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Mama
May 8, 2010

Let’s start this blog off with some good news. I went to my Ortho today to get the rest of my (2) brackets put on and the dental assistant tells me my teeth have already started moving! He showed me the movement that the brackets have been doing the past few weeks versus the one that didn’t have a bracket. It was pretty awesome. I know this sounds weird, but I can’t wait to get them tightened again!

Obviously, tomorrow is Mother’s Day, and my family is going to celebrate it by eating dinner at a Chinese Restaurant in San Gabriel. Nothing says “I love you” more than a giant plateful of succulent lobster, right? My mom is still thinking of what gift I should buy her, so she told me to ‘stand by,’ that woman. Really though, my mom deserves the world. I’ve never met a more caring and loving person as much as her. She teaches me to see the good in people and to never judge anyone around me. I was also taught to empathize by her, to take in consideration what others might be going through before seeing the negatives in their actions and words. Forgiveness is one of her stronger traits, so I definitely know where I get it from. Aside from our similar personality traits, she also gave me her hands, feet, and her figure. I’m not kidding, my body is a clone of hers. Love you, Mommy 🙂

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3rd time near 3rd street
April 29, 2010

I definitely think I should make blogging  a good habit again, so here I am! Again!

This weekend will be the 3rd weekend in a row I’ll be spending my Saturday at the dentist. Something sharp sticking out of my top right band keeps cutting up the side my tongue, so I need to get that adjusted. Hopefully, this time I won’t be in the chair for more than a half hour. Getting everything  on didn’t go so smoothly the last two weeks, but hey, I’m not complaining! I’m a pretty patient gal with high pain tolerance. The doctor commended me on how awesome of a patient I am. (Insert sarcastic, bracey smile here). Santa Monica is quite the drive, but 3rd Street Promenade is a only a few blocks away, I don’t mind! 🙂 Plus, I must find the perfect pair of aviators this weekend. Must.

So, this year my sister is finally graduating high school! Wow, I really wish getting old wasn’t a factor for me. I can not emphasize enough how proud I am of her accomplishments and hard work. Although, sometimes she may be a pain in the ass from not capping the toothpaste, she’s grown up to be a very well-rounded girl; unlike most people her age, she has her head screwed on right. I’m also proud of that fact that she has been accepted into CSUF, go Titans!

Happy Birthday Riley!
July 27, 2009

Do you recall me moping and whining about not being able to bake because of the condition of my kitchen? We’ll definitely have none of that anymore. After 6 long months of eating out and possibly gaining weight, my kitchen is officially finished with it’s renovation. I would also like to add that my oven is not only a regular oven, it’s a touchscreen oven. Fancy, I know. I already baked a few cupcakes last night and I think the designs turned out okay considering it was my first time shaping fondant. I still need a lot of practice. Let me know what you guys think 😀

cupcakes

A few months ago, I signed up for another meet and greet with Paramore just for the heck of it. Since I already won a meet & greet with them in 2007, I wasn’t expecting to win in the least bit. A couple of days ago, I signed on to the club website to check if they posted the winners. Well, it turns out that I have been picked to meet them again! Holy crap! I was planning on giving this meet & greet opportunity to my cousin Tam but apparently, that’s not allowed 😦 I can’t believe I’m going to meet Paramore again! Ahhhhh! The concert is 6 days away and I’m already squirming in my seat just thinking about it. My cousins are going to 2 of the shows; one takes place today, which is the first show No Doubt has here in LA. They are dedicated fans 🙂

Last, but not least: Riley turns 2 years old today! I can’t believe how fast time flies when it comes to kids and their growth. Riley is truly a blessing in my life, I can’t emphasize that enough. He is now talking and interacting, not to mention he’s in his “No” phase and I secretly love it. I also love the fact that he calls me “kee-kee” because it’s impossible for him to say Vicky. Did I mention that he’s an indestructible ball of energy? And speaking of balls (no pun intended), his birthday party this year will be basketball themed which is very similar to last year’s. My cousin decided to celebrate his birthday the day after the No Doubt concert, so hopefully I won’t be too dead the morning after. Here’s what his invitation looks like, so if you didn’t get one, you’re not invited. Haaa! Joke lang (that was for Tammy).

Riley's Invitation

hypoglycemic gramps
July 16, 2009

At 2am this morning, I woke up to my mom yelling my name out and I could faintly hear my grandpa crying out downstairs. My first thought while running down the stairs was that the reason my grandpa was crying was because maybe there was something wrong with my grandma. But I was wrong. I ran into my grandparents’ room and my dad quickly handed me the phone to call 911. The operator asked me for a bunch of information and what the characteristics of his symptoms were. Since this occured while he was sleeping, the symptoms were a little terrifying. He was sweating, crying out in his sleeping, and moving his arms and legs around as if he were possessed. My mom was saying, “It’s going to be okay. Relax your body,” etc. while I tried to massage his legs and relax his body; patiently waiting for help. It took the paramedics about 10 minutes to arrive at my house but by then my grandpa had stopped his strange crying and body motions and slept. Paramedics worked around him and at this point it seemed like he was alternating between waking up (rubbing his face) and falling back asleep. While I tried to prevent myself from going into a panic attack, they asked the procedural questions like:

1. When was the last time he ate? (7pm)
2. Does he have any health problems? (Diabetes & high blood pressure)
3. What meds are he taking? (What meds AREN’T he taking?)
4. When was the last time he took his insulin? (6pm)
5. Does he have any heart problems? (No)

They took his blood sugar (and announced that he was experiencing hypoglycemia), checked his blood pressure, and gave him an IV of something on his foot (I was too distracted to ask what it was, but I’m assuming it was glucose). Within two minutes he woke up and the paramedics told me to ask him some questions (do you know where you are? what is your name?) and thankfully, he answered them correctly. My grandma asked him if he remembered his hypoglycemic episode and apparently, he had NO IDEA. I urged him to spend one night at the hospital and he agreed to it so they took him and my parents followed after. I couldn’t sleep for hours after that incident so I tried to watch some TV to get my mind off of it and obviously, it didn’t work. I pulled my phone out and typed “hypoglycemic symptoms” on google and read up on it. The type of episode my grandpa had was obviously in his sleep so his symptoms are different from one who would be concious and aware. My parents came home about an hour after they left so I assumed everything was fine. The hospital called early this morning to let us know that my grandpa was ready to go home. Oh look, the van just pulled up to my house. He’s back 🙂

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 🙂

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.

Ketchikan DSC_9141

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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

just keep waiting
May 24, 2009

My dad has several jewelry shows a year and usually I take part in most of them but this time I didn’t go to the Vegas show as planned. Nobody at home can drive my sister to school and my mom to work everyday, so I get the pleasure of being the family chauffeur. No biggie. I just feel bad for not being able to help my dad out this time, especially with him being stressed out lately. Poor Daddy 😦

So, I finally bought the Nikkor 35mm/1.8G AF-S lens that my cousin instructed me to buy. According to him it’s one of the best and affordable lens I could get. I’ve been looking at sample pictures on Flickr that Nikkor Lenspeople have taken with their 35mm lens and I’m really pleased by the dramatic blur of the background. The only bad part about this is the wait. The lens I ordered on Amazon is “Temporarily out of stock,” and they’ll ship it to me once they get some in. The wait is agonizing. Good news is my D60 body will be shipped to me by Wednesday and I could temporarily use my dad’s $900 Nikkor lens that probably won’t even suit me. I hate being so impatient. In the meantime I’m planning on reading up on photography tips and lessons. Later today, I’ll probably make a pit stop to Barnes and Noble to pick up The Digital Photography Book that (again) my cousin told me to read. Lol. What would I do without him?

stress
May 22, 2009

A Tumblog.

Dear Daddy

not really goodbye
May 13, 2009

Sadly, yesterday was my last day at the Vet Clinic so I decided to make a pit stop at a bakeshop in Chino Hills called Dolcissimo to buy cupcakes for my co-workers. I still can’t believe I blew $75 on 2 dozen cupcakes. The only thing I disliked about Dolcissimo was the fact that they charged me for boxes other than one that fit 12 cupcakes. For instance, I wanted to separate 12 cupcakes into 2 boxes of 6, so they went ahead charge an extra dollar for each box. Lame. The Doctor ended up loving the cupcakes and ate two of them on the spot. He’s not allowed eat sweets in front of his wife or he’ll never hear the end of it, not surprising. Speaking of Mrs. E, I didn’t get to say goodbye to her, but I doubt she cares. Haha! Speaking of goodbyes, I’m going to miss working there. I’m going to miss seeing the frequent clients that come in every single week. I’m going to miss the smell of scrub soap and the cold sterile tray (weird, I know). I’m going to miss my co-workers of whom I’ve learned most from while I was there. I’m going to miss that fact that we’re probably the only vet clinic that doesn’t have a computer and still uses manual filing. I’m going to miss hearing Dr. Evans ask “You know what I’m sayin’?!” every 5 minutes to the most irrelevant situations. Most of all, I’m going to miss the animals. Well, they were the main the reason I loved working there in the first place. The Dr. has already let me know that I’m welcome back anytime if I ever change my mind in the future. He’s definitely an unforgettable boss. Oh! I forgot to mention that I spoke to Dr. Maas over the phone a couple of days ago and he sounded much better than usual. He’s already up and about and almost fully recovered :]

Mother’s Day was fun. We had a small BBQ at my Auntie’s house in Brea and inevitably I overate. I made the mistake of feeding Pudge some human food that day and he ended up pooping diarrhea all over my Aunt’s grass. He then scooted his butt on the grass for about half a minute, which ended in a uproar of laughter from my family watching him do so. Fun stuff.

I finally ordered my mom’s gift today on Nordstrom.com; guess what she wanted? Another darn L.A.M.B. purse.

Last year’s gift                        This year’s gift

lastyear thisyear


You never really leave a place or person you love. Part of them you take with you, leaving a part of yourself behind.”

-Unknown