Oahu: Days 3 & 4


Day three was a Sunday, so we started the day by attending mass at the nearest church we could find- St. Jude Catholic Church. The mass was beautiful, and we enjoyed listening to the homily. It was a blessing to just be thankful for the opportunity to have been there.

After church, we had brunch at Koa Pancakes. Mike ordered a hearty meal and macadamia nut pancakes with coconut syrup – oh so delicious, and I ordered a loco moco over their delicious fried rice. So much goodness and we were stuffed! After eating, we headed to Pearl Harbor. We went through the two museums and took a boat ride to the USS Arizona Memorial. It was so surreal to actually be there, read all the names, and look at the remains of the ship. Wow. We definitely enjoyed our time there. After we left, we drove around, got a half dozen of poi mochi donuts from Liliha Bakery, and then had an early dinner at Zippy’s. Hehe. Seriously though, I want more of those donuts. So delicious!

The following day, we decided to head to Haleiwa in the North Shore. Along the way, we stopped by Dole Plantation. We looked around for a bit, bought a couple of things for friends and family, and then sat down with our Dole Whip Floats. We didn’t stay too long, and I was a little sad that I didn’t see the little hut that was selling roast corn until we were about to leave. That’s alright though because lunch was up next. We have heard a lot of raves about Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck, so we decided to check it out. We shared the scampi and hot & spicy plates, and let me tell you, it was glorious! It definitely lived up to the hype, and I found myself craving for more. Hah! The plate looks deceivingly small, but it is packed with rice, shrimp, and a whole lot of flavors! So, so, so good! After we ate up all that goodness, we drove and checked out the shops. Of course, we stopped by Matsumoto Shave Ice. I got a small bowl of the “tropical” flavors – lilikoi, papaya, and guava – with condensed milk. Yum! After checking out the town, the beach, and the shops, it was still just early afternoon. We drove down the island and visited the Ala Moana Center. We played more in the arcade than shopped. Hah! We then ate dinner at a Korean restaurant down the street from the mall before heading back. Once we got back to our resort, we changed into our swim gears and jumped in the hot tub to wind down.

Shrimp Plates from Giovanni’s!
Shave ice! Mine’s the one to the right.
Mike’s results. LOL.
Dole Whip Float!


In case you missed Days 1 & 2, you can find it here!

Oahu: Days 1 & 2


Mike and I just got back from our vacation in Hawaii! Actually, we got back late Saturday evening (11p), but yesterday was recovery/catch up day. Today, Mike went back to work, while I’m trying to prep myself for tomorrow’s comeback. Hehe. Honestly, I need to clean up, put away the luggages, and do laundry.

Back to our Hawaii trip. We were there a total of eight nights, so to spare a long, drawn out post, I will be breaking this up by days. I may also go back and edit to add pictures at a later time. 😉 Note: We booked our resort back in August of last year, but did not book flights until the first week of February! We lucked out on prices, especially on our rental SUV. We booked it for $365 for the entire trip, and the following week, the price went up to over $1,000! Whew!

On Friday, February 23rd, we took a 9AM flight from Oakland to Honolulu. We arrived at HNL shortly before 1PM local time, so we picked up our luggage, took the shuttle to the car rental lots to pick up our vehicle, and went on our merry way. By the way, we got a 2018 Nissan Rogue with only 45 miles on it! The representative at the Hertz kiosk said we were the first to drive it. Score! Our resort was about half an hour away from the airport, so we got there way before the posted check-in time. However, the staff was so amazing that upon arrival, we received our orchid lei (for me) and Kukui nut lei (for Mike), and we were told that our room was ready!

We stayed in a “Deluxe Studio – Poolside Garden View” at Aulani, and oh my gosh, that resort is just beautiful! We were on the fourth floor, which was perfect for us because it was one floor above the lobby floor and just three floors above the pools and the beach. Everything was so easily accessible by elevator or stairs, and we just enjoyed it. We thought we would get lunch after checking in, but we were a combination of tired and in awe, that we did not leave until almost dinner time. In that case, we just went across the street to Island Country Markets for food. Mike got a hamburger and a bottle of beer, and I got a spicy ahi poke bowl, spam musubi, and milk tea. It was satisfying. We also went for a drive, found a few beaches, and finally stopped at one that was not so crowded to watch the sunset. It was gorgeous!

The next morning, we strolled across the street again, and had breakfast at Island Vintage Coffee. Their frozen Macadamia Nut Kona Mocha was my favorite! Yum! We spent our first full day in Hawaii just hanging out at the resort – swimming in the pools, floating along the lazy river, soaking in the hot tub, and just lounging around. Around 6PM, we went back to our room to shower and got ready for dinner.

Welcome  buttons!
View from our balcony.
First breakfast in HI. YUM!
A short program by the pool.
Infinity pool!

Kyla turns THIRTEEN

On Saturday, my first-born niece, Kyla, turned THIRTEEN! She is officially a teenager and I am still in denial. Kyla is the only granddaughter in my immediate family… until next month, when my sister-in-law gives birth to the second baby girl in our family! Kyla has been my baby since she was born. I was in the waiting room the night her mom went into labor, I babysat her as a baby, and she has been my mini-me. Now, she is a teen. I just love her so much. While she has her rough days, she is still as perfect as one can be. She is smart, beautiful, kind-hearted, and funny. Where has the time gone?!

For her birthday, she wanted a jump house for her and all her friends to enjoy. She invited her classmates and friends, and everyone just had a ton of fun. Sheesh, a house full of teens and preteens can be crazy. Who knew? Hah! We had a lot of food and delicious ice-cream cake! Yum!

She’s a TEEN!

Super Bowl LII

Happy Super Bowl Sunday, everyone! Who do y’all have? As for me, I am on Team JT! I am so excited for the halftime show with Justin Timberlake! I love, love, love that man! I also love his little family. Yeah, I feel like we’re besties even though we have never actually met. Haha! I was so disappointed that I made a Target run on Friday, and FORGOT to purchase his new album. But hey – Spotify to the rescue!

So what’s up lately? Mike and I are thinking about upgrading our current iPhones (6S Plus) to either the iPhone 8 Plus or the iPhone X. We cannot decide whether we want to or not, and if so, which one. I have heard a lot of wonderful things about the Samsung Note 8 also, but I don’t think we can make that switch at this time. LOL. So, any input other? Help! Also, I am such a novice on backing up my MacBook to an external hard drive that I have semi given up. I’m thinking about subscribing to iCloud for backup storage instead – what do y’all think about that option? Yay or nay?

Alright… gotta get ready for the game! And the Justin Timberlake concert. 😉


I love January and new years! It’s like a fresh, promising, open slate of a full year ahead. I enjoy getting new desk and wall calendars, a new planner, and all that good stuff. I am not huge on making new year’s resolutions for myself, but I am a believer in striving to be a better version of myself.

So January has been quite eventful. My brother’s birthday was on the 9th, so we went out for dim sum after church the Sunday before. Afterwards, my parents treated us all out to Starbucks and a movie! We watched Jumanji, but honestly, my favorite part of going to the movies is the popcorn. LOL. On his actual birthday, we had dinner at the local Chinese bistro and it was delicious! That Friday, my office had its end of the year party. I love our little parties because it’s just always fun with lots of food, wine, and stories! We also had a white elephant gifting, and I came away with movie tickets! WIN!! The next day (Saturday) was Mike’s birthday. We had lunch with his parents at Texas Roadhouse, and went to a Korean BBQ restaurant for dinner with my family. The food, of course, was YUMMY!! Yes! I love me lots of family time!

On Thursday, we flew out to Orange County to spend the evening at Disneyland. We had tickets to Disneyland’s Disney After Dark: Throwback Nite event. Only ticket holders were allowed to stay in the park from 8PM to 1AM, and attendees were encouraged to dress in their best 50s and 60s inspired outfits. I was sick, so Mike and I did not try too hard. LOL. It was so much fun seeing all the dapper gals and pals, walking around the park listening to music from those two decades, and being able to get on rides with not much wait. I do have to say that Peter Pan’s Flight ride almost always has a long line, and Snow White’s Scary Adventures is much scarier when you’re the only people inside at 12:50AM. Hah! We also met up with my good friend, Cynthia, and her sister. Towards the of the night, Mike and I were hanging out by the castle, when an awesome cast member handed each of us a churro. It was the best way to end the evening! 🙂


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We love Mickey!
Jungle Julep – we paired it with Pork Belly skewer and Kahlua Pork rice plate.


Yesterday, we spent a few hours at California Adventure, and were bummed that there were a lot of sections closed off. However, we are excited to see all the new things that are coming later this year. We left the park mid-afternoon and drove to Long Beach. We got milk tea and ube-flavored desserts in Cerritos to kill time before our flight back home. Oh! We finally decided to buy the Samyang Spicy Chicken Noodles that catapulted to popularity when the noodle challenge made its round. I’ll let you guys know how it goes when it happens. 😉

Alright friends – praying that everyone has a joyous, prosperous, wonderful 2018! xo.

2017 in Quick Review

How is this year pretty much over?! It is so hard to believe that in just a few hours (California time), 2017 will be “history.” As I look back at the past twelve months, I am consumed with so many emotions. There were many “firsts” and a number of “hope this is the last” moments. It was a year of learning, a year of growing, a year of toughing it out, a year of holding on tighter, a year of praying harder, and a year of so much more. Through it all, I am still thankful.

2017 was my first full year of marriage. Without a doubt, Mike and I were tried time and time again, and each time, we just did. Without going into all the deep, heart wrenching, sappy details, we learned about the people around us and ourselves – individually and as partners. There were times when we were without, and we had to get really creative to come up with a few extra bucks. We took advantage of earned points and pending credits to suffice our need for quick travels. It was the first time we had to really tighten our buckles to make ends meet. To be honest, sometimes, they barely met. We thought about how much of ourselves we try to selflessly offer when are able, yet, it is so hard to find someone to lend us a helping hand without judgment (and ultimately not doing so anyway). Still, we will choose to love and give unconditionally.

This year was also full of happy memories. I had several relatives visit from far-away places like the Philippines, Singapore, Qatar, and the UAE. I know this delighted my mom more than anyone else, because it is so rare these days that she sees her sisters more than once in a year. Thanks to technology though, she is able to talk to them and FaceTime with them no matter where they are in the world.

Despite everything that has happened in the past year, I remain thankful. Even though my parents (especially my mom) did not have the healthiest year ever, the fact that they are still here is a huge blessing. My brother and sister-in-law are expecting their first daughter, received promotions, and were able to take an out-of-country family vacation. My other brother and sister-in-law spent their first full year in their new home, bought a new car, and are seemingly looking more fulfilled with their lives. Mike’s parents are also healthy, and his brothers and sister are doing well in their respective careers. Our pets are all spunky, healthy, and happy. We are also thankful for the friends who are there for us no matter what, and have made us laugh and happy throughout the year(s).

Lastly, we are thankful to Him, who never let us forget how blessed we are. Just the other day, one of our six-month long prayer was answered. I am so happy for Mike, who is overjoyed by the news. No, we are not expecting a child. Although, that’s a thought.

As for 2018, I am just hoping and praying that things will go a little easier, that we are all healthy, prosperous, and loving, and that everyone remains blessed and true to themselves. Happy New Year, everyone!

Oh, according to Instagram, these are my best nines of the year. Of course, it’s only a glimpse of my 2017, but it’s not a bad compilation.

Lots of Disney, Ice Cream, and Mike. HAHA!

Life Lately

Last time I posted, it was Thanksgiving week. Now, it’s the week leading up to Christmas! I also never got to post about the “feels” and the wedding (from last year). It’s in my drafts, and sort of feel out of place at this point. Lol. I’ve gotta do better with my timing.


Thanksgiving was fantastic! Mike and I woke up super early to run some errands before lunch and dinner. Hehe. We kind of went shopping during the wee hours of Black Friday with my siblings. Really, all we bought were a pair of shoes for each of us, a pair of leggings, a shirt, and a jacket. Seriously, last year’s Black Friday was so much better! Our wedding, in case I lost ya.

The week after, we celebrated our anniversary at, where else? The happiest place on Earth – Disneyland! We also watched live show of The Voice. It was so much fun, but it felt like we were waiting all day to get to show time. My legs and arms were so tired by the end of it, and we were all hungry. Heh. But… Adam Levine, so… 😉 It’s too bad we were not allowed to bring cellphones or cameras inside.

Disneyland was amazing, of course. We were in the parks Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and it was perfect. The crowd was manageable, and the lines were not too long. That Friday, we went to the park to simply pick up a new pair of Minnie ears, stockings, and ornaments, and it was already super crowded at 10AM! We always wish we never had to leave, but we already booked a one-day trip for next month. Oops.

So, who’s ready for Christmas?! We are totally not. We have a few more important people to shop for, and a whole lot of gifts to wrap! Here’s to backaches and hoping that paper cuts do not happen.