The Crusader: Johanna painting.

Heroes of Storm UK Launch Party

Heroes of the Storm recently held a launch party at Old Billingsgate in London where many fans and gamers attended. I happened to be lucky enough to get a free ticket at the time.

Heroes of the Storm stage
Heroes of the Storm stage

For a free event it was rather nicely kitted out. There was a main stage where everything happened,  they gave out some freebies (including a champion and free skin), photo booths, computers to play the game (although you may as well played at home), free bar, a shop and a DJ stage where Madeon played.
HoTS Posing in the photobooth
Posing in the photobooth

HoTS Photoboth
We look so cool

Although I’ve only been introduced to the game recently, I wasn’t an avid fan but seeing them unveil their new champion on the night was something to experience. The cheers and noise from the crowd and amazing and actually being in the midst of people so passionate about the same thing was overwhelming. I loved that atmosphere and really enjoyed my time.
HoTS Cosplayers
Cosplayers

Madeon’s stage as the ending sequence was really well setup.  He had a DJ set,  really sweet screen setup and lots of bright and colourful lights. It really felt like a rave! However I don’t think we’re the right audience as most of the attendees would grab out their smart phone to record and Snapchat this moment.  Even I ended up Instagramming a snippet! You can also watch the full event on Youtube!

I would love to attend another event like this although I would have expected more attractions and things to do. I guess I was comparing it to the Final Fantasy Fan Festival from last year,  but that was a grand event that was paid for. So I think Blizzard did a good job.
The Crusader: Johanna painting.
The Crusader: Johanna painting.

Have you attended any interesting events lately? Any upcoming ones you’re excited about?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Final Fantasy Fan Festival

It was the first time Final Fantasy Fan Festival came to London. This is a festival where they dressed up the venue to look like something you’d see in a town in-game. There were carnival games such as fishing, archery, battak boards and riding the Beamoth (bull ring). They also setup rooms with groups of computers to fight primals (big bosses) and if you defeat them you will win a prize.

Each festival gives you a chance to win a “I defeated _____” t-shirt from a tough primal. This time was Odin. He was really hard to fight since he would chuck spears half way through and then use his ultimate that would wipe the whole team. Without battle tactics and communication, I found the task really hard. Even harder when people don’t listen so I couldn’t do my job as a healer well; it costed me mana to prop up everyone’s life bar when it was also very limited. Anyway, despite all the sweat and tears and the horrible team members that we got partnered with (some guy kept raging throughout the game). We got the tee!! Some people already place it on eBay for £109! I thought I’d just keep it lol. Bask in the glory.

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I really enjoyed my time there.  We got tattoos and our hair done, queued up for 3 hours for the shop but I managed to return with a very kawaii moogle plush!

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Kupo !

Some items got sold out very early in the afternoon which pissed a few fans off.

In the evening there was an ending ceremony where the Primals, the band for FF, sung all the primal songs on stage. It felt like a concert but everyone was busy filming or sitting down from being tired to be moshing or dancing lol.

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Costume from the game

Although the tickets were really expensive, I think it was worth it and really well organised (‘cept the shop). I’d love to go again!!

Have you been to a game event?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Hot Pot at Krystal’s

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For a weekend last year, my group of friends decided we would have a hot pot dinner. We all travelled down to Krystal’s flat where her boyfriend drove us to the Korean supermarket H-Mart and Wing Yip to get some fresh meats, vegetables, dumplings, noodles and hot pot supplies.

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A hot pot is a Eastern way of cooking. It’s a great way to get a group of friends together to chat and play games since it requires zero cooking skill. Everyone has their own bowl and utensils. They place the food inside the pot of boiling soup and wait till it is cooked. Then they take the cooked food out, dip it in sauce, and nom! It’s such a fun way to eat.

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I had never been to a Korean supermarket (H-Mart) before and was amazed by the amount of oriental foods widely available. It was here where I tried my first kimbap; it was soooooooo good! I haven’t found this somewhere near London before. It’s Korea’s version of sushi rolls but they use sesame oil to season their rice rather than vinegar. I tried the vegetarian and meat variety, I can say that the one with the beef filling was much tastier due to the juices it contained.

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Our group bought so many snacks to take home. Some even got ice-cream mochi!

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As there was a lot of traffic in the morning, we didn’t manage to arrive back to the flat till the afternoon to start the hot pot. Luckily, others only just started to turn up a minute after we set foot inside. We played the Wii while waiting for the soup to boil. ‘Just Dance‘ was the game of the event! We recorded so many funny videos. We’ve now gone on a mission to find the Korean ‘Just Dance’ version as it contains many popular dances and funny/sexy moves we would love the guys to try out! (I’m talking Bo Peep by T-Ara, Bubble Pop by HyunA and Gangnam Style by PSY) – We managed to find a Korean Dance Festival game which we played on the New Year.

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Do you usually organise little gatherings like these with your friends? What do you normally do?

With Love,
Kekidoll xoxo

All of us on New Years

Happy New Year!

Wishing all my readers a Happy New Year filled with joyful events, wonderful times and a prosperous year.

All of us on New Years
All of us on New Years <3

Before the New Year, my friends and I went to the Christmas trail at Kew Gardens.

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I found it disappointing since it wasn’t Christmassy at all. Yes there were pretty lights that illuminated the trees and path to help you be along your way but it wasn’t fancy at all. There were speakers that emitted robotic sounds which they (the scientists) believe are the voices of the aquatic plants.

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So along the illuminated trail, there were people who were “talking” to the plants by chucking stones into the pond or jar. However my friend believes it is just the vibrations from the stone when it hits the water; I kinda believe that more. Anyway, the transcripts should be available online early April 2014.

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For new years eve we all went round JoJo’s house for a teppanyaki night. There was a LOT of food so we all filled our stomachs, ready for the night ahead of us.

Teppanyaki Grill
Look at all the food galore!!
Eating our meat wrapped in lettuce
Eating our meat wrapped in lettuce
Teppanyaki Grill
LETS COOK!

When the clock stroke midnight, the TV on, champagne was poured and we were slowly counting down to the New Year, anticipating for the fireworks of London.

The fireworks this year were amazing. There was soooo much flare, color and variation. I think we had the best seats in the house – in front of the wide screen TV – others at the event had to stand in the pouring rain.

Bub from Bubble Bobble
I drew Bub from Bubble Bobble

After the countdown, we tried to release some sky lanterns with wishes written on. Although most of us knew it wouldn’t work due to the storm and high wind, we still tried. We managed to light both lanterns after a good 5 minutes trying to block the wind but before it could fill up with hot air, it started to burn the tissue paper and create a hole :( so even after releasing the lantern didn’t fly very far…

Korean Dance Festival
Korean Dance Festival on the wii

After our failed attempt at the sky lanterns we ended up back at the house singing karaoke to English, Chinese and Korean songs ^^

Playing Just Dance on the Wii
Posing for Just Dance on the Wii

Then at 4am we did up Just Dance on the Wii and did lots of boogie-ing. I found that the Korean dances had more challenging moves and actually make you move your whole body more then the English version. It also had Wonder Girls’ Nobody which Krystal and I plan to master lol!

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I didn’t go to bed till 7am so I was really tired and had been leaving sleep until last night.

Hope everyone enjoyed the New Year! How were the fireworks for you?

With love,
Kekidoll xoxo

Go Karting and Frolicking in London for Sue’s Birthday

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Sue’s birthday party was last weekend and she planned a full day of events. We firstly went Go Karting at GoSport in North Greenwich in the morning; we were all so tired and I almost missed it because I didn’t hear my alarm! It was so much fun although many of us came back with bruises, cuts and pains… It was somewhat a mini warzone on the racetrack.

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We then went to Dim T in Holborn afterwards for some light Asian lunch and dim sum. The portions here were alright and nice food. We all enjoyed it and were pretty much full after our meal.

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The arcade was up next, so we walked to Las Vegas in Soho to play on the Pump-It-Up machines, Bishi Bashi, Pool and racing games. I managed to complete Bishi Bashi with another 4 friends (they had to tag in when they were out) but upon the cut scene, which I’ve never had the chance to see before,my friend skipped it! Nuuuu. I tried so hard and he just skips it… -.- (Aaron, I dun lyke u nao. Lol)

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We then mooched towards Madd, a mango cafe that also has many board games and computer consoles on each table for groups to enjoy and have fun. It was a really nice little cafe hidden in Soho but management needed some work. Police was constantly inside so maybe there was some theft? I’m unsure.

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Once it hit 6:30, we started heading out. 1) because the table we sat in was booked and 2) the birthday dinner was booked for 7 at a Korean restaurant. However I didn’t go to the dinner to save money, although I would have loved to! The place sounded amazing! She had her own private rooms with cloakroom and lovely food. I went with two other friends to Chinatown to buy some ingredients and made myself a beef curry ^^

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One of them also took me to buy a chicken bun from a store vendor on the street and it was sooooo nice! I gobbled down the warm juicy bun. (I’ll take a photo of the vendor when I next visit!)

Till next time,
Kekidoll xoxo

Mario Kart Wii Tournament

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The fun committee organised a big Wii tournament at work. We ended up playing Mario Kart since it had been really well received in previous Wii Tournament events.

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The event was a success and it was so much fun for everyone. We organised four teams (Black Boo, Red Shy Guy, Blue Toad and Green Yoshi) where each had 4-5 team members; I was in Team Red Shy Guy. Quite a few people had to drop out last minute which wasn’t nice, others had to leave early as they had other commitments, but we still managed!

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Each team had a team captain who chose which player to play each cup so each person had the chance to play 1 game of 4 maps. Then loints were awarded per game, 1st-10pts, 2nd-7, 3rd-3, 4th-1. It was harder that way and meant the leaderboard could change at any moment! So exhilarating!

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At the end, there was a tie between two teams, Team Black Boo and Team Red Shy Guy! So we had one last battle where the MC decided the team captain from both teams should battle it out but I thought this was unfair since that had already decided the fate of the winners (my team captain played better), so I suggested that each team member played a map each from the selected cup (4 rounds, perfect) where players of similar calibre could race against each other. It also meant it was a team effort and involved everyone. This was a lot more challenging. I managed to get to first place from being 12th in the matter of seconds. That was a tough match!

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So who won you ask?

Team Red Shy Guys! Woooooo! We hope to organise it again later this year because everyone really enjoyed their time racing with their fellow colleagues :) Which game that has a competition element would you suggest to play for approx 18 players?

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With Love,
Kekidoll xxx

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