Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Video: Hiking Castle Rock, Saratoga

Hiking Castle Rock in Saratoga, CA.


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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Video: Hiking in Henry Cowell State Park

Made a video of my hike with my dog. I went hiking in Henry Cowell State Park in Felton, CA December 2014 with my dog Gucci. Located near Santa Cruz over the 17 hwy.


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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Video: Almaden Quicksilver County Park, San Jose

Took a video of me hiking with my family up in Almaden Quicksilver County Park.


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Sunday, November 09, 2014

Hiking Los Gatos Trail, Los Gatos, United States

Now that I'm back in the States working again, I haven't had much time to travel but I have however, still found time to hike every now and then on the weekends.

A local hike that I like to visit often is the Los Gatos trail. Situated just 15-20 minutes away from me, the Los Gatos trail is conveniently located right in the middle of downtown Los Gatos. Parking is easy and finding the trail head is simple as well.

Once you're on the trail, you are then afforded plenty of options to choose from. Whether you want to hike a flat road trail all the way to the reservoir or something slightly more challenging like to the top of the mountain, the choices are there.

Here is a short video that I  shot to give you an idea of what the hike is like.


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Video: Hiking in Villa Montalvo

Hiking in Villa Montalvo on the Orchard Trail loop. Located in Saratoga, the hike is incredibly easy that not only doesn't take much of your time but is also very close, making it a convenient choice when you don't really want to spend half the day in the mountains.


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Video: Hiking Los Gatos Trail to Novitiate Park

Took a video of me hiking a simple hike nearby. Los Gatos Trail to Novitiate Park 2014. This isn't the only trail in the area, there are many others that start from Los Gatos.


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Iceland: Potential Next Trip

Someone posted a scenic picture of Iceland and I decided to check on Kayak how much tickets were. Surprisingly, not too much. About the same as a ticket to Korea. Right now, plane tickets only costs 800 to get from San Francisco and the flight is only 12 hours with transfers.



Before, I was considering on making Australia and New Zealand my next trip but Iceland is quite beautiful as well.

Skogafoss Falls in Iceland
And if I do fly over, I should probably visit some other countries as well. I'm thinking something like Iceland --> Norway --> Sweden --> Finland--> Estonia --> Latvia --> Lithuania --> Denmark. So another two month trip essentially.


The question then is, where will I find the time and money. It is times like these that make me really wonder if there is a career out there for me that allows me to travel. But even as I say it, I wonder if I would enjoy traveling the same if it became a job.
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Snyder Column

Today was the first time I used a Snyder Column. The Synder Column is such a neat little condenser. It's different from other condensers because it doesn't require a cold water jacket and a constant source of chilled water. When your reaction solvent or compound begins to evaporate, the vapors will move up the column, but because the column's flow pathway is blocked by a series of glass bulb in successive chambers, it take some pressure before the vapors is strong enough to push the bulb up and move into the next chamber. When you do this enough times, you have a good way of making sure your solvent stays tight as you leave your reaction cooking overnight. Assuming it is beneath about 80 °C.


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Friday, May 30, 2014

Osaka Castle, Osaka, Japan

Here are some pictures of my trip to Osaka castle.

All the cherry blossoms were in bloom.

I didn't know that cherry blossoms came in different shades depending on the region.






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Minoo Park, Osaka, Japan

Back in April, I flew back to Japan for 9 days.

I first flew from SFO to LAX and then from LAX to Tokyo. From Tokyo, I then rushed to a connecting flight and ended up in Osaka.

During my stay there I visited some places outside of Osaka city. One of the places I went to was Minoo Park. Although small, it's a great place to spend half the day either with friends or by yourself with a book.






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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Cost of Traveling To Asia


For those of you interested in how much it cost for me to get around. A Rough outline of how much transportation cost me:

From SFO,USA to LAX, USA to Tokyo, Japan:
Delta Airlines 570.20

From Tokyo, Japan to Nagano, Japan
JR EAST SIBUYAKU Train 70.50

From Nagano, Japan to Kyoto, Japan
JR EAST SIBUYAKU Train 63.57

From Kyoto, Japan to Osaka, Japan
I paid with cash so I forgot.

Osaka, Japan to Seoul, Korea
Peach Airlines 70.03

From Seoul, Korea to Busan, Korea
KTX ticket 36.99

From Busan, Korea to Bangkok, Thailand:
Thai Airways 509.49

From Bangkok, Thailand to Chiang Mai
Nokair 144.33

From Chiang Mai, Thailand to Krabi Town, Thailand
Nokair 105.05

From Bangkok, Thailand to Taoyuan, Taiwan
EVA airlines 291.15

From Taoyuan, Taiwan to Taipei, Taiwan
I forgot, cheap though.

From Taipei, Taiwan to Taizhong, Taiwan
I forgot, used cash.

From Taipei, Taiwan to Hualien, Taiwan
I forgot, used cash.

From Taipei, Taiwan to Manila, Philippines to SFO, USA
Manila Air 568.80

Rough total of transportation costs: 2430.11 between and within 4 countries. Perhaps the number is closer to 2600 when you take into account the train rides in Taiwan but it really shouldn't be that much higher.


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Video: Beitou Thermal Valley Springs, Taipei, Taiwan

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Up in New Beitou are a lot of hot springs because of the natural thermal activity there. Here is a very short clip of one of the attractions you can visit while exploring the small town. Free to enter.




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Video: Yangmingsan, Taipei, Taiwan


Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Attempted to go hiking in the mountains north of Taipei but got lost and ended up just exploring one of the parks. Although it wasn't the challenging hike that I wanted, it was still a nice trip.

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Video: Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Videos from my trip down south to the islands. Beautiful experience and I am glad to have captured some of it on film. The night fire shows were amazing.

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Video: Mae Taeng, Thailand

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Videos of my amazing hike in Mae Taeng, Thailand. A beautiful, fun, two day hike into the jungles of Chiang Mai.

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Video: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

The alright city of Chiang Mai! Not a whole lot to do in the city. Most of the fun involve day trips outside the city to nearby towns.

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Video: Wat Pho (Grand Palace), Bangkok, Thailand

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Here is a video of the Golden Palace in Bangkok, Thailand. Probably one of the most famous place to go in Bangkok for tourists during the day. Don't get fooled by the tuk tuk drivers outside, the palace is rarely closed.

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Video: Wat Saket (Golden Mound), Bangkok, Thailand

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

First day in Thailand, I take the canal ferry to see the Golden Mound.

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Video: Haedong Yunggung Temple, Busan, South Korea

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Went to visit the temple by the ocean, Yunggung Temple. Very beautiful. Definitely worth a visit.

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Video: Beomosa Temple and Mt. Geumjeong, Busan, South Korea

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Hiking in Busan. First I stopped by Beomosa Temple. There is not much to see. It's more of an escape for some people and not so much a tourist attraction. You are not supposed to film when you are near the temples.

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Hiking Mt. Geumjeong behind Beomosa Temple.

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Video: Mt. Bukhansan, Seoul, South Korea

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Videos of my hike at Mt. Bukhansan near Seoul, South Korea. A really nice hike that I would have liked to do more of had I the time.

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Video: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Seoul, South Korea

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

After the DMZ, I went to visit the main palace in Seoul. It was okay. I wasn't really blown away by it. The changing of the guards was neat though.

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Video: DMZ, Seoul, South Korea

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Videos of my trip to the DMZ near Seoul, South Korea. A lot of the places restrict you from filming so there is not much to see.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Video: Todaiji Temple, Nara, Japan

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Videos of my day trip from Kyoto to Nara to see the deers and the Todaiji temple.

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Video: Kurama, Japan

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Hiking in Kibune and Kurama.

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Video: Fushimi Inari, Kyoto, Japan

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Videos of my hike in the mountains behind Fushimi Inari

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Video: Nagano and Jigokudani Monkey Park, Nagano, Japan


Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Entering Nagano, Japan



Hiking Jigokudani Monkey Park

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Morning ceremony at Zenkoji Temple, Nagano

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Video: Nikko, Japan


Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

Here are clips of my hike in Nikko, Japan, the beautiful temple town.

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Video: Tokyo, Japan

Finally got around to putting together the clips I recorded on my backpacking trip around East Asia. If you want to see more detailed explanations of my experience in each location, as well as some neat pictures, refer to the blog updates.

Notice: All videos are shot in 720p so ideally I would like you to watch them in 720p. I especially encourage this on videos that are of scenic places like the Monkey Park or Thailand's beaches.

First up is a video of me at San Jose Mineta Airport waiting for my flight to Tokyo, Japan.




Landing in Japan

Asakusa, Tokyo, Japan.


Ueno Park, Tokyo, Japan


Shinjiku, Tokyo, Japan

Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

Meji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan
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Friday, February 28, 2014

The End to My Asia Trip

Thus ends my two month travel to Asia.
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Landing in San Francisco

I arrived in San Francisco around 6pm on Wednesday.

The flight From Manila to SFO was not too bad, I spent most of the time watching documentaries and movies. One documentary was on Jeff Bezos, the man behind Amazon, and the other was on Chris Sharma, one of the world's best rock climbers.

Customs took awhile to get through because there were many people in line.

Upon exiting, I had a difficult time finding the exit as well as means of getting home. I had two options on how to get home: shuttle or caltrain.

In the end, I opted to take the caltrain because it was much cheaper than a shuttle. I got home around 9pm.
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Layover in Manila, Philippines



Its about 9pm here in Manila, Philippines. The flight from Taiwan took 2 hours and the layover is another 2.

It'll be a 10 hour flight back to San Francisco where i hope to catch the caltrain down. The Manila airport is not very good, it's quite small and dirty.

The internet is fast though and there is HD NBA games streaming in front of me.
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Last Night in Taipei, Taiwan


On my second to last day in Taipei, I left Sylvia's apartment in the morning and headed off into the city to check into a hostel. At that point, I had stayed with Sylvia for probably a week or so and felt it was about time to give her some space.



I took the 307 bus from 南京東路公寓 to Taipei station and just as I was about to walk down the street to check in, Sylvia called and told me to stay the remaining day at her place. It was a little uncomfortable to have to rely on her again for a place to stay but she eventually convinced me to go back.

However, I had to burn an hour or so before I could meet up with her and drop my stuff back in her apartment so I just sat around 台北車站 and used their free internet.


At one point, some guy came up to me and asked me for money because someone stole his stuff. He told me to be careful of thieves as he told me his sob story. Needless to say, I did not give him any money because I've run into people like him before.

When I finally met up with Sylvia at 1pm, she let me back into the apartment, we got lunch, and she returned to work. I was planning on working out around the apartment and doing some reading but instead I fell asleep til 6pm. I think it was because the night before I was playing basketball again with Ah Kuang and my body was still not used to all that running all of a sudden.

At night, we all met up again and went to dinner. It was me, Ah Kuang, Sylvia, Charlie, and Nicole. For dinner, Sylvia chose this really nice all-you-can-eat BBQ place. It might have been a Korean BBQ place, I'm not sure, but it was definitely styled similar in its execution.


As usual, I made sure I had my fill of meat before leaving.

Afterwards, we split up, went back home, had a few more drinks, and called it a night.


It was a great way to end my last night in Taipei.

As an aside, I would say much of what made my last few days in Taiwan so wonderful was because of Sylvia. Of course the presence of my other friends, both new and old, helped made it great as well, but having someone put it all together while I just piggybacked was really convenient and relaxing. I truly hope that someday, I will get the chance to return the favor to my 2218 sister.
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Taipei Zoo, Taipei, Taiwan


On Tuesday I met up with Charlie and we went to the zoo.

Initially, the plan was to go hiking but for whatever reason, we ended up going to the zoo instead. I think it was a combination of how close the zoo was to the stop we were heading towards and the gondola next to the zoo. Charlie wanted to ride the gondola and so did I.



The zoo is impressively designed and is a great way to spend a day if you enjoy zoos. For me however, I don't like the zoo. I think it's a depressing place and the last time I went must have been 5-10 years ago.



At first, I took a lot of picture and videos, but after seeing some of the animals, I stopped. That's why I don't have a lot of pictures of the animals.




I would recommend going to the Taipei Zoo though if you like zoos.

Afterwards, me and Charlie just bounced from one place to another. One of the places we stopped by at was Dongmen. There we had lunch as well as some street food.


 




That day I decided to get a haircut. I think I got a haircut not because I needed one, but because me and Charlie had nothing to do. Either way, it was cheap and the cut was alright.

Eventually, we found ourselves at Daan park.





By chance, there was a basketball court there so I decided to play some pickup games. I ended up playing for 2 hours before splitting with Charlie and meeting up with Ah Kuang. Together, we then left to play an additional 3 hours of basketball before calling it quits and he dropped me off at Sylvia's.

I was incredibly grateful that Ah Kuang drove me all the way to Sylvia's because I wasn't sure if the buses were still running and because Sylvia wanted me home early since she was feeling sick and wanted to sleep. I think he went out of his way an hour just to drop me off.
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Weekend Getaway, Yilan, Taiwan


On Saturday, I took the train up north from HuaLian to Yilan to meet up with Sylvia, Cow Pig Fish, and Nicole.

To get around, the girls rented two motorcycles.





A few days prior, Sylvia looked around on the internet and found a bed and breakfast for us to stay in (宜蘭 冬山 樂芙民宿) . It was quite nice upon arrival and the owners were incredibly friendly.



After checking in at the B&B, we took off to get lunch. For lunch, we had noodles.



After lunch, we went across the street to a park to hangout. The park was beautiful and there were heaps of people there.





The park encompasses a man made lake and at the front are a lot of old trains no longer in service.






Although there was not much to actually do at the park besides walk, I think what made time pass so quickly as well as what made the time spent there so enjoyable was the company.




After the park, we headed towards Jiaoxi for the hotsprings.

Unfortunately, as we were riding, it started to rain and eventually pour. We pulled over to the side and waited for the rain to stop.



We waited for half and hour but the rain did not stop. So we decided not to go to Jiaoxi and instead, eat lunch at 正常鮮肉小籠湯 a few minutes down the street.


We then went to Luodong market but only briefly because the rain was just too much. We mostly just ate at the stalls and left once we were full.



After the market, we just went straight home because everyone was tired of being wet. It felt good to take a hot shower.


The next day, we took the train back up north to the hot springs and after, we returned back home to Taipei.
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