Happy Birthday Riley!

July 27, 2009 - Leave a Response

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 πŸ˜€

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 πŸ™‚

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

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hypoglycemic gramps

July 16, 2009 - One Response

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 πŸ™‚

Brand New Eyes

July 11, 2009 - Leave a Response

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 - One Response

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 πŸ™‚

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June 25, 2009 - Leave a Response

No QWERTY, but still very tempting.

still unfinished

June 18, 2009 - Leave a Response

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 - One Response

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,Β  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 - Leave a Response

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 πŸ™‚

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

nothing

May 30, 2009 - Leave a Response

Hey readers. It’s Saturday. A normal 21 year old girl should probably be out with her friends shopping or eating at a restaurant. You know, a hanging out at a place besides her home. Well, not me. Instead I stayed in and watched four episodes of Gossip Girl on DVD. Season 1 episodes, I’m jumping into the bandwagonΒ  two years late, but better late than never. Unfortunately, nothing interesting has been going on in the world of Vicky. My life is a dull repitition of work, being at home, and over-eating. Alaska will be a nice break from all this…boring.

One of my best friends (well, one of my only) is leaving for Thailand this weekend and isn’t coming back for for 1, 2, or maybe even 3 years. I won’t get to spend time with her before she leaves either, so I’m a little bummed. Although I haven’t spent time with her in the past year, I’ll still miss her. Good luck Anne. I’ll visit you in Thailand next year. Love you!

just keep waiting

May 24, 2009 - Leave a Response

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?