December is the month of the holiday season and that means winter break for those still in education. A certain long time friend of mine (who I will refer to as Oblivion) returned home for the break, and we have been planning to hang out somewhere. We decided to go ice-skating and he mentioned that there were some places in San Jose. Since I had some friends that live in San Jose (Blitz-X and Xyrenth), I invited them to join us or maybe even show us around. I haven’t seen them in person since June, and even longer for Oblivion.
This was my first time to San Jose, meeting up with Oblivion on the way. The total commute time for me was about 90 minutes. When we arrived, Blitz-X and Xyrenth were already at the station waiting for us. The first thing we did was look at a place to eat lunch. Why in the world did we let Blitz-X lead the way? We came across a Japanese restaurant that won’t be open for another 40 minutes, so we continued walking around until we found a Subway and ate there.
After eating, we went on our way to Shark’s Ice for ice-skating. Here is a photo of us outside the entrance to the building. From left to right: Blitz-X, Xyrenth, Oblivion, and me.
Inside, we bought our tickets at the counter and proceeded further in to rent some ice-skates. In the photo above, there was a cafeteria area on the left.
Waiting for the skates and figuring out what sizes to ask for. There is a chart on the ground with sizes labeled, hence the staring at the ground. It wasn’t all that helpful.
All set and ready to go. It had been years since the last time I ice-skated, but it clicked in after just a few minutes.
On the other hand, both Xyrenth and Blitz-X don’t know how to skate, with this being the first time being on the ice for Xyrenth. Here you can see them struggling to keep themselves up.
Can you believe that this guy is the president of the plastic model club from my university?
Oblivion was the best skater out of us 4. Not pro level, but definitely more than what I can do, which would be just standing, stopping, and skating at moderate speeds. This picture really doesn’t do him justice.
Blitz-X gave up pretty quickly. After a bit, we took a break too. We chatted about some random things, and then Blitz-X started wasting quarters on some dumb games.
The rest of us went back to ice-skating. I tried to drag Blitz-X along, but then he started yelling “I want my shitty chili fries!”. He was waiting for the cafeteria to open up…
A few pictures of the ice rink we were at. We skated for a couple more laps before heading out. Xyrenth started not being able to stand up without a wall, and by the end, she was able to slowly walk with no support. Although she still couldn’t slide on the ice, it was a pretty good improvement.
After we were done ice-skating, we parted ways with Blitz-X. Xyrenth still had free time, so she took us to a public Japanese garden nearby. Here is the entrance.
This garden had some nice views and scenery, but I couldn’t help but notice some very American lawns here and there. A lot of the other plants here were also native to California.
The pond’s water was clear and had some ducks and koi fish swimming around.
There was a fake well that was actually a spiral coin funnel. It looked pretty neat. I had a whole bunch of useless pennies, so we had some fun with it.
Lastly, Xyrenth’s sister met up with the 3 of us and we went over to a mall. Astonishingly, there was a place selling pre-built gunpla for several times the retail price. Although they had decals on and a matte finish top-coat, none had panel-lining or any other modifications, so they were not professionally built to be worth that price. On the side were monitors showing the RG 00 Raiser PV and subtitled episodes of Gundam SEED. Moving on, we reached a food court where we got our dinner. Although I didn’t spend very much today, I actually didn’t have enough money for food and I took Xyrenth’s offer to pay for my meal. I ate a philly steak thingy. Our last destination in the mall was GameStop. We browsed around as we chat about games, and Oblivion purchased a couple used games. And that was how my day went in San Jose.