Friday, March 27, 2015

My Braces Journey | 4th Month


Been wanting to blog about my teeth and braces journey for awhile now but I was shy to show you my before and after photos lol. Since I'm taking a short break from cosplay and costume making , I am suddenly filled with inspiration to blog more. ( so do enjoy this while it last lol ! )

My teeth has always been crooked with a super big protruding " tiger teeth " on my right side of my upper teeth. But I wasn't really bothered about it till one day I was too free I guess ? I snap photos of my teeth and I was SHOCKED. ( ≧Д≦)


This was August 2014.

I always knew that my teeth is crooked but I didn't know that it was THAT bad. As you can see my upper and lower teeth were really crooked . Not really sure how to describe this but it's as if my teeth are dancing tango , front and back lol. 

So , I went for consultation with my orthodontist in PJ. She looked at my teeth and told me it's called overcrowding meaning I have too many tooth . Maybe due to my baby tooth drop too fast when I was younger that's why my teeth don't have enough space to grow properly.

To start my braces , I need to extract 4 teeth in total. ( BIG GASP ) It was kinda shocking to me because my teeth are quite healthy * self praise * and I never extract any teeth since 7 years old ! I'm extremely afraid of dentist / needles / pain and etc.

Guess what ? Since it's hard to get a booking at my orthodontist , she suggested that I extract two teeth on the spot and another two next week so I can start my braces faster lol.

And ..... I extracted two on that day itself. I was like , " NOOOOOOO WHY DID I SAY YES AHHH OHHHHHH . " My first teeth extraction after so many years was traumatizing. Since my tiger tooth is blocking the tooth they wanna extract , half my root is actually broken inside. ( till now it's still embedded inside my gums ) It was really painful because they spent like an hour trying to get it out and all I can hear is digging and drilling .

After I got home , I was wondering why did I even do this. It was so painful that I had to go for painkillers for a week and I woke up midnight due to insane amount of pain lol. I almost didn't wanna go for the second extraction. I told my close friends that I wanna change my mind ! * laughs * They were like , " How bout the gap in your teeth ?? ". I said , " It's ok , I can live with it ". (゚´Д`゚)゚


Fast forward one month , my dear photographer and friend Kenneth actually went ahead and gotten his braces earlier than me lol. He was kinda laughing at me and asking when am I going for the second extraction or else my empty gap will close orz. I was still hesistant back then because I'm afraid of how I will look after I wear braces.

I spent nights doing research about braces and reading other people's blog about their braces journey. Some have even worse teeth than mine and their got straight pretty quick ! To be honest I'm also scared that I won't be able to attend events anymore because I'm not really confident about how I will look with braces. I'm scared that I won't look the same anymore.

But after much encouragement from my friends , especially Soo Weai who had braces for two years ( she have super nice teeth now ) I went for the second extraction and this time it was quick and painless ! Just 5 mins and it's done wheeeeee ! ヾ(◍’౪`◍)ノ゙♡


November 2014

I got my braces done before AFA Singapore 2014. At first I wanted to wait till AFASG is over ( was still worried how I will look in cosplay + braces lol ) With the extra push from my friends , I just go ahead and get it done for good lol. (*´▽`*)

My first reaction when I took photos of my teeth was , " Aiyer , so ugly one how arr ?? " My teeth were super crooked so the metal brackets were in and out so it looks kinda ugly to me. I was super self conscious too like when I go out I feel like people is looking at my teeth and judging me lol.

I even opt for clear bands because I thought it would be less obvious that I had braces on. ( looking back now I think clear bands made it pop even more )

I attended AFASG with braces for the very first time . I was really nervous to be honest . But to my surprise , 50 % of the people I met were wearing braces too. I still feel kinda awkward with my braces that I smile with my lips closed lol. I'm actually very happy during the event but I was self conscious with my braces so I think people get confused like I'm tired or something lol. \(@;◇;@)/


January 2015

I used to look at the mirror everyday when I just gotten my braces . Feels like my teeth are not moving and I get disappointed. Slowly , I learnt to stop looking at the mirror and soon my braces became part of my life. 

By January 2015 , which was my second month with braces you can see that my teeth position have changed dramatically lol.  My protruding tiger teeth came down already and my lower teeth were all pretty straight eehhh ? 

I was surprised at how quick my progress was ! I mean it's just two months and my teeth were pretty straight already. ( THANK YOU MY ORTHODONTIST !!! )


February 2015

I went for my 3rd braces tightening session and this time I changed into pink bands for Valentines ! By then , I was quite comfortable with my braces already and even showing it off smiles in event !

Before having my braces , I was also concerned about FOOD. I like to eat yummy food and with braces I would gave to give up a lot of things. I'm not sure if it's a curse or blessing , I have no problems with any kind of food lol. ( means no diet for me since I have no problem with chewing eeeeee ) ((●´∧`●))


March 2015

By March , there isn't much difference with February but my orthodontist told me that my progress is good ! She even changed a thicker wire for my lower teeth but my upper teeth needs more time she said.

Braces is like one of my best decision in life ever lol ! Makes me feel silly thinking about all the hesitation and doubts I had last year. Imagine that back then I rather have 4 gaps in my mouth then to finish up my braces ! 




I have no problems with monthly braces adjustments so far. It will be a little tight and little pain but other than that it's no big deal ! In fact I'm enjoying the pain because it feels like the wire is doing something ! ( or my Orthodontist is being gentle with me ? I don't know hehe )

The monthly braces tightening session only takes 5 minutes ! I'm still not very adventurous with the band colours though ~ now I'm in love with pink ! (*´∀`*人*´∀`*)


Before and After Braces , 4th Month with Braces.

My orthodontist tells me that my braces will take about 1.5 years and maybe another year for retainer. 1.5 years seems to be short compared to other people who needs to wear it for 3 years hmmm. So I guess I'm quite lucky ? I'm looking forward to meeting my orthodontist every month and also the day I can remove my braces ! Can't wait to see my smile when it's done ! (〃・ω・〃)


November 2014

This was my first photoshoot with Kenneth from KennTee Photography after I got my braces ! I think from this photoshoot , only 1 or 2 photos can be used lol. I was super awkward and sad that I lost my duck smile that I spent years perfecting it.... ( maybe not lol )

Back then I was complaining to Kenneth , " Bro how laaaaa ? How to meet people like this ? " * sigh *


February 2015

This is my Da Qiao from Dynasty Warriors 8 photoshoot in February ! By Feb , I started to be more confident with my smile now. I don't mind that my braces are showing too. Kenneth keeps the braces there for me and not photoshop it away . I like it and loving my braces hehe ! ლ(´◉❥◉`ლ)


Before I got my braces , many people asking me why and telling me that my tiger tooth is cute. Well , my tiger tooth maybe cute ? But man ... you guys should really see how my teeth look like before braces. I think it looks like predator and alien-ish and maybe like a crocodile I don't know haha !

So , yeah ! This is the story of my braces journey so far ~ it's only the 4th month and there are months more to go but I'm feeling great ! Was hesitating lots before this , hands down the best decision ever made !

Shall update more in the future if there is any more changes to my teeth. Stay tuned !



Wednesday, March 25, 2015

[EVENT] Surabaya Anime and Toys Fair 2015


Hello Guys !

I'm not gonna use the " it's been awhile " on you again this time lol. Truth is I've been really busy with events and making costumes for the first 3 months of the year ! It's almost end of March now and I've been to 4 different cities as cosplay guest so far namely Surabaya , PekanBaru , Bali and Ho Chi Minh City. ლ(´◉❥◉`ლ)

You've heard me say this many times that I feel truly blessed being able to travel and cosplay , meeting more people along the way and experiencing different cultures ! ( FOOD YAY !! ) Besides posting just photos on my page , I figured maybe some of you would love to read about my cosplay adventures ? So , let's gooooo !!!


Surabaya Anime and Toys Fair 2015

It's my second time attending cosplay event in Surabaya ~ my first event in Surabaya was ANICULT 2014. This time I'm really lucky to have my Princess Hermes traveling with me ! Sometimes I do get lonely going to airport and flying by myself so with Hermes coming along with me it's much more fun hehe.


When we arrived in the airport , we were greeted by many smiling faces ! Though I feel shy seeing my face and such a big banner , thank you so much guys for preparing this for me. I know it takes a lot of effort to design and wanting to make me feel welcomed ! Appreciate your lovely thoughts very much ! (ღ˘⌣˘ღ)




Hermes and I were staying in Sheraton Surabaya during our trip here ! I think that a nice and comfy room is very important especially when I'm back at night after event , I can have a good rest ! The beds and pillows are super soft that my body sort of melted when I lay on it lol ! * cough * ♡(˃͈ દ ˂͈ ༶ )

This room has lots of mirrors too which were my favourite part of the room ! Since Hermes and I are pretty vain , we don't need to fight for mirrors when doing our make up ! * laughs *



Selfies because we are enjoying the room very much !
Lots of space for my luggage too ~ can even roll on the floor ! XD




For the first day , we were too tired to eat out so we had room service !
I've forgotten the name of the dish already but not the taste. It was spicy but I enjoyed it very much ~ my fav was the banana dessert ! It's so yummy that I wanna have it again one day !


Here we were like " Eh faster take selfie the ice-cream is melting !!!!! "
Usually the camera sort of " eats " first before us lol.


After our lunch , we head out to check out the event area ! (●´∀`)ノ♡




Checking out all the cutey nendoroids ! I collect nendoroids so I'm very excited seeing nendoroids displays . Those big , big eyes staring back at you is just toooooo much to handle ! (*´∀`*人*´∀`*)


Mirai-Chan in Surabaya ! (◍•ᴗ•◍)❤


A handmade Digimon costume by a talented cosplayer in Surabaya .






All the awesome movie props replica . Or is it the real ones they use on movie set ? I can't really tell but it's amazing being able to see real-life props from the movies that I like !


Have a Ted lol.



Cool looking bike with Inori from Guilty Crown printed on it !


Do you wanna go on a date with Kurumi ?



Superman booth with a super cute puppy in front of it !



Sailormoon is being captured by some kind of monster lol.


Masked Rider to the rescue ~! Jang Jang Jang ~








Awesome Iron Man collection ~! It's made to look like the actual Iron Man hideout ~ all the Iron Man are made by a costume maker , looks so real !


Had amazing time with all the Surabaya people before event day ! Thanks for showing us around guys ! (っ˘з(˘⌣˘ )


Met Punipun too who happen to be in Surabaya for work ~ such nice timing meeting her here because I'll be seeing her again the following weekend !


Had a lovely group photo before heading back to the hotel with our snacks hehe !



We were amazed when we saw these Magnums lol. We didn't have all these fancy flavours back in Malaysia so yeah we had three ice-cream that night ! XD



First day of Surabaya Anime and Toys Fair , I cosplayed as Asuna ( Sword Art Online ) Halloween ver. I really like the stripes and cat element in this costume so I made and debut this for the event ! 

♡。゚.(*♡´‿` 人´‿` ♡*)゚♡ °・


Loving all the mirrors in the hotel room !
It's easy to take outfit photos with all these big mirrors hehe.



Super cute Mirai-chan cosplayer in Surabaya !
Such loli ~ * HUGS *

( ᵒ̴̶̷̤̀ुωᵒ̴̶̷̤́ू )❤”




Hermes playing Lego with a little boy lol.


Kizuna Smart Doll !



With Phankness as Goku and Moel as Master Roshi .
Such amazing cosplays  ~ so alike especially Master Roshi hehe.


With Kizuna's Smart Doll Owner ~ he handmade this costume for her . It's a White Mage's robe from Final Fantasy ! Talking bout dedication !




They have a lot of cutey mascots walking around the events ~ Mr Minion here is a good example !


What I enjoy most during events is to take pictures with people ~  even happier if it's selfie !



My sweet , sweet Princess.



There are games for people to try out too ~ I'm playing Wii Sports here I think. I'm not really into non-violent games but ehhhh it was fun being silly once in awhile !




p/s : Only for the ladies . > ______ <




That pretty much sums up Day 1 of Surabaya Anime and Toys Fair !
My schedule is quite free for Day 1 , just signing session and I'm free to walk around and have lots of pictures with you guys !


For Day 2 of Surabaya Anime and Toys Fair , I cosplayed as Maki ( Love Live ) Chinese Dress Awaken ver. This costume is featured in my second photobook but I've never reaslly worn it to public before. It was fun wearing this because I really like brocade and all the gold trimmings . So shiny !



Sweet Hermes , my fav girl in the world.



Today we get to watch many KPOP Dance Cover performances and my fav group is the POISON BITCHES. ( yup , that's their group name ) They are all boys but dressing up as ladies for the performances. I really like how energetic and confident they are when they are performing. I hope I can dance well like them too !



Managed to have a photo with them after they change out !
They are really cute !







To be honest , I'm not really confident cosplaying as Maki because I don't think that I suit short haired characters ~ but wearing Maki to this event was fun ! Thanks to all who tells me that they like my costume. It means a lot , really !



With Phankness cosplaying as Batman ! 
His Batman cosplay is really good , so handsome !




I'm also one of the judges for the STAF Cosplay Competition ! I like watching cosplay competitions a lot because I get to watch many talented cosplayers perform their skits and parade their awesome costumes. Surabaya have many talents too !

Congratulations to all the winners !

(>’o’)> ♥ <(‘o'<)


Day 2 Surabaya Toys and Anime Fair is all about KPOP Dance Cover Performances and Cosplay Competitions ~ The schedule is packed for the day but it was a different experience for me ! Since Hermes and I are KPOP fans too , we were really entertained by all the performances !


Thanks guys for making these lovely t-shirts ! I'm old enough to be called senpai now I'm sad lol. ( I wanna be young and loli but .... ) Thanks for all these lovely designs and for wearing it to show me ! I'm happy ! 



Thank you for all the lovely gifts from Surabaya !
You all shower me with so many gifts that I ..... need to get a box to ship all these back !
Thank you for all the well wishes and lovely messages. Love it !

(♥ω♥ ) ~♪


Special Pusheen Bouquet instead of flowers ~ So creative !
Thanks !


One last group photo after-event dinner with all these lovely people !
Thanks for the dinner and I'm really happy being able to spent this weekend with all of you !

( Hermes is happy too ! )


Often when I bring Hermes along with me for events , I'm afraid that she will be bored or lonely. But this time she enjoys herself very much too because everyone is kind and friendly ! Thank you so much for taking care of my princess .



Group photo before our flight back to Kuala Lumpur !


Till we meet again !


Then , we celebrated by eating my fav Texas Chicken lol





Totally unrelated but Texas Chicken is so crispy and yummy that I couldn't go back to KFC anymore lol.


This is the second time we travel to events together . I'm happy to share my travels with her and I'm glad to have her keep me company. ( thanks for taking leave for me smelly princess lol ) Surabaya Toys and Anime Fair 2015 is my first event of the year and what a great way to start the year ! Thanks for having us ! ( ˘ ³˘)❤


I will try my best to update my blog more. I would love to always share about my travels and such but games always pull me away hehe. Do you enjoy my blog ?

Do let me know !