Exploring L.A. and Santa Monica

Saturday

The day after E3, the plan was to starve myself until my friend got back from his business trip so we could get the most out of Korean BBQ later in the evening. We ended up eating at In-N-Out, then waiting in line for Diddy Riese (cookies/ice cream), Blockheads (shaved ice), and Coco (boba). I can't say I've ever gone to that many eateries and/or waited in line at so many places in such a short span of time. Needless to say, we decided against KBBQ.

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We met up with our other friend, who gave us a late-night tour of Riot Games HQ. I signed an NDA so I can't say much, but we did spend a majority of the night playing games in the "PCBANG". We won 2/3 games. Everything was awesome, and I can't wait for all the new stuff to be released. To compensate for lack of pictures, here is where the cool guys park.

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My friends were super-hyping Umami Burger since I really love In-N-Out. So naturally, we went there so I could try it at least once. I know I'm going to sound lame, but In-N-Out still tastes better to me because it's so cheap for how good it is. #value

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Anddddd Korean BBQ at Road to Seoul after playing League of Legends in the Riot PCBANG from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm. What a day! :D

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Sunday

The view from my friend's house was really pretty, so I snapped a couple pictures before we headed out to Manhattan Beach for the NA LCS matches at noon.

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The studio is a lot smaller than it looks on the broadcast. I was definitely surprised.

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Free Jamba Juice: Peach Perfection!!

Free Jamba Juice: Peach Perfection!!

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My friend took me to Third Street Promenade and we went shopping for a little bit before rushing to Little Tokyo for dinner. Then it was another awful 11 hours of flights and layovers before I got home.

Home Sweet Home~

Home Sweet Home~

Soooo, this blog turned into a foodie fest and League of Legends fangirling post. Hahaha thanks for reading guys. <3

The E3 Experience: Set Up, Celebrities, and Swag

Hey guys, so sorry for the delay on blog updates! When I came back, I was scheduled at work the past few days so it took longer to sleep off my jetlag. Here are the long-awaited pictures and shtuff!

Day 1: Getting There & Setup

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I landed in Los Angeles at about 7:00 pm PDT and waited at the airport for 3.5 hours for the rest of the gang to arrive. It took us until about 2:00 am to actually get to the hotel because the trains shut down, and we ended up catching a cab the rest of the way. And then we woke up at 6:00 am in order to get to the convention center by 8:00 am for registration and setup.

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Never felt more baller since exhibitor passes get you through 3 lines of security and into the main hall before everyone else. Our setup was in the South Hall right behind Square Enix and next to Snail USA's big bouncy-house-like contraption. A common topic of discussion was whether or not we could physically climb inside it, as well as current news about bouncy houses flying away with small children still inside. And now for a gratuitous amount of pictures (before and after the floodgates opened).

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Finally get to meet Xpecial. But now he's on Curse. Photo credit: Rob Pion

Finally get to meet Xpecial. But now he's on Curse. Photo credit: Rob Pion

AWWWWW YISS!

AWWWWW YISS!

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Floodgates still filling up. Close to opening time.

Floodgates still filling up. Close to opening time.

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O....M....G......!!

O....M....G......!!

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Photo credit: Adam Serhane

Photo credit: Adam Serhane

I've been friends with C9 Meteos since Season 1, and I convinced him and Sneaky to check out our game after they were done signing autographs at the Alienware booth.

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After E3, we took the metro back to the Walk of Fame and had dinner at Johnny Rockets. The shakes were really awesome!! It was such a long, tiring day so after eating I showered and immediately went to bed.

Day 2: Celebs & North Hall

A lot of the same stuff as Day 1, but I decided to explore the North Hall (Nintendo, Microsoft, Sony) since I didn't get a chance the first day. I don't have as many pictures because I thought I documented enough of the crowds the first day. Good enough.

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Unfortunately, most of the pictures I took in the North Hall came out poorly due to the low lighting and huge flashy screens. I only have a few pictures of Smash. Forgive me ;___; *uwah* Instead, here's a picture of my lunch.

Sushi balls with eel wrapped in seaweed. And boba tea!!

Sushi balls with eel wrapped in seaweed. And boba tea!!

Photo credit: Mars Ashton

Photo credit: Mars Ashton

Apparently, Adam (far right) is friends with LeVar Burton's daughter and he somehow got both of them to come by our booth. I was sitting nearly back-to-back with LeVar before they took this picture; he was sitting on the floor behind the couch I was sitting on, which is behind where Mars (far left) is standing. My childhood hero asdkjasgdkjahsgd. After E3, my friend took me to the IGDA party at an Arabic-themed bar. Then, we hopped to the WIGI party at the Belasco Theater. They had some crazy Alice in Wonderland theme going on, with black lights, neon-painted canvases, and life-sized puppets on the dance floor. When I got back to the hotel, we all played The Resistance before going to bed.

Day 3: R&R With the Swag

The third day was pretty relaxed, compared to the last two. In the morning, we got a tour of Blur Studio (the company that created the cinematic for League of Legends: A Twist of Fate. We all signed NDAs, so none of us have pictures of the studio space. All I can really say is, lots of rows of computers. Lots of cool stuff they're working on. Really awesome screening room, which I fell asleep in. Apparently that happens often there.

On the way back to the convention center, I spotted Hatsune Miku on the metro. I thought the matching suitcase was adorable.

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We were invited to a backyard BBQ after the final day ended, so we hung out there until the shuttle came to take everyone to the airport. I waited until my friend's buddy got off work and crashed at his place for the night. Here are a few quick shots of my haul from the past few days:

*ALL* OF THE SWAGGGGG!!!11

*ALL* OF THE SWAGGGGG!!!11

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As you can see I got quite a bit of stuff, including Curse's coffee cereal, a big Black Gold poster (which I left since it wouldn't fit in my suitcase), and the team signatures from Dignitas +Scarra, Cloud 9, TSM +Reginald +Dan Dinh, and Curse.

All in all, I had a great time at E3. It was probably a once-in-a-lifetime event for me. Not too sure if I'll make it into the game industry or if I would ever be willing to pay $900 for a attendee pass. We'll see. But I met a lot of people, established a few ties, and I'm truly inspired by the amount of work that goes into the games and the event itself.

Hope this was cool for you guys to see! If you have any questions or want to know if I have any specific pictures of stuff (I didn't post all 400 pictures) then please let me know!!

Finally in Los Angeles!

So after traveling all day, I'm pretty tired. I'm still waiting on the group to arrive via Spirit Airlines; the hotel was booked under my classmate's name and I have to wait for him in order to check into the hotel. Not to mention, my new silk-finish business cards are sitting at the hotel. I'm pretty curious about how they turned out, especially since I ordered the wrong coating. (Matte/dull finish is obviously not the same as silk finish. I'm retarded.)

Tomorrow we're supposed to get our really awesome passes and set up shop on the showroom floor. I can't wait to get started...watch some panels, take hundreds of pictures, meet people, network like crazy. I'm hoping the other student submission kiosks are near ours so I can scope out the competition.

I'll try to post again later. I'm tired. I'm hungry. I'm sweaty. I'm dirty. I feel like an angry Sim. #firstworldproblems

Oh, and be sure to check out my Instagram account for pictures! instagram.com/beayuen

New Website, New Start

It seems like every few months, I find myself faced with redoing my portfolio website. Not that it's a bad thing, but the task is pretty daunting each time since I am forced to revisit and re-criticize my body of work. This time around, I'm just trying to rephotograph my projects and polish my written content in preparation for my trip to L.A. to attend E3 2014. Hopefully, I'll get some new traffic through this site... and maybe a job!

Fortunately for me, Squarespace scales everything to fit within their templates which makes repopulating the layout so easy; I am able to reuse my old images without saving them as fixed dimensions. I highly recommend using Squarespace if you're code/design-savvy and need a cheap portfolio host. It's fairly easy to use and looks like you spent forever on your site.

For those of you who have seen my old site, please let me know if this one surpasses the other. I'm eager to hear what you guys think!