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Monday, January 11, 2010

Off We Go!

Note: This is a scheduled post

Hello guys! I'm guessing by the time you are reading this post, my family and I are at Portland Airport waiting for our flight to Washington.

Sorry guys if I will not be able to visit your blog, drop EC and adgitize. My family and I are leaving for a vacation. I will see you guys when I get back on the first week of February. Thanks for your visit and comment.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Mommy Moments: Dias 2010 To Do List

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I would like to greet and congratulate Mami Chris of " The Mommy Journey"a Happy 1 year Anniversary. The Mommy Moments meme just turned one! wohooo....way to go Mami Chris....:)
It is Friday once again and it is time for me to participate the Mommy Moments meme. This week's theme is "New Year's List". I guess we are not using buckets this year...I think we are going to use barrels...lol! Here are some of our New Year's List:

-Drop off Buddy and the fish to my SIL's house
-Leaving on Monday to the Philippines (we are pretty anxious about it!)
-Spend time with my family in the Philippines
-Greg and I will do river rafting, zip lining, rappelling and other stuff
-Will visit my friends and relatives in the Philippines
-Buy Filipino educational stuff for Akesha
- A side trip to Cebu
-A side trip to South Korea

After our Philippine trip:
-pay the bills and credit cards
-minimize my shopping habit
-save more money on our savings account
-will work on my time management issues...lol!
-got to bed and wake up early
-Do laundry on time
-Dental Cleaning Appointment
-Eye Exam Appointment
-spend more time with hubby and Akesha after eating dinner (blogging is too addicting!)
-Will take a lesson on snow boarding and Akesha too!
- Will work out more often and go back to the gym
-Re-Enroll Akesha to a gymnastic class
-Las Vegas trip (Hubby's Annual tour in the Air Force..this time we are going with him)
-Will visit Greg's friend in Arizona
-Akesha will turn 4 on April 15 (tax day)
-Will host the Easter Sunday
-Buy plants and flowers for my garden
-Buy books to read
-Enroll 2 classes
-Will drive more
-Buy a used car (we just donated our old car...it's not working anymore)
-jog in the morning with Buddy
-Road Trip to Mexico (not sure yet)
-Air Show
-Water Park
-Bike Riding on summer
-Visit the Lake
-Go to San Francisco
-Attend Hubby's Company Picnic at Half Moon Bay
-Attend Hubby's Military Family Picnic

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Planning to Visit

One of the places we would like to visit someday is the state of New York. Have you been to New York City? I am very fascinated to see the statue of Liberty, Madison Square Garden, and some of their other famous attractions. I also would like to see the Broadway Shows. If you are planning on going to New York for business or pleasure, you should consider taking the Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Bus Tours. Have you ever tried the double Decker bus? I remember the first time we took the Double Decker bus in San Francisco it allows us to see the whole city. They also offer New York City’s best-value Double-Decker sightseeing packages including major attractions and activities such as harbor cruises, museum visits, helicopter tours, shopping day trips and more. I also would like to visit New Jersey someday. If you or anyone you know who have suffered from domestic violence in New Jersey, you should check out domestic violence nj today.

The Angkor Wat

When I took a Spanish class not so long ago, I met a guy who came from Cambodia. He showed me some photos of the famous Angkor Wat temple and other tourist attractions in Cambodia. He even named his auto shop from this temple. How I wish someday my family and I can visit this place.
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According to Wikipedia, Angkor Wat (or Angkor Vat) is a temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation—first Hindu, dedicated to Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is the epitome of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors.

Angkor Wat combines two basic plans of Khmer temple architecture: the temple mountain and the later galleried temple, based on early South Indian Hindu architecture, with key features such as the Jagati. It is designed to represent Mount Meru, home of the devas in Hindu mythology: within a moat and an outer wall 3.6 kilometres (2.2 mi) long are three rectangular galleries, each raised above the next. At the centre of the temple stands a quincunx of towers. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat is oriented to the west; scholars are divided as to the significance of this. The temple is admired for the grandeur and harmony of the architecture, its extensive bas-reliefs and for the numerous devatas (guardian spirits) adorning its walls.

The modern name, Angkor Wat, means "City Temple": Angkor is a vernacular form of the word nokor which comes from the Sanskrit word nagara meaning capital. Wat is the Khmer word for temple. Prior to this time the temple was known as Preah Pisnulok, after the posthumous title of its founder, Suryavarman II.

If you happen to visit Cambodia, you don't want to miss this tourist attraction. And if you suffer from gastric problem, you might need to undergo a surgery like gastric band before you travel elsewhere.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

The Half Dome

This picture was taken 4 years ago at the famous Yosemite National Park. Akesha was 5 month old when we went over there. I have no idea why hubby and I have managed to travel with an infant...lol! It was our first adventure as a family, and it was fun and we had a great time.
Half Dome is a granite dome in Yosemite National Park, located in northeastern Mariposa County, California, at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley. It is possibly Yosemite's most familiar sight. The granite crest rises more than 4,737 ft (1,444 m) above the valley floor. It is a magnificent and breathtaking view. I would love to hike down into the valley someday. Yosemite National Park use eco-friendly office supplies instead of disposable supplies.

According to wikipedia, Half Dome was originally called "Tis-sa-ack," meaning Cleft Rock in the language of the local Native Americans. Tis-sa-ack is also the name of the fourth route on the formation, ascended by Royal Robbins and Don Peterson over eight days in October 1969. Tis-sa-ack is the name of a mother from a native legend. The face seen in Half Dome is supposed to be hers. Tis-sa-ack is the name of a Mono Lake Paiute Indian girl in the Yosemite Native American legend.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Blue Monday: Birthday Cake

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Happy Blue Monday everyone! Another manic Monday for me once again. This week's Blue Monday entry of mine is...hubby's birthday cake. I made him a simple chocolate cake on his 43rd birthday.

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House of Falling Furniture

These photos were taken few years ago when we went to San Francisco after the Thanksgiving day. Akesha was less than a year old I guess. We took a double Decker bus and we saw all the beautiful sights around the famous San Francisco. While on our way to the Capitol, we saw this weird building...some people called it the "House of Falling Furniture".

Called “DEFENESTRATION” the abandoned four-story tenement building sitting at the corner of 6th st. and howard st. in San Fransiscio, California has been a sculptural mural since 1997. This multi-disciplinary sculptural mural involves seemingly animated furniture : tables, chairs, lamps, grandfather clocks, a refrigerator, and couches, their bodies bent like centipedes, fastened to the walls and window-sills, their insect-like legs seeming to grasp the surfaces.

Against society’s expectations, these everyday objects flood out of windows like escapees, out onto available ledges, up and down the walls, onto the fire escapes and off the roof.”DEFENESTRATION” was created with the help of over 100 volunteers. The concept of “DEFENESTRATION”, a word literally meaning “to throw out of a window,” is embodied by the both the site and staging of this installation.

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The Famous Hoover Dam

These photos were taken when Akesha was 6 months old. We went to visit the famous Hoover Dam in Black Canyon.

In 1930, construction began on the Hoover Dam, the largest of its kind at the time. Despite the remote location and harsh working conditions, it was completed in less than five years -- two years ahead of schedule -- and well under budget. Hoover Dam is located in Black Canyon, just minutes outside of Las Vegas.

The dam is named after America's 31st president, Herbert Hoover, who played a large role in bringing the nearby states into agreement about water allocations, settling a 25-year controversy. The dam has been called Boulder Canyon Dam as well as Boulder Dam, but Hoover Dam was reinstated as the official name by Congress in 1947.

A National Historic Landmark, Hoover Dam is the highest concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere, standing at more than 725 feet above the Colorado River. With 17 generators producing 4 billion kilowatts of electricity a year, it also is one of the country's largest hydroelectric power facilities. Operation and maintenance of the facility are solely supported by revenue from power sales.

On our way to the hotel we passed some bikers parked on the side of the road. I am sure some of these bikers already went to Drag Specialties. Just look at their motorbikes!

The Transamerica Pyramid

While on our way home from our Anniversary treat, hubby and I have decided to drove down to one of the famous buildings in San Francisco, the Transamerica Pyramid. I took these photos inside the car.

The Transamerica Pyramid is the tallest and most recognizable skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline. Although the building no longer houses the headquarters of the Transamerica Corporation, it is still strongly associated with the company and is depicted in the company's logo.

Built on the location of the historic Montgomery Block, it has a structural height of 260 m (853 ft) and contains 48 floors of retail and office space. Construction began in 1969 and finished in 1972. It is currently ranked as being tied for 105th tallest building in the world. Transamerica moved their headquarters to the new building from across the street, where they used to be based in another pyramid-shaped building now occupied by the Church of Scientology of San Francisco.

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