2018 Rewind

It’s been a while since I’ve posted to this blog. I’m hoping to somehow restart it since it’s a new year. But before I do that, here’s a look back on how 2018 was for me (yes it’s about to be mid-February Whoops?).

A few highlights from the year:

  • Weddings – A friend of mine that I worked in retail with and also attended nursing school with got married. I was one of the bridesmaids and our friends from SD came up to celebrate, so it was a ton of fun. Near the end of the year, another friend from college got married in Hawaii, which I attended as a guest.

 

  • Travel – Made a few trips to Vegas for my friend’s bachelorette party and for Christmas. Also attended my 10th year at SDCC, which was an awesome experience (as usual). Since one of my friend’s wedding was in Hawaii, my friends and I also took advantage of the days before and after the event to take in sites and get our grub on.

 

 

 

 

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  • Music – I attended quite a few of these events, all of which were firsts. I decided to skip out on Coachella and instead checked out Bottle Rock for one of the days. The drive was long, but seeing celebrities on the culinary stage and also performing on one of the main stages was awesome. As an on and off fan of Korean music, I finally got to check out some artists that came to California. Loved Eric Nam‘s intimate set, and his opener Loote made their way onto my Spotify playlist. I also got to meet him after the show. He’s adorable! TLC was performing at the San Mateo County fair, so a few friends and I jumped in at the chance to see them. No regrets here! They sound just as good as they did back in the 90s. Since last year, I slowly but surely became a fan of BTS, who’s by far the most popular Korean group known in the US to date. After listening to their albums beginning from their debut in 2013, I couldn’t help but be hooked. You could imagine my excitement when I found out they were touring the US. I was able to get tickets to their LA and Oakland shows, (yes, I saw them twice and it was totally worth it) and it was an amazing experience. The Oakland show was a special one since it was the group leader’s birthday the day of. The audience and the guys sang to him and he looked so happy. I also did a last minute upgrade and got incredible seats. It was the closest I could have imagined being near them without having to stand in the GA sections right next to the stage.

 

 

 

 

 

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  • For the ‘Gram – There were a few exhibits that came to SF last year. I visited 29 Rooms and Candytopia. Both were entirely different experiences, but I liked the latter the most because my friends and I left with a good amount of free candy (score).

 

 

 

 

 

Already have a few things in store for this year. And as with every year, I hope to try new things and make more great memories to look back on.

Getting SDCC Ready!

I felt like June passed by way too quickly. That said, we’re only weeks away from SDCC. One of my sources has some great info for first time attendees.

Today we are 2 1/2 weeks away from Comic-Con! If you’ve never been to SDCC- this convention is unlike anything you’ve experienced before. The planning and preparation is next level- especially if you want to maximize every moment. Walking into Comic-Con without a battle plan will only lead to catastrophic results. The next few weeks […]

via Happy Comic-Con Month! 6 Tips to Consider — Crazy 4 Comic Con

Hot Topic SDCC Contest

Hot Topic is hosting a contest to bring 1 winner and a guest to San Diego Comic Con in July. Tell them who your Wonder Woman is, and the winner will receive the following:

  • Airfare for 2
  • 3 night hotel stay
  • 2 SDCC badges for all four days of the convention
  • Winner will have a chance to walk the runway at the Her Universe Fashion Show. The fashion company and lifestyle brand currently has a Wonder Woman collection at Hot Topic. Check it out here.

 

The contest runs from now until June 13, 2017 at 11:59pm PT. Residents of the US, Puerto Rico, and Canada (excluding Quebec) 16 years of age and up are welcome to enter. Head to the entry page here.

General Assembly SDCC Contest

With Open Registration out of the way as of this past weekend, hopes of attending one of the largest geek conventions in the US are pretty slim. BUT that doesn’t mean it should be completely lost. In past years, I’ve come across a few contests that send their lucky winners to the convention, with the addition of a few perks. I will post about them as they come up. This one is courtesy of General Assembly, which specializes in tech classes (e.g. coding, marketing, design, data, etc.). Here’s what the prize includes:

  • A $1,000 airline credit 
  • Three nights accommodation 
  • Two badges to SDCC
  • A $200 transportation credit 
  • A $500 cosplay credit 
  • A $200 credit toward any General Assembly class or workshop
  • A GA Swag Pack

You can enter the contest here before Sunday, April 23rd. Good luck!

SDCC 2017 Open Registration is Coming

I don’t think I’ve mentioned anything about SDCC here in a while. I’ve already got my badges locked in for this year (my 9th, to be exact. Crazy!), but for anyone who wasn’t able to participate in Returning Registration, your time comes tomorrow morning. If you’re not sure how to prepare for the madness that will be you staring into the “blue spinning circle of doom” on your computer AKA the online waiting room, then please check out the post down below. It will walk you through the process. If this is your Saturday morning plan, may the odds be ever in your favor.

 

San Diego Comic Con 2017 hopefuls! This Saturday, we’re going to knock one more lottery off of the looooong list of lotteries that has become…

via SDCC 2017: Open Registration Guide — Nerdophiles

WonderCon & SDCC Badge Giveaway

Returning Registration for this year’s SDCC will be upon us on Saturday. While others who are not eligible are most likely anxious for Open Registration, which is expected to happen some time next month, you might have the opportunity to increase your chances of snagging a coveted badge, if ever so slightly. WonderCon is holding a giveaway via Facebook for badges to their upcoming event and also SDCC in July. Entry is simple, and possibly due to lack of info, open internationally. Deadline for eligibility is Thursday, March 16. Head to the SDCC Unofficial Blog’s contest hub for more information on how to enter.

My SDCC 2016 Experience – Part 2

Check out my Part 1 post here.

Day 3

First line of business for Saturday was to get a wristband at the Tokidoki booth for a signing with creator Simone Legno in the afternoon. I’ve managed to do this several years straight, minus one year when I didn’t get to the booth in time. He signed a small figure and did a sketch of Bastardino (aka Cactus Dog). It’s one of very few signings during the convention that I feel isn’t much of a hassle to get into.

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Prior to the signing, my friend and I roamed the exhibit hall. We checked out a few booths that we had missed and also ran into some familiar faces.

Although I barely took any photos of attendees in cosplay (I decided not to wear one of my costumes due to the weather being too warm/muggy), I was happy to see a few from my current favorite video game, Overwatch. And there were a bunch Pokemon trainers each day because of Pokemon Go, obviously.

 

The afternoon was spent checking out the off site events behind the Convention Center. Some of these included FX, Adult Swim On the Green, and the yacht from Fear The Walking Dead. The weather was too warm to hop into any lines, so we continued to wander until we were back at the Marriott Marquis and hung out again at the Con Suite. After about an hour, we headed back over to the Convention Center and got on the shuttle. My pending Saturday night plan was to try and check out at least one off site event on my list. But because the shuttle got caught up in traffic and we couldn’t find a place for dinner right away (most restaurants outside of downtown were nearing closing or were closed by 10.), I asked to be dropped off at the Gaslamp area. One thing to make note of when attending SDCC is to not expect everything to go as planned. Always have a Plan B (or C, D, etc.) so as to not disappoint yourself. I managed to meet up with other friends who were in the area and eventually had a late dinner.

 

Day 4

Had to make the most of my last day at SDCC, so I was ready to head out a bit after 9. I managed to dress up after all, sort of. I put together a casual getup as Tadashi Hamada of Big Hero 6, complete with Baymax. A friend and I headed to Nerd HQ. This was the only time I was able to check the place out. Last year I had gone to their dance party on Saturday night, which I had hoped to do the previous evening, but to no avail. One thing I did do differently this year was check out their gaming area. Got to try out Titanfall 2 and it was pretty fun. I also visited the Krave Kafeteria, which served visitors bowls of Krave cereal throughout the day. NOM. They even gave out full size boxes for free, but I skipped on taking one since I didn’t want to have to carry it around with me all day.

We crossed over to Marriott Marquis to pass through the Nintendo Gaming Lounge. This by far marks the most times I’ve been to this hotel during any SDCC year. Our timing was perfect because at the photo-op area was Pikachu. I haven’t had a pic taken with him in a few years, so you bet I was excited! Checked back there after a few minutes because Mario also made an appearance. The lounge had their usual game demos and a tournament for Super Smash Bros. They also had the upcoming NES Classic Edition console on display. It’s less than half the size of the original NES, plus it’s pre-loaded with 30 popular games. Do I want this? Heck yes.

Finally made our way back to the Convention Center to walk around the exhibit hall, and then to the parking lot at the Hilton where my friend parked to chill out and play Pokemon Go. The game had a panel in the afternoon with rumors swirling around via social media that the creators of the game planned to drop a legendary Pokemon. Sure enough, it was too good to be true. Not a total loss since I was able to level up a few of my collection and catch some new ones. Great way to define adulting, eh?! Afterwards, my friend had to start their drive back up to the Bay Area, so I headed back to the Convention Center to meet up with other friends. We were out of there before the PA system made their closing announcements.

My traditional plan of going to Altitude for happy hour and to see the post-Con was a no go since everyone else in my group was out and about. However, I got to go to Bub’s at the Ballpark again for their awesome tater tots. Couldn’t stay out too late since I still had to drop by the condo to move out my stuff…again. I would have surely been able to do more this year if I didn’t have to relocate so many times. It really seemed like an OK plan at first since it saved me some money on lodging, but man, so tiring. I had 2 days remaining of my trip and used them to decompress. I did some additional hotel hopping, but it wasn’t as bad since I didn’t have to be anywhere downtown. A local friend was nice enough to treat me to a post-Con massage. So happy I finally got around do doing that after a few years of considering one. I also shipped my SDCC purchases home, and they arrived the next day after I flew back.

And that concludes my time at SDCC 2016. Each year will always differ from the last, whether it be good or bad. My main focus for next year is to make improvements with my planning on all parts. I finished putting together my Project Life pages from the event last night, so look out for a post on that soon.