aug 3 2011

(A) the outline of the radial forearm phalloplasty flap on the arm. The lateral and medial antebrachial cutaneous nerves can be coapted to the ilioinguinal and dorsal penile nerves. The radial artery of the flap can be anastomosed to either the profunda femoris, lateral circumflex femoral, circumflex iliac, or the inferior epigastric artery. The venae comitantes and the cephalic vein of the flap can be anastomosed to branches of the greater saphenous vein. (B) Illustration of the flap following inset, anastomosis, and coaptation. Source: Semin Plast Surg. Aug 2011; 25(3): 196–205.

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Cover designs of Yoneda Sensei’s fanart Doujinshis, in order of publication from new to old. It’s interesting to see the characteristics of her style, and how it has developed through the years. It was interesting to see the bird motif in Saezuru is resembles the titles in the Crows ZERO fanarts. If the “crows” in the Crows ZERO symbolize the bad boys in the original manga, it’s easy to assume the crows in Saezuru symbolize the Yakuza. I don’t think it is a coincidence that the first scene in “Don’t Stay Gold”, seems more like a fight between high school boys rather than a fight between a punk and Yakuza. And of course, REBORN! is staged with the mafia, and Giant Killing is a soccer story, so we can see she likes hard core guys.

 Talking about REBORN!, the “Tsundere” and sensitive quality of Hibari reminded me of Shima, while open-minded but inconsiderate Yamamoto reminded me of Togawa. It’s not to say the characters are the same, but I assume Yoneda Sensei’s interest in these type of characters made her want to draw them in her original works.

 I became interested in her fanarts, after I translated/posted Yoneda Sensei’s twitter post about when she was drawing her first commercial work, Doushitemo Furetakunai.  Since her editor’s initial response to her plot,was “it’s all right to do something like, people getting killed!”, I wondered what kind of fanart she was drawing to have the editor say this.

 I read what I could get hold of, but there were only a few, since it’s very difficult to get hold of her old Doujinshi. Moreover, I haven’t read most of the original work the fanarts were based on. So, I am in no position to discuss her fanarts in any depth, but the quality of the Doujin Mangas I read were clearly very high, and deepened my respect for her.

 List of fanart Doujinshi after the cut. (publication dates are according to Chil-chil)

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We are not meant to live life alone.

These are the things I have learned from my personal time with the Lord this morning. (this is long, but i hope everyone who reads this be blessed)

We may sometimes think that we are alone, but actually we’re not. ‘Cause we are not meant to live life alone.

God surrounded us with people who has different personalities, views, perspectives and beliefs in life. Some may respect your beliefs, some will not. We may feel rejected by people, even the ones we call 'friends’ – that we already forget that we still have other people to run to – the ones who accepts us. It’s just weird that we’re too fast and busy counting the people who rejects us, people who leave us and taking for granted the love and concern of the ones who accepts us.

Most of the time we don’t understand why these things are happening and we start to question God. God why? Why are these happening? I love them but why do they reject me? I never stopped reaching out to them and yet I am ignored. Why God, why?

I have this group of friends, and we are not with the same beliefs. They never respected my belief – having a personal relationship with God. For the past few years, I’ve been asking God these questions, God why? Why are these happening? I love them but why do they reject me? I never stopped reaching out to them and yet I am ignored. Why God, why? But then, God revealed to me a lot of things. He told me that He is sparing me from bad company and it’s something that I was thankful for. But as time went by, I keep doing it my own way, not trusting the Lord for His plans – on why these things are happening – why this so-called friends are ignoring me, rejecting me, putting on hatred about me.

Last night, I thought about them again and cried over them. Cried to the point that my tears just won’t stop from falling, palpitations… it was just too painful. It seems that I just can’t let them go. Earlier that night, I was talking to two Sisters-in-Christ and consoled about the matter, and I really thank them for understanding my situation and for not rejecting me, and for being there for me. Going back, I was crying hard, then a friend of mine (a friend who’s also a Sister-in-Christ, and me and my friends go Bible Study together) called me. I told her again the reason for my tears, and she told me “don’t forget that we’re still here (pertaining to our Bible study group).” And after the phone conversation with her, plus the encouragements again of the two Sisters in Christ I was talking to earlier, and other friends, I felt relieved.

As I had my devotion this morning, God spoke to me. He revealed to me another great thing regarding what I was crying for last night. (It’s just awesome when you seek God and He answers you through different ways<3)

God told me to “Stay Together”… stay together with whom? He told me to stay together with people who will

1) Pray for you,

2) Pick you up when you’re down, and

3) Warn you when you’re going astray.

As He said in His Word in Galatians 6:2

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the Law of Christ.

He also said in 2 Corinthians 13:11

Be joyful. Grow to maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.

As I read the passage and the devotional material for today, I was enlightened. I was reminded that God blessed us with people who knows us well. People who will pray, pick you up, warn you, encourage you in all sorts of situation.

I realized that I was too busy holding on to these people while not appreciating the ones who truly care. I was too busy counting the number of people I have lost or will lose rather than being thankful  for the ones who never left. 

God wants me to just fully let go of the matter regarding these 'friends’, and He wants me to spend time with the ones who lifts me up. God wants me to have fellowship with the people He sent so that I may live my life joyfully, maturing the way God wants me to mature, to live a life being encouraged and a life full of harmony and peace. He wants me to be reminded that it is He who sent these people to me, to encourage me and pray for me – that they are His instruments of showing His love for me and that His love is enough.

As I ended my quiet time for the day, I felt refreshed. And I thank the Lord for how He has brought me peace. It may be painful to let go of people, but it is better to trust in the Lord than to have a life of agony because you did it your own way.

We are not meant to live life alone, because we have God, and if we keep on trusting Him and His plans, there will still be people who will reject us, but there is an assurance that He will also send people who will encourage us.

Let’s also take time to appreciate and thank the ones who were with us through thick and thin, the ones who never left.

P.S. I don’t know if there will be people who will be reading this. But I hope, if there is, I pray that you too may be blessed as how blessed I am when God told me these things. God bless you & I love you! <3