Category: Travel

Twitch Con 2017: Landing, Day 1 & Sugar Fam Meetup

HondaiMood: Lazy
Listening to: Forget Me Not – 
Playing: Beat EVO YG
Craving: Sundubu Jjigae
Watching: Ai Yori Aoshi

October 20-22 was the weekend for Twitch Con 2017 in Long Beach, CA. This is Twitch’s 3rd annual convention but my first time there. I met so many awesome people in the past year through Twitch so when the event was announced, I knew right away that I wanted to go.

My journey to TC started on Thursday the 19th. Since I had limited time off available from work I scheduled my flight at 8:30 PM and I didn’t land in LAX until 11:50 PM. Of course, before I even fly, I had an extremely long day at work (10 hour shift to make up the hours). With that said, my physical exhaustion was the least of my worries.. I spent all day being nervous about meeting “new” people. Well technically I’ve known these “new” people for several months, but of course, face to face interaction is definitely different from online interaction. I tried to stay positive but my anxiety kept circling back. “what if I’m too weird for them?” “what if they’re not as excited to meet me as I am to meet them?” “what if I’m boring?” “what if..what if…”. I’m sure many of us who has social anxiety goes through something similar, it’s not fun. But the moment I landed and met Dana (sugarcoatedkiss), I screamed, we hugged, all of the negative thoughts and anxiety went away.

That Thursday night Dana wasn’t the only one I met, I also met Luis (Dana’s BF) and Lysee (streamer & follow mod) for the first time. I was literally shaking in excitement (which was kinda embarrassing). We did some gift exchanges and hung out in the hotel. It’s super awesome to finally meet Dana and Lysee because not only that these two are my 2 favorite streamers on Twitch, but we also became very good friends! I am so glad we get along just as well, if not better than we do online. It seriously was such a relief.

          
Dana’s cute packaging and inside was the Doraemon Funko pop! Then from Lysee is the cutest sticker pack ever!

After several hours of hanging out in their hotel room, I returned to my air BnB in San Pedro. This is actually my first experience with AirBnB and it was actually very pleasant! The location was in a decent place and the inside was lovely. Since by the time I arrived at the Air BnB it was around 3 AM, everyone I was staying with was already asleep. I took a shower, and knocked out in my bed almost right away.

My bed at the Air BnB

Friday morning is the official first day of TC. I decided to take it easy this morning because I had such a long day yesterday. We, my house mates, all got ready and head out right around noon to grab some food then to the convention.

Only a few moments after walking into the expo hall, I lost the gang right away. The signal was terrible inside the expo hall so it was obvious that I wouldn’t be able to find the gang any time soon. I decided to just explore the expo solo, which ended up not being such a bad idea because I didn’t really have time to do that later in the weekend.

After one round around the expo hall I thought I should try get in touch with people to see what’s everyone up to. Then I finally reached Dana saying that she’s at the meet and greet section so I went to find her. Fortunately it was also TSM_TheOddOne’s meet and greet time so I went in line for his. Dana waited in line with me and also took Pictures for me (TY Dana) I’ve met TheOddOne before, but I never actually got the chance to chat with him. We had a pretty nice chat about Fire Emblem and he signed my badge + his meet and greet card. He was super nice!!

After Luis and I were done with the meetups, it was about time for us to go to the Sugar Fam meet up that’s happening at Yard House. The wait for Yard House ended up being pretty long but I didn’t mind it because we spent it chatting. Everyone was so nice and friendly, I really wish we all lived closer to each other so we can get together like this more often. When we finally got seated, it was hard to talk to everyone because the table was so huge. I wasn’t feeling so hungry so I ordered the clam chowder, which ended up being pretty good. The most memorable thing at Yard House, though, was probably when I was writing my tweet to TheOddOne. Lysee and Dana were proof reading my tweet. We were all trying to leave a big enough impression that he would retweet it👌🏻 We were literally laughing our asses off while we try to come up with the perfect tweet. Sadly we didn’t get that retweet but at least he liked it!!

After dinner we decided to walk around the pier near by. There were a ton of interesting shops there. Then by the end of all of it we took a group photo and part ways. I sure hope we all get to meet again.

Lovely sugar fam!! This was just half of those who show up but I love this picture to death <3


Music Under The Stars With Sister

HondaiMood: Happy
Listening to: YOU & I – IU
Playing: Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer
Craving: Bibimbap
Watching: Gundam Wing Ep. 5

I had a very nice outing with my sister yesterday! It was apparently the Seattle’s Chamber Music Society’s last day for their Music Under The Stars program which is a program where they play chamber music in the park for free, so my sister and I decided to go. The show starts at 7 but since there was a Seafair parade going on, I wanted to make sure I don’t run into any traffic issue. I mean, I also want to make sure I have a ton of time to spend with my sister because time goes by very very fast when we’re together, so might as well go as early as I can right?

So I ended up arriving in downtown Seattle around 3 PM, which was earlier than anticipated, because I didn’t run into any traffic issue (Thank god). Since my sister just got off work, we agreed to meet at sister’s place. At her place, I tried out the cookies she baked, sat, chat, chill for a bit. Then we finally admit that we were both STARVING so my sister suggested we check out Bai Tong up on Capitol Hill since it recently open.

Moscow Mule with Fried Pork & Egg Over Rice

We were so lucky we arrived just in time for happy hour. To take advantage of that, we both ordered the Thai Tea Moscow Mule ($6). The Moscow Mule was more on the sour side, in comparison to the other ones I’ve had, but I liked it a lot! It wasn’t too strong and the alcohol wasn’t overwhelming. As for the main dish I ordered the Fried Pork & Egg over rice ($11.50) from the Street Food Menu. I honestly don’t know what this is in Thai but it tasted a lot like Grilled Pork Neck. This dish was BOMB. A sour & spicy sauce was served on the side to compliment with the oily pork; this sauce definitely completed the dish. Oh and don’t forget about the Egg. The fried egg was prepared with a runny yolk so that added even more to the yum-factor. Ahh, I’ll definitely go back here again.

After the wonderful meal, we had a ton of time left before the show starts so we decided to walk to Volunteer Park instead of taking transit there. It was a pleasant walk as the weather wasn’t too hot. I’ve also never walked around that area before, so it was nice to see the neighborhood as a pedestrian. I wouldn’t mind living in that area, it’s seems pretty peaceful but not too far from the city.

Sister & Me

Once we made it to the park, we laid out  mat and settled down right before the show starts. During the show there was this one guy chatting with his friend about his life story and we all could hear him. A few of us was giving him the looks, but he didn’t seem to get the message. Finally the old man in front of us told him to quiet down because he’s here to listen to music, not him. THANK YOU OLD MAN, you are the MVP. The rest of the show was great! After the show my sister and I hung around and was playing with the handout they gave to the kids to keep themselves entertain during the show. There were also a few guys practicing juggling in front of us. Something I learn from eavesdropping them: juggling is serious business. lol

Anyways, I’m just rambling off now. I just wanted to write about this before I forget about something nice I did this summer haha. I’m gunna go continue watching Gundam Wing now(things are getting interesting) and also finish designing the office on HHD. I’ll probably fix all my grammatical errors tomorrow at work, or maybe not hahaha.


Be Ready for G-Dragon’s Act III World Tour

HondaiMood: Melancholic (cuz I miss GD)
Listening to: Bullshit – G-Dragon
Playing: Animal Crossing: New Leaf
Craving: Ice Cream
Watching: GD Music videos LOL

My night with G-Dragon at Act III, M.O.T.T.E Seattle was unforgettable. It was amazing, and definitely worth the money. But there were somethings I wish I did before/during the show that would have definitely made my night more perfect than it already was.

Just in case some of you are newbies at K-pop concerts, I’m here to make sure you don’t make the same mistake I do when attending G-Dragon’s concert. I’ve never associated myself with any K-pop fan base as I don’t follow the scene nearly as much as I do with J-pop. Also, I don’t speak Korean nor can I sing it. Don’t get me wrong though, I LOVE G-Dragon. Him and his Big Bang mates are the few K-pop artists I actually listen to. If this sounds more and more like you? Great! Keep reading.

Make GD Proud

Step 1: Get to know his songs. (DUH)

Don’t be me.. There were some songs by him I didn’t listen to much… so when he started singing at the live it I felt kinda awkward. Mostly because I don’t understand Korean and hyping to a song you hear for the first time can be kinda hard, y’know? LOL Don’t have the time to get to know all his songs? No problem. Thanks to set lists, you can listen to songs that he’s more than highly likely going to be performing at the concert.

You can find a Youtube playlist here: ( ๑‾̀◡‾́)σ»

Step 2: Learn the fan chant

I mean, if you know how to sing the whole song, GO FOR IT. Sing along. But most of G-Dragon songs are raps. I know it’ll be super hard for me to learn lyrics for rap songs… especially in Korean hardihar. So best I could do is fan chants! I wish I knew more of the fan chants. When I attended I only knew the chants for WHO YOU? and CROOKED, along with singing a long with a few other songs.

Break out the dance moves!

Step 3: Get Your Partner On Board

HYPING ALONE IS NO FUN! My friend and her boyfriend was saying how I was going crazy. OF COURSE I WAS! Don’t be me, make sure your concert mates are on board with going crazy with you. Why else are you going to a concert… right? Get your friends to learn the fan chants and stuff too! Will make everything much.. MUCH more fun on concert day.

Step 4: Make New Friends

Now that you got your friend on aboard the hype train… get your concert seat neighbors to hop on too! You’ll call me crazy, but I’m not! I’ve done this before with the ONE OK ROCK concert and I shit you not, it was the best concert I’ve been to in my life. We built chemistry before the show so during the show you get a huge group on synchronize head bobbing and screaming. It was the best.

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Now what if you are a more reserved person and prefer to just sit and watch. That’s okay! (KINDA, NOT REALLY). But here is my take on this, I feel that paying for the concert tickets to just sit there and watch him perform is like flying to a foreign country just to watch TV in the hotel. Sure the purpose of vacation is to relax, but if you’re going to go to a live concert, you should try to participate some how! Remember, a great concert is not made only from the performer but that audience as well. You’re there to be a part of phenomenon not watch it happen. But most importantly, stay safe and have fun!

Like.. c’mon! How can you just sit there when he smiles like that!!

PS. I didn’t originally plan on writing a “How to” post.. I was going to complain about my mild frustration during the live concert.. But why not just express my mild frustration in a slightly more positive way if I can. Right?


​ Hawaii Vacay Day 7: Leaving on a Jet Plane

All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go 🙁 Today is our last day in Hawaii. I didn’t really feel sad at the moment since I was stressing to make sure we get everything pack and make sure we make it to our flight on time.
We had the complimentary breakfast one last time, which they finally are serving breakfast sausage again today. We ran into 4ii”s family as we headed down and got to enjoy our last breakfast in Hawaii with them.

We didn’t really have much time to enjoy breakfast because I was afraid that we might have to spend a lot of time at the car rental returning the car. I heard a lot of reviews that the lines at Dollar Rental at this specific location was long so I gave it 2 extra hours.
After breakfast we head straight to our room and pack everything up, head downstairs and check out. A few family members were down there waiting for us to say their farewells. 🙁 I got a little sad because I know I won’t be seeing all of them for awhile. I also got a little sad saying goodbye to the valet parking staff because they have been such a pleasure.

We headed to the car rental right away after departing the hotel. To my surprise, the moment we arrive there was a dollar staff right outside with a tablet telling us where to park our car and ready for us to drop the car off and printed my receipt for the total amount I had to pay for the car rental. I heard a lot of bad reviews of this specific location but my personal experience with them has been great. We also had great timing because the shuttle to HNL airport had just arrive so right after dropping our car off we didn’t have to wait for the shuttle at all.
By the time we arrived at HNL, we had plenty of time left before boarding so we had some coconut macchiatos from Starbucks and chilled at the airport longer til boarding.

Chilling with Starbucks at HNL

Our flight back to Seattle is with Hawaiian airlines and I’ve heard many good things from them such as comfortable seats, good entertainment system and complimentary meal. I was kinda afraid we wouldn’t get a complimentary meal since it wasn’t mentioned on the e-boarding pass, but when we board, the onscreen announcement let us know the flight schedule, in which, includes a complimentary meal which was delicious.

View of Oahu during our takeoff

Complimentary meal and red wine that got me pretty buzzed lol
And now as I am writing this post, I’m still on the plane. We still have about 1 more hour to go before landing in SEA. This has been a good flight so far and the vacation was very enjoyable despite my stressful and emotional moments.
10/10 would do it again.
PS. I’m so glad I brought my iPad and Keyboard with me. I don’t think I’ll ever finish writing a detailed post about each day in Hawaii if I didn’t write it on the flight. These posts take longer to write than you would imagine. It’s been about 4 hours and I’m just getting done writing my last post and haven’t proof read any of it.

Anyways, mahalo for reading my posts. I know I didn’t write much in details of my trip but hope you enjoyed my Hawaii Vacay series.