Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Down, and Anime Evolution

I have been a little down lately. Its mostly (all) due to the weather. I want summer, goddammit! I miss the sunshine, and warmth on my skin...I think I'm vitamin D deficient by now.

Pretty sure that Vancouver is now the city that summer forgot.

And its pissing me off. Its been rain for weeks, and fairly chilly out. I have all these new summer clothes, and time off from school and work (kinda) and just want to walk in the sun, or lay at the beach.
But, alas, this is not to be.


I'll be heading to Anime Evolution this Friday, to meet the lovely La Carmina again. We might actually get some photos together this time!

If you are in the area, come check out the con! It's quite cheap ($30 for the day) and there is a TONNE of stuff to do, and to see. It will be worth your time!

Now, the big question-what to wear!


Thursday, 13 June 2013


I got together with all the Vancity SCH crew from first semester, and we got to talking about Korea, and remembering things that we did, and enjoyed together. There was a soon to be going to Korea girl with us as well, so we were telling her about all the cool-and not cool-things to see and do.

And, you know what? There are a lot of things that I miss about living in Korea. I mean, more than just the free rent thing.

I kinda forgot how much fun I had there, what with the less awesome second semester. But, overall, it was an AMAZING time. I hope that I can have more experiences like that in the future.

The people are one of the things I miss the most, and, even though I know that i can see them, theoretically, whenever I want to, I don't think that we will all be together in a big group again. To be honest, that sort of makes me sad.
But, I also don't want to live in the past. I want to see all of these people, my friends, again, in my other travels.

I know that I'll see some of them on my San Fran trip, I just hope that a few more make the short trip to see me as well.

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

The XX

Oh my god.

I saw the XX a few weeks ago, and, let me assure you, they are wonderful. Just, absolutely fantastic.

Romy's voice just sends shivers down my spine. Seriously, I could listen to her sing all day, and I would never get tired of it.

The light show was just nuts. ALMOST to a bad point of nuts, but it stopped just before that point. My retinas weren't happy with me, but, they'll be fine.

My only complain is that it was too short. But isn't that always the way with a band you love? I don't have much to say about the show, to be honest, other than that it was fabulous. I mean, what do you say about something that was that good? Other than that I;m slightly in love with Romy? Slightly, a lot.

One of the things that I love about the XX is that they come across as just regular people. People who, like me, never really fit in, but found a way to express themselves anyways. I think that's one of the things that really draws me to them-they seem like outcasts. Which is funny, seeing as their fans are all the cool "in" people.

And music, for those who don't know them :) Not my video, since its still on my SD card, but, good nonetheless.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

The Wallflower

While my friend from the previous post was visiting, we found this AMAZING restaurant, with some of the best gluten free and vegetarian/vegan options around.
Let me state that I am not gluten free, I will never be gluten free (unless I develop an allergy) and don't really condone voluntary gluten freeness.
I am, however, vegetarian with lots of other food allergies, and generally prefer vegan, when given the option.

Anyways, we found this place called The Wallflower, at Main and 8th.
When first walking in, it feels like an art deco kind of place, but, once you look around more, that feeling is gone. Instead, there is a table set up from a Mrs Pacman game (100% useable) and creepy faces in the flowers on the walls (get it, wall flower?)

The staff were a little offputting, but, friendly enough. It is full of tattooed, pierced folks, all there to get some good food, and not have to worry about allergies and food preferences. I fit right in.
The menu is really the best part of the restaurant. I mean, the decor is great too, but, really, the menu is fabulous. SO many gluten free options, ranging from fried chicken, to mac and cheese, and poutine. The vegan options also included mac and cheese, poutine, sheppards pie, and burgers. There were a bunch of other options too, but those were the most tempting to me.

I ended up getting a hummus and veggie melt, with a side of poutine. The hubs got a burger and poutine, and our gluten free friends got the friend chicken and a burger.
The food was amazing. Seriously, I have not been that satisfied with an entree meal in a LONG time. I didn't have to settle for something I didn't want, but was the only option, and they really made an effort to have as many options available as possible.

 It was decently priced, and fast with service. I will totally go back, again and again, for the privilege of being able to actually have a full menu to chose from.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Busy, and mountain climbing

I am trying to be better at being not busy, but apparently, that isn't happening. But, the thing is, I think I have time, I just have terrible time management. So, I'm going to try and work on that, and keep this updated more regularly than it has been lately.

That said, I had a friend down from Ontario, and, much to her dismay, I dragged her ass up the Grouse Grind. She was NOT impressed. Not until she got to the top, of course.

See, the thing is-the air is different in BC than it is in Ontario. Less smog, no humidity, but its also a lot thinner, making it hard on people who aren't used to it.
I don't find it that bad, but, I've been here for, like, 7 years. If it still bothered me, well, that would be a condition of sorts, right?
Absolutely breathtaking view from the top of the mountain. Totally worth the grueling hike up the mountain. I would like to try it again, just to see what my best time is right now. I'm thinking somewhere in the 35-50 minute range. The first 1/4 is brutal, but the rest gets easier, and the body just kinda deals with it.
Now, one thing to keep in mind here is that, while it was May during the hike, it's still a mountain. Which is above the snow line. Which, you guessed it, means snow. It was SOOO cold! Holy crap, wow. Freezing. It doesn't look bad in the pictures, but, the area with the bears had at least 3m of snow. They were also still in hibernation.

So, overall, it was a lot of fun, despite the difficulty of getting up. There were a few moments when we thought we'd have to turn back, but, we made it, with spirits mostly intact.

Hopefully, it won't be such a long wait before my next update!