Miku Expo 2014 & New York Haul

‘Ello ‘Ello!

I hope you all enjoyed the photo journal of our time in New York at Miku Expo! If you couldn’t tell, we had a freakin’ blast!! Although our time in New York was relatively short we still managed to pick up a few items that I thought we’d share with you all! All of the items were purchased by us with no discount offered or given.

Haul

I had and intended to purchase more items, however many things were sold out. Things like the Halloween Miku Nendroid and a lot of the concert merchandise. The items listed were the few remaining concert merchandise, exclusives of the VIP package, or purchased from f.y.e.

T-Shirt

This was one of the two items Anthony had purchased for me when we first entered the venue. This shirt was a Miku Expo exclusive with a chibi anime design. Anthony was able to get it in a size medium since the small was already sold out. It’s actually quite a quality screen print and is comfortable to wear with jeans and sneakers/boots. It wasn’t too outrageously priced either at $25.

Miku Keychain

Here is the other item Anthony was able to purchase. It has the same chibi design as the t-shirt, only this time it is fully colored. I love the gold metal. It gives the keychain an overall classier look than a silver chain. Along with the picture of Miku, there is a metal “M” beside the picture that has a tiny rhinestone at the bottom. This was also reasonably priced at $10 I believe.

VIP LP

This was an item that came exclusively with the VIP package for the concert.  It is a functional record with the Miku Expo theme song “Sharing the World”.  Along with both the chibi anime art design on theback and, onthefront, the Miku Expo theme design. Since I don’t have a record player, I will more than likely frame this and hang it or put it on display.

VIP Badge

Another VIP exclusive that was given to us at the end of the show. Nothing much to say except it will be hung up on display.

VIP Fan

The final item included in the VIP package was a Miku Expo Fan. It is made with fabric rather than flimsy paper making it a bit more longer lasting. The artwork featured is different than that used for other merchandise, but it is still incredible to look at. I will also be placing this on display.

Rin and Len

These are actually a funny story. Anthony predicted that a lot of the items, if not all, would be sold out by the end of the concert and holy crap he was right. All they had left were Rin & Len plushes which I bought three: 2 Rin & 1 Len. The second Rin is for a friend who couldn’t go to the concert and the other two are currently being displayed on my lovely desk. They were quite expensive at $20 a plush, but hey…you only get Miku Expo exclusives once in a lifetime right? Maybe? Yes?

Lanyard

This was actually a post-concert pick up in DC. We had about 45 minutes before we were picked up from the train station, so we made our way back to f.y.e.. I decided to purchase a Miku lanyard to make up for the lack of items I bought in New York. It’s quite cute with a chibi Miku design along with the logo. I am currently hanging it from my car/house keys. I believe it was $8, so not too terrible I suppose.

SM Keychain

Despite the Miku Madness I was facing I managed to purchase something Sailor Moon! This is the Moon Stick rubber keychain and I found it ridiculously adorable…so I bought it for about $6. It is currently hanging on my new backpack. I always loved the Moon Stick in the anime and so I think this will work quite well.

Welp, that’s everything I bought in the 24 hours that I was traveling! I hope you all enjoyed today’s post and I am dying to hear what you all thought of yesterday’s and today’s posts! If you went to Miku Expo in LA or NY feel free to leave a comment in either post down below! Let me know what you thought and if you weren’t able to attend I am willing to answer any questions you all may have. If you would like to suggest topics for future posts, please hit the “contact” button above and fill out the form! As always, have a great week/weekend and like always…

REMEMBER: Settle It In Smash.

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

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Miku Expo 2014 Photo Journal

If you are unable to tell already; we are back from Miku Expo in New York~! We weren’t able to attend Wallplay due to a delay with our train in Delaware, but we definitely made it to the concert. We were able to get a few pictures throughout the day for you all!

Miku Expo

I will warn you before I show you all of the pictures: this was my first trip to New York where I was able to actually walk around the city. As such some photos may come off a bit touristy and what not so please bare with me.

DC

We all woke up around 7am to get ready for the train that was leaving at 11. The ride to DC was rather uneventful, and my brother and father were super awesome taking us and dropping us off at Union Station. Because we arrived about an hour before our train departed, and we are never in the area, we decided to walk around and check out the shops. Surprisingly enough, we found an f.y.e filled with awesome merchandise from Sailor Moon keychains and even Hatsune Miku lanyards.

Once it was time to board we met an older gentleman who helped explain the boarding procedure. We ended up having a pleasant conversation with him for a few minutes. Once we were boarding and seated, we got as comfortable as possible for the 3.5 hour ride to New York Penn Station.

Train

For most of the ride Anthony and I were either asleep, looking at passing towns and cities, or on our phones. There were certainly some picturesque views with some even leaving me speechless. We managed to grab something to eat on the train; a vegan barbecue burger and fresh fruit. The burger was meh; filled with loads of sodium and preservatives. However, the fruit was delicious and managed to hit the spot. Unfortunately, we ended up with a 20-30 minute delay due to rail work in Delaware.

Manhattan

When we arrived, we already knew Wallplay was out of the question which wasn’t too painful because they managed to sell out of the Halloween Nendroid I wanted to try and get my hands on. So what did we decide would be the next best thing to do? White Castle. So classy, right? It didn’t really whet my appetite, but as a White Castle first-timer Anthony seemed to have enjoyed it. Afterwards we just walked around the area looking at a few shoe shops and made our way back to Penn Station to purchase our tickets to New Jersey and then headed towards Hammerstein Ballroom.

Concert Lines

We made it to Hammerstein Ballroom with a little less than 2.5 hours to spare and wait in line. When we initially arrived we looked at the line to the left and were immediately frightened. The line was huge and making its way toward the next block. Thankfully Anthony had the common sense to ask a Miku Staff member where the VIP line was… It was to the right and significantly shorter. After they gave us our yellow VIP wrist bands, we made our way over and proceeded to wait in line for about 30 minutes. During the wait we found two fellow fans who attended the previous night. I asked them if they felt the concert was worth it and they said it was indeed. One thing I noticed was that the film crew from the original Miku Expo in Indonesia was filming interviews and shots of the line, so maybe we’ll appear in the next “Road to Miku Expo”?! After about 25 minutes of waiting, VIP was allowed early entrance and we made our way inside.

Pre-Concert

The minute we stepped into the building we were greeted by Miku Staff. And in a surprising twist the Simply Taylor Rae cartoon logo recognized by the lovely lady running the Miku Expo twitter account. She told us thanks for tweeting and sharing about the event so much. We handed her my business card and they handed us our Miku Expo/Good Smile Company grab bags with the exclusive Miku Expo glowsticks. Finally, made our way inside the ballroom.

Concert

When we entered we immediately made our way to the front, as close to the railing as possible. We actually got quite an awesome view and I was in heaven. After we found our spot Anthony took a few moments to go and purchase a few items before they sold out and came back. Two hours later of listening to the same three songs, the Sega chant and beating Anthony up with my glow stick…the show began! And what a freakin’ concert! It was everything I dreamed it would be: Amazing special effects, awesome band, a wonderful and huge crowd of incredible fans, and Miku Love all around. The songs were the typical songs of MikuPa concerts circa 2011-2012 with the few exceptions of “Sharing the World” by Bighead, “Parades” by whoo, “Just Be Friends (English)” by Dixie Flatline, and “Glass Wall” by GuitarHeroPianoZero. We danced to “PoPiPo” and “Himitsu Keisatsu” and swayed to “Starduster.” By the end of the show, I was sweating, my arm was exhausted from the glow stick movements and I was on the verge of tears. After the encore Anthony and I made our way out to pick up our VIP packages from the same lady who recognized us earlier. We managed to also pick up some Rin & Len plush dolls. Then we did the unthinkable…went to McDonalds and waited for our train to New Jersey to arrive.

See You

Well, that is it! This ended up being a ridiculously long post but I feel like I owe you all something of quality after being away for quite a bit. I will have another Miku Expo post up tomorrow which will focus on my haul from the day so please stay tuned to that! I really want to know if any of you went to Miku Expo in either LA, Jarkarta, or NY and hear your thoughts! Did you enjoy it? Did it meet your expectations? Feel free to comment down below and if you would like to suggest topics for future posts, please hit the “Contact” button above and fill out the form! I hope you all enjoyed this post and as always…

REMEMBER: “It’s a Freakin’ Hologram, Taylor.” – Anthony (I laughed a lot at this.)

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae

What’s in My Bag: Overnight Edition

Hello everyone! Long time, no see!!! I hope you all don’t mind but today I am sharing with you all how I pack my overnight bags since Anthony and I recently had an overnight trip to New York/New Jersey. A simple and fun post since I am getting back into the swing of things here!

Overnight

Well, this is the bag and everything I shall be using for our trip! The bag was a lovely gift from my coworker, Stephanie and it is the perfect size for a simple overnight stay. It comes with a cute and matching cosmetic bag that I will be using as well!

PicMonkey Collage

Of course, I’m going to need some clothes for the next day. Granted, depending on the amount of room in my bag…I may be wearing the same pair of pants just to have a little extra room for merchandise and goodies. I will be bringing an extra t-shirt and your typical under garments. I’m sticking with a simple Pusheen t-shirt and the what not.

toiletries

When it comes to toiletries and skin care products I try to keep everything small with sample packs. For this trip I used TheFaceShop Calming Seed Trio Sample Pack that I received a while back. It already comes in a small box and I can just throw it in my bag. For shampoo and conditioner, I had none. I didn’t plan on washing my hair the next day since I am still trying to grow it out.

entertainment

Since we will be on the train for a total of 6 hours all together, I am definitely going to need some sort of entertainment. I may be bringing my handy, dandy, oh-so cherished Nintendo 3DS XL with me. And playing all sorts of games from Super Smash Bros to Pokemon Y. I will also be listening to all the Vocaloid music I possibly can on my iPhone.

Well that is it for today’s post! Since we are back from Miku Expo in New York, you can definitely expect a photo journal post tomorrow and the haul on Monday. I do apologize for the lack of posts these weeks, but it’s the same excuse as always: work, school, work, school. I am trying though! Anyways, I would love to hear your thoughts on today’s post! Feel free to comment down below on whether you found this post helpful or if there are any items you’d take in your overnight! If you would like to suggest topics for future posts, please click the “Contact” button above and fill out the form!

As always, thank you all for reading and continuing to read even during these busy months for me! I hope you all have a fantastic week/weekend and just for giggles…

REMEMBER: Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs.

Thanks for Reading~! ❤
With Love,
Taylor Rae