Coronavirus and California

Knowing most cancelled their Summer vacation request due to Coronavirus outbreak, my boss actually asked me, “Just to confirm, are you still taking a vacation request?” My answer was a 100% sure, “Yes, I am.”

Like most Californian’s, I simply want to keep living. Is it wrong to still dream and spend quality time with your family while the pandemic is increasing? Is it wrong to request a week of Summer to focus on self and family when doomsday seems upon us? Is it wrong to try being happy while the mood is sadness, anger, fear and isolation? Is it wrong to be hopeful when everything looks messed up? Is it wrong to feel certain of something when everything else feels uncertain?

All I’m certain of is today. All I’m sure of is this year’s Summer moments I’m celebrating in the now. Distant bucket plans are just it, distant.

I don’t believe in creating a list I don’t have control from happening, but I do believe in creating what’s possible in the present, the minutes, maybe days and weeks.

I saw Lands End for the first time on a foggy day of Fall 2015, then Winter, Spring, Summer and the seasons repeats. It’s our gateway to place we always feel at home, San Francisco. So many beautiful memories to count. To many blessings to count.

No one knew last Summer was their last.

John Hopkin’s University COVID-19 data shows 9,400 Californians didn’t get to experience their Summer this year with their families. Love ones they left behind are grieving instead of making new happy Summer memories. Love ones they left behind are worried of where to get money for food and shelter instead of feeling safe and well provided for.

California is the first and only state so far to surpass the half a million Coronavirus confirmed infection. Today, it exceeds 512,000.

Exactly why we turned around and ventured the other way.

Many of us are wearing mask. Many of us are doing social distancing and avoiding social gatherings. We use sanitizer every place we’d been. Some of us haven’t been in physical contact with our elderly family members since the lockdown in March. Many of us are following safety Coronavirus preventative measures. Some are still defiant. However we’re responding, the new infections and new deaths from Coronavirus continues.

Why is Coronavirus soaring wild in California again? Why previous epicenters are back to being ground zero and why new ones are sprouting in places there never was before? The answer is really simple, we love our freedom and dreams too much. California Dreaming is not a cool caption someone made up, it’s an actual lifestyle choice many choose to live by.

The other why is Essentials since the Stay-at-Home Lockdown mandate needed to work at least 40 hours a week. That’s 40 hours of risk of contact every week from Coronavirus infected droplets. But we are not complaining. We are actually very grateful because having a job is a blessing during the pandemic days of unemployment and business closures. Just stating, Essentials have to be there so people can continue to buy food, clothes, things and services we want or need including healthcare. Getting sick no matter careful is a risk and possibility we are willing to take. We accepted our new world of COVID-19 infection. Warned or not, we rolled the dice and gambled.

I wish it’s a joke, but one of our favorite restaurants had a sign, “Closed forever.” This is not an isolated case. Some restaurants all over the U.S. has closed or planning to close because outdoor dining is not enough to sustain them. Many of their customers also hasn’t come back as more and more people are opting to eat home for health safety reasons.

Saturday was my last Summer vacation request. I couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate freedom and life with family than San Francisco. We’re aware many are thinking and feeling the same thing. It’s predictable, many Californians loves hiking, nature and outdoors. It’s inevitable, many Californians are drawn to the surf, sand and sunshine.

We’re tempted to stay in the car and just enjoy the ocean and the view of the Golden Gate from afar after seeing flocks of people walking towards the best scenic spots but instead we ventured to the least crowded part of Lands End, the Sutro Park.

While eating our picnic food, a mother in her 70’s and her daughter in her 40’s sat on a bench overlooking Ocean Beach. Sometimes, I saw them talking and laughing, other times just quietly enjoying the view. Like them, we’re just trying to enjoy this year’s Summer with family because with the deadly Coronavirus around next Summer may not happen at all. This Summer may all we’ve got. Gloomy and negative? From my side of the view, it sounds very real, sensible, practical.

Mother and daughter sitting by the bench.

Here in California, living in the moment are not words to remind ourselves to make the most of time. It is a way of life to spend wisely precious, fleeting, borrowed time.

I don’t judge because I don’t want to be judged. I don’t blame, cause I don’t want to be blamed. I try to understand as much as I want to be understood. I don’t want anyone to experience guilt that tear and break hearts and spirits. Don’t we have enough of that already?

Californians are no different from anyone else, we are trying to survive and live. Is that really wrong? It’s not my place to pretend I have the answer nor I have the right to point fingers. No one has. No one should. Nobody is spotless.

I am a Californian and like all the dreamers, the builders, the innovators, the fighters and the survivors before me and like me, I will create tomorrow not from what I’m told but from what I envision it to be. Light will overcome darkness.

There are just two ways to move forward with the Coronavirus outbreak, surf or drown. So, I’m trying to learn quickly how to swim my way through it like everyone else because drowning is NOT an option.

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COVID-19 Surge or Wave, First or Second, Does It Matter?

So much debates whether we are on a surge or a wave. Whether this is the second or a resurgence of the first of COVID-19 pandemic. Does it matter?

All I see are scientific data of infection rates and deaths. Globally, more than 17.8 million infected and more than 679,000 deaths. In the U.S., infection exceeds 4.6 million and deaths surpass 154,000.

When the weather is too nice or the scenery is too beautiful, many can’t see the dangers even if they’re already standing on the cliff.

All I see is a seemingly unstoppable virus determined to wipe out as much lives and destroy economy.

All I see are people still disconnected and confused on how to move forward with our new normal.

There’s a big difference between hope versus illusion, fear versus facts, reality versus lies, politics versus humanity.

We drove 2 hours to find a beach with hardly any people in it but it’s worth the distance because family time with safety as priority is worth it.

In two weeks, my son begins first year high school on line. Young minds and hearts like him will never know what the first days and months of exciting high school would feel like. They will never be able to look back and tell stories of how it was entering the halls of Freshman years. They will never know what is means to meet new friends and experience adventures with them. No sports, no clubs they are passionate about, no school dance, no new young love romance. Too many beautiful moments they will never know because of one cause, COVID-19.

Don’t stop trying being happy or sharing that happiness because of COVID-19. Anywhere we go now is a potential infection source. The important thing is incorporating safety guidelines whenever we seize the day and just doing our best to follow them. Song: Live It Up by Owl City. Adventure: Garapatta State Beach Carmel & Big Sur 2020.

I’m one of the billions of parents hoping their child will have a better future than his own. A parent who dreams his child will discover happiness free of fear, harm or threat. Is that dream still possible with COVID-19 more widespread and uncontrolled?

We kept driving until we saw less than 5 cars by the freeway. We would have missed the entire Summer if we let fear rule over our lives. Life lesson from COVID-19, don’t wait for next year for things we could have done now because next year’s Summer may not even happen at all .

So, does it really matter if we’re in a surge versus a wave, first resurgence or new second pandemic? The results and outcome are the same. The struggles, hardship and loss are the same. It doesn’t change for as long as we don’t change.

“Keep living and giving because COVID-19 wins the moment we stop trying.”

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Giant Lily of the Nile Superblooms in Summer

I thought I’ll never see it again, but there is was, patches of gigantic Lily of the Nile superblooms in mid Summer.

I saw these rare superblooms few years ago at the peak of Spring when superblooms were magically sprouting up all over California’s driest land and deserts. Years of drought ended then when heaven opened and blessed us with generous rain. It was a miracle and that miracle is happening again. No rain this time, just an outpouring of hope that Nature will heal us all.

So, just because people are saying things won’t happen doesn’t mean the hope we have won’t. Just because things look bad now doesn’t mean it won’t get better tomorrow.

If these Lilies found its way to survive patiently and bloom beautifully at the harshest of weather and circumstances, so can we.

We need to remember we are more precious than the flowers God created. So even if there’s no sun, no rain, no nutrients and we’re surrounded by predators and threats, God will make a way.

Trust God that we will grow, thrive, bloom and live happily, abundantly. Our entire lives is a living proof of his miracles and today, we claim those miracles.

If you are just a drive away from Montara State Park, you can still see the Lily of the Nile superblooms for the next two weeks. After that, it will be gone until someone or something needs it to come back.

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Disneyland Before Coronavirus

Don’t know when we can go back safely to the most amazing place on Earth, Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland, Anaheim but I was able to capture the adventure in my iPhone from our last February 2020 trip just before the Coronavirus surge took us to the scariest ride of all.

So today, I will relive them with you and take you back to a time of all fun and no worries at Planet Batuu. We’ll meet and battle with Dark Vader and the First Order Clone Troopers. We will join the Resistance and liberate the Galaxy from oppression and tyranny. We become the heroic Rebels that will defend and liberate everyone.

The power of the Force begins now in you.

First Order Cargo. Will you be an ally or a rebel against the mighty First Order? Safe or be a Hero?

Darkness is a choice. So is light. Dark Vader is waiting for your reply. What’s it gonna be?

Going against Dark Vader requires great bravery and sacrifice. So before we take off into space for the epic fight, let’s celebrate you at Olga’s Cantina. They do serve non-alcoholic drinks so even our kids can go in…with their Rebel parents of course.

Back when it’s okay to hit the bar scene without restrictions. Olga’s Cantina, super fun!

Resistance fighters need their inspirational “just before we go to battle” speech. The Mandalorian himself travelled across the galaxy so he can give it to you.

Heroes are not born, they are made by overcoming difficult and painful circumstances. Some never knew their destiny until someone or something made them realize who they are. Others already knew but just waiting for the right opportunity and courage. Either way we are heading for battle. No turning back.

Everything you needed to win is already in you. Rise of the Resistance climactic battle ride against the First Order.

We won. Our people are free. The galaxy is in peace once again because of you. Congratulations! As a price, you get to build your own BB or R series unit droid at Droid Depot.

Our Disneyland adventure will not be complete without lights, music and fireworks. I pick the happiest one. I think we all deserve it.

Best Dance Party With Mickey & Friends.

A happy moment is everything. A happy memory is worth more than gold. So, invest in the kind of magic you hope to last forever in your heart while we still have time with those we love. For me, it’s what being alive is suppose to be.

When we have a teenager, we need to be the cool parent who has to keep up and step up awesome to the next level. Rise of the Resistance experience did that for us this year. I was already thankful then for a chance of a lifetime, but after watching the rest of 2020 unfold, makes me even more grateful. I couldn’t think of a better way to repay than give back the happiness to someone else.

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STOP COVID-19 CHALLENGE

In four straight days, U.S. hits above 1,000 new deaths per day from COVID-19. In 30 days, that’s 30,000 deaths. By December, about 120,000 more on top of today’s 146,420 total number of COVID-19 related deaths.

California, Texas and Florida named by White House health expert Dr. Birx as essentially the 3 New York’s of Coronavirus.

Outdoor Street Dining at Bay Area California.

We are at an emergency and disaster mode being at the epicenter of it all but when I look around me, it’s like a normal day under the beautiful California Sun except some are wearing masks.

Saw this on my walk today. Coincidence? A sign? A message? A warning? An artist prediction? Could be nothing.

The challenge, we stop more deaths from happening by stopping the infection spread with 5 steps. I will not call it easy or simple steps because it’s not. It needs consistency and hard work for it to be successful. These steps however are not new. We’re already familiar and doing most, if not all of them.

She still wore a mask even if there was no one beside us. May be she was keeping herself safe from me in case I got infected. Oh, well, can’t blame her after working 4 days straight.

STOP COVID-19 CHALLENGE 5 STEPS

Step 1: Wear a Mask.

Step 2: Social Distancing of 6 feet or more. Avoid social gatherings of 10 people or more. Avoid crowded indoor places and visit them only during their least busiest hours or days.

Step 3: Wash hands frequently for 20 seconds or use Hand Sanitizer.

Step 4: Disinfect frequently all possible contaminated surfaces.

Step 5: Be mindful. Be vigilant. Never be off guard. Stay informed. Stop listening to people who believes the pandemic is not real. They will not support your family when you are gone. They will not help you financially if you can no longer work because of the long term multi-systemic complications of COVID-19 or you got laid off.

This weekend beach scene. This is the less crowded area. Summer made many forget or careless. There is no fear, just people trying to live in the moment. Is it wrong to try living while the virus is at large? I don’t have an answer but I kind of know how they feel.

We love challenges. Many of them had gone viral in You Tube because it’s fun, it’s cool, or it’s awesome. This challenge is a bit more serious but I assure you, it will be cool and awesome when we stop COVID-19 because only then can we fully go back to the lifestyle and normal we all used to enjoy.

Perhaps one day. My son watching the Golden Gate SF before Coronavirus. We crossed the bridge that day towards Marin headlands and back.

If you’re into it, post what you did and tag #stopcovid19challenge . We may not go viral but we will accomplish something better, save lives.

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California Tops New York As Most COVID-19 Infected State In The U.S.

Data from John Hopkin’s University now shows California tops New York as the State with the most COVID-19 infection surpassing 430,000. New York to date has 409,697 infected, most of the numbers happened during the Spring lockdown whereas California’s numbers accelerated after the lockdown.

We’re back to closing a lot of things in California, like businesses and schools. My son will never experience what’s it like to be in first year high school in the real world. He will not see his old friends. He will not meet new ones. People will be losing their jobs. People will be worried they may loose their job, me included. New normal just got more vividly real.

Thursday, total new deaths in the U.S. exceeds 1,000 per day, a number we prayed will not happen again but it is happening. If it doesn’t slow down, that’s additional 30,000 lives that will be lost in 30 days.

Death from COVID-19 is increasing alarmingly in California with 8,201 deaths whereas New York has slowed down significantly at 32,594. Will any State in the U.S. reach close to the death numbers of New York? Maybe NOT, as we have better mode of diagnosis and treatment as well as resources compared to the first surge. Again, numbers could change easily depending on how people behave and respond to COVID-19.

Mask is my new best friend. We’re I go, mask goes. Never stop following your dreams just because of COVID-19. More than ever, our lives needs to go on and mean something.

The good news, California Healthcare Systems and Officials are prepared to handle the COVID-19 Summer surge all the way to Fall. When other States are still debating reopening and safety guidelines, Californians headed by Gov. Newsom has been preparing.

California has been aggressive in its preventative COVID-19 measures. California has spearheaded in its medical approach in triaging and treating COVID-19 patients in Emergency Rooms thus maximizing available hospital beds for the very sick patients. California initiated Telephone and Virtual Clinic visits that continues to keep their patients and staff safe.

So yes, we Californian Healthcare Workers are ready because we have been trained ready since we saw our first cases of COVID-19.

Live with caution and we will be fine. Not 100% true but it’s better than nothing.

We’re passed the blaming. We’re passed the waiting. We’re moving towards what we wish California to be again. We have enough knowledge and information to make the right choice to do what’s right.

The daily new COVID-19 cases is sad as many of us are trying to stop the pandemic but the hope is strong in the State of Dreamers. Instead of focusing on the negatives, today we will celebrate California as the State of love, happiness and adventures. We celebrate the State that welcomed our dreams and inspired us to make them happen.

Mid February 2020, we still went to Disneyland, L.A. not knowing COVID-19 was already being spread community acquired. Back then we were watching the horror happening in China and Italy. We got no idea that we will experience the same horror when we returned home after the vacation. Things can change in instant and we may not even see it coming.

This was the last sunset we saw in San Francisco just before COVID-19. It was magical, even romantic. I believe we can have that magic again and it’s going be more beautiful than the one before.

Proposing love and forever. Sunset Sutro Baths Lands End San Francisco 2019

Faith and unity over COVID-19 because we will get through this.

Just because we can’t see the other end doesn’t mean hope is not there. Point Bonita Lighthouse 2019

Note: Medical approach to COVID-19 from safety, to preventative, diagnostic and treatment measures will continue to change and evolve as rapid as every day, every week as we find better ways in managing the virus and the pandemic. That is a good thing. That is hope.

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Shout Louder, Fight In Peace Harder

When our voices are not heard, we shout louder.

When Racism, oppression, cruelty, injustice, violence and abuse keeps happening, repeating, we fight in peace harder.

When we are being ignored, ridiculed, shamed, hurt for speaking the truth and doing what’s right, we press on, we bare all until the rawness melts even the most hardened.

We will no longer be silent. We will no longer pretend it doesn’t bother and affect us all. Together united, we are stronger.

Our world is changing. Our minds and hearts are changing. We will break the chains. Walls will fall. The mighty and the powerful will be humbled.

One struggle. One dream. One fight. One goal. We will be free.

I stood frozen. They’re words were the words I wanted to scream. Then tears started falling. Next thing I knew, I was marching with them. It didn’t matter that we don’t know each other by name. What mattered was our voices were coming together shouting something we share the same , “Stop Violence. Stop Hatred. Stop Racism. Justice for all!” It felt good. I felt free.

Warning: Video unedited. Has sensitive contents and obscene words. Do NOT watch if you’re not ready.

America takes pride in its ability to protect freedom of speech. It is a country that will go to war to protect democracy and defend the oppressed. We are now at war and being oppressed within our own country. Please fight and save those you swear oath to protect and set free. Your people direly needs you now.

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Home With No Zip Code

Our home has walls that are made of adventure, it’s roof of freedom. Happiness are it’s interiors and its open concept space allows more room for love and kindness.

Don’t let the things of this world nor its vanity for power and fame take away that one important key that keep us feeling alive…our happiness.

Our home doesn’t have a door because it welcomes everyone that needs to escape, rest, find comfort, even have fun.

We live in a society where our happiness has been decided and predetermined the day we are born.

Our home doesn’t belong to anyone nor it owns us. It has no closing cost, no drowning mortgage loans, no draining maintenance expenses. It’s free and clear from fear of foreclosure. The bank can never take it away and have people bid on it for more profit.

It’s time to acknowledge what we really want. What is it that we want to do that will make us happy?

People who lived in our home can go anytime without worries when the dreams from which it stands has out grown themselves or didn’t work. Our home doesn’t rob us of our youth nor time that could be well spent with family and ourselves. Our home inspires us to live fully, honestly, truly, sincerely.

We have an orange tent in our car that turns into a home wherever, whenever the heart wants to stop and just enjoy life for a moment.

If you drive by the nearest beach or nature outdoors, you’ll recognize the pieces of our home. It will look familiar. It will unlock memories and open windows overlooking a magnificent view of courage, hope, love and forgiveness.

This is our home. It has no zip code because we carry it with us wherever we go. It exist when we are close to the ocean. It exist when we drive to places we’re free to be ourselves and happiness comes easy. It exist when we hear ourselves laughing without caring of what others may think. It exist when we have each other. It exist when we find the good parts of ourselves long lost or forgotten.

Dedicated to everyone who lost their homes, everyone who was never given the chance to feel they have a home and everyone who are no longer welcomed to a place that was once, home.

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Coronavirus Soaring Numbers, NOT A Hoax

Healthcare systems are preparing for the long months ahead on how they will deal and approach the relentless COVID-19.

Research suggest New Coronavirus kills 5-10 people for every 1,000 it infects. Fatality rate varies with age and access to healthcare.

In 5 months, data from John Hopkins University shows more than 142,000 Americans have died from the New Coronavirus. That number can exceed 200,000 when the pandemic collides with the peak season of Flu this coming Fall and Winter. Flu season can last till May 2021.

What Coronavirus has taught me, “that I may only have 2-3 weeks to cram a lifetime.” So I try to live the most one day, one week at a time doing what’s good, making everyone as happy as possible, no delays of moments I can enjoy with those I love.

All signs of impending disaster are here. Uncontrolled COVID-19 new cases ravaging many states, hospitals bed capacity being steadily filled, a Leader that refuses to lead and save his people from the deadly pandemic, a nation struggling to unite and set aside differences, a worsening economy as business restrictions and closures continues, an increasing belief that the soaring Coronavirus numbers are all made up.

Source: John Hopkins University Daily COVID-19 Report, 7/18/20

The Coronavirus Surge we are experiencing is NOT a hoax. It’s a real frightening virus that affects real people. The media reports are true. What Fauci is saying is true. To confirm the truth, all we have to do is visit our community Emergency Rooms and COVID-19 drive thru testing sites. They are real people who are sick being attended by real medical professionals who place themselves at risk of infection everyday doing what they do.

No one is trying to spread falsified positive COVID-19 results. All that data are reported cases to Public Health from all the Healthcare facilities around the country. We are legally and ethically obligated to report positive results as soon as we receive them to protect public health and safety.

Healthcare workers are the no. 1 advocates of patient care. They will put themselves at harms way and risk trouble to ensure patients are given the best and safest care possible.

Protect our most vulnerable: Elderlies, Cancer patients, Renal patients on dialysis, the Homeless, our Healthcare Workers, everyone with co-morbidities such as Diabetes, Heart Disease, Autoimmune Disorders, Chronic Lung Disease.

Thursday, more than 77,000 new cases of Coronavirus was reported. This not a hoax.These are real results from people who got infected for the past 2 weeks.

Since after Memorial Weekend, outpatient clinics have seen a daily increase of patients with Flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, body aches and headache.

More and more patients are presenting early with loss of smell and taste as the virus attacks the Nervous System. Once associated with Gastroenteritis, diarrhea and vomiting are now considered COVID-19 symptoms. Some just present with fatigue, tiredness, loss of appetite or rash.

My son’s school has been empty since early March. It may remain empty when school begins in August. Every student, parent, teacher and school staff has been affected. Will school reopen? Do I have a job tomorrow? Will my child get sick? Will I get sick? What happens if schooling is all on-line and both me and my spouse are working? Do one of us quit our job for the full time home schooling? Real questions and concerns from real people.

The virus compared to how it has presented in February has expanded which only makes one wonder, “Has the virus mutated and how many strains are there now?”

When there are no lines outside groceries, 2 possibilities. 1, No crowds, jackpot! 2. Everyone is inside. Good luck! This is Costco on a Friday. It’s a concern when people are hitting each other carts, waking shoulder to shoulder and touching the same items again and again. It was a sigh of relief to reach the exit.

Exposure Day 1 Reset

Healthcare Worker’s Exposure Day 1 reset is the first day of self observation and monitoring for COVID-19 symptoms after taking care of a possible COVID-19 patient. The vigilance and fear doubles when the patient lab results confirms COVID-19. My day 1 reset was yesterday.

We can’t live in fear, hate, anger, frustration, helplessness because of COVID-19 and it’s effects on people. We change what we can and let go of those we can’t.

Wearing Mask Works!

Until we had our antibodies checked for COVID-19, everyone at work thought we got infected at some point but thank God, not a single one did. What kept us safe? Wearing the simple surgical mask.

When we first started seeing patients with Flu-like symptoms, we were just wearing surgical mask, not N95. So, the mask recommendation does work. It is really intended to protect the person who wears it, not just prevent others from getting infected. Again, not a hoax or a political statement. It’s based on best clinical practice aimed to save lives.

Playgrounds and schools padlocked indefinitely.

The Story of the 3 Brave Heroes

CNN Jon Lemon featured the story of Kimberley, Jenna and Angela, three teachers from Arizona who contracted Coronavirus despite following all the safety guidelines of wearing mask, social distancing, using disinfectants and wearing gloves.

If we could save one life, then it’s worth trying. Image source: CNN News.

Jenna and Angela survived COVID-19 but Kimberley Chavez Lopez Byrd, did not make it. Kimberley died June 26 at age of 61. She was a an amazing teacher who devoted her life for 38 years to the students of Hayden Winkelman School. She is a real person. She left behind a real family who misses her.

The story of the 3 brave heroes resonates because it is the story of all the teachers in America and the World. It is the story of everyone who are willing to risk their health and lives for the people and community they serve and care so much.

The pandemic is already taking its toll and we’re no near the finish line.

Let us turn our gratitude to caring, anger to kindness. Let the sacrifices we all started at the beginning of our fight against a common enemy, the New Coronavirus mean something by working together to reverse its impending doom.

We stop waiting for our leaders to take action and decide our fate. We take action and determine our own fate. We have more power and control than we think. Unified, there is no challenge we can’t accomplish, even the ones that seems impossible..

Let the heroes around you feel they are because many times they feel unseen, unheard, unappreciated even blamed or fall victims to hate crimes.

We are now living the very news we are watching about the COVID-19 pandemic. How the news ends, it’s up to all of us. Not some, all of us. We try to give our all until this is over.

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Hiking Happiness At Montara

Whether by the beach or overlooking from its mountains, Montara is our happy place.

So, today I hope to give you the same happiness it gave me by taking you there on a hike. Happiness means more when we work for it. Besides, we need all the exercise we can get. When you’re ready for the adventure , just press the on arrow below.

We have a choice to see what’s good and beautiful in the midst of chaos and seemingly never ending bad news. We have a choice to keep living the dreams that keeps us excited and motivated to wake up and conquer another day.

Everyday is a gift we need to appreciate and be grateful because not everyone is lucky to have today.

Friends, between now and our next getaway, we share what’s positive and joyful.

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Americans Versus Americans

4th of July weekend. America celebrated Independence Day. Family and friends gathered together over barbecue, drinks and fireworks, but what does this day really mean?

People chose to call America home because of all the places they’ve been, it’s the one that promised them that for as long as they work hard and do their best, their dreams can come true. That promise is harder to come by these days and no longer applies for everyone. We turned our backs to the new hopefuls, hunted them, separated families and deported them with broken spirits. We crushed their dreams even before they have a chance to begin.

4th of July means differently for different people but we have one thing in common, we are celebrating our freedom and honoring everyone who offered their lives so we all can enjoy that freedom.

Chains can be broken.

Speaking of freedom, that nowadays is being threatened in our country as people are truly showing their character and values amidst our fight against COVID-19, Racism and Injustice.

President Trump’s message this weekend, didn’t inspire people to unite in a Nation that is already divided and struggling to heal, instead, it was a call only for certain group of people to rise and reclaim their land.

Isn’t this the land for everyone brave enough to chase their dreams? Isn’t this the land of democracy and migrants from all over the world?

This country is great because of the contribution and hard work from all the people that lives in it and not because of the special chosen few. The message excluded Americans who didn’t agree with the President. It was fueling hate and animosity. Americans versus Americans.

America is great because of everyone that makes it great.

4th of July was a wake up call of what’s really happening in America. It showed how People of Color and other Ethnicity are truly perceived and treated in the Land of the Free. It also showed that many are blind and indifferent to the Coronavirus Pandemic surge that is currently ravaging many of our States.

It is not true that 99 percent of the COVID-19 cases are totally harmless. Some people have died. Some people who recovered are on rehab and disability due to the virus long term complications. More than 30 percent of patients we triaged this weekend are presenting with COVID-19 symptoms including loss of taste and smell. Though less deadly, the virus has become more infectious, making it easier to spread it within family members and communities. The New Coronavirus also changed its target age groups, from elderlies to young adults mostly in their 30’s.

I may not see everything I envision in America in my lifetime but I hope my son and his generation get to experience the greatness of this Nation in theirs.

Where we are heading in the future now calls for every American to use their freedom for what is good, kind and just. Freedom is power. Freedom is hope. Freedom is the ability to change the wrongs and make it right…for all.

We are stronger together.

Will we allow Americans versus Americans happen?

Freedom is calling everyone to show their patriotism by setting aside indifferences and come together as one unified America.

Whatever it takes, together we will make America great again. Together, we will overcome this crisis and end darkness.

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Shark’s Fin Above Wildflowers

You don’t have to buy me things. Your love is more than enough.

Father’s Day, we took a last minute roadtrip at 4:30 P.M. Had to decide quickly shortest destination with maximum family adventure fun.

You don’t have to give me flowers. The excitement when you took me outdoors to see the wildflowers still has my heart racing.

Take Out Lettuce Wrap Burger, Creme Brulee and Root Beer overlooking Shark Fin’s Cove, Davenport. This is our new way of dining out. Safe, natural and incredibly breathtaking.

You don’t have to worry of words to say. Your actions showed me a million times of how much I mean to you.

If the beach stores memories, it will smile every time it remembers our happiest moments together since my son was a year old. It’s home. It’s family. It’s us.

So, instead of celebrating me, let me celebrate you because what makes you happy, makes me happy. That’s what Family do for one another.

Always find time for adventures and new experiences with Family because happy memories last forever.”

Don’t let this Summer pass without doing something special for yourself and for those that inspires your world. Life’s too short and tomorrow is never guaranteed.

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