I came back to the sunny Los Angeles late Thursday night 7/26 via Houston from Cozumel, Mexico.
Before I started my trip, I asked my eldest sister Hershey if it would be okay if I am not home for my beautiful niece Amanda Caitlyne’s baptism. She didn’t respond. I assumed, the answer is NO! How dare I even asked. The perfect little brother that I am, and now the greatest uncle that one can have, came back home. Therefore, my sister didn’t kill me! But joking aside, I really want to be home for the baptism.
Friday was a bit busy, helped out a bit preparing for Amanda’s big day on Saturday. Later at night, I went to a viewing for my distant Aunt. While I was in Mexico, my Aunt Landa passed away from cancer. May she rest in peace. Afterwards, I picked up my other sister Mimilanie at the airport. Her flight was 4-hour delayed. Me and my cousin Marie fell asleep in my car at the airport parking lot. Right when we got a call from sister, we woke up, picked her up, then we went straight to the Indian Casino for old time sake. We all lost fairly quickly and drove home half asleep at 4AM.
Saturday was my nieces christening. Woke up a little late since we chose to gamble instead of sleeping early. The chuch ceremony was really…um.. long. We kept standing.. sitting.. standing again.. sit some more… but overall, it was a good christening. Afterwards, there was a big party at my sister’s house. So much great food. My Mom made most of it. I miss her cooking since I’ve been away for a month. Not sure how I can survive without having my weekly fix of my Mom’s cooking.
The following day I still have family in town. Had lunch and dinner at my grandparents house. It’s always nice to hang out with my family. It never fails to make me feel at home. The following day, I wanted to hang out at the beach. Since my little cousins are off from school for the summer, I took them to the sunny souther California beaches. We drove to Huntington Beach. It’s so nice to go to the beach on a weekday while all my friends are working their butts off at work. Ha! Life is great! Southern California beaches are nice, but not exotic.
I met up with some friends while I was in town. It was a limited engagement. Monday night I realized that I have so much stuff to do before I continue on with my travels. I’m not sure why is that. I mean, if I flew to any parts of the states, but not at home, I wouldn’t be needing to finish so much errands before I go on to my next destination. One of them is to pospone my jury duty until May 2008. One reason why I wanted to be a US Citizen (ya right!). Well, for the people I didn’t end up meeting, as McArthur said to the Pilipino’s, I will be back! When? I guess when I am ready. Ahh!! I have to pack.. or I should say re-pack.
Yes, it’s a really short stay in LaLaland, but it’s always nice to be back home. And guess what, it’s Shark Week on Discovery Channel. Even better!!! I’m getting excited or really scared diving with them in the future. Tomorrow morning, I will fly to Seattle via Las Vegas. Hm… I should really restrain myself from gambling or I will be cutting my trip short.. or if I am lucky.. longer! This leg of my trip is with my family. We will drive to Vancouver sometime this weekend.
FYI – I’m loading my Mexico pictures as I write this blog. Wtf, It’s telling me it will take 7 hours to load 650 pictures onto Shutterfly. There will be a post with the pictures soon.