Seattle 2018

I’m sorry that this is a late post. It’s been almost a month since the trip but I’ve been too busy to post. So, here it goes!

I wanted to start off by saying that mi novio and I chose the perfect weekend to go to Seattle. Why? Well, the weather was perfect! We went during Memorial Day weekend. It didn’t rain at all and the weather wasn’t cold. It was nice and sunny! I couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather during a vacation, especially in Seattle.

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We flew into Seattle early Saturday morning. We landed in Seattle around 10 AM and then took the link to downtown Seattle. The link is what they call the light-rail. It’s so much nicer than the light-rail in the city I live in.

The first thing we did was check into our hotel. They were so nice to let us check in early! We went out to eat after because we were STARVING. I decided on Din Tai Fung, since I tried their southern California location and the chain is based on Seattle. They are known for their xiao long bao, which I ordered, of course. We also ordered the shrimp fried rice with shrimp and soup. The food was so so. I expected it to be better since the chain is based off of Seattle. Oh well!

After that, we hopped on the link and took it to the University of Washington Arboretum. Man, did I wear the wrong clothes for this part of the trip. The weather was pretty nice but I wore a light long sleeve dress and short boots w/ leggings. I was so hot! The Arboretum was really nice though and I got a good walk in. I really wish I wore tennis shoes along with jeans and a t shirt. I would have been more comfortable walking.

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After that, we ubered to the Columbia Center to go on the Sky View Observatory.  I heard that the view from there was supposed to be nice. The building was really tall and it did give a really nice view of the city. However, I do not recommend coming if you decide to go to the Space Needle instead. The Sky View Observatory was inside but they had windows  you look out from to see the city. It was an okay view but I would not recommend it.

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We headed to our hotel after to rest for a bit and then headed out for dinner. We went to this rooftop restaurant called Terra Plata. They source their food locally, which is nice. We ordered fries, a burger, and spaghetti. The food was alright, not the greatest. Monday night is paella night, so I would go there again to try that out.

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The next day was so much more fun. We ate breakfast at a local bakery called Sugar Bakery & Cafe. I ate their veggie breakfast sandwich with coffee with the novio ordered a chocolate croissant. After that, we started our day. We purchased their CityPass (I highly suggest buying it) and we went to visit a lot of places. We started off with going on the Space Needle, which was pretty cool. We totally lucked out on the weather, since there was not a cloud in the sky! We went when they were still remodeling but 70% of the Space Needle was still open. They made it all glass so that you can see the entire view of Seattle and take selfies easier. No bars or anything obstructing the view.

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After that, we headed to the Pacific Science Center, which was pretty awesome. Mi novio and I could have stayed their for hours. It may seem like it’s for little kids, with all the mini activities they had in there. But, it was so much fun learning about all science. They had a butterfly garden. They had things about dinosaurs, planets, insects, the human body, etc. We spent a good 3-4 hours there before we got hungry and went to eat a late lunch. We went to eat at a close-by sports bar/restaurant and their food was pretty good. We ordered a veggie pizza, nachos, and a bowl of clam chowder. Delicious!

We decided to go to the Museum of Pop Culture after eating. To be honest, I did not really enjoy this museum. They did have cool figures and things related to Pop Culture (back in the 80s/90s) but it wasn’t for my generation. They referenced Star Treck, Nrivana, some old style video games, etc. The only section that interested me the most was their sound lab, where you could play the guitar, drums, and other instruments and sing. They had individual rooms that were like recording studios and each room had either an instrument or you can sing. They teach you how to play simple chords to old songs.

We were pretty tired after and decided to go to the food court area to sit and rest for a bit. We even bought a mocha to get some energy. If you guys haven’t noticed, it’s hard to drink water while you’re on vacation. I definitely did not drink enough water. We went to the Space Needle after that to see the sunset view of it (you get two visits with the CityPass). It was worth it since it was nice having the sunset in the background.

The next day, I worked out in the morning. Then, we got ready and started off with going to the first Starbucks! Of course, there was a long line. Once it was my turn to order, I just got plain coffee since I did not want to wait in the other line for a fancy coffee drink. It was a nice little store and the employees are used to it.

After, we started heading to the Water Front and stopped by one of the shops to buy a muffin to share while walking to the water front. We wanted to catch the first cruise of the Harbor Cruise, as it’s usually less crowded. It was a nice, one hour cruise around the bay. We ordered popcorn and I got a glass of wine, because why not? It was a nice ride and we learned more about Seattle. We got a great view of the bay.  There was no rain and it was only partly cloudy. What more could I ask for?

It was lunch time by the time we got off the cruise. We went to eat at Ivar’s Acres of Clams for lunch. It was on the Water Front. We lucked out that it wasn’t that busy when we got there and got a window seat! We ordered a bowl of clam chowder, I ordered the Wild Coho Salmon and Crab Cake Combo, and the novio ordered fish n chips. The food was delicious. The clam chowder was one of the best I’ve ever eaten thus far.

We went to the Seattle Aquarium after. Mi novio wanted to see sharks, but there weren’t any. However, they had lots of other sea creatures that were cool to look at it. It was small compared to the Monterey Bay Aquarium here in California. However, it was a nice little aquarium and we didn’t spend as much time there as I thought we would.

After, we bought a brownie and coffee in their cafe for a snack. We walked around the aquarium again to see if we had missed anything. After that, we left and walked around the Water Front. We decided to go on the Wings Over Washington. It a “flying theater”, very similar to California Adventure’s Soarin Over the World. We enjoyed it but it costed a lot. We thought about going on the Great Wheel after but decided not to. We walked around the Water Front more, went to a small souvenir shop, and then we got hungry for dinner. We decided to eat at Red Robin, since it was already on the Water Front. We also wanted a little cheaper option for food. It was yummy.

After, we wanted to go finally explore Pike’s Market but we realized it already closed by the time we finished eating dinner. We decided to uber to the Chihuly Garden and Glass, since we didn’t choose that place for our CityPass. Meaning, we paid for the admission fee since we used the CityPass on other attractions. I am glad we decided to go to the glass museum instead of heading back to the hotel.

The Chiihuly Garden and Glass was probably one of my other favorite places we visited. I’m so happy we decided to go there. Dale Chihuly is a glass artist and all of his glass art displayed there was amazing and beautiful. We spent a good time there before heading back to the hotel.

The next day, we did nothing but relax. We slept in and I worked out at the hotel fitness center. We got ready after my workout and we went to eat brunch at a burger place in front of our hotel. We didn’t feel like doing anything since we’d have to carry our luggage around if we went to another attraction. We took the link back to the airport after and chilled at the airport. Then, we ate at Anthony’s, which is another seafood restaurant that’s popular in Seattle. It was at the airport though but the food was still yummy. We ordered a clam chowder, salmon burger, and fish n chips. Guess who ate the fish n chips (the novio).

After finishing our meal, it was basically time to go on our flight. We had about half an hour to rest before boarding, allowing our food to digest some before the flight.

It was a nice vacation and I’m happy we went. I can’t wait for our vacation next year. Any suggestions?

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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 33 (on a Saturday)

It’s Saturday everyone. How are you guys doing today? I’m doing great, thank you very much. I am really enjoying my new job and learning a lot of new things!

Anyway, here were my workouts for the week. I didn’t do my long run this week, sadly.

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I did run a little more this week. And I also have my long run tomorrow.

In other news, I can’t believe I haven’t posted any pictures here of my trip last month. I finally posted most of them on Instagram, if you guys want to follow me on Instagram. Here are some pictures from my trip. I had so much fun!

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That’s it for now!

How were your workouts this past week? 

Any tips on half marathon training? 

2017 – Fitness Friday 27 & 28 (on a Sunday)

Happy Sunday everyone. How are you guys doing today? I’m doing great. I went on vacation with my family the past week, which is why I haven’t posted in a while. We went to the East Coast and traveled to New Jersey, New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Niagara Falls, Montreal, Quebec, and all over the place. We joined a tour. We had such a great time. My favorite was Niagara Falls!

To be honest,  I only worked on once during my vacation (the circuit workout). You know what? That is okay with me. I started back up with my workouts after I came back. I will also post an updated half marathon training plan. It won’t be too different from what I had originally posted.

Anyway, before I get into anything else, here are the workouts I did do while I was gone.

Week of July 16, 2017 (vacation started on Wednesday)

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Week of July 23, 2017

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It did feel nice to take a week off from working out. I feel like every once in a while, it’s okay to take a week off from working out. It’ll give your body a break and you will feel more motivated to workout once you take that break.

Anyway, that is it for now.

Do you workout while on vacation?

Where do you want to vacation to? 

Disneyland 2017 Recap

I can’t believe it. It’s been almost five or more years since I went to Disneyland and finally, I went again the past weekend, after five years. I went with mi novio and we had a blast!

So, we decided to fly in Saturday night so that we could have Sunday and Monday free to just go to Disneyland and California Adventure. We flew back home Tuesday afternoon.

Since my sister is going to school in Irvine (in the same county as Disneyland), I visited with her the night we flew in. We went to the Anaheim Packing District for a late dinner (plane landed around 8 pm). The packing district has a lot of food vendors you can buy food from. It’s like a huge food court.

I ordered a beer from the Iron Press and their Spicy Chicken Waffle Sandwich. My sister got the same. Mi novio also ordered a hotdog from Doggone Good. The beer was pretty good but the food was alright. I was expecting more from it.

The next morning was Disneyland! Our hotel was about a mile and half away and we decided to take a shuttle instead of walking there. It would have been good exercise though to walk.

We arrived at the park half an hour before it opened and a long line had already formed. We didn’t have to wait too long though and then we were let into the park a little early. We decided to hit up the rides first since it was early and there wouldn’t be too many people in line. We hit up the Buzz Light Year ride, which had no wait at all. And we also went on the Star Tours and Space Mountain. We didn’t have to wait too long for the rides and it was pretty fun! It was mi novio’s first time going. We took pictures, I bought a Disney shirt and we got Birthday buttons and my boyfriend got the 1st visit button they give you. You have to ask someone at one of the stores to get the buttons but it’s free!

We hit up other rides too, including Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean. We ended up eating lunch at Hungry Bear restaurant at the park but the food was okay. I ordered the burger while mi novio ordered their chicken sandwich. The food didn’t taste anything special but it did full us up.

We hit up a few more rides after and went back to the hotel to rest for a bit. We went back during dinner time and ate Uva Bar at Downtown Disney for dinner. We went back to the park after and went on a few more rides before watching the Electric Parade and the fireworks show. It was pretty nice.

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The next day was California Adventure. I mistakenly thought the park opened at 8am so we got there around 7:30. It turns out, the park opened at 9! Whoops! It worked out at the end because we didn’t have to wait long at all to go on the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride (it replaced Tower of Terror). My friends went a couple weeks ago and said the wait for the ride was about 3 hours. We barely even waited 10 minutes once we got there. The ride is essentially the same with the drops but has different decorations and of course, a different story line. I really liked the ride. Mi novio was terrified at first from the first drop, but he ended up liking it.

After that, we took some pictures with Spiderman and in front of the obligatory pier picture in front of the Ferris Wheel and California Screamin.

We went on California Screamin and it’s one of my favorite rides! It started to get hot so we bought ice cream. We went other other rides after and then ate lunch at the Cove Bar. I got there Fun Wheel Drink CB Lobster Nachos, and their Quesadilla Rolls. All were delicious! The cocktail was pretty good as well, plus it looked pretty.

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We hit up other rides as well after lunch and then of course, took a little break and went back to the hotel. Toy Story MidWay Mania, Radiator Springs Racer, and Mickey’s Fun Wheel, and Golden Zepher were some of the rides we went on before taking a break. We went back and went on other rides, including Soarin Around the World and Monster’s Inc.

We watched the World Of Color show and it was a great show. We didn’t get the best place to watch it but we were still able to watch it. It was so pretty! After the show, we shopped for souvenirs and went back to the hotel. It was pretty late when we ate dinner and decided to just get Domino’s Pizza delivered.

Tuesday was just getting ready to head back home. We ended up eating at CoCo’s Bakery Restaurant for brunch before leaving (we slept in because we woke up early to go to the parks). The food was actually pretty good. I ordered an omelette with hashbrowns. It came with a coffee cake as well. All were delicious!

So, that was what we did at Disneyland and we had so much fun! I ended up not working out but realistically, I could have. I just didn’t want to stress out about working out and eating healthy. After all, it’s vacation!

Have you guys been to Disneyland before? 

If so, what’s your favorite ride?