Monday, August 29, 2016
I lived in Los Angeles for about 11 years and I rarely visited the beach. Now, that I live in Las Vegas, I began to realize how much I’ve missed. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I now appreciate Las Vegas for what it is, but if you gave me a choice between the ocean and the desert, I’d choose the waters in a heartbeat!
Santa Monica is one my favorite beaches to visit when I’m in Los Angeles. Why? Well, you get a stunning view of the Pier from the water, and everything just seems to convenient. I also love that besides your typical activities, there’s a ride to go on like the Ferris wheel. Funnel cakes to enjoy at the beach front and the pleasure to go people watching from the pier and at the beach.
Just a few block from there is the Third Street Promenade which is an awesome place to be when you want to look for good things to eat and places to shop! I also find it easy to find restrooms when needed as they have plenty available. If you don’t want to be at the pier anymore, the beach is literally a few steps away.
Now, Santa Monica is CRAZY busy because of Pokemon GO. Part of the reason why I agreed to go was because of the “rare” Pokemon I could catch there. Seriously, every where you go, there’s a lure in each Pokestop. I wanna say that catching all the water Pokemon was an amazing success.
Okay, you might be frowning at me because I’m at the beach but my face was glued to the phone. Well, that’s not entirely true because I got to watch the sunset and walked along the water. Truth be told, I want to do it all over again. That ended way too quickly.
Oh! One of the best parts about going to Santa Monica Pier was the ride there. Me being a regular commuter of Los Angeles, found out that there was a new train stop at Santa Monica. So, if you want to beat the ANNOYING LA traffic, this is one of the best transportation to use. From downtown it was about a 30-40 minute ride? Not bad at all when you think about it. You’re not a driver, you get to avoid all the crazies and you don’t have to worry about parking. UGH! The parking; don’t even get me started on that nightmare.
So basically Los Angeles is starting to implement public transportation in a super hip way. My coworker asked me if there were suspicious looking people in the train, and actually– there was a mix of people from all economical status. I think that’s what I like about LA, not only the cultural diversity but the status from poor to middle class riding along in one train. No big deal, and no one looks at you funny.
Before going to Santa Monica we decided to visit Chinatown which is easily accessible from the train. A lot has changed from the last time I saw it. Part of the reason why I want to visit was because I wanted to snag a good deal on a turtle. So I went to one of those alleys that looks like one of those place you would only see in the movies. I had to look for whoever sold turtles. I swear that there’s a freaking black market for them because these cuties are literally disposable to them! So, there they were, staring at me. Waiting for my purchase. The vendor was going to sell it for only $5, but at the last minute, I backed out. Why? I was afraid of being a bad turtle mommy. I don’t think welcoming a pet out of whim is a good idea.
After that, I went to Hollywood where Hollywood Walk of Fame was. There was something about that place that made me think that I was in Las Vegas again. Maybe it was because it looked similar to the Strip. All the people walking shoulder to shoulder with people in costumes waiting for you to take a picture with them for a tip. Yep, that may be it.
Now, I just want to relive it all over again. Thinking about it is already giving me the blues.
Monday, August 15, 2016
This blog was actually made in memory of my best friend Julien who passed away last year. Unable to cope with my stress and depression, I created this platform to release some creativity. She’s always pushed me to “foster my interests”, and I felt that keeping up with this blog is a way for me to connect with her. Truly, she’s my guardian angel as she continues to push me to learn, explore, and break boundaries.
In celebration, I will be giving away prizes from Jule Avenue!
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In the meantime, I’ll be eating some honey toast, and pistachio latte to celebrate this baby!
Saturday, August 13, 2016
My mom is one of those people who could pass as my older sister if she wanted to. Her skin is close to immaculate which brings me to the hope that someday, I’ll be just like her! I’ll definitely be looking like a twenty-year-old in my 50s which is something I cannot complain about. While I’m still young to worry about aging, there are a few things I’ve already been doing to help slow the process.
1. Drink Water
Everywhere I go, I like to drink water! Why? Well, because it’s refreshing and it helps me feel energized! People often think that I’m unusual for ordering water everywhere I go, but truth be told, soda and other beverages tend to make me thirsty. So this habit pays off because when you’re consistently hydrated, your skin tends to look plump!
2. Skin Care Products
I like to use skin care products from different brands to see which ones work better. My personal favorite is the Cellexir Power Serum from Agora. It’s packed with all these feel good antioxidants that just makes my skin feel lighter and rejuvenated! It’s light on the skin but you can really feel its wonders.
3. Light Makeup
The only time I really wear makeup is on the weekends when I’m going out, but on most days, I rock the no-makeup-routine! Some of you might cringe at the idea of no makeup in public; if this is the case, wear light make up. Most importantly, let your skin breathe at least twice a week!
4. Stress Less
I’m one of those people that kind of takes every day as they go. Seriously, if you can’t control it, why worry? And if you can control it, why worry?!
5. Get Enough Sleep
Listen to your body. You don’t need 8 hours of sleep when you feel well-rested at 7 hours. The point is, don’t wake up in the morning hoping to snooze your alarm clock! Let your natural body clock take its course by giving it the proper rest!
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Sunday, August 7, 2016
Valley of Fire State Park is nothing like the bustling life of Las Vegas as it stays true to its nature. On the day of my visit, tourism was scarce. One may conclude that life ceases to exist there as harsh temperatures take over the entire valley. Still, my partner and I ventured off to the unknown as the sun rose to its peak not caring whether it kills or scorches hiking novices. But the heatwave didn’t hinder our wandering spirits as we stood astounded by the incredible hues of red. Truly, one may attest that the valley is on fire.
Why is the Valley of Fire Red?
Like myself, many might’ve wondered the genesis of its color. The red sandstone formation began millions of years ago with numerous shifting of sand dunes along with faulting around the region. In addition to that, considerable erosion is the reason for such an awe-inspiring landscape.
1. Elephant Rock doesn’t disappoint as the rock formation looks similar to the animal. This landmark is close to the exit going towards Lake Mead, and drivers would pass it on their side of the window. However, for those who has never seen Elephant Rock, it is easily missed as it blends so well with neighboring rocks. It’s a very short hike from the parking lot which only took about ten minutes for us to do. To get a better view it, a bit of scrambling is necessary.
2. Seven Sisters is a group of red, eroded boulders that is now surrounded by the sandy desert. A nearby formation once united these boulders, but relentless erosion and forces shred away its deposits. It’s predicted that, hundred of years from now, the Seven Sisters will cease to exist.
3. The Beehives is the first landmark that tourists will encounter, and it’s unique in its geological design. Each layer is a sample of geologic cross bedding, and every grooved line is going in numerous directions. As such, the bed represents different layers of residue that are deposited at various times.
Life in the Valley of Fire
One may attest that life doesn’t exist in such harsh conditions as temperatures go as high as 100s on the summer time. Still, brittlebush, burro bush, creosote bush and a variety of cacti thrive there. On my hike to Elephant Rock, a beautiful lizard was spotted underneath a bush filled with curiosity. Though plants seem to dominate this valley, animal activity is present and wild.
4 Things I Learned While I Was There
- It is incredibly hot! Embarking on a trip to Valley of Fire without water is dangerous especially on a hot summer day. The sun shows no mercy as the heat took over my entire body. Shade is scarce, and dehydration is inevitable.
- Embracing silence. When you live in the city, it’s easy to forget what silence is like. White noise from the refrigerator, cars, tv, and other industrial products make it difficult to stay in tune with one’s thought. Upon my visit, there were spots that were less traveled, and the silence was immense.
- The valley is photo worthy. Still, there’s nothing like seeing it in front of you to really appreciate its formation. Nature has truly outdone herself here.
- Appreciate the company. I was in good company when I was visiting Valley of Fire. Besides being one with nature, there’s nothing like spending it with those you care about to appreciate the day.
- Entrance Fee will be collected at the time of arrival.
- Picnic areas are available. I suggest going to the Seven Sisters because it’s excellent regarding shade.
- Camping is available for a fee.
- Visitors information is open with a full overview of the park. Souvenirs are also on sale for everyone’s convenience.
- Hiking is suggested, but many of the landmarks are within walking distance from the road. I highly recommend checking with an expert to see which trails they suggest for the weather as they can be different in terrain and difficulties.
|Elephant Rock after a small hike to the top.|
|Two boulders from the Seven Sisters.|
|An image of the Beehives.|
|Different layers represent several directions of formation found on the Beehives.|
|Plant and cacti dominate life on the valley.|
|Different types of bushes can be found all throughout the Valley of Fire.
Thursday, August 4, 2016
To be honest, I’m surprised that my dogs are still alive to this day. Since I was in high school, no matter how hard I tried, my pet hamsters have never survived to old age. Alongside that, I’ve had my share of plants that didn’t last long either. But these are cacti; they can’t be that bad right? I’m not going to lie; I really feel the pressure now!
I’ve wanted these for a while, and I thought that I could find them at Ikea. I made a trip there with a really good friend of mine the other day, but they were nowhere to be found. I think we just missed it. I know they’re there– SOMEWHERE!
Nonetheless, I got something similar to them, and I’m in a panic! If these cacti die under my wing, I will NEVER buy plants or succulents ever again. Promise.
Any of you have a green thumb? If so, shoot some tips and advice here for me! #keepthesucculentsalive