Lunch talk

(Thrifted blouse, skirt, & belt / ASOS bag / Target shoes)

I think  I mentioned before how my friends and I share a common interest (read: obsession, :P)  in food. So, last week we headed to 9 South Chargrill, a locally owned eatery. The restaurant itself is not so big though it’s cozy. The menu offers many choices from steaks to pasta, sandwiches to seafood. It can be a bit overwhelming as they all sound delicious but one thing for sure it won’t break the bank. As college kids, that last point is important for us.

We started with the chicken wings with house hot sauce. They are our favorite. The wings were marinated before cooking so they were really tasty and crispy (we’re thinking they used honey that usually gives that caramelized crispness, but we might be wrong). I had the beef medallions which was prepared beautifully. I’m seriously eating all the steaks I can before flying home… Steaks here are cheap and so tender compared to the ones back home.  So, if you happened to past town, maybe while crossing the I-80, stop here for a meal. Don’t forget to order the wings :).

*Off topic: I’ve been wearing these Target sandals and ASOS bag a lot so pardon me for they showed up in the last 3 outfit posts :).

It’s OK to be nostalgic

How’s everyone’s Easter weekend? I’m currently munching cadbury eggs now. Easter candy makes me happy. Anyway, I hope it’s not too late to talk about Easter weekend now… on a Thursday after. The highlight was the Easter dinner with my (let’s make it simple) host family. Pam and I have spent the last 6 years coming to their house for Thanksgiving and Easter dinners. For both of us this Easter was our last here.

I felt a twang of sadness coming in, knowing that would be the last time we’re having holiday dinner together. I love the whole sitting around the table, passing around dishes, and having a meal as a family. That was one thing that I really miss when I first moved here.  My family always do it for dinner but as I live here by myself, my usual at-home dinner companion is video streaming on Hulu or Netflix. In short , I am so grateful for getting to know my host family and for their hospitality all these years.

(Dress: Twitch Vintage/thrifted blazer and belt/Sanita clog via RueLala/Target socks/ASOS bag)

Lately, I’ve been feeling nostalgic about this place. I’m so grateful for learning so much from my time in the U.S. However, I’ve made my decision and that is to fly back after my graduation in June.  Next chapter in life, bring it on!

Disney: Animal Kingdom

For my third and final day at Disney World, we decided to go to both Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. We thought we would have time to explore more but oh we were so wrong. Unlike the times when we went to Epcot and Magic Kingdom, that day the parks were packed… jammed with Spring Break-ers. We had lots of fun nonetheless.

Did I mention how much I love the shows at Disney parks? So.. so much! The Lion King show is full of colorful costumes, singing, dancing, and acrobats a la cirque du soleil. I also like the 3D show “It’s hard to be a Bug” with an unexpected ending.

We also did Kali River Rapids which was not that bad. It was a mild ride but I got soaked nonetheless. Then it was time for the parade. How cute is Minnie’s jeep? Very, I say.

During our breakfast meet-up, Emma mentioned the safari to be one of her favorite rides. And it was cool. We rode the big safari jeep and found ourselves in the middle of all these animals who just enjoying themselves in the sun. The lion and lioness took a nap. The hippo too was sleeping in his pond :).

The night is young

(Forever 21 dress/Target shoes/drugstore tights/ASOS bag/thrifted jewelries)

Last weekend, AP flew in from North Carolina and we spent Saturday  evening a ladies night.. well, 3.5 girls actually. Andrew did a drag show again earlier that night so he was an honorary lady for the night :).

After Andrew’s show we went to Marz for a drink and tapas. The seared beef and the mushroom plates were so tasty.  i also had their peach and ginger infused champagne which was also really good.

(AP, Andrew, & Pam looking fab)

Our pictures session was cut short after i somehow tripped and fell on the curb while trying to take their picture. What a ‘graceful’ way to end the evening.

Disney: Magic Kingdom

Second installment of my Disney adventures. This was probably the most successful leg. When we went to Magic Kingdom, the Spring break crowd was still rather scarce. There were many people but it was not packed.. packed. Also, I rode three of the highlighted rides: Space Mountain,  Big Thunder coaster, and Splash Mountain. I’d say that I prefer outdoor coasters than indoor. The whole moving in high speed in total darkness did not give me as much of that fun adrenaline rush.

I love the parade. I joined the kids and screamed these characters’ names as they passed by. Genieee…! Love you!

I really really really LOVE Disney’s show. Philharmagic is a 3D show where Donald, being his curious and itchy-hand that he is, brings havoc to Mickey’s orchestra. This is one of my favorite Disney’s ‘ride’.

It was pouring when we got out of our last ride so they canceled the night parade. However, the rain finally reduced to a drizzle that they went on with the fireworks show.  I’m so glad they did. They played instrumentals from their films and animations.  As cheesy as it sounds, I did sing along with it especially when they played  Aladdin and Beauty and Beast :).

The fact is…

I was tagged by Emma of Emma’s Music with this blog award (thank you again, dear!) a couple of weeks ago and since then I’ve been crunching my brain trying to think about 7 facts about myself to share with you… haha, ok I was just making an excuse. Anyway, so here we go…

1. I love musicals. This started way before Glee. I was in my high school’s musical production in the early 2000’s (did i just reveal my age?) in which we did an adaptation of Fame. I have to say that I did good in it. I was my high school’s star for the next 2 weeks after the production. Then it was time for the National exam and my stardom faded away.

2. I love karaoke and I broke out into songs more often than I really should. Ask my roommate, she is my witness. My go-to karaoke song is Aerosmith’s Don’t Wanna Lose a Thing.

3. I’m addicted to (reality) food programs. I was sad when Angelo and Dale T. were eliminated from Top Chef all-star. I stopped watching after Dale was sent home. However, I’m glad Richard won. I also love Food Network’s Chopped. And, of course Bourdain’s No Reservations top my list..

4. People rarely got my nationality/ethnicity right. When I was in Singapore they thought I was a Chinese or Filipino. Here in the US, I can apparently pass off as a Mexican and the best guess I ever got was Turkish. Fun times :P

5. More interestingly, most people thought I was younger than my real age. As a senior in college, my sophomore research assistant partner thought I was a freshman. There were times that new acquaintances demanded me to show my id because they didn’t believe when I told them my age. Fun times part deux :P

6. I’m fascinated by the culture of India. Growing up my favorite tv show and comic book was the story of Mahabharata. The protagonists in this epic are the Pandava brothers. Accidentally my ex and my current boyfriend’s names are derived from two of the five Pandava brothers. A friend pointed it out to me and jokingly told me I’m a crazy fanatic. Definitely I would LOVE to visit India one day.

7.  I’m a super late sleeper. That’s why my blog was updated either very late at night or very early in the morning. Like in this case, it’s 4 a.m and I better get some sleep.

Next, I’m tagging: Yours Truly, 2095, Unocosa, Rockabella, Starship Narcissus, Afeitar, District of Chic, Twitch Vintage.

p.s. Emma also did a feature of this little blog of mine on her blog last week. Thank you for the shout out, dear. Everyone, and I really mean everyone, should check Emma’s blog. She shares her wonderful music every week that will make you think of rainbows, sunshine, and amazing fireworks like in Disney World.

In the reflection

Oh, I’ve been hoarding these pictures for about a month now. Can you believe these were taken in the winter? It was such a warm and lovely day that we decided to had our lunch at the park. At the moment, the so called Spring, has been cold and snowy/icy mix for us. Dear Spring God/Goddess, please bring warm weather soon.

Anyway, we found this pool of melted snow near our picnic bench and were in awe with how clear our reflections were in the water. That shows how rarely we do outdoor things… we get excited over the smallest things! But I am glad we went to the park that day.   It was such a joy to  have our subs and cheesecake in the sun after long winter days.

(All thrifted except the Kitson jacket via hautelook)

On a completely different note, I received my first speeding ticket this week. Yikes! I managed to dodge traffic tickets (though I had 3 warnings before) all these years and right before I leave, I got one. Hopefully it’s be the first and the last. I’m going to the courthouse tomorrow, hopefully they can either reduce the fine or let me go for STOP class. Wish me luck!