Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Last Weekend of Summer Break

Celebrated the last weekend of summer break wandering in Balboa Park, La Jolla Shores and Torrey Pines State Reserve, combining city and nature here in home sweet San Diego.

Now that summer break ended, I am not very sure how often I would be able to update this blog, I hope I could manage a post once a while.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Jasper National Park, Canadian Rockies + Glacier of USA Adventure Trip (4 )

Jasper National Park, AB, Canada
So many places..... so little time. 10 days of adventure in the Canadian Rockies were definitely not enough. Only that I also knew at the time of planning that we could not go beyond 10 days, not because we get tired physically, but I usually feel sick of outside foods. I guess that is the drawback of having a taste only for fresh vegetables, fish and fruits. It's hard to be away from the comforts of home. After a while, I feel weak, not from wandering and hiking, but from a lack of nutritious home prepared foods. But 10 days, were definitely enough for us to be inspired and rejuvenated. Nature's wonder is always a strong healing force for me. It is for that reason that our travels would always seek the healing power of nature's beauty.
Athabasca Glacier, Jasper National Park, AB, Canada
In this 4th part of the Canadian Rockies + Glacier of USA Adventure Trip series, I will be sharing some inspiring places we were blessed to enjoy at Jasper National Park. Jasper is the largest of Canada's Rocky Mountain National Parks and part of UNESCO World Heritage site. Its shimmering glaciers, abundant wildlife, crystal clear lakes, thundering waterfalls, deep canyons and evergreen forest, all surrounded by towering, rugged mountain peaks are some of the reasons why it is in UNESCO's World Heritage List – deemed by the World Heritage Committee to number among the most significant sights on earth.

Just a day before our wanderings here, we were heavily rained out at Yoho National Park. Heavily rained out, but very much thankful. That heavy rain was answered prayers. The Canadian Rockies at that time were battling wildfire at Banff and Jasper National Parks. Very thankfully, heavy rain poured just a day before we were set for Jasper, and it put off the fire in the area. There was no more threat of road closures in Columbia Icefield, and no more threat of not reaching our hotel at Jasper. :) It was a time to rejoice for us.
jumping for joy, no more hazy and smoky skies, no more wildfire

Tactical Tips to Survive a Home Invasion

While most people prepare themselves in case of a house fire, very few actually take the steps to increase their chance of survival during a home invasion. This is alarming when you take into consideration that you are eight times more like to experience a home invasion than a house fire. Thankfully, the following tips can help increase your survival rate if your home is every attacked by criminals.

Have a Code Word

This code word alerts your family that there is a home invasion happening and that they should spring into action. Chose a simple easy to use word and avoid long phrases or hard to remember words. “Escape”, for example, is a perfect code word. It is simple, short and goes straight to the point. 

Have a Safe Room


Designate one room in your home as a safe room that your family can go to in times of a home invasion. You should stock this room ahead of time with some specific items that can help you survive a potential fight. While the list of items may vary, one of the most important things to keep in your safe room is a phone that you and your family can use to call for help. You can find most of your safe room supply needs at various merchants such as http://grabagun.com/tactical-gear.html.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Yoho National Park, Canadian Rockies

This is the 3rd part of the Canadian Rockies + Glacier of USA Adventure Trip series. In this 3rd part, I will be sharing about the beauty of Yoho National Park.
Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, BC, Canada
"Yoho" is a Cree expression of awe and wonder, and very appropriately so. I jovially said out loud, "yoooohoooo!!", after my eyes settled and my heart beat faster in excitement upon seeing the beauty of Yoho National Park. The park is found in the western slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Yoho is bordered by Banff National Park to the East, and Kootenay National Park to the South. It's a park with snow-topped mountain peaks, roaring rivers, calm lakes and silent forests. It's a park whose history is bound up with a railroad: spiral tunnels inside mountains and stories of runaway trains.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Taking A Tour Of Fiji

Fiji is one of the most beautiful places to visit on this Earth. The island group sits in one of the sunniest and most lush locations in the South Pacific, and the islands offer people many adventures that they could not find at home. Planning Fiji holidays is all about making sure that every part of the country is taken in, and the adventures listed below help to achieve just that.

The Sun

Finding a quality resort to stay in is the first step in visiting Fiji. Every person who has gone to Fiji knows that they can get a wonderful tan and sit in the sun for hours. The rays of the sun hit the Earth differently in this part of the world, and every adventurer needs to have a place where they relax.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

2014 Summer Staycation

collection of photos from my summer 2014 Staycation
Life is simply wonderful. It does not have to be extravagant to be one. There's so much beauty and happiness in simplicity! To feel life is wonderful is a choice. I am so glad and thankful to have that choice.

Though we may have taken a 10-day Canadian Rockies adventure vacation,  but that does not mean Canadian Rockies adventure is more joyful than my staycation's adventure. They're different, nothing is better than the other, both gave me joyful memories to treasure forever. :) Yes, FOREVER!! Afterall, everyday is like a staycation for me, even when I have work! :) I always take time to rejuvenate in nature so I stay inspired everyday, whether at home, at work, or anywhere! Perhaps, that's the reason why I could not say that staycation is better than work days. They're different, both work and staycation are JOYFUL for me.

Anyways, here are some reasons why summer 2014 staycation is so WONDERFUL. :)

1. Joy swimming with the fishes. Ahhh, probably this is the very reason why summer is my MOST FAVORITE SEASON! It's a time to enjoy swimming with the fishes in the ocean. The underwater world is amazing, and thankfully, I do not really have to take vacation to enjoy it.
Summer 1014 Snorkeling