Sunday, March 29, 2020

Valentine ❤️ by COIN | #LSS 🎢🎀#OnRepeat

I have limited talent on singing, let alone memorizing song lyrics. That's probably why Korean and Chinese drama OSTs work for me...perfectly! If you've been reading my blog since 10 years ago, you would know that I tend to obsessively be a die hard fan of stuff I adore. Think Bubba on his love and adoration for shrimps. I can talk about "my shrimps" all day, passionately. I'm no music expert, but since I tend to overthink stuff (to a fault), it limits my playlist choices especially on English songs. Hah. Of course, I do keep the music we grew up with. Music and lyrics (message) matter. Although, for my Korean and Chinese songs, which make 90% of my playlist on Apple Music, not only they're euphonious but mostly I connect them to the dramas and the whirlwind of emotions I had while watching them. Anyhow, I love Coldplay. I don't remember if I wrote about seeing them in a concert. But I did. Big check on my Bucket List, and just because I'm Bubba, I can watch them over and over again. But proudly, I'm no one-track mind, I'm so open to new things. I'm easily charmed. My fan girl heart is big. Like after meeting Lawson and hearing Where My Love Goes, I'm sold! Anyhow, since we're Team Stay Home, we can all use a good and nice song to sing along with. My current fave is Valentine by COIN. 

Fancy meeting you, COIN. I already love you just because we have a #Seoulful connection. Hah. 

And you value Valentine's Day as much as I do. 

And then there's Valentine in their recently released Dreamland Album. Super LSS.


You ever love something so much it hurts? 
You ever love something so much it hurts? 
Yeah You ever love something so much it hurts? 
You ever love something so much it hurts? 

Rosa's Trattoria and Bar Tulare, CA | #ChicSassyMomEats

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Hello, friends! πŸ€—I truly hope when this all ends, there'll be thousand versions and flavors of lemonade choices out there in the world to cater to everyone's preferences...surprise us, universe! This unexpected stop at Tulare was such one lemonade.

Side story. If you are following me in IG @chicsassymom , you would know that my last IG post prior to Friday's was my business trip to LA. I took the flight in the city, but would ride with them on our way back since hubby made instant plans in LA.  On our way home to San Francisco, we had car trouble...worst nightmare! I was upset. We were upset. Our car can only take so much mileage. We had been traveling weekend after weekend. Silver lining is we have Triple A Premier Membership that covers 200 miles free towing services.  Best decision ever. I tell you, without it, the tow will cost you thousands, more or less $10/mile. We were 400 miles away from home. Except it was a Sunday, they will only drop it off to a repair shop. They will only cover halfway of the trip. We have to split the trip. Husband using his first, and the second leg of the tow, will be my member's benefits. There's no exact 200 miles, and there's nothing in I-5, so we had to find something. Tulare was it. There'll be extra miles to cover out of pocket. We had no choice. And so, we started to head out to Tulare. I tell you, I love to eat. I'm a gourmand. I find joy in eating. It comforts me. We needed it. Starving, we Yelp-ed the best Italian restaurants in Tulare. And we found Rosa's.

Rosa's Trattoria and Bar Since 1962, Tulare, California 
Hours drive, we all need a nice place to recoup and eat. It was one stressful day, and we're only halfway home. Rosa's didn't disappoint. Warm and cozy. The service was superb. Buon Appetito!πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

Saturday, March 28, 2020

#StayHome , Blog and Remain Hopeful

Annyeong, cinggu! πŸ€—It has been a while. When I started this blog 10 years ago (wow!), it was right about that time of my stint as a stay-at-home mom (SAHM), I did it for two years. It was a wonderful experience. I was thankful for it and for a lot of things (see my first ever post). And here we are, I'm writing my first post after 5 months,  just because, we all find ourselves, staying at home. I'm still here, chasing California dreams. 2019 happened. Life, as we usually knows it, happens, and then this...dire, desolating, disheartening, but still we must remain hopeful.

Before coronavirus hit US, unknowingly we were getting our fill of vacationing... a weekend in Tahoe, LA, Las Vegas, then Yosemite. On our way were fields of almond blossoms, as far as your eyes can see. We did a quick photo op, it was beautiful. Last year, we went to Seattle, it was already after the Cherry Blossom season. Because I can't be in Japan, we made plans to go back this year to Seattle to see the blossoms. The almond blossoms are as captivating but I was still looking forward to see cherry blossoms in Seattle, but as we all know, we can't... for now! But it's spring time. Let hope springs.

Fields of Almond Blossoms in Modesto, CA
It is a difficult time. Full of uncertainties. I'm writing just because my heart is about to burst, with anxiety, worries, fears, and sadness. There is no escaping this. Sometime whenever I find life here in California challenging (homesickness is real, people! hah), I have a backup plan that always makes me courageous, I can always pull a card where we can always go back home to the Philippines. I don't have that even. It scares me that USA is scrambling. Social distancing and sheltering in place are such difficult feats. Telework for somebody who's doing field sales for yearsss is hard. How can I stay still?! I can only watch so much Korean and Chinese dramas on weekend. I'm normally a homebody, but again, the thought that you can decide not to be one for the day comforts you that there is something out there. That too is gone. So when you overthink given the limited options, it gives me shortness of breath, no pun intended. But still, we must do it! There's a war going on, our front liners are risking their lives. For us non-essential workers, we must stay at home. Everyday, I hope that let today be a busy, productive and may it always remains a pleasantly uneventful day. I pray for courage to remain hopeful. This too shall pass. 

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Navigating Existential Crisis when No Korean Drama works | #ChicSassyMomxUSA

Oh hello, hello! I'm okay! πŸ‘ŒπŸ»Fret not on the post title, I have a flair of being dramatic. πŸ˜…I'm on a crisis mode because I felt a sudden disconnect with my Korean and CDramas (ottoke πŸ₯Ίwhat to post on my IG @noonades?!). Backstory. Oh well, some dreams are too awesome not to chase, so here we are on our 29th month chasing our California dreams. Life here, it seems can be amazing, but it's not easy. There are trade offs, heartaches and sacrifices aplenty. It's basically life as we know it, so what's not to like, or love even. I just have to live in the moment. I find comfort on my "me-time", which before I get from my drama marathons. (Let's call it out, shall we, I'm a 38 year-old ahjumma and proud fangirl! πŸ™‹πŸ»‍♀️πŸ˜…✌🏻) But now, nothing works...I don't feel blissful watching anything. 😭 I can even go on days not watching anything!!! Please help me, cinggu! I need inspiration.

I am a Capricorn, naturally, so no rest for my old soul. But I daresay I'm aging gracefully, just because I'm so vain (kikay forever) and I'm so committed on my skincare routine.  More often than not, I now dress the part too. Hah.

#OOTD I adore Fall outfits! I love Tory Burch Boots ❤️πŸ‘’
I'm so pleasantly busy with work, and our little family of three is so used to the daily grind of living here with nothing better to do except work, school for Chaseyboy, do house chores, family bonding for a moment or two, and then "me-time".  The upside, because I don't watch dramas as I do before, I have time to go to the gym. Here's the real trivial problem... the bad side, I miss work, I miss the busy exchange of calls, emails and text. I must be crazy!!! I can easily pass as somebody who doesn't have a life! I am officially a workaholic!!! Weekends are super lazy, unless I go out shopping (that's worse!), the worst part, the only way to make Chaseyboy (my 9th grade son) go out is to bring him out shopping too! So here's my recourse, just so I don't end up bothering co-workers, or shopping, I'll write a post or two! Let's do this! Aja! ✌πŸ»πŸ™ŒπŸ»

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Nordstrom Rack Haul | #ChicSassyMomFinds

Hello, hope you're all okay. πŸ‘ŒπŸ»I've been pleasantly busy with real life drama and yes, I'm okay with it. Oh well, life happens, I live in the moment.  Weekends though, to no surprise, are spent shopping. Funny, this is our family bonding time. Oh my. Lately, I've been compelled to buy dresses and jumpsuits too...whenever I see Petite, my heart skips a beat!πŸ˜…

My kind of dress...arms and legs covered but with see through laces.  
Oh, good news... for those who've been following me, I've been forever dieting, I actually went two sizes down, from size US 10 to 6. With my current dedication, hah, I feel like I can even push it to size 4. Aja! The bad news, some outfits I got were size 10, so I have to find time to make sure I wear them. And no, I cannot return them, I was too excited and I pulled out all the tags.

Petite Jumpsuits. Yay! I adore these. I can't wait to wear them. #OOTD soon
Below is my fave black dress. I feel pretty.

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I didn't do dress before, I dread it. I have too many rules. But after my last soiree, I want more occasions to dress up. I love shopping at Nordstrom Rack, it's like the thrills of the search for that one perfect dress. So get up, dress up, show up and never give up! Aja! πŸ™ŒπŸ»
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