Trip to Enchanted Kingdom – OtakonEK 2009 ! ! !

Event : OtakonEK 2009
Date : October 18, 2009
Venue : Enchanted Kingdom

Last year, I said that OtakonEK will be my pilgrimage because Azrael confirmed that this will happen every September. OtakonEK was a bit postponed this year due to typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) [link, viewable by family & friends only], which hit the country a day before its actual date. I also thought that I won’t be able to attend because of my work’s schedule. As if luck was really on my side, I had an acute laryngitis which became my excuse for skipping our shift. Even without a voice, I can still have fun!!! Dada was against it at first but when I explained to him that I have been planning this for the longest, he then allowed me to go. Wheee!!!

 

 

 

Jeiro and Lora went to EK wearing Pirate costumes while Leidi and I were just wearing casual clothes. I planned on donning the Scarlet gown [link], but I realized that it would be too cumbersome and I don’t want to pose for pictures there (yeah, I have issues).

Leidi and I missed both the 10:30AM and 12:30NN shuttles so we had to commute going to Sta.Rosa, Laguna. I was thinking that if something else goes wrong or if we get lost, we might not make it to EK! During those times, I realized that people can either be complete @$$h073S or be very helpful to the needy. Some people took advantage of the situation and charged us too high for fares, while some are very kind to point us the fastest routes and tell us the actual rates.

 

We arrived in EK around 1:30PM and immediately stashed our bags in the locker area. Leidi was a bit reminiscing because she said that the last time she’s been there was when she was ten. It was time for her to feel the thrills of the rides she missed during her elementary years! LOL!

1) Roller Skater (mini roller coaster) — Leidi wanted to try Dodgem (bump cars) but I told her that it’s too boring so as an appetizer, I took her here. I think she had fun. Hehe~

2) Anchor’s Away (swaying pirate ship) — The line was pretty long and we waited for about 10 minutes before our turn. While standing in line, Leidi felt scared as she heard the screams and wanted to back out. I firmly told her “NO! We are going to take the topmost seats! You see blood everyday [you’re a nurse-to-be!] and you can’t handle this?!” Hehehe~ Of course, people go to EK to experience the thrills and I want nothing less. While the ship was swaying back and forth, Leidi got really scared at tinawag na niya ang lahat ng mga santo! LoL! She screamed “OH MY GOD -TAMA NA – SHET – ANG PUSO KO – LORD – OPERATOR – STOP – AAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!” all in one breath! LoL!

 

3) Grand Carousel – no lines, I wonder why? LoL!

4) Flying Fiesta (wave swinger) – Leidi said that if she survived Anchor’s Away, she can survive anything! LoL!

 

 

 

5) Wheel of Fate (giant ferris wheel) – it was our time to relax a bit and enjoy the view.

6) Rialto (motion sim theater – feat. Speed Racer) – if my reaction to Sponge Bob was “That was it?!” for Speed Racer it was “What the fn(K”?!”

7) Jungle Log Jam (log flumes) – We didn’t get wet. It was still cold, though.

8) Rio Grande Rapids (river rafting) – We were VEERRRRYYYYYY WET! LoL!

Despite the fact that we arrived late, we still managed to try out eight rides. This is my best record as of late. LoL! The Space Shuttle is undergoing maintenance so Leidi wasn’t able to feel what it’s like being the signature ride of EK. Nonetheless, we’re able to watch the Sky Wizard fireworks display contest. The entry that we liked was #11.

 


We got home around 12:30MN. Cold and tired, but we had fun. LOL!

 

Trip to Enchanted Kingdom – Feb 2009 ! ! !

Event : Dada and Bebe goes Out-of-town (extension)
Date : February 14, 2009
Venue : Enchanted Kingdom
Photos : [click here]

Dada and I planned on going here as part of our week-long out-of-town trip but EK is closed from Monday to Wednesday so we had to re-schedule it. I don’t consider this as a Valentine’s Date. Dada said he doesn’t celebrate Hearts Day so I treated this like a regular stroll on a huge theme park too.

This is my third time going to EK in a span of one year! Weeeee~~~ I’ve been to EK about six-seven times since it opened. Addict mode~!

Other trips to EK that I put in my blog:
1) Teletech Summer Outing 2008 [link]
2) OtakonEK 2008 [link]

I got 3 free tickets when I volunteered for the Press Conference of OtakonEK last September 2008.

Dada and I met up in the Ayala-MRT station around 9:30 AM. We headed to Glorietta and waited in line for the EK shuttle. There were a lot of people and the shuttle service was delayed for a couple of minutes. *sigh*

Upon arriving in EK, we immediately stashed our stuff on the locker area so that we won’t have a hard time roaming around.

We went to the Amazon Grill and had lunch. The barbecue and side dishes were soooooooo delicious! Dada also gave me chocolate marshmallows for desert (there goes my diet!).


The rides we took were the ff:
1) Roller Skater (mini roller coaster)
2) Wheel of Fate (giant ferris wheel)
3) Anchor’s Away (swaying pirate ship)
4) Rialto (motion sim theater – feat. LEGO Racers)
5) Flying Fiesta (wave swinger)
6) Space Shuttle (Vekoma Boomerang roller coaster)
7) Jungle Log Jam (log flumes)

Roller Skater – We proved that the backmost seats bring more excitement.

Wheel of Fate – It looks like a glowing spiderweb at night. Dada said that this ferris wheel is where a lot of couples go to either confess their love for one another or to break up. LoL!

Anchor’s Away – There was a kid who threw up while the pirate ship was swinging back and forth. They halted operation for about 15 minutes to get everything cleaned. 😄

Rialto – Not much exitement because it lacks the 3rd-person perspective.

Flying Fiesta – It looks like a UFO at night.

Space Shuttle – FRONT ROW SEATS OFFER AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE!!! 😄

Jungle Log Jam – it was cold but we didn’t get too wet.

We were not able to ride the Rio Grande because it was closed and we were not able to see the fireworks because it was getting late.

I bought a red bonnet, a spill-proof mug and I also bought a photo from the Space Shuttle ride. Dada bought a pouch for his cellphone.

We got back in Makati at 10:30 PM. Dada escorted me back to the condo and I kissed him goodnight before we parted ways. ^_^

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OtakonEK 2008 ! ! !

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I woke up around 5:38AM and put on black nail polish. Good thing it dried up fast so I was able to finish within an hour.

I left the condo around 7:15AM because Dada was supposed to give me the ROSE installer before I leave. We met up in KFC beside the Ayala-MRT station 15 minutes later. Well, he forgot to bring the installer so we just had some chit-chat. I wasn't sure if he was serious or if he was just teasing me when he said "'wag ka na pumunta sa EK" (don't go to EK anymore) because he was smiling. So I told him that there would be several conditions if I am to do that. I asked him to reimburse the expenses I had so far with the OtakonEK preparation and that we have to go to EK next month. He then said "Sige na nga, umalis ka na lang!" (Alright then, just go!). Hahaha!

We met up with Jeiro and Ten around 9:15AM and we headed to the EK shuttle service. The situation was contrary to what we have expected — there were less than 10 cosplayers waiting. Dada gave me his ATM card sleeve and shades pouch so I can put my money in there. He noticed that my Lolita bag was so cluttered so he snagged it from me and arranged my stuff so that everything would fit inside — yes, he's OC! He also asked me to text him once in a while so he'd be updated as to what's happening. He said he would sulk if I don't! Well, I would be texting him often even if he didn't tell me. ^_^

The shuttle left at 9:30AM and we reached EK around 10:30AM. I was shocked to see a lot of vehicles already parked and what's more, a lot of cosplayers are already dressed up! In short, WE ARE SO LATE!!! I forgot the fact that about 90% of the cosplay community is composed of wealthy kids so they have their own cars and personal assistants. LOL!

Jeiro and I changed into our cosplay clothes in the ladies room outside the park because the marshals wouldn't let us in if we're not dressed up. What shocked me more was that there's this teenage girl cosplayer who, probably was in much of a hurry and couldn't wait until one of the cubicles became available, undressed herself in a vacant portion of the ladies room! The door of the CR was open and there's a HUGE mirror in front so she's a free game to those nose-bleeding guys standing outside. OMG! It was hilarious!

After getting lockers, we started strolling inside the park. There were plenty of people who asked us to take photos with them and we gladly agreed. Some kids got scared of me, though. It's probably because they see me as a huge walking-and-talking doll with a Sharingan! There's this one cute Chinese baby who got curious and kept on staring at me. I wanted to take a photo of him with me but I got shy asking his mom. Besides, he was too delicate that I got anxious because I might hurt him. I'm really not good with kids… A lot of people would also pass by and murmur "Oh my! She's got red eyes!" Jeiro and Ten laughed when I told them that I get that comment a lot when I wear these contact lenses.

We entered Eldar's Tent and I got to see Jaja. I got the Victoria headdress from her and also bought another annulet to complete my Lolita ensemble. There were a lot more items I wanted to buy from her but I couldn't decide that time! Shucks!

We were not able to eat while inside EK. The restaurants were jam-packed with normal people, cosplayers, and other patrons. So we decided to just have a drink and rest a bit before we continue strolling around.

We didn't join the cosplay competition because I don't want to feel the pressure and I wanted to go around the park as much as we can. I also didn't have time to take photos of other cosplayers. They paraded around the park, according to one of the employees, and they asked us why we didn't join. I told her "Namamasyal lang po kami tsaka ine-enjoy yung rides. Hindi po kami kasali dun." (We're just strolling around and enjoying the rides. We're not part of that.) Anyway, I did indicate on the online pre-registration that I will not join the contest.

While occasionally posing for photo-ops and all, we also tried some rides and tested the "KAPIT" POWER of our blond wigs!

STAGE 1 : Roller Skater *CLEARED!!!*
STAGE 2 : Anchor's Away! *CLEARED!!!*
STAGE 3 : Flying Fiesta *CLEARED!!!*
STAGE 4 : Wheel of Fate *CLEARED!!!*
Bonus Stage : Grand Carousel *CLEARED!!!*
STAGE 5 : Up! Up and Away! *CLEARED!!!*
STAGE 6 : Rio Grande *CLEARED!!!*
Hidden Challenge : Space Shuttle *NOT ENOUGH POINTS!!!*

The last ride we took was the Rio Grande and that's where I got drenched up to my undies. The Rio Grande and Wheel of Fate photographers took about 4-6 shots with me in it and and I liked them all but it was too bad they do not sell soft copies anymore. It would be too expensive if I buy all of them! Hah! Nevermind . . .

On the way to the locker room, I saw my crush but since I was not prim and proper after the Rio Grande ride, I got too shy to ask a photo with him. Instead, I just said "Hi!" and then left. *sigh* I wish I can see him on the next conventions. *dreams on* I also saw a lot of my cosplay friends and online buddies. I just said "hi!" to them too. We were in so much of a hurry to change our clothes because we were soaking wet!

We wanted to try the Space Shuttle but there was no time left too. *sob*

I guess it was also okay to leave early since we're not cramming and there's no competition in the dressing areas and transpo.

The shuttle left at 6PM and we arrived in Glorietta after 30 minutes! We had dinner in KFC before going home.

I reached our house around 9PM and everyone was already asleep. I tried editing some photos while talking to Dada via the YM phone. *sigh*

Well, there it goes. One month of waiting for this event and it's over just like that. Hah! Ang bilis! I had loads of fun though. I hope there would be another event like this next year!

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More photos at my OtakonEK-2008 multiply album [link]

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Trip to Enchanted Kingdom 2008

 

Enchanted Kingdom trip 2008

Event : Teletech Summer Outing 2008
Date : May 18, 2008
Venue : Enchanted Kingdom, Sta.Rosa, Laguna
Photos : http://lunarpanda.multiply.com/photos/album/85/Trip_to_Enchanted_Kingdom_2008

I invited Dada (my boyfriend) to join me in EK since we’ve been planning this for a long time already. Chan-su-desu~

We had a bit of a problem when Dada’s ticket was claimed by another person the day before. I had to talk to several people in charge to give us a spare ticket since it wasn’t our fault that we didn’t receive it anyways. Stupid is the person who gave the ticket to another stupid person without asking for an ID. Of course, it was our ticket, he/she/it should give it to us and to no other! I was so frustrated that I was shedding tears on our way to EK. We then found out that the culprit was one of my teammates. Funny thing was, he saw me on the office premises and he never mentioned about it. I then found out that he “secretly” planned on getting the ticket so he can take his girlfriend along. What a CHEAPSKATE! I swear I’m gonna cut his manhood when I have the chance! That @$$h073 will receive no mercy from WRATH! Haha, just kidding. I will leave the corrective action to my TL. I’m leaving the company after this anyways. When I see him in the new company, THEN I will do some killing! 😄

We arrived in EK around 9:45AM. There were already a lot of people and uber long lines for each of the rides. Boohoo~

We saw Lucy (Dada’s friend who’s from Teletech-Roxas) while we’re eating pizza. She then joined us in our adventure~ Weeeee~~~

The rides we took were the Flying Fiesta, Anchor’s Away, Rialto, Theater 4D and Roller Skater. We also stayed in the arcade for a few minutes. We weren’t able to ride the Space Shuttle because of the uber long line and we’re running out of time. T_T

We left EK around 6:30PM and arrrived in Teletech-Novaliches around 7:45PM. ^_^