Sunday, December 12, 2010
Yesterday was my first visit to an official Tokidoki store, I attended the grand opening of the Santa Monica location. There was a long line when me and my boyfriend got there at around 9:30 AM, but we managed to be numbers 67 and 68. We weren't able to keep the little card they handed to us to let them know what number we were, but we got some nice cell phone pictures of the front and back of the cards:
Here's a picture of the store front (as well as a random Asian girl who was standing there):
The first display on the left when you enter the store:
Check out this cool Tokidoki Christmas tree, complete with giant Ciao Ciao!
All the Tokidoki Skate deck designs:
Makeup counter with a fun holiday theme:
Bambino clothes for kids complete with Tokidoki Plushes:
Sunglasses with cleaning cloths and jewelry display case:
Cosmetic bags and my Tokidoki Manga/Black shoes:
Newer bags on display:
Cute Hello Kitty Unicorno skate deck, with pillowcase sets and shoes in the background:
Even the carpet behind the cash register counter was done up with Tokidoki art!
The watches are probably the most expensive items in the store:
Awesome back wall art with custom store screen saver!
Friday, December 03, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
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It has been awhile since I saw Stars live, so I had almost forgotten what an excellent show they put on. For awhile, they seemed to be really popular and that is not undeserved. I do recall seeing Metric opening for them at the Knitting Factory back in 2003, and most people probably are more familiar with Metric than Stars. Both bands are good in their own right, it just seems that Metric has managed to play more big festivals over here. Or maybe I've just seen them at more big festivals... Anyways, Stars are pretty cool. They have a sophisticated indie pop sound which is also very polished.
I hadn't heard the new album "Five Ghosts" before the show last night, but it was more because I didn't even know they had a new album. Now that I have heard it, I definitely recommend it - only $5.99 to download and $9.99 for a physical CD. What makes a Stars show special is not just the lights and talent of the band, but also the graciousness and encouragement of them to their fans. It's always nice to hear the band members thanking the fans for their support and telling them to start a band. They also thanked the openers multiple times.
Last but not least, I must point out that the Glass House is one of the best venues in Southern California. Free parking, safe college town, plenty of shops and restaurants to hang out at before and after gigs - that's definitely a win win. Another nice thing about the venue itself is reasonably priced food, sodas, energy drinks, and water - which makes up for the fact that they don't serve alcohol (which I don't normally drink anyways). They also have a big area for merch tables, which makes it easy to buy stuff and support all those talented artists we love so much.
Friday, November 12, 2010
For now, here's what's happening now. I've been contributing to a fashion blog called Sneak Peeq, these are my posts to it so far:
Soft and Sexy Wrap by Victoria's Secret
Madden Girl Sheldun Boots and Floral Petticoat Skirt by Forever 21
My Favorite Brands
I went to a Halloween party in Seal Beach, which was fun and great for my boyfriend to talk to other gamers in person. The next night, we went up to the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood for a screening of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and panel discusion moderated by Guillermo Del Toro (who was hilarious!) with Edgar Wright, Bryan Lee O'Malley, and Michael Cera. It was awesome seeing the movie with a bunch of fans and then watching/hearing the discussion about it. Here's a picture from the end of it, during which Guillermo Del Toro was making some funny remarks about how much he hates taking photos:
We were sitting pretty close to the front, so I did get a lot of good photos - more of which can be seen on my Flickr account. To continue with the Scott Pilgrim blu ray mania, we went up to Amoeba early on Tuesday morning to secure our spot in last night's signing event. Lots of waiting around, but it was pretty cool to meet a bunch of the cast and creators of the movie and get them all to sign the blu ray sleeve. Here's a picture of the signed sleeve and box:
Aubrey Plaza, Mae Whitman, Michael Cera, and Edgar Wright were kind enough to also sign the outer box for me. There were 12 people signing total, so there was very little time for chit chat and none for photos since they had to sign about 400 items total. That's like 48,000 signatures total! I'm really glad they had this kind of event, since it shows just how dedicated the fans, creators, and actors involved are to this film. I hope it really is a game changer in how movies are made.
I've recently been contacted by a few different recruiters about web design/development jobs, and since I did drop a couple classes - I decided I would look for part time and telecommuting jobs until I'm ready for a full time job again. I want to finish my Photoshop and Final Cut Pro classes, since I do enjoy them and I don't want to fully drop all my classes for work. There are also some Web Programming (ASP and Perl) classes I want to take at Cypress College (which are online, except for exams). As much as I enjoy the graphical side of web design, I think the programming side is very useful and important in understanding and creating better websites.
I actually still have a lot of reading about the Bento Box stuff I mentioned on my last post. I have pretty much everything I need to make cute looking food and the containers to put them in... the hard part is actually trying it out and making stuff!
Monday, October 04, 2010
Now that I've already gained more weight than I'd like, I really want to get back to preparing food at home. Since I live at my mom's house, I have access to a full kitchen. I like eating pasta since it's simple and tasty to me, but my boyfriend is definitely a meat eater. Since we're both fans of Japanese culture and food, I decided that learning to make cute and delicious bento box meals is the way to go.
I'm currently taking classes full time and even with 4 courses, I plenty of time to relax. So instead of just playing Facebook games all day, I will be devoting more time to meal planning and preparation. I've already looked into different types of bento boxes, and decided to go with Laptop Lunches. Their bento boxes seem to be a good size and shape, while also being made of quality materials. I hope I made the right choice!
Next, I searched for books and websites with recipes and ideas on what to make. There are so many choices out there! I decided to start with these books:
Face Food: The Visual Creativity of Japanese Bento Boxes
Cute Yummy Time: 70 Recipes for the Cutest Food You'll Ever Eat
Bento Boxes: Japanese Meals on the Go
Maybe later, I'll try Kawaii Bento Boxes: Cute and Convenient Japanese Meals on the Go and Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches. My boyfriend mentioned The Manga Cookbook before and I think it might be worth picking up too.
Though I could probably pick up bento preparation items at Mitsuwa Marketplace in Costa Mesa and Japantown in San Francisco (since my dad lives there), I decided to start ordering some things off of ebay and Amazon so all my Bento Box related stuff will arrive at the same time. I am eager to start trying out recipes, but I'm still in the research phase of figuring out what to do.
Well, I'm excited to find out some of the cool bento items and creations there are out there. I saw a bunch of cool anime bento boxes on Danny Choo's website even before I seriously entertained the idea of making my own. I will probably need to start off with the basics before getting that creative with it!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Eagle Rock is not a totally new area for me, but Leanna Lin’s Wonderland is like a different world. I wanted to get there early for the Spicy Brown art show today, which started at 6 PM. We managed to get there at around 4:30 PM, when they had just started setting up. It was a very cute and family friendly event, with the Spicy Brown couple, Scott and Laura, and their kids.
After meeting them at Anime Expo and Nisei Week, I feel like I already know them and am possibly stalking them - though that’s what you do when you appreciate what someone does, right? The first 25 people there all got free goody bags, which made it worth the trip alone! I bought a couple pairs of Spicy Brown socks, along with a cute cupcake shaped manicure set, and a bundle of earrings.
The goody bags included a Lucky cat shirt, a sushi cat bag, a small ID/card wallet, a pair of socks, postcards, and Lucky Charms! It was great to chat with the nice people of Spicy Brown and Leanna Lin’s Wonderland. I look forward to future events with both. We were even introduced to one of the designers of Spicy Brown, Kazuko Shinoka. She created the Sushi Cats and Tofu Robots! For more photos, you should check out my Flickr photo set.
After the Lucky Art show, we made a short drive to Alhambra for Sweet Streets II. I had gone to last year’s Sweet Streets, and this year seemed even bigger. Lots of interesting outfits there, bright and colorful clothes and plenty of Lolitas. It was very crowded and there was a long line to get in. I took a bunch of photos of the cool art there too, but didn’t stay too long. There were lots of cool postcards and free CD’s and magazines.
Sunday, September 05, 2010
Lines for food were really long and I have not idea even how expensive it must have been. I know it's expensive to put a big festival like that on, but it was a largely unpleasant experience for the mere 2 hours I spent there. I arrived around 3:30 and left soon after the Soft Pack finished their set.
I know the people in charge of the festival had good intentions and even tried to make up for it by reducing the price of the after shows. That is very cool of them, but I am still soured on the whole festival thing. It was the kind of experience that makes me never want to return to an outdoor festival. I am planning to go to Filter's Culture Collide in October, but it's indoors and at night.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Cute and comfy tank top
Sizing: Feels true to size
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Best Uses: Exercise, Going Out, Casual Wear
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This tank top is comfortable enough to sleep in and at the same time, can be worn outside without looking like pajamas. The design is really cute and the material is much softer and cooler than a rib knit tank. I recommend it!
Saturday, July 24, 2010
TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS
THE MOUNTAIN GOATS
ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI
SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS
THE SOFT PACK
There's a bunch of other bands I haven't even heard of, so I may even discover some good bands if I go. The tickets are only $25, which I would think is worth it for the headliners alone. I'm still working on convincing more people to go, but I'm definitely up for it. I've felt really out of what's going on in music in general, so it'll be nice to enjoy some live music again.
My contract position ended much earlier than I expected, but this allowed me to really enjoy my free time and also take more classes. I had applied for some CIS scholarships earlier this year, and I actually got one. Now that I'm not working, I will actually be able to use it. I've already enrolled in the following classes:
PhotoShop for Mac, Intro to Web Graphics, Intro to 3D Graphics, and Digital Video
I'm excited to be able to focus on school again and enjoy being a student again. Though I did enjoy the last job, there were many things I didn't like about the company and it's procedures. I really just feel fortunate that they let me go when they did since it really opened up my schedule and allowed me to really enjoy my summer.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I ended up having time to take on a bunch of other developers' website revisions, which will keep me busy tomorrow. Before getting all those revisions, I had time to look into the Certificate programs at Cypress College. I'm very interested in the Web Development one. Some of the required classes are XML, Perl, Python, and PHP or ASP. The Web Page Design Certificates have required courses that include Java, C++, and XML. I may go for that one too.
It really depends on what they offer and if the classes are online or in person. I'm leaning more towards online since I hope to continue working full-time and would like to keep up with my workload. It is nice to finally have a good job doing something that I enjoy. Also, it's good to be working with some nice smart people, most of whom are also pretty creative. I think my team has been great to work with so far, and I feel like I've already learned a lot from them.
Anime Expo is next week, and I am very excited about it. I got my time off approved last week, and I've had everything else (tickets, hotel room) planned for awhile now. I'm going to all 4 days of Anime Expo, so it'll be very fun to see how big it's gotten. The 4th of July is on Sunday, so I'll also get the day off for the Monday after it. It'll be like a 5 day weekend! It's hard to believe tomorrow is already Friday, this week has gone by so fast.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
A lot has happened since my last post. Just last month, I got a job doing actual web design full-time (though it is a long term contract position). I really like my company, the commute is not bad, my co-workers are great (and most are new too), benefits are good, and the cafeteria is excellent. I enjoy the work and it's actually what I want to be doing with my life.
Aside from working, I'm planning to go to Anime Expo at the beginning of next month. It'll be exciting since the last time I went was in 1992 (it's 2nd year) when it was still in Anaheim and only 1 day. Now it's 4 days long (though the last day is shorter) and at the LA Convention Center. I managed to reserve a reasonably priced and well review hotel that is fairly close to the Convention Center. I'm still waiting to get my 2 days off of work approved, so there's a little uncertainty.
I have been a bit more selective about concerts lately, partly due to financial reasons and also partly due to not knowing what's going on in music these days. I did go to a bunch of BRMC shows, Coachella, some Amoeba instores, and a concert with a bunch of Japanese bands. I don't mind being more selective about shows, it is a bit tiring to be out late for concerts and I am working more now.