Friday, July 31, 2015

Thankful Thursdate with Myself: Alone But Not Lonely

I love having a date with myself. :) I think I have been doing this since I was a kid. Though I love the company of my brothers, but I always would find a chance to spend time with myself even just outside the house, watching the leaves flutter with the wind, watching the passing clouds, or if it as night, watched the twinkling of the stars. Actually, since I was a child, my favorite praying place is my playing place, outside.

When I was in college, I started dating myself far from home. I would take time out to go to the nearest beach. I enjoyed my time alone, walking, eating, listening to the waves. It's during those times actually I problem solved complex problems I was working at school, or simply writing essays. 

From the nearby beach, I started going to the mountains by myself, as I love the sound in the woods and in the river. It's during those times I found I could come out with very good ideas for my thesis writing. Though I always need to go back to school for the experimentation part of my research, but when I need thorough examination and processing of data, I would prefer out from school, and to the mountains I go.

But I don't seek out a date with myself only when I need to process deep thoughts. I go out alone when I am happy, when I feel celebrating, when I am full of thanksgiving, when I feel sad, etc. My favorite date with myself is at the beach since somehow the powerful sound of the crashing waves sets forth a deep sense of peacefulness within me. 

Thus, I am okay alone, life is good! I am okay with friends, life is good! I am okay with family, life is good. I am okay with husband, life is good! Life is good, for God is good, all the time!

So yesterday was one of those many days of summer I go out on a date with myself. :)  Hubby is at work, while I am still in summer break. 

I started my date of course with a stop at Grill City in Mira Mesa, which is a Filipino eatery that serve grilled sea foods and meat, and the more common Filipino vegetable dish. 
from top left going clockwise: grilled milkfish or grilled bangus, mango slush with boba, laing or taro leaves cooked in coconut milk, and grilled squid

After a very heavy early lunch, I went to La Jolla Cove. First thing I did was to take a picture and texted hubby, "enjoying life!" :) Of course, I am a tease!
first picture I took to text hubby, @ the La Jolla Coast Walk

Turning your Yard Mosquito Free

Are you fed up with annoying pests like mosquitoes and ticks ruining all of your outdoor fun? If you answered yes to this question, you are certainly not alone. There are many people who find themselves in the same boat you are in. They struggle with mosquitoes during gatherings in their back yards. They are afraid to go into the woods because of the possibility of getting Lyme Disease from a tick bite. This is no way to live your life. Fortunately, there is a very easy solution. All you need to do is set up an appointment with a top pest control company like Mosquito Squad. What makes a good pest control company? Here is what you need to look for.

1. Experience

You should find a company that has been handling pest control issues for many years. You do not want a bunch of amateurs parading around your home, spraying chemicals anywhere they please. The safety of your family and pets is too important to entrust to people who are not highly qualified. Most pest control companies will talk about how long they have been in business on their websites.

2. Equipment

Modern technology has developed many ways to eradicate mosquitoes and ticks from your yard. However, some companies are not using the most current equipment for their pest control jobs. Nowadays, there are mosquito misting systems that can help to keep your outdoor event free of nasty and uninvited insects. These misting systems are handy because they do not require the people from the pest control company to operate them. After they have been installed in your yard, they will release a mist of insecticide into the air several times automatically each day.

Monday, July 27, 2015

On Kids and Nature

Child and Wave
I recently saw Nature's Valley commercial about kids being out of touch now with nature, having a different childhood experience from their parents. That was sad to watch and listen to, but at the same time, I believe kids do what are being offered to them. If the adults around them only expose them to technology, then kids would be like those kids in the Nature Valley Commercial, describing 13 hours of their day into playing computer games or into social media/texting communication. Then, there are parents who bring their kids outside, let them explore, let them learn from their experience of their surroundings.
Father and Child Tidepooling, could you see the happiness expressed in the little girl's smile?
My childhood days was totally different from these days. Back then, it was so much easier for the kids to enjoy nature without the constant presence of our parents. Our playground was nature, our treasure hunt was finding wild vegetables to bring home such as amaranth, watercress, mushroom, and many more. When my nieces and nephew were growing, they already had a different childhood than us, there's technology, and then, there's nature. Did we choose one or the other? No, we combined both.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Hoodoos Keep on Haunting Me

Bryce Canyon National Park Amphitheater

Utah rocks rock!!! The hoodoos around Utah will rock you with their spells. Hoodoos, which means to cast a spell, are pillars of rock left by erosion. The fantastic shapes of these rocks are accurately known to cast a spell on every visitor.They cast a spell on me, they kept on haunting me, as much as they haunt other visitors probably. They haunt me to come back, to look often at their pictures, to dream about them, and now, here I am, trying to undo that spell by writing about them. Let me share to you one of my favorite locations in Utah to experience magical hoodos, Bryce Canyon National Park. 

Bryce Canyon National Park is one of the 7 National Parks of the Southwest's Grand Circle. Its amazing beauty is the result of the destructive forces of water and ice carving away the weak limestone of the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. The result of this water, ice and gravity erosion brought about red rock spires and horshoe-shaped amphitheaters of hoodoos, which Bryce Canyon is known for.
Navajo Loop Trail, Bryce Canyon National Park

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Future of Surfing: 3D-Printed Fins and Accessories for Catching Waves

The purity of surfing is a huge part of its allure; out on the water, it’s just you and a board, waiting until the perfect wave comes along. Although surfing can be extraordinarily difficult, it’s not hard to find a novice beach and practice standing up on a longboard. Unlike many other sports, surfing has a fairly low barrier to entry; you can buy a used board and a wetsuit for a few hundred dollars and dive right in. With 3D printing, the laid-back culture has also adopted some new design techniques for shaping surfboard fins, wax combs, and other waterproof accessories. 3D Systems has helped pave the way for this radical gear, along with companies like Ho Stevie and Disrupt Surfboards, who each have a unique vision for how 3D printing can improve surfers’ lives. Below, we’ve showcased some of the most exciting products to come out so far. 

Custom Fins
Available as a free download, the Freshfiber design team has come up with printable surfboard fins in three striking styles — full moon, barrel, and waves. They all have a retro surfing vibe, and you can choose up to three filament colors to give your board some extra flair. The precise shape and durable material of these fins make them a worthy addition to your favorite board, providing balance and speed from the tri-fin setup. The left and right fins can be printed in one piece, but the center fin requires some minimal gluing of its two parts. For a first project, this is an excellent way to see the possibilities of 3D printing technology, with a final product that can be enjoyed on the boundless ocean. 

Bodysurfing Handplane
For some people, surfing isn’t as satisfying as bodysurfing, since a large fiberglass board keeps you from fully connecting to the waves. Bodysurfing can be more physically strenuous, but the pleasure of riding a barrel is definitely worth the effort. Typically, a bodysurfer will stay on a wave by shaping their body in an aerodynamic way, extending an arm to harness some of that kinetic energy. That’s where the handplane comes in. Like a miniature surfboard that attaches to your hand, a 3D-printed handplane allows you to orient your body in the right direction and surf even faster.

Mouth Mount Camera
To document your ride, the folks at Ho Stevie have come up with a truly unconventional way to shoot surf videos and still maintain control of the board. First, they took a waterproof housing for a GoPro camera and attached a 3D-printed mount to the top, along with a silicone mouthpiece that looks like the end of a snorkel. This mouth P.O.V. allows surfers to film what’s directly in front of them, resulting in awe-inspiring footage of cresting waves and the surrounding landscape.

Wax Comb
Finally, for those in need of a new surf tool, Freshfiber’s free-to-print Wax Comb combines an edger, scraper, bottle opener, and comb into one compact design. Printed as one solid piece, the comb also has a strap-sized hole so you don’t lose it in the water. Not only will your surf buddies admire the ingenuity of this tool, but they’ll also be amazed when they find out that you made it at home.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Play More, Spend Less or Nothing

from last week's play @ La Jolla Shores
I oftentimes get mistaken that just because I have time exploring the outdoors, I have a lot of time on my hands. :) For me, it's just all about priorities in striking a healthy balance between work and play. There's always something that we do that others don't do, and something we don't do that others do. For me, I set aside a time to do things I love doing such as relaxing and rejuvenating in the great outdoors. I probably belong to the very few who do not know what are the popular shows in TV or what are the current box-office hits because watching TV and movies are sacrificed in exchange of spending time with nature. With so many choices we have, we just have to choose what matters more to us.   

During the last day of school, some of my students asked me if what very special thing I would do for the summer break. I told them, "enjoy life in San Diego." A few responded, "sleep in, sleep in, watch TV, and Netflix." I said, "Nope, I would be very tired with that lifestyle of sleeping in, TV and Netflix. For me, enjoying life means Hiking, Hiking, and The Ocean." When I said that, a lot of my students gave me  two thumbs up, and said, "see you at the trail, Mrs. L", or "see you at the beach".

 So, what have I been up to this past week? Well, what else, but hiking and the ocean. :) Below are some of the pictures from last week's play.
Hubby's After Work Wednesdate

Fridate @ La Jolla Cove
Fridate's Finds ( at La Jolla Cove's tidepool )

Saturday and Sunday was rainy and wet for us. We badly need that gift of precipitation since San Diego and all of California is actually in severe drought this year. Very thankfully, we are seeing the promise of a wetter year this year. So, thankful about that.

Anyway, now that I am in summer break, I get to enjoy also one of the free things I love next to playing outdoors, that is blogging about the outdoors' priceless gift of relaxation, mental stimulation, spiritual healing and more. Each day I am out playing in the outdoors makes me more highly in love with God, life, and every simple gifts there are in life. Each time I am out I feel there is so much to be thankful for. Thus don't blame me if most of my posts here are about nature, for in nature I thrive, in nature I feel most at home. In nature, I feel like I am a kid, hungry to learn about everything that is around me. In nature, I am very grateful and thankful for all these priceless gifts given to us to nourish our hearts, our minds, our bodies and our spirits.

In nature,  I lose no money only weight and worries. So, what are you waiting for? Come discover that free spirited joy, of being out. Play more, spend less or nothing.
I may have traveled far to explore the other natural wonders, but my most favorite vacation is always at home

Let me end this post by sharing to you this quote,

“Life will always get busy, make time to do the things you love.”  ― Lailah Gifty AkitaBeautiful Quotes "