Celebrate Chinese New Year in Beauty and Authenticity at Hsi Lai Temple

Chinese New Year Hsi Lai

Happy Year of the Monkey!! I absolutely LOVE Chinese New Year!  There is something so festive about it, something that really resonates with me and my love of fresh starts and new beginnings.  Based in a culture where good fortune is always the coveted prize, rituals and traditions of this…

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Watts Towers and Their Rising of Purpose

When a vision is born, sometimes the human spirit will stop at nothing to achieve the fulfillment of their goals.   So is the story of Simon Rodia, an immigrant born in Ribottoli, Italy in 1879 that immigrated to the United States when he was barely just 14.  He came to America…

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European Gondola Adventure in Our Own California Back Yard

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One of the most dreamy of destinations for many Americans is a visit to the romantic Italy, where one could ride a romantic gondola through canals that are rich in beauty and history.  In Southern California, within the city of Long Beach, is a tucked away little community called Naples…

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The Bunny Museum-The Hoppiest Place in the World

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I’m always on the hunt for a truly unique place to write about, and when the Bunny Museum was brought to my attention, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to visit.  It is one of those places that is best described in the numerous awards that it has received, from adjectives…

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Murphy’s Ranch – Abandoned Nazi Compound in Los Angeles

Murphy's ranch

Murphy’s Ranch is a place that has the lure of mystery and intrigue, with its crazy history of being a Nazi compound right here in Los Angeles.  It sounds ridiculous to think that there once possibly was a haven set up here for the Third Reich, but that is the…

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The Hollywood Perception vs. Reality

Universal Studios

Through the years, I have encountered many tourists who have a different type of perception of Hollywood vs. the reality of what it is really like.  While yes, Hollywood is the entertainment capitol of the world, the idea of being able to see movie stars by just being in Hollywood…

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Wayfarers Chapel-The Glass Church Among the Trees

Wayfarers Chapel

The Wayfarers Chapel is an architectural masterpiece that was carefully designed to be a sanctuary of worship like no other.  It has the beauty of a design masterpiece, creating an environment primed for worshipping a Creator, by being embraced by the creation itself. An Architectural Legacy is in the Genes Wayfarers Chapel is the design…

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Korean Bell of Friendship

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Sitting atop an overlook surrounded by views of the Pacific ocean is the Korean Bell of Friendship.  It has a beautiful architectural theme that reflects the culture that it symbolizes.  The distinct triangular shaped roof is visible from afar, making it easy to find your way to it once you enter the area. A…

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8 Hollywood Destinations in Under 8 Hours

Hollywoodland

It is no mystery that Los Angeles is a town of many sights and destinations.  Whenever people travel to the city of Angels, the one place that so many want to see is Hollywood.  While there is so much to do, most of the sights in Hollywood do not require…

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Riding the Red Line

Red Line to Hollywood

Los Angeles has a Fast Growing Public Transit System When the movie Speed was released in the 90’s, featuring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, one of the jokes of the time was that Los Angeles residents learned that Los Angeles actually had a subway.   It seemed that it was made merely for…

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