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Things I’ve Picked Up Over The Last Few Months

1. Reading and collecting graphic novels
– someone once told me that once you go down the path of graphic novel reading/collecting, you can’t stop. It becomes like an addiction. From the growing pile of graphic novels in my room, I’m starting to agree.

2. Video game playing
– A few hours a week, be it on my Nintendo DS or the Wii.

3. Watching heck of a lot more action movies, the more explosions the better.

4. An interest in toy guns.
Maverick Nerf

5. The urge to collect everything Star Wars.

6. The love for climbing walls and ropes

7. A somewhat unhealthy interest in Pokemon.

8. An interest in fishing.

9. A love for pounding things with a hammer

10. Increasing my wardrobe with a collection of Superhero t-shirts

Conclusion: I’m turning into a teenage boy. I think it’s time to break out the skirts and dresses for a while.

Close Your Eyes and Pretend #3

That you’re lying in a hammock, in the shade by the beach on some private island in the middle of nowhere. The salty breeze caressing your face as you sway gently. Your skin, tanned to a beautiful golden hue.

You close your eyes, enjoying the solitude. The sunlight filtering through the tree tops, dapple your skin. You don’t have a care in the world. It’s just you, a book, the sand, the sea and the sun.

You can’t help but smile because this is the most relaxed you’ve been in a really long time.

Sunday Adventures: Books Actually Turns 4

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After the last NaNoWriMo write-in for the year, a group of us (Seriously Sarah, Raven Silvers, Joelyn Alexandra, Avariel and I) went to Books Actually for their 4th anniversary thing.

They had moved from their Ann Siang Street outlet, to Polymath & Crust, their sister bookshop location at Clubs Street. The HSWG ladies and I were there in June for a writer flash mob reading.

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So anyway, the first floor was entirely dedicated to literary and design books. I would have taken hell of a lot more pictures if I wasn’t so enamoured by the floor to ceiling shelves of books. The wooden shelves, the scent of book pages and cement, the soothing sounds of indie music playing in the back ground. I loved it, the whole experience. If I was alone and the shop wasn’t as packed as it was, I would have sat down in the couch at the little nook at the back of the first floor, closed my eyes and let my imagination flow.

It was one of those places that makes me feel superbly creative and I really, really wanted to sit down and write out the short story bouncing in my head, while I was there but uh, I didn’t it would be appropriate to occupy too much space in an already crowded area.

We ventured up to the second and third floors of the building and there were more floor to ceiling shelves of books, along with little knick knacks that brought all of us growing up in the 80s, back to our childhood memories.

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There was the wooden box of paperweights (points to picture above). It had some stones in the shape of shells and sealed shot glasses filled with earth. Interesting, yes?

All of us concluded that if we ever were to get locked-in in a bookstore, Books Actually would be perfect. It could almost rival Neil Gaiman’s library, which is what my dream library would look like.

We couldn’t leave a book store without getting anything, so I ended up with a CIAK sketchbook, which I have no idea why I got it since I can’t draw to save my life, and a plain notebook that was Polymath & Crust’s own brand. I have no idea what I’m going to do with the plain notebook but being me, I’ll figure something out since I never leave home without a notebook.

With the end of November, the NaNoWriMo weekend adventures also come to an end. I have to find my own adventures after this. Anyone game?

Saturdays With Sarah: To The Flyer And Wishes

Weekends in November are always fun. I was at the NaNoWriMo write-in today to hang out with the writerly types for insane, non-PG conversations that aren’t NaNoWriMo forum thread safe. Strangely, I didn’t have coffee today. I must remedy that tomorrow.

Anyway, after the write in, Joelyn Alexandra, Avariel and I, followed Seriously Sarah to the Singapore Flyer since she needed to collect some Yahoo! stuff. After a quick (and superbly early) dinner, we went to the flight deck for the Yahoo! thing.

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Sarah totally matched the wonderfully purple carpet that they rolled out for the event. Since the rest of us didn’t have the email thing for event, we just waited at the carpets for her to collect her thing.

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Then we went to the Discovery garden on the ground floor. I thought that it was pretty with fish and water features and plants.

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There was even a dispenser that sells little divisions of fish feed that you can just throw into the little pond and watch the fish frenzy. Too bad I didn’t get to take pictures of the frenzy since I had a handful of fish feed.

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On our way back to the train station, we stopped at this booth near The Esplanade where we could write down our wishes for 2010 on an inflatable ball which, I guess, they’re going to dump in the bay or something. I have no idea why but, oh well. I just hope that the inks from the marker pens won’t leech out into the water and cause some chemical disturbances.

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So yes, I hope that the local writers would get more support from the local literary arts authority people. It’ll be good for the local fiction writing community.

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Write-ins are always fun. Tomorrow, hopefully another fun day.

At The Comic Con


STGCC event guide

The Saturday was spent at Suntec, browsing through the booths at the Singapore Toys, Games & Comics Convention. Unlike last year where you had to pay to get in, this year it’s free.

There were less booths but that didn’t mean that I had less fun. In fact, I had more fun this year than I did last year. I bought comic books.

The Flash : Rogues Vampire Batman

Then I got free comic books, courtesy of the GnB booth.

Free comic 1 Free comic 2

At the 501st Legion booth, they were collecting donations on behalf of the Make A Wish Foundation. Part of their donation thing was a Droid Hunt which I took part in. I got this:

Star Wars toy and comic

I even got some of my stuff autographed by Brian Bolland, The Killing Joke poster that came free with my event guide (much to the envy of my friends) and the Bolland Sketches booklet.

The Killing Joke poster Bolland Sketches

However, the best part of my day was the cosplay part. I got to hang out with Raven Silvers, who dressed up as Mario, the whole day. I had a great time watching people’s reaction to her outfit and spent better part of the day helping people take pictures of them with her.

Mario Poison Ivy & Harley Quinn

Seriously Sarah dressed up as Harley Quinn while her friend dressed up as Poison Ivy. They entered the cosplay competition in the groups category. They may not have won first prize but they were kick ass awesome.

All in all, I had a great time and I wished that there were more comic booths and at least a booth selling t-shirts with comic characters on them, especially the villains in girly sizes. I’m really glad I went.

The (Airbrushed) Tattoo

A day out with an old friend resulted in something that I did no expect. After dinner, she mentioned that at one point of time a while back, she was thisclose to getting a tattoo, due to stress and the want to do something crazy.

So I told her, why doesn’t just get an airbrushed tattoo instead. After some name calling and a dare, she finally decided that yes, she would get one.

It took her fifteen minutes to decided on a design, a phoenix.

I took some photos of the whole process but it’s a little blurry.

The dude, placed a few drops of the dye into the sprayer thing and tested out the speed and spray.

Dye sprayer thing
Putting in the dye into the sprayer

He taped the stencil on her upper arm and checked with her the orientation of the tattoo. She decided to have the phoenix facing the front.

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The Phoenix stencil

Using a satay stick, he pressed the stencil down, flushed against her skin, as he sprayed on the dye.

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Spraying it on

It didn’t take long, about ten minutes. The dye did not have any strange scents and the tattoo person was nice and friendly.

Pheonix tattoo
The final design

I think it looked good on her and it’s the phoenix is very fitting for her; rising out of the ashes of personal tragedy and heartache to start afresh.

While the dude at the tattoo place did ask if I wanted to get one myself but at this point, I don’t think so. One thing for sure, I’m not a butterfly tattoo kind of person. I’m more of the dragon/faerie/flames kind.