New Years Eve/New Years Day…

New Years Eve/New Years has always been low keyed for me since I’ve moved back to Vallejo. I haven’t really gone out, because I just wanted to stay home and keep my Mom company. Many years, it’s just been Me, my Mom and my Brother here at home when the ball drops.

This year my nephew JR stayed home, so there were four of us at home. Then my Auntie called and said she, my other Auntie, Uncle and Grandma were coming… so there were 8 of us here.

At Midnight, I started texting and messaging friends and family Happy New Year. Then we had some traditional New Years food, like Arroz Caldo (Rice Porridge with Chicken), Fried Tofu, Sago (Tapioca Pearl Drink), Palitow (Filipino dessert) and some other Filipino foods.

Outside LightsAfter getting stuffed, I worked on posting some Christmas Eve photos on Flickr. I still have to edit and post Christmas Day photos…

I got up about 11 something AM, and drove to Oakland to meet with my friends Howard, Bill, (their new baby) Chloe and Lily… for some brunch. We went over the 4th street in Berkeley and ate at this cafe place (I can’t remember the name)… But I had a great Creole Omelet with Potatoes…

Afterwards, we just strolled through the stores on 4th street, but many were closed for New Years Day. Our next stop was the big Target in Albany… which was good, because it reminded me of some small storage ottomans that were on sale for $15. I wanted to get two for my room to triple as (1) color, (2) storage and (3) additional seating. Luckily, I got the last two lime green ones that I wanted.

We then returned to H & B’s condo and hung out, played with Chloe and watch some TV.

Later in the evening we ate out for dinner. Initially we were going to Sushi House, but there was a massive line, so we went to China Gourmet instead. Afterwards, we dropped Lily off at BART and I dropped Howard back to his condo and headed for home.

Before, I went to bed, I watched a movie on NetFlix online called “Dim Sum: A LIttle Bit of Hearth” which I actually liked a lot because I could relate to the Chinese daughter in the movie, who was the youngest and lived with her mother because she didn’t want her mother to be alone after her father died.

Vacation Continues + Legoland

We were not sure if we were going to be able to go to Legoland today, but luckily the weather was nice and there was no rain in the forecast. I’ve never been to Legoland, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew it had legos and some rides, but I thought it was going to be the size of something like a miniature golf course. It was actually the size of a full blown amusement park and my friends who have been there before said that they have expanded it my adding a aqurium-like attraction, althought that was an added cost.

If you are into Legos, this is like a dream come true. They have everything made of lego or Lego themed. There are numerous sculptures that are larger than myself throughout the park. In one section called Mini Lego Land (or something like that), they constructed entire miniature cities like Las Vegas, San Francisco, New Orleans, New York, Washington D.C. and more. They even constructed a new Capitol building depicting President Obama’s inauguration. This was very popular.

They also had some rides, but most it were kiddy rides. I would describe this more as a viewing attraction… and great for taking photos… and I took tons and tons of photo.

One thing that surprised me was that the plants and landscaping was terrific. They had many plants which I don’t see often including a black Bird of Paradise, Variegated Abutilon, many succulents like Aloes in bloom, Cacti, Plectranthus and many, many more. I wanted to take cuttings, but theu were not within reach. One in particular I saw was a beautiful Begonia.

After Legoland, we met up with Rachel, and went to see the movie "He’s Not That Into You". It was a romantic comedy, which I then to like… and I enjoyed this one.

Afterwards, they wanted to get some stuff from Walmart and I found larger peat pots, which I’ve been looking for and a plastic container that matches my existing one where I keep my seeds. I’ve been looking for this for a while now and haven’t found it til now.

We then went to dinner, where I just got a salad, because I’ve been eating so much this vacation.