I went on a trip to California for a cousin's wedding. A week of sunshine.
Day 1 - Thursday, March 17, 2016
The miserable experience at the Philadelphia Airport
Happy St. Patty's Day! For a day celebrating luck, this day was the least lucky for me. I woke up at about 5:30AM, groggy and obviously tired. My flight was at 7:40AM. I packed the night before but did not make it to bed until 3AM. I had 3 hours of sleep, but I figured I'd make up the next 5 hours of sleep on the plane. It's a 6 hour flight, so I planned on sleeping the whole time. My family and I left my house for the Philadelphia airport at 6AM. We get there at 6:30AM-ish. We weren't checking-in any luggage, so we figured we had an hour to get through security. Plenty of time, right? WRONG.
The line for security was a nightmare. The line stretched down the hallway. We were waiting to get through security for 45 minutes. Freaking 45 minutes. By the time, I made it to the X-ray and conveyor belt, it was about 7:25AM. I was waiting for my other family members to get through. Of course, my grandmother slowed us down because she didn't follow a couple TSA liquid restrictions. I mean, she's old, slow, and doesn't speak English. Give us a break. Long story, shortened: We missed the flight by 3 minutes. It was 7:33AM, and they stopped boarding at 7:30AM.
(Warning: TMI about bleeding lady parts. No shame ahead!) We managed to get a flight to LAX for 7 people scheduled at 3:15PM. That meant 7 hours to kill in HELL (aka the Philadelphia airport). I took the time to sleep those 5 hours I missed the night before. To top it off, I got my period that morning. I was miserable. When I was finally on the plane to LA, I was in a middle seat wedged between two strangers. I was squirming in my seat the whole flight hoping my pad doesn't leak. Even when I changed my pad on the plane, which was a miserable experience in itself, I was still a cringing bundle of discomfort.
Finally, I made it to LAX at 7:30ish at night, Pacific time.
Day 2 - Friday, March 18, 2016
The next morning, we had to do a Vietnamese tradition of having the bride-to-be come over with her family to have the families formally introduced to each other. I wore a red dress from my ASOS haul. I turned it from an A-line fit to a bodycon dress (DIY coming soon).
Afterwards, I re-packed my luggage and headed off towards Anaheim to stay at my cousin Tiffany's place for the weekend.
Night out in Anaheim
I went out with Tiffany. We got to see Omarion, since he was performing later that night at the club we went to, which was pretty cool. "Post to Be" is mah jam. Sadly, my phone died by the time he came out on stage. I wish I had pictures! :(
I wore a white romper from BooHoo.com with nude pointed heels. Tiffany wore a black, backless, halter neck romper and black booties. Yea, I know, we cute. ;)
Day 3 - March 19, 2016
The day of the wedding
In the meanwhile...
While mass was taking place, my cousins and I were taking our sweet time getting ready. We were not clued in on what time the mass began, so we started getting ready at noon. We did not leave until 1:30PM. That was a poor choice, since the mass started at 2PM.
We got stuck in the infamous LA traffic. Traffic in Downtown LA is ridiculous. My parents called and asked where we were, because the wedding ceremony was finished.
Hey, at least we made it time for pictures!
I wore this ooooooollllldddddd ombré maxi dress from Forever 21. I accessorized with a gold body chain from Claire's and gold leaf earrings from Charlotte Russe.
I changed in the car like a pro. Not a single nip slip. Ta-da! I slipped into a teal one-shoulder bandage dress from bebe. I changed my earrings and shoes to a silver theme and carried a silver envelope clutch.
The first hour of the reception was a cocktail hour with an open bar and hors d'oeuvres. I had not eaten a single thing since I woke up that morning, so I was starving. The moment a server stepped out with a plate of hors d'oeuvres, I made a bee line towards the food. I did it so often, one of the servers had one in hand ready for me because he knew I was coming!
Of course, I got carded at the open bar. As always.
Once we got seated, I was so ready for the real food to come. The hors d'oeuvres clearly weren't enough.
Congrats to the newly weds!
Day 4 - March 20, 2016
What is a better way to spend International Day of Happiness than at Disneyland? Shout to my cousin Cindy who hooked us up!
We went on a handful of rides at California Adventure and then went over to Disneyland for the second half of the day. Since it was a Sunday, there were a lot more people, so the lines were longer. But totally worth.
My cousin Cindy suggested the Apple Pie caramel apple. omgsogoood. Mad expensive, though. $11! Still worth.
Day 5 - March 21, 2016
The last day before we went to San Diego was spent eating and roaming the Vietnamese markets.
Day 6 - March 22, 2016
We packed our stuff and headed off to San Diego, CA, where our flight back to Philly will take off. We left our stuff at a nearby hotel and spent the rest of the day sightseeing.
La Jolla Cove
La Jolla Cove was our first stop, where a mass of a seals lay by the shores. So cute. They're just fat lumps laying on the sand. The little area below is closed off from people, so seals can lounge undisturbed. You can still get a look from afar and snap a pic, however.
On the other side of the cove is a place where people can swim and do beach stuff. A few seals plopped themselves there, attracting a bit of attention. A mother seal was feeding her pup, while an older seal lay dormant. A couple baby seals would come in and out of the water. They're so round and fat and OMFGSOCUTE.
We then drove to Seaport Village because it was another tourist-y place. There's a little shopping area at the waterfront and boardwalk that lead's to the San Diego Convention Center.
San Diego Convention Center
My mom and I walked down the boardwalk of the waterfront all the way to the convention center. There was massive amount of people crowded outside the building. We saw the crowd earlier when we were in the car looking for the shopping area. At first, I thought there was concert and Beyonce or Rihanna was performing or something. Once my mom and I were up close to the crowd, I noticed lot of young people in Bernie Sanders t-shirts holding "Feel the Bern" signs. It turns out that the crowd was a Bernie Sanders rally. There was this guy giving out free hugs, too.
We cut through the crowd and found a large set of stairs. That brought us to another set of stairs and a statue. That lead us to a balcony that provided an absolutely beautiful view looking over the entire city of San Diego. My camera battery was practically dead, so I tried to snap the best picture that I could. I wish I could have taken a panoramic view.
Day 7 - March 23, 2016
The next morning we headed the San Diego Airport. Going through security and the flight itself was a breeze this time. I was back in Philly by 8PM.
I must admit, Philly, you looked beautiful from my cabin window.