Not me, that's for sure.
Of all the neighbourhoods within the GTHA, downtown Hamilton does not rank high in terms of (my own list of) explore-able neighbourhoods. Campus life had been quite mundane a few years back, though I do admit that quite a handful of coffee shops have emerged since my era.
Each squeaky pink hammer lightstick rang in at a whopping sixty dollars, and yet, somehow, the bulk of the attendees had no issues mindlessly relinquishing this amount. This statement may come across a tad hypocritical, given its origin from one of the most dedicated Canadian ahgases, but I've never been to drop hard-earned funds before window shopping elsewhere.
Hamilton isn't known for competitive prices, though I'd proclaim four dollars to be a fair deal.
Slurp Ramen's customizable Miso bowl was tasty according to the tester, however one cannot dismiss elements such as chopped cabbage and charred sweet potato being ungenuine ramen components. The lumpy egg, in spite of its runny interior, was a deduction in terms of visual appearance for me.
Listed on the clipboard menus was a sprinkling of bar snacks and vegetarian/vegan meal options. Arranged on the second page was the selection of wine and craft beer, with different sections for canned and on tap. Having noticed my curiosity towards the Ochame Green Tea IPA, the barista did not hesitate to offer us samples. Ultimately, I did not opt for the ale, as its finish was more bitter than it was floral, with absolute subtlety in green tea essence.
In hindsight, water may not have simply been enough to cut the greasiness of the cookie. Plus, the jolt of caffeine assisted in maintaining energy levels into the late evening.
- Jisoo spotting my LED sign (and waving!) shortly after starting the show
- Jisoo and Rosé's powerful vocal performances
- Lisa's adorable English and fanservice
- Rosé's down-to-earth interactions with the crowd
Exuding a tremendous amount of confidence and charisma on stage is no simple feat in a foreign country, yet the girls succeeded in delivering professional performances while completely comfortable.