Cali galleries: Coronado.

TBV - CGCoronadoI thought about whether or not to just add this on to the USS Midway post, but then I figured it’s beauty would be looked over. This post might be short, and it may have only a few photos, but I think this place deserves a post of its own. If you’re new here or want to catch up, the introduction to this post and the links to the other parts are here. Here we go.Β πŸ˜„IMG_4733

After the Midway Museum, before heading home, we stopped over at Coronado to check out their pier and get some fresh air. My cousin and I walked off onto the pier, while the rest of our family took jump shots on the beachfront.Β πŸ˜†


At the pier, we saw someone having a photoshoot. She was beautiful, and the photoshoot itself was very fascinating to me. I managed to snag a photo of her while taking a pose, although I’m very sure the photographer’s captures were much much better than this.Β πŸ˜„

This was a great way to end a tiring day of touring. Just a moment to take a deep breath and just stare into the beauty of the sea and the cityscape beyond it. The setting sun just added to the picturesque view.Β πŸ˜„



After this, we headed home. Day 1 of our family reunion and San Diego tour was done. It was a pretty jam packed day, and was both super tiring and fulfilling at the same time. We just chilled in the evening, and then got a bit of rest. That’s it for now!Β πŸ˜„

’til next time,


Music monday: Cool down.

TBV - MMcooldownHappy Monday! I’ve been hearing this song on the radio for weeks now, and it was only recently that I caught its title and artist. When I found out it was by James Reid, I was pretty surprised. This kind of sound isn’t something I’m used to when it comes to OPM (Original Pilipino Music), and it was a pleasant surprise. Recently, I’ve been into techno type music, and this is a really good fit. Check it out! 🎢

Cali galleries: USS Midway.

TBV - CGUSSMidwayAfter a not-so-quick lunch at a buffet restaurant, we headed to what would be our last big stop for the day–the USS Midway Museum and Navy Pier. If you’re new here, check out the introductionΒ to this series. The links of the other parts are there too. Now, back to this one. Before that though, on our way to USS Midway, we passed through this really long bridge that gave us a gorgeous view. I wasn’t able to take a decent photo there, but I think it was still worth mentioning. 😊

IMG_4684So, USS Midway. This place is a museum dedicated to the historical battle of USS Midway that changed the course in World War II. Our time here started with a video about the happenings of this event–a great way to start things off. After that, we went through the whole museum. This gallery will mostly be of the planes that I saw there. My cousin and I also tried the flight simulator, but that was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done and I’m glad I don’t have photos and footage of that. 😳

We pretty much stayed until the closing time of the museum, and then after that took a walk along the port of San Diego. As the sun was setting, we arrived at the statue of the Times Square kiss at the end of world war II. Admittedly, all I knew before going there was that it was a really popular site in San Diego, but I did more research on it after, and then I understood even more the magic of the moment that inspired this piece. 😊IMG_4714

We also got a chance to see the tribute to Bob Hope and the military nearby. Again, I wasn’t too familiar with what this was, and I wasn’t really even aware that it was there, but I think it’s a really wonderfully made composition with a really profound message. It was also really cool that everything was life size–it adds a more immersive aspect to it.Β πŸ˜„IMG_4718

If you’re an enthusiast of world history, US history, or even just WWII, this place is a must. It’s very much saturated with history, almost to an overwhelming level. It’s such a great place to visit, and even more so if you gave yourself a lot of time to take everything in. 😊

So yeah. I’m sorry it’s been a while since I posted in this series. There’s just a few more posts to go in these series, and I’m so very thankful for you sticking it out with me. Again, if you wanna catch yourself up on this series, check out the introduction here. Thank you again! I hope you have an awesome day.Β πŸ˜„

’til next time,


Music monday: Someday.

TBV - MMsomedaySo I think I want to start something new here–something short and sweet. Welcome to Music Monday, where I will share a song that I’ve been loving. These songs could be current favorites, or new finding. My hope is to create a broader music catalog for you, the reader and listener, and for myself as well. πŸ˜„

To start things off, we have HalfNoise. I recently fell back into the rabbit hole of one of my all-time favorite bands, Paramore. I ended up reading up on the Farro brothers and what they did after exiting the band, and I decided to check out Zac Farro’s solo project. I came across this song and just loved it. Check it out. 🎢

Size matters.

TBV - SizeMatters

A few years back, I went to this thing in La Union, and I got a bite of a burger from one of the concessionaires. The bite was so good that when I got back to Manila, I looked up the place to check if they had stores nearby. The upside was that they did. The downside was there was only one near me. I made a mental note to check it out, but never really got to. πŸ˜”

A few weeks ago, I went to Alabang Town Center in Muntinlupa and, knowing that one of their branches was there, I decided to finally grab a bite there. SIZE matters in ATC is pretty small, just 3 tables and a bar. Their menu is more diverse than I expected, with rice meals and pasta dishes that can cater to those that don’t particularly want sandwich type food. 😊

I asked what their best-sellers were and, surprisingly, their top two aren’t sausage burgers. Their number 1, the T.W.B. (The Works Burger) is composed of a monterey jack stuffed beef patty, bacon, american cheddar, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, and an oat bun, with a choice of garlic cream cheese or bleu cheese. Their number 2, the B.S.B. (Beef & Sausage Burger), is composed of a beef and sausage patty, garlic mushrooms, colby jack, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and an oat bun. 🀀

We got one of each of these burgers, just to see if we could taste a difference between the patties, as well as a single order of their chili cheese fries. Let me tell you, when the food got served, I’m pretty sure I started to palpitate. They looked SO good, and showed me that they pay attention to the appearance of the food they serve. They don’t stop there though, everything we got tasted really good.Β I didn’t get to take a shot of the T.W.B. but here are the fries and the B.S.B. πŸ˜„

Imagine: a gourmet tasting burger for a not-so-gourmet price. I think it was absolutely amazing. My thought from when I first had a bite years ago, that of wishing they were more common, just kept ringing in my head as I took bite after bite. Burgers are one of my favorite things to eat, and Size Matters is up on my list of local places to go. Their staff is nice, their food (at least the two burgers and cheese fries we tried) both looks and tastes good, and I will definitely be returning to try more of their menu. 😁

So yeah, if you ever come across this place, and you really love burgers, I really do suggest you give it a shot. They have two branches–one in Alabang Town Center and one in SM City North Edsa. If you do end up checking them out, lemme know what you think, okay? πŸ˜„

’til next time,


The ultimate throwback.

TBV - Throwback (1)I always find myself talking to my friends about those things that we used to watch when we were younger, and how we would love to watch them again. In the past few years, I had bouts of freak out moments due to this throwback thing, which seemed really far fetched at the time, that seemed to be becoming real. πŸ˜†

First it was the announcement of the NickSplat block on TeenNick about a year ago (although finding out it wasn’t going to be available in the Philippines kind of crushed me), then a few months ago, it was the announcement of Raven’s Home. Then about a week or two ago, they released the Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy, and I got so excited (but also disappointed I don’t have a PS4 and therefore no means to play it) and was psyched even just watching playthroughs on Youtube. πŸ˜†

I thought that this was it, and honestly, it was plenty. Then the 90s sent another wave of nostalgic feels my way last week with the release of clips from two of my absolute favorite shows from back in the day–Hey Arnold! and Rocko’s Modern Life. GAAAAAAH. πŸ˜†

Over the weekend, NickSplat, Nickelodeon’s block that’s dedicated to its 90s programs, released two videos. One of these is the first clip from an upcoming Hey Arnold! Movie. If you haven’t watched it, click here. I don’t want to give any spoilers, but it pretty much just gives a summary of the amazingness that is Arnold thus far. πŸ˜„hey-arnold-jungle-movie-slice-600x200

The other video that NickSplat released over the weekend is a first look at a new Rocko’s Modern Life TV Special. The air date hasn’t been announced yet, but watching this video will probably get you hyped for it like I was. Whereas Arnold gave more of a throwback moment, Rocko, perhaps just perfectly considering his show’s title, goes into our time now, the 21st century. Check it out here. πŸ˜„

So yeah. Breeeaaathe. I’m so so excited for these two specials. Watch the videos yourself and maybe you’ll get why I’m so psyched. For now though, my fangirl moment is over. I know I owe a few more posts, and I promise they’re coming. Thank you for sticking with me. πŸ˜„

’til next time,



Cali galleries: Mt. Soledad.

TBV - MtSoledadHey! I know it’s been a while since the last installment in this series, but from here forward, I’ll try even harder to get everything out sooner. If you’re new here, check out the introduction to the series here. Here we go. After we went to Old Town San Diego, we went to Mt. Soledad, which is the sight of the Soledad Cross. 😊

My family took pictures by the cross, and my cousin and I took in the amazing view. These are the photos I took of that time. There’s not that many, but I do hope each captures the beauty of what I saw there. 😊

We didn’t spend too much time here, just a breather before we ate lunch. It was mesmerizing though, being up so high, and being there was so calm and serene. So yeah, this was pretty short wasn’t it? 😊

’til next time,