Friday, September 18, 2015

We went on the Newspaper~


I was interviewed around two weeks ago and the article is out on the papers! (17th September 2015)
The article is published on the local Mandarin newspaper Lian He Zao Bao (联合早报).
The interview is a short write up about my bjd hobby. (´。✪ω✪。`)



The interview was somewhat like a chit chat, just asking general questions like how I got into the hobby, when, why etc.

Some of the details are left out in the article, AND SOME ARE NOT TOO ACCURATE HAHAHA. But it is no big deal :3 (I will point it out later)

If you are interested, you can continue to read.

◀ There is an original article online on zaobao.sg.

My friend also volunteered to translate the article into English for me~ *hugs* Hehehe

You can find the translation below.

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English Translation by Cherry ♥:

"Seemingly real" is not enough to describe the liveliness of ball-jointed dolls.

Four years ago, Kirere (21 years old, designer) who started collecting these ball-jointed dolls, first saw the doll back in 2011, and was overwhelmed by the beauty of these dolls. However, being a fashion design student who is still studying, had hold her thoughts to buy these pricey dolls. According to Kirere, the price of the dolls on average costs about $1000 or above.

On that same year, she got her first doll from her mother as her birthday present, which led her to fulfill her dream and passion collecting the dolls. Kirere, whom now owned 11 dolls said, "There are people around that find these dolls are really beautiful, but too expensive."

The seemingly real ball-jointed dolls, have balls at all the joints, which allow all the limbs to be able to move around like a real person when fiddled. Furthermore, these dolls allow the collectors to customize everything from skin tone to the color of the eyelashes, and even the personality and character traits of the dolls.

According to Kirere, there are about 300 to 500 doll collectors in Singapore, it is currently still a small growing group. Through the use of social media, she met great friends of the same interest and hobby.

Aside from collecting dolls, Kirere also made clothes and accessories for the dolls during her leisure time. Back when she was still in university, she had her dolls to model for her apparel designs.

Out of the many handmade accessories for her dolls, she is most satisfied with the little Manga. The Manga are made true to Manga that people are reading, including the content, but are scaled down to fit the dolls. She even had ever made the full series of "Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon" Manga for the dolls.

Moving on, her biggest passion now would be to enhance her skills and unleash her creativity make more apparels and accessories for her dolls.

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THE END. LOL.

Feels kind of awkward to be proof-reading and editing the translation about my own interview. LOL.

So actually, I first saw a BJD back in 2008 in a local store (now closed down) and was really in awe.
Went online and searched like mad, it was an Angell Studio's, I don't know what sculpt it was but he have vampire fangs XD. Then I finally ordered my first BJD during my birthday in 2011, with my mom sponsoring half of the payment. The doll arrived on 4th January 2012.

About price of $1000 a doll on average, I guess was because I said it ranges from $300 to $2000 depending on size and company the dolls are from. And in second hand market might be way way higher. :3 And regarding the 300 to 500 doll collectors in SG, kind of like estimated from the Facebook group I am in.. so it is a rough rough guess only. Hehe.

I was also asked what did I gained the most out of the hobby.
Yep there are stuff like improving my photography skill (I hope I did), expressing ideas and creativity etc etc, but my answer: MY LOVELY FRIENDS~~

I met some really awesome people and buddies. Online, and in real life. Appreciating each other's work and getting inspired etc. And some closer ones... who started of as just simply "doll friends" but now we can talk about almost everything. Food, games, anime, fangirling, CRAP ♥ and dolls became like only 10% or lesser of our topics (according to her LOL).

Guess it wasn't included because my answer is "not that awesome" but yes, IT 'S THE FRIENDS I MET AND IN THE HOBBY hurhur. (many many of you - if you are reading it HAHA)

Anyways it was a fun experience getting interviewed about the hobby!  XD
Hehe.

But yeah.. seriously, the hobby would be so boring without friends; on Instagram, on LINE, on Blogs or in real life. :'D

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A little rant...RAWR!!!



WHERE DID THE OLD POSTS GO?!?!

Well google screwed up my photos.
The URLs of my old photos changed and no images comes out...
So I decided to revert all my old posts back to drafts for myself to see only. :(((
S A D.
Or at least until I manage to edit all the posts back with images.
Means changing the urls one by one...
Oh wells.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Mizuhashi Nai (水橋无)


Name: Mizuhashi Nai (水橋无)
Gender: Male
Age: 16
Birthday: December 29
Hobbies: Cosplaying, Designing
Personality: Out-going, Playful, Cheerful

Nai’s favourite pastime and hobby...being an otaku and doing “otaku stuff”. He enjoys reading manga, watching anime, playing games, collecting figures and cosplaying. He has an Otaku bestie, Juri, who is in the same class as him. They also attends the art club together.


TECHNICAL DATA:
Company: Switch
Sculpt: Uhui R - Normal Skin
on a Dollzone B60-004
Height: 60cm
Order Date: December 29, 2014
Arrival Date: March 13, 2015

Neil Carlo



Name: Neil Carlo
Gender: Male
Age: 22
Birthday: December 13
Hobbies: Teasing and Pampering Aki
Personality: Cold, Nonchalant

Neil is from a big and rich household but is living alone and attends university. He would sometimes take up freelance programming or hacking projects to kill time. He is not particularly interested in anything or anyone but would sometimes tease or prank someone for his own entertainment. He also get tired of things quickly. He never had a lasting toy or hobby and throw things and people who are not necessary to him. Aki is the only exception.


TECHNICAL DATA:
Company: Dollclans
Sculpt: Phython
Height: 65cm
Order Date: December 13, 2013
Arrival Date: March 28, 2014

Tachibana Aki (立花秋)



Name: Tachibana Aki (立花秋)
Gender: Male
Age: 18
Birthday: December 08
Hobbies: Reading, Strolling
Personality: Gentle, Shy, Naive

Aki is a half-fox boy. He was left with and taken care by his half-brother, Yuu, since birth. Aki does not attend school but spend most of his times reading books at home, helping his brother with housework or in the garden. He also enjoys having walks on the street as he can find many things that are new to him.


TECHNICAL DATA:
Company: Angell Studio
Sculpt: Criss-Solid Butter
on a Volks SD13
Height: 60cm
Order Date: December 08, 2011
Arrival Date: January 4, 2012

Yuu (優)


Name: Yuu (優)
Gender: Male
Age: 260; 26
Birthday: March 27
Hobbies: Gardening, Cleaning
Personality: Smart, gentle and caring

Yuu is a dragon deity from a once prosperous shrine. The people of this time have forgotten his existence and he eventually left the neglected shrine. He have a younger half-brother, Aki, who was left to him by their mother after his birth. He also have a little follower, Michi. Yuu usually dress in yukata and stays at home most of the time. He enjoys gardening and taking care of the household.


TECHNICAL DATA:
Company: Angell Studio
Sculpt: HongLee-Solid White
Height: 68cm
Order Date: March 27, 2013
Arrival Date: May 14, 2013

Takano Katsuya (高野克哉)


Name: Takano Katsuya (高野克哉 )
Gender: Male
Age: 24
Birthday: November 22
Hobbies: Painting, playing with kids
Personality: Kind, Easy-going

Katsuya’s parents passed away in a car accident when he was 12. He continued living with his brother, Takano Kiyo, who was 4 years older. He had a very good relation with his brother who supported him until graduation from high school. Katsuya gave up studying and worked in art atelier shortly after graduation to reduce burden for his brother. One time when he witnessed his brother involved in some suspicious activity and confronted him to find out that he was working for the mafia all these years from the time their parents were gone. Katsuya tried to get his brother out of the mafia but was attacked and ended up heavily injured on the head. He was left on the streets until Yuu picked him up. He had his memories lost and decided to stay around while trying to regain his memories. He often have nightmare, but only remembers calling out to “brother”. He currently work as a kindergarten teacher in the neighborhood and enjoys taking care of the kids in the kindergarten.



TECHNICAL DATA:
Company: Angell Studio
Sculpt: HuaXi-Solid Pink
Height: 70.6cm
Order Date: November 20, 2011
Arrival Date: January 4, 2012

Working on a new project


Nai working on something in the middle of the night...

*lights on & peeks*


"Shooo~ Don't look first! I will show you later"

Pfft, Oops... okay okay


And then his show and tell! Hahaha!

_______

Nai and I are actually planning for a small and exciting project~

Can you guess what is it? :P

Can't wait to realize it!

Hopefully soon! :D

PS. On a side note... I should update my crew's profile etc. I was looking back and my posts..there have been some changes and stuff, hahaha!