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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Anime Madness @ tHe Spring

A long, long time ago, in the days of old when I was younger, going fishing in the drains, flying kites & collecting stamps were what you call a legitimate hobby.

And if you happen to think that was pathetic, our grandfathers had it even worse. They had to contend with just playing sticks & stones.

During my days, buying plastic toys at the typical neighbourhood Chinaman grocery store was considered a privelege. There were lots of varieties - plastic cowboy revolving pistol & belt with bullets, plastic bow & arrows with rubber suction cups, toy soldiers with plastic jeep, etc. Even then, you'd only get to buy something when you pass your exams & get something within the first 10 positions in class. There were about 50 students in my class. Imagine at every end of the term, 40 students wouldn't get a toy reward.

But nowadays, kids have it going for them. They've got everything - mobile phones, PCs, Playstations, Bionicles & tons of manga & anime. And these things don't come cheap man.

This Japanese anime schoolgirl would probably set you back by about RM200-400.

Oh, I happened to pop by tHe Spring today, & LO & BEHOLD, Japanese anime has decended upon Kuching.

I think the word convention was a bit of an overstatement. It was more of a toy exhibition rather than anime.

There was only one small anime stall in the whole of Spring.

But all the same, although small, the collection of anime models were impressive enough. As usual, Gundam was there.

Till today, I'm still wondering about the correct pronunciation. Is it Gun-damn? Or is it Goon Dumb?

Of all models, Gundam is the most popularised with probably countless new models being designed & produced every year. The designs do tend to overexaggerate as they have to outdo the previous year's & sometimes they border on torture. Here's a Gundam model working hard & sweating it out to save the universe.

And I thought this couple looked nice.

I have no idea who they are supposed to be, but it seems that in the world of anime, everyone's at war with something, even schoolgirls.

I don't think you'd be interested in the appearance of the bunny mascot, but you might be interested in the following:
Thu Aug 21: Appearance of the Clone Trooper (around 3-4pm ish)
Fri Aug 22: Appearance of the Clone Trooper again with Cosplay (12-1pm, 3-4pm)
Sat Aug 23: Trooper & Cosplay again (11ish - 1pm)
Sun Aug 24: Cosplay (10ish-1pm)

Oh, I think the Cosplay is done by the Swinburne University's Anime Club. (Somebody please confirm!) Have fun!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

No More Rape!

After what happened to my car the other day, I decided to take action. Well, actually it's nothing big. It was just something simple that everybody does that I should have done everytime, that I didn't.

After the harrowing experience for my car (it went through a lot - depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, & all the psychological ailments that you can find in the book, & all that, plus some more), I am now making sure that I take careful precaution everytime I leave my car at the parking lot.

I thought about it long & hard, & I even seriously considered what Mr. Bean would have done to lock up his little Mini.

And I also really believed that Heroes' suggestion to chain up the car to a tree might actually work there, for a second. In the end, it all came back to simplicity.

Now, it looks like my car has a chastity belt on. I really hope it works.

Well, in the event that it doesn't, at least I can be at peace knowing that I've done everything that I'm supposed to.

A Hectic Weekend

Sorry for not being able to post anything for the past few days. I understand it must have been difficult for you to past time without anything new to read here. For some of you, it must have been like a night without electricity & the Olympics. For the rest of you, it must have been like going to bed without food.

But of course, like always, I'm only exaggerating about the greatness of my blog. You probably didn't even notice.

Anyway, the reason why I was so busy during the weekends was cos I was invited to judge a competition. It's something like what Kenny Sia did for the Malaysian Dream Girl Contest.

But of course, I am not Kenny Sia, & the contest was not like the Malaysian Dream Girl in any remote way at all. Ever.

I was thinking very hard about how to make this contest judging sound as cool as Kenny Sia's. But looking at the participants, I have to admit that it's impossible even though there were some futile attempts at posing.
Ok, here's what it really was.

It was a colouring competition for little kids at tHe Spring, the WHOLE DAY on Saturday.

Me giving a prize to a confused little kid.

I wish I had taken more photos of those kids. Some of them were truly professional. They even brought their own tables & chairs. Rumours had it that these kids would sweep any colouring competition in town dry. Their main aim is the top 3 prize money, otherwise, they'd really get it from their parents. I shudder whenever I think about this.

But the saving grace was that some of them were just there to have fun. There is still hope for the future of the world!