Sunday, September 30, 2007

 

A Perfect Day At The Beach On Maui


Yesterday was The perfect day for the beach as hardly anyone was there but adorable babies (and their Maui Mamas), dogs, and us! My suspicion is that everyone was at the Maui County Fair. The water was perfect and warm, it was just what I needed to float away my long journey to the Mainland. There's nothing better than floating in warm ocean water to reclaim that Island Vibe!

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Friday, September 28, 2007

 

Reunited And It Feels So Good

The lion was raised by these guys....and it's so touching to see them reunited again! This is pure joy to watch!

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

 

Blog Against Abuse Challenge


All across the Blogosphere today, bloggers are posting about abuse--and in whatever form that means to them. I've already posted on three of my other blogs. You can read my posts: here, here, and here.

However, I was preparing a special post for this blog, and then I read my friend Sue's post. Sue lives in Australia, and she's what I call a GREAT blogger. When she researches a subject or posts on anything, she is thorough and prolific! The name for her blog is Sueblimely--Discovering Blogging. She's the kind of blogger who inspires me to be a better blogger.

Since there's no point in re-creating the wheel, I ask you to please read Sue's magnificent post by clicking here.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

 

Really, Really Delicious Chinese Cuisine

Since Maui doesn't have any GREAT Chinese restaurants, I make tracks to high-end Chinese restaurants when I travel. This is the latest one I sampled at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas where we stayed on our recent vacation: Wing Lei.

At one end of the restaurant is a Botero sculpture and 100-year-old pomegranate trees. The seating is elegant as is the total restaurant. The service is peerless, and the food quite divine! If you want to treat yourself in Las Vegas, this is the place to do it!

I'm sorry I don't have ALL the photos of the delicious food...what happens when delicious food is placed in front of me is that I quite often forget to take a photograph and instead dive right on in! :Smile:

Walk with me down the hallway and into the entrance....












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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

 

Maui Is Always EXTRA Beautiful Upon Return



Photo: terragalleria

One of the things I've always noticed upon returning to Maui after a journey is that Maui looks So Fine! Maui's emerald green foliage looks greener than green. The ever-changing blue skies and cobalt blue ocean appear even more vivid! The colors of the flowers are striking in their intensity. These are the colors I've become used to while living here, and it takes returning to once again view resplendent Maui in Technicolor!

Certainly I don't try to take Maui for granted, and I'm well aware how blessed I am to live in Paradise. And yet, the perceptions get dulled after a while, and I need the contrast of other places to re-ignite my full appreciation of the awesome beauty in which I'm immersed.

The icing on the cake of the Return To Maui is the weather. The evenings are cool again, and the air conditioning doesn't need to run all day long. Yeh! The best seasons, my favorite seasons, are the Fall and Winter months....and they are on their way!

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Monday, September 24, 2007

 

I'm Back....But Barely!

We returned home to Maui several days ago from our wondrous vacation, and as usual, I scurried around to play the game of 'catch-up' with emails, phone calls, bill payments, mail, making appointments, and other assorted errands! However, the third day (today), our long trip finally caught up with me, and I crashed and burned. My body had enough, and all I wanted to do was sleep all day!

Something happened to me in Las Vegas, the last leg of our journey, and I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow to check it out. I'll share more once I know more.

I'll share some photos of one of my favorite places of the trip with lots more photos in other posts. Today's photos were taken in Portland, Oregon.

We made a trip across Portland to visit the National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, THE GROTTO, a beautiful 62 acre retreat near the center of the city. "Lush green firs towers over colorful rhododendron and other native Pacific Northwest flora as you walk toward the central plaza and the heart of the sanctuary--our Lady's Grotto--a magnificent rock cave carved into the base of a 110 foot cliff. A marble replica of Michelangelos' famous Pieta is featured in its center." Click here for more info.




The entire grounds were amazing, beautiful, and sanctified, and we wished we could have spent the whole day walking the many pathways there. But by far, the MOST intense place for us was the Marilyn Moyer Meditation Chapel on the upper level which faces out upon a panorama of Portland and the Columbia River. On a clear day you can see Mt. Rainier visible in the distance
as well as Mt. St Helens.



When we walked into the spacious meditation chapel, no one else was there but us. There are beautiful, comfortable chairs to mediate facing the windows and the lifelike sculpture (shown below) of Mary and Jesus sculpted by the American artist John De Andrea. The artist used a "polyester resin and fiberglass technique for creating incredibly realistic human figures."

My partner and I each sat on opposite sides of the room to meditate, and later on, we shared what we had experienced in our meditations--and it was nearly identical. We both felt blazing light surrounding us and the experience of a holy presence which had uplifted us. Indeed, this meditation place is supremely special, and if you ever get to Portland, I would highly recommend taking the time to meditate there.

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

 

Praising Portland

My partner and I are beginning to relax on our journey. It has taken us awhile, but the vacation magic is kicking-in. Right now we're in Portland, Oregon...our first time to visit this lovely city. We have enjoyed our visit here immensely. The food has been divine, and every meal we've had has been superlative. Everyone we've had contact with has been friendly and personable. We've been driving and exploring, and (knock on wood), thus far we haven't got lost once! Today we visited the Japanese Gardens and the Grotto, both large acres of wooded sanctuaries with trails and attractions in different parts of Portland, and both of them lifted our spirits higher. The Meditation Center at the Grotto was simply amazing. If you ever visit Portland, this is one place I would recommend as a must-see.

I've taken so many photos of the incredibly beautiful places we've visited which I'll upload and post once we return home. Yesterday we explored downtown Portland and Powell's Bookstore, the largest independent bookstore in the United States--several hours there don't even begin to cut it--if you're a bookaholic like myself, you would need weeks to delve into the shelves of used and new books in this city-block long, multi-storied famous bookstore.

So many people have moved to Maui from Portland, and they've aroused our curiosity about Portland with their stories. They said it rains a lot, but we've lucked out with beautiful weather. Actually, I like a little bit of rain, so I wouldn't mind if it did rain while we're here.

We read in one of the many local publications that Portland has worn awards as the "greenest" city in America because of its ecological awareness and practices. And from what I've observed thus far, Portland is a very conscious, hip city.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

 

On Travel and the Superferry

"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." St Augustine

The reason I haven't been posting lately is I've taken some time away from the computer to travel. And how fabulous it's been to enjoy my island Paradise (and other islands) and not feel compelled to blog about it--a first for me with my blogging addiction and multiple blogs!

Travel isn't over for me as we'll be in the Mainland til late September. I'm really looking forward to seeing friends I haven't seen in years and giving them a REAL hug.

Maybe by the time we return to Maui, the Hawaii Ferry fiasco will be straightened out. If you've missed out on the scandal, you can read about it in the New York Times online here. Yes, Hawaii's Superferry story even made it to the NY Times. For those who've been reading my posts for awhile, you may recall I'm not a huge fan of the Superferry. All you have to do is read the article to see why. Perhaps the $85 million boat, the Alakai, could be shipped elsewhere? :Smile:

If and when I'm near computers, I'll check in and post about our adventures.

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