Archive for December, 2013

Holidays & Ikkicon

December 28th, 2013

I hope everyone is enjoying themselves during the holidays! Things have been pretty hectic for me! About a week before Christmas, I got sick, and I’m still trying to recover from it. Even though I don’t think I’m actually sick anymore, I still have a terrible cough that won’t go away >.<

Other than that, I’ve been spending time with both sides of the family, both mine and my husband’s. I got a lot of nice gifts too! I got things relating to my hobbies, like sewing supplies, art supplies, and gaming-related items.

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As for photography, well, I gifted myself something for that ;) Right after Thanksgiving, I noticed the DSLR I’ve been eyeing, the Canon 6D, dropped in price by a few hundred, so I made my move and bought it. I finally upgraded to a DSLR with a full frame sensor!

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I rented this model for work once and it’s also my second Canon DSLR, so it felt familiar right away. I’ve already used it for 6 photoshoots. Ikkicon was just a couple days after Christmas, and since it’s a local Anime convention, I booked 2 days of photoshoots.

Of the 6 shoots, half were with repeat clients. It continues to make me happy when people request me again :) Here’s a photo preview from each shoot!

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Confessions of a Blogger

December 17th, 2013

I saw this over at Georgie’s blog, so I decided to grab it and do it too :)

When did you first start blogging and why?
A blog was actually one of the last “types” of sites I made. It came about after I realized I was using the updates section of one of my other sites like a blog so… I finally created an actual blog. I think it was around 2001 when I opened my first blog with a friend.

Have you had any past online presence?
Like mentioned, a blog was one of the last types I tried out. I’ve owned several sites throughout the years, about 30 or so. (Not all of them are up and active, of course.) There are 3 that I would consider my most popular.

The first is Fake Wings, my past graphics site, back in the day when the Anime webdesign community was thriving. Some people still remember me as the “Cat from Fake Wings”. The second is Hachi Roku, which is still up but is now an archived site. It was one of the very few Initial D sites back then.

The last is one of my early sites, Rain of Blood. It only covered one of the Rurouni Kenshin OVAs, yet the hits on it soared after the RK series was brought to US television. 11 other RK site owners and I then started up a very popular RK forum/community.

When did you become serious about your blog?
I’ve owned a few blogs in the past, but this is the first blog I took seriously enough to start paying attention to what I post. Sure, comments shouldn’t be the reason I blog (and it’s not), but when I began getting more comments, I started to spend more time on this site than others I own.

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Big Island, part 2

December 7th, 2013

And now for the continuation of my previous post! I took more photos during the second half of the trip, so I’m using thumbnails this time. Click to see the full images.

Day 5

When planning our trip, we couldn’t decide between 2 hotels so… we booked both! On this day, we checked out of the Mauna Lani and into the Mauna Kea, though we then immediately went out to drive to Hilo.┬áHilo is the major city on the east side of the Big Island, and it was 1.5 hours away. We took a route that would pass by scenic points, waterfalls, and gardens.

Photo 1: The first stop was Waipio Lookout, which has a beautiful view of the Waipio Valley. We just took a look though and then went on our merry way.

Photo 2: The next stop was either Umauma Garden or Akaka Falls, and we decided on Umauma. The garden itself was pretty small, but their main “attraction” seems to be the triple tiered waterfall.

Photo 3: It was past noon by the time we left Umauma, so we skipped Akaka and got lunch at What’s Shakin, which is a tiny place known for their fresh fruit smoothies.

After lunch, we headed to Hilo and found their farmer’s market. Though all the food on display was tempting, I was really there for cheap souvenirs XD I got some handmade soaps, jewelry boxes, and other small things.

Photo 4 & 5: On the way out, we stopped by Rainbow Falls which was nearby. It’s named as such because sometimes a rainbow forms between the two falls, though we didn’t see one that day.

Photo 6: We decided to take a different way back and used Saddle Rd. It’s a faster way, though it doesn’t pass through any towns along the way. As we drove, we could see the Mauna Kea (the dormant volcano, not hotel) to our side.

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