Saturday, October 20, 2012

Happy Birthday Special Girl!

When I was little, I often asked my mom for a baby sister. I wanted someone to play Barbie with =) My wishes did come true. However, it was a little bit too late. When I finally got a baby sister, I was already 9 years old. Hence, when she was at "playing Barbie" stage, I was already a teenager. We never really played together =P 

Still, I was very happy to get a little sister. Moreover, she was a pretty baby. When she was 2 or 3 months old, she got really sick. She had to stay in the hospital for a month! I was scared and sad. I remember how I used to cry every time I saw any baby-related TV commercial. I was afraid to lose this pretty little sister. Miraculously, she was healed and healthy again. This pretty little baby soon grew into a witty, strong-willed, loyal, and caring girl. And I love her ...

Even though we never really played Barbie together, we are really close. Well... of course there were also times when we fight. Who doesn't? =P We were never able to stay mad to each other for long though =) 

When she was almost 15

Posing at my wedding
Last picture together before I moved to the US

Anyway, when I got married and moved to the US, I was sad because I knew I couldn't see her turned into a young woman. I wouldn't be there on her sweet 17th birthday. I wouldn't be there on her first day of college... Now that we live so far away from each other, all I can do is to pray for her.

Along with her age, I pray that God will give her maturity and wisdom. I also pray that she will continuously grow in her faith in God. May God use her to be a blessing for others around her. Of course I also pray for her health, success, and happiness.    

Happy birthday special girl! I love you!



Thursday, October 18, 2012

Uesugi Farm - Pumpkin Patch

Hello everyone!

Today I just wanted to share pictures from my first pumpkin patch experience. Last Saturday, my friends and I went to Uesugi Farm in San Martin. The pumpkin patch was quite big. It was surrounded by corn fields. I believe they also have a corn maze. Too bad when we visited, we didn't have a chance to try it.

Anyway, as I've mentioned in my earlier post, I think Fall is the prettiest season. This pumpkin patch visit proves my point. You can see a lot of beautiful fall color palette from these pictures =)


Pumpkin Pyramid
Pumpkin comes in different size and shape. They have curious names too. My favorite is the Cinderella =)



Apparently, the small ones are called munchkins. These munchkins are so cute, I was almost tempted to buy them =P Besides pumpkin, we also saw some unique vegetable like this turban squash.



And... weird colorful corns. On the left are a bunch of Strawberry Corns. It was short and plump like a strawberry.  On the other side are a bunch of colorful Indian Corns. We were wondering whether these two were actually edible =P



Besides selling pumpkin and corn, the pumpkin patch has a few child-friendly attractions. One of the most popular attractions is this cow train.



More pictures courtesy of my friends, Amadea and Hari.



Posing with friends on the giant pumpkin. To our surprise, the surface of this pumpkin was so cool.



More pictures with white pumpkins =) The little lady in Minnie Mouse dress is my friend's daughter. She is super cute!



One last picture ...



    I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I do =)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Birthday Gift from Sephora

Hi everyone, aren't you excited for weekend? =D

Anyway ... I decided to upload a very late post =P This is a post from August, a week or so before my birthday. It had been waiting patiently in my draft folder ... while I focused on writing my theme park stories. Enjoy!


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A week ago, I received email from Sephora saying that they've prepared a special birthday gift for me. What I need to do is just purchase anything from them. There is no minimum purchase amount. Incidentally, I need to buy a new Clinique Superpowder Double Face Makeup since mine is already running low. I like the Superpowder Double Face Makeup because it has both face powder and foundation. Additionally, I was also looking for a good powder blush. Seems like a perfect time to go on a makeup shopping spree right? =P


So, I asked my friend, Amadea, to accompany me. She is pretty knowledgeable about makeup, as you can see from her blog. She is also the one who gave me this nice makeup brushes set for graduation gift...





I consider her my little beauty guru =) She's very kind and helpful. If you ever need a make-up advice, just shoot her an email. 


Anyway ... These are my early birthday gift from Sephora! Fresh Sugar Kisses mini lip duo. Basically, it's a pair of sample size lip treatment. The pink one is tinted with shy rose color. While the darker one is just a normal lip balm. 


Fresh Sugar Kisses - mini lip duo

This is the size comparison of this mini lip duo with my normal Revlon lipstick.




Overall, I kinda like it. Both of these have minty fruity flavor and scent. The sample size actually makes it easier for me to carry this around. 


Btw, that day I ended up getting a lot of other make-up stuffs beside the lip duo =P My beauty guru introduced me to Ulta (for those who doesn't know, Ulta is the cheaper version of Sephora). That day I realized how far behind I was in beauty department. I never ever heard of Ulta before! 


So this is a picture of my make-up haul. I've been using each one of them daily (except the eye shadow) and totally loving it!





From clockwise direction: NYX's Stay Matte But Not Flat powder foundation, my trusty Clinique superpowder double face makeup, Covergirl's eyeenhancers in Fairy Tale, and Covergirl's classic color blush in Rose Silk.   

My staple make up is usually just face cream, face powder, and blush. Now, with the help of my beauty guru, I learn to include NYX's powder foundation, eye primer, eye shadow, and liquid eyeliner. It's actually quite exciting!  


Friday, October 5, 2012

Another Weekend in SF

Welcoming October! 

Last weekend we had a double date with our friends, Miss Kristani and her bf, at San Francisco. At first, we were worried that the traffic would be super bad since Oracle Open World 2012 was about to begin. Turned out we were wrong. To our relief, there wasn't much traffic that day. 

We departed from San Jose around 2.30PM. We took 280 North straight to Baker Beach. Unfortunately, the weather was unfriendly that day. It was cold and misty. We couldn't see Golden Gate from the beach since it was covered with mist. The only visible parts of the famous bridge were its feet, as you can see in this picture below.


Baker Beach
It was so cold that day. Plus, the wind was blowing pretty hard. We couldn't stay long in the beach. We decided to head to somewhere warmer - Japan Town. I always like visiting Japan Town. I haven't had the chance to visit during festivals tho'. 

Once arrived at Japan Town, we went straight to get snacks =) Our favorite snack place at Japan Town is Sophie's Crepe. We usually have the Nutella Banana crepe, but this time we wanted something different. We saw that they have new menu - sundaes. One sundae in particular, took our attention. It was called Royal Banana Sundae. Yes, we like banana =P Thinking about it, this kinda explains why I instantly fell in love with minions LOL

This is how it looked like...


   
Overall, it was not bad. The sundae was a combination of banana walnut gelato, sliced banana, whip cream  and chocolate sauce. Our favorite item in the sundae was the banana walnut gelato. It was divine! However, considering the price - which was around $5, the portion was small. Personally, we think it had too much whip cream too =P Anyway, next time, we will just get the banana walnut gelato.

Besides sundae, we also had other snacks. While waiting for restroom break, I spotted this small stall, called Kissako Tea, selling dango - a traditional Japanese snack. I read about dango several times on Manga ... and always wonder what it tastes like. The stall, located one floor below Sophie's Crepes, sold two kinds of dango: Kushi Dango and Mitarashi Dango. The latter was smaller in appearance and covered with sweet sticky sauce. 

The one that I bought, Kushi Dango, was bigger and looked like colorful mochi. There were 3 mochi in one stick. One stick was sold for $1.75



I actually kinda liked it. As you can see from the picture, the mochi was filled with red bean paste. Each mochi has different flavor. The green one smelled like Pandan Leaf. I will try the Mitarashi Dango on my next visit =D

For dinner, we want something different. We used to drive to SF just for King of Thai's duck fried rice. However, somehow the taste had changed. It wasn't the same killer duck fried rice that we craved. So we went to this other Thai restaurant, called Thai Cafe, to try their duck fried rice. Who knows, this could be our new favorite.

It wasn't. The duck fried rice was just OK. The Pad See Ew was actually better. To our surprise, the star of our dinner was the appetizer, fried calamari. The batter was crispy and savory. It was everyone's favorite (except my hubby who doesn't eat seafood). 

We were planning to go to Ghirardelli to hang out after dinner. But instead we went straight home after, since we were too full for dessert. Although the weather wasn't nice, overall it was a fun day filled with food =D     
     
PS.
I've been very busy job searching and interviewing for the last couple of weeks. It is quite exciting actually =) I am super excited about this next stage in my life!