In the meantime, here are some low-res photos off my phone camera.
I had been debating whether to sport a casual Monokuma to the event, or a casual (wand-less) Usami. I thought the decision had been made when I proceeded to do nail art theme revolving around a glitter gothic/black theme. However, an extremely casual Usami prevailed as the outfit was much more comfortable and did not involve donning contact lenses for the entire day.
Sadly, this is the only photo of this set of nails, as they soon chipped afterwards due to my impatience.
A plush "panko" key chain spotted at a booth near the entrance, along with some cheeky-looking red octopi (octopi!? octopuses??), while an adorably fuzzy Aurora World Yeti plushie was observed to be selling for much more that I was willing to pay.
I was able to see a number of cosplayers that I previously only seen online, through the lens of other photographers at conventions that my schedule had not permitted for my participation. Overall, the convention was a great experience, despite the fact that the environment wasn't exactly optimal for shooting. Hopefully, a larger and better lit environment will be chosen next time!
As for this week's food randoms, I must admit that I am still very much addicted to bubble tea, and have visited Chatime twice within a span of 5 days.
My friends know me as someone who has expressed her dislike for Chatime numerous times. It wasn't until a particular friend suggested trying out their signature milk tea with QQ jelly that I contemplated giving the global franchise another chance.
Later throughout the week, I caught myself craving this delightful concoction once again, but settled for an extremely dehydrated chocolate muffin from the cafe in my tutorial building instead.
Mid-week, I made a late-lunch stop at Shahi Grill after attending a meeting. The last time I stepped foot into the restaurant was approximately a year ago; they had renovated since then, but their prices remained just as pricey as before. The Chicken Shawarma wrap is my general go-to at pita and grill houses, and this one did not disappoint! Both the bread and chicken were grilled just before serving, boasting a oh-so-delectable aroma as they were combined into a pita. The chef even gave me extra garlic tzatziki sauce to complement it!
And even I hadn't been famished at the time, I still believe that I would've found the taste to be just as exquisite!
The QQ Passion Fruit Juice was refreshing and fruity, with just the right amount of sweetness; just as with the milk tea, the tapioca and coconut jelly combo complemented the drink exceptionally well!
The Tea Mousse series is one of Chatime's exclusives, and they've always intrigued me by their appearance. The Wintermelon Tea Mousse combined an iced wintermelon tea with a layer of a creamy, somewhat savoury foam that gradually infused itself into the rest of the drink as it was sipped. The tea was a bit too sweet for my liking, but they are not to blame as I had forgotten to ask them for less sugar. The mousse was a very unexpected touch that, for some reason, managed to work really well and enhancing the overall flavour of the tea. So well to the point that I've become tempted to recreate the same deliciousness at home.
All I can say is: I now have a reason to remain a continuous Chatime customer. (Ahaha)