The Beach Episode
It is time…..for the Great Anime Expo Update of 2015! During the 1st – 8th of July, I flew from Toronto to Los Angeles for North America’s largest anime convention – Anime Expo! Anime Expo is my all time favourite convention – the level of cosplay is higher, the convention halls are bigger, and events are more grand than any other convention I’ve been to!
Here’s the first post in a new series on my blog… Sachie’s Food Tour! 😀 If you’ve been following me on twitter or instagram, you already know that I recently went on a trip to Los Angeles, California, for Anime Expo! I had a fantastic time at the convention….but an equally as exciting time feasting at various food trucks / restaurants!
I love food, and blogging…. so adding a food blogging feature on this blog was a natural path! Hopefully I’ll help out a few of you guys who are looking for places to eat!
Alright – first day of Anime Expo. It’s a huge convention, which means that most restaurants in the area will be full of cosplayers. Tired, hungry, and having to wait in massive lines? No thanks! Luckily across from the convention centre, there’s a huge parking lot full of food trucks!! Everything from sushi burritos, pho, riceballs, burgers, boba tea…..and more!!
I decided to eat at Cheer Burger! I was drawn to the brightly colored truck, and the fact that I was seriously craving a burger.
It was only around noon and the line for cheer burger wasn’t too long, so I took a look at their menu. I ordered “The Works Burger” ($8) which has lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, mayo, 1000 island dressing, bacon, fresh avocado, grilled onion, home made angus beef patty, american cheeze, topped off with a toasted bun.
Starting to crave it again….
Hot day, so I got a Sanpellegrino sparkling blood orange drink! Tastes good but seriously overpriced – it was so hot that I didn’t even care anymore! If you’re going to a con, bring your own drinks.
You can also find the rest of my California food tour series here!
Thanks for reading!
Let the travel blogging begin! WOO YES, one of my favourite things to do! Haven’t been able to do it that often but I’ve got a great series of posts lined up for you! On July 1st, I flew out to the city of angels for Anime Expo 2015! However, the night before, I had the pleasure of staying in the Sheraton Gateway Hotel located in Toronto Pearson Airport.
While organizing my stay, I originally messed up the dates…twice! Felt a bit like an idiot because (for some reason) I thought that there were only 29 days in June. Luckily the Sheraton customer service was completely understanding and were able to change the dates of my stay!! What a relief! Made me look forward to my stay even more!
Popped by the Royal Ontario Museum today! Students get free admission on Tuesdays so we went to check out the exhibits. Especially wanted to see the dinos after seeing Jurassic World, haha!!
Brought my 50mm lens to test out, still getting used to fixed lenses since I’ve only really used an 18-55mm.
Took a 4 hour megabus trip from Leeds to London. Stopped off at Victoria Station for about three hours, grabbed some food at Wetherspoons, and did some people watching. ALMOST MISSED OUR BUS TO PARIS,
Basically, we didn’t realize that we were supposed to get customs clearance (since we are internationals and all), and arrive at least half an hour before our trip. Instead, we showed up 10 minutes before thinking everything was alright, got told off by the bus driver for not having our immigration forms, had a mad panic and dashed to the megabus customs office, got our forms, and got on the bus minutes before departure. PHEWWWW it’s not a proper trip unless something unexpected happens!
Took a 17 hour Megabus trip to Paris! Bus – ferry – bus. Not very pleasant and we were all super tired. Arrived in Paris at about 5AM and took the subway to our stop. We stayed at the Hotel de la Pointe Rivoli. They put us on the top floor (about 7 or 8 floors up), there are no elevators, just a twisty steep stairwell. LEGS DEFINITELY GOT A WORKOUT THAT WEEKEND.
The hotel was located in the Marais district, and is right outside Saint Paul station. Super easy to commute everywhere!
We found our way to the Place des Vosges. Why are French parks so beautiful? I hate getting up early but I wouldn’t mind if it meant I could sit in a park like this while morning breaks.
Dinner – can’t remember where this was, but I remember the potato salad was reaaaalllyyy good, and the drink (Cosmo? I’m assuming that’s what it was since it’s ~my drink~, thanks SITC) tasted like pure vodka lol….
Feeling a bit buzzed, we walked down the street to the Centre Pompidou. The whole surrounding area was very familiar to me because I went on a family vacation to Paris in 2010 and we stayed right by Reamur-Sebastapol subway station, which was a short distance away. Buzzy from our drinks, we managed to bypass security (probably thought “stupid drunk tourists) and got to the roof. Spectacular views.
It started raining again so we wandered around until it cleared up. Then, we headed down the street to the Champs-Élysées!
We didn’t actually go up to it because they were doing construction and it was super crowded, so we headed down the subway and got off at Trocadéro. If you want to best view of the Eiffel tower, go here!
We walked over to the Eiffel Tower park and ate dinner. It was lovely. By the time we finished, it was about sunset.
We bought evening stair tickets. Legs definitely got a workout walking up all of those stairs! We walked to the second platform. We even got to catch the light show, when the Eiffel tower starts flickering!
Gorgeous view from the top. The area between the two lights is Trocadero!
Fresh tomato soup with croutons…
Found a sleeping guy, so naturally we had to take photos with him.
Top: PMall // Shorts – Primark // Bag – Forever 21 // Belt // Primark
Bought an apricot pasty at the Miss Manon Boulangerie before leaving. During our stay in Paris, we frequently visited the bakery to pick up breakfast / dessert. Super tasty!
After our Louvre visit, we went back to our hotel, picked up our luggage, and took the Megabus back home at 10:30PM. Another super long trip back, arrived back in London at about 7:30AM. Sat in McDonald’s sapping their wifi for a few hours whilst waiting for my bus back to Leeds.
I had a lovely time in Paris and can’t wait to go back! I think next time, I would like to visit a different part of France. The architecture and scenery is all so beautiful…and the food!
Have you ever visited Paris? Are there any Parisian monuments or sights you’d like to visit? What do you think of french cuisine?
This past weekend, my mom and I went downtown for a little day trip! I’m always downtown these days because I get bored of living in the burbs and downtown is only a subway trip away. She hasn’t been down there for a while so it was nice to spend time on her in between final projects and work.
Starting the trip by getting off at Spadina station, took the street car to Chinatown just by Kensington market.
Stopped off at the Hong Kong Island bakery for some bunz. It was around lunch time so we stopped off for a quick snack.
Stumbled upon the Sé de Lisboa Cathedral! We actually thought this was the castle at first. Entry was free, but access to the back and upper terrace was €4 for students! We decided to go check it out.
Have you ever been to Lisbon? 😀
If you’ve been following me on my other social networks, you’ll have seen that over the past two weeks, I’ve been posting about The Gathering 2014 nonstop! In an effort to revive my blog, here’s my Gathering experience masterpost, haha!!
If you don’t know what The Gathering is, check out my video on GeekandSundry Vlogs! :}
Basically, The Gathering is a huge LAN party held in Hamar, Norway. It’s filmed in the giant viking ship olympic stadium (which is named the Vikingskipet because it looks like an overturned viking ship!) Thousands of people flood into the ship, bringing their computer supplies and shelf equipment for 4 days of nonstop gaming fun! It was my first LAN event, and it was even more exciting because The Gathering had invited myself, Scott, Amy, and our producer Jenni, to host live shows!
Also, apologies for the quality! Pics were shot on my iPhone.
Flew with Norwegian airlines from Gatwick in London. Norwegian is awesome, such a pleasant flight. They even had free wifi! Definitely helped the 2.5 hour flight go by very quickly. I’m super fortunate as this trip was my third trip down to Norway. (First time for planning meetings, second time to film promos for the event.) Ya can’t keep my outta Norway!~ haha.
Walking into the ship and seeing this for the first time was definitely super exciting!! So many people! And so many cool shelves set up!
Here’s my walk-around vlog for the weekend! I tried to vlog as often as I could during the weekend, so much to see and do!
One of the cool events at the Gathering is that on the first day, after opening ceremonies, the lights are shut off revealing a dark ship filled with thousands of computer monitor lights! This is the magic button that Scott pushed to turn off the lights. DO I PRESS IT?? (You can’t see a giant red button and not push it!! ;D)
It looked incredible at night! You can kinda see some of the games that people are playing… Majority of people were playing Minecraft, League of Legends, and Counterstrike. Dubstep blasting 24/7.
As I previously mentioned, Amy and I did a talk show during The Gathering! We had a half hour show at 5PM every day, talking about the days events and highlights, as well as interviewing some guests and staff. I’ve never done live presenting on a talk show before so it was a new experience! I was really nervous about the studio headsets because we had our producer (Jenni), and the director (Kasper) talking into our ear, giving us countdowns, timing cues, and people giving us topics to bring up. Scary at first, but after the first livestream I found myself becoming more comfortable in front of the camera. We just derped around and chilled with the guests 8)
Getting ready for the show! We dressed up in kigurumis which was really fun! I wore my Totoro one, which is too short for me hahah…. Oh well 😀
Jenni was sitting outside the Vikingskipet in a big media truck… She could see us on the cameras, and was sitting here giving us instructions during our show!
Scott had a late night talk show at 1:30AM. For one of his segments, he and Jenni had a nerf gun fight. Of course, we had to join in on the fun! Here we are as Felicia’s Angels. 😉
ON THE SECOND NIGHT, LEMAITRE DID A SURPRISE APPEARANCE. I PRETTY MUCH SCREAMED. I love Lemaitre, only recently got into them!! I thought they were french (because of their name), but apparently they were Norwegian! a;skfldjdklgdfkg so excited during their set, a little bit upset because the crowd really sucked haha. Lemaitre is indie electronic group, some of their music isn’t really suited for dancing, so a lot of people just stood there…. I was having my own little dance party though 😀
Got my crew sweater! They only had large sizes left when I got mine, so it’s huge!! Super comfortable though, I like wearing it when I’m lounging around my rooms in the evening. ~moe thugz 4 lyfe~
I also hosted the cosplay awards on the Friday with a Norwegian TV host, Kim-Daniel! He was super fun, great at hyping up crowds. So many people turned up, it was insane. There were so many fantastic cosplayers! Apparently there was a huge amount of people watching on the livestream as well.
Cameras on the main stage were really big! After a days work, eating at the crew house was great. Had bbq burgers which were amazing. Such lovely weather as well, bright and sunny.
A lovely woman from the Information:Games desk called Dawn, gave Amy and I a huge back of Norwegian candies!! I made a video tasting them 😀
After everyone left on the Sunday! So much garbage omg it was insane… People also left computer parts, food, and chairs/furniture!! However, Sunday evening was also time for the crew party! Unfortunately Amy and Jenni had to leave early to catch their flight back to Los Angeles, so Scott and I had to party extra hard on behalf of them. 🙂
Me being a derp + Scott, Kasper the gorilla director man, and myself! 😀
All in all, The Gathering was a huge success! We didn’t really get to game or participate in the games, but we had a ton of fun hosting events and meeting our Norwegian viewers! If you’re thinking about attending the Gathering, you definitely should. There are so many concerts, events, contests and lectures/seminars to attend.
Thank you to KANDU, and The Gathering for inviting us. We really had such a fantastic time. Hopefully we’ll be able to attend again next year! :}
We met up at a TGI Fridays, which was a little bizarre because it’s a very Americanized brand, but with a big Norwegian influence! We introduced ourselves and had a drink. (Alcohol is insanely expensive in Norway! Most cocktails were 114 kroners, which is like £12? Over $20 for a drink! Ahh!!)
Checked into my hotel! Had a quaint room with a single bed (next to a heater = toasty!), and wet room/toilet.
The next morning, I was picked up and we drove to a office building! We went into a conference hall and office area. I met most of the event and content coordinators, as well as the IT services group and camera operators. What struck me the most was that everyone spoke such good English! I was told that most people in Norway know how to speak English – as an English speaker, you would have no trouble navigating Oslo! We spent the entire afternoon in planning meetings. In the evening, everyone went out for pizza at large American-style pizzeria!
The next day, everybody returned to the final meeting where we went over the event briefs. After those were completed, Kasper and I took the train back to Oslo airport. Going through border services really makes me want to get my English passport, since it takes forever when you have to get through with one that’s non-EU! Took the tube to Covent Garden, stopped for Starbucks and people-watched for 45 mins, and then got on my 3.5 hour train from Kings Cross St Pancras to Leeds!
It was a really fun mini trip! I didn’t really get to see much of Oslo, but I’ll be returning once more before the actual event… Two more trips to Norway, yay! It’s a great opportunity for me to gain work experience, as well as getting to cosplay and present shows and vlog more! I’m really excited for the actual event…Gotta start on my Akali cosplay soon!
Most posts coming up soon, stay tuned~