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Game Masters at The Fleet Science Center!

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Have you read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline yet?  I’m obsessed with everything RP1 because although it’s set in the near future, it heavily features the nostalgia of the 1980’s (not to mention, the audio book is narrated by Wil Wheaton).  In the book, I imagine that the OASIS game creator James Halliday’s collection of video game consoles and arcade games would have looked exactly like this new exhibition at Balboa Park’s Fleet Science Center, GAME MASTERS: The Exhibition.  I first heard about this exhibition on Good Morning San Diego on KUSI News from none other than Brad Perry.  After seeing just the arcade game portion of the segment, I knew I had to take the kids to see it.  I actually finished RP1 after I visited this fantastic exhibition, and I’m so glad I did because I learned so much about the game designers that I recognized exactly who Ernest Cline was referring to in many instances, including when he mentions Dave Theurer, creator of my all time favorite arcade game, Tempest.

GAME MASTERS is separated into three sections.  It starts off with “Arcade Heroes” showcasing arcade games from my childhood.  The “Game Changers” section features games and consoles that took video game playing to the next level.  Finally “Indies” highlights current games very familiar to my son and niece, like Angry Birds and of course, Minecraft.

Video game aficionados and fans of RP1 should definitely take advantage of visiting this amazing exhibition.  GAME MASTERS was developed by ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) and is open now through January 15, 2018.  Information about the Fleet Science Center, including hours and admission can be found here.

Cheers!


ACRADE HEROES

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Mei-Lin attempting to play Space Invaders

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My husband showing Dominic how it’s done! (Playing Elevator Action)

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There, in front of me, at the base of this long pillar of light, stood an old coin-operated arcade game.  I recognized its distinctive, angular cabinet immediately.  Tempest. Atari. 1980.

– Parzival, Ready Player One

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Your’s truly and Mei getting on the board!


GAME CHANGERS

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Dominic playing SIMS

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Mei-Lin…concentrating

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INDIES

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Playing Angry Birds on a touch-screen TV

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Having fun with Castle Crashers

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Not your typical game of “Air Hockey”

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The only other game I’m actually good at:  PaRappa the Rapper

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One of their all-time favorites:  MINECRAFT

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FTC Disclosure:  I received complementary passes to enjoy Game Masters: The Exhibition at The Fleet Science Center.  Although I did receive complementary passes, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

The Latest From LEGOLAND® – Splash Out to Summer 2017!

It’s getting hot here in San Diego, and what better way than to cool off at LEGOLAND’S® Water Park in Carlsbad!  A couple of months ago, my sister and I got to spend the day there with the kids to kick off their “Splash Out To Summer”.  In addition to the festivities, we also got to see behind the scenes during the construction of their newest attraction, Surfers’ Cove.  We captured all of the fun we had that day, and I’ll be sure to post when Surfers’ Cove officially opens!

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A very early morning at LEGOLAND®!

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While I stayed with the kids at the Water Park, my sister got to tour the area where Surfers’ Cove was being built.

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This area is near where the entrance would be to Surfers’ Cove and the blue platform area will become the Surfers’ Ride.  There will also be a Beach Street Taco stand, and we got the chance to sample what will be offered.  Pictured below is a delicious fish taco!

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A fun little gift pack; I’m excited to finally have a waterproof carrier for my phone!

(Most pictures taken by Rholnna Jiao & Cy Chen, unless otherwise noted)

 

Where The West Is Fun: The San Diego Country Fair 2017

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The beginning of June also signals an annual family tradition: The San Diego County Fair!  This year’s theme is “Where The West Is Fun”, but isn’t a fair always fun?  The sights, the sounds, the smells of The San Diego County Fair all let you know the start of the summer is here and it all just takes me back to when I attended the fair with my sister and parents, known as The Del Mar Fair when I was younger.  Now, my husband and I take Dominic every year because I want him to also grow up with the same wonderful memories of The San Diego County Fair.  We attended The Fair recently, and you still have time to enjoy all that The Fair has to offer.  It runs from June 2 to July 4, and all ticket information can be found here.  A way to save and get the best “bang for your buck” at The Fair would be to buy the “Passport to Savings” coupon book (either at The Fair or online), sponsored by Albertsons and Vons.  It’s only $5 and comes with a free San Diego County Fair admission return ticket ($18 value), plus one of the coupons is for a free Souvenir Cup with purchase from one of the food vendors, Fresh Pretzels.  The cup is refillable throughout the time of the fair, which is only $2.60 each refill!  We buy it every year because it’s filled with amazing savings at vendors all over The Fair, but hang on to it because the savings can be extended to outside The Fair to places like 7-Eleven, Broken Yolk and California Sock Company!

Cheers and happy trails!

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THINGS TO DO & THINGS TO BUY

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The Garden Show

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The O’Brien Stage

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There is plenty of entertainment at The Fair at various stages throughout the fairgrounds.  A full schedule of the remaining entertainment can be found here:

Entertainment at The San Diego County Fair

Bing Crosby Hall

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The Bing Crosby Hall is one of several exhibition halls, perfect for shopping for those uncommon goods!

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I’ve always wanted a nesting doll, and now I have one thanks to Russian Souvenirs!

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My newest pin and Dominic’s newest spinner


THE FUN ZONE

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Dominic’s absolute favorite ride, hands down.  My husband and son ride it every year!

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THE FOOD!

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All Dominic wanted was the waffle from Chicken Charlie’s, but Deon and I opted to use the Fresh Pretzels coupon to get some fabulous food and a souvenir cup!

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Of course I would buy a dessert involving cheesecake dipped in batter and fried!

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The last bite of the day:  Bacon wrapped deep fried jalapeno poppers!


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Dominic ending the day with the frog he won at The Fun Zone and a final drink from our refillable Souvenir Cup 

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Thank you San Diego County Fair for another wonderful season!  Until next year!

FTC Disclosure:  I received complementary media passes to enjoy the San Diego County Fair.  Although I did receive complementary passes, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

“Mangia Mangia” at Bongiorno’s Pizza in Poway Valley Center!

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Hometown eateries are always a great find because they’re like hidden gems.  My sister and I have been discovering fun places to eat up near where she lives in Rancho Bernardo, and Bongiorno’s Pizza in the Poway Valley Center is a tasty and affordable choice for Italian cuisine.  Our entire lunch meal, which included our main dishes with garlic knots, drinks and dessert only came to $29!  There were so many great choices, which solidifies a return trip with our families!

If you would like a great and affordable Italian dining experience, Bongiorno’s Pizza is located at 13332 Poway Road, Poway CA 92064 and they can be reached at (858) 679-3278.  They also do deliveries within 5 miles.  Cheers!

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Bongiorno’s has a cozy feel, with lots of pictures of New York.  Isn’t that pizza clock awesome?

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I had the spaghetti with meat sauce, and my sister had the baked ziti.  Both were really good, and we loved the garlic knots!

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“Leave the gun, take the cannoli…”

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This is absolutely one of the best deals at Bongiorno’s: the Dough Bites.  They are deep fried dough rolled in powdered sugar, and come in a small pizza box.  The entire box was only $4.99 and so great hot and right out of the box!

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FTC Disclosure:  I received compensation to patronize a business at Poway Valley Center.  Although I did receive compensation, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

(Most photos by Rholnna Jiao)

Modern Map Art: San Diego

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I have been working with my husband on enhancing our bedroom since we’ve been married.  He got a great start a couple of years ago when he decided to get all of our records in order by putting together shelving and created a wonderful wall space showcasing our love for music and travel.  London, Paris and New York are always represented, because it’s so easy to find murals, maps and cityscapes of those major international cities.  As much as I love those cities, especially London, I also adore my hometown of San Diego.

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This San Diego city street map by Modern Map Art is the perfect way to incorporate my city into our decor, without detracting from the simplicity my husband and I crave.  This print comes in four different colors, but this black & white version complements everything in our room, and I love that my hometown is beautifully represented.  Pictured is the 16×20 version, but they come in five different sizes from 8×10 to 24×36.  Modern Map Art has over 500 renderings of maps from all over the world, so I’m sure you can find one of your favorite city, or maybe for someone special as a gift.

Thank you Modern Map Art for the lovely print.  It holds a pride of place in our room!

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FTC Disclosure:  I received product in exchange for a product review for Modern Map Art.  Although I did receive product, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

Lunch With the Girls at Oggi’s in Rancho Carmel Plaza

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It’s not everyday that I get the chance to go out and spend an afternoon with my sister, Rholnna, and my niece, Mei-Lin, so it’s wonderful when that opportunity happens.  Since my sister’s family lives in Rancho Bernardo, I headed north a couple of weeks ago and we decided to eat at Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Co., located in Rancho Carmel Plaza in the Carmel Mountain Ranch area.  Oggi’s is a family spot that my husband, son and I like to frequent because of their delicious menu and sports bar surroundings.  I’ve watched quite a few San Diego Chargers games at Oggi’s!

I’ve always had their pizza, sticking with favorites like The Works or The Heavy Weight.  For this outing, I decided on the Prosciutto Mac & Cheese because I have this secret goal to try a “mac & cheese” dish at every restaurant that offers it!  I’m glad I strayed from my norm because this version was absolutely delicious.  The three-cheese blend elbow pasta, baked with crispy prosciutto, broccoli and crushed red peppers looked great in the menu description, and was even better on my plate.  I guess I’ve met my new favorite! My sister and niece both felt like pizza for lunch, but had different tastes in which ones they wanted, so it’s great that Oggi’s offers several sizes, including a personal size.  We had a fantastic time, but it’s easy when there’s great food in a fun atmosphere!

Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Co. is located at Rancho Carmel Plaza, 10155-10195 Rancho Carmel Drive, San Diego, CA 92128.

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Personal Size “Create Your Own” Pizza

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Kids’ Mini Cheese Pizza

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FTC Disclosure:  I received compensation to patronize a business at Rancho Carmel Plaza.  Although I did receive compensation, the opinions in this post are strictly my own.

(Photos by Rholnna Jiao and myself)

Get Your Stroll On!

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Last month, I attended a special blogger private preview party of Stroll’s new location!  I had a great time celebrating with owner Katie McCarthy and my fellow San Diego Style Bloggers!

Stroll is located in Little Italy and it’s a great new space that they share with Craftmossphere.  Prior to the brick & mortar shop, Katie used to own the fashion retail truck called Stop Shop and Roll (post featuring her truck here).  After trying out this venture for a year, she opened Stroll in its first location back in 2014.  At the end of September this year, Stroll re-opened in its new location, just a few blocks down, still on India Street.  I took a few pictures of the festivities, which included bites, sips and more importantly, shopping!  I bought a great new dress there, which will be perfect for fall, and I’ll be sure to put up an outfit post featuring it soon.

Be sure to head over to Stroll in their new location for some fantastic boutique shopping!

Stroll Boutique

2360 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101

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The new location is lovely, with everything on trend!

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The mules were made with an infused bourbon.  So delicious!

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I felt like a boho butterfly with these wings by Craftmossphere!

(Photo taken by Rhea of Sew Stylish Rhea)

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The first 10 bloggers received a fantastic gift bag, which had a beautiful plant from Craftmossphere (below)!

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Bloggers Gonna Blog:  It was great to celebrate with old & new blogger friends!

Left to right (top): Lindsay of Affordably Accessorized; Brittany of Pennies into Pearls; Ashley of Ash Poppe From Wear to Where; Nihan of Style with Nihan; Devon of Seventeen Dresses; Rhea of Sew Stylish Rhea; Lilia of Curls and Fashion

Left to right (bottom): Katie owner of Stroll; Gray of GILGU; Moi; Bel of Bunk Beds and Mascara

(Photo courtesy of Lindsay of Affordably Accessorized)