Miss Sydney Chinese Beauty Pageant 2010 & Steven Ma!

1st August 2010

Dear Chibi,

Jacky’s parents had two free tickets to see the Miss Sydney Chinese Beauty Pageant and asked if we wanted to go in their place. I’m not a fan of beauty pageants but when I remembered TVB artist Steven Ma Jun Wei was going to be a guest, I immediately jumped to the opportunity! I wanna meet Steven Ma :DD!!!!

Tonight after having dinner at Ajisen, we headed off to Kensington Parade Theatre for the 7pm event, but as usual it ran late and started 30 minutes later. While this was somewhat expected, it was annoying because they kept playing all the sponsors in a loop with a voice over naming each one :p

We end up getting the $68 spots so it wasn’t too bad but still kinda far from the stage. I kept looking around for Steven Ma and it turns out he was already sitting at the front row with the other judges. He’s kinda hard to spot dressed casually.

Steven Ma next the the lady in red

Our view of the stage. You can just barely make out their faces XD The opening performance consisted of them dancing to Lady Gaga songs. Then there was another ‘performance’ where they walked around and threw poses..to ‘Eyes on Me’.

[Read More]

Charmaine Sheh receives cake from Malaysian fans

29th April 2010

Dear Chibi,

A few months ago I drew chibi dolls of the cast from TVB drama ‘Beyond the Realm of Conscience‘ for K-TVB.net. This included a character called ‘Lau Sam Ho’ who was performed by actress Charmaine Sheh.

Charmaine Sheh as Lau Sam Ho

A week ago, a Malaysian fan of Charmaine Sheh contacted me saying she was going to visit Malaysia and the fan club wanted to make a cake for her based on my chibi drawing. I thought- ‘oh why not’, so gave her a reply and didn’t expect anything to come out of it.

It turns out it really went ahead, and Charmaine actually got the cake with my drawing on it 8D That’s pretty awesome! (Even though I don’t get any credit for the original) She recently started up a weibo account (Chinese equivalent of Twitter) and posted a picture of  it as her first entry too, hehehee!

Here are two lovely photos I was recently sent as a token of appreciation ^.^ (She asked me to watermark them so I did)

Charmaine Sheh with Chibi Sam Ho Cake

Chibi Lau Sam Ho Cake

Photos belong to Ivy @ ivycreations.blogspot.com
Looks good to me 8D

Joey Yung’s Sydney Starlight Concert 2010

29th March 2010

Dear Chibi,

Last night Jacky, Kaz and I went to see Joey’s 2010 Sydney Concert held at the Sydney Entertainment Center. I’ve always wanted to go to a concert, and Joey is pretty much the only person I care about and want to see live. I even had a dream I met her in person (and damn that was cool XD) Knowing my first concert experience was watching her made me extremely happy :D!

Joey Yung Sydney Starlight Concert 2010

I started listening to her about 10 years ago. She came to Sydney for a concert in 2004, but because it was during HSC year we decided it probably wasn’t a great idea (and it was pricey and we were jobless XD). I’m glad she’s able to come back and perform for us :)

Jacky and I got the $69 tickets but thanks to his cousin we got the front row of the last section so we were pretty close to the stage (though not centered). Kaz watched with her friends at the $108 seating right at the center. It would have been better if they gave us whistles or glow-sticks but that didn’t happen. We resorted to using phone lights instead.

So.. I was sitting there waiting eagerly for her to appear but wasn’t as excited as I thought I would be at that very second. Then she came. She started singing. My eyes became really watery.. It was then that I realised just how happy I felt. I was reaaaally happy. I couldn’t believe I was sitting there seeing the real person and hearing her voice. I will never forget that moment :)

[Read More]

New fansite and recent happenings

27th March 2010

Dear Chibi,
I haven’t blogged much lately nor gone on MSN/facebook and things like that. About 2 weeks ago, I decided to give myself a break from MoonSticks to give myself some air to do other things. I really do love MoonSticks, but the amount of time spent thinking about it became a bit overwhelming. I thought about it for a while and decided I would probably benefit from a little hiatus. I gave myself a time frame of 4 weeks- I’m not sure if it’s the right decision, but time will tell!

The break from MoonSticks commenced and I decided to finally get around to watch things I’ve been meaning to see for over a year. Last year June, I was anticipating Chinese Paladin 3, but thought I’d wait until there was English subtitles so it would be easier for me to understand (it’s in Mandarin). I waited and waited..and it kind of didn’t happen. Then last year December while I was in Hong Kong, I grabbed myself a copy of the DVD. It was in Mandarin audio with simplified Chinese subtitles. I didn’t care at this point.. I HAVE TO SEE IT! So yay, I was happy with my find.

However, when I returned from my trip, I have no idea why but I left it sitting on my shelf for another 2 months or so. Didn’t I have time? What was I doing? I guess I was busy with something..  Well, whatever was holding me back disappeared and I started watching it. I got hooked.. big time. Apart from work and sleep, for a whole week I did nothing but watch Chinese Paladin 3. I couldn’t get it out of my head XD And surprisingly, there was no language barrier at all, I pretty much understood the whole thing! Now I wish I had seen it sooner =_=

After completing the 37 episode drama (which didn’t take very long due to the err..marathons)  I built a fansite. yay. My 2009 new years resolution was to make a new website. It didn’t happen because I didn’t feel passionate about any topic to devote any time to it. This time I found something and although it’s a year late, I’m happy it happened!

Undying Love: Xu Changqing & Zi Xuan Fansite

I built a fansite for my favourite couple from Chinese Paladin 3 performed by Wallace Huo and Tiffany Tang Yan. I had no idea who they were, but damn were they good to watch! I spent the past week working on the site and now it’s up and running. It’s so much fun working on a website of a topic you really like. It doesn’t feel like work to me at all (even though I do web stuff full time) I hope this web-making passion will never die :)

Beyond the Realm of Conscience Chibi Drawing

21st February 2010

Dear Chibi,

Today I worked on a new set of ‘Chibi Dolls’ for K-TVB.net featuring the cast from TVB drama ‘Beyond the Realm of Conscience‘ :) It was tricky finding references since their clothing and accessories were quite detailed. The wigs confused me a lot. lol I tried to fit as much detail I could onto these tiny things, and I’m quite happy with how they turned out.

These bases were completely re-drawn and aren’t the same as the Sailor Moon chibis dolls I used in the past. I think it’s time to give it an update so the lines are cleaner :)

Beyond the Realm of Conscience Fan Art

Beyond the Realm of Conscience (TVB)

Tavia Yeung as Yiu Gam Ling

Tavia Yeung as Yiu Kam Ling
The first doll I worked on.

Charmaine Sheh as Lau Sam Ho

Charmaine Sheh as Lau Sam Ho

Selena Li as Man Po-yin

Selena Li as Man Po-yin

She turned out way cuter than I thought she would, yay.

Liu Shi Shi as Long Kui (Chinese Paladin 3)

31st January 2010

Dear Chibi,

Today I decided to practice and brush up my digital painting skills. I’m an amateur when it comes to lighting and colour; as you can see in the work below. But hey, everyone has to start somewhere, right?

I randomly did a portrait drawing of Liu Shi Shi as Long Kui from Chinese Paladin 3. I haven’t watched it yet and I have no idea who Liu Shi Shi is, but she has a pretty face so there you go :D

I spent the most time and effort on her face, and got pretty lazy by the end of it and quickly rushed the hair and clothes x_x I tend to do that a lot which is really bad. It’s not complete but it will probably stay incomplete.

Long Kui Close Up

The hardest aspect is still the skin tones and to blend them together well. Right now you can clearly see blobs of paint >_< This is still something that boggles my mind..how to do it? @__@

[Read More]

Beyond Octoby

31st October 2009

Dear Chibi,

It’s 31st October, the last day of the month! What does this mean..?

Halloween? Yes.
Internet capped? Yes. Yes. Yes.
OMG WHAT TO DO??!!! >.<

Oh the agony of sitting at the computer, and not seeing any page load is very disheartening. I was woken up this morning by what sounds like witches laughing and bats flying around. (I really heard that! ) Anyway, I checked the time and it was 6am- a bit early to wake up on a Saturday morning but I thought hey- I could make use of this time! I sit up, only to remember the Internet is down. Oh, okay- good night then. zzz.

What’s wrong with me? Isn’t there anything else I can do which doesn’t involve being “connected”? XD It must be some kind of addiction. I sit at the computer everyday at work, web designing, surfing the net. I go home and do pretty much the same thing (except web stuff for myself). But what exactly on the net do I HAVE to do? This made me think hard. Technically I can still work on websites, I can blog (which I’m doing right now), MSN chat (which doesn’t require much bandwidth usage), draw pictures, play games, watch drama or anime. These things I can do. Apart from googling or youtubing, I don’t think there’s an awful lot. 1-2 days without the Internet shouldn’t be so bad.

BUT IT IS!!!

[Read More]

Dayo Wong and Charmaine Sheh (TVB)

16th September 2009

Dear Chibi,

Dayo Wong and Charmaine Sheh (TVB)

Here’s a chibi artwork of Dayo Wong and Charmaine Sheh from the TVB series “You’re Hired”. I drew it recently for K-TVB.net as a gift for it’s 3rd Anniversary.

You can see the final artwork/card here.

It may look like a simple piece but it was challenging getting them to look like the characters ^^; I’m quite happy how Dayo turned out :D I see the resemblances! Hope you like it ^_^

I have been drawing and working consistently on my Sailor Moon comics over at MoonSticks. Please check it out if you have a moment :D

Linda Chung and Moses Chan visit Sydney!

13th September 2009

Dear Chibi,

I’m absolutely over the mooooonnnn ^_______^!! Today Kaz, Jacky and I went to China Town for TVB’s Linda Chung 鍾嘉欣 and Moses Chan 陳豪’s autograph session! To be eligible for an autograph, we needed to spend $30+ at a store in Sussex Centre to go into a draw. Kaz entered and was lucky enough to win a ticket!! :D She was also allowed to bring two friends along and invited me and Jacky, yay.

We arrived at 12pm to redeem our tickets and went to have some drinks to cool ourselves down :) We went back there at 1.20pm to start queuing up and we were 2nd in line! How awesome is that? They made their appearance at 2pm and at that very moment, the queue kind of went crazy and people just pushed in and jumped all over the place ^^;; IT WAS SOOO EXCITING!! I was surprised how happy I was actually- I didn’t think I would be THIS excited to see them, but I went crazy too. lol There was sooo much competition for a good shot of them, but alas.. I think I dominated!!! :D :D :D

Linda and Moses at Sydney

I mean seriously… can anyone get a better view of them than this???? No randoms in the way!!! YAAAAAYYY!!! XD I didn’t even zoom-in for this picture- I was that close to them! So happy..lol

Linda and Moses Wave

aww..they waved at us ^.^

Linda Moses Promote TVB

Linda and Moses recording a footage promoting TVB XD Yes, their recording camera was RIGHT next to me!! ahahaha…which is why my view was so good ^^

[Read More]

Nodame Cantabile

18th July 2009

Dear Chibi,

In my previous post I mentioned I might give Nodame Cantabile ago again because of Ueno Juri’s awesome portrayal of Ruka from Last Friends. Since then, I’ve finished it and surprisingly, I really enjoyed it this time! Previously, I gave up after episode 3, but it seems the story starts getting better at episode 4. My my.

What really drew me in the story was the relationship between the clumsy and messy Nodame, and the arrogant multi-lingual perfectionist Chiaki. It was very very cute! XD There were very few romantic scenes of them together but that makes it all worthwhile in the end when they do kinda of get-together.

Nodame and Chiaki

Aside from them though, I wasn’t as interested in the other characters- so it was a good thing they got the most screen time! Eita and Mizukawa Asami from Last Friends also played some part in this drama, except I liked their characters more from Last Friends. It’s quite interesting watching this comedy after the serious nature of Last Friends, but it gives it a nice balance. Their characters are totally opposites- especially for Ueno Juri. Even now I find it hard to believe Ruka and Nodame are played by the same person… @_@ You would understand if you watched them both. XD

chiaki-senpai-nodame

I can’t wait to see the special, and the 2 movies :) Ahh…Chiaki senpaiiii!!<3!