Archive for September, 2008
Mood - Gleeful

Mood - Gleeful

18th September 2K8, Thursday – Night time.

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Mokarimakka, minna-hun? <•ω•>/~♫!

Today, I received an email asking me questions about the text emoticons that I use.

Those of you who contact me via email, MSN, sms or through this blog by now may have noticed that I’m very fond of using text emoticons rather than graphical ones.

And if you have been wondering what on earth <OAO>!!!, <TAT> and <.____.>{?] means, here’s your chance to finally uncover what those expressions are!

Also, you’ll learn how to creatively express yourself using text emoticons~☆! \<^v^>/

Yes, I’m shedding some light into this mystery. (Laughs)

Ok.

Kaneko - An example of a Japanese text emoticon

Kaneko - An example of a Japanese text emoticon

I normally use the Eastern style, to be precise, the Japanese style.

The Eastern style format is like this: (*_*).

The brackets indicates the outline of the face while the asterisk indicates the eyes. The underscore is the mouth.

\ and / are the arms.

In my case, I use < and > because personally, I think it makes my emoticons look more sheepish. (Laughs) <^x^>/

Before I begin the guide, those of you who are into drawing manga…

This guide is not just about text emoticons. You can also learn how to apply these anime-like expressions on your hand-drawn chibi or animal characters~! \<^υ^>/

Japanese Text Emoticon/Facial Expression HandBook

^_^
<^_^> – A typical cat-like smiley face.

Actually, it is not necessarily described as a cat-like smile. The Japanese originally have small eyes so when they smile, their cheeks raises causing their eyes to look like (^_^).

Don’t believe me? Go pester your friend with the smallest eye to smile insanely wide. You’ll see a similarity there!

Instead of using ^ ^, you can sometimes use ‘n’ too –> <n_n>/

^v^
\<^v^>/ – A happy face.

Compared to the first one, this one has its mouth open wide!

^x^
\<^x^>/

This one expresses its lips sinking in.

^^
<^υ^>

A normal and pleasant smile.

^w^
/<^ω^>\ | /<^w^>”
<—ω—>

The ‘w’ mouth is usually used on animals as it shows its muzzle. Such as bears, dogs, cats etc. However,it does look cute on human cartoon characters too.

Example:

<—ω—>

Konata, the main character of LuckyStar is often seen with the ‘ω’ mouth.

By the way, it is not impossible to mimic a ω mouth in real-life. (Laughs)

•ω•
<•ω•>

Another ω smiley but this time, with the eyes open.

●ʎ●
<•ʎ•>

This is another version of the bear face. Here’s an example of an anime character with this ‘kuma’ lips. ↓

Senna from Bleach - Memories of Nobody
Senna from Bleach – Memories of Nobody
<^ε^>

The octopus a.k.a duck lips. Usually expresses ‘kissing’. (Laughs)

•v•/~☆
<•v•>/~☆

Another way to create this emoticon is to substitute the v with an up-side-down A. In which I can’t do that. I don’t know how. Sorry! (Cries) <;__;>

-_-lll
<-_->lll

Now this emoticons expresses depression, lack of confidence and any other negative emotions. The lll indicates negativity. Without lll, (-__-) expresses the ‘boring’ look or the ‘Sou ka….’ (I see…) face.

Normally, we add the sweat drop for this emoticon. → <-_-”>

=_=lll
<=_=>lll

This emoticon can be tricky. It depends on how YOU look at it. To some people, it looks like the eyes are being narrowed and focused. But to others, the top hyphen appears to look like a pair of eye brows and beneath are the closed eyes.

TAT
/<TAT>/

Another tricky emoticon that relies on your own perception. (T_T) If you look at the vertical line, it may look like tears, as though the emoticon indicates crying.

For other people, it may look like this: ↓

Hatsuharu from FruitBaskets
Hatsuharu from FruitBaskets

Anyway, if you really want a crying face, go for this one then.

TT_TT
<∏A∏>

Or (;___;), which is slightly tearful, not flooding with tears.

OAO!!!
<OAO>!!!

My personal favourite: This emoticon expresses shock, WHAT THE FUCK and you may as well call it the “Constipated face” while you’re at it.

Another text for this emoticon is → !!!<°Δ°>

Note: When you see the eyes are like this: o_o

It means the eyes are wide open as though — SHOCK!!!

0[]0

<0[]0>{!!!]

One more constipating face for you~♥ More like a ‘jaw-dropper’ face. (Laughs)

Here’s another one for you~! lll<°Д°>/ u_u

<u_u>

Inserting ‘u’ as the eyes shows that your eyes are close. You can use it to express calm and comfort.

You can also turn it into a sympathetic face like this → <u__u,>

Adding the , will make it look tearful and pitiful.

`A´/

ξ<`A´>/

If I ever type this emoticon to you — Pack your bags, go for plastic surgery and take a ride to space! This emoticon is angry, outrageous and totally piss off!

Just look at the eye line closing in the nose bridge!

On the other hand…

´v`/
☼~\<´v`>/

If you reverse it, it becomes a happy face! I like to call it, “Rejoiceful” face!

@A@
<@A@>

A confusing face. The standard confuse face is (@_@).

Another one that I often use is … ↓

<.___.>{?]

It’s as though the character is looking down and thinking at the same time!

_  _lll
<_ _>lll

Expresses negativity by facing downwards.

<♥λ♥>/~~!

Do I need to explain this one? (Laughs)

o.o
<o’.'o>

The “Oo~oohh~~” face.

≥A≤/
/<≥A≤>/

The frustrated face. You know.. When you vehemently protest against something, you squint your eyes like this → (>_<){Ya-da-ya-da~!]

(Laughs)

Alright. I’ve come to an end. <—ω—>/

I hope this guide will help you in fathoming out text emoticons and also assist you in creating more cute expressions for your manga characters!

Before I go.. I’ll let you figure out these emoticons~!

(By now, you should be able to understand the facial expressions!)

(x_x)lll |  (=_+)  | (-   -”)

(o_o) |  ($v$) |  (*v*)

(~_~) |  (.   .) | (^-^)

By the way — If you don’t know how to get certain characters like Д, ω, or Δ…

Go to START buttonACCESSORIESSYSTEM TOOLSCHARACTER MAP.

Click CHARACTER MAP and a browser of jibberish will appear. ↓

Character Map Browser
Character Map Browser

From there, you should be able to experiment all the provided symbols and create some really cool and cute text emoticons of your own!

This was guided by Ms.Aya the sheep, over and out! <^-^>/~☆!

PS: So you wanna learn how to draw facial expressions for manga characters — for real? Check out my tutorial then → Click here.

Tag by Mau-chan~!

Posted by: Ms Ayain Ms Aya's Papers
17
Sep
Mood - Trying to keep up the beat!

Mood -Smiley

17th September 2K8, Wednesday – Night.

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A tag from Mau-chan~♫

Y~ay!

\<^x^>/ *Rejoices*

Let’s rock~☆! <– Dante’s quote.

1. What is the most important thing in your life?
It’s too important to be revealed!

2. What was the last thing you bought with your own money?
A book.

3. Where do you want to get married?
Hopefully somewhere cold and breezy.

4. How old do you think you will be permanently owned by your love?
I can’t forecast my future, sorry.

5. Are you in love?
No, I’m not.

6. Where was the last restaurant you had dinner?
Sedap Corner.

7. Name the latest book that you bought.
Visual Quickstart Guide -  HTML, XHTML & CSS.

8. What is your full name?
Wouldn’t you like to know? (Laughs)

9. Do you prefer your mother, or your father?
None.

10. Name a person you really wish to meet in your life for the first time.
Him.

11. Christina or Britney?
None.

12. Do I do my own laundry?
I don’t do my own laundry.

13. The most exciting place you want to go.
Country side during spring, autumn and winter season.

14. Hugs or kisses?
Both.

15. 8 things I am passionate about:
Sadly, I’m not a passionate person.

16. 8 things I say too often:
a) Baa.
b) Eraikotcha!
c) Hona..
d) E~eh?
e) Boo~yah!
f) Bing~o.
g) Sou.
h) Nupo~!

17. 8 books I’ve read recently:
a) How to marry the man of your choice by Margaret Kent.
b) Visual Quickstart Guide – HTML, XHTML & CSS by Elizabeth Castro.
c) The practice of English language teaching by Jeremy Harmer.
d) Persuasion IQ by Kurt W. Mortensen.
e) What a girl wants by Kristin Billerbeck.
f) The Bride Hunter by Amy Appleton.
g) Inspiring Marketing by Joe Vitale & Craig Perrine.
h) What the customers want you to know by Ram Charan.
18. 8 songs that I could listen to over and over again:
a) Agony by Kotoko. <— I really love this song!
b) Anata Dake Mitsumetei’ru – Ohguro Maki
c) Kaze no you nii jiyuu – Keiko Utoku.
d) God Knows by Hirano Aya.
e) Wait and Bleed by Slipknot.
f) Dreams by The Corrs.
g) Shine by Mr. Big.
h) Life by Yui.

19. 8 things I learned last year
a) What S & M means.
b) The seme and uke term.
c) How to read and understand Japanese more.
~~~~ </-  ->/ *Nothing else to add*

20. Tag 8 people:
(Mau-chan already tagged Mira.. Nupo!)

a) Saru-chan.
b) Szanne.
c) Pixy.
d) Kou-san.
e) Pufa!
f) Poh Sim.
g) Daisuke!
h) Mr. Rocket!

– End of tag –

Tag by Saru-chan!

Posted by: Ms Ayain Ms Aya's Papers
16
Sep
Mood - Yawn

Mood - Yawn

16th September 2K8, Tuesday – Night.

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Huu~Zaa!

A tag by Saru-chan~♥

Sheep enjoy doing tags a lot. Maybe it helps me to understand myself and others better!

So can I proceed? <.___.>{?]

Boo~yah~☆! \<`ε´>/ ↓

Tag Rules:

  1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning.
  2. Each player answers the questions about themselves.
  3. At the end of the post the player then tags 5 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves a comment, letting them know they got tagged and to ask them to play and read your blog.

Time: 8:19pm.

Name: Ms.Aya/Sheep.

Sisters: 0.

Brothers: 1.

Shoe size: 5.

Height: 163cm.

Where do you live: Nearby Singapore.

Favorite drinks: Milk, Japanese green tea, ice blended caramel with whipped cream, carrot milk juice, apple juice, hot chocolate and coke.

Favorite breakfast: I don’t eat in the morning.

Have you ever been on a plane: Yes.

Swam in the ocean: Never.

Fallen asleep in school: Yes.

Broken someone’s heart: I wouldn’t know and couldn’t care less.

Fell off your chair: Once. And the whole class started calling me a ‘Fatso’.

Sat by the phone all night waiting for someone to call: No.

Saved e-mails: Yes.

What is your room like: It’s very dark.

What’s right beside you: A printer.

What is the last thing you ate: Potatoes.

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Ever had…

Chicken pox: Yes.

Sore throat: Yes.

Stitches: No.

Broken nose: No.

Do you believe in love at first sight: No.

Like picnics: Not really. Grass itches me. However, I do dream of having a picnic with people whom I adore.

Who was the last person you danced with: I never danced with anyone before.

Last made you smile: Auwlithe made me smile awhile ago~!

You last yelled at: <_   _>lll

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Today did you:

Talk to someone you like: No. Though I wish I could.

Kissed anyone: No.

Get sick: I keep sneezing!

Talked to an ex: Pff. Sheep has never been in a relationship before.

Miss someone: No one.

Best feeling in the world: Emotionless.

Do you sleep with stuffed animals: Yes, I do. With Babak, my sheep.

What’s under your bed: Nothing.

What time is it now: 8:23pm.

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Randoms

Is there a person who is on your mind right now?
Yes, I’m thinking of someone right now. <_  _>

Do you have any siblings?
Yes, I do. 1 big brother. <-   ->

Do you want children?
Depends. If my future husband is financially stable and my health is good, then I’d like to have children.

Do you smile often?
No, I don’t. I have a very sour and moody face.

Do you like your hand-writing?
I suppose I do. <^-^>

Are your toenails painted?
No, they aren’t.

Whose bed other than yours would you rather sleep in?
His bed. (Laughs)

What colour shirt are you wearing?
I’m wearing a white shirt now.

What were you doing at 7:00pm yesterday?
I was watching Early Edition at home.

I can’t wait till…
I find him?

When did you cry last?
Last Monday… What? <OAO> You got a problem with sheep crying?! *RAWR*

Are you a friendly person?
Not really.

Do you have any pets?
Yes, I do. A loving and protective dog name Auwlithe, 6 tortoise and some seamonkeys.

Where is the person you have feelings for right now?
I am not a radar detector, my dear.

Did the last person you held hands with mean anything to you now?
No one held my hands before.

Do you sleep with the TV on?
No, I don’t. Sleeping with the TV on is a waste of electricity!

What are you doing right now?
Thinking of somebody whom I just want to be friends with. (More like dissect him and his culture)

Have you ever crawled through a window?
Yes. In my childhood days, I used to crawl out of windows, doors and even drains. I was so skinny, I don’t have to squeeze my way out!

Can you handle the truth?
The truth that sheep is ugly, unworthy, useless, undeserving and unimportant? Sure, why not? (Laughs)

Are you closer to your mother or father?
I’m closer to my brother.

Who was the last person you cried in front of?

How many people can you say you’ve really loved?

Very few people. VE.RY-FEW.

Do you eat healthy?
Yes, I eat healthily.

Do you still have pictures of you & your ex?
I don’t have an ex, for crying out loud. Stop this repetition please? It depresses sheep! <`A´>/

Have you ever cried because of something someone said to you?
Why do you want to know so much about my crying days!?

How often do you go to church?
Every Sunday evening.

If you’re having a bad day, who are you most likely to go to?
No one. Because everyone ends up talking about themselves rather than listening to me OR couldn’t be bothered.

Are you loud or quiet most of the time?
I’m quiet most of the time.

Are you confident?
<_  _>

5 things I was doing 10 years ago
1. Studying in tmn sea.
2. Made friends with Mira.
3. Playing badminton every evenings.
4. Had a crush.
5. Cursing a certain teacher.

5 snacks I enjoy
1. Pocky.
2. Kit Kat.
3. Sour and Onion cream potato chips… That’s all.

5 things I would do if I were a billionaire
1. Deposit half of the money into my bank account.
2. Distribute a fair amount of money to my family members. (Except my father. He gets nothing)
3. Get out of this God forsaken country. I mean — Damn. I’m not letting our moronic government take my money to build more mosque!

5 of my bad habits
This kind of things you also want to know? Where’s my privacy?! <OAO>

5 places I have lived in
1. SS2/109.
2. SS2/100.
3. Gelang Patah.
4. Menara Duta, Segambut.
5. Rainbow park.

5 jobs I’ve had
1. At the cinema.
2. Teacher at an English institute.

FIVE LUCKY PEOPLE:

(Since Saru-chan already tagged Mira and Pixy…. Then I’ll tag…)

1. Mau-chan
2. Kou-san
3. Szanne
4. Daisuke
5. YOU!

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PUFA!!! I taggy you~! <^x^>/

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Mood - Joyful

Mood - Joyful

14th September 2K8, Sunday – 3:41+pm.

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Good afternoon, everyone~♥!

This is Ms.Aya posting an announcement here.

I’ve created a ‘Link Us’ banner and if you like, you may insert our banner as our link.

The banner is simple though but the font is most likely going to be our official logo.

With that said, I hope to see this banner in your blogs! (Laughs) \<^x^>/

So now…

I Proudly Present to You Our Simple and Humble Banner…

Oh yes! I’ve added a new link to our blogroll. Please check this blog out:

The blog is still new so please be lenient. <^-^>lll