April 24, 2014

Traveling the Rainbow: Pink

The color pink is not one of my favorites. In fact, I'm not a big fan of it. But, in keeping with the whole "Spring-y" theme since it is that time of year still, I decided to pick pink for this edition of Traveling the Rainbow-- plus it is J's favorite color (seriously). For some reason, pink was the first color to come to my mind when I started writing this post. Before I even looked through my thousands and thousands of photos on my hard drive I thought, "I'm probably not going to have any pink photos..." but as luck would have it, I found quite a few!

P I N K

Pink, a delicate color that means sweet, nice, playful, cute, romantic, charming, feminine, and tenderness, is associated with bubble gum, flowers, babies, little girls, cotton candy, and sweetness.
The color pink is the color of universal love of oneself and of others. Pink represents friendship, affection, harmony, inner peace, and approachability. -- From Color Meanings

Sunset in Boracay, Philippines

Sunset in Chicago.

Georgetown Cupcakes. Washington, D.C.


Street art in Granada, Spain.

Sunrise in Nashville, TN.

Sunset in Palau, Micronesia.

Sunset by the Mayon Volcano, Philippines.

South Korea.

Other Traveling the Rainbow colors:
Purple
Yellow

And as always, please feel free to post your own photos for Traveling the Rainbow!

April 22, 2014

Dream Travel Destinations: USA National Parks

In celebration of National Park Week, this round of my dream travel destinations is of national parks in the USA! There are so many amazing places that are here in my home country that I have yet to explore.

Here is a list of U.S National Parks that I haven't visited yet but hope to do so one day:


The Smokies are actually really close to where we live now, so I'm sure we'll be visiting this one soon!
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Where I'm from in California is actually really close to Channel Islands National Park. You can even see some of the islands from the beach in my hometown. I've only been to one of the islands (Anacapa) when I was in the 4th grade-- so I definitely need to go again!
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Honorable mentions:
Grand Teton
Bryce Canyon
Denali
Glacier
Haleakalā

Already visited:
The Grand Canyon
Yosemite
Sequoia

Other "Dream Travel Destinations":
Europe
North America

How about you-- what US National Parks do you want to visit? Which ones have you already been to? Any tips or suggestions?
 

April 21, 2014

Question of the Day: Memorable interaction with a stranger


What's the most memorable interaction you've had with a stranger?

I was actually going through old Facebook "notes" (remember those?) and I came across this one I wrote when I was in university about an interesting encounter I had while on my way to class:


My interesting encounter of the day...

Granted, I encounter quite a few interesting people on a daily basis, but not many that make me want to write about it. Today was one of those encounters... the type that makes me think about it all day.

Anyway, on to the story...
I was walking to the bus stop to go to school. When I got to the crosswalk, there was a guy, about my age, standing there holding a red tulip and a yellow tulip. As I approached the crosswalk, he says "Well good morning miss." "Good morning," I reply.
And the rest of our conversation goes like this:
Him: "Heading off to school?"
Me: "Yup."
Him: "Do you like flowers?"
Me: "Ummmm... sure... Yeah, I do..."
Him: "Here..." (handing his tulips towards me) "take one... please, you really should, I insist.."
Me: "Oh... ok..." (I take the red one because I'm wearing red today. I like coordinating my shirts with the flowers strange guys give me) "Thanks..."
Then as I try to cross the street, he says:
"You know, don't you?"
Me: "Wha... know what????"
Him: "Nothing..." He starts walking away, he turns around and goes "Just be careful today.." (right when he said that, I was tripping out, like what the heck is this dude talking about?!) Then he says "It's supposed to rain a lot today, so be careful.."
I don't know if he added that last part because he saw fear and confusion on my face, or he was just really trying to warn me about the rain?
Anyway, I tell him thanks. Then he tells me to have a nice day and I tell him the same. And we go our separate ways.

Now, the part that has me tripping out is when he asked me "You know, don't you?" I can't stop thinking about it. Is something supposed to happen today I should be aware about? Is something dangerous happening today? Something fun? Some party I should have been invited to? Some social, activist-type stuff going down in the streets I should know? Was I supposed to know something about the tulip?  WHAT SHOULD I KNOW?? My mind was going a million miles a minute, trying to figure it out and coming up with hypothetical reasons and situations.

...then maybe I'm just over-analyzing it (as most females do in situations). But I don't want to be totally naïve about it.. because what if something does go down today I should have known about? I guess I can't say I wasn't warned.

Or maybe he was an epiphany? What if I'm supposed to explore and question our encounter because there's something I need to know, something that would be useful or important in my life? Is the tulip supposed to tell me something? I do believe things happen for a reason. Was this encounter with this tulip-bearing guy just a coincidence or meant to happen? Am I supposed to learn from this? Or maybe he just knew that I'm a socially-aware person, and that I just KNOW.

Hmmm, who knows? At least I got a free tulip out of the deal.


the red tulip


This was definitely a memorable interaction! How about you-- what is a memorable interaction you had with a stranger?
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