Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood is iconic. I haven’t been there since I was a kid, so it was great to recently visit the theme park. Here are some of the highlights from my time there: WaterWorld I really enjoyed this show, loaded with stunts and explosions. Since I also sat in the “Soak Zone,” I got sprayed a lot. (Tip: The extra refreshing even starts pre-show.) Tram Tour Of course, I saw the back lot. Beyond the thrilling tram troubles, I liked seeing the various props used in … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: UCLA Extension Building

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Foodie Friday: Obanyaki

Obanyaki: mini stuffed pancakes These puffed-up Japanese pancakes open up to reveal delicious interiors. Custard or red bean paste is often used as a filling inside the round treats. They're quite similar to taiyaki, except without the stylized fish shape. Though they're often eaten for dessert, tweaked recipes make them more savory by inserting meat, vegetables, or curry. Want to see how they're cooked? Fun fact: They're named after the Oban coin. … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: Wedding Dog

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#BookReview: My Sister, the Serial Killer

5 stars Genre: Humorous crime fiction My Sister, the Serial Killer Pros: Funny; dark humorPlenty of great Nigerian referencesWildly original Cons: Entertaining; had me flipping the pagesUnusual ending that didn’t quite meet my expectationsSome loose ends left dangling, particularly regarding the backstory This book totally blew me away. It feels like poetry jumping off the pages.  First off, I loved the idea of the sister relationship as it involves murders. … [Read more...]

Foodie Friday: Lychee Ice

Lychee ice: slushie drink made with lychee fruit I’m clinging onto the last days of summer and fighting off the heat with cool drinks like this. Lychee is one of my favorite fruits (although I do prefer the similar-tasting longan more). Supposedly, you shouldn’t eat too many lychees at a time. I grew up categorizing Chinese foods into warm, cool, and neutral. The lychee fruit is warming. When overeaten, it can cause negative side effects—like nosebleeds. I haven’t experienced that … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: Jack Rabbit Statue

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Joshua Tree

Who’s crazy enough to camp in a desert during the hot summer? Me, that’s who! In order to see the Perseid meteor shower (which occurs between July 17 and August 24), I ventured away from the city lights and into the desert. A quick getaway to nearby Joshua Tree National Park ended up being loads of fun. During the day, temperatures can soar above 100 degrees, so I opted to cool down inside the Palm Springs Art Museum (Palm Desert location). They had an exhibit on figures, and these were … [Read more...]

Wordless Wednesday: Famous Cats

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Foodie Friday: Ube Soft Serve

Ube soft serve: purple yam ice cream When it gets hot during the summer, I turn to cool things. And what's cooler than an amazingly bright purple ice cream? Yep, it's ube soft serve. Ube is a type of root vegetable (chock-full of vitamin C, thank you very much). As expected, it tastes earthy, much like sweet potato and taro. The brilliant thing (I couldn't resist) about ube is its lovely color! The hue just makes you smile. A lot of Filipino desserts will incorporate ube in their … [Read more...]