|The Flower Fields|
Saturday, April 26, 2014
With Mother's Day just around the corner, why not do something unexpected and early this year? Usually, people take their moms out to eat and bring her some flowers. But this year, why not bring her to the flowers?
Located in Carlsbad, CA, The Flower Fields are 50 acres of blooming colors. My mom learned about the fields on TV and desperately wanted to see them so we stopped by The Flower Fields before our trip to Legoland.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
As I mentioned in last week's post, I had leftover shortbread crust dough after making Taiwanese Pineapple Cakes so I used it to bake... 3D Hello Kitty Cookies!
|3D Hello Kitty Cookie|
Saturday, April 12, 2014
One of my favorite Asian sweets is Taiwanese Pineapple Cakes (鳳梨酥). For those of you who don't know, Taiwanese Pineapple Cakes are nothing like the traditional cakes we see in America. Instead, they're more like a thick, rectangular (or square) cookie with a shortbread crust enclosing a pineapple paste/jam filling.
For the longest time, I wanted to make them from scratch but could never track down the metal pineapple cake molds/rings in America. Fortunately for me, my former college roommate went to Taiwan to teach English right after graduation. Before she returned home, she asked if there was anything I wanted from Taiwan. I knew it was a long shot, but I asked if she could get me some pineapple cake molds and she totally pulled through! This adventure is dedicated to her because she made this possible! <3
|Taiwanese Pineapple Cakes|
Saturday, April 5, 2014
You see, the last time I went to Legoland was over a decade ago - around the time the park first opened! I remember there was only a handful of rides in the park and it seeming more like a museum of lego models. Fast forward to today and there are substantially more rides! However, I didn't end up going on any big rides because the lines were way too long! All the interesting rides had wait times of at least an hour, which I just wasn't really up for. (As a sidenote, Legoland really needs to make the signs for wait times a lot bigger. You basically have to walk up to the end of the queue before you can see what the little number says so it'd be nice if you can just see the wait time from a distance.) The only ride my brother and I did end up on was the BIONICLE Blaster, Legoland's version of the spinning teacups, and that was only because the ride had a 10-minute wait.
|Legoland - Painted Ladies in San Francisco|
|Legoland - Golden Gate Bridge|
|Legoland - Las Vegas|
|Legoland - Capitol Building|
STAR WARS MINILAND
|Legoland - Star Wars Miniland|
|Legoland - Millennium Falcon|
|Legoland - AT-ATs|
|Granny's Apple Fries in Castle Hill|
|Granny's Apple Fries Price ($5.45)|
|Granny's Apple Fries|
SEA LIFE AQUARIUM
|Sea Life Aquarium|
|Lego Diver with Stingray|
|Lego Submarine with Shark and Stingray|
Overall, Legoland California seems like a great place to bring kids. Most of the kids I saw were 12 and under and you could see they were having loads of fun! I wish Legoland would instigate some sort of Fast Pass program so the wait times don't seem as long for rides though. However, "The Lego Movie Experience" pretty much made the trip worthwhile for me so be sure to read about that part of my adventure!
|The Pain of Stepping on Lego Bricks|
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
One of my favorite things about April Fools' Day is seeing what fun pranks Google comes up with. Guess what, Adventurers! You can now catch Pokemon on Google Maps! No joke!
There's 150 different Pokemon (both new and original) distributed around the world. After you update Google Maps on your Android or iPhone, click "Search" and then you can embark on your quest to be a Pokemon Master! How cool!
Now if only we could pokebattle too!
UPDATE: I finally caught all 150 Pokemon!
After you collect all 150, you unlock Mew! It appears that Mew is found in different locations for different people, but for me, he was at 0.23899, -50.411 (NE Brazil). It took me forever to find him!
Once you catch Mew, your Pokedex updates to show it is complete.
Now that was a long quest... Did any of you complete it? Where was Mew for you?
|Google - Pokemon Challenge|
|Pikachu was caught!|
UPDATE: I finally caught all 150 Pokemon!
|Complete Pokedex with 150/150|
|A wild Mew appears! (Finally!)|
|Mew was caught!|
|Pokedex complete with Mew!|