Make Music Pasadena

I came back from work one day at the end of May to find that Ela and Lilli were embarked on a mission to sculpt fruits for Ssen’s birthday on June 1st. It was supposed to be a surprise for when she came back, and so I decided to contribute to it by making a quick card. Half an hour later, we had this:

Watercolour birthday card and Carved watermelon flower and swan apples.Card by me, floral watermelon carved by Lilli, and swans carved from an apple by Ela. Awesome!

Candles on sculpted watermelon flower and swan apples.Ela and Lilli had bought these pretty star-shaped candles, but they lasted a good five minutes before extinguishing. This was about ten minutes before Ssen and JC were arrived. Luckily, here is photographic evidence of its once wicked glory.

Ssen's birthday pop-up card.The inside of the card I made. I was totally blindsided by the writing of the word ‘birthday’ until someone asked if my spelling of it was deliberate, to which I realised in horror my mistake. It happened again the next time I wrote the word on another card, which was both mortifying and amusing to realise even after I kept reminding myself to spell it correctly. Looks like it’s the typings for me forever.

Group photo with birthday girl Ssen.From left to right, back to front: Nam, Lilli, Ela, me, JC and birthday girl Ssen!

The next day, we went to check out Make Music Pasadena. Our first stop was at Intelligentsia where we waited to regroup. It was the first time I’d actually been in the cafe despite hearing good things about it:

Intelligentsia in Old Town Pasadena.

Photo of friends at Intelligentsia in Old Town Pasadena.Ros, Lilli, Ela, and Nam.

Guy wearing a cat printed tee at Make Music Pasadena.There were so many stylish people on the streets! I’d love to have his cat-printed tee.

One thing I can say for the state of California is the amount of free samples you get during events. Some of the things I documented during the day:

Free juice samples at Make Music Pasadena.

Free sample of berry shake at Make Music Pasadena.

Free bottle of Fuze iced tea drink at Make Music Pasadena.Seriously, a whole bottle of iced lemon tea, fresh from a mobile ice box . It can’t get any better than this on a hot summer’s day.

Free Whole Foods cloth grocery bag at Make Music Pasadena.Lilli, Ssen, JC and Ros with their free grocery bags from the Whole Foods booth.

Free goodies gotten at Make Music Pasadena.My dubious collection of freebies from the entire day. Hoard includes mineral water, muesli bars, popcorn, and cheese puffs.

And some pretty cool stuff along the way:

Comic printed umbrella at the LAWeekly booth at Make Music Pasadena.Comic-printed umbrella at the LAWeekly booth.

Guitars made out of recycled materials at Make Music Pasadena.Super awesome guitars made from recycled tins! And a very indignant-looking guy I caught by accident.

Bicycle-powered blender at Make Music Pasadena.Bicycle-powered blender, not unlike the one we saw at Ecochella.

Punk rendering of Ariel from The Little Mermaid.The Little Mermaid is undoubtedly one of my favourite Disney films. I thought this reimagination of her was pretty cool.

Caricature of The Joker from Batman.The Joker in a caricatured style as a promo for an event by the Ink Bombers.

Lilli's flower wreath bought at Make Music Pasadena.Lilli bought a floral wreath from an artsy duo who walked past us! She’d been eyeing one ever since seeing so many girls in floral wreaths, but we couldn’t locate the booth until we chanced upon the duo. It was amusing when Lilli went through the entire collection on the lady’s arm until she finally chose the one she wore on her head. I chatted to the guy meanwhile, and he said that they took pains to find fake flowers that looked authentic and that it took quite a number of hours to complete one wreath.

Watermelon socks spotted at Make Music Pasadena.Ela in the foreground as I saw a cool kid with cool watermelon socks.

Booth with a display of various tea leaves at Make Music Pasadena.An array of different tea leaves in little bowls on display at another booth.

Mobile sunglasses booth at Make Music Pasadena.

Self-portrait in a mirror while trying on purple sunglasses.My reflection as I tried on these purple pair of pretties at the mobile shop.

Ssen's birthday dessert during dinner.And dinner to cap the day off. Here is Ssen and her birthday dessert!

We went to Hurricane Harbor the next day, as the final installment to Ssen’s birthday celebration trilogy. There’s no documentation on my part, but then again, I’d have to be crazy-obsessed to bring my camera to a water park. XD

Wander on

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