I am appalled at how much I ate.

But in my defence, it is truly impossible to be healthy at the PNE: if it isn’t your wavering willpower that gets you, the dozens of tempting smells will for sure.

Yesterday I enjoyed, in total, Wiggle chips, funnel cake, samosas, kettle corn, a Carribean colada smoothie (my health-ish choice of the day), deep fried Oreos and of course, mini donuts.

To be fair, I shared all of these with my mom and sister. But I still don’t even want to think about the amount of calories that were in my share.

I hadn’t been to the PNE in years, and the food available at the fair is definitely part of the experience.

Besides eating (and sometimes while eating), I watched the President’s Choice Superdogs show and the PNE’s 100 Years of Fun, scoured the Marketplace and walked through the Container Art exhibit which was very cool.

My highlight of the day (not counting my mom’s discovery of deep fried Oreos), was the free Mariana’s Trench concert.

I’m sure thousands stood, sat and kneeled to hear the band play: luckily we had grabbed our bleacher seats four hours before the show.

The wait was worth it because the show was phenomenal, and the band’s talent exceptional.

And because we were there so early, we got to watch their sound check too.

All in all, it was a day well spent eating and rocking out.

I am now off to go exercise.

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For months I have been waiting for Lady Gaga to come to Vancouver.

I was unbelievably excited for the concert, but even as I was sitting in my seat at Roger’s Place, I had no idea I was about to be inducted into the Little Monster fan club and swept away by the superstar’s Fame Monster or her Madonna-like “liberation” phenomenon.

Gaga was in a whole other league compared to any other concert I’d seen.

Everything from her costumes, to the show’s intricate story line, to the outfits sported by her Little Monsters turned the concert into a 4D experience where the show didn’t just take place on stage, but throughout the entire arena: the fans were just as much a part of her show as her dancers and back-up singers.

And as a part of her show, I made sure to sing along to every one of her hits.

It was a surreal experience seeing the songs, known for their provocative music videos as well as their catchiness, performed live on stage.

It was also a nice surprise to see some variation in the dance sequences: in other words, the show wasn’t as “shocking” as her videos, but just as entertaining.

I can’t say enough good things about Gaga’s show, and even 16 hours after it ended, I’m still feeding off of her incessant energy.

But the show was phenomenal, and Lady Gaga is a talented singer, pianist and really connects with the audience.

As a newly inducted Little Monster, I can’t wait to see her the next time she comes to town.

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