Cover Art: Paper Wings

My 150th post!
Prompt from here.

PAPER WINGS ©mk17design

PAPER WINGS ©mk17design

I took the photo in KIX airport (kudos to Renzo Piano here) and added stuff on PS.
If you saw this in a bookstore later, it might be me self-printing, sticking random barcode stickers, and putting it in random bookstores just to troll people. Ever since I published that one book I’ve always thought of redeeming myself in the next one but then life happened. Who knows though. This thing might exist somewhere in this world later. And when you do see this… well, it’s probably me trying to tell the world I survived.


Daily Prompt: Masks Off

Prompt from here.

Alice in Wonderland by Tim Burton

Alice in Wonderland by Tim Burton

All those who’ve known me in real life would probably know that I fancy Alice-themed stuff, and it’s been a long time since I last wore my Alice dress.

…no, seriously. I used to make weird clothes and accessories just because I wanna have them. One of them looks exactly like this.

Ciel in Jack the Ripper arc by T. Yana

Ciel in Jack the Ripper arc by T. Yana

I made the hat structure with leftover material from my scale model when I was in university and I really felt like a boss when it’s finally done quite well.

Boots though.
I wish I had the time to make them.

Come Halloween.

Writing Challenge: The Unreliable Narrator

Prompt from here.

there is no feeling like it

it’s not love
it’s not lust
it’s pure longing

the longing to see
that ridiculously childish smile
the stray lock that stuck out of that head

the longing to hear
the voice well-recognised even though it went through horrible signal
that spontaneous and infectious laugh

the longing to feel
safe and sound
like being guided through a blackout with an LED light

and simply
the longing to


Prompt from here.

This is the dreamiest sight I’ve ever laid my eyes on in my life.
Thank you, Universal Studio Osaka, for making my childhood fantasy come true.

Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus ©mk17design

Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus ©mk17design

Come Fly With Me

Photo challenge prompt from here.

This miraculous experience-telling is dedicated to an angel-in-disguise working in Kansai International Airport (KIX) who solves all the problems in the world – or, by that time, in the GA check-in counter.

If you knew this person, please kindly convey my biggest gratitude to him.

Come fly with me ©mk17design

Come fly with me ©mk17design

September 2014.
For the second time in my life, I’m saved by a complete stranger.

Yes, that photo is all Indonesia.
The angel behind this story, however, is not.

It was the first time in my whole life to screw up as big as missing a flight.
In addition to not having any kind of card that’s acceptable for purchase in Japan (don’t ask).

Original flight plan: Osaka – Tokyo – Jakarta.

So on one sunny day in Kansai, I got stranded with my flight home leaving in 3 hours from Narita and no means of transportation that could get me there in time. JSYK it takes around 6 hours trip from Osaka to Tokyo. That, or around JPY 22,000 to get there in 2-3 hours – an amount of cash I didn’t possess (information courtesy of that nice lady in the information centre).

As a desperate measure I bought a train ticket and spent like 5 minutes sitting in the train I didn’t actually ride in the end because it would be useless anyway. I talked to anyone that could give me any information on how to get to Tokyo in 2 hours max. Even Google told me that it’s practically impossible. Last thing I did was lining up the GA check-in counter because that’s the only airline I knew that goes back to Indonesia that day.

Tried to buy a new plane ticket.
They didn’t receive my card.
Clerk got confused and called her supervisor.
This man showed up and she explained the situation.
He helped me try to find ATM.
They didn’t receive my card either.
Showed him my ticket.
Couldn’t change it due to the class booked.
All those in a nutshell: I’m doomed.

I must had looked honestly desperate that time, because (maybe) he felt sorry for this idiotic tourist who missed a bloody flight and got no chance to go back unless deportation is in order. In the end he called his own supervisor and got the approval to reroute my ticket. I repeat. He rerouted my ticket. Even though it’s proooobably like one in a gazillion chance to happen. He told me it’s very very very very special favour. I believed him. That time I could almost see a halo hovering above his head as I thanked him from the bottom of my heart.

The guy who got me back home safe and sound was named Fujiwara E.
If you read this by any chance, Fujiwara-san, I do hope your whole life is blessed.
And I learned from my mistake to never depend on hotel’s wake-up call to catch an early morning flight.

Photo Challenge: Nighttime

Prompt from here.

Illuminations ©mk17design

Illuminations ©mk17design

Took this one in Yokohama when I was on my way back from work.
It was quite a sight.
And quite a night.