Cherie Sim and The Epic Splurge Dilemma

How hard is it for a woman to splurge?

That’s what I thought as well, till I now face a scenario myself.

It all started after the whole birthday scare, suddenly realizing that I’m on  a downhill lurch of social maturity, current age: 19.

I’d decided that I’d better start acting like an adult now, rather than get culture shocked when I enter the working world very painfully soon. So here I am thinking, why not start with my bank account?

If you follow my blog long enough, you’d realize that I am a trigger-happy spendthrift when it comes to gaming and all things limited edition. I’m a perfectionist when I comes to my gaming, wanting only the best equipment for my character and the prettiest and flashiest costumes, darn my luck for being a vain gamer on top of everything.

With all that I’ve spent on gaming alone, I reckon I’ve gone through thousands for dollars, a good 30% of my life savings.

That’s right, everyone, LIFE SAVINGS. Because even though I’m not too sure how far I’d get in life, I try

Moving on, I decided that I’d have to start somewhere and since I’m still schooling, I thought I’d start with putting a little savings goal on my 2014 new year’s resolution, which can only mean one thing.

I only have 17 more days to splurge on something REALLY big before my budget plan cuts me off.

I’m not sure about you, but I take my New Years Resolutions very seriously. Whatever I write down, I make sure comes true. That’s why I’m in this ditch, torn between the promise I have to keep to myself and future well being, and my heart desires.

Alright, so I’m being a little dramatic. But seriously.

What in the world could I be so stressed out over?

I blame myself for this one, actually. In the first place, I shouldn’t be looking for things to splurge on. If anything, I should be trying to keep my account balance high so that I wouldn’t have such a hard time saving next year. But I can’t. It’s a ‘heart’s desires’ thing so shove off. What the heart wants, she gets.

Anyway, I’ve been looking at figurines mainly because I’d managed to damn my flow of imagination during the year and now can’t properly envision my dream guy anymore. Given, my dream guy isn’t real to begin with, but I’m pretty sure dating him in my head and staring up into his eyes was much easier a whole year ago. I’m not even sure what colour his eyes are now. Urgh.

So I’ve decided that it has to be done. 

need a super hot male figurine by my bed side to stare at and memorize all features before I sleep at night. You’d think only guys do that to their anime girlfriends or waifus but everyone was created equal and I get to ogle my figurines as well. Screw you.

Firstly, allow me to rant on how bloody hard it was to even find a male figurine. 

This figure took me a good week to find and even then, I’d just barely chanced upon it. Before that, I’d googled and tumblr-ed precious beauty sleep away looking for male figures. I’ve looked at lists and scrolled through countless pages of




Scantily clad bikini babes, action figures that existed solely to tempt me into buying them and all I could find was a handful of male figurines who weren’t even attractive to begin with.

I had given up and settled for an adorable Yoshino pre-order when I’d decided to drop by my favourite Comic Book store, Atom Comics, and saw this guy in on of the preview mags.



Okay, so it wasn’t exactly this guy on the preview mag, or this figurine but

I can’t. He is just too perfect.


I saw an advert in the preview and realized that I’s totally forgotten to check up on his character because the last time I did in game stores, I found out that they’d totally changed the way his character looked and honestly, I wasn’t feeling it.

But I didn’t know they came up with more figurines in the meantime D:

Yes, I am ages too slow. This figure was released in 2008 when I was 14 and still throwing all my cash into blasted AutionSEA and MapleStory.

For this figure, I’m giving him a budget of $150 dollars if possible. It’d probably go up close to $200 with all the shipping involved, but I’ll have to keep my fingers crossed and hope Atom Comics can do me this huge favor. It would help me sleep so much better, if you know what I mean…

Up next is a Witchblade character, Masane Amaha, also from Kotobukiya.


About what I said about scantily clad woman, I don’t take this back. Look at her in all her baddassery (I made a word!) and look at that stand. Can I get any better than this?

Look at her hair!
Much Shine!
Such Red!
Many Twirls!

I’m planning on getting her with a signed and graded comic I saw at Atom Comics. While we’re on that topic of said comic, it costs a whooping $200. Combined with the I’m-not-too-sure-if-it’s-big-or-small budget of $150 for Masane, this splurge would put me back $350 give and take.

Up next is yet another figurine that I could probably afford sometime next year if I manage my accounts right. It is,

Sorceress from Dragon Nest by Good Smiles Company! I’m pretty sure she’s wearing the Cerberus set.

She’s currently on for pre-order due to be released next year in March. I have quite a few months to save up for her, so I’m not too pressed about it.

On the other hand, her full price is rumored to be around $115 while other sites are selling it for roughly $100

This figure is definitely a get no matter what. I love her glossy boots, though I’d rather have her grinning and smirking. She looks too meek as compared to a sorceress in PVP with her maniacal laughter echoing around you.



Dante: $150
Witchblade Masane Amaha: $350
Dragon Nest Sorceress: $115

If I were to get everything, I’d cost me $675 which I would get slaughtered and fed to the dogs when my dad sees my bank statement.

I’ll probably get Witchblade at the end of next year as a splurge and to see if I truly want it that badly. Providing the comic hasn’t been purchased by someone already.

Yes, Dante is a must. Lol.

I’d be buying Sorceress in the middle or probably early next year (earlier, depending how lucky I am during CNY gambling sessions) so I’m fine for now.

Also looks like it’s time to get a job (again).

License to Play’13

It’s so weird typing this post because somehow my pictures look really big on my typeset. Oh well.


Recently, I went for License2Play’13 before my term tests. I kind of regret going on the first day because practically nothing was happening at all. There was so little people so I kinda dressed up for nothing. *grumble*

Anyway, I cosplayed as Lightning from Final Fantasy. This would probably count as my first official cosplay, complete with wig, gloves and boots. I never put in much effort for my cosplaying, ever. So I always end up looking normal at conventions and weird was I’m on public transport.

Here are a couple of pictures from my Costesting:

I met up with Ken whom I’d met at AFA13 recently and he helped me do my make up and we called a cab over because it was raining and there was no way in hell I was standing by the road in costume and trying to flag a cab.

Omg, he really looks like a girl in the photo below.
I wasn’t as ‘high’ for this event because one, I was breaking out and two, I had tests coming up and I was stressing all over the place for it.

As the event name suggests, all we did at the convention was well… play. 

And take obligatory photos with other cosplayers. I only took one because I wasn’t exactly feeling it. I get gloomy during December. It sucks, I know. I procrastinated for so long before I actually wrote this post, LOL.

We were joined by Cedric and Tian too, completing the AFA’13 group!image

Then Ken/Ashley decided to seductively eat a hotdog in front of very cute and totally ripped parkour boys.

He scarred me alot for that day, I don’t even know where to start. It might have been how he so easily deceived the first photographer that he was actually a girl by speaking like one or how some guy referred to him as a her. I really have no idea, the examples are endless. 

We had lunch and I decided it was a good time to take selfies. I couldn’t care less if we were in public, it was Suntec City for Pete’s sake. You see weird people all the time. 

We did go back to check out the event, but everything else was closing up so we decided to just head/cab home. Sigh. My poor wallet. Or really just poor me. Literally. image
Back at my place, we changed and he helped me with my Sailor Mars costume, which I’m not exactly feeling either. But I’ve already gotten her shoes and her entire costume is assembled. It just looks really cheap looking besides his, but sigh, might as well right?

Overall I actually had a good time there. It’s just that I have such bad memory and December blues are getting to me. I’m not exactly a jolly good fellow around this time of the year. It’s normally when I’d spend more and it just gets to me. Plus I have to interact so much with family and relatives, it pisses me off because everyone thinks they’re right and expects each other to give in. It’s so very stupid but you know what, I’ll leave that for another rage post when they really piss me off. I’d say it’ll be soon, probably during some Christmas gathering.

Issues aside, I really love the pink wig so much, pity it’s not mine. I borrowed it from Ken’s club and he had to pull some strings to get it, I feel a little bad about it. BUT I REALLY LIKE THE COLOR, DON’T YOU?

Alright, I’d love to write more but I really am not in the mood.

Just when you thought I couldn’t be later…


I am finally writing my birthday post, in the midst of my term test revision. Honestly, it’s not that I can’t be bothered to study, I did and I think I deserve a break, blog and heck load of cooking videos on youtube before I go back to reading my notes to sleep. I’m determined still, okay.

Moving on, birthdays are one of the special occasions I allow myself to put make up. That, and cosplay because I need to look like the character, not uh, well… me.

My day had been saddeningly straightforward. No surprises at all, making that the biggest surprise of my day. Not that I expected it. Actually I’m not supposed to expect it, if not it wouldn’t be a surprise anymore and… I don’t know what I’m talking about so let’s carry on.
The day officially starts with my sister french twisting my hair up high and going crazy with my make up, all credits to her. We’d spent the day shopping in town, well, at least she did, before meeting up with my brother-in-law for dinner.
What a waste, though. I’d sworn off sushi for the year and I was feeling sluggish as the caffeine from my earlier coffee crashed in my veins. Sadly, I didn’t eat any sushi but I did try this white fatty tuna sashimi that tasted like canned tuna with vinegar yet had the texture of raw fish. One of the most pleasantly confusing sensations in the world, I’d say. I’d probably go back to the sushi place for a whole plate of that sashimi and nothing else. From what I heard from my sister, the sushi was just so-so. Oh well, I’ll only be able to confirm that statement next year, guys!
I don’t think you can really tell, but my sister had my make up changed to what she called ‘night makeup’. My lipstick was a shade deeper and I was wearing eyeshadow.

Down boys, that isn’t my boyfriend. He’s one of my few poly friends in school whom I hang out with. Very into the music scene and chill. We enjoy live concerts, being racist within ourselves and laughing at very random things. Get us now for just one Google Chrome! Batteries not included.

Anywho, we were taking pictures to send to our other friend who couldn’t make it for the night out. I was aiming for the ‘unapproachable and too good for you look’ but my friend thought I’d look like a geisha. Just a geisha.

Must have been the lipstick.
I went with my secondary school classmate too! Though she had many other friends to entertain that night ):

No matter though, because…
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It’s not everyday a girl gets her picture taken by the official event photographer, right?

Actually, I had a few pictures taken on Fenix’s page. Whoops. Not a party animal, guys.

Look! the the right of the second picture! Two guys who look like they’re about to kiss each other! Now, focus on that.
The next day, I celebrated with (No, not a hangover, geez give me some credit.) Steak

Just wow.

As always, I had mine rare and bloody. I was treated to the greatest display of plating a salad yet, and the probably the best table service ever.

Best table service as in my waitress was seriously my waitress and she was so cheerful, she could have reached into her apron and sprinkled glitter over my head if she could.

I’m not sure what’s more exciting, the fact that she looked like the kind who could pull off something so awesome or that I probably wouldn’t have minded.

Just make sure it’s toxic free, kids.
I even had cake to make my birthday finally feel special (It’s all about the cake) and a birthday sung to me by the table crew. The feeling was wonderful.

It’s a good thing I went dressed up too, because they took a complimentary shot for me! 😀
And here is one taken for myself outside the restaurant. Check out my uber cute birthday heels :}

So there you have it. No surprises, just good food, great music and nice people to tide me over my weekend.

I also just bought my 2014 organizer and realized that next year I’m turning 20, my big two-o, and the year after, I’m turning 21 and I’m officially gonna be a full grown adult.


Next year, my birthday is probably gonna be the saddest because I’d be moping around the house whining over how old I’m getting.

  • My niece would be turning 1.
  • My cousins are sitting for their major exams.
  • My other cousin has a girlfriend.
  • It just sunk in that OH MY GOD both my sisters are MARRIED
  • I’m graduating soon so I’d probably have to get a full time job (No more part-time for me)

Growing up was IS a trap, I swear. I just hope the food will be as good as or better than this years.


Occupation: Student


It is I, Cherie, (finally) bringing you the updates of my school work after much procrastination despite my busy schedule. Let’s start from the top, shall we?

Besides all the bullshit and rage tweets going on my twitter while I’m in school, I’ve made it a point to actually study hard this semester. Things will definitely be different, especially since I will not be with my classmates anymore but with my juniors instead. Times have been peaceful, though trying to interest myself in my books have been proving to be quite challenging. image

Like my pencil case, Kevin, I gave my most hated module this semester (because God knows I’ll hate every module I have in my next sem) a personality in attempt to make me like it more. So far the only thing it’s been able to do was make a couple of my friends laugh and raise a few eyebrows.
Keeping awake in school has also never been harder, probably because I’m already so used to my internship life. Honestly, I miss it but all good things come to past, don’t they? So starts my frequent visits to the school bookshop where I can spend half an hour picking out candy and snacks, after which I forget to have lunch and sulk my tutorials away. Still, totally worth it.
I also started note taking and copying all my tutorial questions by hand for easy revision and for my poor memory’s sake. You know, because I’m determined to graduate and get the hell out of this school.
In continuation from my last semester’s work, I managed to finish my solo major project slides and project report! I actually think I did quite a decent job with this entire thing, from my SIP to my presentation and report. Have high hopes for this!
I even had time to help out with my friends’ Major Project, going around metal hubs in Singapore looking for screws and expansion springs.
I really did try to help okay, though I did end up having more fun in the end. In my defense, I was doing my presentation slides too and I managed to finish. D:
More and more note taking and highlighting. If you do not notice by now, I am right handed, have a pink laptop (of all things) and have the cutest mechanical pencil ever.
Here’s a picture of a mini assignment I had to do and bring to class for a ‘show and tell’. I never got to present it, thank goodness because I’d spelt ‘Photovoltaics’  wrongly. *Facepalm*
^Random flashback to when I had to do chiller sizing for my Major Project. The graphs made my head hurt and made me felt so stupid I almost cried. Bad memories, man. I’m so glad it’s over.
And let’s just say that all the studying paid off when I got back one of my quiz results. This is for the module I hated the most! Of the three that I’m taking this semester, this is the best score so far. It’s always like that, isn’t it? Somehow you never score as well for the subjects you like or in my case, prefer over.

I’d want to write more, but the topic of school is already so boring in itself. The only interesting thing that happened all term was that I’d raged out over my report submission. Sigh. I have no life.


Okay, not really. But at least I’m passing in school, right?