Seven Prayers for Otakon 2018

In a few hours I’ll be departing for Washington, D.C. to attend my very first Otakon.

My first prayer is simple: that everything goes smooth.
I haven’t skipped town in an inordinately disturbing amount of time, so while I’ll try to prepare for any worst case scenarios, I hope to be free of theft, broken luggage, getting stranded, losing valuables, and any other ugly curveballs that could get thrown at me. I hope my energy keeps up since I’ve decided the only transportation I’ll be using is a taxi to and from my AirBNB.

My second prayer, which I’m surprised I’m making, is for people to be kind and understanding to Cheritz on their first voyage to the US. It dawned on me that people might try to put Cheritz team on the spot during the fan event because of the upsets related to the Summer Vacation event. I really want it to stay light and enjoyable. If they must broach such serious topics, I hope they do so respectfully.

My third prayer, is for my wallet, my bank account, and all my cards. Be strong and full…

My fourth prayer… is to see a hot Tamamo cosplayer. I’m a total ho for Tamamo, what else can I say?

My fifth prayer is for no post-convention illness. It’s hot enough, I can’t handle a fever on top of that.

My sixth prayer, is for everyone to be safe since The Whites are at it again, and for those useless Nazis to get hit by a bus. And if that statement bothers you, either you’re part of the problem or not paying attention.

My Seventh Prayer is that meeting the God Seven himself will go smooth.
This seems a bit out the way but as I mentioned elsewhere… the last time I met someone important to me… they hate me now and I still don’t know why. Story for another day.
Please, God Seven, remain a shining light in my tiny metal heart.

Amen.

Month in Offbeat Review: January

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Gonna try something a little different. If you know me from MFC you know my favorite habit is making “offbeat commentaries.” Let’s bring that back with this month in review.

1. Logan Paul

I’m only mentioning this because it fits in the monthly bracket – everything that had to be said has been said. Only thing I can think of that might be left is
a. If you’re supporting a guy who thinks making a “fun vlog” in a suicide forest is a good idea, re-evaluate.
b. I haven’t been following Logan at all, before or after this incident, and I’ll continue that trend. But “My name is not Jerome you stupid white motherf–” will be funny to me forever.

2. Aziz Ansari vs. whoever-the-fuck

The opinions on this were pretty dissenting and interesting but again, I rather not repeat what has already been said enough times. The (other) thing that bothered me about Grace’s story is this:

For Grace, the Golden Globes brought the events back to the forefront of her mind. “It was actually painful to watch him win and accept an award,” she said. “And absolutely cringeworthy that he was wearing the Time’s Up pin. I think that started a new fire, and it kind of made it more real.”
She told babe: “I believe that I was taken advantage of by Aziz. I was not listened to and ignored. It was by far the worst experience with a man I’ve ever had.”

…the fact that seeing him win an award on stage riled her up and that made her decide to out their situation. It made her whole hurt feel like it was turned into pettiness, to me. He made her feel extremely uncomfortable, forced. She told him and he accepted this and apologized. Uh, most women don’t even make it to that “open dialogue” part. Just saying, if there was a particular outcome or repentance she wanted she could literally have asked for it. If she felt like the world needed a warning he had plenty of other achievements along the way before winning an award (when his romance book made the bestseller list that might have been some interesting timing, just sayin’). He didn’t attack Grace or go on the defense, he didn’t threaten her being or her career. Last I checked no one reported a similar story about him. So what’s really good, Grace?

3. Erykah Badu and seeing the good in everyone

I actually wanted to write about this when the article dropped but again, I didn’t just want to puppet other responses so I waited it out. And… oh, nevermind. I was on a completely different page anyway. I think I get what she (meant to) say. However, I don’t know enough about Hitler outside of Nazism to use him as an example. So, Bill Cosby. Did he do good deeds in his life? Yes, undoubtedly. Did he do bad things, in his life? Yes, undoubtedly. Do the bad things outweigh the good? Most would undoubtedly say yes, as the combination of his sins and lack of admission or atonement has ousted him from the warmth of the circle. Do the bad things erase the good? No, they do not. There is no turning back time and painting the same history as a negative – or just nonexistent – because the present knowledge reveals the person to be bad. Is Ignition: Remix not a bop anymore because R. Kelly is a piece of shit? It still is, even if you delete it from your playlists and your hard drive and vow to never listen to it again. The reason why Hitler is a bad example is because he hit the scene being horrible – whatever good in him is already completely outshadowed by the present he created, to the point that, well, who would even know/get to hear about it? He could have been a brilliant artist and that achievement would, at best, be at the very bottom of the list below every other hideous thing he did and said.

With that said, is there anything wrong with seeing the good in someone bad? My take is no, unless you’re legitimately trying to mask that person’s crimes with what a good loving soul they are. Eh… is there need to elaborate on that with examples, or? And no, Erykah wasn’t trying to do that at all.

4. My hairdresser

Is wondering what the fuck happened to my edges. How am I supposed to explain a Red Velvet repackage album, a contender for R&B bop of the year, an emotional dragging appointment, and Cheritz blessing the whole MC fam like the based hackers they are? A moderate language barrier is at play.

5. SOTU

I’m hard pressed to find anyone I know who watched it.

Good job, y’all.

Velvety Season’s Greetings

To everyone taking the time to read this in a timely fashion, Happy New Year. Actually, my entire piece on 2018 is here. For right here right now, I’m going to rewind the tape one year.

January 2017: I’m in Food Gallery 32 in Koreatown, warming up with a bowl of piping hot yukgaejang. The various eateries in KTown tend to have big screens that play Kpop videos nonstop, but the sound system is on a completely different playlist. So, you can listen to the music or watch these silent videos. Fine.

So I’m enjoying the hell out of this spicy bowl of love, when I look up at the big screen, to see what video is on, and… these five cute girls are just killing each other

?!?!

I stopped eating and just stared. Usually the song lyrics will have some English words that work as an indicator of the subject… but there’s no sound so these girls are pushing each other into empty pools and in front of moving cars for an unknown reason and I’m just there open-mouthed on some “Uh… what in the hell prompted this?” And then ITCHY AND SCRATCHY show up. ?!

At the end of the video the group name/song name flashed so I made a note to look it up when I got home (stupid FG32 has no wifi, but then again, they’d probably never get people to leave if they did).

I-it’s love…! I bought the albums on Google Play (though their media downloader dealy is a piece of shit).

(Keep in mind that prior to this I had no real interest in Kpop and even now am still a rookie to the genre. A lot of people had their gateway through SNSD’s Gee from what I remember, even my at-the-time boyfriend… but I HATED Gee. Sorry. SNSD is fine otherwise.)

April 2017: The fandom officially has a name. I am a Reveluv.

June 2017: Best girls have an official Twitter account.

September 2017: There’s a tweet about collaboration back-to-school goods with eMart and various SMTown groups. For RV the lineup is a neck pillow, sitting cushion, house shoes and coming later on, an umbrella. But uh. Getting things proxied from Korea is no easy task. How am I gonna get this cute RV swag? I decided to phone a friend and fellow Reveluv about finding a solution for this matter. And the result?

Introducing!! Sydney the Group Order Manager! She took on the task of hosting an order from eMart so I was able to put in for a cushion, umbrella, and house shoes. Looking at her other available GOs, I also put in for a Season’s Greetings, a photobook, a ballcap, and in November, the newest album Perfect Velvet.

December 2017: With the exception of the photobook, I got all my goods. Drumroll please…

Usually pillows and cushions are mailed in compression bags so I was surprised that the SM x eMart cushion was not… but it’s actually the right balance of soft and puffy so a compression bag might have been overkill. I thought it would be a cushion + pillowcase but it’s a cushion with a fluffy texture. Quite a pleasant surprise in the end, I haven’t sat on it but it’s perfect for hugging or using as a back cushion. Mostly hugging though.

The unpleasant surprise on the other hand was the house shoes/slippers… They were advertised as 26cm so I was super pleased. Usually women’s shoes from – well, I only have experience with Japan – only go up to 24cm and anything bigger is a hunt. I’m not sure if it’s the same in Korea or if they were just looking out for their taller fans or male fans or what… but whatever the case, these are lies. The moment I took them out of the shipping box I could SEE they were too small. I broke out the measuring tape: 25cm. Insides are 24cm, so they only juuust fit my feet with a tad of overlap from my heal. I was prepared to deal but then… the left foot became super uncomfortable and I realized the wedge-shaped padding on the inside had slipped from the heel to mid-foot. I tried to uh, manually fix it (read: holding by toe, vigorous shaking) to no avail… so I made an incision on the side of the instep to fix it hands-on. Inside, the foam wedge isn’t secured in place by anything. I slid it back in place but over time it sometimes slips forward again. I gave up and bought slippers from Uniqlo. Nowhere near as cute but I can’t keep stressin’ over slippers, fam.

As for the umbrella… they were never produced! And no one said a word about it.

I don’t usually collect CDs but RV is my one exception, so here’s Perfect Velvet. It came with TWO posters, but I asked for them to be folded thinking a) it’ll be cheaper and I need to conserve money and b) it’ll get my goods to me faster. Well, the former was correct, the latter didn’t happen for various reasons (including the sheer amount of album orders in the GO – I was #100 and it kept going). Maybe I’ll buy the unfolded version in the future, but for now I’ll enjoy the album and my Irene/Wendy photocard streak. You can read my two-cent review of the album here.

The ballcap is ace and actually really comfy. Also I felt like I needed a cap with something SFW on it… lol
(August 1st is when RV came to be)

Lastly, the Season’s Greetings (which is a fancy term for a calendar combined with other goods, whether fanmade or official) by IS9194, a fansite for Seulgi and Irene. The sum of goods is a desktop calendar, small poster, large poster, stickers, clear cards, and a paper standee.

The calendar is a winner since you have the option of standard calendar with mini photo or large photo with single-line dates at the bottom. Just saying, last time I had a calendar like this it DIDN’T have the line of days so it was pretty much “use the calendar or have a picture standee, choose one.” Calendars are recyclable but I’m certain I chucked that one.

I love the small poster. The large one… they’re cute, but I have limited wallspace so I have to really pick and choose with the big ones. Maybe I’ll sell it or give it to a friend.

The other goods. I really love Irene on that standee. My next goal is something with Wendy…
But for now, the calendar is already propped on my desk and in this stressful, bitterly cold season, it’s a nice pick-me-up to have.

I played myself: Cleansing Water

Gross and arguably infuriating fun fact: When I was in my teens I almost never washed my face properly, and yet I never had a bad acne breakout. At worst, I would get a single painful bump at a time, and my face is sort-of combination: instead of an oily T-zone, I just have an oily noise. A super oily nose that makes my oil absorbing papers clear like a bag once full of greasy hot fries, but I digress. A month or two I started having a breakout for the first time in my life, dark spots and all, and being spoiled by my good facial fortune all this time, I’m so upset! /spoiled

It seems my usual face wash isn’t cutting it anymore, so based on a mention in passing from a friend, I decided to try Innisfree. They’re gaining a lot of popularity and they’re inexpensive in comparison to some of these other brands so I figure why not. My second time in their shop (which is like an oasis on the north of Union Square) I was looking into two-step cleanse with salicylic acid to take care of these pesky bumps.

I told one of the kindly associates about my hunt for a two-step to take care of my bumps and she told me she was worried that the salicylic acid set might dry out my skin with daily use since my problem isn’t that bad. I don’t wear makeup, so she recommended this guy for step 1:

Innisfree Cleansing Water

I told her I’d think on it. I was definitely scoffing in my head though.

Dude.

Cleansing water???

I thought I had cleansing water in my house… what was the brand name… H20? It even comes in different temperatures…

fuckin’… CLEANSING WATER?

So what we got here… water salt and chemical? lolol

I was really going off in my head about the prospect of CLEANSING WATER. People really buy it? They only keep a few of each item on the shelf (which is a beautiful display, mind you, their whole store is laid like paradise) so I couldn’t really gauge if any of it sold or not.

I spoke to some other associates for their opinions, and in the end I walked out with a squeeze tube of salicylic acid mask, a new foam cleanser, and… that damn cleansing water.

The super nice guy ringing me up told me that he loves the water because it’s also a makeup remover as well, but I was too busy thinking “I really bought chemical salt water” for 2 and 2 to really click in my head.

Late that night. After finishing up Mob Psycho 100 I decided it’s time to clean my face before I reach the “too tired to do anything” point. So I grab the cotton pads, pump pump, wipe wipe wipe…

Dude?

That cotton pad came off so filthy you would think I didn’t wash my face every day
That cotton pad came off so filthy you would think I sleep on an unmopped floor instead of a clean pillowcase
That cotton pad came off so filthy I had to get a separate pad for the other side of my face, the first one looked too full of gunk on BOTH SIDES

NEVER AGAIN WILL I DOUBT THE CLEANSING WATER. But you skincare-savvy kids are rolling your eyes at me, so wait for it…

Completing the murder

So I tend to shoot the shit with my younger sister about various outrageous shit we see.

“Damn… you ever heard of cleansing water?”

“…You mean like Micellar?”

“Micellar… isn’t that those face wipes…?”

So all this time I’ve only seen Micellar in WIPE FORM and didn’t know it comes bottled and is technically, yes, cleansing water. Alright, now we can hyuk it up.

But how is it?

I’m far too green to give product reviews but I will say:

  • Face is much cleaner just after two days of using it
  • Smells gentle and nice
  • and makes my skin feel soft too
  • other products seem to be working better since using it (it’s only been a week though, so no long term results to report yet)

Will buy salt chemical water again for sure.