Saturday, June 07, 2014

england | day one

So it will probably take me about a month to go through and edit the rest but I finally got the first set of my England photos edited! Let's start off with day one in London :)

My dad has business in Cambridge so a while back, my family decided we would all meet up in England for a family vacation. I flew Virgin Atlantic for the first time, too! 9/10 would fly again.  :)

The day we arrived, we made our way to The Black Friar for some food and drinks. I think I barely made it to about 9:00 before I passed out XD No Canon shots from the first day but I have a few instagrams up!

my mommy & daddy ♡

We started off with breakfast before making our way to St. Paul's Cathedral. Unfortunately no pictures were allowed inside but I tried to take as many as I could from the look out at the top! I'm not one to consider myself an acrophobe or anything so the height itself didn't bother me, but going up metal grated stairs? That part I wasn't so fond of. The Whispering Room inside St. Paul's was really cool, too!

my lil bro


haha, dad

We spent most of the day walking and exploring the area around St. Paul's, Tower Bridge, and generally just walking up and down the Thames. It was a bit chilly our first day and I was absolutely exhausted by the time we got back to the hotel for a break but I feel like we saw so much our first day! Going inside Tower Bridge was pretty cool and I really enjoyed just seeing London.

My mom had been dying to go to this pub called Ye Olde Mitre so we made our way over there after a short break at the hotel. I should mention that I was also the one who ended up finding the side street it was down, awww yeah. Anyway, I'm not quite sure how much beer and ale I drank in London but we met the loveliest people in that pub.

One guy even told us how much he wanted to go to Georgia and how we should switch houses XD

My dad had work the next day so we made our way to Cambridge that evening. I love long train rides and really enjoyed the journey there. Though it was only a hour, haha.

So yes, that was all one day! I'm not sure how we did it, but one thing I will say for my parents is that they didn't waste any time. Looking back through these pictures it's actually hard to believe we did this much, haha.

Anyway, there are like...8 more days of photos to edit? Oh lawd.

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Monday, June 02, 2014

4 days, live days

So I should be looking for my air con remote so that when the electrician comes over he's not all, "Are you sure you put in batteries?" But instead I'm gonna make that blog post I started last week. I would blame it on laziness again, but actually:

Our internet has been broken. For like 5 days. Apparently our provider has started this whole 7GB a month limit thing and well, ain't nobody got time fo' dat.

Anyway, for those that follow me on Instagram and Facebook, you'll know that I went to England for almost two weeks last month! Well, this is not that post. I have a ton of photos to edit, but first I wanted to write about what I did when I got back.

2014.05.22 Ruido K2

ASH DA HERO first secret!live

The day after I got back from England my dear friend Ash had his secret!first live at Ruido K2 in Shibuya. He's the former vocalist of the now paused NSDP and is starting solo activities from here on out. It was a really great show but I was waaaaay too jetlagged and started feeling a little ill towards the end of the set.

I also fell down the stairs and got an incredibly attractive blood blister on my hand D:

2014.05.23 Geki Rock

On Thursday, I ran into Lidy and Sohei of FEAR FROM THE HATE who invited me to come out to Geki Rock the next day. I was hoping to do an interview with Danger Kids (Geki Rock's special guest) but didn't have time to cement any plans so I initially just planned on going for fun instead.

However! The day before I got an email from my friend Landon about helping him film FFTH's set.


Between filming I was able to go down on the floor and hear their cover of Marilyn Manson's "Rock is Dead". SO GOOD. These guys should really cover Manson more often. :D

When we went backstage to put our cameras up, I ended up running into the members of Danger Kids! Super nice group of guys (and one girl!) and they agreed to do an interview with us for trick/rock.

After we interviewed them, they actually asked to interview us! Landon and I were like WHUT but they asked some pretty lulzy questions and it's always so nice to catch up with fellow Americans. :))

Oh, and there was a group shot. My head is so tiny though like wtf DD:

Spent the rest of the show going back and forth between backstage and the floor and managed to see The Twisted Harbor Town, Make My Day, and Danger Kid's sets as well. Make My Day's vocalist Isam came down with the flu so they asked Taama of ROACH to stand in as their support vocalist; in case you were wondering why the guy crowdsurfing with a mic looks nothing like the former, haha.

2014.05.24 Thick Festival

The next day Lisa and I headed to Club Citta in  Kawasaki for Secret 7 Line's big event Thick Fest. I used to live the next station over in Tsurumi, so Kawaski is a pretty nostalgic area for me. Plus it was my first time at Club Citta!

Obligatory pass shot.
Jr. Monster



Secret 7 Line

Even though we were sitting upstairs, it was still hot as Hades in there. However, it was an epic show and it's always a pleasure to see Secret 7 Line. I'm normally not a punk person but I quite enjoy their style!

2014.05.25 Shores & Autumn Creatures

On Sunday, I headed over to Shinjuku to see Shores play with Colorado based band, Autumn Creatures. Lisa and I saw Shores for the first time in Okinawa with Her Name in Blood but didn't get to properly meet the guys until we saw them in Tokyo a couple months later. We became fast friends with them and they've got some great music so we try to see them whenever they're in Tokyo.

Autumn Creatures were really good too! Instrumental music has never really been my thing but I was super impressed with how professional and polished they sounded. Mature even? Really enjoyed their set, actually!

Anyway, I was supposed to do an interview with them on Monday but woke up with a death-migraine, no appetite, and nearly hilarious exhaustion. I would say that should teach me that getting back from a trip and then hitting the ground running probably isn't a good idea, but I never really learn from my mistakes anyway, haha. 

Now the question is, just how long will it take me to edit those England photos? :D

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