An adventure to the SIGN

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My friends and I have been to the Griffith Observatory a few times and we never talked about hiking to the Hollywood sign until our recent hiking to the Sturtevant falls. I guess this is a sign of becoming “older” or becoming more “mature” I feel like we’re no longer into drinking until our last breath (on my part haha) we’re no longer into going to nonsense events wasting our time and money. I find walking and getting closer to the nature, short road-trips, and being with people who you really want to be with are more worth it.

Ahh after all, we’ve been living here at the City of Angels for more than 24 months. It’s time to hike and check it on our bucket list “to walk and get close” to the famous HOLLYWOOD sign.

We knew that parking space is an issue thus we woke up early and left the comfort of our comforters (yes! we use comforters in L.A) even if it’s actually hot (for people in Colorado) yay! We were lucky to find a parking space. We didn’t even check the time we started walking, we just walked! and had lots of picture on the way (of course) only now did I learn that the sign is actually 45foot tall and that there are 3 ways to gets there. We didn’t follow any instruction, we used the power of “communicating” real communication and by that I mean “we asked” “we talked to real people” and didn’t rely to our beloved SIRI. Oh it felt good! not to rely on google all the time.

It was a weekend so we saw a lot of enthusiastic people enjoying the hike, no phones (no signal) and no fire (yay) I was inspired to continue walking when I saw 50 or even 60 years older than me, young kids, executive looking men, older women and even moms and dads with a stroller, yes! with their not even a toddler child.

Okay, so here’s a link about Hollywood sign hiking.

http://hollywoodsign.org/seeing-the-sign/

okay, happy hiking ppl :)

xx.kat

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Sturtevant Falls

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Chantry Flats/ Sturtevant Falls
639 W Duarte Road, Arcadia, CA

July 2015

My friends and I decided one Saturday morning to drive and hike to see the Sturtevant Falls. Thanks to instagram, 50% of my interest to join is because of the pictures/tags I saw (hehe) the thing is we were there around 8’sh and we couldn’t find a parking space already thus we were about to give up and just go home (and spend our day with our socks or pajama named as netflix hehe) when suddenly we saw a space, next issue after parking? We noticed that they’ve parking thingy on their dashboards and we were too far from wherever the office is to avail a parking paper thing; we asked a guy where to avail and guess what he offered his extra parking pass “oh it’s just $5, it’s okay just get it…” oh my! this hiking is really meant for us to accomplish hoho!

The hiking was fun! There were lots of people going and at the same time people leaving (wow what time did they arrive?) Amazing! Yes! I felt amazed when I saw old, obese, kids and parents on a Saturday morning walking and just having fun. No phones and pretensions as if busy texting someone important. They were having real conversations! Great break from busy life in the City of Angels eh! Great break from the demands of work.

Honestly though I was disappointed when I saw the falls because it’s obviously dry, not totally dry as you can see the photo below. Oh drought in SoCal eh :( anyway, i wonder what it looks like during winter time (is there even a winter season in Los Angeles) yay! okay, my friends and I need to go back after summer. It’s an easy hike, just 3.7 miles.

Another highlight of our weekend getaway, on our way back a group of teenagers suddenly screamed “there’s a bear!” what? i panicked and run and then i said to my friend “are we supposed to run?” and for 4 or 5 seconds I thought of looking back and have a selfie with the bear but ehem of course i didn’t do that ( I swear!) ahhh i wish i did haha. Well, at least for the first time my eyes saw a huge real bear! S/he didn’t harm us by the way and s/he just walked away :) awww cute! the other teenage girl broke her phone though ahhh life’s full of surprises indeed. Good and bad! and yay five minutes after we drove home guess what? it rained! Rain makes me happy and nostalgic at the same time because for more than 20 years I lived in a tropical island. Oh before I talk about how I miss home let me end this blah blah :) Enjoy my photos!

xx.

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HOPE

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There is HOPE. Hold on! never give up on that hope you have in your heart. You know you have it and keep it burning. Don’t let the rain, wind and worst yourself to stop that one most important thing that you have to grasp and hold on to.

NEXT job is coming! Relax.

xx.

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Photo is from my camera this morning when I went out for an hour of just walking, feeling the heat of the sun, wind on my face and yes! just walking aimlessly.

DO NOT WAIT

“Happiness [is] only real when shared” 
― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
“It's not always necessary to be strong, but to feel strong.”  ― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

“It’s not always necessary to be strong, but to feel strong.”
― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

“Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt. So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservation, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun. If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy. But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty.”

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“Happiness [is] only real when shared”  ― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

“Happiness [is] only real when shared”
― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.

“I now walk into the wild.”  ― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

“I now walk into the wild.”
― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.

You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.

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“Some people feel like they don’t deserve love. They walk away quietly into empty spaces, trying to close the gaps of the past.” DSC_0024IMG_3443IMG_3170IMG_2906

“When you forgive, you love. And when you love, God’s light shines upon you.”  

“I read somewhere… how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong, but to feel strong… to measure yourself at least once.” 

“I’m going to paraphrase Thoreau here… rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness… give me truth. ”

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“The core of mans’ spirit comes from new experiences.” 

“We like companionship, see, but we can't stand to be around people for very long. So we go get ourselves lost, come back for a while, then get the hell out again.”  ― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

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“I'm going to paraphrase Thoreau here... rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness... give me truth. ”  ― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

“I’m going to paraphrase Thoreau here… rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness… give me truth. ”
― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild

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LOVE will always win!

The quotes I used are from the book of Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild. I’m feeling in the mood to finally write my thoughts after hibernating for more than 4 months at least here in my so-called blog. My last entry was last February. A lot of things have happened and leaving my job of more than 2 years is the best thing that “I’ve decided” to do. Did you ever feel that elation when you’ve finally gathered all the sticks of wood to start a fire, when you’ve finally molded a ball of courage to throw at your fears, doubts, and maybe even at yourself just so you’ll wake up, get up and defeat what’s making you a bad person. I saved myself from making me feel bad everyday at my sure-settled-secured job by quitting. Sometime quitting is not a bad thing, maybe it’s what you need to finally step into another world or maybe yet step back into the real world and just be yourself.

Four months filled with adventures, risks, and a shade of fear is still there but that’s the motivation you need or I need to surpass what I call as unhappy-state-of-mind. I’ve worked with different people thus I learned! I went to different places thus I gained new experiences. I shared laughters and felt disappointments even rejections but that’s a part of my longing for understanding myself and not forced into a routine way of life killing the adventurer spirit in me. Cheers to more radical changes! Cheers to brave heart! Cheers to huge decision!

The only person you are fighting is yourself and your stubbornness to engage in new circumstances.

Xx.

Katrina

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“The core of mans’ spirit comes from new experiences.”

photographs |cousin love|

OHANA means family, and family means: no one gets left behind.

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Hello LAX! last time I was here? more than 30 months ago. How time flies :D

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First coffee of the day, just because I can’t function well without caffeine on my system. Oh yeah!

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not really my kind of breakfast, oh well, not bad! just for a change. Oatmeal with cranberries is still the best, and yeah! scrambled eggs plus avocado please :)

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hello! Universal Studios.

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STRIPES! <3 afternoon walk at Long Beach, Cali It feels good after eating lotsa’ ramen…

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Life is a beach (cliche?)

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San Pedro, California. In awe of the Creator.

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cos you didn’t visit California if you didn’t have in-n-out BURGER…

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Typical-Pinoy-Style whoah! the best :D

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Cos we’ve so-called cheat days :)

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My second visit to Venice Beach and I swear I’ve to convince myself to “stop” from buying more dream catchers. I’ve more than enough to fill my room’s wall :P

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Venice Canal yey! seems legit :P

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My cousin and I didn’t see each other for more than a decade (11 years) wow! so, she finally decided to visit me here in California. How do you show the city of Angels to someone from the City of Denver? (yay!) The pictures above are our memories to remember “till next time” or as the song goes “when I see you again” 

xx.

katrina

Half-finished Love

My last post about a book that I read is three or four months ago. What did I do for the past weeks eh! So, the following are my “unfinished” books. I hope I’m not the only one with unfinished books on their bedside table, under the bed, kitchen table, backseat of a car, and what not, yes! even in the garage ah no! I don’t want my books getting dirty- I don’t even want to finish them or else it’s going to be OVER and I am one who is not into ending “anything” (ah, what?)

xx.

Katrina ♥

“A HALF-READ BOOK IS A HALF-FINISHED LOVE”

-David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas_

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I finished this one though and sad to say, I’m not convinced to be Stieg Larsson fan.

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“Now all we have to worry about is all the other books, and, of course, life, which is huge and complicated and will not warn you before it hurts you.” ― Neil Gaiman, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

“We are all wearing masks. That is what makes us interesting.”

“Better to have flamed in the darkness, to have inspired others, to have lived, than to have sat in the darkness, cursing the people who borrowed, but did not return, your candle.”

“The heart is greater than the universe, for it can find pity in it for everything in the universe, and the universe itself can feel no pity. The heart is greater than a King, because a heart can know a King for what he is, and still love him. And once you give your heart, you cannot take it back.”

Neil Gaiman, Trigger Warning

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“I made strength from everything that had happened to me, so that in the end even the final tragedy could not defeat me. And that is what Ultima tried to teach me, that the tragic consequences of life can be overcome by the magical strength that resides in the human heart. –Antonio” ― Rudolfo Anaya, Bless Me, Ultima

“It is because good is always stronger than evil. Always remember that, Antonio. The smallest bit of good can stand against all the powers of evil in the world and it will emerge triumphant.”

Bless Me, Ultima.
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“Beauty is precious, you see, and the more beautiful something is, the more precious it is; and the more precious it is the more it hurts us that it will fade away; and the more we are hurt by beauty, the more we love the world.” ― Louis de Bernières, Birds Without Wings

I consider myself lucky to hear from the relative of Helmut Newton. I spent few afternoons with her, talked about her husband’s cousin, Helmut. I’m more fan of his travels than his photographs though.

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ah, this book is full of honesty. I admire C.S Lewis.

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“Saying nothing sometimes says the most.” ― Emily Dickinson

My favorite Emily Dickenson poem so far is this.

I AM NOBODY! WHO ARE YOU?

ARE YOU NOBODY, TOO?

AND THEN THERE IS A PART OF US- DO NOT TELL!

THEY’D BANISH US, YOU KNOW.

How dreary to be somebody! How public, like a frog to tell your name the live long day to an admiring bog.

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I’ve met two person who are so into living in Italy. They’ve been there a few times. Oh I wish for them to go back and see the difference after more than one or two decades of not breathing the Tuscany air.

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Someone asked me to browse this book when I mentioned my love of Paris.

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My second bible, the first one I left at home for my sister- I wish she still has it knowing that she’s not into “keeping” anything especially shoe boxes and movie tickets haha. Bible I think will always be my “unfinished book” and even if I finish reading every page wholeheartedly I would always love to reread every page, words from the bible is life and a gift.

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Memories of Claremont

I've never been HAPPY to be myself with other people for the past two years.

I’ve never been HAPPY to be myself with other people for the past two years on my previous job. This less than a month of working at Claremont opened up my eyes, heart and mind to the happiness of “being myself” 

I got to share my love for music (classical), books (that are so worth-it with amazing and phenomenal authors), great foods (organic, oppsss everything is from Trader Joe’s omg I felt so lucky), and great people with two artists in their house. Two women with their own story of surviving the daily struggles and joys of being alive.

MY NOTES:

*I saw an enormous collection of books today. Yey to intelligent people and artists.

*Do not judge people through their appearance. We’ve the so-called “individual differences” 

Great foods today! pancakes with pecans and honey, black coffee, bread, salmon, scrambled eggs, pasta with olive oil, fresh tomatoes and rosemary flavored toasted bread.

*Wonderful dinner with J, K and A. Lasagna with mushroom, salad, cheesecake and then green tea. We talked about books. I felt happy. “Thank you Lord, for allowing me to look at myself through other people’s life. Life is about being kind and living your passion.

*I was also inspired to read the New York Times. One article that caught my attention is written by Lori Dickerson Fouche. Title: “Learning the limits of Self Reliance.” I actually cut that page for me to be reminded about “self reliance” of when to be super independent and when to ask for “needed” help. 

“If you don’t like your situation, CHANGE it.” “To whom much is given, much is required.” and “Mediocrity is not a good place to be.” “I was very self-reliant and I figured that if I could do it, so could the team. It is okay not to have all the answers and not be able to do everything and to put your hands up and say I NEED HELP.”

-Lori Dickerson Fouche

Thursday afternoon walk, J told me “Someday, you’ll be thankful of these days that you are single. Friends, including your family and work is more important. You don’t have to conform.” and then I heard Nat King Cole’s song PRETEND.

Pretend you’re happy when you’re blue
It isn’t very hard to do
And you’ll find happiness without an end
Whenever you pretend

Remember anyone can dream
And nothing’s bad as it may seem
The little things you haven’t got
Could be alot if you pretend

You’ll find a love you can share
One you can call all your own
Just close your eyes, she’ll be there
You’ll never be alone

And if you sing this melody
You’ll be pretending just like me
The world is mine, it can be yours, my friend
So why don’t you pretend?

*We had dinner with a local singer tonight. Ice cream for dessert uh oh! We watched an episode of Death in Paradise (my first time) from that show I heard the woman’s statement very clear yay!

“We are all under one moon, when you’re loved, you’re loved.”

Another lesson in life that I heard from A, the painter, “SMILE and the world will smile with you. CRY and you will cry ALONE.”

So, that’s about it. Enjoy my photos during my 18 days of staying to a place I call “an Artist’s Home”

Xx.

Katrina ♥

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“SMILE and the world will smile with you. CRY and you will cry ALONE.”

The Commoner

Author: John Burnham Schwartz
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I remembered Memories of Geisha when I chose this book one morning at the Senior Center just because I read from its back cover that its setting is in Japan.

1. I love Japan

2. I wanted to know about the life of Royal family

3. I am curious about the authors way of writing, my first time to read his work.

4. I wanted to know how it feels as a commoner to be involved with yeah Royal “blood”

The first pages were interesting until I got so bored that I don’t want to sacrifice my precious time for “sleeping” ah ah yeah! So it took me longer time to finish this book. There are books/stories you’re willing to spend more time with…the last 20 or 30 pages gave me the thrill, the emotions, the ahah this is it I’ll be sleeping late and I’ll finish it tonight…

This book will remind you of “father and daughter” moments during your childhood days which one could never go back into, the home where you have spent your childhood days which in some mysterious way will always have an effect on you no matter how grander, bigger, more sophisticated your new home now is.

Life as a “woman, wife and a mother.”

The author is a man and I admire how he portrayed how it is to be depressed (based on experience?)

So, from the back cover:
In 1959, a young woman, Haruko, marries the Crown Prince of Japan. She is the first nonaristocratic woman to enter the mysterious, hermetic monarchy. Met with cruelty and suspicion by the Empress. Haruko is controlled at every turn, suffering a nervous breakdown after finally giving birth to a son. Thirty years later, now Empress herself, she plays a crucial role in persuading another young woman to accept the marriage proposal of her son,with tragic consequences.
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After finishing this book last night, I cried. I thought of my own father. I miss home. I miss simple life in our province. For real, life is simplier back then but that’s how it is- life is full of surprises I never thought that I’d be on my own in a foreign country in my 20’s but this is what I chose, this is what I wanted (before)and there is no going back, childhood days are over and so I agree with Haruko’s dad when he said that things are different after she became a wife, after she became a mother- she has a husband and a child to take good care of, she has a family of her own. Life needs to go on! You can’t just stop, you have to pick that golden pen and keep going. Also, you don’t give up the person you chose to “marry”

Never.

Xx.kat
And yes, it’s funny.I imagined Haruko’s grandchild, what if she’s one of the pretty woman I meet/see around here in SoCal?

Ahah nah! Cos they went to NY. Lol 😝😛😜

Oh yes! I saw Princess Kate this morning at Good Morning America show and I wondered about her life as a Princess and now I am watching this almost an hour video about Prince Harry whom I honestly thought/dreamt of marrying someday when I was a teenager (haha) 02162015

And The Mountains Echoed

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The third book of Khaled Hosseini that I read and once again his creation did not fail to amaze me.Great story. Too many characters but still, he managed to make it interesting although at some point I wished it was just about Pari and her life in Paris. Haha. I wished the pages dedicated to the rich kid’s son was used for Pari’s adventures in Paris (go read other books that’s mainly about Paris’ life lol) so,yes! This book will bring you to Afghanistan, Paris, Greece and U.S. You’ll meet a lot of personalities, characters and life stories which I hope will make you grateful about your “family” or simply, about yourself and the present situation you’re in.
Xx.kat
Happy reading ppl. 💋