Balikbayan Pasalubong Gift Ideas from The Container Store

Gifting my friends and family can be a dubious challenge especially if they are picky or if you only have a set budget that you need to work on.  Then there’s the issue of the weight and size a gift can fit in your luggage or balikbayan box that you send home.

While trying to be creative on what to send back to the Philippines via the Balikbayan box my friend took me to The Container Store in Fashion valley, San Diego. There I found a ton of great gifting ideas that are unique, thoughtful, practical and wont hurt your budget.

In addition I created a Video Blog of my finds and you can view it here

Compartment organizers

Thes clear compartment organizers are a great give for people that are well organized. Perfect to store charging cables and small jewelry.
If you or your friends are into crafting like beads, this is a way to neatly store supplies.

Compartment Boxes

Compartment Boxes

Flip Out Bins
Bigger pull down organizers are great for the workshop to store bolts or nail, or use them in the kitchen to keep away spices or sachet mixes.


Mobile Flip Out Boxes from The Container Store Perfect for your workshop or kitchen

Mason Jars

There is a huge demand and trend for Mason jars. Can be used as a mug, some use them for baking. A pen holder, coin drop, the uses are endless…or use them for their original purpose, creating yummy jams 🙂

Glass Mason Jars from The Container Store

Glass Mason Jars from The Container Store

The Container Store is also a great place to find essential gear for your travel. Like a handheld weight for your luggage, luggage organizers, and more.

I hove more gifting ideas to come so stay tuned 🙂


A Look at San Diego’s Marvel Experience

The domes of the Marvel Experience Tour

The domes of the Marvel Experience Tour

On February 7th The San Dieo Del Mar Racetrack opened its doors to host the Marvel Experience. A Hyperreliaty tour of the Marvel Universe as a SHEILD Agent recruit.
The Marvel Experience is a hands on adventure, great for kids and adults alike with hands on activities like the Starks Industries Holobrast, Spirdeman wall climb challenge and the Black Widow Agility test.
The best reward for me was getting my SHEILD Badge

The event is extended for another week till 28th of February.
Here is a photoblog of what you can expect inside the Marvel Experience

You can still purchase passes for the Marvel tour at and check out other city tour dates like for San Francisco in March Continue reading

The Marvel Experience Comes To San Diego


                                                                                        Marvel Experience Dome

2015 is definitely Marvel’s movie year.  With two films on the release Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1st and Ant Man on July 17th (right around Comic Con Month) and the just released mini TV series on ABC’s  Agent Carter  everyone is on a Marve-licious high.

Now what can top that.  Why a 3d/4d SHEILD Training chance Marvel Experience of course!  The Marvel Experience will be coming to San Diego at the Del Mar Fairgrounds starting February 7- 22.

Keeping this brief so that you can immediately click on the Marvel Experience Website to purchase your soon to be Sold out tickets, here is a brief look on what the experience can offer you.

Marvel Experience

General Admission   Starting from $33.00-35.50

Seven 2d Stereoscopic Dome
4D Motion Ride

VIP SHEILD Special Operative Package  at $99.00
•One (1) Pass to The Marvel Experience*
•Invitation to the Marvel-Themed VIP Lounge featuring light fare, cash bar, charging station, coat check, VIP bathroom, and more
•Priority Access into the experience and the Simularium Theatre
•One (1) Limited Edition The Marvel Experience poster – signed and numbered by the artist
•One (1) Spider-Man Climbing Wall Photo puts you in the action high above the city!
•One (1) Customized Merchandise Item to commemorate your heroic day
•Access to Premium Parking (one spot per order)
•On-site Experience Concierge with expertise of the show and the Marvel Universe

Go to the Marvel Experience Website or Ticket Master for more Admission details

Are Ready for the Con? Off Site Comic Con Events



SD-CC-Offsite Map



I’m sure my fellow geeks, gamers and convention enthusiasts are. Even people who were unfortunate to get a ticket are pumped for the 2014 San Diego Comic Con

Why? because, even without a badge there are many ways to still take part of the biggest comic convention on Earth by just hanging around Gaslamp San Diego.

How?  Well for starters, keep tabs of the SDCC website for event schedule

Next is to also keep tabs of the San Diego gaslamp Website and the Unofficial SDCC Blog page for the Offsite Events list which is updated regularly
If you are new to San Diego and you need a bit of direction on which party or lounge you need to go to you can look up Google map’s SDCC 2014 map list

Then there is Twitter & Facebook.  You may want to follow the following for freebies update and contest around town

SDCC Blog –

When Nerds Attack –
Some Offsite Events you may want to keep an eye on are:

Nerdy Bar Hop

Active Lifestyle NERDS!

San Diego, CA
2,127 Active Nerds

Greetings! Welcome to the Active Lifestyle Nerds Meetup community. This meetup was designed to bring out your inner-nerd and introduce it to other inner-nerds around your area…

Next Meetup

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014, 12:00 PM
9 Attending

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GameSpot Base Station – Gaslamp area

Enchantment Under The SDCC – SDCCBlog Reader Party!
Chance to win a 1 day Comic Con Pass to use any day

Walking Dead Experience at Petco Park

Xbox Lounge – Seaport Ballroom on the second level of the Harbor Tower at the Manchester Grand Hyatt

Game of Thrones: Survive the Realm Experience at the Omni Hotel Gallery

Ubisoft Assasins Creed Obstacle Course–  set up near the Gaslamp Hilton

For more resources  also visit
and Crazy4ComicCon


My First WonderCon

WonderCon 2013 at the Anehiem Convention Center March 29-31

Happy Post Easter Weekend and a Happy April Fools to all.

While some of my friends have been busy doing Easter Egg hunt at parks or relatives homes, I decided to spend my holiday weekend at in Anaheim, CA staying at the marvelous DoubleTree Anaheim Suites just across from Disneyland. I was given a complimentary pass by a friend to WonderCon which was being held at the Anaheim Convention Center. Continue reading