The best Valentine’s Day ever!!!!! <3 :)
The best Valentine’s Day ever!!!!! <3 :)
Yes, I have disappeared in the black abyss called my life since I got the good news of Gojira’s visa being approved. :P The consulate officer he dealt with was apparently very sweet and told him not to be nervous and he was then able to answer all the questions she asked him. He actually thanked me and told me how grateful he was for me because I had searched the internet high and low for all the possible questions they would ask him at the interview. I had provided him a list of all those questions with all the answers in order to prepare him. not that he didn’t know the answers but it was easy for him to remember facts and the time of events in our relationship.
It took two weeks for the good news to actually sink in. And I think it’s still in the “sinking in” process. I was literally in heaven and then of course the panic of what’s going to happen hit me next. Not panic of him coming, but things to do before he gets here, like filing papers, looking for driving schools for him, getting his employment authorization forms, applying for marriage licenses, getting his wedding band made etc. etc. There’s also a particular order that everything needs to be done in. Like I need to be married before I apply for health insurance so that our premiums will hopefully be cheaper. But then I can’t enroll him for driving school before getting the insurance cuz it would be a big risk to do that.
I had also been thinking that with so much waiting and turmoil that we’ve been through we would want some alone time before we get down to all this business. Kind of a breather before we get into all the complications and matters of settling him down. So I started looking for jacuzzi suites in santa barbara. I found some really good deals for a two night stay with the view of the ocean and complimentary breakfast. seemed like the most affordable getaway plan I could manage and within close driving distance.
I happened to mention it to my Mom that I was looking for a quick getaway after the court marriage and she found me a steal deal with Orbitz where I get a 7 night stay in Las Vegas for 400 something bucks which includes two free tickets to a Vegas show. Just thinking about a week of alone time with him sounded so much better than our initial Santa Barbara plans! So Gojira and I decided to take up the offer to Vegas in the last week of Feb. We’re staying at the Excalibur which is a hotel shaped like a castle!! (Yes for the Prince and Princess to come and stay <3)
My excitement soared to ecstasy as I realized the selection of free Vegas show tickets included quite a few Cirque du Soleil shows. They also had Disney’s Lion King and a couple of not so famous shows as well. I have been in love with Cirque du Soleil ever since I saw their “O” show back in 2000. It was so majestic and beautiful.. acrobatic flips and dives on the trapeze dangling high above the stage and then suddenly they let go and drop to what you think is their final plummet to death but the stage synchronized with their moves opens up into a huge pool where they begin to do synchronized swimming.. the whole show doesn’t even start on stage. you’re looking waiting, watching and if suddenly something moving catches your eye above and a gorgeous woman has contorted her body within a chandelier and is as if emerging from a cocoon, waking up to the world… this is not even half of it.. i can’t even begin to explain how amazing this show is. so go see this once in a lifetime experience if you can..
I told Gojira just a few months back that one day I would take him to see it. It was such a life changing experience for me. I seriously would have chosen “O” again just to give Gojira the experience of seeing what I saw.. but “O” wasnt available in the choices offered. They had Ka, Zumanity, Love, Elvis, Criss Angel and some others. So basically the final selection came down to Ka and Zumanity. Since this was going to be our getaway after our court marriage and the fact that this is the month of love (Februaryyyy), and we have a lot of ermm… “catching up to do” it only made perfect sense to me in choosing Zumanity. I saw the preview on their website and it looks as sensual and sexy as it sounds. It sounds stupid but I was even more intrigued thinking about the fact that this will be my first topless show that I’ll be going to see. Ooh La La.. hahah.. Zumanity is the 2 words Humanity and Zoo put together.. This is because the show is like a zoo exhibit of sensual human desire, on display for the world to see.
I checked out a couple of reviews on this show and it seems like the women like it better. I know Gojira was somewhat interested in Criss Angel’s show but he let me choose Zumanity cuz he know I wanted to see it so badly! :)
Besides the show I’m excited to take Gojira around to see the attractions in Vegas. Finally, Finally, Finally he’ll be right next to me experiencing life with me.. holding hands, kissing, walking together.. it’s gonna be so exciting to get to be a normal couple and transition from long distance couple to a regular one that goes on dates, argues about which route is faster when rushing through traffic, yelling “honey I’m home” when racing through the door after a hard day at work. haha yes I’m corny I know.
My favorite Vegas attraction is hands down the Bellagio Fountains. When I saw them for the first time it was Christmas and I got to see them synchronized to “Carol Of The Bells”.
I’m looking forward to visiting attractions like these and having our picture taken in front of all of them.. (I’m definitely going to kiss him in front of the fountains ;) We are honestly going to be on a tight budget since we’ll have a lot of expenses with getting him settled here in the US. But I don’t think its going to matter. There are plenty of things to do and see in Vegas without shelling out a fortune. I’ve also scoured through Yelp reviews for good street food and cheap dining options. So far I’ve found a crepe place,a hot dog and hamburger place, a hot sandwich place, a falafel place and a few others. I was surprised and even more kicked that there are certain restaurants that offer secret dishes that are off the menu during graveyard hours. You have to specifically request for the dish and only then do you get the option. For example at a restaurant called Mr. Lucky’s 24/7 at the Hard Rock Hotel, there is a steak and shrimp special for $7.77. And thought neither he or I are big drinkers I know once or twice we will want to get our drink on. I found some places that offer $1 frozen margaritas and jello shots! woo hoo!! and of course I’m hoping I will find a good bar tender that can make Gojira’s favorite drink. A White Russian. Till date he hasn’t found the perfect one. I hope Vegas will be the place he can get a good drink like that :)
We decided to a small splurge on um… adult toys to take with us to Vegas. I don’t even want to think about what customs is gonna do when they check our bags. ball gag, check… racy lingerie, check…horse whip, check… LOL! :P
Anyways that’s all I have to report now.. Oh yeah and we’re going to IHOP’s for Valentine’s Day.. Yes my Romeo specifically booked his flight so he would be here in time for Valentine’s day. and yeah I love IHOP. never been there for dinner though.. it was funny cuz he was cribbing and complaining at first but when I showed him their menu from the IHOP website and showed him that they had steak he was like OK I’m In. lol… all u need is steak to make a man happy :P jk.. but yeah we need to be cheap and chirpy for some time till he can start working and most of the big expenses are out of the way.. But looking at their menu and from experiencing their breakfast menu I know they won’t let me down!
Gojira’s been busy doing all the shopping to prepare for coming here.. Just 10 days more and he’ll be in my arms. He bought a really hot cybershot camera for us (just in time for our Vegas trip!) He also bought me a sari to wear in my sister’s wedding which will be in May. He has really good taste so I’m excited to see what it looks like. I begged and pleaded for him to send me pics of it or to tell me the color of it but he was as tight lipped as a I dont know what??!!! lol.Then he got me a “Dreaming” Tommy Hilfiger perfume… It sounds really nice and pretty from the review. He’s also getting me a fancy watch I can wear for formal occasions. So exciting!! He’s bought me a few sandals, heels and brown boots! Never have I been so pampered, just love feeling this attention on me.. I don’t think anyone’s ever paid this much attention to me.. I’m not so much a materialistic person but feels nice to be loved :D I finally had to tell him today not to buy me anymore stuff!! jeez he’s not gonna have room to pack it all silly boy… Can’t believe we’re at the 10 day countdown.. This week’s flying by so I’m not complaining. Last week was really slow.. I think with so much to do and plan and think the days will go by quickly..
Gonna drive down to LAX to pick him up from the airport next Saturday so I’ve been told to practice driving on the highway.. so practice starts tonight after work. Today when I practice I’ll be alone but I think I can do it.. I’m more comforted that mom will be in the car with me on my drive to LAX but it’s a matter of pride that I’LL be the one driving to pick up my man from the airport. Can’t wait to get all dolled up for him that day.
Life is really, really good right now. Since I posted this there’s only 8 days left.. woohoo… can’t wait for all the excitement <3
PEOPLE IF U’VE BEEN TO VEGAS PLEASE PLEASE LET ME KNOW SOME TIPS OR ADVICE ABOUT DINING, GOING OUT, ETC. ANY INFO WOULD BE HELPFUL..:)
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Will never ever forget this day. On this day God spoke to me and 4 guardian angels in the flesh came to help me off my knees. I will be forever thankful to these mystery souls. Merry Christmas Everyone! May your Christmas be bright and glowing..
I’m so overwhelmed as 2010 rolls to an end in the next 10 days… I feel like my heart is flooded and going to spill over from the kind of love I’ve been getting from some very special souls in my life. They are the ones who have bent over backwards for me in good times and bad. Not only have they been there for me, but they have allowed me to also reciprocate in return by giving me the opportunity of being there for them….
To me friendship is not perfection… or about showing up that one time of the year to wish Happy Birthday. Sure it doesn’t hurt to remember someone’s birthday without needing a Facebook prompt. But it’s more about knowing WHEN to be there…When someone is silently calling out for help and counting on you to be around when they need you the most or just to experience their happy special moments with you. When someone can do that for you, suddenly the fact that they are millions of miles away and on another continent doesn’t even matter because you can feel them beating right inside your heart. That feeling just makes me soar because there’s not much closer you can get to a person than that.
Sometimes its a matter of accepting help from a friend even when you didn’t know you needed it. Getting and giving the chance to share, love, pour your heart out and evolve is what makes a friendship blossom. No friendship is perfect and there are times when egos, ugly altercations, drama and little things can get in the way. But true friends are the ones that can look past all that and embrace the fact that you’re standing right there at this very moment, imperfections and all, finding some way to contribute to their life. Whether its just listening, advising, laughing, maybe even just being a silent spectator… it does SOMETHING to you..you suddenly don’t feel alone anymore and you have purpose and meaning added to your life again…
I have nothing but the deepest utmost respect and love for those who have made their presence felt in my life.. Thank you is just not enough to describe the gratitude and happiness I feel. I know I have had my moments of throwing bullshit around (we’re all guilty of that one time or another…) But at the same time, the people who have put up with it and rided out my tough times with me… It feels good to be accepted for exactly who I am, bullshit and all. They have cared enough and been bold enough to tell me to quit it, focus on the things I should be and have put me back on the right track.. They took the effort and were not afraid to make things messy in order to make it right. They’re the kind of gems you wished to have known your whole life (or glad that you do.)
I feel like I am an artist’s canvas, a work in progress… everyday changing, worked upon and being added to, As my new year’s resolution for 2011, I’ve decided to stop getting worked up about those who have chosen to walk out of my life and focus on the ones who have chosen to be in it. I pray to God that those who have acted as my guardian angels this past year don’t disappear from my life again.. This year was ugly, difficult, exciting, and beautiful… It just keeps getting better.. I couldn’t have gotten to this place without you angels..here’s to a new year full of promise and wonder! A chance to shine and become a better person and learn some more from life’s lessons.. This is me officially “Reaching out to embrace whatever may come…”
It’s been really really hard to get into the Christmas spirit this year. Usually I’m all over that even before December. But with all the stress of waiting for Gojira to come here, Christmas honestly seems depressing. But he did mention something that made sense to me. He said it’s meant to be this way. You see I’m embracing the Catholic faith. and I’m not yet converted. All that will happen once he gets here so he can walk me through it. So really it makes sense that I’m not having a proper Christmas to celebrate with him this year. Because next year I’ll be converted by then so it makes sense that my first Christmas is once I’m properly converted and have the freedom to celebrate with my own house to decorate and what not. So yeah it made sense to me and that sort of cheered me up.. But I guess the next best thing is to sit and think about the things that i love about Christmas and dream about how it will be for me next year..
It’s an art to decorate your house perfectly for Christmas. I think this photo captures exactly what I’m talking about. A little hint of Christmas everywhere is the idea if you ask me. Everything should be glowing and happy. Can’t wait to have my very own Christmas tree. And I’m glad that with green movement efforts you can now buy Christmas trees which are growing in containers so you don’t actually have to kill them to put them inside your home. Some places are also renting out trees where you give them back to the nurseries after Christmas is over. I liked both those ideas which allow a fresh Christmas tree in your house without hurting it or affecting the environment.
Decorations must include paper snowflakes. Such a simple thing to make and how pretty they look hung up or put against a window. Christmas crafts will be a must around the holiday season to help decorate the house :)
I’ve never ever kissed anyone under mistletoe before.. I was reading online that you’re supposed to kiss for as many seconds as there are berries on the mistletoe. or as many kisses as there are berries lol. cute idea.. and I will make sure I get my mistletoe kiss next Christmas.. Gojira pucker up ;)
Knitted wear comes flying out of the closet around the holiday season. It just makes it more cozier to be wrapped up from head to toe in your warmest clothing. sweaters, scarfs, sweater dresses, its all good.. Though I should specify that i’ll pass on the gaudy Christmas sweaters. hah. but then I wouldn’t mind a one of those Christmas sweatshirts that light up :P
Boots and Uggs. I swear by next winter season I will be the owner of a nice pair of leather boots and a knitted pair of Uggs. yes Uggs are a fashion controversy but I think the knitted ones are so cute. Considering the kind of quality materials used in making them I’m sure I’ll stay warm and cozy all winter.
flannel pajama pants!! These are the exact ones I got this year. and they are just so comfy and adorable looking.. They’ve got pockets in the back and satin lining on the waistband… I live in them when I’m at home… (go to target if u want them too!)
There are a couple of movies that I just have to watch every Christmas. Elf being one of them. How can you not love Elf? it gets better every time I watch it. Another good one is The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, a classic Dr. Suess story. Both the animated and Jim Carrey versions are cute. I also get all soft and glowy inside when I watch The Polar Express. Especially the theme song “Believe” melts my heart. The story has such a beautiful concept you can take away. Home Alone is also another good Christmas movie. I’m a big sucker for Christmas romance movies too..
Gingerbread house. Never made one and yes I’m dying to test out my house making skills. I’m going to make one next year. and I’ve got some really cool ideas lined up.. upside down ice cream cones with light green icing for christmas trees, marshmallow snowmen, coconut shavings to make it look like its snowed, of course plenty of frosting to glue the house together and to make icicles hanging down from the roof. I know I’ll have a really cool gingerbread house..
Christmas Cookies. They are so delicious and I love when the whole house smells of freshly baked cookies. Just like the gingerbread house, it’s fun to come up with all sorts of different frosting colors, delicious sprinkles and other things to decorate the cookies with. And of course you can’t miss out leaving some cookies and milk for Santa!!! :D
hot steaming drinks with a little dash of sweet strong liqueur added to them.. The other day I had amaretto for the first time.. and that was so yummy.. and then I also had amaretto flavored coffee.. these sort of drinks make me feel Christmasy, warm and fuzzy inside.. Bailey’s and other cream based liquer’s also taste good in these hot coffee/cocoa sort of drinks.
California does not have snow but I still love the idea of sledding around Christmas time.. when I was in NY with all the snow we got dumped on, the holiday season was not complete until I went sledding till our butts were too sore and cold to sled anymore. We used to venture out to the golf clubs in our neighborhood which would let us use their steep slopes to sled down.. as it was during the winter, golfing wasn’t something that people could do, so why not sledding! Was always interesting to see the different colors and styles of sleds out there.. When I was growing up I had this bright shocking pink one that used to hurt your eyes when you looked at it. lol! You also can’t forget making snow angels, forts, and snowmen.
Christmas lights. People simply go all out to decorate their houses around Christmas and it looks so magical. I also like the lights that the cities and businesses put up around the holidays. It looks so bright and festive you can’t help but have a twinkle in your eye when you see it all displayed so nicely. My mom told me of a neighborhood nearby where they go all out and every single house is decorated to the fullest. I’ll definitely take pictures and put them up when I go see!
a cool video of someone’s sound and light display for Christmas… must’ve taken them months to pull off something like that.. amazing..
Christmas Shopping. The sales and bargains are fantastic. Its a great time to shop and spend some good hard earned dough on yourself and loved ones.
With today’s day and age being stuck on the Internet and a fast paced lifestyle, it’s nice to come back around to the lost art of letter writing, greeting card – snail mail sending around Christmas time. There is nothing more personal than someone taking the time out of their day to write you a letter by hand. That too around Christmas getting a bunch of cards in the mail, It’s fun to hang them up in a chain around the fireplace or just prop them up on a coffee table. All of them together make a decoration in itself.
think thats enough daydreaming for now… what are your favorite christmas things? hmmmm…. sigh… this light is turned off..
yes the old fashioned customary ritual of proposing… well you might be wondering why i’m picking out an engagement ring since i’m the chic. well it so happens that once Gojira comes to the US we will have a court marriage and then we will have a proper wedding ceremony in Goa a year from now. Since we want
to wear rings while waiting till the actual wedding ceremony in Goa we decided to get each other engagement rings. Also the traditional wedding ceremony in Goa is going to have yellow gold rings and both of us prefer wearing white gold. So our engagement rings are going to be white gold, we will follow the tradition of wearing the yellow gold rings for the ceremony and then switch back to our white gold rings once its done. When I asked him what he wanted, Gojira requested a regular plain wedding band with no embellishments, carvings or diamonds. I was initially quite upset hearing that since I wanted to get him something that was stunning. Why should it always be that girls get pampered and have all the fun? Why cant a woman for once get her man some bling! But he insisted that he wanted a classic plain wedding band.
As I started hunting for the perfect wedding band I initially was preferential to Tiffany. Cmon who doesn’t love Tiffany with their little blue boxes and their prestige? But as i researched further I found that they really didn’t have much to offer. Most of their decent collection was in platinum or yellow gold and they didn’t have thicker mm’s besides 3 or 4mm. Now you would think what’s wrong with Platinum? Platinum is supposed to be the best right? Well yeah it is but it does have its drawbacks. First of all it is a softer metal so it needs to be replaced more often as it wears down quickly. It can’t stand the wear and tear of regular use. It also gets scratched and knicked easily. So in about a year or 2 it’s not going to look as nice than compared to a white or yellow gold ring. I told Gojira to go to a jeweler in his area and try on rings to see what mm he would want for his wedding band. mm is how wide the ring would be. I didn’t want it to be too thin otherwise it would look cheap and girly. Guys generally look nicer with thicker rings since they have larger manlier fingers. For Gojira’s finger he would need a 5mm. Tiffany’s site had only 3 or 4mm’s.
As I continued with my search for the perfect wedding band I realized there were plenty more aspects I will have to settle on such as fit, finish, and dome before I select a wedding band for Gojira. From the research I did, I came across classic and comfort fit. Classic means the ring is flat on the inside and Comfort means its rounded on the inside. Comfort fit allows a snug yet comfortable fit for the person wearing it. It seems that the current market is being dominated by comfort fit jewelry. Finish is the outside look the ring which can be matte, or polished. Polished is a shiny mirror like look to the metal. Matte is a soft non shiny look to the ring (think steel). Dome refers to how flat or rounded the outside of the ring is. These images will give u a better idea of the aspects I came across in my research. As you can see I really shook the jewelry industry inside out in terms of wedding bands!! :P
After realizing all these aspects I started looking through online jewelry galleries only to find that the market was filled to the brim with low grade silver, 10k and 14k gold jewelry …There was nothing classy and ritzy to appease my tastes and feel like I was buying something as important as a wedding ring. Maybe I’m with my nose up in the air but cmon!! I was getting more and more disappointed by the day as I wasn’t finding anything that I wanted. not quality wise or worth wise. By worth I mean when I finally would find a wedding band that was to my liking and preference it was available at the the price that I earn in a week. :\ I don’t want my fiance having a wedding band worth junk. I mean for regular occasions everyone loves wearing junk jewelry (me included.) But when it comes to a wedding band I want WOW. I wasn’t even looking at wedding bands that were below a grand. Just as I was about to give in on the online jewelry market and try looking for a wedding band in an actual boutique I remembered a site I used to visit when I wanted to find photos and information about creative jewelry and fashion concepts. I visited this site a lot when I had to write SEO articles on jewellery and fashion. This site is amazing. check it out if you have some time. It’s called http://www.trendhunter.com
I visited that site and immediately fell in love with the fingerprint wedding bands. It’s a custom made ring which you can order and they send you a fingerprint impression kit. You send them your fingerprint and they include your actual fingerprint as part of the wedding band design! According to your preference you can choose to have the fingerprint impression show on the outside of the band or on the inside. As I started honing in on the fingerprint wedding ring market I realized they were only a few making them in the US with 1 business in particular dominating a majority of the market. With Gojira’s visa petition approved and a couple more weeks till his interview is on a roll, I didn’t have much time to work with. I wrote a dozen emails from one fingerprint jeweler to another asking them for quotes, prices, and specifications regarding the ring I had in mind. I wasn’t really pleased considering I wasn’t getting responses quick enough especially from those who were the best in the business.
Finally one jeweller came through and not only contacted me but took the time to answer all of my millions of questions concerning the aspects I had in mind and any other concerns I had. She must have written to me twice and thrice in just one day. And let me tell you her quality was just gorgeous. This is what I came across in her gallery and I immediately fell in love.
Since Gojira wanted a normal wedding band I decided to order his with my fingerprint on the inside of the wedding band. I’m so excited that his wedding band will be one of a kind. With my fingerprint on the inside as if im holding his hand and a piece of me is always with him! It makes me so emotional to think I am able and capable to pick out and buy a wedding band for him that he will wear for the rest of his life. It will be something special to be passed down as a family heirloom to our future family generations. I’ve never had the opportunity to experience picking out a wedding band and I’m truly awed and grateful to have experienced this beautiful moment.
I just paid the deposit for the ring yesterday so the fingerprint impression kit is in the mail. I’m so excited and can’t wait to receive it!! Now till the ring comes I’m going to focus on gathering Gojira’s paperwork and filling everything out so that the interview goes smoothly. Keep your fingers crossed everyone and please pray for us :) This light is turned off..
Soo guessss whaaaaa!!!!! i got my notice of action for the petition I filed for Gojira’s fiance visa and it was approved!!!! I’m so so so so so so happy :D I mean can’t even begin to explain the level of happiness I’m feeling right now. not to mention relief that 2 steps are now out of the way and now just 1 big step left.. just the personal interview at the embassy… and then he’s allllll mine :) I’m really curious to know how long the next process will take. I give it a few weeks to all come into play. A month doesn’t seem so long anymore and I’m really really excited. I mean I came down with the flu yesterday and it just doesn’t drag me down because I’m in so much bliss about this good news. My blog has really been such a strong emotional support for me during the ups and downs of this process bcuz of all those checking in on me..i just wanted to let u all know how grateful i am for that.. now just one last step before all is as it should be… <3 this light is turned off..
note: I am however really annoyed that my mother felt it was her right to open my letter and let me know that it was approved. I filed that petition and I should have been the one to open it.. just makes me livid thinking about this and other instances such as my college acceptance letter which other people opened before I got to. I will remember this and make sure my children get the joy of opening their own important mail. i’m 27 for god’s sake. stop opening my f’in mail. :| but i washappy that it was good news so i didnt voice my unhappiness to her about that. sigh i cant waaaait till gojira is here…
Gosh, today is the thanksgiving feast at work and I’m super super happy because I’m going to Tahiti next week and so our family is kind of skipping Thanksgiving this year. So today I will get my share of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy at the office party. Since I’m flying to Tahiti tomorrow I decided not to stress myself out before I leave by baking anything. so unfortunately I BOUGHT a pie for the thanksgiving feast at work. oh the horror. lol.. jk.. store bought goodies are good too.. but I just find baking my own to be more special, fun and yummier. In fact I’ve already given Gojira warning well in advance that next year when he comes it’s okay if he doesn’t want to eat my baked goodies but he is required to take them into his workplace for his colleagues to enjoy :) heheh..
It seems with Thankgiving around the corner Christmas is fast approaching. I mean on my way into work I can already see the signs for tree farms where you can go and cut down your own Christmas tree. Seeing those signs make me smile because next year I will get to go to one of them with Gojira to cut down our very first Christmas tree together. I can’t wait to do all those Christmasy things.
But let me get back to my point of this post. With Thanksgiving practically here this holiday also makes me think of the future and how it will be when I one day have little Gojiras and little me’s running around to celebrate this special time of year.
There are no other holidays like Thankgiving and Christmas to give such a warm cozy fuzzy feeling inside. I couldn’t help but sigh with delight as I found these cute things I could one day incorporate in my thanksgiving celebrations. I could so picture doing these little crafts and baking projects with my kids and decorating the thanksgiving table with cute stuff like this.
(the gold pumpkins are actually more halloween but I couldn’t resist sharing the creativity!!)
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the blessings we each have in our lives. So here is a list of what I’m thankful for this year….
I will post again when I’m back from Tahiti on the 27th… till then miss me :) This light is turned off…