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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!

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I’m…back?
November 27, 2009

Wow, it has been a long time since I’ve blogged on WordPress. Ever since I’ve quit my job at the veterinary clinic and started working for my dad, my days have been a constant reminder of how bland my life is. Bland, but with a higher salary. Some days I want to stab myself in the foot for having to put up with my dad and then I start thinking of how much he’s given me. Ugh, guilt.

So here I am, sitting in my trendy new Ikea desk chair (because my mom referred to my old chair as “disgusting”) in all my 22 year old glory. Did I just say that? I did in fact turn 22 years old on Monday and to be perfectly honest I don’t like the fact that I’m not 21 anymore. 21 is the perfect number, the perfect age to pause my life. I know, I’m being dramatic and 22 is still young. The fact that I’m just going to get older and older gives me indigestion. I’ll try not to think about it.

To sum up my November (or my life) here’s a list.
1. I took my first trip with Franco to San Francisco in September. I think it was the best three days of my life. Not only did I experience freedom, I actually fell in love with San Francisco. I’m going back and no one can stop me.
2. “Is there a fast forward button on life until November?” Apparently, there wasn’t. New Moon finally came out on the 19th, and it was the first movie I’ve ever waited in line for more than an hour. We’re talking five hours of cold wind and lack of sleep just to oogle a vampire and a werewolf for two hours. I usuallynever stay up past 1am, I am so proud of myself.
3. I turned 22, but we don’t need to emphasize that.
4. Most importantly, I got an iPhone! I finally switched from that god-awful T-Mobile service to AT&T and I love it. I get reception in places T-Mobile wouldn’t. My iPhone is fabulous, I’ve been nose to screen for two weeks and I still can’t get enough. “What apps to download next?” “When should I buy my next case? And what color?” “Should I buy more ringtones on iTunes?” What is wrong with me? I’ve definitely come down with the iPhone syndrome and I don’t want to be cured.

So there you have it. I didn’t do a complete summary of the past 4 months, but we’ll catch up. Hopefully, I decide to blog more and won’t completely abandon my WordPress, I’d hate to see it die just like all my other blogs. I have so much here that I can read back on and laugh about. Until next time!

Brand New Eyes
July 11, 2009

Brand New Eyes! That is the official name for Paramore’s next album and the release date is officially September 29. Three days ago the presale for this album was being held on the paramore.net site and all I have to say about it is..holy mother. You’re probably asking, “What’s so special about a presale of a CD that’s going to be out on it’s announced release date anyway?” No, my friend. This presale was for the Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set of Paramore’s BNE album. Doesn’t it sound so fancy? This special set is limited to 15,000 worldwide; worldwide and 15,000 sounded a little alarming to me so I was getting myself ready. It took hours to get through to this site so of course I was going a little nuts. With utmost disappointment and defeat, I gave up after five hours of trying. Only then it was the moment when Franco decided to try. You know, just for fun. He called me about an hour later to tell me that he got through and it’s all paid for. Hallelujah! The bad news is when I came home later that night to check the site (because I guess I’m somewhat of a masochist) the deluxe set had not yet been sold out and it took 2 seconds to order. I didn’t actually order another one, just testing it out. You know, for fun…So basically, I spent hours mourning the fact that I might not get what I want, for absolutely nothing.

FYI. It’s not official yet (boy, I like that word today), but I read that Paramore’s BNE tour will probably start sometime after Sept 29. Now, I have to start freaking out again.

BNE Deluxe Set

Speaking of Paramore. No Doubt’s concert date is nearing and I’m really really really really really excited to finally see them again. I mean, my first concert ever was on my 16th birthday with my cousin Tammy to see No Doubt. My cousin practically cried because we were on the brink of touching her fingertips and I, on the other hand, was in complete awe. I will never forget that night. No Doubt and Paramore, who would’ve thought? The two greatest bands on the same stage performing (too bad it won’t be simultaneously). Pit is obviously going to be nuts so I have to wear steel toed boots. Joking. No Doubt is to Tammy as Paramore is to Vicky; it’s always been and always will be. See you on August 1st!

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

Nikon D60
May 20, 2009

After months of deliberation and indecisiveness, I’ve finally purchased a D-SLR camera; a refurbished Nikon D60 to be exact. It’s a practical, entry level D-SLR and on top of that, it was in my price range. However, I didn’t purchase the lens, just the camera body. I’m still waiting for Amazon to restock on a certain lens my cousin recommended to me. He’s also responsible for finding me the Nikon for $349. Haven’t you heard? He’s my own personal human gadget-encyclopedia :] This will be perfect for taking pictures on the cruise to Alaska. My dad has several Nikon lenses that I can use on the trip so I better start reading up on some “how-to’s” and picture-taking techniques

i’m bake-sick
May 18, 2009

cupcakeAs most of you know, my kitchen is still being renovated and my family has been cooking on our BBQ grill for the past month. As of today, the kitchen cabinets have been put in and stained a beautiful rich dark brown. I will be sure to post pictures once it’s completely finished. The appliances have not been put in yet, but the only one I’m actually concerned about is the oven. My oven (since no else physically uses it). My grandma will no longer use this oven as a storage area for her skillets and pans because my mother said so. I’m a brat, I know. Nonetheless I’m anticipating the installation of my brand new oven which hopefully is today. I need to get back to baking stat because I’m having withdrawals. It’s mostly Bakerella’s fault, her darn blog always inspires me. For the past few days, I’ve been obsessed with finding the perfect butter cream icing recipe and tips on decorating cupcakes. Although I’ve never been fond of using them, I’m deciding on actually trying out the decorating bags. For starters, I’ll practice with a 1M tip on wax paper and then move on to cupcakes. I don’t know if any of you noticed, but the red velvet cake mix has been lacking in the supermarkets this year. I have no idea why they’ve been taken off the shelves, but now they’re coming back. I’ve never tried the red velvet mix before, so just in case the supermarkets decide to ban them again, I went ahead and bought 3 boxes. These will be the cupcakes I make to practice my icing skills. Augh! I want my kitchen back now!

Well, in 3 weeks I’ll be on a cruise to Alaska! This year, I have no reason to dread the plane ride or the seasickness because my physician has written me a prescription for these (expensive but very effective) motion sickness prevention patches that go behind my ear (I’m not too sure of the actual name but if you’re interested just ask me and I’ll find out). Note: These are not over the counter patches you buy at a local drugstore. Unlike Dramamine, these patches will not make you sleepy and one patch can last up to 3 days (or until you shower). Yay patches!

Today I have to take my mom to Kaiser in LA for a colonoscopy (TMI, I know). She can’t eat any solid foods, just jello and fluids. I, on the other hand, will drive my butt to Kyochon and order myself a 4 peice drumstick. Yum.

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

heart
May 4, 2009

Hey everyone! Sorry I haven’t been blogging lately, I would type out a bunch of excuses but let’s just say I’ve been lazy. So, first things first. I’ve already given the bad news of quitting my job at the clinic and I’m currently putting in my two weeks starting today. The doctor was nice enough to say that he’ll miss me and he wished me good luck with everything. He said and I quote “You are the nicest and sweetest girl I’ve ever met. You are so respectful and your parents raised you so well,” and then he gave me a hug :[ It’s hard finding a boss like Dr. E, I’m going to miss working for him and with my co-workers. This morning I drove into work to find Dr. E’s car in the parking lot. While I was putting on my makeup in the car for about 10 minutes until Dr. E comes out and opens my car door.

“Good morning, Victoria! Did you hear about Dr. Maas?”
“No, what’s wrong?”
“He had a heart attack on Thursday.”
“Oh my gosh…”

Unfortunately, Dr. M (the one I usually work with on Mondays and Tuesdays) had a severe heart attack on Thursday while riding his bike. He underwent quadruple bypass surgery and will be in the hospital until Friday. It was shocking to hear this and also a little heart breaking. Every Monday and Tuesday, before lunch time, I would pop my head into his office with a, “See you later, Margarita!” and he would happily be eating his salad and always some form of fish for lunch (yeah, healthy dude). His only demise was his absolute love for chocolate and having me as an assistant who brought chocolate almost every week didn’t help the situation. It turns out his father and uncle had passed away due to heart attacks, sad to say that for Maas-Man, it’s hereditary. He’ll be recovering from all this until July and I’ll be gone in a week. I won’t even get to say good bye to him in person and tell him that it was an honor to work for him also, but I’ll be sure to leave him some chocolate cupcakes and a card. Please keep him in your prayers.

On the upside, me and my family are going on a cruise in beginning of June to Alaska. Well, we actually have to fly to Vancouver first and then board the cruise from there. I’m definitely not looking forward to puking on the plane ride and then going on-board a cruise only to go through sea sickness again. I’m going to need tons and tons of Dramamine. Oh daddy, why did you give me the motion sickness gene?

Oh and Mothers Day is coming up. What the heck do I get my mom? She claims to want a L.A.M.B. purse again, but we’ll see. It can never be a surprise because that woman is picky.