I’ve been back in the Philippines for three days and the jetlag is fucking killing me. It’s a violent effort to stay awake in the afternoons, and sleep has not been restful.
I haven’t posted about my adventures in San Francisco and Seattle, so I thought I’d just sum it up real quick. I don’t want to forget how much fun I had 🙂
I’m definitely going back to GDC. There’s something about walking the streets of San Francisco and seeing hordes (literally, hordes – 12,500 people) of developers walking the streets, with their ID tags around their necks. In the Philippines, people are too embarrassed to be caught dead walking around with their IDs. But at GDC, everyone was proud to be a game developer.
Left and right, you’d overhear people talking about shaders and linear storytelling and the latest games (oh my!). I heard the talks this year were better than last year. I didn’t get to attend any talks as I had nonstop meetings every day, but the people I met were awesome too. It’s great to be with people in your field, and I’m definitely going next year, company-sponsored or not.
As GDC was hectic as hell, I didn’t get to do any San Francisco sightseeing. However, a week after Upland, I flew back to the San Francisco area, watched Bloc Party (yeah baby), and the next day, went around to sightsee with Raymond.
I’d met Ray at the International Game Developers Association party, the first night I got to the US. I’m not a party person, much less a ‘let’s go to my first party in a strange land all alone’ person. When I got to the bar there was a long line around the corner to get in, so I lined up nervously, and Ray was the guy in front of me.
Long story short, a week after GDC, he flew into San Francisco from Seattle (where he lives/works) so we could sightsee, and we saw lotsa things! We walked around Ghirardelli Square (yummy chocolate, and they’ve got ice cream, too!), took a ferry boat ride under the Golden Gate Bridge, ate white clam chowder at Fisherman’s Wharf (at my request), then went to the Ferry building to have coffee by the water. I still love San Francisco as it’s beautiful and full of life, but I realized it’s more of a novelty area, one I enjoy as a tourist but I probably wouldn’t want to live there.
Then a few days later, I flew to Seattle to sightsee for a day! (Flying around with absolutely no baggage, btw, is FUN. You’re in and out of there in no time.) This time, Ray and I had breakfast at a cozy coffee shop, went up the Space Needle (a 41-second elevator ride), took pics of the skyline (as I’m a huge Grey’s Anatomy fan, this was awesome), had lunch in Teapot (a yummy vegetarian restaurant! I want to go back there), went to the first Starbucks store ever (am a huge Starbucks fan too), walked around Pike Place Market, then I flew back home. I really liked Seattle, as it’s a city surrounded by beautiful trees and flowers and lakes, except it’s freaking COLD and I was freezing most of the time 😛 When I was there though, the sun was shining (a rare treat!), so I’m grateful for that.
Now I’m back in the Philippines, where it’s hot, humid, and crazy. But it’s home sweet home 🙂 If only I could get rid of this jetlag so I could work and sleep and eat properly!