Flying Off! Back in April
"Good things in life don't last, make the most out of every experience and opportunity"
Heading out this Monday! I'll be documenting my trip on Facebook using the newly bought birthday present (from my awesome sibblings) - The Samsung Galaxy 4.
It'll be about a day's trip (+18 hours) from Perth>Sydney>San Francisco. Interesting thing to note: I leave and arrive in the same morning and time (it happens when you fly East of the Continent, the reverse happens when you fly West, you literally lose one whole day).
I'm looking forward to repaying a visit to the following cities in the following order:Week 1 - San Francisco
Catching up with good friend Jason (aka
). Gonna check out his new workplace at one of the buildings at 'The Pier' (he works for Autodesk - genius!). I'll be re-tracing my steps in San Francisco, from way back when I studied there from 2013-2014. Chinatown, Embarcadero, Colt Tower, Pier 39, Golden Gate Park, (all the AWESOME fine art galleries and muesuems, some of the best in the world)
John Pence Gallery, de young Museum and the Legion of Honor, Market Street, Japan Town and all the lovely restaurants! Oh and how could I forget, the Academy of Art university - got some instructors and art seniors there to catch up with.Week 1 - Las VegasJason's
taggin' along with me for the next four nights! We'll be catchin' up with Jake
) and Riley
- watching shows, chillin' out at cafes and restaurants. Gonna check out the Bellagio and perhaps play a round of golf with Jason, and if I'm lucky get a million bucks from spending $100 at the gaming slots (don't even ask about the card games, I haven't a clue! lol).Week 2 - Vancouver
Catching up with family over here for the weekend. I can recount the time I saw them during my visits in Winter 2007, and Summer 2011. This time I'm it'll be my turn to treat them out. Also! This will be my first ever experience driving on the RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF THE ROAD! Wish me luck!
Oh and did I mention that Canadians are some of the friendliest people on the planet?Week 2 - Whistler/Blackcomb Mountain
I'll be catching up with a friend by the name of Jason Bonkowsk
i (another Jason!
) whom I caught up with on three occasions - the first time in a Summer of Sonic convention in the United Kingdom, my revisit in 2011 exploring the Canadian Rockies, and in Anaheim for a Sonic Boom convention. Awesome bloke to hang out with (Benji, you are with us in spirit!
). On this trip we'll be skiing! Just like in the picture above, only not so high... Amateur level... Heh! I've snowboarded once and this time I'm going to give skiing a go! This will be fun! Week 2 - Texas Road-trip, Dallas
This will be an awesome experience. I get to do two brilliant things here: I finally get to meet my friend Geoff Liccaridello
), and I will finally see what the fuss is all about with Texas (after numerous American friends and colleagues I've spoken to during my studies back in 2013 who tell me that this is the place to be right now if you live in America!).
I've been following Geoff ever since David Lillie
) made mention of his work entitled: 'The Wayward Astronomer'.
Out of curiosity I decided to look into his fan-fiction based off the critically acclaimed web-comic/graphic novel series and universe - Dreamkeepers
. Keep in mind I don't read a lot of books in real life (and I should really do more to better educate myself), but I decided to give it a go and ever since then I haven't stopped being a fan. I loved the story and was enchanted by his ability to engage the audience with his writing. I suggest you read it, and if you like his work, then exciting times ahoy as a Kickstarter campaign of 'The Wayward Astronomer'
will be officially open this Monday! Go check it out now!!
Having said all this, I enjoy Geoff's company during our talks online and on Skype, and this is a fantastic opportunity to travel together and have a great time in Texas!
We'll be starting off in Houston and will be making our way too...Week 3 - Texas Road-trip, San Antonio
I was here 8 years ago, I wonder how much has changed? I don't want it to change, why? Because it was one of the most charming cities I've visited even if it was a brief while. I LOVED the canal and those boats that passed through an array of colourful shading umbrellas checkered by the cafes and restaurants.
Also San Antonio has some deep history to explore, it's time to revisit the past and get inspired. Next up it's... Week 3 - Texas Road-trip, Austin
Besides San Antonio, Austin's another city that is full of heart and soul according to locals and tourists who reside and visit Texas. I'm looking forward to a change of scenery as this city is famously quoted as: 'The music capital of the world'.
Also, the South by Southwest convention (SXSW) is happenin' over the long weekend. To the Sonic fans who watch me on deviantART, this will interest you. I just happen to see a tweet made by TSSZ the other day, an announcement that lead to this: Sonic the Hedgehog: 25 Year Anniversary
I've caught up with Aaron Weber
and Mike Pollock
in the flesh before but I haven't personally spoken to these two:
- Yuji Naka SONIC ORIGINAL CREATOR
- Takashi Iizuka HEAD OF SONIC TEAM
Damn, those guys were responsible for inspiring me to draw because of their creation, so yeah personally I'd like just say 'thank you' in person and shake their hands (and perhaps do a bow) out of respect. We'll see how things go, keep in mind, Austin during that long weekend will be PACKED.
Week 3 - Texas Road-trip, Dallas
Last but not least, Dallas!
By the time Geoff and I reach here, it'll be the end of our journey where we'll unwind and take it easy. If I'm lucky, I will catch up with a friend (also a fan-fiction writer, based on the Sonic Archie series) by the name of Rob (aka
). His series is called 'Fallen from Grace'
and it's pretty damn good - brutal and not for the faint-hearted war story. I enjoyed the drama, especially the intimate romance involved between characters.
I hope by now I didn't gain twice my weight... There's ALOT to eat in Texas, and with guilt indeed... BBQ Pork Ribs and 'double-fried' Fries anyone?Week 3 - San Francisco
As I bid farewell to Geoff, I head back to San Francisco to revisit my long time buddy Jason (and his loving family). From there we're just gonna chill and spend quality time together for one last hoo-ha before I head back to Perth, Western Australia. I'll get Jason to take me to the gym every night so that I can lose all of that weight I've gained from my trip...! Ha ha.
Alright, time to pack up and fly off! See you all in April with news on personal projects and my journey to paint beautiful illustrations, as good as my inspirations are.Oh and one last thing to mention...