Treasure Island Hotel’s Marvel Avengers STATION

The  Marvel’s Avengers STATION stands for Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network is the newest exhibit in Treasure Island Hotel in Las Vegas. This is where you get train and become an official Avengers operatives. If you are a Marvel movie fan, you’ll be excited to see this. The exhibit is actually based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

My entrance ticket. I got this deal from Groupon!

To access the facility, you need a mobile device (you can download the app or rent the ipod) and the first thing to do is to create your STATION profile and the device will serves as your tour information guide. You can also take photos and print out the collage after the training along with your STATION ID card.

ORIENTATION WITH AGENT MARIA



The tour begins with a briefing with Agent Maria Hill. She’ll give you specific instructions on how to use your device and as soon as the door opens, you’re mission is to explore the different major Avenger member areas: Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Thor and Iron Man.

From your device, you’ll able to hear each information and as you go from room to room you’ll see a pop up message telling you to proceed with the next training mission. At the end of each room, you can answer trivia questions from your device where your scores will tally at the end of the training program.


The Incredible Hulk




The exhibit has actual movie props and you’ll be surprised to see other characters: Black Widow, Agent Coulson, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, Falcon and some villains too.

 

THOR

IRON MAN

Marvel’s Avengers STATION is open daily from 10 am to 10 pm located inside Treasure Island Hotel, 3300 Las Vegas Blvd South, you can also purchase tickets in advance just go to their official website, stationattraction.com

Backstreet Boys – Larger than life: My Las Vegas Experience

OMG, they’re back again! Yes, that is right! Backstreet Boys announced their own Las Vegas residency and show tickets were almost sold out! The first show started on March 1 at the Axis in Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino (Las Vegas, Nevada). If I am not mistaken BSB will be performing Wednesday, Friday and Saturday in March until June (adding new shows in April and June).

It’s been two decades and a half since I’ve known them and as a fan, as soon as I heard of the news I went online and purchase my tickets during the BSB fan pre-sale and decided that I am going to celebrate my birthday in Vegas! Then, I booked our hotel for 3 days and 2 nights in Planet Hollywood and started to check sale airline tickets in December. We arrived in Vegas on Thursday March 16, a day earlier for their Friday show March 17.

Our hotel – Planet Hollywood

Before their first number, there were footages and photos shown onscreen then we were listening to the remix of BSB background songs until I figured out that they were singing llive! I heard their voices and I can’t wait to see them until the five huge LCD screens floating infront of us turned around and Backstreet Boys started to sing!

Panoramic shot of Axis in Planet Hollywood. Click to enlarge.

Unfortunately, we had a bad experience during the opening number when three girls infront of us blocked our view and occupied the empty seats. They were called out several times and the security approached them. They were debating until the security called her Manager. When the Manager arrived, she was talking to my Mom and they upgraded our seats near VIP area.

AJ, Howie, Nick, Kevin and Brian wore white suits and performed their greatest hits like “Larger than Life,” “The One,” “Get Down,” “Drowning,” ‘Incomplete,” “Quit Playing Games (with my heart),” “Show Me the Meaning of being Lonely,” “I’ll never break your heart,” “Anywhere for you,” “Undone,” “As Long as you love me,” “The Call,” “We’ve Got it Goin’ on,” “All I have to give,” “Shape of my heart,” “I want it that way,” and “Everybody.” Well if I missed some songs I think those were the times that I can’t hear them because the audience were too loud screaming!!!


Howie D performed infront of us (“All I have to give” wherein all members were standing in different seating areas) and He said “Hello” to my Mom. He shook my sister’s hand and I am trying to reach his hand but He just nodded. There was a lady who jumped on the side and the security grabbed her escorted her to the nearest exit (poor girl!). Security was strict, and I liked it!

I’ve been a fan of Backstreet Boys since 1997. I remembered they had a Mall tour in Manila and it was over crowded so the Mall decided to close down the entire Mall. I also attended some of their concerts in Manila (BSB tour minus one + complete members and with NKOTB) and here in St Louis and Chicago.

The show lasted like less than two hours. They thanked everyone for attending the show and its been 24 years we are together as a band hoping to have another 24?

I only recorded few clips of the performances because I wanted to enjoy the whole show. I screamed on some parts (or my sister, lol) so sorry about that, we’re just a fan excited to see BSB!

I heard they are having another show with Florida Georgia Line at the Wrigley Field (Chicago) in August . Let me think about it.

The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival

The Lights Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary with fun filled two day activities. To officially kick off the holiday season, the tradition continues and starts off with a grand parade traveling Oak Street & North Michigan and South Michigan to Wacker Drive and a tree lighting ceremony on Michigan Ave Magnificent Mile hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse.

Jollibee: Filipino fast food chain opens in Skokie, Illinois

The first Filipino fast food chain made its debut on July 29 in Midwest. Located in the Touhy Marketplace shopping center (3534 Touhy Avenue), its opening day was a jampacked and we were lucky that we don’t have to wait that long when we went last weekend. The lines continue to develop and people keep coming in from different places. I know people drove hours for Jollibee. That’s how we love Jollibee.

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Everyone is patiently waiting just to take home our favorite chickenjoy, burgers and halo-halo. Unfortunately, burger steak is not available until August 15. Jollibee’s menu is quite different from the Philippines because the store serves halo-halo. It won’t matter if we want an hour or more just to taste our local dishes. I’ve read online and non-Filipinos were curious why there were so many people lining outside, some recommended they should try it and we would love to hear your feedback about our food. If you were watching Anthony Bourdain’s show in CNN – Parts Unknown. There was a scene wherein he tries eating at Jollibee.


Part of our family tradition is to eat at Jollibee, rain or shine, breakfast to dinner, dine in or take out. We even celebrate our birthdays, different occasions and meetings because we love to share our moments with Jollibee.

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halo-halo

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peach mango pie

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fiesta palabok

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jolly spaghetti

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chickenjoy

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This is also a good opportunity to come and meet together. You’ll see the excitement on their faces when they reach the cashier area. The place can’t accommodate all of us so it’s better if you order and ‘take out’ (to go). I remembered few years ago when I flew to California and Las Vegas, eating at Jollibee is on my ‘must to do’ list. Now, how lucky we are because there will be a 2nd Jollibee about to open in N Elston Ave (Chicago) later this year.

Happy Bee Day to all of us!