Back from our winter adventure! I’ve so many to share.. but let me start off with my favorite part of this year’s winter trip:
During our Sapporo leg of the trip, we went on a dinghy ride in the snow (pulled by a snowmobile). Fun at first but it got more exciting when strong winds came and our faces started to numb and ice! 😀
This was what we looked like after our ride:
Lesson learned – Apparently ski masks aren’t just for robbing banks. They’re useful for activities like this!
More posts in a few days! 🙂
Winter. Snow. Layers. Snowboarding. Snow Festival. Freezing. Fun!!!
Plane Tickets, check!
Visa requirements, check!
Visa? (Ask me again next week)
Hotel bookings, soon!
30 days to go!
Wishing everyone a great 2013! May we all be filled with love, joy, peace and contentment. And more travels, of course! Hope your Christmas went well too! Mine did – whatever weight I lost last year, I gained it all back during the holidays! 😀
I thought I’d make my first 30 on 30 post about my most recent trip. About 2 years ago, I’ve decided to start celebrating birthday going somewhere and doing (or experiencing) something new. A couple of years ago it was Shanghai, and this year, it was a trip to Seoul. (About a week delayed though, to take advantage of the long weekend holiday).
1/30 Experience real FALL. (Well, this isn’t my first fall season, as I was in the US this time last year. But in sunny San Diego, I don’t think fall exists. It’s just all sun, and then sometimes fog, and then it gets cold.)
So I was able to do this in Seoul. To lie down and play with all those fallen yellow leaves without a care in the world. (Yes, I did not even worry about my coat getting dirty or what… I wanted to lie down on a bed of yellow leaves, enjoy the cool breeze and just feel “autumn”.
It is official. I have fallen for fall. Autumn is my FAVORITE season ever!
(yes, I am pretty vain.)
I’m not a fan of tagalog films, but after seeing the preview of Tiktik, I decided to give it a chance. And I was really surprised, and very impressed.
Great effects (though some scenes could still be better), love the story – the mix of comedy, horror and love story was just right. My friends and I were laughing so hard towards the last 30 minutes of the movie – It was really entertaining, and I didn’t find any scene that I thought was corny at all.
My “Ano na!?!?” Moments:
Some noticeable things though: Lovi Poe’s makeup was just too much – if you’ve given birth and chased by aswangs, I don’t think you should still have oil-free skin and even foundation and blush on. What’s an aswang movie without Janice de Belen? Though I didn’t like her that much in this movie, I though she was trying too hard. Even if this is more of a comedy movie, she was still over acting (IMHO). Love the treatment of the film. However, there was this one scene that it was really, really obvious that the aswang was computer generated – like in a 3d game, with a nearly realistic backdrop. I found it a bit off. But overall, I’d give it 4 stars. I’m not easy to please especially with pinoy films, but I am very impressed, and this gives me hope that there’s still a chance for Philippine cinema.
Overwhelmed with all the love from family and friends. Just goes to show that just because you’re mataray, people won’t like you. People will like you because you’re true to yourself. 🙂
Happy Birthday to me! 🙂
A surprise Star Wars themed party. Glowsticks = Mini Lightsabers. 🙂
Death Star Centerpiece
I still don’t have my 30 on 30 list! Work is really getting in the way (plus a couple of other things) for me to be able to come up with the 30 things I REALLY want to do (and will do) on my 30th year. I really don’t plan to make a Felix Baumgartner and jump from space, but I am seriously considering some form of jumping. (Bungee probably, where? I’m still trying to figure it out.)
Anyway, tomorrow’s my big 30. I initially thought of hosting a party with my friends, but somewhere along the way I felt I needed some quiet time (plus much needed rest). Probably the age. Haha 🙂
Off to Hong Kong tomorrow, and I still haven’t packed. Agenda: Trade Fair. Second agenda: Eat, eat, eat! Third agenda: H&M!!!
Still stuck at work and tons to do. Pfffft.
Note: This is long overdue, But as I was browsing through my photos, these are too good not to be shared. 🙂
Earlier this year, while on vacation in the US, my cousins took me to Extraordinary Desserts (San Diego, CA) – A dessert place that has gained popularity in the city for its selection of cakes, pastries, and their fine selection of teas. (They offer savory dishes too, among other things.) I’m not much of a dessert lover, so I wasn’t really expecting to get anything when we got there (plus we just had a very filling, “carb-loaded” dinner at a nearby Italian place). But I do love to look around, and I had to check it out since well, I was there anyway, and I wanted to see if the place lived up to it’s name.
I was impressed! Here are some photos I took while trying not to drool. 😛 (I may not go crazy for desserts, but to not drool is impossible!)
Strawberry Raspberry Coffee Cake.
Blueberry Blackberry Buttermilk Scone.
A closer look at the Strawberry Raspberry Coffee Cake.
Interesting Tea Selection
I instantly knew what to order!
Love the presentation!
When there’s a long line, you know it’s good. 😉
Some treats other than cakes. 🙂
Can’t go wrong with anything chocolate here. 🙂
Yup, those are real flowers! And no, we did not eat them. 😛
Lemon bar. 😀
Eli, how’d you find the Lemon bar?
That’s me on the right with Isaiah (my nephew), my cousins, and aunts.
If by any chance you get to visit San Diego and the type of person who absolutely cannot live without desserts, YOU HAVE to make it a point to drop by Extraordinary Desserts. You won’t be disappointed! It’s one of the best I’ve tried. (Just don’t get the lemon squares. :D) Oh, and this is a dessert place that you really have to make room for. (So never go after a heavy meal from Filippi’s, Phil’s BBQ, or Hash House A Go Go)
Can’t wait to go back and and this time with my sister. I know she’ll go crazy over Extraordinary Desserts. 😀
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Excited for Wilson Phillips! Grew up singing their songs. Haha. 😀
In exactly one month, it’s the big 3-0 for me. I’ve been thinking about doing something really big to celebrate my “I officially declare myself an adult” day, but can’t think of anything yet… Or at least something feasible for now. I guess the past few months I toned down a bit and led a pretty quiet (and yes, boring), laid back life. This was most evident the first few months I got back from the US. (Can’t really be my usual adventurous self when you’ve just gone back from all those spending and jobless at the same time)
I’m trying to think now of the things I’ve accomplished the past months while I was busy not being the usual “me”.
1. I managed to organize and clean my room, which entailed having to let to of some clothes and shoes I no longer needed (or can fit on), donating some to those affected by the floods.
2. Did a couple of projects for friends, at least my creative side has been challenged and put into use.
3. Practiced some of my cooking skills, experimented on a couple of new dishes. (Now I have no time to cook!)
4. A few months after, I was blessed with a job. And I say blessed because this would probably be the most fulfilling job I’ve ever had… I guess 5th times a charm, eh? :p
5. Decided to commit to a ministry at church. Pray that I really stick to it.
I look back the past 9 months and I don’t see a lot, so on my 30th year, beginning October 20, 2012. I am starting my 30 on 30 project. 30 accomplishments on my 30th year. The challenge is to complete everything on my list before I turn 31.
My list comes out on the eve of my 30th, and my first project milestone to be completed on the day after my birthday.
I’m still coming up with my list. This should be fun. ☺
I have said it again and again, I will “regularly” update my blog. But I always fail. My excuse? Well not an excuse really, but I seem to always fail to prioritize my blog. 😦 (In other words, katamaran, “busy”, pagod, etc.)
My last post. May 2012. More than 3 months of my blog being idle. But my life, continues to be fun, exciting, filled with learnings, insights and crazy (also “nakakahiya” moments”).
I see my friends’ blogs regularly updated, and yes, they too have regular 8-5 jobs. I definitely have no excuse.
So, here’s the plan. And I promise to stick to it.
1. Some of you may know that I turn 30 this year. And it won’t be a quiet year for me, definitely. I’m definitely spending my 30th year with a bang! (I’ll share more on that soon)
2. I’ve so many untold stories of my travels. When I started this blog, its main purpose was to share all my stories, so I’m definitely going back to that. Regularly. Promise!
That’s it. Plus I’ll still be sharing all the random stuff I find interesting. 😀
p.s. New posts this week, promise!
I can still recall the day I found out that I got in. October 15, 2011. It was a day that started out really bad, getting stuck in an elevator and all, (see post here) but ended great, with later that morning I received an email from Conan’s staff that I’ll be watching the show a month later in Los Angeles.
If you read my post about it a couple of months back, Yes, I know, I said I was going to dye my hair orange, but I didn’t – I couldn’t find a temporary orange hair color spray. So, Oh well.
So, the day started with my cousin and I leaving San Diego at 7am. Los Angeles was about 2 hours away, and we didn’t want to get caught up in rush hour traffic for both San Diego and Los Angeles, and thought that it would be best to arrive early than be late.
My confirmation email gave me the following details:
Check In Deadline: 2:30pm
Warner Brothers Studio (Free) Parking Opens at 11am.
Having left San Diego early, we got to the WB Studio 8 Parking Lot at around 10:30am. Since we didn’t want to pay for parking, we opted to go to Hollywood Boulevard first to have breakfast and see some sights. 🙂
Look who I found outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood Boulevard!
We went back to Warner Brothers Studios around lunch time to get our tickets. I have to say, they were quite strict yet very organized. We first passed through a metal detector, and then our bags were checked. Then we went to the registration desk to get our tickets, wristbands and number. We were no. 19.
Show time at 4:30pm. And I thought I would still get to go around LA after the show. Guess not.
We still had a couple of hours to go, so we thought of going to Universal City (10 mins away) first. (So as not to go off-topic, I’ll talk about Universal City Walk on succeeding posts.)
Me right in front of the Universal Studios Hollywood Sign. So “touristy”!!!
We went back at around 2:15, stayed at the waiting area, and got myself a souvenir shirt. $30 was pretty steep for an ordinary cotton tee, but then I figured, it’ll be long until I go back and watch the show again, I might as well get one now. So I did.
Around 3:00pm, they started calling us by our numbers to line up, and then by 3:30, we proceeded to another waiting area outside Stage 15 where the show is. Finally, at around 4:00pm, they led us in. No. 19 wasn’t bad at all. My cousin and I sat on the 2nd row, near the center section, aisle. (The perfect spot if I wanted to jump out and hug Conan, actually. :D)
4:15. Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band started playing, and Jimmy Pardo came out to gave us some instructions like not to shout “I love you, Conan!” during Conan’s monologue, When to applaud, as well as a short announcement from the fire department on exits and procedures just in case of any emergency. Off cam, Jimmy Pardo started entertaining us with some jokes, and I have to say, he’s pretty funny! 🙂
4:30. The band started playing the show’s theme, and Andy Richter came out, introducing Conan O Brien.
O.M.G. I wanted to jump off my seat and just hug Conan! (I just love him!)
He’s really tall, too!
Conan’s monologue was funny, as expected. and there were no cuts, or retakes. He was super amazing. He called to stage one of the audience members who had a tattoo of Conan on his leg (orange hair can’t beat that!) and he signed it. 😉
Conan’s first guest was Snooki. In all honesty, I didn’t know who Snooki was until a week before the show. I never watched Jershey Shore up until December 2011 – Thanks to a friend who had Netflix, but never really liked it. Still, Conan was hilarious, and his interview with Snooki was fun and entertaining. I remember Snooki was promoting her book and they mentioned something about recommending cat litter to put on the face to make it smooth…? Uhhh.. no thanks. 😛
Next was Rob Riggle, a US Marine turned Actor and Comedian. He’s cute, and he’s funny! Whenever I think “US Marine”, I’d think of someone serious and someone I’d be afraid to approach, but Rob Riggle was just the opposite.
Musical Guest, was Pegi Young. I didn’t know her, but the performance was still good.
After the show, Conan came out again and asked us to participate in taping some of the segments for the next day’s show. That was pretty funny too. We all know Conan’s shows are famous for the crazy segments on weird, non sensical stuff, and this was just one of them. (Shown in this episode). A bit shallow, but I was able to keep 1 post it from Post it Big Bird. Haha. 😀
Taping ended at around 7pm, and on the way out, I just couldn’t resist it. I HAD to take photos. 🙂
The Conan set after the show.
My only souvenir photo. Cameras were not allowed, we had to do it fast with my iPhone. 😉
Later that night, I watched the show on TV.
My first US TV appearance. (That’s me in the striped pink sweater on the left) ^^
I have to say, it was an amazing experience. I’ve always dreamed of watching Conan live. I didn’t think I could fulfill this dream when NBC let him go about 2 years ago, but TBS got him and made it possible! I’m definitely watching him again when I go back to the US in 2 years! And this time I’ll be in orange hair, with a big signboard. Any ideas on what it should say? 🙂
*Show photos are screenshots from the November 16, 2011 episode. (http://teamcoco.com/)
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I am finally getting to see ’em Chocolate Hills for the first time this June. Thanks to PAL’s Great Miles Getaway Promo, I was able to redeem 2 round trip tickets for Tagbilaran for me and my sis, for only 8,000 miles (total) plus around Php670+ tax per person. 🙂
So now, we go look at our hotel options… Yay! 🙂
Oh, and I have to say, this year, it was a breeze. I arrived at 8am, and I was no. 2 in line! Waited until 8:30 for the PAL Service Center to open, and by 8:50, I was done, and home by 9:00am. 😀
Lately I’ve been so fascinated with Pinterest. I really love the idea of compiling all these images in your boards, placing them in different categories, etc. Before, when I see something I like online, I save the photo and keep it in my computer. But thanks to Pinterest, I no longer need to do that, saves me the time and disk space! 🙂 Only about 2 weeks in, I’m addicted! 😀
Anyway, do follow me if you’re into fashion, makeup, bags, photography, and of course, travel. 🙂 If you don’t have an account and want one, just send me an email at email@example.com and I’ll send you an invite! 🙂
Well, here we go again! It’s that time again that we passionate travelers panic, check and count miles, and do last minute credit-card-points-to-airline-miles errands just to make sure we get the most of Philippine Airlines’ Great Miles Getaway. Here are the details: (Screenshots from the e-mail they sent me)
Admittedly, I panicked for a bit, and checked my available miles for redemption, called my bank to have some points converted and all, but soon realized that maybe I should go local this year. (Saving up for a really major trip next year, actually) So, if all goes well, (like waking up early, really early on Monday for the sale), I am planning a trip to a couple of local destinations. 🙂
See you in line! 😀
Well, I’m back after a month of not posting – no excuses, just got lazy. 😛 But I’m here now and excited for the next few weeks. I have a couple of posts lined up that I’d like to share with everyone – photos, restaurants, food, and of course, travels. 🙂 I’m also thinking of changing the look of anglakwatsera.com again. So expect a couple of changes too! 🙂
A new post, coming up! 🙂
I got up really early today (for the past 5 days actually.) wide awake even before my alarm clock rang. It’s really rare that I get to wake up before 7 on a weekend, holiday or in my case, in between jobs, so I find it quite amusing, and pretty proud that it’s one of those days that I got to cook breakfast. Breakfast that didn’t involve reheating last night’s leftovers (not that there were any). 🙂
French bread toasted on butter, turkey bacon and slices of Swiss cheese. 🙂 Mmmmm… 🙂
My CNY this year was pretty lame, since I spent it by cleaning my room (still a lot of boxes, since they were left untouched when I left for the US more than 2 months ago) and trying to fit all my clothes into my new cabinets.
We didn’t even plan to go to Binondo, since we dreaded the traffic, and parking would be such a hassle.
Since I was busy cleaning, I didn’t have any time to take a photo of anything or go anywhere, but let me share something Chinese still, since it’s Chinese New Year…
Dimsum from Kome! 🙂
Gong Xi Fa Cai, friends! 🙂
Went to S&R today after church for some grocery shopping, and was surprised to find these here. I didn’t know we had these in Manila! It reminded me of someone I know who keeps a case (or two) of these in his car because he just can’t live without them (okay, that might be an exaggeration, but he drinks them all the time. :p)
Hi Pabs! 🙂
Jet lagged. So I’m resting at home, and browsed through past (but recent) photos for my post for today.
I wasn’t ready to come home for many reasons, one of which was I wasn’t ready to face and experience the humid weather here in the PI. I’ve always loved winter and the snow, no matter how cold I got and how sometimes it was inconvenient for me, I would always enjoy the cool air and temperature surrounding me.
Sadly, I had to go home, and I can’t help but miss it. I could just lie down in snow all day!
Well well, this was a surprise. Well, a bit of a surprise. Last December, I sent myself a postcard from the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. And I got it in the mail today! (I’m back in Manila, by the way). I sent one to a friend and he got it too. One to my sister as well, but that one hasn’t arrived yet. 🙂
Pablo brought me to brunch at Hash House A Go Go here in San Diego (My last day today! 😦 ) to make up for last night. I got the Andy’s Sage Fried Chicken Benedict… It was amazing! I loved it! And the serving was so huge, I had to bring home more than half of it. When we got there, the line was über long. But kudos to Pabs for making a reservation (thank you Open Table?), we didn’t have to wait. 🙂
Well, it did kinda make up for the mess last night. :p I’m easy to please. Haha. 😀
Day 15 of my 365 (366) Project. I weighed myself this morning and was glad to discover that I lost another pound! So… I celebrated by eating a pound of yummy yummy yummy shrimp and crawfish from Crab Hut!!! 😀
So I thought I’d take a break from posting all the food photos, and post a pic of myself (vain). Actually, I’m experimenting on my new make up today, and some new stuff I got when I went shopping last week. F21 Coat in Salmon, Tommy Girl floral top, and blue bead necklace from F21.
So far so good, day 13! 🙂
January 13, 2012
After a good and filling meal at P.F. Chang’s tonight, I got this from my fortune cookie. I really don’t believe in these kinds of things, but I think it’s fun to just read them once in a while.
After reading my “fortune”, I laughed. I am going to a party tomorrow, and well a bit anxious about something too. Haha. Maybe the word “fun” in this cookie means “interesting”, because that’s just what tomorrow could be: interesting. 😉
Before leaving San Francisco, I finally got to try out Katanaya Ramen on Geary St. Twice did we plan on going here with my friend (2 friends on 2 separate occasions actually) and there’s always a long list/line, so we always end up eating somewhere else.
It was a cold and cloudy day, so I figured, best time to have ramen. Originally I planned to go to Ike’s Place for sandwiches (featured on Man vs Food) but that could wait until tomorrow
Katanaya on Geary St. (just beside The Westin St. Francis Hotel in Union Square)
I was happy to see that when I went inside Katanaya, there were still a lot of tables available (yay! I didn’t have to list up and wait for a table, and I guess it helped that I was there about 5 minutes before 12nn).
View their menu HERE.
I didn’t know what to get, so I just decided on the Katanaya Ramen. I figured, they wouldn’t name it after their establishment if it wasnt any good, right?
The Katanaya Ramen (Miso. But you can choose if you want it soy based, or just salt based.)
My server was okay, asked me if everything was okay and made sure my water glass was full all the time, though one thing I hated was she kept on asking me if I was already done. (just because I was taking a break from eating and observing the place.) oh well.
As for the food, it was good, but compared to the ones I’ve tried in Japan, Katanaya is just average for me. I even found a nicer ramen place in Hong Kong that’s way cheaper and has more flavor than Katanaya’s. (Sorry Katanaya fans, there’s something better out there). The miso-based soup was good, flavorful and rich, but I found it too salty and they didn’t serve it hot enough. Considering it was probably less than 10 degrees celcius outside, I guess they should know better to serve it really hot, since it would easily get cold.
Taste, was okay. I loved the bamboo shoots and the sliced pork, but found the fried chicken a bit off and out of place. The potstickers were good too but probably best to request to have it on the side next time to retain its crisp. The noodles were fine, had good texture and chewy. And of course, my ramens are never complete without Chili Powder!
As for the serving, it was big! I had trouble finishing it, so once in a while I’d put my chopsticks down and rest for a bit. And for its price, I really plan on finishing it. I wouldn’t want it to go to waste.
My total bill was $14, plus a $2 tip because I got a bit annoyed with my server. She should know better to let me take my time should there be a next time.
Overall, I’d probably give it a 3.5/5 for taste and quality. I enjoyed Ukkokei Ramen (Manila) better than Katanaya. But I guess so far, it has been the best I’ve tried in San Francisco.
We went to San Diego’s Little Italy today for dinner, at Filippi’s to be exact. The food was great, and I love that they have this little Italian grocery just outside the restaurant. I got a couple of stuff, like pesto, pepper spread, artichoke spread, and chili powder. I also got a couple of packs of Gnocchi that I’ll be experimenting on when I get back home to Manila. 🙂 Time to look for sauce recipes! 🙂
January 1, 2012.
A friend invited me to go to the San Diego Auto Show with him, and it reminded me that I really should learn how to drive when I get back! I’m not really a car person, but I did appreciate some of the displays they had.
(More photos to be shared soon on a separate post)
So, my #1 Realistic resolution for 2012, DRIVE!
Okay, so I’m thinking, maybe I should start another project 365 (and more dedicated to it this time) for 2012. It will be of anything and everything – experiences, people, random stuff, pets, or just random thoughts, but yes, documented through photos.
Last 2009, I was able to do it for 19 days. Maybe this year I can actually complete 365? (or should I say 366… leap year!)
Posting my 1/365 in a bit, and 2/365 tonight. 🙂
Well, as cliche as it may sound, time flies so fast! And my vacation went by fast too. I’ve been here in California for more than a month already, I’ve done and experienced a lot of things during my vacation here, though the past 2 weeks I’ve toned down a bit, to rest, save a bit and well, diet a little as well. 😉
I wanna look back on 2011 and share with you guys my highs and lows, but mostly share the things that I’m really thankful for this year.
Last January, I got a new job related to travel. That time I thought that was great, but soon realized that other than loving and enjoying traveling, working in the travel industry in the Philippines is not for me.
I got to visit a couple of countries this past year, back to Hong Kong and Singapore, and as I write this post, I’m still in California enjoying the food, weather, and company of new relatives and new friends I’ve met and made.
Made some decisions, good and bad, but no regrets, as I’m sure they’ve molded me into who I am now. 🙂
I’m thankful for my family, as always, as crazy as we are and can be, God gave us each other to love and care for. 😉
My friends, dgroup, church friends, and those “friends” who’ve taught me very valuable lessons. 😉 (again)
I’m thankful that God gave me the opportunity to take a break (again) and figure out what I want (I still have time) and I’m praying that He would guide me into the path I should take when I come home.
This year, I’ve decided, and it just came to me out of the blue (great ideas do come out of the blue) that my theme this year is “Make It Count”. I’m turning 30 this year too, and for me, that’s when I really become an adult. No more idling, slacking, and wasting time. To finally finish all my personal projects, and go for the career that God has in His will for me.
Of course, travel is still there. My passion for travel will never die. Passion to explore and experience will always be in my blood.
Lastly, for 2012, I pray for more wisdom, guidance and great relationships.
Wishing everyone a blessed and prosperous new year!
Make it count,