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Cancun Vacation Part 2!

Here’s the part 2 of my Cancun trip with my little sister. We spent a day at the Mayan Ruins (Chichen Itza) on a group tour. Honestly, I didn’t really join the group listening to our tour guide because it was so hot that day and I started having a headache and I just had to stay in the shade of a tree for most of the time. I still have to google and read about the history of the Mayan Ruins/Chichen Itza because all I know is that it’s part of the 7 wonders of the world. The whole place was pretty amazing and I’m so glad we did the tour. It was such a LONG day(13 hours total to do the tour) but worth it in my opinion. It’s not everyday we get the chance to see one of the 7 wonders of the world. Sis and I also checked out downtown Cancun (reminded us of the Philippines), swam  at IkKil Cenote park, had dinner at Carlos and Charlie (so pricey!!) and the Mextreme restaurant (because we wanted some authentic mexican food,it didn’t disappoint!), we played tourists at the Coco Bongo Area, and the rest of the time we spent soaking in the sun and enjoying the beach. Their beach was really amazing, the water had a beautiful array of blue shades. We are so grateful that we got to do this, we know that not all are given the chance to experience Cancun. Thank you, Lord! Warning Ahead: Picture Overload! Enjoy:)

waiting for our tour bus

waiting for our tour bus

listening to some instructions from our tour guide

listening to some instructions from our tour guide

playa del carmen,another tourist trap place in mexico!

playa del carmen,another tourist trap place in mexico!

This is a tequila shop, reminds us of a Breaking Bad scene!

This is a tequila shop, reminds us of a Breaking Bad scene!

souvenir shop on the way to the Ruins

souvenir shop on the way to the Ruins

mexican lays!LOL

mexican lays!LOL

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WOW!

WOW!

in fairness to her,she listened to our tour guide!lol

in fairness to her,she listened to our tour guide!lol

LOL

LOL

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:)

:)

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cheap stuff here

cheap stuff here

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outside

outside the ruins

excited to see Ik Kil Cenote

excited to see Ik Kil Cenote

pic from www.worldfortravel.com

pic from http://www.worldfortravel.com/ Ik Kil Cenote

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sorry for the blurry pic,we just use an iPhone here

sorry for the blurry pic,we just used an iPhone here

tequila anyone?

tequila anyone?

 

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Coco Bongo Area

Coco Bongo Area

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:)

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I'm In Cancun!

I’m In Cancun!

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Dinner at Mextreme

Dinner at Mextreme

Our server Guilberto, this is how they carry their drinks!How cool is that?!

Our server Guilberto, this is how they carried our drinks!How cool is that?!

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yummy mexican food!

yummy mexican food!

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decisions decisions!

decisions decisions!

chocolate cake of course!

chocolate cake of course!

Playa Delfine

Playa Delfine

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Downtown Cancun

Downtown Cancun

downtown cancun

downtown cancun

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I collect starbucks mugs (places I've visited) so this was a must thing to do!

I collect starbucks mugs (places I’ve visited) so this was a must thing to do!

perfect drinks for the hot cancun weather

perfect drinks for the hot cancun weather

another day in paradise

another day in paradise

asa gakakuha ang confidence?LOL

asa gakakuha ang confidence?LOL

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Till Next time Cancun!

Till Next time Cancun!

 

Cancun Vacation Part1!

I know it’s been a while since my last post! It’s just been a little busy here so my little blog was “sacrificed”. But the major reason is that I just got back from Cancun with my younger sister,Rosell, last Sunday morning so I’m still (sort of) in vacation mode. I really had no plans to join her on her Mexico vacation but when she asked if I wanted to join her (she already paid for the hotel) and I mentioned it to Zach, he happily said YES! I was expecting a different answer especially since we plan to go somewhere next month, but he thought it was a great opportunity to spend some time with my sister and a free trip to Cancun (why not!),although it’s not totally free because my plane tickets were not cheap:(… But anyways, this is my first time to visit Cancun (I’ve been to Cozumel and Playa del Carmen) I really liked it, they make it easy for the tourists. I observed that they really clean their roads, maintain the tropical ambiance (Hotel Zone). You can tell that Tourism is their main livelihood. I can totally see myself visiting Cancun again, but I’ll have to bring my husband this time. Thanks to my sis for the Cancun treat!

We have to be in the airport 4am (flight is 6am).

We have to be in the airport 4am (flight is 6am).

No Seattle to Cancun direct flight,so I have to stop at Dallas!

No Seattle to Cancun direct flight,so I have to stop at Dallas!

hotel room selfie with sis

hotel room selfie with sis

Thanks dick for the treat!#masarapanglibre

Thanks dick for the treat!#masarapanglibre

frontal view of the hotel

frontal view of the hotel

It was gloomy on the first day! What a view!

It was gloomy on the first day! What a view!

we totally got spoiled during our stay..room service galore!

we totally got spoiled during our stay..room service galore!

gloomy first day! but Thank God the rest of the week was sunny and hot:)

gloomy first day! but Thank God the rest of the week was sunny and hot:)

hotel pool!

hotel pool!

:)

:)

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lakas maka wine!LOL

lakas maka wine!LOL

Sis!

Sis!

beer and pina colada

beer and pina colada

:)

:)

with senior frog?!

with senior frog?!

:)

:)

:)

:)

:)

:)

love the beach here!

love the beach here!

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:)

:)

gibatig ka anyag!

gibatig ka anyag!

:)

:)

:)

:)

I will make a part 2 of our trip because  (still so many pictures to share) and we visited the Mayan Ruins,swam in Ik Kil (Cenote), dinner at the Coco Bongo area! I took so many pictures and wish I can upload everything here! Hope you enjoyed the part 1 of our  vacation pictures!

 

 

 

 

Weekend Fun!

Our weekend was wet and quiet! Fall is here and it’s been a rainy weekend here in the PNW! We didn’t do a lot because Riley is still healing from his surgery so we didn’t want to leave him alone for a long time so we mostly stayed here at home. We did watch the movie “The Maze Runner” because Hubs read the book series so he wanted to see if they did them justice. He said the movie wasn’t so bad compared to the book! I enjoyed it too despite me not reading the books. After the movie, we ate at the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant because it was close to the theater and we’ve been wanting to try it. The place is like a sports bar, lots of big TVs all over the place and college football playing everywhere while we dined. The wings were good too, meaty and flavorful. I really liked my order.  I had the chicken wings with parmesan garlic sauce. The Hubs had the traditional chicken wings (buffalo hot sauce) and he said it was just OK. We also shared their fried cheese curds (my first time to have it) and it was the BOMB! I will probably go back just for that alone!

This is Zachs drink!

This is Zach’s drink (twisted margarita)!

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yummy fried cheese curd

yummy fried cheese curds

After church this morning, we had lunch at Genki Sushi at Factoria Mall because the weather is cold and wet and I “needed” some Ramen in my system!

comfort food!

comfort food!

some sushi for the Hubs!

some sushi for the Hubs!

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I got a free candle coupon from Bath and Body works and I picked this one! Smells delicious! The hubs doesn't care for this one.

I got a free candle coupon from Bath and Body works and I picked this one! Smells delicious! The hubs doesn’t care for it though.

I baked pineapple cake this evening! don't be too impressed this is just from a cake mix!

I baked pineapple cake this evening! Don’t be too impressed this is just from a cake mix!

YAY for boots season! I got this from amazon and it's so comfy! Original price:100$,I got it on sale for $20! So comfy yet cheap! My kind of deal:)

YAY for boots season! I got this from amazon and it’s so comfy! Original price: $100, I got it on sale for $20! So comfy yet cheap! My kind of deal:)

Hope you had a great weekend family and friends! I’m off to spend some time with my Hubs and my lovey Riley!

Taking Care of Riley!

Riley had a surgery last Wednesday to remove a small mass in his shoulder (we are still waiting for the analysis). We decided to have his teeth cleaned too because they gave him general anesthesia so might as well do that while he is under the meds. We’ve known about this mass for a while now,so we are prepared financially (it’s so pricey!) and we thought the mass was starting to get big. Riley is family so he is worth it! We want to make sure that he is healthy and will have many more years with us, thus we want to do all the preventative care we can for him. Right now he is recovering very well and taking pain meds and doggie antibiotics for his incision. He is back to his normal bouncy and playful self (2 days after his surgery). He is one little brave schnauzer!

we have to remove his "cone" because he was miserable the whole afternoon

we had to remove his “cone of shame” because he was miserable the whole afternoon

poor Riley!

poor Riley!

how cute is this seahawks bandana from his vet!

how cute is this seahawks bandana from his vet!

he feels much better without his "cone"

he feels much better without his “cone”

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Washington State Fair 2014!

We went to the Washington State Fair this weekend (it’s their last weekend) and it was a fun afternoon! The Hubs didn’t really want to go but I convinced him, after all we only go to this event once a year. The junk food is always a must when we go! I always get the oily curly fries and corn on the cob, even if I’m full, I gotta have it, because it’s been a tradition! We had fun watching the “Wool Riders Only”, where kids 4-7 years old ride sheep.  We also toured the barns to see the cows, goats, pigs, etc.  Despite the crazy hot afternoon and long lines we survived! Till next time WSF!

Blue Gate area!

Blue Gate area!

BACON…..

BACON…..

my hubs,mom in law, dad in law!

my hubs,mom in law, dad in law checking the goats!

my lovey!

my lovey!

Camel!

Camel!

brave little boy!

brave little boy!

2 day old piglets

2 day old piglets! SO CUTE

Elephant ears, a must junk food for my Hubs!

Elephant ears, a must have junk food for my Hubs!

smoke ribs galore!

smoked ribs galore!

enjoying some buttery corn

enjoying some buttery corn

till next time WSF!

till next time WSF!

my attempt to get a pic of mt. rainier inside the car (total fail!)

my attempt to get a pic of mt. rainier inside the car (total fail!)

Steamed Clams!

We had this Clam  dish a couple of weeks ago, and my Hubs, Zach, cooked this for us. Although I did the prep thing, like cleaning the clams (you have to make sure you really clean the clams because who wants “sandy” broth to dip their bread in?), Zach is the one who makes this for us. I just assume that whenever we have steamed clams, he’s cooking. This is such a simple and quick recipe, I think that’s why he doesn’t mind it! Anyways, Hubs tweaked this recipe by Robert Irvine from food network.  Hubs found some bargain priced moscato de’ asti that we paired with our meal!

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YUM!

YUM!

Steamed Clams (recipe:Robert Irvine)

6 dozen fresh clams (littlenecks or middlenecks, your choice)
3 tablespoons grapeseed oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup white wine
2 cups clam juice or water
Chopped parsley leaves
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)

Directions:

Wash the clams thoroughly and remove any blemishes. They should have no odor. Heat oil in a large saucepan (with a cover) over medium heat and cook garlic and onion until translucent. Add the wine and let cook for a couple of minutes to combine the flavors. Add the clams and clam juice (or water) and cover the pan for about 10 minutes until the clams open. Discard any clams that do not open and remove clams to serving bowls. Season the juices in the pan with salt and pepper to make a sauce. Pour the sauce and melted butter over the clams.

 

Saffron brûlée!

I made this brûlée last week because it’s been a while since I’ve made cream brûlée and “saffron” sounded so decadent to me that day! This recipe was just OK for me, I still prefer the Vanilla cream brûlée, I’m still glad I tried the recipe though! My Hubs liked it and so did my Father In law, so maybe I will make this next time for them.

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Saffron Brûlée (recipe: Sara Lewis)

Ingredients: (serves 6)

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1 cup light cream

1/2 teaspoon saffron threads

8 egg yolks

1/4 cup superfine sugar

1/4 cup superfine sugar,to finish

 

Procedure:

1. Pour the heavy and light creams into a saucepan, add the saffron threads, and slowly bring almost to a boil. Take off the heat and allow to stand for 15 minutes for the flavor to develop.

2. Use a fork to mix together the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl. Reheat the cream, then gradually mix it into the yolks, stirring continuously.

3. Place 6 heatproof ramekins or custard cups in a roasting pan, then strain the custard into them. Pour warm water into the roasting pan to come halfway up the sides of the dishes. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 F for 20-25 minutes, until the custards are just set with a slight softness at the center.

4. Leave the dishes to cool in the water, then lift them out and transfer to the refrigerator for 3-4 hours to chill well. About 20-30 minutes before serving, sprinkle the tops with the remaining sugar. Caramelize with a blowtorch, then leave at room temperature until ready to serve.

Boodle Fight!

I prepared Boodle Fight dinner for my friend Faye and her Husband Roger when we had them last night. It’s been a while since we had them,and we always wanted to try a Boodle fight kind of dinner so last night it finally happened! Boodle fight is a military style of eating where long tables are prepared with food on top of banana leaves (urbandictionary.com). Although our dinner was not as “authentic” because we didn’t have any banana leaves, and we used plates and forks, the boodle fight idea was there. I prepared Pork Hock Humba, Chicken wings Inasal (grilled), Chopsuey (stir fry veggies), Shrimps, Grilled pork belly, grilled bangus (milkfish). We still have left overs but it’s not a lot because the portions were just enough. We had Ube (purple yam) ice cream for dessert that Faye bought.  It was so much fun and the weather was great so we spent most of our time on our patio. I hope you had a great weekend friends!

with Faye

with Faye

with my Hubs

with my Hubs

Boodle Fight

Boodle Fight

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aftermath of our dinner!

aftermath of our dinner!

with my godson Cyrus!

with my godson Cyrus!

Jaden showing Zach some games

Jaden showing Zach some games

"modeling" with our tomatoes!

“modeling” with our tomatoes!LOL

Gave these HUGE tomatoes to Faye,I hope she will like it and will enjoy it in her scrambled eggs!hehe

Gave these HUGE tomatoes to Faye,I hope she will like them and will enjoy it in her scrambled eggs!hehe

Till the next Boodle Fight Faye and family!

Till the next Boodle Fight Faye and family!

 

Butter Chicken!

I made this Indian dish last night because my Hubs has been requesting/challenging me to make this because it’s his favorite Indian dish. So I started watching “how to” cook videos on YouTube regarding Butter Chicken. This is the recipe/video that I followed youtube vid. I had to buy a couple of spices that she used because I don’t have it in my pantry (like Garam Marsala). I did adjusted and didn’t follow her measurements specifically, like I added more brown sugar,more cream, etc. In her video, she used chicken breast while I used thigh(it’s just our preference). My Hubs enjoyed it a lot, I think he said it’s OK with him if I’ll cook this once a week:) I’m glad that the dish turned out great,because this is my second time cooking Indian food (I cooked Tandoori Chicken before) and it’s kinda hard if you’re not familiar with some of the spices they use in their cooking. It encourages me to try other dishes when the recipe isn’t a disaster!

preparing some of the ingredients

preparing some of the ingredients

marinating for 2 hours

marinating for 2 hours

bad picture(i really need to practice taking pics)

bad picture(i really need to practice taking pics)

i think she used cilantro for garnish,i used parsley (its what i have in the garden)

i think she used cilantro for garnish,i used parsley (its what i have in the garden)

my happy Hubs

my happy Hubs

Grocery Hauls!

I went to 3 Grocery stores this week because QFC (I rarely shop there) had a pretty good deal on their “mix and match” promo. I’ve read in some couponers/bloggers that this is the time to visit the store because some of the products have “rock” bottom prices. I hardly use coupons now so I was interested to see if they still have cheap prices even without coupons. So after we had dinner at the Outback, I asked the Hubs to go check it out with me. We got a lot of his fave cereals.  We stocked up actually because they were like $1.50 each (with coupons, it’s probably $1). He normally has cereal twice a week, so this will last him for a while.

I paid $44 and saved like $71 (i can't find the receipt),but Im sure I paid $44.

I paid $44 and saved like $71 (i can’t find the receipt),but Im sure I paid $44.

I had rewards points that will expire today,so I wanted to use them.  I went to walgreens and wasn’t really planning on buying a specific product. I was planning to get coffee (they’re on sale) because we always drink coffee, or I can send it to the PI in my next balikbayan box. When I checked the clearance they had their detergent soap for very cheap prices,so I grabbed a few and decided to just forget the coffee! I got 4 cheap lipsticks too($2.50 each,on sale for 69 cents), and packing tape (for packing balikbayan boxes).

I paid $9.92 for all,the receipt says I saved $31.50/79% savings

I paid $9.92 for all,the receipt says I saved $31.50/79% savings

After Wags,off I go to Fred Meyer (they’re just in the same area) to get some ingredients for butter chicken. My hubs requested it this week,and I’ve been looking at Youtubes videos on how to make it. It’s his favorite Indian cuisine and I really wanted to do something nice to him especially that he’s really busy at work and lots of meetings and decisions to make this week!

I paid $34, I did use store coupons and most of what I bought was on sale.

I paid $34. I did use store coupons and most of what I bought was on sale.

Happy Shopping and Savings Friends!

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