colombia · Nerd Life · Uncategorized

3 Nerdy things I miss while living in Colombia

3.)No Comic Book Stores

So this is the same thing that I found in Korea.Although it´s much easier to find American comics.

The only difference is when I do find the comics are so expensive, I often don´t buy them. Prices for any imports here are often inflated. At the same time when you find a sale on English books. You will often pay only a fraction of the original price. That´s also a big IF, some popular comic aren´t going on sale.

But I miss brick-and-mortar shops, they´re like a second home.

 

2.)Cheap/Used Video Games

Now, this isn´t specific to the U.S., Japan to me had the best market for used games, but here´s there is only one way to buy a game.

…NEW…

And I don´t know if I mentioned this but,  all electronics here are really expensive. The games here are the same region as the U.S., but I can´t afford to buy anything. The price for one recently released 3DS game is the equivalent of half my rent…

… so …

Here´s an example. The Switch is more than I make in a month, and double the minimum wage.

1.)Gundams and Mecha

Now one of my favorite things to do is buy Gundams and build them, this is called Gunpla. It´s one of my favorite hobbies. I picked it up while living in Korea. Now I´m not talking about the ones that you just buy and display, I´m talking about the ones you build. You have pieces, instructions, and it ones of my favorite way to spend my free time. It´s like building model cars but cooler. And they just don´t exist here. Now I do have one mech with me to build(that´s how much I love it), but I´m gonna wait till the right moment.

Gundam: These are giant robots manned by a person. Think about the movies such as Pacific Rim.Also think about the Megazord from MMPR.

Mech(a): Mechs are any kind of man operated robot, that doesn´t come from the gundam franchise. So examples are Neon Gensis Evangeleon, Power Rangers,Pacific Rim etc etc.

Thanks for listening,

BlerdLikeMe

Blerd Life · colombia · Conventions · Uncategorized

MegaCon Armenia,Colombia – a review

My first convention in Colombia.

Let’s start off by saying this, I am treating this convention as a solo entity. I recently realized that almost every convention I’ve been to happens to be one of the biggest in that country, or it’s somewhere in the top 10 there.

So first off let’s talk about who this convention for … …. TEENAGERS.

Now that’s a not a bad thing,I’m just not one anymore.

But you know what I did notice, those kids looked exactly how me and my friends did in high school. Punk, buttons, anime T-shirts,buying posters,plushies and pocky, those kids were us.
Now if I were to be honest, I only stayed for like 10 minutes.

I got bored.

Why…

Well I’m a vendor/artist/panel kind of women. I can spend hours going through artist alleies deciding what jewelry,comics and random things to buy.There just wasn’t an artist alley, But there were  a couple of vendors and video game competitions.

So as far as this con goes, it’s a good place for teenagers here to meet others with similar interest. It was small, but for the audience it was perfect  .

So out of seven Dragon balls it  gets a two.

Why?

Well, the convention would have gotten a four D.B. ,if it hadn’t been for one guy at the door,not letting me leave when I wanted to.

I understand only so many can come in at once but ,you know what makes that easier, people leaving.

It was small but enjoyable.

~blerdlikeme

A Comic Book Lifestyle · colombia · Nerd Life · Uncategorized

Nerd Culture in Colombia [the 4th update]

So upon doing extensive research of Colombia nerd culture I have found out the best thing ever.That Colombia has it’s own Comic Convention,now I’m not talking about a state’s comic convention, I mean the country’s equivalent to SDCC and NYCC(San Diego and New York Comic Con),this is where all the big names go to.It is also the convention that is sponsored by all the big companies. It was just last weekend.Bruce Willis was there,along with the Batmobile(Christopher Nolan’s renditions), Harley Quinn’s bat,among other things. It’s not going to be as big as SDCC and NYCC but it sponsored by all the big players so it’s bound to be awesome.That was one thing I really missed ,there really isn’t a western comic book scene in Korea.Comic Con Colombia will be a definite thing on my list of things to do in Colombia(yes I totally plan on cosplaying there).

Aside from comic book culture there is also a very big anime culture.I love finding figurines and being that most anime stores have a very diverse selection,I plan on finding all I can while in Colombia and writing about them.These are two that I have found thus far.

[Update 2.0]

After doing a little more research on the anime scene in Colombia I have found another festival, Shin Anime Festival .This is what I have been looking for,and it’s a Western Style anime convention.Ok western anime coventions are a bit more lively there are pannels cosplay contest,game rooms and a lot of interactions.

Take a look

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[UPDATE 3.0]

So looking today I just found the motherload. Though some of these seem to be a lot smalleer than Comic Con Colombia and Shin Anime,I plan on visiting them,or at least attempting too.I don’t have a lot of inormation on all of these but they look fun.

AnimeCo

I have no I idea what this conventions going to be like but I’m going to go.

Otaken Colombia

This gives you a link to all the events that the have Joystick(a gaming event) being one that seems to be the most popular one.

Lolita Fashion Colombia

Well for all of the Lolitas that are coming to Colombia.I will probably bring only one cord(and vacuum seal my petticoat)

Harajuku Project also host a Harajuku fashion walk.

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[Update 4.0]

Anime Land (Centro Commercial Cosmos)

The owners speak very little English but are really kind.Here’s there Facebook.

https://m.facebook.com/animelandbta/

So you can check them out more if you like

MeGaCon 2017

Armenia ~March 18th

Manuals ~March 18th

[End update 4.0]

Sora Anime Store

Calle 5 #61 -159 local 9 centro comercial cañaveralejo, Cali, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
These are the anime and

Otakuscity Tienda Anime

Bogotá, Colombia

Aside from those I found a video game store.

Flash Video Games

Located inside Centro Comercial Los Molinos,Medellin,Colombia

I really can’t give an definite opinion on any of these things as of yet,but next year when I explore I will give detailed information on each store and what can be found there.

Thanks for reading,

~BlerdLikeMe

colombia · Teaching Abroad

Thoughts on Colombia

Well I have a lot of thoughts honestly.

It’s my first time traveling in any part of the Americas other than my home country.Shameful yes I know,but I plan on rectify that starting next year.

What I’m most excited about?

Being able to blend in.

You don’t understand how excited I am to be able to blend in with natives,I mean until I open my mouth that is.Besides the U.S. I’ve only lived and traveled in Asia,a place where me being black is a… well… … an interesting experience.

So for me it will be my first time traveling to a country that has a big population of people of African descent and it’s exciting.I really love the fact that I wont be stared at every day as I live and travel around Colombia(I wish I was exaggerating,but in Asia it’s something that you just kind of to get used to).

Food

Now honestly I don’t know a lot about Latino food,but I love food as a whole.So I plan on learning a lot about the food in Colombia as travel around the country.Food is actually one of my favorite parts of traveling to any country, exploring the different types of foods that are popular there,and comparing it to Southern food.Then realizing how similar and different our foods are.

The thing I am most excited about is street food.It’s not popular in the U.S. at least not in the South,but buying and eating food from vendors is one of the best ways of learning about the cuisine of any country(and seeing what’s popular to eat at the time).

Things I wonder about:

What will it be like to be teaching at just one school(I’ve always previously  had three to five)?

What grades will I be teaching?what hours?

Will I get placed in the program I want?

Will I be in walking distance of my school?

Will I be able to find a reliable barber or hair products in my city?

Will I go to carnival?

Will I be able to take a martial art in the town or city I’m in?

Will I have an awesome co-teacher?

Will I be placed in the area I want or even be in a city?

How will my minimum level of Spanish affect my life?compared to my nonexistent level of Korean my first year there.

Will I decide to have roommates?or put up more money to have my own place?

 

I have a lot of questions, I’ll share the answers to you when I figure them out.

Thanks for reading,

BlerdLikeMe