West Seattle. You know I love you. (Part 1)

I am not going to be all mushy, sweet and go cuddly-bear on you my dear readers but I thought I’d tell you all why West Seattle (WS) is dear to me. My home away from home (My other home being Manila, since most of my family live there). I’ve lived in WS for almost 7 years now. My first and only home ever since I’ve moved to the States.

My husband and I are on our second apartment in WS and currently we’re very close to C&P Coffee. To those that haven’t visited C&P, you better start doing so since this is the best place for those where-do-we-go-it’s-raining-and-it’s-the-weekend days. You get to be warm and cozy with a cup of joe, while listening to some good live music. You probably have an idea about where I’m headed with this post. List of my favorite places in West Seattle. I’ll give you some highlights for now since I gotta finish this post before my little dude wakes up from his nap.

Favorite Bakery: Bakery Nouveau

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Twice Baked Chocolate Almond Croissant

There is not a week that goes by that I don’t get myself a Bakery Nouveau fix. From the guy who beat the French in French Pastry making, there’s no where else to go but here for some Twice Baked Chocolate Almond Croissant. Need a little something something to give your hunnylove? Bring home some macaroons in a heart shaped box. Not feeling sweet? Their pizza’s are amazing! My personal fave is their foccacia pizza and pork sandwhich with pickled onions.

 Favorite Parks: Lincoln Park and Ercolini Park

It’s hard to just have one favorite park in WS since there are so much it offers. But for my husband and I, Lincoln Park and Ercolini Park tops the list. Lincoln Park has the heated salt water pool, wading pool for the wee ones, tons of space for cross country running, picnic areas, hiking trails, and you also have the best view of the Puget Sound. It’s one of the biggest parks in Seattle and I’m happy that it’s in WS.

I’m mentioning Ercolini Park because right now it’s the best place for my little one. Best place for toddlers I would say. I love how people leave/donate their toys there so that other kiddos can play with them. It’s also a good place for mommies to meet other mommies. My son isn’t a crawler or walker yet but I look forward to the day when he starts climbing the little gym area.

I have more favorites I’d like to post but I have to keep this short for now. In the meantime, come visit me, and we shall go to Bakery Nouveau and get some yummies, and then go to the park of your choice to let the kiddos play.

 

 

Another Published Work

I helped out a friend and did a shoot for the marketing campaign of his play, Suffering Inc. My friend and former co-worker is the director and writer of the play. So of course I have got to help a brother out and spread the word. If you haven’t seen the play, you should go get your tickets now before the run ends.

It’s been really fun doing creative shoots where I am able to use my ideas and even add more in post.

The great thing about shooting photos like these is that it gets published on web zines and even popular weekly newspapers here in Seattle.

One of them is the Stranger. They did a great review on the play and even included the photo I took with a credit.

Oh yeah! That makes me happy.

Fall…ing

So it’s cold. Not happy about it. But I am thankful that Nick and I were able to enjoy our last summer day on Saturday by swimming in Lake Washington. A friend of ours invited us out on his boat for a day and we were of course pretty excited as always to be on the water.

Not only did he take us out in his boat but we were able to take a ride on his scooters. Which was pretty fun since I haven’t been on one since I was 11 years old.

When I was young, my cousin’s dad had a motorbike, a scooter, and a 3 wheeler. It was all for us cousins to ride in around the subdivision where they lived. Since I was the youngest girl, I rode the 3 wheeler with another cousin, who’s the youngest boy. What’s funny was, we were the youngest and we were on the most dangerous ride. Go figure. It was fun though. We just had to make sure we didn’t do any turns quickly or else the 3 wheeler motorbike would be on top of us in a second. Those were good times. Makes me smile remembering all the things we did. We thought we were so cool. Revving the engines of the bikes to make sure other people heard it. We were just on the bikes riding around with no destination to go to really. I loved that.

And since it’s fall. It’s also time for shopping. Not that I need new clothes every season. But who says I can’t enjoy putting stuff together on polyvore just to see how things look?

If you’ve known me for a while, you’ll notice that I dress comfortably. I still believe in being stylish of course. But comfort is of high importance. So it’s pretty rare that you’ll see me in heels. If you do want to see me in heels, invite me to your wedding.

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For this boyish sexy look, you’ll notice how loose the outfit is. Which is totally me. I used to wear a lot of tight tops. I feel that I am over that now. I haven’t been buying anything tight since last year. I’ve also been giving my old tight tops to Goodwill since I don’t see myself wearing them anymore.

I am not a fan of the cold weather, but fall is beautiful. And I get to wear boots again!

Any good suggestions on rain boots? My Rocketdog rain boots died on me after 3 months of use. Note to everyone, don’t buy their rain boots!

Another Change

I want to apologize to my readers if you’ve been encountering weird stuff on my blog. First I was hacked, I got that fixed but just recently my theme got all messed up too.  It was just showing text. Not likey that much.

So, I hope you guys like the new look.  I really liked the old one but it looks like the more simple it is, the better.

Timing could not be anymore perfect for this change in theme, since soon enough there will be more changes in Nick’s and my life.  Nick’s going to be done with school in 2 weeks and we’ve finally decided that it’s time to make some little Nicks and Tanyas. OH MY GOSH!!! And once there’s a little one baking in the oven, we might also have to move to a bigger place. Pretty big announcement huh?

The great thing about change is that I actually enjoy and look forward to it. I will admit that sometimes it gets pretty scary, but I get really excited about how my God is going to pull through. How He’d show himself always faithful in taking care of us.

I am always reminded of when I moved here to Seattle from Manila.  My friends would tell me that that must’ve been really scary.  I was honestly more excited that scared.  I was excited to be married to my best friend, excited for the new things I have never seen and was definitely overjoyed because Jesus showed Himself faithful in finally letting Nick and I be together after 3 years of a long distance relationship.

Change helps me look up to where I’m supposed to look.  It helps me look up to Him who knows what He’s doing.  And I trust that with the discomforts that comes along with change, He will never leave me nor forsake me.

I know that our future little kiddos will be a handful and could be stressful. But the positives will definitely outweigh the hardships.  I believe that.

I am excited to hear an additional sound of laughter in our house.  It will be wonderful.  So please pray that after Nick is done with school in 2 weeks that he gets a job that he loves, that pays well and of course includes really good benefits.  Thanks guys!

Photos below are a few more excerpts from our summer in Seattle.  Please excuse all the foot shots. For some reason I am very fascinated with the shots.  No I’m not turning into Quentin Tarantino.

Olympic Sculpture Park

Nick on our new float. This was at Greenlake.

Camano Island water.

I think the guy beside me is pretty hot.

Summer For Reals

It’s hard to sum  up what I’ve been doing the past month.  Summer has definitely come and I’ve been out and about every single weekend. Not just the weekend, but also after work bbq’s and swimming in the lake.  I’ve been out so much that my body finally told me to slow down.  Which means, sniffles.  I’ve used up 2 boxes of tissues already and I’m still going.  Well I feel better today. And I hope that it’s completely gone by this weekend because I am definitely planning on going back into the water.

A few highlights I wanted to share with you guys…

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Nick and I have been doing a lot of exploring of our neighborhood.  After work we’d go have a picnic where we can get the best view of the sunset.

Our church had a bbq in the church parking lot. There were music and dancing and we were all thankful that the sun showed up.

My friend Rhonda and I

Little Michael and I. We were both laughing at a really funny joke.

One of the best things we’ve done this summer (so far) is go on a camping trip.  We had our own piece of lake. No one else was there. The sun graced us with its presence. We ate and swam and played a whole lot.

One can’t complain about where the tent was set up.

Yes, the water was that clear and refreshing.

I still have the skillz.

View from our tent.

Nick and his raft. He built that himself and he was very proud of it.

It’s really great to be married to my best friend.

PS. I started doing bootcamp at the gym 3 times a week. Nick is graduating in a few weeks and I deactivated my Facebook. I shall write a post about that shortly. Now that I’m not wasting my time on Facebook. Ha!

Summer Status

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It’s been a while

It definitely has.

I’m not sure if summer has officially arrived in Seattle, but I definitely have a summer schedule. I have the type of schedule where I don’t go home right away after work. I mean, if the sun is out (which is rare in Seattle), it’s pretty hard to be indoors. So Nick and I make the most of it.

I know I said I was going to post some photos from our Anniversary trip but it’s been harder and harder to find the time.

Here’s a little excerpt.

 

I have not forgotten about you my dear readers. What have you all been doing since the beginning of summer?