THE CALL

     I got a phone call from Bozzak, the photographer who invited me to take pictures.  He said he had shown the pictures he had taken around and had gotten “positive” feed back on them, one of them being from his contact with Victoria Secret.  I could feel I was blushing as I said “Oh my god, really?”.   He asked if I had thought anymore about it or if it was something I would consider doing.  I told him I had fun and didn’t think anything would come from it, but now hearing that someone liked it, it is something I would like to try again.  “Great” he said, “We can take some more pictures and prove it wasn’t just a fluke”.  I laughed and said “Yea”.

     He told me he had a small client that was looking to do a spread or an ad and figured if I was interested he would suggest me to them and see what they would say.  He said it was a “win-win situation, since it would help both them and me out.  With me being new, they wouldn’t need to pay as much as they would if they had a professional model work with them and would help me because I would be getting paid out if it”.  I replied “Yeah, that would be great.” trying to hide my excitement that I know I didn’t do a good job at.  He explained he would contact them and tell them about me, if they were ok with it, he asked if it would be ok if he set up an appointment for me to meet with them.  I replied again “Yeah, that would be great also.” my heart started to race and I could feel butterflies in my stomach.  He must have realized I was getting nervous again because he said I would have nothing to worry about when meeting them, that they had already chosen me and I would have to try and sell myself to them.  He added that he would also be there and take on any of the hard questions they might have, but he doubted they would have any.

     He explained a bit more about what to expect and what not to, then he said he would let me know how things went and would get back to me in a few days.  After saying good-bye and hanging up the phone, I think got the biggest smile I had ever had in my life.  I squealed out loud and said to myself, “I got to call the others!” picking up the phone as I began dialing.

January 12, 2010. Tags: , , . After Class, by Kasumi, fashion, Location: Kasumi's Home. 2 comments.

Baggies.

… Early last week, Gin needed some models for some clothes he was designing. He asked Yumi and I if we would be interested in modeling his new creations for a advertisement. We both jumped at the chance and set a time where we could all meet. A few days later, Yumi and I met with Gin at a professional photography studio. We were very impressed by the whole layout. Gin had seperate dressing rooms for each of us. When I went into my own room, I saw that the outfit he wanted me to wear was neatly placed out on the table. They appeared to be “rave” style clothes which wasn’t a surprise to me, since Gin likes that sort of scene. I got dressed and met Yumi. We both were excited about the photo session that was about to happen. Gin had his assistant direct both of us to the background we were going to work with.

We took solo photos with each of us posing and then some shots of us posing together. Gin also had both of us dance so he could get some “action” shots as well. He never told us exactly what the advertisement was going to look like, but I wasn’t worried. Yumi and I both knew that he’s great with photography and he always comes up with creative ideas. After our session, we both changed back into our own clothes. Gin insisted to pay both of us, but we refused. He said if we wouldn’t take his money, to at least let him take us out to lunch. We agreed and went out to get some food.

I drove Yumi in my car and Gin took his car. We met at a American cafe style resturaunt. I noticed when Gin entered the resturaunt, that he had two bags with him. He each gave Yumi and I a bag and said these were the clothes that we just modeled. We were so surprised, that we each gave Gin a big hug for being so generous to us. I think all of us had fun with the whole photo session and I know it was quite productive as well. It was defnitely a good day that ended with good food and good friends.

August 24, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . After Class, by Spooky. 1 comment.

Beach Party

on the boat at the beach

Spooky has been spending most of her free time at the beach surfing. I hope her studies will not suffer. She came to me the other day saying I should take a break away from my studies and go to the beach and later I saw her and Lan making plans for a beach party.

Friday came around and it was such a beautiful day I thought about
skipping class, but some how I managed to pull myself out of bed and get there. To my surprise I did not see Waff or Spooky in the classroom. Lan whispered to me that morning during before class that they all planned to have the the beach party today after school and told me to pass the information on. She said she had come prepared for the beach, looking around seeing we were alone, she lifted up her skirt showing off her bikini. She then said she planned to ditch her last class and head straight to the beach before all the good sun was gone.

I spoke with Kasumi in the hallway while getting my books out for
biology class, my locker is right next to hers and I started telling her
about my morning, no Waff or Spooky, Lan’s plan to skip PE, the beach party, and about a strange dream I had of her turning into a cat and started to hunt mice, haha, I had a good laugh about that last one. I was telling Kasumi I might ditch PE to leave for the beach early and hinting to her that she should do the same, though she seemed not to hear, in fact she seemed to be in her own dream world ever since I mentioned my dream to her. The bell rang and we ran off to our next class.

The day went on forever and I kept glancing at the clock, when PE finally came around, I changed into my shorts then went out to the field I could not see Lan anywhere. Our instructor told us to jog 3 laps around the track, on my first lap I jogged slowly letting everyone pass me, and then looking both ways I veered off to the right and went through a hole in the fence, and kept on jogging back to the dorm in order to change into my swimming suit. I have a bathing suit in the Locker room at school, but it is not the cute bikini that I wanted to wear for the beach.

Lan and Yumi in the water at the beach

When I finally got to the beach, the first person I saw was Lan, she was laying down soaking up the sun rays. I asked her about Spooky and Waff, but she said she had not seen them. I tried calling them on my cell, but got no answer. Lan and I walked along the beach taking in the surroundings, it was a tropical paradise, a place to forget about everything. As we walked I saw a seal out on the ocean, it was moving closer to the shore, I soon realized it was a person surfing, it was Spooky.

waff diving

Lan and I started to wade out into the water waving to Spooky, then Waff popped his head out of the water, he was wearing snorkeling gear. We all played in the water, I love playing in the water especially with friends, and with the hot sun burning down on us, it felt so refreshing.

with spooky

Kasumi eventually showed and then Napili. Napili had been the last one to come, she was going to ditch class with Lan, but she had to meet with one of her teachers after class.

cute snapshot beach

We all played at the beach and in the water until the sun went down. It is so pretty when the sun goes down and gets so orange reflecting on the clear blue water. Once the sun set, it got cold real fast. I wrapped my towel around my body and we all hurried back to the dorms joking and laughing all still so excited about the fun we had at the beach.

August 22, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . 15940. Leave a comment.

October Night.

… This semester, a childhood friend of mine transferred to our school. Her family moved away about four years ago due to her father’s job. Fortunately, things went well for her family and they moved back to our neighbourhood. In those four years, we drifted apart. We tried our best to keep in touch, but with distance it’s never easy. I’m very glad she’s back and we seem to be catching up very quickly. Her name is October.

It was until last week, that we finally had a chance to hang out just the two of us. With hectic schedules, it just seems like we can never put the time aside to get together. On Tuesday Tobie(i’m the only one who gets to call her this) came up to me at school and said that Thursday evening would be free for her. She said she wanted to make plans to go out and without hesitation, I said yes. However, it wasn’t until the next day at school that Kasumi reminded me that I made plans with her for Thursday the week before.

The school day came and went quickly. I was so excited that Tobie and I were finally going to hang out, that I was in a daze for most of the day. I drove to her house to pick her up that evening. We both agreed that getting some food would be best for starters. Tobie’s favourite resturaunt was a Japanese Sushi Bar just at the edge of the city. I knew she hadn’t been there since she moved, so I suggested we go there. She loved the idea and we raced over.

Over our meal, we talked and laughed about school, friends, and life in general. I was glad to see her laugh and smile. It was just way too long to be apart and I knew she missed her life back here. Moving to a different city was very hard on her and she went thru a major depression. She told me a bit of how the school was and about the people. She explained that no one made her feel welcome there. That she spent most of her time alone regardless if she was at school or not. However when her father told the family that they would be moving back, she was very happy.

After our meal, we decided to walk around the surrounding area a bit. We took some silly photos of us just for fun. There was a abandoned building nearby and for some reason Tobie felt that we should go and explore it. I was a bit nervous, but before I could think of a excuse not to she already found a opened window and crawled in. I went in after her and it was very dark. We could hardly see so I placed my hand on her shoulder as she led the way. We managed to find a staircase and at the top of it, we saw some light. When we got up to the top, we saw that the light was shining from a doorway that led to the roof. Tobie said to stay put so she could see if it was safe to go any further. I waited nervously, but in a few seconds she said to come and take a look. When I got outside to the roof, I noticed that we had a great view overlooking the countryside. The lights were coming from a nearby carnival. We sat down and just admired the view for a few moments before we both decided to visit the carnival.

When we arrived, there was everything you could imagine. Rides, games, food, shows, it was all here. We spent a good two hours just having fun and always thinking what we could see next. We spent most of our time on rides and playing games. Our last attraction for the night was this fun house exhibit that made you feel super small. We wandered around looking at everything. There was giant furniture all over the place. There was even this cat that was built so big, you felt like you were a mouse.

It was very late and we were both very tired. I try not to stay up too late on a school night, but this was a exception. I had a great time with a great friend and I didn’t want it to end. As i was driving Tobie home, she mentioned that she had to be up extra early to study. It made me feel bad that I kept her out so late, but she said it was alright and that she was having too much fun. I told her that I would drop by the next morning and we could study at the school book shop. We arrived at her home and she gave me a hug good night. I drove back to my house and quickly crawled into bed.

The next morning came and I picked Tobie up from her house. We drove over to the school book shop which also had a small coffee bar. Tobie said that she would go and get something for us to drink while I found a place where we could study. I found a couch and just laid down on it to wait for Tobie. I was so exhausted from the night before, that I just closed my eyes to rest them for a bit. I must have fallen asleep because I was awakened by a angry Kasumi…

August 20, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . After Class, by Spooky. 3 comments.

Work and Play.

… My most recent assignment in art class was to complete a project using culture as the subject. Already having some ideas in mind, I invited Kasumi and Gin to tag along as models. We first visited a art muesum which had a lovely garden out in front. I thought the flowers that were on display would compliment our school uniforms. Gin suggested posing in the flowers, but Kasumi didn’t want to get her new shoes dirty. It was then I suggested that we should pose with the flowers behind us while standing on the pavement. We didn’t have time to go into the museum because i had two other locations i wanted to visit before the day was over.

There’s a shopping centre in town that is based around a old Mission. All the shops surrounding the Mission are built with a Spanish style look to them. Kasumi and I couldn’t resist to spend a few minutes window shopping. Gin lost his paitence with us and decided to wander the Mission by himself. We met in front of the Mission about an hour later, then took some photos. Afterwards, we stopped to have some lunch. We all agreed on Italian. There was one more place i wanted to take photos at. It was at a Japanese Garden a few miles outside of town.

As we drove into the parking lot, I noticed that there were not many vehicles there. Maybe because it was about an hour before closing time. I didn’t want to deal with too many people while I was taking photos anyways. I didn’t as many photos as I wanted to. I guess we were too busy just appreciating the scenery all around us. For some reason, Gin was in a obnoxious mood and was being loud. Kasumi and I lost him in garden maze and we just took some photos together. A little later we met up and took some group shots in a rock garden. It was getting to dark, so we decided to leave shortly after.

I dropped Gin off at his home and drove Kasumi back to her house. She invited me in for dinner and we spoke of how productive the day was. I was just happy that the school week was over and the weekend was here. We thought about what to do for fun that night. Kasumi suggested that we should go out to a club later. I agreed it was a good idea and drove back home to change. I picked out something casual and comfortable. When i got back to Kasumi’s house she met me out in front and we drove off. Both of us don’t go out to clubs that much, so we just drove around a lot. Kasumi made several calls to some friends for club suggestions, however none of the choices sounded very appealing.

We found ourselves at a Japanese Karaoke Bar. There was a bit of a crowd, but we managed to find a small booth to sit at. Neither of us had any courage to make a attempt to sing in front of everyone, so we just observed. I found that we actually enjoyed the Karaoke experience having never been to this sort of bar before. About an hour after we arrived, a set of drinks were sent over to us by two older Japanese men that appeared to be in their early 30’s. After politely not accepting, the men came over and introduced themselves. We invited them to sit down with us and watch the performers. Being as protective as I am, i kept my eye on Kasumi. If these men seemed to be a nuisance, we would quickly leave. Between songs, the men tried to keep up small talk. Nothing very interesting was said and i was trying to watch the singers up on stage. Kasumi was being nice to each of them, but letting them also know that we are not interested in any relationships at this point in time. This was fortunate, because they were not very forward or aggressive. Another hour passed and it was getting late. We had to wake up early the next morning to go surfing. After months of annoying Kasumi, she finally agreed to letting me teach her how to surf. I didn’t want to miss my big chance, so we said good night to our new admirers and drove home.

We woke up at four in the morning to get an early start. I stayed at Kasumi’s to save time so we could leave directly from her place. She wanted to sleep in, but finally gave in to my attempts to get her out of bed. The weather at the beach was a bit cool at first but warmed up eventually. Kasumi always had a slight fear from being in the water, but i convinced her everything would be alright and that she would have a good time. I told her to watch me a few times and then she could try on her own. After a few tries, she managed to get it right and even pull off some moves. We spent several hours at the beach and later had dinner at a resturaunt. Kasumi couldn’t stop talking about how much she enjoyed surfing and that she wanted to surf again the weekend after. We also joked around about the men we met the night before. We left the resturaunt and i dropped Kasumi off at her house. As i was driving home, i was looking forward to a nice sleep. Hopefully the week will go by quick and we can have another nice weekend.

August 9, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . After Class, Location: Classroom. 1 comment.

Stray Dog

Yumi, Kasumi, Lan, Spooky, & Dogs (Vix, & Scratch) in the mall
Today after class my friends and I decided to go to the mall and hang out. The architecture of the mall reminds me of nature, buildings are not square boxes with right angles, but rather they are curved like rounded rocks formed by many decades of clear water pushing its way towards the salty oceans. Inside each building are colorful cloth made from the hair and fur of animals weaved and sewed together to create different styles that will cling the human form. I wonder if a lost sheep would come to the mall smelling sweaters, the wool and cotton of it’s brother and sisters in the August winds.

Dogs (Vix & Scratch)
When we left school sitting there waiting for me was this stray dog. I had seen him in the morning looking a bit lost and lonely so I took out some of my lunch and fed it to him. It seemed to cheer him up a bit, and he wagged his tail like crazy. It wagged back and forth with passion, well it was more like moving around in a circle so much I thought he was going to take off into the air like a helicopter. He then proceeded to chase his tail like it was some kind of little animal that was sneaking up on him but always outside his reach. Then I pet him a bit and headed onto class. Well, too my surprise there was that same dog waiting for me after school to greet me. I had to discreetly push his nose away from my legs so he would not greet me the way dogs do to each other.

He followed me to the mall, and he accepted each of my friends as his family sniffing them formally with much interest. He was so happy to no longer be lost and to be part of a pack again.

We all laughed and played at the mall, it was just so fun to be with the group. I called Waff on my cell to see if he was interested to come join the fun, but he was busy customizing his motorcycle.

It was kind of funny while we were having fun, another dog showed up, he seemed to know ‘our’ dog.

Yumi, Kasumi, Lan, Spooky, & Dogs (Vix, & Scratch) on the fountain
We ended up over by the fountain, actually standing in it. I think it was Spooky’s idea to take photos over there and Lan’s idea to stand in the water. I just had to laugh a little at the idea of standing in the fountain taking pictures and think it was Lan who stepped into the water first. It just seemed so out of character for her, out of all of us, she seems to be the one who follows the rules the most, maybe we are a bad influence on her, hehehe. Kekona showed up right at the end, she put the gum she was chewing under the railing and quickly walked onto the fountain with us for photo taking.

Yumi with black Cat (Spooky)
Kasami told me she had to leave soon, we took a few more photos then she left. I guess she wanted to get home to study even though it was friday. I wanted to go walk with her, but I had a feeling she had something to do. Soon after she left, we all went our separate ways. I swung by one of the stores in the mall and ended up buying some denim cutoff shorts. I went home and put them on and then went for a walk missing my friends. It was starting to get dark, but I saw another stray, this time a cat. I sat down next to it and is came over to me and rested her head on my leg. As I sat there looking at the cat I began to think about the happenings of today and about strays. I think everyone is a stray at different times of existence. I think next time I am alone at school, I will look around and search for a stray standing alone, be it an animal or a person, then go say hi to them or just go stand next to them.

July 28, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . by Yumi, Location: At the Mall. 6 comments.

Arriving early has its advantages.

     Sometimes arriving to school early has its advantages, like being able to decide what to do after school.

     Our class had finished our Pop Quiz the day before and I was not worried too much on how I did on it since it was only the first one of the year and it was not like it was the finals. I was worried more about Spooky since the day of the Pop Quiz; she didn’t look to be doing so well. I think Spooky stayed up to late studying since we all knew it was about time for us to have our monthly Pop Quiz.  Well, that or she was working late on her project “Behavioral Patterns of a Noob” for extra credit.

     With the Pop Quiz done it now freed up time from studying for another month and allows us to concentrate on real important things like shopping, going out or to the club. Come on, that is what we go to school for right, to learn how to use these classes in everyday life.
Math class = helps us to know how much money we have and can spend before going broke.
Gym class = gets us in shape for dancing and long shopping sprees.
Home Economics = well, nothing really as we usually just grab a bite to eat after we are done.

     Yumi and I both arrived early today and sat thinking of what to do afterwards and the only thing I could think of was going to the club. I am not sure why, but the advertising billboard right outside our class room might have had something to do with it. The colors of it reminded me of the lights from there. Whoever came up with the idea of putting up an advertising billboard right outside our window better have gotten a promotion at his work. What better place is there to advertise than outside a school full of money spending school students?

     Yumi had recently introduced me to Hardstyle at “The Club” which is the club that she, Spooky and Waff go to. The music there is pretty good; it had a quick beat that got your energy going. There wasn’t too many people there at the time, but that is to be expected since it was the middle of the week. Made it easier for me too since I am not the best of dancers and would have bumped into too many people. That and I did fall a few times. It was a pretty fun night and the like I said, the music was fun and energetic. Who knows, maybe I will listen to it for when it is time to start studying for our next Pop Quiz. ~.^

July 19, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . by Kasumi, Location: Classroom. Leave a comment.