Work Life Balance

I heard a very interesting approach to work life balance a few days ago from a Google executive. It resonates deeply with me and my approach to work and life… But then at the end he completely flipped 360 and said he was changing his approach to work life balance. It got me thinking and I…

Palm Springs and Joshua Tree

This post will be mostly photos as Palm Springs and Joshua Tree were visually amazing. Palm Springs was an interesting mix of old and new… and the casinos :P. Joshua Tree was out of this world and definitely worth visiting at least once in a lifetime. It is known as a “climbers paradise”, but also…

Happy New Year

Hey all, giving the blog post thing a mobile try. Starting this year off with a 100% mobile device post. It’s been a while since I last wrote but I do have some good things to share from the end of the year. Last year brought a lot of new changes, but the one that…

Trip to Socal

With the current rainy day, I decided to finalize my post about SoCal that’s been sitting in my drafts for several weeks now. A little over a month ago, we were invited to go to Disneyland to celebrate our good friends’ 5 year anniversary. Betty and I decided to take the time to visit some…

A Weekend in Big Sur and Monterey

After a few planning sessions, we were able to get our schedules to align with my Mom and Stepdad for a mini-vacation down to Big Sur and Monterey. Betty and I have been meaning to get down to Big Sur and Monterey for a while now, so this was a great opportunity! Next time, we’ll…

A Walk in the (Golden Gate) Park

  With Betty’s aunts in town visiting from Taiwan, it’s a great time to put on the tourist hat and do things I normally don’t do. It’s always a good excuse to see things for a second or third time and enjoy it – often times many years after the first time. We spent the…

A Few Days in Vancouver

Vancouver recap – the weather was gorgeous and we had just about two days to see and eat our hearts out. With some help from a friend, we landed a great Airbnb spot… hard to beat this view. We settled on a spot in Yaletown which happens to be a pretty nice neighborhood. I relate…

Flashback to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam

  With all this warm weather this year, I was thinking about the last time I had seen or felt some cooler weather. Tahoe this year had some snow, but not enough for it to feel like winter in Tahoe. So flashback about 18 months to Thanksgiving 2013, I was with Betty’s family on vacation…

Commuting to Work

  One of the best things about living in California is the weather… and how it allows us to be outdoor pretty much most weeks of the year. A great thing about living on the peninsula is the bike-friendliness of the area.  Commuting has been a great way to incorporate exercise while only taking just…

Oahu Sites and Landmarks 2014

 During our second visit to Oahu, we tried to do more “local” stuff and/or things that we didn’t get around to the first time. We spent some time hiking, eating at different (and some of the same) places, and overall just try to balance a relaxing vacation with exploration and new experiences. In short, we…

Half Moon Bay Hike

  During our time off at the end of the year, we decided to stay local and do a few hikes and exploration of cities near by. One day we decided to do an easy but scenic hike in Half Moon Bay. We started by parking at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve to check out the…

Six Months at Google

From small company to the mothership… it’s been a long journey in a short period of time. Never did I expect to take the plunge into the largest tech giant in the world. I’ve decided to just jot down a few notes as I reflect back on my time. First, as I have said to…