Friday, March 14, 2014

My Favorite SISTAH..!

It is my favorite sistah’s birthday and I consider this day as special.
I totally love her to pieces and definitely I couldn’t envision my world without her.

The reasons are as follows: 

1. She cooks the best pork binagoongan in the whole wide world. 
She buys pomelo just for me and never forces me to eat bananas.

2. She can read my mind. She knows exactly what I want and 
what I need and she buys them for me. 

3. She is annoyingly smart. She still thinks I’m a baby and 
tells me to do things the way she wants it to be. 

4. She seriously believes she’s not bossy and that 
she only has better ideas than others. 

5. She has a very big heart and because of that, she has so much love to give. 
Just give her a chance and get to know her better.

Here are my birthday gifts for you. They are not expensive but I’m sure you’ll like them: 

Sexy Tshirts – these will remind you and 
other people how sexy you are. (sometimes they forget)

..and this OPM CDs you can listen to while driving fast. 
They are a total of 3 CDs you can enjoy..!

Achut . . . you have the biggest heart than anyone I know. I love everything about you. We may not always agree on everything but despite our arguments and our differences, you are still the most important person in my life.

  I’m so lucky to have you . . .the smartest , the sexiest and gorgeous, and most supportive sister ever . .!
Happy birthday . . . !

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Visit to Uncle Sam : Day 4

Joey and I woke up so early and took turns in using the bathroom. After a cup of coffee we found our way to the bus ready to leave San Francisco so early in the morning.

Hear Tony Bennett sings . . .

 “ . . . I left my heart in San Francisco 
High on a hill, it calls to me 
To be where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars 
The morning fog may chill the air, 
I don't care My love waits there in San Francisco 
Above the blue and windy sea 
When I come home to you, 
San Francisco 
Your golden sun will shine for me . . . “

I somehow realized that it was really so hard to leave  SF. I fell in love with it and I definitely will come back

The third day and last part of the tour promised to be a very exciting one because we will make our way back to Los Angeles via a stop to one of the  world's most  famous parks. I was so thrilled because I will finally see the glorious Yosemite National Park.

The weather that time was not good. It was raining,, the visibility on the road was closed to zero and it was foggy. After couple of minutes, the chinese tour guide informed us that we will no longer stop at Yosemite National Park because the road leading there would be too dangerous. We will just go straight to Los Angeles and will give our money back. $6.00 each . BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY was what I heard. Joey approached the tour guide and suggested other options and go someplace else instead of giving back that 6 bucks because it won’t bring us anywhere. I was disappointed. I took a moment and said a little prayer. After an hour, the bus stopped and the tour guide informed us that we our going to make a U-turn and will proceed to the original itinerary of going to Yosemite National Park. The weather cooperated and next thing I know the sun started shining. My prayer was answered right away. I guess I'm lucky. Thanks Lord.

Yosemite is a three to four hour drive from San Francisco We passed through small agricultural towns, I enjoyed the scenery of fruit orchards and some ranches in the rolling hills. The road was gently curving. I fell asleep and woke up several times.

When we finally got there, I was totally speechless. Really breathtaking view.

 Wikipedia states . . .

Yosemite is one of the wonders of Nature. It is located near the geographical center of the Nevada mountain range. Towering granite rocks, mighty waterfalls and placid valleys give Yosemite all the aspects of a ''land of the gods''Â.

 El Capitan. This granite cliff on the north side of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park is world-famous as a challenge for rock climbers. The top can also be reached by taking a hiking trail out of Yosemite Valley.

Yosemite Falls. The Yosemite Falls tumble down in three separate sections. In addition to being the tallest waterfall in North America, the Yosemite Falls are the seventh-tallest in the world. The falls process the most water during the springtime.

Tunnel View. From the Tunnel View vantage point, tourists can see some of the park's most famous areas in the Yosemite Valley, including El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Fall. In 1986, the Tunnel View became a National Historic Place.

After enjoying the breathtaking view of Yosemite, we headed back to Los Angeles. I managed to sleep. Woke up to grab a bite at Denny's. after couple of hours , we're back to L.A.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Visit to Uncle Sam : Day 3

We left the hotel early morning. Joey and I just had coffee. The weather was just right, and the sun was shining bright.

We started the tour by riding the much-loved San Francisco cable car. It is a must-do experience when visiting the city. We rode at the turnaround stop which is the beginning and end of the lines. As soon as we got on board there were no more seats available. We just hang onto the leather straps while standing. I enjoyed experiencing the clanking up and down of the city’s steep hills.

The cable car stopped exactly at the corner where the laid-back zigzag block of Lombard Street was situated. I read somewhere that it was called the "crookedest street in the world.” I was amazed by the beautiful scenic view of Lombard. I instantly noticed the red-brick pavement and adorable flowerbeds. It was totally fun going down that street. I took the staircase down on the left side of the street. The view from the top was great as well as the view looking up from the bottom.

We then headed straight to the most visited and most photographed bridge in the world. The Golden Gate Bridge. It was foggy by the time we got there. The weather was so cold and windy. Nevertheless I can only say one thing. It was really breathtaking. I managed to walk and jog and felt how it’s like to be at the bridge.

We eventually stop at the Palace of Fine Arts . This is Joey’s favorite place in San Francisco. It was so huge and really has amazing architecture. I learned that it is popular for prenup weddings and photography. There’s also a nearby lagoon, surrounded by eucalyptus trees. This gave me a feeling like I was in a European setting. The reflection of the grand buildings on the water was very impressive and totally excellent. The lagoon served as home to ducks, swans and some sea gulls which I thought to so ready to pose for photographs.

The tour guide informed us that the stop will be at the Fisherman's wharf and we were advised that if we wanted to have a good view  from under the Golden Gate Bridge, we can go cruising. I so love the view of the Golden Gate Bridge so Joey and I also took a cruise departing from Pier 43 in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf. The sail gave us the view San Francisco skyline. There were pelicans flying and following us as we cruise. A really great sight to behold. I held my breath while sailing directly under the massive Golden Gate Bridge. We also slowly cruised around the infamous island of Alcatraz. On our way back to Fisherman's Wharf, we enjoyed the sights of the barking sea lions which welcomed us back to Pier 43.

After the cruise, Joey and I realized that we didn’t have breakfast at the hotel because we woke up late. So, while at the Fisherman’s Wharf, we had its famous clam chowder in bread bowl. I loved it. The chowder was hot and creamy. It had a truly excellent taste. After filling up our tummies, we laze around the area. Watched other tourists  along the waterfront strip which was filled with fancy shops and cool restaurants.

 Last destination of the day was at Stanford University. Such a beautiful campus. I absolutely loved the view. We walked around the campus and found it so peaceful and relaxing. It made me think of going back to school.

We got so exhausted and agreed that once we get back to Marriott Hotel, right after dinner , we will hit the bed and sleep. Too bad, it didn’t happen. We still laze at the hotel’s lobby, did FB updates and chat endlessly about what happened the whole day. We slept at 2am. We never learned.