Since I've set up my Journal so that the layout doesn't show any personal links (it kinda messes up the layout if it does), I'm going to make this post for my links. So, if interested, you can check 'em out. It's just links to my art gallery, and other stuffs.

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My Header image (the girl), was drawn & colored by an awesome artist, `ravenskar. Here's the original picture, before I extracted/edited it for my header XD

That is all :p

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Feature Article - Cosplay Arts

Cosplay Arts. As popular as cosplay seemingly is today, a vast majority of the population is either completely unaware it exists, or disregards it all together. The art of designing costumes based off of loved characters--be they comic, animated, acted, or 3D--has spread internationally, and is continuously growing its masses. But where did cosplay come from? What makes it fun and unique? What drives people to spend hundreds of dollars, hours and hours on end creating a single piece? Hopefully this assignment will be able to answer those questions and many more.

Below are just a few simple questions to get the ball rolling:

1. Have you ever seen, heard, or met someone who has either cosplayed or created a costume for a friend?
2. What was your opinion upon viewing cosplayers? (Did you think they were silly? A waste of time? Childish?)
3. Do you think cosplay is just a "phase," and will eventually die down, or is the art of cosplay here to stay?

Here are a couple of links to get an idea of what I mean by "cosplayers."

"50 Best cosplays of all time"
"Yaya Han"

First Semester of College & then some..

     Well, it has been a while since my last post (of course, this always happens...), I suppose there's loads to talk about. According to my previous entry on the 25th of February I had completed my very first Photoshop project for my Digital Imaging course. Ah, it was a lovely project. Since then I have done 3 more major projects for that class, and the semester is now over~ I got to do an Editorial (photo manipulation project) on Michael Jackson. Absolutely loved it! And my professor loved it, too XD I'll put some links at the end of this post to some of the work I've been up to these past few months o/

     By far one of the easiest courses this semester was Critical Thinking. I got great professors for all four of my courses; man, did I luck out XD. Gotta love "RateMyProfessors.com", seriously--a lifesaver. Did so well in Critical Thinking with a 99.56% average that I was exempted from the last test, and the final exam~ Yay, me~ \o/ Needless to say I got As in the other three courses, too~ (English, Math, and Digital Imaging (Photoshop)). I am very proud of myself. I've come so far...from sitting in a cave day in, and day out, not doing anything or going anywhere besides hospitals and the occasional complex gatherings (rarely even then), to...finishing my first semester of college... This year has been amazing. I am so thankful for everything I have, and to everyone who helped me get here. The struggle isn't over, but...at least, it has become a little more tolerable. 

     Right now I am living with my brother in his one-bedroom apartment. We've been in this apartment since August of last year. By the end of July we'll be moving to a two-bedroom apartment. Finally.. a two-bedroom..I'll get my own room. You have no idea how much I've needed it. Even though I was told the bedroom in this one-bedroom apartment is my own space..and I sleep there and all..it's not really my room.. In the beginning I would have to leave the room and sleep on the floor in the living room because a friend of his would come over after midnight on Fridays and use our walk-in closet to record his music for upcoming performances. Now..I've got no problem with this friend, Nick, he's a great guy, but whenever he comes over I no longer have any privacy. Before I got my computer I almost lost my mind (was sharing my brother's laptop with him). Things are better now, as far as that situation is concerned. Nick no longer comes over..he's been really busy with work and live performances. So, I get to sleep in "my" room every night now...for the most part XD

     I'm babbling... I really want to just let everything out. All my frustrations, annoyances, and plain ol' disturbances with..certain people... Let's just do this in parts.

     In any case, my semester is over~ with flying colors~~ I'm currently on break until the 4th of June when my Summer semester starts. I'll be taking only one course this summer, Web Design I, with the same Professor I had this Spring for Photoshop class. He is awesome. Although I am really looking forward to it, I'm a bit nervous. A lot of stuff is going to change during the summer.. I hope I am able to adjust accordingly and don't stress myself out. I've applied for a part-time job at PetSmart as a Bather/Groomer. Hopefully I get it, but I'm not gonna trip if I don't. I'll just keep looking. I really need some other form of income besides Financial Aid..for me, myself, and I. I don't want to be out in the heat this summer for medical reasons but..if I get that part-time job I'll do what I gotta do to make things right. Time to start saving up to move out of my brother's... Can't stay here forever..I'll go insane.

    One thing I have become more and more aware of these past couple of years, and even more so this year, is that...well, I am better off by myself. When I'm sick I prefer being alone; after surgeries I prefer recovering alone; when I'm tired or swamped with work I prefer to be alone. I prefer it... I'm a better person, alone. I like my privacy, my space, and the quiet calm that comes with it. I suppose it's because I've lived by myself for so long. People frustrate me too much now...they stress me out with their drama and their materialistic qualms, their inconsiderate behaviors, and their seemingly lack of...man, I don't know what you'd call it but daym... the people around me now seem to think it's okay to disregard my existence, needs, and medical issues when it hinders their plans.. yet they want me to step in and do shit for them.. Ugh..frustrations man...frustrations.. >_<

    I'ma leave it at that. I hope everyone/anyone who reads my entries gets a little something out of them..what could they get? Lord only knows, but perhaps a little something none-the-less XD

Toodles all~ o/

My first Project for Photoshop class: CD Packaging

Aloha all~ Once again an evening post, lol, guess I really am a night owl~ Aren't we all? XD Anyway, I'm making this post to show what work went into making the CD covers for my project. Below are the original photos and materials I used, along with the finished products. If you got any questions feel free to ask. 

Images under the cut. Image Heavy.


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Christmas & Family

So, I'm finally home after spending the weekend with my sister and her family for Christmas. Yes, although I am muslim, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn't take it from a religious standpoint, but from the point of "spending time with family". It was my first time experiencing Christmas in 20 years, and it was really something else. The time spent with the family and in-laws, and the whole feel of it all was just so warm. It made me miss those days when it was just my mom, brother, sis and I, and we'd be chilling, hanging out, just enjoying our time together on Eid. It's been so very long since I've felt that warmth, and it almost made me cry. My older sister's in-laws are so down-to-earth and easy to get along with. They welcomed me into the family from the first moment they met me. The whole thing was just great. I'm looking forward to spending more time with them and getting to know 'em better XD

On another note, I am sick as a dog. It might have been the fact that I've been in a cave for a while now and was just suddenly thrown into rooms full of adults and kids for two days straight. I've been trying to sleep for the past few hours but this cold, or whatever it is, is kicking my ass. I've got tissues stuck up my nose, sniffling, snot dripping everywhere, a fever, ears hurting like hell, and all my joints are aching, real bad. Perhaps I can get my brother to punch my lights out; that'll get me some good rest for a few hours...until I wake up in pain from the hit, lol~ Yeah...that may not be such a good idea :p

Akanishi Jin - Yellow Gold 3011 Tour Audio-Rips

Well, since I ended up thoroughly enjoying Jin's Yellow Gold Tour, and have noticed it's a bit hard to find proper rips, if any at all, I decided to rip my own. So, here they are~ I've ripped the ones I really enjoyed. There are just a couple others that I didn't rip. If anyone wants them, feel free to ask. The ones I, naturally, didn't rip (besides the ones I weren't into), are those that already have CD quality rips available.

Below are the individual links, and a zipped folder of them all together.

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Spiteful Sin

"Upon this land of ash and waste,
 Level my soul and spin my fate.
 Raise me up, to this sky of red,
 And tell my tale of hate", she said.

  I do not fear. I do not shy,
  Away from that which makes me cry.
  Present the truth of that you know,
  From my story, my hate shall show.

  I cannot fathom of what she meant.
  This lady; how much angst she's spent.
  In this cave of dark, deep within,
  I dare discover her spiteful sin.
  "A Powerful thing, this Hate", I said
  "Withdraw your words before you dread."
   And in that instant her eyes of rage,
   Pierced against me and broke this cage.

   "Why must I bow to one so small?
    Before my blade, all shall fall."
                                            - Dec' 21, 2011

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Arrietty, Jdramas & Stuffs~

So, earlier today I was still pretty pissed off at someone... He said some shit yesterday that really threw me off. What's worse is that he doesn't seem to think what he said and did was wrong >_< It's moments like that, that make me feel so disgusted with human beings... I decided to watch some light anime to try and lift my mood. It helped, as it always does. I watched an anime movie, called Karigurashi no Arrietty. It's an anime adaptation of The Borrowers. I must say that they did an awesome job. I loved it from beginning to end. The moment it started, it brought a smile to my face, with just its music. I'd definitely recommend it. It was done by the same guy who did the awesome Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle. So, you know it's gotta be good XD

Karigurashi no Arrietty:

On another note, for the first time in 2 and a half years, I watched a Japanese drama. Yeah...it's been a really long time. I checked out what was out there, and decided to watch Nishikido Ryo's drama, "Zenkai Girl", and, surprisingly, I enjoyed it. It looks to be a really heartfelt, light-lil drama, and I hope to see some more character development as it goes along.

Writing out your thoughts really does help clear the mind. 

Current Anime, and College Update

Ok, so, I've been pretty behind on my anime. I've got loads to catch up on. I started with Fate/Zero; up-to-date now. There are quite a few I either gotta finish watching, or wanna check out. Hmmm, where to start...

Well, these are what I'm watching atm :O


Absolutely loving this anime. I had watched Fate/Stay Night years ago, when it first aired, and was happy to see another anime added to the series. Fate/Zero takes place 10 years before the events of Fate/Stay Night, and man...it's definitely worth the watch.

Guilty Crown:

I started watching this one the same time I started on Fate/Zero. I actually like it, especially the animation. I'm not up-to-date with it (3 episodes behind), but I'm enjoying it as is. It's got a lovely soundtrack, and almost every episode has pretty heavy action scenes. Definitely one of the better ones this season.

Hoshi wo ou Kodomo:

This anime movie I actually just finished watching last night. It was really good and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The animation was simply breathtaking. Done by the same people who did 5 Centimeters per Second and The Place Promised in Our Early Days, gorgeous animation was expected, and they definitely delivered.


I actually wasn't sure if I wanted to watch this anime, but a friend recommended I should. So, I checked out the first two episodes, and it's actually pretty good. It made me laugh, and is just an overall cute/uplifting anime to watch.

Well, that's it for my anime atm. Oh, and I'm re-watching Fate/Stay Night, with a friend who hasn't seen it yet. After having seen 11 episodes of Fate/Zero, watching Fate/Stay Night is just..THAT much more awesome XD

Anywho, in other news, my transcript finally arrived today! Yay~ Actually, they both did (ordered it twice cuz the first time it was taking too long and HCC kept saying they hadn't received it yet; and it had been a month). Funny how they both arrived at the same time, when one was ordered a month earlier than the other. Oh well, at least it's finally here. Now all I gotta do is get to HCC and submit it. Then I'll officially be enrolled and ready to kick-start the next phase of my life~

Finally Fixed.

So. I've finally gotten around to fixing my journal's layout...yeah..after months of it being some retarded, fugly-looking, theme. Revamped everything from font, to background, to theme, to banner/header, to..uh..everything XD Quite happy with how it came out. I can see it staying this way for a while now, yup.

Anywho, there's not much to update, I guess. I'll be starting College in January (around the second week), finally. Pretty excited about it, definitely. I hope everything goes smoothly ^_^

Here's to better days~ <3