How to Make a (Boxed) Ninja Turtle Costume #ThursdayTips

I’ve actually been putting off showing this. The reason was simple: I wanted to show it on my vlog then share here. But since I still have many backlogs there on YouTube, I thought, why the heck not share it now, right? So, a bit of a background…

Our cosplay theme for Christmas 2018 was ‘boxed anime/cartoon character’. I did some digging to make sure I understood what to do. Apparently, the box or cardboard idea has its own history and it has to do with this guy –>

This was Paul M. Palgen wearing his “epic fail” costume, now known as the Cardboard Box Gundam, back in 2003 at the Anime Central (ACEN) convention. As explained in KnowYourMeme.com (because indeed, it became a popular meme after):

“Paul’s costume of Zack from Final Fantasy VII had become unusable only days before the Rosemont convention…Not wanting to attend the convention without a costume, he asked his sister what he should do. She said, ‘Nobody’s going to care. Just wear a cardboard box and say you’re a Gundam.’

And the rest is meme-worthy history! Yes, it became a thing, spawning parodies and tributes. Who would’ve thought?

Okay, history lesson done. On to my real topic.

The instruction/requirement was to make sure to use a square box to cover the trunk of the wearer’s body. Then we were free to do whatever with the whole look. For some reason, the first thing that came to my mind was to make a ninja turtle costume for myself. It must have been because of the turtle shell that gave me an idea. Besides, it was a long-time coming. I had always wanted to make one. If you don’t know or haven’t read about it yet, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hold a special place in my heart.

See my favorite Michelangelo? That’s me.

Michelangelo is my fave TMNT and I really wanted to create  nunchuks 😉

I know, I know, the colors were not all in the same shade (I had to make do with my resources), but I did my best. In fact, I think I did a good enough job, at least.

Now, how did I make my costume? My Internet search wasn’t such a big help — some were too simple that I didn’t like them; others were too elaborate and costly for me. I don’t think I saw a boxed ninja turtle even. Therefore, I thought of 95% of this costume myself.

Below is HOW TO MAKE A (BOXED) NINJA TURTLE COSTUME…Well, my way. I am sharing this “infographic” that I shared to my friends. If the words are too small, just do a right-click, click on “View Image”, and voila! Still too small? Press CTRL then the plus (+) sign several times until the desired size.

So how did you find it? Of course, again, these are just my own ideas. There are various ways to make a TMNT costume. But if you want to use my ideas, feel free to do so. Meanwhile, I will share the how-to video once I’m actually done with it.

COWABUNGA!!!

December 2016 RECAP #MonthlyRecap

It’s the new year! Time to start over. And while my new year’s resolutions list hasn’t been made yet, one of those resolutions would be to blog more (which is not necessarily synonymous to writing more, although that’s a resolution, too).

I did find ways to blog last month, but my blogging was somewhat erratic, mainly because I “chilled”. I still plan to chill, but be more productive, anyway. Plus, I’ve got other plans to take care of.

So here’s a recap of my December 2016:

Blog-wise:

(1) Hash potatoes!!!

#MondayMemoirs – (see My Decade-Old Grown-up Christmas List)

#MondayReviews (none)

#TuesdayTunes (see Awesomely Techno-weird Musical Instruments Part 1) – I was supposed to post the second part last December 28, but I didn’t get to finish it. Will post soon.)

#AskWednesday (none)

#WhatsupWednesday (see Going Disney)

#ThursdayTips (see How to Properly Use Sitelink Extensions)

#FeatureFriday (none)

#FreakyFriday (none) – It was supposed to be only for the whole month of November, anyway. I did promise true horror/ghost stories. I have not forgotten.

Saturdays and Sundays, or any day, could be about anything. I will post anything when I feel like it, like So… (a quick Christmas greeting), The Legend of the Fifth Turtle (a repost), Hippie’s Guide to the Multiverse (reblog of an interesting post of a young blogger I know…I like featuring young writers/bloggers to encourage them more).saranggola-blog-awards

My three-in-one poetry post Tula ng Puso: Pananampalataya, Pag-ibig, Pag-asa (Poems of the Heart: Faith, Love, Hope) last November made the cut. My poems (well, the link to them) are now featured in the Saranggola Blog Awards site. I just found out the winners a few minutes ago. Didn’t win, sadly, but it’s still okay. There will be a next time. I’ll try not to procrastinate again.

(3) My Trending Stories. Nothing to share for now.

(4) A to Z Challenge. I want to join again this year so I am already thinking of a theme. *crosses fingers*

Social Media Reach-out:

Again, I am very thankful to new followers. They keep on coming, even if they aren’t a lot. I certainly hope they’ll stay. Anyway, as I am now making it my tradition, let me share more: people who follow me and/or whom I follow, and/or whom I actually know. Do visit them–you might have to jump over to other blogging platforms like Blogger, though.

If I haven’t mentioned you yet, nothing personal, okay? Will get to you. I am adding really new ones, too. It’s to hit two birds with one stone as I won’t have to go looking for links to their blogs/sites again. Definitely, I will first try to see if they are legit and active blogs. My call, guys.

Here are my awesome online friends and would-be friends, in alphabetical order:

 Ally,         Anne-Marie,         Debbie,         Damyanti,         Eyoalha,        

Jacob,      Justine,                  Lori,               Roo,                    Sanch   

More bloggers to link to in the coming months, for sure. “Old” ones, new ones.

Fiction/Story- and Poetry-writing:

We’ll see what happens.

Literature:

I shared a poll last time, unfortunately, I think only one person voted. Kindly take the poll, pretty pleaaaasee…..? Not sure which to pick. Wanna cast your vote for me?

Personal:

Christmas was good! The family celebrated it with the husband’s clan. Well, their clan, the husband’s and the kids’. A few dramas, but it was good. Several reasons why I chose to celebrate there, which I won’t delve into. I don’t see any reason for now not to do that again next year. Oh, and I won a TV from the Office party raffle! That was perfect since our old one has not been working for a long while. We were to have it fixed, then bam! Won the TV 😉

New Year’s Eve was good, too. Our little family was complete. The kids were happy, the husband was happy, I was happy. Best New Year’s I’ve had in years. There were only a few stuff on the table: spaghetti, chicken drumsticks, chocolate cake, and sliced bread. The spag and the drumsticks were a hit with some visitors, so it was totally great. Neighbors shared sopas (Filipino noodle soup), pansit (dried cooked noodles), “Graham” or “ref” cake (Google it, he he), and gelatin, which we all ate the following day (refrigerators are heaven-sent!).

We really wish to have a much better year this year.

The family hasn’t had a chance to eat out so we’ll probably do that one of these days. It’s gonna be a four-in-one celebration: Christmas, New Year, our second wedding anniversary (today, January 5), and my husband’s birthday (January 23). Hitting four birds with one stone, right? I’m just waiting for our family movie date to push through then we’ll do that on the same day.

Meanwhile,…Save for the new one, we’re done with all seasons of the  The Walking Dead. I admit to checking out IMDb every now and then. It does not really tell much, anyway, although I do find out a few things prior to watching episodes. I’m more interested in how the whole story is developed so a few spoilers do not really “spoil” me. I have read some reviews and reactions about Season 7, too, so at least, I am already warned especially about Episode 1. I told the kids Glenn dies in Episode 1–OOPS! SPOILER!!!

Well, I wanted to prepare them for what’s to come because apparently, fans were fuming over the violence and of Glenn dying (so what was Abraham, chopped liver?…OOPS! SPOILER AGAIN!!!). I understand about the latter, but the first complaint? It’s been there since the very first episodes. If you couldn’t handle it, you had the choice to turn your head away, change the channel, or turn the TV off entirely.

I’ve got more to talk about, but I realize this is becoming more of a feature on TWD, so I’ll save those for some other time.

Now that we’re temporarily done with TWD, can you recommend any good series? I’m continuing with CSI: Las Vegas, but my husband isn’t into it and it’s got too many sexy scenes (many unexpected) to skip over for the sake of the kids. So I’m going solo with this, as always. (Gosh, imagine once I start with Game of Thrones!)

 

….Alright, now that we’re up to speed, time to go writing more! Toodles!!! 😉

RPG [Part Two] #atozchallenge2014

And we’re back! Just last post, I shared about ROLE-PLAYING and posted photos in RPG [Part One]. I was going to post the second part of the Role-Playing Gang post the next day but problems with choosing the last pics became quite a challenge, and then I had to take care of things that were of the life-changing scale.

Now I continue…

2012 continued

For the year’s Christmas party, the theme was United Nations, with a twist. Instead of wearing national costumes the usual (and boring) way, the challenge was to feature something about a country, perhaps something it is known for, preferably something bizarre. I thought, “Viking, female, princess…” It’s bizarre because do you see vikings anywhere you now? And they’re stuff books and movies are made of…Good thing I expressed this already because it so happened another person was thinking of viking as well.

For some reason, I assumed vikings were from Ireland, but my research brought me history. Scandinavia, it was. I saw viking princesses dressed in girly stuff. Ugh. I stink at being girly-girly. And I was going to be a viking, not a damsel to save, so it had to be something more special, so I was a viking warrior princess! Of course, I didn’t just assume it would be a Xena kind of thing, so I did my research as well and came up with this:

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Meet Helga Ormsdottir, Viking Warrior Princess

First of all, that axe can never chop anyone’s head off (I say it in present tense as I don’t have the heart to disassemble it yet). The handle’s from a mop, the black parts are just electric tape, and the “blade” is just metallic-silver gift-wrapper taped to brown envelope cut into the desired shape. For a while, though, somebody didn’t want to touch it, thinking it could cut skin 😉

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Helga’s cape at the back…Uh, does this outfit make me look fat? *girly mode*

Second-hand shops were really helpful. The sleeveless jacket was actually two separate things. The actual jacket was turned inside-out because I was after the faux fur. The back part that reached my shoulders was actually — ready? — a bag.

I was thinking of cutting an old, furry towel to use though the material wouldn’t seem close enough to that of the jacket’s. Then I happened on a shop and chanced on the bag…the night before the party! I say that was fate. What you see on the photo at right was literally half of the bag, the other half cut into several pieces to serve other purposes such as for the arm bands.

I had a sort of belt made out of a material my mother owned before, which term for it I didn’t know but she used it for medical purposes. The round shiny things, if you are able to notice from the pic above, were used CDs. I bought brown boots, too, that practical me could still use after, and I really still do. Parts of that bag served as furry parts of the boots. In truth, I put them over the boots. I saw boots that looked exactly like what I wanted, but it’s not practical to wear something like that on a regular day in a tropical country.

Now about the helmet, I made that, too, though it’s quite large on my head. I wanted a viking helmet with horns on it. So I grabbed a plastic coriander, put Santa’s hat over it and glued on 2011’s New Year blow horns made of actual photo films (not made by me). That thing in the middle was the pendant of my favorite necklace that I couldn’t anymore use.

Sorry if I went all-talkative about this. I just really enjoyed my costume. Oh, here are other pics from the party (I made up most of the names, BTW):

If this reminds you of Queen Amidala, that's because the inspiration for her costume was the Mongolian traditional garment for noble women. This girl made this whole thing by herself and her win was well-deserved. Okay, maybe she won't mind really mind me posting this. She's the Skuld of 2011's party

If this reminds you of Queen Amidala, that’s because the inspiration for her costume was the Mongolian traditional garment for noble women. This girl made this whole thing by herself and her win was well-deserved. Okay, maybe she won’t really mind me posting this (crossing fingers). She’s the Skuld of 2011’s party

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Representing Kyrgyzstan falconry, most of Sherwin‘s outfit weren’t made by him, but would you look at that eagle?!! He and his bro made that. That sealed it and he won, too!

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Everyone wanted a pic with that eagle, including the Viking Princess. I suppose you’re not to hold its feet like that in real life, but this one would have fallen off my arm

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The Jamaican Rasta Man

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Don’t know what country she represented but what tribe wouldn’t want this queen? 😉

 

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Egypt’s Queen Cleopatra

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The Dutch Maid and the Gypsy

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This Pirate Queen is actually the Ginantsilyo Queen. She crocheted that sexy outfit herself

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Here’s the Militia Leader when some of us actually went down to the mini-grocery store to buy some stuff. Two of us had the chance to win Best in Presentation, but this funny guy beat us, hands down. I would’ve complained if I won :p

 

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One of the various group pics. Included are the Norwegian…I dunno what he is supposed to be (LOL!!!), the Greek Goddess, the Piper, and the Cold Canadian Guy, he he…

 

2013

Last year’s Halloween was different. While in past years, it was a contest among employees of the different branches, 2013 was a time for team unity. This time, it was a competition among the branches themselves, not the individual employees. Each branch was supposed to create a three-minute horror film that involved the whole office.

The combined Makati and Quezon City branches came up with a Plants vs. Zombie trailer-type film. I talked about this in Zombie-fied!!! I’m happy to inform you we won 😀 This is the winning piece:

Some pics…

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The Cast and Characters

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Me as DJ Zom-B

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Me and My Boyfriend 😉

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“Braaainnnsss…” DJ Zom-B and Swashbuckler Zombie flank Sherwin’s Bonk Choy!…Incidentally, that’s my fave costume, or rather, head gear.

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This is my other favorite head gear, the Jalapeno that I couldn’t help but try out

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Zombies and the courageous Plants invade the city!

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Actually, they just wanted to order their food, so they waited in line for their turn, just like normal people. In photo: Target Zombie, Weightlifter Zombie and DJ Zom-B

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Meanwhile, how about a selfie and some texting. That’s Newspaper Zombie taking a selfie with Weightlifter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, for Christmas. We dared to be different. We wondered, “How do super villains celebrate Christmas?” Obviously, we dressed up as super villains, focusing on Marvel and DC comics.

We could choose whether we went as male or female villains. I really wanted to go as a villainess. My concern was most female super villains wore very revealing and/or skin-tight costumes (target audience rather obvious, ‘no?). The ones that really weren’t either looked like monsters, which I’ve had enough of, having nailed it at last year’s Halloween and played a zombie the next year, or looked like nasty old ladies.

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Here’s one of the few pics where I actually smiled. I could only photo-bomb and hide somehow. That’s Red Skull striking a pose, by the way

Alas! I found my super villainess — BizarroGirl! She is the counterpart of SuperGirl in the Bizarro World. But alas again! It was an epic fail for me. I worked the hardest for this and yet it was the worst costume I ever came up with. I totally had great plans, but I also totally lacked enough know-how on how materials worked.

I won’t explain further and will leave it at that. Let’s just say I still ended up looking like a pregnant (I am not, which makes it worse, LOL!!!), nasty old lady. I was feeling sick the night before and the whole day, too, so yeah, that made finishing the costume much harder.

Anyway, check out some of the cool costumes, though. I managed to grab clearer photos, thank goodness 🙂

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Catwoman and her bike…Sexy!

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Dr. Doom and the cute-me pose…So, it has come to this…

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Doc Octopus. Another doctor in the house to set things right. I mean, wrong

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Ra’s al Ghul…Nice version!

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I really liked the black emseble of Talia al Ghul. She actually looked like a cute super heroine! Couldn’t find a solo pic of hers, but here she is caught mid-wink (LOL!!!), flanked by Dr. Doom and…

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…the Smiling Harley Quinn

 

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This Joker‘s not smiling. The joke’s on us, apparently…

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Lady Deathstrike. I took a closer look and saw the long fingers were basically made of paper, but I stayed away anyway, ’cause they really creeped me out (still do!)

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Of course, we know where most of the red paint went, but Magneto‘s head gear was one of the coolest! I wanted to steal it!

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Enchanting, ain’t she? That’s 2012’s Tribe Queen turned Lady Enchantress. Beside her is…

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…the costume that won Best Costume — the Silver Samurai! Do I even have to mention who he is??? This year, we non-winners will push for forced disqualification for hall-of-famers! :))

 

And that concludes our RPG posts 🙂

Again, pics belong to us so do not share/distribute. Just link to here, if you really must.

 

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Did you enjoy the two posts? Hope you did. It’s fun sometimes to role-play. But it’s always wise never to lose sense of reality, eh? If you do have similar posts and pics to share, then by all means, share! Feel free to give us a link at the comment box below. Meanwhile, “S” is coming up soon 🙂

This is the second part of my “R” post for…

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RPG [Part One] #atozchallenge2014

Because I am a closet-frustrated actress (well, the closet has been opened now, I guess), I do enjoy ROLE-PLAYING. I do not, however, mean online RPGs, but rather the “more realistic” one called cosplaying. It was only in recent years, however, that I got to somehow enjoy a bit of cosplaying, thanks largely to our cool office that holds costume contests for Halloween and Christmas.

I thought that today, I would like to share to you some pictures with me and my officemates in costume. Now, remember, I am still practically new at this and we are not all-out cosplayers (that requires great dedication). I present to you…the ROLE-PLAYING GANG!!!

Please do not expect my own costumes as actual cosplay events-worthy (my motto is to do it the least expensive way possible). Just have a look and I hope you smile 🙂

 

2011

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It’s Psycho-lo Gi!! Well, okay, it’s hard to smile when someone’s in front of you looking like this, but that’s just me who could not think of any costume for Halloween 2011…I’m short, but I look stunted here. Hmnnn…

I didn’t hope to win anything with this one. I was pressed for time so I thought of a semi-Scream version. Bought a common mask and wore black jacket and slacks, that was it. Posed with a knife, but only for pictorial purposes, so kids, don’t try this at home. Didn’t go around the office threatening peeps with it. There’s a saying, “Baka itulak ka ng kapwa mo demonyo,” which means, “Your fellow-devil might push you,” so might as well avoid tempting him.

Unfortunately, only five of us somehow participated in this. How sad 😦 Winner came from another branch office…Double sad 😦 😦  Had a grand time posing with office peeps but I’m not sharing, ’cause they’re not kid-friendly stuff.  Sharing this one, though:

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That’s me at right with our Ate Ru sticking her tongue out (he he), then it’s she of MamaIsWorking in the middle (work it, Miss M.!!!)…

And so this was Christmas 2011 and what did we do? We went all-animated as we dressed in colorful costumes as various characters from animated shows, films and online games. Check out these cool pics!

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Some of us had costumes made, some didn’t have much time to prepare for something more elaborate (party was after work), but some of us did what we would describe as “kinarir,” or in figurative English, “made a career out of it.” Here we smile

 

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Here we serious! Just shared this one so you can check out the “gunblade” I made. Sorry for the pic quality

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You’ve probably seen this in my About page. I was Rinoa Heartilly of Final Fantasy wearing here parts/props of others’ costumes — Skuld‘s wings and Haru Glory‘s sword

I was and am not that familiar with most animated characters, not as much as my colleagues did/do, so I just tried to do research. I tried to look for a character with dark hair (so I wouldn’t need a wig) and that was not scandalously dressed and found Rinoa Heartilly of Final Fantasy —  I was the bigger, curly and brown version.

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A very close look at my drawing of the winged lion, The Griever

Created my own (anemic blue) blaster edge, Rinoa’s default weapon, and my version of her boyfriend Squall Leonhart‘s (cartolina) gunblade that she got to used, complete with the supposed etched winged lion called The Griever along the blade. I didn’t look anything like Rinoa (ha ha) but I was proud of my gunblade, It was safe, too, as the “blade” was just, as said, made of paper, it would easily bend if you just as simply poked it with your fingers.

There were lots of good costumes, but I will share only some because most were anime-inspired. If you are familiar with how anime female characters often look like, well, let’s just say I’d like to keep this blog kid-friendly. Besides, they would kill me if I did that. So I’ll keep this Gi-friendly as well, for my own safety 😉

Some costumes are worth showing, though, because they were creative and were made by their wearers themselves:

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My usual Komikon buddy Sherwin won 2nd prize as Haru of Haru Glory. The sword had us (again, kids, this is not a real weapon…it was heavy, though). The wings had us, too, and belonged to the one who won first prize as Skuld of Skuld (Oh My Goddess!). She’s so shy so I felt she wouldn’t want to be seen here in public. It’s the wings that won for her, definitely

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We’ve got the Super Mario Brothers–er–make that Super Mario Sisters–er–Maria…? This is Mario Mario

 

 

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…and this is Luigi Mario (and yes, Mario is their last name, look it up). These girls sewed up these outfits and created the cute hats out of feltpaper, I think

 

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Luffy, is that you? What a simple but perfect way to come as his favorite character from his favorite One Piece

 

2012

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BOO!!! Did I scare you? Well, I’m not sorry. I hope I did (LOL!!!). I call this my Aswang Salonga-look. Aswang is a Filipino term for evil, human-eating creatures/monsters that roam at night hunting for people to devour. I think I worked it with the eyes, but really, it was the hair that did most of the work

I was being a tightwad again so I bought the baggy black dress from the thrift or second-hand shop. Then I bought those fake plastic nails. They would look weird on me, though, as I have a brown complexion and the parts you attached to the fingers were white so I got surgical gloves from leftover medical supplies at home. The sleeves concealed my skin well enough. Just painted dark circles around the eyes and a bit of red lines on the face and neck that didn’t seem anything like blood at all.

I didn’t expect to win, at least, in the Branch Office, but I did. Looking at the pics told me who wouldn’t let me win? 😉 The funny thing was, my own sister asked me if I was wearing a wig! HA HA HAAA!!! I really just messed it all up and let it hang like that. So if you’ve read my TOP TEN QUESTIONS PEOPLE ASK ME post, now you understand how wiry it could be.

For fun, we did go out on the streets in full costume to buy lunch and stopped by a mall (I can now say their security peeps cannot be relied on as they let us in…what if we were robbers???). The kids screamed both in scared and amused ways and actually followed us in a bookstore. Some kids talked to me and suddenly, one touched my hair, probably trying to find out if it was true, smelled it even. Then she declared “Her hair smells nice!” Aaww…I just didn’t know whether to say thank you or be depressed when some guy amusedly said the costume fit me well.

There were only a few of us who participated, but it was lots of fun already. Ladies and Gents, we introduce to you…

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The not-so-Slender Man

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The dashing Scarecrow

 

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Jason of Friday the Thirteenth. BTW, kids, that’s just a prop in his hand, okay?

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The Woman with Creepy Crawlers…She’s so pretty, though, not scary 🙂

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Group pic, serious

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Group pic, wacky!!!

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Yipes…what would you do if you saw this…?

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Okay, this got much longer than I expected. So I prepared a part deux — RPG [Part Two]. Hope you’ve enjoyed what you’ve seen so far 🙂

BTW, pics belong to myself, f-l-o-r-i-e and our other officemates. Please do not share somewhere else, but feel free to link here…Thanks!!!

 

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Have you ever done some cosplaying or worn costumes for fun sometime or another? Feel free to share your experience and.or link us to your posts or photos!

It’s better late than never. This is the first part of my “R” post, still a part of the…

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When supervillains celebrate Christmas

Okay, haven’t been able to post anything but I can’t pass up the chance to greet you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! Meanwhile, I am reposting Jane’s post to talk a bit about our most recent party, and oh, that pretty girl is the lovely Jane, not me. I promise to post stuff this coming weekend. ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS, GUYS!!!!

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I’m still a bit hungover from last night, but I can’t wait to share how amazing our company’s Christmas party was so… here you go. Hahaha.

Last night was my first time to celebrate the holidays with my ESPC family. We had a supervillain-themed Christmas party and, again, it was my first time to really put a lot of effort to my costume! I think I haven’t been to an all-out costume event before (well, Outbreak Manila was an exception because I didn’t dress up as any fictional character), so this experience was really new to me.

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(Yea that’s us. Hihihi.)

I had a hard time picking the right supervillain for me. There are tons of female antagonists in the world of Marvel and DC Comics, so choosing who to go for really took up a lot of my time. My original bet was Typhoid Mary because I really liked…

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