le cahier de kev http://www.lecahierdekev.com/apps/blog le cahier de kev en Mon, 12 Nov 2012 01:44:19 GMT Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:21:06 GMT 60 A Step Forward Through Cooperation http://www.lecahierdekev.com/apps/blog/draft--49 <p> It has been quite a month since the events of the previous entry. &nbsp;At that time it was still pretty warm and everyone was getting ready for Halloween. &nbsp;Just recently it was the presidential election in the United States. &nbsp;Some people were happy with the results while some were not. &nbsp;In the end, I think that it's just important for everyone to move forward and work to enact positive change. &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> As someone who comes from a mathematical/scientific background, I favor more pragmatic approaches to things. &nbsp;Rather than try to hinder others, I believe time, energy, and resources are better spent on developing solutions to economic, social, and foreign issues. &nbsp;Even if we share different views or beliefs as others, it doesn't mean that we would be unable to work together with them. &nbsp;It's a matter of sharing one's experiences and strengths with others who will likewise do the same that can help propel progress. &nbsp;Cooperation is a step to build a better future.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="863" original-width="398" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_caf8a36713f64e0bbb5fb44e7d5e9e69.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 277px; height: 600px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Empire State Building shining in the country's colors on election night</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> (On a side note, I won't combine Part II of the museum pictures here. &nbsp;It might end up getting messy so I decided to separate them for the next entry.)</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I was able to get through a few books in the past month. &nbsp;I enjoy reading to pass the time and these books really hit that spot.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I finished <strong>Why Not Me?</strong> by Mindy Kaling and <strong>Bossypants</strong> by Tina Fey in October. &nbsp;I also reread <strong>The Most Dangerous Game</strong> by Richard Connell.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="986" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_cb32da6fd44b4b6c9504e5efdd202311.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 198px; height: 300px;"> <img original-height="456" original-width="300" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_64517e1265ba4f35af1b42332d5bbf97.jpeg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 197px; height: 300px;"></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The Most Dangerous Game was a captivating short story that I read back in high school. &nbsp;It was a very quick read (I think it took me around 30 minutes to complete). &nbsp;The presented story deals within the realm of the hunter becoming the "huntee" as he fights for survival. &nbsp;I highly recommend checking it out.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Mindy Kaling and Tina Fey's books were a lot more lighthearted. &nbsp;While Mindy's book discussed her work on shows she had worked on such as The Mindy Project, Tina's book made me smile and laugh more with her jokes and anecdotes. &nbsp;Tina was very vivid with her stories about her many interactions with staff from SNL and 30 Rock, with friends such as Amy Poehler, and gave stories on how her father was a badass. haha &nbsp;With Mindy's book, I really loved the detailed pictures and how her quirky personality came through the words of the book.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Both of their books were very enjoyable and I had a big smile on my face as I read while I was eating or sitting on the train. &nbsp;These two women worked very hard to get to where they were and it showed the strength of their character. &nbsp;There were also frustrations with the lack of clarity in terms of decision making for shows and balancing personal and professional lives. &nbsp;Despite the hurdles that they had faced, they still moved forward with humor and perseverance. &nbsp;I really admired those qualities as I read through their books.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Currently, I'm reading <strong>Kitchen Confidential</strong> by Anthony Bourdain and <strong>The Singapore Story</strong> by former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. &nbsp;In late October I started reading Jeffrey Steingarten's <strong>The Man Who Ate Everything</strong>, but I put it on hold once I acquired Anthony and PM Lee Kuan Yew's books.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="499" original-width="333" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_0d114f74f0344e93809b3f166588164b.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 200px; height: 300px;"> <img original-height="346" original-width="236" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_b5ed4f3034654af38f5192c6fba498ef.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 205px; height: 300px;"></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The one thing I really admired from the two books (from what I had read so far) was their candid approach in their narratives. &nbsp;With former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, he had the enormous task to lead Singapore after its forced independence from Malaysia. &nbsp;Just reading the background of his hard work was very inspirational. &nbsp;He also showed that he was not perfect growing up. &nbsp;In the book he mentioned that despite getting good grades, he would be tardy at times which led to him getting caned by the headmaster of the school. &nbsp;I also read through his experiences during the Japanese occupation of Singapore. &nbsp;This included how he navigated through the system to find work along with stabilizing means of survival (through basic necessities such as acquiring food as well as avoiding any conflict with the military which would have led to severe consequences). &nbsp;I'm now on the chapter of his journey to complete his law studies in Britain and trying to get Kwa Geok Choo (the girl he was courting who would end up becoming his future wife) into Girton College at Cambridge.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> You could sense the passion in his spirit navigating through all of these hurdles so that he can accomplish his goals. &nbsp;It brought a smile to my face when I read how his hard work paid off. &nbsp;He would find a way to get to his goal (whether it was through writing a letter to the school, contacting people whom he had previously worked with, or doing his research on a topic of interest) through his inquisitive nature. &nbsp;One of the stories that came to mind was when he researched on what would be a product that would be in demand during the war (since he needed some financial earnings to support himself and his family). &nbsp;He collaborated with a colleague Nyuk Lin who also graduated from Raffles College to make gum from tapioca flour and carbolic acid. &nbsp;This highlighted his pragmatism to adapt to the changing environment through survival.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Lee Kuan Yew's experiences are applicable to the nature of the uncertainties of life. &nbsp;When an unexpected life event occurs, we must adapt to the changing climate. &nbsp;Similarly to how the world is evolving through the economic and sociopolitical demands of each country's society, we must always be prepared to keep an open mind and to listen to the voices of both our supporters and the opposition. &nbsp;It's interesting to visit these thoughts since I remembered in an earlier entry that I wouldn't dive too deeply into politics. &nbsp;In that sense, I won't lean towards one side while rebuking the perspectives of an opposing side. &nbsp;What makes critical dialogue and the thought process enriching is the ability to hear out what both sides will bring to the table. &nbsp;To those who are familiar with introductory calculus, I will use a mathematics example.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> If I have a function <strong><em>f(x)</em> = (x+1)(x+2)</strong>, and I want to find the derivative. &nbsp;There are two approaches. &nbsp;I can either simplify through the FOIL method and then use the Power Rule to take the derivative of the function or I can keep the function as is and use the Product Rule. &nbsp;<strong>The main thing to note is that both methods will lead to the same result.</strong> &nbsp;Some people will prefer to do one method while others choose the other. &nbsp;Neither one is better than the other. &nbsp;It is just important that you end up with the correct result. &nbsp;I do agree that in terms of policies, it may not be as clear cut. &nbsp;However, both sides can contribute to shaping a course of action.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The main thing to note is that there are different perspectives out there and we must respect others' beliefs. &nbsp;They may differ from ours, but that doesn't make them any less of a person. &nbsp;As I had discussed earlier, instead of trying to find a way to checkmate the opposition, time would be better spent on producing a policy that is sustainable. &nbsp;One of the common themes in these books is exactly that--overcoming conflict with those whom you may not agree with in order to move a project forward. &nbsp;As my aunt would say, "<em>It's quite inspirational!</em>"</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I'm still making my way through both books, but am really learning a lot about each of their struggles. &nbsp;I enjoy both styles of their writing: while Anthony's book is a bit more brash in his approach to his descriptions, Lee Kuan Yew's approach is more eloquent and formal (as expected from a former head of government and the founding father of Singapore).</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Things have been going well. &nbsp;I had lunch with my aunt last Friday and we got to catch up after such a long time. &nbsp;She's an absolute sweetheart. &nbsp;We talked about family affairs, the current election, and our plans for the holidays. &nbsp;What really touched me was that despite not getting to see each other as often, everything just flowed once we started talking. &nbsp;We both had a huge smile on our faces as we caught up. &nbsp;After our lunch, we promised to meet up again for another lunch date in the near future. &nbsp;Ten minutes after I took her home she texted me with some sweet words and I texted her back, "<strong>Auntie don't cry...only tears of joy are allowed!</strong>" &nbsp;She texted me back with a smiley and a heart. &nbsp;It was very cute.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="652" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_9c64b315b5ab43a4876e46f624fda299.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 400px; height: 400px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Auntie and Me</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Thanksgiving is coming up and I'm excited to spend time with family. &nbsp;<strong>To those of you in the United States celebrating Thanksgiving, I want to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving!</strong> &nbsp;If you are traveling, please have a safe journey.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The medical law and ethics handout will be up soon. &nbsp;There is a lot of information pertaining to groups affected by abuse and violence, but I wanted to make sure that all of the important bullet points are covered before publishing it for the public. &nbsp;Thank you very much for your patience.</p> Mon, 21 Nov 2016 01:25:17 GMT 67a40d42-f29b-4359-8d00-c12b65bde5dc A Day At The Museum Part I http://www.lecahierdekev.com/apps/blog/draft--48 <p> Summer is finishing up and we're transitioning into autumn. &nbsp;The last month had been great spending time with family, catching up with friends, and getting immersed with Steven Universe. &nbsp;I was pleasantly surprised at the depth of the story and how they fleshed out the characters for the current season. &nbsp;I still remember seeing the creator Rebecca Sugar sing and talk during last year's Comic Con Panel. &nbsp;It was my first time last year, but I was fortunate enough to see a lot of great talent and experience what Comic Con was all about. &nbsp;It was quite overwhelming and there was so much to take in, but I had such a great time and met a lot of wonderful people. &nbsp;I won't be attending this year, but maybe next year. &nbsp;:)</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> My good friend Raizel and I met up in early August. &nbsp;It was so nice since she's always here to show support to her children who are studying in the States. &nbsp;It was nice to just talk and enjoy the scenery. &nbsp;We didn't expect it to rain hard since the weather forecast stated that there may be a short drizzle. &nbsp;Fortunately, we were inside the coffee shop when it began to rain.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> We covered a lot of topics during our talk. &nbsp;We showed each other food pictures, shared recipes. talked about family, and traveling. &nbsp;One of the highlights of our conversation involved connecting with someone. &nbsp;We discussed how with certain people you meet you can immediately "click" with them at the first meeting. &nbsp;I'm sure many of you have experienced it where you talk to someone and everything flows naturally from the body language to the pace of the conversation.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> We did take fun pictures together:</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="764" original-width="574" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_31a2f802dde549ba8015e6882b2c3dad.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 443px; height: 590px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Smiles and Food at the café</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="720" original-width="540" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_6361b1b92ff149d58846fe5674d2de0f.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 443px; height: 590px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Kisses!</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> It is fun sharing stories and enjoying each other's company. &nbsp;This reminds me of a story that my high school American literature teacher told us. &nbsp;She was having lunch with one of her good friends at a sandwich shop. &nbsp;She said that the food was not good at all, but at the end of the conversation with her friend she noticed that she ate her entire sandwich. &nbsp;Since she was so enthralled by the conversation and would take small bites from time to time, she didn't notice that she finished her sandwich. &nbsp;Even if the surroundings or food may not be what we had expected, the company whom we are with can make a big difference.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> So it was nice chatting with Raizel throughout the crazy weather. &nbsp;We parted ways and planned to meet again over dinner at a later date. &nbsp;As I called her to wish her a good night a few hours later, it started pouring as I was walking outside. &nbsp;I quickly fumbled around my bag to open my umbrella. &nbsp;We both had a good laugh out of it.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I also enjoyed some time off with family during the summer. &nbsp;Family came to visit so we did the usual "touristy" things around New York. &nbsp;It was going to be a day full of walking, but one place they wanted to see was The Museum of Natural History. &nbsp;<strong>(Since there were so many pictures, I will divide this entry into two parts. &nbsp;The first part will begin with the animal, space, marine, and geological exhibits. &nbsp;Part II will look at the cultural, anthropological, public health, and dinosaur exhibits)</strong>.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The first time I went was in 2009. &nbsp;I forgot to charge my camera (I mistakenly thought that I had enough charge) and it died 15 minutes into the museum. &nbsp;However, I was ready this time! &nbsp;It was really fascinating, and I enjoyed taking my time looking at the exhibits. &nbsp;I will let the pictures do the talking, but I definitely went full on "geek mode" when I entered the space exhibit.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_80905d410515461ba1c555a33d44a201.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 365px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Outside the Museum of Natural History</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="864" original-width="485" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_b269390e003340d6ae62d9828631323d.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 407px; height: 725px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Dinosaur Bone Exhibit at the Lobby</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="864" original-width="485" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_620fde8b079f4286aef6921db06cdea1.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 407px; height: 725px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Another View of the Dinosaur Bone Exhibit</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Everything brought back memories. &nbsp;I don't remember, but I think the admission fee was mandatory last time I went in 2009, but now it was pay what you would like. &nbsp;After payment and getting our sticker badges, we headed inside. &nbsp;Since everyone had different interests we all split up and planned to meet up at our designated spot in a few hours.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I started off at the animal exhibits (no they're not real lol). &nbsp;I took a lot of pictures, but chose the ones that really stood out so that you won't have to scroll through a lot of them.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="489" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_712edba62a8f4e54bff212d32cc89e4f.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 458px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Alaska Moose</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="489" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_b2b4fbc9283a4a369a8f7814ec0024a8.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 458px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Grizzly Bear</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The wildlife exhibits showcased many of the animals found in their usual habitats. &nbsp;It was nice and I loved how the background highlighted their natural environment.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Afterwards, I went to the geological exhibit.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="489" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_4a4a0233eb31475fa79ab41387f9761d.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 458px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>The Earth's History</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Many of the exhibits showed weather patterns, different types of rock formations, and minerals (to name a few). &nbsp;The screen displayed the current natural activity in the earth. &nbsp;I took a shot of the current locations of earthquake activity.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="489" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_7579cce0a28947398459646a6b700b2c.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 458px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Recent Volcanic and Earthquake Activity</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> After the geological exhibit, I went to the space exhibit. &nbsp;There were a lot of fascinating things ranging from the moon to the stars and galaxies. &nbsp;Before going down the stairs to see the exhibits, the first thing that I encountered was a figure of the moon.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="489" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_26e76e081051491d88fc50ce86356afd.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 458px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Entering the Space Exhibit</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="489" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_8da4c54ab79b42518d4f16f7ee1f1d7e.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 458px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>The Moon</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="341" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_95e93766c9ad4b24a2abdb51fe7f5f88.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 341px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Information on the Moon</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="489" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_a44fcbf07c194d6389c59c6cfa9b1368.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 458px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>My weight on the moon: 22.9 lb (10.39 kg)</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I loved the part where I weighed myself to see my weight on the moon! &nbsp;From the moon, I went down the stairs and headed left to look at the information on galaxies.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="489" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_074a99efdcc74123827182cefd8ecb55.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 458px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Galaxies Exhibit</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> On the opposite side was the exhibit on stars.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="489" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_9f556b7b2a51405bb3e32648dd761735.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 458px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Stars Exhibit</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> At the center I took a look at the star dust exhibit to read about its scientific foundations in the world today.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="489" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_b64046fc730d4778b2625aa7a45d7805.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 458px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Star Dust Exhibit</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I looked at the model planets and the space videos they played on the big screen. &nbsp;Here is a shot of the Astronews information on the Sun.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="864" original-width="648" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_f6516b2c0e884ab5862f4ba4fe57fd65.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 458px; height: 610px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Mercury passing between the Earth and the Sun</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="864" original-width="648" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_4e384f8b0408491ab891dccd92d4ae96.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 458px; height: 610px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Image of the Whirlpool Galaxy</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> After the space exhibit, I went to the nature and floral exhibit. &nbsp;I watched the potato diversity video of the Andes from the touch screen player. &nbsp;It was nice since I got to sit down after walking so much. haha</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="864" original-width="648" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_9e77040b09484c6e9b29c016aed36c28.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 458px; height: 610px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Videos on Biological Documentaries&nbsp;</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> This led to the exhibits on various flora. &nbsp;I'm sure many of you are familiar with the big red flower on the top left. &nbsp;It's the rafflesia which smells like rotting flesh. &nbsp;If you played the game Animal Crossing, the rafflesia appears if you do not take care of the weeds in your town.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="489" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_f5315397a7b344b6a82c1014209683a1.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 458px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Various Flora</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> From there I headed to the arctic and marine exhibits.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="489" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_d1d2b454b0b9413b986f2c11d4d82123.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 458px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Under The Sea!</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="489" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_73cc8f0a5d054d85bab1d4214e008f05.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 458px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Polar Bear</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="489" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_7a79853c01f14055a64325f53bd16b67.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 458px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Walruses</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="489" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_5c51b425940a4fe485713ce3a9546a8b.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 458px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Sharks</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="489" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_9d2b52f0ace348358aee2e81b476547d.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 458px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>The Harbor Seal</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Very adorable!</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I love the ocean which is why I took my time looking at these exhibits and reading the information. &nbsp;The atmosphere's lighting made it seem like you were at that place.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="489" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_89b881554c7a454a8b5d788ba6978340.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 458px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Magnified exhibit of Mosquito</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I took a look at this mosquito exhibit because it discussed how insects played a role with spreading disease. &nbsp;As you have heard recently, this summer Zika had been a problem as mosquitoes began spreading it in the Americas. &nbsp;This exhibit discussed malaria and how it influenced the importance of public health in preventing the spread of the disease.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="489" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_0d65f13f739842cfb2940bdaba231ce3.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 458px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Jade Exhibit</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The jade exhibit captured my attention as it had a lot of Buddhist works along with the science and history behind the trade, use, and formation of jade.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="489" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_9a2b22d746f34b579183706df9f64902.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 458px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>DNA Exhibit</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The DNA exhibit looked into the genetics in which humans and chimps share similarities or have differences. &nbsp;There was also a short explanation to the right on what DNA is and the basics of its components (e.g. nucleotide bases).</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="489" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_ca054be7f2514ccfbaab73fe7f21df79.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 458px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Comparative Genomics and Human Origins Laboratory</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> It was closed when I got there, but it reminded me of my laboratory courses during university. &nbsp;Those were fun!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="489" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_8e129215c8e14386911bfcb96d65cd73.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 458px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Ross Hall of Meteorites</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I visited the Ross Hall of Meteorites to see the types of meteor formations in space.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="864" original-width="648" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_92e672f5c62c42e9b37b3216e75f52bd.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 458px; height: 610px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Meteorites from an Asteroid</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The above was one of the exhibits from the Ross Hall of Meteorites. &nbsp;These meteorites came from the crust and core of an asteroid. &nbsp;The details were informative and beautiful.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="489" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_bb34d803586b478f8e1a5b5b510959db.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 458px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>California Gold Exhibit</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The California gold exhibit discussed the history of the gold rush in the mid 1800s when settlers came to California to mine for gold. &nbsp;This was around the time when California became a state.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I continued looking at the mineral exhibits after reading up on the gold exhibit above.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="489" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_f34461dc3f6b4e2ea78c923e068a08d3.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 458px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Cuprite Exhibit</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="489" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_54679135e299416699f7938b632e4e2d.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 458px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Fluorite Exhibit</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> It was really fascinating how the Earth can form such beautiful and unique geological wonders. &nbsp;Just looking at the diversity in the colors and formations really makes you appreciate our world. &nbsp;There were also a lot of minerals and gemstones that were exhibited.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="864" original-width="648" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_5fd627101fce4bb49173446196f18349.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 813px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Various Minerals</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="864" original-width="648" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_f44270d24e8d42d99a3949ef2eeb068c.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 813px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Gemstones</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="489" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_100ebf2ff42140f49ec236a88875d730.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 458px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>More Gemstones</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="489" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_844bb5c4ca2a4eb9ae5807a13e0c5b61.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 458px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Jade Artifacts</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I loved that they expanded on the jade artifacts. &nbsp;It brought back memories of when I took the East Asian Art class back when I was at university.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="864" original-width="648" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_7833af38e35a495ead3a062e66a5ee4a.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 813px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Brain Exhibit</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The brain exhibit was a pleasant surprise as I was walking around. &nbsp;I started off with my interests in behavioral neuroscience, but switched gears into public health and biomathematics. &nbsp;The brain exhibit gave a brief overview of the role the brain plays (e.g. which side controls which function such as speech or movement).</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The exhibits were still as fascinating as ever and the museum even had a public health exhibit called <strong>Countdown to Zero</strong>. &nbsp;This will be covered in the second part of the entry. &nbsp;This will be where I will finish Part I of the museum entry since there we covered so much already!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> To conclude, I wanted to share a soundtrack with all of you. &nbsp;The game is called Journey and the soundtrack was created by Austin Wintory. &nbsp;The soundtrack is absolutely beautiful. &nbsp;I highly recommend Track 1 (Nascence) and Track 17 (Apotheosis) because the songs can touch you on the inside. &nbsp;However, I do think the entire sountrack is beautiful. &nbsp;Click on the picture to listen to the Youtube playlist and support Austin's great work!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/JourneySoundtrack/videos"><img original-height="364" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_ee104523186c46ca9cbefee55a114cbf.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 610px; height: 364px;"></a></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Journey Soundtrack</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Sat, 01 Oct 2016 03:34:45 GMT decd73cc-8fc7-4d11-945e-1bd21a22ceec Snap, Cackle, and Pop! http://www.lecahierdekev.com/apps/blog/draft--47 <p> I have a fun entry for July that I wanted to share with all of you. &nbsp;The title of the post popped into my head because of the main topics in this entry: Snapchat, Kate and I cackling as we made videos, and pop music (but music in general). &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Summer is halfway finished and pretty soon the autumn leaves will fall to the ground. &nbsp;One thing that stood out this summer was the comeback in popularity regarding Pokemon. &nbsp;My friend and I were discussing it last week since her son was playing it. &nbsp;Everyone has been enamored by Pokemon Go. &nbsp;While we're on the topic of Pokemon, I have a Pokeball paper clip and staple holder that my brother gave me awhile back. &nbsp;I think that it's adorable which is why it's a staple part of my desk.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="652" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_565bd658c03f45149bcea1d790f1fe69.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 500px; height: 500px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Gotta Catch 'Em All, Pokemon!</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I did play Pokemon when it first came out, and I remembered trading with my brother and friends to try to collect all of the original 150 Pokemon. &nbsp;I did see Pokemon Go's gameplay from my friend's son, but I think I've Pokemon-ed myself out from the old games to start this one. haha &nbsp;But I do think it's a nice little adventure though for those who are engaged in it. &nbsp;As long as you play safely, certainly go for it!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Kate and I met up before she had to go back for her summer holiday. &nbsp;It was nice because it wasn't too hot yet at that time. &nbsp;There was a heatwave in the New York City area one week ago so it became really uncomfortable if you stayed exposed to the outside heat too long. &nbsp;Fortunately, the rain came to cool things down for a bit. &nbsp;My Tía and I were talking last week and we discussed how crazy the weather had been. &nbsp;We had the heatwave and then a huge downpour. &nbsp;We then laughed it off and talked about arepas to lighten the mood.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> So back to my meet up with Kate. &nbsp;She got me hooked on <strong>Snapchat</strong> that day. &nbsp;We were playing around with the filters and snap options which turned into crazy shenanigans! &nbsp;In some instances we tried to make serious faces, but it took several tries after we had a hard time containing our laughter. &nbsp;We did face swaps and made some videos which I will share here.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Kate and I made a lot of Snaps, but here are a few that we made:</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px;text-align:center;"> <img original-height="652" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_2cad7ed29dfe43ce8df8eb41772f99ef.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 500px; height: 500px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%;text-align:center;"> <p> <strong>Top left: Kate and I as doggies</strong></p> <p> <strong>Bottom left: Face swapping with Channing Tatum</strong></p> <p> <strong>Right: Me as Raphael from TMNT</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> It was really fun and it passed the time. &nbsp;I did not think Snapchat would be as addicting when Kate first told me how fun it was. &nbsp;I promised her that when we met up we'd play around with Snapchat. &nbsp;In the middle of our Snap session, a very nice tourist approached us. &nbsp;She asked us if we could take a picture of her. &nbsp;I took her picture and wished her a nice time during her stay here. &nbsp;Who doesn't love a good picture?</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> We also tried to play around with the videos. &nbsp;Here's the video that Kate and I made together (you can hear her laughing at the second clip when I was the zombie):</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <iframe allowfullscreen frameborder="0" height="361" mozallowfullscreen="" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/177188782?wmode=opaque" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="640"></iframe> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>3 Parts in this clip:</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(Part 1) Me as a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(Part 2) Me as a zombie</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(Part 3) Me as a firefighter</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Kate and I couldn't stop laughing when we were doing the videos. &nbsp;The zombie one caught me off guard because I didn't know what to do or how to react. &nbsp;I just opened my mouth while the app screamed for me. &nbsp;For the rest of the snaps, all Kate told me to do was to look at the camera or open my mouth as we took them. &nbsp;I tried to contain my laughter when I rewatched the zombie clip and our faceswaps with each other (we promised each other we wouldn't post those online haha) when I was on the train.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> We then headed to Gregory's Coffee for an evening snack. &nbsp;I got a small coffee and a brownie while Kate ordered a hot chocolate and a chocolate chip cookie. &nbsp;We caught up on how things were going and what she had planned to do for the summer. &nbsp;She was going to do a bit more writing and rest before returning here to the States in the fall. It was nice inside the café because it was pretty mellow. Since it was on a weekday evening, it wasn't too crowded. &nbsp;The patrons were all relaxing with their drinks while Kate and I continued telling our stories to each other.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="720" original-width="404" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_12ba280d29244cfc8db0295a1f1ed5a9.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 331px; height: 590px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Brownie and a small coffee</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>A nice treat!</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> After our evening snack, I walked her to the subway station and wished her a safe trip. &nbsp;Since she's doing a lot more writing, I gave her a few books to read for her flight back. &nbsp;We planned to see each other again in the fall/winter.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I have always found listening to radio to be very therapeutic. &nbsp;If I'm driving at night I will usually have the station set to 106.7 Lite FM since it's more relaxing. &nbsp;During the day, however, I usually have my own version of James Corden's Carpool Karaoke!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> With my phone, I play the FM radio while I get typing done (usually when there's Wifi, I can't use up data!). &nbsp;Although it's fun for me to listen to songs on my playlist while exercising or eating lunch, I've always enjoyed the random songs that pop in while I listened to the radio. &nbsp;Sometimes I'll hear a song that I completely forgot about or I find something new for purchase. &nbsp;I was happy to hear some of my favorite tracks such as the ones featured below.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px;text-align:center;"> <img original-height="800" original-width="480" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_8a5c7f54ce9b4c4fb6103e564f5a27e3.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 300px; height: 500px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%;text-align:center;"> <p> <strong>Listening to some Maroon 5 @ 2 AM</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px;text-align:center;"> <img original-height="800" original-width="480" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_9c608032f077430da2f42e7f0f231cbf.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 300px; height: 500px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%;text-align:center;"> <p> <strong>106.7 Lite FM</strong></p> <p> <strong>The station I usually play at night in the car</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Music has always been such a comforting thing for me. &nbsp;Whether the situation was positive or negative, music still played an important role to help me reframe my thoughts. &nbsp;I can certainly tell you that I remember being the angsty teenager who had to sort out my feelings as I listened to songs to find my "anthem" (oh adolescence haha) &nbsp;But I can also tell you the song I listened to at the airport while I visited family or what was playing in the car when my friend and I went out for an end of the week dinner. &nbsp;For example, one thing that comes to mind is that LeAnn Rimes' version of <strong><em>How Do I Live</em></strong> reminds me of sitting at the movie theater answering the Coca Cola trivia while waiting for the movie to start. &nbsp;I think it all ties in with how I value memories (which many of you can see through this blog).</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Also, I still have my old CD player and many of the CDs that I purchased in the late 90s/early 2000s. &nbsp;I remembered how much batteries I had to use when I brought the CD player along trips. &nbsp;For many electronics now all you have to do is charge them before you head out the door. &nbsp;Very convenient indeed!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px;text-align:center;"> <img original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_83e47197c4bc4eaea4bd1a050973434d.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 552px; height: 309px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%;text-align:center;"> <p> <strong>My old CD player and a few of my CDs</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I bought the CD player from FYE. &nbsp;I don't know if there are any left around here in the East Coast, but back then they were everywhere. &nbsp;The FYE stores were usually found in every mall that I visited. &nbsp;I do remember my brother buying me a Jelly Belly Blueberry scented gel case for my Ipod from the FYE near his old job since the FYE was going out of business. &nbsp;That was around 5-6 years ago.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Although digital music is the main way people receive their music nowadays, I still enjoy going to a physical store to look around and admire the CD's album art. &nbsp;When I went to look for my CDs at a traditional brick and mortar business, I would take my time to look around and sometimes find a CD that I planned to purchase but forgot about. &nbsp;After buying the CD, I would sit down in my room, open the CD case, and look at the booklet attached to it. &nbsp;It was filled with photographs, lyrics, and the special thanks and going through the booklet felt like an experience where I was getting to know the artist. &nbsp;It did feel more like an activity that I engaged in as I placed the CD into the CD player and read the booklet while I focused on the music. &nbsp;While digital music is pretty convenient (can you imagine having to lug around all of those CDs along with the CD player or having to change the batteries often?! haha), physical CDs still have that special place in my memories and heart.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> It wasn't until I started listening to my physical CDs again that I took time to sit down and just listen to the music instead of simply playing a song in the background while I did some typing. &nbsp;Another plus was that I also found a lot of hidden nuggets from songs that were not featured singles in the CD as I let the entire CD play.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> After I reorganized my CDs, I took a look and listened to a lot of other songs I used to listen to. &nbsp;Here are a few recommendations that I wanted to share with all of you. &nbsp;Some of you may or may not remember them, but they are quite nice songs.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <em>Stay the Same</em> by Joey McIntyre</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <em>A Puro Dolor</em> by Son by Four</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <em>I Want You</em> by Janet Jackson</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <em>Fighter</em> by Christina Aguilera</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <em>This Is Your Night</em> by Amber</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <em>Everybody (Backstreet's Back)</em> by The Backstreet Boys</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <em>This Love</em> by Maroon 5</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <em>Everywhere</em> by Michelle Branch</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <em>One More Time</em> by Daft Punk</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <em>Around The World (La La La La La)</em> by ATC</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <em>Why</em> by Tiggy</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> These are just a few (since the list can become quite long), but I might create a music collection playlist on my site so that you can check out what I'm currently listening to. &nbsp;One song that has been stuck in my head right now is Ciudad Mágica by Tan Bionica. &nbsp;The first time that I heard it was when Mauricio Macri was elected president of Argentina. &nbsp;I can't get it out of my head especially when Chano (the lead singer) sings the "Parapa parapa pa pa" part! &nbsp;(It's around the 1:50 mark)</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/V419yO6FeIU?rel=0&amp;wmode=opaque" width="560"></iframe></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Ciudad Mágica by Tan Bionica</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> To conclude this entry I want to share a fortune that my brother gave me when I met up with him for dinner a few weeks ago:</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="388" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_22a02116ffde410fa30d1ce43fc856dd.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 552px; height: 388px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Don't be a soy loser!</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> It's a cute message, but it does have a point. &nbsp;Personally speaking, I learned early on in my life that complaining or getting upset won't help me progress. &nbsp;The only to overcome this defeat was to work on picking myself up and find a different approach. &nbsp;Mathematics was pretty tough when I was first learning it when I was younger. &nbsp;I remembered spending so much time on a problem and when I checked the solution at the back of the book, it was completely different! &nbsp;If I had admitted defeat when getting overwhelmed by proofs or other material, I don't think I would have been able to do what I am doing today.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The thing that ties all of these elements together (the Snaps, the music, and the fortune) is that we are constantly evolving (from flip phones to smartphones with advanced apps or moving from physical CDs to digital music), but that does not mean that we have to completely disregard these elements from the past. &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> As I typed this entry, I revisited a lot of memories regarding how things changed for me as well as with my relationships with others. &nbsp;I think that's what inspired me to redesign my main site. &nbsp;It was like moving from the physical CD to digital media. &nbsp;The core of the matter is there, but the form is just different as a result of evolution. &nbsp;<strong>Lecahierdekev</strong> from 2012 is still a part of the 2016 version, but new elements have been introduced. &nbsp;The heart of the site: the blog entries and focus on math and science is still the foundation.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Those of you who are trying to catch up on last minute holiday/vacation plans or are engaging with these new apps like Pokemon Go, I hope that everything progresses well. &nbsp;(I just looked at the brownie and coffee picture again and I suddenly had a craving for some hazelnut coffee.) &nbsp;Stay safe and wishing all of you the best.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> And don't forget, don't be a soy loser!</p> Fri, 05 Aug 2016 01:28:30 GMT c9b1adff-9755-4d83-9f34-9c7e2b9c39a4 #tbt Vegas Vacation! http://www.lecahierdekev.com/apps/blog/tbt <p> I know that a lot of my family and friends use Instagram and from time to time they would make a <strong>#tbt</strong> post. #tbt posts usually reference back to a past event (where tbt refers to "Throwback Thursday"). &nbsp;For example, someone will post a childhood picture or a vacation from 5-10 years ago. &nbsp;Since my Adventure Blog here on lecahierdekev discusses more lighthearted topics and allows me to share pictures with others, everyone usually comes here for that purpose (which in a sense serves as my "Instagram" haha).</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> After looking at pictures of past events posted by family and friends, I was inspired to make a #tbt post. &nbsp;What captured my attention were my pictures from my Vegas vacation/holiday back in 2004 (more than a decade ago!). &nbsp;I took the pictures using my old digital camera and unfortunately couldn't take as many photos because of the limited memory. &nbsp;It was a small 2 megapixel digital camera with a capacity for less than 100 shots so I wanted to make sure it would last for the entire week! &nbsp;Back then the cameras on the phones were not as advanced as the ones found in popular touch screen phones today. &nbsp;When I took a look at the pictures, I really liked how vibrant and colorful the environments were in Las Vegas. &nbsp;It's no surprise though since Vegas is known for its casinos, lights, shows, and other entertainment. &nbsp;I named this entry "Vegas Vacation" because it had a nicer ring than "Vegas Holiday" haha</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Please note that some pictures may not be of the best quality (i.e. be blurry). &nbsp;To be able to take the maximum number of pictures from my camera, I had to set it to a maximum of 640 x 480 with 72 dpi. &nbsp;Surprisingly though many of the pictures turned out pretty well. &nbsp;Now when I go on vacation/holiday, I have my digital camera along with my phone to capture more pictures.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Going on vacation/holiday is always fun and enjoyable especially when you get to create new memories and experience things that are different from your usual daily repertoire. &nbsp;As I glanced at the pictures, I remembered how much in awe I was at the sights. &nbsp;It was my first time in Vegas so it was quite a lot to take in. &nbsp;In addition to Las Vegas, I also have pictures of the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam as part of a tour during the trip. &nbsp;At that time, I was living in another city, so we took a family trip together to catch up during the summer. &nbsp;My mother and I was in communication regarding the itinerary and planned what we were all going to do together.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> On the day of our flight, my mom's cousin helped us load the luggage into the van and drove us to the airport. When we arrived at the airport, we went through the process of security and getting our bags checked. &nbsp;After boarding our plane, the pilot informed everyone that the flight was full. &nbsp;It was summer time so it was no surprise that everyone was ready to relax and take time off. &nbsp;It was a direct flight so it only took a few hours to get from the East Coast to Las Vegas.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The hotel that we stayed at was Circus Circus. &nbsp;Prior to the vacation, my mom and I were looking at the most affordable hotel which also had a good location near the Vegas Strip. &nbsp;The two choices that we narrowed it down to was the Stratosphere or Circus Circus. &nbsp;Since Circus Circus had a good selection of entertainment and attractions, we decided to choose that one.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_e1eee73b9bcc457db0486e6ec0117115.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Outside our hotel/casino Circus Circus</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> When we arrived at the airport, we took a shuttle with other passengers to get to our respective hotels. &nbsp;The driver asked each person/group where they were heading and wrote it down on her clipboard. &nbsp;It wasn't too crowded since we arrived in Las Vegas later in the evening at around 11 PM. &nbsp;We went to the front desk and my parents presented the printed reservation forms to get our room key. &nbsp;The bellhop loaded our luggage on a cart and led us to our rooms.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> As we got to our room, we gave the tip to the bellhop and settled in. &nbsp;We had brochures/pamphlets that discussed the events at Circus Circus and what were the other "happenings" around Vegas during that time. &nbsp;The 2001 movie "Rat Race" was playing on the TV and we were laughing at the absurdity of some of the scenes. &nbsp;As we watched the movie, we were looking for places to get some food. &nbsp;I was excited to finally experience a Vegas buffet during this trip! &nbsp;The last casino buffet that I tried was in Atlantic City a few years before this trip (I think it was either at the Borgata or Tropicana). &nbsp;My uncle and aunt who frequented the casinos here treated our group (my family and my other uncle and aunt) to the buffet. &nbsp;My aunt wore her signature jade jewelry and wore green since she said it was lucky. haha</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Throughout our trip, we ate at a lot of places. &nbsp;We had a large pizza from "Pizzeria" at Circus Circus, bought hot dogs that had everything on them (relish, sauerkraut, and other toppings), ordered Chinese food, and ate at the buffet at Circus Circus to name a few. &nbsp;At the buffet I remembered getting several plates of food with items such as mashed potatoes, calamari, pasta, and chicken. &nbsp;I still had room for a key lime cheesecake. &nbsp;I don't think I'd be able to eat that much now!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_1c9843a6d337448388dc458ad1691f0f.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Trapeze performers inside Circus Circus</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_a678626ca91d4642b59d1a8f6e820b76.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Acrobatic performers inside Circus Circus</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> It wouldn't be Las Vegas without a mention of the casino:</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_a57408a3390145ce8a53ff262e8cff0f.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Overlooking the casino inside Circus Circus</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> After spending our time at Circus Circus, we decided to venture out to explore the other casinos. &nbsp;At that time, it was scorching outside. &nbsp;The temperature was 107 degrees F (42 degrees C) so just standing outside made us sweat! haha &nbsp;You could feel the heat hit you when you leave the air conditioned casino. &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="396" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_f6ec6d58103a4fd9b9b0364d1b2ba071.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 384px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>&nbsp;The summer heat and palm trees</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> My parents went to the casino to play some of the games, and I stayed with my brother and went to the Adventuredome indoor amusement park and the Midway arcade/entertainment area at Circus Circus. &nbsp;We bought the All Day Ride Pass which kept us entertained for hours. &nbsp;They gave us bracelets so that we could go to each ride as much as we wanted. &nbsp;After we rode the rides several times, we headed to Midway to play some games.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="479" original-width="444" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_f1ca3355e1c8442982b2a86650b3a1e9.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 444px; height: 479px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Me playing a racing game at the arcade</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(I cropped myself out because I looked ehh from walking and sweating haha)</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <img original-height="479" original-width="139" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_22e1ea5c24634e3989a0265d10137813.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 139px; height: 479px;"></p> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Ticketing sign at Adventuredome</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="480" original-width="203" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_0ca56b5554ad4761bf3bb4a807f44d6b.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 203px; height: 480px;"> </div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Line forming to enter Adventuredome</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> At Mandalay Bay, we took an audio tour at the Shark Reef Aquarium. &nbsp;As we entered, we paid for admission which included a wand that provided information on the exhibit we were looking at. &nbsp;The aquarium was quite extensive and very beautiful.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_626da3f26a2f437ba4495ace442b7635.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Entering the aquarium at Mandalay Bay</strong></p> </div> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_ccde02af129f45c798a53e122a8926db.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Diverse fish at the aquarium</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_b89e599ec77b4809a8e60bb82e52561b.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Aquarium snapshot</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_42bedefec6094195a7f5fc792a89c7cf.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Jellyfish</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_f858c52e0b3e41809f485ccbd847a476.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Shark swimming</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_ab859f9eecd34f84909a524f66ba7d67.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Hammerhead shark swimming</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> After Mandalay Bay, we walked to Luxor, the Egyptian themed hotel and casino.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="433" original-width="639" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_1ab02b1c269247e69f6d6945716976af.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 420px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Outside Luxor</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Quite magnificent!</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="480" original-width="556" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_ecddcd505306476c8266cba60e316617.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 556px; height: 480px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Fountains inside Luxor</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Here is a pic of me sitting outside the Stardust casino. &nbsp;Stardust was closed and demolished in 2006 and 2007 respectively. &nbsp;When we went inside Stardust, I could still remember all of the cigarette smoke as we walked through the casino area.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="480" original-width="388" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_0364cea0d2464b09b5b89fa0db94e8c1.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 388px; height: 480px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Me sitting in front of Stardust</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(Again, I cropped myself out because I was sweaty haha)</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> We passed by Excalibur, the Medieval themed casino.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_7d8002291eb14bd6a9821039cf26139e.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Outside Excalibur</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> We then went to New York New York. &nbsp;At New York New York, my brother and I rode the roller coaster. &nbsp;It was crazy and fun. &nbsp;At that time, I think it was 10 or 11 dollars for an individual ticket. &nbsp;It should cost more now. &nbsp;(I just checked, it's $14 for an individual ticket...it's not too bad. &nbsp;If it went up to $20 then that would have been crazy!)</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_91b867af4da842a4ba6dee1e6a2ab587.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Outside New York New York</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> After a bit, we stumbled onto MGM Grand. &nbsp;The outside was quite a sight to behold with its dazzling lights.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_794a69b1224c456fb38b3beb3f9cfe37.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>MGM's dazzling lights</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_f6dcb9d6434e405fbabd8d0fe70030b4.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Overlooking MGM Grand and the street below</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_57c5b72c65b3495b8a52c2e128c00e43.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>MGM sign</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> When we walked inside, we passed by the Rainforest Cafe. &nbsp;Here is the alligator decoration outside the restaurant:</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_6a17d45b4e2b4239a11bf6911b2b4a4e.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>The alligator decoration outside</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The next day we passed by Fashion Show Mall. &nbsp;Who doesn't love a good mall? haha &nbsp;There were a variety of shops inside.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_6088530f8d9546abbe8346ae437c531d.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Fashion Show Mall exterior</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_9e64c27faed444a4a6e735ee1cf4c559.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Fashion Show Mall interior</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> We walked around, but didn't purchase anything. &nbsp;It was just nice to look around the stores. &nbsp;After visiting the mall, we passed by Treasure Island.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_f8910b59d0fa44c49c312d0b37d67285.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>The ships outside Treasure Island</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_9d6ec08d3bef4b2eb9c482bf216dc4bf.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Another view of the ships at Treasure Island</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> From there, we continued our walk overlooking the Strip.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_7584211a98cd41c494de70ff29506a24.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Standing on the walkway bridge above to cross to the other side of the street</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> This led us to the beautiful Venetian, a luxury casino/hotel resort with an Italian influence.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_d914842f0f4d4ca89b70b02a1e21fc7a.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Exterior of the Venetian</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_d97880bfd0de44b7b8b0bee232f6848e.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Gondola ride outside the Venetian's waters</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> We then passed by the erupting volcano exhibit outside of the Mirage.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_1b7c597c31cc4720970480e90d5cad39.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Exterior of the Mirage</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_e08ed9fd56d44b10a5aa6c1b546c61c8.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>The volcano exhibit outside Mirage</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(we missed it on this day, but caught it on a later date)</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> From there we visited the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_f44ceab4164d4b3b8bf3c92098bd9c7c.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Fountains</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_63673b74199c4e37b5c26e52cc06c387.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Laser light show at Caesar's Palacer</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>We were lucky to catch it!&nbsp;</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="480" original-width="538" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_84f1e2c991744021ba84bc824923203c.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 538px; height: 480px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Statues at Caesar's Palace</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(I almost wrote "statutes" from rewriting the medical law notes haha)</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="382" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_ad8af705251e49708904e4aa96bd9a06.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 370px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Statues and fountains</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Here is a picture of the Eiffel Tower replica in Las Vegas.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="396" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_aa42c5afb0a84e23a97e34cc896896fe.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 384px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Eiffel Tower replica exhibit</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Here is the Tower lit up at night:</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_c9ea38444d984b20b6a8d0a2450b93b8.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Eiffel Tower exhibit at night&nbsp;</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> From there we headed to the Bellagio, one of my favorite casinos in Las Vegas. &nbsp;The exhibits inside were iconic and nothing could beat the fountain show outside.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_26d5012d0cc048929e581c681e16e89b.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Flowers and exhibit inside Bellagio</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_6479ee309bd8444a8849933b297fd50c.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Liberty Bell exhibit inside Bellagio</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_8da57c800b4044f8b2faf9b0d7b59808.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Fountain show at the Bellagio</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_4578c3c548b24dc8b4588ce1acaeeec9.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Fountain show at the Bellagio</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(It was so enchanting!)</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_a3cf8d9f4e354d249a4ee087dda56e27.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>A calm night outside of the Bellagio</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> My mom also suggested that we go on a <strong>Grand Canyon</strong>&nbsp;day trip tour on one of the days. &nbsp;She spoke to the front desk and asked whether there were any tours available. &nbsp;They recommended a tour in which a shuttle would pick everyone up from different casinos at specified times (our pick up time was 8:10 AM at Circus Circus) and take us to the tour bus boarding area. &nbsp;The individual calls the tour in advance to let them know which day and how many people would be attending the tour. &nbsp;Payment was made to the shuttle driver who then gave you the tickets and let you in (otherwise, the shuttle driver wouldn't drive you to the boarding area).</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> At the boarding area, the driver gave us the itinerary and what to expect from the trip. &nbsp;On the way to the Grand Canyon we would go through Hoover Dam, a gift shop, and a security check before entering the Grand Canyon. &nbsp;The trip from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon took us around 5 and a half hours including the stopovers at the gift shop and Hoover Dam.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_26c65d505c5146a88d5400565f9a5e8d.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>A view outside on the way to the Grand Canyon</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_0e8491f57ec5494883ed165c1356f9af.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Approaching Hoover Dam</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Hoover Dam was surprisingly nice. &nbsp;I didn't expect that we were going to make a stop there, but it was a nice 15-20 minute break. &nbsp;The driver told us that it would be good since we could get some fresh air, stretch, and walk around.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_16398570579c44c7be85f08b0b8ec8cb.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Our stop at Hoover Dam</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> When we arrived at the Grand Canyon, we had our tour. &nbsp;The bus driver gave us a few facts and other stories regarding the Grand Canyon. &nbsp;We then had an opportunity to walk around, explore, and take pictures.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_c0c09a1130384793a5896a9ece6099b7.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Overlooking the Grand Canyon</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_d5142e50dfe94e7189eab8b63b8d52b4.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_0766de19efb14738b020ef89903c7476.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Very beautiful!</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_be35c5e6de734a679f9f84652aa98935.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Looking downward</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> After we were able to explore, we had lunch. &nbsp;Lunch was included in the ticket fee. &nbsp;Each person received a bag which included a turkey sandwich, a bag of chips, and a bottle of water. &nbsp;I forgot what the vegetarian option was. &nbsp;As we ate our lunch, I talked to my brother about our trip and told him about upcoming plans for the Fall. &nbsp;He told me about his upcoming summer plans after our trip.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> It was around 11:30 PM when we arrived back at our hotel. &nbsp;At that time, we only had two more days left for our trip so my parents decided that we should buy souvenirs and look at a few remaining sights for the remainder of the trip.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Although we didn't get to see the volcano show on the day we passed by it, we were lucky to see it this time!</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_623d2f30c555424ca8d1770e95a17633.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>The volcano show starting to erupt</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_b663419dbffb4b5c9a3ed2d716f47c66.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>The volcano erupting</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> As we walked around to find a place to buy souvenirs, we stumbled upon the Freemont Street Experience. &nbsp;The ceiling has an entertaining light show so we were lucky to catch it.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_40d7020fd7fe4e1f9e4586bc2325e48f.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 620px; height: 465px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>The ceiling light show</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="480" original-width="640" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_359e6b5546f24bf1b49998586e8ac922.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 640px; height: 480px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Guess we know who sponsored it haha</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> On our final night, we packed up and got everything ready. &nbsp;It was such a great experience and was the highlight of that summer. &nbsp;I hope you all enjoyed this entry. &nbsp;It took some time to write. &nbsp;I did find some notes about the trip on one of my old diaries, but they were words jotted down that didn't go into too much detail. haha &nbsp;However, I do hope you enjoyed the pictures. &nbsp;I absolutely love to travel and see new sights because I can always learn something new along the way.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> As my site becomes 4 years old this October, I just want to say thank you to everyone (family, friends, and both new and regular visitors) for enjoying my adventure ramblings. &nbsp;:) &nbsp;<strong>Let us all be good to one another and show each other love, support, and respect as we move toward a stronger future.</strong></p> Sat, 18 Jun 2016 01:07:50 GMT 6a41bb5a-a8c6-4b14-a6d8-da51b8af201b Comforting Dinner and Supermarket Escapades http://www.lecahierdekev.com/apps/blog/a-bit-of-spring-sunshine <p> We can actually feel the warmer weather now! &nbsp;I verified that my continuing education was completed for this cycle and I took care of my taxes. &nbsp;They weren't too bad (thank goodness!), but I'm just happy that all of that was off my plate as summer rolls along. &nbsp;I have a lot of great things to share with all of you in this entry to ring in the springtime.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> With the nicer weather, everyone is going outdoors to get some fresh air or look at the sights. &nbsp;I went to the Japanese supermarket, Mitsuwa in Edgewater, New Jersey. &nbsp;I remembered showing the outdoor scenery from the supermarket during the Independence Day entry. &nbsp;I had to also go food shopping so I wanted to show you my trip to the supermarket. &nbsp;Of course, you'll see a lot of bright and vibrant products in a Japanese supermarket!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> When you go into Mitsuwa, one of the signature things you will see is the food court. &nbsp;There are a lot of places to order food and the pictures are visually appealing. &nbsp;There are a lot of choices whether you want ramen, Chinese inspired dishes, ice cream, bubble tea, curry, or rice bowls (to name a few).</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="720" original-width="404" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_1bae1bb2ab8847d7853f7bac1f1ee9bf.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 337px; height: 600px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Tempura Bowls</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> As you can see, Mitsuwa is a favorite place to go to for many people. &nbsp;The place is very busy and crowded during festivals, holidays, and the weekends. &nbsp;I prefer to go during a weekday since it's not as packed. &nbsp;However, I went on a Saturday so it was quite busy! &nbsp;It's really a fun place to go to when the weather is nice. &nbsp;The outdoor area overlooking New York City is calming. &nbsp;It's especially a sight to behold during the night when you can see the lights from across the river.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="720" original-width="404" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_9d98504d1ed743d5af15370d32e16f85.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 337px; height: 600px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Rice Dishes and Bowls</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>There are also vegetable croquettes. &nbsp;Very tasty!</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The selections are good and some places also have a takeout option if you want to order something and eat it at home. &nbsp;The picture above with the rice dishes and croquettes is where I usually order. &nbsp;The food is good, and I especially love the pickled vegetables and miso soup that come with my order. &nbsp;For the amount of food you get, it's pretty affordable. &nbsp;A whole tray of food would be around 7 dollars for the cheapest option. &nbsp;The bowls are cheaper which are 5-6 dollars. &nbsp;The more involved dishes are around 8-10 dollars, but you do get a big meal out of it. &nbsp;The food court seating area overlooks the coastline which does add to the ambiance. &nbsp;You can see pictures of the outdoor area from my <a href="http://www.lecahierdekev.com/apps/blog/draft--41">August 2015 entry</a>. &nbsp;I usually meet up and have dinner with family and friends here so it has always been a memorable experience.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The area around the food court has displays with manga books, toys, and other anime related goods. &nbsp;There are also products advertising the goods you can find in the stores nearby. &nbsp;For example, Kinokuniya bookstore is right next to Mitsuwa.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_cf94673a9c784f30a129ed2461477f8f.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 590px; height: 365px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Assortment of Books</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Hello Kitty Lego on the bottom left</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> This area also has free Japanese newspapers and the Chopsticks magazine which you can take home and read. &nbsp;You can also look at the displays while you wait for your food to be prepared.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_2426f7c663744aeeaba4b7a438be476b.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 590px; height: 365px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Kinokuniya Display</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>I especially liked the cat with the birthday cupcake!</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> After I ate my meal, I headed to the market to do some shopping. &nbsp;There are a lot of colorful and unique products here that you won't find in a standard supermarket.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="864" original-width="485" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_28e6f5d1b92c4384ae6104373b13446c.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 331px; height: 590px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Strawberry Creme Oreos</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I saw these strawberry creme Oreos and this was the first time I have seen this. &nbsp;Maybe some of you have seen it in your areas, but I was surprised when I saw this. &nbsp;It looked tasty, but I didn't know if I would've liked it. &nbsp;haha There have been times where I will see something that looks appealing on the cover, but when I eat it, they are not what I expected. &nbsp;I just thought it was nice so I kept a note of it in case I decide to buy it in the future.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="723" original-width="275" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_829b400491494ee988324d85b691d70f.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 224px; height: 590px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Cute Japanese cookies</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Of course, instead of the usual animal cookies/crackers, the Japanese spin on them are cute anime versions of these animals. &nbsp;They were very colorful and vibrant, and I know that if I brought along my nephews and nieces, they definitely would've wanted me to buy them!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="864" original-width="485" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_a1c65113c6574824b32911cbef26f383.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 331px; height: 590px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Assortment of Bottled Drinks</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I like the selection of bottled drinks at Mitsuwa. &nbsp;They usually go on sale, but they have a great assortment such as the veggie juices, coffees, teas, and other fruit juices. &nbsp;Years ago I would buy the milk coffee that they have. &nbsp;It was portable and really woke me up when I had to get work done. &nbsp;This time I bought the tea lattes at the top of the picture. &nbsp;There were three types: matcha, chai, and black tea. &nbsp;I've tried all of them and they were delicious and refreshing. &nbsp;It's easy to pack when I have to eat lunch or go out which makes them convenient if you're on the go.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> There are also ready made/premade sushi, onigiri, bento boxes, and cooked food that you can pick out for dinner. &nbsp;By the time I got there, it was pretty much emptied out. &nbsp;Since it was a weekend, a lot of people get those for a quick lunch or dinner. &nbsp;I did get a few things such as the potato curry croquette (the last one!), seaweed salad, and chicken teriyaki.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="652" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_4f1397aa68234401a5fd0aff3da3049a.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 590px; height: 590px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(Top left) Premade food section</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(Bottom left) Tanuki Sake</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(Right) Meat and poultry section</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I did pass other sections such as the meat section, but I didn't need any meats. &nbsp;I did like the Sake selection. &nbsp;I laughed when I saw the sake packaged in the carton. &nbsp;It reminded me of the boxed wine I saw at a few parties.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="553" original-width="484" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_cd05be8ae18d4790842a962de493e7a2.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 484px; height: 553px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Frozen Dumplings</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> There are frozen items such as dumplings in case you need something that you can just heat up to eat. &nbsp;I've had the crab and vegetable dumplings which were tasty as a side dish. &nbsp;So there are a selection of things you can buy there. &nbsp;Some items are pricey like the Kobe beef or high end sake, but otherwise it's pretty affordable. &nbsp;They have sales often so you can use that to your advantage.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> In terms of cooking, I made a Filipino-Chinese inspired soup called Lomi. &nbsp;I know I didn't get to discuss cooking in the past few entries, but don't worry I have one here! &nbsp;The dish was simple to make and very comforting to eat on a cold night. &nbsp;I wanted to experiment so I used Udon noodles instead of Hokkien noodles. &nbsp;I added a lot of vegetables including romaine lettuce, carrots, and snow peas. &nbsp;I wanted it to be hearty, so I also added fish balls along with the chicken.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="652" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_7ca9155672944da8b59f499cc87b8c9f.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 590px; height: 590px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(Top Left) Sauteeing the chicken in onions and garlic</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(Top Right) Chopped romaine lettuce and fish balls</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(Bottom) Snow peas and carrots</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I chopped the chicken breasts into strips and sauteed them with the chopped onions and garlic. &nbsp;I didn't saute the chicken too long since it was going to also cook when I added it to the soup. &nbsp;I seasoned the chicken with a bit of pepper and some chicken stock. &nbsp;Meanwhile, in a large pot I boiled 1000 milliliters (around 4 cups) of low sodium chicken stock. &nbsp;There's a reason I didn't add salt, and I will explain it further into this entry. &nbsp;Once it started boiling, I tossed in the carrots so that it would soften. &nbsp;Carrots take a bit of time to soften and I wanted all of the elements of the soup to be soft. &nbsp;After five minutes, I put in the udon noodles. &nbsp;I then added the sauteed chicken, onions, and garlic together with the fish balls. &nbsp;At that point, I could smell the combination of the broth with the chicken and carrots.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="652" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_0e0614e06e1141d695fcdffa65f5e660.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 590px; height: 590px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Counterclockwise from the bottom left</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Adding each ingredient step by step</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> There was a tip that my mom and other family friends told me when making this soup. &nbsp;They said to put crab and corn soup towards the end to give it a boost of flavor. &nbsp;This is why I didn't add salt. &nbsp;The salt would come from the crab and corn soup mixture. &nbsp;I cooked the crab and corn soup in a separate pot. &nbsp;Instead of one egg, I put in two since it was going to go into the large pot of soup.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I continued letting it boil and added a pinch of onion and garlic powder to enhance the flavor. &nbsp;After 15 minutes, I added the crab and corn soup. &nbsp;At that point I was getting really hungry! haha &nbsp;I stirred the soup to incorporate the crab and corn soup with the broth. &nbsp;Since it was close to finishing up, I added the lettuce and snow peas. &nbsp;I really loved the color that the vegetables gave to the soup. &nbsp;After letting it boil for a few minutes, I put it in a bowl to enjoy.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="390" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_4802528546c84ee584432f3e51abc9be.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 590px; height: 390px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>The Lomi soup in a bowl</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Topped with Kikiam and scallions</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> After it putting it in the bowl, I added Kikiam (a Chinese-Filipino sausage dish), fried garlic, and scallions and then mixed it all together. &nbsp;It was very tasty! &nbsp;As for the kikiam, you can find it in the frozen section of the Asian aisle or you can go to an Asian supermarket. &nbsp;The one I had was freshly cooked since there are a lot of Filipino restaurants around my area. &nbsp;I just bought it and cut it up. &nbsp;Kudos to the Filipinos and Chinese for their delicious dishes! &nbsp;This one was very satisfying and really hit the right spot to quell my hunger.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> As I was cleaning up a few boxes that had items which I forgot to organize, I saw two things that brought back a lot of memories. &nbsp;It was a penguin toy that my little cousin gave me and a Super Mario custom made lollipop. &nbsp;My favorite animal is a penguin. &nbsp;As many of my family, friends, and clients know, I have two versions of my stationery. &nbsp;One is the professional version with my logo and the second is the casual version with a customized version of Bad Badtz-Maru (the Sanrio Penguin) dressed up as a scientist/professor.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> My cousin gave it to me when she was very young. &nbsp;She was around 3-4 years old. &nbsp;She gave it to me as a gift before my flight back to the States. &nbsp;She's now in college so it's almost 20 years since she gave it to me. &nbsp;I absolutely adore it. &nbsp;I call him "Pengui" (pronounced pen-gwee) and always bring him wherever I move. &nbsp;I had him with me when I was a boy, in my apartments when I went off to undergrad and graduate school, and have him now on my desk.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="652" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_7b48bb733fba42069f0621994396ba2f.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px; width: 590px; height: 590px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(Left) My Penguin Toy Gift</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(Right) Super Mario Custom Lollipop</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The second one was a Super Mario custom lollipop given to me during a combined Halloween/birthday party when I was in middle school. &nbsp;My younger brother received Link and our other friends had other Nintendo figures. &nbsp;It was so nice. &nbsp;When I actually found the lollipop, it took me by surprise. &nbsp;There were quite a few things that I forgot about, but once I saw the object, I can remember the details. &nbsp;Time really does move so fast! &nbsp;My cousin was so young when she gave me Pengui, and now she's in college and traveling to Japan.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> As I conclude, I hope all of you have been doing well. &nbsp;I know that with the whirlwind of events such as finishing up taxes, graduations coming up, and tackling various activities, it can get quite hectic. &nbsp;The good thing is that the weather is getting nicer. &nbsp;I always love the spring and summer since there's more daylight and I love going out. &nbsp;I'll share a story before I close this entry. One evening, one of my friends and I spoke on the phone and she asked me, "Tudo bem?" (which means is everything well/going okay in Portuguese) &nbsp;I laughed and replied, "tudo bem, e você?" (everything is good, and how about you?) &nbsp;I then asked her a question in Portuguese and she told me, "Kevin! I only know that because my classmate is Brazilian and that's all I learned from him!" &nbsp;We both laughed. &nbsp;It was cute and really brightened my evening.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I hope you all enjoyed the pictures. &nbsp;I'm finishing up the mathematics handout which I hope to post tomorrow. &nbsp;The handout so far is 30 pages. &nbsp;I still have to write a notification entry on my Wordpress to let my followers know when it will be up. &nbsp;Have a great spring and Congratulations to all of you who are graduating next month!</p> Sat, 30 Apr 2016 05:34:49 GMT b598c33a-1d21-4e00-b621-fef57d88877a A Piece of "Pi" and a Slice of Experience http://www.lecahierdekev.com/apps/blog/draft--46 <p> I hope all of you are doing well!&nbsp; The weather has been getting warmer in the New York City area which I am enjoying (as well as many people around here).&nbsp; It was also Daylight Savings Time so we get an extra hour of daylight here in the States.&nbsp; I also want to wish all of you a <strong>Happy Pi Day</strong> since pi (<strong>π</strong>) <strong>≈</strong> 3.14 (get it? March 14?) haha Okay, I'm sure you all saw that coming since you all already know my affinity for math!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="350" original-width="550" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_43ec549d93bf4deaa635bbcdac0242dc.gif" style="display: inline; border: 0px none; width: 550px; height: 350px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>A cute card courtesy of 123Greetings</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> In last month's entry, I discussed an event that I was going to attend.&nbsp; Here was the event:</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="263" original-height="291" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_e311d81d04c549c1922b8a862e050f8a.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="590"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Fashion Lives with Fern Mallis</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Fashion Institute of Technology</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>March 2016</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The one great thing about New York City is that you can experience talks with professionals in a diverse range of fields.&nbsp; The talk with Fern Mallis was so lively, and she kept our attention for the entire hour.&nbsp; She interjected personal stories about how she got to where she did (e.g. being let go from a job due to the economic climate, but then finding another opportunity) and discussed how her passion for the field pushed her in directions she never would have thought about.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="416" original-height="460" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_f500953020ee421c90ca156af284de5b.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="590"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Poster Outside the Lecture Hall</strong> <strong>at FIT</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(very excited to hear Fern's talk!)</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> She regaled us with stories from her fashion interviews with designers in the business such as Tom Ford, Donna Karan, and Michael Kors.&nbsp; The one great thing that I noticed from Fern's lecture was that she engaged us throughout her talk.&nbsp; The lecture hall was big, but she made an effort to look at and address the different sections as she made witty remarks.&nbsp; She began Fashion Week in New York City at Bryant Park.&nbsp; In one of the fashion shows, pieces of the ceiling were collapsing/coming off and sprinkled the stage and some of the models.&nbsp; She then remarked, "We love fashion, but we weren't going to kill ourselves for it!"&nbsp; Everything turned out okay in the end with nothing major happening.&nbsp; She said that it was quite the experience and she continued working on New York Fashion Week for the next several years.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> After discussing her background in pubic relations and her beginnings of her career in fashion, she started discussing her stories of her fashion interview work at the Y.&nbsp; A few stories that she shared included trying to get Bill Cunningham, a fashion photographer for the New York Times, to come in for an interview at the 92nd Street Y.&nbsp; Since he was a pretty introverted person who rarely shared the details of his life, he declined.&nbsp; It wasn't until Fern came back from India that the interview came into fruition.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Fern was wearing a chiffon top and met up with Bill.&nbsp; During the meeting, he accidentally spilled vodka on her chiffon top and he was profusely apologetic.&nbsp; She said it was okay and to not worry about it.&nbsp; He still continued apologizing and finally told her, "I'm so sorry.&nbsp; I will do anything...anything!"&nbsp; At that moment, Fern smiled and asked him, "Would you do an interview with me at the Y?" (to which he agreed to).&nbsp; We all laughed.&nbsp; It was an amazing story and she continued sharing more interesting tidbits from her interviews at the Y.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> One interviewee who was known to be quirky in the fashion industry kept asking Fern if she could smoke during the interview.&nbsp; Fern said, "No! We're inside a building in New York City!"&nbsp; The interview continued, but the interviewee asked again if she could smoke.&nbsp; At this point the audience at the Y was laughing and Fern was thinking, "How can I get her to answer the questions?!"&nbsp; After a bit, the interviewee stood up and asked the audience at the Y, "Do you have any questions for me?"&nbsp; Fern replied, "You're asking them that when you're not even answering my questions!" Fern then started laughing.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="330" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_262dee23a6524cefae4d6406f019906f.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="590"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Fern Mallis lecturing at the podium</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> She then continued discussing other fashion designers such as Tom Ford who had a sold out event.&nbsp; The place was so packed at the Y that they also streamed for another section on a wide screen at one of the other floors to keep up with the demand.&nbsp; Tom Ford charmed and seduced the audience (as he always does during his interviews).&nbsp; Tom shared a quote with Fern, "The most important thing anybody ever taught me is to only hire people you want to have dinner with."&nbsp; (We will get back to this quote when we discuss Fern's advice to aspiring fashion designers in the next few paragraphs).</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> You can check her out in "Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis" at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.&nbsp; She told the audience that the next interview will most likely be in the summer, but she's not sure yet since she's still working out the details.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Although she discussed her work in the fashion and public relations world, she also provided a lot of great advice and information for all of us in the audience.&nbsp; I also wanted to share it with all of you since the advice is applicable to other fields.&nbsp; I'm sure many of you are already familiar with it, but I'll put it here for those who aren't.&nbsp; The first point came from a question from the audience: <strong>"Do you have any advice for aspiring fashion designers?"</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Although this question has been asked frequently in these fashion talks, Fern provided advice that could be applicable to any field: "<strong>Be nice to everyone because you never know who you will bump into in the future.</strong>"&nbsp; This was highlighted throughout her talk when many people who she previously worked with ended up becoming collaborators and colleagues in her future positions.&nbsp; You may not always agree with other people and their viewpoints, but that doesn't mean you won't be able to get along or work together successfully.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Another point that she continued from the above statement was "<strong>...Also, people like to hire and work with nice people... no one wants to deal with diva behavior</strong>."&nbsp; Regardless of which background we come from, we will all form relationships with everyone whom we collaborate or work with.&nbsp; There's always something you can learn from other people, and Fern's stories showcased this aspect.&nbsp; Going back to Tom's quote above, we want to be with people who we can collaborate and have mutual respect with (which includes having a difference of opinions).&nbsp; If there's always conflict without working it out together, nothing will get done because everything will be at a standstill.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="931" original-height="1080" original-width="606" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_16b4e2d31de741118f8298c5920a5f6e.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="522"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Fern Mallis signing books at the end of the lecture</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I thought that the talk was quite inspirational and it's always a pleasure hearing from the authors themselves since they bring a lot of narrative to life which can enhance the reading experience of their book.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> As I had discussed earlier, the weather is getting nicer.&nbsp; People are going out, and I just love the warm breeze outside.&nbsp; Let's see how this spring turns out.&nbsp; We did have the major snowstorm in January, but it didn't snow as much this year.&nbsp; There was a year (I need to check one of my old entries) where it snowed in March.&nbsp; And I'm not talking about upstate New York because it always snowed there haha&nbsp; My aunt and uncle went to Colombia for a mini vacation and we got to talk before she left.&nbsp; I love my Tía.&nbsp; She always gives me advice and tells me to eat, exercise, and sleep well :)</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="702" original-height="800" original-width="480" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_568328b858744a53bbf2966a6d76c111.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="421"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Wishing her a good trip.</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(I just blurred her name and my contact info that I gave her while she's away)</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Hi Tia *waves* <span class="st">¡</span>Diviértete!</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I was going through my music collection and stumbled upon one of my favorite songs, "<strong>That's The Way It Is</strong>" by <strong>Céline Dion</strong>.&nbsp; I remembered recording this on VHS tape along with other music videos featuring Janet Jackson, N*Sync, Aaliyah, Vengaboys, and other 90s artists and their songs.&nbsp; There was no Youtube back then so I had to wait through MTV's Total Request Live (TRL) list or watch a channel called "The Box," which played music videos 24 hours a day, in order to record a music video I wanted.&nbsp; But getting back to the song, this is definitely one of the top ones I still listen to today.&nbsp; The beat is uplifting and catchy while the lyrics have a positive message, so that's why it still resonates with me almost 17 years later.&nbsp; I ended up listening to many songs in my old music library which was definitely a pleasant surprise.&nbsp; I also went back and rewatched the old VHS tape.&nbsp; It had an episode of "Say What? Karaoke" with Dave Holmes during spring break.&nbsp; Do any of you remember that show on MTV?&nbsp; It was really entertaining which is probably why I like doing karaoke with my best friend when we meet!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> As I close this entry, I shall share with you the music video for Celine Dion's song.&nbsp; I hope you all enjoy and have a wonderful March :)</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/T6wbugWrfLU?rel=0&amp;wmode=opaque" width="420"></iframe></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Mar 2016 02:36:26 GMT 96ac0f66-0a4b-4d1a-ba2c-6711436c618d A Belated Winter Wonderland http://www.lecahierdekev.com/apps/blog/draft--45 <p> The new year has been rolling by quickly as the end of February approaches!&nbsp; Speaking of new year, many of my Chinese friends wished me a Happy Chinese New Year.&nbsp; It was nice to hear about wishes for success, health, and happiness.&nbsp; I'll share their wishes onto all of you and hope that all of you and your loved ones have much success, good health, and happiness for the year to come.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> As I discussed before, the winter weather came in a little later than usual.&nbsp; We did have sporadic snow and rain combinations in the New York area.&nbsp; I do have a few pictures and a video that I wanted to share with all of you so that you can see the current winter weather in New York City.&nbsp; Even with boots on I almost slipped a few times! haha</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="588" original-height="640" original-width="480" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_72eea7e7680c4db5a4513e649ec0b2d7.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="441"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Me Wearing My Ushanka Hat</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> On days with very cold weather I would wear my ushanka hat which had been a true lifesaver for me.&nbsp; The one thing I like about it is that it protects the entire head.&nbsp; When there's a combination of wind chill and precipitation, I need all of the protection that I can get so that I don't turn into a snowman!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> During the snowstorm in January, it would've been insane to walk outside to capture the video (but I did take pictures though!).&nbsp; It would have just been blinding snow!&nbsp; It did seem nice to just relax and watch TV/movies while the blanket of snow covered the roads, but believe me it wasn't fun having to shovel the snow the next morning.&nbsp; :)&nbsp; One of my neighbors was saying that she had to catch a flight the next day and was hoping that it wouldn't get cancelled.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="330" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_a3ab58cfbf274c8fb52e4775699e54ba.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="590"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong><strong>A look outside during the </strong>snowstorm on Saturday</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(It looks like an arctic country, doesn't it?)</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The day before the snowstorm I had a conversation on the bus with a British acquaintance who works in Midtown.&nbsp; We discussed how things were going and how we were prepping up for the snowstorm.&nbsp; We remembered bumping into each other the year before with both of us wearing boots due to the crazy weather.&nbsp; As always we had our laughs and wished each other a safe trip home.&nbsp; On the day of the snowstorm (Saturday), the roads were closed and public transportation was temporarily suspended.&nbsp; As you can see from the picture above, the visibility was limited and the snow was slowly piling up.&nbsp; Since the weather had been balmy and mild during the holiday season, this snowstorm was going to be the first taste of winter that our area was going to experience.&nbsp; Thankfully, it went by quickly and only lasted for a day/day and a half.&nbsp; When you look at the next picture, you can see just how fun the snow was. haha</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="590" original-height="652" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_ed6f2a3908d54ad6b7e877c92395e07d.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="590"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Snowstorm from January 2016</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(Left) Snow piling up Saturday evening</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(Right) Road outside on Monday</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> On that Monday, I met up with Ms. Baquiran to share media and information since she got a new computer.&nbsp; I organized pictures and powerpoints that she planned to use when presenting abroad in the Philippines.&nbsp; Our temporary site is up (link is in my main site under recommendations) and the website email works if any of you have questions.&nbsp; The site has pictures from our latest fundraiser from 2014 as well as the articles written by journalists.&nbsp; There were a couple of things that we tackled including the creation of the self breast exam pamphlet and the maintenance of BRCAI Inc.'s media and documentation.&nbsp; Despite the snow from the weekend, we were still able to smile as we worked on BRCAI Inc.'s organization of media and communications information.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> In the following video, I walked through Rockefeller Center as it was snowing on President's Day.&nbsp; The snow that day wasn't as bad compared to the snowstorm that we had last month.&nbsp; After it snowed it ended up raining which basically cancelled everything out.&nbsp; A few days later we had warm weather again so whatever snow remained quickly melted.&nbsp; In a sense it made it easier to traverse the sidewalks and roads compared to the previous years when it remained cold.&nbsp; During those years, it took a bit of time for the snow to melt.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/156345826?wmode=opaque" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The light snow was beautiful together against the backdrop of the ice skating rink, wasn't it?</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Despite the hectic weather, there's a certain charm of serenity in the air.&nbsp; I guess that since there are remnants of snow and the weather is colder, everything moves more slowly.&nbsp; The usual fast paced walking and rushing to get from Point A to Point B didn't have as much priority.&nbsp; It was more along the lines of "as long as we got to our destination safely then it's fine."&nbsp; For me as long as there's sunlight and the weather isn't extreme, I'm happy (which also reminds me that it will be daylight savings time in a few weeks so the extra sunlight will be a pleasant welcome).&nbsp; I think that when there are so many things going on you try to multitask and your mind moves in a million directions.&nbsp; When things moved more slowly, it decreased stress quite a bit for that moment.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Regarding my main site, I updated the look and added a few link recommendations.&nbsp; The background makes it look like the cover of a mathematics textbook.&nbsp; haha However, I thought that it would be more appropriate since mathematics and public health topics are what I usually cover.&nbsp; I also thought about maybe adding a music playlist for song recommendations in the near future.&nbsp; I love music, it's gets me through exercising and commuting!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="590" original-height="720" original-width="480" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_240fef88716d4809bf59ce48a61febb6.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="393"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>From my playlist</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Ken Hirai, one of my favorite artists</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(I have a whole playlist devoted to his music!)</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I did put a link for a music streaming service (<strong>Jango</strong>) under my recommendations.&nbsp; Ms. Baquiran would have music playing when we would get work done.&nbsp; She introduced Jango to me when she streamed holiday music in December.&nbsp; We were scrolling through the stations and I ended up liking their service from what I heard.&nbsp; Moving through my playlists always brought back a lot of memories.&nbsp; One of the songs I stumbled upon was Christina Aguilera's "<strong>The Voice Within</strong>" and I remembered my friend texting me that she was at the concert for the Justified and Stripped Tour for Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera.&nbsp; It was held at the Izod Center (back then it was called the Continental Airlines Arena) in East Rutherford, New Jersey.&nbsp; She was so excited and you could tell from her text messages that she loved being there.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I have been writing blogs for my site since 2012 and each blog has brought back different memories.&nbsp; Although I would cover the contemporary happenings of the month, there would be some aspects that would help me revisit the past.&nbsp; For example, rewriting my handouts and notes reminded me of Professor Bower's East Asian Art class.&nbsp; Of course, not all of the memories will be positive.&nbsp; I've written about past break ups, disappointments, and stresses in my handwritten personal journal/diary.&nbsp; They are all a part of my life (both positive and negative memories) leading to the journey into the present time.&nbsp; As I had wished everyone at the beginning of this entry, let's all hope for much success and happiness for 2016!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> After I publish this entry I will finish up a mathematics handout I had been working on and then post it to the Mathsci site after double checking everything.&nbsp; The next handout will be the next part of the medical law and ethics.&nbsp; I try to alternate between the mathematical/scientific and the law concepts to give it a nice balance for my followers and readers.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> There is also an event I will be attending soon which I will discuss in the March entry.&nbsp; Stay tuned for that.&nbsp; In the meantime, I hope all of you are well and am always wishing you the best!</p> Tue, 23 Feb 2016 09:01:24 GMT 6874b874-bb73-4303-a434-a92d44b6e878 An Eventful Finish to 2015 http://www.lecahierdekev.com/apps/blog/draft--44 <p> Before I begin, I want to wish all of you a Happy New Year!&nbsp; I wish you and your loved ones much success, happiness, and blessings for 2016.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I started discussing updates to the site on my Wordpress in the latest <a href="https://lecahierdekev.wordpress.com/2016/01/11/precalculus-review-handout-1-5-trig-part-ii-applications-of-the-trigonometry-of-right-triangles/">mathematics handout</a>.&nbsp; I was thinking about how should I proceed with performing the redesign of my new site.&nbsp; As you can all see, there are close to 50+ entries that I had written on this blog since 2012.&nbsp; It would be easy if I could just transfer them over, but I was informed by the customer support specialist that doing that was unavailable at the moment.&nbsp; The other elements of the site can be recreated easily, but I don't want to lose the information on this blog for everyone to read.&nbsp; Those of you who read the Comic Con entry know how much pictures and information was included, so it won't be fun having to rewrite or lose that information!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> At the moment, I will continue to use this blog while I figure out a way to transition a new blog (whether to join my site with a Wordpress blog or take a look at the blog features when I create a test site).&nbsp; As long as the pictures and other media still display properly on this blog, I'll be fine with it. haha&nbsp; In terms of the main site, I plan to include blogs/sites that I follow and a few new surprises.&nbsp; So, stay tuned!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> This entry should handle both December and January.&nbsp; December was a little hectic with finishing up with clients, visits from family, and taking a short holiday/break.&nbsp; However, it was a nice month to conclude 2015.&nbsp; It was quite festive and unbelievably warm for winter!&nbsp; It was around 60 degrees F/15 degrees C on Christmas.&nbsp; Usually there would be small snow flurries or at the very least, colder weather with coats, winter hats, and gloves.&nbsp; However the cold weather did catch up in January and now everyone brought out their coats and winter gear!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> In my previous entry from late November, I discussed finding my old notes and books from Professor Bower's East Asian Art class.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img height="120" original-height="125" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_cbb44984dfa94b1c98ffd6b7a0299be3.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="626"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>A Snippet of East Asian Art</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Courtesy of Professor Virginia Bower</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> As you can see, she is very detailed and highlights the most important points without getting into unnecessary detail.&nbsp; This is why I firmly believe that exposure to different fields and subject areas is beneficial.&nbsp; Looking back, it would not have crossed my mind that an East Asian Art class would be the inspiration for my current approach to work.&nbsp; It's always nice to keep an open mind, right? :)&nbsp; This is why I love how interconnected knowledge and subjects areas are.&nbsp; Each field contributes in their own way to give a nice balance to society and culture.&nbsp; Just because you are in accounting doesn't mean you can't understand and enjoy the performing arts (and vice versa).&nbsp; In fashion and design, measurement and mathematics play a role to make sure that the clothes or drapery are proportional.&nbsp; You wouldn't want your curtains to extend to the middle of the living room, right?</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> My best friend Jenny and I had our annual holiday outing together just before Christmas.&nbsp; As you can imagine, it was very fun and full of picture taking opportunities.&nbsp; We met up late morning and it was pouring.&nbsp; At that time, I still had my old umbrella (I bought a new one before the new year since it ended up rusting and wouldn't open).&nbsp; I wore my boots to prevent the water from getting in.&nbsp; I planned to print out pictures at a photo kiosk before meeting Jenny, but the photo attendant at CVS told me that they ran out of photo paper.&nbsp; She was very nice about it though :)</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I met up with Jenny at the Bryant Park holiday market.&nbsp; As we caught up a bit, we were deciding on where to go for lunch.&nbsp; At that time Jenny was starving and the rain kept on pouring so we wanted to get indoors fast.&nbsp; After brainstorming and looking through Yelp, we decided to go to Gyu Kaku for barbecue since we were close by to the Midtown location.&nbsp; As we were walking, we shared funny stories with each other.&nbsp; As we headed into Gyu Kaku, it was packed.&nbsp; We went on a weekday so we thought it wouldn't be as crowded (Big mistake!).&nbsp; Since it was during the week of Christmas, there were a lot of people--not just tourists, but people going there for their lunch break.&nbsp; Jenny put her name down since the wait time was around 45 minutes.&nbsp; We got there at around 12:15 PM so we would still make the lunch special/happy hour at the time we would be seated.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> As we sat down at the waiting area, we shared pictures with each other.&nbsp; Jenny was also excited to start practicing independently after finishing up her training.&nbsp; I was so happy for her!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="575" original-height="652" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_efa3a22ce3584647964595d6163ef7d2.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="575"> </div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Our Winter Collage!</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> After our wait, we were brought to our table with staff greeting us with "<strong>Irasshaimase!</strong>" (Welcome!).&nbsp; Our server was friendly, but she was pretty busy handling the tables around us.&nbsp; Despite that, she was very attentive.&nbsp; We ordered the Premium Party Course for 2 people which included salad, rice, soup, smores, assorted vegetables, and assorted meats.&nbsp; We also ordered a dish of the chicken garlic noodles.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="314" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_f824d1b536d14cdcb4bd6c9180333e9b.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="561"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Salad and Soup</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The assorted vegetables included bell peppers, corn, mushrooms, onions, zucchini, and a shishito pepper (the green pepper in the middle).</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="710" original-height="746" original-width="485" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_9dff62dc1cd44605a23775e854551df4.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="461"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Vegetables and Chicken Garlic Noodles</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The assorted meats included Kobe style Bistro Hanger Steak Miso, Kobe style Sirloin Tare, NY Steak Garlic, Toro Beef Tare, and Pork Belly Shio.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="747" original-height="864" original-width="485" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_16c6d385c3f54a6eb01adb27dc83bea9.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="419"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>The selection of meats before grilling</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Those of you who are not familiar with Gyu Kaku, the servers bring you the uncooked food.&nbsp; The people in the table then cook it on the grill located on top of the table.&nbsp; As we cooked the food on the grill, we were talking about how the holidays were going.&nbsp; We talked about attending holiday parties and spending time with family.&nbsp; We also discussed how our friends are doing.&nbsp; The food was delicious.&nbsp; We laughed because we found our favorite sweet and spicy sauce and poured it on our rice and meats.&nbsp; As we were pouring one of the sauces, we noticed a small puddle on the table and our hands being wet.&nbsp; One of the bottles had a leak so we put it on top of a napkin.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="313" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_e5a1d13fcf884105a3dfcd17e33b7136.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="560"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Starting to grill our food</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Bowl of rice and our favorite sauces at the top</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="314" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_f8250e2e5fd4407ea95df755291e94df.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="561"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>The Pork Belly (Jenny's Favorite!)</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> We were getting full after eating 75% of our meal, so we decided to exchange gifts.&nbsp; Jenny got me a portable charger for my phone and other portable devices and a small wallet for travel.&nbsp; I got Jenny a gift basket of Nutella, red velvet pancake mix, lotions, and karaoke/drinks after our lunch.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> For dessert we were given the smores.&nbsp; The server apologized that they ran out of the sticks to roast the marshmallows so she gave us chopsticks instead. haha&nbsp; After I roasted my marshmallow, Jenny told me to do it for her since she was afraid she was going to burn it.&nbsp; I laughed and told her, "<strong>Watch, now I might end up burning yours!</strong>"&nbsp; The smores turned out great.&nbsp; The heat from the marshmallow melted the chocolate into a smooth velvet treat.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="339" original-height="369" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_0462fed120084227b92f56ba7c6fc73f.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="599"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Smores with chopsticks</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> We were full from lunch so we got ready to head out for karaoke for a few hours.&nbsp; At that time it was around 3 PM when we finished.&nbsp; We headed to Karaoke Duet 48 for our fix of singing and dancing.&nbsp; I usually prefer this location to the one on 35th Street since 48 is quieter and less crowded than 35.&nbsp; We got settled into our room and I got us our drinks.&nbsp; It was also Happy Hour here so the drinks were all 50% off.&nbsp; Jenny just wanted a Shirley Temple while I got a bottle of Coors.&nbsp; I originally wanted a Stella Artois, but they ran out.&nbsp; The attendant putting the drinks in the fridge said the only ones available were Coors, Budweiser, or lukewarm Sapporo (since it had just come in from the delivery).&nbsp; We all laughed when she mentioned the lukewarm Sapporo.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I brought in our drinks and we started our karaoke session.&nbsp; I laughed when I saw Jenny loading up the site of the songs on Billboard 100 on her phone.&nbsp; We sang a mix of songs ranging from Maroon 5, Adele, Ken Hirai (for me), and many songs from the 80s/90s/00s.&nbsp; The time went by quickly, but we also planned to do some shopping for a few gifts.&nbsp; It was around 6:30 PM when we finished and we headed out.&nbsp; Before we would return to Bryant Park, we planned to stop by Rockefeller Center to get some hot chocolate and take pictures by the tree.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> As we walked towards the West Side, Jenny wanted to take some pictures.&nbsp; We quickly stopped by the area near the Helmsley Building to snap a few photos.&nbsp; Those of you who have visited my main site know that I took a picture of the Helmsley Building back in Christmas 2013.&nbsp; To continue the tradition, I took another picture, but this time, I took a wider view so that you can grasp the lights and decorations of New York City at this time.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="740" original-height="864" original-width="485" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_19aaa5ce8e804392822183d6de28c7bd.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="415"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Helmsley Building and surrounding area</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Park Ave. Between E. 45th and E. 46th Streets</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Christmas</strong> <strong>2015</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="254" original-height="291" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_773c986a5c0c4356b61340d6833599d8.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="570"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Facing the other side from the Helmsley Building</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> When we arrived at Rockefeller Center, we headed downstairs to the lower level to get our hot chocolate/coffee at Jacques Torres.&nbsp; This location is cozier and more intimate with two tables.&nbsp; We got our orders and looked through the pictures that we took so far.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="494" original-width="438" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_7824fe2062584067a540da1ff8b22412.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none; width: 438px; height: 494px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Brings back memories!</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Years ago I got the hot chocolate, but this year, I opted for coffee since I was getting a little tired.&nbsp; The combination of walking around and the spring like weather really relaxed me!&nbsp; Jenny wanted me to take a picture of her with her hot chocolate since she wanted to send it to her niece who loves chocolate.&nbsp; It was cute.&nbsp; I actually had a little trouble getting the angling correct so Jenny did it herself. haha</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> After a bit, we decided to stop by the tree and take pictures.&nbsp; As you can imagine, it was incredibly crowded.&nbsp; We headed back up via the elevator.&nbsp; When we crossed the street, many of the people were looking up and taking pictures/recording.&nbsp; The Christmas Light Show started to play so Jenny and I squeezed in to get a spot and take pictures.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="330" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_a586c82a9a6b4f21a7d81c06e4ef5fae.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="590"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>The Light Show at Rockefeller Center</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="331" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_37a8c9c37eba4d23aaaf05d644ecdf78.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="590"></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> After the show everyone smiled and clapped.&nbsp; As we walked through the crowd, Jenny and I tried to find a spot to take a good picture with the tree in the background.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="864" original-width="428" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_fe07bd9938dd4a2eb7112ed01bfac8fb.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none; width: 428px; height: 864px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>In front of the Tree at Rockefeller Center</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Picture Courtesy of Jenny</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> It was very festive and everyone looked like they were having a fun time.&nbsp; Jenny and I had a smile on our faces because it was going to be Christmas in a few days and we were just taking it all in.&nbsp; After we took our pictures, we navigated through the crowd to get back to Bryant Park.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> It was around 8:30 PM when we arrived at Bryant Park.&nbsp; A few shops were closed, but the ones we needed to go to were still open.&nbsp; Our first stop was <a href="http://www.sabonnyc.com/">Sabon</a>, a shop with bath and body items.&nbsp; Usually Jenny would get soaps and box sets filled with scrubs and lotions to give as gifts (as well as get something for herself).&nbsp; Since Jenny had a cold and couldn't smell well, I had to smell the fragrances and choose something for her.&nbsp; It reminded me of the time I went to Sephora during my lunch break a couple of years ago and I needed to get a gift for my friend and something for myself.&nbsp; Even after using the testing paper strips, I still ended up smelling like the fragrance department of a department store. haha</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> After looking around, Jenny picked out the Lavender box set and a couple of bars of soap.&nbsp; I really liked their soaps since they were colorful and had unique designs.&nbsp; Just Google "Sabon soaps" and you'll see what I mean.&nbsp; After she made her purchase and the soaps wrapped, she had to get a gift for her niece.&nbsp; She stopped by a stuffed animal shop to look around.&nbsp; The stuffed animals were the ones which you would heat in the microwave and it'll come out warm.&nbsp; I think that's how it was!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> In the meantime, I looked around and saw these colorful paper lights at a shop.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="372" original-height="419" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_7e6797cb5e8b4732b689502204c7e10a.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="579"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Pretty nice, right? :)</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> It was a very beautiful display and I loved the arrangement of the colors.&nbsp; After I took the picture, Jenny came by and showed me her purchases.&nbsp; She bought an owl for herself and a duck for her niece (? I forgot the second one she got!).&nbsp; They were cute and she told me that her niece would enjoy it.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> It was already getting late and we had a long day, so we just sat down on a table and talked for a little bit before we wished each other goodbye.&nbsp; We had such a great time and planned to meet again in mid-late 2016 after she finishes up her training.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> 2016 kicked in and I had a great time with family.&nbsp; We all ate and used the usual Facetime/Skype to communicate with other family members across the country and overseas.&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I'm also working with Delia Baquiran, the President of Breast Cancer Imperative, Inc. to handle the redevelopment of the site.&nbsp; I'll have a link up on my main site so that you can check it out.&nbsp; We are going to have another fundraiser around Fall 2016 so we'll work on those details during the summer.&nbsp; We met up after Christmas but just before the new year so that she could give me pictures and let me know how she wanted to approach the website.&nbsp; It was nice and we got to create a framework for the site.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Ms. Baquiran also had a holiday party after the new year and we got to eat and catch up at her apartment.&nbsp; It was so nice and festive.&nbsp; It was a nice relaxing night and as always, I enjoyed seeing the doorman who is an amazing buddy who I share stories with every time I would come to the building.&nbsp; I also saw a lot of familiar faces from our fundraisers and Ms. Baquiran's friends, and we all got to share stories while eating delicious food.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="219" original-height="239" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_bd13948797eb4866bbf9d8a401165cc8.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="598"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>A wonderful night of celebration</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> As I had discussed earlier in this entry as well as in my mathematics handout, I do have plans to update the blog area of the site.&nbsp; I'm still glad that the entries are still formatting correctly here on this blog.&nbsp; What I might do is connect a Wordpress blog to make it "<strong>mynewblogname.lecahierdekev.com</strong>" with "<strong>mynewblogname</strong>" being the user name I will create.&nbsp; Since my site is lecahierdekev, it would be silly to use the name again to make lecahierdekev.lecahierdekev.com.&nbsp; haha But since lecahierdekev on Wordpress hosts my mathematics and science handouts that won't be a problem.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I think I covered many of the major points from the holidays.&nbsp; By the time the end of December came in, I knew I had to just combine December 2015 and January 2016 into one entry for the new year.&nbsp; I should be back on track for my monthly entries in 2016.&nbsp; Also, thank you very much to everyone who enjoys reading these entries!&nbsp; I love detailing my adventures and a lot of people enjoy the break from the technical handouts.&nbsp; Let's continue moving forward in 2016 and as always, I will keep all of you updated with my entries and the renovation of my site!</p> Sat, 16 Jan 2016 23:21:41 GMT bd855145-af0e-450a-8a71-23776b7de9cc Post Holiday Catch Up http://www.lecahierdekev.com/apps/blog/draft--43 <p> Hello everyone!&nbsp; We're heading to our final month of 2015 as the holiday season moves along.&nbsp; My site turned 3 years old last month.&nbsp; I couldn't believe it.&nbsp; It seemed like yesterday when I was transferring everything to my new domain.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> In my last entry, I dedicated the entire post to New York Comic Con since it was a huge event here.&nbsp; I have pictures from my cousin's wedding and catching up with my best friend at a Japanese restaurant to include in this entry.&nbsp; It's nice to write this blog as a little break from all of the formal course notes and handouts that I've been writing!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> To those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving in the States, I hope you all had a nice time eating and spending time with your loved ones.&nbsp; I had a great time with my family.&nbsp; The week before my aunt and her family visited since they had to go to New York City.&nbsp; My other aunt was in New York for a finance and banking conference, and they planned to have lunch with her during her downtime.&nbsp; I also spoke to Dr. Cowart to wish her a Happy Thanksgiving and catch up on how her family and her were doing.&nbsp; As always we had a lot of laughs and stories on the phone.&nbsp;</p> <p> Here's the Snoopy greeting I sent as a text to family and friends:</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="236" original-width="236" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_2d5ef83d15264a2ab0c0b734dc1c18ea.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none; width: 236px; height: 236px;"></div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> In late September, my cousin got married.&nbsp; My cousin and his wife both had Hindu and Catholic wedding ceremonies.&nbsp; The wedding reception took place at The Fiesta in Wood-Ridge, NJ.&nbsp; I've been to The Fiesta back in high school when my family and I attended an award ceremony.&nbsp; The place was beautiful just as how I remembered it.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="590" original-height="652" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_38d5346eb8234d5e97f0955551c98c97.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="590"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>The Fiesta exterior</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>I liked the colors on the fountain</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Before heading to the main ballroom, everyone congregated for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.&nbsp; Inside I saw a lot of extended family and friends who I had not seen in a long time.&nbsp; One of them was Auntie Mira who I used to see often when I would take the bus home from work years ago.&nbsp; We would chat about what we were going to have for dinner.&nbsp; She stopped by the local Vietnamese restaurant to pick up dinner before she headed home since she didn't want to cook. haha&nbsp; She moved to the Midwest shortly after and she told me how the family was doing there.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> There were a lot of hors d'oeuvres including cold cuts, mozzarella balls, mini raviolis, chicken, peppers, and olives.&nbsp; There were a lot of dishes to choose from, so I got a plate and I went around the room.&nbsp; I was so happy when I saw the tray of calamari.&nbsp; The calamari and sauce were delicious.&nbsp; It was hard to take pictures once I filled up my plate.&nbsp; I sat down at the table with my nephew, cousin, and family friends from my mom's side.&nbsp; I caught up with my friend, and he asked me if I wanted something from the bar.&nbsp; Around that time, I unknowingly threw two peppers in my mouth and chewed them since we were talking (I didn't pay attention to what I was scooping from my plate).</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I smiled and tried to alleviate the heat as I nodded and asked for orange juice.&nbsp; In the meantime, I was filling my mouth with pasta hoping it would do something (but it didint! haha).&nbsp; He came back, and I drank some juice to let my mouth cool down.&nbsp; There was a lot of picture taking with family so we would huddle together and smile for the camera.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="330" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_19333ca319004195af465c4b9e15d3c4.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="590"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Inside the Cocktail Area</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="601" original-height="720" original-width="404" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_2a0c4ba47702437d8d77ed7275bfedae.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="337"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Ice Sculpture and Hors D'oeuvres</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> After talking with my friend and the family, they opened up the main ballroom.&nbsp; We all headed inside to our designated tables.&nbsp; The space was huge and very elegant.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="330" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_7b5631c145b94f7d9cfb7e5fc80317f9.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="589"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Entering the Main Ballroom</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="330" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_e5731dc6c3ff4e06854315e61dcfbbcc.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="590"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>The other end of the ballroom</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>The white table in the middle is where my cousin and his wife sat</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="690" original-height="864" original-width="485" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_8ac49905d09e47b89114a20a93c99aa0.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="387"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>The Dance Floor and Chandelier</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="670" original-height="864" original-width="485" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_23b5ff0d7f38454cac737b0b7e2a654f.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="376"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>The Centerpiece at our table</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> As the wedding party was getting ready to do their entrance, the servers asked each of us what dishes we wanted to have for the evening.&nbsp; I chose a Cesar salad as a starter and the filet mignon for the main course.&nbsp; The other options you could choose from was a spinach salad and salmon for the main course.&nbsp; There were people who wanted their pictures taken so we would all switch roles as photographer.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The emcee directed our attention to the curtains at the back and told us to give a round of applause for the wedding party.&nbsp; The groomsmen, bridesmaids, best man, maid of honor, and the parents of the couple were grouped together as they made their individual entrances.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="591" original-height="652" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_fe213e9c4c5849bf86f7eacb966f962c.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="591"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>The Wedding Party's Entrance</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Top Left: The bride's parents</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Top Right: The groom's parents</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Bottom Left: Best Man and Maid of Honor</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Bottom Right and Center: The Newlyweds</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The wedding party members were dancing to the music so it was a little difficult taking their pictures.&nbsp; It was very festive and everyone got into the music.&nbsp; After their entrance, they began with the presentations for the evening.&nbsp; The groom and bride shared their first dance together as the wedding party cleared the floor for them.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="587" original-height="652" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_94b83dc766514f9aafea74b1cc479036.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="587"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(Left) The Wedding Party clearing the floor</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(Center and Right) The couple's first dance</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> It was very sweet when they held each other and looked into each other's eyes.&nbsp; Afterward, the groomsmen and bridesmaids paired up together and joined the couple.&nbsp; The ringbearer and flower girl also joined in.&nbsp; It was very adorable.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="588" original-height="652" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_517dcdb2e2a444b7b3415cf0e4cac0e9.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="588"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Top: Wedding Party dancing</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Bottom Left: Bride dances with her father</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Bottom Right: Groom dance with his mother</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The wedding party then gave the couple some room as the emcee introduced the traditional dance with the parents.&nbsp; The bride danced with her father and he gave her a big hug.&nbsp; Afterward, the groom smiled at his mother as they danced together.&nbsp; All of them looked so happy and they were nice dances to witness.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The rest of the night was filled with dinner, dancing, and presentations.&nbsp; The bride and groom sat down after the dance with their parents.&nbsp; The maid of honor and the best man asked everyone to hold up their champagne glasses as we all prepared to toast the new couple.&nbsp; They both gave their speeches and shared funny anecdotes from their memories with the couple.&nbsp; The best man even had a picture projected on the screen of the groom and him as kids when they first met in elementary school.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="590" original-height="652" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_6a006d629af24d77bf7c4ddfba857fbb.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="590"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Top Left: Cesar Salad</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Bottom Left: Filet Mignon, Baked Potato, and Asparagus</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Right: Lime Sorbet</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> After the speech, the servers gave us our main dish (the salad and sorbet were given during the dance and speeches).&nbsp; As we ate our dinner, they played a slideshow of the bride and grooms from their childhood and up until they met.&nbsp; They also played the video of the groom asking for the blessing of the bride's parents as well as their proposal.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> It was a good night and I got to catch up with old family and friends.&nbsp; I rarely get to see them so it was good to sit down and celebrate with everyone.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> A few weeks ago, my best friend was in New York City for a conference.&nbsp; I told her that I would meet up with her after getting work completed.&nbsp; We met up near 42nd Street to catch up for a bit as we waited for her other friend since we were all having dinner together.&nbsp; We caught up on how she was doing and how she's finishing up her residency.&nbsp; I told her about my research and work and we laughed at how fast time flew by.&nbsp; When we were undergraduate students, we would become so stressed with the science classes, but we were able to balance it out with fun electives such as Japanese.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Speaking of Japanese, I was cleaning out my old books and notes, and I found my notes from Professor Bower.&nbsp; If you remember from my previous entries, she was my professor for East Asian Art (Chinese and Japanese focus) who was my inspiration for writing course notes and handouts.&nbsp; In the next entry, I will show you a snippet of how organized and detailed her notes were which became my current approach to writing handouts.&nbsp; It also helped me a lot during my grant writing work. haha</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="547" original-height="545" original-width="485" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_6616559e13ff4cf7ac5db16db6cb8afa.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="487"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Jenny and me</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> We had dinner at Sake Bar Hagi located on W. 49th Street.&nbsp; The restaurant features affordable Japanese food (in case you are craving that during the evening).&nbsp; It's a hidden joint that took us a few minutes to find, but when we did, it was bustling on the inside.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="590" original-height="652" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_5ed50d5204c64e64ab34303fcf118519.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="590"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Our dinner at Sake Bar Hagi</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Top Left: Various skewers- chicken, meatball, chicken skins, peppers; the right is sliced squid</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Top Right: Omusoba (Yakisoba noodles and pork wrapped in an omelette, topped with okonomiyaki sauce)</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Bottom Left: Fried Oysters</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Bottom Right: Chicken Garlic Fried Rice</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> We all decided to share family style.&nbsp; The food was good.&nbsp; Jenny's friend told us how his studying was going and how he was preparing to take the next Step exam for medical licensing.&nbsp; The evening went by quickly.&nbsp; The place was packed, and the three of us were sharing stories throughout dinner.&nbsp; After dinner, I hugged Jenny and said my goodbyes to her friend.&nbsp; We all wished each other a good night and safe trip home.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> In other news, I'm sure many of you know what's been going on around the world recently.&nbsp; I spoke to family, friends, and Dr. Cowart about these events a few weeks ago and we all just hoped for peace and happiness for the future.&nbsp; Blessings are such an integral part of our lives whether it's our loved ones or the once in a lifetime opportunities that we get to experience.&nbsp; I wish all of you the best as we approach the conclusion of 2015.</p> Tue, 01 Dec 2015 02:55:51 GMT d5e0720d-8db6-4425-92b5-1b6808b5c11d New York Comic Con 2015 Experience http://www.lecahierdekev.com/apps/blog/comic-con-2015-experience <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <img original-height="263" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_345ed3feef06473dbfdbb6fb6c19422d.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none; width: 652px; height: 263px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>New York Comic Con 2015</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Javits Center</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>New York, NY</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I wanted to devote a special individual entry on Comic Con here on LCDK.&nbsp; Originally I was contemplating on whether to combine it with the regular monthly entry, but I saw that both the Comic Con experience and the regular monthly entry for October were packed with a lot of pictures and information to combine into one entry.&nbsp; For this entry I will use bigger pictures for the most part rather than condensing them into my usual collage format.&nbsp; This is so that all of you can get immersed in what New York Comic Con is like.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> This was my first time at New York Comic Con (NYCC) so I didn't know what to expect.&nbsp; I previously saw panels, events, and pictures in the press, but I knew that physically being there would be a whole new story.&nbsp; I've heard stories of tickets for popular days and the 3-/4- day passes selling out within minutes.&nbsp; Tickets are usually sold in the spring and the event is held in October.&nbsp; For 2015, the tickets were sold beginning in May.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> My brother and his friends are veterans of New York Comic Con so they know the process better than me.&nbsp; During mid-summer my brother invited me to Comic Con.&nbsp; It was a nice surprise and I appreciated it.&nbsp; I don't think I would've been able to go if it wasn't for him (from hearing all of the stories of the ticketing process being competitive)! haha&nbsp; He told me that he will give me a Friday pass for October 9, 2015.&nbsp; He had the 4-Day Pass so he would be able to attend the entire time.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> New York Comic Con does not usually announce main guests and panels until it's close to the event time (usually they will announce it around August-September).&nbsp; I'm guessing it's because schedules change for many artists and actors/actresses so things can be solidified when it's closer to October.&nbsp; When my brother invited me during the summer, I didn't know which artists and celebrities would attend the Friday when I would be at Comic Con.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Fast forward to September 2015, my brother texted me asking me if I was ready for the big event in October.&nbsp; He gave me a few instructions before attending such as activating the badge, bringing snacks and water, wearing comfortable shoes, and checking the NYCC site to plan out what I wanted to do for the day.&nbsp; When I met up with him for lunch one day, he gave me my physical badge and a lanyard.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="649" original-height="982" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_055a811c494a494eafef1394033fe5aa.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="430"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>My NYCC 2015 Friday badge</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Before the event, I checked out which panels I would sit in on.&nbsp; I was excited to see that there was an Adventure Time panel.&nbsp; As many of you know from reading my past entries, I am a big fan of Rebecca Sugar and her work on Steven Universe.&nbsp; There was also a panel on Surrealism and Pop Art that I planned to attend.&nbsp; When I was an undergraduate, I minored in Japanese language and culture. It brought back a lot of memories when I took the East Asian art classes and doing a presentation on Takashi Murakami and other Japanese pop artists.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> It seemed a little bit overwhelming since I only had one day to take in the experience of NYCC.&nbsp; However, in the end I just decided to go with the flow and enjoy the day (with the two panels: Adventure Time and the Pop Art being the only ones set in stone).</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> On Friday morning, I met up with my brother and his friends at 34th Street.&nbsp; Prior to the event, I told my brother that I planned on attending the Adventure Time panel to see the executive producer and cast of Adventure Time.&nbsp; I originally planned on going by myself since I didn't want to impose on his schedule.&nbsp; I asked him if he would like to join me.&nbsp; He agreed and said that it would be nice to experience it.&nbsp; His friends had plans to go wait at another panel at Javits, but decided to attend the beginning of the Adventure Time panel.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The Adventure Time panel took place at the Hammerstein Ballroom.&nbsp; I checked NYCC's Twitter page on my phone to verify the time and location.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="682" original-height="727" original-width="480" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_9afcb13121de467694950060f9ae9dd6.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="450"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Adventure Time Panel Tweet</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Courtesy of New York Comic Con</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I thought that it was better that NYCC moved some events into areas outside of Javits since it probably would've been insanely crowded had they not done this.&nbsp; As we walked down West 34th Street we saw groups of people lined up.&nbsp; We didn't know if they were waiting for the panel so we asked and confirmed.&nbsp; We got there at around 10:45 AM and the wait wasn't too bad.&nbsp; People were eating their breakfast sandwiches, talking, reading, and pumping themselves up.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The line started moving at 11:20 AM.&nbsp; Hammerstein was spacious with plenty of seating.&nbsp; Everyone was settling in and finding their preferred seat.&nbsp; Security and staff were guiding people around and making sure that each seat got occupied.&nbsp; We sat down and Cartoon Network provided the audience with little sword giveaways.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="314" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_2574cd6afa7b4374a6ecf28383caf902.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="561"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Everyone entering Hammerstein Ballroom and settling in</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="252" original-height="283" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_60253bbbd3524fb7bd72a6c2e3e4fe32.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="581"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Adventure Time Sword Giveaway</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="727" original-height="864" original-width="547" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_e8e5349df23545579fb014543bb277e9.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="460"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Me posing with the sword</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I had this huge smile on my face since I was about to experience my first panel.&nbsp; I was also going to see the talented voice actors and the producer in person.&nbsp; I snapped another picture of the panel stage as everyone prepared to begin:</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="280" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_8a6e4d12b3c047768fb590b554c9495d.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="501"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Panel Stage at Hammerstein Ballroom</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The moderator for the panel was the talented voice actor Eric Bauza.&nbsp; He voiced characters on many shows including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Uncle Grandpa.&nbsp; He began with his voice of Belly Bag on Uncle Grandpa which made us laugh.&nbsp; The panel was nice.&nbsp; Eric introduced everyone starting with the executive producer Adam Muto.&nbsp; Adam discussed the main story for the upcoming season.&nbsp; The discussion between Eric and Adam led to the advanced screening of three future episodes of Adventure Time which are set to release in November.&nbsp; Everyone cheered when Eric asked the audience, "So, do you want to see some episodes?" haha</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The episodes were projected on to the large screen (in the above picture that has New York Comic Con over the skyline).&nbsp; The last two episodes they showed were going to be part of an 8 episode arc focusing on the character Marceline.&nbsp; It had a deeper story which was really nice.&nbsp; I don't want to spoil it here. haha&nbsp; They are going to be premiered in a few weeks anyway!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Eric introduced the cast after the first episode showed.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="336" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_060755102ad34e23acaf03c28fdac465.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="600"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Left to Right:</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Eric Bauza, Adam Muto, John DiMaggio, Jeremy Shada, Niki Yang, and Olivia Olson</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> They were all charming and warm.&nbsp; You could tell that they all had great chemistry.&nbsp; Niki discussed the story behind Lady Rainicorn's lines.&nbsp; In the show, Lady Rainicorn speaks Korean so when she asked the supervisors, "<strong>Are there going to be subtitles for her</strong>?"&nbsp; They replied, "<strong>Nah, it's fine</strong>" and we all laughed.&nbsp; Niki said that it was easier for her to do Lady's lines since it was just her speaking Korean naturally.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> After the panel discussion, Eric introduced Rebecca Sugar by stating, "If you all noticed, there's an extra seat next to Olivia."&nbsp; Once he called out her name and Rebecca walked on stage, everyone screamed and cheered.&nbsp; Rebecca spoke about her work and ideas from Adventure Time.&nbsp; She then sang "<strong>Everything Stays</strong>," a song that will be featured on a future episode of Adventure Time.&nbsp; If you check her out on Youtube, you can see her amazing singing ability.&nbsp; It was so nice to hear her sing in person and she was an absolute sweetheart to everyone (the cast and the audience) during the panel.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="336" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_a94b9b35501c4c16b63238cdfe5efbfc.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="600"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Rebecca Sugar at the far right (next to the staff member in black</strong>)</p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width:100%;margin-top:10px;margin-bottom:10px"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <iframe allowfullscreen frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/142920827?wmode=opaque" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></p> </div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Rebecca Sugar singing "Everything Stays"</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> After the producer and cast spoke, they had a Question and Answer session where they gave away free DVDs to those who got up to ask.&nbsp; John DiMaggio (who is the voice of Jake the Dog and voiced other known characters such as Bender on Futurama) was hilarious.&nbsp; He was sarcastic and rolled with the punches when people asked tough questions.&nbsp; He also sang the Bacon Pancakes song after someone requested it (you can find it online, I wasn't fast enough to record it haha).&nbsp; He made a joke about sausage waffles with the cast before singing the song.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Olivia's character in the show sang a song about her father eating her fries.&nbsp; Someone asked her if a situation similar to that happened to her in real life.&nbsp; She told us a story where she made a birthday cake for her friend and put it in the fridge.&nbsp; Her father ate a slice of the cake even though it was labeled for her friend.&nbsp; Olivia had to then cut the cake where it was sliced and refrost it because of that.&nbsp; She then said, "<strong>That was when I decided to move out of the house!</strong>"&nbsp; John DiMaggio then rolled with it and said, "<strong>I think your dad did that on purpose to get you to move out"</strong> and then laughed.&nbsp; Jeremy told everyone how crazy it was when everyone did the Lumpy Space Princess voice for one episode.&nbsp; He started mimicking it which made us all laugh.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> All in all the panel was incredibly fun.&nbsp; The audience was engaging and the panel had amazing chemistry.&nbsp; Eric discussed a line that he had to say in Japanese for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and he said that the supervisors said that it sounded Italian.&nbsp; When he actually said the line, John replied, "<strong>That doesn't sound Italian!</strong>"&nbsp; We all had a great time and the hour and a half flew by quickly.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> As Eric concluded the panel, everyone clapped.&nbsp; Some people went up to take pictures while the rest exited to return to Javits.&nbsp; My brother's friends left earlier in the middle of the Adventure Time panel to attend a panel at 12:15 PM.&nbsp; My brother and I headed down to the Javits Center.&nbsp; The closer we got, we saw huge groups of people--costumed and uncostumed.&nbsp; It was a sight to behold.&nbsp; The weather was nice, but the forecast stated that it would rain for a bit (luckily I was inside Javits at the time).</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="308" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_c397106d0652474183769b3b5f0e41d9.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="551"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Outside Javits Center</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The Javits Center is huge!&nbsp; It's all the way at the West Side so it took a bit of walking to get there.&nbsp; You could feel the energy and excitement of the people.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> We followed the signs and instructions on where to enter.&nbsp; As soon as we entered, you could see all of the decorations and monitors.&nbsp; I love taking pictures so I felt like a kid in a candy store! haha</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="313" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_8575902aaf0d4dab804a31c59a1f96cb.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="560"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Entrance at Javits Center for NYCC 2015</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="232" original-height="270" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_d0c0ceb662fc4a4b914ab771a2e8dc1c.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="561"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Another view of the Entrance</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The check in process wasn't too bad.&nbsp; I think it was already 1:45ish when we arrived at the Javits Center so we didn't have to wait.&nbsp; Everything worked out perfectly in terms of scheduling for me since the Adventure Time panel took place late morning and I had the afternoon and evening to enjoy myself.&nbsp; The NYCC crew member tapped my badge with the handheld tablet so that I could enter.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> At this time, my brother and I parted ways.&nbsp; I thanked him for giving me an opportunity to attend Comic Con.&nbsp; He had his own schedule and plans to attend to (as well as meet up with his friends).&nbsp; He asked me what my plans would be and what other panels I would be attending.&nbsp; I told him that I would attend the Pop Surrealism Art panel and look around the booths and take pictures.&nbsp; He smiled and wished me a good time.&nbsp; I gave him a hug and we went in two different directions.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> As soon as I headed in, I was greeted by the Jurassic World sign and groups of people.&nbsp; I already knew what to expect with attendance for NYCC growing larger and larger each year.&nbsp; There were press crews recording and photographing the scene, people were looking around, and I was just taking it all in.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="314" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_a57105dc97e84a3d96f89c861780e986.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="561"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>I'm at NYCC!</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="314" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_bd30d707ef554ab187bf12b9ac5365e9.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="561"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Heading down the stairs</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> At that point, I headed down to check out the café and locations of the conference rooms for the panels.&nbsp; I was also really hungry and needed to eat my lunch.&nbsp; Luckily, I brought a spicy chicken sandwich that I bought beforehand.&nbsp; I saw an outside eating area earlier when my brother and I headed to Javits, so I planned to sit and eat there.&nbsp; It was sunny, and I enjoy being near the sunlight.&nbsp; I moved through the crowd to get to the area outside.&nbsp; One thing I noticed is that despite being crowded, everyone was incredibly polite.&nbsp; People would say excuse me or I'm sorry if they accidentally bumped into you, and people were patient.&nbsp; It was nice and coming to NYCC felt like a vacation.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I found a spot outside (and it was the perfect spot which you will read about soon) and put my bag down.&nbsp; My legs didn't hurt yet (but they sure did as soon as I headed home that night haha), so I took out my sandwich and my water.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="330" original-height="384" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_60a3e54a6d6846818a602031c64c15f3.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="561"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Taking my lunch break</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="313" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_102fd976f35448d982bf48d5a99223ca.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="560"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Outdoor area at the Javits Center</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="314" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_514ec77b77254894a73e3325a953c476.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="561"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Outdoor Area</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(People were waiting in line for hot dogs)</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> As I ate my lunch, I looked through the panels and other information for the day.&nbsp; I wanted to see if there were other panels I could attend.&nbsp; It was my time to relax since I would be walking around and exploring for the rest of the day.&nbsp; There were people photographing those who were cosplaying (wearing costumes) characters.&nbsp; As I got up to head back inside, I saw people turning their heads and pulling out their phones.&nbsp; It was someone in the Iron Man Hulkbuster armor and the Hulk next to him.&nbsp; They were surrounded by NYCC security and crew members.&nbsp; On the day I attended, Marvel had two panels at the Main Stage so I'm guessing there were a lot of promotional and press work being done.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="313" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_4c318fc5742741f5b2cb3b5f6b031693.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="560"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Iron Man in Hulkbuster Armor and the Hulk</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="314" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_418056f8144e445a8040dbb331d425bc.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="561"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Another picture of them</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> They were very friendly and posed for everyone.&nbsp; After a bit, Iron Man said, "<strong>It was nice seeing you all, but it's hot so I have to get to somewhere cool now.</strong>"&nbsp; We all laughed and Iron Man and the Hulk waved goodbye to us.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I headed back inside and went up the escalator to check out the exhibitor's booths.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="709" original-height="864" original-width="438" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_2c69a8aa2cd142db985a0c9a19ebfeca.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="359"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Going up the escalator</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> There were a lot of booths to visit.&nbsp; I didn't have anything in mind to purchase so my plan was to just look around.&nbsp; When I got upstairs, the first thing that came into my mind was "<strong>which direction should I move</strong>!?"&nbsp; There was always something interesting to see.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="313" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_a424e508d7cc4d879d448b10dc2d5e96.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="560"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Entering the Show Floor to see the Exhibitors' Booths</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I decided to move to the right and make my way around counterclockwise.&nbsp; The following will be pictures that I took while walking around.&nbsp; From walking around, I liked that there was always something for everyone.&nbsp; NYCC had diverse booths, artists, and panels that everyone found something that interested them.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="489" original-height="568" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_0262e0064e6f4918bb49cdec4bee8641.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="561"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Chevy's Display at NYCC</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="313" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_e833300053d448fbb5f2775f757b5a13.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="560"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Glass Eye Pix Inc.'s booth</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="408" original-height="474" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_fc438ffbde004f2d8b0aca2c7668377f.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="561"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Posters, Toys, and Wigs</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Including Pokemon, Sailor Moon, and Tales games</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="642" original-height="864" original-width="306" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_b51829e4eccd49ada24114d62bce933f.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="227"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Tall Pumpkin Figure</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Happy Halloween!</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="756" original-height="864" original-width="641" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_e482b2cb8cc148f9bb1b53e910025b25.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="561"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Figures of Nintendo characters</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Including Link, Super Mario, and Yoshi</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="314" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_115502117a704a2399893c8d97badd50.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="561"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Bandai Namco's booth</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Sailor Moon was playing on the TV monitor</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Various figures were on display in the glass case</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="329" original-height="383" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_9075091f9cca474ebb5df273478930f4.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="561"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Sailor Moon Figures @ the Bandai Namco booth</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(L-R) Sailor Moon, Sailor Uranus, Sailor Neptune</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img original-height="383" original-width="492" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_e054404b52e842a19cb8d2e7658bc8f0.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none; width: 492px; height: 383px;"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(Left) Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans Poster </strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>(Right) Super Mario!</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="659" original-height="788" original-width="256" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_970b8b2dab904f5c8b2a49038e1ba76e.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="214"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Cosplayer as Kakashi from the anime Naruto</strong> <strong>posing for us</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>We all loved the use of the smoke from the Jurassic World exhibit haha</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="196" original-height="228" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_ad97e2ebb6de413cbecee223f81d7717.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="561"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>The Hobbit Display</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Very nice and loved the detail</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="314" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_426abe0fc2a34a578dc7552ff4796206.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="561"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>tokidoki's</strong> <strong>booth</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>I'm always a fan of this style :)</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="603" original-height="703" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_7acfa63776f54b24b4ee8475fd2d7ecb.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="560"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Various character designs</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Including characters from Star Wars, Batman, and Spiderman</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="314" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_338cf44a756b42fda2520c3870e4afb1.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="561"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Taking a break at the outside area</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> There were so many things to see at the Showroom!&nbsp; I went outside to the general floor area to take a short break.&nbsp; Look at the line at the Starbucks!&nbsp; It was amazing (even though I only covered less than half of what NYCC had to offer).&nbsp; As I was looking through the NYCC book, a nice man in cosplay asked me where Artist Alley was.&nbsp; I knew it was at Level 2, but didn't know which direction.&nbsp; I apologized and told him that I only knew that it was in Level 2.&nbsp; He smiled and said thank you.&nbsp; Like I said before, it was nice to see people be polite.&nbsp; I walked around and saw a large balloon display of We Bare Bears.&nbsp; I thought it looked so precious.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="531" original-height="610" original-width="359" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_4db8e6e3a4254cd8a27f9c925c66972d.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="312"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>We Bare Bears</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Grizz, Panda, and Ice Bear</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> After my break I headed back to the Show Room to check out the other side.&nbsp; I still had to visit Artist Alley before waiting for my Pop Surrealism panel at 6:30 PM.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="314" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_cb424a4ebb4d4fd6aeb5d6f81e55e9a5.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="561"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Another display from Chevy</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="560" original-height="698" original-width="485" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_4fc7f53593a247c9b297238da69125dd.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="389"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>A display of Ninja Slayer</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="314" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_ee7c4ab0d1394f478514a05d6c33cead.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="561"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>People dancing Macarena</strong> <strong>on Just Dance</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> As I was watching the people dance the Macarena, a man came over and asked me what it was.&nbsp; I told him that they were dancing to a video game, Just Dance.&nbsp; I still have my Just Dance games and I remembered breaking a sweat to them a few years ago!&nbsp; I also noticed that I was at the NYCC Livestream Village where they had the cameras and media coverage.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="314" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_8702d9fef68c462f9fbaa934b129db48.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="561"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>The NYCC Livestream Village</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Presented by Twitch and Courtyard by Mariott</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> People were sitting down and relaxing.&nbsp; The monitors were live streaming NYCC online.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="313" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_5136b640035841478989bb97341ef33b.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="560"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Left of the NYCC Livestream Village</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Very busy</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="318" original-height="343" original-width="604" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_fede40ce56a24a61befb4d18ac6bcfc1.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="560"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Colorful toys and displays at a booth</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="701" original-height="864" original-width="485" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_e6dd6b624cff400cbc8dc02d8949af66.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="393"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Display for a video game</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Phantom of the Kill</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <br> As many of you know, people put in hard work to design and create costumes for Comic Con.&nbsp; Of course, it wouldn't be an experience without taking a picture with a cosplayer.&nbsp; His costume looked like he just came out of a video game.&nbsp; I know a lot people devote time and energy to perfect their outfits so kudos to all of you cosplayers out there! :)</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="690" original-height="864" original-width="485" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_52f0cb0435ce41f184bb242b3408ad27.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="387"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Me with cosplayer</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>I was astounded at the detail of his costume</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>He was a great sport</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The next display in the showroom gave me such a big smile.&nbsp; Those of you already know my love for math and science (as evidenced on my site!).&nbsp; It was no surprise that I had to take a picture of these plush organs.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="715" original-height="864" original-width="485" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_5b255d66d63d4fe08ccc8edb750c6e56.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="401"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Plush toy organs!</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Very cute :)</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="738" original-height="864" original-width="485" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_e9f0374670d441d6b5d118092d040904.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="414"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Front angle of the plush organs</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <br> It was getting late and my brother texted me asking me if I visited Artist Alley yet.&nbsp; At that point the sun was starting to set and I still had to head to my final panel for the day.&nbsp; I told him that I was going to check it out on my way to the panel.&nbsp; I also looked around to make any last minute purchases as my souvenir for NYCC 2015.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="313" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_ce753253928f47aba7070b3fa9276944.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="559"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>View of Javits as night approached</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I checked out Artist Alley and was pretty excited that I was going to see some artists at the Pop Surrealism panel.&nbsp; I looked at the artwork, designs, jewelry, and other trinkets that these artists made.&nbsp; Unfortunately, I absentmindedly forgot to take pictures due to the time crunch.&nbsp; Now I know why my brother said that you'll need more than a day to be able to take in everything!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="315" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_76c2e73385064f1aac6f4975285ad792.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="561"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>A few of my souvenirs from NYCC 2015</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Comic books, post cards, and artists' business cards</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> At that point my legs were exhausted.&nbsp; Even with my comfortable boots I knew that I needed to take a break.&nbsp; I walked to the other side to head to the B rooms for my Pop Surrealism panel.&nbsp; On my way, I snapped a final picture of the floor of the Jurassic World display.&nbsp; The men were dressed up as the guides you would see in the movies.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="603" original-height="635" original-width="485" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_edf0ab8790a6488ca401f2bb1d0acd8d.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="461"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Jurassic World Exhibit</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>with the famous raptor</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> It was really nice and everyone seemed to enjoy it.&nbsp; After taking the Jurassic World picture, I went to the B wing to wait for my panel.&nbsp; I was just sitting down and reading the NYCC book.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="374" original-height="435" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_54ff3898057d4a79864e63ab70fea73d.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="561"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Pop Surrealism Panel</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Courtesy of NYCC 2015</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> It didn't take long before the NYCC crew ushered us into the room.&nbsp; I was pretty excited since this brought back memories of the art courses I took when I was an undergrad.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="320" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_f6be288c231544daa91a8429c2499a08.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="572"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Inside the Pop Surrealism panel</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> The panel was moderated by Carlo McCormick.&nbsp; Carlo is a culture writer and curator in New York City.&nbsp; I loved his laid back demeanor and wit throughout the panel.&nbsp; During the panel, the artists' work was projected onto the screen while they discussed their background and styles.&nbsp; The panel was composed of artists (Camilla, Tara, Travis, and Mab) and a gallery owner (Jonathan LeVine).&nbsp; If you check out their sites (I will put links after I discuss the panel), you can see their bio and artwork.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> A few topics that was part of the discussion included how they started their work, their influences in their work, their background and styles, and types of artwork that they did not work on.&nbsp; Tara McPherson started as an astrophysics major before venturing into art.&nbsp; Mab Graves discussed her work focusing on innocence and its childlike qualities.&nbsp; Jonathan LeVine discussed being surrounded by art through music and his gallery.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> One of my favorite art pieces came from Camilla d'Errico's "<strong>Rainbuns</strong>."&nbsp; Who doesn't love colorful bunnies?&nbsp; For Tara, it was "<strong>Secrets of the Polar Aurora</strong>."&nbsp; There was a mystical quality to it and the blue color was hypnotizing.&nbsp; Alice in Wonderland is a favorite childhood story of mine and that's what caught my attention from Mab's work.&nbsp; Travis Louie's work focused on its Victorian quality and I loved how he was able to meld that style with mythical qualities seen in folklore.&nbsp; I was pretty excited when Jonathan discussed his gallery and featured artists.&nbsp; That will definitely be my next stop to visit soon.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="313" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_eafb433c1975454889b1066376c1b080.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="560"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Panel concluding and going up to the artists</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Here are their sites if you want to go check them out:</p> <p> <a href="http://camilladerrico.com/">Camilla d'Errico</a></p> <p> <a href="http://www.taramcpherson.com/">Tara McPherson</a></p> <p> <a href="http://travislouieartworks.com/">Travis Louie</a></p> <p> <a href="http://jonathanlevinegallery.com/">Jonathan LeVine</a></p> <p> <a href="http://mabgraves.com/">Mab Graves</a></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> That concluded my day at New York Comic Con 2015.&nbsp; I had such a great time and the experience did not disappoint at all!&nbsp; As I was heading home, I sent my brother a text to thank him for inviting me to NYCC.&nbsp; He was happy to hear that and told me that he was still attending panels for the evening.&nbsp; I wished him a good night and a safe trip home.&nbsp; Overall it was a very unique and fun experience.&nbsp; In one day, I got to see the cast of Adventure Time in person, meet artists, see a variety of displays and exhibits, and basically get immersed in the NYCC experience.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> I didn't know what to expect and thought that the crowds would be too much, but it ended up not being too bad.&nbsp; I was still able to take a variety of pictures and look around.&nbsp; When I spoke to my brother, he asked me if I was going to cosplay if I went to NYCC again in the future.&nbsp; When I thought about it I didn't know which character I would cosplay as.&nbsp; The designing wouldn't be too bad from what I learned in menswear and designing/tailoring.&nbsp; But making a costume would definitely be a new experience! haha&nbsp; It's one thing to create a dress shirt, but another to make an elaborate costume.&nbsp; I can't picture myself as any specific character at the moment.&nbsp; Oh well, we shall see how things go later on!</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> It did feel like an early Halloween and there was nothing better than seeing people of all ages and backgrounds have fun.&nbsp; I think that's one thing I liked that most about NYCC--everyone was able to be who they wanted to be without any judgment.&nbsp; In terms of the environment, I was able to get immersed in art and pop culture for one day.&nbsp; It really did feel like an adventure infused with a mix of Eastern and Western pop culture.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <div content-type="media" style="width: 100%; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px; text-align: center;"> <img height="314" original-height="365" original-width="652" src="http://static.wixstatic.com/media/eba65f_a4432e8dec3f4d1184134a4a2131e95e.jpg" style="display: inline; border: 0px none;" width="561"></div> <div content-type="media-description" style="width:100%"> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>Leaving Javits Center</strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong>It rained, but good thing I wasn't outside for that!</strong></p> </div> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Goodbye New York Comic Con and thanks again for the exciting day!&nbsp; Thanks again to my brother and everyone at New York Comic Con.&nbsp; If I do get another chance to visit New York Comic Con in the future, I'll know that I'll need more than one day.&nbsp; And yes, I did crash after I ate a small dinner when I got home. :)</p> Tue, 20 Oct 2015 23:33:08 GMT f962145f-c145-4366-9857-4494adae4255