Friday, June 18, 2010

WA: 4th Day

Today seemed to be a rather relaxing day. I got up early because yesterday, Karyn and I found out that the ceiling in the kitchen was leaking and the plumber was going to be coming in at 10am and briefly turning off the water in the house.

We headed out to Northgate Shopping Mall because I suggested it. It's a nice, quaint mall with a lot of nice clothing stores and such. I didn't really get to explore it much because of our limited time before my dad went to work so I stopped in a Payless shoes and bought a pair of heels for $9 from their sale. The saleslady was really open and nice. ^^

Sadly, because of all my time spend looking at one of my fav things (shoes), I didn't get to check out the food court. T.T

My sis and dad were sort of waiting for a while for me to get finished I think so after buying the shoes, we left for lunch.

We had lunch at the Phoenix restaurant which is a Vietnamese restaurant and they have some mean phu. It was so good! I have to say that the taste there is even better than our beloved phu duy in our hometown.. Although there was less tofu in compared to Phu Duy's tofu phu.
Sister ordered egg rolls and those were delicious as well. She had this shish kabob thing with fatty steak and I suppose she enjoyed it. It had a nice taste but I could tell that it was so fatty.
My dad had the steak phu and so his soup was a darker brown color.

After lunch, we headed back to the house and my dad went to work. My sis and I were camera whores for a little while and then we walked to a nearby QFC and bought her ingredients to make this really cheesy dish with tater tots. To me, it seems more like a chip dip than an actual meal..
She enjoyed it though and had her heart set on making this dish for a while. I finally put that to rest. It was an enjoyable walk to the store too so we got to talk and strengthen our sisterly bond. ^^

Sis cooked the tater tot dish when we got back and we were basically just couch potatoes for the rest of the day. I really didn't feel like catching a bus again and tomorrow, dad was telling us that we might go to either and outlet mall or Port Angeles so I'm really excited.

WA: 3rd Day

So today I got up, and went to Walmart with dad because I had to get that camera returned. It took a while at customer service so I ended up just going down to the photo department myself and returning the blasted thing. The people at the Walmart customer service were trying to get someone from the photo department to come up front to customer service to check the camera and after 15 minutes, I just told them that I could go back there myself and get the deed done.

I did so and then I got a different camera, WITH, a lithion battery. It's a Sony cybershot and I hope that it doesn't let me down because it cost me a good $200.

Before dropping us off back home, we stopped by at QFC and bought some food to last us the night. I got a turkey sandwich and my sister got some flatbread, bourgin cheese, and this TV dinner thing that was mashed p0tatoes, a chicken patty, and corn. Pretty disgusting in my opinion..

Dad dropped us off back home and I sort of just hung out during that time. I believe that this was the day that me and my sister organized her clothing that was a mess in the living room and put all that shit in the closet.

Once we got that done, I cooked some rice and made salad so that I could eat that with curry and rice. Dad has this big container of beef curry in his fridge and I thought it would be a good idea to start eating that up.

For this day, my sister and I really just stayed at home, cleaned, and cooked. xP

WA: 2nd Day

The next morning, Wednesday, I woke up early so that dad could take me to Walmart to get a camera. I got this Canon camera that had around 20x zoom power and got it all locked and ready to take to Seattle.

After Walmart, dad dropped me and my sister off at the transit station and from there, we caught a bus to Seattle.

The weather was still cloudy and misty but that didn't dampen our spirits. We got to the city, intending to get off near Uwajimaya village as we found there was a lovely food court there but unfortunately, we got off much too early. I suppose we miscalculated how much further it was because we were thinking that it was a quick few blocks away. We were so wrong.

At this point, I'm guessing that we got off somewhere near the space needle as it took us a good 2 hours to walk there. This includes meandering up and down the steep hills of the city, trying to find the right avenue to take us there. -__-

The up side about all of this is that I basically saw a lot of the city such as Pikes Market and Westlake shopping center. We also saw plenty of back streets and different sides of the city other than the major tourist areas.

I got some nice shots of the city with the camera so I'll upload when I get back home. The only sucky thing about the camera is that it took AA batteries and I realized that I wanted the lithion charger. I was planning to return it the next day for a different camera (making me unable to use it in the city at that point), even though I really wanted the Canon.
But that story is for the next day...

We finally got to Uwajimaya in one piece. I had this yogurt from.... I think it was called Utopia but I don't really remember. My sister had her usual chicken and rice. x3

After eating, we both walked around the store a bit and found a nice cake roll and a few other items like manapua and chocolate so we bought those. Then we went into the Kinokuniya bookstore that's attached to the main store and looked in there for a long time at magazines and manga. It was fun.

Then we found a bus stop nearby and took that back to the transit station and another bus back home.

When we got back, we hung out and watched TV. I don't remember exactly what we ate for din din..

Then we went to bed, tired from all that walking and excitement.

WA: 1st Day

I got to Washington on Tuesday night and it was pouring rain! I had to wait at the airport for around an hour so I walked to the light rail station and got to get a good look at the sound transit system. The train looks really nice and I'm hoping that I get to ride it at least once while I'm here. Chances are that I will get to ride on that lovely train. It reminds me a little bit of the public trains in Asia.

I hope that they become more prominent in America over time. ^^

I got picked up by my dad and sister after that and we went back to his apartment. Not much time to do anything there because it was so late so I took a quick shower and went straight to bed.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Difference Between Anime and Disney

I don't know why but I feel like I have to make a post on this one. Today on the bus, I was thinking about what the big difference is between Disney and anime I came to a conclusion.

Aside from the HUGE fact that Disney characters and Anime characters look very different and the culture behind the stories have their vast contrasts, it has to do with the movements of the characters and the emphasis on space and setting.

Disney animations have beautiful paintings of settings for their backgrounds but they mostly serve JUST as a backgrounds. The settings in Disney films don't seem to move around or come alive like the characters do. They seem to mostly act as a ground for the characters and objects that the characters interact with.

The settings in anime features come to life. For example, the grass is shown moving with the wind or the rustling of the trees can be seen and heard. Maybe there might be scene that simply shows the babbling brook or stream.

If Disney animations show moving settings, it seems like the characters have to interact with it for it to be alive. In Anime, the settings can come alive on their own without the interference of the characters.

In a sense, settings in Disney animation films seem to be more dead compared to Anime films because the settings in Disney films come alive usually when a character interacts with it opposed to Anime where the settings come alive on their own and they are shown exclusively doing so with almost equal screentime with the characters. And when I say, "come alive," I mean that the settings are being animated like grass moving, trees moving, water moving, etc.

The harmonious balance between nature and characters is obvious in Anime but not so obvious in Disney. Hopefully, Disney will catch on and start to put more emphasis on the portrayal of the beauty of nature and settings as it makes the feature film so much more wonderful as a whole.

Now for character movements; this part is fairly difficult to explain because when comparing anime movements to Disney movements, the differences are that some movements are exaggerated, yet not exaggerated, simple, yet not that simple. It is full of contradictions because the way the characters move are done in rather different ways.

Animated Disney characters have very fluid movement. Therefore, it's rather realistic. Anime character's movements are not as fluid and the different positions of their movements don't have as many in-between movements. So it's like one position quickly jumps to the next with Anime.

Some Anime's do have very fluid movement but the difference with those is that the camera angles and movements are highly contrasted with Disney because the exaggerated movements in Anime characters have to do with a combination of the camera movements/angles AND the character's movements while in Disney, it's mostly the characters that are moving and not so much the camera.