Delicate Beauty

     

The Hiking Crew at Phoenix Lake

Our hiking crew for this day, doubled in size! We went from 4 to 8! We stopped by the nearby town of Ross afterwards for gelato and bubble tea! Cute little town and there was a book sale for $1 each book! Score! We all came away with a bundle of books! Anyways, I realized I went on this hike already many years ago with my sisters. This time there seem to be more water? I can’t be certain…but it’s a nice cool day, that got hotter at the end of the hike. I think we hiked 3+ miles. For the first time, I didn’t need a break walking uphill. Hmmm…strange. lol.

Little brother with somewhat aggressive “Ta-Da”.  Angry Vanna White. 😀

Ahhhh..such a cute action shot of lil bro and Leslie! Good job, Leslie, blocking Chink’s invisible ammo!

  

  

M + K initials carved in wood! Someone before them carved it. 🙂

K being his cute goofy self!

We ended the day at Vietiane in West Sacramento and I finally got my stuffed chicken wings! Delish. It certainly does not disappoint, even after many years! It was a great day. 🙂 Til next time.

Ravaged Wild and Free Baby Mobile

Didn’t I warned you that I was on a wild and ravaged mobile creating frenzy?!? If I had to pick a mobile for a baby girl’s nursery, this would be it!!! Yep, I said it…I declare a winner! LOL. Many hours were put in to create this beauty and I cannot be more happy with the end result. Using white crochet lace ribbon add that beautiful endearing touch. I love the crazy, wild, and textural element of this mobile. The asymmetrical over the symmetrical has always been my design of choice. Less uniformity. I can’t wait to see where this mobile ends up. 🙂

Everyday Elevated | Floral Pieces

Can’t decide what I love more…the floral piece itself, or taking pictures of floral pieces. BOTH. 🙂 I’m loving the different textural element of the floral arrangement done by my sister for her friend’s wedding last Saturday. This was her first project! Some learning curves, for sure, as all new endeavors, like time limit, budget, transport, etc….but a successful first go around! Here’s to many more floral projects, sissy! I can’t wait to see what else you come up with!

       

Memories of Vietnam

My favorite beach in all of Vietnam! This one is behind my grandpa’s house in Thuan An. Hai Tien Beach. The water is so clear, refreshing, salty and warm at times. I prefer it to be a tad cooler cause it’s sweltering hot when we went. The sand is nice and soft. I have to warned you though, there is a bit (more than a bit :)) of trash littered in the surrounding sand area. The locals, government hasn’t really figured out the trash collection pickup situation yet, because the residents still burn some of their trash! That’s probably what I missed most of my trip to Vietnam…daily swim in the ocean, steps from where we reside. 🙂

Those are my extended family from Chicago!

Japanese Garden of Hanoi. Peaceful oasis right in the middle of the busy city!

Highlight of my trip is definitely going to Ha Long Bay! This place has been on my bucket list for some time and it does not disappoint. There was a major setback in the beginning, when the NIGHT before, the cruise emailed me telling me that our original cruise boat is being repaired and they have to change the arrival port to Cat Bay, instead of Ha Long Bay! Grrrr…we were in Hanoi already, so we had to go with the change regardless, but that was soo frustrating!!!!! Typical Vietnamese! I know I’m hating on my peeps now…but it seems that’s how they do it over there. What probably happened is that they overbooked! I booked through Agoda, instead of buying directly from Pelican Cruise, to save a few bucks so learning lesson for me.

All in all, we had an amazing one night stay through Azalea Cruise! I would definitely recommend going on a cruise to see Ha Long Bay. A one night stay per person is only ~$125-150 depending where you book. But it includes meals and activities, like kayaking, cave exploring, swimming, squid fishing, tai chi, etc.

View from our balcony! You just can’t beat the swaying of the water as you sleep and seeing this view as you drink your morning coffee/tea! If I had one more day to take it all in…but we all wish for that don’t we?! Soo much to seeeeee and to doooooo.

This is actually in Korea, on our one night layover! The Palace of Prospering Virtue, Changdeokgung Palace. This couple rented those traditional Korean outfits and was kind enough to take pictures with us! They are actually from Los Angeles!

Yes, something exciting happened on this trip!!! My little brother is engaged!!! This is actually his third proposal picture. LOL…the first and real one happened in Cat Bay Island when we were leaving the cave. I recorded a video. His answer was soo funny and hilarious…he thought it was a joke. The second proposal shot was right before the one below, different doorway…but due to bad lighting, I retook the picture from this angle/doorway. Awwww…this makes me sooo happy! Kasey, his fiance, the one proposing, actually told me months ago that he was going to propose in Vietnam….I/him just didn’t know when so it was a surprise to me as well. :))))))))

Dried seafood market.

The Hiking Crew

The first hike we did was last year…I can’t remember the name of the place but it was pretty damn awesome! I think I wrote about it many posts ago. 🙂

Last weekend we went nearby to Cosumnes River Preserve. It’s just a reminder that beauty is everywhere. Not our usual hike up and around the mountain, but peaceful and beautiful nevertheless as we walked through wooden planks and dirt path.

I love these rust color fern thingy. Not sure what they are, but they make such a pretty landscape, don’t they?!

And my little brother being his usual goofy self! Sexy squat was what he’s going for? Muahahah.

If I can walk through a forest my whole life through…..

So many wild berries, that I was so tempted to eat…but I was discouraged to eat them. JP would know if they are safe or not.

Next week, we are doing Cascade Falls! Stay tuned for pictures! And always, thanks for coming along on this adventure with me! I hope this makes you go out there and explore! It doesn’t have to be far.