Month: January 2014

San Mateo Adventure

I decided to visit one of my good friends Rod in the city of San Mateo. He’s always coming down to San Jose to hang out, so I decided that it was my turn to check out his neck of the woods. I never really got a chance to explore the area, so it was a good opportunity to do so. San Mateo is like a suburban San Francisco; it has a growing downtown but has a homey feel to it. One of Rod’s passions is boxing so we decided to go to a gym he trains at. We were lucky to catch a boxer who was a champion for a women’s league. it’s always great seeing passionate people craft their art live, from the boxers’ fighting technique to teh way they maintain focus. Afterwards we went to get good eats at a premier ramen shop called Himawari. The place is not your ordinary ramen shop: when you walk in you are greeted with a decoration of jazz records on the wall. It gave the …

A Year in Review 2013

I was looking for the perfect time to write this, which is why it is a couple weeks late.  Last year it was in the Philippines, this year it is in the living room of my parent’s house on a Friday night. It’s that time of year again, to reflect on the year. The good and the bad, the dope and the nope, the cool and the ugly. 2013 was a year that I decided to take a weeklong trip to SoCal just because. It was a year when hiking became a passion. It was a year that I decided to hang on a leash that was tied on a bike, while I rode at least 20 miles per hour on my skateboard. I had a lot of time to think about how my year was due to long car trips to Reno and plenty of time for myself. At first I felt like my year wasn’t as fulfilling as I wanted it to be. I felt like more could’ve been done. But looking back …

The PG&E Trail

I decided to start the new year with great company and one hell of a workout. The PG&E Trail is one of the hiking trails of the Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve. Hiking has quickly become a passion over the past year, starting with my first hike of Mission Peak in Fremont, CA. You could almost say I’m on a journey to find the best hiking trails. The PG&E combines scenic routes of in-forest inclines and declines, while maintaining a comfortable hike due to many shaded areas. The whole trail top to bottom was eight miles, four getting to the top and four going back. While the PG&E trail itself was a moderate challenge, it was the trail that followed that made it the most difficult hike I’ve done so far. We had a choice of either continuing up a trail known as the Black Mountain, or making it back down to the parking lot. We decided that since a majority of us didn’t feel too much of a burn, we were up for the …