain’t doing them much justice ….”

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This ridiculous pose came to when contestants were asked to do their sole, ultimate-est, greatest, killer pose for segment two, to win the judge’s attention one last time.

We also had to answer some questions related to our costume, or how and why we decided to cosplay this character …

I figured that in sense of cool-strike-them-down poses, I am way off compared to those contestants with awesome auro; whereas in sense of Victorique’s selling dollish traits, I too, was way behind the other Victorique cosplayer.

So, I decided to do something in my capability which fits Victorique’s character:

EATING MACARONS!

That way, I could -

1.) Finally had a good excuse to eat something in the midst of cosplaying~

2.) Lose poise for points, since this character basically gets hype only for mere sweets.

 

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Victorique’s ‘Look, this is my MACARON’ pose … OTL

Zoom some more if you still can’t see, LOL~

It’s the light purple one

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And a whole jar of them on STAR shinbun… wakaka (Owner’s name isn’t highlighted though OTL)

The whole nation is looking at my macarons *piaks, kena slap~

I did brought you guys to STAR-dom afterall ~~

 

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Left to right: Lychee, chocolate, lavender, forgot the other two … ^^”

Cute ehhhhh???? I know they’re just colored almond shells clapping flavored ganache, but like many other girls, I easily squel over these delights!

How I wish I am an owner of a macaron shop <3 <3

 

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Close-ups ….. they definitely spell ‘EAT ME!’

 

 

TEN X TEN

Friday, December 7, 2012

Le Midi de l'Aristocrat @ Gurney Paragon, Penang. (1st Dec 2012)

Sorry that I took so long to update my blog >.<

Been busy catching up with lots of things lately, so I’m just gonna briefly go through with this event that I attended almost a week ago…

Le Midi de l'Aristocrat was an event held last week at the very atmospheric St Jo’s Heritage Building @ Gurney Paragon, Penang.

The theme was Victorian cosplay, so I decided to participate in the competition as Victorique de Blois from GOSICK.

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Photo credits to Rin RY. Group of cosplayer participating and non-paticipating.

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My moment on stage. This segment was posing. Honestly, mind was pretty blank on that moment after awe-ing at them beautiful costumes at the backstage. Comparatively, my one-night production looks SO shabby! My wig was especially horror error … OTL

Lesson learnt! Good production = quality time and attention~

I’ll probably work hard to mend/create another Victorique costume, since I really like this character and would want to cosplay her again. But will have to trim the wig and make sure the next outfit is up to par so that I wouldn’t ruin Victorique’s character!

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Photo with better postures – This was my best, apologies~ OTL

Photo credits goes to Sharon KYT. Did some editting on the lighting and contrast.

I had to admit it was nothing to be blame on photographers or the backdrop. There were plenty of good photographers and the place is just one of the most scenic item I can find around Penang. But I truly was pretty disappointed with this outfit. Had to admit lack of time was a factor, and partly since I was gushed with the small victory I had two weeks ahead from this event, I was laggy and lack of motivation to create a costume that befits the character appropriately.

Though I still manage to walk off with a consolation prize, it was the effort that I see on those winners that remind me of the real passion and meaning behind cosplay. Having a short time at the dressing room and seeing them working hard on their make-up and minute details allows me to see one’s profesionalism on this hobby. Its not about how expensive your garment may be, or what color of trophy you snatch, but the passion to bring the character alive with what we have.

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Winners – Photo credits from Star Online. Congrats for the victory and the hard work again, minna-san. Though you guys don’t know me ^^; (Small figure speaking here) Hopefully will have the chance to stand on the same stage and learn from you all again …

 

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…And some new friends whom I met at the back stage. Couldn’t believe Star put us in a small column too ^^ The middle cosplayer is also cosplaying Victorique in another outfit. So dollish!

Catch the online article HERE.

 

Again to all the cosplayers and peeps behind the scene, thanks for the hard work!

 

~Ten x Ten~

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Japanese Autumn Festival – Cosplay Competition 2012

This event took place in Gurney Plaza, Penang last Sunday.

Was fortunate enough to finish my costume in time and paticipated in the solo category cosplay competition ^^

(Photos were taken by friends and other photographers so credits goes to respective owners.)

 

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Me amongst the participants on that day ^^V

 

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Cosplaying as Tender Shall from Dream of Doll~ Was a risky decision since I do not have porcelain pale skin nor the typical doll figure (Body shape, ahems*)

But since I really like the outfit and the character, I decided to give a try. XD

Had to admit the process of creating the garment was excruciatingly difficult, since it’s FULLY handsewn.. . (For inexperience me, plus the sewing machine at home spoilt, thus giving me a hard time!)

At the end of the day though, I had to admit this was the most satisfying costume I’ve done so far~ Will touch more on the cost and making details when I have time!

 

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Various poses~ I guess I have more to practice on that ><

 

And the results from the competition?? ~~~ *jeng jeng nervousness …

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1st Prize on Solo Category~!!! Was extremely thrilled when the emcee announced my number o><o

I thought the other cosplayers were all amazingly talented too, so I’m just really lucky to have the honour on the placing~

2nd Runner up goes to Sera as Miku of Vocaloid, and 1st Runner up Akie as Madame Red of Kuroshitsuji.

 

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TOTAL OUT OF CHARACTER MOMENT – for the trios when after the exciting announcement of our solo wins,

we were also announced as the consolation winner for the group category as well. (We all know there’s only 5 groups, so it’s obvious we’re getting something out of that …)

But still it was surprising as ever! Since our group was last minutely formed (Through drawing lots as solos)  and we had like less than 30mins to get ready a short performance for the judges and audiences. So we did a dance on Shoujo S by Scandal~

Literally yay-ed and hugged like no one’s business up there~ FYI, we weren’t close at all before the competition. Funny how as fellow contestants, there wasn’t exactly a competing barrier between us through the whole event.

 

Photo credits to Mr Allen who caught our epic wackyness just in time~

 

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Meet the emcee from Japan, Airu-san~

Had to ditch his Mcflurry aside to join this pic for us, gomene ^^”

 

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Top 3 winners and our loot~ Cash vouchers from Parkson and Japanese Food hampers!

 

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Worn out look at the end of the day ^^” (The obvious orange tint at the eyeliner tails and pink blush faded >.<)

It’s the first time I worn lenses, and straight away for like 6 hours. Another risky act of the day~ But I like the changes of course XD

 

Very happy day indeed! And to Sharon of course, I’ve said this many times but THANKsss again, from all the way: Transport, last minute ‘prop’, fitting, photos, skit recording, McD beverage, and my critical stripe(s) accident savior …. >.< ! Without you, many of these happy possibilities might not happen X)

 

Cheers~!

 

 

~Ten x Ten~

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Dining @ Sushi Kitchen, Penang.

This was roughly more than a week ago …

I was back home in Penang for the Aidil Adha short mid-sem break, so I tagged along  was invited by my bro’s gf, along with mommy dearest and my baby bro to this hidden little haven~

I seriously didn’t know where I was brought to! *chuckles Only knew it was gonna be very near the airport, Bayan Lepas. (Which is pretty far away if you’re a Penangite, and if you know the horror of weekend jams, and yea, I live somewhere near Gurney Drive area.)

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The stairs to the small, comfy haven (Stairway to heaven, lols?)
<3 it right from the entrance! The narrow stair’s walls were cramped with IDK how much media reviews and great customer feedbacks!

 

We ordered food right away! It was lucky that sissy-in-law did a reservation before we came~

Oh, this is a rare place that serves VEGETARIAN JAPANESE FOOD by the way. Do not be intimidated by the vegetarian statement though. Most of us are prejudice with the word and commonly associated the term with YUCKY BLANT FOOD, NO PROTEIN AND UNHEALTHY, MAKES YOU WEAK etc….

WRONG WRONG WRONG!

A healthy vegan diet can be maintain if you eat it the right way! Trust me, it’s not BAD at all~

Plus I really like the idea that vegetarian and saving-da-earth is mutual, so why not? Winking smile 

So, to the foodie! We ordered some of these as our first time trial~ Sorry for not remembering the menu and the item’s name Smile with tongue out I’ll roughly do some intro based on the ingredients I remembered, and short reviews of course ^^

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Assortments of vegetarian sushi! Ingredients that I remembered being Inari, vegetarian floss, edamame, fresh veges, seaweed etc.

Very delicious and goes to prove that sushi isn’t all bad without salmon and tuna >.<

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STAWBERRIES SUSHI! Gotta be one of the most unique blend I’ve encountered in sushis so far! ^o^
Remembered how we’d ask the waiter about the taste and how he persuaded us it wasn’t weird at all.

Indeed, I really LOVE this~! (In fact I’m craving for one right now ><)
It’s a marvelous combination of fresh strawberries, vege floss, cucumbers, mayo and black sesame. Being a huge fan of both strawberries and sushi, this dish caught me at heart point~! *scrumptious~!

 

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Respective main dishes: Assorted fried rice and noodles in vege gravy. I’ve read the restaurant’s policies and found out that they use fresh ingredients soaked in enzymes to dismiss the presence of pesticides. So the vege dishes served here are really a delight!

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My beverage of the night: Honey nutmeg something, *sorry Smile with tongue out

It has a tinge of enzymish taste with typical cool nutmeg juice. Much to my likes too, of course.

 

The atmosphere:

This place must’ve been one of the most comfy place I’ve dine in my humble experiences …

Literally spacious enough to move around, clean, nice soft music playing through the whole dining experience, good lighting, polite waiters, well-behaved customers (This is up to visiting luck though…) and most of all, the oldies deco <3 !!

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As you can see, lots of old-things, and lots of URNS, HAHA!
My mom loves them, she calls them ‘kiam chai ang’. Says there used to be lots of them back in her old kampung days down south in Pontian.

There are plenty of books and magazines displayed for reading too~! Lighting is pretty soft and nice, I didn’t use flash for these photos, so it’s just as it is…

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Even outside views were extraordinary! Those are real plants by the way. I’m surprised by how well they’re tended with the limited space. (There’s not even a verandah outside. Just enough space to hang and simple racks to hold them from the second floor.)

 

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Wanna know what’s in the decent, vintage refrigerator?

TADAAA~! COMICS! What a cute way to display these collections!

 

HAPPY DINERS!

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Huge thanks again to sis-in-law who intro and drove us all the way up to this place!

And for the treat too <3 Would love to come here again with the family ^^

(To add, we dine on the cleanly cushioned wooden floors. The place is cozy and air-conditioned. You may opt to sit on conventional dining tables and chairs too.)

For reservations and business hours, may try to contact them via the facebook page, details are there~

Might wanna book a place before you visit to avoid dissapointment Winking smile

https://www.facebook.com/sushikitchen/info

 

Cheerios!

 

~Ten x Ten~

Monday, October 29, 2012

Annyeong ~ KIMCHI MAKING!

I recently get to spend quality time at home thanks to short mid-sem break~

And decided to put hands on trying to make my own Kimchi! XD It’s a type of fermented dish generally LOVED by Koreans. For mine, I made the typical Napa cabbage (Chinese cabbage) kimchi. Mind that my version of kimchi can be very twisted; in sense of ingredients and method used Smile with tongue out Due to lack of authentic materials here in Malaysia. Anyway, just sharing.

 

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  Cabbage pieces soaked in highly concentrated salt-in-water. It is said that you can either do it with the cabbage leaves uncut, or like my case I choose to slice them smaller. Can ease my effort of storing them in small jars since I don’t have a standard kimchi refrigerators like some Koreans do.

I soaked them for about 4 hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The other ingredients: Spring onions (Was supposed to add leeks, but I couldn’t find one last min XD), garlics and onions. Yea, contrary to common beliefs, I am an avid lover of bulb pungents. FEAR ME, VAMPIRES !!!! Smile with tongue out Vampire bat

And also, not missing the main seasoning Red Chilli Powder! I mixed my own paste of the red chilli powder and water. The real thing’s supposed to be ‘Gochujang’ which is a mixture of the chilli powder, glutinous rice and salt.

 

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SECRET INGREDIENTS: This is by far, I guess the most twisted part of my kimchi version. (Correct me if you guys had weirder alterations…)

I used fish sauce (Made from fresh squid, lols?) instead of fish sauce (Made from anchovies, or general fish-fish.). Get me? Smile with tongue out Alright, I bought the wrong sauce. I thought they tasted OK though.

I also heard that most Koreans used salted shrimps for their kimchi. For mine, I simply added the locally made ‘Cincalok’, some Melaka delights?

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Mixing them: Make sure to wear gloves in order to avoid chilli burn!

 

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DONE! I hope they’ll ferment well XD Moyashimon mode …. *kamosuzo!

 

 

~Ten x Ten~