Vivid Sydney Lights Up Sydney Australia Through June 8

The city of Sydney, Australia, comes alive in the evening with the start of Vivid Sydney this weekend.

Vivid Sydney - Sydney Opera House

The event, which runs from May 22 to June 8 this year, is the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas. During these 18 nights, Sydney’s iconic landmarks, its harbor and urban spaces were transformed by 3D projections and over 60 light installations including the sails of the World Heritage Sydney Opera House.


Actress Rebel Wilson Teams with TORRID for Fashion Collaboration #RebelForTorrid

TORRID, a plus-size fashion chain, has announced that they are teaming with actress Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect 1 & 2) on a capsule collection of clothing called REBEL FOR TORRID.


The REBEL FOR TORRID collection features approximately 25 pieces that range in price from $28.50–$125, including tops, bottoms, jackets, dresses and accessories. These pieces feature Wilson’s personal touch like a koala-print tee that reflects her Australian background, and microphone-shaped hardware and charms that reflect her life as an entertainer.


Disneyland Launches Diamond Celebration with Three New Nighttime Spectaculars

Disneyland kicked off their 60th anniversary Diamond Celebration by premiering three new shows for guests to enjoy.

Disneyland Forever at Disneyland

Disneyland Forever” is a dazzling new fireworks spectacular. Guests will be surrounded by the worlds of timeless Disney tales, from the tips of their toes to the sky high above, thanks to the largest installation of projection mapping technology in a Disney park and surprising special effects.


This Week It Will Have Been Three Years Since I Woke Up In The I.C.U.

It was three years ago today that I woke up in the I.C.U., unaware of my surroundings or what happened.

As I slowly came to, the TV next to me was turned to the news, and the weatherperson kept talking about the Memorial Day weekend. It then dawned on me that it was Memorial Weekend…May 26 to be exact.

Then I started freaking out because the last thing I remember was being in the emergency room on May 14, getting treated for chest pains. I remember the nurse giving me an I.V. to bring down my blood pressure, and then she placed a nitro tab in my mouth…and that was all I remember.

It was twelve days later and I had no idea what had happened.


I’m Going to #IPW2015 Here in Orlando Next Week

As my long-time readers know, I used to be a full-time travel writer. Then I got sick and have spent the last three years focusing on CItySurfing Orlando. It’s still travel writing, but I don’t travel much outside the city limits.

IPW 2015

Now that I’ve come through my cancer battle, and my heart is the strongest it has been in three years (doc says!), I’m focusing on getting back into the travel part of travel writing.

That’s why I’m super excited that I will be attending IPW 2015 here in Orlando at the end of the month.


Pitch Perfect 2 – The Pitch is Back But Does It Hit All the Right Notes? #PitchPerfect2

NOTE: This review is in partnership with The Disney Blog, where I also write.

When Pitch Perfect became a smash, of course a sequel was greenlit. But the problem with comedy sequels is that they tend to be rehashes of the same formula, and as a result not as funny.

Pitch Perfect 2 group sing

I’m happy to report that Pitch Perfect 2 does not suffer from sequel-itis, for the most part.

The story picks up three years after the first movie, and the Bellas are on top of the world. They are three-time defending champs, and are picked to entertain the President for his birthday. Unfortunately an accident occurs that causes Fat Amy (Rebel Wilson) to flash the President, and results in the Barden Bellas being banned. They lose their shot at a future title, and they lose a national tour, which gets given to the German champions Das Sound Machine.


The Ting Tings New Album Is Full of Vintage Sounding Club Grooves

The UK duo known as The Ting Tings have made a name with the indie post-punk pop of their last two albums, but their newest, Super Critical, ventures into vintage club tune territory.

The Ting TIngs live at The Social in Orlando

Prior to writing their third album, members Katie White and Jules De Martino decided to shake things up, and sequestered themselves on Ibiza. Influenced by the club sounds prevalent on the island, their songwriting ventured in that direction.


Caress® Forever Collection Body Wash Review #DiscoverNewFavorites

Through Influenster, I received a bottle of Caress® Forever Collection Body Wash to review in their Walgreens #DiscoverNewFavorites VoxBox.

Caress Forever Collection Body Wash

It was a full-sized bottle in the Love Forever scent, and touted the new Fragrance Touch Technology, which releases scent for up to 12 hours just by touch.


Celebrate National Park Trust’s #KidsToParks Day 2015 With a Giveaway

Parks are some of the best places to build fun family memories, and on May 16, you can make some more on National Park Trust’s Kids to Parks Day 2015.

National Park Trust's #KidsToParks Day 2015

The National Parks Trust is dedicated to perserving local, state, and national parks, and it wants 500,000 people to sign the pledge to take their kids out to a park on Saturday, May 16. To sign up, visit

Searching For My Focus

This blog has been in a disarray for the last few months. I’ve been so busy dealing with the cancer, then trying to get back into the writing groove for my job, that this blog has been sorely neglected.

Me in a silly Jurassic Park photo at Madame Tussauds Orlando

Me in a silly Jurassic Park photo at Madame Tussauds Orlando

I’ve also been trying to figure out the focus of what I want this blog to be. For most of the last few years, I’ve been really sick. As a result, this blog started looking like a medical blog at times.


Marvel Releases Second TV Spot for Avengers: Age of Ultron and It’s About the Characters

Yesterday Marvel released a second TV spot for the upcoming movie Avengers: Age of Ultron, and it features plenty of new clips.

Avengers: Age of Ultron - Avengers Tower

I’m calling this one the “Get everybody excited by showing them individual character intros” trailer.

It starts out with Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) explaining his “little” contributions to the Avengers team. And by little, I mean he’s snidely bragging. Seems there’s a little tension already brewing between Stark and Steve Rogers aka Captain America.

Wonder how that’ll play out? LOL


Review: Putting Emergen-C Products to the Test

A few weeks ago I got a sample pack of Emergen-C products to review, so every few days, I’ve put one to the test.

Emergen-C sample packets

I received several flavors and varieties of Emergen-C. I received three packets of the 1,000mg Vitamin C dietary supplement, in Super Orange, Coconut-Pineapple, and Strawberry-Kiwi. I also received two packets of the Immune Plus dietary supplement in Citrus and Warmers Berry Medley.

Let’s start with the 1,000mg Vitamin C packets. In addition to Vitamin C, the packet label says they offer 7 B vitamins, antioxidants, and electrolytes.


Robert Downey Jr Gifts Boy a Prosthetic Iron Man Arm

One more reason Robert Downey Jr is one of the most awesome people on the planet: he recently gifted a little boy a prosthetic Iron Man arm.

Robert Downey Jr gifts Alex Pring an Iron Man prosthetic arm

He posted a video on his twitter page of him meeting 7-year old Alex Pring, in full Tony Stark mode, and giving him the 3D printed arm, which is embedded with motor and batteries to improve functionality.


Star Wars: Episode VIII Gets Release Date; Spinoff Film Gets Name

Today in at its annual shareholders meeting, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced details for two upcoming Star Wars films.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

It was revealed that Star Wars: Episode VIII will be written and directed by Rian Johnson, with an expected release date of May 26, 2017.

This is different from the Christmas time release date that Star Wars: Episode VII has. That one will be out December 18 of this year. It’s also a return to the May release dates of the first two trilogy of films. In fact, Star Wars: A New Hope, the one that started it all, was released May 25, in 1977. Return of the Jedi also had a May 25 release date (in 1983).

It was then revealed that the first of the two previously announced standalone films now has a name.


It’s Been 10 Years Mom, And I Still Miss You

Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the day my mom passed away: March 4, 2005.

She was taken at age 52 by pancreatic cancer. The disease literally ate her away. The day she passed she was maybe 80 pounds – a shell of her former self.

Her former self was vibrant and passionate. She was an artist and saw the world in bright colors. She was an amazing artist, too, but one who sadly didn’t believe in her own talent.

Mom and me - circa late 1980s

Mom and me – circa early 1990s

She loved science fiction and fantasy, something she passed on to me. One of the first movies I ever remember seeing was “Logan’s Run” in the 70s. She used to tease me during tag, yelling “run Sandman, run!”