Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Snow Storm

It's that time of the year where I need to brace myself for the bitter cold days. It's that time of the year when I need to bundle up and protect myself from frostbite. And it's that time of the year where everything I see is breathtakingly beautiful... and yet so treacherous. 
Yes, it is that time of the year here in Standish...

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Saturday, January 22, 2011

A Valentine's Day Dream Vacation

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I spent the New Year in LA without my Sweetest. Yes, that two-week vacation in California was spent without my Hubby. It was the very first time I went on a vacation without him since we got married. That is why, my happiness is not complete. I wished he was there with me enjoying the sight, the sound, and the taste of California.

But my Sweetest didn’t really want to go with me and said that he wanted me to have a real “me-time” with my cousin and Filipino friends. That is why, this coming Valentine’s Day… I was thinking of a very special celebration with him. I was thinking of something like an ultimate “do-not-disturb” getaway in a luxurious hotel and be far away from the rest of the world. I was thinking of the Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing or the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel.

I was thinking of having a romantic dinner at the Hotel’s Level 2 Steakhouse. I would like to enjoy a romantic moment with him while having Lemon Sorbet for dessert. Or perhaps, sip Fresh Pomegranate Infused Champagne while enjoying the romantic piped-in music of the restaurant. Hmmmm why not? I want to make it “our-sweet-time” moment.

Well, it’s almost February now and I can almost feel the romance in the air. So the best way to enjoy this vacation is to avail the Romance Package which is available for the entire month of February. Here are the reasons why:
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*Early check-in & pre-registration upon request
*In-room sparkling wine (where permitted by law) or cider upon arrival
*Access to hotel health club, pool and whirlpool spa (where available)
*Full American breakfast for two in their room (where available) or in the hotel's designated restaurant. At airport locations, guests can exchange their breakfast for a lunch or dinner discount
*On stays beyond one night, buy one entrée and get a second one of equal or lesser value at no additional cost. (Choose from either lunch or dinner in designated restaurant)
*Late check-out available upon request

Hmmm… I want that access to the hotel health club, pool and whirlpool spa so I can have a real relaxing vacation. Oh I can’t wait to go on this vacation. I already have everything planned out but there is a catch. How can I make Hubby say yes to this… when ice-fishing season is in full blast? Oh well, I really need to work on my charm even harder this time. So wish me luck.

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Friday, January 21, 2011


Up above the bustling city of Angels is a refuge where nature is at its peak, literally and figuratively.

From a vantage point I can see the city life sits still why the cool, crisp mountain breeze brushes against warm cheeks. And as I looked across the horizon with the golden sun setting against the cosmopolitan backdrop... I knew then that it was such a rare occasion - at least for a tourist like me.
The Garden at the Getty Center - Los Angeles, California

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Californication Day 1: The Touchdown

Yes... I am still not over it. I still have hang-over of my California vacation and whether you like it or not... I will write about it. So please bear with me. LOL. And as I have mentioned in My Californication post... "I will talk or share about my trip in parts." So here goes...

I almost didn't make it. Three days before my flight to LA, flights at the Portland Jetport were all cancelled due to snow storm in the East Coast. I was already freaking out. But in God's grace the snow storm tapered off the night before my flight. I left Portland at 10:15 AM and as Continental Airlines took off... I looked down below and was awed by the powdery white snow covering Maine. It was breathtakingly beautiful. Too bad I had my camera in my carry-on bag overhead and didn't get the chance to take photos of the beautiful sight 30,000 feet below.

So I made it to LAX on time. My cousin Joey was monitoring my flight online [cool, huh] so she was updated. When the aircraft finally touched down, I finally felt a relief. It was a nice flight... except for the "pretzels" that the FA served us for the entire 6 hours flight.
At Salu-Salo Restaurant with my dearest cousin Joey whom I have not seen for more that 10 years.

I took the Flyaway Bus from LAX just as I was instructed and my cousin Joey and Javier picked me up at the Union Station. From there we drove straight to Salu-Salo Restaurant so I can have a descent meal. And yes, after 4 years from being away from home... I finally felt had my first taste of home -
sizzling sisig...
and adobong kangkong. Then, I instantly collapsed on Joey's bed after my first taste of home.

This is one of 'MERICA Posts Series. A regular post dedicated to my HOME away from home.

Read more about my 'merica HERE as I share my experiences in this land of amazing People, Culture and Traditions.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Football Pizza and Tom Brady

This post brought to you by TABASCO® Original Red. All opinions are 100% mine.

Hubby introduced me to football not too long ago. I found it boring at first. I didn’t like it at first. And I only watch it at first… for the pizza.

But when I finally got the hang of the game and found how cute Tom Brady was… I was instantly hooked. I watch football not only because of the pizza but because of Brady too. Yes, I am a big Patriots fan.

But football game will not be complete without “football pizza”. Yes, it has to be “football pizza”! And what is “football pizza”? You may ask.

Well, it is any kind of pizza bought from any pizza store or any pizza box [regardless of its brand] taken out from the freezer section of any grocery… but with a dash of my secret ingredient – TABASCO® Original Red! Yes, it is not a “football pizza” without Tabasco because it makes it the perfect Super Bowl pizza.


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So if you are a foodie like me and a football fanatic… check out Tabasco website and pick out simple ideas from their Game-Day Party Menu or browse on their Pizza Perfected page and create your own “football pizza”… or “football nachos”. And that makes every game a call for a super bowl - quite literally.
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My Californication

I was away from the computer for almost 2 weeks because right after Christmas, I flew to California to meet my cousin...
With my cousin Joey and gracious host.

two of my long time friends...
With Ate Emms
With Marlon

and a couple of former students whom I have not seen for years...
With Carmen and Loike [with her cute son Sean who happens to be my nephew because she is married to my cousin Paul who is also her HS classmate and former student of mine.]

and some blogger friends whom I met online not too long ago.
The Salitype Sistahs [R-L: Me, Betchai, Chay and Tes... plus Rose]

Two weeks of hectic yet exciting escapade in the Golden State ... a thousand plus photos...
Photo Credit: Betchai of The Joys of Simple Life.

ten pounds of weight gained due to endless feasting...
Having Korean BBQ with Carmen.

hundreds of dollars spent on shopping...
At Tiffany's... shhhhh!

and thousands of miles spent on foot... in a car... or on the bus - exploring different important landmarks of California...
The Hollywood sign as seen from Sunset Boulevard.
The Getty Center
The Palace of Fine Arts.
The famous Golden Gate Bridge.
Fisherman's Wharf.
 The Lombard Street as seen from the Crookedest Street.
The Victorian Houses as seen from Alamo Square.

meant that I have a lot to blog about - so I will talk about it in parts. So in the meantime... this is my Californication - in a nutshell.

Note from the Blogger:

Since USA is now officially my HOME... this will be the start of a SERIES OF BLOG POSTS about the United States of America. And I will call this series 'MERICA. This will be the start of a regular posts dedicated to my new home where I will share my experiences as I travel to the different parts of country to explore its culture, enjoy its tradition and live with its people.

Ruthi Orona-Gregoire


This is one of 'MERICA Posts Series. A regular post dedicated to my HOME away from home.

Read more about my 'merica HERE as I share my experiences in this land of amazing People, Culture and Traditions.