Gabi & Mirai Hang Out in Vancouver

I had a short layover in Vancouver earlier this week, but the timing worked out so that puppy52 and her hubby were able to meet up with me for breakfast! It was a short little meetup, but I brought Gabrielle (Volks DDS Akira) with me to visit.

We went out to a Hong Kong-style diner called Lido for breakfast. I really felt like I was transported back to Hong Kong – fast paced vibe, a bit noisy, fast and tasty food, and amazing pineapple buns (Bolor bao)! Since there was a lineup of customers, and the tables weren’t the cleanest (>__<“) we migrated over to the Aberdeen Centre before bringing out the dollies. Puppy52 brought her newest girl – the manual version of Smart Doll Mirai!

Mirai is the product of a lot of hard work and dreaming by Culture Japan founder Danny Choo. She’s similar to other 1:3 vinyl dolls on the market, but since Danny is also a collector himself, he took it upon himself to tweak certain things that he didn’t like with other dolls available on the market. Here she is standing next to Gabi, who is a Dollfie Dream Sister. You can see they are quite similar in height and overall proportion – well, except that Mirai has a lot more going on in the bust area! (She is wearing the optional Large bust).
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I got to pose and play around with Mirai’s body, and the built-in telescopic stand that she comes with. It’s very handy and makes her very stable – so stable in fact that I decided to goof around a bit and be a bit daring! I remember reading a long time ago the Volks designed their DDS (or maybe it was the DD3?) body so that it was strong and stable enough to support the weight of another doll! I wanted to see if Mirai could do the same – and she can!
Gabi and Mirai

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Dollfie Dream Meetup at High Park, Toronto – June 21, 2014

Hi everyone! The weather has finally warmed up so last weekend a few of the Toronto Dollfie Dream owners had a low-key little doll meet at High Park. I love having our outdoor meetups since it usually means lots of lovely photos of the dolls since we can move around a bit! It feels like ages since I’d last seen everyone so I spent most of my time hanging around and socializing while AlphaZ was the one taking most of the photos this time. Nurlindae knew of a great little spot in the park that was out of the way and perfect for us to settled down and be out of the way of prying eyes. The theme of this meet was “summer” – which basically meant anything goes! ^__~”

Since I’m still dealing with the mess from my renovation I only brought 2 girls with me – Alice and Gabi and I dressed them in pretty summery dresses

High Park Doll Meet
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花見 ~ Hanami 2014 – Part 2

Hanami literally means “flower viewing” and although it traditionally applies to the spring viewing of cherry blossoms (sakura), it can also apply to plum blossoms (ume) or other flowering trees in the springtime. I had hoped to visit High Park again this year, but this past winter was one of the coldest I’ve ever experienced in Toronto! As a result, the trees bloomed very late this year and the blossoms didn’t last for long.

A couple weeks ago, I went on an early morning outing to the park with AlphaZ, Machiko and LiterallyTony in the hopes of glimpsing some of the sakura blossoms.
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Due to recent rain, most had already fallen off the trees, and many of the blossoms had already turned to green leaves. >_<“
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Even though most of the sakura had already fallen, it was still nice to wander through the park in the early morning hours. It was very peaceful – mostly other early-bird photographers wandering about, since any families planning lunchtime picnics were still at home :3
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My favourite spot is down by the water where the willow trees are.
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Once the sun started coming out the lighting was very harsh and it was harder to take nice photographs >_<“
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We wandered the park a little bit looking for nice spots that weren’t too sunny and found this gorgeous flowering magnolia tree! Isn’t it stunning?
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There are some beautiful flowering tress in front of my house, but they were at their best last weekend while I was away at Anime North. Here are a few previously unpublished photos from last spring of Moe out in front of the house enjoying the pretty blossoms.
Moe-Kuma goes out

Moe-Kuma goes out

Moe-Kuma goes out

I was pretty bummed that we weren’t able to organize a doll meet at High Park this year, but between snow, rain, and working it was difficult to get everyone together. I’m glad that I was able to capture a few sakura photos, even if they weren’t as spectacular as last year.

- ♥ Archangeli

Omake (Extra):

Kevin at work taking pictures in the park, hehehe.
Kevin taking Hanami pics

I have no idea what kind of bird this is, but his orange and black colouring is really striking!
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花見 ~ Hanami 2014 – Part 1

(Note – May 30, 2014: I realized that this post has been in “Draft” format for over a year! Ooops! Since the weather was so poor this spring, maybe it was a good thing I delayed this post since I feel like I missed out on springtime this year. Enjoy these lovely photos!)

Hanami literally means “flower viewing” and although it traditionally applies to the spring viewing of cherry blossoms (sakura), it can also apply to plum blossoms (ume) or other flowering trees in the springtime. I had hoped to visit High Park this year, but alas this past winter was one of the coldest on record! The trees bloomed very late this year and didn’t last for long. Instead, I’m sharing these previously unseen photos from when PlasticFantastic and Sam came over to my house to hang out last spring, and we took some lovely photos with the flowering trees around my house during periods when the sun peeked out.

Here are Serena, Rin and Mio wearing in beautiful wa-loli dresses! Wa-loli is a genre of lolita fashion that combines traditional Japanese clothing styles with lolita elements.
Wa-Loli Day with PlasticFantastic

Draping sleeves typical to kimono and yukata, an obi and a poofy skirt with a petticoat worn underneath are common in wa-loli style.
Wa-Loli Day with PlasticFantastic

Wa-Loli Day with PlasticFantastic
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Sorry for the lack of posts! Quick life update @__@”

Hi everyone! It’s been a long time since I’ve written any posts and I want to assure you all that I haven’t disappeared! AlphaZ and I started a huge renovation project earlier this month to re-design our room so that we’ll be more comfortable and have more space to display our beautiful collection of figures and dolls. (This is a personal blog post, so if you’re only interested in dollies, you can stop here and check back in a few days ^__^)

Demolition officially started May 2, but our contractor was still committed to working at another site that was an outdoor project – so his team only came to our house when there was in-climate weather and he didn’t start work full-time at our house until about 2 weeks ago. It was a horrible task packing up everything and in the meantime most of our house looks like a hoarders den >__<“

Renovation

During the first few days of demolition we learned some interesting things about our room. The previous owners had slapped up some cheap wood paneling to cover up damage, and a very inefficient closet had been built (which is what the long space is in the photo above). Two of our walls had no insulation whatsoever, which explained the heat loss in the winter time and why it was so noisy when people walked up the stairs outside – you can see the bare brick wall below. Also, there was linoleum under the carpet @__@”

Here’s everything stripped down to the bare wood frames:

Renovation

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Dollfie Dream Monthly Meetup in Toronto – March 22, 2014

Even though AlphaZ was able to attend the January Dollfie Dream meetup in Toronto, it feels like I haven’t been at one in ages @__@” I’ve missed seeing everyone and their pretty dolls! Since the weather is still bitterly cold and gross we met at Go For Tea in Markham. The theme for this month’s meetup was “Spring, please come soon!” since March has almost finished and it is still snowy and cold. Most of the girls were dressed in hoodies, sweaters and other cute casual wear and some colourful chicks added a bit of colour to the group!

March Dollfie Dream meetup

Alice wore a light sweater with a nice green coat on top. but she doesn’t seem amused with this bird on her head @_@”
March Dollfie Dream meetup

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Rin & Serena attend Volks USA’s Showroom Closing Event & Tea Party

This weekend was the final one that the Volks USA Tenshi-no-Sumika would be open to the public before closing it’s doors indefinitely. AlphaZ enjoyed his visit in early February so much that he was determined to go back one last time. On Saturday there was a discount sale, as well as the opportunity to purchase some of the showroom’s display dolls at the “Dollfie Orphanage.” I arrived with our aunt around 10am and we drew numbers out of a box to determine what order we would enter the line – I got #96, and there were about 160 people in line by the time the shop opened. I met Obiwanivan and JoltFiend while we were waiting around for the store to open.

Chilling with @innocentsake & @JoltFiend today!

Volks USA final weekend
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