Sunday, January 30, 2011

Blue Horizon

It's very rare that I get the chance to bask in the sun and had this view to soak in. It is very rare that I get speechless and just wanted to hear the sound of the waves... feel the breeze brush against my skin... and smell the scent of salty waters. 
That is why, when I do get this rare chance... I reflect on the beauty before my eyes. Indeed, the best things in life are free.

Scenic Sunday


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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Vacation... anyone??

Guess what? I have two questions for you today. Well, don't expect them to be mind-boggling or complicated. They're just simple questions that you ask any time of the day and when there is nothing you can ask anymore because you already exhausted all the possible questions under the sun.

Yeah, I am still busy but I think I have time for just two questions since my recent trip to California inspired me to publish a couple of posts here and there.

And here,  I want to share some of the highlights and favorite photos of that trip.
 
 At Torey Pines, San Diego
 At Pasedena Parade of the Roses
 At Griffin Observatory, Los Angeles with the famous Hollywood sign landmark at the background.
 At Rodeo Drive, baby. LOL
 At the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco
 At the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco
 At the Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco
 
 At the Alamo Square with the Victorian Houses at the background. 

Yeah, I really had a wonderful time with friends and family. In fact, I am still dreaming about it and probably  will not get over it... until I had to go on another vacation. LOL.

So for my... Thursday Two Questions:

1. What is your dream vacation?
2. Do you have any unforgettable vacation?


THIS

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Cliff

According to Ray Bradbury... “Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.”
According to me... "If you know what is below the cliff, jump only if it is a matter of life and death... and if you think that you will be dead anyway if you don't jump."


Scenic Sunday


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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Food Trip in California

It's been awhile since I last posted something about food here. Well, I decided to put away my apron for awhile but it doesn't necessarily mean that I put my appetite away too. Yes, I still eat a lot and appreciate good cooking. And yes, I do appreciate good cooking especially if it was cooked by somebody else.

I don't know about other people, but when I was the one who cooked the food, I hardly eat. It's not because it doesn't taste good. In fact, my loved ones love my cooking. I get requests all the time and I oblige when I don't have a choice or if I was blackmailed. LOL. Or maybe because when I cook, I taste the food a lot to make sure it is perfect. And the smell of the kitchen is always overwhelming... filling me up in the process.

But during my recent trip to California, I was treated to good food left and right. For the span of 2 weeks, I was dining out with friends, former students and my dear cousin in different restaurants [Filipino, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Thai] and had a blast. So for the next few post after this, I will be posting food that I feasted on during my Californication. So bear with me.

But for now... I just posted some of the photos of the restaurants where I dined in to show my appreciation to the wonderful people who made my vacation yummy. WINK*  Too bad, these are only few of the photos of the restaurant because sometimes I was too crazy to eat already to think about photography. LOL

Thanks guys... it was indeed I really appreciate everything. And I am craving still.

Monday, January 17, 2011

A Yummy Experience

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Breakwater

The best place to watch a movie is at the backseat row.
The best place to watch a concert is in the frontseat row.
The best place to watch a play is in the balcony.

And the best place to watch the fishes... is at the breakwater.

Scenic Sunday


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Thursday, January 13, 2011

California... feels like home.

I had a blast in California during my almost two-week vacation there. It was a dream come true not only because California is one of the destinations that I wanted to visit someday. So when that day came and I was overwhelmed with excitement.
California is home. I mean, I felt at home because it reminded me of Manila. It is Manila because I meet Filipino almost every square miles and yes, they still speak the language too. It is Manila because I didn't only smell Pinoy food but dined on it almost everyday. Thanks to all my Pinoy friends who brought me to all those Pinoy Restaurants like Salu-Salo, Pinoy-Pinay, Red Ribbon, Chowking, Goldilock's Bakeshop, Max's Friend Chicken, Karinderya-style resto, and of course, Jollibee. 


But of course, nothing beats home-cooked meal - Pinoy style.



California is home because it is very Manila... the traffic [4 hours commute from LA to San Diego], the smog [very distinct from fog], the chaos in shopping malls [tiange style] and weather [very unpredictable]. And yes, I just love it. It was very homey to me.





And California is home because of Joey - the sister I never had. She is my cousin whom I have not seen for over 10 years. And I miss her so much.




And for the span of 12 days, I truly came home... even if it was still thousand miles across the pacific ocean.

Keeping better track of my money in 2011

Guest post written by Alexandria McCall

Since I started working a few years ago, I kind of developed a shopping and credit card problem, where I shopped too much and used too many credit cards. Now I'm realizing how I need to take better care of my money and am working to pay down a lot of my credit card debt. But I've decided to get really serious about this now and made a 2011 New Year's resolution to put my finances in a much better place and pay off the rest of my credit cards.

I guess I was one of those college students that credit card companies go after that ended up signing for way too many credit cards. But I've really taken responsibility to make up for that lack of responsibility over the last few years. Now I track my banking with my ClearInternet so much that I know it like the back of my hand.

I'm also cutting out needless shopping as part of mymoney New Year's resolution. I got my boyfriend in on it too so that when I talk about going shopping he reminds me of my goals, which kind of keeps me in line.