Aloha from Oahu?

I guess we all lost the bet on where I’d end up for the holiday, including myself.  It’s been a very odd turn of events the last 5 weeks and very derailing of the cafe life I strive for.  The details are not important but once in a while reality is a reminder to enjoy every opportunity everyday.  I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason and in the future, one can look back and be reminded that you would not be where you are without the previous life experiences…the good, the bad and the ugly.

So here I am…in Oahu, by myself.  It was not the plan nor was it in my intention to blog about this particular trip.  However, since I am here, I guess it’s a way to give a solo traveler point of view.  It is a very pretty little B&B Resort I am at and I get to drive the awesome Jeep I’ve always wanted yet impractical in my suburban mom life.

So, let me decompress at morning yoga, gather my thoughts and blog away…

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Holiday travel is such a pain…

Yes, I know it’s Christmas and all and millions of people are traveling….  However, when you have kids with limited vacation, sometimes it’s ones only option to escape.  Tossing around Florida where the positive is a visit with Mom and the negative is being subjected to the horror known as DisneyWorld.  I’d love to head to Switzerland but flight costs are making it quite extravagant for schlepping 2 kids along (will need to monitor for a few weeks).  All I know is I need to go…. Place your bets, anyone?

Vamos a la Barcelona!

Three more days and the sisters head back to Europe for two weeks!  I’ve prepped my Barcelona Blog so follow me along and see what I can get myself into!

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Maybe I’ll finally take the time and update this blog with my recent roadtrips…maybe :-P

Burning Man Precompression Party

One thing I’ve learned to love about the Bay Area is the art community.  Oakland and its old warehouses are a hub for large installations being created, built and maintained for Burning Man.  Every few months they have open studios and parties.  Early there are activities for kids and families and by night they are amazing parties for 21+.  Because it’s the Bay Area these parties really do cater to an eclectic group of all ages.  By day they are artists, engineers, scientists and other professionals and during their free time they create incredible light displays, art and motorized structures.

Crew and atendees are so open and welcoming that you are just free to be.   It’s pretty incredible.   I highly recommend attending if you every have the chance.  Just “like” the pages on Facebook for art studious such as NIMBY or American Steel Studios and you’ll likely receive invites for upcoming events.




Even I enjoyed stepping out of everyday me into Rockstar me.

Midlife is what you make it to be.

Midlife is what you make it to be.


Here’s a great video by Mark Day, I found on YouTube from last night’s event.

I’ve officially lost my mind…

Not because I am behind on posts…Yes I am and I’ll eventually catch up.  What is even more crazy, for me, is my eldest son just talked me into running the Disney Star Wars Half Marathon with him in January 2015.  What am I thinking….I’ve never run more than 3 miles at one time and even that kills me.    I guess if you are going to do it, might as well do it dressed as Princess Leia.

As I like to repeat the wise words of Yoda, “Do or do not. There is no try!”

Well I guess….I do


Just 5 more months…just 5 more.


I’m antsy today.  Unsettled.  I’m sure it’s just a phase.  This Bay Area cold fog doesn’t help.  I keep my mind on Barcelona for my sisters big 5-0.  Our main destination is Spain.  However, we are throwing in a cruise too…just cuz we can.   Spain, a little France, a little Italy…why, oh, why is my beloved Italy so far away.

Filipino History in San Francisco

Today I took a Filipino Historical walking tour of San Francisco’s SOMA district.  With all the press regarding the gentrification of the city, it was refreshing to see that in very tiny ways the city is trying to preserve the immigrant culture that create much of the richness of San Francisco.  The tour began at the Bayanihan Community Center and we walked through the nearby neighborhoods and parks that were historically inhabited by Filipinos. The neighborhoods are beautiful but because of the location it still suffers from drugs, gangs and other city ills.   I’m afraid that some day it will totally disappear off the map as affordable housing is replaced by high-end condos.  Until then, it is there to share and educate.



Photo from Jeremy. Group Picture


Meeting professor and author Jaime Romero


Learning the context of the work Bayanihan for which the center is named.




Mural painted on the wall of this urban park in 1976



Another hidden park at Bonifacio and Lapu Lapu.


Mural of the history of the Philippines on the side of senior housing.