cobaltcannon: Enter The Dragon - Bruce Lee (ETD - Bruce Lee)
Managed to do up to 90% of the tattoo last night. Only the head is left to go, left to the final session in December. So far it has taken 7 or so hours, albeit yesterday's session taking a little longer than usual as Kenny was being chatty with Chikuru. Otherwise, it was mostly pain-free, in terms of it not being 3 solid hours of me gritting through it and clenching the chair. There were some parts where the pain starts to shoot through, that being near the nerve bundle at the back of the knee and along the shin. The skin is stretched thin over the bony areas, and the needle jams right into it, making you feel the vibrations thrumming through your pelvis.

It was nothing to compare to the first session though. Line work is always the worst as the needles used are few so the pressure applied is stronger, as opposed to the 9 shader. Yesterday went like a breeze in comparison, even though it dragged on longer.

Now it's swollen as fuck, not to mention it blistering with pain whenever I stand. Hah.


In other damn news. Something I should have noticed long before finally hit me. Went to brush my teeth this morning, picked up my toothpaste left on the shelf to find that it is --- almost empty.

Fucking assholes.

The past few weeks I had the feeling my toothpaste was going down quicker than usual. It's nothing new that flatmates like to use each other's stuff behind their backs, and this is far from the first time that happened, but for fuck's sake! After realizing in horror the absence of a should-be-half-full toothpaste container, I rushed to the shower room to check my shampoo which I only bought two weeks ago. I never checked or lifted it to measure the contents as it's one of those pump out containers, and what did you know? A full 430 grams of shampoo almost fucking gone with my own usage of it only counting up to probably 8 times since.

Here I am buying shit and people had been sucking it up dry. Hygiene products aren't exactly cheap, you fucktards.

It's kinda embarrassing admitting this as I'm hardly new to sharing flats, and should had known better. I guess I just didn't expect it to happen here, and was too caught up with all the bottles piling up around the bathroom that I assumed everyone had their own stuff.

I took all my stuff away and keep it in my room now. Can't point the finger to anyone, and can't prove who used it. But fuck it. I don't care to pursue this. I'll send an email out, maybe. But I'm due to get out soon and the hassle isn't worth it. I doubted that I would've finished all the body wash and shampoo before I leave anyway, and was planning to leave it for the others to use when I go. But hey - looks like most of the job is done already, and now I gotta buy a new fucking set. Whoop dee doo.


cobaltcannon: DREAM RIDE (Default)
Hmm. Seems like I'm posting about food and my night outs lately. Guess I haven't had as much as time as I wanted to do some of my own thinking, and instead, talking about my day to day life.

Well anyway, today's class was considerably boring. Perhaps it was because it was easy. Either way, afterwards, I had another nice night out. Broke my record of a week and a bit not smoking, but I managed to not buy another pack of cigarettes today. Had a glass of beer though, but once in a while can't hurt, right?

I was down in Shibuya with a bunch of people I haven't met before, invited by one whom I invited to one of our own nights out. I only knew two people there, and it was a leaving party for a chick in their class. Settled in fine, and found a cozy Korean BBQ restaurant. After that, started drinking games of truth and dare. Obviously an onslaught of sex related questions followed.

It was hella awkward when they questioned about the 'American guy' who suddenly went from charismatic to arrogantly quiet as he'd usually hang out at the front of the school. Only after I rejected him, he took a total 180 and starts to fuck off early. Which is fine, I don't need him around. But it sure makes me uneasy whenever someone brings him up. Only Luca knows of what happened, and he managed to keep his mouth shut. Bless him.

Here's the food we had, anyhow!



On another note, Kenny invited me to be his exhibit for his live tattoo showcase next Friday. Since he's still working on the snake on my calf, and I'm due to complete it soon. Unfortunately, the date clashed with my welcoming party for Mike, so I had to turn it down. I'm not sure if I'd be keen on getting tattooed in front of many people though, especially at the calf area where it stings like crap, especially near the ankle and the nerve bundle behind the knees. It's enough that I'm gritting through it alone. So I rearranged the date to this Sunday instead.

I'm a tad nervous as I haven't scraped up the remaining cash for him. The last commission I did paid for my phone bills, which I had intended for the tattoo. Ahh, gotta work harder on the commissions before Sunday. Gambare, ne.
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cobaltcannon: Enter The Dragon - Bruce Lee (ETD - Bruce Lee)
Friday night was great for the most part. Had a trip out to Asakusa with the school. We visited the temple and tried out luck with the o-mikuji for the fuck of it. Of course I got one of the worst of luck. Tied up that bugger up and hope these nonsensical voodoo bad luck spirits won't follow me around. If anyone really believes in that.

Then we ended it with some great nabe. Aside from the awkward as fuck stares Leslie keeps giving me (and I'm surprised he even came out today seeing as he missed class on Thursday), the day was great, and it was great without me downing a pint.



I'm trying to quit smoking (again) and dropping the nightly drinks, not only for health reasons, but to save me having to go out front every lunch break to hang out in the smoking area with that bastard, and also to save my wallet! Cigarettes are ridiculously cheap here, not costing more than ¥420, whereas in London you're looking at quadruple the price, so the temptation to keep smoking hangs thickly every time I pass the conbini. But no, no I need to really start stepping the fuck up. Due to the limited opportunities around me, I've been making use of my room for my weight reps and stretching. I'd prefer more space, but this is honestly all I can do for now.

I've got so many commissions to do, and I have three tests next week. I'm still pissed off that Interstellar has such a delayed release date, but I've arranged an outing on the 26th to see it in IMAX, which would be on a Wednesday where tickets are cheaper. The weekend before that too we'll be heading to Disney Sea. A lot of exciting things happening this month, so I can't complain about all the work I'm due to submit.

I've also noticed a rise of The Green Hornet cosplayers, at least on the Tumblr tags. In the recent cons, some people had been cosplaying the 1966 TV version. I only hope that I'll be able to find a Hornet cosplayer when I do Kato next year in May. Keeping my fingers crossed.
cobaltcannon: DREAM RIDE (Default)
 ... Are actually decently priced than what I initially saw.

A pack of three apples in the convenience store was a tad more expensive than the pack of four in the supermarket. I've heard that the morning farmer's market from 7-8am sells the cheapest fruits, but where exactly is the closest one I've yet to discover.

Still though, walking out and about and popping into these side shops, there is a severe lack of on-the-go fruit salads and healthy snacks. The sandwiches are mostly (if not all) white bread with mayonnaise and meat. As much as that is nice as a sweet snack, I'm starting to miss the whole grain selection with fresh lettuce and tomatoes. The egg and chicken sandwiches makes for great post and pre-work out meal.

It's no wonder I'm putting on weight easier here. Most things on sale seemed to be sweetened and refined products, and the very few organic produce are tucked away in some secluded health store which are twice the price than they should be.

It doesn't help that it's almost impossible for me to get any decent work out here. I can't go to the gym or the pool due to my tattoos, and rolling up the long sleeves or wearing a sport shirt is out of the question as that will also reveal the tattoos. The only thing I can do is hire a bicycle and ride that. Another thing that irks me is that it is considered inappropriate to eat/drink/smoke while walking. Surely someone bustling to places could spare a swing of their water bottle on a hot day?

Hoo haa. I can't complain too much though. I'm enjoying the walks I have daily. The highlight of my trip so far is heading down the side roads into the quiet residential areas. The cicadas are dying down, but it's always so refreshing to be away from the busy streets.

Jesus I need to fix my sleeping pattern. It's 5 am and I'm due to head out by half 7, and probably won't get home until night. Haha I'm fucked.
cobaltcannon: Game Of Death - Bruce Lee (GOD - Bruce Lee)

Halloween hadn't been very eventful for me as I neglected getting a costume. I was intending to do Kato from the Green Hornet, but I did not anticipate to celebrate Halloween this year. Regardless, Shibuya was packed on my way back home Friday night. A friend offered to take me down to Donkihote to get some last minute 'cheap' costume, and not so surprisingly, the 'cheap' costumes (by 'cheap', I mean a whopping ¥9000) were tacky, and everyone was wearing them anyway.

With this little opportunity passed, I'm actually quite glad to say that I did not fall into peer pressure to buy something so expensive for just one or two days. I'm saving up for materials for Kato's costume to bring to the expo next year. I'm so out of loop with the expo and general nerdy community, but every now and then I get this urge to brush the dust off my inner geek.

The last few times I was at the expo though, I got tired and bored very quick, with kids these days getting more inane and borderline intolerable...

Gah I don't mean to sound like such a bum. The expo was great once, more enjoyable when I was younger.

Anyway, I was down at Shinjuku today, and bumped into some of these gorgeous gems.

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Goddamn! I was reluctant to buy them because I was (am) hoping to find a cheaper deal online. For real though, I was so tempted! Who would've thought Bruce Lee would still be around in the shops 40 years later! (That is a stupid question. Of course he would be. He is a legend immortalized all round the world.)

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