Alaskan Cruise Day 1 : All Aboard the Golden Princess!

For my parent’s 30th wedding anniversary, they decided to take the family on an 8-day Alaskan Cruise.  It was Ezra’s and my first cruise, so we were pretty excited.  I already wrote an entry about the overall experience back in June (which you can read HERE) but I decided to make a separate entry for each day anyway.  This is for Day 1.  I also posted a vlog for this day, which you can view HERE.

Our cruise started in Seattle so we had to fly in from Los Angeles.  Our flight was at 6am which meant we had to leave the house around 4.  Flying time was about 3 hours, and I tried to use it to catch up on some sleep.

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Our plane

I sorta wish we got to ride on the cute Disney plane though

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We arrived in Seattle at around 9am

We made arrangements to have a shuttle take us to the port, which we waited for outside

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We brought our coats with us because naturally we expected Alaska to be cold.  Ezra couldn’t fit hers in her bag, and she didn’t want to carry it anymore so she decide to just wear it.  She looks like a fluffy Eskimo

Soon our shuttle arrived to take us to the pier

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Boarding time wasn’t until noon so we had to wait outside for a bit

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It was pretty cold and we ended up having to all wear our coats

We took a few pictures of our ship while waiting:

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The bridge (I think)

At around 11am they started allowing guests to check in. We already had our luggage tags prepared so we simply dropped our bags off and proceeded to boarding

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A staff member checked our documents and took our passports.  Afterwards he gave us our cruise cards and a map of the ship

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Your cruise card is very important during your cruise.  It serves as your room key, credit card and identification while you are on board.

After about 30 minutes of waiting around, it was finally time for us to board

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Selfie while standing in line

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Alaskan Cruise Vlog #1 : Golden Princess

My parents just came back from their Japan cruise the other day, so I figured it was about time I shared this video here on my blog. This is a vlog of our first day on the Golden Princess back in May.  Ezra and I took a lot of footage while we were on our cruise, and I decided to start editing them last month.  I haven’t had much experience when it comes to video editing, so don’t expect any fancy stuff.  I basically just cut the footage which I thought would be interesting, threw in some subtitles, music and voila!  Eet izz done~

The video mostly contains Ezra and my crazy antics while we were on the boat.  We were a little hyper because it was our first cruise experience.

If you’re interested, Kurt made two other videos of our whole Alaskan Cruise experience which you can check out HERE.

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Pasalubong Diaries : Japan

My parents returned last night from their trip to Japan.  They signed up for a cruise that would take them to different cities along Southern Japan, but thanks to Typhoon Vhongfong they spent more than half their time out at sea.  Their captain did his best to keep them safe, so instead of stopping at the different ports like they were supposed to, they ended up spending 5 days hiding out near west Korea.  They’re a little disappointed to not have seen the places they wanted to see, but we’re all just really glad that they’re safe.  Besides, they still enjoyed themselves despite being stuck on the ship for 5 days.  They lounged around, watched some great shows, ate plenty of good food and got a lot of relaxation time.

Naturally, they weren’t able to do much shopping, but they still managed to pick up some goodies for Ezra and me.

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Green tea and strawberry cream daifuku, some strawberry pretzel sticks and onigiri.

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Rice crackers, furikake and melonpan

We also asked my mom to pick up a magazine that has Satoh Takeru on the cover.  Since Rurouni Kenshin just came out, we figured it would be easy for her to find a magazine that featured him.  Unfortunately, my mom is still not that skilled when it comes to differentiating Japanese faces.  This is what she ended up getting:

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Hello Ryo-chan~

It’s not Satoh Takeru, but Ezra and I are still happy.  After all, we were huge NEWS fans back in the day.  Ryo and Yamapi were our favorites.  (The next issue of Anan will have Yamapi on the cover.  It’s already been released but unfortunately my mom wasn’t able to get it for us T__T)

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Nail Art : Lacy Purple

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My nails from a few months back.  I realized that I have a bunch of nail art photos on my laptop that I haven’t posted.  I’ll probably be spamming you with photos of my nails these coming weeks.

I bought these stickers from Malaysia a few years ago.  I’m not sure what brand they are.  All I know is they were very affordable, so I ended up buying a lot.  For some reason I stashed them in a drawer as soon as I got home and forgot all about them.  I think I was trying to save them for a special occasion, because back then, nail art stickers were expensive.  Nowadays you can get them everywhere and for a really low price too.

For the base, I used a shimmery purple polish from Etude House.  And I added the black dots using my Sassy Nail Art Pens.

I loved these stickers.  They look so classy, and they lasted pretty well.  I had them on for two weeks before they started to peel.

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Week 35/52 : Its not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it

I dropped the ball on this project again. I was doing pretty well too T__T  I thought I would finally be able to catch up, but things got really busy at work again so I had to focus on that.  Also, I suffered from food poisoning for a while and I barely had enough energy to get up, let alone edit photos. Fortunately, I’ve recovered completely but we all know how difficult it is to continue doing something once you stop for a bit. I need to get back on track and regain some momentum. I can do this!

I really like the quote that inspired this photo.  I may be under a lot of pressure at the moment, but I’m beginning to realize that it’s all about the attitude. I may not be a naturally optimistic person, but I’m doing my best to see the good in every situation. There are loads of things to do at work, but I think I’m handling it pretty well. I’ve been enjoying making To-Do lists every day. It helps me focus on what I need to finish and prioritize important tasks. (Maybe I should include posting my self portrait in these lists to help me catch up.)

Quote in the title is by Lou Holtz

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SKDR Films : Alaskan Cruise #1

Hello everyone!  Just thought I’d share more videos that Kurt made.  These are from our Alaskan Cruise last May.  He didn’t come with us on the cruise, but Ezra and I took lots of footage and dumped them on him as soon as we got back to Los Angeles.  He painstakingly went through them all and put these together.

Our cruise took us to Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Glacier Bay, British Colombia and Seattle.  It was an amazing experience.  Hopefully I’ll be able to go on another cruise someday :)

The first video is more fun and upbeat, and the second one has a more relaxed feel to it.  They’re both awesome but I especially love the second one.  I think it really captured the mood of our whole trip and it makes me really miss Alaska.

Thanks Kurt for taking the time to put these videos together!  We really appreciate it :D

You can read more about our cruise experience HERE.

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A Magical Day at Disney California Adventure

Last May, Kurt surprised Ezra and me with two tickets to Disney’s California Adventure.  He told us that the tickets were his birthday gift to us.  Ezra had just celebrated her birthday the month before, but my birthday wasn’t until September, which was 4 months away.  I wasn’t about to turn down free tickets to California Adventure, so if Kurt wanted to give me his gift months in advance, then so be it :D

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Our ticket receipts.  Kurt paid for them online but we had to go to the ticket booth at the park to claim them.

We left the house early that morning to make it in time for the park’s opening

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Cute signs with Disney characters in the parking lot

We parked in the covered structure, but I noticed that they also had this HUGE parking lot outside

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We made our way over the the trams, which we had to ride in order to get to the park’s entrance

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The last time Ezra and I were in California Adventure was back in 2006.  She had just turned 18 so my parents took us there that summer to celebrate. I remember there used to be huge stone letters which spelled “CALIFORNIA” at the entrance.  Apparently they’re gone now.

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Entrance to the park
We took a couple of pictures with the GoPro before going inside

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This guy was very interested in our monopod and jumped in the shot with us:

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Hello fellow Disney lover :D

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Got our map and tickets ready. Let’s do this!

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Our first stop of the day was the gift shop. When we were younger, Ezra and I would be jealous of the little girls we saw walking around the park wearing Minnie Mouse ears. Our parents would never get them for us because they thought it was a waste of money. Now that Ezra and I are earning our own money, there was nothing to stop us from getting them for ourselves :D

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There were loads of designs to choose from!  We had a lot of fun trying on different styles and figuring out which ones to get.

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Ezra and Kurt thought the bride and groom ears were cute

After playing around for a while, we walked our with our new set of ears

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In the end Ezra went with the classic Minnie Mouse ears while I chose something a little fancier.  (Yes, I paid more than I would have liked and I haven’t worn them again since this day, but look how adorable they are!)

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