Chelsea beat Slavia 4-3 to book Europa League semi

first_imgChelsea reached the Europa League semi-finals by beating Slavia Prague 4-3 helped by a Pedro double in a first-half onslaught before withstanding the Czech’s comeback bid after the break in a pulsating game on Thursday.Chelsea were cruising 4-1 at halftime but Slavia added two goals early in the second period with powerful strikes by Petr Sevcik, which narrowed the aggregate score to 5-3 after the London side had won the first leg 1-0.Sevcik spurned a chance to cut the deficit further before Chelsea held on to see out the win and set up a semi-final against Eintracht Frankfurt, who won 2-0 against Benfica to go through on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate scoreline.Chelsea raced into a 3-0 lead within 17 minutes, starting with Pedro chipping goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar. The Spain winger hit the post four minutes later only for the ball to rebound into the face of Simon Deli and into the net for an own goal.Pedro carved out Chelsea’s third when he squared for a simple finish by Olivier Giroud and the scurrying Spaniard claimed Chelsea’s fourth goal in the 27th minute when he converted a rebound after Kolar saved from Giroud.A minute earlier, Slavia’s captain Tomas Soucek had given the boisterous Czech fans something to cheer at Stamford Bridge when he powered in a header from a corner.A Chelsea triumph in the Europa League, a trophy they won in 2013, would provide a way back into the Champions League if they finish outside Premier League top four this season. They currently sit fifth in the table.last_img read more

Andy Ruiz Jr. replaces Miller as opponent for Anthony Joshua

first_imgPagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast FILE – APRIL 19: Andy Ruiz Jr. poses on the scale during his official weigh-in ahead of his heavyweight bout against Alexander Dimitrenko at Sheraton Gateway Hotel on April 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — Andy Ruiz Jr. will look to become Mexico’s first heavyweight champion after replacing Jarrell Miller as the opponent for unbeaten WBA, IBF and WBO titleholder Anthony Joshua.Miller was withdrawn from the June 1 fight at Madison Square Garden after alleged doping violations.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting At his best level yet, Robin Catalan confident ahead of ONE strawweight bout Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guardcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 29-year-old Ruiz Jr., who is based in California, gets his second shot at a world title, having lost on points to then-WBO champion Joseph Parker in December 2016.That is his only loss in 33 professional fights. His last fight was 10 days ago, when he forced the fifth-round stoppage of Alexander Dimitrenko.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJoshua has a 22-0 record, with 21 knockouts. He hasn’t fought since beating Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium in September, and is boxing for the first time in the United States. The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Dominic Thiem edges into French Open third round

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card “There’s nothing wrong about it. It’s sometimes quite a good tactic.”It is 30 years since fans on Chatrier witnessed the most famous underarm serve in modern history by then-17-year-old Michael Chang against Ivan Lendl en route to the title.The 25-year-old Thiem is bidding for a maiden Grand Slam title and has reached at least the semi-finals in Paris for three consecutive years.He will face Pablo Cuevas in the last 32, after British number one Kyle Edmund retired from their second-round match with a left knee injury while trailing the Uruguayan 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 2-1.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard MOST READ Austria’s Dominic Thiem serves the ball to Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik during their men’s singles second round match on day five of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on May 30, 2019. (Photo by CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT / AFP)Last year’s runner-up Dominic Thiem said he was “prepared” to face some underarm serves from entertaining Kazakh Alexander Bublik as he reached the third round at Roland Garros for the fourth straight year on Thursday.The Austrian fourth seed was facing a fifth set when trailing 5-2 in the fourth, but reeled off five straight games to win 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-3, 7-5.ADVERTISEMENT NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Serena Williams crushes Nara to reach French Open third round Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption World number 91 Bublik delighted the Court Philippe Chatrier crowd with his wide range of shots, including three underarm serves, but ran out of steam at the wrong time.Fiery Australian Nick Kyrgios has caused controversy in recent months with underarm serves, while Bublik also used the tactic during his first-round win over Rudolf Molleker.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I expected it. To be honest, it’s a good choice against players like us who are that far behind the baseline,” said Thiem.“There is nothing bad about it. And, I mean, I was prepared for that, so that was no problem. Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Rafael Nadal, Medvedev advance to Rogers Cup final

first_imgLATEST STORIES Asian stocks follow Wall Street higher after US-China deal Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian MOST READ View comments Bolick, Blatche lead Gilas Pilipinas past Ivory Coast to end Spain camp Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Monfils consulted with his coach about the decision to withdraw.“He said, ‘You can’t take the risk,’” Monfil said. “I had retired in Wimbledon. I came back. I played this week. I had played a huge match. It was risky to play another match because I could risk hurting myself for real.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TECO donates $100,000 to typhoon-stricken Sorsogon Karen Khachanov, right, of Russia congratulates compatriot Daniil Medvedev for the latter’s victory during the Rogers Cup men’s tennis tournament semifinals Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)MONTREAL — Top-seeded defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain advanced to the Rogers Cup final Saturday night when Gael Monfils of France withdrew before their semifinal.Nadal will face eighth-seeded Daniil Medvedev, a 6-1, 7-6 (6) winner over sixth-seeded Karen Khachanov in the all-Russian first semifinal.ADVERTISEMENT With the rise of e-commerce, is it also the end for our beloved CD-R King? Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted DENR suspends entrance fee collection to Bohol’s man-made forest ‘Game of Thrones’ spin-off on Targaryens may premiere in 2022 “It’s extra special,” Medvedev said about facing Nadal for the first time. “I played Novak (Djokovic) and Roger (Federer) a few times. It’s different … there is some extra pressure.”Nadal won last year in Toronto for his fourth title in the event. He has 82 singles victories, winning the French Open in June for his second title of the year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMonfils, seeded 16th, outlasted 10th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2) in a match suspended Friday night because of lightning. Monfils finally finished off Agut after a rain delay Saturday, but battled a sore left ankle that forced him to pull out of the semifinal.“I love these matches, night session, Rafa,” Monfils said. “I play tennis for that — for the big moments, big shows. It was safest decision not to play.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Anna Regina vendors given final notice to remove stalls

first_imgVendors operating on the road shoulders in Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast, have been issued with a final notice to remove all permanent structures from the area.The notice, which was dispatched by the clerk, Wazeer Danraj, on January 26, 2017, gives the vendors seven days to comply and to remove all permanent structures encroaching the road shoulders.According to information reaching this publication, this move came immediately after the last statutory meeting, where the majority of the Councillors voted for theSome of the makeshift stalls along the road shoulders in Anna Reginapermanent structures to be removed. Vendors will only be allowed temporary make-shift tables, which must be removed at the end of the day.The document further outlined that if the vendors fail to comply; the Council will take necessary legal action to remove them, and will not be responsible for any damages or compensation. The letter was also signed by Town Clerk, Diane Critchlow.The council once again came in for much criticism by vendors and residents, who continue to highlight the impacts such decisions have on their ability to provide for their families. They are therefore calling on the Council to take into consideration their circumstances.During the last dismantling exercise in 2016, many stalls were damaged and, as such, the vendors were forced to incur additional expenses to have them replaced.The vendors have condemned the latest action by the Council and have explained that they are not prepared to comply since no proper consultations were held.“What will happen to our livelihood, last exercise I lost thousands of dollars, again they are coming, what will happen to these poor vendors?” one vendor, Sattie Narine, questioned.Meanwhile, Region Two Chairman Daveanand Ramdatt, commented on the issue in a public post on Facebook and denied the assertion that the decision to remove the vendors was made at the statutory meeting.“The decision to bully vendors along the Anna Regina roadside is not one made by the Mayor and the majority of the Councillors, no decision to remove vendors was made by the Council at its statutory meeting or at any forum.”Ramdatt added that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) will stand strong in support with the vendors.However, Mark McLean, an APNU Councillor who sits on the Anna Regina Town Council, explained that a review of the law will show that what occurs at the Anna Regina market is illegal. He also stressed that if persons need to make a living, they need to abide by the laws.last_img read more

Huth, Fellaini charged over Old Trafford clash

first_imgAfter referring the matter to a panel of three former elite referees, the FA elected to charge both players.“Marouane Fellaini and Robert Huth have both been charged for alleged acts of violent conduct which were not seen by the match officials but caught on video,” the FA said in a statement on its website.“The Manchester United midfielder and Leicester City defender were involved in an incident in the 21st minute of their game on Sunday (1 May 2016).“Both players have until 6pm (1700 GMT) on Wednesday 4 May 2016 to reply to their charge.”Both men face three-match suspensions if found guilty.In Huth’s case, it would mean missing newly crowned champions Leicester’s final home game against Everton on Saturday, after which his side will be presented with the Premier League trophy.He would also miss their final game of the campaign, at Chelsea, and the first match of next season.Midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who was sent off at Old Trafford, will also miss the Everton game.Fellaini would miss United’s last three league games, but would be available for the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace on May 21.United manager Louis van Gaal launched a robust defence of Fellaini after the game, grabbing a TV reporter’s hair to demonstrate Huth’s alleged provocation and likening it to “sex masochism”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Marouane Fellaini looks likely to miss the remainder of the Premier League season after the clashLONDON, May 3 – Leicester City’s Robert Huth and Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini were charged with violent conduct on Tuesday after clashing in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, the Football Association announced.Belgian midfielder Fellaini appeared to swing his elbow into Huth’s jaw after the German centre-back seemed to pull his hair in an incident missed by match referee Michael Oliver but picked up by television cameras.last_img read more

Baca faces his foes after Hilton ordeal

first_img• Photo Gallery: BacaUnder renewed fire for freeing Paris Hilton, Sheriff Lee Baca faced racism charges Monday from the Rev. Al Sharpton, a lawsuit from a double-amputee incarcerated in the same jail as the celebrity heiress and a campaign to boot him from office.Baca has survived a barrage of controversy since taking office in 1998, ranging from releasing dangerous criminals early to kowtowing to celebrities — including last year’s handling of actor Mel Gibson’s drunken-driving arrest and anti-Semitic tirade.Hilton is now back in jail after a judge ordered her to complete what is expected to be a 23-day sentence. And political observers doubt whether she’ll be Baca’s downfall. But they say the whole affair is bound to further erode his credibility and teach the veteran lawman a Hollywood lesson.“He’s fallen into the swamp that seems to happen to all public people when dealing with celebrities,” said Raphael Sonenshein, a political science professor at Cal State Fullerton.“It’s the blind spot in Los Angeles politics.”Baca’s decision last week to release Hilton from jail after serving only three days of her sentence drew immediate calls of injustice from around the country.Baca has denied any special favors for Hilton. Baca said her release was based on a medical reason, but he has refused to elaborate. Sharpton met with Baca on Monday to talk about what could be done to address the reality that many people in jail are not released early or provided the medical attention Hilton has received.“I feel that Miss Hilton … was afforded a kind of treatment that was not afforded to many people that are working class, of poor economic status of any community, and in the African-American community of any economic status,” Sharpton said.“The most disturbing thing to me was the perception that because of Miss Hilton’s economic standing and race that she was given treatment that others held in jail in this county were not given.”Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said the meeting was productive.“He believes that everybody, bringing the best minds together, can come up with the best solutions,” Whitmore said.”And they will continue to have dialogue.”At a press conference earlier in the day, attorney Gloria Allred said she had filed a $1 million claim on behalf of Los Angeles resident Pamela Richardson, 51, alleging that while incarcerated at the Lynwood jail the African-American woman was treated far worse than Hilton. The suit alleges Richardson was treated poorly because of her race and her disability.On Feb. 28, Richardson, a U.S. Army veteran who suffered a double amputation of her legs, was arrested in a case of “mistaken identity” and jailed, the suit says. While her left leg was reattached, it never fully recovered and remains weak. She wears a prosthetic replacement on her right leg and a brace on her left leg.In jail, the devices were removed from her and she was handcuffed to a gurney. When she sat up, she suffered a hernia, Allred said.Although she filed several complaints, she received no treatment and was often left to “crawl like an animal” to use the toilet and shower, Allred said. She was also denied medication she needed as a result of having suffered from cancer.“I thought Paris got treated like a queen compared to how I was treated,” Richardson said. “It would have been a big thrill if they had just listened to me.”Andrew Ahlering, a former candidate for county supervisor has launched the Web site and campaign to recall him. He said the campaign has gotten a lot of attention, including an interview on CNN.“We’ve already received offers of support,” said Ahlering, 27, who holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California and is a former county employee.Experts said the Richardson case may be the first of many to be filed against the county by inmates alleging poor medical care in the jails.Since the controversy erupted last week, the Board of Supervisors has been bombarded with hundreds of e-mails from irate people across the nation calling for Baca’s removal. The supervisors’ offices have also received numerous requests from inmates who “want to leave jail for the same reasons that Paris Hilton claimed,” said Tony Bell, spokesman for Supervisor Michael Antonovich.In an irony only Hollywood could create, the Hilton saga is inadvertently drawing attention to the need to improve inmate medical care, Sharpton said.“I think it’s ironic that it would take this for us to look at itBut, you know, I’m a preacher. People tell me God has a sense of humor. This is an example of that.” 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Detective teams given more staff

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Four new sheriff’s detectives and a lieutenant have been assigned to Santa Clarita in recent weeks after city officials pointed out that their law enforcement contract had more than doubled in price since 1987, but the level of service hadn’t kept pace. The staffing was boosted after city officials met with Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department representatives to review Santa Clarita’s growth, rising crime and $14 million contract for city police services. “The level of staffing that is provided by the Sheriff’s Department had not increased for a very long time, and as a result of that, some of the workloads for the sheriff’s station in Santa Clarita were higher than is typical in other parts of the county,” City Manager Ken Pulskamp said. “We were able to get them to agree it was only appropriate that additional staffing be provided to the Santa Clarita sheriff’s station. Pulskamp and his counterparts in Palmdale and Lancaster jointly met with Sheriff Lee Baca, who agreed to increase staffing in all three cities. The cities pay county government under contract for municipal police services, and although Santa Clarita pays for some special services, such as an anti-gang unit, county government determines the level of manpower and support services that are provided. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Capt. Patti Minutello said each detective handles about 39 cases a month. “Over the years, we’ve seen the caseload for detectives increasing, without increasing (the number of) detectives to handle the workload,” Minutello said Tuesday. She estimated the valley’s population has grown by about 50,000 people in the past five years, and car thefts and home burglaries have been on the rise, too. The detectives will be split between the robbery-assault and burglary-theft teams. Before the new arrivals, the robbery squad had five detectives and the burglary squad, six. “It’s going to reduce the (number) of cases each detective will have to handle,” said Sgt. Howard Fairchild of the robbery squad. “They will get around to all the cases sooner and will apply more time to each one.” The arrival of his first new detective about five weeks ago trimmed the caseload of squad members by about eight cases apiece. Detectives in his squad investigate robberies, assaults, domestic violence, sex crimes and any terrorist threats,. Sgt. Jim Anderson expects his burglary-theft team’s caseloads to decrease to a “workable level” as the new detectives settle in, but the workload is not evenly distributed among the squad members because cases are assigned by geographic area. Anderson had assigned one detective to concentrate full-time on identity theft because cases of this crime are increasing, and now Anderson will be able to assign a second person to that detail. “From last year to this year, there has been about a 30 percent increase in reports,” he said. “There are more people out there and more people reporting crime.” The detective bureau will play a larger role in the Business Watch program, which is similar to Neighborhood Watch but for retail operations. In April, the department plans to launch a touch-print program in an attempt to deter fraud by requiring check cashers at a retail outlet to provide a thumb print. “Each individual detective is overworked, but with two new bodies we will be able to stick our heads up a little bit to educate the public so they are not victims,” Anderson said. In 1987, Santa Clarita paid the county $6.3 million to protect its population of about 120,000. Today, the city pays nearly $14 million, and the population has grown to about 170,000. Sam Olivito, executive director of the California Contract Cities Association, said it is not uncommon for growing cities to re-examine the fit between their needs and contract services that are provided. “The three cities out there are not doing anything unusual,” he said. “They are enhancing their ability to protect their community’s residents. They are trying to provide the most cost-effective way to do that.” Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Donegal man stages the best proposal at Kodaline gig!

first_imgA young Donegal man has taken to the stage at a Kodaline gig and asked the girl of his dreams to marry him.Farmer Gareth Lamberton (25) won the heart of Coleraine girl Eleanor McCollum (24) after being matched in a ‘Take Me Out’ charity night.And Gareth’s “High Hopes” got the right answer when he by proposed during Thursday’s concert at Custom House Square. Beckoned onto the stage as the Dublin band sung their hit song The One, Eleanor, who works in marketing, said ‘yes’ in front of the crowd of 5,000.And she was left so stunned by the proposal that she can’t remember anything more of the concert – despite spending the rest of the night in the VIP zone back stage.Steve Garrigan from Kodaline“You could say it was a bit of a shock,” Eleanor told the Belfast Telegraph. “But now I’ve had a little time to think about it, Gareth was behaving a bit strangely all day.“When I met him off the train during the day he left me to go to the toilet and disappeared for an hour. It turns out he’d gone to Custom House Square to make sure everything was going to go as he planned.” It’s been two years, three months and four days since the couple first met at the Balmoral Show in May 2016, and they clicked shortly afterwards when they were paired up with a restaurant voucher during a charity ‘Take Me Out’ night in Strabane.“He’s never been the sort of person to do stunts like this,” said Eleanor. “He works on the family dairy farm with his brothers so it was very unexpected.“It took a lot of convincing for me to get to the concert, but my best friend Rachel Nelson from Ballyclare was in on this from the start and persuaded me I had to go with her. She was the only other person he’d told.“Gareth was frantically texting at the start of the concert. I wondered who he was sending messages to but Rachel told me not to be so nosy.“Then they told me I’d won a competition to go back stage so I was lined up there with Gareth at the side of the stage as the band started to play ‘The One’. “It turns out he’d gone to buy the engagement ring that morning and had everything planned. After all that I was always going to say yes. All credit to Gareth, he couldn’t have planned it any better. We’ve asked them [Kodaline] to be our wedding band, but I’m not sure if we’ll be able to afford them!”The couple didn’t have much time to celebrate as Gareth jetted off to Canada yesterday.“He’s off on a road trip with his brothers,” said Eleanor. “Maybe he thought I’d have something to say about Thursday night!“We’ll get down to wedding planning when he gets back, but I hope to have a bit of a say in that. I’ve no idea what he might come up with!” Donegal man stages the best proposal at Kodaline gig! was last modified: August 28th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Daisy’s Best Week Ever, November 23, 2017: A Tokyo Trip

first_imgShare This!Hello friends! It doesn’t seem possible, but I just returned from another trip to Tokyo Disney Resort. Many, many months ago I found a $700 round trip airfare from Orlando to Tokyo and even though my hubby couldn’t join me, I decided to book the trip. I’m so glad I did, because now I can share my Christmas experience with you. Let’s start with walking into Tokyo Disneyland.As many of you know, the Main Street section of Tokyo Disneyland is covered and the parade doesn’t come through this area. It’s an adjustment getting used to it, but I loved that the Christmas decorations could be placed lower without worrying about parade floats. Everywhere you looked was tinsel and wreaths. Tokyo really does things right!You don’t want to miss the rest of this trip report. Click to read more! 🙂Now, if you’ve followed me for any length of time I bet you know what my first stop was on this trip. I was so excited that I ran past the castle, but turned around to take this shot. For a little bit you could almost think I was in the Magic Kingdom here in Florida. I’ve never seen such bright, blue skies in Tokyo!So did you guess where I was headed? Haunted Mansion Holiday, of course! I’m a huge Nightmare Before Christmas fan and jump on this ride every chance I get. The Haunted Mansion in Tokyo is a carbon copy of the one here in Orlando, so it’s neat to see what it would look like if we were ever lucky enough to have this overlay.Forgive me for adding a couple of photos for this attraction. I was lucky enough to have my Doombuggy stop right in front of Jack–what a lucky break! I decided to take one camera and one lens for this trip so everything was shot at no lower than an f2 aperture.  I was pretty delighted I was still able to get Haunted Mansion photos to share.Just one more, the last scene here is of Lock, Shock, and Barrel rather than Oogie Boogie (like in California). I love seeing the differences between parks around the world. I don’t think I’ll ever stop wishing that we would get this overlay at the Orlando parks. What do you think? Are you a fan or do you prefer the classic Haunted Mansion?I was lucky enough to be at Tokyo Disney for a week, so we enjoyed many fabulous meals. I only had space here to share a few of my favorites. Top among those was French toast from the Center Street Coffeehouse. It does blur the lines of what you might call French toast. It tasted like it was made from hamburger buns and had garnish that included cranberries! Though not traditional, it was a tasty way to start the day. (Let’s just say it beat the breakfast potatoes covered in oregano I had later in the week.)What goes better with dining than shopping? 😉 These were one of my favorite things I saw all week. Tokyo Disney actually has their own perfumes they sell in the park. A personal flaw of mine is that I have a really terrible sense of smell, so I can’t really tell you if they smelled nice. I bought the orange one based on color alone and I’ve yet to try wearing it with my hubby. (Who has a superhuman sense of smell.)Check out the skies over Tokyo Disneyland. I’ve visited in September, April, and October but never had weather like this before. It was chilly with highs in the mid 50s to low 60s, but they sold plenty of cute merch to help you stay warm. If you’re trying to decide on a time to visit I think November is where it’s at!Taking over for Little Green Men mochi, they are now serving Stormtrooper mochi. The flavors were strawberry, vanilla, and caramel. I can only comment that the strawberry was pretty okay. I know everyone raves about these, and they are worth buying for photos alone, but I don’t care for them. When I bite into one my brain just tells me it isn’t food. They’re mushy but somehow still chewy. They were, however, very entertaining for my friend that watched me try to eat them! 😉Something that I never get tired of eating are the Mike Melon Breads. These are amazing, pillowy soft bread rolls flavored like honeydew melon.  While I may have been guilty of eating one a day, I don’t want anyone thinking I put away four! These were lovingly packaged and carried 7,000+ miles home for my hubby. You know they must be good if they were the only souvenir he asked for!Something Tokyo still has that we don’t, is the Country Bear Christmas Jamboree. I was thrilled to see it again, even if half of it was in Japanese. I wish we still had the seasonal specials at the Magic Kingdom, but I suppose I should be happy they haven’t shut the show down altogether. Big Al celebrating the New Year is just too epic for words!The mascot for Tokyo Disney Christmas is the Snow Snow. These are adorable little snowmen shaped like Mickey, Minnie, Chip, and Dale. These cuties were on all the merchandise and you could create your own little stuffed one. (I chose Minnie.) I kept trying to think of a practical reason to bring this lantern home. I never did come up with a good excuse though!While Paint the Night is still the best parade I’ve ever seen, Dreamlights is a pretty close second. It was already amazing, but was recently expanded to include new floats. The prettiest one was this Beauty and the Beast addition. I’m hopeful that the Magic Kingdom will be getting a new evening parade soon that will be half as good as this one!When switching parks on the monorail there is even more cute! Check out this Snow Snow display that could be found at the station. When people placed their hands on the snowflakes at the base of the tree the entire tree would light up and the “2017” would illuminate. What a cool touch!Of course, the monorails were also dressed up for the season. Just so I don’t only tell the good things, my friend told me I was lucky to be visiting early in the season because later the white fur would be stained and dirty. Of course, I don’t think they would have lasted long in another park as they were only held on with velcro.Walking into Tokyo DisneySea is not something that ever stops being special. I was hanging out with locals that just strolled into the park like it was no big deal, but I would stop and take photos each time. I don’t know how many times it would take for me to walk in and not geek out. Likely never since I still do here at Walt Disney World! 🙂The one thing that I had never done in all my trips was the Gondolas. This ride closes whenever something is happening on the harbor so it’s tough to figure out when they’re actually going to be open. That paired with the fact that there is an awesome ice cream shop nearby meant that we just kept missing it. I was determined to ride this trip no matter what!And I was rewarded with this amazing view. Can you believe they actually take free floating gondolas around this lagoon? It would be like offering rides through the World Showcase lagoon. I’m amazed that more people don’t end up in the water or doing other stupid things.But then, the Japanese people seem pretty amazing. Check out this adorable little kid dressed like Shellie May. Since it was colder, I saw many kids dressed in these amazing outfits that are not sold in the parks. I can’t imagine how much work it would be to make one of these, but the kids were too cute for words.Check out Mickey Mouse getting treated like a rock star. (Rightfully so!) I wonder if the addition of a big theater in the Magic Kingdom will mean Mickey will get to star in something back home? What are you hoping for in that new theater?More than anything, the views around Tokyo DisneySea are just fantastic. A friend pointed out to me that the volcano changes in appearance as you walk around the park to fit with each land. It happens so seamlessly that I hadn’t even noticed.Mermaid Lagoon was decked out for the holidays. I was impressed with how they used coral and starfish to decorate along with the theme. This area is always so pretty, so it isn’t surprising that they pulled out all the stops for Christmas.This doesn’t have anything to do with Christmas, but it’s the first time I’ve ever actually found the Eric statue in Mermaid Lagoon. It was worth waiting to get a shot of him. What a cool, little gem hidden in this crazy park!Remember that volcano that changes around the park? This is what it looks like in Port Discovery, the new home of Nemo and Friends SeaRider. While the ride was entirely in Japanese it was still easy to pick up on what was happening and I’m glad I gave it a try. It’s a nice addition to the park and different than any of the Nemo attractions we have in the states.The lagoons around SeaRider had the Nemo and Friends characters. The cutest one was the otters having a cuddle party! I don’t want to spoil anything, but that is one of the scenes from the ride that I was lucky enough to get the first time. I say I was lucky because once I found out the otters were an option I would have ridden over and over until I got to see them!Before I leave you for this week, I have one more thing I want to toss in. For the first time I visited Sanrio Puroland and it was insane, bizarre, and truly incredible. I had to pick just one photo to share, so this is the one that I think does the best job of summarizing the experience. I’ll say if you every find yourself in Tokyo you should go!! 😀That’s it for this time. Thanks for joining me for another week of fun! Please let me know if you have requests for next time around. Until then – I hope you’re having the best week ever.last_img read more