Thursday, September 22, 2016

Japan Trip 2015: Nara Park

One of the other places we went to visit during our trip was Nara and more specifically, Nara Park. This park is open to the public and is where over a thousand wild Sika Deer roam and you can feed them. Nara was very accessible from Osaka. We took the JR Train and I think it was for sure less than an hour ride.

Nara is such a beautiful place and there was a lot of other things we got to do and see but I'm going to talk about the deer park!

Getting to feed wild deer was such an awesome experience. I'm not going to lie and say I wasn't a tad bit scared of them. I didn't know how they would act around me knowing I had food and then when I didn't have any. I did hear horror stories of folks getting headbutted and bit when the deer felt like they were getting ignored which is what happened to a friend. She went another day and said that the deer bit her right on the stomach. It didn't draw blood but she had a nasty bruise.

There are carts all around the trail of the park that sells deer crackers for under 200 Yen. That's what they would like for you to feed the deer. I bought a pack and not two seconds after I was handed them, I had a group of deer around me. They are all over the park and on the trail walking, playing, sitting, and for the most part leave you along but they know when you have the food.

The two I was feeding would bow at me has a I broke a piece of cracker and held it out to them. I thought I was seeing things but when they finished eating, it would start bowing at me for more.

After a while, it got a bit overwhelming for me and I tried to make it seem like I didn't have any more crackers and I got headbutted by a couple of them. I finally tossed the crackers to Jaime and they followed right over to him. 

I had one little guy stay, headbutted me, bowed, and nipped my shirt but when he finally realized I had no more he made his way to someone else.

Nara park also had a temple that you eventually reach following the trail. You can just spend all day here and there is still so much more to see. It was just beautiful and we took so many pictures. It was getting late and we had to get back to Osaka but we stopped to get myself a green tea ice cream and we also got to see the end of fresh mochi being made. I bought some and it was amazing!

The only problem with walking the trail and all the deer is you will be stepping in a lot of crap. So if you plan on visiting, don't wear anything that drags. Haha.. if it wasn't deer crap it was just plain old mud since we went in October and it was raining in Nara.

I can't wait to go back and see more of Nara!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Unearthed From My Closet: Just beware, collecting (Olympic) pins can be kinda addictive.

Say it again random girl in The Simpsons episode. LOL

She's right though, collecting pins is really addicting. I mean, I've been collecting Disney pins for a long time but those just ended up in the Disney pin bag we bought. I slowly started collecting the Skottie Young Marvel ones but I really hit the high note when I started seeing pins on Instagram. The ones that called me back to my childhood.

Hat: Goorin Bros (smiliar here)
Denim Jacket: Thrifted
Black Maxi Dress: Old Navy (similar here)
Boots: Dr. Martens (Sold Out)
Tote Bag: Tokidoki (Sold Out)

Last month I found out about a pin pop up shop from the GirlPinGang IG account that was happening at Mission Comics and Arts in the city. Local artists were selling their pins and I wanted to check it out. I looked through their shops, made a list, and was ready!

I also got to see one of my faves, Nina from Le Fancy Geek for a bit!

A Skywalker Tradtion: Punch it Chewie Press
Crystal Pepsi: Patti Lapel
AOL Loading Screen: Patti Lapel
Witch McNugget: hopesick
The Goonies Blockbuster Video: Patti Lapel
McPails: hopesick
NO: joviellety
Ghoulie: Cavity Colors

Prior to that I had already ordered some pins and started to put them on a denim jacket I thrifted.

I also finally got to wear my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Doc Martens too!

I took these outfit photos before I got to the pin pop up but I have since added those purchases! I do need to buy locking backs for the pins so I don't lose them off the jacket. That would make me sad.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

I'm going back to Japan, Japan, Japan

Shibuya Crossing

Welp, there went adulting....

So in case you didn't read, I'm going back to Japan. Was this the best adult decision I made this month? 

 Oh bloody hell no but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

We had plans to visit Philippines and Japan next summer with Jaime's family but they were talking about taking a month off. My job is pretty cool when it comes to asking for the time but once you start leaning into weeks, things seem to fall apart. 

I was searching for tickets to visit my mother this Thanksgiving when I decided to randomly start poking around to get a look at average pricing for Philippines in the summer. I ended up searching Japan - Osaka to be precise and I saw that for March tickets were under $600. My head started to spin. I did notice one for under 500 total RT but it had 2 stops in China. 

Thus began our back and forth for a bit. We looked at hotels because sometimes you get great airfare but hotels are killer. We actually looked on airbnb and someone was offering their place for 22 a night! After fees, it was about $302 total for two weeks. 

The other deciding factor was the pricing of a con trip. As we were going back and forth, Jaime said that we wouldn't be able to go to Seattle / ECCC and at first I was sad but then I started adding up the costs of TWO 4 day passes - I think for 2016 they were a little over 100 because we had to get a 3 day pass and then a one day pass.

Just wanted to say for 2017, ECCC axed the 3 day option and only have 4 day at $110. You miss out on that and you are looking at paying $50 JUST FOR SATURDAY. You buy all individual days and it's $150 each person!

The flight to Seattle can range between 130 -250 each depending on airlines and a sale. Flight and con passes were already going to add up to 700. Less  if we found a sale.

Have you been to a con and booked a hotel? Even with con rates they aren't cheap when splitting with two. Our hotel for PAX for 3 nights alone with taxes was $647. Guys, that alone was one of the RT tickets to Japan.

I booked our trip. 

I laughed about it for a bit that I'm willing to drop that much for a con but we had to sit and think about Japan. Normally you think "OMG INTERNATIONAL TRIP TOO MUCH MONEY" but it really was about the cost of getting ourselves to a con. 

Either way, ECCC passes were going up for sale in October and I would have to start looking for airfare and jumping on hotel. Since the math came out to be a little bit the same why was I having second thoughts about doing this trip? Was it because I would be putting the entire amount on my credit card NOW unlike booking for ECCC which I could spread it out? Is it because we just got back from PAX? I went to SDCC and had no qualms about booking for PAX as I paid off SDCC. So why was it that hard? 

The adult in me popped out for a split second but then I heard DO IT. Of course this means I have to work at the second job a bit longer but it's going to totally worth it. 

I have already managed over the weekend to "MUSCLE. MUSCLE. HUSTLE. HUSTLE."* and sell some stuff on Mercari. I'm about 85 bucks away of having our AirBnB totally paid for!! 


*Quote from an anime I'm currently obsessed with. 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Unearthed From My Closet: Stop Taking My Hand!

My friend was celebrating her birthday at a steampunk inspired? theme? Gin bar. I'm not a gin person but I wasn't going to miss her birthday celebration so Jaime & I opted to have dinner and drinks at a restaurant near by before making our way over to hang out.

I decided to wear a dress and went right for my Galactic Scavenger dress  from Elhoffer Design. I ordered it from her etsy store and have only worn it once at SDCC which was followed by FAILURE. Nothing that had to do with her dress but me giving myself heat exhaustion and having to get out of it.

This dress is amazing! It's so soft, so comfortable, and it has POCKETS!!There are pockets in this dress and that brings me joy! The dress is based off Rey's 2nd outfit in The Force Awakens which I just adore. When I first saw it on screen, I told myself that I want that outfit. When Catherine Elhoffer designed it and was able to get a factory run of the dress, I jumped on it and pre-ordered it.

I paired it with a brown belt and boots, trying to match what Rey wore in the film. I also used my Rey backpack from Loungefly that I picked up at SDCC. I also wore my Star Wars charms from Kay Jewels, ThinkGeek, and Ani & Alex!

It was a fun night celebrating my friend's birthday and I felt like such a bad ass in this dress!!

I also attempted to make a gif of the photos Jaime took of me as I spun in my dress. I love it when dresses let me twirl in them. This was my first attempt in over a decade!! Not bad with the GIF making!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Small Goals {September 2016}

It's September! One more month till Halloween BUT I'm starting my celebration now until the end of the year. Oh wow, writing and reading that has made me realized that it's almost the end of 2016. Where has it gone?

And what that possibly depressing thought, let's review my August goals!

August Goals:

 Start on my Cardiff/Doctor Who Experience scrapbook - Started and got a good chunk completed! I noticed I'm missing some pictures so I gotta search and print them out!

Write up my movie reviews for AOG - I'm in the middle of typing the last one up but I'm so happy I got these knocked out!

 Have two blog posts a week - With the exception of last week, I kept up with this one! Yay!! 

As I sat down and started thinking, "what do I want to accomplish in September?" I was also having the eternal money battle that happens after every con. Our flight was delayed coming back home from Seattle/PAX West so I had time to sit and think both money and small goals. I came up with one goal and this is a big one for me. 

September Goals:

 NO SPEND SEPTEMBER - Yup! No Spend September is in effect. What this means that unless I need it to live (FOOD), I'm not spending anything. I will pay off more bills, put in money that I owe back into savings, return things I haven't used/still have a receipt for, pretty much September will be my refuel month and get back on track. 

I've seen people do No Spend *insert specific thing here* on social media and I decided to just not spend. If I feel the need to buy something, I'm just gonna add up what it could of cost and transfer that money into savings. Haha... 

The good news is that I have both my Halloween Horror Nights and Disneyland Super Heroes RunDisney trips planned which I paid for up front! So no worries about having to pay for something this month! 

Let the no spending games begin!

Have you put yourself on a spending freeze? How did it go? Did everything you ever want pop up on sale and mock you? Did you find yourself no spending anything after that? Let's talk!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Review - Punderdome: A Card Came for Pun Lovers

Disclaimer: I was given the game for free to try and review! Thoughts are my own!

I'm bad at puns. Terrible. Nope. I just can't come up with them on the fly. I can't make any but my boyfriend lives for them. We will be having a total sane conversation and he will find a way to insert a bad, no good, rotten pun. I don't know how he does it but he can come up with the best puns at the drop of a hat. So when I got the chance to review a game that involved creating your own puns, I knew I had to get it. Not because of me but because of him.

I present to you Punderdome: A Card Game for Pun Lovers.

Punderdome was created by Father and Daughter duo Fred and Jo Firestone. The concept of the game is to be the first to collect ten pairs of cards and collecting those cards gets you the MYSTERY ENVELOPE OF DOOM!!

You start off by having one person pull two cards from the deck - each will have a word on them - and everyone else has 60 seconds to come up with a pun/bad joke involving the two words. When the time is up, the prompter picks his favorite one and the winner of that round picks two cards and the game continues just like Cards Against Humanity. First person to get 10 pairs wins! There are QuickPun questions that get asked and the first person who replies earns an extra 30 seconds. Since it was the two of us, we didn't included the extra time. We just answered the question as ridiculously as we could.

Every Game Set Comes With:
· 200 double-sided cards (100 White and 100 Green)
· 2 Mystery Envelopes with fill-in prize slips
· 2 80-page pads for drafting puns
· 1 instruction card and 1 pun example card
· A stu-PUN-dous time for 3 or more players

I love the idea of the game but this is not something I got into. I'm not one for puns or bad jokes so I got really, really frustrated with it. My boyfriend loved it and he got a kick out of it. Maybe playing the game with him wasn't the best idea but really, how do I make a pun with "fighting" and "surgery"? There were moments where he couldn't come up with anything.

And we never bothered with the mystery prize since it was just the two of us. The box says three players but we tossed that rule out the window and just played ourselves. It can be done with just two. If we liked it, we would take the pair of cards. If we didn't it would go back into the pile. If you love Cards Against Humanity and are creative on the fly this a great game for you. If you can't come up with a bad joke in 90 seconds, this game isn't for you.

I gave it 3 Care Bears because it wasn't for me. (Don't ask about my rating system!) Jamie enjoyed it but it's probably not something we're going to keep playing because I just can't be creative on the fly and he can't play by himself...

or can he?

If you interested in your own copy, you can buy it over at Amazon!

I'll be sticking with Cards Against Humanity and I'm okay with that. Not every single game is made for everyone.

But just because I gave this game an okay rating, don't let that stop you from getting if YOU REALLY, REALLY LOVE PUNS!!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Collector Corps Spider-Man Unboxing

I got my Collector Corps Spider-Man box and figured I'd  share what was inside even though you may have seen unboxing of it already.

Real talk: I'm once again disappointed with Collector Corps. They went with the same idea as Deadpool where they made the entire box about one character. Deadpool was fine because he had a movie coming out though I wish they had put in Negasonic or Angel Dust but to do it again in the same year is feeling like a cop out to me. 

They once again included a hat! A HAT!! I know I complained about lanyards but subbing to both Collector Corps and Smugglers Bounty and then getting that sad excuse of a year one box, three boxes in a row had hats. I know it's a new product they want to promote but come on! Enough with that hats. Also, the Spider-man jumping pose is almost exactly the same as the Deadpool one except he had katanas. Exactly the same. 

I felt like they wasted such a good oppertunity to show case other Spider-Man characters. I feel like Collector Corps should be a box where fans can get those secondary characters in POP form. Spider-Man stuff is everywhere. Why not a Mary Jane? Gwen Stacy (not in costume)? Peter Parker with camera? Another baddie that isn't Green Goblin? Collector Corps is not being worth the money for me and depending how the Doctor Strange box turns out, I may not renew. I'll just pick up boxes that I want at whatever comic conventions they end up attending. 

But enough of my rant, lets get to the pictures!

As always a pin and patch come with the box! Also, this is the first time where the pin isn't rattling around in the box. I really wished they would come up with something better to hold it.

The hat and comic. Sorry for the glare on the comic and pin. I'm going to try and sell the box and I don't want to rip anything open. I don't mind hats, I have a small collection but they need to spread out the hats in boxes. Especially for those that sub to both Marvel and Star Wars. The patch on the hat is adorable though.

They had a Fabrikations this time. I don't like them at all so getting one in my box was disappointing. It's showing as a Collector Corps exclusive but I don't see a difference on what makes it an exclusive. Just the box? I doubt they won't be releasing him in the stores. 

And here we have the Funko POP of Spider-Man. Now, I have stated before that this is all a game of chance. You won't like every thing all the time. It has happened. The Villains box, I knew nothing of that POP character. I went ahead and sold it. No biggie. My thing is here is that they didn't try with the pose. They just didn't. At least the Civil War Spider-Man had Captain America's shield so I don't mind him (that and to get Hawkeye, I had to buy the pack with him) but he's doing the same jumping pose as Deadpool. Also, as I stuck the plastic holder into him he started slouching and falling off. So he doesn't even pose well. 

As I read back on my post, all it feels like me complaining about plastic. But you know what, I dropped almost 150+ for these boxes, I feel like I'm entitled too! It's one thing if I didn't like / know the character like Morbius from the Villains box but it's another thing when the box just feels lazy - Year One and Spider-Man.

It could also be that I'm still coming down from that disappointment high of the Year One Box that it has effected my mood for Spider-Man. Who knows.

What about you? What are your thoughts on the Spider-Man box? Did you love it? Like it? Thought it was okay? Feel disappointment like me? Let's talk about this box!!

SALE ANNOUNCEMENT: I am selling the entire Spider-Man box for 35 shipped which is at cost and shipping. I'm also selling the Year One box (minus She-Hulk) for 100 shipped. Contact me if you want to buy it!
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