You leave, so you can return; you say goodbye, so you can say hello

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” - Terry Pratchett June 28 of last… Continue reading You leave, so you can return; you say goodbye, so you can say hello

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A walk in a garden, a journey in the soul

My Mom has a green thumb. She has her own magic of making sure that the ground is fertile and healthy, helping plants grow to bear fruit and flowers. Although I do not have a thumb as magical as hers, I do share her love for nature and gardens. I thought of her when my… Continue reading A walk in a garden, a journey in the soul

A red car through red sandstone outcrops

A red car drives through the freeway towards the red sandstone outcrops of Valley of Fire. The Lumineers' Cleopatra album is on for the whole trip. My friend said that she had the playlist for over a year; I said I did not mind, because I liked the band too. I find traveling more fun… Continue reading A red car through red sandstone outcrops

Waiting for an eclipse on a mountain park

It was the 21st of August, 2017. It was overcast the moment I opened my eyes and gazed at the window. The sky and possibility of rain in the Las Vegas Valley tempted me to stay longer in bed and sleep, but I decided to get up instead. My cousin Jango stood there in the… Continue reading Waiting for an eclipse on a mountain park

Silence that can be heard

Our car fled up the mountain roads with the front windows and one back window open. My cousin did say that it would be cooler up in Spring Mountains (Mt. Charleston) - around 70 degrees. Truly, it was colder compared to the temperature in the flat lands. When one is out in the sun in… Continue reading Silence that can be heard

Walking with two Fathers

A few days after my Dad arrived in the US for a short vacation, I lingered on the thought of going as well - not for a vacation but for two reasons: 1) spending time with my Dad and family, and 2) stepping out of my comfort zone again. Before the flight which we only… Continue reading Walking with two Fathers

Landing in Las Vegas IV: Mt. Charleston & Red Rock Canyon

*Featured Photo courtesy of my cousin Jango! For the first two times we've visited Vegas, we were able to go to Mt. Charleston in December 2014 and to Red Rock Canyon in June 2015. Although we did not climb any trail in Charleston, playing in the snow (my first time!) with my cousins is a… Continue reading Landing in Las Vegas IV: Mt. Charleston & Red Rock Canyon

Landing in Las Vegas III: Restaurants and Shops

When I write in my journals, I'd always put where my family and I have eaten. Because when I can remember the place we were in, I'd also recall the environment, the smells, what we did there, and what we talked about during those times. To record the moments that my Mom and our family… Continue reading Landing in Las Vegas III: Restaurants and Shops