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Sunday, April 29, 2012

All Shades of Blue


     Yes, I love all shades of blue! Blue sandals...

When Darkness is colored Pink

 Reunited with a friend the other day...conversing on our personal finances which we merrily chatted about after dissecting our love life the past years, she asked me to do the following she said was a test of debt help need. You might want to follow the instructions too, believe me, I had fun doing it haha.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

La Jolla Coast Walk

Wildflower Lined Trail @ La Jolla Coast Walk
La Jolla Coast Walk is an easy half a mile walk along the clifftops. Some portion of the trail paved, while the rest are dirt, making it feel like really in the wilderness, but the truth is, it is within an earshot of civilization (or palatial houses). 
View From La Jolla Coast Walk
 Parking however is tough close to both trail heads, that we usually park South of the Children's Pool, thus our walk is longer than the trail at la Jolla Coast Walk. However, the sights from Children's Pool to La Jolla Caves are never boring, and we love longer walks.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Beauty is Only Skin Deep

post submitted by Zen, a.k.a. kulasa, for Breathe In....Breathe out

     My brother and I loved to bike! I remember very well our first real vehicle. I couldn't say it was a bicycle because it had three wheels to keep balance. I do not however recall its original color..whether it was really pink as it was repainted in the pages of my childhood memories. What I do remember vividly was the abundant laughter that my brother and I shared trying to maneuver the thing around the yard and yes there were a lot of kiddie arguments as to who deserved to use it first each day. And then we grew a little bigger and it was time for the real thing! Dad used to take us to the park for our weekend bicycling sprees. Bruised, yes I had my share of bruises during my first tries to ride a bicycle and so did he and boy those little scratches were scary! We always thought that food would come out of our wounds as was often said by our older playmates when we'd chat about really scary stuff.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

El Tovar Hotel, Grand Canyon National Park

El Tovar Hotel is located on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. The hotel opened in 1905, before Grand Canyon became a National Park in 1916. This hotel is the premier lodging in Grand Canyon National Park and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 6, 1974. El Tovar Hotel was declared later a National Historic Landmark on May 28, 1987.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Sunset at Lake Powell

Lake Powell @ Stateline Arizona-Utah Border
Lake Powell is a reservoir on the Colorado River which is straddling the border between Arizona and Utah, though most of it is in Utah.

Friday, April 20, 2012

From Car Rental to Car Shopping

No, it's not yet the time of the year to get another car. I was window shopping online for cars.
Our Trusted Partner on Road Trips, Honda Pilot, @ Alabama Hills, Eastern Sierra, CA

I actually was looking for rental car at Salt Lake City, Utah. Of course, if possible, whenever we rent a car, we wanted something that we are more familiar with, like a Honda Pilot. The Honda Pilot is our "road trip" car whenever we explore places, because it can go from paved roads to unpaved roads to off road,

New Addiction

This guest post from Josue Nichols

Thanks to everyone out there who got me hooked on the new show on HGTV on direct tv internet

Saturday, April 14, 2012


     Kids, they always have the brightest and the sweetest of smiles. They may give us the most painful of headaches with their antics but in the wink of an eye could cure us with just a kiss.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Nature's Miracle

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  I sit not on a bench but on a flat rock. I remove my shoes and let my soles touch green soft grass. I raise my head, close my eyes let my hair be swayed by the wind, inhale, swing my hands up, stretch and slowly breathe out. I open my eyes and see flowers everywhere ahhhh heaven, to me this is it...contentment in the magic of nature.

     There was a time when I spent the early hours of morning until twilight planting. Every time the hubby goes out I'd ask him to bring home a plant. The kiddos used to chide me gosh mommy all you ever say is "plants plants plants"....at night I even dream of being in the garden. I have left my plants collection in two homes though. Before deciding to build a house upon a hill we stayed at our family home and then moved to the hubby's ancestral home. So I practically left my first plants for my mother-in-law and sister-in-law to take care of. I am still in the process of landscaping our lawn. My plants are still limited to my roses, orchids and Zinnias. The hubby has a vegetable garden and is nurturing several fruit bearing trees.

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"Nature preserved gives happiness we deserve." I am taking these fingers off the keyboard and getting them inside the ground in just a little while to get those flowers blooming and exuding sheer joy from gardening.


      post submitted by Zen 


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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

No Turning Back

It all started in Friendster. I got updates from some of my friends that they had updated their blog. I was enjoying their writing, which to me then, was a lot deeper than casually chatting. I find that sometimes, we are not comfortable sharing our inner emotions and thoughts in person afraid we will just bore the person, but we somehow share more in writing. Maybe, that is the reason why writing is one of the best therapies there is.
In Blogging, I Find Joy in Sharing The Simple Joys I Find In Nature
Inspired by some of my friends, I started my own blog too. The rest is now history for me. I am happy to say that I am very happy running my two blogs.

On Curiosity and Moving Fast

post and images by Zen
Like most of you I love watching the world go by whenever I have the time. Wings flying, sun rising, leaves falling, flowers blooming, clouds rolling, ants kissing all of them fascinate me. Life is a constant change, that I have often heard and experienced. I've been chatting with a friend yesterday about everything our tongues could pronounce, seriously.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Spring Is Here!!

CA Sea Lavender and Pride of Madeira at Mission Bay, San Diego
Spring is awesomely here!! Though it is still not too late for me to dream again of hitting mountain slopes thickly covered with snow for some combined snowshoeing and skiing fun, after all, the Sierra Nevada mountain is not that far for a weekend get-away. However, I so welcome the warmth of spring now, and the wondrous beauty of the blossoming of life it brings.

North Algodones Sand Dunes

Leaving My Shoes for Sand
North Algodones Sand Dunes is part of Glamis Sand Dunes, which is the largest mass of sand dunes in California. The sand dunes are formed by windblown sands of the ancient Lake Cahuilla, extending far more than 40 miles long and 5 miles wide. Most of Glamis Sand Dunes is popular for off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Have You Heard of Spartan Race?

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Spartan Race for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Hiking The Grand Canyon 
Hiking down the Grand Canyon from the rim down to the river and back up is considered an extreme hike. National Park Services do not advise hiking down to the river and back up in one day. However, the problem with backpacking is that it takes so long to get a permit to hike this trail, and you may end getting a permit where the weather is not favorable and may even be more dangerous. Because of this constraint, still, a lot of people would hike the Grand Canyon from rim to river then back up in one day. Each year, there are about 250 rescues in the Grand Canyon because others may not have prepared for the extreme changes in this hike. However, if there is sufficient training, there are many hikers who have enjoyed immensely experiencing the Grand Canyon from top to bottom and walked through the past ages of geological time. As such, for a lot of people, hiking down the Grand Canyon has been a dream.
Me, Feeling the Pure Happiness of Experiencing the Grand Canyon from rim to Colorado River
Having experienced hiking down the Grand Canyon from the rim down to the river and then back up in one day, I must say that this hike is not impossible, but I can see where the danger is why the National Park does not advise a day hike down to the river and back up in one day.  I also understand perfectly why there are about 250 rescues each year. For one, there is extreme change in temperature. We started at the top at below freezing, 27F ( -3C), yet 5000 ft below, the temperature was in the 80s. And with constant exposure to sun, the 80s can feel like in the hundreds! Walking for 17 miles on flat or level grounds can already be tiring for some, what about with a change in elevation of almost 5000 ft? The world's tallest building is 2,723 ft. So, imagine climbing up the stairs of the world's tallest building twice.
However, if one comes well prepared and well trained for this physically demanding hike, there is no reason to not enjoy the Grand Canyon from top to bottom, and then, back up. I know several people who may have no mountains to train where they live but were able to enjoy fully hiking the Grand Canyon because of their training with the Spartan Race. Now, have you heard about Spartan Race? It was created with the idea that working out and training is not always torturous. it is fun and entertaining. Check out why this is very popular for people who are working out to be physically fit, to be able to enjoy life to the fullest. And yes, be able to hike even what others considered extreme. It is something the whole family can do, and if you want to have fun training, do check our their site.
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