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Journal Entry: Sun Jul 24, 2016, 11:17 AM


It's been a while since I last updated so here's what I've been up to:

In mid-June I went to Korea to study language and culture. I just got back a few days ago. It was a refreshing trip and I was able to learn some basics of the language as well as see some other areas of the country I had not visited before. More importantly, I was able to spend time with my family again. It was good to see them. It troubles me that my parents are still worried that I blame them etc. for sending me to the USA to grow up, but I keep trying to reassure them that it is not the case.

Not that any place is perfect, but I told them my life was fine here. Life is difficult though for most people, anywhere. Rather than explain this to them, I just left it as "life is fine". 

Regardless, this past visit left me wondering if I should teach English in Korea, primarily for business people (kind of had enough with kids). I don't really LOVE my job here and to be honest, education for children in NY is a rather volatile thing. The state keeps changing policies, adding more challenges etc. to the point that I don't think it's a good field for newer people to really pursue. I don't want to discourage anyone, of course. However, it's really messy at the moment. I don't know that I want to spend the next 25+ years working in NY as an educator, I'll be completely dead inside by that point. 

Was Korea a perfect fit? No, nothing is perfect and I am well aware that I'm classified as an "overseas Korean" and not one of the mainland Koreans. I've already run into the confusion where mainland Koreans expected me to speak perfect Korean to them, but they didn't understand why I spoke English and European languages, with very little Korean. Expectations are different if you don't look Korean. Still, it's something to consider. I also realized the government wiped my existence form the country. If I were to work there and apply for dual citizenship, I would be able to have my identity reinstated. It's personal and I guess it doesn't make as much sense to others who are outside this kind of situation. 

Anyway, lots to think about for the future. I just hope I can make a good decision and do something to bring more happiness to my life. 

On the cosplay side of things: I'm attending AnimeUSA this fall and then just doing photoshoots or handing out with cosplayers outside of conventions. You have a better time and get better photos anyway. After that, I'm heading back to MagFest (one of the best events I've ever attended.)

Projects on the docket:
- Dio (Last Exile 2 version)
- Jadis (Chronicles of Narnia - Turkish Delight gown)
- More Star Wars derpage.

I hope all is well for every one of you watchers. Keep your heads up, life can be rubbish, but smile anyway. You'll make it. If anyone ever needs to talk etc., I'm here. 

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Happy Birthday!
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Thank you :D
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happy birthday :) :hug:
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your welcome :hug:
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Thanks so much! :hug:
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theXVthmember Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2016
Um, could you give me some tips for a wig I'm making? See, I'm going to cosplay as a character with lavender hair, but the wig I'm using is Dark purple. I'm wondering how to lighten the color. It's one of those plastic-y, synthetic wigs.
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2016
Unfortunately, you cannot really lighten a synthetic wig in such a manner that say, people would bleach and dye their own hair to be a lighter shade. Wig fibers are really long extruded pieces of plastic. There are "dye" recipes that are commonly used, but that is really more of a tint and it only works if you need to go darker.

Your best bet is to get one in the right shade for the character and either save the darker one for a different costume or sell it. Or, you could just use the dark purple wig as is. Wigs sell quickly though. 
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theXVthmember Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2016
I don't really have any other options when it comes to buying wigs(they're too expensive where I live, even the plastic ones). I'll probably just use it as it is. Thank you very much for your advice!
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TeiRaven Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
And another happy birthday to you, Stealthos! I do not doubt you will be buried in these messages, but I'll add to them regardless XD

Hope you're well!
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016
Thank you so much for the birthday wishes! I appreciate it. 
All is well enough here, at least I'm on the right side of the dirt. So I can't complain ;D
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bbqbert Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, STEALTHY!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope you're doing well, stranger!! Many happy thoughts to you this lovely, lovely year~~!!
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