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

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Blerd Life · Nerd Life · Nintendoland · Uncategorized

My Nintendo DS Collection

As it is it seems like the 3ds will soon be gone with the coming of the Switch, but that won’t stop me.I’ll keep collecting games as long as there are fun ones to play.

American Collection:

Brain Age^2

Bravely Second

Code Name Steam

Chrono Trigger

Digimon DigimonWorld DS

Dragon Quest:Sentinels of the Starry Skies IX

Drawn to Life

Elite Beat Agents

Etrian Odyssey IV:Legend of the Titans

Final Fantasy: Echoes of Time

Fire Emlbelme Awakening

Fire Emblem Fates:Birthright

Ghost Trick

Golden Sun:Dark Dawn

Legend of Zelda:Link’s Awakening

Legend of Zelda:A Link Between Worlds

Legend of Zelda:Majora’s Mask

Mario and Luigi:Parners in Time

Monster Hunter 4:Ultimate

Persona Q:Shadows of Labryinth

Picross 3D

Pokemon Heart Gold

Pokemon Moon

Pokemon X

Prince of Persia

Professor Layton:Diabolic Box

Rhythm Heaven

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2

Super Princess Peach

The World Ends With You

Japanese Collection:

Ash:Archaic Sealed Heat

Dragon Quest:Moster Joker

Final Fantasy: Chocobo Tale

NinoKuni

One Piece: Gear Spirit

Pokemon Heart Gold

Pokemon Soul Silver

Quiz Magic Academy

Time Hollow

 

Korean Collection

Ragnarok

I’ll eventually have a chance to review them all, but I’m not there yet.

~BlerdLikeMe

Blerd Life · Blerd Trek · Conventions · Nerd Life

Why my Dragon Experience was probably better than yours

Hey guys,

I’m not trying to say that my Dragon Con was killer(or am I) or like that you didn’t have a good time.But like, I had one of the best things that can happen with anyone in their fandom.

Storytime:

So Friday was my first day at Dragon Con I went after work and got kinda lost(stuck in hotels with no knowledge of how to escape).I went to the dealers room plotted out what I might buy [I never just buy stuff of a whim I think about it and decide later[unless its like a rare (fill in the blank) for really cheap].Next I went to the JoyStick Video Game Bar,for a live Black Nerd Girl Podcast(It was awesome).Saturday was full of just hanging out with new friends(so busy having fun I had no time for panels).

SUNDAY IS WHEN IT HAPPENED.

So, I don’t think a lot of people know this about me, but I’m undercover hard core Power Ranger Fan Girl.Like I own Saba,the communicator watch,the white ranger movie morpher,along with the original TV show morpher(with all the coins),not to mention I’m reading the comic about them by Boom.So I decided if I don’t get to make it to any other panel, I have to go to this Power Ranger Reunion Panel.Got there two hours early,only to find that I’m like fourth in line fast forward to us and a Doctor Who line merging.Fast forward to us getting in.Side not I was doing a Billy Cranston Cosplay(blue ranger plain closed cosplay).So we have the actors and voices of Jason,Lord Zed,Billy,and Alpha 5.Someone interrupts that they should do,the iconic transformation ‘It’s morphin time’ thing Austin St. John(Jason) is like you got to finesse me before we go into that.Richard Horvitz(Alpha 5) was hilarious and so was David Yost(Billy).As the end of the panel,David Yost was like yeah we’re gonna do this and dedicate to you guy,who interrupted the panel.So the host managed to have a red ranger morpher,and guess who happened to have a blue ranger morpher to be used. Hahahahah

THAT WOULD BE ME!!!!!!!!!!!

So as far as I’m concerned my morpher is an  official a blue ranger morpher.

And here’s the video proof

Yep yep,I got  a much better interaction than I could have ever expect.

This ranger is heading to write some more stuff,

BlerdLikeMe

 

Cosplay · Nerd Life

My Dream Cosplays

Anime

Ash Ketchum

Canary(Hunter x Hunter)

Future Trunks

Kalik  (Manga version Soul Eater)

Luffy(One Piece)

Mira Naigus(Soul Eater)

Roronoa Zoro(One Piece)

Sailor Moon

Syaoran(Tsubasa Resiove Chronicles)

Tai (Digimon)

 

Comic Books

Batwings(Batman)

Blade

Bumlebee(Teen Titans)

Nightwing(Dick Greyson)

Raven(Teen Titans)

The Riddler(Batman)

Robin(Dick Greyson)

Spider-Man(Parker)

Spider-Man(Miles)

Spider-Man Noir

Static Shock

Storm(X-Men)

 

Video Games

Laura Croft:Tomb Raider

Red(Pokemon)

Riku(Final Fantasy X)

Tifa(Final Fastasy VII)

Viera(Final Fantasy XII)

Waka(Final Fantasy X)

Movies/TV shows

Bajoran(Star Trek)

Brock(Pokemon)

Card Captor Sakura

Indiana Jones

Serena

Star Trek Commander

Team Rocket Grunt(Red/Blue)

Uhura(Star Trek:TOS)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comic Vault · Nerd Life

Into the Vault:Peter Parker the Spectacular Spider-Man #64

First appearance of Cloak and Dagger

So we meet Peter Parker, our friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man as we normally do, slinging around New York.When he comes upon a man(Marshall) that is running for his life.The man is scared for his life and ask Spider-Mans to save him and even says that he’ll tell the DEA everything.

Enter Cloak and Dagger.

We learn that Daggers powers are that she can make tiny dagger from her fingertips that can pass through clothing and flesh until they melt in her victims bloom stream causing biophysical shock and then death.Cloak’s cloak(cape) is an alternate universe that he can trap his enemies in,not to mention that he can use it to teleport.

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Back to the story, both are after this man for revenge and our Neighborhood Spider is about law and order and tries to stop them,but to know avail .Dagger kills the man although Peter tries to stop them.He looses and gets hit with one of Dagger’s daggers,and they teleport away.Leaving a very hurt Spider-Man to limp back home.

Peter than uses his connection to try to figure out more about more about Marshall,turns out that this man was a chemist for the mob.He and the people he worked for had kidnapped street kids and used them as guinea pigs to try to make a new drug.

As Parker goes to Ellis Island for find more information, he hears a scream and finds an old warehouse.Inside we learn that these mobster had street kids kidnapped and experimented on, and these two Cloak and Dagger are the only ones that survived. To make a long fight short the band guys momentarily get the upper hand ,Parker comes in and says that he understand and that they should take these men in.But Cloak and Dagger just want him to stay out of it…

In the end Cloak traps the bad guys in his cape and,makes it seems as if the only way out is a window,the men break through it to be free.

Well it turns out that that window is the window of the warehouse, and the men fall to their deaths.

They leave feeling justice has prevailed, as all the murderers of their friends are dead.Spider-Man leaves a bit confused wondering how safe the dark truly is.

 

~BlerdLikMe

Blerd Trek · Cosplay · Nerd Life · Real Life · Uncategorized

Dragon Con cosplay update

According to the Dragon Con countdown,I have 38 day 0 hours and 35 minutes to get ready…Guess whose only barely finished one cosplay.Yep that’s me, I’ll admit it.Between saving up for Colombia,I don’t really have massive amounts of money to be spending on cosplays. You’re probably thinking wait,aren’t your cosplays pretty simple… Well yes they are….but there are three very expensive factors in my cosplays that are stopping me from finishing.

One I have already ordered.

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You’re probably  thinking that I must be super serious to have ordered glasses for a cosplay,well not really.I actually need a new main pair to take with me to Colombia.So being the fact that most of my cosplay choices wear large glasses and Luna specifically wears circular lenses, made my frame choice quite easy.I only paid like $41 so I think I did well for myself.

 

The second two things which are the most expensive are exclusively for my Billy cosplay(kind of).

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So to me the communicator and morpher are two things you kind of have to have for a plain clothes Power Ranger cosplay.Yes the communicator just came out, yes I know that these two things are expensive.But you know what ,I would have bought them anyway….I have a somewhat obsessions with Power Rangers. I already have Tommy White Ranger Morpher along with Saba.

MYSTERY COSPLAY

Now aside from that, I also having a hard time finding brown pants for my mystery cosplay,because apparently this is the season of Khakis and Green Pants.It’s almost like the color brown doesn’t exist in stores…thrift stores here I come.

I’ll keep you posted as I get more pieces for my cosplay,

~BlerdLikeMe

Blerd Life · Cosplay · Nerd Life · Uncategorized

My Official Dragon Con Line Up

So after putting in a lot of thought I have finally decided on my cosplays for dragon con

Friday

Mystery Cosplay

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Who will I be,I guess you’ll just have to wait to see?

Saturday

Lunella Lafayette,from Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur.

 

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Though I am going to do her,I’m still thinking about how.I probably will add more of a Tomb Raider feeling to mine,going for a teenage/adult version of the character rather than taking on the tween character as is.Also because the character is new there aren’t a lot of cosplays I’ve only seen two,so I’m excited .The only thing I need to do is order the glasses(yeah I wear glasses so it’s easier to just order a cheap pair on Zenni that to suffer a day with contacts and cute plushy T-Rex).

Sunday

Clark Kent(DC)

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I know I know,stop judging me ok. Regardless of my feelings on Superman, I must admit as a person I really appreciate Clark.I mean it’s hard not to like the man.So though I’ve done this once I plan on doing one again,with better shoes.

Monday

Billy Cranston from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

 

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Not to get you guys confused, but I’m not doing the Blue Ranger I’m doing a cosplay as Billy Cranston the character.Going to have the morpher and the communicator as props (I’m going to push play on the communicator randomly and look around suspiciously as I rush off).

Thanks for reading see you at Dragon Con,

~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

[Terminate 2.0 update]

[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.

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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.

[End of 3.0 update ]

[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

Blerd Life · Nerd Life · Real Life · Vacationing

8 things you should do if you visit Tokyo(NERD GIRL EDITION)

I went to Japan last year and just realized I hadn’t done a full post about it.

8.)Theme cafe’s or restaurants

Don’t go to anywhere in Asia without going to at least one.In Japan there are myriads of awesome themed coffee shops.Look at me and this owl chilling together in Akihabara(yes that is a real owl).Now I also went to the Final Fantasy Cafe which I would definitely suggest you go to (great food),but I would suggest you skip the Square Enix Cafe(unless you just want to buy final fantasies plushies that is).

[You don’t need a reservation for the owl or falcon cafe<you can get one but it’s not necessary>,but you will need one for the Final Fantasy Cafe]

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7.)Festivals(or anime conventions)

Now this really does depend on when you come to Japan.I purposely went during the summer season, because I wanted to experience at least one festival.I really enjoyed the Sumida Fire Works Festival,which was very pretty, but super crowded. Like I have never been to an event that crowded in my life.I enjoyed it more because of the experience than just the fireworks.Seeing all the couples and kids in their yukatas,and all the different street food vendors, it really made me smile.Now though I planned to see the fireworks,the friend of the owner of the hostel I stayed at told me a about Wonder Con. Now everyone knows about Comiket, but I had never heard about WonderCon. Turns out it’s an anime figurine convention.It was amazing,and a totally awesome addition to my trip.

 

6.)Studio Ghibli Museum

Don’t wait just go.If you are into animation and you like Studio Ghibli movies, you should go there.It is one of my favorite museums I have been too(period), it was beautiful.Full of different ways of interacting with the artwork,and a lot of original sketches you won’t be able to see anywhere else(all of the pictures I have are of the outside, because you aren’t allowed to take pictures of the inside).Also you get to see a movie short while you’re there.

 

5.)Do some shopping in Closet Child.

So living in Korea  the style was cute,cute clothes cute everything.Yeah this is a lolita shop ,but there is one thing it does have beside sweet lolita… … a  gothic/punk section.You don’t understand,there is no girl punk scene in Korea(nor a Hot Topic or anything remotely like it) so this store was my first chance in almost two years to get nice fitting gothic clothing

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4.)Buy some books and games at Book-Off

This is a used book,CD,DVD,video game store.There is not an American equivalent of this store.I was lucky enough to find Nujabes, Uverwold and Home Made 家族[Kazoku(family)]. So if you’re into J-Rock/Pop or Neo Jazz this is the store you can go in and find your favorite artist for really good prices.If you look at the pictures, yes that is Monster Hunter 3 for a 250 yen( around 2.50 USD) along side Earthbound 1+2 for game for GameBoy Advance for almost 50 USD(crazy right).This is a great place to go for used games and music.

 

3.)Spend some time in a Sega arcade.

Maybe the younger generation may not know,but Sega was a big part of the life for my generation of gamers. The Sega arcades are four levels of awesome. Did I mention that there’s a whole section dedicated for music based games,and a whole floor for taking pictures.Most arcades close at midnight(Korea too).Now let’s look at the pictures so I can tell you where our arcades drop the ball if you look at the picture on the top right , that machine dispenses cards.These cards save your data,so you’ll never have to start from the beginning.The other pictures are of the Pokken Tournament game that’s coming out, and the rest are of Hastume Miku game,and the place where I’m touching is the button to save my data.

 

 

2.)Nakano Broadway

This hidden gem,was in the area I stayed in.No it isn’t as big as Akihabara,no you will never hear as much talk about it,but it was beautiful.Most of the stores are Mandarake,different ones that have all types of things.There was one just full of Super Sentai and Kamen Riders memorabilia.I actually saw a replica of the original super sentai morpher,it looks almost identical to our Mighty Morphing Power Rangers morpher. But for a price of 500 dollars.I just couldn’t afford it but I wanted to.Now I don’t have any awesome pictures of the outside  but these are some of my pics of stores inside of the Broadway that I really liked.

 

1.)Swallowtail( The Butler Cafe),don’t walk rush now and buy tickets.

My guilty pleasure,like the Ghibli Museum it doesn’t allow pictures on the inside.I mean I love it so much I wrote a whole post on it in my travel blog.So no it’s not like a host/hostess club or a maid cafe.This is a restaurant you walk in and you are catered too.You don’t pull your chair out,carry your own purse,or even pour your own tea.It’s a place where every woman can feel like a lady.You can dress up or wear jeans,you come as you are.The architecture, the huge chandeliers,and the food,makes you feel like you’re being transported from Japan to England.The way you are treated it makes it a place that no girl should pass up.But reserve in advance(The picture on the right is showing them booked solid for the day[they’re normally booked two weeks in advance]).