Day #1 – Your Favorite Travel Destination

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Now, instead of saying France, London, New York, etc., (besides, I feel those are already assigned to this whole 30 day challenge haha) I chose Disneyland Theme Parks because of many reasons.

1. The food. I really really like their themed food. If you go to Tomorrowland, you get a different kind of popcorn. If you go to Adventureland, you get a whole selection of deliciousness. I also really like the tumblers and buckets where they place the food. My all time favorite is the honey popcorn from Tokyo Disneyland. They put it in this cute Pooh Bear popcorn tub, and it was the perfect sweet-salty combination.

(photo from Google Images)
(photo from Google Images)

2. The Mascots & Characters. I love how the actors are so into their characters. When I was in Disneyland California, my friend, Helena, and I wanted Maleficent’s autograph. She was so scary and intimidating, Helena and I were so shy trying to ask for her autograph. Normally, you’d feel so chill because everyone else was so approachable. Not this witch.

(photo from Google Images)
(photo from Google Images)

Aside from the human characters, the mascots are so adorable and friendly! I loved looking for a certain character and asking for their autograph. If I remember correctly, the theme park would give you a small booklet that you needed to fill with stickers. If the booklet says for example, “look for Goofy”, and you found Goofy, he’d give you the sticker to place on your booklet. It was such a fun thing to do! The best memory I have of the characters was when I was at Disney World Florida, and they all were singing and dancing in front of Cinderella’s Castle. Mickey Mouse and his friends were there, as well as Cruella de Vil, Chip and Dale, the princesses and so many more.

(photo from Google Images)
(photo from Google Images)

3. Street Parades! Need I say more? You get to see almost all of the Disney characters in one spectacular parade. I love seeing Pooh Bear and the gang in their Hundred Acre Woods themed float. Too cute! And, aside from paying attention to the characters, I would equally pay attention to the dance moves of the dancers. There was a point in my childhood that I wanted to be a Disneyland Theme Park dancer. The floats and costumes were just UH-MAY-ZING. Really? People did that? Really? For me, the electrical parade is my favorite! Look at all those lights and colors!

(photo from Google Images)
(photo from Google Images)

4. The rides. Disneyland isn’t all about just the roller coasters. They have other fun rides too, which I like and am very thankful for. I’m not a big fan of roller coasters, but I like water rides. I liked the ‘Tarzan’s Treehouse’ ride in Hong Kong Disneyland.

(photo from Google Images)
(photo from Google Images)

I really liked this Pirates in the Caribbean ride that was inside their themed restaurant, if I remember correctly. We rode the boat, then it brought us inside a tunnel where we saw the Pirates of the Caribbean characters, treasures chests, treasures maps, and just everything pirate. I remember there was a drop too towards the end of the ride, so that was fun!

(photo from Google Images)
(photo from Google Images)

I lost my roller coaster virginity to this. My older sister wanted to ride a roller coaster, and she convinced me to go with her. I was so scared. I was saying, “I want to get off!!”, but too late. It was already moving. I did not scream, I did not say anything while it was going God knows how fast. My sister, however, was having the time of her life. It was one of the most terrifying, yet, fun experience of my life. Although, I like riding the Space Shuttle coasters. I think it’s because I can’t see anything so I don’t really know which way is up, which way’s down. That works for me. (You weirdo.) I’d like to conquer my fear one day. Maybe, I should start with those caterpillar ones.

(photo from Google Images)
(photo from Google Images)

5. Fireworks. For me, Disneyland has the best fireworks display out of all that I have seen. They announce that there’s going to be a fireworks display at around 9 or 10 in the evening. So, when it’s near that time, people are already gathering in front of Cinderella’s Castle. It begins when Tinkerbell flies towards the castle or when you start hearing music playing. Then, all of a sudden, someone narrates something, (most probably it’s the Fairy Godmother) and beautiful colors appear in perfect synchronization. As a kid watching all of that happen, I felt so happy, and they were really able to capture that magical moment for everyone. They provide you with a perfect ending to tie everything together.

(photo from Google Images)
(photo from Google Images)

Now that I’m not a kid anymore, I’d love to go back with friends or family members and experience and feel the same thing when I was younger. I’d love to create more memories in the happiest place in the world.

Disneyland Theme Parks for my ‘Favorite Travel Destination’. 

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Video Round Up: So You Think You Can Dance Season 7

Hey, guys! Here’s another addition to the SYTYCD Video Round Up series. I don’t really know how to feel about Season 7. I like it because they brought back a couple of previous SYTYCD contestants to be all-stars on the show, and instead of the usual top 20, they only selected 11 to be in the season. I don’t like it because the majority of the dancers are contemporary dancers. sigh. (not that I have anything against them. I just wished that there was variation with the dancers that they chose) Anyway, here are my top 10 favorite dances from the season. Enjoy! 🙂

1. 

Dance: Contemporary
Dancers: Kent Boyd & Lauren Froderman
Choreographer: Travis Wall

2. 

Dance: Jazz
Dancers: Top 11 & All Stars
Choreographer: Wade Robson

3. 

Dance: Samba
Dancers: Pasha Kovalev, Anya Garnis & Cristina Santana
Choreographer: Jason Gilkinson

4. 

Dance: Jazz
Dancers: Billy Bell & Lauren Froderman
Choreographer: Mandy Moore

5. 

Dance: Tahitian
Dancers: Mark Kanemura & Lauren Froderman
Choreographer: Tiana Liufau

6. 

Dance: Contemporary
Dancers: Robert Roldan & Allison Holker
Choreographer: Travis Wall

7. 

Dance: Contemporary
Dancers: Ade Obayomi & Ashley Galvan
Choreographer: Dee Caspary

8. 

Dance: Broadway
Dancers: Billy Bell & Katee Shean
Choreographer: Spencer Liff

9. 

Dance: Paso Doble
Dancers: Pasha Kovalev & Cristina Santana
Choreographers: Jean-Marc Généreux & France Mousseau

10. 

Dance: ChaCha
Dancers: Pasha Kovalev & Lauren Froderman
Choreographers: Jean-Marc Généreux & France Mousseau

There you have it! Watch out for the next set of videos! 😉

Video Round-Up: So You Think You Can Dance Season 6

I like this season very much because (1) SYTYCD introduced their new set and (2) there was just so much variation in dancers – not just all contemporary dancers! Here are my Top 10 favorite dances from Season 6 🙂

1. 

Dance: Jazz
Dancers: Top 20
Choreographer: Wade Robson

2. 

Dance: Can-Can
Dancers: Nathan Trasoras & Mollee Gray
Choreographer: Tyce Diorio

3. 

Dance: Jive
Dancers: Ryan & Ashleigh Di Lello
Choreographers: Ryan & Asheligh Di Lello

4. 

Dance: Viennese Waltz
Dancers: Jakob Karr & Mollee Gray
Choreographer: Jason Gilkison

5. 

Dance: Contemporary
Dancers: Ryan Di Lello & Elenore Scott
Choreographer: Travis Wall

6. 

Dance: Cha Cha
Dancers: Jakob Karr & Ashleigh Di Lello
Choreographers: Jean-Marc Généreux & France Mousseau

7. 

Dance: Cha Cha
Dancers: Kevin Hunt & Karen Haeur
Choreographers: Tony Meredith & Melanie LaPatin

8. 

Dance: Hip-Hop
Dancers: Russell Ferguson & Kathryn McCormick
Choreographers: Napoleon & Tabitha D’umo

9. 

Dance: Contemporary
Dancers: Jonathan ‘Legacy’ Perez & Kathryn McCormick
Choreographer: Stacey Tookey

10.

Dance: Tap
Dancers: Phillip Attmore, Bianca Revels & Peter Sabasino
Choreographer: Derick Grant

Watch out for the next set of videos!

Video Round-Up: So You Think You Can Dance Season 2

I started watching So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) on their second season, and I got hooked immediately. I’ll be doing a video round up per season just to share with you guys the beauty of the choreographies and my love for dance. I’ll be posting my top 10 all time favorite dances per season. Let’s get started!

1. 

Dance: Argentine Tango
Dancers: Ivan Koumaev & Allison Holker
Choreographer: Alex Da Silva

2. 

Dance: Pop-Jazz
Dancers: Top 10
Choreographer: Wade Robson

3. 

Dance: Mambo
Dancers: Musa Cooper & Natalie Fotopoulos
Choreographers: Alex Da Silva

4. 

Dance: Broadway
Dancers: Benji Schwimmer & Donyelle Jones
Choreographer: Tyce Diorio

5. 

Dance: Contemporary
Dancers: Travis Wall & Heidi Groskreutz
Choreographer: Mia Michaels

6. 

Dance: Cha Cha
Dancers: Ryan Rankine & Heidi Groskreutz
Choreographer: Jean-Marc Généreux

7. 

Dance: Hip-Hop
Dancers: Ivan Koumaev & Allison Holker
Choreographer: Shane Sparks

8. 

Dance: Broadway
Dancers: Ryan Rankine & Allison Holker
Choreographer: Tyce Diorio

9. 

Dance: Broadway
Dancers: Top 8
Choreographer: Tyce Diorio

10. 

Dance: Hustle
Dancers: Top 12
Choreographer: Doriana Sanchez

There you have it! Watch out for the next videos from Season 3! 😉