Showing posts from December, 2010

Romping in Manhattan Beach

We visited Manhattan Beach on three occasions this trip. Clear blue skies and sandy white beach... What can I say? We couldn't get enough of this place! :)

busy pier on a Saturday

look at the size of that wave

surfers waiting for the next big wave

the beach

the boss' car

breakfast at Uncle Bill's with my brother

photo op

Jerry and Junnie

with JC, Magi and Winston

Magi and JC on the left, Jerry and myself on the right


When the boys in the house are playing together, there would be instances when they would end up squabbling or taunting each other over small things. I would usually join in the fray when the little one starts calling out: "Ma, o! Di-hia is teasing me!". At this point, I'd tell them to quit it. If the name-calling or snickering persists, I'd mete out a punishment as severe as grounding both of them from watching tv, using the computer or going out with friends. You see, I'm the resident judge, one-woman jury and jail warden rolled into one.

Why am I writing this? The following pic I took was after I allowed the elder one to go out with his friends after his periodical tests tomorrow. So glad was he that he was extra playful with the younger brother.

I'll leave you to guess what happens next after this huggy-huggy, sweetie-sweetie episode. :)

LA Live and Staples Center

After our Manhattan Beach lunch and Beverly Hills bag shopping, our DIY tour of Los Angeles culminated in LA Live and Staples Center where Pa, Jerry, Junnie and Jerome watched a game between LA Lakers and Toronto Raptors.

It was a first for Pa and Jerry at Staples Center, and I'm sure they felt like boys again. They say it's a different high watching a game live, even if you are seated far from ringside. I guess it's because of mass hysteria or the collective energy of cheering fans. I wouldn't argue with them on that, men know their basketball in the same way women know their purses. It's their thing.

So while they braved the crowd inside the stadium and cheered rabidly as much as their lungs and vocal cords could take it, Ma and I went to survey the grounds of LA Live. The weather became cooler later in the night. And since it was a Friday, we were not surprised to see a large crowd milling about and socializing the night away.

We don't get to do this …

Manhattan Beach, Beverly Hills and Designer Bags

Seeing Pa and Ma after months

Meet the Arrezas! The only one missing is our sister May who is based in Singapore. This was at Manhattan Beach Village Mall after having lunch at Islands

JUNNIE: Ma, magpakuha kayo dun sa Beverly Hills.
MA: (while walking) Saan? Saan ba ang Beverly Hills?
ME: Ma, eto po oh. Junnie meant the signage lang.

Ayan! Junnie insisted (hah!) that we have a picture taken next to this famous address signage while he filled the car with gas at a nearby station.

At Barneys NY... (imaginary conversation/s)

ME: What's a nice color for this Goyard kaya?
JERRY: I think I'm having a headache.

MA: Bakit naman ang mahal nito? Parang plastic lang naman.

Jerry was probably thinking, "Your black tote (Longchamp) is better than that Go-whatchamacallit"

ME: How about a Balenciaga dear?
JERRY: Huh-oh!

Family meeting. Haha!

All these people... to finalize a purchase??? :) And why am I the only one smiling here?

JUNNIE: Women!!!


Night Drive Around LA

A day after we arrived in Cebu (from Shanghai), we were packing again for another trip to a different continent. Wanderers much? This time, I was to meet up with my parents and brother in the USA. Jerry was on official trip.

Pa and Ma were flying in from Canada after staying there with my brother and his family for 2 months. I thought it would be great to meet up with them even for just a week. What was I hoarding the mileage for if not for trips like this one, right? Thanks to HSBC/Mabuhay miles I didn't have to break the bank to make the trip. ;)

PAL's flight from Manila to LA last Nov. 4 landed on time, but I guess there was some confusion about our ETA when my brother Junnie and friend Jerome took a while to meet us. LOL. Junnie made up for it by taking us around LA for a night tour. Sweet!

After getting lost in LA's maze of freeways, we got to our first stop, the Griffith Observatory, minutes before it closed. We were not able to enter the observatory itself…

Last Post: Shanghai Recap

After a health scare last June, I realized there are things I should be doing more of... like, to name a few, be with my loved ones and see new places with them every chance I get. The trip to Shanghai was a result of this realization.

There was a long weekend coming up at that time. Shanghai's weather was not too cold yet. The Expo was still on. The e-passport renewal, visa application and arrangement with the tour provider went smoothly as well. And the trip to that part of the world was a first for me and Jerry. Everything was in our favor, plus, of course, it was my birthday too. The decision to go was almost instantaneous. :)

And so the last 8 posts (links below) are about the sights we were blessed to see in Shanghai. The 72 hours were well-spent and we enjoyed every minute of it. Hopefully, the next chance we get to visit, it will be with the rest of the brood.

Marriott Courtyard Xujiahui
World Expo 2010
Catholic Church in Communist China
Shanghai Museum
Nanjing Road

Xintiandi ("New Heaven and Earth")

Old Chinese shikumen houses, the precursor of modern-day townhouses (in my opinion), make up 2 blocks of Xintiandi. Shikumen ("stone gate") houses were made of stones, bricks and tiles and used to be residential structures of the people of Shanghai in the early 1900s.

Nowadays, these houses have been restored and have become galleries, bars and cafes, boutiques or theme restaurants. This part of Xintiandi is now a tourist attraction and an entertainment complex where urban residents and tourists can converge during the day or at night.

Click here for more about Xintiandi.
A visitor's guide to Xintiandi