Friday, December 21, 2012

We are 3!

Yesterday, we celebrated our third anniversary =) 

Time flies. I can still remember the excitement that I had on our wedding day. I was also super nervous. One of my biggest worry that day was to trip over my dress when I walked to the front of the reception room. Thankfully, that worry didn't turn into reality.



Fast forward three years, and here we are now. We've been through a lot these past three years. Both of us feel like we have been married for ages!! Not in a bad way though =)

We don't have any special plan celebrating our anniversary. We usually just go out and have dinner. This year we did the same thing. However, from year to year, the restaurants change. We choose restaurant mostly based on the food, and not the ambiance. I know ... both of us are somehow not that romantic =P To be honest, this time I was actually thinking of celebrating our anniversary in Texas Road House (which is a very casual steak house if you don't know, with blaring cowboy music and peanut skins on the ground). But my husband vetoed that down.

In the end, we went to Santana Row for dinner. We decided to eat at one of the Italian Restaurant. Yup, finally we're going for ambiance this year =P

It was almost a bad idea though. This time of the year, Santana Row is super crowded. We had to park a few blocks away and walk. To make it worse, we didn't make reservation. We went to two restaurants and the waiting time for a table of two at those restaurants were an hour and a half! Since we had to wait anyway, we finally agreed to try Maggiano's Little Italy.

Good thing the wait was worth it.

     
Please excuse the picture quality. It was kinda dark in that restaurant. 

We had a set menu for two people. So we got to chose one appetizer (or one flatbread or two side salads), two classic pasta entree, and a dessert to share. These were what we chose:


Stuffed Mushrooms for appetizer. Mushroom filled with spinach and breadcrumbs, served in garlic white wine sauce. Despite the look, this dish was amazing! I think this was my favorite for the night. 


My husband chose Fettuccine Alfredo, which was basically a plain pasta and cream sauce. He requested the Fettuccine to be changed into Linguine btw. It was just okay. My pasta was Taylor Street Baked Ziti as pictured above. The sauce was a mix of italian sausage, pomodoro, and cheese. 

Next came the dessert. We chose New York Style Cheesecake which comes with seasonal fruits. This time the fruit was blueberry. This was the highlight of our dinner for my husband. He loves the cheesecake. He even said that this was better than Cheesecake Factory's Ultimate Red Velvet. 


So, was it a romantic dinner? Hmm.. the ambiance was not as good as we think. Yes, the decoration was beautiful. The service was good. The food was okay, but the two people package was really worth it. However, it was too noisy and crowded for my taste =P

Still, we did have a good time together and that was the most important thing. 



I am truly grateful to God for sending this wonderful man into my life. He's not just a husband for me... he's my partner in life, my other half. It is a great comfort for me, knowing that whatever life might bring, I will face it together with him. I pray that our love for each other will continue to grow daily. I also pray that God will continue blessing our marriage so that we can be a blessing for others around us. 

Dear husband, cheers for more years ahead!!   

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

My LOFT Haul

Ever since Black Friday, I have been monitoring my favorite store intently =P If you do not know, my favorite store is Ann Taylor LOFT. Their collections are very petite friendly. Anyway, on their current holiday / winter collection, they have a few cute sweaters that I adore. After waiting for around 3 weeks, it seems that the lowest price for the particular sweater that I want is $25. And ... I missed that sale because I was waiting for the price to go down lower.

Anyway, today I noticed that they have the exact same sale again for that item. I went to LOFT store, but they didn't have the color that I want in my size. So I have to buy it online.

Turns out, I was super lucky today. On top of the current sale that they have, I managed to get another coupon that give 25% discount for that particular sweater. I finally got that sweater for $20! I also bought two other items that I have been eyeing this whole time.

Petite Kitten Print 3/4 Sleeve Cardigan $16 (after double discount) - pictures taken from www.loft.com

Petite Marisa Straight Leg Pants in LOFT Scuba - Royal Blue $22 - pictures taken from www.loft.com

Petite Stripped Cozy Cable Sweater $20 (after double discount) - picture taken from www.loft.com

I'm super happy for getting those cute pieces in bargain prices! =D

Btw, I don't know if you are familiar with Ebates. For those of you who often do online shopping, please check out Ebates. You can get cash back for your online purchase with stores that are registered on Ebates.

As an example, currently Ebates has 9% cash back for Sears and 6% cash back for Toys R Us.If you want to sign up for Ebates, you can click on this link below:

http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=ZuYCy84RlgfDGiPz8CzPcg%3D%3D&eeid=23552

I hope you find this information useful. Happy holiday shopping everyone!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

November in Pictures

It's been a while since my last post. I can hardly believe that we're already in December. This post will be a quick recount of November. So here it is, my November in pictures. Enjoy!

My husband and I went with a couple of friends to Santana Row's Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. They had quite a few of live performance like ballet dance, A Capella choir, and this young singer from American Idol - Deandre Brackensick. No wonder Santana Row was very crowded that day. We almost couldn't find parking. Also because of the crowd, we couldn't take any decent picture of the performance. However, my husband did manage to snap this picture of the American Idol singer after his performance.


Deandre Brackensick
After the ceremony, which only lasted around an hour or so, we went to a nearby Chili's for dinner. That day I decided to try dry rub ribs. It looked really good on the menu. However, it was a little bit too dry for my taste =P Fortunately, I asked for BBQ sauce on the side for dipping. The Cajun Chicken Pasta on the other hand, was really good.


Cajun Chicken Pasta @ Chili's
Half Rack of Baby Back Ribs in Memphis Dry Rub
Talking about food, on one weekend night in November, I suddenly craved pancake! So we went to IHOP =)






New York Style Pancake
Steak Omelette - my Hubby's fav
Good food ... and yummy hot chocolate =)



OK, enough food talk. Going back to holiday atmosphere here in the U.S.

Even before Thanksgiving passed, Christmas decoration was all over Santana Row. When we went to Valley fair for Black Friday Shopping on Thanksgiving night, we walked passed Santana Row.  It was very pretty! I can't help myself from taking pictures.





Here is one silly shot of me and my friends on Black Friday midnight shopping madness =P


Photo courtesy of Miss Kristani
The next day, I went back to Santana Row for unfinished Black Friday shopping ... and photo session =P





Oops, I almost forget about our Chinese style Thanksgiving dinner. We're celebrating a friend's birthday, plus house warming, plus thanksgiving, with bird from the far east. It was more like Chinese New Year's dinner than a Thanksgiving dinner =P I want a traditional Thanksgiving feast next year!



Group photo with the birthday girl =)



So how's your Thanksgiving folks? I hope you had a good one =)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Through the Years

Another late post =P

There are tons of reason why I love November. I think I wrote about this in my November post last year... Hmm. Anyway, one of them is because this was the month when I first saw my "prince charming." And guess what, this is also his birth month!

I want to take a quick stroll down to my memory lane... A lot has happened since I first met him. My life changed upside down. Not that I complain =) 

First birthday together. I made his birthday cake, with the help of my Mom. I think he was quite surprised.



Later that day we celebrated his birthday at Grand Indonesia (a very pretty Mall in Jakarta, Indonesia). I remember the Mall was just opened back then. It instantly became the most "stylish" place to hang-out. 



Ah, back then I was so skinny *sigh* Anyway, I missed his 30th birthday because he was in the US while I was still in Jakarta. I somehow also do not have any picture of his 31st birthday :( But I think we celebrated it with friends. Maybe we combined the celebration with our civil ceremony... 



As you can see ... I'm getting fatter *sigh* Now I know, not all trip down on the memory lane is pleasing =P Move on with the birthday. This was his 32nd birthday celebration. We have just moved to our tiny little apartment.



It was another combined celebration. Birthday + House Warming. I got tons of help from friends in setting up the supposed-to-be-surprise celebration. Btw, that cute little girl is my niece =)

Another picture with friends... 



So, what did we do this year?

I was never good with planning surprises. So, we just had a normal birthday celebration. Dinner for the two of us at Gyukaku followed by celebration with close friends. 


I love the restaurant, and would love to come back there. We ordered tons of food, more than enough for the two of us actually. Well, lesson learned. Next time, we would only ordered dishes that we love like the garlic noodle, Harami skirt steak, and fatty toro =)

We have a lot of friends here who share the same birth week with my hubby. That means, combined birthday party :) One of our close friend has a birthday that is just three days apart from my hubby. 


Birthday celebrations are fun! 

Dear hubby,
As God adds another year in your life, I prayed that He will bless you with wisdom, health, success and happiness. Happy birthday dearest one!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

LA Weekend Trip - October 2012

Two weeks ago, we had a short weekend trip to LA to attend our friends' wedding party. We went there with quite a few of good friends. We rented two mini-vans and three hotel rooms to accommodate all 12 of us. It was a fun, but nevertheless very tiring trip. My husband was sick the day after we got back to San Jose. I quickly followed =( We took medication and actually are getting better by now.

Anyway, forget the sad story and let's move on to the detail of our trip.

On Friday, we departed from San Jose around 6 PM-ish. Fortunately, the traffic was good. We made a quick dinner stop at Gilroy Premium Outlet. Too bad, I didn't have time to check any shop =P We arrived around 11.30 PM at our hotel near LAX area. This time, we stayed at Courtyard by Marriott. Personally, I wasn't very satisfied with the hotel. 

Our rooms weren't close to each other. Some were located in the left wing while others were in the right wing. To go to the other wing, we have to go through the lobby in the main floor. To make it worse, our rooms were in the second and third floor. So we had to take elevator to go down to lobby and then another elevator at the other wing to get to the other rooms. After going back and forth, we finally settled down for the night. 

Next morning, we went for an early lunch. For me, personally, a trip to LA is never complete without Indonesian foods =) That morning we decided to go to an Indonesian restaurant called Kalimantan (or Borneo). We ate scrumptious Indonesian noodles and other Indonesian dishes. The noodles were super good, and it truly reminded me of home.      

Mie Hakka
Hubby enjoyed his noodle
 Kwetiaw Goreng 
Next to the restaurant was a small garden with fountain. We couldn't resist the urge to take picture =P


Love this candid shoot of us walking to the parking lot =)


After lunch we went to the nearby Half & Half for dessert. I love their taro milk tea with honey boba. 


They have irregular sizing. Their regular one is the stumpy one in the middle. Volume wise, it is pretty big. Too bad it couldn't fit into car's regular cup holders.


Afterward, we rushed back to the hotel to get ready for the afternoon wedding. When we were getting ready, we realized that our hotel actually lacked mirror (big time!). It was already difficult for 4 ladies to get ready for a wedding party in such a short time. Even worse, we have to cram in one corner of the bathroom because our one and only mirror was there =( Nevertheless, we managed to get ready ... although we were a little bit late =P

don't we all look pretty? =)
With my pretty doctor friend =)
Hubby and I 
Me and my personal beauty guru <3
After the wedding reception, we decided to make a quick visit to the lamps outside of LACMA. Too bad there was a big event that night. Suddenly, my hubby turned into an instant paparazzi. He eagerly stood behind the crowd with his phone, trying to catch a glimpse of the celebrities. Unfortunately, he didn't get any clear shot of the celebrities.

  
Before we left, I insisted on taking a picture with the beautiful lamps. We couldn't get any closer to the lamps so I had to settle for this one grainy and dark shot *sigh*
Unsatisfied with our LACMA experience, we decided to visit an ice cream shop nearby. From what i heard, the ice cream place was pretty famous for its ice cream sandwich. Unfortunately, i'm not a cookie person ... so instead we got a cup of regular ice cream. To our surprise, the price was pretty decent. I was quite happy with my ice cream until I found out that it was actually Dreyer's. I'm not saying that Dreyer's ice cream is not good ...  It's just that I can go to Safeway for it and not this particular ice cream place.

Rocky Road ... no wonder the taste is so familiar =P
The next morning, as expected, we woke up pretty late. We checked out from the hotel and headed to Momiji, a sushi place in Duarte. The owners are Indonesian. We heard that their food are good ... well, for me it was fantastic! The portion is good, and the price is cheap considering its quality. What amazed me the most was its sashimi. I'm usually indifferent with sashimi, but theirs was remarkable. I could feel that the fish were really fresh. 


Amazing Yellowtail Yuzu
They have plenty variation of rolls too. My favorite is Mikey's Lobster Roll. It was out of this world! Seriously. They generously put tons of fried lobster chunk on top of that roll. 


Mikey's Lobster Roll
If you're ever in Duarte, LA, please do yourself a favor and visit Momiji. Ask the friendly waiter for recommendation, they have a lot of "secret" menu =) More pictures of the food. Oops, I'm suddenly hungry =P 


Spider Roll
Yellowtail Kama with Ponzu sauce, my husband's favorite
Spicy Tuna with Pear, topped with crunchy deep fried onion
My second favorite, Chilean Sea Bass
911 - Hot and Spicy
Their Newest Menu, Gangnam Burrito
Overall it was a nice trip. My definition of a nice trip is a trip full of good food *LOL* I personally can hardly wait to visit Momiji again =)
   
PS: Some pictures above are courtesy of my friend, Ms. Tan.