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mido 2019

MIDO 2019 – Eyewear Show in Milan, Italy

The world is so big yet so small.

Or is it the other way around? The world is so small yet so big? 

With over 1100 vendors and 59,000 attendees from every corner of Earth, the MIDO 2019 eyewear show compacts the global eyewear industry into one location. Milan, Italy. 

My sister and I flew in on a Friday afternoon. (Poor Sophie, she threw up a lot during the flight.)

Unbeknownst to me, it was Milan Fashion Week.  I looked down.

Sweatpants are fashionable right? 


WHY MILAN?

Simple, it’s for you and your family. Our patients.

mido 2019 map

Sometimes you forget how big Earth is. Here’s a reminder, look at these population numbers: 

Chino Hills: 80,000
United States: 327,000,000 
World: 7,530,000,000

To ensure you and your family are getting the highest standard of care and highest quality eyewear, we explore the world, looking for answers to your eyewear needs.

We don’t just explore what’s new in the U.S. because what’s new in the U.S. could be “what’s old” on a global scale. 

This is why we fly to Italy to attend MIDO 2019, the largest international show dedicated to the global eyewear. 

Carin Eyewear Suzy

See more of Carin: CLICK HERE

Last year at MIDO, we discovered Korean brand, Carin.

4 PHRASES

When traveling to a foreign country, there are 4 simple phrases that will always help you. 

Hi (Ciao). Bye (Ciao). Thank you (Grazie)! You’re welcome (Prego)! 

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My sister and I were riding the Milan metro back to our hotel. It was crowded and luckily we secured seats. 

During a stop, a group of elder ladies entered and one of them made eye contact with me. 

I smiled at her and said “Ciao.” 

She smiled back, “Ciao.” I offered my seat with my hands. 

She sat down and smiled, “Grazie.” 

I smiled back, “Prego.” 

Apparently kindness is an universal language.

WHAT’S NEW?

Ultra light weight and comfortable eyewear for you.  

Kio Yamato Eyewear

Kio Yamato is an optical industry leader in processing of titanium metals for eyewear. 

Each frame is hand-made in Japan. It’s our MIDO 2019 discovery for Bright Vision Optometry. 

Learn more about Kio Yamato: CLICK HERE 


My sister and I landed in LAX on a Monday afternoon. 

mido 2019 optometry

Jet lagged and tired, we were craving asian food. 

On the drive back home my sister passed out. I looked at her and wondered, “Where to next?” 

Paris? Perhaps Korea? 

the easter island man

The Man From Easter Island

A warrior like necklace hung from his neck. He was tan with white flowers dangling at the tips of his long hair. 

I don’t know why he decided to sit next to me. 

You can tell he was proud of his tradition. It was 11:30 pm inside a restaurant and he was half-naked.

It was my last night here and I spent it with the man from Easter Island.


Easter Island is one of the most isolated inhabited islands in the world, if not, the most intriguing too.

There are hundreds of huge stone head statues called moai across Easter Island. These statues are so famous, there is even an emoji of it (🗿)!

The lingering mystery behind these statues and the people of Easter Island attract tourists from all over the world.  

How did native people, the Rapa Nui, come to live here? Why and how did they construct these massive monuments?

easter island


The man from Easter Island and I spoke for hours. He described to me the powers that come from the sun, the moon, the water, and mother nature.

For example, if he was hungry, he would go fishing in the waters and that was dinner.  Life was that simple. 

easter island head statues

He emphasized the importance of awareness to one’s spirit and of being in the moment. Perhaps it was something he had observed as lacking in our modern culture. 

While summoning my own spirit, I had one question for him.

“Do you want to meet my mom? She is sleeping in the hotel room right now.”

“Yes! Let’s go.” he said.


As we walked to our hotel room, the man from Easter Island picked a pink flower.

Inside, my spirit giggled with excitement.

My mom was asleep when I entered, still wearing her sleeping mask.

“Mom, there is someone I want you to meet.” I said.

She woke up, dazed and confused. She gave me a look as if to say “WTF?”

The man from Easter Island entered. He does his native dance and hum. My mom smiled and laughed. A pink flower was was handed to her. Their spirits embraced.

This is the story of the man from Easter Island.


MORE: Mother Nature – Banff and Jasper National Park with My Mom – CLICK HERE

MORE: Part 2 – “The Wedding Day” – CLICK HERE

What Does Marriage Mean?

It’s Monday, 10:47 pm in Santiago, Chile. Outside, the streets are surprisingly quiet. Inside our hotel room, the AC is on.

Tomorrow my mom and I start our journey to Patagonia. The famous “W Circuit” or “W Trek” hike awaits us.

what does marriage mean

I look down at this mess that is me packing. I see 3 neat zip-lock bags filled with clothes.

It reminds me of my wife.

I see my hiking shoes that still needs to be packed.

It reminds me of the meaning of marriage.


COMMITMENT
Weather in Patagonia is unpredictable and the winds are infamously wild. It’s common to experience all “4 seasons” in one day.

I did not know that. But luckily my wife did.

To ensure her husband’s survival, she packed him 3 zip-lock bags labeled “OUTERS”, “CLEAN INNERS”, and “WARMTH”.

patagonia hike

Marriage means commitment.

It means always caring for each other’s ultimate well-being, physically and mentally.

TOGETHER
The W Trek of Patagonia totals 50 miles of nature’s best. Parts of this adventure involves terrain that require some tricky scrambling. Legit hiking boots are required.

I did not know this. But luckily my wife did.

Together, we went to REI and found the perfect hiking boots. Together, we went on a practice hike, up towards Mt. Wilson, to break-in my new hiking boots.

hiking boots

Marriage means doing life together.

It means her situation is my situation, and my need for new hiking boots is her need too.

FAMILY
Bucket-list worthy, breathtaking landscape and heavenly views, hiking Patagonia is every hiker’s dream. Including my mom’s.

Read: Mother Nature – Banff and Jasper National Park with My Mom – CLICK HERE

Now I did know this. Luckily my wife did too.

She knew this trip was important to me but more important to our mom. I didn’t even have to ask, she was already encouraging me to go.

Hiking the W Trek

Marriage means family.

It means starting a family together but more importantly, it means integrating family to the point “in-laws” are said by no one.


It’s Tuesday, 11:20 pm in Puerto Natales, Chile. Outside, the streets are understandably quiet. Inside our hotel room, the heater is on.

Tomorrow my mom and I start our hike to attack the famous W Circuit of Patagonia.

Puerto Natales

I look at down, my backpack is stuffed with 3 neat zip-lock bags filled with clothes and my hiking boots.

I am reminded of my wife. I am reminded of the meaning of marriage.


READ MORE: Part 2 – “The Wedding Day” – CLICK HERE

The Wedding Day (Part 2)

Saturday – 11/24 – Anaheim, CA 

6:14 am 
The aroma of scotch lingered in the hotel room.

There wasn’t much time left. I really need to finish my vows. So far I got nothing.

Today was suppose to be the best day of my life.Photos by Lin & Jirsa: WEBSITE


11:44 am
Surrounded by my boys that know me best, we scrambled to look presentable.  

The night before, we drank scotch, reminisced about our childhood and played video games. 

All good reasons to procrastinate perhaps. 

Photos by Lin & Jirsa: WEBSITE


1:00 pm
First look went something like this.

Wow. Just wow. Joseph, our awesome photographer, chimed in “Let’s rewind and do this one more time!” 

Wow. Just wow. 

Photos by Lin & Jirsa: WEBSITE


3:15 pm
She walked down the aisle. 

Eric, our officiant, says a few words. We kiss. It’s official.

Mr. and Mrs. Soong, party of 2. 

Photos by Lin & Jirsa: WEBSITE


5:26 pm
Overwhelmed and mesmerized by the smiling faces of friends and family, we danced. 

I raised my hand, my wife spins around. Beautiful.

She raised her hand too, I spin around awkwardly.

Nailed it. 

Photos by Lin & Jirsa: WEBSITE


8:22 pm
A surprise food truck entered the parking lot. 

IN-N-OUT! IN-N-OUT!

That’s what a hamburger’s all about. 

In and Out at WeddingPhotos by Lin & Jirsa: WEBSITE


9:09 pm
The last song of the night. 

🎵 “Man this feel incredible, I’ll turn you into a bride, you’re mine.” – Bazzi (Mine) 🎵

I looked at my wife and I said…

“Today is the best day of my life.”

Photos by Lin & Jirsa: WEBSITE


BONUS: 11:46 pm
Meanwhile, back at the hotel…(warning: NSFW)


Read Part 1: “The Wedding Plan” – CLICK HERE

The Wedding Plan (Part 1)

“Any special requests for the wedding?” she asked. 

Without hesitation I answered, “In-N-Out truck please!” 

My fiancee at the time, gave me this weird look, “Are you serious?” she asked. 

I nodded.

Super serious. 

wedding planning
Photos by Akiko Liu Photos – Website 


They say communication saves relationships. It’s true. 

So the first thing we did was to divide wedding planning responsibilities. We created a list which looked something like this:

ME: Music   

HER: Everything else

The message was clear.

I was pretty much useless. 


Photos by Akiko Liu Photos – Website 


It was impressive watching her wedding plan. 

She had a vision and she knew exactly what she wanted. 

Budget. Venue. Guest list. Catering. Color theme. Photographer. DJ. Videographer. Wedding dress. Hotel-room block. Website. Invitation. Seating chart. Flowers. Cake. Menu design and print. Photo booth. Marriage license. Rehearsal dinner. Checked. 

The best part? She made sure we had fun with the whole process. This is who I was marrying? 

How did I ever get so lucky? 

Photos by Akiko Liu Photos – Website 


An unexpected blessing came during our planning.  

In high school, Elaine and I met through a childhood friend named Eric. Thinking it would be great idea, we asked Eric to be our wedding officiant. 

“I’ll do it but you and Elaine would have go through premarital counseling. I’ll be happy to facilitate this.” he said. It was a no-brainer. We agreed. 

So Eric and his lovely wife Diana, lead us through a series of premarital counseling sessions and prepped us for the realities of marriage.  

This was our best wedding planning decision. 


Photos by Akiko Liu Photos – Website 


“Do you want the good news or bad news first?” she asked with a smirk on her face.

I gave her a weird look, “I’ll take the bad news first”, I replied. 

“They can’t do french fries or milk shakes with the truck.” she answered.  

“So what’s the good news?” 

You already know her answer. 

Photos by Akiko Liu Photos – Website 


More: “The Wedding Day (Part 2)”: CLICK HERE

More: “Taiwan: Back to the roots of love and family”: CLICK HERE

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Taiwan: Back to the roots of love and family

I looked behind me, my sister was already deep asleep.

The airplane air was dry, so dry that I couldn’t tolerate wearing contact lenses. I turned around. My fiancee, Elaine, was wearing her glasses too.

She smiled at me and asked, “Are you ready to be 25% married?” I gave her a gentle nod and said “Yes, of course.” 

14 hours later, we landed in Taiwan.

Taiwan has a special place in my heart.

When my dad passed away, my sister and I were shipped to Tainan (a city on the southwest coast of Taiwan) to live with my grandparents.

This gave my mom the opportunity to go back to school without the burden of dealing with her 2 annoying, bratty kids.

We lived in Taiwan for a total of 4 years before coming back to the States.

Being in Taiwan always gave me a feeling of nostalgia.

The food, family, the culture. Sporadic childhood memories of my sister and I returned.

Like the time when we were suspended upside down on the apex of a ghetto roller coaster for 2 hours.

It’s probably the reason we are both deathly afraid of heights.

Taiwan has it all.

Night markets. 7-Elevens. Lakes. MRT. Mopeds. Boba milk tea. Monuments. Night clubs. Endless shopping. Bullet trains. Mountains.

The food, oh my goodness, the food.

Above all, Taiwan is home to some of the friendliest people in the world.

Humble, old-school, empathetic and sincere.

On the same weekend, we witnessed our good friends Johnathan and his seraphic wife Emily tie the knot.

With the distant mountains as their backdrop, they celebrated love and life. A surprise firework show capped off their special night.

Taiwan was a part of their story too.


We decided on a wedding banquet in Taiwan because of family.

With so many important family members living in Taiwan, it just made sense.

My mom was smiling the whole night. Perhaps it was because she was surrounded by her closest childhood friends.Or maybe it was because she was happy for me. I don’t know.

But I smiled through the whole night too.

On our last day, Elaine and I went to Ximending, a popular shopping area in Taipei.

This was where I randomly ran into her in 2005. We often reminisced about that day. I would always remind her that was the day I knew I was going to marry her.

The streets of Ximending were crowded with people but we spotted a small opening. We stopped, we smiled and took a polaroid together.

Our Taiwan tradition continues.

Through her thick lenses, I saw the focus in her eyes. She was already tackling her work emails that had piled up.

I poked her stomach with my index finger, breaking her concentration. I asked her, “Are you ready to be 100% married next month?”

She gave me a gentle smile and said “Yes, of course.” Then I took off my contact lenses and closed my eyes.

12 hours later, we were back in California.

Mother Nature – Banff and Jasper National Park with My Mom

THURSDAY
She gave me this look of disapproval before she asked, “What are you listening to?” 

“Mom, this is Chance the Rapper. It’s good music.”  I said

She didn’t say anything back. 

“Well, what’s your favorite type of music mom?” I asked

She turned to me, gently smiled and said, “I like listening to musicals or songs from broadway shows. You know like Phantom of the Opera.”


FRIDAY
One quintessential water activity in Banff is canoeing on the beautiful Bow River. 

“I got a good idea, let’s rent a canoe and explore this cool river!” I said


SATURDAY
AM: 
We rented a canoe and proceeded to the gentle river route. While paddling back to the rental dock, our canoe capsized. It was an embarrassing moment yet we couldn’t stop laughing about it. 

“Maybe that was a bad idea. No more water activities on this trip.” I said

My mom, still laughing, nodded in agreement. 

PM: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is magical place. The color blue will never be the same. 

“Hey you and your mom should go outside and take a picture together!” Jiamee said

“You mean out there? Let’s go!” I replied

Thank you and congratulations to the newlywed Jonathan and Linda Dorsey for making this trip happen! 


SUNDAY
“It’s okay if we can’t find a place to eat. I bought 6 cup of noodles, we can just eat that.” my mom said 

“Are you serious? Who eats cup of noodles on vacation?” I said


MONDAY
My mom turned to me and said, “This is a 4 hour hike, make sure you drink water and eat a banana or else you will cramp.” 

I just smiled and nodded. I couldn’t really hear her because the soundtrack to Phantom of the Opera was blasting through the speakers. 


TUESDAY
“My leg cramped in the middle of the night.” I admitted 

“I told you to drink lots of water and eat a banana. You should sleep earlier too.” she said 


WEDNESDAY
Half-way back on our flight, my mom leaned in. 

“We didn’t finish the cup of noodles. We still have 3 of them so I brought them back. It would be such a waste to throw it away.” she revealed 

Shaking my head inside my head.

I changed the topic, “So where are we going next year?”

“I want to see Smoky Mountain National Park!” she said 

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Dr. Soong’s Japan / Taiwan Trip Recap

2017 was a crazy eventful year for me. It was capped off by a vacation to Japan and Taiwan. Here are some highlights:

 

Day 1: Pit-stop in Taipei for some Taiwanese breakfast

Day 2: Arrived in Tokyo in time for Christmas

Day 3: Our journey took us to the Jigokudani Monkey Park in Yamanouchi

Day 3: Eating dinner with tradition

Day 4: Snow day in Nagano, had to show some love to BVO

Day 4: While exploring snowy Nagano, we found ramen

Day 5: Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo

Day 5: Night life in Tokyo 

Day 6: Day trip to check out the Hakone Shrine

Day 6: Waygu Steak is a must in Japan. Oh the marbling…

Day 7: Back to Taiwan but we missed Japan so we had to get more sushi

Day 8: Celebrating 2018 at Taipei 101

Day 9: Trip to Tainan to visit my cousins and of course eat

Day 10: These two are happy because they found their Taiwan wedding venues

Day 11: Dinner with my dad’s side of the family

Day 12: Farewell Taiwan, until next time…

nearsighted progression control

Is there a way to slow down nearsighted progression?

If your child is nearsighted, you are probably wondering if there is anything you can do to prevent or help slow nearsighted progression so your child will not need stronger glasses year after year. This is a common question that parents ask in our exam room.

nearsighted progression
At BVO, we strongly believe in implementing myopia control early on to prevent your child from developing higher levels of nearsightedness (myopia). Moderate to high levels of nearsightedness is associated with serious eye problems and disease later on in life such as early cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal detachment.

Currently, studies have shown four effective ways to control or slow down  nearsighted progression:

  • Orthokeratology (“ortho-k”) over-night contact lenses
  • Multifocal contact lenses
  • Multifocal eyeglasses
  • Atropine eye drops

Orthokeratology (“Ortho-K”)

Orthokeratology uses a specially designed hard (gas permeable) contact lenses that are worn during sleep at night to reshape and mold the cornea. By reshaping the cornea to a desired pattern, your child’s nearsighted will be temporarily corrected so he/she won’t need to wear glasses during the daytime. Several research studies around the world have proved that orthokeratology therapy help prevent or slow down nearsighted progression.

Multifocal Contact Lenses

Special multifocal contact lenses can be used to control or slow down nearsighted progression.  Multifocal contact lenses contain different prescriptions across the contact lenses compared to regular contact lenses that only have one prescription all across. The center zone of the multifocal contact lenses helps correct the full amount of nearsighted while the outer zones contain weaker prescriptions. The outer zone areas with the weaker prescriptions help relax your child’s eyes when they are doing near tasks such as reading, doing homework, playing on the iPad or the cell phone.

Multifocal Eyeglasses

Similarly to multifocal contact lenses, multifocal eyeglasses contain the different prescriptions from top to bottom. The top portion of the lens contains the full prescription and the prescription gets weaker gradually towards the bottom. When your child is doing near work and looking through the bottom of the lenses, he/she won’t have to focus (accommodate) as much. 

Atropine Eye Drops

Atropine eye drops dilate the pupil and temporarily paralyze the focusing muscle of the eyes. The eye’s focusing mechanism is completely relaxed with the use of atropine eye drops.  Atropine is not used as a first choice of method to control myopia due to the eye drop’s potential side effects: light sensitivity and blurred near vision.   

A lot of parents have asked our doctors to under-correct or prescribe less nearsightedness prescription so their children’s nearsightedness will not grow faster. It is worth noting that under-correction of nearsightedness is ineffective at slowing myopia down.  Under-correction of spectacle lenses also makes your child’s distance vision blurry, which puts your child at a disadvantage in the classroom and in life. More recently, studies have shown that more outdoor time may also reduce myopia progression. There are many ways to control myopia as discussed above, we highly recommend controlling your child’s nearsightedness as early as possible to prevent higher eye health risk in the future. 

Schedule a nearsightedness control evaluation with us today by clicking 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

Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ

BVO Eats! – Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ – Chino Hills, CA

Summer time is synonymous with barbecues and gatherings with family and friends, but who wants to grill when it is 100+ degrees outside? Recently, we went to Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ  (4611 Chino Hills Pkwy, Chino Hills, CA) to enjoy great food with great company, all while escaping the heat. 
Lucille’s has an exhaustive menu, and with a group of 5, we opted for the Backyard Family Feast, which is made to feed 4. We came hungry, but still had enough left over to feed 2-3! The family menu is a great way to sample everything and to really get into the “backyard barbecue” spirit. (Nothing says summer like a large plate of grilled meats!) Everything leading up to the main events — the homemade biscuits with apple butter, fries, and peanut coleslaw — were delicious. The main events did not disappoint either — the ribs were meaty and tender, and the chicken was juicy. Others surely agree with us, as the wait time can be up to 30 minutes on weekends, so be sure to make reservations!
lucilles bbq
Spotlight Dish: Backyard Family Feast (half BBQ chicken, half beef ribs and St. Louis ribs)
BVO Tip: Go in a group to get the most bang for your buck, and come hungry!

About BVO Eats! — Every quarter, eBVO Eats! will feature a restaurant in Chino Hills and highlight a spotlight dish. The purpose is not to provide a comprehensive review, but to introduce our readers to some of our favorite eateries in this wonderful city. We love exploring our local community — what better way of doing this than eating?

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