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Los Angeles County Museum of Art

During our trip to California last year, Kurt took Ezra and me to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).  We were pretty excited because we’ve seen this place appear on different TV shows and YouTube videos, so it was a treat to be able to visit it ourselves.

(Just a little note, despite posting lots of photos on my Flickr and doing the 52-week project, I don’t really have that much experience with art. I enjoy good art like a regular person and I respond positively to visually appealing things but I don’t have that much knowledge on the subject. That being said, don’t expect a commentary on the different pieces we saw this day, because then all you’ll be getting are different variations of “it’s nice” or “I didn’t like it”.)

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The Urban Light exhibit outside the museum. Perhaps one of the most Instagrammed places in LA.  I first saw it in Ryan Higa’s Bromance music video and I thought it was amazing. I was thrilled to see it for myself.IMG_3320 (2)

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Of course Kurt shot lots of footage of us there

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And I took lots of pictures

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INSTABITS : February 2015

I drafted this entry before February ended and forgot all about it T__T  Anyway, here’s my Instagram dump for last month.  Almost half of these were grabbed from Dustin’s account since he updates his IG more than I do.

Amie and Dustin showed up at the office one morning both wearing red, so they immediately texted to tell me to wear red as well. Just as we were about to take a picture of the three of us, Jason walked in wearing red as well!

Meet my Friday lunch-mates : Sir Taps and Dustin.  We’ve been  having lunch together almost every Friday since the semester began.

This was taken during Sir Marvs’s birthday dinner celebration at Pizza Hut.  Two weeks before this he went around the office telling people what he wanted for his birthday.  He asked Dustin to get him an iPad and requested that I buy him a car.  We hope he enjoyed our gifts :D

Ma’am Chrys saw the picture we posted on IG last month (when Sir Taps, Dustin and I had lunch at Big D’s) and requested that we take her there too. This time I ordered their yakisoba, which was pretty good.

I bought this giant apple last month.  Look how huge it is!  It’s almost as big as my face!

At the Physika booth during the UPLB Feb Fair. Sir Taps, Sir Marvs, Dustin and I  would sometimes drop by the fair after our classes to grab a snack.


Dustin and I found the Bertie’s stall and we bought these tiny matcha cupcakes (which were pretty good).

Another Friday lunch with Sir Taps and Dustin.  At Cocina this time.

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Stopover in Seattle

This day marked the official end our of Alaskan cruise, but we had some time before our flight back to LA so we decided to spring for one last tour before heading to the airport.

We were really sad to have to leave the ship, which had been our home for the past week.  We made a lot of precious memories on the Golden Princess, ones that will stick with us forever.  This was truly a dream vacation, definitely one of the (if not “the”) most magical ones.  This ranks way up on my list of memorable trips, along with last year’s Hawaii trip.

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After 8 days, it was time for us to say goodbye to the Golden Princess.  We disembarked via the gangway that we used to board the ship as well.

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Goodbye Golden Princess

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Thank you for all the wonderful memories

At the port, we found our guide who would be taking us on a short tour of Seattle.  Our first stop was the Space Needle.  On the way there, we passed by several boat houses.

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Our guide pointed out this particular one because it’s quite popular among tourists.  He told us that it was the one that Tom Hanks lived in for Sleepless in Seattle.

Soon we arrived at the Space Needle:

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 Our guide gave us our tickets and told us to return to the bus in an hour.  Before making our way up to the top, we decided to take a few pictures first:

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I took this nice one of Ezra with the Space Needle.  I had a hard time because I didn’t have my wide angle lens with me. I had to kneel on the ground to capture the whole thing in the frame.  In return, Ezra volunteered to take my picture for me. This was the result:

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 Can you see my huge smile?  No?  How about this one:

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 (I’m so tiny that even my watermark is bigger than me).  Thanks a lot Ez!  (And she had the nerve to complain that she pulled a muscle while taking this shot.)  Fortunately my dad was able to take a decent shot of us

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After this we made our way inside to get up to the top.  Ezra and I waited for my mom because she had to run to the bathroom, while my dad decided to go on ahead to save us a spot in line. During that short time, a group of tourists arrived and the line got extremely long

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We spotted my dad way in the front of the line.  He was so far ahead that we felt bad about having to cut in front of all those people.  In the end we just decided to just go to the back of the line.  Unfortunately we didn’t realize how slow the line moved. It took us about 40 minutes to get to the front, which left us with just about 10 minutes to explore the view from the top.  To pass the time, I took a few pictures of my surroundings

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IMG_3115At least the line had a nice view of the Chihuly Garden next door

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Hello Canada! – Golden Princess Cruise Day 7

We spent most of our 7th day on the ship since we weren’t scheduled to arrive in Canada until later that evening. To keep us occupied, we checked out the different on board activities that the crew had prepared.  We saw that there was an outlet sale at the Bernini Dining Hall so we went to check it out

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I mostly looked around but didn’t end up buying anything. My parents bought a couple of souvenirs.

After this, we decided to head over to the Princess Theater where the Head Chef and Maitre D’ were holding a cooking demonstration to promote the ship’s cookbook.

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They put on an entertaining show because the Maitre D’ kept teasing the Head Chef during the demonstration. The chef seemed seemed like a really serious person and the Maitre D’ made it his mission to get a rise out of him

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After demonstrating a few of their recipes, they called the waiting staff up on stage to introduce them. Jerome, our waiter at the Canaletto Dining Hall, was there too of course.  When the show was over, we were invited to take a tour of the ship’s kitchen.

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Very clean, as expected.  I was hoping to see a bunch of cooks preparing food but the kitchen was pretty empty during the tour.  We mostly just looked at the equipment they used.   However, they did have a few culinary art on display

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 Check out the details on this watermelon rose

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When the tour was over, we made our way back to our rooms to rest

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At 6pm, all the passengers who were asked to obtain a Canadian Visa were asked to gather at Vista Lounge .  A Canadian Visa was one of the requirements for this tour since a stop in Victoria was part of the itinerary.  It didn’t matter if you planned on staying on the ship during the stopover, you still needed to have a Canadian Visa because they check everyone’s passports during Day 1.

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The reason we were asked to gather at the lounge was to make it easier for the Canadian immigration officers.  The process was simple but it took a while.  We were there for about 3 hours before we were allowed to leave.  After making it through immigration, we gathered at the Princess Theater for our tour of the Butchart Gardens

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We signed up for two tours that day, but they had to cancel the Butterfly Garden tour since we were a little behind schedule.  We were reimbursed of course, but it’s still a shame since we really wanted to see it.

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 Hello Canada!

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Totem Poles in Ketchikan, Alaska – Golden Princess Cruise Day 6

On our 6th day in Alaska, we explored Ketchikan, AKA The Salmon Capital of the World:

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Like the newsletter tells us, Ketchikan is a great place to see authentic totem poles, so we signed up for a tour to the Totem Bight State Park.

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 We debated on whether to see the Lumberjack show too, but we figured one tour was enough for the day

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 We were fortunate enough to find ourselves on Rusden’s bus.  He’s definitely one of the best tour guides we’ve had.  He was funny, knowledgeable and very passionate about Ketchikan’s history.  He clearly loved what he does.  He even baked cookies for us the night before!  We were his first tour group for the season, so we were a bit special ;)

On the way to the park, Rusden pointed out something very interesting about Ketchikan – apparently, they have a lot of these stairway streets in town:

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Do you see it? They’re actual streets with street names and everything, but they’re essentially just a flight of stairs.

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 Here’s another one

Totem Bight Park was a short drive away.  On our way there, we enjoyed the view while Rusden told us stories about his experiences when he first moved to Ketchikan

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We arrived at the park shortly

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 It was extremely cold that morning!  We were totally unprepared!  I mean, I know that we’re in Alaska and all, but so far all the other places we went to (aside from Glacier Bay) had been pretty warm. I thought Ketchikan would be the same so I just wore a dress and stockings.

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 My poor mom shivering in the cold while she listened to Rusden’s stories.  He gave us a brief history of the totem poles and explained what each one was used for.

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 He also showed us the clan house where the Native Americans had their banquets, feasts and meetings

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Looking back on 2014

I’m finally posting this.  As some of you may know, I write a wrap up entry every year here on my blog.  I do it so I can look back on the important and memorable events which took place in those 12 months.  Here’s my entry for 2014.  Some of the items on my list are linked to blog entries I posted previously.  I’m still catching up on blogging so some of the later events don’t have entries yet.

January

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March

  • My highschool friends, Eugene and Cherry, were visiting the Philippines at the time and I was able to have dinner with them :D
  • IMSP held the first IMSP All Stars Concert to celebrate our 30th foundation day. I’m not much of a dancer but I had a lot of fun performing with the people I work with.

 

April

  • My first two thesis advisees successfully defended their work and passed, yay :D
  • Celebrated April’s birthday by having lunch at Baan Thai
  • Celebrated Ezra and Kurt’s birthday
  • Went to California for the summer.  Kurt took us to Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica and Little Tokyo on our first weekend there

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May

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Awesome 2014 – SKDR Films Compilation

I’m still working on my 2014 wrap up blog entry (it’s almost finished, I promise), so for now here’s an awesome video that Kurt made for his YouTube channel. I’m present for most of it so I told him that this could serve as my 2014 highlight video as well.

Thanks for including lots of clips of me in your compilation video Kurt!  I look forward to shooting more videos and creating more memories in 2015! :D

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