Lunch dates with Crissey last February. I met some of her lovely friends (Riz and Keita) and we all had the nicest food. For some reason, Trissey’s luck is extra high every time we’re together. We never end up at a bad restaurant!
She also gave me a late Christmas gift - the Laduree keychain that I wanted since last October! We spotted it in Hong Kong but ultimately decided not to buy it because it was quite pricey and we’d rather buy macarons. Of course, Trissey being Trissey, food has to be the priority, lol. She remembered that I wanted it so badly, and had someone in Japan buy it for her. So sweet! I immediately put it on my favorite bag as soon as I arrived home that day. Hopefully, it won’t snag my clothes. :D
Merci mon amour!
Simple dinner and coffee date with Rg. We usually just go to quiet places around the area where we live. One of our favorite Japanese restaurants is Marufuku somewhere near Pearl Drive in Ortigas. I order shimejidake to garlic every time, as mushrooms are my favorite things in the world! We always come out of the restaurant with garlic breath, but it’s easy to overlook because it’s not like it’s just one of us who has it, lol.
After the whirlwind that was my 3 short days in New York, things finally got to slow down when we arrived in Boston. My aunt (mom’s sister) has been living there for more than 2 decades, so it was nice having some sort of tour guide who perfectly knew what do and where to bring us around.
I stayed in Boston much longer than New York but I took a few days off this time and didn’t bother to fix up or bring my camera at all. There was even a time I stayed overnight at my other aunt’s place at Rhode Island, and another time I finished a legit Maine lobster in Maine all by myself. Still dreaming about it until now.
Anyhow, I fell in love with Boston as soon as my aunt picked us up from the airport. Harvard / college town realness! My first encounter with The T (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority or MBTA but more commonly now as The T) included a lot of students in sweaters and stuff that movies are made of. Adorable.
Remember my Chicago post? Here’s another Hancock tower.
Early morning walk. It was freezing. Don’t be fooled by the sun.
You’ll see more of these Red Sox signs in the next couple of photos.
Was introduced to the city via Boston Duck Tours. I got to ride a World War II amphibious DUKW vehicle! It was a short but sweet city tour, and the tour guide we had was absolutely hilarious. Kept on emphasizing the words “THE FIRST” every time he would mention it. And he probably mentioned it 20+ times.
The Massachusetts State House had another one of these banners. I heard they occasionally dress the city’s historical statues up in Red Sox jerseys every World Series season.
The road to Charlestown to the left. Charlestown is the oldest neighborhood in Boston.
Longfellow Bridge. The statues on the pillars are of viking ships.
Even the Old South Church is in celebration.
After the tour, we went to Newbury Street. It immediately became my most favorite place in Boston. Quiet and quaint. Just the way I like it.
Got to try these hot chocolate drinks at L.A. Burdick Handmade Chocolates (along Clarendon). Nom.
4-5 layers and still underdressed. At least I had nice pants.
(They are from EMODA, by the way!)
Almost all the building along Newbury Street looked like this! I didn’t get to do a lot of shopping because I spent more time taking pictures, but I did reach Urban Outfitters at the end of this street and bought more useless shenanigans again, lol. That store will be the death of me.
Sunset already? No wonder people worship the sun in this part of the world. This was only around 4 PM.
Lots of quirky shops in Newbury Street. One of my faves was Pinkyotto! Totally my style!
The next day, we took the T again to see Harvard!
Harvard book store. Since 1932. I love the little crests and the curved staircase.
Too gray for Elle Woods, but just right for me (as if I went to Harvard, lol).
We picked a really good time to go to Boston. Winter was near, but thankfully, some of the leaves refused to fall because the world conspired in my favor. They still needed to be there to prettify the world through my lens.
Didn’t have time to go to all the places in Harvard because it was huge! We just decided to take The Freedom Trail in the afternoon.
What is The Freedom Trail?
During the 1950s, some concerned Boston citizens wanted to preserve the history of the American Revolution. They decided to mark the 16 most significant sites and connect them with a 2.5 mile walking trail that is bricked or painted with a red line.
You can go to all of the sites by just following the red line on the ground. No need for cars or a tour guide!
First stop - Boston Common. Established in 1634, Boston Common is America’s oldest public park.
Granary Burying Ground where a lot of famous people are buried.
There is a huge obelisk in the middle of the graveyard to mark where Benjamin Franklin’s parents were buried.
One of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
John Hancock, we finally meet. I am not surprised that your tomb is so tall like all of your buildings around the US.
Paul Revere’s Tomb.
Lunch time at Parker House, birthplace of the Boston Cream Pie. A must try in Boston!
I’ve no photos of the famous Parker House rolls but omg, I can eat that stuff every day. Interestingly, the rolls are famous enough to have their own Wikipedia page.
Benjamin Franklin’s statue in front of the Boston Latin School, America’s oldest public school.
Ben Franklin was one of the school’s dropouts.
Old State House, at the intersection of Washington and State Streets.
Saw this at a store in Faneuil Hall.
Our Duck Tours tour guide spoke in what was actually Boston Accent… though I initially thought he was Australian who just somehow found his way to teaching people about Boston’s culture, lol.
The Great Hall. This has been around since 1792!
Stairs bearing the names of the 13 original states. At the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts.
Photos weren’t allowed inside in this place, sadly.
Dating back to the 1680s, Paul Revere’s house is the oldest building in downtown Boston. It’s just a very small place but it was nice to see how people lived during that time, and what kind of furniture they used, etc.
I’m still curious how he all managed to fit his family in there.
Tried the famous cannoli at Mike’s Pastry! Lived up to my expectations.
At the Memorial Garden in front of the Old North Church. Dog tags to commemorate those who died during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.
Hey there, kitty! They say black cats are bad luck but I just think they’re cute.
Started to get dark already at 4 in the afternoon. What the.
Snapped on the way to the USS Constitution.
The USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. We didn’t know it was going to be closed to the public that day (maybe the black cat really did bring us bad luck) so we weren’t able to know more about it.
But wow, it was gorgeous. Very fitting as the last stop in The Freedom Trail.
Back to the city we went. The next few days were just spent driving around different places in Massachusetts and visiting some malls and outlets. Once you get to visit an outlet in the US, you’ll never want to buy anything full price in regular malls anymore, lol. My youngest brother had the grandest time splurging on so many shoes.
A little sad that I only have one more US post pending because I really had fun making these, but yay for good news - I’ll be heading to San Francisco (albeit very briefly like my LA stop last time), Florida and Las Vegas with my family in May.
I also have 2 pending Taiwan posts, and more Japan goodness! I’m heading to Tokyo for work next week and I’m so excited to see early sakura!
So recently I’ve been trying my best to bring my camera around with me everywhere, even if I don’t have a photo shoot or anything special happening. I wish I could say that I don’t remember when I exactly stopped doing this, but it’s all very clear to me, moreso now than ever.
My iPhone has turned me into a very lazy person. I love and hate that it can do so many things that my frequency of use of other gadgets has been reduced to an infinitesimal amount. Sure I don’t need an actual calculator or alarm clock now (thank goodness), but iPhone camera is so good, it makes bringing an actual camera a little redundant sometimes. What a bad practice, eh?
While other people have achieving abs as their top 2014 goal, mine is going back to photography and treating it again the way I used to (when I first started). Expect more of these posts in the future! I’m really set on making more of these to make my blog more personal again (circa 2009?), as well as to keep it from being utterly predictable.
Iced espresso cream latte from Coffee Bean.
Brushing up on my old Nihongo notes during my free time. Been reviewing with a private tutor so I can level up in terms of conversation and vocabulary. I already took a basic Japanese language class 5 years ago but I totes want to be able to master it one day!
Because you know how some subs can take forever.
Had dinner with the CANMAKE girls (Sachie-san, Eri-san, Arbee and Bea) at Hanaichi Restaurant at 28th and 4th in Fort/Taguig.
Crissey and I shared this giant assorted sashimi platter! NOM.
We’re still dreaming of these rolls until now. たこ焼きぽい!
As usual, Sachie-san gave us some goodies from Japan! She gave each of us a copy of the CANMAKE mook (magazine-book).
I also received the MURUA S/S14 lookbook (because she knows how much I love MURUA) and an amazing Ladurée stationery set. So cute I don’t ever want to use it. The erasers are shaped like macarons!
Crissey, on the other hand, received the limited edition Liz Lisa x Pentel Sliccies collaboration pen and pencil set! Watch out for pictures on her blog!
With the mook were some limited edition CANMAKE products.
Sample of what the mook’s pages look like. I’ll never get tired of these make-up tutorials. Easily my most favorite part in Japanese magazines. I never took any make-up lessons - I only learned how to do my make-up thanks to these helpful Japanese tutorials! Thanks CANMAKE!
They have an ongoing Valentines contest - Upload a photo of yourself with your special someone on CANMAKE’s Facebook wall, and tell them why you deserve a special date with him/her on Valentines Day! Winners will get special CANMAKE gifts plus a dinner for two at Hanaichi Restaurant. Good luck!
Happy …th birthday, Crissey!
I purposefully left your age out because you are the perfect example of age-defying anyway. How many vials of unicorn blood have you consumed so far? Please share with us mere mortals your fountain of youth because we’d totally love to have some of that too, please? 8 years of friendship and I feel like I’m the only one drastically changing, lol why
On a serious note though, everyone around you would know that the not-so-secret secret for looking the way you do lies in your perpetually happy-go-lucky and positive disposition! Thank you for always being the bright ball of sunshine that you are.
I hope your birthday will involve lots of rainbow vomit and cute photos of corgis, among other things… like maybe a chance encounter with your future boyfriend/husband. Yii. The world needs more little (sorry) Crisseys who people like me can always count on!