How did I spend my 29th birthday?

Kyle hasn’t been sleeping well for the past 3 weeks or so. It’s been a nightmare. My husband is at his wits end but what can we do? We transitioned him to our bed because he wakes up 4-5 times a night. This is the baby that used to sleep from 7PM-7AM starting from when he was 3 months old! I hope it’s a phase!

But anyway, my birthday was just like any other day except for the fact that my husband took most of the day off to spend time with me. What a sweetie pie! I really appreciated him today. It felt so nice to have him at home with me. Our time together is definitely a luxury now since he’s so busy with work – even on the weekends! 😦

I first went to my primary physician for this weird skin rash that developed overnight. I got it after taking a nice long bath in my bath tub over the weekend. I was diagnosed with Hot Tub Folliculitis. It just sounds gross just looking at the word. It normally doesn’t occur from using your own personal bath tub but it can happen. Lucky me. My doctor says it’s basically like a staph infection but isn’t contagious or anything. It’s so itchy and it looks like red pimples. I am to take oral antibiotics and to slather on this antibiotic ointment on all the affected areas. So yeah. Boo.

My husband wanted to cheer me up so he took me to the lovely outdoor shopping mall, Santana Row. It was obviously empty since we went in the middle of the afternoon. It was nice not to hunt for parking or maneuver ourselves around people.




We went to Pluto’s for a late lunch/early dinner. It’s a decent place where you build your own salads and sandwiches. We got the Modern Mars, was it? And the Chicken comet with a side of mac ‘n cheese. Do not get the mac ‘n cheese. You might as well get it from KFC.

Pretty yummy but expensive. Since I’m unemployed, I think everything’s overpriced. 😉



Then we headed over to Cocola‘s for dessert. It was so hard to choose but we finally settled on the Hazelnut Cake and the Napoleon.

Connie, if you’re reading this, get the Napoleon next time! IT’S SO GOOD!





That Napoleon really knows the way to a girl’s heart. It has everything that I love: flaky buttery pastry with real whip cream and fruit. This dessert has to be one of my top 5’s. No joke. Perfect way to end my birthday. 🙂

My last birthday in my 20’s. My husband asked how I felt about being 29. I actually felt surprisingly sad. It’s like when you’ve had the best time with your pals at a bar and it’s closing time and you have to leave… and you don’t wanna? Haha. Maybe I’ll change my tune when I actually turn 30? Because in a nutshell, my 20’s thus far has been pretty chaotic. I met my husband when I was 24 turning 25 so the latter half of my 20’s was thankfully amazing.

But my early 20’s? It was fun no doubt but full of rebellion, rage, bitterness, sadness – I was growing up and breaking out of my shell. I had my heart broken multiple times. I also had my share of breaking hearts without a care in the world. I fought with my mom tooth and nail about anything and everything. I learned the lesson of working hard for your money, how to spend money, and how to not spend money. Even with all that, I miss it sometimes. I miss being naive and being ambivalent to the world around me. I miss not needing my mom for everything anymore. I miss being young-er, having absolutely no fear, and taking on each day like a BOSS. I was reckless, yo. 🙂

I’m still in my 20’s. I’ll make it count more than ever this year!


I’m aging. Not horribly but visibly.

I see the effects of aging now. It’s not ghastly since I’m still in my late 20’s but we will see after the arrival of baby. 😉

  1. There is some kind of slight line/droop that’s been forming under my left eye for the past 4 years or so. It goes away on its’ own accord usually but now I see that it’s here to stay.
  2. My once luscious locks are now thinning. I don’t think this has anything to do with age though. I stupidly got my hair chemically straightened 2 years ago and have been dealing with the repercussions. 😦
  3. I have self-diagnosed myself with some form of TMD (Temporomandibular Disorder). Every time I eat, the muscles on the sides of my face noticeably bulge out. I feel a lot of pressure and embarrassment since it doesn’t settle down unless I press them down or wait 10 minutes. It’s from a lifetime habit of not grinding but clenching my teeth during sleep. It doesn’t help that I enjoy hard foods like apples, wasabi peas, carrots and crunchy chicken marrow. I should probably invest in a mouth guard.
  4. My flaring adult acne and eczema are finally somewhat under control but only from using a $221 prescribed medication. Out of ALL the medications I was prescribed, OF COURSE the most expensive one agrees with me. My husband is not surprised.
  5. I didn’t think this was going to happen to me but the heels of my feet are now cracking. This saddens me the most because I grew up thinking that I would never get cracked heels like my mom. Silly rabbit. Trix are for kids. 😦

But all in all, I am ok with aging. I don’t mind hitting the big 3-0. Every new year resolution has been the same for the past few years: Happiness. To find happiness in everything. This small change in thought has changed my life profoundly. So yes, I see that I’m aging. Big whoop. I am aging. And who the hell is not? 🙂

Instead of aging, I am more nervous at the thought of my parents aging and/or getting sick. I distinctly remember a conversation I had with a friend when I was 8 years old. We were patiently waiting in the lunch line at the school cafeteria and she randomly asked me, “Do you think you’ll live to 100?” I said I didn’t know but I didn’t want to outlive my parents because I didn’t want to see them die. I know. Morbid for such a young child but that’s how I’ve always been. Too mature for my age.

Which Caribbean island am I on?


I don’t think I’ve ever went into detail about where the hell I am! 😛  So here goes:

  • I am living and working on the Caribbean island of Curaçao [KEWR-ə-sow] with my husband.
  • Curacao is part of the ABC of the Caribbean. (A = Aruba, B = Bonaire, C = Curacao). Curacao is actually bigger than Aruba or Bonaire but not as developed as Aruba. I hear that Aruba reminds tourists of Miami.
  • Curacao’s main language is Papiamentu & Dutch but English, Spanish, Portuguese and a myriad of languages are spoken fluently as well.
  • The weather here is horrible for individuals with unruly hair or oily & acne-prone skin. I would have all 3. The humidity is high and it usually reaches 85-90 degrees daily. Rain? Still 80 degrees. Let’s just say that I’ve never been cold here.Image
  • The rainy season usually ranges from mid-September to March. Mosquitoes are abundant during that time – especially the ones that are as small as a freckle. And no, you cannot see them or feel them until it’s too late. Check out this post if you want to see the full extent of this torture.
  • If you can get over the humidity & the mosquitoes, Curacao is a beautiful country. I have never seen skies or oceans so blue or clouds so low and fluffy. If anyone is interested in visiting, I will be more than happy to help!
  • My husband has been in Curacao since December 2008 and I have been here since July 2011. We are hoping to move back to L.A. some time next year. Even though I am in a tropical paradise, the novelty wears off in a month and nothing beats home. 🙂




    Related article:
    Curacao was mentioned in this post about the “The 24 Most Colorful Cities in the World”

August updates on my island life

Since it’s not mosquito season until October, I’m actually very happy with my little Caribbean island. I don’t mind the humidity anymore and I am proud of my all-over tan that I haven’t had since elementary school. Thanks to the new regimen my dermatologist prescribed, my skin is clearing up by the day. My job is wonderfull, my man is awesome and I have made some life-long friends here. Life is not so bad. : )*


Still an avid granny smith apple & cinnamon breakfast eater.


I still prefer sunflower seed butter over any other butter. Nice try though, Wild Squirrel.


My love for sweets will never die. These rice candies are so fun to eat… c’mon. It comes with a sticker. : )  This whole thing just melts in your mouth.


Paul and I have been trying to eat more Caribbean food. We went to the open restaurant in Punda in hopes to find the infamous pancakes that all his co-workers are talking about.


These pumpkin pancakes that the locals make are SCRUMPTIOUS. You don’t even need syrup because the pumpkin batter and flecks of raisins have enough sweetness. The texture reminds me of Korean rice cakes. Thick, sweet and hits the spot.


1.5 hour hike last weekend. I got tanner. My make-up artist forbid me to get any darker…… : P

Resuming normal but healthier lifestyle

I drank a good amount of water and did some moderate intense cardio for 45 minutes. I finished the rest of my lunch for dinner and then made myself a yummy frozen banana, sunbutter shake. I finished it in less than 10 minutes. : P

Acne/skin update: I realized I haven’t updated you guys on my skin. So as you guys all know, an all-out warfare broke out on my face. I’ve been dealing with a very persistent inflammation that only left my nose intact from its’ gruesome attack. There were small bumps scattered all over the sides of my face and it was a chore to get ready for the day. I have been fighting this horrible acne condition for the past 7 months and it’s FINALLY clearing up. After 2 different dermatologists, painful cortisone shots in the butt, and every type of antibiotics and creams – I finally found a regimen that works for me. I look at my face now and can’t believe how smooth it is. This is MY skin! I am over the moon! : )

I can’t wait for the weekend! This week has felt way too long. Time for more fun in the sun this weekend. Lovin’ my all over island glow. : )

Fruity breakfast: 2 apples and a banana
Pepper pot made by my co-worker’s mom. A staple in Antigua and it’s phenomenal! I love Caribbean spices and flavors! Had a small plateful after I finished my fruits.


Went to Chelsea’s for lunch; Indonesian and Surinamese food with my co-worker, Shadia. We decided to go out for lunch together at least once a week. : )
Not many people eat at the restaurant. They are known for their Roti’s and take-out. We must have seen more than 10-15 people go in and out in under 30 minutes.
Many of the take-out restaurants and snack shops have bars like these up. Theft is a huge problem here.
Coconut juice on the left and sweet almond milk to the right. So good and refreshing!


My vegetarian potato curry with string beans. DERICIOUS! That yellow sauce in the small container? It’s called pika. It’s a spicy condiment that I’ve never tasted in the States. I thought I knew spicy; I truly did not. It’s hot, spicy, vinegary,… and it stays on the tip of your tongue. Paul gets ecstatic whenever he finds out a restaurants offers it. Let’s just say that he asks for more than his fair share of pika. : P


Authentic homemade roti. Their portions are huge!
This is my first time having real roti. Definitely not like an Indian naan in the slightest but delicious in its’ own right.
Yucca pudding cake. SO FREAKIN’ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOD! I can’t believe how delightful this is! It reminds me of a Korean rice cake but not as dense. It’s light, chewy, and unbelievably delicious. There are a few raisins or dates thrown in and the sprinkles gives it such a warm touch.
I will come to Chelsea’s again JUST for this.