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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Elvis and his Palm Springs Honeymoon Hideaway

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Tucked away in a tiny cul-de-sac in an upscale postmodern neighborhood in Palm Springs, sits a house that is made famous by one person- Elvis.  As if the home didn’t have enough bragging rights already from its history, design, and previous owners, the most lasting and powerful connection came as the Midas…

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San Juan Capistrano- A town full of charm and history

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Sometimes a town can be so full of things to do that the city becomes a destination in and of itself.  The town of San Juan Capistrano is a perfect destination city that can make you feel as if you’ve travelled into another time or place.  Just 55 miles south…

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Missions of California- San Juan Capistrano

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There are many facets to California’s history that make it an interesting place to explore.  One of the most well known historical features that the land has to offer are the Missions, born from its historical connection to Mexico and the royalty of Spain.  They were built as a way…

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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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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

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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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Love Abundant at Salvation Mountain

The brightly painted Salvation Mountain

Amidst the bleak desert, Salvation is to be found Imagine a road running through the desert, surrounded by parched dusty lands with barely a tree to be found. You’re driving along when suddenly, on a distant hill, the richly colored mountain stands out like an oasis, quenching the thirst for color in the desert.…

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The Enigma of The Salton Sea

Sign at Salton Sea Beach Marina

The Enigma of The Salton Sea The Salton Sea is a haunting place that is filled with the ghosts of its glory days that have tragically been lost.  What started out as a man made accident over a century ago,  quickly became the hope of an oasis in the desert. …

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