Travel Diary: Parliament & Butchart Gardens of Victoria

I went to Victoria, BC again. Last time I went to Craigdarroch Castle, Chinatown and Miniature Museum. This time I went to the Parliament Buildings (only outside) and Butchart Gardens.

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on the ferry

The Parliament Buildings are really big.

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close-up of the Parliament

The Butchart Gardens are quite big as well. I took photos of my favourite flowers. I must have missed the lilies because I don’t think I saw them…

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taken at the rose garden

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pretty restaurant

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Phone camera pictures:

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The gardens are definitely my favourite place in Victoria.


Victoria Part 1 – Craigdarroch Castle/Chinatown/Ferry [HERE]

Victoria Part 2 – Miniature Museum [HERE]

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Travel Diary: The Peak of Vancouver

I went to Grouse Mountain, also known as the Peak of Vancouver. I’ve been there when I was younger, but it’s my first time back as an adult.

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before the skyride

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on the chairlift

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The chairlift was probably the funnest part for me, and we saw a big bear while sitting on it. The view of Vancouver was pretty – the land surrounding the water bodies in the second photo is the city.

A Thing About Twitter

Twitter was my main social media platform, but now I’m stepping away from it. I won’t deactivate my account, but I’m already using it a lot less. Here’s why it no longer interests me. Whenever something does not interest me anymore, I always have my reasons.

1. I am using social media less in general. Currently I don’t feel the need to share my life with others. I still take the same amount of photos as before, but I guess I’m a more private person now. I’ll still post my favourite posts here on my blog and Instagram, of course.

2. Due to reasons related to school and work, I’ve made my account private. I find that it’s less fun being private, and I feel less motivated to tweet. The reason is probably because of the retweeting culture, and others can’t retweet your tweets if you’re a private account.

3. Unpleasant interactions. All I do is tweet randomly about my day, or a random thought I had. I never ask for a dispute over a silly tweet that I could have not tweeted in the first place.

4. Indirect tweeting. I’ve seen a lot of these, but a lot of them are responses to others’ tweets and directing it to the public.

5. People complaining. I am aware that I complain too, but the environment influences the way I tweet. If everyone retweeted more happy and positive thoughts, I would too. You can’t retweet something if you don’t see much of it.

6. Time waster. Now that I don’t go on Twitter as often, I’ve had more time to do other things. Things that are more important than tweeting.

7. People make up news or twist news stories all the time on Twitter. We should always question information before we retweet anything, but a lot of people fail to do this. Twitter is not as bad as Facebook though.

8. Negative news. This is specifically news stories, not others’ personal tweets. I like to be informed about the world’s events, but there are more negative stories than positive ones.

9. When I log into Twitter after a break, I realize I haven’t missed much. Life goes on with or without your online presence.

Twitter used to give me energy because it gave me a place to interact with my online blogger friends. Now I am satisfied with commenting on blog posts. I used to like being updated on what was happening in the community, but now I realize it doesn’t really matter. Of course I am aware of the pros of Twitter, but right now the cons outweigh the pros. It is a toxic space for me and feels draining. Obviously I can’t speak for everyone, but this is my experience with Twitter.

July’s Favourites

We’re only a little over a week in July but these are my favourite things from this month! The last time I did a monthly favourite post was back in December 2017, so I thought it was time to do another one.

1. Photography

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Thanks Carmen for the mug and strawberry matcha

I love taking photos of things I see in my life. I post my favourite photos on this blog, so this blog is my online photo diary. Everyone is welcome to look into a glimpse of my life.

2. Attack on Titan season 3

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The new anime season is coming out this month and I’m excited to watch it. I haven’t watched it yet since it’s not out yet but I’m still putting it on this list LOL.

3. Dr Pepper

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The intellectual drink, for the chosen ones!” – Okabe Rintarou

There’s no doubt that Steins;Gate increased Dr Pepper sales, but I’ve loved Dr Pepper before I watched it hahaha. When Okabe said that, I felt that.

4. Sushi

I like to eat tuna sushi just like my favourite anime character, Izaya Orihara.

5. Blue mophead hydrangea

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I would love to cosplay in front of these flowers one day.

6. Mochi ice cream

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I’ve only had it once and it was so good. I can’t wait to eat this again.

7. …

Piercings

I only have two on each ear, but I love wearing earrings. Piercings are a way for me to express myself and I feel like myself with them. I think I’m done getting piercings for now.

8. TOMS shoes

I LOVED my sparkly black TOMS in 2015 but those were trashed a long time ago. I recently bought plain black TOMS and I wear them all the time! I like them because they feel very light.

9. Watermelon

Watermelons are my second favourite fruits! First favourite fruit would be blueberries. I used to be obsessed with strawberries but people change. I know I’m constantly changing.


Maybe you were expecting skincare or makeup products because that’s what most people do, but these are my favourite things of the month. Hahaha.

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P.S. I KNOW that I talk about myself a lot. However, you must understand that my blog was originally an online diary and it is still an online diary. This blog did not start as an anime blog right off the bat. Anime posts came gradually.

When I write about anime, I often make the post a little personal. However, I think that adding your own experiences are nice because you get a unique perspective.

Travel Diary: Victoria Part 2

These are unedited photos I took at Miniature World in Victoria. Miniature World is a museum where everything is tiny. There were so many displays and admission is $16 for adults. For point of reference… imagine the Colossal Titan from Attack on Titan.

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HAHAHA!

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The details are incredible.

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The train actually runs so this is not just for show.

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Every display contains so much – it’s hard to capture everything in just one photo.

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There were a lot of modern displays but I don’t have many photos of them.

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Day versus night at the circus. Some displays turn dark and they have cool lights.

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Travel Diary: Victoria Part 1

I went on a trip to Victoria with the crew. I took these photos with my camera (not phone camera) so these photos are not edited, except for the last one.

Craigdarroch Castle

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I wanted to post a photo of this beautiful piano but unfortunately the picture I took is blurry. 😦

Chinatown

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Chinatown in Victoria is tiny! A lot of shops aren’t run by Asian people either but the lanterns look nice. I regret not buying a No Face plush keychain (from Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away). TT_TT There was a Totoro one too. I do think that Totoro is cuter but I like No Face more.

Ferry

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ONE PIECE!

Part 2 will be on Miniature World. I have a lot more photos for that which is why there are two parts.

THE PLAN

Guess what? I’ve done 37 cosplays in the two years I’ve been cosplaying! The 38th cosplay will be posted soon. I’ve cosplayed as anime characters, vocaloid, and game characters.

Characters I would like to do again:

  • Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece – holding Chopper plush
  • Mitsuha from Kimi no Na Wa/Your Name – never got a chance to do full body shot
  • Yuki Nagato from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya – full body shot with book
  • Saber from Fate/stay night – full body shot
  • Gumi Matryoshka – full body shot
  • Gumi Difficult Love/Nankai Ren’ai – holding love letter
  • Gumi Difficult Love/Nankai Ren’ai – full body shot
  • Misa Amane – with black nail polish and makeup

I think that before I spend more money on cosplays, I should get these done first.

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If you live in BC, Canada and are interested, I’m selling a few cosplays. These are all size small:

  • Lovely Complex cardigan $10 – You can cosplay as Risa or Otani.
  • Kido Tsubomi hoodie $10 – from The Kagerou Project/Mekukacity Actors
  • Ururu t-shirt and skirt $5 – from Bleach

See instagram.com/misswaves_shop for more items for sale. As always, I’m open to selling most of my cosplays so even if it is not listed, just ask.