Sort of a conglomerated post of several outings, starting with my most recent one: Final Fantasy Distant Worlds concert, a motorcycle toy drive, and a tour of our new 2010 Olympics store!
It’s very rare that I go out these days, being the shut-in that I am. So it’s a bit refreshing to actually step out of the house to go somewhere. Thanks to my wife, I actually get to breathe some outside air, and get some sunlight.
More photos after the jump!
The concert was amazing. It’s not the first time I’ve ever been to a concert. And I have been to an orchestrated concert before at UBC, but never have I been to one of these. I’d have to say that this is very much more a “real” concert to me than anything. Absolutely incredible experience.
What’s also cool was that my wife actually recognized half of the music, even though she’s never played any FF games before. 😀
The beautiful chandelier that hung above the entire theater. The illustrations around it are amazing.
So what better way to show it than through a youtube video of where I was sitting?
The tuning seconds before the concert started:
I couldn’t take any more videos or photographs after that. The front row is more susceptible to angry staff members telling you to turn off your camera.
So here’s a video of the Stockholm concert of To Zanarkand:
A screen shot of the VSO website. It was a sold out show! Every single seat in the house was taken. They even had these makeshift seats out too! A few days before, there was still about 10 seats left.
A synopsis of the show. Quite amazing. Ticket prices seemed reasonable to me, I think. For that kind of experience, it seemed worth it. The cheaper tickets were definitely cheap!
The one thing I am glad to have taken home with me is the Distant Worlds CD. This moment is captured for eternity just minutes before I open the shink-wrap. They also had an “art book” and a T-shirt. The shirt was a bit too nerdy for me, and didn’t really look that great. The art book was just a flimsy thing with a couple of illustrations per FF game. For $30, I can get a REAL art book.
Tifa Lockhart approves of this concert.
This ticket validates my existence. Row1 Seat 37. Sitting right next to the Concert Master of the night. She was absolutely amazing to watch. I must say, watching Nodame Cantibile definitely helped me in understanding the major roles of an orchestra!
Incidentally, my Yuffie figure arrived the next morning. Oh how I have searched for this one. Review in the future, perhaps.
And now for something different – It’s the Vancouver Toy Drive. Motorcycles from all over Vancouver drive through delivering toy donations. I’m always amazed at seeing the variety of motorcycles and cars, and their intricate detailing, much like how I admire figures.
That dude is scary, but friendly at the same time. I love the horns on that helmet.
Teddy bear tied to the front and back is so cute!
Hardcore east indian crew know how to ride.
Here they come! The entire street going in one direction was closed off.
Angel wings. Yes. The Yosamite Sam is nice too.
A higher up shot. This was zoomed in with my new 18-200mm lens! XD
Lots of bikes. This is at 18mm. You see that intersection up ahead?
This is at 200mm at that intersection above. There are A LOT of bikes.
That’s my wife waving hello to you, my readers! 🙂
Military bike FTW!
Tricycle. It looks so cool!
Greetings from Canada!
It seems early, but that’s what this Toy Drive is for – Xmas.
This dude knows how to ride.
The guy on the bicycle joining in with Santa!
This is win.
The end of the parade with a couple of classic cars. I LOVE these cars!
Bad-ass cop car.
Finally, I went to the new Olympic Store set up by The Hudson’s Bay Company. I can’t wait until the 2010 olympics!
Very cute children’s watches with my two favorite mascots.
The entire store is HUUUUUUUGE. There’s so much stuff that you can buy, and it’s all very nicely decorated.
Pay premium pricing for a sticker on your SD card!
Honestly, the only reason I would have for buying that maple syrup is the cute mascot. Cute Miga is cute.
This is “the back corner” where all the good deals are. I got a full jogging outfit for $80! And it’s really good quality and style for that price!
A replica of our Olympic torch. It’s done by Birks Jewelers. A whopping $295 CAD!
Other neat little mascot goodies!
My wife models the official Olympic mittens. EVERYONE is going to wear these. They’re cheap, feel good, and is an excellent way of representing our city. Even the news channels are promoting it as a must-have. And yes, we bought a pair.
These are cute.
One of the many cashier registers.
If that Olympic torch replica doesn’t suit you, you can spend your $300 on this sweater. WTF.
Another cash register.
The biggest mascot stuffed toys I have ever seen. Miga’s definitely my favorite – nyoron~.
That photoshop I did of myself looks a little creepy. ha ha ha.
Yeah, sorry. Had to block my wife out. 😛
I love the mascots. They’re so cute.
A tube full of Muk-Muk toys! Muk-Muk is the mascot sidekick. Is he like, the first ever “Olympic Mascot Sidekick”?
This was a nice little cafe in the store. Very good idea jumping in on the cash grab. They actually serve food here too!
They’re expecting that when the Olympics hits, this store will be jam packed with at least 1000 people a day. That’s a lot of people, so I’m glad I managed to get a “preview” tour of it before everyone else does.
I also had an older outing that I wanted to mash with this one post, but it’s already gotten WAY too long. I apologize for all the crazy scrolling. I do hope you enjoyed the photos though!