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Last USA Exit


It's fascinating to know, that there's another "world" behind the walls of the California border. It felt like, I was back in Singapore (because of its proximity to Malaysia).

                     

It's one of the busiest borders in the world. Border Patrol agents are everywhere (by land, air and sea). My husband strictly advises me to bring my identification card ALWAYS. Just in case an agent randomly ask me for an ID, I can show them proof of my residency. 

 Tijuana is right there...

Before crossing the border, there's a place in San Ysidro that attracts shoppers. It's located in Camino de la Plaza, the last USA exit.                  


Las Americas Premium Outlets is the area's largest outlet center. With 125 stores featuring Adidas, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Gap Outlet, Guess, J.Crew, Kenneth Cole, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and more plus an excellent choice of eateries and restaurants.  --source



I love it there. The best day to visit: weekdays. Don't ask about the weekends ( I don't want to get started on store queues, parking and stream of people). Some stores don't actually announce further sale promotions, it's a hit-or-miss kind-of-thing. It depends on the store most of the time. Tip: Know your holiday dates (holiday promos) and fashion calendar (end-of-season clearance - way better than Black Friday). Consider yourself lucky if you dropped by on the mentioned time of the year. I have to warn you, items/sizes runs out fast. It's advisable to come early.

Just be patient in looking for a clothing that will last you a long time and doesn't break the bank. Take your time, you'll find what you're looking for.



Photo Sources: Las Americas - from here

Eating Out in San Diego

Eating out in San Diego has a diverse array of food choices. From buffet, fast food chain, cafes etc. San Diego has it. It may take me a lifetime to try everything but, I need to start somewhere.  

1. Mongolian Stir Fry
Stir Fresh was started by a family of Mongolian Barbeque eaters with 25 years of mongolian dining experience. When relocating to San Diego County in 1996, we could not find a Mongolian Barbeque restaurant, so we opened our own. We serve Mongolian Barbeque in the traditional way, with the finest of ingredients including white breast chicken and the traditional sesame seed pocket biscuit (shau Bin).  ---Source

                       

Wordless Wednesday - 24

                     
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Tangled Ever After


My third most popular post is my Tangled movie review. I love this movie!

Tangled ever after is a short movie sequel. Watch what happens on the day of the wedding.


Max and Pascal are hilarious!

Baking Noob


Six months of domesticated life has engaged me to do things I've either done before (almost forgotten) and never done at all. Baking was one of it.

Baking is HARD! It's an exact science. Every measurement of ALL the ingredients has to be accurate. One wrong measurement would take the recipe to another direction. My very first try at it was a huge FAIL! You can't recognize that it was a cookie.

I choose to persevere. I kept on practicing until all the flour and butter supply in the kitchen exhausted. Eventually, my hardwork paid off...

My Auntie Erly who's an experienced baker (based in Michigan), advised me to learn baking from scratch. Dependency on ready-to-bake items is a no-no. Well, what she said is true. Because seeing the result of hard work is very fulfilling. That's why some of my friends find baking as a stress reliever.

This was my second try for baking cookies. I tried tweaking the sugar content but it didn't do wonders.

                                       

It may look like a cookie now but it's like flattened muffins. Pfftt!!?!
                         

Next 3rd and 4th try has already sealed the deal. I can manage baking cookies now! Woohoo! The 5th try though I tired to decrease sugar content again. Lesson learned: Look for low sugar recipe on Pinterest. Ask the experts for advise. As for my latest try  (I just had it the other night), I was able to reproduce the cookie that was called for in the recipe. Yipee!

Aside from cookies, I've done leche flan using the oven (we have no steamer). I was happy to get the result that I want, a "poreless," smooth and intact flan. I got the recipe from the youtube channel of Pinay Cooking Lessons.
                  
                            

                                   

I had Puto craving a few months ago. So I used a ready-to-make mixture but steam-baked in the oven. 
                       

Obviously, it was an easy one. Just enough to satisfy my craving. 
                       

For introduction to baking, tips, ingredients etc. I follow Lindsay Ann, winner of Food Network's Cupcake Wars. She has the best small batch recipes of cookies and cakes. If you're a beginner like me, it's best to whip up recipes in small batch. Just in case it's a fail, at least you don't waste a lot of ingredients. Joy of Baking has lots of recipes as well, from cakes to shortbreads. She has an extensive video archives of baking tutorials.

Can't wait to bake cupcakes. Yey!



The Red Lip Tutorial


This is my favorite Teen Vogue 3 Steps To...tutorial. You can't go wrong with a red lip. I've been using red lipstick for the longest time. Turns out, there's a better way to do it.




I like the Bite Beauty Lip Scrub. It gently exfoliates and smells delicious! It's quite pricey though ($18.00). Available at Sephora.
                                       

For the lipstick, I used NYX Matte Lipstick "Bloody Mary." It's highly pigmented, one swipe can give a full opaque color. I never thought matte lipstick would look good on me.
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As for the concealer, I used NYX Wonder Pencil (Medium) to highlight and clean the lip line.
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If I had known these beauty advise when I was younger, I would have avoided cringing while looking at old photos.


Tell me about your favorite make-up look. Leave your comments below :) 


Wordless Wednesday - 22


                              

Veteran's Day


Late Post

Photo Source: www.va.gov

I'm proud of my husband...really! Serving 20 years in the Navy was no joke. It has influenced him many in ways. I feel elated every time someone tells him "Thank you for serving our country" (which makes me think does our Philippine soldiers get that?).

For Veteran's day certain establishments provides free food and services for veterans. Just be aware of the fine prints of the freebie. Waiting time was long in most of the restaurants. Prepare yourself for long queues and apologetic staff.

First stop, we went to On the Border Mexican Grill and Cantina at Mission Valley.
                  

I just love the overflowing nachos. It's freshly done and served while its hot.
                 

Sitting back, while waiting for our orders.

For dinner, we are supposed to go at Hooter's but their place was packed. Waiting time starts from 1-2 hours. We opted for Applebee's in National City.
                  
Applebee's was full just like Hooters. But, I have to say waiting time was faster and they have an efficient way of crowd-control.

Too bad, we missed California Pizza Kitchen and Krispy Kreme. We were free-food-hunting all day long and I love it. Till the next Veteran's Day.