Journey to Bethlehem – hosted by Journey of Faith

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Every year during Christmas times, Journey of Faith church located in Manhattan Beach would put on a spectacular experience called Journey to Bethlehem. The church parking lot has been transformed into the town of Bethlehem and there the story of Jesus’ birth is told in a little stable in the townn. While standing in line to enter into the town of Bethlehem, you will greeted by Roman guards, towns people and local musicians. Continue reading »


Comikaze Expo – Los Angeles

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entranceMarvel comics, graphic novels, sci-fi, fantasy, gaming… all of these were foreign to me until I met my husband, a oober comic nerd! My son’s room is completely decorated with posters of Spider Man, Superman, Batman and sketches from comic artists. My 5 year old can recognize more comic book and sci-fi movie characters than he can the letters of the alphabet.

My husband loves going to the comic convention to expose Emanuel to the world of comics. Lucky me, I was invited to join the father-son activity this time around. To be honest, I was not thrilled to go at first, but I have to say I was pleasantly surprise. Continue reading »


Queen’s Bakery – Costa Mesa, CA

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entranceQueen’s Bakery
2950 Grace Lane
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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Girls, time to dress up and head over to Queen’s Bakery for tea time! Located in Costa Mesa, CA, is a brand new bakery where you can enjoy an afternoon tea with choice of salads, sandwiches and desserts. The little bakery has a lovely presentation with modern decor and fancy furniture.

My cousin and I visited the bakery because we had a “Tea for Two” coupon purchased through Travelzoo that included tea with scone, salad and a platter of sample sandwiches and dessert.  We tried two of the teas, I tried a herbal tea called “Berry Faire” and my cousin tried a green tea called “Cherry Rose”. We liked both the teas. The salad and the sampler platter were okay (not great). Continue reading »


Oasis Paradise Spa- Redondo Beach CA

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Business-cardThe last few years, foot massage or “reflexology” has become extremely popular because the price for a massage can range from $15 to $25 making it an inexpensive way to get some relaxation. A majority of the lower $ foot massage locations are in the chinese or vietnamese populated cities like Monterey Park, Alhambra, Garden Grove, but I’ve noticed that they are starting to pop up in other cities like Irvine, Torrance, Redondo Beach, Gardena and many more!

There is a real science behind foot massage where you can find certain reliefs when pressure points are massaged. Trained massage therapist are well versed in those pressure points. However, the lower priced massages usually just train their massage therapist on a specific routine of massage, not necessarily formal training. SO, that brings the question of whether it’s worth it to get massage by someone who is not property trained. WELL, for most people, the price justifies the service so they are happy with just some relaxation regardless of quality. Continue reading »


Abalone Cove, Rancho Palos Verdes CA

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abalone-coveThe tidepools at Abalone Cove is one of my favorite places when I was little. During low tide, the tide pool has abundant sea-life that lie visible which makes it so much fun for little ones. Sea anemones, starfish, sea snails, octopus, crabs, small fish and hermit crabs were among some sea animals we could see, simply by moving a rock.

Emanuel and I had just read a book on “Shellfish are not fish”, so I thought what an ideal timing to take him to the tidepool with me on Sunday. There is a $5 parking fee for parking and you are allowed to be in the lot until sundown.  You enter Shoreline Park, an open park area with a panoramic view of the Palos Verdes view. On a clear day, you can see straight across to Catalina Island. The you will approach a short hike down to the tidepool, but nothing that a 3 or 4 year old cannot handle. It’s quite an adventure to go down the hill and cross little bridges. Eman loved it!

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LA Galaxy v. Chivas U.S.A

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home-depot-center-viewBeautiful evening tonight and Felix was given 4 tickets to the LA Galaxy home game against the Chivas. Emanuel loves soccer so we were excited to see 2 LA teams in one night and the best part is, they were playing at the Home Depot Center close to our house.

I’ve never seen a live soccer game so I didn’t know what to expect. We paid $15 for parking and that got us in a lot by Cal State Dominguez Hills. It was a little walk to pick up our tickets at will call, but it was such a nice day I didn’t mind at all. Emanuel was excited seeing other kids walking toward the stadium and we were ready for our first game. Got into the stadium, got our over-priced kettle corn and water and we went to our seats.

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Town Square – Las Vegas, Nevada

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mapOne of the most exciting things about traveling is finding new places you’ve never seen before. On our way to our resort on Las Vegas Blvd. South, just 6 miles away from the Las Vegas strip was a large outdoor shopping plaza called Town Square.

Usually while you are at Vegas, there are the brand name stores on the strip for all the high rollers and then there are train rideoutlets on the out skirts of Vegas selling brand names for less. But Town Square has a wide variety of stores from brand names to casual shopping. Landscaped with palm trees (big and small) and cool misting machines spraying down from every walkway, you can peruse through all the casual retailers like Banana Republic, H&M, Old Navy, Victoria Secrets, Bath & Body Works, Hollister, Ann Tayler, Abercrombie and many more. If you are thirsty or hungry, walk in any direction and you’ll find your favorites like Brio, Ranch House (BBQ, just opened), California Pizza Kitchen, Lollicup, Wetzel Prezel, Claim Jumpers, etc.

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Jeff Civillico Show- Imperial Palace Theater Las Vegas, Nevada

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ticketTravelzoo.com’s weekly deals posted free Las Vegas show tickets for families. A little comedy and a little tricks sounds like a plan to me. We picked up our tickets at the box office at Imperial Palace for the Jeff Civillico show and we were told that it’s a great show for kids. There is a lot of action keeping the kids attentions. Continue reading »


Underwood Family Farm

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entranceOld McDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O is the tune so familiar to our little toddlers, but living in the suburban area of Torrance, CA, rarely do you really see a farm. Probably the closest we get is the local farmer’s market where the fresh fruits and vegetable travel a few hours in a truck to arrive at the market. So, in an effort to show Emanuel where our produce really come from, we went to a farm.

Nestled in Moorpark, CA, there is a large farm called “Underwood Family Farm.” Only 1 hour and 20 minutes from Torrance, CA, the drive was an easy drive from the 405N to the 118W. The farm is straight off the freeway and very easy to find. Upon arrival, you will pay a $3 per person entrance fee weekdays and $6 for weekends. You pay for what you pick and the prices of all the items are listed on the map and on a sign near each patch.  Then you’ll be directed to where you can pick up a little red wagon, plastic bags and containers to fill with the veggies and fruits of your choice.

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