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  • helentao 12:03 am on October 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    happy birthday to me! 

    i think i had mentioned this a while ago…but i had given up my birthday to throw a party for my friend mai who was moving to boston (we miss you!). soooo due to my busy schedule, oct 23rd was my first open weekend to plan a bday event! it was nice…ive never had a fall birthday before :)

    i had asked my friends to come rock climbing with me….only sal and jenn had gone with me before but i love it and i wanted to share it with them too!

    jenn couldn’t stay for dinner so she came a bit earlier so that she could go with me to get lunch. i was waiting for her to get here….and all of a sudden i hear “happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!”.

    how sweet right? jenn woke up super early to make me cupcakes from scratch. chocolate on chocolate of course. thanks jenn!!!!!

    kind of funny because jenn was telling me how she talked herself into really, really believing it was my birthday this weekend (i was born in mid-july….)

    so off to milk + honey we went. got there….and surprise!!!!! sal and mai are there! (boston mai and thao were on the phone) i was really surprised. so surprised that i didnt get to take any pictures….but you can see them on sal’s blog here.

    milk + honey…always wanted to go get shaved ice there…didn’t get a chance to because of the hoopla going on.

    this is just a great picture. one year on our way to vegas, we played chubby bunny. can you guess who won?

    after milk + honey, we went over to rockreation to climb.

    thao :) she really liked it

    sal climbing. thao thought that sal would want an extra push to get her going :))

    better angle :)))))

    jenn climbing. i know jenn loves it. (sorry she’s a bit blurry :( )

    thats me! didnt/couldnt climb some of the harder ones. :(

    mai climbing. so funny. mai volunteered herself to go first. and when she finished the first climb, our belayer (person who’s holding your rope at the bottom) told mai to let go of the wall so she could be lowered…”i dont want to!!!” in a cute whiny voice. hahahah

    after climbing we went to shabu shabu….but will have to get those pics from sal!

    thanks girls for coming with me!!! i hope you guys had fun :))))

  • helentao 12:29 am on October 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    rock climbing 

    continuing with the trend of using groupon, i had seen one for outdoor rock climbing and decided to buy it. i asked sal and jenn to buy it also since theyve been climbing indoors with me before. i was super excited to finally (!!!) get to go outdoors. jenn couldnt go with us but sallys friend who is also now my friend (its facebook official) john came alone with us.

    not gonna lie…all week i was stressing about this trip. what if i hated it? everyone that i climb with told me that theres absolutely no way i would hate it….but who knows right?!

    sally and john drove from la to pick me up then we headed to sd.

    here we are at mission trails regional park. we got here pretty early since sal needed extra time in case she got lost. the good news is we didnt. the bad news is we had 30+ minutes to kill.

    so sally posed with the bobcat. very sexy sal

    we climbed with a guide from front range climbing company. our guide, diego, was absolutely amazing. hes been climbing for about 17 years! definitely a good person to go climbing with if you’re inexperienced.

    the hike up to where we were going to climb was pretty steep. i think the hike is the hardest part for me because im so, so afraid of heights. its ironic that i feel fine climbing a 50 ft wall but cant hike up (or down) a mountain. weird.

    i think by the time we started hiking it was about 9:15 or 9:30. already getting pretty warm…and unfortunately when we got up there a lot of the (easier) routes were already taken. we kept walking and finally settled into the climbing area called “limbo”.

    this was our wall. we had two topropes setup….one on this side, which was a 5.7 and then one on the other side which was a “5.7”. the other side was just a very large crack and very few features. i thought it was a lot harder than a 5.7…or 5.10. took me forever to finish the climb on the other side. this one was great though.

    look at sally go :)

    johns life is in sallys hands right now….seriously.

    john at the top of the crack climb. he didnt get to go onto the other side but he did this one twice!

    so diego told us about this other climb that was on the face of the rock. one of the other climbers in our group was going to try it so i figured i would give it a try too! it was quite ambitious….this climb was a 5.11d and i’ve only ever done up to a 5.10a. so i set my goal at reaching the halfway point.

    fail. hiding my head in shame :( so close. took a break then tried it again.

    made it! (yay!!) i couldnt go any further because i couldnt figure out the next move and i wanted to give the other climber a go before we had to leave. still proud of myself for doing it…i didnt think i would make it.

    diego doing the climb that i couldnt.

    we definitely had a lot of fun climbing. i have bruises and scrapes to show for it.

    after we left, we drove to the counter in carlsbad to eat. john and i have never been there before, but sal has.

    i cant even remember what i had on my burger. it was huge!

    and last but not least. i got a pretty disgusting tanline from my sports bra. but it doesnt beat sals.

    hope it was worth it! :)

  • helentao 11:38 pm on October 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    san diego 

    so dj and i had taken a trip down to san diego because I had purchased a groupon to go snorkeling (actually, I had purchased the groupons…without me dj probably wouldnt do anything). since we were there, we decided to stop by and see jenn for a bit…its been a while since ive seen her.

    i cant remember the name of the place we went to for sandwiches…but it was yum! i think it was called com pane? as we were leaving, we saw across the street a sign that said “chocolates”. we were immediately drawn in. turns out the place makes truffles so we bought 6 pieces and shared.

    delicious looking no? lets see if i can remember what they are. starting from the top left corner going clockwise. rose champagne truffle, expresso truffle, whiskey truffle, sea salt truffle, green tea truffle, lavender truffle.

    we also got a frozen hot chocolate. it was yum.


    thanks jenn for taking us “around sd”. haha

  • helentao 10:42 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    blah blah. 

    life has been hectic. but i’ll be back to blogging soon….

    loved this bouquet. many more pictures to come from this wedding and a bazillion others.

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