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Last week,  the family and I took a little Disney vacation.

I’ve been going to Disneyland for all my life.  This was my first time staying at the Disneyland Hotel.

I made Hubby slow down while turning the corner into the hotel parking lot so I could take this photo.  Luckily, there wasn’t anyone behind us!

We had such a great time and it really completed the Disney magic for me.

Staying at the hotel really added some extra fun for the whole experience.

The room wasn’t huge, but we had enough room for all of our belongings.  M also had enough room to run around a little bit, but not too much room that should could accidentally hurt herself. 

The best part about the room is the back wall against the bed.  The back wall was a carving of the castle in the park.  There was a little switch on the night table with a little Tinkerbell next to it.  I flipped the switch and the back wall lit up with little LED lights simulating fireworks and stars!   “A dream is a wish your heart makes” also played when the switch was flipped on. 

M LOVED it.  We would have it on all night until she wanted to go to sleep.  She loved flipping the switch so she could hear the song too.

That little detail made the room so magical and special!

We truly had a full Disney experience!

I hope to share more Disney stories and photos in the coming entries.  I just have to load the photos from my camera onto my computer!
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Five years ago, Hubby and I went on our first date.


I have been on several first dates in my life, and the first date I had with Hubby was the best one.

Since that day we met in early April, we had been talking non-stop.  We would text each other throughout the day.. and we pretty much knew enough about each other to make it comfortable being on a date.

In some small way, I kind of knew that he and I were destined to be together from that day on.. A small voice in the back of my head told me “he’s the one.”

It’s been 5 years since that day.. since then, we’ve gotten married, moved in together, and started a family..

Maybe one of these years we’ll start a Disneyland tradition, where we go to Disneyland on this day just like we go to Korean BBQ on April 5th. 

It would be nice to relive this memory with him and our family as the years go on..

Happy first date-iversary, Hubby!  I love you and our little family! 

Tomorrow is Hubby and my first date anniversary..


I miss Disneyland..

From around 2007-2010, I was a Premium Annual Passholder..

I loved it..  I could go to Disneyland as often as I wanted.. I could stay all day, or just for a few hours to kill some time..

I could go ride one ride then go home, or take an out of town relative for the day..

I had to finally give up renewing my pass because I had moved to San Diego and I knew that it wouldn’t be as easy to go anymore..

Also, the prices were climbing..

Now, there’s no way I’d want to spend my money on a Premium Annual Pass.. I could do so much more with that money..

But that doesn’t mean I don’t miss it.. because I do.

I miss Disneyland.

I miss the smell of waffle cones when walking down Main Street.  I miss the feeling of passing the turnstyles and entering the park.  I miss just walking around and people watching.. I miss the music.. I miss the rides.. I miss the characters..

I haven’t even been to Carsland yet! 

I think I need to plan a trip this year.. before it gets too hot.. especially since M is all about Disney Jr and Mickey Mouse, I think she’s appreciate this much more than when she went last year.

I need to get my Disney fix.

Today is a sad day. 

Today is the last day of validity for my Disneyland Premium Annual Passport.. I’ve been a passholder for the last 3ish years.. and today.. is my last day..

I’m not at Disneyland though.. I’m at work.

My last visit to Disneyland was earlier this year.. and it’s been so hard to go back since then..

I’m not renewing it for several reasons.. the first being that its crazy expensive now!  When I first got the pass, I was paying a little ovr $350 for it.. I thought it was expensive then.. now it’s over $400!!!  Sheesh!

And with the baby coming, I highly doubt we’d be visiting Disneyland anytime within the first year or so of her life..

And it’s harder now.. considering where I live.. it’s feels like a weekend endeavor for a simple visit.. not like before when it was 45 minutes away and I could jet on down after work during the summers..

Life has definitely changed for me.. but in a good way..

So.. this is not “good-bye,”  but a “see you real soon, Disneyland!”  I’ll miss you, but I know that the next time I see you, I’ll have my little princess in tow and I’d be able to show her why I love you so much!  I hope she enjoys the Disney magic as much as I do!

So.. over the new year.. my boyfriend proposed.

Yes.. we are getting married.. he’s my “fiance” now.. and it’s weird calling him that.. but cute!

Anyway.. this is my proposal story.. it’s pasted from an email I sent to my close friends and family.. it may not make perfect sense.. and may seem a little scattered.. but readers of this blog already know how scattered my mind already is..

So.. without further adieu.. the details of our proposal..

We went to Disneyland that day.  He had been bugging to go since last year.  He also wanted to go out and get all dressed up for dinner, but that’s not out of the ordinary.  He likes doing stuff like that so I didn’t think anything of it.  So we get to Dland, hang out for awhile, then saw Avatar, then got ready for dinner.  He had reservations at the Jazz Kitchen, so we dressed up and went to the restaurant.

We were holding hands and I was wondering why his hands were so cold.  I’m usually the first one to freeze and I wasn’t cold at all, but I didn’t want to say anything because I didn’t want to expect anything or end up disappointed if he was just really cold.. haha!

We got seated and he asked me if I wanted to go the restroom.  I didn’t.  So.. that was that.  More on that later.

We go back to the park.. ALL DRESSED UP!  I felt like those Japanese tourist that walk around Dland in heels and stuff.  Those weird looks that I usually give those tourists were actually being given to me!  Eek!  Talk about “payback!”  Let’s say I have a deep respect for their ability to wear heels all day at an amusement park.

Ok.. back to my story..

So we go back to the park and he’s asking me where I usually went to spend a little quiet rest time.. BUT.. it was almost time for fireworks so we all know that the people traffic was CRAZY.. and that there was no quiet area around the castle.. so we some how found ourselves around New Orleans Square but again.. got caught in the Fantasmic crowd.

We walked around some more and noticed the wait for Pirates was 5minutes.  We got in line and got right on.

Lucky for us we were in a boat where the first two rows were occupied.. then there was an empty row in front and an empty row behind us.

So.. we were cuddling and he was telling me that he loved me.. and joking around with me like always.. then after those drops in the ride.. and its all kinda calm.. he turns to me and says.. “ok..”

I think he started on the part of the ride when they are shooting cannons in the water right before you get into the city part..

He tells me something to the extent of how he’s lucky to have someone like me.. and how much he loves me.. you know.. the romantic stuff..

Then he reaches into his coat pocket and pulls out a kiddie cinderella slipper.. you know.. the kind that are sold for kids to wear..

And he asks me if I would be the Cinderella to his Prince..

I’m in TEARS by then and didn’t really say yes.. but more like “is this it?   is this your proposal?”

And he was all “yes..”

So I hug him and he’s all “did you say yes?” and so I said “yes”

So.. I’m thinking that he probably didn’t have the ring yet.. because I had been bugging him about just asking before the ring so that we could start officially planning..

But then he’s asked me again “You said yes, right” and I said “yes”

And so he goes.. “ok hold on..”

And he’s so cute.. he pulls out this little sandwich baggy outta his coat pocket and kept saying “don’t lose it.. don’t lose it..”  I don’t know if he was talking to me or himself… cuz we were in a boat.. and you could only imagine what would happen if he were to lose the ring!

He takes the ring out of the baggie and slips it on my finger.. by then I’m bawling.. and we hug.. and I have NO IDEA what happened on the Pirates ride.. all I know is that we came off the ride.. and I was just all smiles..

We called my mom.. and then I posted on FB..

We ended up on Main Street and we went into City Hall and got “Just Engaged” buttons.. but by then it was like 11:something.. but it didn’t matter.. the people at City Hall were so happy for us.. hee hee..

I plan on documenting our wedding planning journey on my blog as well as I can.. I’m actually a little behind on some of the things I’ve been wanting to blog about.. but I am going to try my best to catch up and keep this updated..

I’m introducing a new category to my blog.. Here comes the bride.. where all the wedding blog entries will be under..

Hope you enjoy.. it’s gonna be an interesting journey!

I just got back from a very fun “boyfriend weekend” in the city that he lives in.

It was a fun weekend, and whenever I spend time with him, it makes it so much harder to leave.. or to watch him leave..

It’s especially hard when you know that you may not see each other for a whole month due to both of your busy schedules..

We both knew what we were going to get into when we first met.. and we both decided to continue dating.  I’ve always figured our distance was a good thing.  The distance prevented us from really getting tired of each other too soon.  The distance really allowed our relationship a healthy slow pace.  With us both being burned by our past relationships.. it’s nice to be able to take it a little slower than what we (especially me) are usually used to.

The distance was also good because it gave us a better appreciation of each other and the relationship.  We make the most of our time together and we know not to take each other for granted.  Every weekend we get to have together is special and we know that if God allows us to be together, that we will not take our relationship for granted because we know what we had gone through in the beginning.

Absence DOES make the heart grow fonder..

As good as the distance is.. there are also the bad parts..

Missing him is hard at times.. sometimes.. all I want is a nice comforting hug from him at the end of a hard day.. and it’s just not there..”Scheduling” time to spend with him is hard when you see every other couple easily going out or hanging out.. If we want to do something or go somewhere.. we have to “make a weekend” for it.. we can’t just go when ever we please..It’s getting harder and harder to say goodbye whenever the weekends are over..

I know that if God permits.. we will take the hard experiences we’ve had over this time.. and cherish it.. if we can survive this distance.. I’m sure we can survive a lot more..

By the way.. today (April 26) is the one-year anniversary of our first date.. we went to Disneyland..

So remember when I said I was going to make it my resolution to go to Disneyland at least five times this year..

Well.. it’s been done!

I went to Disney’s California Adventure yesterday with OT.

On April 2nd, I plan on going to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure again with some family.

I know.. I’m a grown woman.. Disneyland should be the last of my priorities..

But seriously.. that place helps “destress” me when life gets too hectic.  It’s one of those places that you can just let things go and have fun..

Funny thing is that OT and I saw my ex’s best friend working at the park yesterday.  I wasn’t expecting to see him but I always knew I was going to run into him there.

It wasn’t a big deal.. I didn’t go over there and say hi.. why would I?  And I know he saw me.. cuz I saw him notice us..

He may something to the ex.. but I don’t care.. I’m so far detached from that relationship that things like that are no longer a big deal.

I just found it amusing that I finally saw him there..

Anyway.. I got one thing done of my list of goals this year.. and we are only three months into this new year..

Looks like this maybe be a good year.. let’s keep praying that’s so!

I’m running out of ideas for blog entries.. I’d love it if someone who was reading this would add a question in the comments.. get me going on something to write about..  I am struggling for something to write and I don’t want to be the type of blogger that rambles about aimlessly.

I’ve done that so many times on other blogs.. it’s not that fun..

I guess I can revisit a past blog entry.. Oh, the places I will go..

According to that entry.. it mentions Las Vegas.. Disneyland.. Solvang.. Comic-Con.. a cruise.. and going out of state..

Looks like I’m working my way through the list..

I have plans for Vegas.. so I’m not going to mention them here because I really don’t want to jinx anything..

I went to Disneyland again a few days ago.. I think I’m up to.. two visits.. OT took me for V-day weekend.. and I took Mom on Sunday..

Solvang looks like a lost cause this year.. I don’t know if I want to waste three hours of driving for Solvang.. or three hours of driving for Vegas..

Comic-con comes later in the year.. so we’ll see about that..

A cruise may have to wait due to some saving up of money.. need the money.. need the money.. need the money..

And out of state.. well.. I did just come back from Arizona.. so that totally counts!

See.. I’m chuggin’ along!

Pictures?  Why.. yes.. I have pictures..

These are some of the pictures from

Rachel and Joe’s First Valentine’s Day Weekend Extravaganza!!!!


From Valentine’s Day 2009

That’s my hunny in the kitchen..

From Valentine’s Day 2009

And that’s what we ate.. filipino food.. so yum!

From Valentine’s Day 2009

And what we drank… mudslides..

From Valentine’s Day 2009

The next day.. at Disneyland..

We rode Buzz Lightyear’s Astroblasters.. not..

From Valentine’s Day 2009


From Valentine’s Day 2009


From Valentine’s Day 2009


From Valentine’s Day 2009

Four times!!!!

The next morning..

From Valentine’s Day 2009

I swear my boyfriend is under there…

From Valentine’s Day 2009
From Valentine’s Day 2009


That Monday morning was spent being lazy.. and watching TV and the rain fall.. until he finally went home..

That’s all for now.. hope you enjoyed the picture show!!

OT just left the house.  It’s rainy outside and so I’m hoping he has a very safe drive back to SD where he lives.  It’s an hour and a half away from me.. so I should be hoping to expect a text or something from him by 4:30-5:00ish..

Anyway.. it’s time to recap the festivities from our “First Valentine’s Day Weekend Extravaganza!!!”

He got to my house around noonish.. we went grocery shopping at the Asian food store by my work.. we had lunch at the pho restaurant by the Asian food store by my work.  I also had to bake some red velvet cakes for mom’s outing… make other stuff.  After my parents left for their outting.. OT and I got started on our dinner.. we made Sinigang (my most favoritest food.. ever!).  We also went to Mass.  It’s nice being able to have someone I can fully share my Catholic faith with.  We ate dinner.. and then sat around the house watching movies on TV.. I think we were able to finish “A Walk To Remember” and “The Princess Bride..”

We woke up and got ready for my “surprise date!”  He told me a few days before that he had something planned for us on Sunday but it was a surprise.  I was to wear some casual clothes and then bring something nice to change into.  It so happened that we spend the first part of the day at Disneyland.  He then told me that dinner was going to be at The House Of Blues.. in Downtown Disney.  We had a blast at Disneyland.  It marks off Visit One for the year.  If you recall, I mentioned I wanted to go to the parks at least five times.. I got four more to go.  We get to the parking structure to change and then all of a sudden we’re in the car driving off somewhere.  He then tells me, “oh.. we aren’t going to House of Blues..” but he wouldn’t tell me where.. he just kept saying that we were gonna go where ever his GPS tells him to go.. We end up at the Flemming’s Steakhouse in Newport Beach.. So sweet..

Just a lazy day at home.. watching TV and getting some homework done..

I had a great weekend and really enjoyed myself.. He really is a great guy and I am very blessed to have him around.  He makes me happy and I hope I do the same for him.

I won’t be seeing him for about three weeks now.. it makes me sad.. but we’re always connected through our phones and  computers anyway..

I really had fun and if he reads this blog.. thank you, thank you, thank you.. you’re wonderful and the bestest!

I’ll try to load the pictures as soon as I finish my paper.. and then probably do a picture blog entry.. let’s hope I do it before the next Valentines day!

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