Day 5 in SD-Ostrich Jerky,Julian Pie…

Woke up early and I check out earlier than expected.I book for a week but I check out 3 days earlier cause I was invited to many houses.Alhamdulillah..

Collect some $$ at the reception and carry my bags out. I felt that my bags had multiplied. I think it is no longer 9.9kg +3kg..I think probably 15-20kg. Hmm, what is inside my bags?Not much money or gold heheh!Perhaps clothes,writing materials or perhaps dust?I think its heavy on experience and perhaps blogging tales to share which I had no chance to let all of it…OUT loud!! heheh!Hmm..

I already given all my bagels and dry food products that are excess to the other backpackers. hey got this food corner, whoever can contribute to it and we all can eat them! kinda like if u got excess food, share with others…

Anyway, instead of walking 10 blocks to the bus stop, i took a cab. I know…but I’m a pampered backpacker…I took a cab all the way to Rancho Bernardo area. Cost, wanna know, dont ask…. almost equivalent to the fare I took from LAX to HW. Hmm…I gotta stop being a princess when Im backpacking.(old habits die hard)

travel tip/trick: If u can find disposable clothes (made of paper?!!), buy it! Once u wore them till torn, throw it, U kinda save water too!(no need to wash at all, pardon my lazyness…) And it is kind to ur shoulders too if u carry them in a backpack like me.

I was welcomed by Eka and son and they helped me with my other 3kg bag. Hee!Dont ask me what’s inside…..

My bunk for the night….

Their house was big to me (its big for someone who has been living in flats her entire life) and was very spacious and simply decorated.Nice.I like. I felt welcomed by the wooden details in the house.

The kids are very intelligent.We talked from Pokemon to video games to school to gymnastics and martial arts. Yeah, they are very busy little kids.Active and talkative. I was entertained thru out my stay especially with my bedroom partner..hehe!

The donuts are for breakfast. Soft and delicate.Not chunky nor heavy like Dunkin Donuts in Malaysia. yummy…

Fruits -peaches,avocados…Mmmm…

Home-made Lasagne for lunch..more meaty meal for me. YIPEE!!Im becoming more and more carnivorous…Hmm.

DELICIOUSLY good….Lekker!Sedap!!

Then we head out to nearby HALAL store for some groceries and meat…GRrrr..

U can also get these spices at Mustafa centre in Singapore!!!

Corned beef and canned meat….

Nuggets, meatballs,frankfurters …and they are all HALAL!!

This is marshmallow….the ingredients listed…

This used to be a muslim gathering or mosque…but no longer available…

After that, I joined Eka’s family to visit an open house which was burnt to the ground 2 years ago.I didnt know it was that bad till I watched a book published by themselves on how it was before and now a big magnificent house.

This is the area that were caught in the big fire 2 years ago…

They tried to save whatever they can within that 30mins. I can see and feel the sadness in the eyes of the people involved when their beloved houses are burnt to the ground. And interestingly, not all the houses in that area are burnt,kinda like alternate or “chosen” ones…but everything have a blessing in disguise…Alhamdulillah now they got a better house. And important thing is that no lives in their family are lost…

Beautiful house…I was captivated by its interior design that I nearly wanted to lie in their jacuzzi/bath tub.U know me, Putri berendam…(water princess who loves to soak in water hehe!)

I wanted to take shots of the whole house but..err…I think I better not…

Its like a dream house.My mind was busy calculating my pension $$/CPF (if I have any)…and to see whether I can afford this type of luxury, perhaps not in Singapore but elsewhere…Indonesia? Hmm…

Thank you to all FIREMEN/WOMEN who has devoted their lives to save lives in any way the best that they could, no matter where you are…in every part of the world, THANK YOU! U are our heroes! (Yeah, dad…you too!) And not forgetting their supportive family members/partners that allow them to be in that profession and give them their support in anyway they can. (Yeah, especially to you, Mom!)

Later, we went on a mini roadtrip thru San Pasqual,Santa Ysabel,Ramona,Poway, Julian..

Beautiful nature…

Saw many avocado growths but from a distance…

Ostrich farms…

We were stopped by our own curiousity after seeing this signboard…

Ostrich Jerky, I never heard of that… (but u can get HALAL Ostrich meat at Mustafa centre in Singapore)

Not HALAL…. hmm…

U can also buy the empty hard shell for decorative purposes. Empty or filled =USD$19-22

Emu eggs and avocados, any similarities?

Sweet but spicy mangoes…

There are lots of fragrances along the way..u can smell chicken poop at the chicken eggs farm.

We saw lamb,sheeps, cows, goats and camels…. Phew, the stench was..really rejuvenating ur senses…hehe!Roll down the windows and breathe in deep…and out and in again….

Hot springs?

Julian Pie has got to be one of the BEST apple pie that I have eaten. Its crumbly yet delightably moist on the inside. So freshly made with green apples. If u get to come early morning, u might catch them in action of peeling the apples and making the pies…..

Its almost full-house when we reached near its closing time. Its one of the popular dessert here.

They also have those caramelised apples.Look yummy but i think it will be too sweet for me…

Julian was like a little cowboy town. U can also dressed up like one and took pictures in one of the stores.Specialty is the apple pies. I love these old buildings. It aged gracefully but it kinda create that curiosity in me wanting to know the history of each and every one of them.

Dinner was fried noodles with meatballs and some varieties of sambal/chilli sauce. I think my tongue got weak on me. It felt the spicyness which normally I can tolerate.I had not been eating spicy for about 1 week plus.And the tongue is a bit blunt, need to sharpen those tastebuds again once I reached Singapore, insya-Allah.

It was a good roadtrip! Love it! Hi-five to u guys! Thank u very much…

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