In the North

A few months ago, my family planned on visiting my dad’s older sister up north and as the proposed date kept inching closer, the trip kept getting rescheduled. Finally, this past weekend, we finally made the drive to see her and her family.

If you must know, my family is really big on “planning to leave early but really leaving two hours as planned” when it comes to going out of town (mostly with my dad and younger brothers). We were supposed to meet up with my dad’s younger sister in Burbank by 4AM, but we ended up leaving the house at 6:30AM. Our first rest top was in Arvin, CA at 8:10AM where we met up with my aunt at a Starbucks.


Kettleman City, CA (10:45AM) – this was the view from our second stop. This place seemed oddly familiar but I believe years ago, we visited a different establishment of Bravo Farms.


Fremont, CA (12:51PM) – coming from Southern California, I was really excited to see how green the scenery was! Obviously the drought didn’t affect the northern part much.


Union City, CA (1:11PM) – when we arrived my aunt’s place, I just had to take this photo because the clouds looked so perfect!

After we finished unloading the car and assigning rooms, everyone took a nap while my brothers and I played with the family cat, Darwin. I haven’t seen him since 2008 and he’s definitely gotten even more fluffier than before. By 5:00PM, we set out to church to do the Saturday mass for Palm Sunday. Afterwards, we stopped by Slap Face Coffee & Tea.


I think Slap Face’s signature latte was their red velvet latte, which I didn’t get to try! I did have their green tea affogato – it’s a coffee-based dessert where you get a scoop or two of your ice cream choice and they drown it with espresso. This dessert was perfect; however, the espresso was so hot that it melted my ice cream almost instantly so I pretty much just drank it like a smoothie. We spent a good hour here and we got into a really intense family game of Jenga where the loser had to do 50 push-ups (my uncle lost!).

Afterwards, we had a slightly late dinner at Tribu Grille, a Filipino restaurant with a live band. Their food was good despite the small portions but the service was terrible. They kept dropping off wrong orders on our table and it took forever for the food to arrive; however, the band playing that night was decent. I have decided though that I am not a big fan of live bands in restaurants – I’d rather eat in silence. Unfortunately, the food didn’t sit too well in my stomach, and I found myself awake at 3:00AM in the bathroom trying to keep the food in.

We left the next day at 2:45PM after having some pizza and a family game of pool. My brothers and I won $25!


Patterson, CA (4:21PM) – this was our first stop on the way home. Yes, just like the previous day, our first stop was at a Starbucks.


Coalinga, CA (5:51PM) – we stopped by Coalinga for gas. Made plans to have dinner at In-n-Out in Arvin, CA.

Truthfully, I enjoyed snapping pictures of the places we had stopped at and taking note of the cities. I’ve never really done this before and I’m actually looking forward to another trip so I can do it again. Looking at all the photos, I’m rather amazed at how cities look so different from each other.

We arrived home at 10:01PM. I’m almost positive I gained the 5 pounds I had recently lost in a span of twenty-four hours. Hope your weekend didn’t consist of sitting too long in the car!

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In case you haven’t noticed, I edited the blog a little bit. I finally put up a header/banner and went back to the Blogger commenting system. I enjoy Disqus but I wanted something simpler and something that didn’t require me to refresh my browser every time just for it to show.

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  • first off, i love the new blog theme!

    i've never been to the U.S, let alone northern california so this is an engaging read. that red velvet latte looks delish though! i remember trying out affogato before but i didn't like it. it's weird coffee for me and leaves weird taste in my mouth…maybe because espresso doesn't sit well with my tastebud haha

    regarding the commenting system, i do miss disqus. i'm not sure why but i like the user experience i get with disqus. blogger works okay too though. it's just a personal preference. after all, if it works then it works, right 🙂

  • Ooooh the red velvet latte sounds so delicious! And my friends and I are exactly the same. We say we will leave at a certain time when in reality, it means a couple of hours later. haha Your trip sounded really lovely. I agree with live bands in restaurants. I want to be able to hear what people are saying without having to strain to hear them but in a bar, nothing can beat live music!

    Emily | http://emilytrinh.com

  • I love NorCal, I really miss living there. The photos of the food and the coffee look amazing, espresso and ice cream sounds like a very good combination to me! xx

    113thingstosay.com

  • I've heard so many stories of families being late compared to what they planned that I find it almost a normal thing. Even then, I'm glad that you still got to experience the road trip :). The more north you go, the greener things get!

    The latte looks delicious! I've never had a red velvet latte before but it sounds good XD. It's always a bummer when service is not up to par. I'm sorry to hear that the food didn't sit in with your stomach. Hope you'll never go to that place again! I'm not a big fan of live bands in restaurants either. I usually have to scream to talk to other people @__@.

    It's always good to stop by towns and just taking pictures of it. It's definitely different than the general LA area!

  • I relate with planning to leave early but get delayed anyway, haha. I try not to be so late when I go to important stuff, but when I'm with friends, they usually expect me 30 minutes to an hour late (im a bad friend, sigh). The place looks beautiful!

    yuki, solivagantic

  • Sounds like you had a great trip, minus getting sick from the food! I'm usually the kind of person who's always trying to leave early and get everywhere early rather than on time but my husband takes forever so we usually end up being late which I'm not a fan of lol. Seeing California photos makes me want to go there so badly!

    • I did have a great trip! I think the best part of it was getting into game mode and making extra money xD I'm not a fan of being late either, gives me anxiety.

  • Looks like you had fun in the north babe! Such an amazing post with that great pictures as well! Looking forward similar with this one too! Hope you had a great day! Hope you could visit my blog too as well! Thanks

    Elisha | loveelisha.net

  • I love the look of the new design! It's right up my alley of minimalism with little tweaks. It really showcases your photography!

    Glad you got to see your family and take these photos on the road trip. Sorry to hear about the 3:00AM bathroom trip :/ I have been there and it major sucks.