[COSPLAY WIP] Embroidery – Uguisumaru

I have been working on this costume for a some time. This is the 2nd time I attempt/make modern-style clothes, the first being a jacket that is… lost for ever. Well, this is the happy blog, so I do not dwell on unfortunates here. It is a challenge as I fought with the pattern. I have yet had a complete grasp of the pattern yet, even though it is a pretty simple pattern. At the end of the day, I decided that I am going to blog this because I believe in the journey in which I had took to make this. This will be a good memory after I am done with it.

First, let me show you the first attempt (where the embroidery) is half complete. It was a failure as the collar was too big, and I was just blindly making the outfit. At the end of the day, I decided that I really do not want to wear it without the proper size of collar, so I stopped embroidery work just to undo all the necessary stitches and redo the collar.


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These were taken with the trashy computer front camera, so the quality is…. bad.

After I am done with the blouse again, I move onto the embroidery again. What a pain in the fingers. These golden threads where hard to use – super thin and not smooth, they broke or tangle so easily! I am glad to be finally done. I am really impressed with people who do loads of embroidery with their cosplays (also those who make costumes from scratch as that is what I am starting to do). What a load of patience and skills you guys have!


By then, my fingers no longer have the strength to push the needle through the cloth. It was also clogged with stitches! So I had to push with the table, or the blouse itself.


Then, I had to pull the needle out using the plier. The same steps over and over again.


See how red my forefinger? It was not cos I am holding the plier. My finger is constantly in this state when I am doing this embroidery.


The end product. Looks more like a turkey than a small cute bird. Oh well.

Touken Ranbu [刀剑乱舞]COSCARD Smith Version

HoYA! So the plot I have been plotting in my head is finally realised/revealed! So I uploaded these photos on the net as I completed the work on the touken ranbu coscards for smith-san. In case you are wondering, Coscards are a way for cosplayers to get to know each other by having their contact on a small piece of card – bascially, a business card for hobbists (because cosplaying is a hobby!!). Some cosplayers have just one design of coscards, but most cosplayers have a variety of designs because it’s only then that we can feature all the many cosplays we do! There are cosplayers who came to Singapore and commented that our coscards culture is rather like trading cards – we trade coscards and each of us pull out a set of pretty/colourful coscards. Yes, this is the style in which I have been working towards. My coscards must always have that special something that other’s don’t have. I am working out a set of playing cards for myself you see! hahaha.

So, for a while, I have been waiting for the perfect piece of photo that some talented person took for my smith cosplay, so that I can execute it. When I saw Leon’s photo of my cosplay (click on the link), I knew it was the one. This coscard took me the longest to make, and it is also the most expensive, mainly because I wanted the super glossy effected we had on our pottermore cards (same thing, just in different fandom) so finally, after all the hard work, I managed to pull it through. The alignment is a little off, but well, I am too tired to do anything about that. And the cutting might not be too straight, but here you go!!!


In Touken Ranbu, different types of swords have different forging time, and I wanted to show that in my cards too. Furthermore, the smith can only make the original (initial) 42 swords, therefore, there will only 42 sets of these coscards. NO MORE, NO LESS. I will not be re-printing them, which is why I will not be giving them out like nobody’s business. These are limited edition, man. I will be making another smith card (I hope) with another design. I actually realised how great these are for desk cover!! lols.

Because of the number of cards (42), I have 2 cards which did not fit into the template. These are made into normal, lesser glossy kinds.


So bascially, the normal cards in which I will be dispensing are the white ones (5th design, if I didn’t remember wrongly) which are the 2nd latest design. The cards are shuffled and slotted into bushido road sleeves for cardfight. I am so lucky these come in time for when I made my cards. Really, I think I delayed my card making though, just so that I can distribute with the sleeves. The thing is, it reminds me of when I first started touken ranbu. I was … trying to decide my starter sword, and I was stuck between Kashuu and Yoshiyuki. In the end, I went with Kashuu, so now, I had Yoshiyuki. Then, when Kon-chan, the mascot of the game, run you through the game, you would also smith a sword for yourself at the smithy room. Therefore, it is like, having a starter card and a new-born card, in which you start playing your game with.


AND TA-DA~ They were slotted into my Touken ranbu kogi cardfight deckbox, waiting for their fated owners to pick them out in lottery style. Hahaha. No cheating, guys.

<3, smith

[WIP props] Yagen Toushirou

Suddenly I am at a lost for words. hahaha. Must be some effect. So I have been working on the props for my Yagen cosplay, slogging for over a week (a week and 2 days, to be exact) to complete the armour. Before I start anything that I am unfamiliar with, or more than 50% unsure of, I will definitely talk to my shadow king, and get the king’s advise. After that, I start. And since my king requested for work in progress photos, I complied. Even though it is troublesome to take photos while you are working.

** Please note that these are by NO means tutorial photos. ** as if I am in any capabilities to give tutorials *snorts*

Before I start, this is the reference pic, and what I am supposed to be working on.

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Ok, so by the time le Shadow King requested for WIP photos, I was already like, this deep into the craft. Hahaha.



I quickly managed to finish the above before I run out for conan movie with my friends. And Oh did I enjoyed it! lols. OK, moving on.

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I am so happy that I found my crochet needle again! It was lost in the yarn I stuck in very safely in for years! I was so worried that I might lose it that I tried my best to make sure that it is snug in the ball of yarn. So snug that I can’t find it ever again…..



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Too much orange?? By now I am very very tired of orange already. Hahaha. The thoughts in my head: This is so Ren/ Why same colour as Ichinii, and ORANGE-KUN!! But well, perseverance rewards, even if I realised that I am a cockeyed person (like seriously how can the rows end up being this … messy). Since I am nice enough, I asked Hanger-kun to be my model (you know how they say models are clothes hanger??), so you guys have the best model ever~


Showing you side by side with the reference pic again:

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And since I needed something to calm me down after the intensive crafting. I decided to modify the sword that my seller made.

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Crafting period: 26th July – 3rd August Total: 3 days and 6 nights.

[anime] BEARGGUY F (Family)


WOW I never enjoyed watching competition anime for a long time! Ok, to let me explain things, recently at the Gundam Docks in Ngee Ann City, me and my friend saw the BEARGGUY F Gunpla and fell in love with it. I love the Mama, and she love the baby (really don’t know why. Mama is clearly cuter). So we split the money and share the Gunpla.
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After that, I decided to watch that one episode (episode 10, if anyone is interested) in which BearGGuy appears. And here are the screenshots. I enjoyed myself so much that I decided to make a post out of it. LOLs. I doubt I would have enjoyed it as much if I was watching the entire episode.

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So BearGGuy is all ready to start (I always feel weird about mama being called a guy. lols) Mama is all in battle mode. Look at how serious petite bear is. That’s right, hold onto your seat! and Mama is off!!! Pretty colours gundam-rashi.

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And mama pewpewed out into the rally world!!! Lookiee! But wait! what is this! The onflow of Gunplas. Why is mama the only one having problems? Pull up your socks, Mirai-kun. (BUT MAMA IS TOOOO CUTEEEE)

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Ohh, mama landed properly~ savveeddd!! and baby is still around!

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Mama is ahead of everyone else!! Yeahh!!

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Oh but what is this! Some celebrity dude is here to create havoc! -ZZZZZ- can you feel my anger. Baby is preparing himself for the landing! How cute! But mama is the cutest.

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Luckily Mama is a good swimmer. So pro~ And look at that turbo. hahha. I actually hoped that my gunpla also has working spinning turbo thingy. I can dream.

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Just when they thought they could go on, what is this!! Evil celebrity dude attacks again!! Mama got hit! And if it is not bad enough, the baby chair broke!! /ok, just kidding./ And evil celeb dude is now going to finish off baby. MAMA TO THE SACRIFICE!!! Mama bear, you are best! BUT WHYYY

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Oh mama…. no more energy… omg… please don’t die ok… baby bear dislike wetness but his eyes grew wet. Can gunpla sob? I feel so cheated cos mine cannot (JKJK!!)

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Mama bear is down, so switch to baby bear. Don’t look down on that petite fellow! He comes packed with a punch!

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What is this? Petite bear knows kungfu! So he shoots the celeb dude down. and…. it’s time to move on.

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Baby bear throws mama a super long look, and didn’t want to go without mama. Or his baby chair. But he has to….

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so baby bear really no choice. He has to go. He turned around and blew a – wait! A bubble!!! What!? This is no time for bubble, though I am sure sunrise has a reason for it. Ohh, you are gna travel on it!! But wait, why run with a bubble? Are you sure you are not flying? It is against the rules to use flight function you know… Oh maybe that is why you didn’t win.

Ok. I am done. Really don’t feel hyped up nearing the end cos mama is not around, but thank you mirai-kun. I am sorry I thought of you as a useless girl. Without you, there is no mama bear. Nevermind about baby bear. That’s not important.

[cosplay] SWORDSMITH

cosplay and outfit by xlandar
photo by Leon Mah


So after the 7 year old kiddo, my next cosplay debut for the year is the figure everyone loves to hate – the “papa” of 42 swords, The swordsmith in TOUKEN RANBU. I cosplayed it knowing that i would most likely face things that are not pretty. I was aware of that, and I kept going. Because i am a cosplayer, and I am raised of the older generation. I cosplay him because I want to cosplay this character; I like this character to a certain extend that I pulled my friend to cloth shopping with me to ensure the correct cloth is chosen, spend a week trying to figure out how to make something I have never made before. I did not get a backache bent over the cloth on the floor working it for people who hated him. I did this cause he never spoke a word to me in the entire game but yet gave me so many members of my team. In some part of my heart, he is a very special chibisuke.

Other than that, he is a very enjoyable character to cosplay. I get to troll people and shock people with my cosplay. His outfit is easy to put on and yet very well coordinated. He doesn’t look too simple or too complicated. Plus I get to decide/customise my own version of him, which is something in which other characters who did not have. The freedom i get from cosplaying him is refreshing. Nobody thought I would do swordsmith, so everyone was surprised. I like to surprise everyone. I like the swordsmith. Thank you, dear, for forging so many swords for me, and for keep trying to forge on. That being said, because of this cosplay, I learnt something new, made more new things, and this is the first time I made 90% of an outfit on my own! Only the wig and the socks and the geta and the contacts where not made by me. 

[Cosplay prop] Gun Holster

Hiya~ Long time no see! So I have been pressing a lot of pause on gaming in favour of propping. I am happy to say that I am finishing stuff up. While I dislike tough props, easy props were always a happy process~ I love how things look when I first conceptualise it in my head, halfway through the propping and finally seeing the end product~ But I don’t really like it when I am staring at the raw materials and wondering how to cut or start. That is always the most difficult. M always says to make a template/prototype/testing first, but… my lazy + impatient formular = NO WAY!!! I mean, after I successfully made a prototype, I have to remake the actual one? zzzzz I feel tired suddenly.

In any case, I never really take in progress pictures. This time I figured I will take one after I am more or less done w the crafting and then I thought  I will take more, like painting and stuff. Yikes. Not from start, but who cares.

So anyway, this is the paint that I am using for the main base. Ho ho ho, my art supplies from my student times always save me~ So I have a mix of student supplies plus other supplies I got after that for crafting.  The next picture is the base itself while in progress of making. You can see some pencil marking (for hole). While painting, I often find myself with different shade. I prefer darker shade for this prop, but too much of it is not good~ and jiang jiang jiang jiang, the final product~ with the gun (that still needs work on)

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Not a propmaster here (forever amateur level man) but I like to prop/make stuff cos it reminds me of my art lessons in schools. It’s a happy hobby, you know~

Tourabu <3 Ranking

MY BIAS. So Touken Ranbu not only tires me out/frustrates me, but also make me super happy when I get a new sword (baby, I call them). So after I had been forced to do a ranking, whereby I had 11 number 1s, And after playing for 97 days, I have a new and improved ranking!!!

Here you gooooo~~ (I waits for more change~)


1 Hataka Toushirou (博多藤四郎)
2 Urashima Kotetsu (浦島虎徹)
3 Akashi Kuniyuki (明石国行)
4 Kogitsunemaru (小狐丸)
5 Uguisumaru (鶯丸)
6 Nihongo (日本号)
6 Monoyoshi Sadamune (物吉貞宗)
8 Souza Samonji (宗三左文字)
9 Tsurumaru Kuninaga (鶴丸国永)
10 Shishiou (獅子王)
11 Yagen Toushirou (薬研藤四郎)
12 Nagasone Kotetsu (長曽祢虎徹)
13 Imanotsurugi (今剣)
14 Mikazuki Munechika (三日月宗近)
15 Ichigo Hitofuri (一期一振)
16 Taroutachi (太郎太刀)
17 Jiroutachi (次郎太刀)
18 Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki (陸奥守吉行)
19 Kashuu Kiyomitsu (加州清光)
20 Hotarumaru (蛍丸)
21 Nakigitsune (鳴狐)
22 Ishikirimaru (石切丸)
23 Shokudaikiri Mitsutada (燭台切光忠)
24 Yamatonokami Yasusada (大和守安定)
25 Iwatooshi (岩融)
26 Kousetsu Samonji (江雪左文字)
27 Maeda Toushirou (前田藤四郎)
28 Izuminokami Kanesada (和泉守兼定)
29 Yamanbagiri Kunihiro (山姥切国広)
30 Gokotai (五虎退)
31 Ookurikara (大倶利伽羅)
32 Hirano Toushirou (平野藤四郎)
33 Aizen Kunitoshi (愛染国俊)
34 Namazuo Toushirou (鯰尾藤四郎)
35 Atsu Toushirou (厚藤四郎)
36 Honebami Toushirou (骨喰藤四郎)
37 Midare Toushirou (乱藤四郎)
38 Akita Toushirou (秋田藤四郎)
39 Nikkari Aoe (にっかり青江)
40 Horikawa Kunihiro (堀川国広)
41 Sayo Samonji (小夜左文字)
42 Otegine (御手杵)
43 Tonbokiri (蜻蛉切)
44 Doutanuki Masakuni (同田貫正国)
45 Heshikiri Hasebe (へし切長谷部)
47 Kasen Kanesada (歌仙兼定)
48 Hachisuka Kotetsu (蜂須賀虎徹)
49 Yamabushi Kunihiro (山伏国広)

[cosplay update] Kotoishi Naru


[CHARACTER] Kotoishi Naru
[SERIES] Barakamon
[PHOTOGRAPHER] Kamuiatmyrealm Photography

OK, I must start by saying that I am really really very happy that I managed to cosplay Naru, and it wasn’t a cosfail. I guess  I am happy whenever I didn’t cosfail. But the thing is that while Naru was easy in the sense that she did not have any complex outfit – her outfit is perfectly casual. The only thing that was really difficult… was as what my friend said: the size is wrong.

As an adult, I feel pretty awkward cosplaying a 7 year old character. I am not confident that I am able to pull Naru off. But I wanted to try being her for one day, after being touched and semi-inspired by her… especially when Naru felt like a sometimes irritating character initially. Well, you know what they say: just do it.

At the end of the day, I was rewarded. First. Even though not it’s not a popular character, I had my pictures. I really want to thank the photographers who helped. Then, to add to the joy, after we decided to end the day (after less than 2 hours of attending the event on my side) in favour for some food, I was stopped by this dude who asked if  I am Naru. That question stunned me for I did not ever think I would be stopped by anyone who recognised my character. What was even more surprising was that he was so happy! We took a picture, and he thanked me for cosplaying Naru, which I felt was not justified. I should be the one thanking him for recognising me.

Happy New Year!!!

So everyone was busy compiling their cosplay list for 2014 and I was busy watching anime and feeling the nerves for 2015. I had complained to sooo many people about 2014 that I really don’t know what to think. When 2012 happened, I thought it thought it can’t get any worst. When 2013 happened, I sort of give up on hoping that my year will not keep up the bad streak. BUT!!! After a breakdown, things took a turn for the better! I don’t think I feel it cos I was too busy trying to straighen my life and finally living it! So I guess that’s why things turn out good. I decided to stop waiting for it to be better and just live it as it is, creating as many good memories as I can as I go along.

So thank you! To everyone who gave me a saiko 2014. I look forward to seeing you guys again in 2015!! Here’s to working hard and having fun and making things happen! People in Schrodinger’s Experiments are like my extended family, so please know that I am sparing a moment for each and everyone of you to smile and think fond memories about.


Chuugakkou Hange } Ichimonji
Levi } Xu Yun
Hange } Saga Yuui VX

Photographer/Assist } Mizurei / Zero X Cross Photography

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. I never really paid much attention to Statistics, but WordPress’ statistics are very interesting in general in the fact that they will find interesting comparisons to make~

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 520 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 9 trips to carry that many people.

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