Sunday, April 3, 2011

Loads of Fun!

Wow, I can't believe it would be possible but I have neglected this blog for almost 3 weeks. I used to blog regularly then I started to blog at least once a week. For the month of March I have been a baaaaad blogger and for that I am going to make up for it. As you already know, I took a break from work and flew to California for a one month vacay. I'm so glad the company I work for allowed me to go on a one month leave. Yey!

So anyhow, I flew halfway across the world by myself. It was the first time I have ever traveled halfway around the world alone. I met all sorts of people while waiting for my trip both to San Francisco and back to the Philippines. Traveling alone really isn't so bad. It's always fun chatting with different people and connecting for that few minutes in time.

Anyone who is on a vacay is definitely going to do a lot of sight seeing and a lot of eating. I made sure to go on a crash diet before my trip and lost 10 pounds. Yey! The word "diet" did not exist in my vocabulary for my whole vacation. I am officially back in the Philippines now and I have just stepped on the weighing scale. I have gained back 7 pounds from my trip. Booohooo. So what got me weighing 7 pounds heavier: burritos, pizza, strawberries, chocolates, buffet, Starbucks, oh and all the other yummy treats you can think of. Believe it or not, there's no Starbucks on my part of the Philippines (well not yet anyway, I heard come by May Starbucks will be opening a branch here). I went crazy over Starbuck's Cinnamon Dolce Latte. I could have that 4 times a day and still wouldn't get tired of it.

So anyhow, enough of the yadda yadda's....Here's some pictures from my trip! Have a happy weekend.

A few drinks with my boyfie's best friend Gelan (in stripes) and my baby bro.
at Napa Valley. Wine County.Wine Castle somewhere in Napa.
Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco
Stanford University
Inside Stanford University chapel.
Winchester Mystery House in San Jose California
road trip to Truckee with my brother and dad to go play in the snow.

Doin a little dance with my brother. This was at Ripley's Believe it or Not.
My brother is being a bully. I have a major fear of heights and he made me sit all the way up here to get a view of the whole city.

ooops.... me being naughty. hahahaha
spending time with the family
cute lil kiddo!

26 comments:

:: Lavender's Green :: said...

It looks like you had so much fun! Love the photos!

x Jasmine

dolce la robyn said...

your vacay is totally rocking like mad!!!! :D glad you had an awesome break. totally deserved it. ;) been missing you so much these days, so welcome back! you should definitely join our skype date once in a while :)

MonsteRawr said...

I never begrudge a blogger who falls behind on posting because he/she was out living life. Better to blog a little less and blog about all the amazing things you did (a la your awesome-fun trip) than to be blogging about cutting your toenails everyday because you haven't left the house in six weeks!

Looks like you had fun! I'm jealous of you and your world adventures!

Nashe^ said...

Looks so awesome, I'm green with envy! Hahaha!

Jewels Diva® said...

LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! the pics and the food looks yum!

Nikolett said...

LOL at you being 'naughty', I adore your pictures! For some reason my fave is in Ripley's, you just look so happy. And you deserve a break from blogging to go on a vacay! And major props for only gaining back seven pounds in a month. When I was in Poland three years ago, I gained ten pounds in TWO WEEKS haha.

And wowee ... I just had a cinnamon dolce latte for the first time yesterday and I agree - AMAZING. And I second ejannz/robyn on joining our Skype date!

taio said...

excelente fotografii

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

From the photos, it looks like you had a great time in CA!!! It's the best there!

Dirt On The Rocks said...

how awesome a whole mo of traveling that's sick. love the pics. cinnamon dolce is my fave!

♡Shayla♡ said...

thanks, girl. you've gotta make 'em. they're so delicious!
and so quick and easy!!

shopgirl said...

Wow! Your trip sounds amazing and I'm just drooling over all the food that you mentioned. Goodness, but I sure do miss all the great junk food in America!

Glad you're back!
xo

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

gosh girl, looks like you had the most amazing time and super awesome your work allowed a whole month off! that rocks total. fab pics of your journey's, loved seeing them and now miss Cali more than ever. must make a trip plan soon for me & the boyf. cheers to your return and happy week wishes! ♥

Una said...

beautiful photos, that food looks so good !
xx

Kym said...

So what exactly was your crash diet? I need tips on how to lose 10 lbs before my wedding. hahaha!

I'm glad you had such a great time, Mel! It's so nice to see that you and your baby bro have such a close relationship. Speaking of vacation, I need to brace myself for our trip to the Philippines - i'm definitely going to be gaining weight there! Yikes!!!

Tatiana said...

Those Napa pictures look amazing! It looks like such an awesome vacation!
PS: thanks for your sweet comment :-)

Sepia Toned Vignettes said...

I love the pictures! What fun California must have been. I really want to travel back there some time to visit some new places.

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Jennifer said...

oh gosh! those food pix are delish looking!!!! I love the jumping photo too! those are so fun to take and then look back on! <3 you'd be a blast of a travel buddy!

xoXOxo
Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

Leesh said...

It's strange that my mom lives in San Jose but yet, my hubby and I still haven't gone to Winchester House.

Sounds like you had a great time in Cali. I am still to scared to travel by myself. One day, I will have to but I think I will be okay.

Sarah said...

Wow, I live in California and I think you've seen more of it than me! I'm going to have to check some of these places out. Thanks for sharing =)

- Sarah
http://agirlintransit.blogspot.com/

Ania Alonso said...

Funny blog!!

Diana Mieczan said...

Sounds and looks like you had tons of fun!!! Those photos are so cool:) Kisses and hugs, darling

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Gentri said...

What an exciting life you live!! :D I am jealous of all those amazing sights you get to see!

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SeƱorita said...

I heard that it is really beautiful in Napa Valley... Now, that I see your pictures, I know that is true :)

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GoodFrameofMind said...

Such beautiful shots!

Ruby Girl said...

looks like you had a blast! great pictures. i agree with you, vacays should include plenty of sight-seeing & food!! you are way cute. <3 EverRubyGirl.blogspot.com