Importance of Creativity

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Perhaps you believe in the Big Bang Theory, evolution or in creation. There is something really beautiful about how we all came into being and how amazing the world is all around us. For me, I believe in a Creator. God the creator made all of us to be creative in our own ways. Talents come in many forms and I know that for some it can be cooking… or others it can be crafty things… wood work, whatever it maybe it’s important to have space to be creative. Continue reading »


Empathy- How to be a better listener

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holding-handsWhen I cannot find the answers to something, I usually go to my google search bar and type in what I wanted to know. Last night, I decided to type in, “How to be more empathetic.”

Marriage is not easy and when you add the stress of life changes and challenges, family, kids, transitions, stressful jobs.. well, let’s just say it’s not a walk in the park. I am an eternal optimist and I’ve always thought that marriage is teamwork. I can always count on my spouse to have my back in the good times and bad. I would expect the same for myself and I would always be there to be supportive. After all, isn’t that what we say in our vows?

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Oasis Paradise Spa- Redondo Beach CA

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Business-cardThe last few years, foot massage or “reflexology” has become extremely popular because the price for a massage can range from $15 to $25 making it an inexpensive way to get some relaxation. A majority of the lower $ foot massage locations are in the chinese or vietnamese populated cities like Monterey Park, Alhambra, Garden Grove, but I’ve noticed that they are starting to pop up in other cities like Irvine, Torrance, Redondo Beach, Gardena and many more!

There is a real science behind foot massage where you can find certain reliefs when pressure points are massaged. Trained massage therapist are well versed in those pressure points. However, the lower priced massages usually just train their massage therapist on a specific routine of massage, not necessarily formal training. SO, that brings the question of whether it’s worth it to get massage by someone who is not property trained. WELL, for most people, the price justifies the service so they are happy with just some relaxation regardless of quality. Continue reading »


Abalone Cove, Rancho Palos Verdes CA

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abalone-coveThe tidepools at Abalone Cove is one of my favorite places when I was little. During low tide, the tide pool has abundant sea-life that lie visible which makes it so much fun for little ones. Sea anemones, starfish, sea snails, octopus, crabs, small fish and hermit crabs were among some sea animals we could see, simply by moving a rock.

Emanuel and I had just read a book on “Shellfish are not fish”, so I thought what an ideal timing to take him to the tidepool with me on Sunday. There is a $5 parking fee for parking and you are allowed to be in the lot until sundown.  You enter Shoreline Park, an open park area with a panoramic view of the Palos Verdes view. On a clear day, you can see straight across to Catalina Island. The you will approach a short hike down to the tidepool, but nothing that a 3 or 4 year old cannot handle. It’s quite an adventure to go down the hill and cross little bridges. Eman loved it!

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LA Galaxy v. Chivas U.S.A

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home-depot-center-viewBeautiful evening tonight and Felix was given 4 tickets to the LA Galaxy home game against the Chivas. Emanuel loves soccer so we were excited to see 2 LA teams in one night and the best part is, they were playing at the Home Depot Center close to our house.

I’ve never seen a live soccer game so I didn’t know what to expect. We paid $15 for parking and that got us in a lot by Cal State Dominguez Hills. It was a little walk to pick up our tickets at will call, but it was such a nice day I didn’t mind at all. Emanuel was excited seeing other kids walking toward the stadium and we were ready for our first game. Got into the stadium, got our over-priced kettle corn and water and we went to our seats.

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Town Square – Las Vegas, Nevada

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mapOne of the most exciting things about traveling is finding new places you’ve never seen before. On our way to our resort on Las Vegas Blvd. South, just 6 miles away from the Las Vegas strip was a large outdoor shopping plaza called Town Square.

Usually while you are at Vegas, there are the brand name stores on the strip for all the high rollers and then there are train rideoutlets on the out skirts of Vegas selling brand names for less. But Town Square has a wide variety of stores from brand names to casual shopping. Landscaped with palm trees (big and small) and cool misting machines spraying down from every walkway, you can peruse through all the casual retailers like Banana Republic, H&M, Old Navy, Victoria Secrets, Bath & Body Works, Hollister, Ann Tayler, Abercrombie and many more. If you are thirsty or hungry, walk in any direction and you’ll find your favorites like Brio, Ranch House (BBQ, just opened), California Pizza Kitchen, Lollicup, Wetzel Prezel, Claim Jumpers, etc.

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Jeff Civillico Show- Imperial Palace Theater Las Vegas, Nevada

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ticketTravelzoo.com’s weekly deals posted free Las Vegas show tickets for families. A little comedy and a little tricks sounds like a plan to me. We picked up our tickets at the box office at Imperial Palace for the Jeff Civillico show and we were told that it’s a great show for kids. There is a lot of action keeping the kids attentions. Continue reading »


Underwood Family Farm

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entranceOld McDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O is the tune so familiar to our little toddlers, but living in the suburban area of Torrance, CA, rarely do you really see a farm. Probably the closest we get is the local farmer’s market where the fresh fruits and vegetable travel a few hours in a truck to arrive at the market. So, in an effort to show Emanuel where our produce really come from, we went to a farm.

Nestled in Moorpark, CA, there is a large farm called “Underwood Family Farm.” Only 1 hour and 20 minutes from Torrance, CA, the drive was an easy drive from the 405N to the 118W. The farm is straight off the freeway and very easy to find. Upon arrival, you will pay a $3 per person entrance fee weekdays and $6 for weekends. You pay for what you pick and the prices of all the items are listed on the map and on a sign near each patch.  Then you’ll be directed to where you can pick up a little red wagon, plastic bags and containers to fill with the veggies and fruits of your choice.

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Family Photography- Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, CA

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It was so exciting to do a family shoot at my favorite resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Terranea Resort. Friends of mine were having a surprise family photo shoot at the perfect location that has a panoramic ocean view, awesome spots with modern furniture and lots of greenery on property. Everyone in the family were in great spirits and we had fun on shoot.

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