December 29, 2012

A look back at 2012

This past year has come and gone so quickly, I feel I barely had time to process everything that has happened within 2012. As tradition, every year I take look back at the significant events/the things I did for the first time and I take note of them to try and push myself to do more the coming year. So here is a quick overview of my 2012, almost all of which are first times (also, not really in chronological order as I wrote things as I remembered them).

  • Started formally blogging again, first by Blogger and then made the move here to Wordpress.

  • Became a Macbook user and owned almost everything Apple except for my phone: Macbook, iPod, iPad.

  • I stayed in New York for the summer for the first time, being away from home for a record 7 months, for internships and to be a summer RA.

  • Turned 21.

  • Went to RA Soiree with good friends.

  • Was nominated for an award by one of my friends for the first time.

  • Made homemade dough for the first time & tried my first IPA.
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  • Experienced my first real natural disaster (Hurricane Sandy).

  • I voted for the first time!

  • Saw the New York Philharmonic perform for the first time.

  • Went to go see Seminar and saw Alan Rickman for the first time.

  • Participated in Holi for the first time.

  • Attended an Indian wedding for the first time.

  • I did some amazing programs with fellow RAs.64706_10151381368265301_996894796_n

  • I went to Dave & Buster's for the first time and did weird things with RA friends, including getting a photo in their kitchen...

  • Got to show an NYU friend around one of my favorite places in LA for the first time.tumblr_lyc7q2Q4UE1qgpxvwo1_1280

  • Went to a Halloween party for the first time and got to dress up as something I wanted to, not a last minute costume.

  • I did many, many brunch dates.

  • Went to some places for the first time like the New York Aquarium and Coney Island.

  • And did so much more.

I didn't realize how many firsts I did this year! It's been a lot of fun but I look forward to 2013 and all of the new experiences and adventures I will be able to embark on in the coming year. My goal is to definitely take more pictures with my new camera & my DSLR..makes things a lot nicer than these (mostly) phone pictures. Also, I am very blessed to have been able to meet so many amazing people and to maintain relationships with those that have cared enough to stick with me so far. And the opportunities I've had! I definitely can't complain.

I hope you've all had great years as well and if anything, take a look back and consider the things you did for the first time this year. No matter how bad a year may have been, I think looking at it this way makes it all seem a little brighter and is something to look forward to moving on.

Anyway, see you all in 2013!

July 7, 2012

We have to go back!

Lost fans may dislike the fact that I borrowed possibly one of the most famous lines from the show without having ever seen it. It's on my to-watch list, if that helps! Anyway, San Diego Comic-Con is right around the corner and I am lamenting the fact that I will not be able to go this year. I had the chance to go last year because of someone I knew, and it was so much fun, but I can't say that we're really friends anymore so...that might have been one of the downsides to the experience. That in itself is a story that I'm not going to get into right now, but I will tell you about my SDCC adventures.

One of the biggest things is that I did everything alone. I've been to Anime Expo before and usually people tend to go in groups of friends or family. Comic-Con seemed to be the kind of place where yes, you see a lot of people in groups, but you also see a huge number of individuals roaming around by themselves. Naturally, I rolled my sleeves up and charged forward alone. It's probably why I didn't go to some of the panels that I really should have tried to get into, or why I stayed in Hall H the entire time (once I got in there was no coming out). I think overall, for my first CC I didn't do too poorly.

Anyway, here's my very spare photo journal of the whole experience. I didn't want to edit photos for every single panel and I didn't take a lot of pictures of the things that I did outside of panels. These are largely out of order, as I don't remember which panel came when and the photos saved out of order...but it doesn't really matter!

We camped! Not the greatest choice to be made because I got bitten everywhere, but my sleeping bag is on the far left.

We used to drive and park near one of the shuttle stops, much like everyone else who wasn't staying in a hotel.

The crowd for preview night!

The first panel I got into was for Wilfred (well, for Beavis & Butthead but I was aiming for Wilfred). Elijah Wood and Jason Gann were precious together.

Maybe half of the crowd waiting to get into the Ballroom; most of them, from what I heard, were there for Game of Thrones.

And this was unfortunately as close as I got to getting into the Game of Thrones panel :( Still heartbroken.

Fright Night panel. I'm sorry but Colin Farrell is great: someone tried to call him an asshole and he squeezed out of it as gracefully as possible.

Beavis & Butthead panel with Johnny Knoxville and Mike Judge.

Total Recall panel. JOHN CHO!!

The Amazing Spider-Man panel. Andrew Garfield came out with a Spider-Man suit on (mask included) and halfway through talking at the fan question mic unveiled himself and let everyone in the room go crazy.

Twixt panel (Francis Ford Coppola is fantastic. Val Kilmer was quiet).

The 3D glasses/mask!

Dorothy of Oz panel. SIR PATRICK STEWART!!!

Knights of Badassdom panel. I'm still waiting for it to be released so I can bathe in all the Peter Dinklage LARP-ing glory.

The Adventures of Tin-Tin panel! I didn't think I was going to get in. Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson on one stage, so much awesomeness I almost imploded.

 Doctor Who tattoo sleeve! I stayed by the BBC booth for the longest time trying to snag one of these.

The last picture I took at Comic-Con was of this fabulous dog on a bike.

That's it. That was San Diego Comic-Con 2011 for me. It was a last minute decision to go, was one of the best experiences ever, and I wish I were going back this year. Can someone send me to tweet about it? Can I have every geek's dream job and get sent there to cover it via blog? No? Okay, well, I'll dream about going from here.