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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Travelling to Turkey

Sharing with you some of the photos we took from our trip to Turkey courtesy of www.cheapholidays.com/turkey/. Literally took hundreds of photos and I had a hard time choosing which ones to post. Turkey has over 7200km of coastline, with the Black Sea region in the north and the Mediterranean Sea region or the Turkish Reverie in the south.

There's so much to see and do in terms of natural wonders and historical places of interest; the travertines are just beautiful, the Hierapolis ruins are interesting, the fine theater are excellent, well-restored example of Roman architecture, the museums are good, and a swim in the Sacred Pool a memorable experience




Pamukkale, meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, is a natural site in Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey. The city contains hot springs and travertines, terraces.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

My Maine

I'm so excited about summer. I have been waiting for summer all seasons long. Hahaha. Well, if you live in the Down East you know what I mean. Winter is bitter and cruel. It is cold and long. And it is harsh and unforgiving. Luckily, this year it was all the opposite of what I said. We sped up to Spring and Summer came too early. Technically, speaking.



Summer is the most-awaited season in Maine. As the flowers started blossoming and the trees begun budding... Mainers get ready to go camping. Well at least for us - the Gregoires. LOL. Oh yes, it's now a family tradition. And with camping comes - gold panning. So we are itching to go to our summer usual destination - Byron, Maine.


So a couple of weeks ago, we went up to Byron, Maine to check how the river was. We started gold prospecting a couple of days before "summer" official kicks off. It was still a little high due to non-stop rainfalls the week before but a little manageable. There were a few people down the river gold panning already. So we also tried Hubby's improvised sluice.


My friend Medy went with us and she was initiated to a whole new Maine lifestyle. She went camping and gold panning for the first time. And she loved it.




Well, we didn't get gold nuggets [just yet]. We found a couple of gold specks and that was all about it. It was not bad for just an overnight stay at Coos Canyon. But we did have a good time... and that is priceless.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Inyo County Series, Part 1 @ Alabama Hills, Lone Pine

Inyo County? Probably not too many Americans, even Californians, know about Inyo County, the eastern part of the Sierra. This part of California is less known and less visited. Maybe, it is because when people think of desert, the picture they have in mind is simply a barren land. But for those who have experienced Inyo, they know this is a haven for those who seek peacefulness and nature’s beauty. Inyo is geologists' natural Disneyland. It is the land of the extremes, the land of the contrasts. “Inyo” comes from an Indian word which means “resting place of the Great Spirit.”
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Wearing Different Hats

The last couple of months have been very difficult for me thinking on whether to take a step forward in my nursing education. A decision has to be made as I am not getting any younger, the clock is ticking. I became a licensed vocational nurse a year ago and been working part-time to get some hands-on nursing experience. It has been fun for me juggling my role as a wife, mother, accounting supervisor, LVN and a housekeeper. I can’t complain because I find them all challenging and rewarding. At the end of each week, I sit quietly pondering the thoughts of how blessed I am given this opportunity to do things I love. Today, I have to take a step to the direction I felt I was called for … go back to nursing school and further my nursing education.

A year ago, in my accounting job, I received a notice that I have to take enrolled agent continuing education because of the IRS’s new rules for all tax preparers. To maintain my Enrolled Agent’s license, I am required to take 72 hours of continuing education during the 3-year enrollment cycle and at least 16 hours of each respective year to maintain my EA license. I thought to myself how great.. I was so busy studying for my nursing license and here is another thing to add to my busy life. I did my research and I found out it wasn’t all that hard. Fast forward academy offers the most innovative CPE platform on the market, the system is user-friendly and fun to use.

Fast forward academy also offers CPA review courses and something that I might check in the future, but for now I have to keep working on my ea continuing education.

I enjoy wearing different hats and before I close my story, I forgot to mention I also enjoy my blogging hat -- it has been a fun journey meeting new friends through this site....




Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Pelican



Pelicans are large water birds in the family Pelecanidae. They are characterised by a long beak and large throat pouch, used in catching, and draining water from, their prey.





These photos were taken from our trip to Catalina Island, California. We were in line waiting for the underwater boat ride, when this pelican decided to put a little show in front of all of us. He landed gracefully, and as soon as he noticed a couple of us pulled our camera to take pictures, he stood still, stayed for a long time and enjoyed the attention !





Friday, June 22, 2012

old stuff for decor...

i have an old picture frame that i'd been meaning to get rid off but kept forgetting; a wall in ysabelle's room screaming to be dressed; ysabelle's old drawings( those she did whenever at home and feels like it) and school awards which gather dust on the ref's door ( its filled with her assorted stuff from drawing to writing and invites.!!!)

it isn't much of an art deco nor can be consider something even fancy. but hey! the old stuff can be recycled in a manner that doesn't cost a thing--except glue and few minutes of time.




ysabelle is quite happy helping me with this one. she even told me how she got her few commendations and explained why these art work are her favorites!







not a bad result i have to say....the decor may not be to everyone's liking but i did the planet good by re-using stuff, didn't i?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Vegetables with Shrimp in Heavy cream

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Mixed Vegetables and Shrimp in Heavy cream


For this meal, I bought a small bag of frozen mixed vegetables, a bag of frozen peeled shrimp and a can of Nestle' thick cream.

I heat the pan and put a little bit of olive oil. I put the mixed vegetables, added the cream and put the peeled shrimp last. Season with salt and pepper . Done in less than 30 minutes. You can serve it with rice. Enjoy !!!


*Aligaga* 



Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Quit Smoking !



I understand it is not easy to quit smoking .. but I will still say it -  Quit now before it's too late !



* Aligaga *

Monday, June 18, 2012

Murad Skin Care Products

The dark spots on my face, neck and arms start to bother me, so I went to see my dermatologist. After checking those dark spots, she asked me if I have been out in the sun without using sun protection. I have always enjoy swimming and I thought if I swim without sunblock, it will give me the dark skin I have always wanted. I got the desired dark skin and with it are dark spots. My doctor explained those are sun spots and they are area of hyper-pigmented skin that appears over time. These areas are dark brown, but they may also be light brown or even black, more like freckles. Sun spots are most common on the face, neck, chest, arms and hands



Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sizzling Porkchop




Tonight I surprised my husband with something different - a meal served in sizzling plate. We both love sizzling meals, the smell of the food is great and the sizzling sound it makes when the server put it down on your table was enough to stir an appetite. When we found the place to buy the cast iron plates, we were so excited and bought four of them. Came home, put them in the cabinet and forgot about them. I found them last weekend while I was cleaning our cabinet and thought about using them this week. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Summer Holidays In Portugal?

I passed by the above structure everyday on my way to school, but never got the chance to stop and take photos, except yesterday. Yesterday was the last day of school for teachers, so I got the chance to stop and take a photo above with my cell phone. Now, I am so ready to enjoy the summer! This is the time of the year where what you will see in my hands most of the time if I am outside is boogie board. :)

San Antonio, Texas

After attending the Basic Military Training in Lackland Airforce Base, I was really happy seeing the transformation in my son and was so proud of him. I wanted to give him a surprise gift at that time, which was crete holidays. Crete is a beautiful and magical island South of Greece. I know my son will love Crete because it offers amazing variety from snow-capped mountains, rolling hills, dramatic coastline with gorgeous fine white sands, pebbled coves, and rugged cliffs. Crete, like many of the travelers, has long been in my list to visit because I am very interested to discover the mix of both ancient and modern life in the island. However, at that time, my son's graduation was the start of his airman's career, a vacation outside of the country was not possible. We decided instead to celebrate his graduation in San Antonio, Texas. We went outside the base and drove around the town in San Antonio.  I read that San Antonio is the most visited city in Texas. I wished I knew then to take lots of pictures, I regret now that I have very few pictures of this nice place ! 


Home of the San Antonio Spurs basketball team, the AT&T Center houses many sporting events in basketball and hockey!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Lackland AFB, Texas



Sharing with you photos when our son joined the US Airforce. He began his life in the airforce with  Basic Military Training in Lackland Airforce Base in Texas.  Basic Military Training is an eight-and-a-half-week cycle of training which begins with the receiving phase (also known as zero week) and ending with graduation.

We flew to attend the graduation. It was a memorable experience .. in eight weeks we noticed the transformation of  our son from being a goofy boy to a serious young man --- it was amazing !




On the final Thursday of BMT, all trainees will participate in the 2.5 mile run known as the "Airman's Run".

Monday, June 11, 2012

Poole, Dorset, England (Part 3)


more travel photos from Poole, Dorset, England. To view more photos from Poole, Dorset, England, please click the links: Poole Part 1 and Poole, Part 2.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Random Thoughts on Travel, Technology and Nature

Working and studying in the “little red dot” can be very
stressful. It is one of the main reasons why most families go on a vacation
when their children are on school holidays. It is sad though that many travel
agencies take advantage of the so called peak period. If you book a vacation
last minute, cheap holiday deals are already fully-booked and the prices of flights and accomodations are sky high.

It is advisable to always book your family overseas trips in advance like I usually do. It will save you the stress of not being able to go away for a much needed break to relax and unwind.
Short getaways is the only means my family can get a break from the hustle and bustle
of city life. While families with high income normally go to Japan, Korea, Australia
and Europe for one to two weeks, my family is contented and overjoyed enough when we can go for a 3D2N beach escapade. Why? Because the hubby and I once lived a very simple life when we were young. We never experienced going out of town for a family vacation. Our school holidays back then were spent at home playing with the kids in the neighborhood.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Fjords Cruise

Have you tried taking a cruise? Would you want to share with us your favorite cruise, and your best memory from that cruise? Or maybe, your dream cruise? Unlike what most people think, cruises are not limited to several days on the sea and only a few hours exploring on land. There are a variety of cruises that will suit everyone's interest. My present dream cruise is Norweigan Fjords Cruise which I found from MSC Cruises. Since my Kenai Fjords National Park experience, I had dreamed of exploring more amazing fjords. A fjord is formed when a glacier cuts a U-shaped valley. One of the reasons why I wanted to take a Norweigan Fjord Cruise is that the fjord estuary ecosystem is one of the quietest places on Earth (not so well known), yet, they are one of the richest essamblages on Earth that are found only in six locations around the planet: Chile, Norway, New Zealand, Alaska, Greenland and Antartica.
a tidewater glacier that flows out of Harding Icefield

A ride on the Spooky side- Pennsylvania

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of PA Tourism for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
     Having two boys for kiddos is quite a challenge. They have mastered the art of playing sweet jokes on me. They are great actors making me laugh, and furious and joyful all the the same time with their pranks.
that's me being pampered with kisses by my kiddos, Mother's Day 2012

Poole, Dorset, England (Part 2)

more travel photos... Poole, Dorset, England. Please click Poole, Dorset, England part 1 to view other photos. 


Explore Some of America's Best: Las Vegas-San Francisco-Los Angeles Road Trip


 Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

Have you planned your summer vacation yet? I invite you to book flights to america where it is easier to find  great deals from the many airlines that fly to its top destinations. Experience the American Dream we all have heard about, and explore many of America's Best when you spend your holidays in America. You could explore some of the world's natural wonders, National Geographic's World's Best Drives of a Lifetime,
 
McWay Falls, on Highway 1, Big Sur, CA

On Butterflies and Philly Search Engine Marketing






I could not forget the first time I was able to take a butterfly shot. It was one yellow butterfly that I chased around the house. It would momentarily fly then return to where I first spotted it. I'd draw near with my old digicam trying to get a good focus, it would notice my intrusion, flap its wings..I'd utter a sigh and follow its track...the cycle went on until I figured out that some of them will turn out friendly if you are patient enough to allow them to get comfortable with your presence.
I would hold my breath and make the gentlest motion towards it, manipulate my no high tech cam and take a series of shots with it barely moving. From then on beautiful wings would come to me amazingly! or perhaps I never really noticed them not until I became the shutterbug that I have turned into when I met my salitype society sisters! To the left is one landing on my ugly feet haha, and one beside my simple celphone and another one landing perfectly on my chest!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Poole, Dorset, England (Part 1)






Let me show you around Poole, Dorset, England. The place I called home for ten years now. People travel far and wide in this wonderful little county to spend their holiday. You know what the great news is...we are living the holiday every single day....







A Beautiful Morning

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Souvenir Collections and Dreams

Back about 15-20 years ago, it used to be that time spent with my friends was having random conversations in a bar. We loved listening to music, trying out a variety of foods that go with our own favorite drinks. I could not really drink alcohol because of my alcohol allergies, so I always would go for non-alcoholic margarita. We had fun chatting anything that flowed with the smooth rhythm of jazz beats. That was then. 15-20 years forward, me and my group of friends would still hang- out sometimes, but no longer in a bar but usually mostly outside enjoying the outdoors.
During One of Our Nature Wanderings

Criminal Defense Attorney


When my step son was seventeen years old, he decided he wanted to move in with his dad living in California . Being a new kid on the block, he wanted to make friends with the kids his age, so he started to hang out with them after school. Our former neighborhood was not a very safe place for a family with younger children and teenagers. We learned there were gang members living in the area after we purchased the property. Being new in the community, we tried our best to make friends with the neighbors and to live a normal life. The problems started as soon as the kids started hanging out with my step son. We had several serious conversations about avoiding alcohol, drugs and gang-related activities, but the outside influences prevailed introducing a number of problems into our family.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Pink's Hotdog in Los Angeles, CA



At the same location for 73 years !   Pink's is a family-owned hot dog stand that started in 1939.  Pink's chili dogs, complete with a large warm bun, oversized hot dog, mustard, onions and thick chili sold for 10 cents each in 1939.






Friday, June 1, 2012

Travel with me to England



Do not wait for special moment to celebrate, instead celebrate each day as special. - Eng


From my part of the world to yours ... Enjoy ! 



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