We spent this past weekend in Cindy’s hometown for an early birthday celebration for her mom!! We couldn’t really do much because most places are still closed due to COVID and the air quality is pretty bad from all the fires. On Friday night, we watched Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2: Sword of Destiny. Cindy’s parents enjoyed it, but it wasn’t really our cup of tea. We prefer movies like Operation Red Sea. The default language for the movie is English, but we chose to dub it in Mandarin so Cindy’s parents could follow along better. It was a bit of a mind-trip seeing Asian actors with Mandarin dubbing. In hindsight, it probably would’ve been easier to have Chinese subtitles.
Anyways, Saturday morning, the four of us went for a leisurely walk around a pond in Riverside. We probably spent more time observing ducks and ants than we did actual walking. We came across a red ant hill and were observing ant behavior when a stranger walked by and dropped a handful of cracker crumbs. The four of us squatted down near the side of the walking path, for a good 15 minutes, just watching the ants carry all the crumbs back into their hole. It was a strange but nice experience to share!
That afternoon, Cindy’s sister and her sister’s boyfriend joined us. And we spent the rest of the afternoon and evening playing MaJong!! Cindy’s mom ended up winning– very fitting considering it was her birthday celebration. After getting over the learning curve, Jake started to enjoy the game. It was a bit hard for him to keep track of the tiles, especially the ones with Chinese characters on them. MaJong is one of those games that can accidentally consume an entire day. We started the game around 3pm and didn’t finish until 12am! (with a 2 hour break in the middle for dinner).
Since Orange County has been cleared to reopen more places, we decided to finally hit the theaters! (before they get closed again…) Los Angeles County is still pretty much closed. Cindy’s sister and her sister’s boyfriend came along too. Like many people, we haven’t been to the movies for almost half a year!! And we’ve missed it sooooo much! There was, of course, social distancing measures put in place. Every other row was empty and you had to wear a mask unless eating or drinking. The social distancing almost makes the movie-going experience even better because you’re guaranteed to not sit next to any strangers! (not that it really mattered for us because there were so few people in the theater).
We watched TENET. Jake and Cindy’s sister’s boyfriend really enjoyed the movie. Cindy and her sister enjoyed it too, but couldn’t really keep up with what was going on lol. We’ll definitely be watching it again when it’s available for streaming, so we can pause for Jake to explain to Cindy. We’ve missed theaters so much and really hope they stay open!