Archive for June, 2008

home sweet home
June 30, 2008

My plane arrived at LAX at about 8PM last night and I’m happy to let you know that I only had motion sickness for about 10 minutes on this flight. Whenever they serve food on the plane I develop these odd gag reflexes and I end up asking for cup o’ noodle instead or I try to sleep through the meals. I just got back from visiting Tammy and Riley at Brea to drop off their gifts. I ended up falling asleep along with Riley because my jet lag was unbearable. The only thing keeping me awake at this very moment is the can of Redbull I downed after I woke up. I’m desperately hoping I don’t wake up at 4 in the morning again like today or else I’ll somehow resemble the characteristics of a zombie tomorrow at work. It’s time to do some laundry because I’ll have absolutely nothing to wear when I wake up so I’ll see you hoes later.

P.S. I’m not so sure when I’ll develop the motivation to post the pictures from Thailand, but maybe sometime this week I’ll try to do that for everyone.

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4 days left
June 25, 2008

Every day I sign onto Flickr in hopes of new pictures and videos of Riley, that is how much I miss my Godchild. Surprisingly, I’m counting down the days until I can babysit for my cousin again. Only 4 more days left until I make my way home to enter the wonderful world of jet lag. For some reason it’s a little harder and it takes a little longer for me to fully adjust to the time when I’m back home in California, but that should be the least of my worries because I have plenty of free time. We blessed my parents’ apartment 2 days ago and then decided to visit the zoo right after. Me, my dad, and my sister spent the most amount of time in the monkey section because watching them play is somewhat amusing and peaceful at the same time. Shopping at MBK was probably the best part of this trip. Although I didn’t buy much for myself, stressing over gifts for everyone at home and bargaining at each and every vendor we found appealing was a blast. At this very moment we just got home from an overnight trip to Pattaya. Pattaya is the place where prostitutes are more available to you than bottled water. It was a whole different experience for me and my sister; it was obvious we were in shock at the high numbers of hookers waiting in bars at night. It was even more shocking to find plenty of old men hand in hand with them walking together and enjoying the nightlife. We watched a show last night called Ms. Tiffany, a show full of women in outrageous but beautiful outfits. Each and every girl on stage looked great, but there is only one thing wrong, they were actually all men. It’s pretty sad when a guy beats you in the looks department as a girl. The beach at Pattaya wasn’t as beautiful as the one in Krabi, but the water was still sea blue and green. The hotel we stayed at wasn’t as glamorous as the one at Krabi either but to make up for it, the huge waterpark they provided us with was so fun and the view from our room was great! I definitely felt like I was dying when I was sliding down the huge and tall water slide, but it was my first time on one so it was pretty exciting. Despite the fact that prostitutes are lined up on every block in this city, the nightlife at Pattaya was busy and full of life, one day I’m planning to go back with friends only. They had rows and rows of souvenir vendors, not the crappy souvenirs but the ones worth buying for people back home. Before making our way back home today, me and my family had the chance to visit a garden/elephant zoo. We watched a traditional Thai dance on stage and to follow we watched a cute elephant show. Me and my sister had the chance to feed bananas to a lot of different well-trained elephants, from baby ones to older ones. I also had the chance to bottle feed a baby tiger and take pictures with two lazy, but cute, orangutans. I’m pretty wiped out from today, I’ve managed to desperately snap a couple of pictures at the place before the battery ran out which was a complete bummer. Tomorrow we’re planning on visiting my mom’s side for one last time, after that my mom, sister, auntie, and I are getting our nails done! It’s so funny how every year we cram every little thing into our schedule for the last days that are left here. See you guys soon!

day nine
June 15, 2008

Aside from possible deadly mosquito bites I’ve been getting every night, everything here is good. I’m pretty burned out from a 6 hour walk at Jatuchak, which is one of the world’s biggest outdoor shopping area I’ve been to. Here they sell a variety of products from chic clothes and accessories to pet fish and birds. I couldn’t help but stop at every store that sold baskets and baskets of puppies. Surprisingly, I didn’t buy much because the whole atmosphere was so overwhelming that I couldn’t focus on purchasing anything for myself (all I could think about was buying everything for Riley, especially all the toys and baby clothes). A few days before, we took a walk around Central Mall and it turns out they have 3D Japanese style nails everywhere! The best thing about it is that it only cost $30 (that makes it about $70 less than the ones in L.A.), so I made sure that I’d have a free day to get them done before I leave Bangkok :]

Everyday that I’m here makes me miss my potential second family at home (Tam, Desi, and Riley). Thanks Desi, for posting recent pictures of Riley! We’re all enjoying them over here. Keep them coming! I miss you guys so much :[ See you in 2 weeks.

sawatdee
June 11, 2008

Hi everyone! Greetings from Thailand. Right now it is almost 4PM here. I haven’t had fast enough of an internet connection (plus the patience) to post any kind of updates. Unfortunately, I’ll have to post all the pictures once I get back home to California because I can’t stand waiting half an hour to upload just 5 pictures. Krabi, Thailand was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. The ocean is a sea green clear and the weather is absolutely perfect. The hotel we stayed at was its own private island with a phenomenal beachfront. The pool was massive and the jacuzzi on top had a perfect view of the ocean. Some scary events also happened while me and my family were at Krabi, but rest assured, everything is totally fine. Let’s see, it’s only been about 4 days and I’ve probably gained a ton of weight from all this food I’m constantly stuffing in every other hour. On the other hand, half the food that goes in are fruits so I guess it’s not too bad. So, it’s time for me to go! There’s not much else going on besides eating more than we can handle everyday and shopping for bootleg products on each block we pass. See you!

BKK, here I come.
June 5, 2008

Today is the official day for my departure to Bangkok, Thailand. My flight leaves at around 11PM tonight but we’re leaving the house about 4 hours earlier. My sister insisted that I stay wide awake and miss out on my nap today so that I would have a nice long sleep on the flight tonight. It’s not surprising that 15 minutes later she’s fast asleep smack dab next to Riley. I’m already burned out because my cramps stabbed me out of nowhere this morning along with my “youknowwhat.” I think I’m going to take a quick half hour nap before the little monster wakes up again. See you again in Thailand :]

step one, done.
June 4, 2008

Babysitting, day 3 of 4. My dad put on Martian Child for me today in his office and I didn’t pay much attention to it. It’s a little hard when Riley has a thousand attempts to climb what he thinks I am: Mount Vicky. In actuality, babysitting Riley is not as hard as I make it out to be. The only challenge in babysitting him is the non-stop squirming he has going on 95% of the time that he’s awake. That’s pretty much it.

Today me and Franco went to Little Tokyo Shabu Shabu for dinner and he did not touch the vegetables that it came with, which obliterates the whole point of a complete “Shabu Shabu” dinner set. Not only is my boyfriend a complete carnivore, he’s also clogging his arteries with imported junk food from the Philippines. Not good. After dinner he decides to stuff himself with a crepe filled with bananas, Nutella, and whipped cream. I can honestly tell you that Genki Living has the best crepes around town. I’m not a crepe person but I’m a Genki Living Crepe person for that matter. CAUTION (ROMANTIC): I’m going to miss you babe, and there won’t be one day that I’m not thinking about you while I’m there. 3 weeks is nothing, I’ll be back in your arms before you know it and expect a lot of pasalubong(s) when I get back. I love you!

Tomorrow is the big day. I’ll be filing onto the plane in about 24 hours and dreading the motion sickness ahead of me. Like 2 years ago, my plane will not be making a pit stop at Japan, we’re heading straight for Thailand and that means 16 hours of non-stop air way.

So I came home and checked what was left in the mail for me and guess what I received! Step 1, mission accomplished.

S. Hill Street
June 3, 2008

UPDATE: For some reason, Internet Explorer wouldn’t allow me to make the pictures that I uploaded earlier clickable. So I re-uploaded them on my computer and now you can click on too see a bigger picture. Keep in mind that the view of the street and the buildings are taken from behind a glass window. Nice.

Today is my second day as “Vicky the Babysitter” for Riley (for those of you who don’t watch Fairly Odd Parents probably won’t get it). There’s not much to do around here but go online and work. Guess which one I picked? Right now Riley is sleeping so that means I get a nice one hour break to post pictures of my dad’s new office! My parents have been wanting a brand new office with an open view of the city for a while and now they finally found one. The view actually overlooks only S. Hill Street in the heart of Downtown, Los Angeles. If you’ve ever heard of St. Vincent Jewelry Center, we are located directly above the plaza on the fourth floor. Here are some pictures of my dad’s office which includes the brand new flatscreen he bought that he claims is only for “surveillance” purposes only. I’ve already popped in a few DVDs in the player to test out the high definitive quality of the television yesterday. Surveillance footage, yea right.

2 things
June 2, 2008

1. Tomorrow I will be working at my dad’s office in Downtown, LA (you know how enthusiastic I can get about being there). Being verbally abused by my dad when he is cranky isn’t my cup of tea, but most of the time he’s right about everything. At least Riley will be there, he somehow magically makes everything in my life a thousand times better. I still have not yet mastered a poop diaper change on him, it’s a lot harder than you think.

2. My trip to Thailand is getting closer and I’m getting even more anxious just thinking about it every 10 minutes. I have four days until I’m overseas and away from the perfect California weather and into the world of high temperature and insane humidity. I’m already, somewhat, halfway done packing but I know I’ll end up forgetting something important. Bon Voyage to me!

Goodnight everyone. I’m a little tired today from:
1. Doing all my laundry.
2. Taking my mom to run errands.
3. Dying my sister’s hair.
4. Baking cupcakes.

See you tomorrow.

nails
June 1, 2008

The fact that I drove from Rowland Heights to Torrance just to get my nails done doesn’t make me crazy at all! The long drive was definitely worth it, especially when the nail salon offers Japanese 3D nail sculptures that would turn heads everywhere I go. Anri was the nail artist I found on Myspace and all I have to say about her is that she is a miracle worker. You can literally show her a picture of what you want done and she will be able to put it to life on your nails in 5 minutes. I highly recommend her because she’s patient with your choices and she’s great to talk to. Thanks Anri!

Anyone remember my obsession with cupcakes?

This probably explains it.