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!

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Five Places for Unique Summer Treats in San Diego!

Here is my list of five places in San Diego that offer unique desserts!  These are all great selections when those hot summer days call for something cool and sweet! These are not listed in any particular order.
PC: Paleta FB So many choices!
Located in Bonita, there is a wide variety of different places. This is mainly a buy and go place, there is very little seating available. So you enjoy your treat in front of the store or in your car!  Unless you want to pack some dry ice in a cooler to bring to a party or back home!
PC: Halo Halo Website.  Mix Mix all the goodies in this Filipino Dessert!
The most recognizable of Filipino desserts - Halo Halo!  It is a shaved ice, condensed milk, ice cream topped dessert filled with all sorts of different items (beans, fruits, ube halaya and even leche flan if you like)  that is eaten with a spoon and then with a straw to sip up all the liquid goodness after.  You will have to save room for this after a meal.  Or replace your meal with this, lol! The rainbow colors will whet your appetite!
PC: Somi Somi FB Ah-Boong!
Korean soft serve served in a fish cone, like a soft waffle cone!  It's fun to watch the fish cones being made! So good after some kbbq!
PC: Up2You website  Green Tea Crepe Cake!

PC: Up2You website,  Honey Brick Toast!

Up2You is my type of place! The desserts can be shared and paired with a hot or cold beverage!  This is where social media / socializing is at its best! 
MNGO Cafe
Mango sweets, iced treats and coffees too!
Mangos are my favorite summer fruit, especially manila mangos! If you know someone who likes mangos, take them here! They offer so many different types of desserts! 
These are five unique spots in San Diego! Did I list your favorite place? Or did I miss one?  Where else do you recommend? Write a comment below!
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