What have you been up to y'all?
Felt like forever since the last time I wrote anything here. It's quite clicheic and out of style to begin each Journal entry discussing and sulking over my absence. I'm both lazy and busy, ok?
20Posing all cool and sexy like a badass at MediaCityUK.
First of all, to get this out of the way, I'm 20. Finally! Finally? I didn't anxiously wait for this age, but it starts with a new digit, see? 2? 2. Yep. ''How old are you?'' ''Twenty.''
Short and crystal clear/clean. No more ''nineteen''. Not a really long name, but quite complicated. Twenty. Shorter, brighter, better feel around it. Feels™!
I also need to tell you just how grateful I am for all your wishes. I didn't expect to receive this many.
Unfortunately I didn't have the time to reply to them, but I will make sure I will individually do so for each and every single one of them!
*reads previous journal entries to make sure I won't repeat myself in the next paragraph*
Oh, alright. So you guys have no idea what I'm doing in UK.
But I will enlighten you. ''Yep, my lads. In less than 12 hours I'm jumping in the plane to Berlin, then take the plane to London and finally, the plane to Manchester.Two layovers, eh? Unbelievable.''
Two layovers, haha. Well fuck my life.
Waiting in line for departure, my mother, poor heart, was crying her soul out knowing I'll be gone like for such a long time, while my father was making fun of her too cheer her up. It was really interesting to see them together so many times in the last few days, as they'd met up to stand up in front of me and explain me stuff on how's life on my own gonna be like and what to do in airports, where to look, how to get indications, how not to get lost, etc., as my parents are well divorced since I was 4. I don't want people lamenting me for that. I have a saying ''If you like who you are in the present, never resent your past.
'' Thing might have turned different for me otherwise, who knows? Extreme happiness filling your whole childhood can build up an extremely shitty personality or even worse, make you one hell of a naive person. Which I am. But... I'm out of arguments. By the time I got there she had been staying all cosy in Manchester for about one week.
My plane finally took off to Berlin. Got there just in time. Waited, I think, one or two hours, for the next plane, but it wasn't as if I was dying out of boredom there, because the whole security bullcrap and finding the right gate and then get checked in your arse again and shit took around the amount of time I had until the next plane took of from Berlin to London.
Second plane took off. Near London the plane wouldn't land. They received no permission to for about 40 minutes, time in which the plane was just flying in circles. I could see that on the GPS set above all passengers' skulls. Did that 3 times, than got closer to London. I was so happy it'd finally land. I was running quite late for the next flight. But no. The damn thing flown one more loop. Of course, I got in time for the next plane. I was so in sync with its departure that I got there exactly when it was ready to take off. So I lost it. Now it was very frustrating. ''I'm sorry, the door is already closed.
'' Well fucking open it! ''I am afraid there's nothing we can do.
'' You better be afraid. Damn right. Good for their skulls they actually gave me a free ticket for the next flight to Manchester FOR FREE! They were supposed to make me pay, but as far as I understood from what they were mumbling about, they started pitying me for losing it. At the end of the day it was the previous plane company fault for having me run late.
I waited there 4 hours. Yep. When I got that, next thing I knew, I ran straight to a USB charging pole to charge up my iPhone and PSVita and start playing to kill time. In the same time I was also phone calling my parents and texting my girlfriend, who was already there, in Manchester, all set up, waiting for me to pick me up.
As time went by people started gathering and filling the waiting room giving me the look. What look? The ''I need to charge my fucking laptop/phone, too, you maggot!
'' Nuh-uh. Charging pole be mine.
Plane to Manchester took off. I finally got to Manchester. But how the F was I planning to get to my room in campus? Cab. I only took it for half the way to the place I wanted to go to as my girlfriend was waiting me at the university's library. I had the misfortune to pick a black cab - most expensive cab in UK. Was very stressed and panicked. I knew none of my whereabouts. I paid £33, which in dollars is $52. Dear Lord in Heavens. Ol' Kakuzu would not be pleased. Nuh-uh.
Met with my sweetie and with the help of some student which was also part of the staff, very late in the night, we got to my room and spent the night together. It was very 'interesting'. Since we became a couple we've only seen once before leaving and after 3 weeks we meet again for the second time in UK.
But even so, do you think the hassle ceased? Nope. Going back to the moment I got off the last plane, in Manchester. I recalled what the lady in London said, after losing the plane: Don't worry. Your luggage will be carried over to this next plane and it'll be there with you in Manchester when you get off the plane.
Coolio. Real nice and sweet I don't have to worry about that.
Waited more than one hour for my luggage to show up on the luggage reel or whatever you call it when it suddenly shuts down. Staff was off to home. No luggage of mine anywhere to be see. I wasn't the only one. There were 11 more persons being left all alone with no luggages. We all had to complete some sheet of paper with address and stuff and they'd eventually send the luggage to that address. More than one week had passed and no luggage had been sent to my address. No action had been taken until the moment I called them myself and asked them where the crap was my luggage.The damn thing never left Berlin.
It wasn't even in London. WTF?!
Yeah, but then in a couple of days I got it back. I had to get the train to airport and pick it up myself. =/ Again, had to pay for train tickets which were quite expensive, especially since this affair happened at night. When we left home we caught just in time the very lest train. Had we not we would have had to get a cab. What cab? Correct. Black cab. Only those are there at the airport, hunting for innocent and helpless foreigners.
After this whole hassle we went on focusing on the student life and how to get used to it. We participated to lots of introductory events and, as requested, proceeded with the creation of our UK debit card. We really needed it. The accommodation payment is done only through an UK bank account. Same goes for getting a UK phone number/SIM. Even with that I lacked pretty much a shitload of luck. I was being constrained by emails from the accommodation service. I had to link my UK bank account with the contract and my debit card would not arrive by post. Because, of course, they deliver these important items by freaking post. Why go there and get it yourself, which is a whole lot safe?? NO. Have it lost on the way. Which was actually my case. In the meantime I received tons of letters from them. I excitedly opened them one by one. Might my card be in here? Nope? Nope.
It was ridiculous. They send in tons of useless letters thanking me for applying for a bank account at their bank and then thanking me again for having received the thanking letter. Then they sent promotions letters. Wait and chill the crap up. I haven't started even paying for things with it and you're already stuffing promotions on my throat? In the end, after two weeks of waiting, I had to go myself to the bank to tell them I've been waiting quite too much for it. Staff guy, after getting all of my details, told me to wait 10 minutes as he went in some other room. Came back with my card. He printed a new one on the spot. Cancelled the one sent by post. Had I known I could get everything solved just by going there and complaining from the get go...From time to time, my beloved mother and aunt send us goodies. Like this ton of noodles!
One month passed and we already got used to the brands here regarding fast foods, supermarkets, malls etc.. In due time we also started courses. My girlfriend is studying International Relations and Politics. Fancy, complicated, intelligent. Right after her people ask me, too. ''And you? What you studying?
'' ''Computer and Video Games.
'' Then I receive the disappointingly ''Oh... Um nice...
I kinda act douchey in front of her at times. Her schedule is quite stressing. Well not really, but her classes are fixed and mines aren't really courses. More like sessions. Everyone has a cubicle where they sit and draw and work and talk and have fun and eat and drink and it all feels like working on an indie game. It has this freedom vibe to it. Very pleasant. Teachers are great, altogether with our tutor. I get along with pretty much everyone, which is very good. Thinking about it, changing languages really transforms you as a person. I'm nowhere to being shy while addressing others in English, where doing that in my native language was quite challenging. In time I learned to suppress this stress and tried to act as an extrovert. It's all for facade, lol, but I ended up doing it so well I forgot I am. You should try that as well. If you have any problems that is.What I loved the most about the course was that our cubicles are sunk in printed conceptual designs from top knotch artists!
Hassle was encountered while trying to get funds for a laptop. I had no laptop. Commissions had to be postponed. Work on Kuende had to slow down. A total mess. So many persons needing me and I only had my phone. But I got that in the and as well.
Later on my mother sent me my monitor and my consoles and now I'm fully installed on my girlfriend's desk. But she loves me.
She'll read this.Work done for possible future board games and a random wood structure created down in the workshop.
Some really cool things going down at the moment at the CVG course are the items we have to deliver until the end of the semester for our marks. We have to create conceptual designs of characters, vehicles and environments as well as a board game and something done downstairs in the workshop. I have plenty of time left to do these. Actually I'm almost done, truth be told.
It is nice how I can feel so close to the gaming industries. Started getting in touch with related persons. I'm sending my portfolio all over the places. Trying to stay as active as possible. All that, because I really need a job ASAP to sustain myself financially. I don't to keep on being a bother for my parents anymore. But I'm almost there. I've been already promised a mini job in January so I should be just fine until then.
At the moment I'm all set up, working on illustrations as always. Having lots of things on the pipe to post here. Got used to the GBP system, got used with the inverted traffic, got used to switching immediately to English language, not that I had a problem with that, but when you have to vocally do it is so much different, than typing it.
CHRISTMASHO! HO! H-- No.
Anxiously we numbered the days left until the Christmas mood set in. My girlfriend started playing carols on YouTube way before that. Only a few weeks left and the Christmas Markets would open up! And boy was it an event! Tons and tons of fireworks all over the place! A huge Santa made of lights climbed up on a building. Lots of shops set in little wooden houses offering all sorts of goodies from delicious sweets all the way to sausages, beer and funny Christmas toys!
We took our time and went through them all.I get excited for Christmas. I am the one waiting anxiously for the Christmas Spirit. She's way 'worse' than that. #shehyperventilatesandcries
The best part about my B-Day, as always, is the fact that I get to afford paying for the newly released games, as the big companies have this splendid habit of releasing the most interesting titles of the year in my birthday month, from the funds people send me as gift. Any gift is welcome, but I'm surrounded, and blessed with that, by people knowing me quite well. They all rather to gift me funds. Not being ungrateful. I'm capable of enjoying each and every gift I receive. The intention is the one which counts. So far I got to pay for my PSN subscription and purchased, again, GTA V on PS4. Boy that game looks so freaking awesome on the current gen. I also got Assassin's Creed Unity, which, as the press shouts and yells about, it's full of bugs. I'm glad I had to wait a bit on it. By now, almost all bugs are gone. And despite the incredibly bad reviews, I'm sure I will enjoy the shit out of it. It's AC and I'm a hardcore fan. Also, I'm easily impressed. My standards are low as shit. Ubisoft may rape my wallet. But not with Watch Dogs. That was bullcrap I swear. The sequel needs to be worlds better. It was a pain finishing that game. Dear Lord of Koopas.
Speaking of Bowser, reference intentionally made. Due to uncertainty, Violette, my girlfriend, gifted me the most epic T-Shirt:
As soon as it gets shipped I'll wear the fabric out of it!
I still need to get a couple of other titles recently released such as FarCry4, Shadow Of Mordor, Naruto Shipuuden Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution and Assassin's Creed Rogue. But I think it's best to wait until Black Friday.
It ended. Heavily depressed with that. But they already announced a sequence. I don't want to give out spoilers. But if you don't want them just skip the following section.[SPOILER][SPOILER][SPOILER][SPOILER][SPOILER]
Ok. Now I can freely discuss upon the matter. As said, they already have in the pipeline a sequel coming 2015 which will focus on Naruto's kids. I'm very eager to read on that. It's said that it's not as lengthy as Shipuuden. Of course not. But then again, the first part of Naruto was very short in comparison with Shipuuden. I really hope the 2015 sequel will be followed by a Shipuuden-like sequel. I really don't want to leave this universe behind. I don't know. It became a way of life. Really. I don't care if the story is bad or not. I just want to have those characters 'by my side' in the future...
I almost missed Shino. I completely missed him in the very first panels of the last chapter. WOW! That new look. He looks so badass.
When I first seen Salada I was like ''OMG! Sasuke got together with Karin!
'' Please tell me you did, too!
And what's up with Kishimoto pairing Chouji with Karui, eh? It makes no sense. Probably they'll develop onto that in fillers in the anime. Which remind me I'm like over one hundred episodes behind with it. D:
I love how technology is now being implemented, which is the main reason I strongly believe the Naruto series is nowhere ending now. They have so many things to explore now. Just imagine! IMAGINE the POSSIBILITIES!
And what happened to Yamato? What about Orochimaru? Nuh-uh. Naruto will keep on continuing until a clear and well polished ending will be given. I so hope I'll be able to deliver a full fledged fanart of it all. [SPOILER][SPOILER][SPOILER][SPOILER][SPOILER]
Before ending this lengthy journal entry, just a few more things. I'm really happy my mother got fine over me being left for so long and so far from her. Of course. She still has moments when she suffers because of that, but the pain she goes through missing me is slightly numbed by this little creature:
Introducing to you, Kira. This little wonder is making my mother much more happier.
Second thing, something I'm currently/still working on. A personal illustration. Can't wait to finish it. It's so promising. I have so many new things I will try on it regarding the coloring and the way I'll think up the background. It's my next big piece. Heck, when I'm doing things like this it's as if I'm making this game company and announcing games and throwing out teasers and dev diaries of it. Takes me so much to get one done as if I'm in full development of a triple A title, lmao.
I really wonder if I forgot anything. I've been writing since 2AM. Now, 2 hours later, I want to end this and go play some AC Unity. Had no time to. Whatever I missed will be added in the next journal entry.
I want to thank anyone who really does take their time to read my nonsense. I appreciate it a lot! I know some of you really do and I thank you for that!
Once again! I thank everyone for their warm wishes! I had a wonderful time reading your wishes and I bless you all. I wish you all the same: health, wealth and happiness!
Take care, everyone!