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I can’t believe how fast time has flown. I know it sounds cliche to say it. But, seriously, I can’t help but feel like it was only last week that we were still starting a new year. There’s always things to do everyday and before you know it, the week ends and then another and another.

In my last post I had told all of you that we are thinking of forming a Facebook page for Kasumi.  I’ve recently created an account in Facebook. If you want to add me on, just look up – Surt Lim on Facebook and send me a friend request. I’ll be more than happy to add you on. ^_^

Oh. Sugimoto-san is also on Facebook. Just look up his name – Hirofumi Sugimoto or check my Friend’s list and you’ll see him there. Yippee!

I’m still accepting fanart, although, please bare with me if I take a while to post them. You can also send them to my Facebook account and post it up there yourself and I’ll send you a thank you gift for that. :P

I’ve some ideas to bring the fans closer…like maybe a contest or something with real prizes. >_< I’ll be posting my ideas on my Facebook page soon. If you have any too, feel free to drop me a note there.

Okie dokie, I’ll see you on Facebook then! Later Gator! \^_^/

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Kasumi vol.3

Two days ago, when I was checking my Facebook account, I stumbled upon a fan page dedicated to Kasumi manga.

I was surprised to see it and I have to say… I was very touched. ^_^ It really made my day to know that there are people out there who love Kasumi as much as Sugimoto-san and I do.

We’ve also been receiving a lot emails regarding when volume 3 is coming out. Unfortunately, due to the state of the manga market and other various circumstances, volume 3 will be delayed for some time. We’ll keep you inform when we have more news.

In the meantime, I’ve been thinking of starting up an official fan page and will be requesting for more submissions soon. :)

So, till then…adieu >_<

maikodance

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Missing in action

First of…I want to apologize for disappearing from the face of the earth. >_< I just checked my last blog and OMG! The last time I said anything was in July… *sigh* Forgive me for being a poor communicator. Things have been crazy here the past few months…

Just to back track a little, ever since I got back from Asia, I was struck with the worst case of throat infection EVER. It didn’t help that my docs diagnose me wrongly. TOTALLY! Seriously, I could consider suing but whatever. I don’t have the time for that.

Anyways, turns out after months of suffering, i had fungus in my throat. YUCK! you say. Tell me about it…Thank goodness it is over. I was reading online that one of the reasons why I kept falling sick again and again was because I was not resting enough…

So anyways, now that I am back, I’ll try to upload the rest of the fan art as soon as I can. Please be patient a little longer…*Surt bows deeply* Domo arigato!

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The other side of the world…

So, we’ve just arrived in Singapore. It’s been about 2.5 years since I last visited. Today I went to buy some groceries and was standing in the cab (otherwise known as a “taxi”) line waiting for a cab. I noticed the guy in front of me cutting the line and taking the next cab that came along. I tried to glare at him but noticed everyone glaring at me instead. It was only then I realized…I was standing at the wrong end of the line. Ooops! I guess they do things differently in Singapore. Thankfully, I wasn’t crossing a street. :p

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Music for the soul

I’ve not been keeping up with my music lately. The only time I get to listen is when I’m driving. But, I’m one of those people who don’t keep track of the artist and song and I always find myself humming the songs and trying to figure out which one it is on youtube. *hahaha*.

But, yesterday, I finally told myself. I have to get those songs out of my head. *grin*. So, I went on iTunes and started searching and surprisingly, I managed to find those songs I’ve been wanting for SOOO long. :) Here’s a link to one of them:

The Way I am- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T88NfxVJdc

I thought it is very appropriate. I told Gabriel (and he stared blankly at me) that this is the song he should be singing to me, especially the part about – being called “baby” and “rogane”. hahaha. It’s a private joke. Ever since I had him, I dropped a lot of hair. It’s beginning to grow back but *sigh* the baby hair is all stick up now and I look like the Naru from Love Hina with her hair sticking up.

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Furniture Store

Here’s the translation to Sugimoto-san’s blog entry:

I went to the shop that handled the mid-century United States furniture and miscellaneous goods the other day. It is for research of culture at that time and atmosphere.

Instead of taking a picture of the store and leaving, I decided to take a turn deliberately to see the inside of the store.

Large-scale..building..huge..store..all..retro..import..miscellaneous goods..overflow..inside..miscellaneous goods..category..exceed..thing..provide.

For instance, there were things, such as a gas can, and gas station and a road traffic sign, a parking meter, and a streetlight. They seeming are all valuable things obtained with proper channels. The design is very beautiful. The things in that age provide only one function for one tool is more exciting when designed and used for another.

I was satisfied of the shop as it was guided by a well informed beautiful woman clerk about the history background of the design and the miscellaneous goods of the shop for about two hours.

I bought one plate there. I took a photograph below. My office has become a parking lot except (Sunday is excluded. )haha

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雑貨店

私は先日、ミッドセンチュリーアメリカの家具や雑貨を扱うお店に行きました。当時の文化や雰囲気のリサーチの為です。残念ながら店舗の写真撮影は不可だったので、じっくり店内を観てまわることにしました。大型のビルの一階二階の巨大な店舗には全てレトロな輸入雑貨で溢れていて、中には雑貨の範疇を越える物まで在りました。例えば道路標識やパーキングメーター、街灯らしき物、ガス缶、ガソリンスタンド?等です。それらは全て正規のルートで入手された貴重な物らしいです。この時代の物は、道具一つに対して一つの機能が在るのみで、その造形はとても美しいです。合理的に良くデザインされている物が多く、観ているだけでワクワクします。私はそのお店の、デザインと雑貨の歴史背景に詳しい美人店員さんにガイドされながら、2時間程そのお店を堪能しました。私はそこで一枚のプレートを買いました。私の仕事場はなんと駐車場になってしまいました。(日曜日を除く)haha
plate

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Kasumi Fans

We are so excited that we’re getting fan art!!! ^_^ I’ve been getting emails from our fans and it’s really great to know that there are readers who love Kasumi! It makes all the hard work that Sugimoto-san and I went through all the more rewarding. :)

I heard from my editor today. She said that Kasumi, vol.2 is going through reorders. We started at 8000 copies and now we’re at 10,000 copies! Yes!! It’s really exciting. Del Rey is real happy too and I hope that means that we can go for vol.3? At the moment, we’re in a wait and see stage which is sad but can’t be helped considering the bad economy that we’re having now. So, because of that, we have to say – THANK YOU KASUMI FANS for supporting us!! Arigatogozaimasu!! (bow) (bow) (bow)

Recently, whilst waiting for Kasumi, vol.2’s release, I’ve been working on writing a book. A little side project to pass time. We shall see how that goes. Sugimoto-san, on the other hand, has been working on Cate West 2 – The Velvet Keys. It’s a game that is created by Gamenauts, Inc (www.gamenauts.com) and Sugimoto-san is responsible for creating the story scenes. Here’s a picture of one of the scenes that Sugimoto-san had created. Ain’t it cool? You can try out the game for free at this link and click download: http://www.gamenauts.com/games/catewest2.html.

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Spring is in the Air

I thought I would continue with the same line of thought as Sugimoto-san. >_< Spring is really in the air and so is the pollen. I was walking with baby G the other day and I caught a whiff of something. All of a sudden I’m sneezing like crazy. It was insane I tell you. Every 2 minutes the neighborhood will ring with the reverberations of my sneezing and baby G just laughs. He thinks it’s hilarious whilst poor me here…trying to hold back another loud one. :p

In our home, we are gadget crazy. I guess we need to be if we want to be ahead of times. Stanley, my husband, is a game designer and he needs to have the latest console, TV and whatnot. We just got ourselves an “Apple TV” last night. It is like an ipod for the TV. What I really liked about it is that it has all the latest TV shows. Even though we have a TiVo, we tend to miss the shows and it’s cool to have it at your fingertips as and when you want it. The only bad thing about it…is that darn it’s $1.99 per show?!!! That’s crazy. I could wait for Netflix but it’s too long…We have been hooked on 30Rock and I wanted to see the 3rd Season now rather than wait for the dvds. So, iTunes win – 1:0.

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Spring Weather

Hi everyone,

here’s the translation to Sugimoto-san’s blog post:

Spring Weather

Two volumes were put on the market the other day. I’m glad because everyone will have the chance to read about the many new characters in volume 2.

When the distance is short, I like to move around on my bicycle. I’ve used it for about 6 or 7 years. It’s a foldable bicycle named dibrasi. I like it very much. Especially, as the carrier is kawaii. I feel good [ku] on dibrasi. The sky cleared up well the other day and we went shopping together. I felt the bud of spring and felt good.

Dibrasi makes the sound [baki] [tto] when I ride and it felt good when my bicycle zoomed [ku] passed a group of junior high school students on their school trip. They were probably thinking that a drunken man was riding a bicycle.  The bicycle started to stutter and it starts and stops and starts again. At first I didn’t understand what was happening. The pedal broke and flew off. It broke as a result of overworking for a long time.  I was laughed by the group of junior high school students and when I tried to get on it but was impossible [yakotowari], a stranger said “Safe” and it was very embarrassing…

I treated to an interesting sense the other day though I jogged every day at night. There was a power failure that day or perhaps the streetlight by chance was not working. It was pitch-dark except for the moon above. The moonlight shone on the road brightly and seeing only moonlight with the view of the streetlight in the distance. In the almost pitch-dark situation and the smell of some flowers… my sense of equilibrium disappears…with the music of [yasushihiroshi] Kobayashi (COBA) that flows from my iPod. It was very mysterious though I ran into the light of the streetlight soon, when I reached it and I had returned to the usual jog. It was an indescribable feeling.

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