Ok, it’s been a couple of days since I updated. Partly because my server was migrating on the day I wanted to update things.
So, you’re in for a SUPER LONG update tonight.
Let’s start with the groupstages, which are mostly pics of people around the viewing area.
(Captions are BELOW the pictures!)
Groupstage Day 2 & 3, Valve Office Tour
I call this the Russian/EU table. That’s where they cluster!
Satean from Neolution, Ohaiyo, kyxy and Chuan.
Yamateh, with kuroky monstering some salad behind.
Being asked to do an interview for a Swedish TV.
Sitting with our Alienware m17x’s, obsing games and discussing strats.
This is what happens when you let gamers have a free run of food and drinks. I bet this looks like some of your computer desks at home…
One of the drafts…
iceiceice flaunting his deadpool beanie, after he had fun bullying Xtinct from Orange.
Dendi and Bruno. Too much win.
The 3 pics above precede this video below. It’s what happens when you give 2 boys 1 cup :
Finol talking to Puppey. Not gonna tell you which one he is exactly!
DINNER!!! Lamb which was awesome.
Porterhouse for 2.
Valve is so awesome, or maybe they wanna make sure we smell good for the audience, that they did our laundry mid trip.
Passed by Soe, so I decided to catch a pic with her. She interviewed me earlier, before this pic was taken.
I know some people have asked for rOtk’s raging video, I can’t get one, so I’m hoping this one will suffice.
I do have an old video of him raging… you can check it out here :
NS in the process of throwing me the courier! He gave it to me! =D
The Hotel pool. Super inviting, I think I might find a day to go have a dip.
The Hotel gym
a typical summer evening in Bellevue. Gorgeous.
took a walk to a nearby park. This is the late, at night.
An ice cream truck! Kimchi and Elysium getting something to cool off.
Ducks, and ducklings!
The residents here in Bellevue are all really friendly. We spent about an hour playing with this little doggie, Oscar, and chatting with his owner.
He’s not the only one having a ball of a time!
The 2 sad donkeys that we plucked from the Valve office. Staring into the distance. (credits to Kimchi for composing this shot.)
Dendi and Kimchi.
Here’s all the pics from our Break Day. We went to Pike’s Place Market, the Seattle Aquarium and various other places around the area. So, if you’re not interested in the peripheral stuff, and only want the game stuff, you would probably like to skip what’s coming up.
Even though I hope you read on =) Might give you a nice idea of what to do/eat if you ever come to Seattle!
First stop : IHOP aka International House of Pancakes for brunch.
Sirloin tips with 2 eggs, sauteed onions and mushrooms, hash brown, and 2 buttermilk pancakes.
Omelette with ham and hashbrown inside, and red velvet pancakes. I don’t really recommend the red velvet pancakes if you can’t take sweet stuff.
Next stop, Pike’s Place Market!
The famous sign board.
We also dropped by the first starbucks store, which is also at Pike’s Place.
Check out that queue.
That’s Elysium, Me, kimchi. =D
Finally revealing which shadow belongs to who.
The Seattle Aquarium on the left, the ferris wheel on the right.
Just a shot walking along the bay. There are tons of restaurants and interesting shops there which sell very odd stuff.
Along the way, we came across The Gum Wall.
Apparently, this is where people come to stick their chewed gum. You can actually smell the sweet scent of thousands of flavoured gum. (eek)
The window sills are the most disgusting!!!
i was petrified that someone would shove me backwards into the wall and that I’d get stuck there like a fly on sticky paper. eeeeekkkk
TINY!!! Is this a SIGN FOR TI3???
This is where the fish are thrown around, and where you can find a fruit store.
Monster blackberry from the fruit stall. Summer is great – there’s tons of berries, which are my favourite kind of fruit to eat!
further up the road from Pike’s Place, outside the Macy’s, there’s a public square with blue trees. This year, there’s a dancing gathering going on. Last year, there was chess, and each chess piece was about half my size.
Just some additional pics of the scenery along the way :
If you have the time to spare, you might want to take a look at the Seattle Aquarium.
In 2012, we didn’t have the time to explore the area AND go to the aquarium. This year, however, since we’ve explored most of the places, we decided to spend a couple of hours in the aquarium.
fishie go home!!
The octopus exhibit fascinated me the most. The way it’s tentacles undulated and the sucker pads stuck to the walls was creepy yet cool.
This has got to be my favourite fish there. It looks like puck!
grumpy looking fish 1.
grumpy looking fish 2.
This is some weird sea creature, with its florets out, and with it’s florets kept.
I just realised I didn’t figure out what it’s called after all.
a Lumpfish, stuck to the glass.
City skyline, which can be seen from the seal enclosure (which is outdoor)
Another place to drop by would be Ivar’s.
They sell fish and chips, and all other kinds of battered seafood with chips.
The best part (to me) is that this is where you’re encouraged to feed the gulls.
It’s amazing, they join you at your table, and eat from your fingers.
Another shot of the ferris wheel.
We were super full from brunch at IHOP, so it was pretty late before we decided to head back. And cos we were tired from the long day, we dropped by a shop nearby and packed some food back.
Korean take out for dinner!
I actually wanted to do Grandfinals Day 1 too, but I decided to leave it for tomorrow when I’m more awake.
In the meantime, take a look at the walk about video which I took earlier today of the Benaroya Hall.