Saturday, 23 November 2013

Alternative fitness ideas † Bat Fit, Zombies, Run!, How to survive a horror movie

My fitness fluctuates. In very busy periods, particularly when I'm stressed, I really don't want to exercise. Whilst I am happy with my weight, I am not so content with my fitness. So I'm always looking for ways to get myself out of my dark mood and into a different kind of dark mood: goth-flavoured workouts.

I have heard of The Professor's 'Bat Fit Challenge' before, but not really considered it much. I'm really into physical exercise like running and dancing, and as far as I can tell, Bat Fit is very much about keeping an eye on what you eat and gentler exercise like walking or yoga. Is there anyone doing Bat Fit who can provide more details?

A site I really like is Nerd Fitness. It's a really fun website which uses analogies from pop culture (like How to Build a Batcave for Habit Change). Recently, a workout was posted there called How to Survive If You Find Yourself Stuck in a Horror Film. It's written in the manner of a 'survival guide' and is a really fun way of making sure you're exercising right.


Something else I like to use is the Zombies, Run! Basically its an app which monitors how far and how fast you run, whilst encouraging you to do so by convincing you you're chased by zombies. I have a version called Zombies, Run 5k, which trains you to do a 5km run by the end of 7 weeks. Connect it to your GPS, and follow audio prompts. It's something like an RPG - you are air-dropped near a town called Abel, which is surrounded by zombie swarms. You have to pick up items and get to safety. Communicators from the town guide you, telling you to walk or run for certain periods of time.

Does anyone have other 'gothic' ways they like to get fit? Chasing cats? Lifting pumpkins?

Thursday, 14 November 2013

iPod shuffle function † Nine Inch Nails, Gorillaz, Hania Lee

I'm still flat out with exams at the moment, so I thought I'd do a real quick post to show some of what's on my iPod.

1. Kiss Me Good-Bye - Uematsu Nobuo 
2. White Flag ft. Bashy and Kano - Gorillaz
3. Rambler Song - Shellac
4. I Won't Say (I'm in Love) - Susan Egan (Disney! The feels, ^_^;)
5. I Don't Know You Anymore - Savage Garden (had a massive tween crush on these guys, as many Aussie girls did :P)
6. See the Sun - Dido
7. The Only Time - Nine Inch Nails
8. Hollywood - Art vs Science (I don't rally like their music much. Maybe only this song is tolerable)
9. Ruiner - Nine inch Nails
10. Kryptonite - 3 Doors Down
11. Solitude - Hania Lee (I like her music. And it's freeeeee)
12. Fragile Things - Thor Kell (This is a tribute piece to the Neil Gaiman anthology of the same name)
13. Prove Yourself - Radiohead
14. Mot Minh - Thuy Chi
15. Slide - Goo Goo Dolls
16. Tonight, Tonight - The Smashing Pumpkins
17. How to Be Dead - Snow Patrol
18. Karate - Paper Tiger
19. Wait - Pompeya
20. It Must Have Been Love - Roxette (haha -_-;)

Well, there's a snapshot. I'm kind of surprised that my guilty secret (ALL the Hamasaki Ayumi songs) did not appear at least once. That said I expect on another day, if I tried this same exercise, it would be full of Japanese/Korean/Vietnamese music. 

Friday, 8 November 2013

I would like you to meet my cat

So I've probably mentioned my cat a few times, but I've never posted a photo here, I believe, so here you are:

Watching birds...
He's a 10 year old blue Burmese, and I've had him for about... 7 years, I think. He's also very friendly and affectionate, and even people that don't like cats generally get along with him.

Someone drew this for me :)

He's very silly- he sometime misses window ledges or get stuck in places. But, of course, he's wonderful and I hope he lives for many more years :3

His favourite place to sleep until we stopped ironing things...

Monday, 4 November 2013

Massive Halloween post † Jurassic Lounge, cheap Halloween items, plans for next year

Hey kits! I apologise for missing only the BIGGEST EVENT OF THE GOTHIC YEAR D:

I've been busy with university work, so I haven't been able to post my Halloween adventures here... until now.

First, yes I've changed my blog around again. I'm feeling pretty happy with it this time though, so this is likely to stick around for longer, although I might change the notepaper image slightly - I don't like the blue tinge it has.

And now on to the interesting stuff!

In the lead up to Halloween, Daiso had some Halloween items for sale. Not many, I'm afraid, but checking out their usual range, I came across a bunch of other Gothy cute goods. (Hint: if you like black cats, you'll like Daiso)

Bad quality pic of photo albums

Something a little punk

For the deco-ers out there

Black cats

More black cats

Great range of stockings. For a while, they only had footless, but they've remedied that

For a Halloween lolita?

And more black cats

And even more black cats

Anyone still fascinated with these or is it just me...?

A business card holder. I have one of these

Stickers! I love this set and have stuck them over everything

Note books. Black and pink seems to be a theme here...

One of my Daiso hauls. Guess what? I see another two black cat products there :P

The local bargain shop had more specifically Halloween goods to offer. I've bought so much jewellery from there :3
These nails need some modifying, but I love the designs

I also have some bat earrings and a skeleton hand pendant

Ack, it's one of those creepy changing portraits

Thumb >_<; I was tempted by the spider ring

On the Tuesday before Halloween, I hit Jurassic Lounge (which I mentioned in my previous post) with two friends.

I went as a witch, since I forgot my vampire teeth T,.....,T

The place was heaving with witches, vampires, Adventure Time characters, La Catrinas, and other strange looking creatures.

There was a craft area, to make eyeballs out of pingpong balls, decorate plastic pumpkins, and make your own tracing paper lantern.

One of the eyeballs (the other looks like the Eye of Sauron) and a smiley little pumpkin

There was also an artists' area, with painters at work on giant canvases, a polaroid photo booth, a fortune teller and a mini market.

Some of the lanterns were amazing :D

Here's mine (I admit I traced it. I wasn't feeling very artsy that night)

A cute pumpkin sitting on the cafeteria table. The candle had burnt down by the time we arrived though :/

For next year, I want to host a Halloween party myself. It has to have a pinata(!) and vampiric cocktails or punch.

How was your Halloween? Anything you didn't get to do this year that you're planning on for next year?
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