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Thursday, December 13th, 2007
11:38 am
End of the Journey
Hey everyone. Thanks for sticking around my LJ despite the lack of constant updates.

I'll be posting one last entry here tomorrow evening.

There's too many things going on in my life for me to balance everything.

I just wanna say thanks for being around.

I'll maintain the account so don't unlink me (how can I view your journals if I'm not a member right?)

regards....

-Mao

Current Mood: depressed
Monday, December 3rd, 2007
7:43 am
Hataw Hanep Hero Aftermath and the Day After.
I'm supposed to put a post about HERO here but until a certain "plan" is realized, I refuse to be a spoiler.

So instead, make do with what I normally post.

The actual entry starts hereCollapse )

Current Mood: embarrassed
Thursday, November 29th, 2007
8:06 pm
H3 Final Few Days...
H3 is in less than 48 hours and my group is still in a semi-panic.

Rather, I'm in a semi-panic. My costume is completed but upon closer review, there are a few parts that need... repair/quick fixes.

Another is that the audio, though completed, is not 100% yet. Minor adjustments have to be made...

And my head is about to explode from all the details that I have to remember and all the timing cues to teach.

In other news...

Who would've thought Trillanes would go through that thing again, picking a more... high-class hotel this time around.

Heard about it on the radio while at work. It's kinda realistic, if people just jump into the "details". But if you listen to the "live" radio coverage, you'd understand what I mean.

A raid/counter-measure with 0 casualties/injuries? A "sniper" on the roof firing single shots at a pace of 1.5 seconds per shot (which I might add is pretty fast for a sniper rifle) and only ONE M-16 armalite ratting away in the middle of it all.

They could make a pretty good tele-serye about it.

Nice job SENATOR Trillanes. You've just shot down any probability that foreign rich people... I mean... "investors" would want to put their money into making more jobs for this country.

The following is simply senseless ramblings. Don't read if you don't want to be annoyed.Collapse )

Current Mood: blah
Monday, November 26th, 2007
8:00 pm
H3 Preparations Day 2
And now I'm stumped.

Working on the audio for my group is pretty easy, considering it's a jumble of ideas from all of us that have been streamlined.

But sometimes I have to wonder...

Never mind.

My mind's a mess from work lately... Cosplaying and this group of mine is the only thing keeping me sane.

Audio will be completed on schedule (Tuesday evening).

On a semi-different topic... (I can't believe I actually have the time to type this portion)

I can't believe its been almost a year.

We started planning this group cosplay sometime around December of last year when we saw somebody cosplay as *TOOT*. Its almost 1 year and we've only completed our cast in the last 2 weeks.

Also, I can't believe I've spent 5 digits worth on this SINGLE costume. This has GOT to be a record! My most expensive costume before this was Satoshi Hiwatari (roughly 5k total).

No regrets. Money can be earned, its the time and memories that matter the most to me.

But for the record, I might ease down cosplaying for a while whilst I focus my money on something more... long-term (can't give out any details YET, maybe in 2 or 3 years).

I'm not retiring again (I retired from cosplaying at the end of 2003 and started again around October last year), its still early and I have several other characters I want to do... And a few more promises to keep.

6 years of cosplaying, 6 years of memories. A lifetime to remember and friends to keep for eternity.

Current Mood: blank
Sunday, November 25th, 2007
12:56 pm
H3 and a Few Other Things.
H3 is less than a week away and my group preparations are nowhere near done. Costumes are ready and waiting for the show, but the problem still lies in the audio and the props.

During yesterday's rehearsal/practice, we came up with several interesting possibilities that weren't included in the original script, the audio and props are to be modified to fit the situations.

I've decided to go on Day 1 (after much deliberation with my group leader) to test out my costume and my wig. I just hope the wig doesn't get damaged since this will be the first time I'll be using a wig. Also as a special request, I'll be taking pictures. LOTS of them, so be prepared. :D

On Day 2, I'll be with my group most of the time. Group Leader owaritaichou has a great idea for an entry in her Multiply so I hope we actually manage to push through with it.

Also I should start working on my project for the group. Wish me luck and hopefully, I'll be done with the rough draft tonight.

Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, November 12th, 2007
11:06 pm
Thoughts and Preparations
With H3 coming around the corner, news finally comes in that the group cosplay participants need only attend day 2.

This brought up a few interesting points for me and my "partner" in the group. We might make an appearance during Day 1 of H3 for the individual cosplay, dependent of course, on mood and other misc factors.

And to think, only 35% of my costume has been completed... I'm still waiting for word from my seamstress for the remaining 35% and of course, the shop where I'm buying my *** for the last 30%.

It's an expensive costume actually... probably my most expensive to date hitting an amount that scares even me...

Good luck to my group. With less than 3 weeks left, we still have a lot to do...

Current Mood: restless
Monday, November 5th, 2007
11:06 pm
LU Live completion and opinions
Last November 3 and 4, LU Live 2007 was held at the World Trade Center in Roxas Boulevard.

What is now a tradition, the Early Birds (the addicts as I call them), arrive extremely early just to get one of several in-game prizes for their choice of online game. Being the addict that I am (and as I was "bribing" the person who would be my group's stage ninja), we arrived at 9:00 P.M. Friday evening. And funnily enough, we were 15th and 16th respectively.

The wait for the gates to open was highly uneventful, though I did get a chance to meet new people and make a few new friends.

Upon entering, the sheer emptiness of the area was what attracted my attention. All the booths covered the sides and the back while the MIDDLE area was reserved particularly for the audience. I haven't seen a convention site like this in a long time, specially since most sponsors want the middle ground. It was a great and refreshing change.

The mini-games were pretty good. Perfect World's City Battle was reminisce of Twister, Freestyle's 1 on 1 shootfest was basically Timezone's basketball games and the Flyff fun-dikit was kinda... well... lets just say 15-20+ people can't stick to a wall of Velcro no mater how hard you try. We went home shortly after getting our early bird pins.

Day 2 was a whole different story, what with the cosplay event to look forward to. My group (composed of Jenny, Kyn and myself, with Paul as the stage ninja) was early, ready and nervous. Jenny and I both wanted to win this for Kyn. For those who are unfamiliar with LU Live, Jenny and I were part of last years winning group alongside Choi and Charlene. We thought our skit was OK, but the Frost Jokers (I didn't get their real names) were better. Taking the stage and LU's group cosplay by storm, they unveiled a type of skit never before seen in the cosplay arena. Needless to say, I was impressed and knew (after watching them) that there was no way in heaven and earth that they'd lose.

Unfortunately, my stamina was rapidly and sorely depleted because of my costume. Full body leather, with NO breathing holes. Simply put, the heat (of the suit and stage) ended any hopes of my doing photo shoots after the skit. Even as I type this, I'm still feeling the stress of total dehydration.

It was great to see my guildmates in Alarius Eversor and ~Legends~, it was even better that I finally got to meet my in-game baby sisters Kimmy and Sakkie (at long last).

Overall, the event was great with but a few exceptions of people. I'm hoping that the next group cosplay we do will earn us a win.

Win or lose, its the fun and the memories that matter.

See you at SMX for Hataw Hanep Hero 2007!

Current Mood: exhausted
Wednesday, October 31st, 2007
7:54 pm
LU Live and a short period of nostalgia
Countdown to LU Live is ongoing with barely 4 days left for the cosplay competition.

Funny. I've been down this road before. What with a few days left, props unfinished, group skit unperfected, everything seems lacking in a way.

But the "been there, done that" feeling is overcome by a different one. A spark of truth, a spark of hope, a chance at another bit of glory... For one of my groupmates, that is LONG overdue. She's been cosplaying for a long time, yet, despite the accuracy (and in a few cases the "fit" or her attitude = character cosplayed) and effort she puts into it, she doesn't get the recognition she deserves.

I'm hoping that this November's LU Live will give her, Jenny and myself another chance at that spotlight, the "MVP" in Ragnarok terminology. That one, decisive victory.

I'm getting ahead of myself, since on-stage performance counts for 40% of the grade while costumes only account for 25%.

Admittedly my costume was RUSHED (2 weeks left to LU Live)but I know my group. Jenny's costume is great and my best friend's costume is... well... its hard to describe in words but its... beautiful? gorgeous? fantastic? I can't think of the proper term for it as of yet...

I really hope people like the skit we planned. It was a group effort with everyone pitching in.

Good luck to all the participants this Sunday! And in case I don't see you there, there's always H3 on December 1.

Current Mood: blank
Friday, October 12th, 2007
5:27 pm
Old Games and Enjoyment for Hours on End
Surprisingly, I started playing my old PS1 again. It feels.... nostalgic to play the games I grew up on. Final Fantasy 7, Suikoden 1 and 2, even Legend of Dragoon (yes, I'm an RPG buff).

I miss the old games and their simple graphics but good story-lines and intro videos, the depth of play and the amount of hours to play it.

Guess old gaming habits die hard... Neh?

Current Mood: chipper
Tuesday, October 9th, 2007
8:33 pm
GameX Convention... The Resolution
It's finally over.

The first game cosplay turned out a good amount of cosplayers (66 to be exact), with several costumes that are notable for both craftsmanship and "dating" or the ability of the cosplayer to carry the character.

I played host, alongside Kel and Adz. The crowd was incredibly thin in the morning (Pacquiao match anyone?) but started climbing rapidly as the day wore on.

Think about this: cheap food, free games on the PS3, XBox360 and Wii, LOTS of entertainment (in the form of cosplayers, sponsor presentations and band performances) and a mini-tiangge in one end of the room. What more can a die-hard gamer ask for? Everything you could want in a room thats roughly 250M x 250M.

Draining as it was, I enjoyed every minute of it, even though I ended up losing my voice afterwards (there was a problem with one mike not picking up my voice often) and of course, an uber late dinner.

Overall, for a FIRST game event, it was a smashing success! I look forward to hosting the next time GameX comes calling. :)

Current Mood: bouncy
Thursday, September 27th, 2007
12:23 am
Tagged
Got tagged by xcerpted.

1. Pick the month of your birth.
2. Bold the 5-10 things that most apply to you
3. Strike out everything that doesn't apply to you.
4. Place the list of all the months under a cut
5. Tag 6 people from your friends list to do the same

DECEMBER:
Loyal and generous. Sexy. Patriotic. Active in games and interactions. Impatient and hasty. Ambitious.Influential in organizations. Fun to be with. Loves to socialize. Loves praises. Loves attention. Loves to be loved. Honest and trustworthy. Not pretending. Short tempered. Changing personality. Not egotistic. Take high pride in oneself. Hates restrictions. Loves to joke. Good sense of humor. Logical.

Full list can be found here. (sorry if I'm direct linking Kura. =3)

I tag... uesugi_rin, sillue, _ligaya_, saccharineroen, maikophoenix

Current Mood: cheerful
Sunday, September 23rd, 2007
6:47 pm
Costumes, Cosplay and Fun
I picked up my costume yesterday with a friend. Aside from 2 color mistakes, the costume was KEWL!

For the most part, they got the full costume correctly when no one could understand how I wanted it made. Then there's a part that they used silver instead of flesh but my partner for that group cosplay said it was good.

OMG! I still haven't buffed myself up enough >_<

GameX Convention is up in 2 weeks. Everyone's waiting for the event. Seeing its in SM Megamall's Megatrade Hall, it should have an excellent turnout this year. I'm still debating whether to go in costume or not.

I finished working on an audio request today as well. Who would've thought that kind and level of sound editing would be easy despite initial thoughts and lack of programs. I'm planning to improve it even more so wait for the official final version by next week. Hopefully, it becomes perfectly seamless =3

Tiring weekend? Yeah, maybe, but it was fun. Worth every minute of it.

In other news, if you're a member of the FC Forums, kindly click on this link and make an account and character. We're currently saving up referal points to buy a Cyberdunk Basketball team in one of the Philippine Divisions for FC members.

Thanks in advance and good luck to all cosplay participants for October 7.

Current Mood: ecstatic
Wednesday, September 19th, 2007
12:32 am
Web-browser based games. I've played so many of them, I've actually lost track of most of them.

I started in this area of gaming during Monster Fight, a Vampire vs Werewolves thing, that though creative, ended up flat because of the lack of variety. You can kill another player with high stats or good weapons which are attained by doing missions and hunting other "weaker" players. I stopped playing because of the drawbacks (kill me and you get around 10-20% of my gold and exp), since I started rather late, I ended up being fodder for people higher leveled than me.

Enter Knight Fight and Techwarrior. Knight Fight ended up the same way as Monster Fight, and Techwarrior... well, I actually spent money on Techwarrior for the added hunt boost and less ads but the grind phase (gamers know this term, its that period when the fun is gone until you can attain a certain level and you mindlessly hunt/kill to gain experience and money) made me give up the game.

Zelderex was one of the better browser games I've come across. You command an army under the banner of a particular "race", from there, you build up an army of heroes and soldiers and eventually, attack other players for loot. The main difference of this game is that it gave multi-tiered play. You're given restrictions (such as which vehicles can ferry your people to your opponent's base, amount of fuel available and the like), my favorite being the 50-rank gap limit. No attacking people who are 50 ranks higher/lower than you, computed daily. It gave lower ranked players a chance to be the top. It also gave different ways to victory. Defend and build a strong economy, be a war-monger and conquer or be strategic and blow up your opponents bases using missiles and bombs. Main drawback is that each "round" was worth 2 months. After which, you have to start over from scratch. No sense of permanency.

So now, after being recruited by Kero, I'm playing CyberDunk, a basketball based web browser game where you do not take the role of a player, but rather a manager of a player or team (number of players can be increased but cost irl money).

So what's the diff? Well, for starters, it offers "chances". Most of it is randomized (such as when you first make your "player" and the amount of control you have when a computer manages your team). There's also the betting element, where the odds are based on league standings and the chances of either team is either assured or in contest.

Another is that there are different leagues (though you could have a player from the Philippines but have him play in the Argentinia League), each league has around 6 divisions and each division has roughly 24 teams of 9-12 players each. Do the math, thats a LARGE quantity of players from anywhere around the world.

Improving your player can be done by training or buying equipment, both of which cost money which can be earned daily (your salary which is normally in 3 digits), from win bonuses and from betting. You could also buy CDP (cyberdunk points) and exchange them for game cash.

What separates this game from the rest is the pull-down effect. When you play against another team, you don't force that team to lose money/experience/stats/items, rather, it's just another loss on their league standings. It brings a level of challenge without pushing down another player.

Also on the same topic, their forums TalkDep is very helpful for newbies/rookies with the mods being very active. There's also translation reports and tips/tricks/help from not only moderators and admins but from other players.

FocusDep is another of their sites which mostly focuses on being a search engine for misc stuff like quotes and the like. I haven't fully tried it but the quotes I've seen so far are pretty good.

Though the world is pushing to hardcore video gaming with hardcore graphics and the like, Web-browser Based MMORPGs like CyberDunk aren't out for the count just yet.

Just the opposite, they've brought the game into overtime.

Current Mood: thoughtful
Sunday, September 16th, 2007
8:38 pm
Costumes, Sports and Video Games
With GXCon fast approaching, all cosplayers have started turning to their "old reliables", the people who they've contracted to do/finish their costumes.

Having said that, my costume for a November/December cosplay is completed and ready for pick-up/fitting. I'll be doing that next week with my cosplay groupmate. Hopefully, both costumes that we had made there turn to be worth the amount we paid for 'em (they're professionals so I'm expecting excellent results with minimal problems).

Next off, Kiroma started taking tennis lessons at the Ateneo and he's getting better. I don't know if I can still beat him but I'll try on Sept. 30. :) My cousin gave me a pretty good tennis racket (which looks like Momoshiro's) and I'm planning to use that for training.

Kiro also brought his newly acquired PSP to the lunch b-day party today. Damn him and his addictive game (I forgot the actual title but its a game related to tetris), makes me want to buy one. But I'm happy with my DS Lite. :)

Cosplay, exercise and gaming. This is gonna be one hell of a ride....

Current Mood: energetic
Wednesday, September 5th, 2007
8:35 pm
Roses or Irises?
"Roses are red, Irises are white. Their colors clash, what remains is ash."

No, not a poem from an old forgotten writer.

Its the analogy of Romeo X Juliet.

Montague is represented by Roses, not because of love for Neo Verona or their own family members. No, roses because they are red and that is the color of bloodshed.

Bluh, another RxJ post. I need a new anime! >_< (or something better to do).

In other news, my costume'll be ready by Sept. 22 though my debut date is much much later. Good thing I've saved up quite a good sum for the rest of my costume props... Shopping plans are being made for that day as well. :)

Life... It sucks so much that it hurts...

Current Mood: awake
Sunday, September 2nd, 2007
4:01 pm
Romeo X Juliet
In 1595/96, Lord Avalon a.k.a. William Shakespheare gave birth to one of the most renown tragedies in broadway. Romeo and Juliet.

Technically, the actual play was not originally from Shakespeare, more info can be found here, but his version is the most well known all over the world.

More than 400 years later, enter the Japanese version, giving new life to the old drama. Imagine Romeo and Juliet spiced up with new characters, new plot twists and mythical creatures. Now you've entered the world of Romeo X Juliet.

In the play, the Capulets and Montagues were families engaged in bitterness and hatred with each other, in the Anime, the Montagues slaughtered all the Capulets with the exception of one.

Juliet Fimatta Arst Capulet. The leading female in the play and the Primary character for the Anime. Her family's crest looks WAY better than the Montagues. I'm currently using it as my emblem in Ragnarok Online.

Romeo Candole Bando Montague. I doubt that Shakespeare came up with this long name. He's the lead male in the drama, with most of the play revolving around him (to my memory anyway, correct me if I'm wrong), in the Anime, he's the Secondary lead character. Sword-fighting and Pegasi Riding skills with a strong sense of honorable justice make this guy a good balanced opposite of his father, the ruthless Archduke of Neo Verona.

Is it good? Yeah, the story is far enough from the drama to enjoy, but if you liked the play, that's a big plus. =3

Current Mood: content
Monday, August 27th, 2007
8:03 pm
The End of a Long Weekend and the Start of an Even Longer Week
It's Monday. The last day of the long weekend given by PGMA even after all the idiocity that's happened recently.

I'm not one to complain about the car wrecking incident, its a fact that if those luxury cars were auctioned off, the people who spent millions to smuggle them into the country would just buy 'em off and smuggle a new set of cars, knowing that another auction would take place. The smuggling would continue.

However, I still find what she did an act of supreme idiocity. Her Public Relations Officers and other advisers SHOULD'VE come up with a better solution than that. Worst of all, it was shown publicly. I don't know that much about cars in general but I do know that a Ferrari costs close to 9 digits in Philippine Pesos. Painful on the pocket, even if it wasn't you who bought it.

Sad, really.

Anyway, normally, I'd LOVE long weekends, it gives me time to think and rest. But for people who work, the long weekend means something else.

An extra day's worth of paperwork to be completed.

Current Mood: apathetic
Saturday, August 25th, 2007
3:16 pm
New Avatars and New Chapters
Whee! I got 4 new avatars today thanks to my best friend (thanks talaga! I suck at photo editing)!

Yeah, they're all RO boss monsters from Lighthalzen, but I really liked the original images. So there :P

So what's new? hmmm...

I'm currently downloading J-Drama, K-Drama, C-Drama among other things. Some of them aren't bad, all of 'em are 1024x720 AVI video formats so they're REALLY high quality and best of all, FANSUBBED! (That's right! No dubbing that you can't understand exactly what they're trying to say!)

In my book (it's not a fanfic unless it's based on something, that's what my friend said), I've added 4 new chapters, these being the mission/quest scenarios for 4 of my primary characters. But still, no definite chapter number since I keep skipping chapters and storylines.

With work, I've been able to come home earlier, thanks to the system repairs done by the company's IT team. I also finally had my OT from the past three weeks approved (which means extra pay!) so expect me to treat out a few friends to something special. :)

Thanks guys!

Current Mood: energetic
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007
7:20 pm
Yorokonde!
No, I'm not watching Chobits... (the Animax English Dub killed my taste for that anime)

Rough translation? "Doing my best with passion" as far as I can figure.

This applies to work, sidelines and cosplay conventions.

Incidentally, I've just agreed to host this year's GXcon. Details here.

Ad-libbed hosting? Maybe. But this time around, I have my voice at full strength. :)

Current Mood: calm
Friday, August 10th, 2007
12:19 pm
Bluh
Right now I'm stuck at home with a fever and a cold.

Kept getting rained on the past few days... So that means I'm absent from work which also means a salary deduction of 1 day.

Sucks...

I sleep.

Current Mood: sick
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