Experience The Luxury Of Being Masters Yet Again

Maid2TravelRemember last year’s successful “Maid To Travel” event? PNKY Travel Café and Gomen are at it again! This year’s “Maid2Travel” is on our way and it is giving more reasons for us to visit the country’s summer capital.

This year they will be giving us 2 days of activities and excitement. Day 1 would be the Japanese Cultural Day. This would include a new contest the Banzai Kimono Brigade and many other cosplay activities. Day 2 would be the Maid & Butler Café, which will have maids and/or butlers serve you with first class treatment and courtesy as masters!

From their event page:

PNKY Travel Cafe and Gomen that brought you Maid To Travel, invite you to a 2-day special themed event to spice up your summer :)

April 20 (Saturday) – Japanese Cultural Day
April 21 (Sunday) – Maid & Butler Cafe

PNKY Travel Cafe, 13 Leonard Wood Rd. Baguio City

Admission fee:
P150 per day
P250 for both days

The ticket grants you an entry to the raffle and serves as a coupon for any consumable meal from our special menu for that weekend.

So be there and invite all your friends!

Maid 2 Travel is still open for sponsorships. For details, please email us at teamgomen@gmail.com

For Day 1 activities:

Cosplay Runway

Cosplay Runway

Click HERE for the mechanics and other details.

Banzai Kimono Brigade

Banzai Kimono ParadeClick HERE for the mechanics and other details.

Photo Finish

Photo FinishClick HERE for the mechanics and other details.

For mighty fine details for the events such as contest information, criteria, rules, registrations, questions/inquiries and other announcements you can check out their event page HERE.

You can also visit and like PNKY Travel Cafe’s facebook page HERE.

Monsieur and madame, invite everyone and become masters, sit back, relax and have a fun filled day! See you guys there! I’ll be going both days!

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Thanks to Sammy for the information and details!

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Tutorial: How to Make A Battlestar Galactica Season 1 Handgun Prop

This is a simple and on a budget way to make a Battlestar Galatactia, or BSG as most fans would call it, sidearm (handgun) prop. I fell in love with this re-imagined version of the late 70s sci-fi series of the same title. After watching it I wanted to cosplay a regular off duty Colonial Fleet officer (image below worn by Kara “Starbuck” Thrace).

Basically it is the uniform worn by most crew under their respective main uniforms. This consists of a gray sleeveless shirt under a brown/olive greenish tank top worn with green fatigue pants. Combat boots and Colonial dog stags can be added and then the sidearm.

There are different versions of the gun throughout the series but I really wanted to use the first version (image below) from the miniseries and then slightly modified and was used for season 1. It was later replaced by the Five-seveN which also houses a mini grenade launcher.

As I have mentioned in my previous tutorial for the robin mask, this may or may not work for you, if not I hope it can give ideas on how you can create your own BSG sidearm using available materials you can buy near your area or even stuff around the house. Here we go.

I. Materials (I’m using local prices here in the Philippines and just making an estimate in USD. The prices may be different in your area or country):

1. Scissors and cutter– Average size but the bigger and sharper the better.
2. Spray Paint (Php 90–120 or $2-3) – select the color that you would want to use. I only used regular black with this. The one with the matt finish is also good but it is more expensive. One can is more than enough for couple of handgun props.
3. Pencil and ruler – for drawing patterns and cut outs. You can use other writing materials but this is better because it leaves a visible mark and you can easily erase it if you make mistakes.
4. Rubber foam/sheet – I’m not sure with the price since I have purchased it in bulk long time ago and just reserved them for future use. Php 50-100 ($1-3 ish) worth of rubber sheet should be more than enough for couple of props in case you make mistakes.
5. Greco/Super glue (Php 50-100 or $1-3) – this works best with rubber foam. It strong and dries quickly.
6. Base toy gun (Php 50-80 or $1-2) – I used a toy gun that is in proportion with you, so this is really up to you. You can work around it freely. I also picked one with a wood style revolver like grip to make the build easier.

II. Procedure:

1. I was lucky to get a toy gun that can be disassembled into different parts. This makes it easier to modify it. If you would notice the toy has a scope, so I removed that using a cutter and scissors.

Print out a reference pic of the sidearm. I got one from the net and re-sized and printed it out couple of time as soon as it matched the ratio of the toy gun I got. It’s still longer so I added about an inch on the pattern.

2. Since it is a bit long, I cut a bit of the middle part of barrel and kept the nozzle tip, painted the items black, and reattached it to the re-sized barrel after.

3. I made the main body of the gun from rubber foam by making cutout patterns on different parts of the reference pic. Then just repeat the pattern for the other side of the gun. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes just keep tracing parts until they work for you.

4. Test it out by placing the rubber cutout patterns on the base toy gun, good thing the base gun was flat so it was easy to stack them up until they almost match the reference. Once you feel that it is right you can glue them together.

Do the same for the other side of the gun.

Fill out the gaps between the cutouts as needed to close them out.

5. I removed the grip and painted the whole thing black again. I had troubles with the spray here so the pain job sucks. Sorry for the uneven paint :(

6. You can also add gray or silver touches on the gun to add that weathered scratch effect. You do this by putting paint on a clean dry cloth and apply light handed touches of the paint on the gun as needed. It would be better to apply it on edges to give it emphasis. I think it is like the dry brushing technique.

You are done and you are now a step closer in becoming a Colonial Fleet officer! Let’s kick some frakin toaster a**. So say well all!

III. The sidearm prop In Action:

Photos taken from Ozine Fest last April 2012

It’s not really a replica piece but it’s not that expensive and should work fine with your BSG cosplays and photo shoots. Since it wasn’t fully detailed if you have questions regarding this build just let me know in the comments below. BTW have you seen Blood and Chrome already? :)

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Source:
Image:
Battlestar Galactica – Toomblog
Kara Thrace – Battlestar wiki
Handgun -  Battlestar wiki
Ozine Fest pics by: Drexel Sineneng

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Arrr! Walk The Plank Matey! Pillage, Rum, And Eye Patches! International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Shiver me timbers! Ahoy geek lads! Appie International Talk Like A Pirate Day! This year marks the 10th year of this annual event! I’m re-posting my article from last year.

Pirate guys

Back in 1995, Mark “Cap’n Slappy” Summers and John “Ol’ Chumbucket” Baur (image above) created an annual event/holiday called the International Talk Like a Pirate Day every Sept 19. As the title suggests, it promotes that everyone should talk like a pirate for this day. Through the years it grew and escalated to epic proportions, and is now known worldwide.

From their press kit:

September 19 – It’s Time Again To Talk Like a Pirate!

All around the world and even hundreds of miles above it, people celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day every September 19.

International Talk Like a Pirate Day is the only holiday on the calendar that encourages people to babble like buccaneers for the sheer, anarchic fun of it. It’s been celebrated by millions of people on all seven continents – yes, even at the South Pole – and on the International Space Station!

The holiday was the brainchild (if that’s the right word) of John Baur and Mark Summers, two friends from Albany, Ore., who were playing racquetball when, for reasons that aren’t clear to either of them now, they started insulting each other in pirate jargon. They decided to start Talk Like a Pirate Day, and picked September 19th because it is Summers’ ex-wife’s birthday. The date was stuck in his head and he wasn’t doing anything with it anymore, so it would be easy to remember, Summers said…

Talking Like a Pirate – The Beginner’s Course

(Excerpt from “Pirattitude!” So You Wanna Be a Pirate? Here’s How!” by John “Ol’ Chumbucket” Baur and Mark “Cap’n Slappy” Summers, published in 2005 by New American Library. All rights reserved.)

“Aarr!” is one of what we call “the Five As.” We call them this because that’s the letter they begin with, and our crack mathematics team assures us that there are five of them. These exclamations are the glue that binds together pirate lingo. Even if you don’t know a bunghole from a broadside or a mizzenmast from a maidenhead, you can still give your conversation a little pirate panache by injecting these exclamations into yer landlubber lexicon.

Avast – Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, “Whoa! Get a load of that!” when a beautiful woman walks into the room. “Avast! Check out the bowsprit on that fine beauty!” you might say.

Ahoy – “Hello!” Any inference beyond “Hello!” is simply vocal inflection and has nothing to do with the real meaning of the word.

Aye – “Why, yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did.”

Aye aye – “I’ll get right on that, sir, as soon as my break is over.” We’ve never heard any similarly colorful expressions for “no,” perhaps because pirates were the type you didn’t want to say no to.

Arr – This one is often confused with arrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin. “Arr!” can mean, variously, “yes,” “I agree,” “I’m happy,” “I’m enjoying this beer,” “My team is winning,” “My team is losing,” “I saw that television show, it sucked,” “I am here and alive” and “That was a clever remark you or I just made.” And those are just a few of the myriad possibilities of “Arrr!” It’s a little bit like the pirate version of “Oy,” that indispensable Yiddish word that has almost as many meanings as there are ways to pronounce it…”

You can check their Press Room for more information and details on this, HERE.

Ayyyy! Being geeks you know that aside from ninjas, aliens, robots, wizards, and superheroes, we all love pirates. With that said geekev.com supports and promotes the International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

You can check and like their Facebook page HERE.

You can visit their official site, for more information, how-to(s), games, pictures, merchandise, and more HERE.

Ayyyy! Spread d ward an shar d holiday matey!

You can post this banner and link it to http://talklikeapirate.com

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Source: talklikeapirate.com

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You Are Hereby Authorized To Look Awesome This Rainy Season

With the rainy season in full blast it’s hard to get around without proper clothing and protective gear especially when you’re not Bear Grylls. So now we say adios to our board shorts, flip flops, and shades for now, and say hi to thick jackets, coats, umbrellas, and the like.

I personally call this season, “It-doesn’t-matter-what-shirt-you-wear season”. Why? Cause most of the time you’ll be wearing thick a%$ clothes on top of it. Moreover it’s sad because, there are no dead Tauntauns around you can cut open to seek refuge. But what really pains me is being a mere statistic, along with every other plain average jacket/hoodie wearing individual.

It’s a good thing that an awesome group of people are here to save our necks just in time for the “It-doesn’t-matter-what-shirt-you-wear season” and they have the authority and the power to do so. Bannering the name Authority Hoodies (AH!) these creative fellows are the people behind the awesome nerdy and off the hook Harley Quinn and Panda hoodies!

BTW for non-DC or comics fans, Harley Quinn (image below) is a character originally from the Batman: The Animated Series (by Dini and Timm), known for being Joker’s ever faithful sidekick/partner/assistant. The response for the character was so great that she was eventually adapted to the comic book universe.

Harley Quinn

Here are some shots of their products from the AH! Page (posted with permission):

Harley Quinn Hoodies

Harley Quinn hoodie Harley Quinn hoodie Harley Quinn hoodie
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“Harley Quinn Hoodies by AH!
Models: Liui Aquino, Kristell Lim, Mishi Lim, and Mark Ruperto
Photos by: Lester Castor
Directed by: Yua Valenton & Nicole Valenton”

Panda Hoodies

Panda Hoodie Panda Hoodie Panda Hoodie
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“Everything changed when the Panda Nation attacked
Panda Hoodies by AH!
Models: Kristell Lim, Oz Pacete, Nicole Valenton
Photos by: Lester Castor & Oz Pacete
Directed by: Yua Valenton”
Here is their Promo Music Video:

Models: Liui Aquino, Kristell Lim, Mishi Lim, Mark Ruperto, Nicole Valenton, Ekka Magsaysay W/ Special Participation of Ciarra Del Rosario

Photos by: Lester Castor Directed by: Yua Valenton

Hoodies go for Php1290 a pop, for all sizes which are S, M, L, and XL. You can order online via their Facebook page.

I was lucky enough to get a Panda hoodie with a discount by buying from their booth in the recently held Toycon 2012 and they were sold at Php990! Here are some pics of my Panda Hoodie in action:

I'm a panda! I'm a panda! I'm a panda!
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Photos by: Drex Sineneng

Yep, I’m a panda!!! Yep, and I’m really rockin it! Ha-ha! Be cool but don’t freeze! Yeah I’m on a roll! What are you waiting for nerdmigos? You too can rock the shiz out of the rain season!

You can visit and like their FB page for questions and more information regarding prices, ordering, promos, or updates HERE. You can also follow their Twitter account HERE.

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Source: Authority Hoodie FaceBook Page
Special thanks to Miss Ekka from AH! for the info and allowing me to use some of their pictures. :)
Harley Quin pic: dc.wikia.com entry

Harley Quinn and other DC comics characters/versions are properties of DC Comics and or their respective owners/creators. Images used solely for information and discussion purposes only.
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Tutorial: A Simple Way To Make A Robin Superhero Mask

One of my hobbies is cosplaying and if it is feasible, minus the needlework, I make the props and other parts of my costumes like weapons, gadgets and the like.

This is the first tutorial that I’ll be posting in my blog. This is a very quick and easy tutorial on how to make a superhero mask. In my case I made Robin’s mask for my Damian Wayne costume.Robin - Damian Wayne

This may or may not work for you, if not I hope it can give ideas on how you can create your own masks using available materials you can buy near your area or even stuff around the house. Here we go.

I. Materials (I’m using local prices here in the Philippines and just making an estimate in USD. The prices may be different in your area or country):

  1. Scissors – Average size but the bigger and sharper the better.
  2. Spray Paint (Php 90–120 or $2-3) – select the color that you would want to use. In my case grass green was the closest to Robin’s mask. One can is more than enough for a couple of masks.
  3. Pencil – for the drawing patterns. You can use other writing materials but this is better because it leaves a visible mark and you can easily erase it if you make mistakes.
  4. Mask pattern – You can get lots of pattern over the internet or even make one of your own. Or by copying the mask of the character that you want. I included a sample pattern I created which you can download (link in the instructions below) for your reference. It’s a PNG file, just resize it to fit your need.
  5. Sand paper (Php 5-10 or 25-50 cents) – you’ll only need a small portion of the paper.
  6. Opera type mask (Php 50–250 or $1-5) – I’m not sure if this is what you call them but that is what I think it is. Where I got it from, just says mask though. This is the main/important component and this is what makes the whole build easy. A whole or half face mask usually made from a cross between plastic and cardboard, so it is very durable and flexible. Mine has a thin fabric type cover as well.  They have a standard size but stores may have different sizes. These are really cheap, if you would notice the gap with the price range is a bit big since it really depends on where you will buy it. If your budget allows you, get at least two so you can test out different patterns or if you make a mistake. You can get these kinds of masks in magic shops, party needs shops, book stores, or costume shops.
  7. Straps – Normally these are included with the actual mask that you will get. If you don’t want them or if you want a different one you can replace them.

materials

II. Procedure:

1. Draw or print out your mask pattern on a paper, which is adjusted to the size of the mask and cut the outline. You don’t need to cut the eyeholes on the pattern since the opera mask already has them. You may need to resize or adjust a couple of times to make it fit to the mask or your face. There are two mask patterns I made, the one seen here that looks like a cross between Damian’s Robin mask and Nightwing’s mask and the second one is the original Damian Robin mask.

(Dowload the sample patterns HERE)

2. Get the opera type mask. The great thing about the mask is that it has the shape of a face already which is hard to do from scratch or without molding or rubber latex. Doing it with just a regular pattern will leave it flat.

Opera mask different angle

Remove the straps for the time being. Now, place the Pattern on the opera type mask and draw the outline on the mask itself with a pencil or any marker. I directly drew the outline on the opera mask since I remember the pattern I liked. I added a point above the nose bridge since I like a Nightwing touch on my mask as well. Again it is better to use pencil since it is easier to adjust and erase.

Mask with outline

3. Once the pattern is drawn check the proportions and make the necessary adjustments. Then all you need to do is cut the outline.

Mask with outline cut

4. You will now have a super hero looking mask. Fit it and again make the necessary adjustments and cut them.

Mask front

Mask back

5. There will be parts and edges of the mask that will feel sharp due to the cutting. All you need to do is feel where they are while wearing or touching them and sand the parts as long as needed.

Mask top

6. From here on you just need to paint the mask. It would be better to coat it with primer paint if you have one or if you have extra budget. Then coat with the main color. This would make the color stand out and make it last longer.

Painted mask

In my mask I just painted it directly with the green spray paint. To make better results try to make a thin initial coat and let it dry and then add a second or third coat if needed.

Painted mask side

7. Wear your mask along with your costume and be the superhero your city deserves! Boom! Pow! Bam! Kapow!

III. The Mask In Action:

Photos taken from 11th Philippine Toycon June 2012.

Robin - Damian Wayne Version

Photo by Sammy Magsino.

Robin with Dana Troy

Robin with Dana Troy. Photo by Anna Hechanova.

Robin in Bat Pod

Robin riding the Bat Pod. Photo by Fidel Cana.

Robin and Red Hood

Robin with Red Hood. Photo by Fidel Cana.
Warning/Disclaimer:
Item number 7 is a figure of speech. The mask will help make you “LOOK” like a superhero but it won’t actually make you a real one. Well not instantly, lol. So please put them to good and responsible use. Don’t go fighting crime all by yourself. Don’t go on punching and kicking people you think are villains. If you see something wrong or ongoing crime, contact the proper authorities. Please don’t get shot.

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Image source: Batman Wikia – Robin (Damian Wayne)

Robin and Damian Wayne and other DC comics characters/versions are properties of DC Comics and or their respective owners/creators. Images used solely for information and discussion purposes only.

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Latest Batman: The Dark Knight Rises Trailer!

Batman The Dark Knight Rises

The Avengers hype is really hitting everyone when it was shown here a week ago and it would get bigger as it opens in the states and in other countries on May 4 (which is also Star Wars day and also my Bday!). Now while Marvel is on the stage, DC is cooking up something and here it is, the latest Batman: The Dark Knight Rises trailer for you all guys and gals enjoy:

“This is not a car…”

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Source: YouTube

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Nintendo’s Viral Video, Winger Style

Nintendo’s new 3DS video centers on their take to try and create a video that in turn would or should become viral. How do they do that? They team up with Joel McHale aka Community “cool guy” Jeff Winger. So basically they try to put in as much elements that viral videos over the internet have and poof here you go:

I would say this is funny and it could work, just because of the Wingernator. Yes I’m biased, and that’s due to the Community fan side of me. Coming from that perspective works for me, simple as that but I’m not sure with you guys.

*Now singing la biblioteca*

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Source: YouTube

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Happy Easter Everyone! (Geeky Easter Eggs)

Happy Easter everyone! Enjoy the day with these geeky Easter eggs:

Zombies!!! AHHHH!!!!! Made by DA user WonderDookie. Nice touch with the brain egg white.

Zombie Easter Egg

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Time travel! Doctor Who’s Tardis from Etsy shop The Artsy Nerd.

Tardis Easter Egg[Source]

I can’t let this pass, saw this while reading posts from Geeks Are Sexy. Battlestar Galactica Easter eggs!!! So say we all!

BSG Easter Egg[Source]

Star Wars Easter eggs for the force in you! Darth Maul FTW! These awesome geeky Easter eggs were made by Amy Pronovost.

Star Wars[Source]

To top it all up, this is really not an actual Easter egg design but it’s so cool and it’s Batman! Ordinary Batman Adventures (gif) from Sarah Johnson’s Art.

Batman Easter[Source]

Again happy Easter everyone from geekev.com!

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Temple Run, Wait Whut?

After Plants VS. Zombies and Angry Birds, the new craze for a couple of months now is Temple Run. The game is compatible with the iPhone and iPad. I heard it will be released for Android OS as well (not sure when though). The game play is simple but it is quite addictive and challenging. All you need to do is to run as long as you can while clearing obstacles by swiping and tilting your device, collecting coins, and avoid getting caught by mutant like alien monkeys that look like Arancars (From Bleach).

I was bored and I was thinking about what other funny things can block the character’s path. Then BOOM! it hit me… The best would be the epic Gandalf-the-grey-balrog-you-shall-not-pass scene from the Fellowship Of The Rings part in LOTR.

After a couple of Photoshop minutes LOTR = LORD OF TEMPLE RUN:

Temple Run Gandalf

I like LOTR and Temple Run. So what other things you think will be a funny or cool obstacle in Temple Run?

 

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New Game Of Thrones Season 2 Trailer

“War is coming…”

Game Of Thrones Season 2

As all Game of Thrones partisans wait, we are tortured by being led to endure mere fragments and shreds of its glory and entirety.

Until the day comes, and so, we wait.

This is the latest trailer for the epic story based on the George R.R. Martin novel Game of Thrones.  Season 2 will be aired on April 1, 2012. Isn’t awesomeness? By the way the music is great as well.

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Source: YouTube
Image: Huffpost TV

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