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

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

Friday, August 15, 2014

Swimming with the Fishes: One of the Simple Joys in Amazingly Wonderful SIMPLE LIFE

Snorkeling At La Jolla Shores, August 11, 2014
music: Simple Life from Karl Kohlase's Simple Life Album
**note: leopard sharks are NOT AT ALL HARMFUL TO HUMANS, they are one of the harmless and friendly sharks, such as THE WHALE SHARKS, that you could swim with them safely, and not get harm for they DO NOT HAVE THE PHYSIOLOGICAL MAKE UP to bite nor cause harm. 

Let me take a break from my Canadian Rockies vacation post to share the simple joys of my summer staycation here at home sweet home San Diego. :) I still have about 2 weeks of staycation, though of course I used some of those time preparing also for the school year ahead. 

One of my simple joys in simple life is of course being out in the sea. Though this blog shares mostly hiking stuff, but my summer actually is mostly about water. :) 
2014 Snorkeling here in San Diego

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Chasing The Sun At Sanibel Island

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Canadian Rockies + Glacier of USA Adventure Trip (2) : At Glacier National Park of USA

Mountain Goats @ Logan Pass, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA
Glacier National Park of USA ( there is also another Glacier National Park, in Canada ) is considered by Native Americans as the "Shining Mountains" and the "Backbone of the World". It preserves more than a million acres of forests, alpine meadows, lakes, rugged peaks and glacial-carved valleys in the Northern Rocky Mountains.

Our visit here was 2nd time around for me and hubby, while it was the first for my hubby's niece and brother. We were here summer of 2012, and obviously, did not get enough.
hike to Grinell Lake, summer 2012
Actually, I don't think I could ever get enough of Glacier National Park. I won't mind visiting this park, again, and again.

Last summer 2012, one of our target hikes was Grinell Glacier. At that time ( early July), the trail was closed due to dangerous bear activity. Instead of hiking Grinell Glacier, we hiked instead to Grinell Lake, where from the trails of Grinell Lake, we saw bears on Grinell Glacier trail.
Grizzly Bears @ Grinell Glacier Trail as Seen From Grinell Lake Trail, summer 2012
That was then we understood why they had to close the trail to Grinell Glacier for hikers.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Canadian Rockies + Glacier of USA Adventure Trip ( 1) : At Waterton Lakes National Park

Waterton Lakes National Park was the very first National Park we hit during our Canadian Rockies + Glacier of USA adventure trip.

Where The Prairie and Mountains Meet, Waterton Lakes National Park, AB, Canada
Waterton Lakes is best known as a National Park where the Prairie meets the mountains. The rugged and windswept contours of the Rocky Mountains rise abruptly out of gentle prairie grasslands, surrounded by beautiful and ooooohhh so soothing lakes.
Waterton Lakes 
Prairie, Lake and Rugged Mountain Peaks @Waterton Lakes National Park
@ Waterton Lakes National Park
Waterton Lakes was our homebase for 3 days for our scheduled exploration of two neighboring National Parks, Waterton Lakes and Glacier of USA, both forms one single park, known as Waterton Glacier International Peace Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and World's Biosphere Reserve.

Anxiety Disorder: Steps you Can Take to Banish that Inner Turmoil

In basic terms, anxiety is a very disagreeable state of inner turmoil and produces feelings of dread over forthcoming or anticipated events in our life.

Anxiety should not be confused with fear which is our body’s response to a real or perceived threat, whereas anxiety is best described as the expectation of a future threat.

However you wish to describe the symptoms of anxiety, it can be physically and mentally debilitating and a prolonged episode may eventually lead to an anxiety disorder.

Getting help

There are three main keys for controlling the fear and panic that you may be experiencing and in addition to self-help by addressing fundamental aspects like diet, exercise and rest, you may also need to consider seeking trained help.

One of the issues that you may be experiencing as you contend with anxiety is alcohol or drug addiction and non 12step-drugrehabs.org is one organization that offers a positive alternative to traditional rehab programs.

Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite National Park

Bridalveil Fall from Hwy 120
Coming into Yosemite National Park from the west, the first waterfall that comes into sight is Bridalveil Fall. The scenery above is a roadside beauty that could be seen after emerging from the tunnel in Hwy 120. There is a viewpoint right after the tunnel with wide enough parking for people driving in to stop and take in their first glimpse of Yosemite Valley. There is no sign before the tunnel that there is a scenic vista right after, but if one follows the speed limit inside the tunnel, they would not miss for sure the scenic vista that follows right after emerging from the tunnel. But of course, for those who are speeding, am sure, this vista is missed. Here are two more pictures from the vista right after the tunnel in Hwy 120.
 Bridalveil Fall from Hwy 120 ( a closer look )
Bridalveil Fall from Hwy 120 ( let's get closer )

DJ Less Surfing Video

I love taking videos, well, aside from taking pictures. I always tend to shift from video mode to picture mode when taking pictures. Even though I know for a fact that for sharing, people tend to look at photos more, and maybe don't pay attention much to videos, but then, most of the time, I take videos for myself. :) I love to see the action in the pictures I took. I love to see the risk, the thrill, all the elements that a picture alone may miss. One of my friends said she love taking videos too, but then, she said that she does not talk in her video because she sounds awful. Told her, that could be me as well, since I also don't talk in my video, well, I do sometimes. The reason is that most of the times what I am actually videoing is the sound, such as the sound of powerful waves. Anyway, would be great if I have a DJ voice quality, am sure it would liven up the videos I take more. I am always impressed with how DJs liven up a party, not only from singing, but up to making the guests entertained and feel comfortable, and not one is left out in the party. A DJ element in the video I believe would be nice as well, such as in surfing videos. I've watched surfing competitions here, and there are always DJ around to liven up the competition and to inform viewers of what is going on. Though oftentimes, people think of DJs presence only in parties and radios, but they actually would be very nice addition to liven up an activity. Maybe, I should try practicing DJing my own videos, haha, who knows, I may get better and DJing could become my other job, there am I again, wandering in dreams! The Joys of Simple Life! :) Anyway, my friend here in San Diego who came from North Carolina plans to get DJ services from Joe Bunn for the 50th wedding anniversary celebration of her parents. I could be the videographer. :) Haha, as if North Carolina is near San Diego. :)