Spontaneous Trip to Portland – FILIPOKIE
Spontaneous Trip to Portland

Spontaneous Trip to Portland

I was not able to update my blog during my trip so I apologize for not having these posts corresponding with the correct dates. Dad, if you see this: TOO LATE.

These past two days after getting back from New Zealand were rather boring; all I did was sit around at home cleaning and working out. Yesterday I was thinking about one of my best friends (more like my half-Filipina sister), Jessica, trying to figure out when I would see her next so I told her I wanted to visit. She said I could come up any time and she would be happy to see me. Since I didn’t have anything going on I figured maybe I could come up during the weekend and stay for a little while before my summer classes start. Jessica said I could bring anyone I wanted, so when we skyped I told her about my friend, Kyle, she wanted me to bring him along. Jessica is one of the sweetest people I have ever met, and I am so blessed to have a great friend like her in my life. We’ve known each other so long, and since she knows my mom it’s always nice to be able to vent to someone who understands my situation. We’re also both half-Filipina, so it’s fun to be able to share those crazy fun traditions together and make fun of those Filipino stereotypes.
It was late that evening, and Kyle said that something came up and he had to go to a birthday party on Sunday. I told him that if he really wants to go I’m willing to make anything work and we could switch up the dates of the trip. He agreed and asked what are the other possibilities. I wanted to spend as much time as possible with Jessica so I said, “If you’re down for a little spontaneity we can leave tomorrow evening and come home Saturday evening so you’ll be home by Sunday.” He agreed but he had to ask his parents to make sure it was okay. I booked my ticket and hoped he would be able to go and the flight wouldn’t sell out.
It was 5:30 AM when Kyle texted me, “Let’s book it.”
Twelve hours later we were on a flight to Portland, Oregon to see Jessica and her husband, Chris. They live in Seattle but since we have friends in Portland and Chris’ parents live there they said they wouldn’t mind driving down to pick us up. That was so nice of them because it made the tickets $100 cheaper. We arrived late in the evening when Jessica, Ruby, and Pat picked us up from PDX. We went to The Kennedy School for dinner, which is an old school dating back to the early 1900’s and a company basically refurbishes and restores these buildings and turns them into restaurants and hotels. It was pretty cool, and each of the restaurants had their own theme corresponding with the original room theme. For example, there was a bar in the boiler room and inside were all the original boiler equipment along with a bar and pool tables. We went to Voodoo Doughnuts, which has been featured on the Food Network for its interesting variety of doughnuts. We got a box filled with cocoa puff doughnuts, maple-bacon, and more (we didn’t get the doughnut shaped like a penis).
We dropped off Ruby and Pat at their houses and made the 3 1/2 hour drive to Seattle. We got to the house at 3:30 AM and it was already light out. I was thinking how I would be able to sleep if we’re basically sleeping with the sun streaming in, but we were so exhausted that we passed out and slept through the night.
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