Replacing it with birb
Um I also got this Katsura recently :v
Also my succulent plants are shriveling up aaahhhhh I thought these things were supposed to be near immortal.
Hallooo. I just came back from a 14-day tour around to various biblical and historical sites in Israel and Jordan. Writing things down before I forget it all >< already my memory is kind of muddled.
Just a warning this is REALLY REALLY LONG and VERY IMAGE HEAVY - I am not even exaggerating. I skipped over a lot already but it's still humongous. Took me 4 days just to write it.
Anyway, in loose chronological order here goes:
Our flight was 9 hours from US to Germany, then another 4-5 hours from Germany to Israel. We went with a group of around 70, about half of which are my friends/acquaintances.
I couldn't sleep on the flight but luckily the movie selection was pretty good. I watched at least 5 movies including the Rurouni Kenshin live action, twice, and eventually a 3rd time on the flight back. Sato Takeru is a really good Kenshin =w=
As usual the cabin air is really dry and the little jar of moisturizer I tossed into my backpack as an afterthought turned out to be a lifesaver (and again in Israel, where the air anywhere on high grounds is really dry as well, and the water somehow dries out hands like magic). 9 gross hours later we land in Frankfurt. We had over 8 hours before the next flight so we took a train out to the city.
Lucky our guides were familiar with Frankfurt too cause the subway map is ridiculous.
It was Dec 22 so there was tons of Christmas decor and toy/snack shops and even a carousel *w*
Tried some apfelwein but I didn't care for it.
Even the trash cans are awesome.
But this bunny is creepy as heck.
Obligatory pork knuckle and schnitzel 8)
We made the mistake of asking for water thinking it'd be free tap water like you'd get in the States, but it was bottled water instead and $5 per bottle o__o
Unfortunately it was also a Sunday so the mall was closed, and we ended up going back to the airport to wait the rest of those looong 9 hours, finally followed by a 4.5 hour flight to Tel Aviv, then a bus ride to Jerusalem. Everything's kind of a blur at this point because we'd been up for well over 24 hours and it's past midnight and we get up around 6am every day after this.
First meal in Israel is the breakfast buffet at our Jerusalem hotel (where we stay for the next 4 days). The smoked fish is very salty but the potatoes are pretty good. The best thing by far though is the fresh bread, literally hot from the oven *0*
I picked up a bunch of napkins that a waiter dropped and laughed when he "xiexie"-ed me. Turns out every single day for the rest of the trip, people will come up to us and go "nihao!" (and also "anyonghaseyo", one something-hamnida, and a "nihonjin desu ka?"). Later this one man chased after our group yelling "ni hao xie xie!" over and over. Random people would come up and be like "China?" and then look confused when I reply with "Canada." I guess they don't see huge clusters of Asians very often :v
There are still patches of snow on the ground in Jerusalem from the freakstorm about a week earlier. It doesn't melt even though it's not super cold.
Old Jerusalem is surrounded by stone walls, like a castle in the middle of the rest of the city *w* It's so cool. There's 8 gates, one of them is the Dung Gate and the one we entered is Lion Gate.....and that's all I remember OTL
This African Grey was just hanging out in front of one of the street stalls, whistling at passerbys *3*
We went by the Pool of Bethesda (which is way bigger and deeper than I thought) and walked along the Via Dolorosa (which is much longer than I thought) with lots of small stops. Pretty much every possible landmark has a church built over it.
The streets are narrow since things were built before cars, so when a car does need to go by (like every 10 minutes), we all have to squish against the wall and the car just barely brushes by. I wonder what they do if 2 cars need to pass each other cause it doesn't appear possible.
There's stray cats everywhere :3 For strays they're quite pretty, and most are friendly.
Day 2 we went to possibly the only Chinese restaurant in Israel (also obligatory because our group is Chinese)
It was um.......not very good.. But the owner is a friend of our guides and one of the few people who can still read/write/speak Aramaic which was cool. He gave everyone chocolate 8)
Garden Tomb (possibly site of Golgotha and Christ's tomb, the other possibility being Holy Sepulchre).
The tomb itself is quite small unlike those movie depictions that skew my expectations. The guides here are volunteers from around the world. I liked his explanations lots.
The Wailing Wall + my attempt to take covert pics without bothering people around me. It's really crowded. If you're male, they provide you with one of those little hats to wear before you can approach. People write prayers and stuff them into the cracks of the walls.
So many graves! Something like..the Jews all want to be buried near the sealed gate because that's where the dead will rise and enter into heaven (and if they're nearby they'll go first) and then the Arabs want to block their way with their corpses so their graves are between the Jewish graves and the gate LOL. I forget where the Christian graves are.
My little friend cut her foot open on an exercise bike on Christmas morning, so we stopped by the hospital first. She almost got surgery but it turned out she didn't need it, which was great they just stitched it up. She got piggybacked/limped around the rest of the trip.
Went to Bethlehem and Church of the Nativity. There were young kids pickpocketing outside. They hold up a bunch of postcards with one hand and slip the other into your pocket (which I watched happen) (my pockets have nothing but tissues in them so they are welcome).
Then we went to Nazareth Village which is basically a village built using the same materials, tools, and techniques as they would've used in Jesus' time. There's actors in costumes doing various things inside and a guide explaining as you walk along.
After all the stairs we had to get a popsicle.
Somewhere along the way, we walked by an avocado tree farm, and the guy tossed me an avocado 8) It was delicious. I've never seen one this green and yet ripe (and this funny shape).
Next we stayed at a Kibbutz by the Sea of Galilee. (Basically Kibbutz are communal settlements, some of which run for-profit things such as hotels.) The rooms weren't as modern but their food and location were the best so far. And since it's below sea level, unlike Jerusalem and Nazareth which are both high up, the air quality is much better. It's also quite a bit warmer. We went from wearing winter jackets a few days ago to t-shirts and shorts.
Reenacting 5 bread 2 fish lunch xD cause we went to the place where Jesus fed the 5000. Wrong kind of fish and bread though. This one is called Saint Peter fish, the one that had a coin in its mouth for Peter to pay tax with. Our tour guide hid coins in some of ours haha.
On one of our random stops we met this camel named Jacky who smiles on command 8D
My sister got to ride him for free as a promo *A*
We stayed in Jericho in the fanciest hotel so far. There was a bidet in the bathroom......which I have no idea how to use and was too scared to "experiment"...
It's not super warm, but warm enough that a lot of us went in for a swim. You're not allowed to splash cause if you get salt in people's eyes and they will not be amused.
Meatballs. Just kidding. It's the boulders that the Romans catapulted when they attacked Masada.
Stopped the bus on the edge of the highway just after Masada because we spotted this goat standing beside a cliff like a badass.
Indoor smoking is a normal thing in Jordan so that was hard to get used to. You'd be in the bathroom and someone would just randomly walk in and fill the small confined space with smoke x_x
Our first hotel in Jordan was essentially a village, and each room is a little stand-alone stone house. Quite roomy too. Really really cool. We arrived there late at night though so we got lost trying to find our house and ended up in a garden where I almost stepped on a frog.
Food was not so great though....the fish had the weirdest flavor ever....like a mixture of fennel and candy and miracle whip. Ended up eating cucumbers and croutons for dinner cause those 2 were good.
The entrance fee includes a short horse ride from the gate to the entrance of the rock wall thingies, you just have to tip the horse handler (around $3-5, and they'll ask for more no matter how much you give them).
The ride is pretty bumpy especially if your horse starts trotting (most of them do because the handler wants to go quicker so he can take another person and get more money). I wanted my horse to trot but it seems I got the only lazy horse and horse handler there and we had a really boring slow walk the whole way to the entrance OTL Meanwhile all the parents got fast bumpy rides which shattered their old bones to pieces.
There's also the option of a chariot ride which are significantly more expensive.
After the ride, it's a walk through a narrow passage with high rock walls on both sides. The walls have really pretty patterns. Just gotta watch out for horse poop on the ground. There's a lot of Bedouin kids running around offering to sell you postcards and other things for a dollar. They can be really persistent and some of them make puppy eyes at you. One of my friends offered potato chips to the kids and eventually on of the kids snatched the whole bag and ran off xD
I rode a camel because that's pretty much what I most wanted to do this whole trip >W< After the first ride I paid to do again. The guy leading the camel wasn't watching where he was going so my camel almost ran over a bunch of people xD Camel riding is anywhere from $5-20 depending on the length of the ride and how well you haggle.
Me on the camel *-* and dad who joined me out of curiosity and pretty much freaked out the whole ride (they kinda lurch forward and backward). It's ok though cause I got a priceless photo of him with a face of horror.
A little beyond the Treasury there is a theatre from 1st century AD. Somewhere beyond that is a monastery but we didn't go that far. All along the way there are tombs and niches and also shops run by Bedouins.
I am neither Samson nor Hercules apparently.
There's these round indents around the bottom of the theater where if you speak into them right, you can hear it from all the way on the other end.. but we must not have done it right cause it didn't work .__.
Pretty sky from top of Mt Nebo (where Moses looked at promised land?)
On our very last night of the trip we went to this very fancy, very strange place for dinner. Almost everyone there were smoking hookahs at their tables. (sadly no pictures, couldn't take that without weirding anyone out)
Meanwhile I made this monstrosity.
After dinner (and the whole day of touring) we went straight to the airport for a few hours of waiting, followed by a 5 hour flight to Germany again, 5 more hours of waiting, then 9 hours back to Seattle. All week I've been sleeping right after dinner and getting up at 6am (which is actually awesome!)
I leave you with this picture of a creepy statue we saw in a museum.
Oh and this is my baby conure, I brought home about 3 months ago. His name is Freddy and he is a goof
I just made a RedBubble account after trying out a handful of different store sites.
I have to stop selling prints directly for a few months so this is my temporary replacement.
Prints/posters are available too. Til now I've never sold big ones online before due to shipping hassles Basically all my usual convention merch and some additional Parashi images are there. (Still being uploaded, slowly.)
Unfortunately the prices are a bit higher than my standard convention prices since RB takes a big chunk of it , however it does auto-discount on bulk orders of postcards or stickers. In the future I might only keep the stickers there and sell prints/posters myself, which will let me make everything slightly cheaper......but this could be in months or a year, no idea yet :\
Unrelated...thanks so much for all the congrats on my grad TwT I really wasn't expecting those ;A;
So now, at the ripe old age of 24, I'm finally learning to drive \o/ (because I won't have a bus pass from school anymore, boohoo). I had to retake the knowledge test since I last took it 7 years ago and it's long expired. When the licensing office guy looked at my old card, he laughed .__.
This was my first exchange with my driving teacher cause apparently I don't look my age:
Instructor: Are you a high school student?
Me: No D: I just graduated.
Instructor: Oh. So where are you planning to go to college?
Me: No no, I just graduated.....from college :I
My parking is ok but my turning is horrific.
Yesterday I drove onto the curb. (/ - \) Guys, please run.
Here's a picture of the pile. I'll add a few more things while I continue to clear my room.
- 7 really big posters (like A1-A2 size) (will be folded)
- 7 kinda big/long posters
- 20+ medium/small prints (around 9 are my art)
- 2 plastic folders
Starting price: $5 (USD by paypal)
Current bid: $50
Do your fingertips ever regain their sensitivity while keeping the calluses? Or is it a permanent trade-off? Do you just get used to having no sensation in the fingertips and eventually forget about it?
Cause I can't stop rubbing at things with my left-hand's fingers now because they feel so funny 0: kind of like when your lips are numb after a dentist visit and you keep poking at them.
//edit// Thanks a ton for all the answers!! Feel free to keep tossing beginner tips at me if you like (:
Hallooo, I've finally updated my sales page so feel free to look if you're interested in buying prints/buttons/other stuff that I sell at conventions. The url still says 2011 but please ignore it =w=;;;;
The page >> www.parashi.info/printsale2011…
Regarding larger posters:
I'm only selling letter-sized and smaller things at the moment because shipping from Canada costs an arm and a leg. BUT, I'll be in U.S. during December, so I can ship 11x17" posters from there.
Drop me a quick comment if interested so I know if I should take pre-orders or not, otherwise I can't print them in time. (you can see the available designs in the photo of my table in my previous Akicon journal :b )
I asked my awesome friend who works for [undisclosed-so-nobody-gets-into-trouble] printer company to print me a continuous print of using a long-format printer.
So this wonderful thing is now hanging in the perfectly-sized space over my window 8)!
(I was too lazy to take down the drawings of Elizabeth that used to occupy that space, so they're sticking out the bottom in the most tacky manner now ahaha OTL)
And then, he was bored so I also received 3 random prints of this from 3 different printers:
The big one is literally 5 feet across @___@ I don't know where the heck I can put it but it's super cool 8D 8D
Equally unrelated, after Halloween, I put my psyduck costume onto a mound of clothes that sits in a chair next to my bed. That night, all I could see from my pillow was this creepy thing peeking out at me, in the eerie blue glow of my bedside lamp:
(Very long journal warning)
Wooow, this is probably the worst-run convention ever.
Let me start with the good stuff first, since the bad things will be a far longer list :<
As usual, the people are WONDERFUL T-T!!
It's always great to see familiar people from previous years/other cons (though I suck at remembering names, sorrrry) and meet/talk to new people. Some people kept coming back and buying a little more each time, it was really nice ;-;
Also a random girl hugged me and some guys asked to take photos together (which was a little awkward lolll).
gave me a GORGEOUS drawing of Katsura & Eli reading Parashi comics!! It's soo sweeetttt I kept taking it out and looking at it every hour or so, all weekend T_T I LOVE IT SO MUCH, THANK YOU SO MUCH!
All in all everyone was super nice and I got so many compliments >o< It made me really happy when lots of people told me they were excited for Parashi too ;A;!! Sorry I was so loopy and sleepy the whole time. If I looked confused it's because I recognize your face but I couldn't remember who/when/where from OTL
Here's my table after setup.
I got to trade/buy/have some darn cute stuff as well :3 And since it was nearly Halloween, free candy everywhere!
Thank you to who fed me onigiri on both Saturday and Sunday!!
Look at themmmmmm they're so cute ;-; yummy too!
mhpumpkin10 you're so funny xDD<3 I feel bad taking so much money from you ;-;
I ended up making decent money even though sales were slower than last year (due to long list of reasons below), but I took commissions this year which made up for it. Among my commissions were KuroBasu and Big Bang (kpop) which was fun :3 (But forgot to take pics of them.)
I think artists this year especially bonded because we were so united in our misery ("I'm freezing" is a great conversation starter) in that dreadful location......which I'll now elaborate on... in point form..because I still have a bad headache from that place.
Day 1 (Friday)
- Organization = FAIL. I arrived 15 min before the time they said we could set-up, only to find a huge pre-reg line with AA artists waiting in it. All the other years, AA could skip the lineup, get their badges early so they can set up before the attendees start coming by, so Fi and I went and asked a staff, who told us artists could come right up to the front. There was no signage. We were never notified of this. Nothing. The staff member just walked off at that, leaving me to run and tell all the artists in the line that they could come up front. We formed a new little line at the front of the desk and were then ignored for the next 15 minutes, while the girl at the desk sat there doing nothing. Then the same staff came back and said we had to go to the back of the line .___.?!? We argued a bit and finally the pre-reg girl started getting us our badges. Not a good start.
- After getting my badge, I was directed to AA......across the wet road, in rainy weathe, to a hideous parking garage. Uh oh. (Last time AA was in a parking garage was 3 years ago, oh look, also at Aki-con. It was pitch-black and awful.) Once again there were no signs indicating AA was there.
(this is someone else's pic, but here's the garage. I am the yellow blob near the bottom right)
- As like all the previous years, Aki-con still uses those bizarrely tiny tables. (They're like regular tables, but broken in half like a Kitkat bar.) But at least this one was expected.
- It was FREEZING COLD. We may as well have been outdoor. This is October in Washington, and it's rainy and windy. I was in my Psyduck costume which is essentially a big fleece-lined hoodie, and still I was shivering and sitting on my hands the entire day. I don't know how people in skimpy costumes could handle it. Needless to say, there was nearly no traffic, because WHO WANTS TO SHOP IN A FRIGID UGLY PARKING LOT when you can go back to the warm carpeted hotel?? It was really miserable and sales really sucked on Friday.
- As if it wasn't cold enough, there was a huge fan blowing a draft throughout the entire building. All my posters were waving back and forth all day. It was so cold I could not squeeze my lipbalm out of its tube, it was congealed solid -@
- Even worse than the cold, there were several dozen blue buckets hanging all over the ceiling, because the ceiling was LEAKING.....which could have been ok if the buckets were doing their job, but the buckets themselves were full to the brim, so nasty rainwater was dripping FROM the buckets, while the buckets themselves were wobbling dangerously the entire time. There were also leaks with no buckets to catch the water.
- A lake of brownish water from drippy buckets formed a few feet from my table. By afternoon, there was a river running down the aisle in front of me. Water was dripping right onto several people's tables/artwork and they had to be moved.
giant ass puddle
- The floor was also filthy (as you can see from the pics). It's a floor and I don't expect to eat off of it, but I only put my knee down for one second to grab something, and it came up black o_o I was scared to put anything on the floor.
- There were extension cords running EVERYWHERE. I was pretty horrified when I walked past one spot where the ceiling was dripping right onto a mess of wires. The fire department came by at some point. I heard rumors of at least one electrical fire that day.
- I had a table facing the wall, so all day I was staring at this beautiful brown stain here:
A couple meters down from this one, there was an even nastier moldy-looking black-green stain. Akicon staff later said it's tar used to fill in wall leaks. I don't know if they meant the brown one or the green one, but I had pretty bad allergies all throughout the con. Even funnier, before this, we got an email telling us not to use tacks on the walls so we don't damage the hotel walls =A= HAHA
- I wasn't there for this one, but I heard from my table neighbor the next morning. Apparently, late Friday night, one of the rain-filled buckets overturned and poured all over some poor boy!!! IT MUST HAVE BEEN FREEEEZING poor guy 8'D
- After Day 1, I came wearing 3 sweaters under my hoodie. This time there were working heaters attached to the fans, which made it way too hot where I was sitting, and yet very cold in other parts of the Alley.
- The heat + wetness also made the air super humid. My posters started curling up until my whole display resembled one giant colorful potato chip.
- It was raining and leaking again. By 10am, the buckets were already full and dripping. We informed the staff, but nobody came to empty the buckets until 10PM =_=
- Instead, they "solved" the problem by putting down more buckets under the dripping buckets, which were regularly kicked over by people passing by.
- When someone finally came to change the buckets, the thing was so full it spilled all over him everytime he touched it. All us artists in the area gathered around and took photos of him taking it down.. xD
- My other table neighbor had a cable turn black from fire. By midday, electricity was shut down because too many people were using it and blew the limit. It didn't affect me, but I know there are some tables which rely on power to make their crafts.
- We were lucky today because it wasn't raining outside, so no dripping, but the buckets were still full of smelly water from the days before. The room stank and it was hotter and more humid than ever. I gave up trying to uncurl my display posters.
- A lot of artists left early or never came back on Day 3 because sales and conditions were so bad. The price of the table + registration has been doubling the past 2 years too, this year's costed over $100. I wish I had skipped Friday altogether instead of skipping class.
You can see tons more (far angrier) complaints on their forum here if interested: www.akiconforum.org/viewtopic.… (It's escalating too.) ((Ahaha and now they've shut down the forum.)) (((Instead there's a whole tumblr dedicated to this mess loolll goddamnitakicon.tumblr.com/ )))
Sorry so ranty. I'm not particularly angry, but it was definitely an uncomfortable 3 days. Whether or not I go again next year entirely depends on the changes they make. Just hoping I don't get sick now cause I really shouldn't skip any more classes.
Thanks again if you came by >A<!!! Drop me a message if we met so I can maybe match some names to faces ;-;!
Hallo, just a quick notice that I'll be away the next couple of days at Akicon in Bellevue, WA. (Early-hello if you'll be there too 8)! I'll be the coffee-laden blob.)
This week I've been really busy and soo sleeeepy everydayyy and buried in overdue schoolwork and workwork stuff. Nothing unusual... I think this post is full of horrid english cause I can't even think properly right now. Is it incoherent? IS it? Is it? Blah blah blah blah 3@
Mmm.....My prints shipment is supposed to arrive today and the con starts tomorrow! OTL Hopefully they do arrive huhu. Every year my preparations just get more manic D:
Back on point!...this is just a heads-up to anyone trying to get a-hold of me in the next few days (especially if I owe you work or anything :b), I probably won't reply until Monday. Depends. I might be able to go online at night...but more likely I'll just flop over everyday and sleep straight til the next morning.
Also, already posted this on Tumblr but this is my Psyduck costume
Might leave off the tail though since I'll just be sitting there behind a table the whole convention anyway.
Deleting this blurb later -@
Maybe quick con report after I come back and catch up on work and sleep >o<! Byebye!
Showing off my adorable duck collection instead of sleeping! 8D 8D I've posted pics of my duckies and my room in the past, but since then the ducks have totally multiplied so here they are again 8)! You can hunt up the old journals to see other pics.
Now then! Meet my mass of duckies :3
Plus a couple that live on my bed. (Okita mask 8D)
Also on my bed. That one there is a duck suit for dogs. I don't have a dog but I do have a stuffed monkey :0
(see Husbanana's fat belly there 0:!)
LOL at eye level they're a little creepy 8D;;
I see you there Big Bird you imposter D:
Look at it smiiiiile @▽@<3
Lalalala~ Those are sticky note page-holder thingies, not that I'll ever peel them 8I
I think this pen is ridiculously cute D: D:
And a couple more ducks in my bathroom too, but I've already showed them before.
Ahaaa that's it. Repost in a few months when the collection grows again 8) Hope I didn't scare anyone :b
//pointless journal is pointless.
Edit// Looks like everyone's Notes box is broken and not just mine, so nevermind that! /o/ yay it wasn't my fault!
THANK YOU POST INSTEAD!!
Great big thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes, llamas, and amazing gift arts >A<!!!! You guys are too sweet ;-;//////
I ate lots of meat and cake and coffee and more meat :> and watched Expendables 2 which was (intentionally?) terrible, but hilariously so. My IQ dropped by about 20 points after watching it though.
Here, look at this splendid Elizabeth hat I got from Bean. Now I can look like my avi hehehe 8)
I'll just leave it uncropped so you can try to decipher what's a mirror and what's a door.
I'm holding a tablet btw. Not the drawing kind. The other kind.
Also my ducky collection grew so I'll show those off later once I organize them lovingly 8)
Who bought me a new sub?
Thank you kind anonymous!! ;-; (Reveal yourself!)
In the meantime, this journal is really short so have some random photos.
A stretchy bunny lives in our frontyard. It looks like a slinky D:
And lately a gopher or mole or something is making funny domes in the lawn >:
The weather is too hot to draw this week...... ._.
If you remember the amusing/disturbing "Free cremation" letter I got months ago (in this journal: nuriko-kun.deviantart.com/jour… ).......
well I got another one! They really want me to die lolll -@
Someone asked to see the inside last time but I didn't have it at the time, so here it is now haha xD
Yeah yeah it sounds great and all but come on! Send it to someone older ok ;-;
(also just want to bump the super long china journal off my page)
Mm I don't know how to go about this in an organized manner, so this will just be a stream of photos with my intermittent narration.
Our trip was Shanghai > Hangzhou > Nanjing > Suzhou > Wuxi > back to Shanghai. Then we went to Hong Kong on our own.
Oh yeah, first, since I have no photos of these (for good reason): THE SQUAT TOILETS. They suck. They stink. You can always tell if there's a bathroom nearby by the smell in the air! Half the time the flush doesn't even work. All the used toilet paper is tossed in a bin, so the smell just lingers and lingers. For some reason, sometimes they sell food right outside the bathrooms. LIKE WHY?! I don't know how anybody can think about eating with that smell there.
I drank as little as possible. Between my sis and I, we also brought 5-6 rolls of toilet paper, so it was more than enough. (We left the extra rolls at Grandma's in HK afterwards haha.)
Anyhoo, onto pictures...
From our place to China was a 12 hour flight, 4 hour break at airport, then another 3 hour transfer flight -@ It's definitely unpleasant.
In my hours of boredom, I made a croissant out of the towel they gave us.
On the plane, I also tried watching Twilight for a laugh....but I fell asleep instead and when I woke up, it was over. After that I just watched lots of TV shows.
Chinese Coca-Cola!!! I thought these were the greatest things when I first saw them! And then they became ordinary lol.
The sky in China is perpetually gray. It's very smoggy and there's always a funny smell in the air. Sometimes the funny smell is toilet.
Lucky for us, it was rainy season when we went, so the temperature hovered around 30 degrees the whole time. Still warm and very sticky, but at least not deadly. It's indeed very humid though. It's hard to breathe when you step outside after being in A/C indoors.
Like everyone warned, traffic is bad. The traffic lights are just for show. If you follow them, you will be run over >8I
I saw 4 cars driving side-by-side on a 3-lane road. Oh yeah, and mopeds are everywhere.
How is this guy not falling? -@
We went with a bus tour, which was all Asians from overseas. The tour guides spoke in Cantonese and English and had terrible accents in both. Whenever our bus stopped anywhere, vendors would come around and try to sell us things. I guess you learn some useful phrases right away like "wo bu yao" (I don't want). I haggle by walking away =w= it's surprisingly effective.
First city was Shanghai, where I picked up that birdie at a market :3
At the market we also came across this anime/toy store, and found Eli!
My (taller younger) sister and I in Elizabeth hats 8D 8D
At this market we lost 2 people from our bus already. They never came back to the meeting place, and after a 45 minute wait, we left without them =o=;;
..and went to Shanghai Museum:
Lots of sculptures and paintings and such here. I liked the furniture.
And this duck figure 8D
My ancestor was some famous painter during the Yuan dynasty (according to my dad) and this is apparently his painting! He uhh..I don't know.. he paints nice trees.
After our museum visit, the 2 lost people managed to get ahold of a phone, call our tour guide, and we picked them up again, lucky for them :b They had gotten led away by vendors and were sold lots of suitcases. Don't follow strangers in China D:
Grapes above our heads! (in Hangzhou)
Tamarinds too! Ate some (outside of pad thai) for the first time :3
We got to ride a boat on a lake, and later on a canal.
This lady played and sang for us on the boat ride........ unfortunately I couldn't really hear her above the noise of the boat motor =3=
My favorite parts of the China trip are the acrobat shows 8) We got to see 2 of them. They're absolutely superhuman *___* Didn't take pics because I was too busy gaping in awe. I always like the flipping through hoops parts most. At one point, there were 8 motorcycles driving around inside a round metal cage.
My parents however, fell asleep the moment they turn off the lights. At BOTH SHOWS. D8 HOW???
The hotels were very nice as well. These tours are government-sponsored and they put us in awesome 5-star hotels.
The 1st night in, my sister left her shorts at the hotel.
The 2nd night in, I left my tablet charger at the hotel ;-; (Bought a replacement later in HK.)
My sister and I were mesmerized by the window between the room and the bathroom..
Also, free slippers 8D! I kept them at each hotel, now I have 7 pairs hahaha
The free buffet breakfast at each hotel was by far the best meal of each day.
My sister likes her fruits and veggies..
And I like my meat.
Otherwise, the meals were pre-ordered by the tour and the food was pretty blah.
^ A fly in my soup at one lunch.
Nobody got sick from anything though as far as I know. I brought all this Pepto-Bismol along too =o=;
Instead of giving us water, we just had beer at every meal.
Snakes in a jar!!! But we didn't get to eat any
One of the hotels had a pond outside.
Inside were black swans
And ducks! 8)
I love ducks!
Oh no they're leaving D8
Crazy swarms of fish as well. If you walk nearby, they think you're feeding them and will crowd around.
I thought this J-shaped banana was wonderful.
Somebody suggested we try these yangmei (bayberries) which aren't exported outside of China, so I bought some They're good, but have a funny sourish smell.
We also ate some peach from Wuxi (which was mediocre because they weren't in season yet) and some mango from some island..I forget which, but it was really delicious.
Since it's a government-sponsored thing, we got ushered into all the national goods places that they want to promote: tea, silk, pearls, jade, etc. Anyone touring China with a bus tour will have gone to all these.
They give really convincing speeches but ummmm... the stuff they sell at these places are almost always overpriced, and may or may not be authentic. I'll just leave it at that. They'll also make you stay there for a long time to pressure you into buying something. On the good side, there is air-con.
Tea place. Free tea yay x:
We went to multiple jade places which I grew to hate. The ladies wouldn't stop putting bracelets on me and I couldn't get them off on my own without lotion D8<
Anyway a jade bok-choy 8D
We were there for HOURS. Sis and I bought these silk pencil cases and then got really bored and started taking pointless pics..
There was also this guy who paints inside of hollow glass bottles and teapots, that was pretty cool :0
Thanks to my mosquito-magnet sister, I only got one bite on the trip. She got 3? 4? Haha 8D I don't think it's peak mosquito season yet though.
A pretty garden in Suzhou...
..full of engrish signs!
I think this one is a threat.
My sister the rebel.
Sun Yat-Sen Mausoleum at Nanjing:
It's nice..but not sure if it was worth climbing the 392 steps of stairs =A= We had green bean popsicles afterwards to avoid death by exhaustion.
My mom bought a sword here lolll 8'D
Lingshan at Wuxi
Xiangfu temple there
To go in, we had to wear these footbag thingers heehee
It had pretty ceilings and some cool carvings.
The giant buddha statue at Lingshan. Those steps looked too daunting, and it was pouring rain, so we just looked from a distance =v=
BEWARE THIS GIANT BUDDHA FOUNTAIN. It will suddenly spray everyone within a certain distance >80 We fell for it.
On the last day of the tour, they let us go eat on our own 8)
We had xiaolongbaos in Shanghai because it's a must!
They were decent and super super cheap. BUT, not as good as the xiaolongbaos in Hong Kong.
nom nom nom nom they were so ridiculously good
Also, tofu pudding *-* This tofu-fa place has been around since I lived in HK as a kid. I used to eat there in preschool. Still so good :L
Also, roast whole suckling pig!
I bought a bunch of random items in both China and HK, but too lazy to take more photos now. We bargained shamelessly 8D Got stuff like 30HK$ shirts (about $4) and some retarded toys meant for much younger children.
My cousin lives near the Peak so he drove us up. The sky in HK is a billion times bluer than that in China.
I don't have many pics of HK since it's fairly familiar grounds :b We just ate and shopped a lot, visited relatives, and picked up our government rebate 8Dv (yay free money)
There was a typhoon when we went to HK, so we walked around outside in it 8) The weather was pretty wonky while we were there, lots of sudden pouring rain, followed by bright sun, then pouring again 5 min later.
Ok that's it. Sorry for ultra long post xD;
Heyoo! I just got back earlier today from China and HK :> still really loopy, jetlagged, and slightly sick at the moment. (sorry if I'm bringing any scary asian flus into the Americas lalala..)
I got to experience pretty much everything you guys mentioned in the last journal xD though not to such extremes in some cases. Overall everything was ok. China was cool and HK of course is shopping heaven. I'll make a better post later after I sort out all these photos. Most of the pics I took are of weird things... =3=
But anyway before that!!!!!!!!!!!!
When I was in Shanghai, this little sparrow (?) flew over and landed near me, so I approached it like I always do when I spot birds, expecting it to fly off when I try to poke it..but it didn't 80! So I picked it up.
Sorry for the crappy photos, my dad took them and he never focuses on the right thing OTL
I carried it around with me for the rest of our time in that area, but then left it behind cause I can't bring it around on the bus (as much as I'd love to). Also it was probably diseased haha......... Well I'm still alive. It's all good.
Okiedokes, will make a better post when I'm more coherent~
Hi guys! Just a little early notice that I'll be headed off to China and Hong Kong from June 21st to July 4th, so if you can't get ahold of me during that time.........well, that's why.
I've been to HK enough before, but this will be my first time to China (3@) Really excited!!
Anybody been there or live there? Any tips? Things to know/watch out for?
(I'm just going with a tour, so I won't get any crazy rural experiences.)
The stuff I've already know:
- Toilets are nasty. Bring toilet paper everywhere
- Watch out for pickpockets
- It's so hot you're gonna drown in your own sweat haw haw
Here's where I wish I knew more mandarin OTL
Chinese-person-fail. I'll stick with my parents T-Tv
Just now I picked up a sharpie and drew on my Cintiq screen.
Pffff luckily it came off with water OTL
I mean, I've almost done this many times before, picked up pens or pencils thinking they're my stylus, but this is the first time it actually happened =3=
And Friday the 13th was supposed to be over u_u
Anyway that's my mini heart attack of the day 8(
Completely unrelated but equally interesting (not sure if interesting is the right word here), I got the strangest letter in the mail the other day.
What on earth???
I opened it and it was trying to persuade me to pre-purchase a cremation for myself. Thanks a lot. I'm 23. That's only a little ominous 8(
It's addressed to me personally too. Nobody else in my family got one OTL I don't even know who they are or how they got my address.......
--- April 10 2012 ---
(just editing over old journal)
I'm back from the con! I was there this weekend with and .
That's right. That girl with me at my table was THE Bean-sama. But you probably didn't see her cause she was so tiny. So tiny. So tiny.
Here was my table (and my corpse on day 3) By then, my Saber and Hetalia and Naruto things were all gone, and I was yawning every 5 minutes.
I flipped over my table sign and drew Elizabeths all over it haha. Brought it home with me too, so now it's hanging over my window 8D
Thanks for some very good sales! I didn't bring very many books, but the ones I did bring all sold out.
Once I recover, I'll be selling some leftover prints and items online.
Also, I've started mailing out artbook preorders. Please check here for the status if you ordered. I'll have them all sent within the next 1-2 days and then open up regular orders.
--- April 3 2012 ---
No April Fools this time (You guys were adorable by the way hahaha)
The artbooks are finished printing and they're now sitting in my room in heavy heavy boxes, most of which I haven't even opened yet because I've been really swamped 8(
I will send out all the pre-orders before opening up regular orders. It'll take me some time first to fold/put on the covers, sign/doodle, whatever, and haul them to the post office though. Since I'm leaving tomorrow for Sakura-con, all that will happen early next week when I come back (aiming for April 10th). Sorry for the delay D:
After that, I'll post a proper sale post and photos and start taking orders. Expect a big rambling blurb too. Printing books for the first time was uh... an adventure. I have much to
Yep yep that's it Thanks for waitinggg >A<
P.S. If any of you will be at Sakuracon, I'll be bringing a few books to sell there too.