My body clock was my worst enemy that morning. No matter what time I've slept, I always wake up at 6am, despite sleeping past 1am that morning thanks to the room romping pajama party at the 12th floor earlier that night.
I spent the next hour fixing the costumes while trying my best not to wake any of my roomies. By 7am Jewel was awake and left the room 30 minutes later to pick up our AFA tickets at 8am. Rotch and Rael left later at around 8am to take a walk leaving me by myself fixing and preparing the costumes for later. I used one of the big boxes, and with the rope we brought along, fashioned it into a crude backpack. Then Jewel, Rotch and Rael came back around 10am, and before leaving, decided to have a very heavy brunch before dragging the costumes to Suntec. We decided to eat at this food court where Jewel and Rotch decided to eat a claypot meal and Rael and I some Indonesian fare.
|Claypot Meals Pork "Liempo" and Sausage|
|Awfully bland Pepsi Twist :P|
Slightly past lunch we all went back to our hotel room and each of us carried a piece of our costumes to Suntec. The mall was already filling up with visitors so it was inevitable that we were getting lots of stares from mall goers carrying huge armor-like items across the mall corridor. But finally reaching Suntec and overcoming the "Escalator Challenge Stage", we parked our stuff just outside the AFA entrance as Rotch and Rael forged ahead past the crowd to secure our pathway inside. Meanwhile we bumped into our Cosplay.ph friends who were already dressed up for the event: Pablo as Voltes V, Tanya as the Bozanian Baroness Zandra and Guy as Garo.
|Photo by Jin Joson|
|Unpacking the armor|
|Ready to go!|
|What are you staring at?!|
Rotch and Rael led us around the con and along the way many asked us to stop and have our pictures taken solo or with their friends, which we didnt mind at all since it was common practice back home. Many noticed our shields which words "Go Team Philippines! Give them Hell!" were stenciled. A lot of people thought we were the actual Philippine RCC representatives but we kept correcting them saying we were only the cheerleaders. We got that term from the story about how the 2nd placer of Cosplay Mania's Tournament of Champions, the Vostel Team who went and congratulated the winning couple Team March Omega and said:
"Now, you carry our hopes and dreams with you to Singapore. Give them hell!"
It was witnessed and published by my friend and Cosplay.ph President Pablo Bairan in his Facebook entry. Believe me, nothing says comraderie and sportsmanship in one sentence than this one. I used to be jaded by what I keep hearing about sour graping losers in the Philippine Cosplay Community, especially those who couldn't take a loss and being to anal about cosplaying to win, but coming from Team Vostel, the ones who didnt win, it brought a tear to my eye when I read about that. Now if Team Vostel is reading this blog, I want you know that you have made your loss as everyone's (including yourself) gain: the inspiration to give our best. We decided to continue to extend your message for Team March Omega that day by making it a part of our cosplay as well.
|Photo by Steve Yau|
There were photographers with media pass ID's who took our pictures, and whenever one of them asks for our picture, we would pose then I'd approach him/her and give them our "cosplay card". Now there's a story behind that card, as earlier in the hotel, as we were preparing to carry of our costumes to Suntec, Rotch casually asked if I had my cosplay cards ready. I was having this "huh?" face when she explained that cosplayers have these personal business cards with a cosplay theme that had your name/internet identity, email address and FB/website. The main purpose was to inform photographers on where they can send copies of their hi-res photos, at the same time when you meet new friends, you can spare them the effort of writing down your info and just give them a card. So i spent the next 15 minutes crafting a small card compartment in my arm armor and Rotch gave me around 20 cards where I wrote down all the information needed. Its not much but it worked. Two days after I got home from Singapore, the photographer Kar Hei Eu emailed me his photos, pretty nice of him to do so. :)
It was amusing to hear from Jewel that a lot of people there were very surprised that it was a girl under the black Zaku mech costume. It started when she would accidentally bump into somebody, and then the would-be irate victim would suddenly lose their annoyance and gasp in surprise as they would hear a girly "sorry!" come out of the helmet. I guess its unheard of in Singapore's cosplay community for women to cosplay mecha, much less mecha itself. As we walked around I only saw one armored mech-like cosplay, and its pretty cool since it too had lights, boosters plus wings. The material used looked like its made from sintraboard.
|And we got some serious cosplayers here… - from http://josephtavern.com|
From there I'm reminded of Clive's Gundam Raiser 00 mecha costume, how its made of sturdier material similar to plastic sheets. This gave the costume a model kit feel, not like our rubber sheet Zakus where visually you'd still know its made of softer material. He also mentioned that one possible reason why not a lot of people does mecha in Singapore: other than the sheer amount of love you need to cut up plastic sheets and the amount of time to construct them, he felt a lot of people get mad when he walks around in his humongous costume. Imagine being stepped on one! And probably part of the reason is that the plastic armor, with its pointy edges, might not be so crowd friendly. I was looking forward for Clive to have brought his Gundam Unicorn that day, but I got a text message from him that he wasnt able to finish in time and wasnt feeling well too so I guess I'll get to see it another day.
|The Zakus took a walk in the exhibition grounds… - from http://josephtavern.com|
|Sure is packed!|
|Freebies when you aint got no monies!|
By 5pm we decided to head on back to our hotel and freshen up and get ready to attend the Anisong concert titled Rock your Soul which had famous Japanese artists like Aniki Ichiro Mizuki (he sang the Super Robot songs like Getter Robo and Mazinger Z, yep, in the flesh!) and FLOW (Naruto's Fighting Dreamers and their rendition of RK's 1/3 no Junjō na Kanjō). The concert actually started last night with Hatsune Miku and May'n was slated for AFA's last day tomorrow. There was a huge crowd lining (or ganging up) at the front entrance as we met up with Jin, Miguel, Kat, Sese and Dom. We formed a defensive circular position as we anticipated what was supposed to have opened by 6pm, was delayed until 7:30pm, in which the crowd literally flowed in like water off a broken dam. We also got free glowsticks to wave in the dark when the concert starts.
|Hanging out Jin, Miguel, Sese, Dom and Kat. The weird white streak is actually the glowstick|
|Dom never ceases to amaze me|
The concert ended at 12 midnight and we split ways with Jin and her friends to meet up again with Clive, who also promised us a "night out at the town". We were beat and spent with the concert but we trooped on when Clive arrived with Caroline, whom were feeling better now. We were picked up and drove around by Caroline's parents, who took us to an outdoor dining spot which was the site of an old wet market now converted into a collage of different BBQ restaurants. They asked us what we want to try and we told them we're pretty adventurous when it comes to food. So they didnt pull any stops.
|The Lau Pa Sat Festival Market|
|Street food, Satay (BBQ) as their specialty|
|The cook preparing our meal|
|Our newly wed friends and hosts Caroline and Clive|
|Our Satay meal of pork and chicken|
|Best with Milk Tea, but they used condensed milk!|
|The one we unapologetically call Naked Prawns on a Stick|
|We really didnt know what we were eating, but after taking a few bites and avoiding the huge bed of chili, we were told it was Stingray, which was surprisingly good!|
|Very spicy Fish Cake|
|Also another spicy dish, snails! Caroline's mom's favorite|
|This was pretty exotic to us, its Nan bread (Indian) but with ground meat in the middle like omelette|
Continued to Anime Festival Asia 2011: Day 3