Wednesday, March 5, 2008

California Loveeeee

Hi Bellas,

I had a fabulous time in Cali. I was there for about a week. My parents flew up from Orlando to meet me out there so we can visit my brother and some aunties and uncles. As soon as I flew in on Wednesday evening, my parents scooped me up and we drove 10 hours to Loma Linda, Cali where some of my relatives are. Talk about a delirious drive! My dad had to pull over in a rest stop to take a cat nap because the drive was intense. Ever since I got in a car accident after high school prom, i'm traumatized b/c i was sleeping in the back when it happened. Now when ppl drive herky jerky I'm too paranoid to sleep in the back. Luckily, we got there safe and sound. My Auntie Puring had the cutest dogs...one permanently had his tongue sticking out to the side b/c he had a stroke, awwww, he's too cute.

While I was there I had a few goals in mind:
1) relax, relax, relax
2) catch up with old relatives…some of which who haven’t seen me since I was 4 years old
3) spend time with my bro
4) get 2 moles on my neck removed (sounds weird right? But last time my mom was in Cali when I was in high school she had this Filipino lady remove the moles from her face…luckily I only had 2 on my neck that I wanted to get rid of)
5) get me some Filipino food and snacks!

I think I accomplished many of my missions. It was mainly me and my parents since my brother is in law school and couldn’t come down to south cali with us since he didn’t want to miss any classes. 85% of the time I didn’t quite know what was going on because my parents were speaking in their native language- tagalong, of which I do not understand whatsoever. That’s okay though…I just chimed in when I heard a sprinkling of English here and there… he he.

Stay tuned for lots of pics and captions!


Num num, honey dew bubble tea (my fav flavor!) in san fran's lil asian area (I was going to call it china town, but i'm not sure if it really is china town!). this was at a gelato shop we escaped too on the corner...there was some kind of festival going on...dare i say chinese new year? they had a bunch of booths set up...it was pretty cool.


Me in front of Harrah's Casino in Rincon, Cali. I had a few reservations about going to a Native American casino...but, I really had no choice lol, since my parents drove. It took a bit of trimming and zooming to get this shot right. Do your moms have the same problem when they hold the camera and take forever to take a shot only to have it wayyyy too far away and not centered? Zoom mom zoom!


Some cakes at the filipino bakery - red ribbon bakery in Loma Linda, Cali. I've turned this into a food blog! They even had Ube Cake or as I like to call it "purple stuff".


The famous filipino bakery - Goldilocks...kinda random how they chose a lil blond white girl for a filipino bakery...oh well! I had to come here and stock up on polvoron...we just don't have these things in atlanta!


Next Filipino Food stop...Jollibee fast food restaurant. The first time I learned of this was actually in the business school...this is one of the few fast food franchises that was not overtaken my McDonalds in it's native land...when I heard it was in Cali i've always wanted to go!


Me in front of alcatraz...hey the pic was a lot cheaper than taking the tour!


Look at all the sea lions! They were literally like 20 feet away off on Pier 39 in San Fran.


Me, my mom and auntie Tessie in front of Jolliebee. They thought I was so funny for wanting to take a pic in front, oh well!


The typical breakfast menu at jollibee..rice, slice of tomato, hot dog (sans bun), bacon, eggs, and another optional slice of meat...lol


Watching the bakers at the sour dough bakery in san fran...look at the alligator they made!


Me and my auntie's dog Chalupa...he's soooo tiny, can you see his lil tongue sticking out?

The dish I ordered at "tribu" a Filipino restaurant me and the fam went to. It was delish!


Me midway through my mole removing process...


The famous filipino pancit...num nums

Mom and dad at golden gate park...took us hours of getting lost to get there and leave there and we spent 10 minutes of taking pics and left, lol.

17 comments:

Caralisa said...

Hey RenRen! I love your blog! And oh my goodness I know exactly about the places you mentioned in this entry since I'm also Filipino and live in the San Francisco Bay Area! Boudin/Fisherman's Wharf...Tribu...Jollibee...I'm glad you enjoyed your time in Cali! Keep up the great work on your site =)

christianadivine said...

hehe. glad you had a great time in cali. :] i live in so-cal so the closest "filipino town" to me is west covina... but it's neat cause they have all of the filipino places you mentioned, and then some. :] i LOVEEEE Max's Buco Pandan Shake. LOL. I know you didn't go to Max's... but that's something that I like to get in West Co. :P LOL.

mayaari said...

mmm ok so it doesn't help that it's dinnertime and I just read your post, but now I'm totally craving some pancit & lumpia!

looks like you had a good time with your fam :) don't you hate it your mom/relatives/family friends are all gossiping in tagalog & you suddenly catch your name, followed by laughter? That's what made me learn more tagalog, so I could at least have a vague idea of what they were saying about me! haha

MrsDiaz said...

Ohh you went to Loma Linda?? My sister goes to school out there. Anyways, glad you got your jollibee fix!

said...

lol sis 'tis entry is so cute as i can relate - am filipina too! ;D how did you like ChickenJoy lol. my kids love that. tagalog is really easy to learn, you should try to learn a few words lol like "salamat" (thanks) or "maganda" (beautiful) and even "mahal kita" (i love you). haha i'm grinning right now, you're so cute sis! lol.

Sheila Ferrari said...

Chicken Joy! Are you kidding me! Ohhh man that makes me crave Jollibee Spaghetti right now. It's da bombdiggitaaaay! :)

mandilicious said...

hmmm..Jollibee, Goldilocks-FILIPINO REPRESENT!...too bad all the Filipino Restaurants here in AZ are well..crappy!

Vanessa said...

Cute pics sis! LMAO at "zoom mom zoom" I hate when people don't know how to take a good picture, sheesh! And I love Jollibee! I am sad we didn't get to hang out while u were here...

MakeupByRenRen said...

Caralisa: awww yay! Who knows maybe you’ve run into my bro a few times since he lives there. Thanks for reading!

Chris: mmmm sounds nummy…I think I actually had a buco pandan bubbletea at jollibees! And when I pronounced it I totally butchered the name lol. Yay for Filipino treats!

Mayaari: yah just thinking of it makes me hungry! Lol, I know exactly what you mean with the name dropping, I really need to get on this learning because I have a strong feeling they’re making fun of me sometimes…

MrsDiaz: wow someone has heard of loma Linda, lol. Yup I could go for some of their spicy chicken right now…

Sheila: lol…I didn’t get to try their spaghetti, I was actually confused that it was on there but I guess Filipinos love them some spaghetti

Mandi: lol at least you have Filipino restaurants there…but we still gotta keep reppin!

Vanessa: I know right! My BF was like, some ppl were trying to meet up with you and I was like DOHhhhh! If only I had the internet we could of def made it happen…one day sis…one day…

mina said...

Great pictures! Looks like you had a great time in Cali. Welcome back to the boring A lol.

Bliss said...

Oooo it looks like you had so much fun and you ate so many yummy food, i love bubble tea and jolibee hhehe. Was the mole removing process painful, i did not know you can easily remove moles . The sea lions are cute hhe:).

LittleMissLilo said...

That jolibee looks familiar. Is that the one in Daly City? LOL. San Francisco is so nice. I live here. You should've stopped by at the MAC PRO Store. Soooo nice! =] I'm glad you had an awesome time!

Ethereal Prey said...

wow! Looks like you had fun! I <3 bubble tea too! I like the taro flavor.

I knew a girl that moles removed from her face. She said she couldn't eat soy sauce or anything dark for a while. is that true?

Your pics are getting me hungry...I'm gonna go bug my flip friend to take me to a flip restaurant again...getting hungry....*drool*

ilurvemakeup said...

Beautiful and delicious pictures! :O To have Jollibee again... *cries*

Mrs. Lynne, MakeupFix.net said...

ren! i'm hungry now!! lol. i miss those places. but we also have a lot of good local places here that are excellent subs.

Emilee @ GMM said...

Yay, SF! I love SF. Did you stop by Union Square?

All the food is making me hungry, haha. Glad you had fun!

ChyiX2 said...

Ah, looks like you guys had a great trip! I'm now officially drooling after seeing pics of all the delicious food you posted. Shame on you!!=D