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    Space Race in the USA

    Sunday, January 25, 2015

    It’s 7 o’clock and as I leave the house the dawn-lit eastern face of the Sierra Nevada mountains looms above me.  A wide path through golden browns of brittle sages leads me to my first stop, a small abandoned bungalow, and then on to a small workshop filled with barely used tools and unfinished projects—all […]

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    Solo in the Sierras, USA

    Saturday, January 24, 2015

    My headlamp swings like a pendulum, hanging from a carabiner clipped to the top of my tent, casting a cone of light on the void of space next to my sleeping bag—the naked nylon of the tent floor reminding me of one thing—this time, I am alone. I had been crafting the ten day Sierra […]

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    The Cave at the End of the Tunnel in Saudi Arabia

    Saturday, January 24, 2015

    Saudi Arabia is not the first place one thinks of when asked what place represents gratitude, especially if one is a woman. I moved to Khobar, a large, industrial city in the Eastern Province of this controversial Kingdom, over a month ago to teach female students English as a Second Language in the Preparatory Department […]

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    Dear Mt. Fuji

    Saturday, January 24, 2015

    Dear Mt. Fuji, I first saw you during the first sunset of 2011—fierce, beautiful. On New Year’s Day, my friend and I walked into the Yokohama Sheraton Hotel and took the elevator to the top floor to see the city stretched below. Beyond the city lights you stood, a symmetrical cone framed by an apricot […]

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    Self Discovery in Nigeria

    Friday, January 23, 2015

    SELF DISCOVERY Gratitude according to oxford dictionary is the feeling of being grateful and wanting to express your thanks. Gratitude won’t occur if there was no first occurrence of gratification-The state of feeling pleasure when something goes well for you or when your desires are satisfied. It is that pleasure from a satisfied desire that […]

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    Ascension and green turtles in the Atlantic Ocean

    Friday, January 23, 2015

      To the east of Georgetown, Long Beach appears to be a miniature Somme. It’s as though war games have been played out by an old general. I can picture him, a handlebar moustache, liver-spotted hands moving figures here and there. The wasted eggs of green turtles akin to dead men. Broken shells scavenged away […]

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    Jökulsárlón, Iceland

    Thursday, January 22, 2015

    Jökulsárlón Christina van Deventer When I first came to Iceland I had barely entered adulthood. I was young, unemployed and scared to death of the gaping hole that was where my future was supposed to be. Thus far, everything had been pretty much pre-ordained. I would go to school, have certain kinds of friends and […]

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    Embracing Chaos in Jakarta, Indonesia

    Thursday, January 22, 2015

    It was a familiar sensation – the stroke of humidity, the potent smell of car engines and sights of families sitting on the floor, talking and laughing with one another. Arriving at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport always engenders two contrasting feelings – a sense of belonging to and detachment from the culture that is my roots. […]

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    The Road Less Travelled in Nigeria

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015

    The Road Less Travelled I spent 4 years in Nsukka, a small town located in the Eastern part of Nigeria- Enugu State to be precise. I won’t forget the time I spent there in my lifetime- the rich brick red sand, the soft green hills, the everyday sight of elderly women riding motorcycles and of […]

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    Welcome To Tiger Kingdom in Thailand

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015

    Welcome to Tiger Kingdom High-pitched horns wailed in the chaotic traffic on the outskirts of Chiang Mai, Thailand. The exhaust from rickety jalopies and revving dirtbikes was captive in the congestion. I covered my nose and mouth with my shirt, which was damp with perspiration from the prominent humidity, because I sat in a windowless […]

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Latest Writing Contest Entries

2014-11-28_5477f62299867_donkeys5.jpg
Jan
25

Space Race in the USA

It’s 7 o’clock and as I leave the house the dawn-lit eastern face of the Sierra Nevada mountains looms above me.  A wide path through golden browns of brittle sages leads me to my first stop, a small abandoned bungalow, and then on to a small workshop filled with barely used tools and unfinished projects—all […]

Read More
2014-11-28_54780cdbc06ea_Sierras.jpg
Jan
24

Solo in the Sierras, USA

My headlamp swings like a pendulum, hanging from a carabiner clipped to the top of my tent, casting a cone of light on the void of space next to my sleeping bag—the naked nylon of the tent floor reminding me of one thing—this time, I am alone. I had been crafting the ten day Sierra […]

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2014-11-28_54782538079c9_IMG_2055.JPG
Jan
24

The Cave at the End of the Tunnel in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is not the first place one thinks of when asked what place represents gratitude, especially if one is a woman. I moved to Khobar, a large, industrial city in the Eastern Province of this controversial Kingdom, over a month ago to teach female students English as a Second Language in the Preparatory Department […]

Read More
2014-11-29_547a509690090_DSCI3616.jpg
Jan
24

Dear Mt. Fuji

Dear Mt. Fuji, I first saw you during the first sunset of 2011—fierce, beautiful. On New Year’s Day, my friend and I walked into the Yokohama Sheraton Hotel and took the elevator to the top floor to see the city stretched below. Beyond the city lights you stood, a symmetrical cone framed by an apricot […]

Read More
2014-11-27_54775b72e394a_GRATITUDEP.jpg
Jan
23

Self Discovery in Nigeria

SELF DISCOVERY Gratitude according to oxford dictionary is the feeling of being grateful and wanting to express your thanks. Gratitude won’t occur if there was no first occurrence of gratification-The state of feeling pleasure when something goes well for you or when your desires are satisfied. It is that pleasure from a satisfied desire that […]

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2014-11-27_54778f8828d97_greenturtle.jpg
Jan
23

Ascension and green turtles in the Atlantic Ocean

  To the east of Georgetown, Long Beach appears to be a miniature Somme. It’s as though war games have been played out by an old general. I can picture him, a handlebar moustache, liver-spotted hands moving figures here and there. The wasted eggs of green turtles akin to dead men. Broken shells scavenged away […]

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They Said

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Dec
26

Costa Rica – The Sharing of a Dream

Our last few days in Costa Rica were spent at a wonderful place. It was not a resort next to the beach; it was nowhere near civilization. As a matter of fact, we did not even have electricity for most of our time there. However, of our entire stay in Costa Rica, Jose’s farm, a […]

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dolphin jumping dana point
Dec
26

A Perfect Staycation: #MyDanaPoint

Start your Staycation in Dana Point with lunch at Coffee Importers and a Dolphin and Whale watching Safari with Captain Dave A pod of 40-50 bottlenose #dolphins #MyDanaPoint with Captain Dave dolphin and whale safaris! #Amazing and excellent adventure A photo posted by Lisa Niver (@wesaidgotravel) on Dec 12, 2014 at 4:23pm PST Why Capt. […]

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Dec
25

Costa Rica – Pura Vida en Monteverde

  To those who have visited,Costa Rica embodies the idea of a simple lifestyle and easy living, or as the locals say, Pura Vida. But for me, the true spirit of Costa Rica was not found at its sandy beaches, but up high in its mountains and cloud forests. Away from the crowds, removed from […]

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dessert at Raya The Ritz Carlton Laguna Nigel
Dec
25

#MyDanaPoint: Dine at Raya, The Ritz Carlton Laguna Nigel

#MyDanaPoint: Dine at Raya, The Ritz Carlton Laguna Nigel I loved my dining experience at Raya and then exploring the mile of Holiday Lights at IlluminOcean! Rays @ritzcarlton #RCLagunaNigel Raya Romaine with poblano mint dressing and grilled avocado & Duck Carniyas Huarache with mole verde fall/winter menu by Richard Sandoval #MyDanaPoint A photo posted by […]

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We Said

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Dec
15

IlluminOcean: #MyDanaPoint 40 Nights of Holiday Lights

Experience IlluminOcean and celebrate the holidays in Dana Point with a mile stroll of Mingle & Jingle with literally thousands of lights sculpted into fantastic glowing sea-themed attractions. “The warmth of the Southern California winter season. The wonders of the deep blue sea. The dazzling spectacle of sights, sound and motion that’s electrifying our ocean views like […]

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Chcolate Tower
Dec
11

Cafe Del Rey Stunning Views in Marina Del Rey

Cafe Del Rey is the place for stunning views in Marina Del Rey. For a romantic sunset or marvelous Mediterranean mouthfuls  by the water, “the food at CAFE del REY is about discovery, simplicity and quality of ingredients.” I can highly recommend the fresh fish and the incredible chocolate tower. I will be back soon for […]

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Burger  at Freds Barneys NY
Dec
10

Dine at Freds at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills

Dine at Fred’s at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills which opened in October 2014. Executive Chef Mark Strausman designed all the Fred’s menus for their New York City and Chicago locations. As he said,  “I always wanted to be a chef at a place that people regularly visit, rather than one they only go to for […]

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Dec
3

Videos: #LBBC We Can Survive Concert 2014

My videos from the STAR-STUDDED “WE CAN SURVIVE” 2014 CONCERT AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL TO BENEFIT LIVING BEYOND BREAST CANCER OCTOBER 24. 2014 #WCS: Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams, Iggy Azalea, Alicia Keys, Sia, Paramore and Lady Antebellum and Gwen Stefani to Headline   VIDEO: 2014 We Can Survive Concert 2014 #WCS Part 1 VIDEO: We […]

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