Saturday, April 09, 2016

Colors of Spring

California hills, valleys and mountains are ablaze in colors right now. It seems I just can't have enough of the colors of spring. Here are some pictures of spring colors from recently.

 Whenever I see trail lined with flowers, my heart is filled with glee.
If only I can bring these wildflowers home. :)
Colors near and far.
Multi colored hills from a mix of wildflowers: California poppies, lupines, and purple phacelias.
A carpet of purple phacelia.

Moro Rock, Sequoia National Park, CA

Sierra Nevada Mountains on Top of Moro Rock
If you are visiting Sequoia National Park, home of the largest trees on Earth, one of the interesting places to experience is Moro Rock. 
The Great Western Divide From The Top of Moro Rock

Taking Care of Tablet Computers

Tablet computers have changed the way that people can communicate and access information. They are lightweight and very easy to carry around. They are perfect for students to carry from one class to another. They are also ideal for business professionals to carry from their office to a boardroom. Tablets can be quite expensive. This is why people who own them should do everything in their power to make sure that they do not get damaged. You do not want to be forced to pay for a pricey repair if you can avoid it. Here are a few simple ways you can take care of your tablet so it will keep functioning perfectly for many years to come.

1. Buy a protective case

Many people only use a floppy slip case to carry their tablet in. This will prevent dust from getting on the screen. Unfortunately, it will not protect it from much more than that. This is why you need to buy a hard case that is specifically designed to prevent your tablet from sustaining any damage. For example, there are protective cases for tablets available today that can effectively protect your tablet if you accidentally drop the case down a flight of stairs. There is padding inside these protective cases which is customized to fit your specific type of tablet. There is also a combination lock on these cases to prevent criminals from stealing your personal info from the tablet.

2. Charging station

A tablet that is not kept sufficiently charged will be of no use to you at all. Therefore, you would be wise to buy yourself a portable charging station. This will allow you to keep your tablet charged no matter where you happen to be. An iPad charging station is an excellent investment for people who constantly use their tablets throughout the day.

3. Touchscreen

Tablet touchscreens are more fragile than many people realize. You do not need to press down on them hard to get the tablet to respond to you. However, many people insist on tapping and pressing on the screen with a high level of pressure. This will eventually cause damage to the touchscreen that will result in it not acknowledging your commands. Children are usually the ones who are the most guilty of abusing their tablet touchscreen. Teach your children to lightly glide their fingers over the touchscreen. This will prevent any damage that needs to be repaired.

San Diego Whale Watching

San Diego Skyline
( the first scenery you will see as you leave San Diego Bay to the middle of the ocean )
It has been an annual event for us to explore the Pacific Ocean from San Diego via Hornblower Cruise or H&M Landing. Last Christmas Holidays, we took a three-hour whale watching cruise, the earliest we had so far of the season. We took advantage of the promo we saw that gave 50% discount to San Diego Zoological Society's members. From $35, we only paid $17.50 for a 3-hour whale watching cruise. Since the past four or five years that we had been whale watching every winter, we had never paid full price. Sometimes, we get discounted tickets from Gold Star. There were times we were able to save with a coupon from travelocity, which allowed us to save more than 50%. Aside from booking flights and hotels, travelocity also has connections in booking cruises and trains. Knowing that there are many deals we can find online, we never purchased tickets directly from the ticket booth but always purchased them online at much discounted prices.
Gray Whale
Whale watching in San Diego usually starts from December to April. Over 15,000 gray whales migrate thousands of miles from the chilly Alaskan seas to the warm breeding lagoons of Baja California, Mexico. Aside from gray whales, other whales we would sometimes see are humpback whales, blue whales, and in rare occasions, orcas.

So that I will not overload you with pictures, for a change, here is a slideshow I made of our 3-hr whale watching cruise sometime last Christmas holidays.

The dolphins are always an added bonus to the whale watching tour and it seems they are always the first ones you will see in the cruise. In fact, the whale watching cruises are guaranteed whale watching trips, if no whales or insignificant showmanship from whales are sighted, everyone in the cruise gets another free ticket for another whale watching cruise that will expire in a year. If whales are more solitary, and the boat could not get near them following federal law on whale watching, the dolphins on the hand always have a whale of a good time following the boat. They seem to rejoice always whenever there is a boat, and they love to ride the bow wave.
Dolphins Enjoying the Bow Wave
There are several companies that offer whale watching tours and excursions for up-close viewing of the whales. Because of these competition from various whale watching tour companies, coupons are not hard to find. We do not subscribe to any newspaper company because we can access newspaper online for free, therefore, we scout for coupons not on newspaper anymore but using sites that shares their coupon finds online. I oftentimes would go to Frugal Dad to check out coupons which are not limited to cruises only but to almost all other needs. We however are not really crazy about coupons, we only use it if we really have to use it. Otherwise, if there is no need, despite it is a steal, we hold off from spending unnecessary things and collect junk at home. But whale watching, is one of those priceless memories, that we use the coupon every year! For every year, is different, and special!
Sunset Back To Shore

Allowing Professionals to Help You Locate New Hydration Resources

Farmers and ranchers are always in need of water sources for their crops and livestock. Even if the city and state in which you live are not currently in a drought, you may still want to know if any underground sources of water exist on your property in case you need to drill for water in the future. Because most farmers and ranchers like you do not have the proper technology or equipment to scan the ground for water below the surface, you may find it useful to retain professional help like water locating services and other hydrology methods that can determine if your farm or ranch sits atop any underground water sources. You can then decide when and how to drill for this hydration resource.

Taking Advantage of New Technology

The company that can help you with this important task has the latest technology and equipment available to it. It does not rely on outdated methods still found in the industry. It instead offers you innovation that can quickly and reliably locate any sources of water on your property.

If you are still unsure about whether or not to make use of the company's services, you can read the customer testimonials found on the website. The testimonials let you know what other customers have thought about the services and also if they had their hydration needs met by the services that the company offers. These testimonials may convince you to pursue the quest to find new water on your property using the methods made available by the company.

The company also commits to helping customers understand the data that the equipment gives during the search for water. If you used another service, you may be left to read the data on your own. However, the company and its professionals help you understand what information the equipment provides so that you can make the best decision regarding your property and water sources.

Contacting the Company

If you are ready to find water or you have other questions, you may find it easier to pose those queries using the online contact form. The form allows someone from the company to reach you promptly. It is easy to fill out and lets you express your concerns or questions adequately.

You need new water sources for your farm or ranch. You can find them today with professional services.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Grey Whales and California Condors sightings from Big Sur cliffs

What can I not love about Big Sur? It's no theme park, but a great natural museum showcasing God's supreme artistry in mingling wilderness with natural beauty.

I c
an't express enough the joy of seeing the natural beauty of mountains and ocean, sitting on top of the cliffs, watching whales passing down below, and the majestic California condor who are rescued from the brink of extinction hovering above the sky. Big Sur is one of those places that I would never get tired visiting, again, and again.

Three Simple Strategies That Can Help You Lose Weight And Keep It Off!

Although there are numerous life challenges that an individual can experience, being overweight is one of the most difficult. In addition to compromising self-esteem, carrying excess weight can make an individual susceptible to several unwanted diseases, including diabetes and depression. However, individuals who are serious about shedding excess pounds should know that there are numerous strategies they can deploy to optimize the process. Here are three of them: 

1. Implement A Sustainable Meal Plan.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when they decide to lose weight is going on a diet. As research studies have demonstrated, over 90% of diets fail. In other words, people who go on the diet may temporarily lose weight, but they eventually return to their previous eating pattern and gain the pounds back. And in some cases, the dieter may gain back more weight than she or he originally carried. As such, it's important to avoid the dieting pitfall and instead implement a sustainable meal plan. A sustainable meal plan is one that you can see yourself remaining on for the rest of your life, thus it shouldn't incorporate severe caloric restriction or the complete elimination of foods you love. You can obtain assistance with the development of your meal plan from a nutritionist. 

2. Hire A Personal Trainer.

While food consumption plays an integral role in the weight loss process, exercise is also an important component of the process. Yet in many cases, overweight individuals are not accustomed to attaining regular physical activity and need advice, instruction, and motivational encouragement to keep them going. As such, it's a good idea to hire a personal trainer. She or he can develop a sound, strategic exercise program that helps you realize your weight loss goals while simultaneously ensuring that you obtain other health benefits such as a faster metabolism and more muscle mass. 

3. Consider Surgery. 

One final strategy you should implement to optimize your weight loss process is surgery. Professional facilities such as Bay Surgical Weight Loss provide patients with several surgery options such as gastric sleeve. Also know that you can locate a Tampa vascular surgeon by doing a quick Internet search. When you start looking for the ideal service provider, make sure that the medical facility possesses all of the following attributes:

-industry experience (ten years or more) 
-a good Better Business Bureau rating (A or higher)
-fair prices
-positive feedback from former and existing clientele


If you're frustrated with your current weight and know that you're ready to lose excess pounds, now is the time to implement the behavioral changes necessary to realize the goal. You can utilize some or all of the aforementioned weight loss strategies to start shedding the extra pounds immediately!