Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Challenge of Choosing That One Picture

La Jolla Coast Boulevard Tidepools @ Dusk and Sunset

Whenever I am faced with the challenge of choosing that one picture and I have a hard time choosing which one, my answer always is to make a collage, then, I do have one picture, a picture collage! :)

In the above collage, I asked the help of hubby which one to choose. From the collage above, at first, his choice was the top left picture. But then, after I showed him two at a time, and asked him which one he likes better between the two, the choice for that one picture changed. Could you tell which one of the 6 pictures below finally ended to be that one picture? 


Monday, December 29, 2014

Hanging on to Fall

Fall in winter, these are the sights adding simple joys in my early morning walk. I love that we don't have white Christmas, but a golden one of warmth and love.

Create Your Own Man Cave in Minutes

Every man needs a place where he can relax and forget about the stresses of the day. Whether you live alone, have a wife or have kids, you can still create your own man cave in just a few short hours in your basement, attic, spare bedroom or garage.

Choose Furniture

Start with a few pieces of furniture. Now is the perfect time to move that old couch from your living room into your man cave or take your college futon out of storage. You generally want at least one longer piece of furniture where your friends can sit and where you can nap. Many men also need a few extra chairs and some type of table. A few mismatched end tables provide plenty of space for sitting drinks, and a small coffee table gives you a place to put your feet up.

Add Some Accessories

Once you have the furniture in place, it's time to add some accessories. A foosball table or a ping pong table is a great way to have some fun with the guys, and adding lamps or light fixtures ensures that you have all the light that you need. Adding some man cave signs can lend a fun touch to the room too. Customized wood signs, like those available from Cedar Rustics and similar websites, lets you put a personalized touch on your man cave. Using furniture, signs and other accessories lets you create the perfect man cave in just a few hours.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

A happy Cat-urdate

It has been a while since last post here. Truth is, I've never gotten a chance to work in my own personal laptop since summer break ended late August. I get to share pictures in my Facebook because it's easy through cell phone. Somehow, I forgot about blogger mobile. But now, am back, with mobile posting. :) here are some happy weekend wandering and caturdays I took today.

I may not have the luxury of time to blog these days, but weekend wanderings and enjoying outdoors aren't sacrificed at all, as they are part of my rejuvenating activities.

Leaving you with these happy mom and baby cheetah pics.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Vacation Condos in South Florida

People who want to enjoy the comforts of home during a vacation in south Florida may want to stay in condos instead of hotels. One resort in the area has condos with one or two bedrooms for rent.

Amenities at this resort include a spa and a pool. Places to eat in the resort include a restaurant on the oceanfront and a bar and grill by the pool. There is also a bar on the beach. More restaurants, shops, a tennis court and a playground are approximately half a mile away from the resort. There are places near the resort to go snorkeling and parasailing. Kayaks and jet skis are available for rent.

The condos here have full kitchens, washers and dryers. The kitchens have stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. The one-bedroom condos have seating at the kitchen bar, and the two-bedroom condos have dining tables. Complementary wireless Internet service is available. Every condo has a beach umbrella and beach chairs.

The one-bedroom condos have a king bed in the bedroom and a queen sofa bed in the living room. These condos have one bathroom.

The two-bedroom condos have two bathrooms. There is a king bed in one bedroom and two double beds in the other bedroom. The living room has a queen sofa bed. These condos will accommodate up to six people.

Interested travelers can visit the resort's website and click today to find out more.

Join the Millions of Women Hosting Breast Cancer Fundraisers Every Year

The number of women diagnosed with breast cancer decreased in 2000 and in every year since then. Experts believe that the awareness brought to the disease starting in the late 1990s led to this decline. As female celebrities found themselves diagnosed with breast cancer and watching their loved ones struggle with the condition, they looked for ways to raise awareness and fund new research. Millions of women around the world hold fundraisers every year, and you can join their ranks with a fundraiser of your own.

Choose a Type of Event

The first decision that you need to make is about which type of event you want to host. Many fundraisers take the form of a marathon or a long walk. While this is perfect for those who are in good shape, you might alienate those with mobility problems and those in poorer health. A silent auction is another good option. You can ask for donations in the form of products and services from local companies and auction those items off. Other events can include a bake sale, a meal cook off, a sit down dinner or a car wash.

Look for Partners

As much as you want to help raise money, you cannot do it all on your own. Look for partners in your community who can work with you and make the event a success. Local businesses often take part in these events and view the events as free or cheap advertising. Those companies can donate food for a meal, drinks to serve marathon participants or products that you can auction or raffle off. You should also look for partners who can help you reach out to others and ensure the event runs smoothly.

Advertise Your Goals

The only way you can raise money is if people know about the event. Creating a page on Facebook, notifying local news outlets and hanging flyers around town can all help bring awareness to the event. Once you decide where your money will go, contact the organization for additional help. Many charities will advertise your event online for free. Read through Breast Cancer Society reviews and online reviews of other charities to get a feel for how each one operates and what it does with its donations. Choose your organization and ask about advertising your fundraising event on that site.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fun Friday: S is for San Diego

Our Blogging for Fun group is doing an A-Z  meme for our Fun Friday (or is it now Saturday Special for me since I am always a day or two late) , and this week, we are working on letter S.
S is for San Diego
and all the other S in and around San Diego, such as:
The Sea and the Snowcapped Mountain
Sunset By the Sea
Splashing Waterfall
Sea Caves
Sea Lions
Sea Gulls
Sea Star
Sea stars
Succulents by the Sea
And there are probably more S in and around San Diego that I can add here, however, my other S pictures such as the squirrels and snails were somehow hidden in my portable hard disk drive and unlabeled that I still have to look for them :( 

Hope everyone is having a good weekend. 

Obstacle Course Racing

Have you ever heard of obstacle course racing? Apparently, 300 million people have, because that’s how many people participated in the 91 races held in 2013. This “baby” sport of just four years is picking up steam in a big way for a number of great reasons. All you need is the proper shoes and clothing, and you’re on your way to optimal fitness. Obstacle course training helps you hit all major muscle groups throughout your training week, too. 
Although it got its roots in military training, the overall fitness it provides is something even civilians can benefit from. The combination of explosive jumping, resistance training and running helps to reduce body fat and increase cardiovascular stamina. There are specific exercises you need to do to get started, including body weight, pulling up, balance, core and jumping exercises.
To avoid problems or injuries, your shoes should be your prime consideration. Buy cross training shoes, or shoes that work for the specific surface you’ll be racing on, and be sure to break them in before race day, too. If shoes weren’t important to you before, once you start obstacle training, they will be. Your shoes will get you through the toughest turf and longest obstacle course, every time.
Now that you’ve gotten a taste of what’s involved in obstacle course training, tie your shoes and get ready to leap like a frog, push a wheel barrow and carry logs through the mud, sand and surf of any race. The excitement permeates the air as people run, jump, climb and carry a variety of objects over a vast assortment of terrains. What’s in it for you? The best body of your life, that’s what, so get going.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

North Cascades National Park

Ross Lake, North Cascades National Park, WA
From Seattle, we drove 120+ miles North East to North Cascades National Park. North Cascades National Park sits on the border of US and Canada. This park is also known as the Alps of the West,  features rugged mountain peaks,
Rugged Mountain Peaks Seen From Easy Pass Trail
cascading waterfalls everywhere,
One of the Many Nameless Waterfalls We Found On The Trail
thick forests,
Forested Trail to Easy Pass, North Cascades National Park, WA
deep valleys, long valley lakes,
Diablo Lake, North Cascades National Park, WA
Lakeshore, North Cascades National Park, WA

glacier fed pristine rivers, 
Emerald Waters of the Skagit River, North Cascades National Park, WA
and more than 300 glaciers adorning its rugged peaks, the most glaciers of any US park outside of Alaska. 
Glaciers and Snow, Mount Shuksan, North Cascades National Park
Some have glaciers thousands of years old and at 1988/1999 receive world record snowfall at 1140 inches of snow. 
Summer ( June 30, 2010 ) at higher elevations of North Cascades National Park
In my next posts, I will be featuring some of our hikes at North Cascades and a more detailed exploration of the park. 

Interesting Attractions at Airport Terminals

Exploring airport grounds can be an interesting experience of its own for tourists. In fact, you can even enjoy some forms of luxury travel, without exiting the airport. Some airports might have installations of artwork throughout the terminals, parking garages and other public areas. The art could include modern sculptures and paintings that are inspired by contemporary styles as well as aviation technology. Additionally, statues of prominent local figures such as politicians and pilots could also be on display.

Brief history lessons are sometimes taught inside airport terminals. Plaques and signs contain fun facts and stats that are enhanced with colorful photos and diagrams. A great way to kill some time in the concourse is to learn about local history that's related to the airport in some sort of way. Certainly, aviation history plays a major role in the public displays of terminals. For example, actual aircraft components could be shown off to passengers throughout the waiting area. Propellers, jet engine turbines, wings and cockpits might be neatly shown.

Some commercial airports share space with military bases that have visitor centers. Original historic hangars and other facilities invite passengers to explore the origins of local aviation. Visitors might even get the chance to view some advanced military aircraft in training. Some military air bases even have small museums featuring plenty of fun exhibits for visitors of all ages. Such venues are great for learning about aviation technology.

Airport terminals often have official information kiosks that provide great insider tips about local tourist attractions, transportation, lodging, culture and much more. Free brochures are given out at meet-and-greet booths that are strategically scattered throughout the terminal facilities. Additionally, some of the printed brochures might have QR codes that allow smartphone users to discover loads of online travel guides. With free Wi-Fi available in airport terminals, passengers can read online digital brochures about local sightseeing opportunities.

Effective travel planning involves studying the maps of airport terminals. It is important for passengers to become a little bit familiar with some of the facilities they might spend hours in. Virtual terminal guides can be downloaded onto laptops, tablets and smartphones in convenient PDF format. Such maps could be read offline if there aren't any accessible Wi-Fi connections. Major international airports often have enormous terminals with sophisticated internal transportation systems such as rapid transit, shuttles and "skywalks." There might be automated kiosks available in multiple languages to help passengers navigate airport grounds. Touchscreen displays make it easy to locate just about anything that's listed on an airport virtual directory.

When traveling overseas, passengers should make sure that they locate ATMs and currency exchange booths in the airport terminals. Maps and directories clearly label such important amenities and services for international passengers. Additionally, most terminals sell SIM cards for mobile phone use in foreign territory.

When searching for airline tickets online to a particular destination, customers might be given choices to land at alternative relief airports. Tickets to a secondary airport within a major city are much more affordable than airfare to primary airports. Trying to do a search on CheapOair and other websites is an example of using travel agencies to find discount airplane tickets. Another great way to save on airfare is to book trips with departure times in the middle of the night or early in the morning hours.