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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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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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SKDR Films : California Adventure – A Part of Your Whole New World

Here’s another video that Kurt made for Ezra and me.  He got us tickets to Disney’s California Adventure for our birthdays and took us there last May.  We had a blast going on the rides and wandering around the park.  Kurt took lots of footage while we were there and compiled them into the video below.  Hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed ourselves that day :D

Thank you for the tickets and the video Kurt!

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Revisiting Third Street Promenade and Little Tokyo

Last summer, our family went to California again to visit our relatives.  We were excited for our trip because we wanted to see everyone again, and and we couldn’t wait to escape the summer heat in the Philippines.

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Quick selfie before leaving for the airport

It was the height of summer in the Philippines, so I was eager to get to the airport to cool down.  Unfortunately when we got there we discovered that the airport was under renovation so the air conditioners weren’t working!  It wasn’t as hot as being outside in the sun, but it definitely wasn’t the cool escape I was hoping for.  We were sweating the entire time we were checking in.  The airport lounge was a *little* better.  They had some fans and an evaporative air cooler, but unless you stood in front of them, they didn’t really cool you down.  Nevertheless, we were still happy to be there since we haven’t had breakfast and we wanted pig out on their free snacks.  Besides, after a while we were able to secure a spot right in front of the air cooler.

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Breakfast time :D

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I had arroz caldo, mini sandwiches, siopao, siomai and some pastries

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After we were done eating, I took out my GoPro.   I’ve only used it a couple of times before this so I needed to practice.  Since I didn’t buy the LCD BacPac, I needed to learn how to hold it so my shots are framed properly.IMG_8851

Of course I had to learn how to use it with the monopod too.

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We had a lot of time before our flight, which we passed by playing Candy Crush.  Did you know that the entire time we were in California, I never made it past this stage?  I spent over a month on this stupid level before I was able to move forward.

Soon it was time for us to board
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We chose EVA Air again because they had the most affordable fares.  Plus, we really liked their service.  Ezra and I love EVA Air because they always have Hello Kitty as their mascot.

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Duty free magazine with Hello Kitty on the cover.  Inside you can find loads of cute Hello Kitty merchandise:

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Travelling essentials

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Cute Hello Kitty backpack

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Hello Kitty perfumes

After a few hours, we made it to Taipei airport

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We had some time so as usual we wandered around the airport to stretch our legs before our long flight ahead.  Ezra and I were excited to see that they renovated the Hello Kitty terminal

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They had a new Hello Kitty mascot in front of the store

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We also stopped by the orchid garden again

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Everything’s so purple!  Like my phone :D

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SKDR Films : Madame Tussauds

I’m still working on my US 2014 blog entries, so here’s another video that Kurt made for us during our trip there.  This was when he took us to Madame Tussauds in Hollywood.  Such a fun day~ I think it’s clear from the video how much we enjoyed ourselves.  We were exhausted by the time we left the museum.

EDIT : Blog entry now posted HERE.

You can see the other videos Kurt made of our US trips HERE.

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