It’s been more than a month since I last posted in this blog. I transferred to a new host (from LJ to WP) not to slack off but to write down things that happen to my life every day. I even thought that if I could not blog daily, at least I’ll have the weekend to summarize what happened to me in that span of time. However, I failed to accomplish that goal… It’s not that there’s nothing happening in my life. Actually there’s so much going on that I don’t have enough time to blog them even if I really want to. NO! They’re not bad at all that I don’t have the heart to blog it to the world. The truth to the matter is: it’s quite great. I just didn’t have the time before. Plus, I still don’t know how and where to start. I am still lost for words. It’s been two years and I still can’t find the writer that I used to be. I am a blogger that has lost her writing ability.
Anyhow, I am not about to divulge everything just yet. Maybe on September… when everything is settled and official. But for the meantime, let me share with you my latest artwork. It’s been three days since Typhoon Maring hit our country. The metropolis is flooded again and I haven’t reported back to work. I did not risk going to the office and be stranded there, or in a flooded street, somewhere in C5. So, it’s a long weekend for me considering tomorrow is a national holiday too. Hopefully, tomorrow the typhoon has gone out of the country and the floods have subsided.
So, when the weather is such as today, the best pastime is to read a book. For me, it’s reading and drawing. I hope everyone is safe at home and is enjoying this unannounced vacation. I pray that they are enjoying their rest instead of worrying. I also pray for the safety of those who were affected by the typhoon. I hope that they’d spring back to normal and happy lives after this calamity.
This is my updated chibi version. I had my hair cut short – the shortest I have so far.
So season 2 has finally ended. I am so happy that things I read in the manga were shown magnificently in the anime. I so loved that the best karuta battles were given emphasis. The season 1 characters we wanted to see again came back in season 2. Those we wanted to play shown great battles in this season as well. Plus, there were newbies in Chihaya’s team, they were given enough time to shine and they did have fascinating stories told.
Tsukuba Akihiro, the hero in his little brothers’ eyes, a master in the second verse karuta game. He is definitely an eccentric character with his slanted eyes and weird gestures. But his love for the game and his want to be the role model for his younger siblings were a fun watch.
Hanano Sumire, the vain freshman who is so enamored with her senpai. She joined Mizusawa Karuta Club to be near the club’s president. But along the way, Sumire developed a love for the game. She may still be in denial but her actions showed otherwise.
Then there are our main characters – the original Mizusawa players. Each of them grew so much in character. Of course we all wanted them to win in their individual battles but no great lessons can be learned that way. At least this season they went home as the National Team Champions, beating the five-time Karuta team champion Fujisaki High.
And as much as I wanted to discuss Wataya Arata’s exemplary display of his one of a kind Karuta game, this season is actually all about Mashima Taichi. Season 2 showed how much Taichi grew stronger and his decision to breakaway from his mentor and develop his own sense of playing the game. His want to support Chihaya in her aspiration to be queen, Taichi unintentionally developed his own desire to become stronger, not necessarily to beat Arata or Chihaya but to be able to play in their level… to be able to play with them.
With that, I am ending this entry with a fanart.
Here’s Taichi’s favorite poem from the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu:
Poem # 16:
Ariwara no Yukihira
Though we are parted,
If on Mount Inaba’s peak
I should hear the sound
Of the pine trees growing there,
I’ll come back again to you.
There are so many things I want to write but again I don’t really know how and where to start. I want to share the things that happened to me the past month – the good, the bad and the worst. There’s no the best… Sucks! I really don’t want to dwell on the bad and the worst however I cannot really help myself especially when I am reminded every day that it’s bad and it would soon get worst. The positive thinker in me is being drowned by the overwhelming work load I have and the various deadlines I need to beat are such pains in the ass. Not to mention that doing my best ain’t good enough. I am not even rewarded enough. I feel so unmotivated right now. I am actually looking for greener pastures and better management. Sometimes I feel that loyalty isn’t really enough virtue to uphold especially when the people you are loyal to ignore that strength in you…
Ok… enough of the rant. Here come’s the good part. I am back to drawing often. (But I write less reviews, didn’t you notice?) Anyway, at least I am doing some fun things in my life right now. At least I still feel satisfied in my personal life even when career life isn’t as fabulous like I thought it would be. I am also planning a new project. I am going to draw a new piece to be framed and displayed in my workstation at home. I’ll take a picture of it and share it here before I have it framed. I know I am a bit slow in starting this project coz I am still thinking of the theme (even if I already have the characters to draw in mind). I don’t want to rush things. I want it to be perfect and I want to be really inspired when I start drawing it. c”,)
So for starters, let me share my newest creation. I love drawing chibi versions of myself and my friends. Since I draw a lot these days, I noticed I am getting my groove back and I am improving again. With the improvement, I decided to draw myself. Such a narcissist, am I not?! Hahaha!!! So without further ado…
This is what I do the past two weekends – working from home. My manager requested that a laptop is issued to me so I can still work at home and access SAP files. Aaargh!
It’s been a long while since I drew a chibi version of someone I know dearly. I think the last time was on 2008… 5 long years. Yes, excluding those I drew out of boredom. The last time I drew someone who really is dear to me was before I left SGV.
Now, here I am again drawing that dearest friend. She has curly hair now and is living in Malaysia at the moment. I hope to see her soon coz I was not able to attend one of the most important celebrations in her life last April. To make up to that, here’s the cutest chibi version of her that I’ve drawn.
Last night was my first trip home from the office with heavy rains and a lightning-filled night skies. My wheelchair got soaked with rain water coz the cab’s compartment has LPG and… Let me stop right there. Well, thankfully my wheelchair is made of stainless steel and fiber glass so it’s rust-proof. No reason to fret…
So my dear friends, take your umbrellas wherever you go. Summer is over and here comes the rain!!! That said, here’s a little something to make the rainy season a little fun than it truly is.
“… Or, is he still out of reach?”
When I heard (actually read) those lines, I was so happy I blushed. The first time ever again for an anime couple I am rooting for. I wished Chihaya held out her hand further and touched Arata’s hand. Hahaha! I’m such a fangirl!
With that I was inspired to draw Chihaya. This is the very first time I tried drawing her so I opted to draw with a pencil rather than with a pentablet. She’s so pretty my heart fluttered for her and Arata ♥ I was also inspired by a dialogue she actually said in the manga – “I have always liked Karuta and Arata!”
So, how about you? What do you think about the romance that is so apparent between Chihaya and Arata?
I am certainly in limbo at the moment especially in my work life. There’s so much gray area and it made me so unhappy. Well, I am not the only person in my department who is unhappy with what is happening. We’re sad and we’re all weighing our options. It’s so hard to be in this situation where you love the people you work with and you love your work but work isn’t loving you back. Deep sighs.
With that said, a bit of the burden is lifted off my chest. Thank you for letting me rant a bit. For a treat, here’s the finished/colored version of the chibi Ichi-Ruki I drew a couple of days ago. ‘Finished with colored pencils.
Here’s the reason why I felt relieved. Ichigo’s asauchi has finally taken form. He isn’t Zangetsu. More like Hollow Ichigo, right?
After reading the latest chapter of Bleach, this is what I felt – a HUGE sigh of relief. Ichigo remains to be a shinigami. Then my hopes for an Ichi-ruki ending isn’t in vain. Hahaha!
Since my appetite for anime is in full swing nowadays, I picked this meme up from Shiizumi. Let me see if I can answer all 50 questions with ease. I hope not to over think and give straight to the point but still insightful answers. Here it goes…