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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Lake Poway in San Diego

Over the weekend, I had a chance to go back in San Diego and this is the second time around to visit the county as my friend took me there for an event. In the last course before going back to Orange County, they brought me on the lake and had a glimpse on and never stayed long due to time constraints. Below are some of the photos we had in Lake Poway.

me and Elven as Malou takes the photo
sitting on the grill

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Extraordinary Desserts in San Diego

We arrived Friday, September 21 in San Diego for another round of getaway. Foods are irresistible, and when you are in a diet, you will never be able to get away from tasting some unique foods. Sometimes our dining experience will not be complete unless you get some desserts.

creme brulee

chocolate cake

The following day, after we attended the event we went to Coronado where you can see the scrappers in San Diego separating from the sea way. After the diner in the Thai restaurant, we went to a place called Extraordinary Desserts in the downtown of San Diego. This place is popular for its unique desserts and the people outside are in line just to get their orders from the cashier.

I had Crème Brulee as my order and some of my friend had the chocolate dessert.
Extraordinary Desserts is much more than a collection cakes, pastries and sweets. It was created by chef and author Karen Krasne made from the finest ingredients found anywhere on earth.

For more information about the Extraordinary Desserts, please visit their website address at www.extraordinarydesserts.com

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Noodles And Ice Cream

It's been a while since my last entry about foods. But today (9/18 in California) I had a nice time with a friend and we went to Gomen at Katella Avenue in Stanton California. She treated me a lunch. Starbucks in Cypress has been my usual hang out place since the beginning as I always bring my laptop to surf the internet. She picked me up in Starbucks and proceeded to Gomen. It's a small restaurant that serves Japanese dishes and soup is usually their main dishes, the ramen noodles. And honestly I forgot what soup I ordered but anyway, it doesn't really matter. This is the second time around I had lunch in Gomen.

After eating our lunch, right next to Gomen is a small ice cream parlor at La Flor de Mexico. It's just beside Gomen. I had 2 scoops, one is rocky road and the other one is dulce de crema.

We had a short dine in and then went back to Starbucks.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

5 Things “Loving Yourself” Actually Means

5 Things “Loving Yourself” Actually Means
APR. 3, 2013 
It’s the age-old supposed cure-all for all of life’s woes (especially involving matters of the heart): “loving yourself first.” I don’t know how many times I’ve had to hear this, but I imagine the number is up there because what I do know is how many times I’ve thought to myself: what does that even mean. Because it used to sound to me like some weird form of narcissism or delusional way of not acknowledging anything wrong you’ve done. It used to sound like it meant you shouldn’t take responsibility for yourself, or something like that. But low and behold, I’ve come to the conclusion that it actually means loving yourself because you are a flawed person, and despite the fact that you are imperfect. And while I’m at it, here are some other things that I think loving yourself really means:
1. Having the courage to forgive yourself. It means being able to acknowledge your humanity, your wrongdoing, but to not let it be a source of internal hatred. To understand that not forgiving yourself is the harshest criticism, and that nobody in your life will be able to love you until you forgive yourself for being human. Embrace your perfectly flawed self; it’s what makes the world so beautifully diverse and interesting.
2. Understanding that not your weight, nor your hair color, nor your choice of clothing, nor the funny way your stomach rolls when you slouch down makes you any less attractive than anybody else. There is not only one way to be beautiful, and loving yourself means realizing your own beauty for what it is, not in the context of how you look compared to anyone else (especially the nauseatingly perfect people in magazines).
3. That you have the choice to do what you love or to continue living a life being submissive to the expectations put on you.Loving yourself means understanding what makes your soul happy, and doing that thing as frequently as you’re able. Regardless of how much money you make, regardless of who judges you for it, and regardless of whether or not you’re wildly successful doing it. All you need to be successful is the knowledge that you are doing what you love most.
4. That not everyone will love you, and that not everybody has to.If you are being true to yourself, and somebody has a problem with that, that is their negative energy to deal with, not yours. Loving yourself means knowing that you will never have the love, praise and approval of absolutely everybody you meet, but that doesn’t reflect anything about who you are.

5. Understanding that you have to love yourself before you can love anybody else, or before anyone else can love you. A relationship filled with anxiety, self-doubt, insecurity, etc. is headed for Hell, and I don’t think that’s news to anybody. You have to feel worthy of love, and that comes from loving yourself. How is someone else going to think you’re totally awesome when even you don’t think you are? A: they’re not. The greatest thing loving yourself means is that once you do, you’re better equipped to let the world love you as well.

Friday, September 6, 2013

The Entrance To Oneness

Imagine feeling more love from someone than you have ever known. You’re being loved even more than your mother loved you when you were an infant, more than you were ever loved by your father, your child, or your most intimate lover—anyone. This lover doesn’t need anything from you, isn’t looking for personal gratification, and only wants your complete fulfillment.

You are loved just for being who you are, just for existing. You don’t have to do anything to earn it. Your shortcomings, your lack of self-esteem, physical perfection, or social and economic success— none of that matters. No one can take this love away from you, and it will always be here.

Imagine that being in this love is like relaxing endlessly into a warm bath that surrounds and supports your every movement, so that every thought and feeling is permeated by it. You feel as though you are dissolving into love.

This love is actually part of you; it is always flowing through you. It’s like the subatomic texture of the universe, the dark matter that connects everything. When you tune in to that flow, you will feel it in your own heart—not your physical heart or your emotional heart, but your spiritual heart, the place you point to in your chest when you say, “I am.”

This is your deeper heart, your intuitive heart. It is the place where the higher mind, pure awareness, the subtler emotions, and your soul identity all come together and you connect to the universe, where presence and love are.

Unconditional love really exists in each of us. It is part of our deep inner being. It is not so much an active emotion as a state of being. It’s not “I love you” for this or that reason, not “I love you if you love me.” It’s love for no reason, love without an object. It’s just sitting in love, a love that incorporates the chair and the room and permeates everything around. The thinking mind is extinguished in love.
Excerpted from Ram Dass

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Hugging The Big Bear

I was quiet for the past few weeks as this gave me the opportunity to spend more time getting to know Big Bear. This place is California's premiere four-season vacation destination. This scenic beauty is regarded among the best ski resort in California. It's part of San Bernardino County, about 2-3 hour drive from Los Angeles.

I fell in love with this place where nature is more prominent with approximately 5,000 people leaving in this town. Before getting to Big Bear, you will pass a zigzag road with over 7,000 feet above ground level.