Friday, December 31, 2010

Arrivederci 2010...

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."
-Albert Einstein

As the Italians would say, " Felice Anno Nuovo!" A new year means new beginnings. Ready to begin a new year of friendships, journeys, and chapters in my longing novel of enlightenment and exploration...

The greatest achievement is selflessness.
The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
The greatest precept is continual awareness.
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.
The greatest action is not conforming with the worlds ways.
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
The greatest generosity is non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.
The greatest patience is humility.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.

-Atisha (11th century Tibetan Buddhist master)

Monday, December 20, 2010

No Place like Home for the Holidays

Spending a few weeks back home in Dallas, Texas. It's not a new or an exotic place. It certainly is wonderful to have friends and family around this time of year. Next year I will definitely be traveling. Any ideas? Thinking down under in Australia or New Zealand... If you have any good ideas...please share!

I have only been back for a few days, but indeed have eaten everything in plain sight. The great thing about being home is good old Mom's cooking. The first day home she made me an amazing traditional Chinese meal called, "Hot-Pot" and my Dad grilled some home marinated Korean BBQ. Delicious! Wonder what is in store for the next two weeks. Went to a Christmas party and also a catered Cowboys Game...should probably hit the gym!

Anyway...thought I would share some pictures. My second time at the Cowboys stadium. The first was for the 2010 NBA All-Star Game, but this time it was for the Cowboys game against the Redskins (my first NFL game, believe it or not). The stadium is insanely massive and can hold over 100,000 people. My amazing friend Leandra and I had tons of fun! Picture of the stadium and Miller Lite Club (where the players walk out from)...Enjoy!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Malibu Creek State Park

It was an absolutely gorgeous day, a high of 78
in LA on a Sunday afternoon. Staying indoors was not an option at all! After a great breakfast at the Farmers Market on Main St in Santa Monica, my adventure companion Jonny and I decided to coast down the PCH to Malibu Creek State Park.

The hike began quite tranquil as the pathway leading up to the main "hike" was guided by fields of grass, well dried grass and rolling hills. Little did I know on the other end was going to have a cascade of rocks and beautiful autumn terrain. It was like we left the city and drove 500 miles away from civilization. This was the beginning to our epic three hour adventure. To continue our excursion, our first real challenge was jumping a huge rock, cross a thick wooden beam, and scale up a rock. After "trial-and-error", major error in my part, my attempt to cross did not go so well. I couldn't hang on. I fell straight into the freezing bone-chilling water! It was a show for all, and every spectator there cheered and hollered. But I clearly knew this was the beginning to an action-packed and warrior-ninja kind of day.

The next step of the journey into Malibu Creek State Park was one of the most challenging parts of the hike. You had to scale from one side to the other. The only way to get past was by using the many hand and foot holes in the rocks...Just don't fall in! For the non-risk takers, there certainly is another way...but I will let you figure that one out on your own :)

The day continued and became one of the most challenging hikes I have yet experienced in Los Angeles. To sum it up, I had to go through chest deep freezing water (water is warm in the summer, but not this time of year), jump boulders, and going through miniature cave-like structures. This hike is definitely made for the adventure enthusiast and in no means easy at all. I gained my fair share of bruises and sore muscles. I challenge anyone to take this hike, but make sure you spare at least 3 to 5 hours for this one. There are many ways to get around this hike, a dirt path, or jumping from rock to rock through the body of water as Jonny and I did. So let's all take in the zen and what mother-nature has to offer us. Check out Malibu Creek State know you want to. An adult-playground is only a 15 to 20 minute drive down the won't regret it.

I am Helen of Travel not Troy

Life is full of little surprises and endless adventures. It's easy to get caught up in the ideology and routines of society's rhythm, but when it is broken, a freedom and life's cheerful medley's tend to float your way.

Growing up in an active family and spending countless weekends on my pink Huffy mountain bike, while discovering life's propositions, I have decided a journey full of abundant travels was the key to a balanced life. I enjoy dedicating my time in finding that next tasty, immaculate hidden gem, or adventure landing we can all say we have left our marks on.

So let's embark on this adventure together to find places, restaurants, and magical adventures that one can only imagine doing as a traveler. To wherever life may take us...