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!

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From Last Year

Last month, although I was able to make more progress compared to my previous pace, I was still disappointed with myself because I knew I was still slacking off. I had been planning to push myself further to accomplish even more this month. I had a lot of things to do in line. But unfortunately, due to struggling with some… health issues, I had no choice but to sit back and take some rest. I’ll probably talk more about these frustrations in my next posts.

On the brighter side, a friend sent some photos he took of us from last year so I can still maintain my two-posts-a-month streak. (Yey~)

These shots were taken when we attended Cosplay Mania last October 2016. I had been trying to avoid saying gloomy things but sadly, these were some of the last few coordinates I styled for us, while we were together as a couple.

Dressing up for me is a form of art. I always feel great satisfaction everytime I find pieces that look like they are made to go together (especially if they’re from different collections/brands). Blending colors and textures in perfect harmony always brings me pleasure beyond words. Clothes and accessories that reflect a part of me are hidden gems. Fashion is like an extension of my skin. (I actually wanted to say “an extension of my soul”, but I don’t believe in souls lol)

I think these coordinates can be classified under what they would refer to in Japan as “puchipura“(プチプラ), as I didn’t choose pieces from the more expensive brands. (The term puchipura was coined from “petit” and “price“).

Anyway, let’s get to it! Here’s what we wore for Day 1. We arrived at the event around 6pm or so because we spent our entire afternoon falling in line for Pablo’s Cheesecake. lol *no regrets*

cosmania1This shot was taken by one of our favorite Filipino photographers, Kira Hokuten.

Loon’s skirt was actually something I bought from ACDC Rag for my little sister around 5 years ago. (She chose it herself lol) She had grown a lot now and it seems like she has no plans of wearing it anymore so I borrowed it for this set.

The chokers and necklaces were Loon’s finds. Her safety pin bracelet was from Bodyline and the cute leg accessory was something commisioned by Ian Cartalaba. Check out his shop here.

It makes me sad that I forgot to include the black cat plush as one of my favorite items in my Friday the 13th post. (I might edit that next time.) I bought this from a random shop in 0101 Shinjuku, if I remember it right. It’s so cute it even has a small pocket at the back. I used to annoy my favorite cat with this plush too.

cosmania2Another great shot by Kira. This one is my favorite among the set. \(^o^)/

I’m not a dog person but as soon as I saw the length, texture, and design of the longsleeves, I was delighted and immediately bought it. I knew it would perfectly match that shirt. The crop top I wore was originally a dress, which I modified. I got the sunglasses from a local street vendor for as low as 50pesos($1). lol Lately, I’m also getting fond of more comfortable pieces such as those pants and shoes.

For Day 2, we decided to go for something more simple because we intended to roam around the event longer.

cosmania4This lovely shot was taken by another friend, Emman. You may visit his page here.

This jumper from Forever 21 felt majestic to wear. lol The lower part somehow reminded me of a certain coat I have from BPN. The sheer fabric was very light and soft and the drape felt like I was wearing a cape. Although, the length made me a little bit paranoid while riding the escalator.

It’s not visible in this photo but at the back of Loon’s shoes, there are black strips with similar “Love” design like the one on her skirt. Her mini panda bag is 3x more adorable up close. It even has a little bamboo design at the tip.

My rabbit bag here belongs to Loon. The design makes me think of Alice in Wonderland. And yes, as you may notice, we “recycled” the bag and shoes for this set too because multiple shoes and bags are too heavy to carry all the way to Manila. (/tagabundok probs)

cosmania-3It was such a windy day! You may visit Kira’s page for more photos like this.

I wish there are more chances to dress up like this. But aside from the Ph heat, I don’t have the vigor to go out that often anymore. (/old people probs lol)