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IberAnime! Lx 2017 – An experience! (now with videos)

Last Saturday I went to IberAnime! Lx, 2017 edition, which took place at MEO Arena (Lisboa, Portugal) on the 6th and 7th of May. also happening was 4Gamers, featuring international gaming brands and some national game developers.
This was my second experience in events like this and the first time ever I ventured into doing a sort of poorly put together cosplay (yes, I will put up photos, rest assured you will be able to laugh).

Thanks to having been invited by my friend João (you can find him here, on Facebook and here, on YouTube), I decided to go along his plan to go to an evento gathering many of the things I like: anime, manga and comics, japanese culture, games, technology, fandoms and geekness (lots of that!) and, of course, truckloads of merchandise! The invite had a condition atteched to it that João only told me after the tickets were bought: he was cosplaying e I was supposed to do some cosplay too… me of all people, who after years of suffering for Carnaval and, even though loving Halloween, can only be bullyied into dressing up in costume for a party! But, with his enthusiasm (and pleading, hihi), I agreed to doing something that didn’t make me feel completely ridiculous or totally bankrupt – considering DIY and sewing are not my strong skills (I shall learn).

Tokyo Ghoul João and Pokémon Go trainer Sónia, all ready, off we went to IA! Lx2017. There, we saw some interesting cosplays, inspired and well-achieved, representing current and past animes, movies and TV shows (including a Doctor, which made me go into hyper fangirling, and a Ruby Rose, from Rooster Teeth ‘s RWBY).

After a good 10 minutes on the phone trying to find each other, we finally met with the guys from Próximo Nível, THE Mr. Remedy and also Hermy from Hermylution! From there onwards, exploring the venue was even more filled with laughs and it was fascinating to go on observing these YouTubers working to bring you interesting videos about the event.
We went throught the merchandise booths, filled with cute and awesome stuff we all wanted to just take home; we saw everything and everyone; went on to explore the 4Gamers space, specially the Retrogaming area, which was really nice and had some relics (including an NGage, that mythical mobile phone/console made by Nokia lol).

That all happening, we were reminded that the final round of the world cosplay competition, the WCS, was happening. There we went, João and I, to see what competition level cosplaying is all about: Tejo room was reserved for this purpose and it was full, so the images we got were captured from afar (hence the slightly inferior quality). Victory went to a cosplay of The Hound from Game of Thrones, with an amazing 2nd place going to a beautifully made cosplay of Princess Zelda (twilight Princess) – and Portugal was represented in a faithful presentation of Anna from Forzen (those dresses were AMAZING!)

A last tour around the venue brought us to some stuff we hadn’t seen yet, including a Wrestling area, from a Lisbon Academy, CTW.

My thoughts? Taking into account the size of the portuguese market and the slice of the population that will currently be prone to be attracted to this kind of event, the turn-up seems high. This market dimension factor also bleeds into some limitations to what can be done and who can be brought to the event, budget-wise; still, all different areas achieved good representation.
I don’t think having 4Gamers as a separate event (and paid separately, too) in the same venue was ideal, particularly when it came to circulation; placement of the developers’, retrogaming’s and Youtubers’ areas was not ideal, forcing people to long walks in infinite hidden stairways – which were also needed to access all different areas set up in the Arena. Constrains of the venue itself, truth be told; there is always room for improvement – at least the air was circulating well enough and it wasn’t stifling hot inside!
I must confess that I only found the board games area by accident, while looking for the back exit of the venue, by the end of the day. It deserved more attention, perhaps better signaling of the different areas.

In conclusion: it was a day well spent with friends, that allowed me to release my inner geek and have fangirling moments without feeling ridiculous (the best in these events, there is no shaming about loving something and expressing it!) There is room for improvement, of course, in particular when it comes to the arrangment of the different areas and accesses – I believe the the FIL venue could be more appropriate for this kind of event, as I saw in the 2015’s edition of Lisboa Games Week; the audience has a tendency for growth, since many anime and pop/geek culture fans are now reaching ages of movement and financial autonomy, which gives this event the opportunity to expand and encompass a more international participation in presences and pannels (I do wish there were more of those and also less scattered). In general, I liked the people and the community feeling of it, there was a bit of everything for everyone (Reiki, japanese culture, calligraphy, language lessons, etc.). I might return, who knows.

Next adventure, ComicCon Portugal?

Here are some pictures of our day (there will be videos on the YouTube channels I mentioned, links will be available here ASAP):

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IberAnime!Lx 2017 – Uma experiência! (agora com vídeos!)

Oasis Voices – o concerto

Já está online o vídeo integral do concerto de Dezembro do  Grupo Coral onde canto, o Oasis Voices. Foi uma noite mágica e muito especial para todos nós; alguns por ser a primeira vez que cantavam connosco, outros por irem fazer as suas estreias a solo, todos por estarmos a cantar, juntos, e a mostrar o trabalho que temos feitos às nossas famílias, amigos e curiosos que nos foram ver.

Vejam aqui e digam-me(nos) o que acharam:

P.S. – Estamos de portas abertas a convites para actuações e também a novos membros!

Maravilhas de Fim-de-Semana | Weekend Wonders

Este fim-de-semana rumei a Sul, à terra que me viu nascer: Portimão. Matar saudades da família e recarregar baterias é sempre um evento alegre!

Estes dias em especial foram muito bons, pois tive oportunidade de rever pessoas que me conhecem desde sempre e locais da infância – e religar-me a eles e às minhas raízes. Depois de alguns anos, voltei a estar com a minha madrinha de baptismo e a família, na casa onde tantas vezes a filha dela e eu brincámos – agora, ela já casou e vai ter um bebé este ano…como o tempo passou! Foi um momento nostálgico, daqueles bons e energizantes, que nos deixam de coração cheio. Quem me segue no Instagram deve ter reparado nisso, pelas fotos que fui partilhando durante o Sábado.
Visitei a minha avó no lar de idosos onde ela está (com 91 aninhos, já precisava de não morar sozinha, caso lhe acontecesse alguma coisa) e fiquei de coração a transbordar com a alegria que ver-me lhe dá. Estar a 300 quilómetros não me permite vê-la tanto quanto gostaria, mas sempre que vou “lá abaixo”, a visita à Maria é a única coisa que está assente de pedra e cal na minha agenda.
À noite, o cafezito com as primas para pôr conversa em dia rematou o dia.

Domingo, foi meio dia de descanso, meio dia de viagem. Acordei cedinho e fui passear com uma amiga – ao mercadinho de Domingo que fazem na Zona Ribeirinha de Alvor e ao passadiço junto à Ria. Belos legumes e frutas que ali se vêem! Claro que tive que trazer umas batatas doces algarvias para nos deliciarmos na capital! Depois, almoço com amigos e foi o tempo de acabar de arrumar as malas e apanhar o expresso rumo a Sete Rios…3 horas depois; lar lisboeta, doce lar!

Como o tempo é curto, tenho visto os meus amigos por turnos… Quem ficou “pendurado” desta vez, tem prioridade na próxima – porque tenho muitas saudades de todos os que lá deixei!

Regressada e de baterias recarregadas, vamos a mais uma semana!
Deixo-vos a música que tem sido a banda sonora de hoje:

This last weekend, I set course for the Southern part of Portugal, to the town where I was born: Portimão. To visit family and friends and recharging batteries is always a happy event!

These days in particular were very good, because I had the chance to meet again some people that have known me since forever and to revisit some childhood places – and to reconnect with those people, those places and my roots.
After a few years, I got to spend time with my Christening Godmother and her family again, in the house where her daughter and I spend so many happy hours playing together – now, her daughter is married and having a baby this year…how time has passed!It was a nostalgic moment, the king that feels so good and leaves us with our hearts full and re-energized. Those who follow me on Instagram might have noticed, from the pictures I shared on Saturday.
I visited my grandma at the nursing home where she now lives (91 years old is an age where living alone is not good, only a risk) and my heart was overflown with the joy she felt from me visiting. Now living 300 kilometers from my hometown, visiting is as frequent as I wish it was, but every single time I go South, going to visit my Maria is the only thing in my datebook that is set in stone.
At night, after dinner trip to the coffee shop to catch up with my cousins, closing the day.

Sunday, half a day of rest, half a day of travelling. I woke up early and went to take a walk with with a friend – to the small farmer’s market that takes place every Sunday on the Zona Ribeirinha at Alvor and on the boardwalk near the Ria. What beautiful produce you can get there! I couldn’t resist bring some sweet potatoes with me to Lisbon! After that, lunch with friends and then I hardly had the time to finish packing and get to the bus headed for Sete Rios on time…3 hours later; home, sweet Lisbon home!

Time is always short when I only go for the weekend, so I end up meeting my friends in turns…to all those I didn’t get to see this time around, you’re definitely prioritized for next time – because I really miss all those I left back home!

Back, and with my batteries all recharged – let’s get to another week!
I leave you with the soundtrack of today:

 

Books bringing people together (again)

Well, this is a happy story. And a real one:

My friend Rita Deodato went to college with me. When we left, we lost touch. One of these days of 2015, I noticed on Facebook she had started a blog.

One about books. Especifically, a JAFF blog.

Don’t know what JAFF is? Don’t worry, I didn’t either. It’s Jane Austen Fan Fiction. And there is quite a lot of it and quite a big fan base, I tell you.

Well, me liking and commenting oon her posts led to us chatting on Facebook and eventually meeting up again (after I was the lucky winner in one of her giveaways)!

I really enjoyed spending time with her again and reconnect and I am very thankful for this shared love of books to have brought us back together 🙂

Now, you can read all about it here:

https://frompemberleytomilton.wordpress.com/2016/01/11/jane-austen-bringing-people-together/

I think I have been won over by JAFF, to be honest. Give it a go, you might just find something you like too!