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IberAnime! Lx 2017 – An experience! (now with videos)

Last Saturday I went to IberAnime! Lx, 2017 edition, which took place at MEO Arena (Lisboa, Portugal) on the 6th and 7th of May. also happening was 4Gamers, featuring international gaming brands and some national game developers.
This was my second experience in events like this and the first time ever I ventured into doing a sort of poorly put together cosplay (yes, I will put up photos, rest assured you will be able to laugh).

Thanks to having been invited by my friend João (you can find him here, on Facebook and here, on YouTube), I decided to go along his plan to go to an evento gathering many of the things I like: anime, manga and comics, japanese culture, games, technology, fandoms and geekness (lots of that!) and, of course, truckloads of merchandise! The invite had a condition atteched to it that João only told me after the tickets were bought: he was cosplaying e I was supposed to do some cosplay too… me of all people, who after years of suffering for Carnaval and, even though loving Halloween, can only be bullyied into dressing up in costume for a party! But, with his enthusiasm (and pleading, hihi), I agreed to doing something that didn’t make me feel completely ridiculous or totally bankrupt – considering DIY and sewing are not my strong skills (I shall learn).

Tokyo Ghoul João and Pokémon Go trainer Sónia, all ready, off we went to IA! Lx2017. There, we saw some interesting cosplays, inspired and well-achieved, representing current and past animes, movies and TV shows (including a Doctor, which made me go into hyper fangirling, and a Ruby Rose, from Rooster Teeth ‘s RWBY).

After a good 10 minutes on the phone trying to find each other, we finally met with the guys from Próximo Nível, THE Mr. Remedy and also Hermy from Hermylution! From there onwards, exploring the venue was even more filled with laughs and it was fascinating to go on observing these YouTubers working to bring you interesting videos about the event.
We went throught the merchandise booths, filled with cute and awesome stuff we all wanted to just take home; we saw everything and everyone; went on to explore the 4Gamers space, specially the Retrogaming area, which was really nice and had some relics (including an NGage, that mythical mobile phone/console made by Nokia lol).

That all happening, we were reminded that the final round of the world cosplay competition, the WCS, was happening. There we went, João and I, to see what competition level cosplaying is all about: Tejo room was reserved for this purpose and it was full, so the images we got were captured from afar (hence the slightly inferior quality). Victory went to a cosplay of The Hound from Game of Thrones, with an amazing 2nd place going to a beautifully made cosplay of Princess Zelda (twilight Princess) – and Portugal was represented in a faithful presentation of Anna from Forzen (those dresses were AMAZING!)

A last tour around the venue brought us to some stuff we hadn’t seen yet, including a Wrestling area, from a Lisbon Academy, CTW.

My thoughts? Taking into account the size of the portuguese market and the slice of the population that will currently be prone to be attracted to this kind of event, the turn-up seems high. This market dimension factor also bleeds into some limitations to what can be done and who can be brought to the event, budget-wise; still, all different areas achieved good representation.
I don’t think having 4Gamers as a separate event (and paid separately, too) in the same venue was ideal, particularly when it came to circulation; placement of the developers’, retrogaming’s and Youtubers’ areas was not ideal, forcing people to long walks in infinite hidden stairways – which were also needed to access all different areas set up in the Arena. Constrains of the venue itself, truth be told; there is always room for improvement – at least the air was circulating well enough and it wasn’t stifling hot inside!
I must confess that I only found the board games area by accident, while looking for the back exit of the venue, by the end of the day. It deserved more attention, perhaps better signaling of the different areas.

In conclusion: it was a day well spent with friends, that allowed me to release my inner geek and have fangirling moments without feeling ridiculous (the best in these events, there is no shaming about loving something and expressing it!) There is room for improvement, of course, in particular when it comes to the arrangment of the different areas and accesses – I believe the the FIL venue could be more appropriate for this kind of event, as I saw in the 2015’s edition of Lisboa Games Week; the audience has a tendency for growth, since many anime and pop/geek culture fans are now reaching ages of movement and financial autonomy, which gives this event the opportunity to expand and encompass a more international participation in presences and pannels (I do wish there were more of those and also less scattered). In general, I liked the people and the community feeling of it, there was a bit of everything for everyone (Reiki, japanese culture, calligraphy, language lessons, etc.). I might return, who knows.

Next adventure, ComicCon Portugal?

Here are some pictures of our day (there will be videos on the YouTube channels I mentioned, links will be available here ASAP):

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IberAnime!Lx 2017 – Uma experiência! (agora com vídeos!)

Oasis Voices – o concerto

Já está online o vídeo integral do concerto de Dezembro do  Grupo Coral onde canto, o Oasis Voices. Foi uma noite mágica e muito especial para todos nós; alguns por ser a primeira vez que cantavam connosco, outros por irem fazer as suas estreias a solo, todos por estarmos a cantar, juntos, e a mostrar o trabalho que temos feitos às nossas famílias, amigos e curiosos que nos foram ver.

Vejam aqui e digam-me(nos) o que acharam:

P.S. – Estamos de portas abertas a convites para actuações e também a novos membros!

Thought

Taking into
Careful consideration
I ponder.

Tires me, this thinking
Constant
Persistent.

Yet I do not know
how or when
could it stop.

To be is to think
to think is to be
Am I being or thinking me?

(free writing, as it flowed into my mind, on the afternoon of September 29th – no edits whatsoever)

Desabafando | Letting it out

Já se passou algum tempo. Ando a evitar chatear-vos muito com os meus dramas interiores e batalhas mentais, mas depois penso que este espaço foi feito para a partilha. Não só daquilo que “produzo” artisticamente, mas de mim – pelo sentido de conexão e união, de pertença até, que isso possa trazer: para vocês que me lêem e para mim que escrevo ( e recebo os vossos comentários e opiniões, que me enriquecem de tantas formas).

Ando irrequieta, interiormente. Sinto que se aproxima uma grande mudança, que de certa forma fui eu que pus em movimento, mas não estou preparada. Cheia de medos, de questões, de incertezas. Não ajuda que este instinto não seja algo de concreto, relativo ao que mudará em que aspecto da minha vida e como – é apenas aquela sensação intensa de que alguma coisa vai mudar, vai acabar, vai dar uma volta. E com essa sensação vem alguma angústia – o que me deixa ainda mais irrequieta e mais preocupada nesta cabeça de hiper-pensadora, ruminadora – que me enche de preocupação e de temores e me deixa paranóica.

Vamos a ver o que os próximos tempos me trazem, depois da confusão que foi o mês de Agosto em termos de relações familiares e estabilidade emocional…torçam por mim, sim?

It has been a while. I have been avoiding to nagg you too much with my inner dramas and mental battles, but then I think that this space was created for sharing. Not only what I “produce” artistically, but myself – for the sense of connection and union, even belonging, that it may bring: for you that read me and for me writing (and receiving your comments and opinions, which enrich me in so many ways).

I have been feeling restless inside. Feeling like a big change is coming, on that it was me who set in motion in some ways, but I am not ready. Filled with fears, questions, uncertainties. It does not help that this instinct is not defined, in regards to what is going to change in which aspect of my life and how – it is just this instense sentationthat something is going to change, to end, to take a turn, a 180º. With that sensation in comes some anguish – which makes me even more restless and more worried in this overthinking ruminating head of mine- which fills me up with worries and fears and makes me paranoid.

Let us see what times will bring, after the confusion all of August was in family relations and emotional stability…fingers crossed for me, ok?

Actualização ao Domingo | Sunday update

Ora eu sou uma rapariga que gosta de aprender coisas mas, ao mesmo tempo, sou preguiçosa e desisto com alguma facilidade – ou pelo menos, não mantenho a regularidade que gostaria nos hobbies que tenho e nas aprendizagens em que me meto.

A prova disso é esta mantinha que está em progresso desde o Inverno passado:

Well, I am a girl who likes to learn stuff but, simultaneously, I am lazy and give up kind of easy – or, at least, I am unable to keep the regularity I would like in doing my hobbies and the learnings I set up for.

Proof of that is this small blanket, a work in progress since last Winter:

Além do novelo que está a ser usado, ainda falta mais um para o projecto estar acabado. Tenho também um cachecol iniciado em que nunca mais peguei, mas esse faço num instante – e no que toca a tricot, são essas duas coisas que sei fazer, lol!

Tenho muitos interesses que são bastante dispersos, diga-se de passagem. Isso talvez contribua muito para a minha inconstância em fazer coisas que gosto ou aprender coisas que quero fazer.

Estas últimas semanas dediquei-me a aprender crochet, que é uma prática mais amiga do calor que o tricot, especialmente com lã. E hoje terminei a primeira peça, depois de começar e desfazer várias vezes até atinar com o padrão:

Besides the skein that is now in use, there is still another one to be worked into it before this project is completed. I also have a scarf that I have started and have not worked on in like forever, but that one I know I am able to finish in a jiffy – and when it comes to knitting, those two things are all I know how to make.

These last two weeks, I have been working on learning crochet, a practice which is friendlier to do during hot weather that knitting, especially with wool. Today, I have finished my first piece, after having started it and undone it several times until I had the pattern figured out:

Aqui temos o resultado final:

Here is the final result:

Graças a tutoriais no YouTube, tanto em português como em inglês, lá percebi a base da coisa…estou entusiasmada e vou continuar a praticar e a aprender! Com esta base e linha suficiente, já faço uma bela mantinha!

Mais novidades em breve!

Thanks to YouTube tutorials, both in English and Portuguese, I got the basics… I am very enthusiastic and will continue to practice and learn! With this foundation and enough thread, I am able to do a nice blanket!

More news soon!

Agorafobia

Agorafobia?
Um dia podia e iria
Entre sonhos e magia
A outro universo inteiro e diria
Que nada mais eu quereria
Voltaria
Sossegaria a alma inquieta
Escreveria tudo o que me afecta
Poderia dar de mim o melhor sem
Temor
Dor maior
De ser e não poder
De tremer a temer o pior
De fugir
De não sorrir
De fechar tudo em mim
Fechar-me de tudo enfim
Fechando a dor de mais um fim
Nada mais que negando dizendo sim
Agorafobia!
Caminho interrompido
Pesadelo escolhido
Na multidão perdido
Sem ar, ser mar
Sem som, ser cor
Sem ver, ser menos e mais
Exclamar estes ais (!)
Que guardo do mundo
Que corroem com medo
Neste rodopio mudo
Neste aberto segredo.
Agorafobia…
Nem tanto nem sei
Não é medo das pessoas
Nem é medo do que sei
É um terror que assola
Existência vã enfim
Agarrado gravitante a uma bola
De minérios a girar no universo sem fim.

I have been (over)thinking

I feel restless. I feel miserable. I feel lost.

I really don’t know what to do with myself lately. Can anyone relate to this feeling of helplessness, where you know that something has do be done but you have no idea what or how? Has anyone overcome a stage like this that can give me any pointers or tips on how to go about this incredible need for something (I really don’t know what), for change, for purpose?

Family matters are tense, to be soft on it. I find myself very much on my own when it comes to close blood ties. My relationship with my mother tends to deteriorate further and further with each interaction and I do not know how to go about it right now except distancing myself, for all it does is hurt me and bring me further down. Then, this distancing – perhaps even severing ties (at least for the time being) – also hurts me and brings me further down, fills me with fears of being all alone in the world, helpess and unsupported and just sort of…orphaned.

I know I am not: I have other family that I feel would lend a helping hand and be there for me, as well as good friends – the family I chose and that chose me – who wish to see me well, desire me to be close to them and would extend a helping hand whenever needed. I have my guy, supportive and caring, ever more patient towards my quirks that annoy him – really making the effort for us to be all we can as a team, as partners, as companions. Yet this person, my mother, is one of the grandest foundations of my life, along with being also a source of many of my “traumas” – I really don’t want to call them traumas as I don’t feel my stuff is as severe as what you would call trauma, let’s go with ‘dents’ instead. Together with my grandmother (though not biological), still living and nearing 92 years of age; they comprise the living relatives that I remember being there my entire existence. The onset of dementia brought by a nasty fall, along with all that old age brings, is taking my grandma away from me day by day – living away from her, every time I go on a visit the pain is sharp and dull at the same time. Oh, how the forced perception of mortality (others’ and my own) hurts!

What is the point in all this? Why struggle so much, to have, to amass, to buy, to be rich…? Nothing of it goes with us – should mankind really be such a slave of its own construct?

Yes, I have been feeling terribly non-conformist. Tired of the way we live. I feel myself drowning in meaningless struggle for something I don’t see as truly purposeful or suitable for me and the happiness and serenity I long for.

Any thoughts or advice? Am I alone in this?

(I did go a long way on this one, didn’t I? Sorry folks!)

Agosto a gosto

Escrevo-vos do primeiro dia das minhas férias – e sou uma very happy camper neste momento!

Tecnicamente, as férias só começam oficialmente no dia 16, mas fim-de-semana com feriado serve de aquecimento.

Vou passar uns belos dias à minha cidade natal, Portimão, aproveitar o sol e o sal das ‘minhas’ praias e a beleza de tudo o que amo na minha terra. Mas antes, uma pit stop em Setúbal para conhecer sítios novos e ver coisas e pessoas diferentes – logo vos conto sobre isso, ok?

Antes de ir fazer a mala e atirar-me para o sofá no descanso máximo, quero deixar-vos um desafio:

Oasis Voices – YouTube – o coro onde ando a dar um ar da minha graça há uns tempos. Estamos agora em pausa de ensaios, mas em meados de Setembro regressamos e força e estamos de portas abertas a quem quiser vir cantar connosco (tenores, precisam-se!)
O repertório é variado, especialmente focado em música contemporânea, pop, jazz, soul e coisinhas bonitas assim. Vejam no canal com estamos todos giros no nosso “la-la-la” xD
Podem também encontrar-nos aqui: Oasis Voices – Facebook. Deixem lá o vosso like para irem sabendo das novidades!

 

Agora vou ali dar um pézinho de dança, hasta luego guapos!

 

 

Been away… but now I’m back!

As you might have noticed, I was absent for a couple of weeks. There are several reasons for that, of course.

One, workload. Not that I have an immense workload, but my bosses have these periods when they demand anything and everything of me – at the same time. These past two weeks were a bit like that.

Two, a need for some soul-searching. Though I love my job, doing all these secretary and receptionist things (except maybe telephone calls – telephone calls are hell, I hate them!), I have been feeling a bit…stagnated, perhaps. I have been struggling to find meaning in my work and been longing to find that exact work that could fullfil that need of mine.

Three, the intense heat. It has been hot as peppers around here and that, of course, subdues most of my productive juices into a languid lump of lazy me. I love Summer, I love the heat – but I know it makes me be lazier than usual, even with things I love.

writing-923882_960_720Four, a bit of writers block. Associate with point 2. Feeling lost and useless in the world tends to drain my ability to write – even though the inspiration is as fervent as ever or more!
It’s that depressing feeling of not being productive to the world, feeling that everything you do has no meaning and in no way contributes to the betterment of the world – it kind of stops you dead in your tracks with everything you do – wether it is something you really love doing or not.

Five, taking some time for other things. Like my Reiki traireiki-principles.190154340_std.jpgning – which I have been slacking off quite a lot. Decided to focus more on it – and, associated with it, my meditation practice. That also means I decided to work on myself, in an honest manner. Inner work to grow my being and feel fullfilled. Along with this, I decided to take my volunteering to write for the Portuguese Reiki Association blog more seriously – hence not writing so much here (I have to tell you, writing the covering of an event from almost 2 weeks ago has been hell).

Six, and last (but not least): gaming. Yes, the addiction is there and I have been indulging – most certainly Brave Exviusbecause of how I’ve been feeling about my life. So, what have I been playing? As I showed you in my previous post, Final Fantasy Brave Exvius on my phone, alongside Final Fantasy X, remastered, on the PS3 (revivalism, I so love that game – maybe because it was my first Final Fantasy!).

Also on the phone…the unavoidable Pokémon GO! I am now taking nice walks,by myself and with my guy once in a while, which has helped improve my mood and also has gotten me pokemon-go-live-in-japan-for-field-test_kj4d.640to do some exercise! It is such a thrill and I feel so childish and happy while searching for new pokemons for my collection! With all due precautions, of course.

 

So, that’s been my last two weeks…what about yours?
(And do you have any advice for me, concerning the dillemas I presented you in this little confession of mine?)

Love and light,

Rell