Friday, 30 Sep 2005 | Daily
Today I went to my optometrist for a check-up eye examination. My prescription is virtually the same except for a very small change in the astigmatism in one eye. I don't really need to get new glasses since the difference would not improve my vision demonstrably.
They performed a field vision test where you click a button each time you see a small flashing light. It tests your peripheral vision individually for each eye. My right eye tested very well, but my left eye result was not good. My optometrist wants me to come back in a week to retest. I have known for a few years that it is likely I will develop glaucoma, so I go to an opthamologist periodically to have it checked. I will need to schedule another doctor visit soon.
I've worn glasses since I was 9 years old and wish I could have Lasik to correct my vision, but my eye condition doesn't make me a good candidate. I've worn extended wear contacts in the past, but they tend to dry and fatigue my eyes too much with the computer work I do. It would be wonderful to wake up and see things clearly without reaching for my glasses. And it would be so much easier to see through my camera viewfinder. It's difficult to see the image well because I can't put my eye right up to the viewfinder. Corrected vision would be nice, but I realize it's probably not in the cards for me. *sigh*
I have one lens which is scratched currently. I will have the lenses replaced with a non-glare set. I also want to order a pair of prescription sunglasses. I've never had a pair of sunglasses customized for my eyes, so I'm really looking forward to it.
My dad received his Angels postseason tickets on Monday. Since he is a season ticket holder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, he has the option to purchase postseason tickets for the Division, League and World Series for each of his season seats. It's a good thing since we will be in the playoffs this year. The Division playoff tickets went on sale to the general public on Monday exclusively through Ticketmaster and were sold out in 45 minutes!
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim clinched their division today with their win over the Oakland Athletics, so we will be going to the American League Division Series beginning October 4th. This marks the first time the Angels have been AL West Champions twice in a row in their club history. It has yet to be determined who our opponents will be or who will have the home field advantage. Exact dates and times will be announced soon.
The American League Championship Series are scheduled to begin on October 11th. If the Angels make it to the World Series, they will have the home field advantage. Game 1 and 2 would be played at home on October 22-23, games 3-5 at the National Leaugue Champion's field on October 25-27 and games 6 and 7 back home at Angel Stadium on October 29-30 if needed.
Tuesday, 27 Sep 2005 | Entertainment
I love the animated Flash popping out of the screen at the Seoulland website. It's interesting to see how differently Koreans present their information over the web. I particularly like the Seoulland Cyber Park section of the site. Oh, is it just me or are there a lot of similarities between Seoulland and Disneyland?
Tuesday, 27 Sep 2005 | Disney, Disneyland, Entertainment
Disney is reported to be considering a location in the South Korean capital of Seoul for a future theme park. Apparently they are currently studying whether the venture would be viable considering the market. Seoul Grand Park is a possible location Disney will be considering for their new park. It sounds like it will be at least next year before a decision whether to move forward will be made.
Tuesday, 27 Sep 2005 | Culture
I found a site called Korea.net that has neat information on the country of Korea and its culture, government, economy, language, music, food and history. Since I love to cook and am half Korean, I found the information on Korea's food particularly interesting.
Tuesday, 27 Sep 2005 | Music, Television
In last week's episode of ABC's hit show, Lost, they featured a song I hadn't heard in a long time. Ever since I heard them play it, I've had it running through my head. In fact, I forgot how much I liked it. The song is Make Your Own Kind of Music by Mama Cass Elliot from The Mamas & The Papas fame. I'm going to have to buy it soon to add to my CD collection.
It was nostalgic to see music played from an LP record on a turntable. It was also very nostalgic to see an Apple II computer. My first computer was a 128 KB Apple IIe with a green monochrome monitor, an extended 80-column card and two single sided floppy drives. I thought I was pretty cool stuff back then to have floppy disk drives and not a cassette tape drive. LOL
A bit of trivia about Lost: Parts of the show were filmed on Oahu's North Shore in Hawaii. They dissasembled a jet aircraft and shipped it to Hawaii for the show.
Monday, 26 Sep 2005 | Disneyland, Transportation
To commemorate the re-launching of Space Mountain for Disneyland's 50th Anniversary Celebration, a 2006 Honda Civc Coupe or Sedan will be given to a lucky winner every day in October in The Coolest Ride in the Galaxy Sweepstakes. Upon entering Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure, each guest will receive a scratch-off game piece for a chance to win a Civic. You may also pick up a free no purchase necessary game piece at the Guest Relations Window at the Disneyland Resort.
Toni, my dad, Will and I went to the last Angels home game of the season today. We were fortunate to be a part of setting an Angels season attendance record. It was fan appreciation day and they gave out prizes but unfortunately we didn't win any of them.
The bad news is we lost 4-8 to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
The good news is that the second place Oakland Athletics lost as well to the Texas Rangers 2-6. Therefore our first place division lead remains 4 games as we head to Oakland tomorrow for a four game series against the A's. With seven season games left, if we split the series 2-2, we will have clinched the American League West Division title. If we win 3 out of the 7 games left, the A's would have to win all their remaining games just to tie the Angels. It sounds very promising we will advance to the American League Division Series.
Go Angels! :D
Today, I bought a Vladimir Guerrero authentic home jersey for myself since everything at the team store was 25% off for fan appreciation day. I've been wanting a jersey for a long time and Toni was nice enough to let me get one. I'm hoping that I will get to wear it to a playoff game in the near future.
Friday, 23 Sep 2005 | Recipes
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
1 1/2 pounds mushrooms, cleaned and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
3 cups chicken stock or canned broth
2 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Melt butter over high heat in a large stockpot or dutch oven. Cook mushrooms, uncovered, with salt and pepper until nearly all moisture is evaporated, about 15 minutes.
Stir in chicken stock and cream, bring to a boil, and remove from the heat. Puree in a blender until smooth. Return to pot and bring just to a boil. Remove from heat. Add lemon juice, season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve immediately.
6 to 8 servings
Sunday, 18 Sep 2005 | Family
This evening, I received a call from my cousin Eun Jung who lives in Jakarta, Indonesia. She is the daughter of my mom's oldest brother. I was pleasantly surprised to hear from her.
She explained that she wanted to ask how my dad and my family were doing. She said that her son is now in 11th grade and is planning to attend a University in the United States after he graduates from high school. He wants to major in business. Eun Jung said she'll try to visit us when she gets back to the United States. She also asked how much vacation time I get because she would like Toni, Erin and I to visit her in Indonesia. As much as I'd love to see Jakarta, somehow, I don't think this will be happening anytime soon. LOL
Sunday, 18 Sep 2005 | Family, Food, Restaurants
Today, Toni had a craving for some barbecue for lunch. So while I showered, she searched the internet for a good barbecue place to visit located in our area. She came up with a few choices, but the one that stood out to both of us was a place called Sweet Lumpy's BBQ in Old Town Temecula.
We tried the 4 Meat Sampler Platter which comes with Pork Ribs, Beef Brisket, Hotlink Sausage and Smoked Chicken. We chose BBQ Beans and Sweet Potato for the sides. It also came with Homemade Cornbread. Erin ordered a Pulled Pork Sandwich which came with French Fries and Cole Slaw. The barbecue sauce had a sweet and tangy flavor that I really enjoyed. All of the meats we tried were delicious. Erin's french fries were very good; crispy and nicely seasoned with the skin on they way I like them. There was plenty to eat for lunch and leftovers for dinner too. I'll have to go back again soon. Next time I'll take my camera to get a few photos to post. ;D
Erin liked Sweet Lumpy's BBQ so much she asked if we could go there for dinner on Tuesday when I'll have her again!
Sweet Lumpy's BBQ
28464 Old Town Front Street
Temecula, CA 92590
Friday, 16 Sep 2005 | Cooking
Bar Keepers Friend, a smooth, mild, powdered cleanser introduced in the 1880s, works wonders on stainless steel. I use it for my all my All-Clad pots and pans. It effortlessly cleans them to a shiny finish without scratching and without irritating chemicals and fumes.
Erin turned me onto Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie Low Fat Frozen Yogurt and now I'm hooked. It's a low fat frozen yogurt, but don't be fooled into thinking it lacks in flavor. It's a chocolately and yummy as can be. The fudge brownie mixed in is a nice flavor and texture contrast. If you're a chocolate love and want a dessert that's less guilt producing, then this is the treat for you.
Warning: This frozen yogurt can be habit forming, but hey, you'll be happy! LOL
Tuesday, 13 Sep 2005 | Humor
I used a neat web application called South Park Studio 2 to create this rendition of me as Chef Mike ready to cook some yummy food. Hehe
Why don't you try making one of yourself. Come on. It's fun! :D
Tuesday, 13 Sep 2005 | Rants
Why is it that when you're making a comment on someone's blog, the typos you make are INVISIBLE until you hit the Post button?
I try to proof read my comments as carefully as possible, but there always seems to be a spelling error or even an entire omitted word that I miss. I tend to type "you" for "your" a lot. I also leave out small words like "it" or "a" too. It's like my brain is going too fast for my poor little fingers to keep up.
Of course, as soon as I etch my comment in stone, the errors pop out as if they were marked with a yellow highlighter. LOL
Tuesday, 13 Sep 2005 | Pirate Rubber Duckie
|Arrival Date||August 13, 2005|
|Previous Location||Wiesbaden, Germany|
|Distance for This Leg||154 Miles|
|Total Distance||6,125 Miles|
Monday, 12 Sep 2005 | Disney
Today marks the official opening of Hong Kong Disneyland!
This is the 5th Disney worldwide destination. It started with the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, then the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, Disneyland Resort Paris, Tokyo Disney Resort and now, Hong Kong Disneyland.
Last night, I surprised Toni with a 4 GB White iPod nano. I wanted to get it for her to tell her how much I appreciate her as my wife. She was delighted by the gift. :D
After reading an entry from Latitude 13, I started to investigate the newly introduced iPod nano more carefully. I initially didn't think it would be a good match for Toni because I thought it had a hard drive like the iPod mini. I wanted a flash drive based iPod for her because she would want to use it to exercise and I like the no skip feature of flash drives.
The more I looked at the features of the iPod nano on the Apple website, the more it seemed to be a perfect match for Toni. It's very small, actually thinner than the iPod Shuffle, a little wider and about the same length. The color display is very nice. I'm envious of how clean it looks and wish my iPod had color too. It's amazing just how small the nano is. I want to get Toni the Lanyard Headphones when it becomes available in a few weeks so she can wear it on her walks.
Oh, a little birdie told me that she would absolutely love it if her husband would surprise her with a 4 GB White iPod nano too. *Hint hint* ;D
Friday, 9 Sep 2005 | Disney
Hong Kong Disneyland officially opens in three days on September 12th, 2005.
Disney's newest theme park will debut with 4 lands, including Main Street, U.S.A., Adventureland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland. It boasts 2 hotels, the Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel and Disney's Hollywood Hotel.
Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel
Disney Hollywood Hotel
On this trip to Hawaii, I realized how much I enjoy the fragrance of Plumeria flowers. They have the most wonderfully sweet smell I have grown to love. Although this was my third visit to Hawaii, I just put together that the smell of Plumerias was the scent of Hawaii to me. I remember that smell from my other trips, but never knew what it was. I think that fragrance will always remind me of Hawaii.
Erin had a perfume sprayed on a paper swatch when we visited Sephora at the Ala Moana Center. It had a very natural Plumeria scent and I really loved it. Unfortunately, she didn't get the name of the fragrance. I'll have to make it a point to ask about it at a Sephora here. If Toni likes it as well as I do, I'll have to buy some for her.
Monday, 5 Sep 2005 | Entertainment, Food, Music, Restaurants
Toni and I treated my dad to dinner at 555 East in Long Beach last night. I had heard that 555 East serves good USDA Prime steaks and the restaurant happened to be close to the Terrace Theatre where we were seeing Raiatea Helm.
For starters, my dad and I had a cup of Clam Chowder and Toni had the Crab Bisque. My dad and I ordered the 8 oz. Filet Mignon and Toni had the New York Steak. All the steaks were cooked perfectly medium. My dad and Toni had a baked potato and I tried their reknowned garlic mashed potatoes. The soups and dinners were all excellent.
For dessert my dad and Toni decided to share the Rustic Apple Tart and I had the Assorted Sorbet. The Rustic Apple Tart was very good with a nice sweet cinnamon flavor and was accompanied by Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. The phyllo shell was nice and crispy, but my only complaint is there was a portion that was overbaked with a slightly burnt flavor. I loved my sorbet. It's one of my favorite desserts because of the fresh fruit flavor. They served 3 scoops of sorbet, one each of raspberry, papaya and lemon.
After our lovely dinner, we proceeded to the Mahalo Bash. This was the second time in a couple of weeks we had witnessed Riatea Helm perform. We had seen her recently in Honolulu. This was nice because the Terrace Theatre has a much more professional sound system and lighting. We particularly enjoyed the hula dancers who performed while Riatea sang. There was a particular male hula dancer who had composed one of Riatea's songs who was so fluid and graceful in his movements. We had a wonderful time.
555 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90802