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August 24, 2016

Pokemon GO – Update 6! & On the new tracking system

August 8th, 2016

While nothing happened yesterday, I caught a Ponyta today!! It was my first time seeing one and it was a great surprise.

August 9th, 2016

One of my eggs hatched! Just a Tangela though :( I also am only 2 Poliwag away from getting a Poliwrath so keeping my fingers crossed…

August 10th, 2016

Caught enough Poliwag to get a Poliwrath! Yay!

August 11th, 2016

One of the things I’ve noticed is I rarely see Pokemon lately unless near a Pokestop. Normally I’d see several Pokemon while in the car with someone (Don’t worry–I have never been driving in these situations) just along a highway or something, but lately unless there is a Pokestop nearby, the entire area is kind of barren. I ended up only catching a few new Pokemon at the destination despite being out for over 2 hours and that was it.

On a positive note, I did get two new Pokemon though–one of my eggs hatched into Vulpix and I finally caught a Grimer at home.

August 16th, 2016

Not much happened today, but I did get another Gold Medal so yay~

August 18th, 2016

Caught enough Exeggcute for an Exeggcutor! We’re off to California soon for a few days so crossing my fingers for lots of Pokemon :D

While at the airport, I also captured my very first gym!

Once we arrived in San Francisco, there were pretty much Pokestops and plenty of lures everywhere:
Like even the airport was full of them.

I managed to catch a Kabuto and some of my eggs hatched–the 10KM one hatched into Jynx while two 2KM ones hatched into Rattata and Magikarp, and a 5KM hatched into Goldeen. The Jynx was at least new and I’m not too upset with the Magikarp (I can use the candy), but I wish the other two were better.

We’ve been hitting so many Pokestops that our Eggs fill back up fast and our inventories have been maxing out. I’ve started tossing away some potions…

I also got enough Nidoran (Female) for a Nidorina! So yay :D And with my lucky egg evolving, I hit level 20! YAY FOR ULTRA BALLS. <3 August 19th, 2016

So, we went out and about today and there are just so many Pokestops and Lures:

We’re constantly running out of bag space and I’m close to being out of space for Pokemon too. My eggs even fill up right after hatching one… While I didn’t get anything new from eggs sadly (nor any new 10KM eggs), I did manage to catch a Porygon and Machop! Plus I was able to evolve an Eevee into Flareon, an Ekans into Arbok, and a Paras into Parasect so I got some good new Pokemon :)

I also managed to claim one gym twice:

I hope tomorrow goes just as well. The only sad thing today were the three Pokemon we missed–usually because we had just got on the trolley going the other way so we missed Lickitung, Snorlax, and Slowbro :( I hope we might see them tomorrow. Also a Diglett which showed up while at the hotel, but ran away immediately :( So upset…. Now I have 2 more in Seen… I hope we can catch one tomorrow.

I’m super mixed on the new tracking system though. While I don’t know if I agree footprints are the best option, I feel like it takes a lot of the exploration out of it because a lot of people will head to a PokeStop anyway for items… Not to mention I feel like less Pokmon are out and about because of this now too.

August 20th, 2016

Today wasn’t as great as yesterday–I didn’t catch anything new and even my eggs just hatched into extras. I did evolve an Abra into Kadabra at least, but that is bittersweet as I accidentally transferred one too many and now do not have another Abra in preparation for Alakazam… I hope I catch another Abra, Kadabra, or even just an Alakazam soon…

I did, however, take over this gym twice which was fun:
It even let me get my first Training and Gym Battle Medals so yay. Unfortunately, my last Defender bonus had yet to end so I couldn’t get coins for it before it was taken back… I really hate the wait time and wish it rewarded you instantly :/ Some people don’t even get time to get to their Defender Bonus even when their timer is up due to how fast some gyms can go down…

We’ll have a busy day tomorrow though, so I hope I can catch a bunch of Pokemon.

And just before I headed to bed, not only did an Abra show up (Yay!) that I managed to catch, but I managed to grab a gym too:

August 21st

So, today was interesting. I managed to evolve more Pokemon so I now have a Golduck, Jolteon (which finished out the Gen 1 Eeveelutions), and Tentacruel (FINALLY. Now if I could just find a Diglett to match my counts up again…).

I’m also super close to evolving Dratini and Magikarp–I’m only one Dratini away from Dragonair and just 9 Magikarp from Gyarados. Hopefully I can get them while back home.

Also, some lovely gym takeovers:

This will probably be the last weekly log for a while. Right now, much just isn’t happening and there just won’t be much going on. Next entry will be when multiple big updates will happen, but this will probably be the last for a while.

Travel Log: San Francisco Day 4

So, this is the last San Francisco update (as we got home yesterday!) :3 Sunday we tried to head towards Ghiradelli Square and the Pier and just explore around. It was a lot of fun, but I don’t have too much to say (it was a long day, afterall!) so just enjoy some photos instead :P

But before we get to those, here is a short version of the events:
Sadly, we ended up having a late start. The only complaint I have for our room is that the bed was really hard and so it made it hard for us to sleep at times. It was great for naps, but when it came to through the night (and from the desk chairs), we just would usually feel sore and iffy.

Thus, what ended up a wanting to get up early and do a lot ended up getting up late and not getting to do everything as much.

Ghiradelli’s Square was great, but it was as it got later when we got it to the pier that it became iffy. Ignoring a subpar dinner, I was really hoping to catch enough Magikarp to get a Gyarados and due to starting late, we didn’t. I had less than 10 to go left, but I could barely feel my fingers and I was so cold along with my face getting a bit sunburned. I actually think I might be sick now due to it sadly :(

To make things even crazier, when we were packing and getting ready for bed, some random lady kept trying to break into our room. In the end, we had to call hotel security who took care of it, but it made it even harder to sleep and made things a bit messy for when we got up.

The ride to the airport was fine and we got through security fast (and the passport checker even talked to us about Pokemon GO which was fun), but I just felt so tired and now my sleeping is messed up so bleh :( Not the best last days overall.

Regardless, we did get to see some adorable Sea Lions at least so now please enjoy some lovely pictures:

August 21, 2016

Travel Log: San Francisco Day 3

Today had one clear goal: Go to Japantown. Two friends of ours were coming up to meet us and so we all decided to go together. It’s a really nice mall and I wish I took more pictures of it, but I was mostly distracted by Pokemon GO. We even took over a gym there:

We ate at a really nice Japanese place called Izumiya. All the food was super delicious and they had the Okonomiyaki I actually had in Japan–though, I went with Salmon and it was just super amazing. They also had super good soup and best of all… TAKOYAKI. Which I wish I took a picture of, but I ate it too fast. It was definitely the best Takoyaki I’ve had in the US. For now, please accept this picture of some of my Salmon with some of my rice:

I also tried some Takoyaki at a special booth, but I actually think the Takoyaki at Izumiya was better.
The Vanilla Chai was really good though.

As for bought stuff, we didn’t get too much:
The Cookies were won from a crane game. I probably would have gotten more of the CardCaptor Sakura things too if I realized they were pins as I really like most of the options. I also wish I got a box with the option of ChibiUsa too, but I’m happy I at least got Usagi as she and ChibiUsa are my favorite Sailor Moon characters.

We then headed back to the room and after helping me get Marcie back (I’ll be writing in my Animal Crossing blog about that once I’m back home :3), our friends left. This was a nice shot from our hotel room though:

Sometime later, we decided to have dinner at Myconos Greek Restaurant and it was some of the best Greek Food we had. We got the big combo platter and everything was just amazing–the biggest surprises were things that we normally just found okay were incredibly delicious and we wished there were more:
We had tea and Baklava for Dessert <3 After that, it was back to the room! Tomorrow we're hoping to do quite a bit so I hope we can get it all done before we head home on Monday.

August 20, 2016

Travel Log: San Francisco – Day 1 & 2

So, we arrived in San Francisco on Thursday and I wasn’t feeling too great–I had pretty bad jet lag mixed with allergies from the weather change (roughly 30 degrees difference) and I was really off–not to mention tired due to not having slept well. On the bright side, there were Pokestops like everywhere–from the airport to the ride to the hotel.

Thus, we decided to mostly take it easy. Our room was upgraded for free and the Front Desk guy was super nice giving us a map, list of places in the area, and a bunch of things to help us with our first visit.

We had lunch and dinner in the restaurant. We shared a Cheese and Charcuterie Board which was great for an appetizer and then I had their Blue Cheese Burger while Mark got a Chicken Wrap. The burger was pretty good, but only places where there were a lot of cheese–it didn’t feel too flavorful otherwise and was just okay where the cheese was a lot less.

For dinner, we decided to just get appetizers and dessert. We shared this… special pizza thing that was really good and chicken fingers which were also tasty. For dessert, he go their special Cookie Skillet that was all caramel and vanilla-y while I got the super amazing brownie with whipped cream and chocolate ice cream. I think the cheese plate and Brownie are my favorites.

Also the Room key is adorable:

We pretty much stayed in the room otherwise, but still had fun thanks to a Pokestop we can reach from our room.

Today (Friday–though, I suppose it is after midnight now so yesterday) we really wanted to do more. Checking with some friends who we will be seeing tomorrow, we decided today we’d try a few places out and maybe go check out the hotel Worlds is taking place at despite only some things being public. I wanted to look at the store anyway (DESPITE NO MEGA AUDINO THINGS. NOT EVEN A MEGA AUDINO BANNER. I SURE HOPE THE AWESOME WINNING MEGA AUDINO DECK HAS GIVEN IT MORE LOVE AFTER THEY DIDN’T EVEN THINK THEY’D NEED A PICTURE) so we figured it’d be a good chance to explore and ride the Trolley.

We started with a Breakfast Buffet in the hotel which was kind of plain compared to lunch and dinner. Then, Mark wanted to watch the special Star Citizen Presentation that was at Gamescom. There is a free fly week too right now so it’s a perfect chance to try the game’s alpha.

Once it was over, after some debate, we decided we’d go to Cookie Love. We picked out 6 different cookies (I think the Campfire one was my favorite) and then went over to Spinnerie for lunch. I had Salmon with Truffle Mashed Potatoes while Mark had Mediterranean-spiced Chicken & Couscous.

After dropping the cookies off in the Room, it was off to the Trolley!
We were heading towards where Worlds was taking place to check out the store.

I kept hearing mixed things if it was public or not, but we could still try to check, right? Thankfully, with a little push, we headed on up with roughly 10 minutes to go. While some stuff was sold out (like the life-sized Charmander Plush, but we wouldn’t be able to get one home anyway), we did pick up the special Pikachu plush and a screen wiper of the nice artwork:
(The Espeon is Mark’s :P)

I love the bag we got everything in too:

On the way out, we also said Hi to Renae and Josh which was nice–I’ve been moderating for them on Twitch for like… 2 years? And they are really nice so it was nice to say Hi and give them hugs and stuff before they headed out to dinner :3

We then headed to the Mall to get some Boba Tea:
It was very tasty <3 After some debate on dinner, we decided to try this Burger place nearby called Super Duper Burgers. It reminded me a bit of Smash Burger (though, with less options) and while the Burgers were good, I feel the Milkshake and Garlic Fries outshined it.

It was then a trolley ride back to the Hotel. Tomorrow is Japantown and hopefully the Disney museum too <3 Anyway, you can check more photos out on my Twitter :) And Pokemon GO-related stuff will be coming up in the Pokemon GO Log 6!

August 7, 2016

Pokemon GO – Update 5!

July 25th, 2016

Updates are a bit slow right now so depending on how things go, I may turn this into a 2 week update instead of just a weekly one. No eggs have hatched, mostly Doduos being found, and not being able to go out makes it kind of hard to find new things.

I did finally catch enough Horsea for a Seadra though so there’s something at least.

July 27th, 2016

Got the Bronze Psychic Medal! Yay!

July 28th, 2016

Things are still going pretty poorly :( I did use a Lucky Egg to do the Evolution level up thing… I got to level 16 and I am already about 75% to 17. I also got the Gold Medal for 200 Flying Pokemon so yay~ Sadly, still no new Pokemon though…

July 29th, 2016

We went out a bit today, but only managed to hit two PokeStops and no new Pokemon :( On the bright side, I did get a Growlithe at home so there’s another new Pokemon finally! I’m less than 200 away from hitting level 17 so keeping my fingers crossed…

And while no other new Pokemon were gotten, I did hit level 17 so there’s something for today.

July 30th, 2016

There was a new update today! It changed a few things… I hope the footprints will return and that we can see more clothing options in the future. I feel like something is weird with the catching mechanic now, though? I can’t really explain what however… I did finally catch enough Caterpie for a Butterfree though so yay~

August 1st, 2016August 2nd, 2016

Doduo no longer seems to be as common here, thankfully. It seems Goldeen may have replaced it? But it’s still not nearly as bad. I’ve mostly seen Goldeen and Bulbasaur though and actually managed to catch enough Bulbasaur to get an Ivysaur now.

One of my eggs also finally hatched–a Paras. While it’s one I already have, I do still need a Parasect so at least it got me closer to that.

August 3rd, 2016

Saw a Wartortle today. Sadly, despite using my great balls and razz berries, it escaped. I’m super upset about it :/ I’m already getting low on balls (and now have no great balls or razz berries) and this sucks. Plus it’s another seen in comparison to my caught count and it just makes me sad. I need two more Squirtle to be able to evolve one, 6 more Tentacool to be able to evolve one, and 1 more Oddish to be able to evolve one to have my Catch count the same, but I’m just so bummed right now.

I blame its CP which was 600-something :/ I’ll happily take low CP for Pokedex completion. I’m much for interested in finishing my Pokedex than having super powerful Pokemon.

On the bright side, I caught the last Oddish I needed so now I have a Gloom! Yay!

August 4th, 2016

So, while we still have a good amount of Doduo and Dodrio around here, the “nests” have definitely lessened and we actually see a good amount of Bulbasaur and Goldeen now. Thanks to all the Bulbasaur, I managed to get the Silver Grass Badge at least!

August 5th, 2016

I hit level 18~ It’s nice to have some Great Balls again… We also went out today, but didn’t hit many PokeStops so our Pokeball count is still low with the catch rate bug around :(

While I didn’t catch anything new (or manage to hatch any eggs–my husband got a Hitmonchan from one of his though T__T), I did get another egg bringing me back up to 9 and caught enough Venonat to evolve one into Venomoth.

August 6th, 2016

And to finish up this two week log, I caught two Squirtle today which finally gave me enough candy to evolve one into Wartortle! Now I just need to get a Tentacruel or a lot more Tentacool so my Seen and Caught counts match again…

August 4, 2016

Style Savvy: Fashion Forward – Playing the Demo!

While the game doesn’t come out until later this month (about 2 weeks!), the demo came out on the eShop today. It’s kind of a rushed version of first part of the main game, but it’s a good way to introduce a lot of the aspects of the game. The only things it didn’t show were the Fashion Shows, the Model Photo shoots, and the Design studio (I actually designed my logo ages ago so it’ll be nice to finally create it ingame once the full game is out). If you’d like to see just the video, click here! Otherwise, you can read my thoughts below and see some screenshots!

The game features the most expansive character creation thus far in a Style Savvy with a lot of options to choose from and the Demo doesn’t even show all of them–it actually doesn’t show the hair style/hair color options to start or a starting clothing option. My cute Demo character:

She’ll probably have a different hairstyle and maybe color depending on them in the full game. Plus possibly a different starting outfit too.

Not to mention this has been the largest amount of things to do thus far in a Style Savvy game. with 5 different areas you can focus in (or 6 if you count the Fashion shows as a separate thing, but that’s more of a combination to show off your skills from the other things) and as mentioned, 3 of which you can experience in the demo. Essentially, your character is here on Holiday/Vacation for the Demo which is neat.

One of the coolest things with this game is that it feels very alive–the world doesn’t feel as static as the other ones. It got built up a bit more in the second game, but this game actually shows you interacting at locations and walking around:

Seriously, this is so cute:

You even personally wave good bye to everyone too:

Once I headed to my room, I picked out my first outfit:

I’m not super big on the clothing options in the demo–my favorites were only blue, but I still tried my best to put together something cute and pink.

My favorite part of the room is this teddy bear:

You sadly can’t decorate your room in this game though–only the dollhouses which while it’s a feature I like, I wish it could’ve been alongside decorating your bedroom.

I also got my hair done, though, I may give her bangs in the future:

And of course, besides just clothing, you do get to do hair and make-up:

Sadly, there is no way to save (which makes sense as it’s a very shortened version of the main game) so I’ll have to remember a lot of stuff I did from the demo :P I was hoping we could transfer data, but seeing how they did the demo, I can see why it won’t be that way. Regardless, this has me even more excited for the game. I can’t wait to play it later this month. If you haven’t gotten it yet, I recommend looking into pre-ordering it or picking it up when it comes out! I really can’t recommend it enough. It’s such a fun game and they just keep making it better. Though, please add bedroom customization back in the next game <3

August 1, 2016

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer – August’s Challenge!

I apologize for the lack of Happy Home Designer :( It’s truly something I want to play more, but things are just kind of a mess right now and until money situations improve, I can’t do them as much as I’d like to. Regardless, I always try to take time for the Monthly Challenge at least.

August Happy Home Challenge – A comfy, cozy, lifestyle.

Rating Address: 0990-5739-319

This challenge didn’t come with any new items and forced me to use the Tent and Candy House of all things so I’m actually super disappointed :( I did what I could, but this was a frustrating challenge.

July 23, 2016

Pokemon Global Link Photos

With the Global Link for X&Y and ORAS closing in the next few months for whatever Sun & Moon’s version will be like, I wanted to at least archive the photos I took. I wish I could save record of the medals and log-book too though :(

Hopefully I can think of some way to save the log book and medals. In the meantime, I’m going to prepare to trade all my PokeMiles for Rare Candy and PP Up and maybe a few Ability Capsules.

Pokemon GO – Update 4!

July 17th, 2016

So, the game was actually down most of today which was more than a bit frustrating. On the way to Manhattan for some cupcakes for my birthday (which is tomorrow at the time of me writing this), it finally started working once we got into the city. I wish it worked a bit sooner to have had it longer, but I’m just happy it started working while I was out.

Besides stopping at a bunch of Pokestops (I even got the medal for 100 Pokestops!), I managed to catch a few new Pokemon–Clefairy (FINALLY), Voltorb, and Magnemite! The Magnemite was almost missed actually because it spawned pretty far away, but I usually have the game pretty zoomed out so I was still able to grab it!

Sadly, I did not see another Tentacruel :( One of my eggs hatched though–a Pidgey. :/ I guess if Megas end up a thing, however, I could probably use another Pidgeot at least…

I also managed to get another Eevee which let me finally evolve one and using the name trick (Nicknaming the Eevee Rainer for Vaporeon, Pyro for Flareon, or Sparky for Jolteon. It will only work once per evolution so you can’t name two Eevee Rainer and get two Vaporeon–only one is guaranteed), I got a Vaporeon! I changed its name to Kasumi :3 I’ll probably be evolving the one into Flareon next followed by the one into Jolteon.

On a weird note, while back at home, I ended up having the same glitch I had with the Tentacruel with a Tauros–just with the arrows on the right instead of the left:
Plus, the catch was successful unlike with the Tentacruel where it failed. With Tentacruel, I closed and reopened the app, while with Tauros I hit the run button (since I had already caught one, I wasn’t going to be as upset if it failed). Nothing else works besides the run button or closing it out, but I’m still not sure what causes it.

Another egg hatched and thankfully a new Pokemon–Machop! :D Yay~

July 18th, 2016

The day started off with two eggs hatching!! I got a Geodude (:D) and another Pidgey (:(). Hoping the other 6 eggs will hatch sometime today as well!

Upon getting back up after sleeping, the app was having its usual log-in issues, but a quick restart of it actually fixed it and it seems to be good now, thankfully. I also hatched another egg–just a Bellsprout though.

My next egg that hatched was another Pikachu. So far, I’ve gotten all 3 of my Pikachu this way. This also gave me the Pikachu Fan medal.

Despite some server issues, thankfully everything was more or less good by the time we left and best of all, the restaurant we had my birthday dinner at was a Pokestop!! I got lots more eggs and one egg did hatch, but I honestly have no idea what it was as it seems it hatched around one of the freezings and bleh. It doesn’t look like it was new though.

I did manage to get a Slowpoke however and finally was able to evolve a Spearow into Fearow. We saw lots of shadows for Pokemon we didn’t have yet, but sadly no others showed up after Slowpoke :( Still gonna cross my fingers for good stuff in eggs though.

And my next egg was pretty nice–it was an Abra! :D Yay! And I hit level 15! Unfortunately, the egg after it was a Zubat… But my 10KM Egg was a Magmar! And that was it for the night. Looking forward to more eggs hatching tomorrow.

Anyway, while not exactly Pokemon GO related, I did want to share this lovely gift that TadBitDiGital drew for my birthday :D As it IS Pokemon related:

And also this lovely gift that Cheesey did for my birthday as well :D Also Pokemon related!:

Thank you both again! <3 I love them so much. July 19th, 2016

Besides more server issues earlier, not much happened today. My 2KM egg hatched into a Pidgey :/ Acording to Serebii’s site, I already have all the different Pokemon I get from 2KM eggs. Spearow, Weedle, and Pidgey are the ones I’d want the least though as I have all the evolutions for them already. Technically Zubat too, but I am saving in advance for Crobat… Honestly, Magikarp would be helpful though just due to how many are needed to evolve one…

For 5KM eggs, I still need, at the time of writing this anyway, a Diglett, Growlithe, Ponyta, Farfetch’d, Seel, Grimer, Drowzee, Cubone, Lickitung, Kangaskhan, and Porygon. Farfetch’d and Kangaskhan are the priorities there due to being region exclusive and thus, there isn’t any other way to get them until Global Trading happens or I can afford to travel to Australia for the first time and Asia again.

For 10KM, I still need Onix, Hitmonchan, Chansey, Mr. Mime, Jynx, Electabuzz, Lapras, Omanyte, Kabuto, Aerodactyl, and Snorlax. While Chansey and Lapras are the ones I’d want most, Mr. Mime is also priority due to also being a region exclusive.

I just hope I get more eggs soon I guess. And can start finding more Pokemon I need… One thing I need to try and stop doing is transferring Pokemon I don’t need so quickly. I really need to level up faster ._. But I also care more about completing my Pokedex over getting my level up.

July 20th, 2016

Another egg hatched–a Weedle :( I feel so unlucky with these eggs… The last three are all 5KM though so keeping my fingers crossed for something new.

Sadly, the game was down for nearly the rest of the day and so nothing else really happened. I did hatch another egg… but a Bellsprout :( 2 5KM eggs left.

My next egg was a Sandshrew. It gave me a lot of candy at least, but… Also, I’ve gotten so many Doduo at this point, I got the Gold Normal medal:

I CAUGHT A WIGGLYTUFF :D So happy I got something new today…

July 21st, 2016

Despite occasional issues, the app seems to be doing pretty well today. My final egg hatched, but just a Tentacool. I suppose it helps me get Tentacruel though at least.

Unfortunately, now that I’m out of eggs there most likely won’t be any updates unless another surprise like Wigglytuff happens. We’re in a heat Advisory and air advisory until Saturday evening and thus, I can’t go out again unfortunately :(

July 23rd, 2016

As expected, nothing really happened yesterday beyond taunting nearbys I couldn’t find.

Today though, I got to go out for a bit so at least I got some Pokestops… Unfortunately, I still had issues with Pokeballs and item space and I really hate how all of that works. I got two eggs, but that’s really it for today :( I hope they hatch into something good–both are 5km.

I don’t expect them to hatch today though, so I’ll end the entry here. If something surprisingly does happen or one hatches, I’ll edit the post then.

Edit: Just caught a Cubone! Yay!

July 18, 2016

Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer – Designing more houses on my birthday :3

So, since it is my birthday I wanted to try and do a fun Happy Home Designer stream as while I continue wishing for a house, sometimes it’s still fun to design them for others :3

Beau – A self-indulgent picnic spot.

Rating Address: 0302-5762-380

Pancetti – A sleep sanctuary.

Rating Address: 0505-5762-470

Olivia – A piano conservatory.

Rating Address: 0201-5762-360

Kitt – An electronics showroom.

Rating Address: 0299-5765-442

Sly – A jungle.

Rating Address: 0892-5765-442

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