THE PLAN

Guess what? I’ve done 37 cosplays in the two years I’ve been cosplaying! The 38th cosplay will be posted soon. I’ve cosplayed as anime characters, vocaloid, and game characters.

Characters I would like to do again:

  • Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece – holding Chopper plush
  • Mitsuha from Kimi no Na Wa/Your Name – never got a chance to do full body shot
  • Yuki Nagato from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya – full body shot with book
  • Saber from Fate/stay night – full body shot
  • Gumi Matryoshka – full body shot
  • Gumi Difficult Love/Nankai Ren’ai – holding love letter
  • Gumi Difficult Love/Nankai Ren’ai – full body shot

I think that before I spend more money on cosplays, I should get these done first.

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If you live in BC, Canada and are interested, I’m selling a few cosplays. These are all size small:

  • Lovely Complex cardigan $10 – You can cosplay as Risa or Otani.
  • Kido Tsubomi hoodie $10 – from The Kagerou Project/Mekukacity Actors
  • Ururu t-shirt and skirt $5 – from Bleach

See instagram.com/misswaves_shop for more items for sale. As always, I’m open to selling most of my cosplays so even if it is not listed, just ask.

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10 Happy Things

I was feeling quite pessimistic and negative, even though I am generally optimistic or neutral. That’s why I decided to blog about ten things that make me happy. Hopefully writing this post will make me feel a bit more appreciative of the little things in life, and it will be something I can read back on in the future.

1. Grass Jelly drink

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My friend gave me a canned grass jelly drink the other day and I loved it. Grass jelly is my favourite bubble tea topping to begin with, but having it as its own drink is cool. It’s a black drink! It’s the perfect amount of sweetness for me (which is not very sweet) and there are small grass jelly chunks. I definitely plan on buying a pack for myself.

2. Boys Love manhua

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LOL LOL. I barely read boys love series now but I follow one shonen ai series, which is Here U Are. It’s by a Chinese author and it’s an ongoing series. Everything is in colour and the art is absolutely amazing. The pacing is slow, which makes the chapters seem short. I’m okay with this though because the relationship shouldn’t be rushed. Every time there is a new update, my day is made.

3. Tales of Vesperia

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This is one of the games I’m currently playing. Most of the JRPGs I’ve played were traditional turn-based so I’m surprised that I’m enjoying the gameplay.  The story, characters and art are all good. I look forward to playing this all the time.

4. Making money

A feeling I hate is spending money without having earned anything. I’m happy that I have a part-time job now so I don’t feel like a lazy butt all the time.

5. Nice people on Twitter

I seriously get so much support on Twitter. Whenever I tweet that I’m in a bad mood, people write words of encouragement. Sometimes people send me private messages. Just the fact that people are trying to cheer me up is the best feeling. Plus, when I’m upset I don’t think rationally but others bring me back to normal. On top of that, I’ve never met these people in real life! It’s refreshing knowing how good the community is. My experience with Twitter has mostly been with anime fans and anime bloggers.

Even my tweets about random thoughts receive a lot of support. I don’t like messaging the same person too many times because I think I will annoy them, so Twitter is the place for me to write down all my thoughts. I don’t like keeping my thoughts bottled up.

6. NARUKO Tea Tree Refreshing Cooling Sunscreen

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This is very specific. I don’t have this product yet, but I am planning on buying it. Not only is it sunscreen, it’s also an anti-acne product. I watched a video of Bii today and he gave his review on this product. All the online reviews I’ve seen are really positive too. I can’t wait to try this out.

7. Hm…

Matcha ice cream

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I can’t wait to eat this again. It’s not very sweet!

8. Latte

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I really like lattes. They look so cute and they also taste good. I would like to go to a cafe by myself or with a friend and order a hot drink. I also love London Fogs.

9. Cosplay

There are a couple of cosplays I’m planning on doing in the near future, as well as future cosplays I would love to do. I want to buy a long pink wig but I’m also saving money at the same time. Ah…

10. Hm

Bed

I’m ready to go to sleep hahaha. Hopefully I’ll have a nice dream.

These ten things are pretty specific to how I’m feeling at this moment. I’m sure most of these will change on any other day. I feel better now!

Why I Like Anime So Much

I had doubts over writing this post, but all the support I received on Twitter made me complete it in the end.

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In elementary school, I had zero interest in gossiping about other female classmates or gushing about boys. I hated Western pop music and reality TV shows. Most of all, I made zero effort to change myself or pretend to be like them. I do think that my indifferent facial expressions hindered me from making friends. No surprise, but I didn’t have many friends. I didn’t think I was better than other people because I didn’t like myself that much either. I felt that I didn’t belong, like an alien that belonged to another planet.

I went home after school right away by myself. During the summer breaks, I stayed at home by myself during the day because my parents were working. I watched anime all-day when I was home alone and did my homework when my parents were home. I had a lot of free time, so I achieved A’s in everything except gym. Anime was a way for me to pass the time and it distracted me so I didn’t have to think about real life. I read a lot of manga too.

I learned about the world, places, people, and relationships through anime. My life was uninteresting and uneventful so I relied on anime to be my guide. At the same time, I was able to differentiate between anime and reality. All too well. I felt indifferent towards reality. Anime worlds weren’t that great either because of all the challenges the characters had to face. Still, the impossible happened in anime. A notebook that could kill people? Anime was so interesting!

This is my favourite song, and it represents how I felt when I was younger. Strangely, the song calms me and I don’t feel sadness over loneliness anymore. I’ve learned to embrace it.

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My current life is so different from my lonely childhood. When I was young I didn’t have a blog, no outlet to express my thoughts and feelings. I just had anime. It was like a friend. I still watch anime because it passes the time. With countless titles to watch and shows coming out every season, it’s endless fun. It’s still interesting.

Now that I am more involved with activities in my life, I can spend my time blogging about anime, cosplaying as anime characters, drawing anime fan art, attending conventions and more. Being active with anime has made me part of this online community of anime bloggers. You are all so nice to me. Thank you for that. When I was young, anime was the friend that killed boredom. Now, anime has provided me with fun activities and many friendships. 

As a kid, real life didn’t make me feel a lot of emotions. I was neutral most of the time. Anime made me cry countless times, and One Piece was able to make me laugh many times. Watching anime made me feel human. 

Their Aspirations

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I tried the Strawberries & Crème frappuccino for the first time and I loved it because it wasn’t very sweet. I was told that it’s normally sweeter which is too bad because I don’t like sweet foods or drinks very much.

 

I’ve been going out a lot lately! I’ve been spending a lot of time with friends and I’ve been eating out a lot. I’ve also watched anime and Asian dramas – over 100 episodes since my summer break started a little over a month ago (I counted!).

I’ll be working part-time soon so I won’t have as much time to watch TV which is okay!

P.S. Their Aspirations is a song from the Durarara!! soundtrack. You should listen to it!!!

I graduated!

As some of you know, I studied at the University of British Columbia in British Columbia, Canada. I am from BC and I finished my Bachelor’s degree in four years. I majored in Psychology and I will be continuing my studies at UBC because I was accepted into the Social Work program.

I do feel proud of myself because I graduated at the age of 21 by taking a full course load. I started university right after high school and you need a high average to get in. The Social Work program was competitive as well and the interview was three hours! Anyways, that’s enough bragging. I have bragging rights on my own blog, right? Right??

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I wore my Kiki’s Delivery Service dress from my cosplay.

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I like how the horns come out of the graduation cap. Thanks friends for the anime figures!

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Thanks R for the flowers, card and presents! The graduation mug is very practical.

I’m sure you all know I like to watch TV.

People always ask me if I have plans for the summer. My plans are watching TV. I currently love watching shonen anime, Asian dramas and any video with Hua Chenyu in it.

I’m a little surprised by how often people ask me to hang out, even though I am kind of weird and I love TV so much. Thank you for liking me! Hahaha. I do admit that one of my flaws is that I normally don’t ask people to hang out. Maybe because I am busy watching TV.

I also love to read. I love reading Korean and Chinese webtoons, manga and novels that were written a long time ago.

It’s starting to feel overwhelming. If you’re an anime fan, you probably have a Plan to Watch list but there are new shows coming out every season so the list gets bigger. If I don’t read webtoons for a few days, new ones come out and I start falling behind. It’s a never-ending struggle. It’s impossible to consume everything **I want to consume** because new content is always being created. (I am not stupid enough to attempt to consume even 1% of everything in the world.)

Plus, I want to rewatch some shows and re-experience those good moments. I loved the anime, Durarara!! I do own the light novel though so I can experience it in another way? LOL. At the same time, I want to watch new shows.

By the way, the side column on my blog that shows the series I’ve recently completed/currently watching isn’t actually accurate. That’s just the information I feel like sharing with everyone.

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P.S. Isn’t this amazing? It’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai (1829–1833). We’ve all heard the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Someone could easily write a thousand-word essay about this piece.

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I talk a lot in this post!

Here’s something you may not know about me: I can fall asleep in one minute. It’s true. When I have to study I like to take 15-minute naps because when my phone alarm wakes me up, 1) the alarm surprises the heck out of me and 2) it feels as if I slept for two hours. Hahaha.

Well, I don’t overthink so maybe that’s why I’m able to do this. I can fall asleep to music I like too, but not if there are loud sounds outside.

The above photos are all photos I’ve posted on this blog before. Okay, so why am I showing these again? The phrases that annoy me are, “How old are you? You’re still watching cartoons?” or “How old are you? You still have plushies?” & yes – people have said these to me before.

I AM 21 AND YES, I’M STILL WATCHING ANIME AND YES, I STILL HAVE PLUSHIES. Do you understand now or do you still need help? ROFL. I am who I am. I like who I am.

Here’s another one I hear: “You take so many selfies.” Some of my followers ask for more selfies, lol.

It’s super annoying when people try to lecture you on how to live your life when they are not in the position to do so. I’m not talking about employers, professors, managers or supervisors, authorities of law, or people who hold some sort of power. I’m talking about strangers or peers who think they know you better than you know yourself. Of course it depends on the context but if it’s something ridiculous like my selfie taking or my anime watching habits, blab all you want but I am not going to listen to you!

Bottom line: If my MOM does not have any problems with my hobbies and interests, neither should you.

I have to clarify though, the VAST MAJORITY of all the people I’ve met have been incredibly supportive of me and everything I do. I am continuously amazed at peoples’ acceptance, kindness and support. Thank you for that. ❤

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By the way, I really like the story of The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde. I think it’s thought-provoking and very interesting. You should check it out!