I've been away for a while. I will elaborate in another post. Because today, I'd like to bask in the beauty of autumn.
Friday, October 16, 2020
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Friday, August 14, 2020
I've been away for a month as work's becoming a little bit out-of-hand. A lot of my colleagues are taking vacations and I've been tasked to take over the work of two to three people in addition to my own responsibilities.
I feel exhausted, but on one weekend, we managed to spend a couple of days at Dewey Beach, Delaware. This trip was very therapeutic. I hope we'll go back again soon.
This is my entry for Skywatch Friday.
Monday, July 13, 2020
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Monday, July 6, 2020
|A deserted beach we found in Molokai.|
|Kepi found this heart shaped rock and gave it to me.|
|Our footprints - just us at the beach that day.|
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Kepi and I headed to Virginia for a short weekend trip. Our plan is to hike and visit state parks there. It's the best choice especially that we'd both want to explore and practice social distancing at the same time. There weren't too many people at the York River State Park when we visited, so we weren't too worried about being exposed to too many people.
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Thursday, June 4, 2020
Sunday, May 31, 2020
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
|Siege Bell War Memorial|
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Monday, May 11, 2020
Thursday, May 7, 2020
Sunday, May 3, 2020
Upon reaching the ferry terminal, we purchased our tickets and boarded the ferry to Gozo. The ferry ride was about 25-30 minutes, and we reached Mgarr Harbor at around 10 am.
Here begins our memorable two days Gozo adventure.
The welcoming beautiful Mgarr Harbor.
Thursday, April 30, 2020
We landed at Luqa Airport early on December 23, 2018. In fact too early that when we got to our hotel, they're still serving breakfast. Tired and sleepy (since I rarely sleep on flights), the hotel receptionist offered us some coffee and took our luggage (yes, we only have one luggage for the two of us) to the storage room.
After getting our bearings straight, we decided to walk around Valletta and orient ourselves of the city. It ended more as a disoriented walk as we were both sleepy and tired. Nevertheless, we got our first taste of Valletta's charm.
|Flying over the Alps never gets old.|
Saturday, April 25, 2020
It's deja vu that I'm titling this post "New Normal" because it's not the first time I've encountered these words. "You'll adjust to your new normal soon," Dr. D said on one of my appointments. This was in mid-2014. I was complaining about my hives, a skin graft-vs-host condition, and bone pain. I was then adjusting to my new life as a post bone-marrow transplant patient. I was on quarantine for at least two months at the hospital and an additional two months at home. It's eerie because these home quarantine and wearing a mask orders bring back a lot of scary and sad memories for me. I wonder how long our new normal will last. This is our sixth week of working at home, and we're starting to get used to our "new normal".
It was so windy on Monday and a lot of the flowers from our Kanzan cherry tree fell to the ground. I gathered some of them and placed them in a basin of water. Their blooms lasted for a few days.
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Since we missed the Cherry Blossoms at the Tidal Basin this year, the lovely blooms in the neighborhood surely made up for it. A couple of weekends ago, we drove around our neighborhood and to the next town. We saw lovely blooming trees.
|Can someone help me with the name of these lovely trees? They have beautiful white cluster flowers and they bloom first before the Cherry Blossoms.|
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
At the top of our list is the Angel Oak Tree. This tree is believed to be one of the oldest living oak trees east of the Mississippi River. It stands at 65 ft, 28 ft in circumference, and it's branches cover an area of 17,000 square feet. It offers so much shade and beauty.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Please stay at home, starve the virus and flatten the curve.
This is our fifth week of staying and working at home.
Portugal is truly a delight to explore. We flew to Lisbon in the Spring of 2018. From our past travels, we've learned not to pack so much on our itinerary. For this trip, we mainly picked the places that we're really interested to see and left much idle time people watching at parks, comparing one pastel de nata to another, and drinking tea and munching on pastries at cafes.
|Palacio Nacional da Pena|
Friday, April 3, 2020
Here are the highlights from our trip:
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
|The view from my meeting room. I was more excited to go out rather than being stuck in a meeting room. I know, please don't tell my employer.|
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
There are times I'd be sitting on the couch and the urge to drive to CVS would cross my mind. Then reality sets in and I'd ask myself if it is necessary to be out there. I'd think not. I'd go back to flipping channels on TV and go about watching whatever is on. Kepi and I have been at home for a whole week. We went out last Friday evening for a grocery run and purchased what we needed for the week. We've seen empty shelves of hand sanitizers, toilet papers, milk, eggs and even the meat section. Some people have been panic buying, but no panic buying or hoarding for us. We have to think of other people and that there's enough for everybody. In my opinion, panic buying is a selfish act.
I've been watching the news less. I try to focus on what's in front of me, of what I can control, and of what I can do to get through the day. As my boss would say every morning, another day closer to the other side.
For this work at home situation, I have to create a schedule I try to follow:
- 6:30 am wake up, go for a 30 minute walk, shower afterwards
- 7ish am breakfast, watch a little TV
- 9 am work, conference calls
- 11:30 am go for a lunch walk while calling Mom/Dad in Hawaii
- 12 pm eat lunch
- 12:30 pm back to work
- 3 pm take a 15 minute break, have tea
- 3:15 pm work some more
- 5 pm sign off
- 5:30 pm prepare dinner, eat, rest
- 7 pm go for an evening walk if weather/time permits
|If it's not raining, I walk further in the morning and what a delight to pass through this blooming street.|
Friday, March 13, 2020
"Year of the Rat" or would it be aptly called "Year of the Wrath"? What do you think?
It's just the third month of the year yet we're inundated with much fear and uncertainty. The Australian bushfires, locusts swarm in East Africa, Jakarta flooding and now, COVID-19. The DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia) area have closed schools, canceled events, and most or all of office workers will be telecommuting for the next two weeks. This is to contain or slow the spread of the virus.
As of today, there are 12 cases in Maryland and out of precaution, Governor Hogan has declared a State of Emergency. The grocery store shelves are devoid of hand sanitizers, masks and toilet papers. Panic buying has taken over people's sanity. It's impossible for me to tune out the news media, as it is part of my job to monitor it especially for our members. I am not panicking. However, I am scared of catching the virus, as I am still immune compromised. We just have to stay calm and keep living our lives.
Now, onto a happier post.
Back in January, Kepi and I traveled to Iceland for the second time. COVID-19 wasn't a media hot commodity yet. It was a quick trip for five days. People thought we were crazy for leaving cold Maryland to a much colder Iceland, but that's what adventure is all about. The main purpose of this trip was to see the Aurora Borealis. Unfortunately, the whole time we were there it was cloudy and most of the time snowing. I have to tell you. My heart ached leaving Iceland without seeing the Aurora Borealis, so I bought a bunch of Icelandic chocolate to fill that void.
Below are a few of the photos from our trip. All photos were taken by iPhone.
|Perched on a high hill, Reyniskyrka Church watches over Vik.|
|Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik. I took this photo early in the morning while we were out for a walk.|
|The Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. Beautiful view but the Sneaker Waves are deadly. The small dots on the photo are snowflakes.|
|Beautiful, towering Skogafoss. It's a favorite. In winter time, you have to be careful walking on the rocks because they're all covered in ice.|
|This is Tjornin or the Reykjavik City Pond. We enjoyed our long walks here. It's a very relaxing place to be.|
|This is the other side of Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. This is where two tourists were caught in a Sneaker Wave. They're both okay, but I think one suffered from hypothermia and has to be taken to one of the cottages for treatment.|
|The Sun Voyager is a popular place to take photos.|
|Our early morning walk searching for a place to eat breakfast.|
|The main road in Reykjavik painted with LGBT colors.|
|Hallgrimskirkja from a distance.|
|The highlight of our trip is hiking towards Solheimajokull Glacier. The hike was more than I could handle. We navigated through slippery rocks, drenched with rain and got pelted with hail.|
|Sadly, this glacier is shrinking rapidly. I hope that we can do something to help our rapidly warming environment.|
|Here's a perfect example of how the weather can change in a heartbeat in Iceland. This photo was taken when we just arrived at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. Now, see the photo below after a few minutes.|
|Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach after hail storm. Of course, all the visitors ran for cover.|