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Ahhhh! I’m catching a cold! D: *blows runny nose into tissue*

This is going to be a short entry! I just got back Tuesday night from my trip to Greece! It was a lovely trip :) I stayed in Santorini for 3 nights and Athens for 4 nights. Omg Santorini <3 More on that next time! But yes, flying was tough. Basically I went from Toronto to Milan, Milan to Athens, Athens to Santorini, then Santorini to Athens, then Athens to London, and London back to Toronto!

And the flying doesn’t stop there! I’m heading to New York in a few hours (should probably pack. Probably 8D) for PERFUME’S CONCERT AHHHHHHHHHHH! I’m super hyped about it! My friends and I will be in their 1mm PV dresses and we’ll be spontaneously dancing while we’re waiting in line! Here’s a little preview: http://rinotou.deviantart.com/art/Perfume-1mm-484961439 ^.^ This time we’ll have the complete outfits! With earrings as well! :D If you spot us, come say hi! :D :D :D! Hopefully it won’t be too cold @.@!

So yes, within these 2 weeks of my vacation I’ll have gone on a plane 8 times >.> Yeesh. Flying is super tiring >< I’ll blog about both adventures separately when I get back 8D!

Labour Day Weekend 2014

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OH MAN, what a late entry. And it’s going to be a rather long one as well O_O! To make up for it, I shall attempt to squeeze in pictures, but it’s totally pointless because they’re small thanks to my blog layout. WHATEVERRRRR~

S A T U R D A Y

SO ON SATURDAY. IT WAS FAN EXPO 8D 8D 8D! I had not gone since…2010? I usually don’t go because I find the anime scene isn’t so big there, and the tickets are up there in price range. Anyway, I didn’t sleep that well the night before but that’s okay! After I made sure I had everything I needed, my dad drove me at around 12:30 to the plaza where I was meeting up with Dreamz (she was finishing up with her doctor’s appointment). I got there a bit early so I just chilled outside looking like a hobo. When she was finished, her dad drove us over to my friend Kendrick’s condo, where Jelee and Adrian would be meeting us as well :D

ONCE EVERYONE ASSEMBLED, I stuffed my face and then Dreamz, Jelee and I changed into our PERFUME 1MM PV OUTFITS MUCH EXCITE VERY COLOUR SO TRIANGLE WOW. Yeah. We then practised dancing haha XD! We even invaded the exercise room because of the long mirrors, which were really useful for our dancing purposes. It was also our first practice actually seeing ourselves! It’s a little creepy watching yourself watch yourself dance. What did I do there.

After a few practice runs and some photos, we all headed down to Finch station (IN COSTUME OF COURSE 8D) and took the subway to Union. A few people were confused about our outfits, but there where more and more cosplayers as we made our way to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. I was already slowly dying from wearing heels.

When we arrived, and I was already dreading and mentally preparing for it, but it was super humid and sunny outside. I was secretly praying it would thunderstorm and rain so it would cool down, but alas, nine Sickles and a dung bomb, the weather reporter lied. After finding a spot to settle/stand in the shade, I texted a bunch of friends to meet up, but none of us had convention badges, so that was a bit difficult :P I did manage to bump into my friend Philip, though, who I haven’t seen for a good 2 years :) After some photos, Dreamz, Jelee and I did spontaneous dances of Perfume songs, specifically Mirai no Museum and Spending All My Time. We had super fun recording, and even forcing Kendrick and Adrian to join in on a round of Museum no Museum haha, that was entertaining :P Man, dancing in the blazing sun and 37 degree weather do not mix :P I was dying, especially because I had my long hair down. Didn’t want to tie it up because ACCURACY FOR COSPLAY. Yeah. When it finally cooled down, and the sun wasn’t directly above us, we went crazy with photos again 8D I am really grateful for Kendrick and Adrian’s patience *bows down to both of you*

At around 7, we decided it was time to go nom, so we headed to a nearby Marché to fill our tummies :) It was a really pretty and cozy restaurant, but super busy. I waited a good 20 minutes for my pasta, and I felt it was a bit lacking in flavour. My drink was very yummy, though! A nice, fruity blend of kale, apple, and probably 2 more things I forgot. It was also a nice green, which was nice, but also not nice at the same time because green reminds me of work 8D…

Once dinner was over, we all headed back up to Finch for KARAOKE TIMESSSS YEAHHHHH! BUT BEFORE THAT. We stumbled upon some really sweet floor lights, and we all agreed it would make for an epic photo, so yeah, spent a few minutes there posing in the middle of the building and people were staring with their discombobulated faces. We didn’t care, really :P Once that was done, we realized how late it was, and proceeded to make our way back to the subway station.

I would like to take the time now to thank Kendrick for letting me wear his shoes as he walked in his socks. My feet were really hurting me, and I couldn’t walk very fast, and Kendrick was more than happy to lend me his sneakers. THANKS, SERGEANT. YOU GET A RAISE. But yes, because of my super slow walking speed, we arrived later than planned, but still super fun times ensued :D Lots of Backstreet Boys, old love songs, Disney duets, and key changing haha 8D I wish we could have stayed longer, but it was getting late. At around 11:40, Jelee drove me home and I basically collapsed from feet pain.

moar mini us wheeeHere we are enduring the blazing sun and heat wave.

mini us supah awesomeMan, this is epic. Check out the floor lights. Yea.

S U N D A Y

I obviously slept in on Sunday =w= After a very eventful Fan Expo, Sunday was my day for a nice quiet afternoon tea date with my friends Anna and Julie. I drove down to Anna’s place at around 1:30, and once we were all ready to go Anna’s dad drove us to Finch. We then subwayed to Union and then walked to the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

It was a nice and cozy little restaurant that we dined in. Not too many people, but I found it a bit too dim. It was 2:45pm, though, so I guess the curtains were closed to hide the supreme sun. We started off with our tea orders, with Anna ordering a fancy Orange Pekoe blend and Julie copying me with Earl Grey :P Can’t go wrong with Earl Grey =w= As for food, we had super yummy mini sandwiches, delicious scones with clotted cream and different jams, swan-shaped cream puffs, macarons, some really yummy fruity mousse, and a really rich chocolate slice of cake. My favourites were the sandwiches and the scones. Scones are slowly climbing up on my list of favourite pastries list 8D

We wanted to take our time with eating, but at around 3:45, we were told that we could have a free tour of the rooftop herb garden, which was at 4pm, so we quickly nommed everything, signed the waivers, and joined the tour, guided by the sous chef :O Wondering how he had the time haha 8D

The herb garden was more herby than I expected. We were a small group, and were warned there would be many bees buzzing around. I was a little nervous, but honestly there were probably 2 bees that even flew close to me. We learned about the different herbs that are grown, completely organic of course, and even got to try some. Julie and Anna tried this leaf thing that I suspected was a variety of horse radish, because apparently it tasted like wasabi. I ate a tiny alpine strawberry for the first time. We wanted to go near the bee hives as well (the hard-working bees produce like 700 pounds of honey per year for the restaurants in the hotel!), but bees were swarming way too hard around them. No matter :P

Once that was done, we just went back to the hotel and took pictures and hobo-ed in the lobby haha 8D Ahhhh air conditioning. At around 6pm, we decided it was time to leave and then we subwayed back to Finch, where we got picked up by Anna’s dad again. Once we got back to Anna’s place, I drove home and relaxed a bit before Andrew arrived at 7:45 and we made our way to Hamilton.

M O N D A Y

A super duper lazy day. Labour Day. Slept in, ate breakfast. We wanted to go play tennis but seriously the second we were about to leavethe sky began to cry :( It was the storm that was promised on Saturday for Fan Expo I bet. On the bright side, Andrew introduced me to a new anime called Nisekoi. I’m liking it so far, it’s really casual and we watched like 8 episodes. I saw a few more last night, but felt after episode 10 the storyline was dragging a bit. Hopefully it picks up! And hopefully everyone smartens up with their feelings and I don’t want to see any more dense-headed-ness. My English is amazing.

For dinner we went to Swiss Chalet, because we couldn’t really think of anything else haha. After dinner, Andrew drove me to McMaster so I could pick up my 7TH DRAGON HATSUNE MIKU TYPE 2020 FIGURINE WIRUGHIUHWRG. I was supposed to pick it up during Fan Expo, but yes, difficulties. Man, the box is huge! It’s sitting on my table at the moment, and I really want to open it and take a lot of pictures, but but but box pretty yeah don’t wanna open ugh first world problems. Hopefully this gorgeous figurine won’t trigger a new addiction @.@

With my figurine finally picked up, Andrew drove me back to my place. Got home at around 10:30pm because I had an early shift the next morning. I was really dreading working the next day because yeah. 3 days off, not in work mode.

OMG THIS ENTRY IS SO LONG BUT IT’S DONE.

Anime North 2014

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Woot! Anime North has come and gone by way too quickly once again. Sad face.

I had an awesome time obviously :P More so than last year! I guess it’s because I had more things planned, and my shoes were not as uncomfortable as the ones I wore last year. I cosplayed as Sylveon this year for all three days ^^ I think it’s my most popular one yet 8D Anyway, I will separate this post by the days so it’s more organized.

F R I D A Y

On Friday my dad drove me and my friend Miss Rushka and dropped us off at around 3:30 so that I could buy some tickets for Cafe Delish! Tickets weren’t being sold until 5 I believe, but I really wanted to buy the special graduation seating tickets (final seating, and longer seating). Anyway, we hurried to get our pre-registered badges (or mine anyway), and then we met up with Aarathi. We then hurried over to the Double Tree hotel (I’m not calling it International Plaza :P) and the three of us just stood in line patiently.

Unfortunately when we finally got to the table selling tickets, the seating that I wanted was sold out ;_; So I told myself that tomorrow I would try again and line up even earlier D< (they were selling half the graduation seating tickets on Friday and the other half on Saturday morning) After that we just wandered around hoping to bump into friends :D I did manage to see a few of my friends, and had lots of fun taking pictures ^_^ When we finally met up with Andrew, we all had a nice lunch/dinner at Milestones. They gave us special “Japanime” menus, which I was sort of offended by, so I asked for the normal menu as well. Anyway, Friday was a short day, and I got picked up at around 9:30 after I met up with AngeL for some pictures. I feel like I’m forgetting a lot of the things that happened…my brain is fried from happiness @.@

S A T U R D A Y

Saturday is without a doubt the best day at Anime North :D Ask anyone! It was the longest day and the weather was great. It wasn’t windy and was definitely a lot warmer than Friday. The night before I fixed up my Sylveon ears by adding a ribbon to the headband so it would be tied securely around my head, and that definitely made me less annoyed as well because I didn’t have to keep holding it up :)

Anyway, I asked my dad to drive me to Anime North earlier because I needed to buy Cafe Delish tickets! Specifically ones for the final seating! I had spoken to Jelee and Ivana and Aarathi about going early as well to buy tickets (apparently each person could only by 2 tickets, I couldn’t buy them all for my friends). Luckily, I met up with Kendrick, Jelee, Adrian and Ivana, and they were FIRST IN LINE, so the day was good haha. It was around 9:45am, and the tickets weren’t being sold until 11:30am, so we were super early! After a few minutes though the line started to get long, so lucky us! :D We all had a fun time talking to pass the time. At around 10, Jelee went to audition for J-Idol, and Adrian even got a chance to play a game of Go haha XD! A few of our cosplay friends also passed by for a small chat.

It was 11:40am before the dude selling tickets finally decided he would start selling the tickets =.= But YAY TICKETS SECURED WOOOOOT! Yeah, in total we nabbed 7 of the 20 graduation seating tickets hmm 8D After that, it was just super chill times. We went and bought some food because we were starving, and then just wandered around the convention. At 1pm, we all went to watch the J-Idol competition, and my personal favourite contestant won! She had a great voice and wonderful stage presence :) Jacky also finally found us, and we all just continued to wander around, waiting eagerly for the final maid cafe seating at 5:20.

At around 4:50, we started to make our way to line up for the MAID CAFE YAYYYY! I’ve served as a maid before for my Japanese club events at university, but I’ve never been a customer, so I was excited :) We were all seated at table number 1, so we were first to go inside the pretty terrace ^.^

The maid cafe was very nice :) It was $30 for a 100 minute seating (as opposed to the normal $20 for 45 minutes), and we were served our choice of beverage (I picked Earl Grey, and there was also free refills), a variety of fruits, a snack bento, and a cupcake for dessert. We also each had a box of Pocky, which we all shared :P What I liked most was that it was a longer seating and we didn’t have to rush. Of course, we were all there to support AngeL, who was one of the maids ^_^ It was more fun than I expected, and the maids danced and sang, played games with us, and we all could take a Polaroid with our maid of choice 8D

I have to brag that I made it to the final around of Rock, Paper, Scissors! It was down to me and another guy, and we kept tying but eventually I lost, and I didn’t get to win the poster and have a special picture with all the maids haha. Oh well, it was quite fun :)

After that, AngeL had to help clean up, so Jelee, Adrian and I went outside to take some pretty photos :D Jelee and Adrian were cosplaying as PRINCESS ANNA AND PRINCE HANS FROM FROZEN so obviously I had to go trigger-happy on them 8D Huhuhu 8D

Saturday was a good day :D Even though I still didn’t go inside the dealer’s room yet .___. Wow Saturday’s entry is long haha 8D

S U N D A Y

AHHH SUNDAY. The day I was dreading yet excited about haha! BECAUSE OF THE POP IDOL DANCE SHOWCASE. But more of that in a bit.

I found out the night before I couldn’t get a ride, so Jelee was kind enough to give me a lift! I woke up early to shower and change into my dance outfit, and was ready to be kidnapped at 8:30am! Jelee was a little behind schedule, and she and Adrian arrived to get me at 9am. Thanks to her speed driving, we arrived at Anime North at 9:30am :D

Soooo the reason we arrived so early was so we could squeeze in some dance practice! Jelee, AngeL (known as Dreamz) and I decided to sign up for the dance showcase happening at 11am, and I was super nervous O_O! We squeezed in a few practices, with Adrian helping with the music, and then we signed in with the staff at 10am. We got to practice on the actual stage once, and then once we figured out our spacing we went to practice some more outside! Our practices were good, but I was getting really bad cramps from nervousness DX! Not sure why I was so nervous. It wasn’t even a competition or anything. AngeL and Jelee were totally fine haha 8D

There was a little bit of a delay, and the show started at around 11:10am! I’m so glad a few of my friends were there in the audience to support us! We were 9th on the list of performers, and I was still nervous as heck in the back watching. I shouldn’t have been so worried, though! I need to learn to relax and just have fun. Our dance was the shortest on the list (2 and a half minutes!) so it was over in no time.

We danced to Mirai no Museum by Perfume! It’s so sweet and catchy ;w; I turned the wrong way in one part of the song, and my legs were super shaky, but I don’t think we did that badly! I’m glad we had matching outfits, and we all had the right hair length to match the original Perfume bahaha 8D! Here’s the link on YouTube if you’re interested: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5TY-fRdQNI :) When we finished, we went down to the audience, met up with our friends, and then left because we wanted to change into our other cosplays.

BUT BEFORE THAT. Yep, we picked a random spot in a hallway full of people and DANCED THE ROUTINE AGAIN! It was a small space, and our movements had to be “minimized”, but it was great! I hope I get the video file soon hehe XD! We had one guy come and ask if we were professional dancers or something, and asked if we would like to dance at some of his events and clubs, how strange O_o But I’ll take it as a compliment that we danced well :D

Once that was over, a few of us parted ways because we all wanted to do different things. It got a little confusing because there were so many of us and lots of pictures were needed haha 8D I ended up joined Sarah, Andrew, Jelee, Adrian, and their other friends Sarah and Coltin for sushi lunch. Jelee and I then changed into our cosplays, because even though there was only 3 hours left of Anime North, cosplay is a must haha 8D And thank you Adrian for treating us!

Eventually we all bumped into each other again inside the Dealer’s room. I was impressed with how wide the aisles were this year, because the previous years it was difficult to walk in there. I was looking around for more Sylveon plushies, but couldn’t find any. Andrew managed to get a wooden sword for $15, and with 30 minutes to go before the Dealer’s Room closed, I managed to get 2 large Cinnamoroll plushies O_O I actually wanted one last year, but it was $40, and I regretted not buying it after finding out it was being sold for $60+ on Ebay. When I saw 2 of them at a stand right before I was about to leave, each for $30, I tried to bargain for both of them for $50, but the lady was stubborn :P Oh well, I got them both for $30 each, and the cheapest one on Ebay is $35 + $30 shipping, so I feel better about my purchase 8D DON’T JUDGE ME, CINNAMOROLL’S ONE OF MY FAVOURITE SANRIO CHARACTERS DX!

After that, we all met up again outside for more picture! AngeL even had her Polaroid on her, and we took a few of those :) I need to get a Polaroid camera for myself one day! They’re super cute and fun :P

We all wanted to dinner together, but Andrew had to leave because he was exhausted (he was at work at 4am) and Jelee and Adrian had dinner plans with Coltin, so AngeL, Jacky and I went to Moxie’s for dinner! I definitely got stared at as I walked in, because even though restaurants should have been used to all the costumes, I was still the only one there at that time with huge pink bunny ears haha 8D Also, Moxie’s has good food! Our server was super nice (his name was Dragan, pronounced “dragon”, how cool is that?), and was very accommodating. AngeL and I had a fun time cam-whoring in the bathroom as well, because there were very large mirrors 8D

It was around 9 when we left, and I was able to get a lift home! I can’t wait until next Anime North ;_; Le sigh ;_;

Oh, and here’s my Sylveon cosplay ^^ Thank you, AngeL, for the picture 8D

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