Archive | May, 2013

BIG birthday Recap

21 May

Please forgive me for my mini hiatus from blogging the past week. B had a whole bunch of things in store for my birthday, so I’m going to take this opportunity to recap it all. It was definitely a great start to 26.

So my birthday (last Saturday) started relaxed. We slept in, slowly got ready, enjoyed a yummy chocolate chip/banana pancake breakfast with avocado omelette and ginger tea. B and I then headed out to go shopping. He was insistent of getting me something extravagant for my birthday; I refused and told him I wanted a juicer. A JUICER! This is what happens when you get married; you actually start to think practically. By the way, since getting the juicer last week, we have been juicing pretty much everyday (I made fresh orange juice on Sunday. DELICIOUS). Anyway, we lunched at Pizza Antica in Santana Row, enjoying authentic (by American standards) sausage and mozzarella pizza. Afterwards, we strolled around the row, and did a little shopping. It was really nice to enjoy each other’s company (life has been pretty crazy lately, so it was nice to reconnect with B). We dropped off our loot at home and made a quick outfit change. B had a surprise in store; he even went to far to not put the address into the GPS; he sneakily checked the directions on his phone, making sure I didn’t peek over to see where we were headed. We got onto the freeway, and drove. And drove. And finally I saw signs for Santa Cruz so I was like, AH HA! We’re going to Santa Cruz! He just nodded his head, and took an exit premature of Santa Cruz. At this point I was thoroughly confused. Finally, we went through a quaint beach town as the sun was setting, and pulled into a parking lot. I noticed we were at a restaurant called Shadowbrook. If you live in the Bay Area, this place is a MUST. From the trolley ride, to the atmosphere, to the gourmet food, to the live music, it was an evening of perfection. Fully satisfied from the service and meal, B and I then headed to our friends’ house where they had a cupcake cutting and her famous ginger tea (seriously famous, B dreams of this stuff). We laughed and joked thoroughly, which brought my birthday to a close. Little did I know that the celebrations were just beginning…

Part 2 of my birthday was Saturday. B told me to dress comfortably, bring water, and wear sunscreen. SO understandably I thought we were going for a hike. We drove along the main streets (I was thinking, where are the trails?) and finally ended up near the San Jose airport. Finally, B parked, and said, “We’re HERE!” and I said, “We’re WHERE?!” He proceeded to tell me I was going to fly a plane. A PLANE! So remember how I said earlier you start to think practically after marriage? YEAH…About that…flying a plane sounds like the least practical thing I could do. Anyway, with nervous trepidation B and I met the instructor and headed towards our 4-seater Cessna. We had a quick check of the plane, sat inside, and put on our headsets. I listened to the tower’s instructions, and was amazed by all the gadgetry in the cockpit. We took off, and B and I were in awe of the views. We flew over the hills to Santa Cruz and back. I had the controls the whole time minus take-off and landing. Needless to say, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

To cap the birthday extravaganza, B got me a gift I’ve been wanting since my childhood. A PUPPY!! Sophie’s the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen and is basically a ball of white fur. It’s been such a joy bringing her home, playing with her, and slowly teaching her how to sit and follow instructions.

All-in-all, this was one of the best birthdays to date. I thank everyone for all of your texts, phone calls, messages and warm wishes. Love you all. xoxo. By the way, this blog might just become a doggy-central. Just a heads up ;)

At Shadowbrook enjoying B's company

At Shadowbrook enjoying B’s company

This photo does not do the food justice at all.

This photo does not do the food justice at all.

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I'm about to fly this thing?!

I’m about to fly this thing?!

I'm flying!

I’m flying!

Hi Sophie!!

Hi Sophie!!

Puppies sleep a lot.

Puppies sleep a lot.

Hi cutie pie!

Hi cutie pie!

 

Welcome home Sophie! We love you!

Welcome home Sophie! We love you!

Doing nothing all day is EXHAUSTING.

Doing nothing all day is EXHAUSTING.

Year in Review Part 5: A Whole New World

10 May
Celebrating our first Diwali in India

Celebrating our first Diwali in India

It’s been a whirlwind of change in the last year, ranging from graduating dental school, getting engaged and eventually married, going on trips, moving to a new town, and starting a new job. I also gained family members, toured parts of India I’ve never been to before, and had the experience of a lifetime spending Diwali at Darbar Sahib. Reflecting on my past year has been an eye-opening endeavor; I realized how much happened since my last birthday. While I can’t expect every year to be as event-filled as this one, I can look forward to change and progress. I think I’m going to start marking my birthday as a sort of new-year; birthdays should be the time to make resolutions; after all, you’re one year older and hopefully a bit wiser. So that there’s some accountability, I will make this public. My resolutions this year are to be more active, explore more often, FINALLY visit Yosemite (I’ve lived in California 8 years and have yet to go), become more connected to my religion, and see the positive in things before the negative (B is really good at this, I’m more of a work in progress). So with that public declaration, I bid adieu to 25 and welcome 26 with open arms. I can’t wait to see what it brings to the table.

Watching the fireworks at Darbar Sahib on Diwali

Watching the fireworks at Darbar Sahib on Diwali

Darbar Sahib on Diwali

Darbar Sahib on Diwali

Fireworks on the rooftop in Amritsar

Fireworks on the rooftop in Amritsar

Words cannot describe how amazing this was

Words cannot describe how amazing this was

Dinner with the new fam bam

Dinner with the new fam bam

Being silly (as usual)

Being silly (as usual)

More silliness (I swear, I'm not paid for this)

More silliness (I swear, I’m not paid for this)

Meeting the in-laws with a sweet message in rose petals (courtesy of the adorable Twinkle)

Meeting the in-laws with a sweet message in rose petals (courtesy of the adorable Twinkle)

Based on the onlookers, it appears that we might be doing something inappropriate :P

Based on the onlookers, it appears that we might be doing something inappropriate :P

Year in Review Part 4: Honeymoon

9 May
About to board a dinner cruise

About to board a dinner cruise

When B and I were planning our honeymoon, we initially thought about traveling somewhere within India (maybe Goa? Or Rajasthan?). Unfortunately, we were limited to where we could go due to our lack of vacation days (we had already taken nearly 1 month to travel to India for our wedding events). We decided staying local (ie within North America) was going to have to suffice as we had the long Thanksgiving weekend to enjoy. We then narrowed down Mexico or Hawaii, and ultimately decided on Maui. We had heard so many good things about Maui from several friends who had honeymooned there. It really is the perfect destination for a couple; peaceful beaches, serene views, and romantic dinners make for the ideal getaway for a honeymoon or anniversary. I loved it so much, I can’t wait to go back again soon.

Our absolutely gorgeous room with a private lanai and access to the beach

Our absolutely gorgeous room with a private lanai and access to the beach

The most serene, peaceful place I've been

The most serene, peaceful place I’ve been

The sound of crashing waves and absolutely  nothing else is perfection

The sound of crashing waves and absolutely nothing else is perfection

I AM SO TAN (PS This shirt had the perfect tropical feel and even looked like it had a built in lei)

I AM SO TAN (PS This shirt had the perfect tropical feel and even looked like it had a built in lei)

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At a luau

At a luau

Hawaiians are so welcoming. Can't wait to go back one day

Hawaiians are so welcoming. Can’t wait to go back one day