Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday! I love everything about Christmas: the presents, the food, baking, Santa Clause, but most of all I love spending time with family. In Downtown San Jose there is an annual tradition, Christmas in the Park held in Plaza de Cesar Chavez. Christmas in the Park has been a staple in San Jose for more than 35 years. There are Christmas displays and decorations, food vendors, an ice rink, rides and many Christmas trees. In fact, there are 600 lit Christmas trees in one place, making it the Guinness world record for most Christmas trees in one location. Good job San Jose! Christmas in the Park is famous for its snowman hot chocolate. This is the hot chocolate to beat all hot chocolates. It is topped with a huge amount of whipped cream, sprinkles, a candy cane, a cherry, and a snowman figurine. There are two things you definitely must do when going to Christmas in the Park, take a picture in front of the huge Christmas tree and buy a snowman hot chocolate. Miguel knows that Christmas is my favorite holiday and that’s why he surprised me with a date night to the park on Monday evening. I had been telling him over and over that we had to go because since we’ve been dating, we have gone every year so it’s our little tradition. I had the loveliest time with him there and couldn’t have asked for a better night. It’s so nice to walk around and look at all the different trees that are donated by schools, organizations, clubs, sports teams, because every tree is very pretty and unique. I also enjoy looking at the displays because some displays have been there for years and I remember them from my childhood, while there is a few new ones added each year. I don’t think there is anything better than to visit Christmas in the Park with your loved ones and to make it a tradition every year. This is the best time of the year to spend with those we love and to be grateful for what we have.
About a month ago, on October 27th was my boyfriend Miguel’s birthday. His birthday fell on a Friday this year and I thought he might want to grab dinner with friends, go clubbing, or go drinking. To my surprise, my animal loving boyfriend decided to do something completely different, he wanted to go whale watching in Monterey. I’m not the biggest fan of animals and whale watching was something I had never even considered doing. Since I love my boyfriend so much, I wanted him to have the best birthday ever and to do something that he would really enjoy so I agreed to go. We planned our entire day, first we would wake up early and get McDonald’s, drive to Monterey and hopefully make it in time for our 9am reservation, walk around Cannery Row, get lunch, and go home. We booked a tour with Princess Monterey Whale Watching. They have several tours and different times to choose from, we picked the tour that started at 9am so we could have the rest of the day to explore. The tour lasted about 3 hours and was a lot of fun! As mentioned before, I’m not crazy about animals but seeing these huge whales up close was amazing and something I’ll never forget. I could tell Miguel was enjoying himself and seeing him so happy made me smile. After the tour was over we walked to Cannery Row, there we went into all the cute little shops and looked at all the souvenirs available. Then we went to Carousel Candies and bought some delicious salt water taffy and Miguel got an ice cream cone. After doing a bit more walking and exploring we got hungry and since we were in Monterey, we decided to have lunch at Bubba Gump. Thankfully the wait wasn’t too bad and we got seated fairly quick. Every time I go to Bubba Gump, I always get the Shrimper’s Heaven, it comes with coconut shrimp, grilled shrimp, crispy shrimp, tempura shrimp and french fries, it’s delicious. Miguel ordered the I’m Stuffed Shrimp, which is shrimp with crab stuffing served over jasmine rice. I had a taste of Miguel’s meal and it was also really good. Then I asked our waitress if they could sing happy birthday to Miguel and they did, but my poor boyfriend was so embarrassed, I’m sorry babe. We had a great day and I loved seeing Miguel so happy and having a great time! I’m so thankful to God for him and I hope that all of his dreams come true. I love you!
It’s been more than a couple months since the last time I wrote on my blog. These past few months have been really hard for me and I went through a really dark period in my life. I’m still struggling with everything but several loved ones told me that they missed reading my blog and that I was really good at it. I’ve missed writing because I really enjoyed it so I’m giving it another shot and maybe it will help me overcome these hard times.
Since June, I have had a lot of medical issues. I started having extreme itchiness all over my thighs and none of the over the counter medicine I tried worked. I also started experiencing chest pains and insomnia. Since I couldn’t find any relief for the itchiness and I was worried about the chest pains, I went to see a doctor but they couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me. After that visit, I have gone to countless doctor’s appointments and seen numerous doctors but no one seems to know what’s wrong with me. They told me dehydration could be the cause for chest pain so I need to drink more water, take Advil if chest pain is too much, stop drinking caffeine for insomnia, anti-itch ointment for itchiness but nothing works. It’s been months since my last visit to the doctor and my chest pains have gone away, my insomnia is still there but I’m getting a bit more sleep than before, and my itchiness has gotten worse. The itchiness has spread all over my legs, feet, and back. It comes and go and some days I don’t experience anything so I’m thankful for those days but I wish I knew what to do or what is wrong with me. Aside from this, my doctor has diagnosed me with generalized anxiety disorder. I have been experiencing a lot of anxiety attacks and it’s something that had never happened to me before. I feel like I’m dying when it happens and I get extremely scared. I sometimes feel like I’m being over-dramatic and I probably don’t even have “anxiety”, but trust me, it’s real. The times I have experienced these anxiety attacks are hard, I lay on the floor, tears rolling down my face, my heart is about to burst through my chest, and I feel helpless and very sad. My boyfriend Miguel has really shown me how much he loves me through these hard times. He’s the first person I call when I have an anxiety attack and he calms me down. I don’t know what it is about Miguel, it’s not what he says but more like how he says things, he tells me that he loves me, that everything will be ok, to just talk to him and then I feel so much better. I noticed that when I start thinking about my health problems and begin to dwell on them, my anxiety starts acting up. I suppose I should try not to think on the negative things so much but it’s hard. There are days where I wake up and I don’t have the strength to get out of bed but I don’t want my family to worry so I do everything in my power to pretend like everything is fine. My parents have also been very wonderful through these past months. I feel like a burden to them at times because I’m constantly sick but they understand my health issues and tell me how much they love me when I feel like giving up. I know my parents worry about me though and that they try to be tough but I can tell that they’re scared for me. I just want to get better.
I know I’m just going through a rough patch and that I’ll be better soon. I am thankful for my wonderful parents and brother, amazing boyfriend, great friends who have been there with me through every sleepless night, when I’ve been admitted to the hospital, without them I wouldn’t have the strength to keep going. I was sad for a really long time, but I’m happy again.
On Friday, my brother Matthew and I went to the Silicon Valley Comic Con. I had never been to Comic Con and to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of comic books so I had never considered attending. My brother really wanted to go and since it was the last day of his Spring Break, I said “why not?” 🙂 We originally had planned on going on Saturday because the event would be from 10am-7pm, but tickets were $50 per person and tickets for Friday were only $25, since it would only be from from 5pm-9pm. Matthew and I decided that since we had never been and didn’t know much about it, we could go on Friday and only spend $50 instead of $100. We got there at 6pm, went to the blue tent in downtown, got our wristbands, and headed off to Comic Con. I loved seeing all the cosplayers and what they were wearing, Matthew and I didn’t dress up but we’re thinking of going next year and wearing costumes. We saw a girl dressed as Black Widow and I think Matthew may have been a little shy, but I made him take a picture with her LOL. Then we went to the main room where there were lots of vendors and we saw statues from Star Wars, it was like a scene straight out of one of the movies. While we were looking at all the stuff people were selling, we ran into R2-D2. R2-D2 was so cute and was spinning all over and would stop to take pictures with everyone, there was lines of people just waiting for a picture. We walked around for a while and saw so many wonderful things, there was people selling their original comics, selling Pop figures, selling jewelry, and posters. My brother had some money saved up and he really wanted to buy a souvenir to remember his first time attending Comic Con. We came across an artist who was selling his art and he had a 3-D painting of a storm trooper and Matthew was sold. He bought it and the artist signed it and said it was number 5/100 and gave us a certificate of authenticity. Overall, Comic Con was really fun and I am looking forward to next year when I can make more memories with my brother.
Yesterday, Miguel and I had a mini adventure in San Francisco! 🙂 Let me give you a little bit of a background story. I met Miguel back in college in 2013, we were both in the class “Introduction to Earth Science”. Every day the professor would ask if anyone had questions or comments and one guy would always raise his hand. He would go on and on about science and just keep talking about every little fact he knew, that was Miguel. Back then, I hated science and thought it was absolutely boring, once I started dating my boyfriend, who is getting a B.S. in Biochemical Engineering, science seemed more interesting. Now, I love it when he starts telling me about what he is learning in class or anything he has been researching. Being that he loves science, I wanted to surprise him with a gift of something he would love. Miguel had never been to the California Academy of Sciences and the last time I had gone was when I was very young and didn’t remember it. Therefore, I surprised him by telling him that were gonna go there and planned an entire day just for our trip. We wanted to have an adventure, so we decided to take the Caltrain to SF instead of driving. The train ride was about two and a half hours but was definitely worth it and very fun. Once in SF, we took an Uber to the California Academy of Sciences. Miguel was beyond excited to visit the Academy of Sciences, he was like a kid in a candy store. Although I am not a huge fan of science, as mentioned before, I really wanted to spend time with my boyfriend in a place that he would enjoy, and boy did he enjoy it! He had a smile from ear to ear and wanted to go everywhere. I don’t remember how long we were there for, but we definitely saw EVERYTHING! Miguel and I saw all the exhibits and we even went inside the Osher Rainforest. That place is beautiful, there are four levels filled with birds, reptiles, fish, and butterflies. A moth actually landed on Miguel’s leg and he started saying, “I have been chosen”, it was very cute. Afterwards, we went to the Planetarium and saw “Habitat Earth“, it was amazing! The show was free with admission and was about 30 minutes long , we learned how plants and animals affect our earth. Lastly, we went to the mesmerizing Steinhart Aquarium and saw lots of sea creatures. Then we took an Uber back to Caltrain Station and went back to San Jose. Overall, our adventure was beautiful and we had a wonderful time! I will never forget this trip with Miguel! 🙂
Most girls love makeup, fashion, and shoes. I love purses! In 2013, after getting my first job, I bought my first designer handbag. I purchased a Michael Kors Vanilla Logo Satchel and matching wallet. I felt like the happiest woman on earth because I finally had the purse of my dreams. Over the years, my love for handbags has grown and so has my purse collection. I have several Michael Kors bags and a few Kate Spade. Although I have purses from different designers, my favorite brand without a doubt, is Michael Kors. My latest purchase was last year, when I bought a Michael Kors Saffiano Leather Black Satchel. This is currently my favorite purse and have been using it nonstop since the day I got it. Here are the daily essentials I carry in my purse:
- Michael Kors Satchel
- Michael Kors Slim Wallet
- Michael Kors Card Holder: Reward Cards (link is for new model)
- Michael Kors Key Case (only link I could find)
- Insulin Pens
- Navy Bag (pen needles)
- Glucose Meter
- Earphones (iPhone)
- Compact Mirror
- Eyeglass Cleaner
- Bath & Body Works: Pretty As A Peach Lotion
- Bath & Body Works: Pretty As A Peach Fine Fragrance Mist
- ChapStick in Classic Cherry
- L’oréal Pencil Perfect Eyeliner in Carbon Black
- Revlon Matte Balm in 205: Elusive Insaisissable
- Buxom in Bare True Nude Lip Foundation
- Aquaphor Healing Ointment
- Advil Pocket Pack
In Hawaii there is an absolutely delicious food – poke (pronounced poh-keh). “Poke is a raw fish salad served as an appetizer in Hawaiian cuisine, and sometimes as an entree. Poke is the Hawaiian verb for section, to slice, or cut.” Lately, poke or poke bowls have become very famous in the Continental U.S. Although this dish has been served for years in Hawaii it has recently gained popularity in big cities with many restaurants specializing on poke bowls. These bowls are similar to sushi, they start with a bowl of sushi rice and then topped with raw fish and veggies or seasonings. I had never tried poke until last year when I went to Poki Bowl in January and instantly fell in love. In my hometown there are several locations that sell poke but sadly I have only been to three. The restaurants I have tried are Poki Bowl, Poke One, and Sunfish Poke Bar. Out of all three, I couldn’t possibly choose a favorite as they are all delicious and I always order the same thing regardless of which place I go to. When going to a poke restaurant, you first start by choosing between a regular or large bowl, then the base which can be sushi rice, brown rice, salad, or half & half. Next comes the protein which is normally 3 scoops for a regular and 4 scoops for a large, you can pick between tuna, salmon, shrimp, octopus, spicy tuna, and yellow tail. Lastly there is different sauces and a variety of toppings you can add to complete your poke bowl. My go to order is a regular bowl with sushi rice, spicy tuna, shrimp, and octopus. I add crab meat (which counts as a topping), cucumbers, avocado, corn, and spicy mayo. Lastly, I top it off with seaweed seasoning and voila- perfection! If you like sushi or have been wondering what is poke, definitely try it. You won’t be disappointed!