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Monday, December 29, 2008

Hawaii

Hawaii is also our target place to go visit. Supposedly we will go to Hawaii last year, but due to the economic crisis we postponed it. Instead we went to a road trip on 6 states in the US. We will visit Hawii someday. I am looking forward to relax and enjoy the island of Hawaii.


The state of Hawaii consists of eight main islands: Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe and the Big Island of Hawaii.
  • Hawaii is the most isolated population center on the face of the earth. Hawaii is 2,390 miles from California; 3,850 miles from Japan; 4,900 miles from China; and 5,280 miles from the Philippines.
  • Hawaii is the only state that grows coffee.
  • More than one-third of the world's commercial supply of pineapples comes from Hawaii.
  • There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet.
    • Vowels: A, E, I, O, U
    • Consonants: H, K, L, M, N, P, W

  • From east to west Hawaii is the widest state in the United States.
  • The Hawaiian Islands are the projecting tops of the biggest mountain range in the world.
  • Honolulu's zenith star, (the star that rises directly above it) is Arcturus. The Hawaiians called it Hokule'a. (Hoe koo lay uh.)
  • Under-sea volcanoes that erupted thousands of years ago formed the islands of Hawaii.
  • The Hawaiian Archipelago consists of over 130 scattered points of land stretching some 1,600 miles in length from the Kure Atoll in the north to the Island of Hawaii in the south.
  • The first Asian American in the United States Senate was Hawaii's Hiram Fong. Descended from Chinese immigrants, Fong was elected to the Senate in 1959.
  • Hawaii was the 50th state admitted to the union on August 20th, 1959.
  • Island flowers and colors used to represent each island.
    • Niihau - Pupu Shell - White
    • Kauai - Mokihana (Green Berry) - Purple
    • Oahu - Ilima -Yellow
    • Maui - Lokelani (Pink Cottage Rose) - Pink
    • Molokai - White Kukui Blossom - Green
    • Lanai - Kaunaoa (Yellow and Orange Air Plant) - Orange
    • Kahoolawe - Hinahina (Beach Heliotrope) - Grey
    • Big Island of Hawaii - Lehua Ohia - Red
  • Canada

    Another country we would like to visit is British Columbia, Canada. Our plan is to take a train from Washington state. Instead of taking a plane we would rather take a train so we can save money and also we will be able to see some scenery on the way.

    Tuesday, December 23, 2008

    Alaska

    Hubby and I would like to go to Alaska someday. There are many places to go in Alaska. I heard that Alaska has less sunlight that any other places. I really would like to experience how life living there.
    Alaska is not divided into counties, as most of the other U.S. states, but it is divided into boroughs. Many of the more densely populated parts of the state are part of Alaska's sixteen boroughs, which function somewhat similarly to counties in other states. However, unlike county-equivalents in the other 49 states, the boroughs do not cover the entire land area of the state. The area not part of any borough is referred to as the Unorganized Borough. The Unorganized Borough has no government of its own, but theU.S. Census Bureau in cooperation with the state divided the Unorganized Borough into 11 census areas solely for the purposes of statistical analysis and presentation.

    Monday, December 22, 2008

    Yellowstone, Wyoming


    One of the interesting states we would like to visit soon is the Wyoming state. During our road trip this year we planned to visit the famous Yellowstone, but the amount of time we have is not enough to get there. So we decided not to drive up to Wyoming. Here are some information about the Yellowstone Park.
    Yellowstone is the world's first national park. Since its creation in 1872, it has served as a universal symbol of wildness, mystery, and natural beauty. More than three million people from around the world visit Yellowstone each year, and experience something more powerful than its founders ever envisioned. They discover:
    • More geysers and hot springs than the rest of the world combined;
    • The largest concentration of free-roaming wildlife in the lower 48 states;
    • Three of the world's top trout-fishing streams;
    • National Historic Landmarks such as the Old Faithful Inn and the grand Roosevelt Arch;
    • The only place in the world where a wild bison herd has survived continuously since prehistoric times.
    Source: The Yellowstone Park Foundation

    Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

    The next place we would like to visit is the state of South Dakota. Why South Dakota? because we would like to see the famous Mount Rushmore. Here are some information.
    "In 1933, the Memorial came under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. Julian Spotts, a National Park Service Engineer, was sent to the site to work with Borglum. Spotts made suggestions on some of the technical aspects, and upgraded the tram to the top of Mount Rushmore so workers could get up and down the mountain safely, conveniently and quickly. Spotts made improvements to the efficiency of the air compressors as well. Spotts' reports are on file at Mount Rushmore.
    Carved into the southeast face of a mountain in South Dakota are the faces of four presidents, a memorial to American history. The faces of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln look down from their stoney heights and remind everyone that even the impossible is possible.
    For two more years the work continued on the mountain. Details and finishing touches were made. In March of 1941 Borglum died suddenly of an embolism. His son, Lincoln, took over the project for the next seven months, until funding ran out. The carving of Mount Rushmore was shut down and the presidential faces were complete as they stood."

    Saturday, December 20, 2008

    Statue of Liberty in New York

    New York is our next destination to travel soon. We are planning to visit the famous Statue of Liberty and some other popular spots in New York. We are looking forward to visit New York in the future.

    The Statue of Liberty, formerly known as "Liberty Enlightening the World", was the brainchild of French sculptor Auguste Bartholdi, a gift from France to America. Its construction took hundreds of workers working 7 days a week, 10 hours a day, 9 years to complete in 1884. 350 statue pieces were packed into 214 crates and shipped from France to New York. The statue was reconstructed on Bedloe Island, now called Liberty Island, in New York harbor because this was where people would get their first view of the New World as they sailed into the harbor. The statue is a universal symbol of freedom that welcomes all immigrants coming to America.

    Friday, December 19, 2008

    Hong Kong


    Hongkong is one of the places we would like to visit. We have been to Hong Kong but we are unable to roam around the city. During our trip to the Philippines last year we hopped to HongKong Airport, and that is about it. One of the spots we would love to go is the Victoria Peak.

    Source: Wikipedia
    Victoria Peak (traditional Chinese: 太平山, or previously- 扯旗山) is a mountain in Hong Kong. It is also known as Mount Austin, and locally as The Peak. The mountain is located in the western half of Hong Kong Island. With an altitude of 552 m (1,810 ft), it is the highest mountain on the island proper, but not in the entirety of Hong Kong, an honour which belongs to Tai Mo Shan.

    The actual summit of Victoria Peak is occupied by a radio telecommunications facility and is closed to the public. However, the surrounding area of public parks and high-value residential land is the area that is normally meant by the name The Peak. It is a major tourist attraction which offers spectacular views over central Hong Kong, Victoria Harbour, and the surrounding islands.

    Wednesday, December 17, 2008

    The Great Wall of China

    One of the places we would like to travel someday is China. We really wanted to see the Great Wall and some other tourists spots in China. I have searched through the internet about the Great Wall of China. I am hoping someday we will visit this country.


    The Great Wall of China, one of the greatest wonders of the world, was enlisted in the World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987. Just like a gigantic dragon, the Great Wall winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching approximately 6,700 kilometers (4,163 miles ) from east to west of China. With a history of more than 2000 years, some of the sections of the great wall are now in ruins or even entirely disappeared. However, it is still one of the most appealing attractions all around the world owing to its architectural grandeur and historical significance.
    The Great Wall has long been incorporated into Chinese mythology and popular symbolism. The most beautiful of several legends is about the collapse of a section of the Great Wall caused by Meng Jiangnu, who cried bitterly over the death of her husband in the construction of the Great Wall. This legend has been spread widely through textbooks, folk songs and traditional operas. It is well-known in China.

    If you prefer to see the wall in a relatively natural state, visit Simatai, 110km north-east of Beijing. This part of the Wall is the best choice, for it is still in its original state without being developed into a popular tourist attraction due to its distance and little public transportation options.

    Sunday, December 14, 2008

    Christmas 2007





    Greg, Akesha and I went to my brother-in-law's house to celebrate the Christmas Party last year. We had so much fun celebrating the holiday. We also enjoyed the white elephant which was hosted by Greg. That was my first Christmas white elephant. I thought it was pretty idea.

    Friday, December 12, 2008

    Hubby List!

    This tag is tickling me! I mean it reminds me of those great memories we have had when we first met. Anyhow, thanks a lot manang ko Rose for this reminiscing tag. Just scroll down to see the rest of the info's.




    Can you remember the day you first met your hubby? When was that?
    Yes, of course. We met at the hotel lobby. It was 4 years ago (August 19, 2004) when I met him in person. This photo was taken during the time we first met. I brought him to my parents village, and showed him our family business which is Banana Trading.

    The 2nd pic was during my birthday. We went to church to light candles and headed home for my birthday party. The 3rd pic was during the time we went to Camiguin Island.

    First impression.
    Oh men! He's hot and geeky! hahhah....:)

    Were you friends before he became your bf?
    Yes we are. We wrote each other for 8 months..you know the snail mail before? Then he finally decided to meet me in person.

    What was the sweetest thing he did for you?
    He proposed before he left, but he did not get my answer until October.

    What are the things about him that you are thankful for?
    I consider myself as one of the luckiest woman in the world.... for having such a wonderful husband. He is very understanding, loving, funny,...I mean I just love his character..the way he is. I am thankful that he is a hands-on dad, he helps me doing the household chores, and for loving us unconditionally. Thanks honey, you are the best! You are the best, you are the best, you are the best among the rest, we gonna fight fight fight! (that just my cheer for him..he loves it!) hehehe....:) I love you Hon!


    *Now the rules are simple. 1. Pick your sweetest picture when you were still friends and post it on top of the questions and answers. 2. Another pic now that you are together post it after the questions. 3. Share to how many friends you like. 4. Enjoy doing it c: 5. Let your hubby read it too.
    Now it is my turn to tag my buddies: AteCecile, Umma, Joanna, Azlina, Cookie, Chie, Ria, AnnaRhea, Ruth, Grace, Boogie, Tfaye, TWeng, TLou, Madz, Chelle, TLisa, Liz, Amor, Amy, Jacky, and You!

      Saturday, December 6, 2008

      Greg's 2007 Birthday



      These photos were taken during Greg's birthday last year. We went out to ate at one of the Italian Restaurant close by, it is called Olive Garden. I bought him an ice cream cake for dessert. We had fun celebrating his birthday.

      Air Force Christmas Party





      These photos were taken during the Air Force Family Christmas Party. We had so much fun decorating the unit, too bad we did not win. They also did the elephant Christmas which is very cool. We enjoyed the food as well.

      Thursday, December 4, 2008

      Shot on the Spot!


      Thanks to Boogie from this tag.
      Here are the Rules:
      1) Take a picture of yourself right NOW!
      2) DON'T change your clothes, DON'T fix your hair... Just take a picture.
      3) Post that picture with NO editing.
      4) Post these instruction with your picture.
      5)Tag people to do this.

      This is a snaphot of our daughter. I did not take a shot of myself because I got this tag already in my other blog. So, here's the spotlight! Now I am tagging everyone in my bloglist. Go guys, come and grab it!

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      Wednesday, December 3, 2008

      My 24th Birthday!




      These photos were taken during my birthday last year. We went out to eat for dinner at Garcias's Restaurant. Greg surprised me with flowers and a cake. He also gave me a gorgeous necklace. Thanks honey! That was a great evening for us three.

      The Slide




      These photos were taken when we went to the park close to our old house. Akesha have met a friend while she was playing the slide. This was actually her first time to play with the slides by herself. She is growing up so quickly. She managed to play at the park by herself now.

      Tuesday, December 2, 2008

      The 4th of July





      These photos were taken during the 4th of July this year. Akesha was having fun playing with her cousins. This year was her first 4th of July where she joined to play the fire crackers. We went to my sister-in-law's house for the celebration.

      Folsom City Sanctuary









      These photos were taken when we went to the Folsom City Sanctuary. Akesha had fun seeing some of the animals at the sanctuary. Some of the animals were walking all over the place. We also rode the sanctuary train. I thought that was cool. We had so much fun!

      Monday, December 1, 2008

      Family Snow Gateaway






      These photos were taken when we went to the snow. We drove up to Truckee for about 3 hours or so. We had a blast when we went over there. Akesha really enjoyed the snow slide.
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