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Happy 2016, Adventure Addicts!

  Happy New Years, adventure addicts! What a year 2015 was. It seems like every year life keeps on moving faster and faster, and before we know it 10 years pass by. I made some changes on the site here, new layout and what not. Just thought I’d start my first post of the year with one of my favorite shots from 2015. While this blog will still consist of adventures and the outdoors, I will also be focusing a lot on lifestyle and business. Thank you for everyone that has continued to support me! It means a lot. Let’s keep the adventure vibes moving. -Mark Advertisements

Adventures in Stockholm

As I continue my explorations of Europe, my ventures land me to the city of Stockholm. Coming into the trip, I didn’t really have an idea of Swedish culture (only that it is the motherland of H&M and Ikea), so I was curious.  Stockholm is also the city of where one of my favorite bloggers Shelly Mulshine is from. One of the places to check out while there is Gamla Stan, also known as Old Town of Stockholm. This city blew me away with its elderly architecture and breathtaking arial views. There is also a part of Gamla Stan that reminds me of Italy, with narrow streets and buildings painted a golden yellow. As for the food? I’ll just leave you off with two words… pasta and chocolate. While I didn’t get to experience Stockholm’s potential nightlife because I was so exhausted from the day trip, I did wander a bit in the evening What was interesting was that many of the bars had an age restriction of 23 and over. The same thing happened to …

A Weekend in Helsinki

Sometimes you move so fast that you don’t even realize you’re moving. This is what the past three days have been like since I left the country. In case you didn’t know, I’ve decided to extend my studies abroad for a month into the country of Finland. Before starting school, I had some time to explore the area. This past weekend I stayed in a hostel in the city of Helsinki before making my way into Jyväky1lä for my study abroad program at JAMK University. There I met all the international students from SJSU as well as students from all over the world. The weekend was meant entirely for the students’ free time, so many of us decided to get together and explore the city. After being in Helsinki for two days, here are my first impressions: The weather reminds of the Bay Area, but much more colder and windier. Finland has quality beer. I’d have to kick out some of my favorite American beers for some here. My favorite is Lapin Kulta. 11PM in Finland means …

Spring Break 2015 in SoCal

Spring break, a time when college kids storm parties, have delicious eats, and make spontaneous adventures. Some people go to Lake Havasu, and some people go to Las Vegas. As for me, I go to SoCal. I’ve been going for the past couple years with the King Library Rockers, a breaking club on campus. But we don’t go just for fun, we go for an event known as Schools for Fools. Schools for Fools is an intercollegiate breaking competition that brings together colleges from different parts of California, as well as nearby states. Schools such as UNLV, University of Washington, and UCLA have participated in the past. If you want to get an idea of what it is like, check out the recap footage from last year by the friends at Banzski. I plan to write a longer post for this competition because there is a lot to take in from it, but just know this: Last year, we made it to the semi-finals. This year, we made it to the finals. That only means one thing next year… …

Summer Nights in the Spring

I realized that balancing a blog while being a full time student and a full time intern isn’t the easiest thing to do. It is one of the reasons why I haven’t been able to update this as much as I’d like, so I apologize. But with some adventures in May (which I’ll keep a secret for now), look forward to this being used quite a bit. After coming from the Red Bull BC One Cypher in San Francisco,  some friends and I decided to hang around Oakland to shoot some photos. My friend Kim was familiar with the area and took us to Jack London Square for a mini shoot. After long days from school and work, tonight was a nice breather. It felt like a summer night in the spring.  I’m thinking about turning this into a photo series: grabbing some friends or anyone that is down for a spontaneous night adventure that is in every other season besides Summer.      View more photos here

A Seaside Getaway

For the weekend before school started, Anna and I decided to take our adventures all around Northern California. We had a discussion about how we plan to “exhaust” all of Northern California’s beauty before moving across the compass.  It is a daunting task, but one with much reward. Besides, I need more content for this blog. 😉 The trip was a 3 day weekend into Point Reyes in the north coast, followed by the lower seasides of northern California down Highway 1. We were here last year, so we had a pretty good idea of what to bring in our packs.   The next day was back in Big Sur. I couldn’t get enough of it, plus I had to show Anna what the beauty was all about.  Finally, the trip ended in the Monterey County, where we stayed in Marina for the night. We stayed in Jenny’s home, which I recommend wholeheartedly on Airbnb. You can see my review here.

Big Sur Adventure

As my winter break continues on, so does the adventures that await. I got to meet up with a group of friends that formed in high school through laughters and randomness, which eventually became an adventure group that do anything and everything. We decided to take our presence to Big Sur all the way in the Monterey Coast. I always heard about the beauty here, comparable to what I’ve seen up in the North Coast. I didn’t realize how far it was; it took a good two hours to get here, and I realized that it was near Cal Poly SLO. But once we did, it was well worth it. Easily my second favorite nature view. If you have a full day, and don’t have work the next day, make the trip.                     

New Years Eve 2014 in San Francisco

I decided to spend New Years Eve this year in the city with some friends. I remember coming here last year, and it was the same hecticness that I remembered; drunk people everywhere, streets flooded with people, and loud noises coming from all directions. The scene reminded me of a zombie apocalypse of some sort. Nevertheless, these are the type of events that I live for, from the busy atmosphere to the cold winter air.

Christmas in Reno

Every year when I can I try to spend my Christmas in Reno. This is where my mom’s side of the family is from, and it is also where I grew up for most of my childhood. Known as the “Biggest Little City in the World”, Reno is an old town that with beautiful land. Because it is shadowed by its younger brother in the state (Las Vegas), the city is pushed under the radar. But what separates Las Vegas from Reno is the snow. While this year it wasn’t as evident, when it does snow, it snows.  I celebrated my 21st birthday in Reno and got to gamble for the first time. My cousin recommended the tables, and I started off the night with paigow poker. I didn’t take too many pictures of the night because…well, you know the deal with a 21st birthday.

Lake Tahoe Trip 2014

For the past few years me and some friends have been trying to plan a Lake Tahoe trip. Every year it didn’t happen due to procrastination and other commitments, but this year was different. With almost half a year of planning, over 20 friends, and five days in a cabin, we finally made it happen. I’ve been to Lake Tahoe a few times, but this was the first time that I went with friends. We ran into a snow storm on the way up and almost slid out of control, but luckily there was a shoulder we were able to pull on the side to. We realized we put the chains on the wrong wheels. There was actually a plus to it: we got to touch the softest snow, ever.          For the first day or two, there was a good amount of snow; a white winter wonderland in the deep wilderness. But towards the end of the trip, the snow quickly disappeared. Nevertheless, there is something different about the Lake Tahoe wilderness that separates …