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The Latest From LEGOLAND®: Lego NINJAGO Days, Castle Hotel Progress & What’s Upcoming in 2018!

The Latest From Legoland

So much is happening at the LEGOLAND® California Resort in Carlsbad that I had to get my sister and photographer, Rholnna, to help capture it all.  Along with Brick or Treat (more information in a future post), here’s the lowdown on what’s happening at LEGOLAND® !


THE LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE LEGO NINJAGO Days

To celebrate the new LEGO® NINJAGO® MOVIE , you can Join your favorite ninjas – Lloyd, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Nya – by tapping into YOUR inner Ninja at LEGOLAND Parks LEGOLAND Discovery Centers!

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The LEGO® NINJAGO® Days Schedule

LEGOLAND Parks

LEGOLAND California Resort (Carlsbad, Calif.): Sept. 23-24

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dates

Arizona: 9/23-9/24, 9/30-10/1,10/7-10/8

Atlanta 10/7-10/9, 10/13-10/15

Boston 9/23-9/24, 9/30-10/1

Chicago 9/22-9/24, 9/30-10/1

Dallas 9/22-9/23, 9/29-10/1, 10/7-10/8

Kansas City 9/23-9/24, 9/30-10/1, 10/7-10/8

Michigan 9/23-9/24, 9/30-10/1

Philadelphia 9/22-9/24, 9/29-10/1

Westchester (Yonkers, N.Y.): 9/22-9/24, 9/29-10/1


CASTLE HOTEL PROGRESS

Earlier this year, Rholnna attended the ground breaking of the new Castle Hotel at LEGOLAND® .  She recently attended the press conference for what’s upcoming in 2018, so below is a combination of pictures from the ground breaking event back in January and the progress so far!

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LEGO® City Deep Sea Adventure

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At the press conference this month, the LEGO® City Deep Sea Adventure was introduced and Rholnna captured a few pictures announcing this exciting new upcoming ride!

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“LEGOLAND® California Resort’s General Manager Peter Ronchetti announced at today’s press conference that 2018 will be a year of enormous growth! In January, a new 4-D movie launches, followed by the opening of LEGOLAND® Castle Hotel in the spring and, just announced, LEGO® City Deep Sea Adventure submarine ride is opening in the summer! LEGO® City Deep Sea Adventure is Merlin Entertainment’s single largest investment in any LEGOLAND® Park and will take passengers aboard a real submarine where they will be submerged underwater and immersed in an ocean habitat.”

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(All photos from the Castle Hotel ground breaking and press conference taken by Rholnna Jiao)

Vocabulary Boutique’s Come Sail Away Event Recap

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At the beginning of August, I attended a fun event by Vocabulary Boutique.  It was a shopping event, with a capsule wardrobe curated by Conni of Art In The Find and Kali of In Spades along with boutique owner, Cecelia, who also celebrated the boutique’s 8th anniversary.  It truly was a unique event because although I have attended a few of their events in the past on location at the boutique, this one was on an Aolani Catamaran where we sipped, snacked and shopped while sailing the San Diego Bay!

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This cake was as delicious as it was beautiful!

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A pretty cocktail next to a cute mini-folding chair (I had to take a picture for perspective)

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I had a fun time shopping on board, and I’ll share the new earrings I bought in a blog post!

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Sharing sunshine and smiles with Kali (photo courtesy of Jenna of Lucky Little Mustardseed)

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With Allison of Fashion Week San Diego, Jenna, Kali and Conni (photos courtesy of Kali and Jenna)

Images from Comic-Con International 2017

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Each year, whether or not we actually get tickets to go inside, we visit the phenomenon that takes over Downtown San Diego: Comic-Con International.  Here are a few images from this year. Highlights: Meeting Funko Pop founder, Mike Becker, who autographed our Rosie The Robot set and videos from the NBC exhibit one of my new favorite shows, Midnight Texas.  Enjoy!

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Mike Becker, founder of Funko Pop!

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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!


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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.

Quick Wok: Tasty & Affordable Chinese Cuisine!

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During the summer, it’s always great when my sister and I can get together and take the kids out, especially since we have similar days off.  Earlier this month, we took the kids out for a fantastic lunch at Quick Wok, located in the Carmel Mountain area at Rancho Carmel Plaza.  The food was fast, delicious and the prices averaged at $10 or below, which made our lunch with drinks $35 for four people!

If you’re craving tasty Chinese cuisine at an affordable price, Quick Wok is located at 10175 Rancho Carmel Drive, San Diego, CA 92128 and they can be reached at (858) 592-7770.  If you’re in the area, you can also use Door Dash to have their full menu delivered to your door!

Cheers!

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Hot & Sour Soup

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The Sesame Chicken was amazing!

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My sister had the House Special Beef and she loved it! 

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The kids love dumplings, so each ordered the Fried Pot Stickers.  With a side of rice, it was a perfectly sized meal for each of them!

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Our entire meal as pictured, with four drinks came to $35! 

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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.

(All photos taken by Rholnna Jiao)

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)

 

On Birthdays, We Wear Pink!

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Before the month ends, I wanted to put up pictures of when my sister and I went out for my birthday earlier this month.  We both have Monday’s off, and my birthday was on May 8th, which fell on a Monday this year.  Since my husband was working and our son was in school, my sister and I went on a mini-adventure in the Irvine area.  I’ll split our trip up into two parts, which was what I wore, and what we ate!


Birthday Adventure 2017:  THE OUTFIT

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I bought two things from the Victoria Beckham for Target line:  The Blush Floral Jacquard Bomber Jacket and the Black Collared Dress, which I’ll be wearing in another outfit post (pictured above).  It was fitting that we visited the Hello Kitty Cafe on our way home, because pink was the order of the day, and who wears it better than Hello Kitty!  I wore the jacket very casually with black jeans and a white t-shirt, but jazzed it up a bit with a pom-pom necklace, metallic sneakers, and of course…pink pins!

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Outfit:  Blush Jacquard Bomber Jacket by Victoria Beckham for Target (no longer available online); The Cotton Box-Cut Pocket Tee by Everlane; Michael Kors purse (older, no longer available); Jeans and Leather Eyes Bag Tag by Madewell

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Pom-Pom necklace purchased at Vocabulary Boutique; Chic” pin by Pin Drop; “Just Another Tweenage Dirtbag” pin by Pretty Nobody Co.; “George Michael” pin by Bang-Up Betty

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Breakpoint Metallic Canvas sneakers by Converse


Birthday Adventure 2017:  THE FOOD

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Our food adventure began at Burntzilla (menu here) and ended at Stax Cookie Bar (we didn’t actually eat at Hello Kitty Cafe).

Burntzilla is a brick & mortar cafe, combining two of Orange County’s popular food trucks: Burnt Truck and Dogzilla.  We originally had other plans to visit a place that served specialty tater tots, but unfortunately it was closed on Mondays.  Since I was in the mood for tater tots in any form, I searched “tater tots Anaheim”, and Burntzilla came up (although the location is in the Irvine area).  I love a good slider, so the menu was appealing because it had different variations on sliders and mini-hot dogs.

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The folks at Burntzilla generously gave me a complimentary Golden Combo for my birthday!  The Golden Combo is a great deal because you can get two Sliders or Zillas (or one of each), with a soda and naked side.  Along with the tots, I had the Yaki Zilla (hot dog) and the Sloppy Joe Slider.  Both were amazing and the tots made my meal perfect!

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My sister also had the Golden Combo, but had the Dogzilla, Cheeseburger Slider and fries, since I had the tots.

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For dessert, we wanted something out of the ordinary.  On the fly, my sister hit the dessert jackpot in her search while we were literally on the road, and found Stax Cookie Bar, right across the street from UC Irvine.  Based on the pictures below, you’ll see why!

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This is the Smookie.  Stax has a variety of filled cookies to choose from, and you can top it any way you desire.  Since it was my birthday, I had the Snickerdoodle cookie (filled with Nutella) topped with birthday cake ice cream and caramel sauce.  I can’t even begin to describe how decadent it was!

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On the left is the Bacon Chocolate Chip Creamrito, which my sister attempted to get through.  The Creamrito is rolled ice cream wrapped around more ice cream and other yummy fillings.  This truly is a two-person dessert, and we do plan on coming back up and doing it justice because it was quite delicious.  On the right, is the famous “Waffle Shot” by Zia Valentina.  I had my first one at The Grove, but the one I had at Stax was espresso with ice cream at the bottom of the shot.  Yes, it was as good as it sounds!

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I had a great time on this mini-food adventure with my sister, who gifted me with several new pins, because well, she’s my sister and knows what I love!  Thank you Rholnna for spending my birthday with me, and here’s to more foodie adventures to come.  Cheers!