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Burning sand and freezing water! (Zuma and Playa Del Rey beach)

This entry’s almost a year late, but I suppose it’s alright since I’ve been seeing loads of pictures of my friends at the beach lately.  Our summer break doesn’t start until June, and by then the rainy season will be here.  I’m hoping that my friends and I will be able to schedule a trip to beach before that happens, but if that doesn’t push through then at least I have these photos from last year XD

Kurt took us to two different beaches during our California trip last summer.  Our first one was Zuma Beach in Malibu.

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 We spent the night at W Hotel in Hollywood because Kurt won a free night stay there from his company’s Christmas party

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 Such a “California” photo – convertibles and selfies

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On the way to the beach we saw lots of houses up on the mountains

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I joked that these were all Tony Stark’s houses (because it looks a lot like the area where he lives  in the movies).  Kurt pointed out that he lives in Malibu so it’s not such a crazy thought

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We expected it to be warm at the beach, but it was actually quite cold.  Ezra didn’t want to take off her jacket and sarong.

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Kurt wanted some “idol DVD” footage, unfortunately he was stuck with us as models, so it didn’t have quite the same feel XD

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Still, he had a lot of fun shooting Ezra running around the beach

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I was excited to go swimming and get some underwater footage with the GoPro, but the water was too cold.  I tried going in up to where the water reached my knees but I lost circulation in my toes.  (It’s the same feeling I get in my hands when I hold a piece of ice for too long.)  There was no way we were going to be able to swim at that temperature so we ended up just playing on the shore.

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We took turns burying each other in the sand

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Week 15/52 : Bon anniversaire!

Ezra celebrated her 27th birthday last Saturday. We didn’t have a party or a fancy dinner because all she wanted was to spend her birthday at Festival Mall with the family. Her only other request was that we get her the Strawberry Inspiration cake from Tous Les Jours (just like last year).

The cake’s really cute (and extremely yummy), unfortunately this photo doesn’t do it justice. It’s supposed to look like a giant apple. Nevertheless, we had fun taking pictures of it before Ezra made her birthday wish. My parents even joined us for a few shots:

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I love this photo :)

Happy birthday Ezra!

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Space stuff, viruses and vibrations at the California Science Center

On our last weekend in California we were trying to come up with something to do, so we browsed Yelp for suggestions.  The California Science Center popped up as one of the most recommended places to visit in LA.  I love science museums so I was thrilled that Kurt and Ezra were on board with the idea.  Geek mode ON!

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Before we even made it inside the building we spotted this huge torque exhibit:

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A 3014kg pick-up truck was attached to one end of a lever, and you have to try to lift it at 3 different positions.  It’s quite obvious that the further you are from the fulcrum, the easier it is to lift the truck. IMG_3889

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We spent quite a bit of time playing around here before making our way to the building. When we reached the entrance, we expected to have to buy tickets to get inside, but we were surprised to find that entrance is actually free! (Something we probably should have known if we did our research properly XD)

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The first thing we saw when we made it inside was the Air and Space exhibit, where they had sophisticated telescopes and space capsules on display

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This is a 1/5th scale display of the Hubble Space Telescope

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And this is the original Gemini 11 Space Capsule.  Supposedly 2 astronauts lived inside this tiny little thing for three days!  I probably would have died of a panic attack if you made me stay in there for longer than 5 minutes. IMG_3941

Another space capsule from Project Apollo

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Closer look at the door

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Kurt took loads of footage of Ezra as usual

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There were other interesting setups around the area, such as this optics display

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The California Science Center houses the Endeavour Space Shuttle.  You probably saw pictures of it online last year as it was flown around on top of a plane:

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Unfortunately we didn’t get to see it because you had to make a reservation, which we failed to do.  But there were plenty of other things to see in the museum, so we weren’t too broken up about it.

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There were also stations set up where employees gave demos to illustrate interesting concepts.  I think this was the demo for pressure.

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This spiral thing is an exhibit for how sound travels.  Two people stand at opposite ends of the pipe and can have a clear conversation with each other

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And this one shows how air makes different sound pitches based on the length of a glass tube

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We had fun playing around the earthquake exhibit, where we were asked to build a house that can withstand tremors.  We failed miserably.

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Los Angeles Zoo

Ezra and Kurt thought it would be fun to go to the zoo, so we planned a trip during one of our weekends in California last May.  I think the last time I went to an actual zoo was back in the 6th grade so I was pretty excited.

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Took several candid couple shots. It’s my role as the best third wheel in the world.

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 We’re here!

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 Tickets were $18

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 This was where the gift shops were. We had fun playing around with the toys here

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 The zoo had a few animal encounter stations where guests can touch the animals and learn more about them

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One of my favorite areas was Muriel’s Ranch.  It seems to be popular with the kids too because you get to play with the animals here

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Ezra’s a huge Cuticle Detective Inaba fan so she gets excited when she sees goats

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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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