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There’s Really No Secret Out There

Like many serious seekers, I went through the Course In Miracles phase. In the late 90s, I bought this really expensive thick onion-skinned paged 2-inch thick blue book (equivalent to 3 volumes) and read it from cover to cover. What was most life-changing (for me) about the book was its Workbook which were 365 exercises you have to do each day for 1 year. Since the book is Jesus-based (lots of Jesus reference in the Text part), I asked a born-again Christian if it was a Christian book. She went through it and (almost) threw the book back at me and said it was anti-Christ. That was reassuring for me, meaning I could read it because it was not fundamentalist Christian, and I wouldn’t be brainwashed. Because that’s what the exercises intend to do, brainwash you of your ‘separation’ and ‘lack’ thinking. This book was written by psychologists over a 7-year period and the ‘authors’ claim that it was written through Jesus’ dictation (technically called ‘automatic writing’). Because it’s really a difficult book to understand, I sought …

Grand Central Market in Los Angeles

Spent the last two Saturdays  (Feb 17 and 24) at Los Angeles’ version of Europe’s night market, Grand Central Market. Built in 1917, it is the oldest concession type of market here in the Pacific Coast. It is said to have survived depression, recessions, earthquakes, and re-developments. It is now a vibrant community of multicultural stalls and food stops. It extends from Broadway Ave to Hill St. Grand Central Market is the food court for the foodies, it has ramen to tacos and coffee to ice cream, this place has something for everyone even for the vegetarians. You can find food, fresh or cooked from several countries, particularly from China, Mexico, Thailand, Italy, Salvador, Japan, Philippines in a wonderful fusion of flavors. You can choose among several different qualities of chili peppers or beans or fruits or rice. You can taste very hot spicy fried chicken or an excellent steamed salmon. You can take a hot or an iced American coffee or a good ice cream. You can speak Chinese or Thai or Spanish or Italian …

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sending all of you a big hug and much love today. May we all remember today to love ourselves, that we are enough, and today to gift ourselves and others a smile, some kindness, compassion, forgiveness…. and some sweetness of the chocolate variety or emotional variety… or even the pleasure of solitude and silence. May we give ourselves a little extra of whatever it is that we need. Namaste. 🙏🏻

Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Attention all gardeners, plant, and flora lovers… this is a wonderful and photogenic place to while away an afternoon. We  arrived late in the afternoon, 2 hours before closing and spent the hours here walking and photographing the lovely flowers and landscapes. This is a huge, beautiful, tranquil park and botanical garden – an absolute must-visit place for all ages, to enjoy its enormous acreage of woods, flower/fruit/herb gardens, waterfalls, ponds, lawns, tropical “forest”…. not to mention the many peacocks running around everywhere. The Baldwin guest mansion with its citrus and rose gardens is the highlight of these impressive acres of natural beauty. So many gardens to see at your leisure. I highly recommend a visit to the Arboretum and Botanic Garden. I’ve lived in the Los Angeles area for forever, but it took me this long to realize what a lovely respite from all-things-Los Angeles this peaceful place is. Do visit the Arboretum… you will want to return for every season under the sun. And more. A gorgeous and cheaper alternative to the Huntington Gardens. …

January: Sticky Kit Subscription

Hello everyone! On this post I am going to show you the stickers that I got from Sticky Kit for the month of January. If you’ve been following my blog, you probably knew that I subscribed to two sticker kits last year and with those past kits, I’ve finally decided to just stick to one and to stay with Sticky Kit from Japan. There are a few personal reasons why I chose to stay with Sticky Kit. First, the sticker sheets that I got from them were more to my style than the ones that I got from Stickii Club. Although, Sticky’s rate is $4 more than Stickii’s, still I prefer to get something that I would be happy with. Second, the quality is top notch. And the rest are prejudices that are not worth mentioning here. 😀 Last month’s theme was more on dogs because… you know,  year of the dog. I am not someone who believes on those years of the ‘something-something’ and also I’m not a dog person, so I will probably just …

November: Sticky Kit vs Stickii Club

Hey everyone! Today, I want to show you all what I got from Sticky Kit and Stickii Club, they’re both monthly subscriptions for stickers (as you can tell by their names), they’re trending on Instagram and I  was so curious what the hype was all about, so… I went on ahead and subscribed to both. 😅 Let me show you a couple of photos then… First is by Sticky Kit, they ship from Japan and the price for sticker subscription is $12.99 +$2 shipping. It comes with 3-4 sticker sheets, 1 set of flake stickers, and 1 set of stationery, like memo sheets, for this month at that. Next is by Stickii Club, they ship from California, at $10.00 per month and because I live in California as well, a .96 cents tax was added to my bill but the good thing is, it ships free to within US addresses. The envelope came with 6 sticker sheets, 1 set flake stickers, 1 thin metal bookmark, and a piece of postcard. And here’s the unboxing video: …

Jibun Techo Biz Mini

Hello everyone! I know, I know… It’s been a while. Anyway, I’m here to show you and with excitement… my 2018 planner, the Jibun Techo by Kokuyo. I only recently found about it when I was about to buy the Traveler’s Notebook 2018 weeks inserts at Jet Pens’ shop, but this Jibun looked so promising, minimalist, and looked so functional. So, I decided to give it a try and went on ahead with my purchase. I tell you all… I was so in love right out of the box because it was just how I imagined it to be –smooth paper, a lot of lists pages, light weight, thin, and a lot, lot of functions and possibilities. Okay, let me show you why I am so excited about this. Even if the description and instructions are in Japanese, they are pretty easy to figure out. It has a lot of ‘lists’ pages like dreams or life goals, money plan, recommendations, promises, gifts, books, etc. It has a 3 year calendar and a yearly index. I usually …