Tuesday, August 25, 2009

She's encouraging my drinking habits...

My good friend who I'm visiting bought me what she deems is the perfect birthday gift for me, since it's pink and girly: a hand decorated martini glass! In keeping with the girly theme for the gift, the card that came along with it was quite appropriate.





Jasmin

Monday, August 24, 2009

Middleburg

I spent the day today wine tasting with my friend in Middleburg, Virginia, for my birthday. There are several wineries in this area, yet based on recommendations of friends, we decided to go tasting at Chrysalis Vineyards. After sampling a few whites and reds, we sat outside and enjoyed the views, which were amazing!

The wine tasting was followed by lunch at the Red Fox Inn, which was established in 1728. The original stone structure still remains, and the inn is included in the National Register of Historic Places. The inn served as both a headquarters and a hospital for the Confederates during the Civil War. Today, it is an award-winning inn and a nationally renowned restaurant that is open every day of the year.

Below are some pictures taken with my camera phone. Unfortunately, I forgot my USB chord at home, so I am unable to upload any of the pictures taken via my camera until I'm back home in L.A.

Chrysalis Vineyards












Red Fox Inn




Jasmin

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Georgetown!

I am in Georgetown right now, blogging via my Blackberry! It is so beautiful here! Pics to come soon! Georgetown is like Hogwarts-- it looks like something out of the "Harry Potter" movies-- so traditional and east cost-ish. Perhaps my west coast California self will someday end up back east. Maybeeeee. The only thing I can't take is the humidity-- I was sweating bullets last night when I arrived. But everything else out here is wonderful...there's something magical about the east coast.

Jasmin

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Chocolate rules supreme

Nothing says "Happy Birthday" like chocolate dipped strawberries. My birthday is not until next week, but it was nice to celebrate tonight before leaving on vacation tomorrow morning. For those wondering, yes, I even ate the chocolate writing. ;) Everything is better when chocolate is involved. Bon voyage everyone!



Jasmin

Friday, August 21, 2009

The proof is in the pinkness

Due to a recent someone (ahem, Brent) who commented that I never seem to approve of anything pink I see around me (men's clothing, cars), I decided to display a most recent purchase: a pink makeup/toiletry bag from Victoria's Secret.





I bought the bag today (hooray for 40% off sales!) since I am leaving tomorrow, Saturday, on a two week vacation! I am very excited: I will be visiting a very dear and close friend back east. I will also be heading to NYC for a few days to watch the U.S. Open. I've wanted to attend this tennis grand slam since I was about 10, and this is the year I finally do it! I can now cross that off my Bucket List.

Also, a big thank you to all the lovely ladies who have started following this blog and/or leaving comments, which always brighten my day. I plan to visit all the blogs and comment back when I return on vacation.

In the meantime, I will try and post pictures from my trip during my two weeks.

HAPPY FRIDAY! :)

Jasmin

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Return of the mutant moth

So. As you know from recent history, I have a purely hate relationship with bugs, spiders, creepy crawly things, and the like. Yet for some reason, I attract them. I was playing tennis tonight with my friend Kevin, when a HUGE Mutant Moth (who I shall refer to as MM from this point forward) decides to descend upon our court and visit for a good 10 minutes. Now mind you, there are four other courts that are empty, yet MM decides to visit the one I'm on. It's as if these bugs sense how much I hate them.

MM was HUGE, and quite easily the biggest moth I've ever seen. I mistakenly thought he was a bat at first. Anyway, MM sat still on the court for a good 10 minutes, not even bothered by the pounding of the tennis balls around him, so we believed he was dead. But MM then proceeded to fly up into the air and freak me out a bit more by hovering above my side of the court.

I refused to get even semi close to the disgusting creature, so Kevin had to do the dirty work and get close to MM for a picture. Behold, ladies and gentleman, the moth that ruined my concentration during tennis and gave me a few more gray hairs. It is the size of two tennis balls in length. And as if the torment wasn't enough, Kevin said he wanted to box MM up and give him to me for my upcoming birthday. Can you say disgusting?







Jasmin

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

As pink as bubblegum

I was out shopping and saw this car:



As much as I love the color pink and all things girly, I don't think I could drive something like this. It reminds me of Pepto Bismol on wheels.

Jasmin

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Better than movie popcorn

My latest obsession: POPCORNOPOLIS. What is this, you ask? It's gourmet popcorn that is so addicting that you will eat an entire bag in one sitting before realizing it (not that this has happened to me). ;)

I was first introduced to it at a sporting event where it was sold in the concession stand. There are different flavors (caramel, cheese cinnamon toast, sour cream and onion, etc). My favorite is the Zebra flavor: the popcorn is stripped with dark and white chocolate, thus resembling the said animal.



Unfortunately for me and my figure, I discovered this past weekend that warehouse superstore Costco sold three packs of Zebra for the price that I'd normally pay for one at a sporting event. So naturally, I had to buy a 3 pack. I will remain mum on how much is left as of this post.



Jasmin

Monday, August 17, 2009

Ice princess I am not...

How was everyone's weekend? Mine was quite active: tennis, gym, and ice skating. The latter I hadn't done for a while, so I am happy to report that I did not spend any time on my butt. It was quite enjoyable too since it was hot outside.

Every time I go ice skating, I'm amazed at how effortless and easy professional ice skaters make everything look. Ice skating has always been my favorite sport to watch during the winter Olympics. Growing up, I especially loved watching the pairs program and seeing the couples twirl, jump, and spin around.

However, the thought of me spinning around on the ice is terrifying. All I can do is skate forwards and turn. I can't even stop once I've built up speed (hello, wall!), skate backwards, or even sideways, which I suppose are all basics. This is quite problematic when I'm on the ice and there are a ton of small kids skating around. Luckily, I didn't crash into anyone or bump any kids over.

Below are some pictures taken via camera phone, even though they're blurry since I was moving (quite rigidly and ungracefully) across the ice. Happy Monday!





Jasmin

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Oh Peter Jackson, how you disappoint me...

So I usually don't blog on weekends, but I just came back from seeing the movie "District 9." I love director Peter Jackon's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy-- so much so that I own the extended edition for all the movies on DVD.

However, his latest movie is beyond bad. I hated every minute of it. At one point I had my head covered in my hoodie to avoid all the gruesome and squeamish parts. My previous worst movie had been "Lady in the Water," but now "District 9" has taken that not-so-special honor.

What were you thinking, Mr. Jackson? Aliens that eat cat food and like to collect junk? Really? I should have insisted that I see "Julie & Julia" instead. I hope I don't have nightmares about cat food eating aliens tonight.



Jasmin

Friday, August 14, 2009

A big slice of humble pie

Yesterday I ate some humble pie on the tennis court. Yes, ladies and gentleman, I lost playing against a 13 year-old boy. I will not reveal the score, but let's just say I take comfort in the fact that this kid will probably become a pro tennis player one day.

If anything, it was an awesome workout. Happy Friday! Have a great weekend y'all.

Jasmin

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A suitable suit

I love shopping; it comes with being a girl. However, tell me that I have to go suit shopping, and I immediately loath the whole ordeal. Yes, I call it an ordeal. Why? Because I have such a hard time finding suits that fit me well. It's as if they are all designed for one body type. And what's worse is that you can't mix the jacket and pant sizes if they come as a set, so it's a bit limiting.

I needed a suit for work so I ended up at Nordstrom Rack in search of one. It took me almost three hours to find something that fit and looked decent. I ended up with a light gray one and a black one. I've decided that if I ever win the lottery, I will open a store specializing in suits for women of all body types, and with the possibility of mixing and matching sizes. Oh, and they will be affordable...what's with the $795 Burberry suit I saw there? Crazy. And that was the discounted price.

Does anyone have any favorite suit brands and/or stores to shop at for suits? Recommendations are most appreciated. :)

Jasmin

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Bonne nuit indeed!

I bought a new bed last week and it finally came yesterday...and let me tell you, it is like sleeping on clouds! I love it. It feels like one of those beds you find at a 5-star hotel that is soft and squishy. Now this will only fuel my love of sleep even more.

After much research and testing, I ended up getting a Sealy Posturepedic Euro Plush Pillowtop bed-- it was a bit pricey but worth every penny!

"Sometimes the most productive thing one can do is to sleep."


Jasmin

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

San Diego pictures

As promised, here are some pictures from my vacation in San Diego. I thought I would do a photo diary of some of my favorite spots of the city.
(Click on pictures for enlarged viewing).

The Gaslamp District

This area is the historic part of downtown San Diego that has numerous restaurants, lounges, clubs, and small shops. Even at 1 am on a Sunday, you will find hundreds of people walking around.





The Oceanaire Seafood Room
I'm not much of a seafood lover, but the food here was amazing! It didn't taste fishy one bit, which is usually the issue I have with seafood. I had the Firecracker Red Grouper for dinner.



Seaport Village

Established in the 1980s, this small, quaint village houses restaurants and small gift and coffee shops.



Chocolat Cremerie
If you love gelato, this is the place to visit. They have over 15 flavors to choose from and sample. I highly recommend the Nutella flavor if you're a chocolate hazelnut fan.







The Waterfront
No words needed...so beautiful!







Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade
This beautiful promenade runs parallel to the trolley and railroad tracks of the city. Throughout the walkway, MLK Jr. quotes are engraved on the pavement.





The US Grant Hotel
Like many buildings in San Diego, this hotel is a registered historic landmark. Built in 1910 by Ulysses S. Grant, Jr., son of President Ulysses S. Grant, who named the hotel after his father, this hotel has housed famous guests such as Albert Einstein and and FDR.





Jasmin
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