Waterworks

23 Feb 19
EW.com

When you hire someone like Aubrey Plaza to host the Independent Spirit Awards, you can expect to see something truly wild — and she delivered. The Parks and Recreation and Chucky star kicked things off with a bloody and bonkers opening sketch that featured herself sacrificing Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard to channel the “spirit” […]

23 Feb 19
Openness to Life Means Openness to Loss

 I went to the parish Adoration chapel for the last hour of my oldest child’s first communion retreat. I thought I was gonna read the Temperament God Gave Me for an hour, but my body and soul pulled me down a different route. I thought the Blessed Sacrament was going to be exposed, but He […]

23 Feb 19
SheKnows
When your annual vacation time rolls around, there are plenty of perks to taking a cruise. Sunbathing on the lido deck, going on shore excursions, trying every type of cuisine known to man (and having it available nearly 24-7!) — the list goes on and on. However, when you have kids, it’s easy to think that perhaps you should scratch this type of vacation off your list. Happily, cruises have come a long way in recent years. Because cruise lines know that busy working parents need a break from time to time, the industry trend now seems to be swinging toward family-friendly cruises with something for everyone in the family. Between kids activities and family-friendly shows, you won’t wonder for one second whether you made the right decision for a little R&R with your little ones. The following kid-friendly cruises could very well be the answer to your family-friendly vacay prayers. 1. Royal Caribbean Symphony of the Seas Image: Courtesy of Royal Caribbean. The newest ship in Royal Caribbean’s fleet will floor your entire fam. Can we talk for a minute about revolutionary (and kid-friendly) firsts, like glow-in-the-dark laser tag, surf simulators and, oh, you know, the tallest slide at sea?! This ship even boasts the two-story Ultimate Family Suite, which has an in-room slide and entertainment center as well as a hot tub on the balcony. 2. Disney (basically any ship) Image: Courtesy of Disney. We gather you aren’t picking up your jaw in awe at this moment because you probably suspected Disney would make this list. And you were right. There’s a reason Disney has become the standard for kid-friendly cruises, and that’s because they quite literally cater to families. Take the classic-but-refurbished Disney Wonder, for example — the horn of the ship toots “When You Wish Upon a Star,” the Oceaneer Club/Lab allows kids to participate in fun activities like Marvel Super Hero Academy and, naturally, you get to hang with your favorite Disney friends like Elsa and Anna. 3. Carnival Vista Image: Courtesy of Carnival. A newer ship in the Carnival fleet, Vista launched in 2016 — meaning the modern amenities and sophisticated style are a sweet bonus. But what your kids will freak out over isn’t the decor. Rather, it’s the fact that Carnival’s Vista boasts the first IMAX at sea, a zip line on the upper deck, the WaterWorks aqua park, a pool “dive-in” movie theater and so much more. 4. Norwegian Getaway Image: Courtesy of Norwegian. This Miami-based ship will keep the kiddos entertained and, if you want, out of your hair while you’re trying to get some much-needed R&R. They’ll especially love the Aqua Park, which has two pools, five water slides (including the fastest-dropping one at sea!) and a pirate-themed water park area for little ones. You’ll be a fan of the ship’s 26 dining spots and the three-deck sports complex that has a ropes course and rock-climbing area. 5. Regal Princess Image: Courtesy of Regal Princess. Need a night out without the kiddos? After all, there are so many swanky adult-only things to do on a cruise you want to take advantage of them. Well, don’t worry. Your little ones will totally support you going out because it means they get to explore the Regal Princess‘ forest-themed kids lounge known as The Treehouse. Pj parties, movie nights, Lego boat-building contests… they won’t want the night to end. Tweens can hang in The Lodge, where they can play games, build model roller coasters and participate in talent shows. And for teens, only the hip Beach House (with mocktails, no less) will do. 6. MSC Divina Image: Courtesy of MSC Divina. If you like your vacations luxe but still need something family-friendly, look no further than the ultra-elegant MSC Divina. From the Broadway-size Pantheon Theater to the Swarovski crystal staircases, this ship is a study in opulence. And while you may be worried this all sounds a little too grown-up for your kids, rest easy (literally). They have clubs for both little ones and teens along with other appealing activities, like an internet café and F1 racing simulator. 7. Lindblad Expeditions Image: Courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions. Love adventure? Have kids who are nerdy about nature? (And, really, who could blame them?!) Lindblad Expeditions partnered with National Geographic to ensure your family has a once-in-a-lifetime kind of experience on your cruise. The National Geographic Global Explorers program was created to encourage kids to develop the skills and knowledge of a true explorer. Teens can even earn an expedition landing craft “driver’s license.” Other family-friendly activities you’re going to want to add to your family cruise bucket list are snorkeling with sea lions in the Galápagos, observing a polar bear in the arctic and kayaking in Alaskan coves. Bonus? Lindblad strives to make family adventure travel affordable, offering special deals like 50 percent off and a second child for free when you book an Alaska family voyage.
23 Feb 19
Annlyel Online

When I watched Creed for the second time I was blown away by the movie’s simple but impactful story. It set up the story for Adonis Creed, son of deceased boxer Apollo Creed, and when I heard there was going to be a sequel I was ecstatic. And then when I saw the trailer and found out […]

23 Feb 19
Robin Writes...and Coffee

Land of the Blue Smoke. It has been raining here for, well, weeks. Not helpful if you are prone to depression. Or have a 2 year old roof that has issues. But I will turn my mood around as we celebrate mom’s birthday. It has been bittersweet as also this week we realized that it […]

23 Feb 19
Wendy Shares...

“You know…with talented people…They draw people to themselves and without trying to, they tear them into shreds. The closer you are to them, the more viciously you’ll be torn apart.” ~Mitaka Jin Those who watch anime, or are manga readers (you know who you are) have probably heard or watched before the highly-acclaimed anime that […]

23 Feb 19
Silver's Works

  Chapter 25. August     The cliff that was used in the shoot was a set, roughly five or six metres or as tall as a two story building. At this height, action scenes would generally employ the use of wire-fu[1].   However, considering that there were a few nonhuman people here, Director Yu […]

23 Feb 19

As a child my biggest fear was my mother dying. When my dad was still around and my mom worked night shifts, I’d sneak into my parents’ room where my dad would be sleeping, way past my bedtime, and look out their window where it faced the garage door of our condominuim. From the 3rd […]

22 Feb 19
Jardon’s Music Reviews

Today’s review is of a song that I like quite a lot. So without further ado… Song: Pints of Guinness Make You Strong Artist: Against Me! Pints of Guinness Makes You Strong (referred to just Guinness for the remainder of this post due to me wanting to keep my sanity and not wanting to type […]

22 Feb 19
Annlyel Online

Star Wars is one of the reasons why I love life. I’ve watched these movies since I was a child, learning the scenes and memorizing the dialogue to the point where I can recite it at will. And while not all of the Star Wars film are equal I love analyzing these films to the core, discovering the […]

22 Feb 19
Gordon's Culture Critiques

Fighting With My Family is a gloriously cathartic, inspiration, and tear gushing entertainment. Florence Pugh is an energetic powerhouse actress as the young would be Wide World Wrestling Diva Champion. Her brother played by Jack Lowden is gripping and brilliantly invasive. Despite the predictable sport genre plot, you can’t help but glue yourself to this […]

22 Feb 19
ABC in HK

Another awesome trip through the International Asian Studies Programme (IASP) of CUHK! On Saturday morning, a group of exchange friends and I took the train to Quarry Bay MTR Station, where we met the rest of the exchange group. It was a sunny (I got slightly sunburned), warm day – perfect for hiking the Tai […]