While traveling I search for delicious local restaurants, food trucks and street stands to eat my next meal. Food says a lot about the place I am visiting. I want to start highlight on my website some of the places I have eaten in hopes that you will try them too. Please note I am not getting any type of compensation by highlighting these places, I just want to share them with you.
On my most recent trip to Big Sur, I drove north to the small town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. While buying a patch for my collection I asked a young cashier if she knew of a great place to eat breakfast, she recommended a few places but The Cottage sounded like a good place to check out. The Cottage is a cute restaurant that can easily be missed if you are not looking for it. It is a house that was converted to a restaurant. I was lucky to be seated at the table next to the main window. I felt like I was at home enjoying the view from the comfort of my table.
The staff was great, there was this young Mexican cook who brought me all the hot sauce bottles he could find when I asked him for hot sauce. He was handsome and fit, very attentive. Whenever I visit a new place, I always ask the locals for advice on where to go and visit in hopes they will give me a “locals only” destination. Since I was new to the area, I asked this young man for recommendations and he was happy to provide them. My server never came back, the only person coming to the table was the young cook. We were having a great conversation about places to visit, I realize that I need to carry a small notebook to write things down since my phone is not always charged. Next thing I know he comes back and sits on the empty chair across my table. I had the feeling that he was confusing my friendly conversation with flirting. It was not my intention, I never pass the flirting lesson that most people master at a young age. He finally asked if I had a boyfriend which I made clear that I did.
He was polite and continued the conversation for a bit before leaving. I was sad that the conversation was over since he was providing me with great information about Carmel however, he was asking about my life while I was trying to get more information from him about surrounding areas. In the end, I thanked him and gave him a good tip. I left the restaurant and forgot a sheet of hand-made paper that I was planning on using for a book cover. I just bought the paper a few blocks away and it cost me almost $6.00. I felt embarrassed going back for it, I don’t know why since I did nothing wrong. I decided to walk to my car and visit the next place of interest on my list. The sad thing is I can’t remember the young man’s name now.
I was looking for an interesting video to watch on You Tube when I ran into an Anorama video titled "Create No Matter What." I felt compelled to click on the video and watch it.
These are difficult times and although I didn't feel like creating anything these past few weeks I didn't want to stop completely. I can't explore California right now but I can continue sharing my previous travels. I remembered there are several places I had not added to this website. I just created a new destination on Queen Califa's Magical Circle. This brought me joy. I hope that those who love to create continue to do so. Stay safe and healthy. #createnomatterwhat
There is so much uncertainty right now. Yesterday evening was stressful, Governor Newsom issued a state wide "stay at home" order. I received this news through the San Diego Emergency notification system via my cellphone. I was out driving when this was issued. The streets were nearly empty except for some cars driving. I panic and drive to the office to pick up my frozen Asian food that I had left a day prior in the employee refrigerator since my home refrigerator was full in preparations for a possible mandatory quarantine. I didn't think I could survive the quarantine without my Asian food. Now that I think about it sounds, it is so stupid, my priorities are so wrong, but in my defense I was near the office, so why not. I took my Asian food and drove home.
The company I work for is considered and "essential," job therefore I was able to go to work despite the order. Many others are not so fortunate and they risk loosing their jobs. Many will not be able to pay their bills and feed their family. Without people going out and living their normal lives it will be hard for even the "essential" jobs to stay open. We are all hoping this health care crisis is over soon however the state and local officials believe this will last several months. Its hard to keep positive when there is so much fear and panic.
This weekend I want a distraction. I don't want to think about COVID-19, especially the "what if" questions. This weekend I want to just plan for future trips. Soon the borders will close in the US so travel is out of the questions. I plan on researching new places, keep updating the website and hoping for the best. I hope you all are safe and stay healthy.
I have seen the pandemic movies produced by Hollywood in which society falls apart when a virus spreads rapidly through a urban area and the hero of the movie must face unbelievable odds to protect his/her family and arrive in the "safe zone." The world changes rapidly within hours, from normal to panic to bad. You see the "good" people turn bad and "bad" people have more humanity than the "good" people. At the end of the movie I wonder how I would react to an event like that. Would I be that "good" person gone bad? I go home and re-evaluate my emergency preparedness and find that I am lack in so many areas. I promise myself that I prepare better and evetually by the end of the week I forget.
What happens when the movie becomes real? To my horror the movie just turn real. We are living it right now! I already went through the denial stage. I thought this virus was nothing, it will soon blow over. I believed the media was blowing it out of proportion just to get high ratings. Things started to get real when the government started to send the COVID-19 positive cruise line passengers to San Diego. In one week my denial stage was torn to shreds. It started with the World Health Organization announcing that COVID-19 had the characteristics of a pandemic. Then President Trump announced travel bans starting 3/13/2020 until the end of the month. No travel to or from Europe except UK. Immediately after San Diego gave its restrictions, no gatherings of more than 250 people allowed. They are recommending for us to prepare for an emergency. Schools are closing, events are cancelling, there is also a restriction on visiting hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and other medical facilities. I had the misfortune of having to go to an urgent care, before I was even allowed to enter the urgent care I was screened. I was no longer in denial it was now the harsh reality and I needed to get with the program.
Right now I am in the panic stage, I guess everyone else is in that stage too. Panic shopping has taken over and as much as I don't want to participate in this chaos how can I ignore the fact that the supplies are flying of the shelves. We are being forced to panic shop because all the hordes are taking all the supplies and refuse to leave any for others. The unscrupulous people are buying large quantities of supplies and cleaning out every store in 100 miles or more just to sell them back for 20 x or more the price. Some people don't buy anything because they don't believe in what is happening. They are still in the denial stage. Others don't buy because they don't want to be bothered and think there will be a special stash saved by the store for them. Others don't have the time to shop because they are at work. The worse are those who are capable of getting their own supplies but decide to steal from business, people or even family.
Soon I will be in the stage of acceptance in which I evaluated my situation and realized I am not prepared and now I have to suffer the consequences. At that point there is nothing that can be done. My only hope is that the panic shopping stops or slows down enough to be able to get much needed supplies. I don't know when that will be but it looks like it will last until the end of March. The patients with the COVID-19 virus are increasing so this panic may continue for longer period of time.
Luckily, traveling to remote places has semi-prepared me to have some essential items at the ready. Unfortunately my essentials are not pandemic proof. I love the idea of becoming an over-lander, in a way over-lander have some similarities to "dooms day peppers" however they are different group of people. Right now the "dooms day peppers" are hunker down in an undisclosed location surrounded by supplies and watching society go into chaos. They are probably thinking "I am not so crazy after all," among other phrases like "I told you so," "Who is going to survive now."
Since the announcement of the pandemic I have stayed home, mostly because the day it was announced I was ill for a different reason. During my recovery I was only focus on recovering and did not do any travel planning or editing. I am differently not doing any travel by plane anytime soon. If I do travel I will be visiting the mountains and places where there is not that many people. My original plan for this year was to visit all the tourist places in San Diego. I just received my San Diego Visitor's Guide this week. Due to the COVID-19 I have to rethink my plans since it is being recommended stay away from people and avoid large crowds. I know this will affect tourism especially in the small mountain communities that depend on tourist money to sustain themselves. Right now my only concern is that we make it out of this pandemic. While I am staying indoors I am using that time to plan. Better planning makes for better content. Stay safe out there and explore when it is safe.
I love technology but sometimes it is frustrating. I use to be very tech savvy, now I am tech challenged. The older I get the less I know about new technology and I see the younger generations thrive. I switched over to a new web platform and I am having a great time recreating my website, however I am being held back by both my photo and video editing software. I can't figure out how to update my graphic card so that my programs can function. I have two recent trips that I would like to share with you but can't get the programs to work. I know I will figure it out but it is taking me some times. Thanks for your patience.