My “cousin” Nicky (you know, family friends ARE family for us Asians) graduated from UCI yesterday. I was there as his carpool buddy and personal paparazzi. After I got home, we had a moment of scare when the pictures Brandon uploaded disappeared from the server and we had already deleted them off the camera.

Let me just say that thank GOD for data retrieval tools. We managed to get most of them, if not all of them back.



Plus the ones we thought we lost, like the pictures of 2 burly men singing “The Greatest Love of All” on Karaoke Revolution and got awesome score on that, even.


Today, Brandon’s coworker and her friend took us geocaching for the first time. Essentially, you go to the website, download the coordinates onto your hand-held GPS dohicky, go there and look for the “cache”. Officially, geocaching is…

…is an entertaining adventure game for gps users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a gps unit. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something they should try to leave something for the cache.

We did 7 today and I haven’t even found one on my own yet. Brandon found two, and the veterans found the rest. The last one was the easiest one, but by the time I got to the spot, 2 other cachers were opening the thing already. Dammit!

I took a few pictures on our first one, but then I realized that I would be compromising the location of the cache somehow. Although there were moments we should’ve had the camera with us. Like spending good 20 minutes looking for this one cache on the side of the street, prodding at the cactus behind the wall, looking over that wall, poking at the bricks to see if anything comes loose. Etc. Thank god we were with OC sheriff deputy in case anyone decided to call the coppers on us! LOL.

Tomorrow’s schedule is filling up fast. I originally want to visit Celeste for a little while but at this point I am not so sure if I will have time. I will have to further investigate tomorrow.


  1. Cousin Nicky   •  

    YAY!!!!……Thanks for the awesome pictures! they look amazing. I’m so lucky to have my own personal paparazzi! haha….hope brandons feeling all better now! and thanks for the present!!

  2. Olaina   •  

    Geocaching! That’s another thing we’ll miss on the non-road-trip to New Mexico… boo! hiss! But it seems we can do it locally, so maybe sometime in August we can just go driving around somewhere…

    Justin and I are going to drive up the coast for a three night retreat from real life. As tired as I am of waking up and not being sure which house I’m in, I am so excited to get to spend some time with him away from the madhouse that is our lives.

    But we’re old fashioned, and all we’ll have is a map from AAA. We’ll have to play the license plate game, and the alphabet game, and look out the window just because it’s pretty… like when we were kids. 🙂

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