2PM World Tour

2PM World Tour at 8PM Friday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. 2PM is a group that I don’t follow but still listen to – after this concert, I think I will follow them more. They’ve been around for about 6 years and at the concert was such a funny and humble group which made me enjoy the concert so much more. The crowd turn out was extremely disappointing, it might have been because of their marketing. There are a few people who saw my posts about the concert and would have gone if they knew 2PM was coming. Still, I enjoyed myself and was very glad to have gotten the opportunity to see them.
snacksAbout 20 minutes from the Prudential Center is a Japanese supermarket, Mitsuwa. I’ve never heard of this place until Linda said she wanted to stop by before the concert. They sell all kinds of snacks and beauty products that looks just like the pictures you see online: cute and lots of pink. I ended up getting a basket full of snacks for my brother and boyfriend to try.
HannosukeOne side of the supermarket is also a cafeteria and gift/pastry shops. I looked around and ended up at Hannosuke for ten-don aka tempura bowls – #6 Chicken Tendon: chicken, shrimp, kakiage (veggie), nori and a soft boiled egg. I usually don’t like tempura, especially shrimp, but they made it very light and not as oily as most tempura that I’ve had.
sheep horseOutside in the plaza was a gift shop, Mars New York, with lots of Japanese goodies like t-shirts, bags and posters of manga or anime characters, stuff animals, little trinkets but also more traditional Japanese stuff like kimonos. But I would say everything was pretty pricey so mind your budget.
2pm2pmApologies for the terrible concert pictures, I debated about bringing my camera but came to the conclusion that I should really enjoy the concert instead of trying to capture it. That was also something I noticed – a lot of the crowd was pretty still. Why? Because they were too busy trying to take pictures and videos than enjoy the performance.

Here is their latest title song. Enjoy!

The Color Run Night

I Don’t Sweat, I Glow

The first Color Run Night in the US and I was able to be a part of it! It was called the “Philly” Color Run Night but located in Camden. I was not too excited about that but looking at it now, it was a pretty location. If it were to be in Philly it would probably be at Citizen’s Bank Park which means we would have just ran around the parking lot. In Camden, we were at the Campbell’s Field right under the Ben Franklin Bridge and next to the river.

We picked up our bids and packets then went to put them back in the car like most people. There were a bunch of designated parking lots of the event but if you were willing to walk one block over there were lots of free street parking.

There was a stage with a DJ and some Zumba to help is warm up. I went with the kids and was between the 2 most uncoordinated ones so there was a lot of stepping on toes!

I’ve done the Run or Dye and was suppose to do the Electric Run before we got thunder stormed out but the combo of both is so much better! It would have been nice if there were a few light shows or displays on the course but I’ll take what I can get. Oh yeah! We also wore headlamps: flashlight and black light option.

Back at base there was a party at the stage after the run. Music, lights and throwing the powder at the same time. There was also a nice little fireworks display for us!

By the time the race was over, we were all hungry and cold. Sonic trip! It was Kevin & Tina’s first time at Sonic!

I had an amazing time with the kids and cannot wait to do more with them!

RunOrDye

Run or Dye

Did my first “color” 5K today!

I thought there could have been more speakers or cheer teams around certain areas but overall it was fun!

Tip: Bring glasses & something to cover your nose & mouth!

After all morning of fun, we took the subway home so we didn’t dirty the car. On the walk after the subway, we stopped by Slice for some pizza & yummy sweet potato fries with old bay. So much fries, friendly service and nice dishes.

Has anyone done a color 5k before?

Links to Places Mentioned:

Hatch, Blossom, Smoke

It was a beautiful Saturday where I knew I was not going to be staying indoors!

Kyo Daiko

First stop: Morris Arboretum for their Cherry Blossom Festival. I’ve never been to the Morris Arboretum before and heard that it was beautiful and fun. I really wanted to see the Kyo Daiko Japnese-style drumming school. The first time I remember seeing Japanese-style drumming live was a few years ago at a different Cherry Blossom Festival. I wanted to learn but they were not located near me so I ended up not perusing it. This school, however, is near! And there are beginner classes that should be starting soon! I talked to someone after they performed, got some information, emailed them & is waiting for a response on when I can begin learning!

River of Life

The River of Life samurai art group was also there to show us some Japanese swordsmanship techniques. It was cool but also spine chilling. The kids were really entertained. A lot of “ouuuus” & “ahhhhhs” from the kids. They were also able to take the straw that was cut during the demo as souvenirs. Great way to clean up without having to cleaning up because all of the kids rushed to pick some up before he even finished his sentence.

Explored the garden for a little bit but most of the trees were still dead from the winter. I’ll be back when everything is grown!

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict

Afterwards, picked up the boyfriend to take him to Silk City Diner & Lounge were we ate outside in the blazing sun while it drains out energy. I had the Smoked Salmon Benedict discovering that I am not a huge fan of hollandaise sauce or their’s was just too thick.

Have you been to any Cherry Blossom Festivals?

Long Month with Lots of Lions

Here are a few pictures from 2 of this month’s lion dances. March has been a busy month for our school to do lion dance. We had at least 1 every Sunday and maybe another one during the week. This pass Sunday was our last one for the Chinese New Year season. A 5 hour, up and down Chinatown parade by our school and Sifu Rome’s school.

The Lions, The Dragon & The Boyfriend

My Lions for the day!

The Best Friend came out to support me =)

And then there is this chicken looking Unicorn

Sifu Cheung

Each other’s other halves.

After the parade, we went to Joy Tsin Lau to celebrate Sifu’s birthday, his 40th years of teaching Kung Fu in the US & Chinese New Year.

As much work as all this was, I think I will miss eating together so much. I also got to be in the Northern Lion for the first time and see the Unicorn in action!

Do you know the difference between the South Lion, Northern Lion, Dragon & Unicorn?

Since Chrissy Arrived

It’s Chrissy’s first winter with us so we are super excited!

First thing first, family time & Grandpa’s birthday! ❤ Simple dinner & cakes because we already went out for dinner on the weekend.

Next, cleaned/organized my closet which I have been waiting for her to come & help with.

-Fun-
Sky Zone!! It was so much cooler than I thought it would be. You end up losing your sense of gravity & feeling really dizzy if you attempt to bounce or run afterwards though.

“Do you wanna build a snowman?”
Have been waiting to see Frozen and since there was a theater down the block, it was perfect! The movie was cute & I liked a lot of the not too too typical aspects like the true love & who is evil. “Born or a curse?”

Christmas with the family! With a tree & everything!

Poconos trip where she learned to snowboard & skii.

Ice skating with the kids!

Mummer’s New Years parade.

Snow day the day she was suppose to leave but she changed her flight & was able to roll around in the fresh, fluffy snow, shovel & clean the car for the first time!

-Food-
Sushi Kingdom …. Arg! Wanted to take Mom here to try but forgot how I said I probably wouldn’t be back but now I know & will remember not to be back. The sushi is horrible but it isn’t great either. I also got a major stomach ache from it. 😣

SokeSoke & Y-ee took us to The Cheesecake Factory was yummy but half of us were still full from lunch. I didn’t get anything so we ended up able to share. I also love the brown bread that they give for free so we asked for some when packing leftovers and the guy went and got us a freshly baked, whole roll!! I was so excited 😳

Federal Donuts that I am not a fan of but she wanted to try because it was in a magazine.

Didn’t get to take her to 5 Guys though.

Peddle Peddle :: Food to Share

Another Saturday of perfect weather for biking!

First stopped by Dad’s place to fix his printer then on the way to The Oval, stopped by City Hall & Love Park.

Also stopped by and took some pictures outside the Rodin Museum that I’ve walked, biked and drove by many times but never knew it was a museum! Next time, we are going to check out the inside.

We went to The Oval and tried 3 of the 4 food trucks. The boyfriend came later in and tired the last one. My favorite were the sweet potato tacos and the Faji BBQ. The truck with the Faji BBQ, Soupervan, provides a meal to the local soup kitchen for every meal that you get! Great cause and great customer service.

On our way home, I noticed my bike was getting harder to pedal so I stopped by Ken’s place where the boyfriend and Ken helped Ainhi & I fill the tires.

Went home and an hour later the boyfriend picked me up to go to Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival! There were many more food trucks there but the ones at The Oval actually sounded better. We did try a few places (Taco Mondo, pina coladas, The Cow and The Curd) but nothing really stood out. We also got $2 sweets from Susie’s Sweets Bakery and lots of free chips from other people.

Finally, stopped by Performance Bikes so boyfriend could look at bikes and test them out.

Very eventful day! Lots of sun, fun & food!

Dancing Lions :: Moon Festival

Moon Fest Supports

Yesterday was the celebration of the Moon Festival in Chinatown where I was able to partake in the event for the first time.

First I would like to say thank you to all the family & friends that came out to support me!!!

I use to go to this festival every year when I was younger just wandering the street the whole seeing my 30 best friends. 😏 Later on, not only did I only stop by to make it a tradition, it was rare seeing anyone I knew there. But now, I was able to be a part of the event.

Since I joined Cheung Shu Pui’s Kung Fu Academy, I have prataken in the Independence Day parade, a birthday and a wedding where I either played the symbol or was the tail. The Moon Festival is what sifu has been training us newbies for; lions and first form demonstration.

Being the lion is really exciting when you have a bunch of kids in the crowd because they are excited to see the lions but also scared of them. It does get very tiring very quickly though; especially when you have to parade down the street as oppose to staying in a general area. I also use to think being the tail was very easy but it is actually a lot more painful to the entire body whereas the head is just tiring to the arms.

Moon Festival

Eight of us performed first form while others had weapons. I am not a very intimating kung fu student or lion. I giggled a lot during the form because Ainhi was right in front of me taking pictures.  And I was told I look like a very happy lion while everyone else looked tough; just adding a little joy to the world. 😋

It is amazing how many different personalities, morals, beliefs and talents I have met since starting this only 2 and a half month ago. This isn’t even a quarter of sifu’s students. I am super excited to meet new students at every event; and hopefully in other countries too!


On a side note, I had to do some research about the Moon Festival for a presentation and learned a few stories about how the event came to be. Links to stories I read below. The most interesting this though is that you can see a bunny on the moon that night. Keep an eye out for it on Thursday, September 19th this year (aka 8th month, 15th day of the lunar calendar.)

Let me know if you see it!

Late June – Early July Update

Foam Festival

Did my first 5K run! It was an obstacle course but was kind of a bad experience. It was super hot that day and I discovered the hard way that hot foam is really gross! It was something new though so I can go in next time with more experience.

On our way there, we drove by a restaurant called SMASHburger. The name caught Ellen’s attention so she looked it up and since the menu sounded pretty good, we stopped by after. Not a bad choice at all! The burgers were pretty darn good and not greasy at all. Wish there was one closer to home! Their SMASHfries were pretty good too!

An awesome 4th of July

Independence Day Parade – Ellen’s Birthday Party

I was in my first Lion Dance and parade! After only 2 days of practicing Lion Dance Steven & I was able to participate in the Independence Day Parade with our school. Although we only got to play the symbol, I still felt totally cool!

It was a very long wait for the parade to start and didn’t last very long but it was an awesome experience.

After the parade, we had to head home for Ellen’s birthday party and every year her party turns into a giant water fight that the boyfriend ended up finding out the hard way.

We then went to go pick up some fireworks and blew them up instead of going to watch them.

Electric Run

My second 5K wasn’t as successful and the weather wasn’t helping either. The night was so electrifying that you heard thunder and saw lighting all night! The night of the run, there was a thunderstorm alert but because it wasn’t for sure and wasn’t canceled, we went! Meeting up and when we were there was nice but after letting the first 2 waves of people go, the “fire department shut us down.”

They are rescheduling so I will post about this event again! Based on the experience I did have though, I think it would have been a lot of fun; Music could have been louder though.

Hershey Park

The family usually tries to go somewhere fun at least once a summer and Hershey was the place this year. We mostly stayed in the water section of the park until later in the day because it was so hot but it was nice; I think both the kids and the adults had fun.

[Top; left to right]
1: I am a graduate of Monster University!
2: Delicious Takoyaki!
3: This describes our friendship a bit
4: Took the kids to the Big Time Rush concert

Terakawa Ramen

When we went to California, our uncle took us to a Japanese noodle house and my mom really enjoyed it; so he looked for a place at home and we finally got a chance to go. Our aunt from California was here on vacation too so she got to try too. I am not really a big fan of Japanese noodles but I  have been really crazy about takoyaki ever since

Big Time Rush

I always said I wanted to go to a Big Time Rush concert so when I saw it on Groupon; I jumped! Got lawn seats and took the kiddos to their first concert. I think I was definitely more excited to see them than the kids were. Mothers at these kinds of things are vicious! And we didn’t think about bringing blankets >o< First timers mistakes.

But I enjoyed it and hope the kids did too; 3 of them even got to hug Logan!!!

My summer has been pretty amazing so far. How about everyone else?