Archive for the ‘Places’ Category

iFly
October 18, 2007

It’s called iFly, it’s in Union City and I definitely wanna go try it!

Without A Doubt, One Of The Coolest Girls Alive
August 17, 2007

Sabine Schmidt. She set the record at the infamous Nurburgring track at the age of nineteen! She now caters to those who rather ride the ‘Ring instead of driving it. She drives a BMW M5 as her ‘Ring taxi and you can hire her to take you around the thirteen mile track with over 147 bends.

Filoli Gardens
August 12, 2007

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My family and I went to visit the Filoli Gardens earlier this week. It’s located about thirty miles south of San Francisco in Woodside, California.

“The name of the estate is an acronym formed by combining the first two letters from the key words of William Bourn’s credo: “Fight for a just cause; Love your fellow man; Live a good life.” – Wikipedia

The property was once home to one William Bourn II and his family. The deed was then sold to William Roth. When Roth had passed away his wife donated the estate to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The beautiful gardens surrounds their ridiculous mansion which is open to view as well. The visit proved to be a wonderful photo opportunity and a lovely Sunday getaway.

Google Transit
July 30, 2007

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Google has redefined online map/directions over and over and they won’t cease. Streetview is cool and all but its coverage is still so limited that it won’t be helpful until they photograph every yard of America’s big cities and its surrounding suburbs.

Also in the works right now is Google Transit. A concept long past due. Instead of driving directions, it will provide you will scheduled trips for getting on the bus, lightrail, trolley and where to jump off of one and onto another. Like Streetview, it’s still not complete. So far, it’s available in select cities in the United States and all of Japan.

Mahaloha
June 11, 2007

Yuna Ito – Mahaloha (Feat. Micro of Def Tech)

After watching the Travel channel for the last two weeks and now this video, I’ve realized just how much I miss Hawai’i. I’ll thinking of saving up some money to go next summer. Who’s with me?

Curiosity for Velocity?
June 3, 2007

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It takes weeks of training to prepare the healthiest people for a space shuttle launch.

But now all you have to do is get in line!

The last (and only time), I visited the Kennedy Space Center was on a school-sanctioned trip over five years ago. Since then, I’ve never thought about it until I got word of their newest attraction. On the ride, you strap yourself into–you know what? I’ll hand it over to a real writer who actually experienced it.

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LeMans Karting
March 28, 2007

LeMans Karting

It was two days ago, but my whole body is still sore.

On Tuesday, my friends and I ventured north to Fremont to check out LeMans Karting. Even now as I sit here in discomfort, I can say that I really had fun! My friends did too!

LeMans Karting is an indoor karting arena that feature karts that can hit 45mph! Personally I didn’t even break 40, but there’s an amplified sensation of speed than that of what you experience in a car. They require you to wear head socks(think ski mask), helmets and a neck brace. You also have the choice to wear a provided pair of race overalls. That should give you a hint to how fast these things really go.

Be warned though, the experience will cost you. For us, we got lucky. Due to their slip (or unannounced generosity), we got a session that should have cost us each $60 for just $25.

Nightmares Realized
March 22, 2007

I find this to be especially scary. Because I hope to one day be the sort of photographer who is sent around the world, be it for travel or war documentation. I don’t want to die in a jail cell half-way across the world.

My heart goes out to Eric Volz and his family. Let’s all wish for his safe return.

Ultimate adrenaline rush?
March 14, 2007

Oribi Gorge

Do you want to step off of a cliff and plummet into the deep recess of a gorge?

I do.

If I ever find myself in South Africa, New Zealand or Zambia, I am definitely gonna try this. Imagine standing on the edge of a cliff in anticipation of someone releasing and thereby sending you into 254 feet of free fall before your rope gets taut and you swing back and forth above a beautiful canyon.

Is anyone dauntless enough to join me?

Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rome and now…
March 13, 2007

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Abu Dhabi is currently developing a cultural capital (estimated to be worth about $27 billion dollars) on Saadiyat Island. Those spearheading the project want art to draw in a tourist crowd. So far their museums will include the Louvre and the Guggenheim.

But wait–the Louvre is in France and the Guggenheim is–well, the Guggenheim is all over the place. But France’s culture minister has agreed to Abu Dhabi’s proposal for a satellite museum. Along with its name, France is allowing the United Arab Emirates to lend its expertise and its collection.

Critics are saying that France is trading heritage for profit, but the museum claims that they have an obligation to share its art treasures to the world.