I haven’t had the chance to post entries for the past months because I was busy with my June and July affair. Ohh I love love June & July!

Amidst the busybee hectic schedule of our store opening, we decided to turn our backs (just for a month), and take a much needed vacation.

So where did we go?

Like how my nephew would fondly call it “The land of opportunities”, USA. Istates ba.

We were everywhere in the US — at least in the west side.

On our first weekend, we went to Los Angeles. We went to Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, and of course, Universal Studios.

Us girls, posing Via Rodeo πŸ™‚

Having fun with Shrek at Universal

We didn’t pass up the chance to meet our favorite couple — Trish & Dre. Where else, but in Hollywood — at Geisha House, partly owned by Asthon Kutcher. We were secretly hoping we’d bump into him. Teehee. We weren’t that lucky though.

During our vacation, we did nothing but eat-sleep-tour, eat-sleep-tour. Our world revolved on those 3 things. When you say food, of course there’s the lutong bahay (thanks to Nanay and Ate Claire), the fast foods, and the restaurants. We, of course, had several meals care of the famous Cheesecake Factory (confession: this menu book right here… guess where it is now πŸ˜€ ).

Here’s why I think this restaurant is famous: They have gigantic servings! Their cakes (& cheesecakes maybe) are to die for. I particularly love Linda’s Chocolate Cake. Super Yummy — moist sponge and oh so whip-creamy!

One of the culprits on my weight gain: In-n-out burger chain. I don’t really like burgers. I don’t eat burgers at all. But there’s something different with this that I can finish a whole Cheeseburger! And its huge ha. American serving. They only have less than 5 food choices on their menu. Plain and simple. Maybe that’s one of the key to their success?

We rode the cable car too! Best way to ride this electronic cable Β is by standing on the side, holding on the pole. So movie-ish!

Another famous spot, Pier 39

We also visited Ninang Es and Ninong Rey up in Hercules. We went to Nappa Valley, drank wine, ate cheese — so American! πŸ™‚ We also passed byΒ one 0f the biggest outlet stores which houses the only Gucci outlet and Sanrio store (Between the two, I only bought stuff on the latter store — budget budget!).

Pictured above is the cheese selection at V. Sattui Winery. Had a hard time choosing because I’m not familiar with the numerous choices. Who would have thought there (seems to be) hundreds of cheese types. Ang dami!

Guess where you can find this sign?

At the Golden Gate Bridge! Did you know that the Golden Gate is the most popular place to to commit suicide in the entire world? Wow! I was too lazy to walk the bridge, so it was only hubby and our nephew who did, and they saw this sign. Know more about suicide at the bridge at Wikipedia

In our relaxed days, we go picnic-ing.Β This one above is at Coyote Hills. The boys go biking, while we walk, Β run or jog. When everyone gets their fair share of exercise, we then eat our lunch picnic style πŸ˜‰

At the crooked road, SFO

Going to the US is not complete without a trip to the Sin City. Here we are sisters in law, posing at the Belagio hotel lobby in Las Vegas πŸ™‚ It was sooo hot. Hotter than my first visit 3 years back. I almost collapsed while watching the fountain show. Eeeeck.

Vegas is a 9-10 hour drive from our place at the Bay area. Special thanks to my sis-in-law Concie for driving most of the time πŸ™‚

Other than the slot machines, the nightlife, and the shows, Las Vegas is also known for its buffets! Each hotel has its own. Thats us above, so full from our meal. I gained more than 10 lbs on this trip… bamsky to the max!

Another favorite part of this US trip is our adventure at Big Sur

I don’t look like your ordinary hiking gal, but hey I like this stuff! Feel na feel ko pa with my walking stick :p

After the hike, we ate and headed to Pfeiffer Beach where the boys played like they were 7 again.

Another thing on our agenda was to pay my Aunt, Tita Myrna a visit in Seattle. I was prepared for the “It rains nine months a year in Seattle”, packing trench coats and boots (which I ended up forgetting in the car). Apparently, our visit was part of the three months when it doesn’t rain. It was the sunniest part of America we’ve been to!

I was a cashier for a minute or so at McDonalds too πŸ™‚

In Seattle, we visited the Pike Place Market where you’ll see…

…the first Starbucks in the world! Its still up and running. The number of people coming in and out of the store — endless. I wish I’ve got a business like that!

Then of course, we wouldn’t miss going up the Space Needle.

Here with Tita Myrna, background the Snoqualmie Falls.

Putting the text, phone calls and internet messages regarding our business back in the Phil aside, this is the most relaxing trip ever. We were literally taken cared of. Walang ibang gagawin but to relax. Food well prepared. Itinerary laid down. Matutulog lang ako sa sasakyan, then nandun na kami sa libot. Oh the life of a bakasyonista. Thank you very much to my in-laws. My heartfelt gratitude. Love love love!

In that month, we celebrated hun & kuya’s birthday:

Hunny J celebrated his 31st

while Kuya J celebrated his 35th.

Nanay’s bestfriend, Tita E also celebrated her birthday

Now got to save up again for another trip. Hoping for Japan, or Hawaii, or the East Coast πŸ™‚