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first trip to norway!

Heyo!

The past two months have been a nightmare for computer troubles… The new laptop that is currently on the way is stuck in customs, so I ended up renting a laptop from the university IT services. What a mistake, this thing is super slow and weighs a ton… so old school! I can’t wait until my new baby arrives so I can actually edit videos/photos/play games and move on with my life!

Anyway, a lot has happened over the past while! I went to Norway!! πŸ˜€

The purpose of my trip wasn’t for vacation though. I’m actually going to be attending The Gathering this year, which is a huge LAN party/ creative convention! Basically it’s going to be super fun, with lots of gamers, panels, concerts and shows! I’ll be working with the media team to host a cosplay competition and possibly do interviews/behind the scenes vlogs! I flew down there for their initial planning meeting, and to offer some input about event/panel organization!

On Feb 1st, I took the bus down to London. Met up with a youtuber who I used to watch quite often, Evan Edinger! Went out for lunch before my flight! He’s a pretty cool dude, kept teasing me about my Canadian accent tho… it’s not even that thick! πŸ™ Took the tube down to Heathrow and flew to Oslo. Short flight, only about two and a half hours!

Met up with one of the organizers, Kasper, at the airport! His flight from Copenhagen was delayed though due to issues involving the transportation of a coffin…? He took the express train down to Oslo city centre to meet up with two of the other event organizers – Guro and Martin!

It was so weird seeing snow again, since we haven’t had any here in England this 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 Β£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!

Giant cat loose on the streets of Oslo~

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~

First Job Experience~ (awesome illustrated post >:D)

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Hello everybody!

Recently I’ve been feeling the urge to blog. (I remember on my FC2, I used to blog maybe 4 or 5 times a week! I seem to have slowed down! /lazy/)

I mentioned in this post that I was going to work for the first time last weekend! I’m going to tell you a bit about my experience!

I applied for the job of merchandiser back in February at a pharmacy/convenience type store called Shoppers. A merchandiser is basically the person that stocks things on the shelves, makes sure all products are in the right place, makes sure pricing of each product is correct, etc. That didn’t seem that hard to do. I was worried about heavy lifting but I didn’t have to worry about that – there were some teenage boys doing all the grunt work in the back.

Annnyway, there are two parts to this store. There’s the old store which is up front, and the new one they opened which is behind it. I was watching as they were building the big new store because I knew they’d be hiring.

Here is an awesome diagram:

So, I arrived at 7:50am for my 8am shift. When I arrived, there were about 3 other people also starting for the first time. We were each given cards in which we swipe through a machine that counts how long we work for. We clocked in and went to the new store.

When we arrived, there were about 10 other people who were already setting up inside. The manager came up and asked us where we did our training, in which we were all like ‘wtf, what training?’. Except for one guy who said he had trained at another store, but whatever.He told us to start unloading stuff from boxes and start stacking them on shelves. I grabbed a box and went to the baby section and started to unload things.

They also have these things called Planigrams or something like that, which basically shows a picture of the shelf and where each item is supposed to go. You have to follow that diagram when stocking things. (Because the placement of each product has been carefully thought out.) I started talking to another girl, whose name was Katarina or Karolina or Katagena something, I didn’t really catch it.  (Haha orz, I’ll just call her Kat for now.) So we kind of decided we were going to get hired together.

The stupid thing about this whole situation is that we’re “on trial” for a month. As in, we haven’t actually been hired yet. The store apparently took everybody in who applied to help move merchandise over to the new store, since the new store is pretty big. So when I worked on the Saturday, there were probably 20 people there. And Sunday was about 17. Kat told me that apparently they had decided to take in about 100 people who applied, and the’re only going to offer 10 positions to people who have had the best performance  (at stocking shelves, lol).  We were both like, YEAH WE’RE GOING TO GET HIRED TOGETHER.

^ Very accurate
I tried stocking everything as neatly as possible and being an awesome employee.  I smiled at everybody even though there was this one lady bitching about how part of the baby section was messed up and how she wanted to die (Please bitch some more, hopefully the manager hears you and I have one less person to compete against for this job. ) Kat and I tried doing pleasant light conversation about the new store and the shitty weather with the manager when he wasn’t busy and it was quite nice. AND WE TRIED SHOWING OUR AWESOME TEAMWORK SKILLS. 
Oh, and some of you guys might have seen this, if you’re following me on twitter. Basically I got a massive box to stock and it was full of condoms. SERIOUSLY, I HAVE NEVER SEEN SO MANY CONDOMS IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. I stocked 3 compartments full seriously ahhhhhh so many types. INTIMATE WARMING JELLY, RIBBED CONDOMS, FLAVORS. WHAT THE HELL.
Stocking condoms like a boss. 
Hopefully the manager saw my brave face as I stocked. Hopefully I shall get the job. 
I have to go back to work this weekend again, and the weekend after (which will mean I’ll miss MTAC) Unless I can ask for a different shift? I really want to go to MTAC (March Toronto Anime Convention) but my Ami wig isn’t here and I have a feeling I won’t have time to get together with Nicole/Tam to make our jackets. 
Now, PRAY FOR ME TO GET HIRED SO I CAN BUY MORE COSPLAYS AND POST NICE PICTURES FOR YOU GUYS β™₯β™₯β™₯ /shot/ 

So, what kind of posts do you guys want to see more from me?
Fashion, life, cosplay, etc?

First Job

Tomorrow at 8AM, I will be working my first eight hour shift at my first job!

Haha well it’s kind of like a “temporary” job. I applied for a job at a pharmacy/convenience type store called Shoppers. There was one near my house, and they built a brand new large store right beside the old one so they put up signs to say they were hiring!

When I submitted my resume, I basically got called to work a week after. The contract said that I was going to be hired for a month (along with many other people who applied). At the end of the month, they would offer positions out to people they thought were fit for the job. Idk, I really hope I get it.

This is my first job, so I don’t really know what I’ll be doing. I suppose stocking shelves or something like that. Easy stuff, hopefully not too much heavy lifting!

I just really want to save up to buy an iPhone! Because they seem cool!  (I can safely say that Jenny’s Blog has heavily influenced me, lol!) Besides, my iPod Chromatic is slowly dying on me because the battery life keeps getting shorter and shorter, and my cell phone is all scratched up! I guess what I’m really excited about it just having a job and getting paid, even if it’s not for sure yet~

So, tell me about your first job experiences! What was it like? Any tips?

Also, LingLing has developped a really weird habit of sitting by the bathtub and watching the faucet drip. She literally sits there for hours. And when the water falls, she tries to attack it. 

Silly cat, haha!