August 29, 2016

Tinkerbell cosplay progress and birthdays

Today has been one of those days where I stayed in my room, played Sims 4 for a couple of hours, and enjoyed some alone time - and I truly enjoyed it because this week has been super hectic!

Monday through Wednesday I was working almost non-stop on my Tinkerbell cosplay and once our package arrived with the materials needed to make the wings, Jasmin and I teamed up at Jasmin's house to get started.
Neither Jasmin nor I had ever made wings before so this was a completely new experience for both of us! We looked at a LOT of different tutorials but the one we chose to follow in the end was this one (pp. 65-67. FYI it's in Danish) made by a Danish cosplayer called Kelevar and posted in the Danish cosplay magazine DKos.

We spent hours and hours and hours working!
Wednesday, the day our package came, I drew a template for the wings while having the movie play in the background so that I could make sure to get every last detail down.
 I made them larger than the girl in the tutorial so I really hope they won't be too heavy ;-;
Thursday morning at 9am we met up. This was when the most time consuming part began: bending the metal wire!
This took way longer to do and was also way harder than I'd imagined since the wire had this thing about wanting to keep it's circular shape.
I can't begin to tell which was worse; bending them into little waves (like to the left) or making these spirals. 
We spent 7 hours working that day before we had to split so I could go home to take a shower before Maria's birthday party in the evening.
It was a small party just for the three of us and Maria's third cousin. I'm 120% sure she had us meet because of our shared interest in k-pop!
Next day it was back to work again!
We spent 17 (yes, seventeen!) hours bending the remaining wire and soldering it all together into 2 sets of wings.
 Jasmin burnt her hair at least twice and I my fingers were burnt twice as well with the soldering iron. 

The next day Jasmin was going to be hosting her own birthday party. However, since it took so much longer tan expected, we figured we had to work on the wings as much as we could as Jasmin moved out yesterday.
For now the wings are at my home and it'll be my job to transport them back to Zealand tomorrow. Before that I'll see if I can have my grandma help me iron them so that all we'll have to do it cover the ends in worbla to make them wearable.

Speaking of birthdays we had yet another family birthday to attend the week before last week and the question about whether I had decided to continue studying Korean came up again. This time my dad's cousins' husbands gave me some good advice on what I could do to make the choice easier so I'm going to do that as soon as I can!

August 17, 2016

It fills you with inspiration!

I'm not exactly sure why but these days I feel a peak in my inspiration and I love it!
Perhaps it's the promise of new experiences that the beginning of the a new semester brings.

But seriously, it's everywhere! Everything inspires me. My Instagram feed, cosplay groups on Facebook, YouTube videos, music, playing Sims, my cats, everything.

Being so inspired fills me with determination energy and I'm really hoping to get started on some of all the things I have in mind soon.

One of them is cosplay!
With the first ever Comic Con Copenhagen coming up in September (24-25ᵗʰ) and GEEKcore on October 21-23ʳᵈ, I'd like to get the creative juices flowing and once and for all get more seriously into cosplay. As of writing this post I have my new homemade mannequin standing on the table beside me and the only reason I'm not working on my Tinkerbell cosplay for now is because I've run out of needles.

With a new computer and access to a good video editing program, I'm strongly considering starting up a beauty channel on YouTube, something I've been wanting to do for a while. I enjoy writing blog posts and will continue with this but it seems that videos cater to a lot more people + the exposure seems much greater in comparison. 
Additionally, if I am to make a "new" YouTube channel, I'd like a fresh new look for my blogs as well.

I'd also love a new hobby.
Earlier this summer when I was in Italy with my family I was attending stretching, yoga, and pilates every day and it really made me miss those days when I used to dance once or twice a week with a small group of friends. I'd really like to start dancing again and perhaps do some dance covers of k-pop songs even though I already know that's quite a stretch.
I'd also love to take up singing! The problem is just that I can't. Or well I can but it doesn't sound all too good.

At last, I'd like to find another job.
I like my job now and I enjoy others but at the same time I'd like another kind of job. I might only work 4 hours a week now but I spend a lot of time outside work thinking about what to do next. Working at a cafe appeals to me on a whole other level and I really wish I could find a job like that soon.
Off I go with a bunch of job applications!

3rd semester (almost) is upon us

With just 19 days left until our 3rd semester begins, a bunch of mixed feelings and thoughts are starting to face me:

First of all I'm pretty sure I have semi-forgotten 50% of all my Korean and it scares the hat off of me!
When I went to Korea in June I allowed myself to relax a little before my trip and enjoy some 2 weeks of vacation since I'd be practicing Korean every day while I was there and booooy did I get to talk to a lot of people! I have so many stories to tell but those are for my Seoul 2016 Summer posts that I really should begin working on as well.. but I omg I have to finish the ones from January as well ( ;〇□〇)#thestressisreal 
Once I returned there were so many other things I had to take care of and now I'm sitting here less than 3 weeks before semester start and I haven't spoken or practiced Korean since I returned in June. I feel like I'm just asking to be kicked out. At least Celine 씨 told me she'd forgotten her Korean as well and that we could be losers together. Yay!

The thought of starting up again makes me feel uneasy. One of the reasons being that I didn't feel ready. That feeling is fading as I'm using my app to revise every night before bed though.
Buuuuuut then comes the books!

As I was ruining myself financially from buying books for the semester (Okay I'm exaggerating here. Maria has it way worse but she doesn't have a high rent to pay additionally), I re-read the profiles on our upcoming courses and stumbled upon a section with recommended pre-course reading that listed two entire books. Now back to feeling unprepared.
Celine 씨 hadn't seen that part either before I told her so we agreed to wait and see if those books were really needed and if so, we agreed to share the expenses and share instead of buying two books each, which is probably the best idea especially now that Celine 씨 will be renting a room for 4K somewhere in Copenhagen.
I'm going to miss running like mad to try to catch train with her after class ㅠㅠ

I'm still so very split between whether Korean studies is really for me and it sure doesn't help that our now graduated senior still can't find a job - it makes me worry if it'll be worth those 4 years. But switching studies like that takes a lot of work that I haven't even read into yet and with the semester approaching so fast, I've decided to not think too much about it now as I prepare for the coming semester. So let's skip that for now, aight?

This semester is going to consist of 2 parts just like 1st and 2nd semester consisted of the language part and history.
1st semester was language propedeutics 1 and pre-modern history.
2nd semester we had propedeutics 2 and modern history.
Now this 3rd semester we'll be doing propedeutics 3 and were given a choice between a studies on Korean movies OR politics, which is a whole new course starting this semester.
I chose the politics subject, properly called "Politics, Multi-culturalism and Immigration in Modern South Korea," and I'm honestly really excited to get started!

I think I'll end my post on this note. Cheers to new beginnings! 

August 4, 2016

Not really worth it

I originally had planned to make this update much sooner but I ended up having no energy for it before now.

So I got a job.
As a +18-year-old finding a job in my city is hard (but it probably is most places, isn't it?) but I managed to get myself one at my sister's best friend's dad's company as a cleaning lady. In the beginning everything was fine. I knew it was going to be tough work but I was ready to do it just so I could earn a little for myself since it's hard to save up having to pay such a high rent every month.

Monday that first week I was sent to an island outside my hometown to clean apartments that are rented out during summer. I was working with an Iraqi girl named Shahad, who had also just started working over there, and a woman (I originally wrote down her name but I don't want her in trouble so let's call her B.). Again, everything was fine in the beginning. Shahad and I would share apartments (she'd do the kitchen and living room and I'd do the toilet, rooms, and hallway). B told us that we had 30 clean each apartment and we were doing fine until some apartments in she told us that those 30 min. were in total and since we were two working at the same time, we only had 15 min. to do it PLUS we'd only be paid for those 15 min. each per apartment, even if it took longer to clean. And it DID sometimes since people left food in the fridges, trash around the apartments, or super dirty kitchens that had to be scrubbed down.
I have never had a job where I'd only be paid for some of the work I did but always believed we would be paid from the time we began to the time we went home. Apparently not.
This horrible way of counting hours resulted in me having spent 4 hours cleaning that day while only being paid for 1 hour and 15 min. = NOT OKAY!

So Shahad and I went to talk to the woman in charge of us and expressed our dissatisfaction. After a long talk, we decided to give it one more chance and see if it'd be better the next day since we would then be working on our own instead of sharing apartments. It didn't get much better Tuesday nor Wednesday as I still spent a lot more time than I was being paid for.
Thursday it was just B and I and it was sort of a busy day. B was so stressed though and I really didn't like how she let out her frustrations on me. Like, she's snap at me, accuse me of not doing my job well enough, or constantly tell me to hurry even though I did my work within those 15 min. So once again I called the woman in charge of us and told her I didn't want to work like that (in a nice way, of course). She knew that working over there was problematic for many and that was why it was hard for them to find people willing to clean over there in the first place. It'd be hard'ish to find someone to replace me so we agreed that I'd take Friday off and then come help Saturday, which was one of the most busy days. Saturday was just as horrible as the other days working over there but I felt like I had to do it since I was "quitting" so suddenly.
The following week I was assigned to our big shopping mall here in my own city. The way of paying me was the same - I'd be paid for 1 hour no matter how much time I spent there - but after a couple of days I managed to do it within that 1 hour'ish so it was that much of a problem. I went there every day until last Saturday since the usual cleaning lady is back from vacation now.
So in the end I got a job but didn't earn more than what will cover the cost of my books for the next semester..

On a more positive note my friend Yuki from Singapore is coming to visit next week!
He's going to be spending 3 weeks in Denmark and the first week he'll be staying with Chris and I in our apartment to lower his expenses a little. We don't have any specific plans yet except for the 13th when we'll be practicing some K-pop dances with a group of Chris' acquaintances. I hope I'll be able to entertain him!