Wave Gotik Treffen, Prague & Berlin Goth travel guides. Tokyo Japan bagelheads gone viral. Part 2 of 2012.

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As we approach the New Year, let’s reflect on the second half of 2012. One of my favorite moments was doing this professional photoshoot, involving latex feather dresses and sugar skull makeup, with my talented Vancouver team. The images were published in Sugar Heart, and Gothic Beauty Magazine — a total honor. (More images and full credits here.)

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I also did a pro shoot with a blow-up bear, in a potato field…

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… and it ended up making the cover of Vanity Magazine! I blogged more of these Goth modeling photos.

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I got to cross off a “bucket list” travel destination, thanks to Go With Oh. The wonderful apartment rental company sent me to Wave Gotik Treffen, the largest Gothic festival in the world. I also explored Prague with Rock n Roll Bride, and Berlin with Yukiro, DJ SiSEN, G-sus and spooky friends. View our adventures in my Germany Goth travel guide.

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After Europe came Asia. I spoke on the fashion blogger’s panel at Hong Kong Social Media Week. It was great to see family and John Skeleton, and do some hardcore shopping — especially at the Hello Kitty shop. See more of my favorite Hong Kong stores.

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In between, I hopped around the USA. I was Guest of Honor at Animegacon in Las Vegas. Spoke at PRSA Travel & Tourism conference in Ohio. Flew to New York City to be a guest on Discovery TV’s Oddities (my appearance will air early next year). Did some heavy pre-Halloween partying in Los Angeles, and hosted Gothic club night Bar Sinister with Amazing Race’s Kent Kaliber.

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I’ve been writing about Tokyo bagelheads for years, and nobody paid much notice. But then, my Tokyo TV company worked on National Geographic’s “Taboo” episode about saline forehead inflation, and the extreme body mod went viral! I even flew to LA to be on “The Doctors” talk show, where I discussed bagel heads and deflated misunderstandings about body mods.

What a colorful year! What’s coming up in 2013? More TV work and global travels (stay tuned to see where I go next). I’ve just completed a press trip to Phoenix, and will be in Tokyo to appear in a documentary. And I’ll be in a warm destination this January… announcement to come.

Above is a compilation of my television presenting clips; full videos are on my La Carmina bio page. PS: thank you to Hostelbookers for interviewing me about my life of travel blogging and cat-craziness.

Do you have any goals for the New Year? What do you hope to accomplish or improve? Any “bucket list” items you’re determined to cross off? Here’s to a grandiose 2013!

  • Katy

    Omg loves!

  • Jennifer

    One of my favorites to date!!! You are quite the lil muse

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      xoxo

  • Jenni

    <3

  • http://twitter.com/Dravarious Yukiro Dravarious

    I always have the same resolutions! To make the new year more supreme than the last! XD

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      Muahah YES!

  • wendy

    rworrr

  • John

    Good times!

  • Vanessa

    Yay yay!!!! Meeting you and being part of it was a highlight of my year!!!
    I will be in Japan in 2013!!
    Hope to see you again!!!!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      YES!!

  • http://beyondeternal.com Euri

    OMG! You’re so cute! <3

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      you are!!!!

  • Jen

    My goal is to see the world, meet people, discover things, and improve myself.

  • Andres

    happy new year to you ♫

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      and to you!

  • John

    Good times!

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      Yarrr

  • http://www.facebook.com/mikethefreak Michael Junior Harrison

    I will so love to work under you I will even cross dress if I get pay for it just to be in Japan and get myself a Japanese girlfriend who can accept my other side of me. That I don’t use much even on Facebook that is noughty but control. I will also be your test rat for you with things.

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      xo

  • Lilin

    Very nice 2012 there :)

    • http://www.lacarmina.com/blog lacarmina

      thanks!

  • Stuart

    Always make my day..

  • Astrud

    hello miss. Its my vday today. Please greet me :) kissu!

  • Netty

    Kawaii :)

  • liiitza.blogspot.com

    Great blog!

  • Carlos

    Thanks so much for joining us, especially on your birthday

  • Margie

    Looking forward to more La Carmina adventures in 2013!!

  • Sakura

    Happy New Year 2013