California May 2013

Spent the weekend with Lalaine and Russ.

Oakland Zoo

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Udupi Palace

Had lunch at this South Indian Restaurant.

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UC Berkeley

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Lalaine and Russ: A Beautiful Wedding in Napa (Oct 2012)

Getting There

I arrived in Pleasanton the day before from my week-long trip in New York. As soon as Jazel arrived from Seattle, she picked me up at my hotel, we had a quick lunch at Stoneridge Mall, then headed out to Napa in time for the 4:00 PM wedding rehearsal. We can’t be late or else the beautiful bride will not be happy 🙂 We had a fun ride catching up on things. Well, I did not have much to share, not much has happened to me. Jazel had more exciting things to share that I cannot share here (nor with anyone else… haha, nang-intriga pa) 😉

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The Venue

Beautiful, isn’t it?

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Mother and daughter walking down the aisle during rehearsal while Russ’ parents look on. Beautiful moment 🙂

Dinner with the family, close friends and entourage

After the rehearsal, the group went to this elegant Italian restaurant. Shared stories with old and new friends.

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Russ thanking family and friends. Sorry, Russ I missed the beginning of your speech.
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Jessica. Russ’ beautiful sister.
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Listening intently to Jessica.

Bridal Shower

After dinner, Elaine suggested that we give Lalaine a bridal shower since many of us are from far away places (Jasmine from LA, Jazel from Washington, Aileen from Virginia, and me from the Philippines) and could not get together  weeks before. We decided to meet at Crush (and we got lost going there, haha!)

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Hello, sexy ladies!
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The bride with her bling!
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Lalaine and her beautiful girls!!! Me, Marie, Lalaine, Grace, Jazel, Elaine, Jasmine

Pictorial before the Ceremony

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Beautiful gown!
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The beautiful bride and her flower girls
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Katelyn. Love her smile and beautiful curls!
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Hi Lalaine! Luv ya!
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With the mother of the bride. Kanino pa ba magmamana ng kagandahan!
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Love this! Miss you girls!

At the Ceremony

Could not take pictures, but snuck this one 🙂

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Aunt Elsa: Take care of Lalaine, Russ! Walang solian!

Married!

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Lalaine and Russ ❤

Pictorial again after the Ceremony.

We tried to catch some of the light. Had a hard time going up and down the hill in my 3-inch heels. Well, Lalaine had a much harder time in her 4-inch heels! I should not be complaining.

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Jasmine did my curls, Aileen did Jazel’s, Jasmine did hers, Aileen did hers. I wish I can style my own hair!

Cocktails

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Hello!
Hello!

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Lalaine with brothers Ryan and Rommel
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Great idea, Lalaine! Keep the kids busy so they won’t get bored 😉
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Hey, Russ. I’m taking Jack’s picture.

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First dance as man and wife ❤
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Cheers! I wish both of you lots of happiness and beautiful kids 😉

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Change in outfit. Love the dress!
Change in outfit. Love the dress!

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Outtakes

What we did before going to Meritage for the preparations for the wedding.

Jazel, Aileen and I took a walk around the area and took some silly pictures, haha! We decided we need some exercise!!!

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Hot air balloons in the distance

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My Solo Adventure: Autumn in New York (Oct 18 – 25, 2012)

I LOVE NEW YORK! And I can’t wait to go back!

Planned a visit to New York a week before my friend’s wedding in Napa. I probably spent 3 months planning where to go and where to stay. Best decision was getting a New York Pass, but I hope I only got the 3-day pass instead of the 7-day pass. After the 3rd day, all I wanted was to go back to some of the places I saw in the tours I joined!

I am also glad I decided to buy a 7-day unlimited metrocard. I got lost a several times because my sense of direction inside the subway was so bad. I had to take several trains going to different directions until I got it right! Lol.

And the third card is my key to my humble abode at YMCA. Staying in this place was an experience in itself. Was scared at first and was surprised when I saw the room. Will try to show some pictures later, haha! But the great thing is its walking distance to Central Park and to the subway!

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DAY 1: Battery Park, Statue of Liberty, 9/11 Memorial, New York Skyride, Times Square, Madison Square Garden, Broadway

Took the NY Water Taxi to tour around the Statue of Liberty before we were dropped off near the 9/11 Memorial.

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Survivor tree

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My original plan was to get to the top of the Empire State Building for a view of the city but it was raining hard and they said it was zero visibility. So, I took the New York Skyride in the same building instead.

 

 

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I saw this big M&M store earlier in the day when I picked up my NY Pass. After NY Skyride, I dropped by the store while waiting for the TKTS booth to open.

 

 

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Madame Tussauds

Another one of my unplanned activities in New York. I decided to make the most of my New York pass and my last evening in the city to see the legendary wax museum. Some were unbelievably well done that I almost expected some of them to move.

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Central Park

The secret to having the place to yourself is to go on a weekday when it’s raining, lol.

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MET Museum

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Wallstreet

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World Trade Center Memorial

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Top of the Rock

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The tour has this cool mobile app that let’s you know the name of the buildings surrounding the Rockefeller Center.

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