Traveling halfway across the world!

It’s currently 9:37am and I’m here in LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) waiting with my parents to board in an hour for our 11am flight to Seoul, Korea! Although that’s not our final destination because…we’re going to the Philippines!!! Excitement is an understatement. The last time I visited was during summer of my Freshmen year in high school. It’s been long overdue and I can’t wait to see all my family and friends!

A little insight of my background, I was born in the Philippines and moved to America with my parents and my younger brother when I was 5 years old. I grew up in Southern California but I’ve kept in touch with my family and my childhood friends through social media! It’s always an amazing time going back home and spending quality time with everyone even if it’s just for a couple weeks. Roman was supposed to travel with us but the timing did not work out since he is busy with work, but in the future we’re definitely planning another trip to visit together!

I spent most of last night doing some last minute packing and even went to the mall during the day to buy some more gifts for my friends and family. I packed every single person a “gift bag” with personalized items!

Roman’s mom, Doni, gave me some Daily Bread to give to my family back home. It was so sweet of her and I already know everyone will love it and will be excited to read it and incorporate it to their daily routine! I added a book in each gift bag 🙂

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Daily Bread + Ghirardelli Chocolate + iPhone 6s for my younger cousin


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Make up bundle for my aunt! Colourpop + Mac + Caudelie + Lorac + Daily Bread


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Daily Bread + G-shock watch + Colourpop for another aunt


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And some more of the personalized gifts! Ranging from a pink polaroid Instax camera, to a MacBook, to a Nikon D5000 camera!

I packed light clothing wise and for my personal stuff but I had a whole luggage just filled with their gifts so I still ended up with two luggages. My goal really was to only bring one luggage though! Lol

My parents also bought gifts for everyone so despite the 3 of us packing light, we ended up with 9 luggages!

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All packed and ready to go!

In between packing and getting everything ready last night, my grandmother cooked up some grilled chicken and prepared us a DIY lettuce wrap dinner! It was so goooood!

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Lettuce + grilled chicken breast + tomatoes + avocado + mini jalapeños + cilantro + blue cheese dressing & blueberries and raspberries for dessert!


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It was so good! Definitely making some for the fam back home in PA when I get back!

Fast forward to 5am today, our ride picked us up (we did the Airport Van Service since all of our luggages weren’t going to fit in a regular van) and it took us two hours to get to the airport with all the LA rush hour traffic. Without traffic it usually only takes 45 minutes!

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SO. MUCH. TRAFFIC.

After two hours of being in dreadful traffic… we arrived!

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My dad getting our luggages on the cart


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Entering the Tom Bradley International

We checked in and since it’s not a full flight, Asiana Airlines offered us different seat arrangements where my parents and I would each get our own aisle so we can have extra space. It’s perfect because the flight will be more enjoyable and relaxing!

We had time to spare so I stopped by this cute little bakery and got some croissants!

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Almond & chocolate croissant


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My dad got me a strawberry & banana smoothie from Pinkberry! Yum

My dad wanted me to share this picture since he’s excited to read this book that Mark, Roman’s father, gave him to read during the flight!

Thank you again Mark for the other books as well! We’ll definitely be reading them!

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My mom & dad showing off “How to Make Money in Stocks” from Mark!

It’s almost time to board so I’ll be off in a bit!

The time difference is 13 hours ahead from Manila to the East Coast. I miss Roman already and will miss him even more especially the different time zones we’ll be in for the next 3 weeks. But thank goodness that my cellphone provider T-mobile provides unlimited text and data so I’ll still be able to text him and everyone else back in America and of course post some pictures as well as write in the blog!

Thanks for reading and hope you all have a great weekend!

To Roman,

I’ll see you soon!! I’ll send you lots and lots of pictures! Mahal kita sobra!! 

Love,

Jesci

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8 thoughts on “Traveling halfway across the world!

  1. xoJenny says:

    Aw, I’m so happy for you and your parents that you guys get to go back to your country. My mom wants to do a big trip back to Seoul with my sister, aunt and me soon too and I just hope it’s sooner than later! Are you guys spending any time in Seoul or is it just a layover? I can only imagine the anticipation to get there and see your family and friends! Have an amazing time and safe flight! Can’t wait to read and see all beautiful things you’ll share with us from the Philippines!!!

    xo, JJ

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  2. Mel & Suan says:

    Auspicious start on the flight! 9 luggages! LOL you folks sure loaded up!
    Anyway, the Philippines has so many islands (7107) to explore that we’ve only touched 3. Enjoy your time and yes it will be hotter and more humid than socal!

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  3. Mackenzie says:

    AHHHH! I am so excited for you to go back! Thanks for sharing that history with us- I really hope you share alllll about your travels with us too! OK- those gift bags- you are like a fairy godmother, girlfriend! How sweet of you!!!!! I had to do double takes- like wowza, you are have one generous heart! Those lettuce wraps looked super yummy as did that super cute bakery! I love that picture! I bet you and Roman are gonna miss each other like nuts- but three weeks will FLY! I seriously can’t wait to hear about this- I’m going to break the explanation point on the keyboard, lol. MASSIVE HUGS! Safe travels ❤

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