2020 So Far

Haha.. I thought I would blog more wayy back in March/April since I started to write about my Disney vacation from January… and I thought with the self isolation and everything, I’ll have more time… but it turned out I got lazy and got super unproductive and totally forgot my goal oops. Can’t believe it’s September and I HAVEN’T DONE ANYTHING, THANKS A LOT COVID

March 2020
Lockdown started officially on March 13. Slowly but surely my work place got reduced hours and there are some days I do work from home. It was pretty chilled for a while and I get to wear comfy clothes. Only things that was stressful was gearing up to go groceries shopping and wiping down literally everything upon entry into house. Also mom and I started sewing masks out of fabric and the craft store ran out of fabric lol. Bff celebrated my birthday quarantine style.

April 2020
April was still pretty ok. Bff got me into diamond painting so I bought a kit out of Aliexpress… Not going to get here till June LMAO. Also work has been super chill with reduced hours and the roads are super empty making driving not as stressful as before Yay. Been making soo many batch of bbt LOL cause I really craving bbt… Also ubereats bbt is kinda expensive with tax and tips…. so I made my own.

May 2020
The city is still in isolation mode/lockdown. Celebrated bff’s birthday quarantine style again. LOL. At this point I was slowly going insane being cooped up all the time which is a big deal, being the giant introvert that I am.

June 2020
My diamond painting finally arrived. I downloaded Harry Potter audiobooks while doing it… Really relaxing hobby.

The final product!

The city started opening up and a lot of people thinks COVID is gone which makes me SOOO ANXIOUS when I go out and do groceries cause the crowds!! I started becoming depress and anxious and I started going to counselling which wasn’t really helping cause my case was closed after 3 weeks…

July 2020
Started becoming more anxious and stress out cause work people are all worked up about something. Also July is usually happy, warm and sunny. Not this year. It’s raining and cold and gross.. Ew. Also, lots of COVID cases spiked CAUSE PPL ARE IDIOTS. I also took a mental day off and went to eat at Grams. cause I was missing Japan.

Fuwa Fuwa pancakes

Then there was this CCS thing I really wanted from Toreba and my friend helped me got it. Also, my game somehow glitched and I managed to win a figure. LOL.

Mini Dream Wand!

My complexe’s pool FINALLY opened and I went for a swim with my mermaid tails… The pool looks nice but it killed my tails due to the concrete bottom. At least I got cute pictures out of it. Luckily, every time I went, I got the whole pool to myself…

Bff’s and my Finfolk Productions Fabric tails.

Because I am so depressed being cooped up at home with no ppl to hang out with. I keep driving to bubble tea shop to get drinks… which are my 10 minute field trip of the day…

Yi Fang’s Doraemon Promo
i though the straw has Doraemon on it but turned out it was only for the packaging….

I also bought another Diamond painting kit lol…

August 2020
This was a sh*t month. Normally I would do lots of cosplay making but there is no anime convention at all this year since our convention centre got converted into an emergency standby COVID hospital in case the city run out of space at the hospital. WHICH WAS MAJOR DEPRESSING CAUSE I HAVE NO DRESS UP OR PUT ON MAKEUP AND SEE MY FRIENDS IN A LONG A$$ TIME. My depression and anxiety were spiralling so much that I have to seek out another counselor again.

Also, my sibling that I don’t get along called to say he is moving back like 4 days BEFORE HE ARRIVES and there was a sh*tshow drama at my house to get him to quarantine regardless he is from the same country cause plane rides are a risk… and he is bringing his s/o… In the end… my fam ended up self isolating so I didn’t see my 2 friends in my smol circle for 2 weeks. I WAS BORED AF… Luckily, my second diamond painting kit arrived… and I’ve been doing that and keeping myself occupied by researching on Mortgages, budgetting and looking for places to move out cuz I really can’t stand more family drama and my mental health hit rock bottom…

Frozen Diamond Painting kit framed!

I went out to get Starbucks and this stupid sign was out on August 16 2019. THIS IS TOO EARLY FOR PUMPKIN SPICE WTF SUMMER ISN’T OVER YET (even though it never came…)

Starbucks, seriously?????

September 2020
My mental health slowly went to sh*t. Luckily my annual vacation is almost here… I have planned soooo many things.. hopefully I’ll be better during then…

All the forest fire from the West Coast from the States is affecting Vancouver so much… It got all smoggy here on the 11th… The air quality went to sh*t. Also, there was a fire across the bridge where the harbour promenade caught ablaze (it was just renovated too) so the air got super toxic and gross… Urg.. Also, couple of shooting in my city.. yea so far.. 2020 is sh*t but at least I get to do a lot of arts and craft during my time off… Yay shrinky dinks and sketching…

ALSO… The annual vacay, I was suppose to fly to HK to visit my grandmothers and relatives but that didn’t happened because travelling is not safe and also required 14 days self isolation to and from which is basically my whole vacay wtf. ALSO… THE TIME THAT MY VACAY ALIGNED WITH A CCS EVENT IN HK AND I CANNOT GO WTF WTF F*CK YOU ALL YOU COVIDIOTS FOR MAKING INTERNATIONAL TRAVELING UNSAFE. I’m f*cking beyond disappointed.

On the plus side.. I finished reading KnY and rewatched the series cuz movie is coming out in Oct.

Hong Kong Disneyland 2019

Another 2019 post in the year 2020 cause 2020 never happened. LOL.

I wasn’t going to post this because I got lazy but since we’re all in self-isolation, might as well write a few blog posts even though they are so outdated.

Like the last post mentioned, I went to HK by myself and I decided to stop by Disneyland by myself but then, one of my aunt really wanted to go as well so she skipped work to go with me LOL.

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Taking the MTR to Disneyland!

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Got here after the opening cause my aunt was late LOL.

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Mandatory Mickey Mouse and whale fountain picture

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Card Captor Sakura Themed Dim Sum

April 19 2019 [Late post haha…Finally have time to post this!]

Last year I went to Hong Kong by myself to just visit people and do some shopping. Before I got scheduled to fly out from Vancouver my friend send me a Facebook link that there was a Cardcaptor Sakura themed dim sum pop up and said that I have to go! Because I am such as CCS fan, I immdediately forward that to  my aunt and she helped me made reservation. My aunt, uncle, and cousin got curious so they wanted to come as well – which is great news because I get to try many things on the menu!!

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OMG!!! CCS THEME RESTAURANT/FOOD!!!

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Didn’t take much pictures of the inside pop out restaurant…

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The windows are decorated with the characters!!!

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More characters, and there are big, clear cards in between the windows!!

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Clear cards!!

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Our table was Suppi and Kero~~~

Also, seating for dim sum is only for an hour so have to eat fast. WTF HK ppl eat so fast!!!

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Chopsticks wrapper is also printed~

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Other side… and before you asked.. Yes i brought the clean one home.. hahaha

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Placemat. I also asked for a new one to hoard. LOL

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I keep seeing people with fans, so I asked for one LOL… My aunt also wanted one.. LMAO

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The fan is double sided!!!

Onto the Menu~~~ I regret not taking pictures of every single page.. 😦 However, only half of the menu are Sakura themed, and the other half was normal dim sums…

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AHHH THE FOOD ARRIVED AND THEY ARE SO CUTE OMG OMG OMG OMG AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

 

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Sakura Taro Bun

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This is my favorite! Kero Steamed Egg Custard Bun!! HE IS SUPER BIG

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Sakura Shrimp Dumplings

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Deep Fried Spring Rolls stuffed with shrimp.

My aunt is like “if you want the character toothpick thingie I’ll go the washroom and wash it for you” LOLOL. Spoiler alert: I’m not that kind of hoarder… but they ARE CUTE.

I was tempted to the one that were on Popsicle sticks since they are cleaner…. hahahah but I didn’t…

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Character steam rice rolled with shrimp. I’m so glad they include Yuna D Kaito!

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Got a Sakura Lychee yogurt drink~ I immedidately took out the cup sleeves cause I didn’t want to get it wet/soggy… hahaha

Experience was super duper AWESOME and it felt too short. Also, the seating was kinda weird but I had fun!

The shopping center was really fancy as well! Hope to come back when they have another interesting theme!

DIM SUM ICON
The ONE
No. 100 Nathan Road
L308, 3/F
Tsim Sha Tsuim Kowloon, Hong Kong

 

 

 

Orlando Florida 2020 – Flight Back to Canada

Slept in a bit on the morning of January 14, but not really because Cera and I needed to get up kinda early to finish packing and head to a dumb presentation for TimeShare       _:(´□`」 ∠):_ When we were checking in a few days ago, this really SUPER happy concierge was babbling about how we get a gift card just by listening a presentation for a few hour and we agreed cause a) we wanted to get to our room ASAP and he was just going on and on b) free money for more merch shopping…

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White chocolate for early snack LOL… Didn’t finish my dessert from Be Our Guest Dining.

I remembered being tuned out and just disagree with everything and the saleslady gave up on me. Yep. She also asked us what time we need to leave to the airport and I guess 10:30 am doesn’t really registered with her.

We promptly left at 10:30 to head back to our rooms to grab our luggage and lo-and-behold, our key bands didn’t work and it seems like our room was locked and housekeeping was reading to clean the room. щ(ºДºщ)

W.T.F. We were told that our check out time can be push back if we agree to go to that dumb presentation but I guess concierge didn’t really COMMUNICATE with the rest of the front staff/put a note in the file…  So Cera went down, all the way to reception, to yell talk to the front staff and I stay guarding the door to prevent housekeeping from happening.

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Angrily going to the wait corner….

Somehow I have both of our phones so the communication line is down… HAHA we are so smart… Cera made it back and apparently the lock system automatically lock at 9 am as it is the regular check out time. ʕ •̀ o •́ ʔ Right…

We grabbed our luggages and off to the airport with Mears transport, this time the driver was super duper nice!

Got to the airport at 11 am, plenty time to spare with last minute shopping at Universal Studios store, go through TSA and walk to the gate…

Boy we were wrong…

Checking in went relatively well and we went to the Universal Studios store to get some some last minute merch like pins, overpriced journals, and luggage accessories. Store clerk was super nice and wrapped our purchase super well for us! He was just a bit chatty so early in the morning (even though it’s like 11 am ish LOL)

Then, we made our way to TSA and our carry-on suitcase got flagged… WTF. So we have to line up for examination which took &^#@(^ FOREVER. We were behind a couple with kids who also got their luggages flagged. Poor kid was crying since the TSA needed to swab baby formula… (; ̄Д ̄)

Throughout the TSA line, there was only ONE agent assign to do second examination… Like why?! And the lady was SUPER SLOW. щ(ಥДಥщ) whyyyyy

Cera and I have to sit in the corner with frustrated parents and their fussy kids for SO SO SOOOO LONG.

Finally, after what seems like forever, we got called. It turned out, the Time Turner was the item that got flagged because it looked suspicious on the scanner.. W.T.F. Also, luckily,  a new TSA agent checked our suitcase and he knew that our Harry Potter merchs are totally harmless and sent us on our merry way.

We stopped by the lounge to grab a light lunch. There was a candy bar with GUMMY BEARS!! 😀 Made me so happy after TSA stress.

We left the airport lounge about an hour before our flight to slowly head to the gate. We have to take the airport train to our gate. The sign told us to take the train on the right and we did, but it was weird, because it doesn’t seemed to stop at the gate that we wanted. SO we took the same train back and decide to ask an airport staff just in case.

While waiting for the next train, an airport staff said that there is a faster way to get to our termial/gate and that he can guide us through the shortcut. Great! Since this dude knows his way at the airport, we decide to trust him and hopped into the airport train on the left.

BIG MISTAKE.

The door that were suppose to open didn’t because the other side of the terminal had constructions going on so the only exit is to leave security…. The staff was really nice and tried to reason with the airport train staff to either a) open the door on the other side of the train or b) send us back with the same train.

BUT NOPE

This train is one way and one way only… and WE HAVE TO LINE UP THROUGH TSA AGAIN FFFFFFFFFFFF (ノಥДಥ)ノ︵┻━┻・/

The airport staff was really apologetic and convince one of the TSA agent to let us through the shortest line – the disability line *sigh*… Better than nothing. While in line, Cera was furiously unpacking her Time Turner from the suitcase, cause there is NO WAY we are letting that merch get flagged again. We don’t have time to waste because boarding literally started as we were waiting at TSA.

Cera refilled her empty Gillyweed water bottle from the lounge and because no liquids are allowed through TSA, the bottle was, unfortunately, got tossed out. RIP Gillyweed bottle. I guess we’ll get a new one in 5 years LOL.

So we made our way through the detectors…

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…angrily made out way through TSA.. AGAIN

And our carry-on suitcase and duffel bag came out the scanner without any trouble. Cera took the suitcase and Time Turner and went into a corner for speed packing, while I wait and grab my stuff, our shoes to be out of the conveyor belt so we can run to our gate.

We made it with 10 minutes to spare. I was not ready to cardio at the airport…

After a few hours, we landed at Houston, Texas for our super short layover. I also went to pick up a souvenir mug from Starbucks for mom cause she collect ridiculous heavy, mugs and she was being picky with the Disney mugs…

Went to the Centurion lounge again for snacks and coffee. I didn’t get drunk this time with free alcohol… yay me.

We got a nice doggo sitting in our aisle 🙂 The flight back was ok, was able to distract myself from a fussy kid that was sitting in the row behind. That kid, omg, was not disciplined well because she was having a severe tantrum THE ENTIRE FLIGHT. Cera almost turned around to yelled at the parents for their poor parenting. The poor lady was clutching her dog in distress cause she was SOOOOOOO anxious and annoyed.

Made it back to Vancouver to – 0 degree and SNOWING and it was SNOWING real hard to the point that there was a snow day, 2 days after we got back. I’m glad, I bought a warm jacket LOL

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Touching down at YVR airport…

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LANDED IN THIS CHAOS

 

 

 

DisneyWorld – Be Our Guest Dining Experience

January 13 2020

When Cera and I visited Disney World back in 2015, we tried eat at Be Our Guest but us dumb dumb didn’t realized that people literally made reservations for this restaurant 180 days prior. Us local food tried to wait at the standby line hoping someone would cancel last minute.. that didn’t happened.

HOWEVER,

I was prepared this time around and made reservation WAYYY back in July before EVEN getting flight tickets, accommodation, and park tickets…

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Got reservation super early so we can make our way to the Fireworks show without having to rush.

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Beast Castle

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There was a whole tile mosaic murale of Belle and Beast but we were too busy ooohhh-ing and ahhhh-ing that none of us took picture of it… So dumb… (we also didn’t take picture of the restaurant sign.. we’re super dumb when we’re excited-hungry)

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It is JUST LIKE THE MOVIE!!!

 

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We sat in the Grand Ballroom!! The back window has the winter scene from the movie and has snowfall scene!!

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Mandatory picture of the Menu. We chose the Three Courses Prix Fix menu which is $62 USD/person

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Starting with Baguettes and butter…

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I chose French Onion Soup as my appetizer

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.. And my entrée was Herb-Salted Tenderloin

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Cera went with the Maine Lobster Bisque as her appetizer..

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And her entrée was Spice-Dusted Lamb Chops

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The dessert trio is my favourite!!! Rose jam macaron (?), dark chocolate truffle filled with dark chocolate, Grand Manier ganage, white chocolate “Chip” cup with grey stuff and crisp pearls on top of edible paper (wasn’t good, don’t recommend LOL aesthetic only!)

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Chip!!! made of entirely of white chocolate filled with “the grey stuff!!!” Can we talk how cute he is?!

After eating, we went to explore the other 2 dining rooms at Beast Castle – The Rose Gallery and The West Wing.  Cera also told me to bring my camera to the washroom because we thought the washroom was fancy… it wasn’t.

The Rose Gallery is really cute! There are several pictures depicting Belle’s life inside Beasts’ castle with Lumière, Cogsworth, Mrs Pott and Chip…

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And in the middle of this room is a music box of Belle and Beast with a Rose motive light!!

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Music box from Maurice

The music box is similar to what they have at Hong Kong Disneyland (Royal Banquet Hall), except painted and WAYYYYY prettier…

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Pic taken at HKDL in 2019… The main couple on display there was Princess Aurora and Prince Phillipe…(way to play favourite HKDL)

The West Wing has the Enchanted Rose on display… The petal actually falls!!!

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The room has shredded tapestries similar to the moving. The room also have storm noises and when the thunder claps, the broken portrait will change… That only occur every 20 minutes and Cera and I stood in the room like weirdos just staring at the wall and other strangers eating their dinners…

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And after that, we went to The Study and took picture with Beast! Be Our Guest Restaurant is the ONLY place where you can meet and take picture with Beasts in DisneyWorld!! Sadly, he doesn’t sign autographs…

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Overall, it was a magical experience and I am so happy I was able to go before EVERYTHING SHUT DOWN CAUSE OF COVID19!!!!

It was a lot of food for $62 USD/person. We packed the desserts to go because we were sooooo full!!! Maybe next time, we will ask to go in just for a picture of the tile mosaic mural.

 

 

 

 

 

Orlando Florida 2020 Day 4 – DisneyWorld Magic Kingdom

January 13th 2020

We woke up extra early to get dress and do our makeup because today’s Disneybound outfits are extra cute!! I went as Rapunzel bound and Cera went as Cinderella.

Took an uber to get to the Disney Ferry Boat. We opted to take the ferry ride since it’s more scenic than the monorail, and also good light for selfies. XDD

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First time seeing Christmas decor at Disney! Now I have seen normal, Halloween, Easter, and Christmas!

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We also lined up a lot for characters today but the main, MAIN thing was Be Our Guest dining that I made reservations for in July 2019!

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Screenshot of the reservation all the way back in July 2019!!!

Cera and I started out our day by taking lots of pictures in front of Cinderella’s castle when it is less busy, since we don’t want people in the background LOL.

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Rapunzel Bound outfit: Top and Skirt from YesStyle, lace belt from night market in HK
Cinderella Bound outfit: Lace Cardigan and Romper from night market in Taiwan, denim headband from Ardene. Originally, this romper was going to use but wayyy too low cut LOL. Similar outfit can be found on YesStyle (something like this and this)

Not sponsored by YesStyle but it will be amazing if we do! AHAHHAHAHHA *Ahem*

After, we made our way to Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland to meet (…pictures and autographs) Cinderella and Elena. After we left and went back in for Rapunzel and Tiana meet-and-greet. Luckily, we have a fast past for this side for the Fairytale Hall since the wait was 2 hours THIS EARLY IN THE MORNING WUT.

Since we are already in Fantasyland, we thought to going on Peter Pan’s Flight but the wait was 3 HOURS. WTF. So we thought of coming back later in the day, but the attraction broke down… 😦 Instead, we went to Ariel’s Grotto for pictures and meet-and-greet.

Started to head over to Tomorrowland, where our next FastPasts going to be (Space Mountain). Since we got there early, and our FastPasts weren’t activated yet, we decide to line up to meet Stitch, but the line was moving super slow so we left and went to Space Mountain.

Asked if we could have front-row seat because of some horrific incident 5 years ago, back seats are a no-no. Surprisingly, the cast member at Space Mountain was so nice to let us have the whole front cart to ourselves (we said that we wanted to buy the pictures from the attraction HAHAH).

After that, we head over to Monsters, INC Laugh Floor since the wait to meet Stitch was still pretty long. It was just as fun as I remembered! We finally able to line up for Stitch as the wait line outside is about 20 minutes.

THEN SOMETHING HAPPENED.

While in line, Cera noticed that her phone is not on her person nor her bag. She started freaking out and left the line to head back to Space Mountain because that’s the last time her phone was in her hands. I stayed in line to keep our space.

Apparently, the Cast Member at Space Mountain wouldn’t let her back into the attraction to check, so they have to paged the Cast Members working INSIDE Space Mountain. After some back-and-forth, the Cast Member at the FP+ line was able to confirm that they did find a phone in one of the carts. Cera went in through the FP+ line and did her walk of shame going to the front of the line. However, everyone was really nice and understanding and gave her words of encouragement to find her phone.

When Cera got to the front of the line, the Space Mountain Cast Member reunited her with her phone and EVERYONE in the FP+ line started a standing ovation, clapping and cheering LOLOLOL HAHAHA 😂 😂 😂

Meanwhile…

I’m still in line for Stitch Encounter and of course, the line started moving REAL FAST when Cera left. I let like 2 people behind me move in front, explaining how I’m waiting for my friend who lost her phone in Space Mountain LOL.

I think I must have spam her phone with “PLZ MSG BACK WHEN U FOUND UR PHONE!!!!” and “HELLO U THERE?!”. No answered.. What was 20 minutes felt like 3 hours… Then I FINALLY got a message from Cera and she found her phone and was heading back.

Queue was still moving REALLY fast.

I was about 5th in the queue and LUCKILY, Cera magically showed up!!! YAY. The person in front of my gave my spot back when he saw Cera came. Thank you kind sir!!

Somehow, Cera had an empty Dasani water bottle and her phone in her hand before the ride and she left Space Mountain with the empty water bottle and not her phone… =__=. I’ve had a phone scare the day before at Epcot and Cera, actually have a phone scare. LOL.

We went to Adventureland to get some Dole Whip Soft-serve at Aloha Isle after the stressful event!!

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Then we saw that Aladdin and Princess Jasmine had a meet-and-greet so we lined up for that. Since we were already in Adventureland, I suggested to go on Pirates of the Caribbean attraction since the wait was short and I really wanted to get away from the sun. Cera begrudgingly agreed LOLOL since she said the ride was a bit boring and she went on it a lot before…

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HOWEVER, there was update because the animatronics were super realistic!! I guess the ride got an upgrade after the newest movie in the series got released. Cera tried to ask a cast member when the renovation happened but the cast member was like: “It has been always like this!!” =_______=. Unhelpful, guess they can’t break away from their characters during work hours.

Made our way to Frontierland to ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad since we have FastPasts for it. After we made our way back to Fantasyland to look for some Dumbo merchs. We stopped by The Haunted Mansion at Liberty Square.

We went back to Fantasyland to Big Top Souvenir for Dumbo merch. The shop was a circle and Cera and I got seperated and couldnt find each other since we were walking in ONE direction in a circular shop LMAO.

We got hungry so we bought some cute snacks.

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After reserving a giant Dumbo to be pick up at The Emporium later, we made our way to Fairy Garden to meet and get pictures with Merida. On our way there a Photopass Cast Members chased after me and ask if I wanted to take some pictures by the tower but we were in a hurry to the Merida’s meet-and-greet. It was very sweet of the Cast Member!! Customer services are A+++!!

After meeting Merida, Cera and I ran back to Cinderella castle to take pictures with Anastasia and Drizella since Cera was Cinderella bound that day. The step-sisters were actually REALLY nice and fun talk to! XDD

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At last we went to Beast Castle for the Be Our Guest Restaurant. I will post a seperate entry for it since this entry is SUPER LONG already!!

After dinner, we went to find Rapunzel’s lantern because I heard that the lantern will be lit after sunset forphoto-op opportunities. We were going to find the lantern before dinner but it was still super bright out. But after dinner, it was SO DARK.

When we found the lantern, the queue was L.O.N.G and wrapped around the buildings… Some people said that lined up for almost 2 hours already and they weren’t even in the MIDDLE of the way. A guest said that THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MOMENT IN HER LIFE… yep…

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One reason why the line is SNAIL SLOW is because the Photopass Photographers takes a LONG time to take pictures of little kids… Apparently these lanterns are everywhere in DisneyWorld…

Gave up on the lantern, we ran back to Main Street U.S.A to find a good spot for the Happily Ever After Fireworks that starts at 8 pm. It was already packed!! Luckily, we found a spot, just outside Plaza Ice Cream Parlor.

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After the fireworks, we went to The Emporium to pick up Dumbo and shop around. I ended up buying a giant Marie because of Cera being an enabler and it was buy 2 for $22 USD/each (original price at $40 USD or something like that).

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After we got out of the store, apparently there is a projection show, Once Upon a Time, at the Cinderella Castle. We thought it was only for after-hour event passholders but apparently it isn’t. At least we managed to catch the last half of the show after our shopping 🙂

We left Magic Kingdom super late and took the Ferry ride instead of the Monorail because the line was absolutely horrendous. It was super easy to flagged an Uber so we got back to our accommodation really quickly.

Can’t believe 4 days just went by so quickly and we’re heading back home the next day. Also the weather was super nice, around 30 degree celcius!! Back in Vancouver, it is super cold and SNOWING.

We also did a lot of walking back and forth, so events might not occur chronologically… Luckily, Cera still have her itinerary draft on Google Doc.. HAHAHA…

Day 3 – Disneyworld Epcot
Day 4 – Be Our Guest Dining

Flight Home Post aka Gong Show at the Airport post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orlando Florida 2020 Day 3 – DisneyWorld Epcot

January 12 2020

We got up early to get ready since we need to look cute in our Disneybound outfits! I went as Jasmine bound and Cera went as Cinderella bound (she also brought her Snow White Disneybound outfit to change into since Snow White was at Epcot and not Magic Kingdom. She planned to change back after taking a picture with Princess Snow White HAHAH SOOO EXTRA!)

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Our New MagicBand 2!!

We mostly queued up for pictures and autographs with the Disney Characters and didn’t go on much rides since both of us aren’t big fans of the rides at Epcot. We did get FastPast for The Seas With Nemo and Friends, Frozen Ever After, and Mission Space.

We went to the Nemo ride but since it was super early and there was no line (park opened early for the Disney Marathon), we cancelled our FastPast and used it on another ride.

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Not going to lie… the fishes look creepy

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Mexico Pavillion

Then we ran to Norway Pavillion and meet Anna and Elsa because Frozen II just came out and they had new outfits. After taking pictures with the princesses, we went on Frozen Ever After attraction since the ride was fairly new.

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We passed by China Pavillion to take picture with Mulan, than we walked over to Germany Pavillion to take pictures with Snow White. Cera changed out her outfit, but  by the time, we got to Snow White, a cast member told us she isn’t taking autographs till her designated meet and greet time… =_____=… And because the Disney Marathon is going on, runners get priority to take pictures with Disney Characters… So Cera stayed in her Snow White bound outfit LOL… and we made our way to Morroco Pavillion so I can take pictures with Jasmine. Again, have to queue up with the marathon runners.

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Made our way to France, wanted to take picture with Aurora and Belle, but line was ridiculously long… Then we rushed to our next ride (Soarin’ Around The world) since we got FastPasts.

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This flower fell into my face into my eyeball… Some guests saw and started laughing at me and muttered: flower canonball… Pfft I totally heard you!!

Then I realized the picture that I took of Cera and Mulan didn’t saved cause her SNOW app doesn’t auto save so we have make our way back to the China Pavilion to take pictures with Mulan. Then we went back to Morroco Pavilion for Princess Jasmine meet and greet, and BACK to Germany Pavilion for Snow White meet and greet LOL.

After all that unplanned back and forth walking, we went to our next ride which is the Mission: Space. Because of all the walking I was getting hungry so I ate the granola bar that was in my bag. Big mistake. I got so dizzy after the ride, and Cera also pointed out that there are puke bags in case people do puke after getting off.

I’ve had a mini panic attack because I couldn’t find my phone and I thought that I left it on the ride, but turned out that I shoved in a back pocket in my bag. Little did we know, this is a foreshadowing of something. Thank you to the attraction cast members stopping the ride to help me look!

After the dizzying ride, we decided to walk it off by exploring the other pavilions of Epcot. We went to the France section and took pictures with Belle and Aurora for their meet and greets, then we went to the United Kingdom and took pictures with Mary Poppins and we made our way back and took pictures with Minnie, Mickey and Goofy. Goofy had a hard time signing his named since it was so windy and the pages keep flipping and he couldn’t hold the page down and the sharpie together… He ended up getting sharpie marks all over his hand HAHAHA…

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We got hungry again and went to Germany Pavillion and got some snacks at Sommerfest. THE SNACKS ARE SUPER HUGE PORTIONS WTF.

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Nudel Gratin (Baked Macaroni with Cheese Custard) and Bratwurst (Fresh-cooked Brat with Roll and Sauerkraut and house-made paprika chips)

Then we got super thirsty and walked around Epcot looking for non-alchoholic beverage. It was super challenging.

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Got a Frozen Slushy at the American Adventure Pavilion. Don’t remember where or what the drink is cause we’re too dehydrated to think XDD

We got super hungry again and Cera suggested we stop by a Starbucks to get a sandwich to share since she has plenty of Starbucks Stars. Turned out, stars can’t be redeemed at Disney Starbucks, and Cera got a bit hangry.. HAHA…(So sorry Epcot Disney Cast Member, your customer services are FANTASTIC!!! ❤ )

I made Cera ate her sandwich indoor, under the nice air conditioned roomed. She hangrily ate her sandwhich while muttering “stupid sbux won’t take my rewards” AHAHA (would be a bad choice eating something hot while walking the scorching concrete!)

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^^^ Cera going to her seat while hangry… >v<

At this point, Cera mentioned that her Snow White bound outfit is a bit uncomfortable and I suggested she changed out since we already took picture with our Disneybound princesses. But she opt to not change so she has a comfier and clean outfit to wear tomorrow at Magic Kingdom.

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France Pavilion

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Somewhere in the France Pavilion

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Japan Pavilion

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We got hungry again and we to get a Mickey Mouse pretzel at Block & Hans at the American Adventure Pavilion

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Fountain in Greece Pavilion. Cera and I made a wish in this fountain cause we have too many pennies…

We made our way to our last FastPast – Epcot Forever Firework. Cera decide to go get a cup of hot tea at Starbucks while I stay and guard out seats. The barista actually wrote “Fairest of them all” on her cup since she was Disneybounding as Snow White LOL.

After the firework, we passed by Mexico section and we saw a sign that this ride is like 5 minute wait, so we decided to check it out. It pointed us to go inside the Mexico Pavilion, we thought it was just a shop but it turned out to be a WHOLE CITY INSIDE AND A RIDE WTF LOL.

We were like “wuuuuuuuttttt” and just staring at the scene while people went around us and looking at us like we’re crazy LMAO

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Shops, restaurants, and a ride?!?! WTF LOL

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The Mexico Pavilion is all Coco themed! Super cute! Cera wanted to get a taco at this point LOL. Then since we have a bit of time left before the park officially closed, we went to line up for Frozen Ever After again. LOL

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And that concludes our day at Epcot. While leaving the park, I was a bit sad cause I used the park map/guide to sit on while waiting for the fireworks and didn’t grab an extra. However, some cast members at the entrance was able to give me one even though they locked the self information kiosk! Thank you so much Disney Cast Members ❤️! I guess they are used having people ask for their Park Map/Guide last minute to kept as a momento!!

Despite having to navigate through the Disney Marathon runners, the day wasn’t too stressful and rushed. Also, we took SOOO MANY PICTURES with Disney Characters that our phone was ready to explode. And we did a lot of back and forth walking and running so whatever is written here might or might not be accurate…

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WE ALMOST MISS OUR LYFT HOME BECAUSE WE WERE WAITING AT THE WRONG AREA LOL. We did speed running and omg cardio after a long day of running… ahaha I almost passed out on the ride back…

We stopped by Walgreens again to pick up more water and food for the next day.

Day 2 – Universal Studios Florida
Day 4 – DisneyWorld Magic Kingdom (coming soon)

 

 

 

Orlando Florida 2020 – Day 2 Universal Studios Florida

January 11 2020

Woke up a bit later today since we weren’t so high maintenance in the outfit department. We ate breakfast and took a Lyft to the park and got there before 9 am.The weather was a bit weird since it started out as sunny, then when we arrived at the park it was super cloudy.

We started our day on the Universal Studios Florida side and the first ride was the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. We rode it twice since the queue was pretty short and this is by far, the longest roller coaster ride that I’ve encountered. Also, RIP eyelash extensions.

We slowly made our way to our next ride, but Cera said her feet were hurting and the bandaids didn’t really help at cushioning so off we go to find some flip flops. We found a sandal kiosk in the middle of nowhere and it was $28 USD a pair of flip flops!! WTF?! Is this made of unicorn skin?! The sale clerk mentioned that the souvenir shop at the Transformers ride had some “cheaper” footwear so we hobbled over. Turned out the flip flops were super ugly and they were also.. $28 USD a pair… I suggested that maybe the souvenir shop at the Minion Mayhem ride might have some kids sized ones, hopefully cheaper since it’s for kids… HAHA… So we hobbled back and lo-and-behold, Minion Mayhem shop have kiddy sized flip flops! For $8 USD a pair!!

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XDDD.. Here’s a screenshot of my IG story LOLOLOL

With the blister situation solved, we made our way to our next ride which is the Revenge if the Mummy. We went into the regular line this time (last time we accidentally went to the express line) so we had time to look through the decorations/props in the queue. The inside was super dark and I walked into a wall (Cera walked into the those line chains) cause we couldn’t see..

After that, we went to the Fast & Furious Supercharged ride. It was okay, a nice virtual car chase/ party bus ride.

It started drizzling so we quickly went to Diagon Alley since there are more cover. I brought my interactive wand so I went around doing spells. We rode Escape from Gringotts again because there was no queue at the single ride line. Also, it was still drizzling so we wanted to stay inside a bit.

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There was a kid size Hermione’s Yule ball gown and I reaaally wanted to try it on, but there are no changing room at Madam Malkin’s Robes 😦

Went around to look at the shop again and purchase our meal plan at Leaky Cauldron. Then out of NOWWHERE, it started to down pour while we were buying keychains at an outdoor kiosk. So we stayed in the shaded area to wait for the rain to stop. Luckily, tropical rain only last for 5-10 minutes so we didn’t have to wait long.

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Inside The Fountain of Fair Fortune. Didn’t go in last time, but I just realized that the snack places are named after things in The Tales of Beedle The Bard!!! There is a Hopping Pot snack place too!!!

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I thought these were flavour to add to Gillywater… but they are prop only LOL

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More prop… I thought they were vials of flavours to add to the Gillywater LOL.

After that more shopping and we made our way to King’s Cross Station to hop aboard to Hogwarts Express to go back to Universal’s Islands of Adventures.

First stop at the Islands of Adventure is The Incredible Hulk Coaster since we couldn’t ride the attraction the day before. The line was long but moved fairly quickly. Also. RIP eyelash extensions. Picture turned out great – I look super psychotic while screaming. Cera wore her Time Turner necklace on the ride (LOL) but luckily it stayed on along with our tickets in our pockets. ** The locker system now scanned the ticket barcode instead of fingerprint which is kinda stupid because they said not to have loose items on the ride and apparently park tickets aren’t considered loose items???? **

We went to the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man since we are already in the area and also NO QUEUE! It was ok la..XDD.

I also dragged Cera to take picture with a velociraptor animatronic at the Raptor Encounter at Jurassic Park.

We made our way to the Lost Continent and went to see the Poseidon’s Fury Attraction/show. I wonder why we didn’t go last time because it was a pretty interesting indoor show! We went through a water tunnel thing and I thought it was just moving images projected into the wall, but it was actual water LOL.

There is a show every 20 minutes, and dumb me forgot about that and didn’t go to the washroom before hand.. HAHA… Came out of the show to find a washroom and some kid was walking behind me, swinging some toy swords and jabbed me in the leg AND I ALMOST FACEPLANTED cause it HURTS SO MUCH!!! WTF >:(. The mom didn’t even apologized for her kid, rude much?! And how are toys swords that pointy?!?!?

It was around dinner time, so Cera and I headed to the Three Broomsticks. I ordered a Shepherd’s Pie and Cera got Fish&Chips with a bottle of Gillyweed water. Smart choice cause the water bottle was super cute (at least the label is). I also ordered a strawberry ice cream for dessert.

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After dinner we went to watch the Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle. I didn’t get to experience Hogwarts at night since last time we went, the park closed early for a stupid Halloween event. Apparently, the light show is different depending on normal seasons, Halloween and Christmas seasons.

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Hogwarts Castle Light Show

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Ravenclaw!

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Hufflepuff!

The light show was really amazing and we watched it 3 times! After that we wanted to go ride Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure again but Cera dropped her ticket and was unable to rent a free locker (dumb locker system), so she opted to watch my stuff so I can go on the ride. The ride wait time said 20 minute but as soon as I went pass the entrance, the line was at least an hour!! I guess the ride broke down again before dinner and it got busy. 😦

We both went to the Flight of the Hippogriff instead for a night view LOL.

And that concludes Day 2 and the last day at Universal Studios Orlando! DisneyWorld starting the next day!

We took Lyft back and went to Walgreens to buy more bandaid AND shoe insoles LOLOLOL

Day 1 – Universal Orlando – Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Day 3 – DisneyWorld – Epcot

 

Orlando Florida 2020 – Day 1 Wizarding World of Harry Potter

January 10th 2020

We woke up pretty early to get ready. Cera and I dressed up as Beauxbatons student as we both got an Académie de Beauxbatons outfit from Chicwish! It was super hot that day but it was well worth it because we looked so cute ahahah (we’re vain….)

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Screenshot from Chicwish.com

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Screenshot from Chicwish.com

After breakfast, we took a Lyft to Universal Orlando and we started at the Islands of Adventure Side. We were going to start with Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure but by the time we got to Hogsmeade, the line for that ride was over 3 HOURS LONG. WTF. It was ONLY 9:30 am!!!!

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We decided to go to Ollivander’s to get our wands and watch the show. Cera and I got selected to the wand selection show. At first Cera thought I’ll get choosen since Ollivander was paused in front of me but we both got picked since we were in our Beauxbatons attire. Ollivander was even like: “You both travelled far for your first wand!!”

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Usually little kids get picked for the mini show and Cera was snickering cause I’m short and can blend right in with the little kids, but ahahaha she got picked too! The Birch wand (unicorn hair core) picked Cera and the Vine wand picked me (also unicorn hair core, same unicorn apparently!). I don’t quite remember what Ollivander described but it was pretty shocking since he was pretty spotted on regarding both our personalities.

Description according to Universal Orlando Online Store

VINE
Vine wood is associated with persistence and renewal. Vine people have restless spirits and seemingly limitless energy. They are also prone to burn the candle at both ends. Vine people should learn to pace themselves and their achievements will know no bounds.

BIRCH
This vigorous wood is associated with stored energy and renewal. Birch people are full of life, with seemingly endless reserves of energy to bestow on those around them. Birch people should always trust their ability to see straight through to the heart of any matter.

After getting our wands, we ran and line up at the Forbidden Journey since the wait was relatively short. We breezed through the rooms of Hogwarts (didn’t get a talk from Dumbledore in his office or a presentation from Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the Defence Against Dark Arts classroom). When we got to the front of the line, the ride stopped taking people due to some “emergency” so we have to wait super long for the ride to do a few safe rotation.

We lined up for Flight of the Hippogriff after, Cera wasn’t a fan of the ride LOL, but we did get front row seats! While lining up, the couple in front of us said that Hagrid’s Motorbike Adventure breaks down a lot and that usually the line slows down around lunch time.

We had a few hours to kill so we went around taking even more pictures in front of shops and in shops.We also went to purchase a meal plan ($27 USD for 1 meal and 2 snacks) and got ourselves some snacks since we were getting hungry – we got Butterbeers XD HAHAH

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Cera’s Hot Butterbeer

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My Iced Butterbeer

Lunch time came and the rumour was true, the queue IS SHORTER for Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure!! It was about an hour wait compared to the 3 hour wait at the start of the day. We managed to rode it twice, once on each seat! Love the ride so much. Pretty intense since a few of my lash extension flew out XDD.

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Merfolks statue thingie…

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Phoenix drawing on the wall…

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Eggs of all sorts…

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Some drawings of the Niffler and Cornish Pixie…

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Mommy Unicorn and Baby Unicorn

After getting off the ride we to watch the Triwizard Spirit Rally and took some pic with the other Beauxbatons students XDD

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We looked crazy post Hagrid’s Motorbike Adventures ride LOL.. And it was really sunny so we were squinty… LOL

And we took more pictures…

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Pretty much the rest of the time, we took turn taking each other’s pictures in our outfits. We have a few strangers complimented us too!

We went to Marvel Area to ride the Incredible Hulk since it was under maintenance last time we visit. However, Universal Orlando’s locker system got so cheap that our stuff don’t fit in their tiny free locker so we opted to ride Reign of Kong instead. It was just getting built back in 2015.

Cera and I split up to go in the single rider line since it’s faster but somehow the cast member felt bad splitting us up so we got to sit together XDDD No queue for “normal line”? Sweet.

There was an animatronic that I thought was a person.. but then I realized it wasn’t a real person LOL.

Then we went to take the Hogwarts Express to Diagon Alley to get some shopping done! While heading to the Hogwarts Express, Hagrid’s Motorbike Adventures broke down so I guess we were lucky to be able to line up that day!!

When we went out of the King’s Cross Station, the Knight Bus conductor was like “OMG BEAUXBATONS!!! You all travelled SOOOOOO FAR!!” And we ended up talking to the conductor and the shrunken head and holding up the line cause there were people trying to take pictures.. Oops… Mr Shrunken head tried to say I like cheese in French but ended up saying “Je suis fromage!!” Haha. A+ for effort!

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Hair was a disaster after Hagrid’s Motorbike Adventure, didn’t have time to fix and we looked crazy LOL.

Made our way to Diagon Alley and went to ride Escape from Gringotts… One of the cast member was super still in the line and some girls thought he wasn’t real and decide to go poke him. The cast member moved and they all screamed. Haha. Man these animatronics are so real now wtf LOL.

Went to take more pictures and finally made our way to the shops after our phones ran out of storage because of TOO MANY PICTURES.

We went to Leaky Cauldron and got a Cottage Pie for dinner. I also ordered a Butterbeer Potted Cream (IT WAS WAYYYYYY TOO SWEET OH GAWD) I also ordered the Pumpkin Juice – tasted better than I imagined, but still way too sweet.

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Cottage Pie at Leaky Cauldron

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Butterbeer Potted Cream

After dinner, before we head back, we took a pic of the Gringotts’ dragon. It was cool since last time we came, we didn’t stay till closing due to a Halloween event and we missed out all the night life.

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We left the park after it closed and took a lyft back to the accommodation. It was a fun and exhausting day!

Day 0 Flight Day Post
Day 2 Universal Studios Florida

Orlando, Florida Girls’ Trip 2020 – Flight Day

Back in January, I went on a trip with the bff to Universal Orlando and DisneyWorld for an overdue Girls’ Trip. Last time we went was in 2015 and it’s been 5 years since! I think we are going to try to make a tradition in going to theme parks every 5 years lol. Also,  Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure ride just got completed 6 months ago at Hogsmeade.

We left on January 9th at 5:20 am to the airport, flight was at 7 am, but we wanted to get there early to eat breakfast at the airport lounge. Didn’t really take pictures at this point cause it was too early and we were being cute airport hobos.

After checking in and going through customs + TSA, we quickly made our way to the lounge to get some food and coffee. The border security thought Cera and I were hair stylists since she had pastel purple hair and I had pink hair LOL.

I packed resuable utensil kit just in case and dumb dumb me put it in the carry-on suitcase. While going through TSA, the agent was very confuse as my Hello Kitty spoon was a bit suspicious on the scanner LOL. But another agent confirmed it is indeed a and spoon LOL

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Happily eating breakfast…

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Stroopwafels as airplane snack! There is a new ride at DisneyWorld so Star Wars was heavily being advertised…

We boarded our flight and off to our first layover – Houston Texas! After landing, we quickly made our way to the American Express Airport Lounge (The Centurion) and grabbed lunch and (a LOT) of coffees/lattes.

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Pretty plant wall at the Lounge’s entrance

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Happily eating lunch and getting coffees/lattes.

Cera also grabbed some drinks for us since it was free. Since she can’t take alcohol well, she made me finish her drink and I got super tipsy. I was lucky that I was able to walk back to the gate for the next flight.

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Off we goooo!!!!

We arrived at Orlando in the evening and quickly made our way to a Disney Store at the airport to purchase our MagicBand. We were going to get them before the trip but the colours that we wanted were NEVER in stock at the same time. The only time I saw them  both available was a week before we are schedule to fly out. The first store only had the Lavender MagicBand, which is what Cera wanted, but no Millenial Pink :(. We decided to check out the other Disney Store just in case. I was super close at buying the Mint Green/ Turquoise colour! Luckily, the second Disney Store at Orlando Airport has the Millenial Pink MagicBand and the Lavender!

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Here is a screenshot of my IG story cause I forgot to take actual pic. Oops.

I dropped the cookies that we took from the Centurion Lounge while paying for the Disney MagicBands :(. Our snack made it all the way to Orlando airport too!!

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Airport trains got new decoration to promote DisneyWorld’s new attraction Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. The napkins on the plane also have Star Wars stuff…

After getting our purchases, my dumb@$$ decided we should take the Mears Shuttle service instead of Uber (sorry Cera! 😦 ) and it took SOOOOO long to get to our accommodation because the driver never heard of the place and wouldn’t listen to us when we give him directions. Super frustrated! I didn’t remember having that much trouble last time. ANYWAYS…

We made it to the accommodation super exhausted and brain dead (after checking in and talking to an overly excited concierge) and it was already super late in the evening AND WE STILL HAVEN’T BOUGHT WATER + FOOD for the next few days. FML. Cera and I decided to conquer and divide – she went to Walgreens to get water and snacks while I stay behind to unpack and set up both of our stuff as well as iron all the clothes needed next day. There was a mini convenient store at the accommodation but selection was low and was a bit pricey.

I asked Cera to let me know if she needed help carrying stuff but she ended up carrying EVERYTHING by herself and almost PTFO on the street. Luckily she made it back safe and even got a mini ride in a golf cart by one of the bellhop. XD. Apparently, the lady at Walgreens helped her a bit too. Thanks Walgreens’ Employee!

After everything we managed to sleep at 12:30 – 1 am and got up at a decent time to get ready for our first day of fun!

Day 1 – Universal Orlando – Island of Adventures