Recently, I went on a beautiful waterfall hike in Mount Tamalpais Watershed, which I know is not in San Francisco, but I mean, who knows where the actual town of Bolinas is? I’m guessing not that many people. In any case, because the Bay Area has experienced so much rainfall this winter, many of the most popular waterfall trails actually have beautiful waterfalls this spring. One of these waterfalls in Carson Falls. While not a significant hike in terms of length (nor is it that strenuous really), the trek out to Mount Tamalpais Watershed is worth it because the first part of the trail might just be along fire roads, but once you reach the wooded section, it’s looks and smells beautiful. You hear the water well before you reach the falls themselves and actually you end up near the top and then can continue along the trail to see the different levels or layers or pools that all come together to create Carson Falls. So beautiful! Be sure to also keep your eyes out for Yellow-Legged Frogs that are only found in two places in the entire world, one of which is around Carson Falls!

A layered photo adventure:






A few months ago, I went with my mom to see an Ikebana Flower Show happening in Balboa Park. Ikebana is a Japanese floral arrangement art form and technique that has been practiced for more than 600 years, promoting the principles of tranquility and friendship through flowers. Take a look at some of the arrangements!


We were able to catch one of several live demonstrations at the show.


The very large arrangement made from branches, arranged by the Grand Master of the Ohara Ikebana Society of San Diego, Akiko Bourland.


It’s hard to tell from the photo, but this is a collection of very small arrangements, made by Ken Fernandes. Each of these dishes was around the size of a thimble!


I had never heard of Ikebana floral arrangements before! Although I was not particularly impressed with some of the arrangements, there were some that were very pretty. Here is one of the many arrangements from around the room.

Until next time,

In the past, when I’ve thought about Singapore, I’ve imagined a giant city that goes from one border to another. And while this is often true for city states, it’s also a reality that there are “more rural” areas in Singapore. In fact, the Kranji area is just that. There are beautiful farms and lots of green in Kranji and it’s a pretty cool adventure to get a chance to see some of it. This is part three of my three part Kranji adventure.

I’m not sure which of the locations in Kranji I liked the best, but Bollywood was certainly pretty awesome. Bollywood is run by some nature-loving hippies who just love fresh fruits and vegetables. Since this was the last stop on my Kranji adventure, most of the regular vendors who sell products here during the day were gone though a few were still lingering on. I just absolutely loved having the chance to walk through essentially a giant garden that boasted plants from all over. It was crazy to see bananas and guavas and chili peppers all taking over the place in an organized way that still allowed visitors to walk along nice paths.

Read more about our Singapore adventure here: little india’s hindu temples little india’s buddhist templesdomed mosquefancy raffles hotelgiant fountain of wealthmerlion? clarke quay • river-scapest. andrew’s vaulted ceilingfort canning parkquick chinatown touronward sentosa sentosa’s feels sentosa’s island lifesentosa’s fort silososouthern-most pointkranji’s goatskranji’s resort

A Singapore’s Kranji photo adventure: