Reviving the Love for Movie Watching in Theaters – Showplace ICON Theatres

It’s been awhile since we’ve gone to the movies.  When my husband and I were still dating, our favorite thing to do was see a movie.  Since getting married, we hardly ever go and when we do, it’s usually for blockbuster hits like Avengers, Thor, or even Star Wars.  I think in general, movie-going has waned for us because prices have gone up exponentially despite the same movie-going experience. That is until the reclining seats came into the mix.  I’m lucky to live by 2 theaters offering such an amenity, and it seems reclining seats are becoming a standard, at least here in the Bay.  But now the new theater in town, called Showplace ICON, boasts of reclining seats with a heat warming option.  Yes folks, heat warming!  I just love the innovation happening right now.  I mean thank you to whoever allowed such a neat feature to be put in place, because usually I’m cold in the theaters.  But it gets better.  The Showplace ICON in Mountain View offers food service that is much more than your standard hot dog, nachos, or popcorn fare.  They offer real meals with the option of eating at a table or while watching your movie.  It does get pricey though, and you can easily spend an arm and leg for this experience.  But don’t fret because they also offer Tuesday night specials where all movies are priced for $6 each ticket.  And it’s such a steal because normal ticket prices are $18 a pop.  So for those interested, check out an Icon theater and enjoy a movie in comfort!

We recently watched the movie Alita.  Please feel free to share the latest movie you saw in theaters and comment about your experience below.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Ken Jeong Comedy Show in Stockton, CA

So my husband and I saw Ken Jeong’s comedy show in Stockton last night.  We saw Kevin Hart last year and Fluffy the year before that.  Ken Jeong’s show happened to pop up in my Inbox so we gave him a chance.

He’s pretty hilarious.  If you don’t know who he is, he’s in all the Hangover movies and the latest movie, Crazy Rich Asians.  Last night his show was pretty much the same thing as his Netflix special except the audience kept heckling him so much that it turned impromptu.  Toward the end he let the audience ask him medically related questions, which he responded in a roast.

I was surprised to see a diverse crowd thinking I’d mostly see Asians, but I was wrong.  It was a mixed crowd of hecklers.  The venue itself is beautiful though, which so happens to be listed on the National Register of Historical Places.  Just look at the picture below, drop dead gorgeous.

I am so glad to be seeing Asian Americans doing comedy.  We only have a few famous ones out there – to name a few there’s Ali Wong, Jo Koy, Hasan Minaj, and Aziz Ansari.  Thank goodness for Netflix or else we wouldn’t know of these great comedians!

BLACKPINK North American Tour!

Did anyone else see BLACKPINK’s performance on Good Morning America and the Stephen Colbert Show?!

Apparently, they announced on The Stephen Colbert show their first ever North American tour, which I just checked and am bummed to know they aren’t headed to the Bay Area.  Also, most of their shows are on a Wednesday night, which isn’t something my husband and I can easily take off since we have jobs and other responsibilities.

For those interested in seeing them perform, below are their tour dates:

April 17 — The Forum, Los Angeles, California
April 24 — Allstate Arena Chicago, Illinois
April 27 — Firstontario Centre Hamilton, Ontario
May 1 — Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
May 5 — Infinite Energy Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
May 8 — Forth Worth convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas

Don’t forget that they’re also performing in Coachella.  Unfortunately, those tickets are already sold out though.

Fort Casey on Whidbey Island, Washington

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This was kind of a cool place to explore back in November last year.  My dad lives on Whidbey Island and his wife gave us a little tour around Fort Casey, which is a Washington State Park and historic district.  It was really cool getting to see old historical bunkers and how they form into the landscape.  We didn’t get to explore much of the grounds, but from what I gather, on a sunny day this place looks awesome for a picnic.  The park boasts of 999 acres of land so there is definitely a lot to explore.

For those visiting Seattle, I would recommend doing a day trip to one of Washington’s surrounding islands.  Whidbey Island is a cute Navy town, but there are others like San Juan Islands or Orca for whale watching and/or kayaking.

 

January 2019 Favorites

This isn’t travel related, again, but I love watching monthly favorites from Youtubers.  So I thought I’d do the same thing in this blog post.

January was actually a good month for us despite the government shutdown.  Thankfully, we were not affected.  My mother-in-law flew to the Philippines for vacation and initially we were concerned TSA would be a problem, but surprisingly, my MIL went threw security fairly quickly and had no problems at all.

But anyway, some of my favorites in January would be:

  • The fact that I was only sick for the first week of January and not the whole month like last year calls for attention.  Last year, I couldn’t even leave our apartment to go on walks because I was coughing for two months.
  • Seeing the kpop group Winner in San Francisco.  I’m hooked on Kpop and can’t wait to see more shows this year.  We wanted to see Red Velvet in February but the tickets in L.A. sold out quickly.  They did add another show, but prices are selling for $172 a person.  We’re hoping to see Blackpink though so fingers crossed they perform in Cali.
  • Paris Baguette’s blueberry scone.  For those who live near a Paris Baguette, I highly recommend you try their blueberry scone.  It’s so good you won’t regret it!  It’s definitely a modern take on scones.
  • Harrod’s Online.  I wasn’t planning to buy a designer bag anytime soon, but when I saw how much Harrod’s was selling a few designer bags for a couple of hundred dollars less than the same bag sold here in the U.S., I jumped at the opportunity.  It was my first purchase ever outside the country and I was on pins and needles waiting for my bag to arrive.  I didn’t know anything about paying customs duty, but thankfully Harrod’s takes care of all that.  At least for U.S. customers.  All in all, my bag took a week until it arrived at my doorstep, and because of such an easy transaction, I plan to buy more from Harrod’s in the future.

The ‘Blood Moon’ in this Part of the World

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Photo by Pedro Figueras on Pexels.com

Unfortunately we didn’t get to see it.  It was pouring rain over here in the Bay Area and visibility was pour because of cloud coverage.  It definitely hindered what little motivation we had to check out the eclipse.  For those who did, I hope you found it exciting!

On a side note, I’m so happy for a 3-day weekend.  We don’t get much time off over here in the U.S.  The standard for most small business owners is to give 2 weeks vacation a year and about 9 to 10 paid holiday days.  I work for a small architecture firm and those are my benefits.  Martin Luther King Jr. day so happens to be one of the days I get off including my husband so we are just enjoying the 3-day weekend together.  So far it’s been a fantastic weekend starting off with a Kpop concert in San Francisco followed by a visit to Monterey.  I think we’re just going to end the long weekend by relaxing at home.

Thanks for stopping by to read this post.  I hope you enjoy the start of your week!