Just Moved!

After much thought, I have decided to go with the blog name that I’ve always wanted. While it’s still available, I went ahead and got it.  I thought about it over and over again. But I thought it was best to do it while it’s still early in the year.  So here’s to a new start.  🙂

After today, I will only be posting at www.happyfoodtrip.com

I hope I see you there!

Hello Kitty Macarons

Hello Kitty Macarons from Hello Kitty Cafe Truck.
Price:  $16.00

Hello Kitty Macarons

These cute macarons, not macaroons, didn’t stand a chance!
We thought we could wait before eating them because they were just so cute.  Nope!  I took one look and then hurriedly took a couple of photos.  Then that was it!  We ate all the macarons.  All 5 of them! I love Hello Kitty but I guess I love food more.

They were delicious!  I admit that at the beginning I didn’t expect much on flavor because I considered this food more of a novelty (edible) item, rather than actual dessert. I was surprised when I took my first bite.

Chris and I were splitting each macaron so that both of us could try each flavor.  So after my delightful first bite, I had to stop myself from eating the whole macaron before Chris could try it.  Now, I’m not saying that they have the best macarons because that would be an exaggeration.  To be honest, I haven’t eaten that many macarons in my life. However, I have had several macarons that were better than these cute pastries.  The bottomline is they were good and I would surely have them again.

Chris and I were not sure of the macarons’ flavors.  But here is a list of what we both believe to be the possible flavors:

  1. Red – Strawbery
    • It tasted like strawberry.  If we’re wrong, it could be cherry.  But our final answer is strawberry.
  2. White – Vanilla
    • I would really say that at first bite it tasted like vanilla.  But this was the one that has the subtlest of flavors among the 5.
  3. Blue – Chocolate
    • The filling tasted like chocolate.  It was realicious.  I would want to eat another one of these.
  4. Orange – Pineapple
    • It’s a little bit tarty.  It tasted familiar. But the sourness made us lean towards pineapple. The second choice was mango then orange was the very last of our guess.  But we both agreed with pineapple.
  5. Green – Green Tea (Matcha) or Pistachio
    • At first bite I thought it was green tea (matcha) but a few more small bites and it tasted a bit nutty. That’s why we thought that maybe this is pistachio and not green tea.

My favorites are:

  • Based on flavor:   Blue and Green Macarons — Strawberry would be the 2nd runner up.
  • Based on design:  Blue and White Macarons.  I love the shade of blue that they used on the blue macaron and I love the simple design of just having a cute bow on it.  The white one can’t be missed on design as to having the Hello Kitty face on it.
  • Both design and flavor:  The blue macaron came out as the winner for having both delicious flavor and cute simple design.

At the time of this writing, we have not eaten the Hello Kitty Cookies yet.  As soon as we get to eat them, I’ll try to post how they tasted.  I’m hoping it’s as good as this one.


ASL 02.16.2019 (Tampa, FL)

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Hello Kitty Cafe Truck – Tampa, FL
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Hello Kitty Cafe Truck – Tampa, FL


Hello Kitty Cafe Truck – Tampa, FL

For years, I have been missing opportunities one after another.  I even contemplated on driving to Miami to be able to at least get a glimpse of this uber cute food truck.  Now that they’re back in Tampa, I was finally able to get to see the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck in person.


Saturday morning, I saw a text message from a friend.  It was a picture of a news segment and showed the internationally famous logo of a cat that has no mouth. I was excited but didn’t say anything to Chris.  While sipping coffee and talking about the things we could do today, Chris said, “We can do all that as long as we go somewhere before 8pm.”  “Why?” I asked.   “It’s a surprise.”  Looking at him and I smiled, “Oh I know what it is.”  He looked back and tried to check and see if I really knew.  Then I said, “Hello Kitty.”

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I was about to decide to abandon this blog.  I had accummulated photos and videos.  But I never seem to post them.  As if by act of fate, this blog got renewed.  I was under the impression that it won’t renew until a month later.  But it did.  Fortunately, there is an option to cancel and get a refund.  However, you don’t really get all of your money back since the auto renewal also renewed the domain name and something else about the domain.  We don’t really need to talk about all the details on that.

I thought about it.  Then I thought about how I was not as committed as I had hoped to be.  I was thinking maybe this was a way that would force me to do more on this blog.

I need to just post stuff and not think about it so much.  I thnk that’s what happens.  I would take photos and videos but I don’t make the time to post it.  Or when I do have time, I try to think which ones to post first.  Should I post the photos first?  Should I edit the videos?  Should I wait until I post this next one?   So it became such a hassle.

I’m just not going to overthink it.  I’ll just go back to my original goal, for this blog, was to create a space where I can put my photos and videos of different food and places that I’ve experienced.  We’ll try it again this year.  2019, be good to me.

Back Stateside

That was the shortest week ever… but we’re happy to get that week off. We are now back stateside. There is a delay on our way to Tampa. We went through rough air on our way from Japan to the US. The airline automatically moved our connecting flight to a later flight. From a 1 and half hour layover in Detroit, we will be here for 5 hours. Missing everyone from back home!! We will see each other again soon. Hopefully the wait won’t be as long as the last time. For the ones that we didn’t get to see, we’re very sorry. We had very limited time. I didn’t announce my arrival since I wanted to make time for our very large family. Thank you to our family and relatives who took the time and travelled from faraway places, some by plane and some by bus. We truly appreciate you coming to see us and making it a small reunion. For other relatives who weren’t able to make it, we will do this again soon. But by then I know how we should plan it. Chris and I had a great time and wished that we could stay longer. But we had to. Now that we are back, we are already making plans of coming back. So, just don’t be surprise if you see us, or just me, back in Durian City soon, for a visit. We love you all and miss you all already. It was not an easy ride to the airport. As we got further and further away from the house, it made me very emotional. The flight from Davao to Manila was incredibly difficult. But we don’t want to be sad. We should be happy that we were able to spend time together. The beauty of technology is, we can see each other on a regular basis. So, we shouldn’t be sad. I see now that posting on facebook and my blog will help with that. I will try to post as much as I can from now on. 🙂 I will update again later.

ASL 05.11.2018 (Detroit Airport, Michigan)

Hello Philippines! Hello Davao!

Hello Philippines!!!
We have just arrived in the country a few days ago.  I can’t believe how a few days had gone by so fast!  In just a few days we are leaving and travelling back to the US.
We have been out and about spending time with family and friends.  I wish I had more energy and don’t need sleep.  But the real goal for this trip was to really see my mom and brothers, while spending time with family who can make it to Davao.  It took us several flights just to get to Davao.  By the time we got in we were just so drained.   I think we slept for hours and didn’t wake up until night time.  The time zone difference was a struggle since there was about a 12 hour difference.   Our body thinks it should be night time while it’s bright and early in the morning.  Then by night time, I find myself looking for food because my body thinks it’s breakfast time.  We had to force ourselves to sleep the night before because we knew we had to be up the next day to spend more time with family and then with friends.

There was non-stop eating and non-stop chitchats with the family.  I met some new nieces and nephews that I’ve never met.  I saw my aunts and uncle.  I also hung out with my cousins.  Not everyone could make the trip to come see us.  But we’re so grateful to those who could make it.  They really made the time and the trip to come see us.  Some flew by plane and some rode the bus.  We are truly touched.

There were also so many photos!!  It will be quite a struggle to upload them all since there are just too many.  But I will try to upload them bit by bit.  For now, it’s time to have fun here in the Philippines!



Davao City, Philippines

Hula Hoop Dance

My friend, Courtney doing  her Hula Hoop dance.
She’s really good at it.   She makes it look so easy!!
When I tried it myself, I could barely keep the Hula Hoop spinning around my waist.
I can also see this as a good work out.  But I think I will stick to Zumba instead.

St. Petersburg, FL
April 14, 2018