Galco’s Soda Pop Stop

Beverages from GalcosI stopped by Galco’s Soda Pop Stop in Highland Park this afternoon after meaning to go for so long. It’s a store that specializes in all types of soda that you can’t find anywhere else. It also carries a great selection of beer too. The prices are a little high (my bottle of Hitachino Ginger Ale was $7!) but the selection is worth it.

I picked up a bottle of Dublin Dr. Pepper (made with real cane sugar), dandelion and burdock soda, boysenberry soda, kumquat soda, root beer, and Hitachino Ginger Brew. I didn’t even know that Hitachino exported their Ginger Brew, so I’m excited to try it out.

I don’t usually drink any soda, so I’m hoping I don’t end up being addicted to these sugary beverages after drinking so many.

Up to

Watching: Meteor Garden

It’s a fantastic Chinese drama about a poor girl in at a rich college. It’s based on a Japanese manga, which is easy to tell based on the monologues the main girl has and her interactions with boys. I’m watching the entire first season on CrunchyRoll for free.

Playing: Etrian Odyssey

I started playing EO again to take a break from Final Fantasy CC My Life as a King because that was taking up way too much of my time. Unfortunately, EO is just as addictive and I can’t stop playing it once I start. Hopefully I can finish the first one before the 2nd game comes out later in June.

The first time I played the game, I noticed that I was always in need of money, but now I have a great strategy for earning money. I already had one Survivalist in my main exploring party, but I created three more. I then take those four Survivalists and a medic to the first floor of the dungeon and I max out the newly created Survivalists’ chop stats so they can chop loot in the two chopping spots in that dungeon. I can easily get 1000 in one day just doing that.

Reading: The Dictionary of Maqiao

I’m only starting this book, but so far I like it. It’s different in that instead of having one story to focus on, the book is a collection of entries about different Chinese phrases or words and how it relates to the people of the fictional town of Maqiao. It takes either during or after the Communist Revolution when most of the educated youths were sent to work in the fields.

Drinking: Boylan’s Birch Beer

It’s a bit like root beer, but with more bite and a bit more minty tasting. I don’t know if it’s because I don’t drink soda that often, so when I actually do, my taste buds are skewed, but this soda is delicious.