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Central Park in New York

New York, New York: Taking a Bite of The Big Apple

It just so happened to be the coldest week in New York. 

New York: Taking A Bite Off the Big Apple

But weather was the last thing on my mind. My mind was on New York and the adventures to come.

Considered by many as the greatest city in the world, it’s a city full of energy, eye-catching sights and of course, delicious food options. 

Armed with our list of spots to see and places to eat, my wife and I were ready, ready to take a bite (literally) of The Big Apple. 

Here’s a list of what we did and ate. 


Chelsea Market Area

ARTECHOUSE NYC 

Artechouse NYC
Inspired by the Pantone’s color of the year, classic blue, we were submerged into an immersive art experience. 

This art institution is perfect for those who want enjoy art in an interactive fashion. As an added bonus, it’s  shelter from the nippy weather. 

VERY FRESH NOODLES

Very Fresh Noodles in New York
Inside the Chelsea Market, endless food options awaits. We were looking for something simple and more importantly, something that will help defrost our bodies. 

The fresh, pliable, handmade noodles was the star of the show (super QQ). Our order of Taiwanese beef noodle soup even got the approval of our Taiwanese parents. Our bellies were warm indeed.  

Midtown Manhattan Area

CENTRAL PARK

Central Park in New York
Located in the heart of New York City, Central Park is a sight to see even in the middle of winter. Consider this a meeting point for walkers, runners, bikers, horses, strollers, dogs and interesting people. 

Strawberry Fields was on our list of sights to see. It pays tribute to John Lennon, who once sang, “I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will live as one”. 

REMI FLOWER & COFFEE

Remi Flower and Coffee New York
What’s better than the smell of coffee? The smell of coffee and flowers. This cute shop combines both, making your basic coffee run much more unique. 

Powered by the stimulation of caffeine and the smell of flowers, a visit to this spot is the perfect way to start a New York morning.

DUMBO / Brooklyn Area

EMPIRE FULTON FERRY PARK

Empire Fulton Ferry Park Brooklyn
Where Brooklyn at? On the other side of Manhattan. It’s got a pretty view here too. 

Surrounded by restaurants, eye-catching architecture, shopping and next to the famous Brooklyn Bridge, this spot is great for photos of the New York City skyline. 

JULIANA’S PIZZA

Juliana's Pizza Brooklyn

There’s Chicago style pizza, then there’s New York style pizza. You can guess which style we had.

Considered by some as the best depiction of what a classic New York style pizza should be, Juliana’s Pizza did not disappoint. Bonus, they offer a non-diary option which made my wife’s stomach smile. 


The whole time we were there, this line from Alicia Keys rang in my ear, “Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothin’ you can’t do.” 

My wife got annoyed at me because I was singing that line the whole trip. Really off key though. 

Although the weather treated us coldly, our bellies stayed warm and our hearts full. 

New York, we’ll be back soon, until then, stay cool. 


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Bright Vision Optometry is a family-owned & operated optometry office located in Chino Hills, CA 91709

Mammoth Family Road Trip

Mammoth, California: A Family Trip to See Snow

Mammoth, cited as one of the best winter travel destination in California. 

Every winter, skiers and snowboarders flock to this small town in east, central California. Why? For the heavy snowfalls that descends from December to March. 

But what if you or your family don’t participate in winter sports?  

Don’t worry. Mammoth is a winter delight for everyone in the family including kids. 

In late January, we took a weekend trip to Mammoth to play with some snow. 

Here’s a summary of our trip! 


1. The Village Lodge at Mammoth

village lodge at mammoth

Nested in the heart of Mammoth, the Village Lodge is where we stayed. 

We picked this accommodation mainly because of location.

It’s a short walk to the gondola and there were plenty of food options available just downstairs. Super convenient, especially with traveling with kids.  

Inside our comfortable “condo”, there was a full kitchen where we cooked instant ramen one of the nights. 

The fireplace in the living room was a lovely feature. We all felt warm and fuzzy as we watched the movie Aquaman during our last night. 

Lastly, what’s a winter trip without a pool and a hot tub? You bet we took advantage of that. 


2. Food Options 

family trip to mammoth california

On the way to Mammoth, we stopped in Big Pine for a bite. 

We chose Cooper Top BBQ because of their awesome Yelp reviews and the food did not disappoint. 

Owned by a family team (just like us!) of son and father, we were treated to delicious, mouth-watering barbecue at an affordable price.

Highly recommended as a pit stop for food either on the way to Mammoth or on the way back home! 

During our stay in Mammoth, we mostly grubbed at the diners located in the village

On the day that we left, we ate at The Stove Restaurant for some good ol’ classic American breakfast meal. 

Big portions, coffee, prime rib hash, family-friendly environment.

What else can be better? 


3. Woolly’s Tube Park and Snow Play

tubing in mammoth

Because this is the first time Nick and Ryan played in snow, we decided to give them the full experience by visiting Wolly’s Tube Park

At first, the kids were hesitant and scared. Nick almost flaked on this experience. 

But once he saw how much fun Ryan had during his first run, he was all in. 

The fun only got more fun when we all came together with our tubes to do a “family” run.

See the video below to see us in full on tubing action! 

Of course, they finished their snow play with a cup of warm, hot cocoa.

Smiles all around. 


Mammoth is a great destination for a family winter get away.

There are lots of fun activities for the whole family including tubing, gondola rides and of course snow in the winter. 

We had a great time as a family and created memories that we will never forget. 


call or text Bright Vision Optometry: (909)627-1111
schedule your next appointment online: CLICK HERE

the content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. please seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding your medical or vision conditions.

Bright Vision Optometry is a family-owned & operated optometry office located in Chino Hills, CA 91709

lil wayne halloween costume

my past halloweens (pictures)

I believe the spirit of Halloween exemplifies the best of our human imagination. 

For one day out of the year, we can be anyone or anything we want.

Kinda fun, don’t you think? 

See our office Halloween decorations on YouTube: CLICK HERE

For your viewing pleasure, here are 5 pictures from my past halloweens. 


halloween past

Just look at these two, one guy is a dinosaur (that’s me) and the other guy is clearly Antoine Dodson.

In case you don’t know about internet sensation Antoine Dodson, now you know.

Thank me later. 


my past halloweens

Me with my nephews Nick and Ryan. 

You know who has the wildest imaginations? Yup, kids. 

In 2017 for Halloween, there were 2 Spidermans in our little family universe and 1 very cute ghost. 

Nick trying to throw the peace out sign though. Good try. 


lil wayne halloween

During college, a huge influence for me was rap music.

One of my favorite rappers at the time was Lil Wayne (check out T-Pain next to me). 

In case you were wondering, I don’t have “CASHMONEY” tattoo’ed on stomach. We used sharpies. 


Then for some weird reason rapper Soulja Boy was hot and trending.

My college friends and I? We got infatuated. So much that we all wanted to Soulja Boy for Halloween. 

Yeah. That’s all I am going to say about that. 


This picture is special. 

This is a throwback picture of me and my wife on our first Halloween as a couple. 

I was the lucky fisherman who caught the baddest (coolest) shark in the pond. 


Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” 

So close your eyes and imagine.

Who would you want to be Halloween this year? 

pennywise halloween costume

This year, for me, you’ll float too. 

Happy Halloween! 


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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Bright Vision Optometry is a family-owned & operated optometry office located in Chino Hills, CA 91709

why i listen to this morning music playlist everyday

Everyone has their own morning rituals or routines. Here’s one of my favorites that I would like to share. Why do I listen to this morning music playlist everyday? 

Because my morning playlist helps me get into the right mindset to tackle my day, everyday. 

morning music playlist

My morning music playlist is composed of just 5 songs (a total of 17 minutes and 37 seconds). 

Just a warning, there are some songs with curse words. Earmuffs, kids!

Let’s start with the first song.


Empire Of The Sun – Alive

For song lyrics and explanation of lyric meanings: CLICK HERE 

Energy. Excitement. Eye related! 

Have you ever felt like you’re just floating through your Monday thru Friday routine? Do you sometimes feel like a robot, doing the same thing over and over again? 

The reason this song is the first on my morning music playlist is because it reminds me that I’m someone that’s actually ALIVE and there are so many wonderful things that you can do when you feel ALIVE. 

There’s a line in the song that goes, “LOST MY EYE SIGHT, CAN’T YOU HELP ME SEE?”

Like seriously? Yes, I can. Welcome to Bright Vision Optometry! LOL. 

This song is especially energizing after a big cup of coffee. But be careful with that combination, you might just find yourself dancing like a fool. 

The next song gets a little deep. 


Asher Roth – G.R.I.N.D. (Get Ready It’s A New Day)

For song lyrics and explanation of lyric meanings: CLICK HERE 

Listen to song and it will bring you wisdom. If you listen carefully that is. But don’t worry if you can’t keep up with the smooth, rhythmic flows of Asher Roth, NBD, I’ll highlight the important messages for you here, right now.

Why do I listen to this as the second song of my morning music playlist?

Because of the it helps me understand that we are all equal, everyone/everything on this earth.

Because it helps me get in the mindset to put in the work to get to where I want to be.

Because it helps me believe in myself. Because it helps me be grateful for everything that I have.

Here’s some sample of some wisdom that Asher Roth drops,

“Bout time to change a few things
We enslaved to the bank and we only wanna buy new shoes
The way that we think
We can do anything that we really wanna put our minds too…”

If you can find truths in this song, your ability to be happy will have leveled up.

“…it’s not about fame, and fortune
It’s about believing and believing in yourself
And understanding that this life is life
It’s liberty and the pursuit of happiness
And happiness isn’t about getting what you want all the time
It’s about loving what you have
So get ready it’s a new day…”

How can you not feel some-type-of-way after listening to this song? Seriously.


Nujabes – Feather

For song lyrics and explanation of lyric meanings: CLICK HERE 

If you have never heard of Nujabes, I am glad to be the one introducing you to this musical legend.

When his jazzy, lo-fi, hip-hop productions reaches my ears, his music helps me get into this super relaxed, spiritual, meditative and peaceful state. 

A good friend and patient of ours at Bright Vision Optometry, let’s call him Mr. H2cominthru, introduced me a really cool and effective breathing technique called the Wim Hof breathing. 

So while listening to this song Feathers, this is where I practice breathing deeply. Deep In and then deep out (yup, just like them burgers). It’s like this song is a catalyst for me to detox and release unnecessary stress on my mind and body. 

After listening to this song, I am reminded to breath deeply through out my day.

I am calm and peaceful. No one can stress me out. hehe. 


J. Cole – Love Yourz

For song lyrics and explanation of lyric meanings: CLICK HERE 

“No such thing as a life better than yours…”

I put this masterpiece by J. Cole into my morning music playlist because it helps me see my life in a completely different perspective.  

Seeing the world with 20/20 vision is cool and all but if you can see the world with perspectives, that’s seeing with your third eye.

More importantly, while listening to this song, I think about the special people in my family like my sister.

I think about my awesome friends that are in my life. I think about my mom (you guys, she’s a like goddess). 

There are so many distractions in this world that can pull your energy from your loved ones.

So just remember to love yourz. 


Bas – Tribe with J.Cole

For song lyrics and explanation of lyric meanings: CLICK HERE 

This one is for you.” 

And the last song on my morning music playlist is a song dedicated to my wife. 

Why? That’s TMI. 

Let’s just say she makes me feel like the happiest person alive.  

my morning music playlist


So that was it, my morning music playlist and why I listen everyday. 

I played this mix everyday, in the same order from top down. Usually while I am driving to work.

Remember, the radio plays what “they” want you to hear. Just saying. 

And don’t copy me.

I encourage you to create your own morning music playlist that will help you be the best you for your day. 

If you liked this blog post, it would mean so much to me if you shared. 

Thank you and have a great day.

Cheers!  


Text Bright Vision Optometry: (909)627-1111
Schedule Your Eye Exam Online: CLICK HERE

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

Bright Vision Optometry is a family-owned & operated optometry office located in Chino Hills, CA 91709