Amigurumi handicraft: Geek Central Station

Quoted from Wikipedia (because I know nuts about it and I’m lazy to spend too much time researching):

Amigurumi (lit. Knitted stuffed toy) is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures. Amigurumi are typically cute animals (such as bears, rabbits, cats, dogs, etc.), but can include inanimate objects endowed with anthropomorphic features. Amigurumi can be either knitted or crocheted. In recent years crocheted amigurumi are more popular and more commonly seen.

.. The pervading aesthetic of amigurumi is cuteness. To this end, typical amigurumi animals have an over-sized spherical head on a cylindrical body with undersized extremities.

In summary: they are similar to the buggers you can see in this shop from JJ Market in Bangkok:

And of course, these two little fellows that I bought belong to the same category.

I came across this on a Geekologie post titled I Must Have It! Little Knitted Link Doll. Look at the Link doll, you can see the level of effort that went into making it.


Cool eh?

So I got hooked, line and sinker. Here’s what I ordered from their Etsy shop:


Captain Jack Sparrow! You could almost expect the doll to start waltzing prancing around frivolously like the real Captain.


Gandalf! Awesomeness. Now if they had the cart for him to ride, and the Shire to complete the picture.. *slurps*

Sammi from Geek Central Station responded real quickly after I placed my custom order, which is something I like. Customer satisfaction! Shipping is gonna cost $10 via USPS, and I’m looking forward to the dolls when they’re completed heh heh. More photographs in a later post when I get them.

Note: payment is via PayPal if you prefer it. If not? Well I’m gonna use that so I don’t know about other options at all.

Have a look at these other characters: Ecto from the Ghostbusters, Link from Zelda, Cobra Commander from GI Joe, Aragorn from LOTR, Indiana Jones, and a fantastic looking Witchking (the chief Ringwraith) from LOTR. Check out the rest of the pictures on Flickr .

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Photography: The Proposal aka OPRIBY

(Refer to NZ’s post titled The Proposal)

It all began somewhere in May, when I came across this unbelievably well-shot proposal by Shay Stephens on the digital grin forums. In case you were wondering, the photographs are not available because ..

Quoted from Shay Stephens’ website: “Our server is undergoing remodeling, and the website is currently constrained to one page. If you were looking to browse images, I have to apologize as they are currently not available for browsing.”

Dang.

The pictures really are fantastic though, here’s one I managed to unveil courtesy of kiss me daily.


Fantastic isn’t it?

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Sidetrack: related articles on proposal photography:
NY Times – Will You Marry Me? Say Cheese!
shoppingblog.com – Marriage Proposals Gone Wild

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That same week, NZ and I began tossing around the idea of actually doing something like that for his own proposal.

K: http://dgrin.com/showthread.php?t=60134

NZ: wow… super nice. not possible in sg tho… coz too many people in the way

K: hahahah arrange la. do when u come ;p

NZ: hmm… think abt it lah. where u think is a good place to do it? i think i may need to find some extra cash to buy the ring…

K: scratches head. scenic spot? eh i noe, how bout during the ski trip.

NZ: st kilda? oh… also can but there… hmm…

K: the photog would be a prob though; st kilda would be easier

NZ: hmm… maybe u and nic can find some good spots for us lol

K: maybe time to find a photog in aus and do the job ;p

And with that, I dropped an email off to the first person I could think of; Chandra, a friend from the Monash Photography Club (MPC).

BTW, would you (or other people at MPC) be interested in helping out to do a photography shoot for my friend’s wedding proposal? He’s coming over in mid July, and planning to propose to his girlfriend over at St Kilda : ) Inspiration would be something like that, minus the rain bit ;p

http://dgrin.com/showthread.php?t=60134

Let me know again if you’re interested, and we’ll talk out the pricing bit : )

He was pretty fine with the idea, as it turned out.

yea, done easy. gimme a date. Can organise for a couple of guys with long lenses to be setup out of site and get a few paparazzi style photos without her knowing, then we can come in later, say hi, and take some posed photos. that sort of thing yea?

Chans

Everything went on from there. I did a location scout with Chandra in late June, and came up with the plan. The idea was to:

  • Have lunch over at Beachcomber Restaurant (I preferred Topolinos actually, but it was too far from the beach to make the plan workable)
  • Confirm with Chandra via SMS that he was in position at the pier
  • Inform Chandra on the clothes that NZ and MS wore; he had never seen them before after all.
  • Let NZ and MS walk along the beach, NZ to do his stuff and period.

It was a pretty simple plan, but I was gnawing my fingernails over the probability of bad weather. Chandra mentioned that he would shoot regardless of the weather, but no normal girl would agree to walking along the beach on a blustery rainy day with howling winds (least I don’t know of any that do!)

In short, we were screwed if it rained. I hate it when things are out of my control.


The so-called briefing of the actual day plan: map and instructions all in a single package. NZ did not have time to fly down for a rehearsal, so I had to make do with this.

LS had just touched down on that same morning, and was unmercifully hauled off to St Kilda for the scout, thanks to her for being the stand-in model. If you look at the photographs, you can make out Cookie (shivering!) sticking out of the bag I carried.

Everything stayed the same way until the day of execution.

So..


We had lunch at Beachcomber’s, as planned.


ZM’s fishbone picture.


The weather was perfect; sunny and not too cold. And they were off for the walk.


The moment of truth.


Get up!


Dowan paisay la, GET UP!!


But she did agree in the end, on that fateful day at the beach by the sea. With the seagulls, the bright blue waves and the 400mm lens zooming from the pier. (Not to mention three other digicams taking separate perspectives of the event).


And of course, the happy looks.


The ring on that finger at long last.


We met up with Chandra after that, and did several posed shots at the pier.


Helpful photographer #1: ZM


Helpful photographer #2: Nick


My camera was in the pocket more than 1/2 of the time during the event because I was carrying Chandra’s backpack + MS’s handbag; very very depressing to be reduced to a mere porter.


So I took this to cheer myself up.


A romantic kiss by the setting sun.


And all’s well that ends well. I’m looking forward to their wedding next year!

Blah!

hail fellow human beans,

I know it’s been two weeks since my last post, and I have been absolutely crushed with friends coming over. Honda, ZM, Nick, LS, NZ and MS. Thanks for dropping by guys!

Continuous trips out including:

  • Mornington Peninsula
  • Ballarat
  • Puffing Billy
  • NZ’s proposal at St Kilda
  • Falls Creek

So I have finally finished uploading some pictures to Facebook, and will get to Flickr next, and begin on my backdated posts ASAP.

Keep an eye out, and keep watching. Thanks for being patient as always.

Music: Mayday 麥來亂

I have been listening to this song on repeat non-stop, every morning and evening. Very emotional, and so very achingly touching.

《麥來亂》
曲:怪獸
詞:阿信

眼淚鹹 哭到眼淚 不鹹 過一天 痛一天 一天親像 一冬
過一冬 你又找阮 開講 你說你 你想我 我的一冬 攏無採工

最怕你
講你猶原思念 擱再給阮希望
最怕你 說你愛我 心擱破洞 我擱山崩

電話我也不接 找我我也不睬
麥來亂 無緣的人 麥擱來亂 去愛別人

真感謝 感謝你的 陪伴 自屏東 到基隆 走過這多 美夢
夢醒了 咱是無緣 的人 拜託你 麥回頭 麥擱問我 目眶怎紅

為怎樣 我奈這白目 我奈這飯桶 啊
明知影 你是這危險 啊擱學不會 閃
放著你 甲我的青春 甲我的生活 攏拆吃入腹

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(Quoted from a comment on Blinkymummy’s post)

《麥來亂》 曲 / 怪獸 詞 / 阿信

怪獸:「這是一首道地的酒醉歌。」
那一年,遇到感情瓶頸的他在石頭家,
幾杯黃湯下肚,就趴在石頭膝上痛哭,
這是一段誰也不輕易提起,但誰也沒忘記的過去。

有一種戀人很討厭,明明分手了,還要斷不斷,一直來安慰關心,這種人是毒藥,讓你永遠無法逃離他的魔咒,隨時都有再次著魔的危險。阿信在《麥來亂》中寫的就是這種「毒藥情人」,讓人無法自拔地深陷,想戒,又忍不住飲鴆止渴。以臺語發洩”拆吃入腹”的壓抑,比起唱[志明與春嬌]的少年家,更多了一份男子漢的氣魄與絕決!

不過歌曲在編曲時遇到很大的瓶頸,最後大家想到怪獸和石頭那段「抱腿痛哭」的往事,於是怪獸嘗試讓吉他像當晚的他一樣喝醉,所有的音符宛如發酒瘋般跌跌撞撞,像一匹脫韁野馬,往懸崖邊盲目狂奔,而再往前一步就是萬丈深淵……

這時曲中隱隱傳來穩定的節拍,慢慢地把歌曲帶離瘋癲狀態,那是石頭的吉他,堅定而持久、平和且溫煦,溫暖地撫慰著受傷的心靈。如果怪獸的吉他是一道刺眼的閃電,急著劃破天際,那石頭的吉他就是一輪明月,在暗夜中靜靜地散發溫柔的光芒,兩把吉他一動一靜、一快一慢、一熱一冷,一切就像多年前那一夜,石頭的理性和溫暖,撫慰聽者的心靈

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*Have been busy with other stuff, will get around to updating again. New pictures!