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Twin Telepathy in Skagway, Alaska – Golden Princess Cruise Day 4

Our ship docked in the small town of Skagway around six that morning.  My uncle, who had gone on this same cruise three times already, advised us to skip the tours since the town isn’t that big.  He told us we can save money by just going out and exploring it ourselves.  Since we didn’t have a strict schedule to follow, we took our sweet time getting up that morning and eating our breakfast (which was actually brunch because it was almost 10am by the time we made it to the Horizon Court).

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Most of the people were done with breakfast by then so we were able to get a table by the window

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Outside we saw this mountain covered in graffiti.  At first I thought that Skagway had a vandal problem but according to this site, it’s actually the work of the crew members from different ships:

This hill has been “decorated” for years by the crews of different ships that dock nearby. The crews honor their captain by painting the name of the ship and captain on the hill. Legend has it that the higher the name, the more the crew respect and love their captain.

Interesting…

We planned on heading into town between 11am and noon.  We had about an hour to spare so Ezra and I walked around the ship.
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We found this dolphin near the Horizon Court

We went up to the deck to check out the view
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Look at those beautiful snow capped mountains

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There was another cruise ship docked nearby

At around 11:30, we met up with my parents and got ready to explore the town
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A friendly reminder from the crew

Once we got off the ship, we took a few photos as usual

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In front of our Golden Princess

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People queued up for the White Pass Scenic Railway Tour

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Week 45/52 : Happy nine years Ckloy!

Today marks my 9th anniversary with Ckloy. I can’t believe that it’s been nine years since we found each other. I think this year was very important for us because we were able to show that a little distance won’t hurt our relationship. We were able to survive 6 months apart from each other since his job required him to go to Texas. This is the first time that we had to spend that much time away from each other ever since we became a couple. It was difficult, of course, but thanks to technology we were able to get through it :D

We’re still making plans on how we should celebrate this joyous occasion. So far we’ve just greeted each other online. Kinda lame, I know, but what can we do. Our offices are about 60km apart and our anniversary happened to fall on a weekday. Plus, he caught some virus that’s been going around so I told him to just rest for today so that we’ll be able to see each other over the weekend. Hopefully we’ll be able to celebrate properly then.

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Juneau, Alaska – Golden Princess Cruise Day 3

Our third day on the ship was my parent’s 30th anniversary.  The crew knew about it beforehand so they prepared a nice little surprise for my parents.  This is what they woke up to that morning:

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Lovely way to start off their day :D

After taking a few pictures, we headed down to the Horizon Court for a heavy breakfast.  We had a shore excursion that would last until the afternoon and we wanted to make sure we had enough energy for it.  This was going to be our first time off the ship since we boarded, so we were pretty excited.  Our tour was going to take us to the Glacier Gardens, the Mendenhall Glacier, and the Macauley Salmon Hatchery.  We were instructed to wait at the Princess Theater for a quick briefing before getting off the boat. We got there early so we passed the time by taking few photos and videos.

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Shortly after this, a crew member appeared to give us some instructions for our tour.  After she was done, we were asked to queue up to disembark the ship.

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The line moved very slowly~  I think they mentioned that they had a little problem with the gangway.

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Ezra and I got tired of standing in line and just collapsed on the floor

Finally, after a bit of waiting, we were able to get off the ship:

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 Once we made it outside, we looked for our bus where we met our driver/tour guide.  His name was Nico Bus, how cool is that.  He drives a bus, and his last name is Bus.  At first I thought he was trolling, but he was telling the truth XD

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 Hi Nico!

I took some pictures of the beautiful sights outside my bus window on the way to the Glacier Gardens:

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After a short drive, we made it to the Glacier Gardens:

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Nico introduced us to another guide who would be showing us around the garden.  He took us to see these upside down trees:

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A day out at sea : Golden Princess Cruise Day 2

The second day of our Alaskan Cruise was spent on board the Golden Princess.  They called it a “Sea Day”.  We had no port stops, so Ezra and I grabbed the chance to catch up on some sleep before heading to the Horizon Court for a late breakfast.  Our parents were already there and halfway through their meal by the time we caught up with them.

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Ezra looks like she’s jealous of my dad’s plate of fruits

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After breakfast, we decided to walk around the ship to see the activities that were being held

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Since it was Mother’s Day, we spotted a few tables selling flowers for the moms

Before heading out to the ship’s deck, we stopped by the shore excursion counter to buy tickets for our upcoming stops

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We would be stopping at Juneau the next day so my dad signed us up for a tour of the Mendenhall Glaciers

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Afterwards we checked out this art gallery to look at some paintings.  (Picture taking was not allowed so this is all I have to show for it.)

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We also passed by the Piazza where we found several people participating in an egg dropping competition. We stayed to watch for a while before heading out to the ship’s deck

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It was pretty cold outside, so we snuggled to keep each other warm

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We ran into a group of Thai tourists who asked my dad to help them take a few photos

Since we were on a ship, we couldn’t let the opportunity to recreate the scene from Titanic pass us by

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We even got our parents to do it XD

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It was harder than it looked so we ended up just standing on the railing while holding each other

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We also checked out The Sanctuary – a quiet little haven for people who want a place to “escape”

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There was an entrance fee, but the guard was kind enough to let us take a peek inside since there was no one there

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INSTABITS : October 2014

Finally found some time to sit down and put this entry together.  All my free time this past week has gone into watching this K-drama called Doctor Stranger.  I actually finished it a few days ago but I’m watching it for the second time this week.  (Honestly the story isn’t that great, but I love seeing Park Hae Jin on screen.)

My mom attended a party last month and came home with this pink balloon for Ezra and me. We didn’t think that a rubber bag filled with helium can still entertain us, but it actually made us feel really happy.

This past month, Sir Marvs, Sir Taps and Ma’am Chrys have been helping Amie, Joybel and me edit our thesis for journal submissions.  I’m very grateful because I know that they’re all very busy but they’ve taken the time to sit with us and go through our papers to give feedback.

A student of mine dropped by the office to give me this little guy for World Teacher’s Day :) Thanks Aimee!

Saturday dinner with Ckloy at Seoul Kitchen :)

My room renovations continued throughout October and now it’s finally finished.  After almost 3 months I can relax in my own bed again :)

Don’t you hate it when Windows decides to update when you’re in a hurry?  This particular update took over 2 hours to finish!  I was already in a rush because I was late for my class, and when I shut my laptop off it started updating!  Naturally I couldn’t turn it off so I had to drive to the office with my laptop open next to me on the passenger’s seat.  And of course I couldn’t use it during my lecture since it was updating, so I had to resort to the whole “chalk and talk” thing.

UPLB celebrated its 96th Loyalty Day on October 10.  We joined in on the parade and the salu salu.

My parents went on a Japanese cruise last month and Ezra and I asked them to bring me back a magazine with Satoh Takeru on the cover.  My mom got confused and we ended up with Ryo-chan instead. Not that we’re complaining :)

Some of their other pasalubong. I really like the green tea chocolate daifuku and the furikake. Thanks Mom and Dad :D

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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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INSTABITS : September 2014

October already?? I feel like September just flew by! But at the same time, so much has happened that I can’t believe that only a month had passed.

Rurouni Kenshin : Kyoto Inferno came out around the end of August.  Ezra and I were excited to see it but we waited a bit for the crowd to die down before heading to the cinema.  The movie was amazing! Satoh Takeru is the perfect actor to play Kenshin, and the director did a great job translating the manga/anime to film.  The fight scenes were so intense that they had me on the edge of my seat.

I was on a Kenshin high after the movie, and I couldn’t get enough of Satoh Takeru.  After 6 months of having Kim Soo Hyun as my lock screen, he’s now been replaced by Himura Battousai XD

One reason I love September is because it’s my birth month :D I had a simple celebration (blog entry HERE), but I still got a few pleasant surprises from friends and family – like this note that Davies left on my office door while I was out for lunch.

I also received a rose and a sweet note from Amie

And my favorite Sans Rival cake from the family :)

I was most surprised when I opened my email that evening and found an animated e-card from Princess Cruises :) I love that they give their guests special treatment even months after their cruise ends.  (My parents are going on another Princess Cruise this weekend – I’m so jealous!)

Our dear friend Kat moved to Sweden this month to pursue her PhD.  It’ll be a while since we see each other again so we scheduled a shopping date at Festival Mall to spend some quality time with each other. We miss you Kat! :)

UPLB held its annual SyenSaya Science Fair this month.  I helped out as an exhibitor for one morning.  Our exhibit was “The Physics and Math in Origami” :)

I had fun at the event, and I even learned how to make these adorable origami bows

Borrowed Sir Taps’s Luffy during the exhibit

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