Nordstrom Spa Experience

I am holding the Nordstrom level four credit card. However, I never exercise my benefit of a complementary spa treatment. It came across my mind of trying it out several times but I always dismissed it. Under my daughter’s encouragement, I invited her to join me. She is twenty but is more brave than me of trying out new thing. Anyhow, she fits the appointment into her busy schedule. We had lunch and shopped before our appointment. It was lovely to spend the extra time with my daughter. I wanted to tell her “l love you” again and again.

We arrived at Nordstrom spa 10 minutes early. The receptionists were welcoming and warm. After we checked in, we were lead to the changing rooms to get into our robes and waited in the parlor to start the foot baths.

It was a new experience for both of us. We took our time talking and gauging and guessing what will come next. The staff was very attentive. They were busy filling our water and gave us time to soak the feet in the warm water. We were well-pampered.

After the parlor time, the pleasant massage therapist lead us to separate treatment rooms.  She politely asked me if I had any special work-ons. She also instructed me  how to get on the table and where to hang the robe. With soothing music and dim lights, I was totally unwound in my relaxing massage room.

My massage started from my right leg up. She put lavender oil on her palm and worked systemicly to smoothing each muscle out of any knots.   I could feel the tense escaping and i almost fell asleep. The same treatment was applied  to my left leg and back torso, followed by treatment of my left arm and then right arm.

The 1-1/2 hour massage put my muscles, bones back to the right place physically, and elaborated the mood mentally. The total experience was amazingly refreshing. I felt so much better than before I went in. The spa experience was my self-investment to my health.  I promised Nordstrom Spa secretly that I would come back.

Top Tip For Season Changeover

October in California is warm and golden during day but cold at night. It is really awkward to put all the light weigh clothes away. It always feels I may need it sometimes. This anguish thoughts usually put the transaction on hold until I run out of reasons to delay the task . Actually, the season changing process can be smooth and fun. Don’t take it as a one-time job but think it as a month long process. The secret is to put something away after each laundry.  The summer-colored breezy materials can go first, then shorts, sandals. It is also a good time to sort out out-of-favors, out-of-shapes, and new favorites to come back the next year.  Leave out something fun that I can layering them in the fall.

Each time you put away a few clothes, you bring out some cold weather pieces. Start from thicker jackets, cold weather colored shirts, cardigan and then sweaters and heavier coats.  Other than the lightweight denims, most of my jeans are staying. The denims are essential of my closets.

This is also a good time to sort out the out-of-favored fall/winter clothes. One stone kills two birds: Declutter the closet and season change over at the same time.  Now you have put away the summer cloth and reorganize the cold weather outfit. You are done until next time.


Affordable Dress

From lacy cocktail dresses, statement making vintage dresses, trendy off shoulder dresses or girly skater dresses, Aqua fashion has it all. Other places offer these dresses for upwards of $40! Luckily, you can buy it here for only $20!

For a limited budget, these dresses are classy and economical. I have being buying aqua dresses for my daughter to wear for multiple events. After multiple uses,  I donated them to another loving family to not feel guilty about the money spent!

All in all, I found some pretty good deals whenever Bloommingdale’s has promotions. I will post some of my good finds from my recent shopping trip soon.


One minute spa

Aloe vera is a common house plant. They are well recognized as  the thick, pointed, fleshy leafy green.  This cactus is easy to grow and survive well. Planty of researches all advocate the benefits of this humble plants. One thing that intrigue me is the power to hydrate the skin, fight aging, and lighten blemishes. It can take years of my face when applied daily. The gooey Aloe Vera translucent gel is the main ingredient that does it all.

This gel contains 96% of water and types of proteins that can be found in human body. They are rich in vitamin A, C, E and beta carotene. Those compounds are the crux of the multi-million dollars beauty industry.

You don’t have to spend money on aloe vera beauty products. And don’t bother to add any by products to make aloe vera work better. The only thing you need is one aloe vera plant. All you need to do is cut a fleshy leaf, trim the spike and bring out the gooey gel. Apply the sticky gel to your face and neck area. It is cooling and soothing and you can fill the tightness of the skin as it dries out.

I use the gooey gel every night after shower and wash them off the next morning.  Don’t forget to store the unused leaf in a zip lock bag and refrigerate it until next use. This  “express  spa” is a cost effective way to fight the aging and improve the skin health.  You  will feel good about it.


Simple Pork Broth Noodle

This is so unexpected. My daughter brought her boyfriend Rocky and my son brought her girlfriend Phoebe home for this weekend. Philip and I were delighted to meet them.

These adult kids are too busy to cook for themselves. I am more than happy to prepare some easy, delicious and nutritious meal for them. I happened to have some simple pork broth so I made a delicious pork soup noodles with chopped scallions. You may add some green if you have them handy.


2 cups of home made pork broth
2 scallions minced
1 handful or fresh ramen noodle

salt and ground pepper

In a large pot, bring the pork broth to broil. Add salt to the broth. In the meantime, cook the noodle according instruction. Drain the noodle, ladle the hot broth into the noodle and top with scallions and fresh ground pepper.

This  noodle can be prepared quickly and served as light brunch or lunch if accompanied by a few small dishes.

Simple Squash Soup

1/2 kombacha squash
1 medium onion
4 cloves of garlic
2 to 3 stemps of thymes
2 cups chicken stock mixed with 2 cups of water
1 handful of chopped kale leaves

Sprinkle salt and olive oil in the squash and baked in 400 f oven for 30 minutes. Saute minced garlic and onion until fragrant. Add chicken stock and water bring to broil and reduce heat to simmer.

Scoop out the squash flesh and add to the soup. Continue cook to desired thickness and add the kale leaves. Add salt and pepper, serve the soup with garlic bread or sandwich. Hot or room temperature.

Day 6

After a scenic drive the entire island yesterday. This is a day we are going to relax and just walk around the hotel neighborhood. We took a beach walk along the Waikiki beach. People are swimming, sun tanning, sand digging, all sort of beach activities. The endless blue sea along the high rise building. This is the beauty of natural married the commercial. Everything is so close and convenient. This is my ideal of vacation.

Enough of sun bathing, we walk to ala Mona mall for ramen. Goma Tei is a local chain ramen store. The seame flavored tan tan ramen served with wakamen is savory and filling.

The short walk from ala Mona mall to ho

Day 6

The last day here in the paradise. We decide to Go the diner, the favorite stop For the cops in Hawaii five O series. It is just cross the street from Hilton village. The setting is very much Hawaiian. other than that, it is just come take a look that sort of thing.

The food is creasy, the coffee was too heavy for my taste. The waitress didn’t come, and they bring out the wrong juice. Kalvin has the stomached after the meal. Overall dinning experience is terrible. Next time don’t follow the movie scene. It is not for everybody.

Day 5

today we set out for food adventure and snorkeling. Pineapple plantation is the signature stop in Oahu travel. The dale plant create all sort of interesting food from pineapple. Candies, cookies, nuts and pineapple ice cream. My kids eyed in the gigantic pineapple ice cream on the real pineapple with cherry, chocolate and orange dressing.


The second stop is the Giovanni’s shrimp truck. we ordered 4 different flavored shrimp plates. The best is shrimp scampi. The shrimps was steamed before marinate in the sauce. The rich flavor in the fresh water shrimp is a delicious combinations. The line is long and the parking is scarce. I almost lost my cool. However, the patience was paid off.

Next stop is the famous shaved ice. The same thing happened here. No parking and long line. Same result, the very yammie shaved ice.


The next unexpected stop stop is the pol factory. We tasted the authentic Hawaiian dish, the pork lau lau and Kailua pig. The pork lau lau is steamed pork wrapped in lotus leaf. The flavor of spices mixed with lotus leave create the special, leave flavored pork dish. My kids had lunch 2 hours ago and they were hungry again.

The food adventure is almost end. We are going to visit Hanauma bay for snorkeling. The water activities is the high light of the day. They saw  70 % of the creatures in the introduction film. They burned all the calories from our food adventure. I walked along the beach, taking photos, watch the washed ashore reefs and my dear adult children playing in the water. I wish my husband can be here to watch our kids play. The time has become less and less.