• Friends,  Restaurants

    The Juniors

    With so many friends having kids in tow, i’ve been spending a lot of time with the under 4 foot crowd. Sunday afternoon Joy and I went on our morning run at the beach to work off the buffet dinner from the night before. Afterwards i wanted to check out Jonathan’s new fence and dropped by their house. Janelle had to go study so Jonathan spent the rest of the afternoon with us going to Thai Lai for some Pho. The day was nice and hot so we invited them over to our place to take a dip in the pool. While Noah is still pretty hesitant about getting his…

  • Travels

    Wild World of San Diego

    For Joy’s mom’s birthday we decided to drive down to San Diego for the day and head back through Temecula to have a Lobster Buffet at Valley View Casino. We started the day out by having breakfast at King’s Hawaiian The Local Place for some delicious spam. I had a Hawaiian Breakfast Burrito that had Spam, Fried Rice, and Eggs which awesome, while Joy had the Spam Musubi with Egg. After filling up with food we drove straight down to Coronado Island which i’ve never been to, but have heard about for some time. As we drove over the bridge to get to the Island from downtown San Diego we…

  • Movies

    Goodbye Batman, Hello Catwoman!

    The final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman series comes to the conclusion with Batman The Dark Knight Rises. This movie falls probably as my second favorite after The Dark Knight with Heath Ledger’s awesome performance as the Joker, which made me tighten the grip on the seat when he came on screen. This movie was well done but created too many holes which made me think less about the plots in the story, but more the things left unsaid to get to the plots. Time passes by which you would assume would be days, ended up being months, characters come and go without a sense of depth in their history.…

  • Travels

    Bonjour to Buongiorno

    Eurotrip 2012 has officially been booked. So after years of talking about taking a trip to Europe we finally found the time to go. As much as i would have loved to take a month to take the Eurail from country to country we just didn’t have that much vacation time and money honestly to do it. We had 10 days to fill up and filling huge chunks of time on a train didn’t seem worth it. We chose the two most important destinations for us which ended up being Paris and Italy. The itinerary ended up being leaving LAX on wednesday evening and arriving in Paris on Thursday evening. Sunday we fly from Paris to…

  • Weddings

    May & Tony’s Wedding

    I thought i was pretty much done with weddings since all my friends (minus Roland) are married and most of Joy’s friends married too. Who knew that the friends we’ve made in the past couple years would invite us to their wedding too. We met May and Tony through Emily just a couple years ago, and i guess we really bonded over some good nights of partying, and gorging on Boiling Crab. Their wedding took place at the Altadena Country Club which is a new one for me and a very nice location for a ceremony and reception in one place. The wedding was in the morning and a pretty…

  • Chapters

    Weekendary

    Weekends have changed from lots of eating and drinking to just eating with friends and family. This past Saturday Joy had to take her parents to run some errands so I met up with Jonathan and Noah to see if Noah was really interested in golf or not. Jonathan is the most knowledgable when it comes to golf so i had to share my knowledge with both of them. Of course this meant i was basically had to keep Noah from hitting the grass with his club, and not run into the path of backswings on the range. Pretty sure i destroyed any enjoyment that he thought about golf. Sunday…

  • Chapters

    Beachy 4th of July

    Any holiday that falls on a Wednesday is the worst possible day to do so. Its right in the middle of the week so you can’t make a long weekend out of it, and it also means that i had nothing planned for the day. Joy’s cousins typically always head down to Huntington Beach to play volleyball and eat at Sushi on Fire but this year a lot of the roads were closed so i told them just to go to Manhattan Beach instead. With Joy working in the morning, they came by to pick me up, and got down to the gloomy beach by 9:30am to find a good spot…

  • Chapters

    (Cloudy) Full Moon Hike & Wine

    I readily admit that i like Facebook’s public sharing of activities. I’m a man that loves information and knowing what’s going on with friends and family’s going ons. This past week i noticed that my old disney co-worker current LA Times writer Esme joined a evening hike and thought it looked fun and joined in on the event. The Paseo Miramar trail to Parker Mesa overlook is out in the Pacific Palisades up at the top of some secluded neighborhood. The trail is 2.5 miles straight up that suppose to lead to an area that looks out to the ocean, but it was overcast all day, and we ended up hiking deeper…

  • Disneyland

    Glow with the Show

    A few weeks ago when my parents went to California Adventures they got a note from on of the FastPass machines telling them to register for a Glow with the Show event for annual pass holders. Initially we had no idea what it was all about, but after a little googling we found out its all about their new light up ears.  These new Mickey ears light up to different colors and at specific shows will sync together to create a show all on their own. We got there before 10:30pm and wait for about an hour in the back of the park until the last World of Color show finished…

  • Disneyland

    Morning drive to Cars Land

    I’m sure not a kid anymore. Waking up before 6:30am for a trip to Disneyland used to be the easiest thing to do as a kid. Now i’m thinking of excuses to keep me in bed. None the less, with our early entry pass to California Adventures we got to check out Cars Land before the crowds got into the park. And just as a warning don’t watch the videos if you don’t want to know how the rides are. The new Land is really well done and it makes you feel like you stepped into the movie. From Mater’s Junk Yard to Flo’s v8 cafe, all the little details…

  • Disneyland

    Mad T Paaaarty

    The party continues at California Adventures even with the closure of elecTRONica with the new fun of the Mad T Party. Gone is the techno music and in with the rock music. A big stage replaces the circle DJ booth, and a high pitched Mad Hatter and pretty cute Punk Rock Alice take stage for some classic white people music (Bon Jovi), and a few modern hits too. Its pretty strange to see long lines at the alcohol booths and kids on shoulder right up against the stage. Another stage area occupies the opposite side fo the backlot and Flynn’s Arcade also changed to a Alice and Wonderland themed games.  

  • Chapters

    Vegas, Vegas

    The one thing we knew that we were going to do when Joy’s parents came back from Thailand was go to Las Vegas. We just happened to decide to go this pass weekend because we didn’t want to wait for fear of the weather being too unbearable, but i’m not sure if going in 105° was any better. I rented a van through hotwire.com and ended up getting Hertz (which sucked) but nevertheless was fine. We picked up my parents on Saturday morning and made it up to Vegas in little over 4 hours even with two pitstops in Barstow, and the border. We started off getting some Asian BBQ…