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Update to Feed

Just letting you know, I have moved my site to WordPress. You still access the site through www.serendipitythis.com, however if you are using a rss feed reader, please update your feed, as it has now changed to www.serendipitythis.com/feed

forgot to mention the RSS feed address

Thanks Steve for pointing this out to me, but I forgot to mention what my RSS feed address is.

For those using Feedly or Bloglovin, I believe you only need to enter in the URL and the reader would automatically extract the RSS feed address.

For those more tech-savy, my RSS feed address is: http://www.serendipitythis.com/feed http://www.serendipitythis.com/feed

welcome to the new site

Happy New Year Everyone!

Most, if not all, of you would have come here from my old blogger blog http://serendipity-art-journaling.blogspot.com.

As I have mentioned in my old blog, with the new year, I am revamping the site and moving it here.

I hope the new domain name http://www.SerendipityArtJournaling.com http://www.serendipitythis.com would be easier to remember (and type).

A little housekeeping

The old blog would remain, but new blog posts would not show up there. So if you are using any type of RSS feeder, please add the new URL to get the latest update. (If you don’t know what a RSS feeder is or what it does, you might want to read this article. I personally like Feedly.)

Also I’ve extracted all the old blog posts to the new site, but I think some of the links may have been broken in the process. I am currently going through each post and checking the links, but if you find something that is not working, please let me know by commenting, and I would get on it asap.

Moving Forward

I’m still fiddling with the layout and design of the new blog, so if you have any feedback or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

story of the lost moleskine/ random act of kindness

I have been writing a lot about my Filofax obsession as of late, so I had a look through my pre-Filo notes to see what I’ve been neglecting.

I’ve had this story saved in my “to write about” folder for a very long time know. Ten months if you look at the time stamp of the article in question.

At the time I was really moved by how a stranger went to all this effort to return a moleskine they found on the side of the road; I don’t think many people realise just how important a journal or even a notebook is to its owner.

And then today when leaving the office for lunch, I realised that at some point during the day, the Uni Style-Fit multi-pen had fallen out of it’s holder in my Filofax. I had gotten really attached to the pen and I could only hope that I had dropped the pen while I was in the office, and not out in the street. It was raining drop bears today and I didn’t look forward to swimming through the streets looking for my pen.

However when I got back to my desk after lunch, I found that someone had nicely picked up my pen and have left it back on my desk. There wasn’t even a note to say who left it.

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Although losing a pen in the office is different from losing a moleskine on the side of the road, what I felt was nice was that someone actually recognise the pen as being mine and returned it to me.

When was the last time that you have received a Random Act of Kindness?

urban sketches?

Melbourne is actually packed full of old and interesting buildings (trying to concentrate on writing this entry whilst listening to Good Night Sweet Girl – yeah, not working out so good atm, lol. I’m a fan, sue me XD); you can’t walk down any street in the city without bumping into one.

All of the victorian-era-esque buildings that you see still standing around the city would be protected by the Victoria Heritage Register, and I love how these majestic buildings will be preserved for future generations. I was actually living in Hong Kong and was there to witness it when they pulled down the Queen’s Pier. It was disappointing to see proof of a government that would be more interested in financial gains than preserving the city’s historical landmarks… it’s not like there are many left to begin with.

Anyway, back on topic.

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Some of these buildings make for great subject matter for sketches and paintings. I’ve always been iffy about drawing buildings as my perspectives are always kind of off. But finally I bit the bullet and started sketching.

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I thought I would start off with something relatively simple.

Then I realised that it’s never simple when you have a building at an angle.

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It’s still very much a work in progress, but I plan to ink it and colour it.

I admit that I’ve lost a bit of my initial enthusiasm to finish it. All the itty bitty details on the storefront – which had attracted me to this subject to begin with – had become the reason for my procrastination.

I am an impatient person and sometimes I want to complete a piece of art, RIGHT NOW. If I don’t manage to do so, then the incomplete piece may sit on the page for quite a while. In actual fact it’s been a month, at least, since I took that photo above and this entry. In this time, the sketch has not progressed =_=

I feel guilty even writing about it. Perhaps I should go home tonight and finish it – although I have an appointment to watch Harry Potter 7.2 tonight… after HP then… ;P

SupaNova 2011 (Perth) – Day 3

This is a relatively short post and is the last one in my three part series on my SupaNova weekend in Perth. Please find the links to my previous posts below:

My third and last day in Perth is very James-Marsters-centered. I planned to attend the James Marsters panel, get a photo and autograph with him and then later that night attend the SupaNova afterparty, which James would also be attending.

I hadn’t mentioned this earlier, but I had taken my Gothic Lolita outfit to Perth with me. Hearing how there are more cosplayers on the Saturday than the Sunday, I wore that outfit on Saturday. Which leaves me wearing casual clothes on the Sunday. Which is just fine – as much as I love the fashion, I didn’t want to take a photo with James Marsters in it.

But first things first, the James Marsters panel.

I woke up at 10:30am thinking, “What time was the James Marsters panel again?”

It starts at 11am.

Of course I wasn’t going to just run out of the apartment without proper grooming – photo taking, remember? – but I swear it was the quickest I’ve ever put on make up.

I didn’t miss too much of it, luckily, and got a few snapshots while I was at it.

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Look at that smile, who wouldn’t swoon?

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Then, while I was waiting for James Marsters’ photo op session, I went to watch the anime game show.

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Yeah, even John Robertson was a bit gobsmacked about this performance.

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I love this pair’s cosplay. Even though I’m not too sure which anime it’s from (more my fault than their’s), I thought their’s was the prettiest out of the two days worth of costumes I’d seen.

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More cosplays.

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And finally, my picture with James Marsters.

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I was going to tell you how my mind went completely blank when he shook my hand and said, “hi,” but I think you guys have had enough of me swooning in the past three entries. XD

Oh, and the after-party?

It was unnerving to see how much more fan-girly other people could be – I mean, I thought I was bad. But everyone behaved, to a degree. I even got to meet Gareth David-Lloyd (aka, Ianto Jones in Torchwood).

He’s quite a unique individual – for a lack of better words – and I’m now watching Torchwood, to compare the actor and the character. It would be interesting to watch a show after meeting the real person (as opposed to the opposite).

As I have warned, this is a fairly short entry. Unfortunately I took so long to get all the photos sorted out that the impressions of the trip is no longer fresh in my mind.

I’ll have to keep in mind to actually write the entries while on future trips, and then edit and publish them when I get back.

Since I have a Hong Kong/Tokyo trip planned for September, this is a good tip to keep in mind. ;P

SupaNova 2011 (Perth) – Day 2

Well here is part 2 of my 3-part series on my SupaNova weekend a few weeks back. If you haven’t read the first post, you can find it here.

After my text-intensive post last time, I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking in this post.

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You should hear the amount of “aww…” when this kid-Vader walked up to the 501st Legion.

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I usually won’t post fuzzy photos, but I thought their pairing was fantastic.

This Tardis has certainly seen better days, but I loved the effort they put in it. Go Doctor! (Oh, I saw this guy who did a great Doctor, but I was in line for food and couldn’t get a picture. Then I couldn’t find him again, boo…)

Cross-Universe?

So cute… if I could ever get my cat to behave, I’d dress up as Kiki Delivery service.

Shameless plug of my cat.

This poor guy was about to go on break when I asked to take his picture. He had to do up all those little buttons on his vest again – then undo them again when I was finished. But you’ve got to admire his tenacity for perfection.

That was not the scariest thing I saw at the event… does that tell you something?

Okay, here’s where the limits of my dad’s Canon 24-105mm lens are most obvious. It might be an okay lens if you have bright lights and subject matter which is not all that far away. But when you’re 1/3 way across a large room and trying to take photos of an unlit stage, you get

a lot

of blurry photos.

As such, I don’t have as many photos of the Cosplay competition as I would have liked.

Let me just say that John Robertson was great up there. He’s funny, and he knows most (if not all) mainstream anime/games – I’d hate to have to listen to a MC who doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

He managed to smooth over some fairly awkward moments (e.g. where amatuer Cosplayers get onstage without being prepared to “flaunt their wares”, and instead stands in one pose awkwardly for 1 minute) – and no, none of these cosplayers I posted up are of those awkward cosplayers.

Look at Penguin’s nose…

This guy yanked a head off a teddy bear and stuff it on a baseball helmet… scary…

Do you really want to know?

After the cosplay competition, the day was far from over –>> James Marsters Live Performance!

Unfortunately photography and any sort of recording was not allowed.

Truth be told, when you forget about aiming your camera and actually sit and experience an event, it’s actually more memorable.

Before nearly every song James would tell us the story behind the lyrics – apparently he wrote quite a number of songs to get back in his girlfriend’s good graces XD

The night was a blast, and it went a long way to making up for the disappointments I’ve experienced the night before.

SupaNova 2011 (Perth) – Day 1 (well night really)

So finally, here is part 1 of my 3-part series on my trip to Perth a few weeks back. Sorry for the text-intensive post, I promise more photos in later entries ;P

The trip did not start off well.

It all started while I was on the bus from the long-term parking to Melbourne Airport. I get a call from Foxtix. They were calling to let me know that the presenter for the two-days writing seminar was stuck in New Zealand due to the volcanic ash. As such SupaNova would be cancelling the writing seminars. The Foxtix employee assured me that I would be refunded in full – as if the cost of the seminar tickets would be all I cared about!

If I was going to Perth purely for the writing seminar I’d be screwed, was Foxtix going to refund me my airfare, lodging and car hire?

Luckily my reasons for going to Perth was three parts, 1) attend the two days writing seminar; 2) go see Wicked, the Broadway musical; and 2) see James Marsters.

It’s okay, I thought as the Foxtix employee arranged for the refund back to my card, on a positive note I wouldn’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn to make it to the 8am seminars.

I arrived at the airport with plenty of time to spare, so while waiting to board I started watching Durarara! on my iPad.

For an hour.

Apparently there was a mechanical fault with the plane and JetStar was trying to get it fixed.

For an hour.

In the end they still had to change planes for us.

It’s still okay, I thought. I had given myself two hours leeway between arriving in Perth and getting to Burswood Theatre to watch Wicked. I had checked online that the Burswood Entertainment Complex wasn’t that far from the airport – I just wouldn’t have much time to eat beforehand.

Whilst boarding the plane, the attendants told us that the pilot will be trying his best to make up for the delay in the flight time.

Which is useless when they won’t let you land.

Apparently since we’ve failed to arrive on time, we had to wait in “queue” for a slot to land. Who knew Perth experienced such heavy air traffic?

In the end I didn’t get off the plane until 7:45pm, the show starts at 8pm. Even though I didn’t have any check-in luggage, I still had to collect my rental car and drive to the theatre.

Did I also mention it was pouring? Like cats and dogs, with the occassional kangaroo? It was one step away from raining drop bears.

I arrived at Burswood Theatre at 8:40pm, rainwater practically running off me in rivulets. I think the theatre ushers took pity on me, because they let me in even though it wasn’t intermission yet.

I was riverted for the next two hours – I wasn’t as impressed by the music as I was by Love Never Dies – but I thought the story was very clever. Although I didn’t miss that much of it because the show was so long, I would still have liked to have watched the thing in it’s entirety.

The rest of the night was relatively uneventful.

Oh except for this.

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There was a car crash outside my apartment window. I was reading a book and getting ready to sleep when I heard a loud long screech then….crunch. By the time I got to my window, I see the car bouncing off the side rails before coming to a stop. One of the guys, I think it was the driver, jumps out of the car and just runs off. His friends get out of the car a bit more slowly, but they just wander aimlessly around the car. I think the bunch of them were drunk off their heads. Later the driver wanders back and they just stand around on the side of the road.

Luckily it seemed that nobody was hurt, and they didn’t crash into any other cars.

Also the ambulance and police arrived very quickly; I think it took no more than a few minutes. I took my camera out for the first and only time that day – to snap that photo above.

And that concludes my post for the first day of my weekend trip to Perth.

My trip did not start out well I’m afraid, but head over to my to see how it proceeds.

SupaNova 2011 – aftermaths

I had hoped to be able to do a series of posts about my SupaNova experience while I was in Perth – but I only realised after unpacking on my first night that I didn’t bring the cable to transfer my photos from my DSLR to my iPad (go figure).

I still haven’t managed to find time to upload my photos into my computer, but I promise to do that soon. Who knows, I might even be able to post the first my SupaNova posts before the week ends *crosses fingers*.

Did anyone else go to SupaNova? Please leave your blog entry link in the comments below, I would love to see your photos!