SFO TPE MNL BKK KUL

I am so excited to finally get our plane tickets, Yipee! It’s been like two, three months since we placed our flight reservations. And bless the kind travel agents for enduring my mother and sisters flickery and occassional outburst. I think they were close to saying — go buy your tickets elsewhere. Hahaha!

Catch Me On An Airplane

City By The Bay

The loveliness of Paris seems somehow sadly gay
The glory that was Rome is of another day
I’ve been terribly alone and forgotten in Manhattan
I’m going home to my city by the Bay

San Francisco

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.

Poppies

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…

View From COIT Tower

Day At The Beach

Picture a warm, sandy beach,
Picture the deep setting sun,
Picture the beautiful blue water splashing,
Hear the gush as each new wave comes in,
Listen to the seagulls’ conversation,
Picture a blanket on the beach,
Picture a picnic basket and
A chilled bottle of wine.

And there you are in the middle of it all…

Flip Flops On A Sandy Beach

Desert Fever

Here’s a glimpse of what you’re going to see while driving down to the Mojave Desert. I took these photos before, on that Las Vegas trip. This was the same landscape I saw while driving down CA-58 (to that cat show). Thought I’d leave you with these images for now, as I try getting some much needed sleep. Happy Sunday Everyone! 

Driving By The Mojave Desert

Home On The Range

American Wind Mills

Wind Mills In My Head

Desert Mountain

Off The Beaten Desert

Will be gone till Saturday. Have this event in the middle of the Mojave Desert. What it is? Interesting enough, it’s a cat show in the middle of nowehere. I have the same reaction, why there? But the show must go on, rain or shine. This would be a good five to six hour drive for me, one way. So, I better load that Ipod before I cry myself of insanity.

I also didn’t feel like driving at three in the morning Saturday and decided on a late Friday instead. Golly, I need my good night sleep! I am hoping that this lodge (I’m staying at) would have DSL connection or at the very least, a dial up. This is the problem with being online most of the time, we feel totally isolated when we’re off. Hahaha! But should there be a connection, expect me to be hopping from one blog to another. Either that or I maybe flickring or picniking myself in cyberspace. Hahaha!

You all have a great and safe week end guys… 

Mojave Desert

What A Christmas

What a Holiday! Christmas is gone and done, and I am now back at work since yesterday. Wish I could have extended our family vacation, but there’s no way that’s ever going to happen. All of us had to be back and work hard for those stuff we charged on our credit cards. Hahahah!

Vegas was lots of fun. And the best part was — I didn’t have to drive. Though I had to bribe my sister to take my leg of the trip. I was tired and didn’t really feel like taking the driver seat. So after promising her a hundred bucks , my sister gladly took the the steering wheel. Then here’s my brother, being a flake that he’s always been. He cancelled on us at the very last minute. He was supposed to come home the night before, but he didn’t show up at my house. We tried calling him, some girl picked up his phone, saying he was still asleep. So figured out he wasn’t interested and didn’t bother convincing him. Besides, my brother’s always been and always will be a flake. Then here’s dear Teddy who took a last minute project two days before our trip. At first I was fine by it, as long as it doesn’t interrupt our plans. But here he is, two hours before our departure calling me to say that he might not be able to join us in Vegas . And soon as I heard the words not coming, I turned off my cellphone instantly. I was fuming mad, and didn’t feel like arguing on the phone. I have pictured Vegas in my head and there’s no way we’re not going. Like I said — rain or shine, with or without Ted and my brother, Vegas will push thru. And then later in the day, Ted phoned my sister to inform me that he’ll be on the first flight out to Vegas. He better be!

So after an eight and a half hours drive, we finally got to our destination all hungry and ready to dig in the buffet table. We checked in the hotel, lied down a bit and ate at the downstair restaurant. We then started walking down the strip, from the Bellagio to Circus Circus. My legs were aching from doing long walks and decided to call it a night at 9 PM.

The next morning after a hearty brunch with the family, we decided to split for a couple hours. I knew my sister and her husband had made plans of there own and same thing with Mom. I on the other hand, had to go pick up Ted at the airport. And soon as I got to the arrival area of McCarran Airport, Ted was already by the curve and all he had to do was hop into the car. We went to our hotel room after, left his luggage and  decided to do some walking and site seeing by the Venetian Hotel. Later that day, Ted and I went to the Spa at the lower level of the hotel. I bought us a couples package — massage, facials, manicure, pedicure and a seaweed wrap. Then enjoyed a dip in a hot and bubbly jacuzzi.

And after a good relaxing three hours at the Spa, we decided to meet with my family for dinner. We were supposed to go to Circo, but my Dad advised that we try Alize’ located at the top of Palms Hotel.  And my father was right, the food was superb and the view was absolutely stunning. They had the widest wine selection, I beleive it’s about two stories high with a very good looking Sommelier, who was kind enough to give us a lesson in wine pairing. It was an absolute dining experience and would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting The Sin City.

And after that to-die-for dinner, we headed to the Bellagio Hotel to watch a Cirque du Soleil show they call O. I didn’t expect the tickets to be so overly priced, but we figured out that we got this far, so why not spend the extra dollars. However pricey, the show was total crowd teaser. It may have been one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. And the audience gave the performers a standing ovation. It was simply fantastic!

To be continued…

Splendid Golden Gate Bridge

Almost everybody knows about Golden Gate Bridge. And anyone who resides in Northern California have either pass or walk by it, one time or more. When I first visited San Francisco (way back many years), this was one of the first few places I wanted to visit. Looking at the bridge from a distant is breath taking in itself. And everytime I drove by, I find myself enthralled. Captivated by it’s size, beauty and the gorgeous view surrounding it. I can never get enough and I keep on coming back for more!