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A Beery Visit to Wellington

August 25, 2015
Fashion and makeup, My Life, Parties and Fun, Travel

Last week Ben and I went to Wellington, New Zealand with a bunch of beer-industry mates for a short trip away and to visit a huge craft beer festival called Beervana. Ben has been to it twice before but this was my first time, in fact it was my first proper visit to Wellington as we didn’t stay there when my family traveled around New Zealand back in 1999.

When we left Brisbane is was pretty much t-shirt weather but Wellington was super chilly. After taking the above photo I popped on a 2nd pair of stockings, changed into a bigger coat and grabbed my scarf because whooooaaa!  I was dramatically unprepared for just how cold it was going to be, though I was assured it was a brief cold snap. We stayed in an excellent unit thanks to AirBnB which was lovely and central. Our first evening was pretty easy, we went to ParrotDog, a local brewery for a few drinks before eating ourselves silly at Sweet Mother’s Kitchen. Mmm beignets!

 

The next morning Ben and I headed to Dr Morse INC for tattoos! Ben had booked us spots about six months before but I didn’t really think of what design I wanted until two weeks before. I finally decided it was time to make my love of Lumpy Space Princess a permanent thing and opted for a cute ice cream, design because ice cream is delicious! I was tattooed by Nursey who was absolutely lovely and came up with such an excellent design that looks better than I possibly imagined! I highly recommend her and the studio, though I’m sad to say they probably won’t be in the submarine that you access via a tardis by then! I know that sounds bizarre but their studio was literally designed to look like a sub and the lifts were made to look like the tardis. AMAZING! But alas they’re changing locations soon :(

 

Friday was the first  day of Beervana and I was determined to wear my recently put together Simpsons-themed outfit! I bought the top from Peter Alexander which I matched with my Black Milk Beer leggings, a bow we made for Ruby Kawaii and a Duff beer charm Ben usually has on his keychain! I was definitely the brightest person there, everyone else wore dark colours so I stuck out like a sore thumb. It was incredible! Georgie took this brilliant photo as we were leaving which summed up the contrast pretty darn well!

Afterwards we went on a pub crawl back into the centre of town with what appeared to be most of the other people who’d been at Beervana, which turned a little bit messy within no time. I’d personally enjoyed a lot of delicious beers (and cider!) so I was in very high spirits too. We wound up back at ParrotDog where we terrorised the staff by having a very spirited dance off thanks to the DJ who was playing a decent selection of old RnB and hip hop tracks.

On Saturday we went back to Beervana for our second session, some of us were feeling a lot worse than others thanks to our actions the night before. Thankfully Ben and I went home pretty early on so we weren’t too dusty. We sampled some of the beers and ciders we missed the day before and revisited our favourites. It was so much busier than the day before and therefore a bit hectic but still fun. We ran late so I missed out on a talk about women in the beer industry which was a damn shame, especially because I later found out a few men kept mansplaining stuff which I would have loved to have argued against! We partied a lot less hard that evening, spending quite a lot of time in our unit watching Netflix which suited me just fine!

 
 

On Sunday we went to WETA Workshop! It was AWESOME! We couldn’t take any photos on the tour but I’m sure you get good idea of the cool stuff we saw from the trolls they had out the front! They showed us the process of making props and other special effects from concept to the end product, we saw lots of cool stuff from some of our favourite movies (ie. Lord of the Rings, District 9, Braindead etc) and learned heaps about the industry and even got some hints about some of their future projects. Afterwards we wandered to the Roxy Cinema to look at the Gandalf statue out front and because it’s the most beautiful old cinema that gets used for a lot of the stuff WETA works on too.

 

On our last day on Monday we managed to find the house from the cult classic Braindead to have a look at before having lunch and heading to the airport (where I finally saw the giant Gollum). Unfortunately our flight was super delayed because of bird strike so we had to wait around the airport for over five hours!!! It was pretty shit, especially since one lady took great personal offense to this and acted like a complete arsehole, even after police were called in to keep an eye on her! But we made it home safe and sound and without tearing our hair out so it was all good in the end!

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The First Harajuku Fashion Walk International Day

July 29, 2015
Fashion and makeup, Japan, Nerds and Geeks, Parties and Fun, Wonderful Weekend


Photo by ALT TeeVee
On the weekend of July 25th and 26th it was the first Harajuku Fashion Walk International Day. Usually the Harajuku Fashion Walk just happens in the famous, wonderful suburb of Tokyo but the people who organise it decided it was something the world should get in on and so they announced that it would be an international day from now on! My friend Melinda asked if I’d like to help her organise something about two weeks before the actual date and naturally I sad YES!

Because we’re both busy women and time wasn’t exactly on our side, we didn’t do a whole lot to organise the event beyond deciding the time, creating the Facebook page and setting up an event. But even so, we were stoked at how decent a turn out we had! It was absolutely wonderful seeing so many people dressed in their finest Japanese-street-style fashion, including fairy kei, decora, lolita, visual kei and much more (if you’re curious about the types of Japanese fashion styles, this post has an awesome rundown of many of them). I often lament that almost no one in Brisbane gets kawaii fashion, so it was bloody awesome to see that there actually are a bunch who do, and there’s probably heaps more out there who didn’t make it to the walk. We can’t wait to plan next years event already!

It was also great to see people’s reactions to us and the walk. Many people approached us for photos and asked what we were up to. I tended to just say we weren’t dressed up for anything, that’s just how we like to dress, as I didn’t want them thinking it was just a bunch of people cosplaying (for some of us, kawaii is a way of life, not a costume!). Speaking of cosplay, there was very little of it which was an enormous relief to me as I feared it might be over run by cosplayers who further reinforced the idea that dressing differently = costume.

 
The starting point was King George Square where everyone met up and took lots of photos (there were so many photographers there specifically for the event which was super cool) before we walked through the Queen Street Mall and over Victoria Bridge and into Southbank where we took lots more photos and had lunch at Harajuku Gyoza. Someone from the ABC offices saw us and grabbed some photos of us as we passed by which was awesome!

 
My outfit was kind of a mic between fairy kei and decora. It was very exciting to be able to come up with a wonderfully OTT outfit with stuff I already owned! I loved being able to represent some of my crafty friends with my various accessories, such as Miss-a-Ree Guts Creations, Creep Heart and Winnifreds Daughter. Oh and my own brand Ruby Kawaii, of course! Unfortunately my phone was being a bit of a jerk and blurred for most of my close-up outfit photos :(

 
It was an awesome day all round and I’m glad we were able to quickly organise something. It was lovely seeing all of the excellent photos people took, not to mention this fantastic video shot by one of the participants:

There are lots of other photos floating around if you’re interested! The rest of my photos can be found here, otherwise check our Facebook page and the event for plenty more!

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What I Wore: Black, white and splashes of bright pink

June 23, 2015
Fashion and makeup, My Life, Parties and Fun, What I Wore

To follow up my recent post about dressing more kawaii, here’s another outfit post from last weekend (gosh I’m slack as positing these withing a decent time frame). I was going to a friends housewarming party which was going to be a very casual affair so I opted for comfort to go with the cute. I gotta say, black and white with a splash of a bright coloyr is one of my most favourite fashion styles because it’s easy to do and pretty darn effective!

 

Dress: Free Spirit Skater dress from Black Milk Clothing
Cardigan: Unknown. I’ve had it for years and I wish I had one in every colour!
Stockings: Sporty Stripes Hosiery from Black Milk Clothing
Shoes: Pink flatform Converse low tops from Hype DC
Flower crown: Made by my sister
Necklace: Fancy Pocket in Harajuku
Bat ring: 6% Doki Doki in Harajuku (the other rings are ones I’ve had forever)

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What I Wore: Kawaii Forever!

June 2, 2015
Body and Soul, Fashion and makeup, My Life, Parties and Fun, What I Wore


While in Japan I had a sort of epiphany about myself and the way I express myself with my clothing. I like dressing up in cute, matching outfits but I tend to only find myself going the extra mile for special events while keeping it pretty simple (to the point of being kinda boring) on work days and even on weekend when I haven’t got anything special on. After a lot of thought, I have decided that it’s about time I start dressing more “me” now I’m back in Brisbane. The days I dressed up extra kawaii while in Japan, with everything matching and being noticeable from three blocks away was awesome, I absolutely loved it and it just felt right. I want to add more kawaii to my daily outfits beyond just wearing a matching hairbow. I want to ramp it up, try out decora fashion, buy more kids accessories to wear, experiment with makeup and just generally add more colour and accessories to my life. It’s not about trying to attract attention (though I accept it’s inevitable) but about expressing myself with the things I love to wear.

I know some people will judge, thinking I’m too old or too fat for such fashions, but I simply do not care for those sorts of opinions any more. I want to be true to myself and have fun with fashion! This means I need to start planning outfits in advance instead of panicking in the morning and throwing on whatever is easiest to grab, which is the case most morning before work. I’m pretty lucky that my work is pretty cool about my fashion choices so I might as well embrace it! I also need to invest in some coloured stockings to go with my outfits as the regular ol’ black leggings/stockings under 99% of my dresses just ain’t good enough any more. I’m going to get some of the solid colour tights and footless tights from We Love Color, if you know of any other companies that make awesome coloured stockings in decent sizes (none of this “one size” crap) or have tried We Love Color stuff before, please let me know!

So anyway, this is what I wore on Saturday to a friends birthday party with my new plan in mind. The black stockings really didn’t go but I wanted to cover my legs a bit as it’s starting to cool down here (hence my need for pretty new stockings). I didn’t even go full-kawaii as I was running late but after some initial nerves, for god knows what reason, I felt pretty good!

 
Skirt: Little Lovers Cheerleader Skirt from Black Milk Clothing
Top: Basic tee from H&M
Jacket: Recycled and dyed LA Gear denim jacket from WC in Harajuku
Stockings: Sporty Stripes Hosiery from Black Milk Clothing
Shoes: Neon Pink Leopard Vans from Platypus Shoes
Accessories: Heart choker from Romantic Standard in Harajuku, hairbow and necklace by Ruby Kawaii

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Japan: A Quick Summary

May 28, 2015
Japan, Life, My Life, Nails, Nerds and Geeks, Parties and Fun, Travel

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Hello friends! Ben and I are officially back from our 3-and-a-bit weeks in Japan and we’re already back at work! No time for rest ever, apparently! We had an AMAZING time on our trip, we barely stopped until close to the end and only because we were totally exhausted.

Our first stop was Tokyo where we spent 10 days. The first two we stayed with our friends Anekie and Iain who have been there for four years and are both teachers. They took us around a few of the days we were there including a huge day in Harajuku, to an Oktoberfest (yes, in May) in Odaiba, to a traditional street festival with lots of drunk people carrying shrines, karaoke, maid cafes and much more. On our own we explored places like Shinjuku (where we stayed), Nakano Broadway, Roppongi, Akihabara and Shibuya. We visited the Ghibli Museum, took a day trip out to see the plum blossoms in the shadow of Mt Fuji, went to the Robot Restaurant and both Disney parks.

The 2nd stop was Osaka where we stayed for one week. We discovered Ame-mura for fashion, music and pinball arcades. We explored Dotonbori and it’s many touristy sights. We wandered through rose-filled parks and visited excellent looking shrines (not all of which were open, damn 5pm closing times). We took a day trip to Nara to pat deer, look at massive shrines and then sneak into abandoned theme parks. We made friends with the owners of an awesome toy shop who happened to be famous Universal Monsters collectors, who took us out and about and made us feel incredibly welcome. I even got my nails done and we spent a day at Universal Studios.

The 3rd spot was Hiroshima where we had four days, which turned out to not be nearly enough. We met a heavily tattooed man named Potty who’s famous for being the #1 fan of the Hiroshima Carp baseball team and his sweet wife Misa. They took us out to dinner and were fabulous hosts, though I got stupidly drunk at the BBQ we all went to (possibly the drunkest I’ve been in many years, but gosh it was fun). We went to the Hiroshima Peace Museum which probably would have been a lot more moving were it not for the 200 or so school kids crowding the place and being rowdy. We went to Miyajima Island to pat more deer (much nicer than the ones in Nara) and admire the floating shrine. We spent a day traveling to and on Okunoshima Island (while I was stupendously hungover) which is overrun by wild but friendly bunnies who were more than happy to climb all over you for the perfect photo. No amount of hangover can withstand the power of bunnies!

Our last stop was Kyoto because we knew we’d need a place to wind down after so doing so much. We still managed to visit a number of shrines and temples, walk through the bamboo forest and got halfway up the Fushimi Inari Shrine walk. We even stumbled upon the delightful Kyoto Arashiyama Orgel Music Box Museum which we highly recommend! We did manage to find a decent amount of time to wind down, relax and get acquainted with the fact our trip was ending. We’d done so much that we were actually pretty ready for it, plus we missed our dogs :)

I won’t be so bold to suggest I will get around to posting more detailed accounts of the trip (we all know how badly I did with my US trip in 2013) but I’ll definitely post a bit more about some of my favourite days, such as the time spent in Harajuku and our Nara day trip.

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5 Fandom Friday: Favorite Theme Park Rides

April 21, 2015
5 Fandom Friday, Nerds and Geeks, Parties and Fun

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OK OK so before anyone says anything, I know it’s not Friday! In fact it’s Tuesday which means we’re halfway between two Fridays! But I was thinking of what to post about, since it’s been an obscene amount of time since I last posted and saw that last Friday’s theme was “Favorite Theme Park Rides” and I’ve been meaning to start doing this on Friday’s for aaages, I figured this would get me posting again after this recent rut and inspire me to do 5 Fandom Friday more often.

OK so this theme appeals to me greatly as I LOVE theme park rides. I love theme parks in general, but a big part of the appeal are the rides. I adore scary rides the most but I also love attraction-style rides that are well themed and relevant to my interests. So here are my top five favourites!

1. Haunted Mansion – Disney Parks

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I have fond memories of riding this for the first time in 1997 when my family went to Disneyland. Mum was so excited as she loved it when she’d been in the 70s and I remember being dazzled by appearance of the ghosts, particularly the dancing ones! As it turns out this is Ben’s favourite too (he knows every word to “Grim Grinning Ghosts“) which kis why it’s the theme of our wedding this Halloween!

2. Big Thunder Mountain – Disneyland

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Another Disney ride. This was the family favourite on our 1997 trip, my sister and I were obsessed with the goat chewing the dynamite and would cheer every time we passed him. It’s just a really fun ride that holds a very special place in my heart always.

3. Harry Potter & the Forbidden Journey / Dragon Challenge – Universal Studios Orlando

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I guess I’m kind of cheating but I honestly couldn’t pick between these two rides! As excited as I was to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I didn’t have particularly high hopes for the rides. I assumed they’d be aimed at kids so a bit wussy. Boy was I wrong! The first one is basically a simulator ride but also a bit of a roller coaster? It’s so hard to describe! You’re harnessed in properly because the booth you sit in flies around between the different screens where the story progresses. It’s unlike any style of ride I have ever been on before. The second ride is a proper roller coaster and it was AMAZING! You really do feel like you’re riding on a dragon, it’s brilliant.

4. Tower of Terror – Disney’s California Adventure / Hollywood Studios

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Haha OK yes we’re back to a Disney ride… but this one is the best! It’s a dark drop ride which is terrifyingly fun but it’s actually the overall look and theme of the attraction that makes it totally awesome! It’s basically a new episode of the Twilight Zone (it even features Rod Serling in some impressive CGI) and is spooky as heck. I could ride it 100x and still never be bored of it.

5. Superman Escape – Movieworld

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I figured I should bring it back to a local theme park for the last one. I’d have to say my favourite ride of all the theme parks on the Gold Coast would be the Superman Escape at Movieworld. It’s a proper roller coaster that’s exhilarating while also being really well done theme-wise. It starts off slow as part of the story but then Superman comes in and pushes the “subway” you’re on out of danger and you’re suddenly going very, very fast. It rocks!

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Guess who’s engaged?!

March 23, 2015
Feminism, My Life, Parties and Fun, Wedding

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Well I guess it’s time to spill the beans… Ben and I are engaged! It actually happened last Monday but we didn’t tell anyone except family and close friends as it was very much out of the blue and not exactly a traditional marriage proposal. But Ben was too dang excited about it and posted about it on facebook while at work last night and well, now the world knows!

So I’m not a traditional kinda girl at all, in fact I’ve never been that into marriage and have only come around to the idea of it since meeting Ben (not because he talked me into it, but it was the first time I felt like I actually wanted to marry someone). I was actually kind of steering towards a commitment ceremony instead of a wedding since I wasn’t going to be taking his name and mostly just wanted a cool party with my friends and family and to wear an awesome dress. But last Monday evening we somehow got on the topic of engagements and I told Ben that I didn’t believe in them and thought it was preposterous that women felt like they had to wait until their partner proposed to them when it’s something they really, dearly wanted. In some cases having to wait years and years! Nope, that’s not for me. Ben was a bit surprised, apparently I hadn’t really mentioned this to him before, just that I would say no if he ever did one of those big, public proposals. So he asked what I wanted to do about marriage then and I admitted I thought it made much better sense that we as a couple who both want to marry each other should discuss it together and just mutually decide on a wedding date and skip the engagement nonsense altogether! We kept discussing it and at the end of the conversation we agreed that it made perfect sense for us to get married on Halloween since it falls on a Saturday this year anyway (and admittedly I’d been entertaining the thought of a Halloween wedding since talking to a friend who’s having her wedding in October this year).

So that’s it! It’s not particularly romantic but it’s exactly how I wanted it. I love Ben to death and want to marry him and only him, but I am also a proud feminist and I wanted it to be done in a way that made me happy and not just the way it’s traditionally done which I find is often oppressive and/or redundant these days. The wedding will be Halloween/Haunted Mansion themed so it won’t be super kitsch Halloween, but a bit more classy and gothic horror (without going full goth because… nah, that’s not for me). There’s so much to plan but we’re also keen to make this a very chilled out affair and just a great big fun day for everyone who attends!

In case you haven’t been to any of the Disney parks, here’s a walk-through of the attraction which gives you a pretty good idea of the look we’ll be going for :D

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Happy New Year! It’s 2015!

January 7, 2015
Body and Soul, Life, My Life, Nails, Parties and Fun, Random Thoughts

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Can you believe it’s 2015 already? Not to sound like an old fart, but holy moly, where is time going? I remember new years eve 1999 so vividly, I’d finished high school and had just turned 18 and spent it with a couple of my best mates and our families at Southbank. Ahhh such innocent times when I had no interest in drinking and wore handmade “Go Millennium Big” shirts.

This new years was a pretty cruisy one. Normally we make specific plans but we didn’t this year and decided kind of last minute to go to one of our favourite bars for the night. Beforehand we were invited to a friends picnic on the river to watch the sunset which was absolutely magical, until the mosquitoes came out in force!

2014 was a pretty interesting year for me. I was still coming down from the high leftover from our US trip, something that took months to subside. I was feeling incredibly unsatisfiedwith my work life, I knew I couldn’t keep working for “the man” and office works was bringing me down more than ever. After much thought and after a particularly bad refill at a cheap nail salon, I decided to bite the bullet and get a Certificate in Nail Technology. I get pretty nervous over big life decisions and so I was scared as hell about this one, but the course made me very excited about the prospect of a career change and by the end of it I knew this was what I needed to do! I set up a nail salon at home and have gotten to a point where I’m getting pretty darn good at it, especially the nail art! We also got a new dog, the sweetheart known as Midwich who has enriched our lives greatly. Shiro has changed a lot since we got her, for the better. He’s more affectionate than ever and luckily they both get along really well. We also went to Thailand for a week! I never planned to go there as I have a bunch of other countries on my to-visit list, so it was fun to have an excuse to go and see a very different part of the world! I celebrated Halloween for all of October with my 31 Days of Halloween challenge on instagram which was a LOT of fun! And I become a better feminist, learning about intersectional feminism and all that goes with it.

Not everything was hunky dory though. A week into my nail course I fell down a step on the way to work and fractured my ankle. It took months to get better and even now still hurts on occasion. Fortunately I didn’t need to get surgery though! The bit that is the most annoying though is how it stopped me from being able to exercise, I was already a bit slack on that front (but I still went to gym a few times a week), and once the routine has broken, it’s so damn hard to get back into it! So I’m pretty much at my biggest and am not too happy about it. As I’ve posted on here before, I struggle with my own body-image so it was something I worried about a lot in 2014 and was a little bit powerless (and perhaps more than a tad unmotivated) to do much about it.

My plans for 2015 so far are as follows:

  • Do nails full time! I am very likely to be doing this in the next couple of months thanks to an opportunity with a fantastic company who’s expanding to Brisbane soon. I’d like to open my own salon but that’ll probably be more for 2016.
  • Lose weight, get fit. It’s a cliche but I was too busy in 2014 to focus on this so it’s time to change things for 2015! I miss my fit, healthy body which, in retrospect, was actually bangin’. If only I’d realised this back then!
  • Sort myself out blog-wise. I know I will never get back into posting like I used to, and I’ll admit I’ve considered packing it in a couple of times lately. But I don’t want to quit and I feel like I should be able to post more often if I just committed to it. I also want to start vlogging again. I love both of these things and it’s a shame I’ve slacked off so badly in the last couple of years.
  • Travel! We’re actually going to Japan in May but I want to get myself sorted so that we can afford to travel more often, both overseas and domestically. We’ll hopefully visit a few other cities within Australia this year, including ones we’ve not been to like Perth!
  • Be a better friend. I am such a slack friend! I need to fix this! I have no excuses except general laziness, and it’s gotta stop before I have no friends left at all :( Going out of my way to plan stuff with mates, invite people over or just meet up with them for coffee or a beer is on the agenda for 2015.

I am excited about this year, I reckon it’s going to be a BIG one full of adventures and positive life changes :D

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Fright Night at Movieworld

October 25, 2014
Halloween, My Life, Nerds and Geeks, Parties and Fun, Things I Like, Wonderful Weekend

Last Saturday night I went to Fright Night at Movieworld with my mum, sister and Ben. All through October Movieworld has special events on Friday and Saturday night for Halloween. They’re very reminiscent of Halloween Horror Nights at Universal which Ben and I happened to go to in LA last year.

I wasn’t sure how good it was going to be as I was sure I’d be disappointed compared to Universal’s version but I am happy to say it was AWESOME! We all had an absolute blast and while it didn’t quite compare to Halloween Horror Nights in some ways, in other ways it was actually better. Yay! I am so damn excited about how Australia is finally embracing Halloween properly. Until the last few years it’s always just been some silly American thing, but now lots of shops sell Halloween products and supplies and places like Movieworld are going all out.

 

When we arrived the place was packed, the night had sold out days beforehand and the car park was overflowing (I’ve honestly never seen that at any Gold Coast theme parks before). As we walked in (chuckling at the poor suckers who thought they could just go in with their annual passes) we were greeted with an unexpected and enormous burst of flames from above the gates and then total chaos as we entered the main square. There were dancers in cages and an array of scary characters scaring people or just looking menacing. It was super dark with dim red lighting punctuated the random bursts of flames and lots of eerie smoke. While nothing will compare to being chased by chainsaw wielding maniacs like at Universal, there were lots of scarers pouncing unexpectedly from the shadows to give us all a fright. There were also ghostly women in black on stilts and even some creepy looking creatures on stilts too that gracefully and silently stepped past you.

Knowing there were going to be crazy lines, we rushed to the first maze called “Cannibal Clowns” but realised right away there was going to be a good hour line up per maze and ride. Ben wasn’t having any of that and disappeared briefly, reappearing with fast track passes. Our night was becoming expensive but being able to go to the front of the line and skip the queue sure is a good feeling! The clown maze wasn’t that scary (so glad we didn’t line up for an hour for it) so we went to the next one called the Ripper which was based on Jack the Ripper, which wasn’t very scary either but we all agreed the set design was at least quite impressive.

 

On our way to the next mazes we stopped for some snacks and drinks. This is where Fright Nights kicked arse, it was all themed and was totally amazing (and quite cheap too). There were pus donuts where you squeeze the pus (aka custard) in yourself with a oversize syringe, specimen jar desserts (choc pudding = poo, lemon meringue = wee), blood bags (full of red soft drink) and jelly shot syringes. We went to the bar to sample the blood/pus bags (vodka cranberry / malibu pineapple) and the alcoholic jelly shot syringes. Talk about a sugar overload!

We then visited the last two mazes which we were hoping were going to be better than the first two. Fortunately we were not disappointed as they were TERRIFYING. The first one was based off the new game The Evil Within and the other one was based on Wolf Creek 2. The set designs were excellent and some of the characters were mortifying (particularly the one playing Mick Taylor, holy shit did we all scream), so we left both feeling quite hoarse indeed. I was delighted by the fact a couple of the scarers even managed to get Ben, the horror aficionado, to scream too! We were especially grateful for our fast passes by the end as the lines for those two mazes were so long, I wouldn’t be surprised if they took two hours to get through. No thanks!

Our plan was to then jump on some rides as they were meant to shut down at 9pm but we quickly discovered the lines had closed at about 8.20pm which means we missed out. While we understood there were noise restrictions on the outdoors rides, we were pretty disappointed about it, especially since there’d been no signage about when the lines closed. Luckily we’ve all been on the rides plenty of times before, it would have really sucked for those who don’t get to go to the theme park much. So we did some more wandering, ate some more snacks, people-watched and bought some merch before we made our way home for the night.

It was an excellent night which we plan to do again next year, but will go the whole hog and get fast track passes for both the rides and mazes and may even try the VIP tour too! I only wish I’d had time to go again this year :)

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Harry Potter’s 34th Birthday Party!

August 26, 2014
Harry Potter, My Life, Nerds and Geeks, Parties and Fun

Harry Potter's 34th birthday party

On Sunday 10th August I got together with a bunch of friends and celebrated Harry Potter’s 34th birthday! OK so Harry’s birthday is actually on the 31st of July, but as that was midweek and I had Greazefest on the weekend immediately after, we decided to put it off another week.

Back in the 2002 I started a Harry Potter fan club which was primarily aimed at adults which ran til around 2007. Sadly interest petered out when the final book was released and we found it hard to get people to come to our meet ups. But I made some awesome friends from the club and we make sure that we celebrate Harry’s birthday every year as a way to catch up and reminisce about the good ol’ days.

We held this years party at The Scratch where we took over the whole back half of the bar with decorations and a ridiculous amount of food that we all made and brought along. I made cauldron cakes (tiny choc cupcakes with liquorice handles) and cockroach clusters (choc crackles with extra shredded coconut). We drank Butterbeer (as well as lots of delicious beer and cider) and had a lovly time catching up. It was really lovely having some new friends come along as well!

I only took a few photos as I was too busy socialising and eating delicious treats but I managed to snap a few on my phone:

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