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The Proposal ♥

13 Feb

A few posts ago I mentioned about a certain occasion that happened not too long ago…. After four and a half years of being together, Ryan proposed to me ^___^

And this is the video. Enjoy and have a few laughs:

 

Throughout the video my face seems a bit filled with embarrassment… Mainly because I am wearing a headband from the anime/manga Naruto, which I’m not a fan of haha! But it was certainly fun! (Makes me excited to cosplay as Sailor Mars once that’s done!) I was told Ryan planned this with Hideki (the Tokyo Toys manager) for 8 months. I couldn’t believe it when I heard that! And not once did I work it out!

On the last part of the video I mentioned something which isn’t exactly clear. I basically said that on our first date Ryan and I were walking around Leicester Square’s Trocadero Centre and we came across the store. Since then we have been regular customers, coming in at least once or twice a month ^^

It was meant to have taken place on the Saturday 2nd February, but I fell ill that day and Ryan got annoyed at that, which I didn’t understand why until we went on the Sunday when I did feel well. Guess it was meant to be.

I joked that since we had our first date here as well as our proposal, we should have a Tokyo Toys wedding too! : p

I will never forget this day ^__^

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A Bit of a Moon Frenzy

29 Jul

So the past three weeks that went I was over at Ryan’s, making sure he is ok as he is not allowed to be by himself because of the condition he is in (at the moment I’m having some time to myself whilst his parents take over for a bit). There was unfortunately numerous trips to the hospital because of the “attacks” he has been getting. We found out from the last visit that it is now a major surgery where they are going to have to remove the whole gall bladder because it is compacted full of the stones. It is bad how they have gone through with this and left it too late whereas they had the chance to not allow it to progress this far. And there we were celebrating the National Health Service (NHS) on the opening ceremony of the Olympics…..

Talking of that, I didn’t mind watching it so much. Could have been better (less music involved, less nonsense dancing etc). But that movie shown at the beginning done by director Danny Boyle, I was like (pardon my language at this point in time): what the ****?!

To me it did not make any sense and I wasn’t keen on the fast movement of shots which suddenly became something like that of a freeze frame, similar to the children’s party game where the music plays, you dance and when it stops, you freeze and are out if you make any sort of movement. When I saw a shot of a Goose, my face was this exactly: o.O

When I watched some of it, I said to my parents, all Brits know what some of the bits shown are (like the opening of the soap Eastenders — it was the section where it was a bird’s-eye view of the Thames). Someone from another country will perhaps have no clue what it is (if anyone outside the UK does, I apologise). But yeah, it may be a part of British TV, but I wouldn’t call it remarkable television. And the music used, I felt it was completely mixed up and sounded horrid. No smooth rhythm, flow or anything. Argh!

But I did like the handing of the Olympic Torch to the up and coming young athletes of the future. It was very unexpected and I felt it really allowed an involvement for everyone. With the final Olympic Torch and it coming together, I was so amazed by it. Wouldn’t have expected more by the wonderful Thomas Heatherwick (a British designer whom I am a fan of).

I also liked the display of the Olympic Rings from the use of the event of the Industrial Revolution. As many others would think, it was a truly beautiful spectacle. I didn’t notice it until the rings started rising up.

Anyways, as for the small 5-10 minute concert with Paul McCartney and The Arctic Monkeys, couldn’t they have chosen someone better? McCartney just sang a few songs which I felt droned on and was not uplifting enough. With The Arctic Monkeys, we have all heard of that song they played many, many times before, and it’s boring. Never liked the band and never will. And I would not call either of them the “best of British music”. Paul McCartney was good. When he was in the Beatles. I think it would have been better if they had someone like Muse (who has also done the Olympic theme song called Survival — I am a fan of them so yes I am going to be biased).  Well that’s my opinion of it. Will be interesting to see other views on the whole thing.

Overall, I did highly enjoy watching the ceremony (between the short film and the mini concert). I felt the involvement within it and did love it. The idea of making it fun and enjoyable is great, and that’s what the Olympics is about, not just the focus on being competitive.

As for watching any of the sports, I have been watching the Archery to its fullest. Really gets me excited : ) I used to attend a club back in my teenage years, and how much I loved it so. My first experience of the sport was when I was 11 on a 5-day school trip to a place which did a whole load of activities. I will admit that I was pretty good ; D But in the end the club was cancelled after a few years T_T

That’s about the only Olympic sport I have been paying attention to. So far.

Anyways, moving on now. There is some big news. Well, big and exciting news for me. At the Paris Japan Expo held earlier this month, it was confirmed that there will be a remake of…….. Sailor Moon! It’s not a remastered, but a whole new anime where it is likely it will follow more closely to the manga *yay*. And it will be released worldwide simultaneously. I’m sooooooo getting it when it’s released! I just hope they have better dubbed voice actors, although I prefer watching it in Japanese and reading the subtitles (it’s hard to find animes now with good dubs).

Ahhh! I can not wait >w<

More happiness is another ‘Tales of’ game, called Tales of Graces F, will be released in exactly 1 month and 2 days. So it’s an early birthday present for me from myself, hehe. And! Next year there will be another Tales game, Tales of Xillia, released in June/July next year. So that’s my graduation/early birthday present to myself planned out already : p

Also on the list, is the next Hyper Japan event taking place in November. Ryan and I are hoping to go (it all depends on his operation date and recovery time). If we can, I am finally going to go in cosplay mode (if anything goes wrong, I won’t). Ryan is also planning on cosplaying, but I’m keeping hush as to who he is going as : p

I’m not planning on buying it on eBay, however, as I have looked on there and the material used is just horrible (all satin-based… eww!) and I have read stories from people’s experiences and it’s not always 100% accurate on what the manufacturers produce. So I am planning, along with my lack of sewing and crafting clothes skills, to make my costume. I have the skirt already, which is a normal wearable skirt that I have had for a number of years. It’s gonna be fun making it and I have printed out the character I’m going to be (Sailor Mars from Sailor Moon) and indicated what I need to do in each area. If it’s not made in time, it’s no biggy, just will have to wait for the next convention : ) But for now it’s time to collect all the things needed to create such a piece.

And to commemorate the whole Sailor Moon remake and everything else, I have done a digital drawing of Sailor Moon and kitty Luna in my “Little Cuties” style ^_^

Created using Illustrator and Photoshop, I created the shadow from duplicating the figures and doing a colour overlay from the layer properties and placed it where I wanted it. I wanted something nice in the background, and a lot of the time in anime and manga they have backgrounds with simple shapes and the character portrayal at the front. So I just did numerous circles, all in pink as the colour symbol for Sailor Moon is a baby pink colour. Click image for a better and larger view.

May plan on doing the whole Sailor Senshi (Soldiers) in this format. Oh it will be fun. But first I should really get down to some work….

A Time To Remember

20 Apr

This weekend I should be over at Ryan’s. I’m not. Why? Because there’s a lot of work to do for uni. Dammit all! >_<

So instead, earlier this evening, I decided upon looking for some stuff to use for the stop-motion animation I’m going to do for the Digital Narratives module. I came across an old play set of mine, a Sylvanian house and some of its accessories. And it fitted my Kokeshi dolls perfectly, especially through the door.

Then I found more stuff. And more. And even more. Until it came to this:

I began reminiscing A LOT when seeing all this stuff. And yes, back in the day, McDonald’s did sell some awesome toys such as miniature Barbies, My Little Ponies, Hot Wheels, Betty Spaghetti, Disney stuff etc. In case you don’t know what a Squirtle is, it’s a Pokemon.

(And yes, I was shocked also when I found my old teeth still in its glory.)

And this was Ryan’s reaction:

He was laughing because of how excited I got when I saw my old toys. And for the fact that I started acting like a kid playing with them whilst on the phone to him.

Thing is, now because he laughed so much he’s all ouchie again. Sorry RyRy T-T

A Day of Bean’s

24 Mar

Max is a Cat.

A black and white Cat.

My neighbour’s Cat.

He likes to come to our house in the warmer days.

 As summer is approaching, he has once again started inviting himself to our abode.

And what does he usually do in our house, you wonder?

Annoy the hell out of me when I try to do my work.

But I love him to bits

=^_^=