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March 25, 2008

Being Altruistic

My sister has been volunteering for about a year now. She makes lunches (sandwiches, drinks, a fruit, and some kind of treat i.e. chips and cookies) once a month for 25 people and she delivers these bags to a church here in Fremont. She did this early this month and found that the church stopped giving lunches to people and forgot to tell her.

Determined to give the prepared bags to some people who need them, she called shelters, and churches. She did find a group who was very grateful. It was a community church a few miles down the freeway. Needy families enjoyed the lunches she prepared.

The church coordinator asked her then if she would be willing to donate Easter dinner for 20 - 25 people. She said yes. So my sisters and I, two neices, and a nephew in law served dinner today to about 25 people. My sister had prepared two hams, scalloped potatoes, brocolli and cheese casserole, honeyed carrots, rolls, and green salad. For dessert apple pie ala mode and Easter cookies.

A good way to spend Easter.

March 31, 2008

An evening with David Sanborn

I seldom go to concerts. But if I have an opportunity to listen to some jazz music, I am there. So, my sisters and I went to see David Sanborn at Yoshi's Jazz Club. It is one of my many extended birthday celebrations. Fun evening.


May 6, 2008

Salang Pass Afghani Restaurant

I live in a town / city where there is a high concentration of Afghani immigrants. We have a part of our town called "Little Kabul". Lucky us, we have the opportunity to enjoy the Afghani culture and its food... Yummm... So here is a little peek at one of the Afghani restaurants in my area... It is a small restaurant with some "take-off-your-shoes-and-sit-on- the- cushions- on- the- floor- sitting" as well as regular sitting. Being old, I opted for the table and chairs this time...


My daughter and I went out to Salang Pass Restaurant tonight. There was a review of this restaurant this weekend on the PBS TV Channel 9 station's Check Please Bay Area. The three foodies / program guests from the San Francisco area came all the way to Fremont to try out this restaurant... All three had good reviews of the food. I have dined here a few times before before but thought we'd try it again...

We started out with one of my favorites here - the Borani Kadoo. It is pumpkin sauteed in and seasoned with garlic and topped with a special yogurt sauce. The restaurant gives the diners some salad and naan (bread) to start with, so I had the naan with the Borani Kadoo... delicious!


We then had our entree... My daughter picked Quabili Pallow. It is described as baked brown basmati rice with seasonned lamb and topped with raisins and juilllene carrots.

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May 11, 2008

Wow, 90th birthday

Yesterday, Saturday, a neighbor celebrated her 90th birthday. We could not miss this event so my youngest son, my daughter, and I went to celebrate with Mama. (My married son and his family couldn't make it as he was with his wife's family celebrating an early Mothers' Day)

The celebrant is actually my neighbor's Mom yet we all call her Mama (even if she is not ours) :) We love her. Here is Mama's cake... can you imagine 90th???? Just awesome!


Here is the celebrant. Mama was active until about a month ago. She used to walk to the bus stop to go to church and attend mass. She insisted on taking the bus so as not to be a "burden" to anyone... No one thought that she was being that... but she insisted.

So one day, while walking to the bus stop she was hit by a car and ended up in the hospital. She was there for two weeks. Now she is back walking - with a cane this time. Her daughter insists that Mama not take the bus anymore. When she wants to go to church, she is driven there... Mama sort of agree with the new arrangement ...

Isn't she beautiful? She is so gentle and tender... as her entire family!!! I am so lucky to have them as friends and neighbors!!!


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June 1, 2008

Pampering Weekend

No foot fetish here... LOL.. just a "Wendy type" photo ...


Once a month I treat my daughter and we go for a mani-pedi session. We invited my daughter in law to join us in this pampering tradition. After this self-indulgence, we go out to lunch. It is a nice time to spend with my girls... and our feet / toes feel beautiful.

Maybe later we will graduate to include massages, etc... :)

July 19, 2008

Wine-induced weekend. Staycation #3

Three of my colleagues called me up last minute and asked if I wanted to go wine tasting in the Livermore Valley. I have done these ages ago when the wineries were few and novel to the area. Some 15 years later, many wineries have cropped up and some produce wines tasting real good to my amateurish taste.

Here's our office staff, Sylvia and Georgia.


We started at Deer Ridge Vineyards. Tried and enjoyed some Viognier and various reds. The owner of the winery took us around his property which gave the tour a personal touch. He shared his plans with us on what he was going to do to make the place an event center. He even has a two-berdoom + place on the property that can be used by clients who want to stay close by during an event. This could make a nice little get-away too at $275 per night.

The group proceeded to Charles R Vineyards, a small family-owned and operated winery tucked away on some dirt road. Fun thing about these small places is that you get to meet the wine makers and enjoy their stories. The hometown atmosphere was so prevalent that we got to overhear soon-to-be exes discuss their divorce proceedings development. :)


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July 26, 2008

Progressive SF Slow Travel GTG - 7 /25/ 08

Kathy (Teachick) had this idea of a GTG in SF while she was here for Yoga teachers' training. What a great idea! She even had this stronger vision of some decadent Ghiradelli ice cream sundaes along with this GTG... Yummm. Here is the mastermind of this great event wearing one of her beautiful SF designer indulgences ...


The evening became a "Progressive GTG" and I loved it. Marcia, David, and Kathy started out with some pre-GTG wine at the Wine Merchant at the Ferry building as I was getting off BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) to meet my daughter, Tracey. We walked over from the Embarcadero BART station to the Fog City Diner. I am surprised that we did not see each other (Marcia, et al) walking along the Embarcadero. Maybe because we did cut across some parks... The ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) in me wanted to watch some birds at one of the parks but my daughter reminded me that we needed to move along to get to the restaurant at the appointed time...

So we got to Fog City Diner right on time. I noticed Marcia, David, and Kathy right behind us. Sharon was not far behind. The second phase (for M, D, and K) of the GTG began.

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August 5, 2008

A day at the beach - Still on Staycation

Today, the Staycation continues. We headed for the beach. Inspired by Barb Cabot's eloquently written post about beach memories, we headed for the beach today... towards Half Moon Bay.

It is nice to travel the usually busy Bay Area freeways in the middle of the day on Monday. There was no traffic so we made it to the beach in good time. We stopped at the San Gregorio beach where Izzy loved playing in the sand...


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August 6, 2009

Island Hop - Day 2 - HongKong

August 3, 2009 - Ok, I am really just at the airport for now.... HongKong airport.

Island 1 – Hongkong. We arrive at the Hongkong International Airport. We have a 9 hour layover. Yes, 9 hours! There is only a single flight direct to Cebu City from Hongkong and that is not leaving until 4 PM and it is only 7AM now. So Tracey and I wait. We checked with Cathay Pacific to find out about our flight. We have no gate assignment. Too early per the person at the check in counter. We wait.


We shop – window shop. I can’t afford to do any other kind of shopping. If I were a shopping addict, I would think I am at a buyer’s Disneyland. This can easily be one’s “Happiest Shopping Place on Earth”. Seriously, you can go to Chanel, Burberry, Tiffany, and pick yourself up a Prada all during a layover! I window shopped as I have to save my pennies for the Philippines. Besides, I am too beat from the 12 hour flight, judging from this photo.


Actually Tracey and I spent our money elsewhere. We decided to get a lunch at an airport restaurant called Wildfire. Tracey called my attention to the table setting. They had silverware but with a plastic knife place setting. They must worry about passengers taking butter knives on board and be a threat to society. Ok, works for us.


The food was awesome. We ordered a Duck Confit salad and a sampler appetizer. Everything was really good… well except for the smoked salmon which resembled raw to my simplistic taste. I passed on that. I loved the stacked grilled tomato and eggplant topped with mozzarella, basil, and tomato. I want to recreate this at home.


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August 11, 2009

Island Hopping - Cebu, Philippines

I wanted to blog regularly while on vacation but (vacation) fun gets in the way sometimes. :) So I am going to try to post some late entries. This one is 14 days overdue!

August 4, 2009 – The island of Cebu.


A few cousins were there to meet us. Good thing because I would not want to brave the streets of Cebu City and their daredevils called cab drives. We checked in at the local Marriott.


Upon arrival we went to dinner at a restaurant that featured Filipino food - Café Laguna. After a long flight it was great to see family and have my feet planted on Tierra firma and enjoy authentic Filipino food.



First full day in the island of Cebu… Visiting my 88 year-old Mom was the main agenda for this trip. Tracey and I went to see her on the first day. It is wonderful to see her healthy and looking happy. She seemed happy to see us too. She even asked about her other grandchildren, Shawn and Mike. She recognized Tracey. She is looking wonderful and she seems very content here.


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August 25, 2009

Really small town in the Island of Cebu...

August 5, 2009.

We are off to my hometown, Samboan, today. My Mom and her two caretakers are coming along. A van is picking us up from Marriott at 1:00 PM. The photo below is shown with my cousin, Fe - who lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and my god daughter, Bem (standing next to my daughter, Tracey).


I started the day by blogging, but I am WAY behind when it comes to posting the entries!!! And it is going to get worse... blogging wise that is. For the next five days, I am not sure what or if there is even any type of internet connection at this town destination. I am sure, however, that my daughter and I will have our fill of swimming, eating, and sunning. There will be lots of sunsets too... I will be parked near some beach. YEAH!


Let me back track. I arrived to some awesome welcome. There are four relatives / families who want to host our stay here. My cousins are asking that we stay with them… Tracey said we each can have our own individual hosts! We just might stay at one different place each night so we do not hurt anyone’s feelings. Could this be something like too much of a good thing?

There are some wonderful views everywhere,,, so whereever we are, it will be great.


We decided to stay at my cousin, Fe’s home. My Mom and her two caretakers are staying with a cousin next door. Talk about some wonderful bed and breakfasts! How did I become so LUCKY!

These and the wonderful sight to wake up to. Retirement calls.

Today we swam, ate, caught up on the town gossip… well not all… as I find out more each day what, who, when, why, and where.

And the sunsets are beatiful too!

Tracey waiting for the sun to set on our first day in Samboan.


Fe and I joined her at the beach-


So we stayed and watched the sun disappear into the horizon. Irresistible.



Perhaps I should not wait three or four years between visits.

September 25, 2009

A fan of David Lebovitz - Fanatical

I follow David Lebovitz's blog... read his website deligently ... own his cookbooks... not that I really cook... but did you know that cookbooks are good reads?

So David is in town. I decided I have to see / hear him. His first appearance (that I know of) was in Emeryville. I ordered tickets. I talked my daughter, Tracey, into going to one of his appearances. Since Tracey now lives in Emeryville - the venue, Charles Chocolates, was in her hood, I thought it would be a great idea if she went to meet David too. :)

So I went to Tracey's apartment on Wednesday night, hurried her along as I did not want to be late for David's apparition. :) David's talk was scheduled from 6-8PM. So we get to Charles Chocolates around 6:15 PM... 15 minutes late ... to find the parking lot to ourselves. We went to the front of the building to check things out... What? Did they shut the door for late arrivals? Now, I am going to be p&@$ed.... Afterall, I drove up the busy freeway and fought rush hour traffic to get here!

So I shook the door which turned out to be locked... chained ... locked... Shook it again... Shhh, do not tell anyone what happened after...

Anyway, I was a day early...DARN! So we went to dinner... will blog about that restaurant one day...

I was determined to see him, so I went back the next day - yesterday, Thursday. Success!

Upon arriving at Charles Chocolates on the RIGHT DAY, I spotted David eating Charles' SMORES...a $5+ block of graham cracker, chocolate bar and marshmallow square. David says one can make a dinner of it!




David talking about his "The Sweet Life in Paris"...So casual and cool.


After his talk, he signed books... including my ... Sweet Life.. and Perfect Scoop.




This is part of the crowd lined up to meet the man.

Would he think I am a stalker if I go see him in San Francisco on Monday? hmmm. I need a copy of The Sweet Life in Paris for Tracey... who incidentally want to temporarily relocate to Paris...

January 4, 2010

Thyme for Tea

One day last week, while on winter break, one of my retired friends asked me to meet her and another friend for lunch.

We headed over to Niles area... a section in Fremont where businesses are mainly antigues shops and the ambience is Old Town.

We walked around Niles for a little bit and ended up at Thyme for Tea. It is a charming little tea place in the middle of an antigue shop.


Customers can use any one hat from the abundant hat collection that they have in the corner. I guess the fancy hats add to the tea ambience.... But these two kids came all decked up for their afternoon event.


I thought she was just lovely.


Here is my plate of tea sandwiches.


My retired friend, Celmira enjoying her tea.


After the tea we stopped at a shop where I found this. (When pigs fly) :)


An enjoyable afternoon. Must do this more often, Must go back soon.

February 19, 2010


Many of my blogging friends post "Gratitude Friday" entries. I saw this quote and thought it was appropriate.

"Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty."

--Doris Day

I am indeed so full of gratitude for family... This being my birthday month... I am rich with loving friends and family who continue to celebrate my birthday.

This photo is of my grandbabies at the Monterey Bay Aquarium... boys I am most grateful for!

April 19, 2010

An evening of International GLEE

The University of the Philippines Chorus is in California. I purchased some tickets and invited four teacher friends to go with me and listen to their live performance. Having never heard of them before, I realized I was taking a huge leap of faith asking busy people to spend their Saturday evening listening to "who knows what this sounds like".

(Sorry, the photos are blurry but we were seated far away and the camera zoom does not do its job well :))

So off we went. I have never seen so many Filipinos assembled in one place here in Fremont. I did not realize there's so many of us here.

Luckily for me, I did not have to apologize for the evening, as the chorus was really good.


They sang some spiritual songs first. The second portion were all songs in Tagalog. And the last one were internationally popular songs. I did enjoy the evening and was glad to have had the opportunity to reconnect with my home culture.

Here are a few of the members of the chorus, up close. This was taken as were leaving the concert hall. Good times!

April 26, 2010

Choices I made

This past weekend, I made some enjoyable choices. I had intended to work in my classroom, get caught up on things but ... that will have to wait another weekend.

Saturday, I spent with friends- dinner and a movie. Sunday, I played with the grandkids, who were on a "staycation". Correcting homework will have to wait.






May 26, 2010

Obama in Fremont

Around 9:00 this morning, sounds of roaring helicopters were overhead. My kindergarteners ran out the door to see what was going on. There were about 5 low-flying helicopters!

I ran back in the classroom to grab my camera... but three were gone. :(

One of them was carrying President Obama who was scheduled to visit Fremont. Wonder if he saw 5 and 6 -year olds jumping in excitement! What an amazing day!


May 31, 2010

La Mission stars at SF Carnaval

Have I mentioned how much I liked the movie La Mission? It is very rare for me to go to a movie theater, sit down, and watch a movie. Perhaps once a year I go to see a movie. But I went to see La Mission! Twice!

I loved it... So when I found out that Peter Bratt and Benjamin Bratt were going to be Grand Marshalls at the San Francisco Carnaval, I headed for the city with a couple of friends.

I was expecting them to ride in one of the classic cars featured in the movie.

... and they did.


The Grand Marshalls - Peter and Benjamin

The co-star who played Benjamin's son in the movie. What a cutie!

Peter Bratt, writer and director of La Mission

The obiquitous press... :)

Benjamin got out of the car, walked over towards us and gave me some up-close face time!

Ok, now I am happy to go back to the barely-dressed parade participants dancing the Samba....

July 15, 2010

High School Reunion #1

I graduated from an all-girls-high-school in Cebu, Philippines. It was time for a

About a year ago, a few of us (residents of the San Francisco Bay Area) started planning one to happen in San Francisco. We made phone calls, sent emails, and sent snail mail to see if there were former classmates out there who may be interested in coming to San Francisco for a reunion. It seemed like there was great interest so we proceeded to plan.

(photo borrowed from Delia) The organizing team: Connie, Delia, Sarah, Imelda, and my self.

We visited many a hotels, some at Fisherman's Wharf, downtown San Francisco, etc... looking for good deals. We went to lunches in many places to try food and still find good deals.

I had my son, Mike and his friends make us a logo for various reunion souvenirs.


I enjoyed all the planning... and enjoyed the event even more when it actually happened this past weekend... well extended - aka long weekend.

So we gathered at Hotel Des Arts.. .Suite 201, the hospitality suite which also happened to be my "home" for three days.

Here are the happy "gatherers" -

Early arrivals enjoy re-acquainting and eating various dishes including Petit Pois. :) In the photo (for those who were not in attendance, and trying out to figure whose who after so many years) - Dylin, Marinela, Sarah, Elizabeth, and Rose.

Rose, Lagrimas/Ging, Ethilda, and Concep...

Delia, Danita, and Dahlia joined in the group photo... there's more....

Connie and Ichu...

Imelda and I squeezed in there...

Luke and Jun - The patient spouses of Marichu and Dahlia, respectively, who put up with all the noise, giggles, and women talking simultaneously... and still managed to understand what was said!

We were so noisy these hotel guests were curious about the group and stopped by. We invited them to join us for dinner... The younger one did. The couple held out for sushi.

Marichu and hubby Luke were apologizing for the noise a gaggle of women can generate... :)

The mango and ube (purple yam) cake that Sarah made to commemorate the graduation year for the then 14 and 15 year olds... Too young to finish high school - looking back but we did not go through 7th and 8th grade... no junior high in the Philippines then...

More University of San Carlos - Girls' High School graduates will join in later - to be continued...

July 19, 2010

Hotel Des Arts - Reunion Venue

After searching for reasonably priced hotel, the reunion planning team came to a decision to use Hotel Des Arts as our reunion venue.

The hotel is a "European" style hotel, another way of saying the rooms are pretty small but the price is right for us, the location great... and the staff willing to work with us.

(Photo from Rose's collection)

Hotel Des Arts is located close to the gates of San Francisco's Chinatown, a couple of blocks from Union Square and the Powell Street Cable Car turn around.

The rooms are painted by various commisioned artists, so each one is different from another.


My suite was adorned in some girlie designs...this is on the wall of the front room of my suite... some girl on a sailboat.


... one wall had vintage dress patterns decoupaged to the wall. I loved it... so did some friends who used my room for many photo ops... as did these two hotel guests who stopped by - curious of the source of the noise, laughter, and giggles.

One of the bedroom walls... cute, eh?




(I could not find Elizabeth's photo using the same wall for background... it would have completed the Los Angeles contingent.)

Hydie, on the other hand, had the graffitti walls. She said, it was a scary room that necessitated some wine consumption before bedtime.... I on the other hand, did not need excuse for the open bottles of chardonay nor for the uncorked cabs. :)

Lita's scary room.

At the end of our stay, our reunion group was invited to leave our signatures on one of the walls in the graffiti roo m.... We leave our mark! Yeah!

August 1, 2010

Picnic in the Redwoods

The Slow Travel Picnic in the Redwoods is an annual event, I missed the first two so I attended my first one last Saturday. What a fun event!


Prior to the event, a group of us were together at a museum and sometime during that day, it was discussed that a roast pig be brought to the picnic. My daughter, Tracey, was really campaigning that a whole roast pig must make an appearance. Ever the indulging Mom, I went looking for a roast pig source in the area. Roast pig or Lechon (Philippine term for it) is a specialty in my home island of Cebu, so I was taking this task as a personal challenge at this point. Can someone say, OCD?


I asked some Filipino friends in and around Fremont for recommendations... A week prior to the event, I made reservations for the smallest lechon to be picked up.

The day before the event, Food Network kept broadcasting Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations show about visiting Cebu, Philippines and feasting on Lechon. The show was repeated a few times during the day as if to torture me... LOL

So Saturday came, and time for me to pick up the lechon. I was hoping that the Slow Travel group will feel the way about lechon as Anthony Bourdain did... I was worried about the vegetarians in the group...

Anita was the master lechon carver.


Here is Judy, the event coordinator "taking care" of the lechon.


I invited my daughter in law, Katrina and the grandsons to attend the picnic. Katrina and Liam


The boys were not too thrilled to see the pig. Mikey kept saying "No, No" when I asked him if he wanted to see the pig. Izzy was more thrilled about dragging a stick around the picnic grounds, and hoping to hit the playground north of the parking lot. :)


Letha was one of the folks who was really "hands-on" at the event.


Pete made a science lesson of the event. :) Who can pass up a teachable moment?


There are learning opportunities in everything,


Tracey and Marcy saved this for another science lesson.


As it turned out, the lechon was a hit. Everyone who was a meat eater loved it.... as evidenced by the aftermath photo. Do not check out the following page if you are a vegetarian... or do not want to see what happens after lechon is enjoyed by "meatatarians":)

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August 3, 2010

High School Reunion - Tour of San Francisco

Time for me to get back to some reunion blogging.

Friday, July 9, 2010. The is actually the first day we are all together and will be spending the day reminiscing, I am looking forward to renewing friendships, some of the gals I have not seen for decades!!!

After breakfast the gals and some patient spouses waited for a tour bus to pick us from the hotel and take us on a day tour of San Francisco.

Here is how this started - plans and all. Delia called tour bus companies, found a good deal, and booked a 50-passenger bus thinking there will be that many joining us... per the intitial interest survey... and count. (Bus and driver - check.)

Inside of the tour bus... Editha Canton, in red leather jacket, joined us that morning. Across from her is Gloria Lingaolingao.

I asked Tracey to sort of plot out a tour route.. and she did. I showed the route to Delia at one of our meetings... it looked doable...

Now the day is upon us and we will try the route out. Bus pick up from hotel and we made our way to the Civic Center... San Francisco City Hall. We are on our way.

Hydie/ Lita Madula and Imelda share a laugh (already) ... Behind them is Ghela, Gloria L's daughter who joined the group as well.

In front of City Hall... with Tracey. BTW, Tracey came to the city early to join the tour... That was a real Godsend because she became our "tour guide" and did such a great job of giving us some information about the sights and important landmarks of the City.

Who would have thought that Tracey would make a great tour guide... :) Behind us everyone taking advantage of the photo op.

Tracey mentioned that SF City Hall architecture was inspired by the Les Invalides (Paris). Can you see the similarities?

San Francisco

Les Invalides

The group in front of City Hall....


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August 4, 2010

Tour of San Francisco - Part Deux

Tracey, our tour guide, continues narrating some relevant trivia/info about the city she loves.

While at Golden Gate Park, we stopped at the DeYoung Museum. We took advantage of the 360 degree views of the city of San Francisco the De Young museum tower had to offer. (I am noticing how big our purses are. haha)

Danita wanted us to ponder on Monet. :)

From there we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge. Stopped at the Vista Point on the Marin county side of the bridge.


It was a pretty windy day... with the bridge partially covered by the famous San Francisco fog.
Wind, chill, nor fog were no deterrents ... not to those who wanted to pose for photos! :)

Sausalito was the lunch spot for the group. Some went shopping, others went sightseeing, and enjoyed lunch at different places. I opted to treat our tour guide, Tracey a lunch at the Spinnaker. Nice.

Lunch was great. This was her "pay" for being our tour guide. :) She does not charge very much. ;)

Some candid shots of the girls in Sausalito - from Danita's files -



Done so soon? Almost...

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August 5, 2010

Flowers around San Francisco

I know, people go to San Francisco to see the sights, architecture, museums, etc.

I do too... but some flowers caught my attention while I was in the city this summer... during my recent high school reunion.

I took pictures of many floral specimens up Lombard... Perhaps because I have been here so many times...and had no plans of climbing up the crooked street.

Around Lombard Streeet -

To climb up or not... the question of the day.... But the view is beautiful from down below...

Up close. Aren't they glorious?
Marichu among the bougainvilleas.

Did I say this was a favorite photo spot? Here's Rose.


August 8, 2010

High School re-connections

I am borrowing the term "re-connections" from a friend's (Anne) blog I love that term.

So we now come to Saturday, July 10th, 3rd day of our reunion. Saturday was a free day for everyone. No planned activites during the day. We gather later for dinner and dancing.


Saturday morning a group wanted to catch a cable car ride ... this is San Francisco after all. Upon finding the lines too long, a decision to ride other forms of transportation was made... Tracey suggested the F train...

Yes, Tracey is still the unofficial guide. :)

... but somehow that turned into walking excursion to the Embarcadero. I did not realize that the Embarcadero was that close to downtown. I need to get myself really acquainted with this city!

So we walked to the Embarcadero, Tracey guides us along. We reached the Ferry Building which was my destination for the day. Tracey was going to introduce me to the Farmers Market here.

Lunch at the Market Restaurant...

The rest of the group decided to take Muni to Fisherman's Wharf. Cravings for sourdough and clam chowder is why!


After a wonderful day of a fabulous lunch, walk around Ferry Building open market, celebrity sighting (Joe Montana), buying cheeses, and eating gelato, Tracey and I were ready to go back to the hotel and get ready for tonight's dinner.

Intramuros was the restaurant we had reservations at... It is a few miles out of the city. Intramuros is a Filipino restaurant that I recently discovered. A friend asked why take Filipinos to a Filipino restaurant? Hmmm, somehow, it is just a Filipino thing to do! :)


I tried some foods that I have not experienced before. Food is very regional in the Philippines, you see... like this Salmon Sisig -


Delicious... ate way too much as usual...

After dinner, we had an informal meeting to decide what the next venue is going to be for the next reunion... Some ideas thrown around: Rome, Los Angeles, California, Rome, somewhere in Canada, Rome... Hmmm, I wonder where...

Next room - some dancing... so off we went as soon as the dance floor opened.


Good times....

Marinela's family came and joined in while dancing continues...

Sarah, Rose, Delia and the rest of the girls rocked on...


December 28, 2010

San Francisco Children's Museum with the Boys - Day 2

After breakfast on our second day in the city, we headed over to the Children's Museum. I had not been there before... so I was in the exploring mood just as much as the boys were.



The children's Museum is located in the Yerba Buena Center which is only a block away from the Marriott we were staying.


The Zeum carousel met us at the entrance. We could not pass it up.



Inside the museum were many fun activities. I felt like a kid again...

Lego wall

Auntie Tracey and Mike working at the Digital Art Station

Can you guess which characters the children made out of clay. They produced an animated show. Izzy and Mikey creators, Auntie Tracey did the cinematography.


January 15, 2011

Off to the Coast and other stuff on a Saturday...

Saturday, the beginning of a three day weekend. Yeah!

Tracey asked me if I wanted to go with her and one of her former college roommates on a quick trip to the coast. It was a great day, so I said yes! Besides anytime a young kid asks an old person to tag along with them - is always A OK with me!

Since I went to bed early, I headed my alarm and got out of bed early,

6AM - got out of bed and did what every other person in the United States do on any given Saturday... enter the exciting world of laundry.

6:15 - to who knows when - played on the computer and do my normal waste of time activity! Who invented this addictive online activity? That person needs to pay for some of my therapy because I can not even imagine how much of my life I've wasted since I discovered AOL in 1997!


7:00 or something = made some coffee and breakfast... put clothes in dryer and back to the computer... Did I say something about addiction? Is there comprehab?

8:30 - thought I better shower so I can make that trip to the coast... and yes, I did... not going to the coast smelling like last night's nachos...

9:00 Sort of folded the clothes on kitchen table... they are still there and it has been over 12 hours! Geez, I need help... as I am still on the computer.

9:30 the housekeeper who promised to come at 9AM today arrived (surprise, surprise, she has stood me up for a couple of weeks! ) ... with two of her kids... Something is conspiring against me... seriously!

9:45 - who cares? I am off to the coast... the housekeeper can have her kids at my house, whatever ... (Tracey suggested I find a replacement! )

10 - Tracey, Yung, and myself are off to the coast. Oh, Yung is driving so I can "FaceBook" all the way there! Did I hear "Addict"?

11 - We are on our way towards Half Moon bay... is it October? I see pumpkins!


One of these trees will be decorated someday far away and beautify someone's home...not mine as I have given up on Christmas trees because I decided it takes longer to "de-Christmas" and I am not having any of that any longer...


We arrive in Pescadero... Beach Time!



(A later post on the town of Pescadero... Love that little town!)

January 18, 2011

All winter mornings should look like this

Going back to school after a really busy weekend is more challenging for me in the winter time because I do not handle cold, frost, and anything that resembles winter well.

So today I was so pleased that despite weather reports that there was dense fog, I was pleasantly surprised to see the sun welcoming me into my workday!!!


I took pictures while I was stopped at red lights ... and was very cautious and careful.


I was all happy until this freight train stopped traffic for so long.... I waited and waited for the train to pass by already but it just kept going....


Not wanting to lose sight of a clear and sunny day, I had to remind myself to remember what a sunny and wonderful day was ahead of me....


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