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A Quick Trip to the South

It was an unexpected trip since Loon just came back to Cavite after spending Xmas in our place. A few days after she got home, one of her cats, Hide, unfortunately got ill. He seemed to have difficulty breathing so we suspected it to be the flu. We instantly knew that he needed to get checked as soon as possible. But the problem was that due to the holidays, the vet clinics were closed. (It happened around New Year’s Eve.)

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An old webcam photo of me and Hide

Another thing was that I still had two of Loon’s pet carriers, which I borrowed for my cats’ spaying operation. (As I mentioned before, there were like 5-6 of them and I didn’t want to buy so many and get stuck with multiple cages after the operation.) I could’ve shipped it but I wanted to assist her as well, so I decided to travel to Cavite immediately. We went to the vet as soon as I arrived.

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(L)Off to the vet! He got some tiny wounds around his eyes due to scratching them too much. (R)The vet had to do some blood test for a more accurate assessment. Having blood extracted from the neck part instead of the leg was something new to see.

Hide was diagnosed with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) and we were informed that he probably got it from fighting with an infected cat. (You’re getting neutered soon!) The vet gave us some meds and instructed us to keep him hydrated.

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The vet cats on duty!

Hide started feeling better when we gave him the meds, encouraged him to drink, and allowed him plenty of rest.

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Bebe Hide lol (And yeah, I censored what’s mine to see. :p)

But oh no, Hiss got sick next.

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He liked to sleep between us while he was sick.

Carrot got infected too.

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Even if it didn’t look like it. lol

When they all got better, finally, we thought we deserved a relaxing break. Loon wanted to go to a date to Tagaytay… to eat bulalo!

We checked some reviews and chose to try the most popular spot for bulalo. Loon had told me that Tagaytay is popular with their beef. It was actually our first time to try their bulalo so we were so hyped about it.

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We didn’t expect the pot to be this big.

The verdict? Hmm… For me, my father’s cooking tastes way better. Well, my father is good at cooking so there’s that too. But technically, I think that the beef could’ve been more tender and the broth could’ve been tastier. I’m not sure about it but it seemed like the cooking time wasn’t enough to achieve this. It was sad because the meat had more potential if only it was boiled more slowly.

Loon bought some fresh beef afterwards, so her brother could make some bulalo at home. The vendors questioned her about her age, and while there’s nothing new, I found it funny because they kept on asking if she already had work (perhaps for buying that much beef lol). Anyway, as expected, her brother was able to bring out the flavor of the beef and when complemented with the faint sweetness of corn, it was perfect.

We’ve heard that Tagaytay’s coffee is good, so Loon got a few bags of kapeng barako for her fatherI wasn’t sure if my parents would like it too so I got them some dried fish and salted eggs for the meantime. (When I got back home, I found out that they’re also fond of kapeng barako. Will also get some next time. A̶n̶d̶ ̶a̶l̶s̶o̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶m̶y̶s̶e̶l̶f̶,̶ ̶s̶i̶n̶c̶e̶ ̶I̶ ̶l̶o̶v̶e̶d̶ ̶i̶t̶ ̶t̶o̶o̶.̶)

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Something cool after the bulalo. We tried Cold Stone at the nearby mall. Worth it, definitely going back!

Have a look at what we wore that day.

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I swear we didn’t plan to have a matching outfit this time. lol (Low photo quality since it was getting dark.)

Loon wanted to try the oversized longsleeves she recently bought. She wore it over a neutral top and shorts for a casual look. I think that the blue details of her shoes worked to balance the color of her topper.

I’ve always wanted to wear this top too, but I never had the chance to do so because of its thick sleeves that are too hot for typical sunny days and the sheer base that was too cold to wear for cooler climates. Tagaytay’s temperature was just right for this so I knew I should take this chance to wear it. I realized I seldom wear shorts nowadays too.

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Check out the details!

I like the tiny blue shimmers the sleeves have when the light hits it.

Because of the subtle blue details, I thought of matching my blue heart-shaped shades with this outfit. I was delighted when I realized that the letter patches read “HEART” too. I also painted my nails with sapphire-blue nail polish. I like the fact that the bottle is labelled “sapphire”, since it’s actually my birth stone.

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I borrowed Loon’s pink lipstick to complement the shades. Now, she says that the shade works on me and wants to give me the lipstick. lol

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Selfie time!

Cosplay?

Lately, I’ve been hooked to Houseki no Kuni. Loon and I spotted it in the list before it was released. As soon as she got her hands on the first few episodes, we started watching it. Due to having lots of things to do, I missed out for a while, but now, I’m catching up on the latest episodes.

I’ve been following some anime series from previous seasons and to be honest, Kakegurui ~almost~ distracted me from my original plans. Almost! I’ve taken an interest on Kirari, but afterall, the uniform wasn’t enough to get me motivated. (So maybe when I get enough time.) I really want to stick to my plans this year.

But now, some characters from HnK are just too cosplayable and everything seems interesting to work on. Plus, I like the art style since I’m drawn to characters with long legs. (Probably why I like Sailormoon and duh, Clamp.) Hmm… I kinda miss drafting patterns and sewing too. Let’s see!

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Photo credits: 921yamato (https://www.zerochan.net/1680179), Ekita_Kuro (https://www.zerochan.net/2236531), Original Manga Page

I know that Lapis Lazuli would be the easiest to pull off. But I’m also drawn to Bort and Cairngorm. I’m a fan of Team Diamond, but I’m also into LapisxCairngorn. Ahhh, it’s so hard to choose. I’m torn!

 

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September

BOA ’17

I wasn’t originally planning to go but a couple of weeks before the event, I found out that Spyair would perform as a special guest. I was thrilled to know this but unfortunately, when I came across their poster, the VIP tickets were already sold out. To be honest, I wavered about going with a regular ticket since I usually get VIP. I haven’t really tried attending any other Jpop/Jrock concert locally so I wasn’t sure if that would be okay. I wasn’t sure about how different it would be. But even so, I badly wanted to try watching Spyair live, so I decided to go afterall.

I’m a Gintama fan and I first learned about Spyair through its theme songs. I thought they’re catchy and it fitted the feel of the series perfectly so I looked them up. I tried listening to their other songs and I liked them as well. Hmm… I’m pretty picky when it comes to songs, but there’s something about their melody that I really like. Aside from that, their lives looked so energetic in their videos so I wanted to attend it even once ever since.

I went to the event with Loon. Though we didn’t see the live together, she did accompany me to the venue. Here’s what we wore to the event.

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She kinda looked like my little brother that day. lol

I want to show more outfit details, like the half-pleated culottes that I love, but unfortunately, I don’t have decent photos of them. We didn’t have sufficient time to take some. (I might shoot it once I get enough time to do so.) We arrived at the event pretty late and after having a meal, I quickly headed to the concert venue.

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I don’t remember the name of the restaurant but I loved this spicy fried rice.

When I asked the ticket seller, she informed me that I can fall in line by 6pm. I planned to arrive before 5:30 to be safe. Around 4pm, I was surprised when a friend told me that they were already at the hall. I headed to the event as soon as we finished our meal. When I arrived, the queue was already long. I found out that some of them had been there since 10am. Whoa!

I was considering to leave the queue since I was near the end of the line anyway. I wanted to shop at the other hall for the meantime. However, I was worried I might not be allowed to re-enter by the time I get back.

It took over an hour or so when the line finally moved. As soon as we entered the venue, I was quite disappointed when I spotted a lot of people sneakily snapping some photos and even videos. If I’m not mistaken, aside from the written rules, it had been mentioned several times that those are not allowed. Why would you do that? As a fan, isn’t it just a form of respect to the artists?

Anyway, as for the concert itself, it was so worth it. The entrance fee was so affordable for a J-rock band performance. I was so glad they included Gintama songs such as Sakura Mitsutsuki, Genjou Destruction, and Some Like It Hot (Samurai Heart) in their lineup.

As soon as the concert was over, I met up with Loon again to head back to her place.

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She bought some doughnuts on our way home. They are cute but are too sweet for our taste.

Bonus: Loon buying bread. lol

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So many and still choosing. This is Loon’s true colors. lol

 


 

BIRTHDAY

My favorite quarter of the year has begun. In our country, September marks the start of Xmas season for many. (Yes, seriously.) This season has so many pleasant things to offer. Autumn, Halloween, holidays, hot chocolate and sweater-weather. It never ends. By the way, as I already mentioned before, I was also born in September so it’s another reason why it’s special for me.

I had planned to make the most out of this month. Although I’m not as energetic as I used to be and my schedule can be so unpredictable, I’m always striving to make time for many things outside work. I don’t usually celebrate my birthday but this year, I wanted to do something for a change.

When we were in Manila, we went to this certain restaurant. It wasn’t exactly my birthdate, but since we don’t usually go to the capital, I took the chance to check out this place. We had been planning to give it a try since we read some reviews anyway.

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Doesn’t it look fancy?

I tried their bestselling squid-ink rice and forest berries tea, while Loon picked the unexpectedly huge beef curry soufflé and a warm cup of Valrhona Guanaja chocolate drink.

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Loon loved their warm madeleine.
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When you eat something as dark as your soul. (Oh wait, I don’t believe in souls. lol)

Of course, it won’t  be complete without the dessert. I chose their signature Valrhona Guanaja dark chocolate souffle, which was actually my main goal. Loon had the delectable matcha parfait with mochi and lots of other Japanese sweets in it.

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I’d give this place a high rating. No regrets about dropping by even if it was out of our way. We’d definitely go back to try their other delicacies. (Next target: Grand Crus)

By the way, here’s what we wore that day.

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I chose a dark floral skirt to suit the garden-inspired theme of the place. I paired it with a black sheer lolita top from Dear Celine. For Loon, I got this off-white floral dress from her wardrobe, which I thought would be a perfect match to the set I brought.

My skirt has a printed sheer layer which gives it a nice holographic effect that I really love. It gives a dark dreamy feel to it. I was supposed to tie my hair with this ribbon but I decided to keep my hair down, so I wore it around my wrist instead.

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Loon’s outfit looks casual and fresh, especially with the shoes we chose for it (No photos, sadly.). She said she received this dress from her mom. I added my bow knot necklace to add some emphasis and detail.

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For my birthday, Loon and I spent it with my family. Loon made this tasty cordon bleu, along with some pasta. I was planning to get my favorite KitKat cake from Katarina but sadly, it seems like they don’t sell it anymore. We went for this cappucino cake we got from Harborpoint instead.

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Everbody loved them.

Loon also gave me these gifts. Yay!

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And lots of pasalubong. Thank you~ Love them all!

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A lot of great things are happening and still will. I love September.

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Metamorphosis

It’s been a while! Unfortunately, I had to go MIA for a couple of months due to a little sickness, work, and some room renovations. Despite my inactivity, I do appreciate being invited to be a judge once again in a cosplay event in my hometown. When Rhei asked me about it, I thought it over since I have a terrible sleep schedule. At the moment, it’s falling asleep on dusk, getting up around midnight, and going back to sleep in the morning until noon. I had been wondering if I could go out and socialize at all. This was also the reason why this post was delayed. I was physically drained and fell asleep as soon as I got home *old people probs* I kept on dozing off while I was trying to update. lol Anyway, let’s get started! Here’s the event poster:

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Photo credit: Hydrogenesis

Before anything else, I just want to say that I’m really glad to have these kinds of events in Olongapo. Back in 2004 when I started cosplaying, there wasn’t anybody else here I could relate to. The following year, an old friend, Gibs, gave it a try and did so well at the craft. (I kinda expected this level from him though since we used to draw a lot back in highschool and he was already amazing when it came to arts.) Although I wasn’t here when Otaku Maru started, I had seen it flourish since I got back from Japan around 2011-2012. This organization had humble beginnings, starting their events in a small outdoor space and eventually growing into a much bigger one. Nowadays, the events are usually held at Harborpoint, which is not only more spacious but comfortable as well. There are lots of skilled cosplayers too. Many of them already migrated to Manila and abroad, but still, a lot of promising ones remain and I’m proud of it. (And hah! I’m such a proud Olongapeño, if that’s not obvious yet! lol)

This year, I judged the event with Lenorf and Mitchelle, who travelled all the way from Manila. Glad to have them both!

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With Lenorf and Mitchelle (Mitchaki). I love how we’re all wearing black and white. lol  Photo credit (R): Lenorf

While waiting, I spent most of my time chatting with Kelcey. I’m so happy she decided to attend.

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With Ghost Kelcey. She’s the one who cosplayed Tsubasa in our A-rise group before.
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(L)Soma and his gf, Jamee, helped to organize the event and made sure that everything went smoothly.   (R)I also met a lot of people I know but due to my shaky hands, most of the photos were blurry. I didn’t bother taking more later on. lol   Photo credit: Andrea

Here are our selected winners for the competition. (Third, Second and First Place, respectively). What do you think?

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Third Place.   Photo credit: Hydrogenesis
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Second Place.   Photo credit: Hydrogenesis
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First Place.   Photo credit: Hydrogenesis
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Finally, a photo with all the cosplayers who joined.   Photo credit: Hydrogenesis

And yep, I didn’t cosplay. I just don’t have the time to create a new one yet. A lot of people were asking about my character (I even got comments about DRRR!!) but lol it’s just me and my usual clothes. I think it was another great opportunity to wear some things I always wanted to wear from my closet. I still have a lot and I rarely go out! *hikikomori probs*

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Photo credit: Kelcey. Thank you for always taking great fashion snapshots!

Outfit details:
White shirt (Funky♡), Black shirt (Knick Knack), Long cardigan (Black Peace Now), Pants (Rococo), Shoulder bag (Bodyline), Other bag, Shoes, Hat, Scarf, Necklace(Unbranded)

I was torn whether I should go for a classic Ouji attire or something more casual with a similar feel. I decided to go for the latter since I wanted it to be more effortless, comfortable and easy to wear. Plus, I have more clothes under this category anyway.

I would like to send a lot of thanks to Loon, for helping me with the outfit. I think I like this better than my first plan.

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“I’ll always come home to you.”   Photo credit: Gamaliel Paz

Lastly, to the organizers and everyone who had been a part of this event, most of all, to Hydrogenesis and Otaku Maru, thanks a lot!