Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Oh it's just Me

My fellow curly hair bff, Setarra, nominated me {oh schtank you} for a little award called "One Lovely Blog Award. Yay. I get to share to y'all 7 things about me. It will be very random.

1. A coworker of mine called me Ms. Wanderlust. I giggled. Because it's kinda true. Then he said, " Check the bottom of your feet. An old wives tale says that those with wanderlust, have a freckle somewhere on the bottom of their feet." So I did checked my feet.
Uhm... coincidence? Freakiness? SAY WHAT? I was born that way. 

2. I used to play the piano. Took classes from 2nd grade til 9th. I can't play anymore, well kinda do but super stiff, but I can still read the notes. I even accelerated the theory class, skipped a step up after passing a test made by the toughest teacher in the Piano School! #forevermusicnerd

3. The best sandwich was introduced to me by my father when I was young: Toasted bread filled with peanut butter, nutella and banana.

4. I was genuinely sad and upset when John Mayer & Katy Perry broke up for reals.

5. I can't have long nails. They drive me insane. I have eczema so I have to cut them short, or else I will have open sores from all the scratching :/

6. I suck at gambling. I have no luck. Lady Luck doesn't find me hot. So whenever I'm in Vegas, I just watch. I love people watching in Vegas. It's pretty entertaining. Well Vegas in general is entertaining.

7. I always get mistaken for a Latina or Pinay ALL.THE.TIME. But it's okay. I find it entertaining at times :)

Aha. Who knew how hard it was to come out with 7 random things about yourself!
Boom. I nominate: Melissa, Evani, NaNa :)


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Such a Heavenly View

Over the weekend, my sister, her husband and I attended the Rise Festival in Jean, Nevada (20 minutes from Las Vegas). And I tell you, it was one of the MOST magical moment that I have ever experience in my whole life. Even Vino, the husband, said "Honestly this was way magical than my honeymoon!" (errr...)

Despite the event was completely disorganized and kinda poorly executed (people didn't get their lanterns & yoga mat, unable to bring outside food, no strollers for kids, and not to forget the HORRIBLE transportation issue), we 3 had an amazing, breathtaking experience. Inspired by the annual Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand, RiSE worked for a year to finally get this event approved and going on in the States. I hope with the logistic incident that happened, the creators/owners can work it out and do this festival annually.

Blue skies all around, this girl was happy.
The event was set in the middle of Mojave Desert, on a dry lake bed in Jean. Pretty neat.
Torches with yoga mats and folded lanterns ready to be written on (for your wishes and prayers)
The ambiance and vibe was very calm and chill, my sister and I couldn't help but to do a yoga pose in the middle of the desert. You just had to :P
This was a wish card. You write your hopes, dreams, prayers on it as you were to write it on your lantern, so you don't forget them. Writing them down on paper and on lantern was pretty emotional. Vino got really emotional and started to cry. I noticed people all around were doing the same thing.
Excuse my weird voice going OMG OMG, but seriously, it was mindblowing. People were cheering, screaming, clapping and actually BAWLING when the lanterns went up. If you have watched Tangled, definitely it reminded me of it. 
Seriously the photos can not justify the event. 

Seriously, it looked like the stars exploded behind me.

I really do hope they fix the problems and let this event become an annual thing. I would go again in a heartbeat! Or better yet, go to Thailand and experience Yi Peng. Whoa, another Travel BucketList!


Friday, October 3, 2014

10 Things I Want To Do Before I Die

I read this article with the same title one day, and it prompted me to make my own list. Of course I have my own bucket list. This is more like a travel bucket list. I think everyone should have one, huh?
(in no particular order)

1. Witness the Northern Lights
I think the moment I see this in person, I would literally burst into tears. Being a huge fan of night skies with stars and lights, this amazing nature phenomena will definitely give me the chills (well, literally. It's cold up there in the northern hemisphere). Iceland or Finland would be the ideal goal for me, even though you can see it in Alaska, Alberta in Canada, even in Norway.

2. Drink crazy amount of beer in Munich during Oktoberfest
This is the Pillow in Munich for this years Oktoberfest. Pretty much robbing my dream. Him and his coworkers decided to do a last minute trip prior to my arrival to Switzerland. Good job on making me jealous. Anyways, as of next year, this will be an annual trip, apparently. And yes, I will be there.

3. Jump off a cliff into the Ocean
I cliff jumped before and it was thrilling. But that was in the mountains. I want to jump in to the ocean. Where else than in Santorini, Greece.

4. Ride a Camel in the Desert
Again, Rob stole my dream. This was in Morocco. I want it to happen there or even better in Egypt while seeing the Pyramids.

5. Watch a Champions League final game in Wembley Stadium
This is actually, of course, a goal for both of us. Would love to see our favorite team(s) to play, but nevertheless, watching a final game at one of the biggest & famous stadiums out there would be such an honor.

6. Swim with wild Dolphins in the Ocean
Yes, I did played with a dolphin while I was in Bali and it was cute and fun. But what I really want is go on a boat and actually find a pod and actually see them swimming in person. Even better... to swim with them. And apparently you can do that in Oahu, Hawaii.

7. Milk a cow and make cheese somewhere in Switzerland
I really do hope this will happen later on when I reside in Switzerland. Driving around Switzerland with Rob, I've seen green grass hills with happy cows just chillin'. Luckily, there are some farms that you can volunteer at. This should be fun.

8. Road trip USA or driving up the Pacific Coast Highway
With USA having so much land, who doesn't want to go on a good ol' road trip? Pack up my bags, fill up the tank and let's go. Or if going to all 50 States is a bit too much, driving up the PCH, from Cali to Washington would be a great alternative.

9. Light one in Amsterdam
By "one", I mean a joint. It's one of those silly ones that is not a big deal if it never happen. Mind you, I am anti-illegal-drug. Since Ms. Mary Jane is very controversial, you may want to see it as an illegal substance or as life changing drug, I don't care, I'm not here to judge. I have never lit one, but this is one of those weird goals where if it was to happen, I want it to be in a cool place (sorry, Colorado & Washington ain't one of them in my list).

10. Volunteer at the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand
Ah, elephants. They make me happy. Ever since bathing and riding one in Thailand, my heart grew so much love for these giant yet funny creatures. My dream is to actually do this one day with my future kids. Elephants are great examples on how animals do have feelings & emotions, just like human beings.

So these are the things that are on my list.

What are yours?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

#bolugoestobrazil: Wet Wet Wet

Lo and behold... The Iguazu Falls.
Funny thing is prior to Brazil, I had no idea what Iguazu Falls is. Rob was like, "Hey, let's go to Iguazu Falls when we are in Brazil." I gave him a blank look. He said, "YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT IGUAZU FALLS IS?" "Nope," I said. Then I googled it and got excited.
 Uh... Who doesn't get excited to see this amazing nature creation? Pictures can not describe it... It's crazy. 
Posing with the local animal, the Quatis... They are like a hybrid of racoon and anteater and a mouse? They are sneaky and love food.
The park is ginormous but good thing they have bus rides (must pay) that take you to the main areas and you just walk around the path to see the falls. We walked and enjoyed the view until we hit the Devil's Throat. Literally a HUGE hole where the water just pours out madly. Prior to entering the bridge, there were locals selling ponchos. Rob & I were like, "Eff this... let's do this and get wet!!!" And hell yeah (no pun intended) we were WET WET WET.
Then we both decided to take the boat tour... and it was FREAKIN' AWESOME. We were the last boat tour of the day and the guides when HAM on us. They took us TWICE under the falls and boy we got super duper wet! Our group had a blast.
So totally in the end we were soaking wet. But it was worth it. Especially when we saw this little butterfly hanging out on the fence pole. Just being pretty. Of course, posing with the rainbow behind it.
If you ever get a chance to hit Brazil, I do recommend making a stop at Iguazu Falls. 
Nature is the ultimate MILF, says a friend of mine.