Meet Betchai

Welcome to The Joys of Simple Life. 
Thank You for taking time to visit the pages of my simple joys in my simple life. 
I am a Math and Chemistry teacher, whose other passion aside from teaching is to explore our natural world and to take care of the treasures on Earth that God gifted us with. 
"God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools. "- John Muir 

I am a Filipina, originally from the Philippines but now lives in San Diego, CA. I love hiking. It is my most favorite form of exercise. I also love to take pictures of the places I hike. It is my wish to share the wonderful joys of hiking, of places one may not be able to enjoy unless they leave the main road, get to their feet to get more out of life. 

Our delicate and fragile world has so much to offer in terms of natural beauty, and it is my hope to share these healing treasures hidden in the backroads to hopefully cultivate an awareness that we all need to work together to preserve God's greatest artistry. Our mother earth has given us so much, but she needs us to take care and preserve her majestic, wonderful beauty.


In this site, you will find some information about the hiking trails we tread, some of the places we explored, some itineraries of our travels, some road trip information, and more of the simple joys from our natural world that can never be exchanged with gold. 
Let me share with you some of my favorite quotes from John Muir.

"I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in." - John Muir

"Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." - John Muir

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul. " - John Muir

19 comments:

  1. Hi there my wonderful friend! You are so precious to me... you gave me my first "oh am gee" comment in my now extinct FS blog and the rest is history...I love the pink touch in this tweaked page of "joys"..I never thought math teachers could be as beautiful inside and out as you hahaha all because I am so afraid of numbers...thank you for taking many of us to places we could only dream of...May God bless you with the best of health always so you could go on exploring and sharing the beauty that you see. My favorite photo here is the third photo...love that pose and the blue you are wearing hehehe, many thanks again for the friendship and long live "The Joys of Simple Life"...hmmm could you place the FB like button here too? hehe, mwah!

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  2. Well done for your new layout! Congratulations!

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  3. YEY for you Beth! oh am geeeeeeee!!! so thrilled to see your newly tweaked TJOSL. i went to see your IMAGES to and i was blown away, whew! i am lost for words. you never fail to inspire us with your love for nature and photography. hats off!

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  4. I enjoyed reading this page about you Betchai, glad you posted it

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  5. great way to present yourself online:-) love it and the pics...

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  6. Nice blog , miss beth...i also love to hike..it is a very good form of exercise that requires exercise in the first place. Kind of a cycle. And with the coming of my furbaby..oh...out I go! Nice to be in touch with you again....

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  7. Jaime Leon RodriguezJuly 17, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Love that pic, Beth! The one with you and the trees reflected on the water. It's a pic and a painting! :)

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  8. dropping by here to say I love you friend...and wherever you are now exploring the Joys of Simple life again, know that someone is so eager to read your thoughts and view your captured images :)

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  9. HI Betchai.. nice to know more about you. I always enjoyed viewing all your hiking photos and adventures and making me a part of your tour through your photos.

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  10. Just looking at the snow makes me chill. Don't you get cold? I am a cold in nature and can't stand being outside during winter times. Love these wintery shots.

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  11. "Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." - John Muir

    I agree with this. There is something in nature that revives your spirit.

    BTW, I love your pictures.

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  12. Wow, math and chemistry. These are my daughter's fave subjects. She wants to become a chemical engineer someday. Anyway, I always love seeing your pictures in this blog. They are taken nicely, like a pro.

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  13. It's lovely to know you Betchai. I am always looking forward for your interesting posts.

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  14. God's creation are really wonderful!

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  15. As always, you posted great looking pictures, telling wonderful stories :)

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  16. God is indeed the Master of all. And you my friend is one of those precious things he has given me.

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  17. Hi Betchai!!! Seeing you share this on facebook brought back a ton of joyful memories....I somehow lost my love for writing too....but know that no matter how busy life gets for me, TJOSL will always hold a special place in my heart....love yah! :)

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THANK YOU SO MUCH!!