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Spider-Man Far From Home Field Trip

Posted by on Oct 1, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We were guests of Sony for the day. Spider-Man Far From Home, the latest chapter in Spider-Man story will be released on DVD/BluRay on October 1st. The digital version of the movie went on sale on September 17. For the release of the Spider-Man movie, Sony provided us with a field day, exploring behind the scenes action for the movie. We were joined for the day by two of the actors from this amazing movie. Martin Starr (Mr. Harrington) and J.B. Smoove (Mr. Dell); and while it was very fun seeing all behind the scenes items, it was way more fun experiencing it with Martin Starr and J.B. Smoove. The two were full of energy and had great chemistry together. It was visible on the screen and it was absorbing off the screen. Our first stop was at The...

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The Dark Arts of Hogwarts Castle at Universal Studios

Posted by on Apr 26, 2019 in Events, Featured, Universal Studios Hollywood | 0 comments

Recently we were guests of Universal Studios Hollywood to watch the new show. Our entire family is major fans of Harry Potter, and visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood is one of the all-time favorite places to spend the day. When our family learned about The Dark Arts of Hogwarts Castle, we couldn’t wait to make plans to visit Universal Studios Hollywood. The minute that we stepped foot in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we were immersed in the magical world. Our first stop was to get a taste of the famous Butterbeer. Our family sipped on the refreshing drink while walking around the magical world. Then, we took a thrilling ride on the Flight of the Hippogriff. The magical creature took our family on an unforgettable flight high above Universal Studios Hollywood....

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Missing Link: A Laugh Out Loud Funny Movie For The Whole Family

Posted by on Apr 9, 2019 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

This post on the Missing Link is in partnership with United Artists Releasing The studio was kind enough to provide us with a bus to the movie theater location that was wrapped in Missing Link poster. It was an amazing ride under the stars of Los Angeles to our movie location. The movie includes an amazing cast of stars: Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana, Zach Galifianakis, Timothy Olyphant, David Walliams, Emma Thompson, Matt Lucas, Ching Valdes-Aran, Stephen Fry, Amrita Acharia. Missing Link was written and directed by Chris Butler. Missing Link is a claymation creation by Laika Studios; creator of such movies as Coraline, BoxTrolls and ParaNorman. This film is a bit more inclusive of the younger audience with brighter colors and characters. The story was developed by Writer/Director Chris Butler. He had been thinking about the story close to...

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Chronic Tacos Introduces Grass-Fed Carne Asada

Posted by on Dec 8, 2018 in Dining, Family | 0 comments

I was recently a guest at Chronic Tacos for a tasting of the new grass-fed Carne Asada. Upon entering the Chronic Taco restaurant I was greeted by the open, clean and bright location. Moving to the starting point to choose an item was difficult. The difficult choice of making a meal has now gotten more complicated. The usual taco, burrito, Bowl-Rito, quesadilla, sorta, Chronic Salad and Tostada Bowl options are now available with yet another protein. I decided to go with the tried and true and ordered the taco, burrito and tostada with the new Carne-Asada protein. The steak is kept in a secret marinade for 24 hours before being seared and seasoned on the open grill, allowing for the boldest flavor profile. “We constantly have our customers in mind and adding this grass-fed steak to our menu falls...

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Holiday Celebrations at Bluewater Grill in Newport Beach

Posted by on Nov 28, 2018 in Dining, Events | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue Earlier this week, we were guests of Bluewater Grill in Newport Beach, CA. The occasion was an early holiday date night complete with a Stuffed Lobster meal that is currently being offered at all the Bluewater Grill locations. The stuffed lobster is a favorite amongst the regulars at Bluewater Grill and is a New England Holiday Tradition. The lobster gets stuffed instead of the bird. This tradition was started by restaurants in the Boston area but has caught on this side of the coast. We arrived for our reservations and were immediately walked to our table. We chose inside seating, but the restaurant offers some great outside seating by the docks with great views of Newport harbor. As we took our seat, the freshly baked sourdough bread (unlimited for those of...

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SAJJ Mediterranean: Family Friendly Mediterranean Dining

Posted by on Nov 16, 2018 in Dining | 0 comments

We dined as a guest of the venue On Wednesday, we were guests of SAJJ Mediterranean restaurant in Irvine for family dinner. This is the second location for the fast growing SAJJ restaurant in Orange County (the other is located in Rancho Santa Margarita). We were surprised that we had not heard about the restaurant already. If a Mediterranean restaurant opens within a 100 mile radius of our house, we are first to know. We found out that the grand opening for the store is actually on November 30th! The restaurant is clean, modern and well lit all the necessary ingredients for a comfortable and casual experience with the kids. Immediately, I noticed all the available food options for us and forgot about the kids. However, my wife was kind enough to remind me to let the kids go...

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Disney’s Incredibles 2 Halloween Celebration

Posted by on Oct 31, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Disney On Saturday we were invited by the Walt Disney Studios to the Incredibles 2 DVD Release party. The movie will be available for purchase on Tuesday (November 6) although you can purchase it digitally through Movies Anywhere today. The party was held at the Walt Disney Studio Lot and was being hosted as a Halloween party / Release party. There were activities setup around the area to keep everyone busy during the entire event. From the moment you entered, you were greeted by not one but two photo opportunity locations. The first was a cute spider web we could pose with. The other option was Simple Booth GIF creator. With some handy signs it was easy to create one (let’s be real several) GIFs to share with friends and family. There were...

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Father and Son Night at The Nitro Circus

Posted by on Oct 16, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

On Saturday we were guests of Nitro Circus Tour at Anaheim Honda Center. While I was not familiar with the show, I took my son and his friend to see the show. I figured if the title of the show had Nitro in there, it would be fun. We arrived at the venue and even before the show officially started, the activities were underway. The pre-show included interviews with some of the cast members and highlights from previous shows. Nitro Circus has been put together by Travis Pastrana who is a professional motorsports competitor and stunt performer. Travis with his crew of stunt men and women are currently on the You Got This Tour. The show is built around a number of platforms that will aid the stunt team to do wild jumps and in turn, create an amazing...

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Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Posted by on Oct 12, 2018 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended the event as a guest of Sony Last weekend, we were guests of Sony Pictures for the premiere of Goosebumps 2 Haunted Halloween Movie. The movie will debut in theaters today. The movie is rated PG. Before the movie premiere Sony Pictures had a Halloween Party in theme with the movie. The party included carnival games and prizes, food and treats spread around the party zone. Additionally, they had an activity center for the kids that was fun for adults too. The activity zone had pumpkin carving or decoration. Kids had the option of decorating a pumpkin or carving it and planting a succulent in their pumpkin. After the party, we were guided to the movie theater for the premier of Goosebumps 2 movie. The story begins as we see Sarah Quinn (Madison Iseman) is struggling with...

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It’s All About Girl Power in Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Disney, Entertainment, Film, Television Shows | 0 comments

We attended an event as a guest of Disney Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors starts with an active character Ms. Marvel, from the get go. Ms. Marvel / Kamala Khan runs into her bedroom after one can deduce is a busy night fighting crime. Moments later she is awoken by her alarm clark and has to go to school. Along the way, she has to hide her costume and love of super heroes from her mom. From the first scene we know that this is not your typical super hero movie. Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors story is focused around a number of female super heroes who are learning about their new powers and capabilities. The show highlights girl power while ensuring the story is fast paced, humorous, full of action and has learning moments. Best part includes the killer sound...

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Hits Theaters Today!

Posted by on May 26, 2017 in Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

We attended the screening as a guest of Disney When I first heard that the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean would be coming to theaters, I was a bit surprised.  It had been a number of years (6 to be exact) that we last saw a Pirates movie.  My son was very excited as this would be the first Pirates movie he would be old enough to see in theaters.  I was a bit more hesitant.  After all, they have had four other movies out there.  What will episode 5 bring for us? And so this past Friday, we as a family caught a preview of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Our favorite pirate, Jack Sparrow, returns to the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean. Joining him is the frenemy Geoffrey Rush...

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Interview with the Cast of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Disney, Entertainment, Featured, Film | 0 comments

I attended the interviews as a guest of Disney. The Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth installment in the Pirates of The Caribbean Story will be released in theaters this Friday, May 26th.  The origins of the movie series goes back to the Disney ride of the same name and frankly my favorite ride of the park. One of the most enduring characters that have come to the movie screens in the past 14 years has been the portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow by Johnny Depp.  Not to mention the supporting characters played by some the Hollywood elite Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightly, Geoffrey Rush and joining the cast this time around Javier Bardem. I had an incredible opportunity to spend time with some of the cast this past weekend and interviewed them about the...

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The Wizard of Oz at The Laguna Beach Playhouse

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Entertainment, Theatre | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue On Saturday my daughter and I had an afternoon theater date at the Laguna Beach Playhouse.  The show was Wizard of Oz and was brought to life by a marvelous group of actors. The play is based on the famous movie and follows Dorothy’s travels through the Land of Oz. If you have never seen a play at the Laguna Beach Playhouse, you must attend a show at least once.  The location is cozy and every seat has a great view of the stage.  Before the show the courtyard has some activities, with the lobby inside serving drinks and snacks.  The shows tend to offer meet and greet with the cast after the show. For our show the lobby offered raffle prize of a beach bike (super cool yellow beach cruiser and...

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Family’s First Time Experiencing Disney on Ice

Posted by on May 1, 2017 in Disney, Events | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue For years, it was my intention to take the kids to Disney On Ice show. And while my intentions were clear, by the time I would find out about the show the event was sold out.  Then finally, like magic (perhaps with a little Disney fairy dust sprinkled on it), I managed to get Disney On Ice tickets at the Long Beach Arena.  Oh, but the magic did not end there!  You ask how?  My daughter’s birthday happened to be a few days before the show.  We informed her that we would have the usual party for her birthday, but a nice surprise is waiting for her a few days later.  Why not right after the party?  It is because I wanted her to appreciate both events individually.  The logic seemed...

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Storymakery: a Perfect Daddy/Daughter Night Out

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Education, Hot Topics, Shopping | 0 comments

We visited as a guest of the venue One of the activities my wife and I like to do from time to time is spend an evening with each child one on one.  With that in mind on Friday night, my daughter and I had a planned activity. Trying to figure out an activity that is fun, educational and unique was my focus for the week prior to our night out. Fortunately for me, I was given an opportunity to visit Storymakery at Irvine Spectrum. While I was not fully familiar with the store, the evening’s plan was very intriguing.The activity would start by local author, Jeannie Fung reading her book (Hawaii) and then answering some questions. After that, the kids would each write their own stories and get it published. I thought that ending the evening with a...

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A Special Pen for my Superhero

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Father's Day, Shopping | 0 comments

Sponsored My love affair with pens started many years ago, when I was 11 years old. My father gave me my first pen set that was not disposable. It was a Cross pen and pencil silver set that he had gotten me for my birthday. I loved that set so much, it took me several months to just take it out of the box.  But I used it on daily basis (at home), as I was too afraid to take it to school. At the time, my father presented the pen set to me, he explained that my grandfather had also given him his first nice pen set when he was 11. Apparently this was some sort of a family tradition. The pen gifts did not stop when I passed the age of 11; they reappeared when I graduated from High...

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Daddy and Daughter Date Night at Images Luxury Nail Lounge

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Beauty, Family, Fashion | 0 comments

Beginning of the year has a higher workload for me.  As such, I try to put aside time to spend with the kids.  As part of that, I like to spend one on one time with each of them, that way I can ask them questions without the other jumping in with their response. Spending time with my son is pretty easy; we go to the comic book store, and then we catch a burger.  But with my daughter, I was having a harder time figuring out an activity that would entertain both of us.  She was not into comics.  So I asked her, what she likes to do.  Her immediate response was manicure and pedicure (or as she likes to say “Mani and Pedi”). Now, that was not an answer I was expecting. I thought this is something...

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The Richard Petty Driving Experience in Las Vegas

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Autos, Featured, Las Vegas, Travel | 1 comment

My heart is pounding.  I can barely contain myself.  I am literally inches away from a NASCAR vehicle and a track to drive it on.  My jumpsuit and helmet are making me feel like the real pro, but my inexperience shows as they ask me to jump in the car.  Wait the car has no doors, so how do I get in? Lift left leg first through the opening for the window… oy, I should have stretched. Let me go back a few weeks.  In November we made plans to visit Las Vegas, by now a family tradition of visiting the oasis in the desert.  The intention is to go visit my wife’s cousin and her daughter that live there; but we manage to squeeze in one unique experience each time.  Each experience till now has been meticulously researched...

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Father and Son Fun at Marvel Universe Live

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Events | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Feld I came home one day from work only to find my wife and son excitedly waiting for me.  When the wife is waiting for you by the garage door; you immediately think of all the things you were supposed to do and have not done. Moment of panic hit me as I was trying to figure out what to apologize for.  However, since my son was also waiting for me – there was an external factor out there that I could not think of.  After pulling into the garage and greeting the family; I casually asked what was up. Ready and armed with a long list of apologies (You don’t want to go over board or the wife will know you are not really sorry).  I was told that we had two...

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Family, Shopping | 1 comment

Choosing a Father’s Day gift can be a difficult task. I mean how many ties can you purchase for dad? And did you know that the most collect calls during the year happen on Father’s day? Here I try to offer a few suggestions regarding a gift for him in our Father’s Day gift guide. Now the perfect gift needs to match your hubby’s preferences, I tried to offer some suggestions based on major interest groups. Technology Enthusiastic Dad: To find a gift for gadget loving dad has never been easier! There are new tech toys coming to market on daily basis. Here are top five recommendations: 1. Amazon Fire TV (Link: ) $99. Why we chose this TV streaming device? With the Amazon Prime subscription ($99/year) you can have access to vast library of Amazon shows, TV...

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Disneyland Rock Your Disney Side 24 Hour Party

Posted by on May 21, 2014 in Disney, Events, Theme Parks | 0 comments

Once a year Disney opens the doors to Disneyland will not close it at the usual time. On May 23rd thru May 24th Disneyland and California Adventures will be open 24 hours straight. The Disney fans can enjoy not only the “Rock Your Disney Side” party this year, but also enjoy some unique treats along the way. First, let’s discuss the basics. Disneyland will begin the party at 6:00 AM on Friday May 23 and it will end at 6:00 AM on Saturday May 24. During the fun filled extravaganza event you can dress up and party on with characters (Heroes and villains alike), eat some unique food and ride the beloved attractions. Rides: Per Disney “select” rides will be available during the event. Currently Alice in Wonderland is closed for refurbishment, finding Nemo Submarine Voyage is also closed....

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OC Dad Dedicated to Getting Fit

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

The second half of my adventures at the Renaissance Club Sport during first week was more focused on all the amenities the place offers. They are more than a gym, I would say. There are lots of things that add up to a big bonus. First there are the facilities besides the gym section – the locker room comes with steam room and hot sauna and Jacuzzi. Once you are done with those activities you can take a shower in one of the luxury showers and change. After leaving the locker room, head over to the Citrus Express. They have approved meals, snacks, and smoothies for post work out refueling. All menu items are approved by the trainers and will provide you with the necessary energy. Now, one thing I noticed while working out, there are quite a few...

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OC Dad Dedicated to Getting Fit at Renaissance Club Sport Aliso Viejo

Posted by on Apr 5, 2014 in Family, Fitness, Health | 0 comments

The OC Mom Blog supports the RCSAV The hardest part of reaching a goal is to understand the end. When I started my MBA program, on our first day of orientation our Dean of school wrote down a date. It was three years into the future, and he explained that it was our graduation date. It would make it easier when things get a little tough. With that mindset I started my new road to losing 20 pounds. I have been working out on and off for the past two years with little success. First six months I did manage to lose about 5 pounds but I hit a plateau and didn’t know how to get out of it. Eventually it was a losing battle. Not this around – that is my new motto. I started my new journey...

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Creating Family Memories at Monster Jam

Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 in Events, Family, Featured | 0 comments

We attended as a guest of Monster Jam I first came to hear about Monster Truck shows back in 1985 when we moved to the United States.  At the time, I didn’t know much about the culture here in Southern California, but the Monster trucks provide a universal appeal to any teenage boy. Unfortunately, I never made it to one of those shows.  Many years later, my wife informed me that we had tickets to Saturday night’s Monster Jam!  Imagine my surprise to hear we were going to see this show – I have to admit that I didn’t think it appealed to me anymore, but my son (who is 8) was over the moon. Saturday night as we walked into the Angel’s Stadium we could feel the excitement of the crowd. The show hadn’t begun but people were...

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