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The last couple days’ weather has reminded me how much I love living out in the Pacific Northwest. Last Saturday my aunt had a barbecue at Twanoh State Park. Despite the gray skies and rain, it was just a pretty awesome day. I have this thing with ambiance and atmospheric descriptions when it comes to how I recall events, but what can I say, that’s what captures me.


Gray skies and mist silhouetted trees.

It was cool out and gray. The picnic table was filled with food, but not the usual hamburgers and hot dogs. No, on the table were three different types of pancit, along with ginataan, palabok, bowls of fresh cut mangos, two rice cookers, and some other random Filipino dishes I’ve always shied from. The grills held salmon wrapped in foil and fresh oysters. Dessert? A cobbler-babinka hybrid, mouth waters at thought of it.

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Here’s my Dad setting out the oysters.

my cousin mia
my cousin Mia

My younger cousins set up a table by the food to play Tagalog-style mahjong. The aunties were impressed that they knew how. I had been taught how to play the night before, but I still can’t seem to remember what words mean which.

Then the rain began to come down. Next thing you know I’m trying to hook together rods to help erect cover with cousins and uncles. Mahjong table gets tucked under tarp tied to trees. Everyone seemed to be laughing. The mahjong playing continued; the clicking of tiles joined with the patter of the rain. My uncle stood over my cousin Samantha with an umbrella as she played. A towel was out to pat down the tiles as water hit the table. My Tito Francis poured me a beer. My Dad and Ernelyn percolated coffee over the fire. The oysters were split open and passed around.

The atmosphere was festive. The food was aplenty. The air was cool and wet. After a while, went with Ernelyn, Jessie, and my Dad’s sisters and walked along the shore, even waded in the “warm” water. By then the rain had stopped. I can’t find the right words to capture the scene. Hopefully the pictures give you the idea.


my cousin Jessica


The trees looked eerie Snow Falling on Cedars book-cover’esque.

Yeah, I’m definitely a Northwest girl.

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Casey cooked a southern style dinner for us tonight. I headed over to Queen Anne with April, Will, and Paul to spend the evening at Case’s eating fried green tomatoes and the like. I hadn’t hung out with most of the people there since the Fin McCool’s accident so it was nice to see everyone. Case cooked a pretty awesome meal (two pies from scratch even!). To my dismay though, there was a cat in the apartment and my allergies killed me. I can feel the Benadryl I just took kickin’ in as I type. Nothing like that great sleepy medicine feel. And on that, on to pictures!


La comida


Will and Paul out on the balcony


The cook!

Later that night it began to rain outside like crazy. So Paul and I took a walk. It was amazing out, came back smiling and soaked. I haven’t seen it pour like that in Seattle in a long time. I’ve missed the rain.

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I’m done with summer school! I walked out of my econ final today smiling. On the way to work realized I was humming zippity do dah. I can easily say that it was probably the best econ exam I’ve taken. You want a policy mix that’ll lower an economy’s output but maintain target interest rates? Cake.

My daily routine shouldn’t be too different though, it was only one class. But it’ll just be nice to not have assignments or required reading for a good month. Now I can dilly dally guilt-free, the possibilities are endless! Perfect timing since David and Tho just introduced me to Naruto a couple days ago, haha.

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Today Kathryn picked up me, Ryan, and Anthony and we went out to Alki for Happy Hour at Bamboo Grill. Realized I hadn’t been to Alki in years (yes, years). Needless to say, it was pretty dang gorgeous out. What can I say, I heart the color blue.


Here’s Anths and Ryan walking along the water.


Haha, look what they picked up.


me and Ryan

More pics at Ryan’s blog. Yeah, we’re such a cool couple. Come straight home to blog this ish, haha.

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What to do, what to do…