On Wines and Castles.

I am one of those people who’s slightly a little bit obsessed with old castles. It’s not the grandeur or the lifestyle, but more of the history and mystery of huge places that  served as a home for some people that’s just so attractive to me.

Castles are dark, outdated, dingy, sometimes scary, but for some reason, something about it draws me in. I am in love with them! I love watching old movies set in castles, or the new ones that feature them. I’ve always wanted to live in one (not as a royal, but just a regular person living in a really old, really big house.)

Because everybody in my family has a weird work schedule, we knew that spending the holidays together would be difficult. So we planned to see each other earlier to spend our very own “Christmas” and “New Year.”

The thought of traveling always puts me in a good mood.

This December, we flew to San Francisco and visited a little castle-slash-vineyard in Napa Valley.

The drive up to Castello di Amorosa was such a sight. I’ve never seen this much greenery in Vegas, where I currently live. It made me sad for a little bit, but I quickly moved on as soon as I saw the castle.

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I don’t understand what it is about a dark place that could make me so happy, but I just let myself bask in the joy it gave me. I was slightly disappointed the vineyard looked a little empty, I wasn’t sure if we arrived before harvest season or just after harvest time, so I just  went ahead and distracted myself with walking around inside.

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Also, wine tasting, because why not?

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Maybe it’s because I’m weak, or just because I’m Asian and get embarassingly tomato-red when I’m a little drunk, that I prefer getting buzzed as slow as possible. I may know my way around tequilas and gins, but for wines, the sweets will always be my go-to.

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The courtyard was pretty, the corridors were charming. I may have secretly pretended to be a princess prancing around the hallways the whole time we were there. I wish they had an AirBnb or bed-and-breakfast sort of setting because I would definitely book a week’s stay to just day drink and run away from work.

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Castles and Wines are the perfect combo!

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xx Gizel

Hello December!

I wanted to do a “Holiday Blog Series” and get started with Thanksgiving, but being a retail worker made that well over impossible. After the stress and the long extra hours I had to stay during the week leading up to Thanksgiving and Black Friday, I’ve finally found some down time to get started.

What better day to start than December 1st? The first day of Christmas month, which is actually my absolute favorite holiday! Christmas just always seems to make me happy no matter what sort of emotional state I’m currently in. As of the moment, that state would be: lost and confused.

But hey! It’s starting to get pretty chilly, and Christmas music is playing everywhere, so today would be the best day to start feeling, well, festive!


I mean, I guess I wasn’t really so festive today seeing as I, on my last off for the week, spent the day cleaning the kitchen, doing the laundry, rearranging my room furniture, and setting up my 401k plan, all while listening to the audio book of “Eat Pray Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Basically, my idea of a fun December morning meant being a fully-fledged adult, coupled with having an argument with my pet, who thought it was a great idea to steal my make-up brush and chew it. So much for festive.


Although, aside from my boring and mundane day of chores, I did accomplish something holiday-related today. I got started with buying Christmas presents! All online of course, so I didn’t have to leave my bed for that task, I did however, berate myself for spending so much money that I honestly don’t have. Thank you credit cards and the gift of paying later!

Maybe next time I’ll write about “How to save money when buying presents.”

Maybe…

When I’ve finally mastered that art myself.

But for now, I’m just happy to share that I’ve got that part of Christmas sorted out, and I feel pretty proud that I’m not one of those last-minute Christmas shoppers who end up getting the most impersonal gift and that I actually put so much thought in the gifts that I give! Since it’s twenty-four days away, I urge you to get started now too!!

Aside from that, I was also able to make a “To Do List” today! What’s so special about a list of things to do anyway?


Well, if you are anything like me, who never really start doing anything no matter how much I want to, then you’re gonna start falling in love with to-do lists!

You see, what I do is give myself goals to finish for certain periods of time and having those goals seen written down in my own handwriting actually inspires me to start doing them. It’s like a grocery list, or a gift list. Once you check through everything, you’ll feel very accomplished.  If it’s an attainable list, then it’s pretty easy to get started with. Also, it would be a great help for my state of loss and confusion.

I guess, I would advise anyone who seem unsure of what the next step is, to start making these lists. Just clear your mind enough to finish one, and slowly start checking off on the things you wrote down. That way, you’ll find yourself a purpose, and will actually be able to get things on that list done.

Maybe I’ll add “Finish buying Christmas gifts” on that list! It will definitely make my Holidays a breeze.

Happy December everyone!

xx Gizel