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What I’m up to, #7

November 3rd, 2015

It’s been a while since I did one of these entries! Though, that’s mainly because I’ve been either really busy or uh… really lazy. For those new to this series of entries, I give an update on what I’m up to for each of my main hobbies. Starting with…

What I’m Sewing

It’s already been two months since I last worked on a cosplay! I didn’t even realize it’s been that long since my last convention. I’m currently planning my next cosplay, which is Tashigi from One Piece.


I’d like to do both of those outfits, starting with the Alabasta one. Right now I’m in the research phase and have done a quick sketch to take note of all the details before I start drafting the pattern. (In case you missed it, I have a “beginners cosplay tips” entry which talks about patterns for cosplay.)


This will be my first time cosplaying from a mainstream Anime! It’s not that I’m hipster about it or anything. It’s just most mainstream Animes are way too long, and I end up giving up part-way through. One Piece is the exception. Even though it’s over 700 episodes so far, I’m actually caught up with it and am still following it!

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Week rambles

September 27th, 2015

It has been an incredibly tiring week, and well, I’m still tired! My body aches, and I’m trying to catch up on sleep. This will be some loose rambles on the past week.

1. From Tuesday to Friday, I was scheduled to be a photographer for our annual user conference. This is my third year doing it, and this time, we increased the number of photographers from 3 to 7. I counted as one of the three main photographers, so I was scheduled for all the major events. Even with more help, I was still super busy and exhausted every day! On Tuesday, I just had to cover an event for a couple hours, but Wednesday was 9:00am-8:00pm, Thursday was 6:30am-7:00pm, and Friday was 8:30am-6:00pm.

2. Yay for sweet lens! All of the lenses I used were rentals: Canon 50mm f/1.2, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8, and Canon 70-200mm f/2.8. From my own gear, I brought my camera body (Canon 6D) and flash (Canon 430EX II).

Yay gear! 😆 Boooo heaviness and back pain 😣

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Heavy stuff though! All of that made me lug around ~10lbs of gear, so that’s why my arms and shoulders were tired out. This was also my first time using the 70-200mm (the big white lens), and it was really great for candids and stage photos.

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What Nintendo means to me

July 18th, 2015

For those who keep up with gaming news, you might have heard that Nintendo’s President and CEO, Satoru Iwata, passed away recently from bile duct cancer at the age of 55. Though it’s always sad to see famous people you like pass away, this one hit me harder than others, mainly because Iwata-san worked on games I love and had also become one of the key faces of Nintendo.


“On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.”

Iwata-san was not your typical CEO. First, he was actually a game developer at HAL Laboratory and worked on EarthBound and games in the Super Smash Bros, Kirby, and Pokemon series. A few of those games might not have been released without his programming help. After he became Nintendo’s CEO, he pushed for the release of the DS and Wii, both of which were very successful and followed his goal of making games appeal to a wider audience. He also hosted Nintendo Direct to bring news to fans and willingly cut his salary in half when Nintendo suffered a loss in profits.

“Above all, video games are meant to be just one thing: fun. Fun for everyone.”

Iwata-san was someone who was not afraid to be quirky and silly, and that is one of the things I love about Nintendo. I know many people consider Nintendo’s E3 presence this year to be the worst of the lot, but I genuinely enjoyed it. Compared to the other big E3 shows, it was funny, light hearted, and just brought a smile to my face.


Nintendo is actually why I started gaming. It began when I was young, and my cousins brought over their NES to my grandparents’ house. I was hooked and wanted one so bad. Tetris! Battle Toads! Double Dragon! Contra! Super Mario! So many great memories! My parents bought my brother and I one shortly after, and my gaming hobby just grew from there.

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