Tuesday, June 19, 2018

I'm Engaged.

First and Foremost, Thank you to now my fiancĂ©, Najee, for all his gimmicks and lies to make the proposal day such a 1000% surprise to me. Second, to our beloved friends who are just the best at being honest and supports us from the beginning no matter how moody we are in our relationship. Third, to my parents who keeps repeating that they are happy for me and my fiancĂ© but also saying just get married already and be together. Forth, to Najee's family, Jazzy - Thank you for helping your kuya make this all happen, writing all those posters and editing the 20 minutes video he made. Kuya Earl, Ish and Luan - for supporting Najee and smiling while congratulating us when we got home. Tita Arlene and Tito Miner - for saying yes to our plans. Everyone is aware except for me :)
Last but not the least to everyone who greeted us congratulations and wish us luck. Thank you.
June 12, 2018 - Tuesday. Independence Day in the Philippines. I slept with my two friends in my parents' house, the only night I was not with Najee on all my days in Philippines. Little did I know this was part of the whole routine that they all planned. I thought my best friend, Aziel, just wanted a night with me but when I met her, another friend of ours, Diana was there which I haven't seen since college days in Philippines maybe 2011. So meeting time supposed to be 1100. By 1030, these two friends of mine are still putting make up like we don't have a time in mind. Of course me, I didn't out anything at all and I mean nothing on my face not even a lip balm because I'm thinking we're just going to play in the mall (trampoline park and wall climbing). Here I am wearing Lululemon's pants with bare face on.
Diana said she to pay a deposit for a cake near our high school, Imus Institute (II) and I believed her. So we got down from tricycle, and started to walk (me thinking we're on our way to the cake destination). While cruising, I smiled looking at my grade school, Imus Pilot Elemantary School (IPES) and II. I always say "Hello, (this and that)" whenever I go back to Philippines just to remind myself I've been there and never forget where I came from. Back to their gimmick, all of a sudden these two was pushing let's go inside II. I'm like we don't have any I.D's and how come they will say yes when we don't have any reason but to reminisce? Then Diana asked, no questions asked by the guard and we were in. Once I entered, I saw Lhendog and Ate Grace wearing high school organization shirts with our 4th year section's jacket. They keep saying "Let's go! We're going to be late for class!" And pulling me since they want me to go a certain direction. We arrived at our lockers and Ate grace said "Can I copy your homework?" and Lhendog said open the locker. Me being all surprise I think I just stood there laughing and confuse on what's happening. I think both of them opened the locker and there was an old bag of mine that I gave to our friend Mhanny (who is the designer of our shirts and jacket since 4th year) and a notebook. When I opened the notebook it has a quote from How I met your mother. Then a separate long folder which has pictures of Najee and I and another quote. Then it sink in.
Something is happening. As I started to tear up, Lhendog put a shirt on top of my top and they proceed to pull me and as they do that they keep saying "We'll be late, the bell will ring". The bell rang. They gave me a yellow umbrella and one by one or group (this is all a blur now) I see our friends going from the gym, right, left and they start to surround me smiling. Spinning, looking at them asking "Ok so what do I do now??. Somebody took the umbrella I don't know who and pulled me upstairs. Every corner has posters with quotes on in. Good thing even if we were kind of fast going up I still read it all but unfortunately can't memorize it. It's al about love and friendships all taken from How I met your mother. We entered our room in 3rd floor where our original group of friends met. They told me to sit down in the front middle and ask if I want water or food. I said water since I was sweating from guessing and just tearing up. Najee went to the front wearing the couple shirt, told our friend to give me the flowers and said eat up, this video is going to be 19 minutes. He told our friends to put out the lights and the video started.
"Kids, I'm gonna tell you an incredible story..." That's how it started like in HIMYM. He narrated our love story since high school up to now. There was about Version 4.0 long distance relationship for this video. It also says how he lost his way career wise and had some pride regarding me getting him, here in US. I was sobbing, duh. When it ended, he went to the front, said his speech while tearing up and pretty much crying as well (joked around saying he got something in his eyes). He got the ring behind the TV and got down on one knee. Asking me to marry him. As I sob more and more, I stood up and said "Of course". He put the ring on my hand, and we hugged for a minute while both crying. With our closest friends in the room, they asked for a kiss and we did. We hugged again and they asked for a kiss again. We did for the second time. After I started to calm down, it's picture time. We took a lot of pictures, then cleaned up. Since they rented the room with no charge (Thank you II for letting us use the room since were all Alumni). We waited for Goms since he had to go back to work for a bit then back to cars and we visited our friend Ron who's our angel since 2012. After talking to him for a bit and reminiscing our memories we went to Lucita's in Las Pinas (as our reception said by Marj) to eat.
That's about it :)
Just want to mention all of our friends that made this incredible day happen:
  1. Zielly
  2. Mhanny
  3. Deden
  4. Berj
  5. Jazzy
  6. Ate Grace
  7. Lhendog
  8. Marj
  9. Pao
  10. Debid
  11. Goms
  12. Diana
  13. Amps
  14. Tiney - LDR friendship
  15. Riel - not physically since he had his exit exam; Go Doc!
  16. Jicky
  17. Mae
PS. Sorry for an almost 4 month hiatus. Will try to post what I didn't.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Terri Peak Trail @ Lake Perris CA

Cool trail if you ask me, not predictable especially for us since it took us at least twice to find the trail back. We parked near the neighborhood and walked our way up to start on the trail but unfortunately the one we chose had a dead end. We found another one but ended again. Watch the video to see how many times we had to go through the bushes. I keep telling my friends, have long socks in your bag just for the experiences like this! Not all plants are friendly and most of them actually has splinters. I had one in my right hand and good thing I have a tool that's multi functional that has pliers and Janine helped me take it off.
Lots of hikers like us, they brought their children, dogs and many bikers as well. I think there's more riding bicycles than people hiking. Bring jacket since when you go up as always it tend to be cooler breeze. - OOTD here.
Pictures are a mixture from iPhoneX of my friends' and my Htc Re.
Amazing Panorama by my friend Janine :)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Etiwanda Stream @ Rancho Cucamonga CA

My second time hiking this trail, and this time it has water. First time I did this was in August 2016.
Going up it took about an hour while going down I think around 30 minutes? It's a priceless breeze up top so go at your own pace. Not for a beginner but definitely doable. Bring water. Do not be arrogant and regret it. Would love to be back here again.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Trespassed below the Big "C"

Before there wasn't any camera or fences on this place, mentioned by my friend who is a UCR alumni. They did reached "C" and was sure we can do it but was not aware that they closed it due to some incidents. Therefore, this mission was a fail. Lol. I was willing to continue fence or no fence but my company's scared of cameras all around the place. Plus, there was a man who clearly hiked inside the fence so I don't see something to be afraid of.
We roam around and climbed a big broken tree. Took some pictures and my friends claimed it was workout, it's not. It's a walk but not in a park.
You have to cross the Tunnel with lots of vandalism. I am so disappointed why people NEEDS to vandal the nature, even if it's the concrete which is manmade, why the F do you need to prove you've been there by writing something instead of just taking a picture? I don't understand.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Broad ft. Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrored Room

The Broad in Los Angeles is a Free Admission Art Museum for all ages. Just be careful when you have young ones because there are some explicit content. I booked our spot online about some time in December for January 21st. I do not recommend waiting in line and do the stand by since time is gold. Also, if you are only interested for the "The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away", you will need to enter FIRST then reserve ANOTHER spot to be able to go in to this exhibit - Infinity Mirror.
There are some chairs that you can sit on if you are like my father who is not into art and just want to sit while waiting for my mom and I. You can take as much pictures, videos you want as long as you NEVER touch the Artworks. Also, do not SIT. Of course there will be a lot of young people trying to pose while sitting and I witnessed one that was told sitting is not allowed, but you can slouch.
Some Infinity Mirrors, or other artists' exhibits have admission fee. Last time I check it's about $25. So if you see that it's free, I suggest reserve it and go on that day. It's worth planning for it.
This place is beautiful. Amazing date is what comes into my mind. You both can ask what you think of this art and move from their to fruitful conversations. I recommend go here at least once in your life.
Only con that I can say is not actually a con, when I reserved for the Infinity Mirror Inside, the estimated wait was 2 hours and 43 minutes. No biggie since we can still enjoy the huge gallery at the second floor then eat lunch then still have time. Good thing we're not avid art fans so maybe it took us only an hour and a bit more, ate lunch @ Lemonade beside MOCA. While eating, I received a text saying we should be ready in 10 minutes. When I look at my timer there's still 1 hour and 10 minutes left. So, do not go far away and rely on their estimate. You might loose your spot. When arrived exactly 10 minutes when I received the text and we have left overs so I asked if I can run to our car, leave our food and come back up. Yey that they approved it :) 45 seconds inside the Infinity Mirror, surreal and fast. Not enough time to appreciate it since taking pictures and videos is in the way no matter how much you try not to.
Last photo was not in The Broad but on the other side of the street MOCA. Second to the last photo is the street outside The Broad.
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