BLACKPINK North American Tour!

Did anyone else see BLACKPINK’s performance on Good Morning America and the Stephen Colbert Show?!  They did great!

Apparently, they announced on The Stephen Colbert show their North American tour, which I just checked out and am bummed to know they aren’t headed to the Bay Area.  Also, most of their shows are on a Wednesday night, which isn’t something my husband and I can just take off because we have jobs and other responsibilities to tend to during the week.

For those interested in seeing them perform, below are their tour dates:

April 17 — The Forum, Los Angeles, California
April 24 — Allstate Arena Chicago, Illinois
April 27 — Firstontario Centre Hamilton, Ontario
May 1 — Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
May 5 — Infinite Energy Arena, Atlanta, Georgia
May 8 — Forth Worth convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas

Don’t forget that they’re also performing in Coachella.  Unfortunately, those tickets are already sold out though.

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Another 3-day Weekend for the U.S.

Hello!  Just dropping in to say hey it’s been awhile!

I am so excited for another 3-day weekend!  Work hasn’t been too crazy so I haven’t had to crave time off like I did last year.  However, I am excited to take advantage of the long weekend and use it to build more content for this blog.  We are planning to see a comedy show on Friday, which is exciting because our last date night was a month ago when we saw a Kpop show in San Francisco.  This time the comedy show is in Livermore, which will make the drive a nightmare because of traffic, but also an adventure since we don’t go there that often.  Other than that, we plan to drive around aimlessly and go where our hearts desire.  Please stay tuned for future pictures and content around the Bay Area!

As for a life update, lately, it’s been raining over here and from weather forecasts it doesn’t look to be letting up.  It’s definitely stopped me from taking walks outside and halted my husband from de-cluttering his mom’s garage. YES, it’s still a mess.  But a little less so than before.  Unfortunately, she’ll be coming back this Tuesday from the Philippines so the idea of thoroughly cleaning her garage will stall unless both are ready to come to an agreement as to what can stay or be trashed.

Anyway, please stay tuned for future content!

 

 

Fort Casey on Whidbey Island, Washington

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This was kind of a cool place to explore back in November last year.  My dad lives on Whidbey Island and his wife gave us a little tour around Fort Casey, which is a Washington State Park and historic district.  It was really cool getting to see old historical bunkers and how they form into the landscape.  We didn’t get to explore much of the grounds, but from what I gather, on a sunny day this place looks awesome for a picnic.  The park boasts of 999 acres of land so there is definitely a lot to explore.

For those visiting Seattle, I would recommend doing a day trip to one of Washington’s surrounding islands.  Whidbey Island is a cute Navy town, but there are others like San Juan Islands or Orca for whale watching and/or kayaking.

 

January 2019 Favorites

This isn’t travel related, again, but I love watching monthly favorites from Youtubers.  So I thought I’d do the same thing in this blog post.

January was actually a good month for us despite the government shutdown.  Thankfully, we were not affected.  My mother-in-law flew to the Philippines for vacation and initially we were concerned TSA would be a problem, but surprisingly, my MIL went threw security fairly quickly and had no problems at all.

But anyway, some of my favorites in January would be:

  • The fact that I was only sick for the first week of January and not the whole month like last year calls for attention.  Last year, I couldn’t even leave our apartment to go on walks because I was coughing for two months.
  • Seeing the kpop group Winner in San Francisco.  I’m hooked on Kpop and can’t wait to see more shows this year.  We wanted to see Red Velvet in February but the tickets in L.A. sold out quickly.  They did add another show, but prices are selling for $172 a person.  We’re hoping to see Blackpink though so fingers crossed they perform in Cali.
  • Paris Baguette’s blueberry scone.  For those who live near a Paris Baguette, I highly recommend you try their blueberry scone.  It’s so good you won’t regret it!  It’s definitely a modern take on scones.
  • Harrod’s Online.  I wasn’t planning to buy a designer bag anytime soon, but when I saw how much Harrod’s was selling a few designer bags for a couple of hundred dollars less than the same bag sold here in the U.S., I jumped at the opportunity.  It was my first purchase ever outside the country and I was on pins and needles waiting for my bag to arrive.  I didn’t know anything about paying customs duty, but thankfully Harrod’s takes care of all that.  At least for U.S. customers.  All in all, my bag took a week until it arrived at my doorstep, and because of such an easy transaction, I plan to buy more from Harrod’s in the future.

Marie Kondo Help Please!

Sorry if this is not related to traveling. Please feel free to skip the post.

My husband is trying to help his mom clean up her house. We are starting in the garage first, but as you can see it’s kind of overwhelming. With her away to the Philippines we have this opportunity to clean up the place in peace.

Just a little back story, her husband passed away in late 2017 and we’ve been trying to help her sort out her house, except the griefing process sort of got in the way. We let her be in 2018, but at some point we’re supposed to move in because it’s something my husband promised his father after his passing. We’re still not moved in, but my husband wants to keep his promise, which is why we’re here trying to clear some space and clean things up so we can move in.

The ‘Blood Moon’ in this Part of the World

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Unfortunately we didn’t get to see it.  It was pouring rain over here in the Bay Area and visibility was pour because of cloud coverage.  It definitely hindered what little motivation we had to check out the eclipse.  For those who did, I hope you found it exciting!

On a side note, I’m so happy for a 3-day weekend.  We don’t get much time off over here in the U.S.  The standard for most small business owners is to give 2 weeks vacation a year and about 9 to 10 paid holiday days.  I work for a small architecture firm and those are my benefits.  Martin Luther King Jr. day so happens to be one of the days I get off including my husband so we are just enjoying the 3-day weekend together.  So far it’s been a fantastic weekend starting off with a Kpop concert in San Francisco followed by a visit to Monterey.  I think we’re just going to end the long weekend by relaxing at home.

Thanks for stopping by to read this post.  I hope you enjoy the start of your week!