I feel like it's a poor excuse but I have to say it: I've just been really busy! Ever since graduation and returning to Singapore I've been juggling a full-time job amongst other responsibilities, so I haven't been very active here at all! I want to drop a quick update on the stuff I've been up to though, so here goes!
AAMQ has a Discord Channel!!!
AAMQ, the acronym of All Anime Manga Quotes, is a pet project born from classroom boredom back when we were in Polytechnic, heh. "We" being me, Bakarin, and SM! It was started way back in 2011 and since then it grew and gained a lot of support from our followers! We're also thinking about hosting a live stream soon - if you have any suggestions, we'd be happy to hear'em!
I'm currently working on more OW badges and a few other exciting designs, so keep a look out!
Oh, and do give my creative instagram a follow if you can! I'm just starting out so there isn't much at the moment... but I'm dedicating time to hone my skills! @chesacreations
Every time I return there is always somewhere new to explore and something new to experience. This time, I've tried horse sashimi (better than it sounds, really, but... poor horsies), beef tongue yakitori, the best Tsukemen I've ever had at Fuunji, played Pachinko... so many new things, and there's still more to discover. I've also experienced so much kindness from the people - this isn't to say that I haven't experienced unpleasantries, but the positive experiences far outweighs the bad ones.
On my last day I had a giant luggage with a bulky hand-carry bag. It was 7am and the rain was relentless! Just my luck, meh. Deciding to soldier on, I took a spare plastic bag I had and was prepared to trudge through the rain to the station (10 minutes away) wearing it. Yea, I really just wanted to get on with it, haha. Just as I was about to leave the shelter underneath my building, an old lady returned from taking out the trash. Seeing my ridiculous getup, she asked if I had an umbrella. When she found out I evidently didn't, she promptly told me to wait while she got me an umbrella from her house. I still have that umbrella because I couldn't bear to leave it in Japan, haha! It's a transparent umbrella as well.
Experiencing something like that makes me feel so... humbled. I always considered myself to be a selfish, hedonistic individual, but receiving kindness like that makes me want to be better - even by a little.
I'm also having severe Japan withdrawal symptoms right now! I can't wait till I return, which might be sooner than I think if all goes well! Till the next time!
Keep fighting on, everyone!