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The best 17-Mile Drive ever!

BUCKET LIST #35: Drive along the 17-Mile Drive And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy, and your eyes sparkling. Pebble Beach is one of the most enchanting scenic...

A weekend in San Francisco

BUCKET LIST #30: Visit San Francisco San Francisco is 49 square miles surrounded by reality.   When I was sixteen, I visited San Francisco for the first time with my family. At the time, San Francisco was...

Sightseeing in San Francisco

BUCKET LIST #31: Drive down Lombard Street BUCKET LIST #32: Drive through the Golden Gate Bridge I left my heart in San Francisco     Golden Gate Bridge A view from Vista Point at 8:30 in the morning. 9:00 ... It's 9:30 when...

When Italy met the Bay at Rocco’s Cafe

BUCKET LIST #33:  Eat at a restaurant featured in Diners, Dine-Ins, and Dives The problem with eating Italian food is that 5 or 6 days later you're hungry again.   Rocco’s Cafe has been happily catering San Francisco residents...

The Day I met a New York Times Bestselling Author

BUCKET LIST #29: Get advice from a NY Times Bestselling Author A coincidence ignites a spark that one hopes will lead to something more meaningful.   Last Saturday, I attended the Travel & Adventure Show in San...

What to Expect at the U.S. Travel & Adventure Show

Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. I had dreamed of exploring the world since I was a little girl. When I moved to the Philippines at age 13 to live with...

A worthy Las Vegas detour – Valley of Fire State Park

BUCKET LIST #28: Tour the Valley Of Fire Not all those who wonder are lost.   It's amazing how time can take a toll on nature and leave it with extraordinary creations. I have been blown away by award-winning architecture...

A Cold Weekend In Vegas

I enjoy the preparatory elements of travel - packing my bags and choosing my outfits - but my favourite part is getting there.   Packing for Las Vegas is no joke. People always feel the need...

Blog Makeover

BUCKET LIST #20: Start a blog Judgments prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances.   For the past week I have been driving myself crazy trying to create the perfect blog layout. I went...

Snow Day on Highway 2

BUCKET LIST #25: Make a snow angel BUCKET LIST #26: Slide down the snow BUCKET LIST #27: Build a snowman And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy, and your...

7 Reasons To See The Broad Now

Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.   I’m always on Instagram. Mostly to look for destinations posted by the people I follow. When I see something I want to add to...

Life Lessons and 38th Birthdays

12:15 AM on January 17. I’m sitting in my patio with a blanket on and quote-unquote LAST cigarette in my hand. Today is a special day because this is the day the world said...

An Enchanted Forest of Light

How deeply seated in the human heart is the liking for gardens and gardening.   Enchanted Forest of Light is an event held at Descanso Gardens twice a year. It begins at dusk and the garden...

Barona Casino & Resort weekend getaway

If you spend a week at a casino you will very easily see that people have a certain way of behaving in a casino.   Barona Casino is located on an Indian Reservation just 30 minutes...

Why We Should All Color Run

BUCKET LIST #24: Run the 5k Color Run Night The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.   5k is equivalent to about 3 miles, so if you really think about...

My Magical Experience At The Rise Festival

BUCKET LIST #23: See flying lanterns And at last I see the light... Ever since I saw that silly little Rapunzel in the Disney movie Tangled mesmermized by the sight of floating lanterns lighting up the night sky,...

It’s A Laguna Beach Kind Of A Day

Happiness is... sand between my toes Southern California has one of the best weathers and one of the most amazing sunsets (being on the west coast and all). The way the sun reflects cool and warm...

The Most Beautiful Church In The World – St. Peter’s Basilica

BUCKET LIST #10: Visit Vatican City When in Rome, do as the Romans do.   I wish they had a quote for when in the Vatican City, cover up! It was the middle of September when I visited...

Aulani Disney Resort – Happiest Place in Hawaii

BUCKET LIST #22: Stay at the Aulani Disney Resort Enjoy the little things in life for one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things.   My family and I went to Hawaii for the...

Miracle Town of Fatima, Portugal

BUCKET LIST #9: Visit Portugal The most incredible thing about miracles is that they happen.   Growing up as a Catholic, I’ve heard and learned of many miraculous events that have taken place all over the world....

I Dream of Venice

BUCKET LIST #13: Visit Venice, Italy You may have the Universe if I may have Italy.   When I graduated from college, my amazingly thoughtful mother gifted me a trip to Europe. It was a dream I’ve always...

When I Found My Song

BUCKET LIST #20: Start a blog Those who wish to sing, always find a song...   I am a true believer that those who seek will always find.  This applies to everything in life-- the perfect little black...