Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cult What? : Cosplay and Alter Ego

Cosplay is something you might have passed, experienced or, maybe never heard of but in Malaysia it is well established. VERY well established I can say that the biggest Anime, Comic and Games (ACG) event in Malaysia, ComicFiesta is receiving almost half of 100,000 attendees last year.

I got into Cosplay a little later, it happened after I couldn’t keep up properly with Lolita game (this cult is just the same with sneakersgame, I give up!). The first time I tried cosplaying, it was terrible. I took a good one month to do a pair of Vocaloid headset and good god I got myself into hybrid Miku. Here’s a pic of it, with an awesome Miku crossplayer (I love crossplayer! You guys are cool!).

Vocaloid earphones LOL with the shawl and the supposedly hair tie 

With Muzaffar Musa, taken with my awesome Blackberry Curve in 2012 Comic Fiesta
rotated through an app and this is what I get :( 

Although I did very bad, I love that feel of going to acg event. Its like you’ve just transformed into Alice and goes into an adventure of a Wonderland like Bilbo Baggins! Everyone you’re seeing, left, right, front to back, are some ordinary people who are turning themselves into their alter ego. Someone that they would love to be. I’ve got to say, they even put up a better show and act compared to local evening drama, it was so much more entertaining!


Comic Fiesta 2014 cosplay highlight By Soul魔力 CreativeStudio

You’ll be surprised at how much of an effort it takes to be the character that you like. Since you’re so in love with that character, you’re going to do your best to not mess it up. From material hunting, drafting or commencing the best tailor/propmaker for the costumes and props to revising how the character would act like, all of these takes a lot of time and effort for you to replicate yourself the closest to the character. Never mind not looking or acting 100% of it! There are thousands of personalities out there and that is how your version of the character would be unique, its how you think the character would do in your interpretation.

I present to you Liui Aquino as Hiro Hamada! 
Taken from Liui's World Cosplay Account

My favorite Cosplayer; Reika as Cao Pi from Dynasty Warrior 8

Amazing isn’t it? For me, I love the preparation part that it took. Plus, I know now where I can channel this drama vibe I had in me hahaha! I’ve always admired theatrical makeup, tailoring and prop-making. Can you believe that you could make draculas fang out of fake nails? Or find out how a simple broom could transforms into a badass magical wand? That’s just the tip of the whole insightful of preparation you’re about to indulge. For someone who loves handy, crafting stuffs, this is an exciting art form.

Would love to experience an ACG event by your own?

Catch up with CosplayFun where they update on the upcoming ACG (and even Japanese-related!) events in Malaysia.

Be sure to stay tune to Malaysia cosplay community in social media, they usually would get you updated on smaller scale events that might be just right besides your home! Don’t forget to socialize at the said event, make more friends, follow/friend them in SNS and you’ll get even more updates from genuine enthusiasts.

Interested to do some cosplay yourself? WELCOME! Now, its not a rocket science really. You just have to get that feel and get it going! Here is some 101 to cosplay.

|| How To Start Cosplaying? (Video) || 
|| How To Buy From Taobao (lots of cosplay goods!) ||

Love cosplay? Had experience on related events? Tell me in the comments! I’d love to know!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

CultWhat? : Spare Me From The Copping Game!

Copping is a very serious business. You don’t talk about copping and whats new dropping if you don’t have the cash (or not willing to spend so much).  That’s the reality. And that is also why I don’t call myself a sneakerhead, I rather go with sneakers enthusiast. I don’t have the money and I just don’t cut it for the game. Why? I’ll tell you.

1. The price of drop, cost to ship/travel – No.

As a graduate who just got like 2-3 years of stable career under her belt with no promising assets, this game is really dangerous for me. The price of one new, limited edition sneakers, which usually drops thousands kilometers away at some places I can’t reach with Jean (my car) and costs at least 20% of that one box of sneakers itself, I don’t find worth it for me. Instead, I chucked them into my grail and hope that I’ll see the light like maybe 2-3 years when people wants to re-sale it. In my size. Which is pushing through my 2nd point.

Just me. Really. Seriously. Sucks. 

2. I’m not a dude.

Before we get all apeshit sexist debate going, lets get real. Most drops are focused on male size. So, lets say if I laid eyes on this precious collab and I’m feeling the iteration, it would be pointless if it didn’t have my size. Some collectors go beyond by copping first, re-sale then with that money they’re buying from other resellers who got their size. This is to explain the cope business in number three.
I promise you its going to be an insightful 8:35 mins of your time. Do watch!
3. The game just don’t fit me

So. Just assume if they’re dropping female sizes and I get in the game just as serious. They don’t have my size but nevermind, just cope, resale and buy my size from other reseller. Wrong move. Most female with sneakers just don’t sell their shoes. They actually use them for good. The female circle is just not that vast as male’s and with this said, this game is seriously not for me. You can check this article about the sneakerhead ladies; The Plight of Female Sneakerhead by Elle webby last year for more insight. I can't handle that part the most :P

I think its enough already with these 3 points. It’s the fundamental of the cope the drop game which I couldn’t even follow well. I can appreciate the crowd, the drama that follows, love, love, love the functions, designs, materials, stories, basically all the aesthetics about the shoes of any brands, but to hustle it like the real sneakerheads, I’ll pass.

Most people would find this hobby stressful, pointless, wasteful and useless. As someone who has been in more than two pop culture, all I could say to those who find it a little too much, its what the heart being content of. Like how beauty lies in the beholder of the eye, that’s just how different people enjoyed different things.
Air Jordans In Numbers

Why do I go this far to explain why I'm not copping? Because I have the need to refrain myself! Because initially, I was into collecting it. I even make up space for the coming shoes but then I got real. Plus, I'll blog more about new releases and I'll just have to be clear that I'm not copping. Just, love what lies behind them releases. Literature meets footwear, who would've thought!

If theres any female sneakerheads out there who are serious in this business, do get in touch with me. I would really love to talk to you, it would be insightful!

I’ll drop a good news to you girls in Malaysia who are into soles collecting soon!

XOXO
Norfy 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Cult What? : Soles


Hey,

First thing first, disclaimer. Lets not rush to label the latest hobby I’m indulging to the level of obsessed, clearly I’ve just got to know this ever since it related to my job. 

Man, I feel stressed out when I want to keep track on my findings over this topic because this is male-dominant and I really hate the ‘wannabe’ label. ANYHOW! I got pretty interested on this cult (sorry I call your hobby a cult but if there are rituals uniformity, then it’s a cult bro!) and I love the history stretch behind this. Its basically an art, I can appreciate this. Do I get an amen?

The moment I need to do extensive research on each products, I get to know more and my eyes are trained to spot stuffs. The usual spazzings I did become fashion-like spotting and gosh, I love how much more content I spewed out instead of scream-typing and gibberish. I want anyone who reads to benefit (from spazzes? Damn, nagging much girl?), especially at this point where you already have something that you know you could contribute to. Jangan kedekut, bro

How most people sees shoes is like how this meme is trying to say. At one glance, its just an overpriced footwear, whats the big deal? 


Other than looking far more fresh from the others, or racing the fresher drops marathon with other enthusiasts, these shoes has stories behind that one could hold true to it. 

Truthfully, I haven’t ditch my heels altogether just yet. Naaaahhhh… just that I have some serious appreciation over these shoes and how much more convenient they are (though some are just so INCONVENIENT you couldn't help but to compare with the 5 inch heels!). 

Can't Even Drive With This! As Told By Fellow Colleague. 
Pic courtesy of NiceKicks

Furthermore, it goes well with my fascination in menswear which I’m going to blog in a separate entry, just so you wait. Take a look at this MY-72 PUMA x Mihara Yasuhiro, I am just in love with this pair it falls right into my grail list. I’ll be sharing my grail list soon, its not much but its worth the shot taking into account on my feminine taste. Haha… alright. 

PUMA x Mihara Yasuhiro MY-72 a hybrid of sneakers and dress shoe


AM NOT A COLLECTOR. NO. PLEASE. NO. 

I don’t have enough Ringgit for that. God. Its already expensive as a cosplayer cum K-pop enthusiast, don’t get me into a much more expensive hobby please! But should I have more money, man I’d be glad to do so. 

I’ll end this post with sneakers’ anatomy, based off of Nike’s Air Max 1. By the way, call me basic or what, I like AJ’s best. 

Pic Courtesy of  SneakersMadame

Thanks for reading, darls!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Second year of second term


My attempt to blog again though, this is painfully embarrassing. Afterall, reading back what you’ve wrote during the years of ‘BBNU’ (Budak Baru Nak Up or Malay def for kids who are trying too hard) are just a reminder how you have grown from that to this, you are, here, right now. 

I’ll stop talking about getting back to blogging again because the last time I did that, I ended up not updating anyway. I’ll just see how far I can go with this time. 

2015 marked the second year of me getting into the late 20s. Here, still staying true to what I enjoyed, east Asian music. All these years, I’ve been trying to preach to people in the hope to open some mind on it and now I’ve learnt that its no use explaining sub-cult to those who doesn’t want to understand anyway. 

The sub-cult that I’ve enjoyed are controversial enough to cause stirs in my nation’s culture. A wrong twist in relaying and crowd, you’ll get the wrong impression all your life (which is usually from tactless and tasteless people anyway so I gave up being angry on them). Gothic Lolita, Visual Kei, Korean music, Cosplay and street menswear, right now I don’t offer any of my precious wisdom on these if I found it useless or wasteful. The internet is vast, if they have tact, they could key in Google if they want to find out so why waste your wisdom. Keep it. Enjoy it. Don’t give a fuck. 

From a carefree dreamer, to now a realist, I guess it’s fair to forewarn that this blog though remaining its name, won’t be updating about K-pop (or SuJu LOL) alone anymore. You’ll get a share of my thoughts and lessons I’ve learnt. Especially on street menswear that I just got into because of my work. 

Rusty wei, I don’t even know what I’m trying to tell you but I guess its all good for a piece of comeback stuffs. You’ll know more if you stay tune to this blog. I let some pics do the talking.

Thanks for reading. 

Wow, I’m really a grown adult now.