Cirque Du Soleil Entertainment!

by TBWABusted
by TBWABusted

We are privy once more to Varekai. The show first came to Portland in 2006 and just came back last week. We were lucky to get tickets as they were only performing eight times between 6th and 10th May. And boy were we glad we did.

It was different to the one that came nine years ago. But different in a good way. It was actually very cool how fast they assembled and reassembled all the tents. The themes were the same but a lot of the performers were different. Truthfully I thought it was even better than it was all those years ago.

I personally loved all the acrobatic stuff. There were a lot of different performers and I thought they were all top-notch. It’s a great show and we had a wonderful evening!

Planning Your Next Party

balloonsJack Elio was stuck when planning his daughter’s fourth birthday party. It was a very special event as his parents and in-laws were flying from Los Angeles just to be there.  He needed it to be perfect.  And of course, part of that is getting all the right decorations.

It so happened that his daughter is a huge fan of Hello Kitty.  One day on the bus home from work, he got chatting to Beth Sonnenfeld – a friend of a neighbor – who mentioned her company, EMBraer Paper Goods Company.  As the VP of Sales there, she knew exactly how to help him.

“She just started showing me straight away on her iPhone these awesome photos of Hello Kitty paper goods that I knew my daughter would love. It was so weird as I had just been asking my wife the day before how we could get bulk Hello Kitty goods at relatively cheap prices and there was this woman showing me exactly what I needed.”

Jack made the order that same day.  And his daughter was thrilled.  The party went off great and they even got Hello Kitty tablecloths from EMBraer Paper Goods too.  Even his mother commented on the quality of the paper goods!  A win-win for everyone!

Dragon Boat Festival

boat festivalIt’s so rocking, Portland’s Dragon Boat Festival! In its 12th year, the 2015 event saw 80 teams participating!

So we went….Daniel, me and the kids. And we had a blast. It was so cool. We went down to North Shore Lake (Tempe Town Lake Marina) set up a picnic and then watched as tons of people paddled around. Apparently there were even paddlers who came from Asia, just for the event!

While we didn’t paddle we sure made the most of the Asia-Pacific inspired entertainment. It’s a great event.

Rain Rain Go Away

rain-Just when I thought summer was finally here and that we could say goodbye to the sniffles, strep, missed work days for me and kids feeling better. Now there’s more rain about to come. Aaah!!! It’s crazy! Daniel says this happens every year around this time but it’s not true…

So now I’m going to have to start dealing with that again. Get out all the winter stuff. I knew it wouldn’t last but still, it would have been nice if the good weather would have at least taken us into the weekend!

Still, maybe we’ll use the bad weather as an opportunity to check out a new restaurant opening on Sunday – Noraneko – an interesting fusion of Japanese ramen and juice bar!

Madonna Meets Moda

by David Shankbone
by David Shankbone

Wow I feel young. I had no idea Madonna was in her late 50s. For some reason I always assumed she was somewhere around my age – mid to late 40s. But she’s not, she’s older and still going strong. In fact, we just heard that she is coming later on this year to perform here in Portland! As part of her “Rebel Heart tour” (can you really still be a rebel at 56?) she’ll be making a stop in Portland, at the Moda Center. She’s still going strong, with her 13th album. This is part of her 35-city tour.

I’m going to make sure we get to go. Tickets are going on sale sometime next week and I’m going to get Daniel to get us two. I’ve never seen her in concert and I’d just love to see how she performs live, at 56! I wonder if she has enough energy to bounce around a stage.

Apparently all those mad Madonna fans in Seattle are not happy as she’s not making a stop there. Well good is what I say. All the top performers always go there and so rarely come to us. It’s about time we had one of the cool, strong, female singers – who has been going for around three decades now – say that Portland matters. Because it does. And we do. And so do you Madonna. You sure do rock!