Continuing with the ABC's. Now, it's DEF. D is for Daring. E is for Elegant. F is for Francophile. Daring, Elegant Francophile! It's fun to play with words.
Friday, January 3, 2014
Thursday, January 2, 2014
May you all have a joyous, peaceful, successful and healthy New Year! This year I'm going to keep all my social media posts simple. One of my resolutions is to post once per day either on Twitter (my favorite), Blogger, Facebook and LinkedIn depending on the information I would like to share with you. It will be positive, cheerful, insightful, along with some new ideas even if they seem a bit kooky.
So I'd like to start the new year with ABC. A for Adventurous! B for Brave! C for Courageous! Watch the watch the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and you'll find out more about the ABC's and also, be entertained.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
What's in Your Backyard?
I've been around to many parts of the world but sometimes have neglected my own backyard. So many of us take for granted where we live whether it be New York or Los Angeles. Hence, on a recent trip to LA, I decided to explore with the Hop On Hop Off bus to get to my destination from Hollywood to Marina del Rey versus taking a taxi. I was delightfully surprised to learn interesting stories about the stars, the musicians and history of this sprawling city, including Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Venice Beach and Marina del Rey. If you to learn more, take the StarLine Tours. It starts in front of the Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood but also picks up many hotels.
Next, I decide to ride a Beach Cruiser from Marina del Rey to the Santa Monica Pier famed for its amusement park and Ferris wheel and depiction in many films. One of the most famous, is Forrest Gump and there is a Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Restaurant on the pier, owned by the company that produced the film. That's marketing and show business combined--brilliant! By the way, cruiser for short is a simple bike for cruising the bike pathways along the beaches from Manhattan Beach all the way to the Pacific Palisades.
Now, I was forewarned that Venice Beach would have a lot of oddities and it did--muscle builders, lost souls sleeping on the beach under the palm trees, squatters, painted buildings (see photo), the LAPD handcuffing a young woman camped out in a tent, musicians playing electric guitars, and even one shop with enormous machines looking like Iron Man. It was a quite colorful scene to be seen during the day or it was suggested to be better seen on the weekends because there is much more activity.
The rest of my bike ride was tranquil gazing at the Pacific Ocean and watching Pelicans flying majestically overhead with their beautiful shadows silhouetted against the stark white high rises in Santa Monica. It was a good trek and a reminder to be curious about one's own back yard and explore one's environs with a sense of wonder.
To top it off like icing on a cupcake, as I'm waiting to board my plane back home, Virgin America announces, "Boarding Group A, A as in amazing" versus airline lingo, A for Alpha. Next, "Boarding Group B, B as in Beautiful" versus Bravo. Then, "Group C as in Charlize, the actress" versus Charlie, I would have chosen Charming. Finally, "Group D, D as is in Delightful" and with that last announcement, I thought how creative to put everyone in a good mood before their flight to wherever they might going.
Viewing life with a sense of wonder can actually be quite fun!
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Sunday, December 30, 2012
On December 21, 2012, some people were waiting for the planet's end, others for the birth of an era marked by the end of the Mayan calendar. For those who were curious, they visited the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza in Mexico during 2012 to find the Mexicans of Mayan descent in a celebratory mood. We're still here after all and experiencing changes on a global level that is shifting our thinking patterns, to come up with new solutions to tackle old problems. With destruction comes resurrection. Destruction is difficult and hard on many people yet with the right attitude, it can create a path towards a better life.
My own life over the past two years has been marked by both tragedies and joyful occasions--the main reason for my abandoning my Blog for awhile. Yet life seems to balance itself out. Although, I've lost dear friends and mourned, I've also been blessed with beautiful friends with whom I've shared many wonderful events. With some, I've travelled to exotic places, such as, the Backwaters of Kerala in India, the UNESCO Heritage sites in Nepal, and even, the volcano and lush tropical paradise on the Big Island of Hawa'ii. MAHALO! I have to admit that I learn and grow by visiting other parts of the world outside my native Manhattan residence; especially, being in the company of great people as these precious experiences truly nourish my spirit.
|Nepali Prayer Flags in Kathmandu|
Going forward into 2013, Lucky 13, I hope that the world learns to solve its problems intelligently and peacefully and I wish peace, progress and happiness to all!
Let's live our lives with joy, passion and purpose!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
'Tis the time to celebrate the spirit of Christmas no matter what race, creed or religion you adhere to. It's a time of giving and receiving gifts and sharing memorable moments with acquaintances, colleagues, pals, friends and family.
Remember to have compassion for those who cross your path because you may not be aware of their woes or worries. Remember to forgive those who are so self-absorbed in their own personal dramas that they forget to ask how you are feeling. 'Tis the nature of some people but as this is the holiday season, let's celebrate the goodness that can emanate from human nature.
Now, let light and love and joy enter your life.