• Travels

    Roma Italy

    From Paris to Rome is a two hour flight but are worlds apart. The cool weather was replaced by warm humid air that seemed a little less put together. At the airport the backpackers seemed to put number the locals and that trend would follow us for the rest of our journey through Italy. Upon exiting the plane we hit with the warmth and humidity of Italy straight in our faces. The process of getting from the plane terminal to train station was a bit of mess with confusing signage and when we got there we decided to skip out on the train to termini station and just took a…

  • Travels

    Paris Part Deux – Night Adventures

    After two days of constantly running around Paris going from site to site it was nice to take a night and meet up with an old college friend Tony who got married to a French girl and moved over seas. We started off hanging out at one of his late night spots which he compared to Denny’s, Le Tambour where we snacked on some various pig meat, and a few pints of beers. While Tony ate a steak frites, Joy and I shared a French Onion soup which had half the amount of onions and twice the amount of cheese in the soup. After we had filled up with some…

  • Chef'ing,  Travels

    Paris Day Deux – So Many Macarons

    Macarons are kind of a big deal in Paris, and one of the great debates of the city is Ladurée vs. Pierre Hermé. We luckily were able to try a sampling from both places and in my opinion both were great. Joy said that she preferred Pierre, but i really couldn’t differentiate much difference. I guess it didn’t help since we got 3 different flavors from each place so there was no real baseline to compare, but Joy said that the texture from Pierre was better and it was also true that my favorite flavor was the Mosaic : Pistache, Cannelle de Ceylan & Griottine (Pistachio, Cinnamon & Cherry). With a good…

  • Chapters,  Travels

    Paris Day Deux – The Louvre

    The second morning in Paris was a little more relaxed with no reservation time to meet and a little more knowledge of the city we took our time walking from our flat to the Louvre. On the way there we stopped by a bakery and picked up another freshly baked croissant and snacked on it for the rest of our walk. We got to the museum before it opened and there was a good lined formed already, and i had planned to go through the mall as all the guidebooks say, but i had no idea where the mall was in relation to the quad of the main entrance. We…

  • Restaurants,  Travels

    Me and the Frenchie

    After months of waiting after my fateful morning of calling France to make a dinner reservation the day had come. Of course it did not come without a little trepidation that they actually wrote down my correct information and that it would still be there after all that time. After coming back home from the day of walking around the city i received a voicemail message email from my google voice account confirming my rsvp for the night, but unfortunately there was no phone in the apartment and all pay phones in the city use a calling card so what was i to do. So of course we just walked…

  • Travels

    Birthday in Paris

    I woke up Friday morning which happened to be my birthday, and we started it off with our first croissant that our host left for us, and a nice cup of coffee to get us ready. Our first event of the day was a trip to the Eiffel Tower to some of the first people up to the top for the day. We headed out to the metro stop and purchased a two day pass which we would be using to get around the city for most of the time besides walking. The metro is by far not the nicest that we’ve been on, and the doors have a manual…

  • Travels

    Bonjour! – Paris Night 1

    On Wednesday September 26 at 9pm we took Air France to fly 10 hours to Paris France. The flight was pretty smooth except for a little turbulence, slept a few hours, and finally got to watch Brave, and The Lorax. Our arrival time was at 5pm Thursday September 27 but took two hours to get through customs and get our baggage. Once we gathered all our belongings we waited for the Roissey Bus to take us into the city. We had our first issue with using our credit cards in Europe (they use sim cards instead of magnet strips) buying tickets at the kiosk but thankfully the bus driver would also…

  • Travels

    To the Louvre

    All our bags are packed, itineraries all printed out, and all is left is to finish today’s work and i’m outta here! Its been a long wait and of course these past couple days at work have been pretty hectic with Jonathan also out on vacation. I’m kind of feeling anxious now that i see how the weather is going to be like for both legs of our trips. I knew that Paris had a good chance that it would be wet, while Italy was suppose to be super warm. Now it looks like we’re going to be getting sunshine while in Paris and Thunderstorms while in Rome. I’m not sure if…

  • Family

    Birthday Surprise

    Since i’m headed to Paris for my birthday, Nina decided to fly down this weekend to celebrate, but somehow this became a secret from my dad. I had been in communication with Nina for the month knowing that she was coming down, and my mom knew too, but somehow it never got around to my dad (awfully strange in my family). I picked up Nina, Jesse and Kaylee (aka Janie, Kumquat, Fatty,) from the Long Beach Airport, swung by chic-fil-a for some food, and popped into my parents house with my sister scaring the crap out of my dad. There was about a second of panic from my dad not knowing…

  • Fantasy Sports

    Sunday Football

    I typically don’t make it a point to watch football on Sundays, but if i’ve got a free morning there’s nothing better than waking up, making a cup of coffee and lounging on the couch watching fantasy analysis on which players are in and who are out, and making last minute adjustments to my fantasy teams. This Sunday Joy had a Seminar to go to so i had the morning to myself on the couch so turned on ESPN, and logged onto the Yahoo! fantasy chat to check out the days events. Once the clock hit 10am the rosters got locked in and i was ready to watch some football.…

  • Basketball,  Restaurants,  Travels

    LVI Overtime

    Basketball isn’t of course the only reason for going to LVI, but getting the chance to hangout is the other reason. I rented a car from Alamo, and after some searching through all the American cars i found a Hyundai Sonata which i promptly snapped up because it had all the bells and whistles that i need for the long drive out to the desert. With the iPhone all hooked up and the car packed up with picked up another friend in Temple City and left the city by 10pm and got to the Cal by 2am. Joy and I checked in, threw all our bags into the room and…

  • Basketball

    LVI 2012 Results

    The 2012 Las Vegas Invitational occurred once again this past weekend in Las Vegas, and I couldn’t wait to improve on our 3rd place finish from last year. Things were looking up as we won our first game against a bigger, more physical team in LGN Busy Bees 31-28. Our second round game was the next morning, and things couldn’t have been worse. Our opponent Black Gatos wasn’t as intimidating as the previous night but knew how to play as a team. At the beginning of the game i got fouled on a 3pt attempt, and promptly missed all 3 free throws, and that went on to become a theme for the…