Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014

SoCal 2014: ICN-LAX

After a thirty minute delay because the plane was waiting for someone, we took off and the flight was thankfully uneventful. The flight crew were lovely, though I think I'm going to have to learn some Korean before my flight back. The plane was a double decker and in the back there was a store for duty-free shopping. Food was decent; I appreciated having cereal as a breakfast choice.

In true form, I didn't sleep for the entire over 10 hours. Instead, I watched movies:

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel - It was fun watching it the second time around as well. Such a great movie. It has a clear idea of its own world and stays true to it.
  • The LEGO Movie - Finally got to see this! They didn't have a subbed version in Japan, so I passed on watching it in the theater. I quite liked it. It was way more for the big kids than I expected, but it was fun. Everything is awesome!
  • Tangled - Seen it before, but I wanted to see it again. Love Rapunzel and Eugene. I'm still not sure how Rapunzel got to be so street smart, but it's a Disney movie and allowances need to be made everywhere.
  • Divergent - I was planning on seeing it in the theaters, but I couldn't resist watching it on the plane. It was better than I was expecting. The Wall reminded me of Attack on Titan a bit, and there was nothing particularly brand-new about it, but I liked the storytelling. Will have to look into the books.
  • The Sting - Started watching Captain America, then remembered The Sting was in the line-up. Classic. Since I only had about three hours left, I went with The Sting. I had seen it once years ago, but it really is a damn fine movie. It also felt strange to see Robert Redford as the young guy of a group.
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier - Having only less than an hour left, I went with watching an entertaining movie that I had already seen. Got about halfway through when I switched over to the plane cams as we got closer to LAX. (Watching the bottom cam just before the runway is kind of frightening.)

The plane landed only a few minutes late, despite the thirty minute delay at Incheon. There was no wait while taxiing and immigration and customs at LAX were both relatively painless - a rare occasion for me. Though I did have the fourth volume of Biblia with me, so I was quite pre-occupied while waiting in line.

My mom picked me up (with bottles of water and snacks for me) and we drove home.

The jet lag (and lack of sleep due to movie watching) made me pass out around 4pm, wake up at 8pm, pass out at 11pm and I'm awake again at 5am. But being back in California is glorious.

Plus, Chicago!


I'm baaaaack! Miss me, California?

I'm baaaaack! Miss me, California?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

SoCal 2014: Incheon

Made it to the gate with some time to spare. This gets easier every time. Now waiting to board the long leg of the journey home, but like I mentioned in the last post: MOVIES!


Catch you on the flip-side. Again. :)

SoCal 2014: I'm leaving on a jet plane-Part 1

Last keitai post for a bit. Will try to post from Incheon, but my transfer time is 1 hour, so maybe not.

Catch you on the flip-side.

Also: Movie choices are awesome. Not sleeping again. Yep! Whee!

SoCal 2014: @Centrair

Waiting to board. I love this airport. It's so nice and convenient.

10 minutes to go.

SoCal 2014: Off to a smashing start

I woke up 15 minutes before the train I was planning to take. I decided to take a shower instead of rush out the door. It still gets me to the airport about two hours before my flight, so I'm good. Very glad I only have my check-in.

Keeping cool, albeit only in attitude, and adjusting as need be. It's nice to know I've gotten better about this kind of thing. It used to send me into a panic when things didn't go as planned, but I've gotten better at letting go, assessing the situation and figuring out the next step.

And the next step is just to get on the next train. Which has arrived.

Next update: Centrair

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

California, here I come!

Well, after some laundry and packing and maybe some sleep once I get back to the house.

But I got my hair taken care of, picked up stuff for my mom, saw Samancha, stayed at my grandmother's, and reserved my seat for the train tomorrow morning, so things are pretty much on schedule.

And I'm traveling light this time; just a few sets of clothes, my iPad, various chargers, my regular notebook, two sketchbooks, my watercolor set, and not much else.

Currently debating picking up a burger or not on the way back to the house. Probably will. Even with light packing, it's going to be a long night.

And I want to get a few blog posts up while I can.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Bought tea that came with a yuruchara sticker and I got Ieyasu-kun! Yay! Hama pride!

Monday, July 21, 2014


It's a national holiday, so instead of my Monday early morning schedule, I've put in my usual weekend schedule. I'm teaching three times as many lessons, but I got to wake up three hours later than usual.

There is an added bonus that this is my last day until mid-August. Yay! California, here I come!

Need to go to a work party tonight and tomorrow is a rather packed day with podcast recording, dropping by a certain stationery shop, getting my hair cut, having dinner with a friend, and going to my grandmother's.

I'm taking off on Thursday so I have just Wednesday night to pack but the glory of going home is not having to pack much: just some clothing basics, my iPad, my American cell phone, charger cables, sketchbooks, my watercolor set, blank postcards, my Sarasa set, things for my mom, and that might be it. The fountain pens are staying here. I'm trying to keep to just a carry-on.

But first, work.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

So glad I bought a parasol yesterday

I'm positive, I would be drenched in sweat right now after the 5min walk to the station if it weren't for my new parasol that says it blocks 99.62% of light and 99% of UV rays.

Yay for making meaningful purchases.

Now to work and what turned into a full day. Not only full, but requiring a lot more prep because I'm me. Going to be mentally drained tonight.

Need to build up my tolerances a bit more.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Working Hard while Hardly Working

Closed two lessons today but spent 3 hours writing the podcast script for next week. I liked writing it by hand, but on the iPad is undeniably more efficient. And reading it will be much quieter than turning pages.

Now that that's off my shoulders, I can think about packing for California.

But first, to teach then bask in the glory that is TOKIO.

TOKIO Fangirl: HEART Get!

That's right, I reserved both first editions of TOKIO's 20th anniversary album and picked them up a day early. Squee!

It's definitely a TOKIO year.

Leaving the unwrapping until tonight. I won't be able to concentrate at work if I open them now; the booklets are huge!


Monday, July 14, 2014


Today is an off day. I think I'm on the brink of panic. There are lots of things to take care of and I don't know where to start. Actually, I do, but I'm letting the other things looming behind me get to me.

First things first: Work.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

From Tokyo

Didn't have time to post, but had a good time and took some good reference pics.

Will hopefully be posting stuff soon.

For now, check out my hozuki from the Hozuki-ichi!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

To Tokyo!: Lunch sketch

So I decided to sketch my lunch on the Shink. Not bad. I don't want to jinx it and say I've got the hang of it, but it's getting less intimidating each time.


To Tokyo!: At Meieki

Dropped off my work clothes because I agreed to one lesson on Friday afternoon and can't be bothered to go back to the house after coming back from my grandmother's since I'm going there tomorrow instead of coming straight back to Nagoya.

Then I grabbed lunch-ish food and just waiting for the Shink.

Will try to update at a not-too-annoying pace today and tomorrow.

To Tokyo!

Visiting a friend for photography, stationery, and hozuki.

I'm so excited, I painted my nails hozuki color with light green jewels.

I love doing my nails with a theme in mind. Especially for a trip or event.

Trust me, I have already started planning my TOKIO nails for November. Need to buy little bottles of TOKIO colors. One hand will say TOKIO, the other is either 4EVER or HEART. I'm very close to painting the 20 heart on my cheek. I need to bring my TOKIO hair ribbons back from California.

This concert is going to be awesome.

Sorry, off topic.








I purposely didn't bring a lot of cash with me.


Monday, July 7, 2014

TOKIO Fangirl paints a Tanabata sketch

Yes, this is on purpose. I specifically drew five slips of paper so I could color them this way.



I cannot wait for November!!

At the Theater-After thoughts: Edge of Tomorrow

That, was a good movie.

I'm always slightly put off by Tom Cruise, but I usually end up loving his movies when I watch them. And I thoroughly enjoyed this one.

It was just the right amount of everything for me: action, sci-fi, humor, Groundhog's Day, and that hint of romance.

I can wait a while before seeing it again, but I'm glad I saw it in the theater and will definitely see it again.

At the Theater-After thoughts: Maleficent

In all honesty, I just wanted to see Angelina Jolie, because she looked so damn good in the trailers. And Maleficent is hands-down, my favorite Disney Villain. And I'm glad the movie didn't disappoint.

A bit more fantasy than I expected and a few points were left untouched at the end, but I'll let it slide for this movie.

Personal fave character, Diaval.

At the Theater: Edge of Tomorrow

Otherwise known as All you need is KILL.

My second movie of the day.

Maleficent was great, but now for some Hollywood action based on a Japanese novel. Got some coke and popcorn and sitting in the second front row.

This is gonna be good.

At the Theater: Maleficent

Finished lunch just in time. And there are so many people here! I know it's the opening week, but it's also noon on a Monday.

Pre-trailers starting.

Yay Maleficent!

At the Theater: Double feature - Maleficent and Edge of Tomorrow

I was going to go down to the TOHO Cinema but I realized the show I wanted was a 3D showing.

So I decided to go to my regular theater and risk them not accepting my MoviTicke. Turns out they did. Yay! And then I used my points to get Edge of Tomorrow for free. Score!

But first, Lunch!

Today is a good day.

Rainy Monday Morning

Not feeling too awesome this morning which makes me doubt my original plans for the day which includes a double feature of Maleficent and Edge of Tomorrow.

My morning set of three is full, so we'll see how I feel afterwards. Still need to write some drafts and do my laundry (and the cleaning lady is coming tomorrow so I can do my laundry in peace).

That double dose of movie goodness is sounding pretty nice right now.

But first, work.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Squee!TOKIO kinda and yay

I finally got around to checking the results of my concert ballots.

I didn't get Nagoya, but I ended up with both Tokyo shows.

I do want to go to my hometown show and TOKIO's always damn crazy at Nagoya, but the sound system sucks. Or did two years ago. So I'm not too bothered.

And I am going to both Budokan shows which makes me way happy. Plus, the first of two shows and the last show of the tour both have high potential to be extra long. And who knows, I might even find myself on another DVD. :)

I might still go down to Century Hall to pick up goods so I don't need to worry about them while I'm in Tokyo.

Year 20! This is going to be AWESOME.