• Travels

    Of all the places to hang out

    Monday we had a afternoon flight back to LA, that gave us enough time to walk around the city center when it was a little less busy and gave me time to meet up with James who i haven’t seen for years. He was my boss when i was an intern ten years ago and we’ve both moved on doing the whole wife and family deal so we don’t have many chances to hangout, so it was good to meet up with him while he was setting up his company’s trade show booth. Our flight home became a little more stressful because when we got on the plane and started…

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    Birthday Bao

    I didn’t really have any good plans for Joy’s birthday but come Sunday morning i came up with an idea to at least get a birthday candle so i could place it on something we ate for breakfast. The bao we picked up from Good Mong Kok Bakery was the perfect cake replacement for her. The rest of the afternoon was spent shopping and going out for a late brunch.  For dinner we met up with Joy’s college friend Edward who’s been up north for the past year going to Optometry school and it was the first time we could meet up with him. We had burgers at Super Duper Burgers and…

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    Saturday around the Bay

    Saturday morning we woke up early and met up with Nina, Kaylee and Mom at the Ferry Building for breakfast. My sister picked up some waffles and coffee from blue bottle coffee, and walked around the farmers market where i saw Chris Cosentino picking up some produce for what i assume his restaurant. I guess i should have gotten a picture with him and Alice to match Kaylee’s picture with him. After breakfast we walked to Pier 39 and stopped by this little park to let Kaylee play on the slide, and Alice got her first ride as well. After walking around and viewing the sea lions Alice got a bit tired…

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    San Francisco Birthday Weekend

    For Joy’s birthday and last hurrah before ending her maternity leave we headed up to San Francisco for a long weekend of fun, and new adventures. It was our first adventure flying with a baby in tow and boy was it an experience. My sister gave me a heads up that we should pack bags that can be held on our shoulders rather than rolly bags because SF has many stairs to get around, and having to deal with a stroller and bags is a nightmare. Thankfully getting through security at the airport was a breeze since we got to use an express lane and get through without any problems.…

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    Thanksgiving in the Bay

    For once in a long time my sister, and Joy had Thanksgiving and Black Friday off and so we headed up north for five days in the bay area. Tuesday morning i went to pick up a minivan but ended up coming away with a Chevy Tahoe instead because they delivered the wrong car. It was fine though as it was roomy enough and it was nice to try out an SUV for once. The drive didn’t take any longer than normal since Alice slept all the way there, except for our one lunch stop in Kettleman City. We opted for a McRib instead of In-N-Out, because you know, its…

  • Family,  Travels

    Maternity Photos

    The morning before Joy and I got back on a plane from Portland to Long Beach I booked a photographer to take some maternity photos for us. Originally I thought I would just do them, but after thinking about it I figured it was probably best that somebody else take care of it, and went with Colleen Sparks. It also helped that the she’s also was Aziz’s neighbor. It was beneficial since she was able to pick us up and bring us to Cathedral Park which sits underneath St. John’s Bridge which gives plenty of things to take pictures by. We spent about an hour shooting around the parks in…

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    Portland Food Scene

    We had lots of places on our list before heading up to Portland, but were only able to visit a couple due to being too full to eat, or too far to get to without a car at the moment. We initially thought of going to Pok Pok, but just couldn’t convince ourselves to spending a lot of money on Thai food. This is my list of my favorite places that we got to eat at. Breakfast Nuvrei Patisserie & Café Joy’s favorite place for breakfast each morning was at Nuvrei in the Pearl District. I really like their Bacon & Cheddar Biscuit sandwich with eggs, and bacon, and should’ve…

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    Portland Adjacent

    Sunday morning we woke up early and walked over to Dollar Rent a Car to pick up our rental. We saw all the Subaru Outbacks on the lot and thought it would be a good idea to try one out since we’re thinking of getting one for our next car. (It was a very fun car, but obviously not as fancy as our Acura) Our first plan for the day was to head 30 minutes east to Multnomah Falls. We got a handy guide from our rental office that there are actually many more falls than just Multnomah and you can take various trails to see them all. We couldn’t…

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    PDX, Rose City, Stumptown, Bridgetown

    Portland is known by many names and all have a distinct reasoning behind them, which makes Portland a mixture of different social groups. This creates a very unique town which has a mix of San Francisco, New York, and maybe even a little Paris. There’s even a term that people used “Keep Portland Weird” which is attributed to its intense following of bicycles, craft beers, recycling, and food carts. The first two days in Portland Joy and I kept close to the city center and explored where ever the TriMet would take us. We started off of course by grabbing some lunch at the various food carts setup near our…

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    Portland Babymoon

    For our last hurrah before the kid pops out, I decided to take Joy out to Portland since its pretty close, they’ve a good food scene, and its got a nice relaxed vibe to the place. I went there some eight or nine years ago and found the place quite relaxing so it was a good place to just take it easy and spend sometime with each other before all hell breaks loose. I bought some really cheap tickets on Jetblue a few months ago, but when we got to the Long Beach Airport we found out that i accidentally booked the opposite trip, meaning i booked a weekend in…

  • Restaurants,  Travels

    Back to the Desert

    It wasn’t quite planned this way but i had to return to Vegas twice within the same week. This time is was for a Work thing where we wanted map out the future of the company and figure out what our long terms goals were for the company. We spent a couple days locked up at a virtual office a few miles outside of the strip so we hashed out every detail that we could think of. In the end I think we have a more realistic and solid plan to run the company. We did get to squeeze in a little R&R between the work hours and ate some…

  • Friends,  Travels

    24 Hours in Vegas

    Its been a while since i’ve seen Thomas since his move out to Las Vegas, so a few weeks ago i found an open weekend and booked a night at the Monte Carlo to go visit him. Joy and I left home around 6am and made pretty good time to get to vegas by 10:30am. The entire trip there we were trying to figure out where to go for brunch and initally we planned on going to the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesar’s Palace, but when we got there and did a quick once around the food stalls it just didn’t seem worth it for $40/person for lots of egg dishes and…