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.




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!

Labor Day Weekend

I would say it was the best weekend I have ever had this summer. We do have another week of summer left but WOW! This was an absolute highlight since we were able to go to the Gorge and watch my favorite band in the universe. Yes peeps, the UNIVERSE!

Dave Matthews Band, did such a great job last Saturday. I loved their whole set. Jimi Thing got me up and dancing and shakin what my momma gave me.

We got to watch the concert for free by volunteering for Reverb. Our job was to take photos of people. It was pretty easy yet there were a lot of very “interesting” people. So interesting that there are no words for it.

It was our second year to volunteer and 3rd year to watch DMB. We decided after watching the concert that it’s going to be an annual thing for us. Kids or no kids, we are going to watch DMB dang it! We’re also thinking about going to the Red Rocks and see his concert there. Just to see the difference between the Gorge and Red Rocks.

In other music news. I am slowly falling in love with the John Butler Trio. If you haven’t heard of them, you have to check out their website.

Anyway, after DMB, we went to visit Nick’s sister and her husband, who lives an hour away from the Gorge. We slept at their place and the following day we spent most of our time at Columbia River. Nick’s sis and her husband have a boat and they wakeboard often. So we were able to try it out again. Last year I couldn’t get up on the board ’cause the water was so cold I couldn’t hold on to the handles. So this year, I made up for last years failure. On my second attempt I got up for 3 seconds. I was in such shock that I actually got up that I fell right away. On my 3rd attempt.. well see below.

Not so bad eh? The next time I try it, I feel like I’d do better with my right leg in the front. I’d probably have more control. Even if I’m right handed, most of the time, when I do some kind of sport, I move like I was a leftie. So we’ll see how that works.

I’ll put up some photos on my next post. Can’t do that now since I am off to enjoy the sunshine. I hope everyone is out and about today.

I am a sun child.

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…


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!

It’s finally March!!

Time goes by quick and I like that.  Nick and I have been waiting for this month to arrive because it only means one thing, SPRING BREAK!!!

In just a few weeks Nick and I will get to escape dreary Seattle and soak the sunshine in Oahu. Oh the excitement in my bones. I can’t wait!

My heater at work is usually turned on full blast. I guess it’s my subconscious way of preparing myself for the heat that we will encounter in Hawaii.

We are excited to visit my cousin and her husband and see our little nephew as well. My cousin will only work one day on the week that we’re there so it is truly going to be a fun that we get to spend a lot of time together in the sun.

A part of the itinerary is going snorkeling at Hanauma Bay (pictured below). I remember my snorkeling experience in Mexico, seeing the sting ray swimming right below me. I was squealing through my snorkel out of excitement. Going on another snorkeling excursion is something to look forward to.

Hanauma Bay

I pray that the weather in Oahu cooperate. In Jesus name let there be no rain since that is exactly what we’re trying to escape from. haha! I can’t wait to relax, surf, hike, snorkel, spend time with family and enjoy it all with Nick.

This tropical lady is finally going to have some tropical sun!

Dinner w/ Alisha

My good friend Alisha is about to embark on one of the greatest adventures of her life.  She will be going to Nepal to teach English to a Finnish couples’ kids. (Alisha, correct me if I’m wrong with their nationality. haha!)

I was lucky enough to schedule a dinner with her before she left this month. She’s my food buddy who loves to explore restaurants we’ve never tried before.

I think we became good friends because of our love for all kids of food.  I realize that’s how I usually make friends. Once I started talking about food, and you’re into it, we’re going to be good friends.

Anyway, this post is dedicated to a wonderful woman whom I will miss. See you in a year Alisha!

*The photos above were taken at Green Leaf restaurant in the International District. The best Vietnamese restaurant I have ever been to in Seattle

Sometimes Snowy in West Seattle

It snowed last Tuesday. It came that night, then disappeared the next day. I think God did a good job of scheduling the snow right after work. So I was able to go home first, then it started snowing. That way, not a lot of people were stuck out on the streets trying to get to their respective homes.

When the snow was a couple of inches thick, Nick and I decided that a walk would be nice.

snow on sidewalk

don't even think about it

where to?


Scenes from Leavenworth

I went on a trip with my friends to Leavenworth, WA. A tiny Bavarian town in Washington. It’s about 2 hours away from Seattle so it was a nice quick trip to see the Christmas lighting festival, and then come home that same day.

Nick couldn’t make it ’cause he had to study. Which is pretty sad ’cause it was my first time to go there, and I didn’t have him there to see me ooh and ahh at the sights and sounds.

Below are a few scenes from the trip.


Adam's happy to finally be there


Cute Buildings


My darling Alisha


This guy followed me around all night


Love how they're looking at different things


I had to take a photo of course


Loving the lights




It's snowing!


We needed something warm after the Christmas lighting




A photo before we leave

Regressing to High School

Two of my great friends from high school came over for a visit two weeks ago. I have to say, it was the perfect weekend to end the summer and celebrate the fall weather (I can’t believe I just said that).

Carmen and Ina are friends I know I will have for the rest of my life. Even if we haven’t seen each other in years, we picked up from where we left off right away. I can be totally myself with these ladies. Dorky, crazy and just me. And I know they still love me.  Laughing with them the whole weekend made up for a not so sunny summer in Seattle.

I shall see you again girls, maybe the next time in LA. ❤

Tres Marias

Carmen, Me and Ina

@ Alki w/ the girls

Enjoying a Walk at Alki


Mahangin ba sa Labas?

See Ina and Carmen?

See Ina and Carmen?

The Fedora

I want to thank Liza R. for my fedora and Carmen for the photo. haha!

Pike Place Shopping

Photo Pause Before Shopping Again

Pike Place Market

We had sun in Seattle!

Love at the Park

I love these girls!

Sun at the Park

Photo Op before we eat our humbao

Seattle Center

Nick and I are touching

Molly Moon's

Molly Moon's

Cal Anderson Park

Fountain at Cal Anderson Park

Discussing Fall

This was at Capitol Hill

High School

Regressing to High School (@ the Olympic Sculpture Park)

Anniversary Adventure


St. Helens

This weekend, Nick will surprise me with an adventure we both have never done before. I am excited for what he has planned. I have to remember to keep in mind that whatever happens, I will try to not be whiny and to just enjoy whatever my husband has planned for our adventure together.

I told him I will try to be the best outdoorsy wife I can ever be. I say this because I am a city girl. The outdoors for me is the beach and water. I would kayak, ride the rapids and surf. But the mountains, yeah they’re God’s beautiful creation, but I like to be on horizontal ground. But that’s just me. I know I will learn to love it more and more. I just have to do it frequently.

Two things that are a must to bring: 1) Hiking Shoes and 2) Camera

I’m excited!

PS. For those that missed the photo of our anniversary spread last night, here’s a link http://twitpic.com/1lo37q

Update: Added the photo for a sneak peak on what we did. 🙂 Will post more photos soon.

Needing Some Vitamin D


It’s usually around this time when I start getting very restless because of the weather.  I’ve been checking flights to Mexico, Puerto Rico and even Spain (even if the weather is pretty much the same here and there).

It’s always around this time when I feel that I need to leave and just take a break from Seattle. To fly far, far far away from here.  I love the city yeah, but I am made to be in the sun. On the beach, reading a book with my toes in the sand. I need it so bad.

This is also the time when Nick gets really annoyed with me because of all the links I send him regarding travel, beach, and just plain “Let’s get the hell out of here.” He’s a very patient one I tell you.

I will be going to San Francisco on the first weekend of March to get my passport renewed. It’s pretty stupid that there’s no way I could get it renewed here.  I have to fly down there, show my face and then get my passport.  In a way, it’s a good reason to get a trip out of here. See mi familia, eat some Filipino food, and have a fun time with my good friend Liza, since she’s travelling with me.

Nick and I are still discussing where we should go this year.  I just want to see places I have never seen before.  There’s more to this world than just Seattle. I can’t stand the cloudy skies! I need me some Vitamin D!

Where are you off to this year?