Labor Day Weekend Vacation & Shakira Concert 2018

I had so much fun during the beginning of the month before I got sick last week. I went to SoCal during Labor Day weekend to visit my sister and the Thursday after, I went to see Shakira, live in concert. I had so much fun. But that Saturday, I got sick.

Anyway, let’s talk about my vacation. You can look at the pictures if you follow me on Instagram.

Labor Day Weekend Vacation

My flight was at 6:30 AM on Friday to Orange County, CA. I had to wake up at 4 am to get ready and get to the airport. I was soo tired as I didn’t get that much sleep. I actually took a short nap on the plane. My sister picked me up from the airport and went back to her place so that I can put my luggage away and for me to rest for a bit. Then, we headed off to LA!

The traffic was terrible and it took over an hour to get to LA (I fell asleep during the car ride. LOL). The first thing we did was go eat. We went to Shake Shack! I’ve been reading about how Shack Shack is better than In-N-Out, so I had to try it out for myself. We ordered the cheese fries, SmokeShack, and the Roadside Double. The SmokeShack was way better than the Roadside Double. However, I still like In-N-Out better. The Cheese Fries were good as well. The cheese didn’t harden fast, which was nice since we were able to enjoy the fries more. However, I like the animal-style fries from In-N-Out better. I vote is for In-N-Out. Please don’t hate on me. It’s personal preference.

After, we walked to OUE Skyspace LA. You know how there’s the Space Needle in Seattle, where you go to a really tall building to see the view of the city? The Skyspace was basically the same thing. They even have a slide, which looks pretty scary. You’re so many feet up in the air and the slide is short but  you’re up very high. It’s a clear slide so you can see how high up you are and see what’s below you. However, I didn’t go on the slide. First, I was scared. Second, it cost money to go on it. The view of LA was nice but it’s like any other city. Then, we went to the bar area and we both got one drink. We chilled at the bar and had a lot of catching up to do. We went to Little Tokyo after but we didn’t stay there that long. I did try some of the best red bean ice cream there though.

We went to the mall after to do some shopping and then we headed to the 626 Night Market after shopping. The 626 Night Market is basically re-creating the night scene in asian, with all the street food. There are so many vendors there that me and my sister split a lot of the foods so we can try more without spending so much money. It was fun and the food was delicious.

The next day, we went to Disneyland and California Adventures. It was fun but really crowded since it was Labor Day weekend. We didn’t get on as much rides as we wanted since the lines were so long but we still had fun. The only thing I was disappointed about was that the Incredicoaster (used to be California Screamin’) was down for most of the day. That was the point of going! I went there because of PixarFest and I was really looking forward to going on the rollercoaster. I was sad. We did try out the new restaurant that used to be the Cove Bar. It’s called LampLight Lounge. The food was okay but the drinks were good. I liked the Cove Bar better though.

The next two days were pretty chill. My sister and I went to brunch the next morning and had bottomless mimosas. We also went to the beach close to the end of the day. We went towards sunset and it was so pretty! The last day, we just hung out. We went to Chan Chan’s to eat Korean food (there isn’t that many great Korean restaurants where I live). Then, we went shopping after. I flew home that night. It was nice hanging out with my sister.

Shakira Concert 2018

So, I went to see Shakira in San Jose on September 6, 2018. It was so much fun! I went with my cousin and we had a great time there. It was my 2nd concert ever (with the Jonas Brothers being my first 10 years ago).  It’s about a two hour drive from where I live so we left around 3 pm, hoping not to get caught in San Jose traffic. We arrived around 6 -6:15 pm (thanks to me taking the wrong turn, whoops. There was also traffic).

The first hour and a half was just the DJ playing music. I bought some swag (shorts, tank top, and necklace) while waiting for her to perform. The suspense was killing me because the concert started at 7:30 but Shakira didn’t perform until 9! It was worth the wait though because she did not disappoint. She was amazing and performed for two hours. The technology improved so much since the first concert I went to and the vibe was energetic and fun. It was also her father’s birthday that day, so we sang happy birthday to him. She performed most of her songs from her El Dorado album as well as many of her classics.

After, we ate a late dinner (at like midnight) at La Victoria Taqueria. It’s a great Bay Area chain. The food was delicious. I ordered the super carne asada burrito and my cousin ordered the vegetarian quesadilla. I’ve tried both before (3rd time eating there) and it was delicious! Plus, you just have to eat it with their orange sauce. It’s what they are known for. They even sell it by the bottle.

Anyway, that was my adventure this month.

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Disneyland November 2017

I went to Disneyland and California Adventure during Veteran’s Day weekend to celebrate my sister’s birthday. It was so much fun! It was a nice change of weather since I live in northern California. I love the warmth and sun. I am not a huge fan of cold and cloudy weather.

Anyway, the main reason why we went was that they will be closing down a lot of rides for a while to build/redesign new rides. One of them is California Screamin. They are also closing my favorite restaurant in California Adventure, the Cove Bar. They will probably open it up again after construction but I am not sure if they will be keeping the same name/food.

First day was Disneyland.  My plane landed in Orange county around 9:30 AM and we didn’t get to Disneyland until about 11AM. My sis and I took pictures and decided to eat lunch in the park. I ordered a turkey sandwich with chips and my sister ordered the grilled cheese sandwich with the tomato soup. The tomato soup was so good. Dip the grilled cheese in it, it was delicious!

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After that, we decided to go on all the rides! Space mountain, Matterhorn Bobsleds, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Tours, all of it. It was weird since it was more crowded than the last time I went back in June. The wait was longer than what I was used to. Maybe it’s because we went during Veteran’s Day weekend and Disneyland also just started their holiday season.

The rides were fun, the holiday decorations were pretty, and the castle was absolutely beautiful at night, especially with the lights! We just had to take pictures.

My sis and I ate dinner at Naples, in downtown Disney. Man, the food is expensive! Also, the waits for the other restaurants were so long. I ended up getting an eggplant parmesan dish while my sister ordered a chicken alfredo type of dish. It was pretty good but I don’t think it was worth the price that we paid for. Oh well. I knew eating at Disney was going to be expensive.

After dinner, we headed back to the park to watch the fireworks! We just had to watch the holiday themed shows.

The next day was California Adventures!

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We got up a little late and ended up getting to the park around 11. There was no line getting in, which was awesome! The first thing we did was get a fast pass for the World of Color Water show (which was holiday themed) and then we went to the Cove Bar to eat brunch.

The reason we went to the Cove Bar is because we wanted to drink the Fun Wheel drink and eat their lobster nachos. Another reason is that they will be closing down this place while they are redesigning and doing construction in the park. My guess is that it won’t be called the Cove Bar anymore once it’s done.

Anyway, we ordered the Earthquake, Fun Wheel, Lobster Nachos, spinach and artichoke dip, and the Fajita Quesadilla Rolls.

 

The food was so good but we were stuffed after eating it. I think we ordered too much and we ended up eating most of it but not all of it.

We went on the Ferris Wheel (the swinging one) and California Screamin after eating (don’t worry, it was at least a 45 minute wait for California Screamin and a 15 minute wait for the Ferris Wheel). I heard that they were going to make California Screamin the Incredibles themed, so we had to go on that at least once before they re-brand it.  The Ferris Wheel is also supposed to be replaced with Pixar characters.

We went on a lot of rides after this, including going on the Grizzly River Run 3 times in a row! There was literally no line (probably because it wasn’t warm and sunny) but the ride was still fun! We also went on Soarin Around the World, Radiator Springs Racers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and a lot more! It was fun but the waits were long. Getting fast passes were a waste too, since you could only get one every few hours and the time would be for 4 hours once you get the fast pass.

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We also ate a corn dog and churros at the park. That was our “snack” before watching the World of Color show. We got a great spot to watch it and I recorded the whole thing. I suggest going at least a half hour early to get a good spot. After all, it is holiday themed and I rarely get to go to Disneyland!

 

We were pretty much done after watching the show. We looked through the stores to buy some souvenirs. Then, we headed out and ate dinner at a sushi place!

 

Yes, there was a lot of eating out but hey, don’t restrict yourself too much while on vacation. You want to enjoy it!

The next day was pretty chill. I hadn’t gotten much sleep at all the few nights before so I slept in! Then, my sister and I went to eat Korean food. We got kimchi fried rice with cheese on it,  fried chicken, and kimbap.

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The food was delicious. I rarely eat Korean food and this was pretty good. I think the place was called Chan Chan’s. It’s in Orange county.

After, we ate ice cream at Cauldrons. It’s nitrogen ice cream! The cone is an egg puff but churro flavored! The ice cream had oreos in it. It was delicious!

 

After all the food, we went shopping at Daiso and TJ Maxx. Then, it was time for me to go home.

I had a lot of fun during my trip and at a lot of delicious food. It was a nice weekend get a way.

What’s your favorite ride at Disneyland? 

2017 – Fitness Friday 22 & 23

Happy Saturday everyone. How are you guys doing today? I am doing alright, thank you very much. I have been so busy the past couple weeks and didn’t have time to post my workouts. One reason being is that I went to Disneyland with mi novio last weekend. We had so much fun! I will be posting more about it tomorrow along with a few pictures. Right now, this post will be solely about my workouts the past two weeks.

Week of June 11, 2017

Fitness Friday 6-16-17

Week of June 18, 2017

Fitness Friday 6-23-17

As you can see, I did not workout during my trip. Walking itself gave us enough physical activity for the day.  I pretty much went right back into my routine after coming back. The first day was hard but I pushed through.

The main reason why I didn’t workout was that I didn’t want to stress myself out too much to fit in a workout. We arrived at the parks at least half an hour before it opened and got back to our hotel around 11pm. Sure, I could have got up early to workout at the gym at the hotel. However, I wouldn’t have gotten enough sleep to have the energy to go around the parks. Plus, I didn’t restrict myself either with food. I indulged and ate great food. Now, it’s back to my normal eating.

Anyway, that is it for now. My vacation recap will be up tomorrow!

How were your workouts the past two weeks?

Do you workout when on vacation?