Pad Thai For 2 (Part 2) Now THAT was a Birthday Celebration!

Celebrating a birthday in a different country is already an incredible thing, but everything about this birthday celebration made me want to adopt her birthday as my own.  My own 30th was a couple years back, my (now) husband put together a great time on a party bus around the bay, and I loved it.  Most of us want to celebrate certain birthday milestones in a big way.  30 is a good time to do it big. After another riverside outdoor breakfast of fresh fruits, soup, rice and curry, noodles, and more, we met up with Mr. K (our cab-driving friend from yesterday) to spend the birthday on a never-ending adventure.  Mr. K ready, with a noticeably fresh and clean cab to take us all over.  Without further ado, we jumped into the new floor mats and took off for an hour trip outside of Bangkok. Photo of the warning stickers […]

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Pad Thai For 2 (Part 1) Why Bangkok was an Unexpected Pleasure

Getting onto the flight in San Francisco, my friend Rachelle and I were giddy with excitement.  It was late and we were ready for a much needed 14 hour nap on the way to our transfer in Hong Kong.  We had planned a 2 week adventure all around Thailand for a couple reasons; we wanted to celebrate Rachelle’s birthday in a big way and doing something new, we wanted to experience the Thai celebration of Songkran (which is like a new year’s celebration for the change of seasons), and finally we both in need of a break in our lives to really enjoy some time to ourselves.  Never forget that last part, self care is so important. We had plans to do some things with each other, planned some must-do activities, and decided that we are free to split up at any point to adventure on our own.  Realistically, we […]

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Finding Some Goodies at the Alameda Antique Fair

As I’m mostly packed and ready to embark on my trip to Thailand tomorrow, I wanted to write a post now about things I did today and schedule it for the day that I return.  I may have jet lag and be too tired to write, or I may just be wanting to spend the day hugging and kissing my Evie, but better to be prepared, right? Today was my attempt to have a “lazy Sunday” and relax with the family before the trip.  After a night of working a personal history project, I called it a night and went to bed around 4 am. My daughter was already there with my husband and I got to snuggle with her to fall asleep.  Early in the morning, she woke me up to talk about something, I engaged for a bit, but fell back asleep and woke up a couple hours […]

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Realistically Achieving Balance in Life and Travel with a Child

Recently, I was luckily able to be published by an online travel magazine called, Days to Come.  I am truly flattered and appreciative of this opportunity to get my writing out in the world.  It’s always scary to put something out there for others to review, especially when it comes to personal feelings with experiences, so this was definitely a test to overcoming my own fears. http://www.tourradar.com/days-to-come/achieving-balance-in-life-and-travel-with-a-child/ Life is full of surprises. At one point, I considered myself only a student and then in the blink of an eye, I became an adult. Adult life is filled with responsibilities to juggle while still finding time to do what you love. I don’t claim to be the best at this adult-business; in fact, I’ve lived most my life being somewhat of a free spirit. I have to try hard everyday to balance my own life and work, and it’s never an […]

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Preparing for My Girly Getaway in Thailand

After coming back from a whirlwind family trip to the Philippines and Korea a couple months ago in December of 2015, I felt the time was just not long enough.  We were pretty jam-packed with activities with friends and family that it was a little exhausting and I could have used a vacation from my vacation.  I am so lucky to have a like-minded friend and neighbor, Rachelle, who was on board for finding a flight and sharing in some new experiences.  It started off as just an idea of a vacation, then with more talking we decided just to move on it.  Thailand was always a place on my list to go, we found a great deal, it falls on their new year water-fight celebration of Songkran, and it happens to be a big birthday celebration for her.  Sometimes, all signs point to YES! Rachelle and I met here in […]

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Happy Birthday to my Dad

April 12th has always been a date that keeps popping up in my life.  It started off as my dad’s birthday.  Then as I got older, it became the age on my first fake ID.  Once I became of age, I met someone who would become a very good friend and roommate.  This friend, Jennie, also shared the same birthday.  Some of our best friends, Jessie and Grizz, also got married on this day. This year, I will be in Thailand, and scheduled to be washing baby elephants today.  I can’t help but think the universe has me tied to this date somehow. In either case, I wanted to wish the first man in my life a very happy and healthy year.  He’s been retired for some time now, and living most of his life in the Philippines, so I barely get to see him.  We haven’t always gotten along… but […]

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Being an Entrepreneurial Designer, Creative Director, and Blogger, While Also Having a Family: Interview of My Husband, Peabe

Until now, I haven’t said too much about my other half.  Instead of writing about him, I thought I would take the opportunity to interview him.  This designer and illustrator has been blogging for years on the side of regular creative positions within companies, as well as his own project enterprises.  On top of all of that, he makes time to be an amazing partner in life and an equally amazing father. 1. Why don’t we start with telling the readers what you are currently doing in the world as a designer and illustrator. That was a nice intro =). On top of my 9-5 as an Associate Art Director at Pandora, I’ve been really enjoying doing a lot of illustration work as of late. I’ve translated a lot of my current work into pins, prints, patches, & stickers.  The illustration has been a nice and fun escape from the […]

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How NOT to Keep Kids Engaged, My Spring Break Fail

Yeah, life gets busy and as much as you want to do with your child, sometimes you just can’t get to it.  I just want to take this time to mom-shame myself.  I feel a little horrible about my daughter’s really uneventful spring break with mom. Last year, we had this amazing RV trip down into southern California, I wrote about it all HERE.  This year came around, and I’ve been so busy with so many projects, I just couldn’t get myself to let go of my own agenda. I had really high hopes too.  We were going to take our monthly camp weekend, just the two of us for some good old one-on-one time in the forest.  I wanted to make it into her first fishing trip for 2016.  She caught her first fist last year, and has been so excited to do it again.  I wanted to take […]

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Four Things I Wish I Knew Prior To Childbirth About Childbirth

Currently, I have one sister and a handful of friends expecting children right now.  It’s such a nervous and exciting time, and I was feeling exactly that way when I was pregnant with Evie.  In the wake of one of our best friend’s baby shower and planning my sister’s shower, I thought of all the things that I wish someone had explained in more detail prior to childbirth.  Most times you hear of some things, and maybe skim over it, like the little bit you got was enough information, but I ended up finding that really it wasn’t. It is amazing and so strange what happens to a woman and a woman’s body during childbirth.  Some people love the experience and take every moment with grace.  I was not one of those people.  Pregnancy was strange, and I constantly thought of my baby as being a strange alien who did […]

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