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vegas trip
June 29, 2009

My family decided we should all go to Vegas this past weekend and so we did. My grandparents haven’t been there in years and it was time we dragged them out of the house. Unsurprisingly, having my grandpa in my car for five hours wasn’t all that fun. I know i’ve already complain about him in previous blog entries, but here’s some more! He’s hot-headed, loud, controlling, stubborn, and impatient; in other words, he’s old. I can’t blame him for being the way he is because senility obviously comes with age, but at that very moment he’s flinging all types of shenanigans at me, it’s kind of hard not to resent him. People who know me well know I don’t like driving to or around places I’m not familiar with. I don’t know why, I just don’t like the feeling. So, driving in Vegas wasn’t exactly my cup of tea either, and with my grandpa in the back telling me where to go or how to drive seemed to make the situation much worse. Another complaint is that my family has the tendency to rush. “We have to hurry! They’re waiting!” or “It’s going to be a long wait at the buffet! Hurry up!” I thought this was called a vacation? Since when does a vacation have a “hurry your ass up” button?

Now that I’m done complaining…The good parts of this entire weekends was the buffet at Orleans, Riley’s neverending cyclone of energy, and shopping. We also tried the buffet at Wynn for the first time and I honestly didn’t enjoy the food as much as I enjoyed Orleans’. I guess my family just doesn’t have the taste for the high end, especially when it comes to fancy food.

Overall, this trip was more little bit more stressful than fun (obviously). I was profusely sweating on the drive home from Vegas because again, driving at night with strong winds make me nervous. It also made me nervous that I was responsible for getting my six family members home safely. My dad offered to drive the next half home after our stop at Barstow, so I gladly forfeited the van keys.

Franco has already promised that he’ll to take me to Vegas in September (when hotel rates are cheaper) for two nights. I definitely can’t wait for that 🙂

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June 25, 2009

No QWERTY, but still very tempting.

still unfinished
June 18, 2009

Hola compadres. Remember when I blogged about almost getting my oven installed? Didn’t happen. My kitchen is still crap. I want to bake and I can’t. Surprisingly, I’m sick and tired of eating out and I don’t know how much longer this renovation is going to last. The construction workers are supposedly “waiting for our custom-made counter tops,” but I don’t believe them. I just want my house back to normal already. It doesn’t feel like home when there’s plastic covering the walls and when the floors are taped with cardboard; that doesn’t help the fact that my dog likes to poop on paper. It’s unbelievable that a 1 minute accident can cause months of remodeling and construction. Poop.

Alaska 2009
June 14, 2009

The plane ride back home was terribly shiteous, but you know what? As long as it gets me back to beautiful California, I won’t complain any further. It feels so good coming home to Pudge, my room, and to my satellite dish. Being on a cruise for a week was starting to make me a little loopy; especially when there isn’t much to do. I wouldn’t doubt it if this cruise was meant to be built only for senior citizens to enjoy (or maybe people my age just simply can’t afford it). Filipino and Thai, those two races summed up about 80% of the staff population onboard. The staff’s hospitality over-exceeded mine and my sister’s expectations. After a few days, I was starting to feel a little bombarded by their enthusiasm to help us with every little thing. I’m guessing they don’t see much people younger than forty on the ship very often.

6/6 Saturday –It turns out Vancouver isn’t in Washington. Fail. I glanced at my Google map too quickly to realize that Vancouver is located in Canada. Another mistake was that we actually flew out all the way to Alaska to board the ship (not Vancouver). Before getting on that flight, I slapped on my motion-sickness prevention patch and knocked out almost the entire plane ride. No motions sickness whatsoever, amazing. We then boarded the ship at Whittier, Alaska. The first question my family asked the staff was “Where’s the buffet?”

6/7-6/8 Sunday/Monday –In these two days, the cruise made no stops for us to get off. That’s right, we sailed the cold & lonely ocean for two long days and two long nights. My sister and I wanted to spend our time sleeping in our oh-so-comfy room. We did, however, stop to admire Glacier Bay (from a distance) on Monday for an hour or two. The mountains in Alaska are breathtaking. It looks as if a human giant artist splattered white glittery paint on the each and every mountain we passed. I’ve never seen anything so naturally beautiful.

Glacier Bay memommylin

6/9 Tuesday –Skagway, Alaska. Finally, some dry land with tons of gift shops and souvenirs galore. We took a tour of Skagway on an old, unstable-looking train that circled mountains that reached as high as 3,000 feet. How we survived being on a noisy train for 3 hours? I have no idea. Maybe it’s because everything around me was just new and mesmerizing that I didn’t mind the length of this tour.

train tour train tour2

6/10 Wednesday –Our second stop was Juneau, the capital city of Alaska (pronounced Juno, like the movie). Me and my sister were making it sound harder to read than it really was. Our first stop today was at Mendenhall Glacier; it was an hour of sight-seeing, picture-taking, and releasing our inner asian tourist. Our excursion later that day was whale watching. That’s right, we whale watched for several hours in the open ocean with binoculars in our hands the entire time. We were even lucky enough to have humpback whales (mom and baby) flip their fins about 10 feet away from our boat. This excursion was one of my favorite parts of this vacation mostly because you’re not looking at animals through glass like you would at Sea World. We’re seeing how happy they actually are in their natural habitat. It’s a win win. Among the humpback whales,  we also caught sight of some bald eagles and cute seals. Man, that was a good day.

humpback whale seals

6/11 Thursday –Ketchikan, Alaska was our last official stop for any last minute souvenir shopping or anything else you would do on land. This day’s excursion was to sight-see. Not just ordinary sight-seeing by foot or by train, it was by sea plane. The sea-plane we reserved only held ten people, so that means it was just the pilot and my family in that vessel. I took a short video from my view down below. Being on that plane was so loud that I didn’t bother to say anything.

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6/12 Friday –The buffets were starting to become repetitive and home was starting to sound real good. By this time I’d have already drowned myself with margaritas, pizzas, and burgers. As a consequence, my jeans weren’t quite agreeing with me, but then again I didn’t quite agree with the gym. It was a mistake on my part.

me&lin

6/13 Saturday –Arrived in Vancouver, Canada (yeah, not Washington) at 8AM. The bus took us to the Vancouver airport at around 10AM to claim our baggage and check-in with United Airlines. Did I mention that our flight was set to board at 4:30PM? That meant six grueling hours in that airport. The only thing that was keeping me sane was the free wi-fi.

My overall experience of vacationing in Alaska was a 10 on my scale. My only regret…not having more time to take it all in or to see more. The cruise didn’t do much for me except providing me with alcohol, 24 hour buffets, and night time entertainment. Okay, I’m not giving enough credit, being on the cruise was actually pretty relaxing. Motion sickness was nearly non-existent in my body and for that I thank the genius who invented the miracle patches. I also learned that consuming alcohol while wearing the patch will knock you out for a good 2 hours. Well, I know for a fact that I left out tons of things that are currently jumbled in my brain so if you have any curiosities just ask. This blog is way too long for me to go on and for you to read.

Cullen hometown
June 5, 2009

In less than seven hours, I’ll be filing onto a plane to Vancouver with my family. From there, we’re going to board the cruise that consists of senior citizens, breakfast/dinner buffets, and underage drinking. I’m kind of sad at the fact that my cousins won’t be going with us 😦 After all, they’re the only people that would have been closest in age to me and Pauline. Technically, the cruise lasts about 5 days; the other two days are for flying from and to LA. I think it’s going to be a nice change of vacation from Thailand, but not nearly as great. This will be a good chance on perfecting my camera skill(z) with my D60, yay! Think of all the ice glaciers I’ll be able to shoot! Hopefully, there will be spare amounts of wildlife I can shoot also. So here I am, sitting carefully in front of the computer waiting for my at-home spray tan to dry so I don’t end up look like I’m from the Cullen clan when I wear a dress for the formal dinners. Although…I wouldn’t mind being a part of the Cullens, especially Edward 🙂

Now, here’s to hoping the Wi-Fi onboard won’t cost us $10 an hour. My dad says it might be $0.20/hour, but he usually isn’t the most accurate source to go to. I’ll have to be up by 4AM, kill me.

See you in Alaska!Sapphire