2019 March Madness Champions

Congratulations to the Virginia Cavaliers for winning the 2019 March Madness Tournament! It was an intense battle, but in the end they won it all by a final score of 85-77 over the Texas Tech Red Raiders!

With College Basketball season over, it’s on to the NBA Draft for a bunch of seniors to see which teams they’ll play next season!

College Basketball is more intense than football because there’s a bunch of schools competing and it’s hard to tell who’s in what conference, which is why they don’t call it for March Madness for nothing.

I don’t know if my projects will relate to college basketball, but I have done a bunch with college football since a lot of the teams, conferences, and rivals are pretty much the same, but who knows what I’ll come up with!

To all the future college players out there, good luck next season!

Back to Baseball!

Today the 2019 MLB Season kicks off!

The defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox will have a ten game road trip to face the Seattle Mariners, Oakland Athletics, and Arizona Diamondbacks, before coming home to face the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Oakland A’s will have a seven game home-stand with their division rivals the Los Angeles Angels and the Red Sox before heading on the road to face the Houston Astros.

The San Francisco Giants will be on the road to face their division rivals the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers before coming home to face the Tampa Bay Rays.

This year’s All Star Game will take place at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. It’ll be a long journey to see who will face off in this year’s World Series and who will be crowned the next the next champion!

If you want to find your favorite teams, check out A House Divided for the MLB and/or my custom made MLB Posters.

To all the teams out there, good luck and have a great season!

Las Vegas Tour (The Finale)

The final leg of the Las Vegas Tour included places I didn’t get a chance to cover until today!

First stop was a bird’s eye view of the strip from the High Roller Wheel. This giant Ferris wheel is larger than the one you see at the county fair and you can have a bar service that’s perfect for celebrations and get-togethers!

Next were the other two casinos I wanted to see on my last visit, but never had the opportunity: Treasure Island & The Mirage. There were also some other places I wanted to revisit, but unfortunately I didn’t have enough time: 

-Trump Hotel

-Circus Circus

-Fremont Street

-Madame Tussaud’s

On the flip side, I did manage to visit the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, since I wasn’t able to do it on my first visit.

Overall, this trip to Las Vegas was even better than the first because I was able to see a lot more things and I got an opportunity to go to my first Vegas Pool Party, which was definitely the highlight of it all!

Can’t wait till my next visit to Las Vegas and to see where my next destination takes me! 

Las Vegas Tour (Vegas Pool Party)

The Las Vegas Tour continued with a Vegas Pool Party at the Drai’s Beachclub at The Cromwell Hotel and Casino.

This was one of my bucket list items to do in Vegas since I’ve heard a lot of people have done it. The most popular place to do it is at the Encore Beach Club at the Encore Hotel & Casino. However, the admission is about $100 and the bungalows and cabanas were around $3000!

After looking at several casinos that have pool parties, I decided to go with Drai’s Beachclub because the admission was $30 and was definitely a lot cheaper than Encore Beach Club. Every moment of this experience was totally worth the money!

With perfect weather and a great view of the strip, this was the perfect setting for a pool party! They had two pools for people to use with a walkway in between each one, bungalows and cabanas with pink sofas for lounging and hanging out with friends, a bar with refreshing drinks to enjoy, bar service from lovely ladies, a DJ playing upbeat funky music to get the party going, and beach balls to throw around the pool!

Overall, this was without question the highlight of the Vegas Tour because I got to experience a Vegas Pool Party in person and met a bunch of new friends to hang out with! I highly recommend this place to anyone whose looking for a pool party in Vegas at a reasonable price!

With one day left, there’s more to see and surprises to uncover!

Las Vegas Tour (Casino Hopping)

Today’s tour of Las Vegas covered more ground than yesterday! This was basically casino hopping, going from one hotel to the next. Here’s a list of all the ones that were covered today:

-Excalibur

-Luxor

-Mandalay Bay

-Tropicana

-MGM Grand

-Flamingo

-The Cromwell

-Caesar’s Palace

-The Venetian

-The Palazzo

-Wynn

-Encore

-Paris

-Planet Hollywood

While going through all the casinos, I wanted to find one that had a pool party for a reasonable price because the Encore Beach Club was the most expensive and I’ve heard a lot of people go there.

Out of all the ones I looked at, I chose the Drai’s Beach Club at The Cromwell Hotel & Casino and it looked reasonably priced, but let’s see if it’s worth the money.

Other highlights included winning $11 on BlackJack, riding the Las Vegas Monorail, and riding the Gondola at the Venetian Hotel.

Overall, this was an awesome day and there’s more to uncover as the tour continues on!

 

Las Vegas Tour (The Party’s Getting Starting!)

The Las Vegas Tour began with about an 8 hour drive with my dad and uncle from Fremont.

Upon arrival, the first stop at the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign to officially kick off the tour! Then, it was no waist of time for me to go down to the Vegas Strip to get the party started! Stops included the New York New York, the Cosmopolitan, the Aria, and Bellagio Hotels and Casinos.

With the bright lights and colorful scenery on the strip and casino, this was definitely an enjoyable experience! There were also tons of slots, card tables, and casino games to choose from, great souvenirs to take home, expensive dining options, and night clubs to really make it a party!

This is only the beginning because there will be tons more fun and March Madness games going down!

2019 March Madness/Las Vegas Tour

Anyone who’s planning to watch March Madness, here’s the schedule of all the games leading to the National Championship Game:

-First Four: March 18 – 19

-First Round: March 21 – 22

-Second Round: March 23 – 24

-Sweet 16: March 28 – March 30

-Elite 8: March 31

-Final 4: April 6

-National Championship: April 8

This will be an intense tournament to see who will be crowned the next champion!

Along those lines, I’ll be traveling to Las Vegas for the first and second rounds of the tournament and to revisit places I saw on my last trip during my 21st birthday in 2014!

Looking forward to this trip and may the best team win!

2019 Cards/Kevin’s Cards Brochure

A lot of people have been complaining that no new cards have been made!

Well, the wait is finally over because the cards for 2019 arrived earlier this week and are ready to sell! Those who are interested in buying cards, they are $1 each or 6 for $5.

Also, for the first time, Kevin’s Cards has a new brochure that was created in my Graphic Arts Class at Laney College! This will give more information about Kevin’s Cards, how it’s evolved, and see some best selling paintings!

This will also be a great way to spread the word to new customers and will be displayed at future card sales and art shows!

With all this stuff ready, I’m hoping to sell a lot more than the past few years!

The Joy of Watercolor Painting

Over the past several weeks, I’ve been experimenting with watercolor paints in my art class to create new paintings for my greeting cards.

The first week began with mixing different colors to learn how to use the paints and see what color combinations I could come up with. Of course, it didn’t take long for me to jump into Bob Ross style painting method.

Even though watercolor was different from acrylic, I was still able to go through a lot of paintings in just minutes.

If I were to paint a still-life or portrait, it would be too time-consuming for me because I’d have to sketch everything out before I started. However, landscapes are easier because I’d start with a general idea of what I was going to paint and make it up as I go along without being too committed.

Today, while everyone showed their paintings to the class, professor Charles Chavez stated my paintings are similar to a German artist named Adolf Dehen, who’s like the Bob Ross of watercolor paints. I never realized that I painted like him!

As I continue to paint these landscapes, who knows what I’ll come up with next and I hope these paintings will sell like hotcakes, especially at Artist Alley!

Disneyland/Disney’s California Adventure

Is there anywhere else in the world I would go to?

After taking a last minute business trip with my dad to LA, a trip to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure was my next destination! This was my first time back since 2006 and I’ve never had an opportunity to go mainly due to the large crowds, until now! With perfect weather, I had only one day to enjoy the magic that Disney had to offer.

Here’s a list of all the attractions I went on:

-Space Mountain

-Splash Mountain

-Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

-Disneyland Monorail

-Jungle Cruise

-Autopia

-Soarin’ Over the World

-Monster’s Inc

-Golden Zephyr

-The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

-Disneyland Railroad

Out of all the rides I went on, my favorites were Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad because they were the best roller coasters, plus I never been on Splash Mountain or Big Thunder during my last two visits.

I also enjoyed the monorail because its a convenient ride to Downtown Disney from Disneyland. The Disney Railroad was also enjoyable because it takes you around the perimeter of the park and you can get off where ever you want. The best part was getting a picture with Goofy and Pluto, but it would’ve been nice to get some with Mickey Mouse, Minnie, and Donald Duck.

Overall, this trip to Disneyland was definitely a magical experience because I felt like I was every kids wanting to go and every moment was totally worth it! If I had more time there, maybe I’d stay at the Disney Grand Californian Hotel & Spa or one of the other resorts, so I can have easy access to both parks.

Can’t wait to return to Disneyland and to see where my next destination takes place!