Sunday, September 25, 2022

Top Five Reasons to Disney Cruise!

We recently came back from our sixth Disney Cruise on the Wonder.  Here are my top five reasons to Disney Cruise!

1.  The Characters!

On a Disney cruise, especially on one of the smaller boats, you have a greater chance of reducing your wait time to meet a character and increasing the amount of time you get to spend with them! Take a picture with them, talk to them, and interact! Priceless memories for Disney fans of all ages!

Chip and Dale

Princess Tiana

Stitch

Snow White, Ariel, and Cinderella


Sorcerer Mickey

2. The Food! 

Let's admit it, most people love cruising for the 24/7 fantastic food available! As a foodie, the high end entrees and especially the desserts are incredible!   Fast casual counter service and room service also is available!

Truffle pasta purseilles, Beef Tenderloin, Sticky toffee pudding, mango cheesecake, chocolate walnut mousse cake

Charcuterie, tuna tartar, mushroom pasta, lobster salad

Pastries and desserts at Cove Cave

Pecan tart

Cookies and Cream cake

3. The Service!

Disney is a brand known for making family memories! All of that is in making sure they meet and exceed your expectations!  EVERYONE is super friendly and will try to accommodate any of your requests!  We have enjoyed exceptional service by our housekeeping and restaurant staff! Always a tidy room when you come back even from being away just for a short while!  Love the chocolate and towel/blanket animals as part of the turn down service.  Our Filipino server Roman indulged us with a Filipino dish of chicken/pork adobo and garlic rice during one of our dinners too! Disney has rotational dining for dinner at their three sit down restaurants. Your serving staff stays with you at the different restaurants.  They get to know you pretty well! What you like to drink! I had my hot tea with lemon and honey ready when we would arrive. Want something from the kids' menu instead? You got it!  They knew that I liked to order a dessert sampler too. One of everything please!  All of them are contract employees that depend a lot on gratuities. We make sure we acknowledge their efforts through a hopefully generous tip at the end of the cruise.

Dragon

Sea turtle

Our Servers!

Mickey Waffles from the kids menu, even if I'm 50+!

Custom Filipino Adobo made especially for us!

Dessert sampler!

4.  The Entertainment!

Disney entertainment is unmatched! Their nightly shows are masterpieces! No filming or photographing allowed so I don't have pictures to show of the productions.  However, I do have some pictures of their other activities available!  They usually have a performance a dinner time, on the deck as well at night and some specialty classes! Our family attended the napkin folding class, a culinary demonstration, we played bingo and some trivia games with prizes awarded for the winners!   Of course the pool and specialty clubs are available for the little ones and tweens.


Show at Tiana's during dinner!

"Frozen" performance on the deck at night!

Mixology class

For adults only
Broadway Guest Artist presentation!

Culinary demonstration

Napkin folding class

5. The ship is beautiful!
We have stayed in rooms with verandahs the last two or three cruises and I don't think I can do without a verandah now! I love watching and listening to the water!  All of the ships are well appointed and they take great care in maintenance and keeping things looking good as new!  Lots of places to enjoy on the ship!
Our connecting verandahs

Our stateroom can sleep four! The couch converts and there is a pull down bed from the ceiling!

Spa

One of three shower experiences

Adult zone at night
Deck to relax!
Beautiful sunset on the sea

There are so many other benefits to a Disney Cruise, I can go on and on, but these are my top five reasons! They are other lines that are more affordable, but for me Disney is the best! The food and shows alone are worth their value! I plan to continue Disney Cruising into my golden years! Thanks for reading! 

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Jo Koy's "Easter Sunday", a film about Filipino-American representation!

 

This weekend my family and I watched "Easter Sunday" a film featuring a Filipino-American cast starring popular comedian Jo Koy. I was so excited to watch it on opening weekend, I took my 79 year-old Mom and my 16 year-old son to watch it with me and my husband. Other family members joined us at the theater as well. Why? Because this was the first film backed by major studios Universal Pictures and Dreamworks, and Hollywood behemoth, Steven Spielberg. You may remember another Filipino-American film, "The Debut" that came out in 2000 and was also shown in theaters nation-wide, but that was due to the grassroots efforts of fundraising and publicity by the director and cast. It has taken twenty plus years since then for Hollywood to greenlight a Filipino-American film, a huge acknowledgement in the industry.

I wanted all three generations of my family to see a Filipino-American family on the big screen. For an hour and a half, we watched a Filipino family cope with their financial problems, family relationships, particularly the fear of not being "good enough" as a mom, as a son, as a dad. My mom identified with the grandmother character, I identified with Jo Koy and his generation of cousins and my son connected with the son character in the movie. The film wasn't created to win an Oscar, but all three of us laughed throughout the film. It is a comedy after all. The studio played it safe and made the film on a pretty lean budget by Hollywood standards and although the numbers were not what I hoped they would be for an opening weekend of a major film, it is most definitely progress. I wish to share more moments like this in my lifetime with my family.

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Yurts and More at the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Campground!

 

This little hidden gem is located right at the U.S.-Mexico border!  If you want a quiet getaway and a different experience, this might be up your alley!

It feels like you are out in the wild, barren, desert! There are hiking trails too!
The best parts of this newish campground are the yurts!!
Rules and other information!
The yurts can sleep up to six with a dining table inside.
Two sets of bunk beds on both sides and some sitting chairs as well.
Right outside of each yurt is a bench and a fire ring.
The fire ring has a side grill to hold a pot, pan, or something in foil!
Restrooms are in the main check-in building.  Very spacious and clean!
Lots of activities to keep the young ones busy.  This is a plank bridge.
Here is a teeter totter.

Little trails to go through and even a small climbing tree trunk!
A cool gathering place for a meeting, sing-along, or group activity.
Another one with logs for seating!

I think this would be perfect for a family and friends getaway, a youth group or young people outing!  In addition to the yurts, they are also 51 RV campsites, but be forewarned there are no hookups.  Check out more information on the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Campground website.  

As a bonus, there is the nearby Border Field State Park to enjoy the ocean breeze and view! Campers can walk here from the campground!
There is a $7 cost per vehicle to enter.
The Tijuana bullfight ring is within site as well as the border wall/gate!
It is interesting to see vacationers at the resort on the Mexico side! So close to another country!
What a view! There are picnic areas, barbecues, and restrooms available too! Another hidden gem in South San Diego!
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