we are the banyan tree

A welcome note Let me introduce you to the framed line of this photograph, the becoming of a curious mind and the vertigo of a wanderlust mother. Let me become anonymous and paint you a raw unedited version of my family. It is in those playful coffee hour of the tungsten lit room where Joycee…

A peek inside our one year annual pass at Legoland California

Building Lego(s) nurture the active and physical mind. It forms and build an inner creative process in a way that shelter the imagination, produce a self reflected satisfaction; Confidence within one’s inner child, over time build a concrete- stable judgement that can be applied to the everyday adult life, with a hint of a few…

Big Sur’s Ventana campground; the window to the pacific coast

How we spent the weekends camping in the redwoods to plug in to nature connected us to pure solitude and the very charming pacific coast. The Pfeiffer forest, the ocean and rolling hills collectively brought us to a peaceful retreat enjoying every element as we bonded together as a family. The cooler weather and the…

Explore Sedona in four days with children

An oasis in the dessert, teaming with vibrant rock buttes, surrounding itself with new age art galleries, sophisticated food entries and who can deby the mild weather, setting Sedona a destination for all seeking both inspiration and luxury in the dessert. This was a perfect getaway for my family and my two young children who…

Beautiful Alberta

Have you awaken from a dream of pristine waters and un-ending stream of river that rest on a panoramic mountain rage of snow capped mountains? Captivating waterfalls and rolling hills of wild flowers and dramatic skies? Lakes that stretch for miles across vistas and evergreen that foil dramatic and ominous skies. I woke up to…

Yellowstone and the Grand Teton in Autumn

Why a road trip through Wyoming is a great alternative to see the colors and foliage in the fall We all gravitate towards selected ideas and places for inspiration. A book, a meditational or inspirational music, and travel for many, including my family. The everyday mundane and the monotony of life can take a hold…

bike the pacific coast with children

Southern California is definitely a warm welcome to families seeking to travel with multitude of activities in mind, from snowboarding the mountains of big bear lake to finding their way down the pacific coast just hours away- watching surfers riding a perfect barrel. Illuminated under the orange tinged pacific sun setting in the horizon is…

Roar and Snore

A sleepover adventure in the San Diego Safari Park! October 2021 | Imagine a night that’s captured the intimate darkness, the late October sun not hesitating to delay and retire itself to pave the way to a clear autumn sky. The crickets chirp loud and clear this pandemic uncertainty. Everyone is just about in their…

The Lone star state

Hold the fort. ‘Remember the Alamo!’ To where it stands now, unparalleled structures rise around, not a cast of shadow gloom over this historic land. Dwarfed building pave way to the Alamo as it hold its ground. The reminder to the very foundation of this land. From the Spaniard’s settlement and their missions- the origin…

The road to salvation

Leonard Knight: The artist heart Have you ever been in a place so desolate, uninspiring, neutral? We all have been to that daily mundane routine in life. Where part of us is a desert- our thoughts wander like the tumbleweed in the vast and open dry land. No growth, just stagnant air.  The war in…

Summer, coffee and play

Summer Solstice; an introduction Ideally I would stow away the camera and claim a corner spot in the bed. This is usually when the coffee is just about digesting my breakfast I just consumed and conserving every calorie for the full day ahead. Cover photo: I saw this nice diffused light trying to encamp around…

The journey to mile zero

A road trip to the deep south | Part 4: a Florida birthday special The final part of this travel series to the deep south encompasses a magical journey to my daughter’s fourth birthday interlaced with Joycee’s birthday week make for a double celebration. It is a different charm the Florida keys bring when traveling with…

The southern welcome fragrance

A road trip to the deep south | Part 3: springtime in Savannah Pulling up to a valet in the sidewalk on a warm and humid spring afternoon a nice gentle man greeted us a welcome note in a creole accent. The streets has soaked up tourist on this early afternoon while I scan for…

The road to sunny Auburn

A road trip to the deep south | Part 2: the road to Alabama and Georgia. As I find my bearing and buried myself in mental preparation for the many miles ahead- I turned on the local radio listening to an opening piano piece and ensemble of wind and brass as it picks up to my…

The road to hospitality;

A road trip to the deep south | Part 1: New Orleans. Around every street corner a trombone catches a note of invitation along with the band bringing a pace of left, right and a thumb snap, maybe even a whistle, skip and tip toe if you like. Music and expressive colors from one painted…

Mission Pacific

A weekend getaway: Oceanside, California On this very first review I want to talk about a local favorite beach front hotel my family and I continue to enjoy in many weekends away from home. The World of Hyatt’s Mission Pacific Hotel in Oceanside California. A boutique hotel that sits on the pacific coast highway quite…