Archive for the ‘Travel’

  • Journey to the Lake of the Oarks
    I took a hiatus from my writing of The Black Scroll to fly/drive to the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri for Mother’s Day. The Ozarks was the home of my Dad’s mother and many of my extended family. I used to spend the summers and school holidays there, roaming the woods, fishing and hunting with my cousins. The shots you see here are from the Cole Camp and Big...
    by at May 21st, 2013 at 09:05 am
  • Chronic Cellars wine tasting thumbs up
    A smaller winery whose tasting room is nestled on Nacimiento Lake Drive was a wonderful, thumbs up discovery on the road out to Lake Nacimiento. Having bought Chronic Cellars wine at the local San Luis Obispo Costco, my friends were huge fans. buy diflucan No choice but to stop by. Wine Arbor Tasting  - photo credit to Chronic Cellars has a nice...
    by at September 25th, 2012 at 05:09 am
  • Buddhist Monk Mandala Painting in San Luis Obispo
      Buddhist monk mandala sand painting meditation San Luis Obispo August 2012 The monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery of Dharmsala, India, arrived in San Luis Obispo CA Tuesday to create a “sand painting” mandala for world peace. They set up in the SLO Art Museum for three days. Visitors were free to come and go and observe the process. Monks from Drepung...
    by at August 25th, 2012 at 10:08 am
  • Kreo’s Cove Art Gallery Opens in Shell Beach CA
    Kevin Kreowski in his new Shell Beach "Cove" gallery. And this guy retired from Border Patrol?! Back home in Shell Beach after a border patrol career in southern California, Kevin Kreowski has livened up Shell Beach Village with the transformation of his mother’s gift shop to hip art gallery Kreo’s Cove on Shell Beach Road. Saturday July 28 was...
    by at August 2nd, 2012 at 12:08 pm
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    Seaweed Express Zodiac Tour of Avila Beach and Port San Luis
    Shooting the Cal Poly Pier Avila Beach CA The Seaweed Express is a great way to experience Avila Beach whether your a tourist or a local of 20 years. Taking the Seaweed name from the massive kelp beds that litter the Central Coast ocean, the company offers fun 1 hour Zodiac boat tours of Avila Beach and Port San Luis Harbor in San Luis Obispo County. or The Seaweed Express...
    by at July 1st, 2012 at 03:07 am
  • Paso Robles grows up to fine dining Prime Rib, cheese and Vietnamese
    It had been a long time since I was in downtown Paso Robles. I used to drive through on my way to pick up my daughter at a friend’s house. I used to think that Paso Robles was a town to drive through. I admit, I was a South County snob – but I have been forced to eat my words. For my money, Paso Robles is the best place to eat in San Luis Obispo County. It’s...
    by at June 21st, 2012 at 07:06 am
  • Moonshadows in Malibu
      Moonshadows neon on Malibu beach Moonshadaows lounge with view of Pacific through windows What’s the best way to cap off a fabulous afternoon at the Malibu Getty? Easy, hands-down answer requiring no thought at all: drinks and dinner at Moonshadows in Malibu. It starts when you walk in the door and see the Pacific Ocean just out the window. A little on the...
    by at February 14th, 2012 at 03:02 pm
  • Ancient Egyptian novels in Red Mirror Series 4 Kindle & iPad
    Red Mirror Series Isis cover for Kindle & iPad Red Mirror Series Athena Kindle & iPad Elektra of Red Mirror Series Kindle & iPad After a several month hiatus from writing as I supported the Libyan Revolution and Arab Spring through twitter, I’ve finally gotten back to editing my ancient Egyptian novels for the Red Mirror Series in preparation for Kindle...
    by at January 10th, 2012 at 10:01 am
  • City Ramparts and Upper Barrakka Gardens Valletta Malta
      View from Upper Barrakka Gardens Vallerta Malta Upper Barrakka Gardens Barrakka arches Valletta view guard tower Upper Barrakka Gardens Valletta Buried in style in Upper Barrakka Gardens Repairing the ramparts Modern Bench on Valletta ramparts Rescue Ship Upper Barrakka Gardens Play Me piano in Upper Barrakka Gardens Saluting Battery Designer Trash can on the ramparts Jesper...
    by at October 16th, 2011 at 12:10 pm
  • Valletta Malta at the Valletta Boutique Hotel
      Arrival at Valleta 1:30 am Valletta Boutique Hotel by night Chandelier in room View from room onto St John's Cathedral Hotel Coffee Bar giving onto plaza Breakfast with delicious Italian coffee Rainy Day Valletta Malta Valletta St John's Cathedral tower Valletta St John's Cathedral balcony
    by at October 16th, 2011 at 04:10 am
  • Legalize it! Medical Marijuana in Venice Beach
    We all do know what I”m talking about, right? Medical Marijuana in Venice Beach is about as close as you can get without just legalizing it.
    by at August 9th, 2011 at 04:08 pm
  • Venice Beach Couples – All shapes and all beautiful in the Sun
    Couples in Venice Beach come is all shapes and ages. They are all beautiful in the California sun.
    by at August 9th, 2011 at 04:08 pm
  • Venice Beach Street Life – What I call Freedom
    The Land of the Free - California USA - Venice Beach I’m going to let the pictures tell a thousand words. When I watched the people in Venice Beach California, I couldn’t help but think this spot has got to be one of the most free places on the planet. I’m dividing my photos from this glorious Friday afternoon into three articles: Street Life, Legalize...
    by at August 9th, 2011 at 04:08 pm
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    Rex going going…back back…to Cali Cali
    <img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-7391" title="Korean Air lounge" src="" alt="" width= “450″ height=”338″ />I”ve landed in Korea and have a 6 hour layover now. Think I”ll just pay and hit up one of the transit...
    by at August 7th, 2011 at 12:08 am
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    Last days in Bali and a killer cheap hotel
    <img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-7386" title="Gili Trawangan island" src="" a lt=”" width=”481″ height=”307″ />Found a new place to stay for the last days in Trawangan for 150K [$17.60] a canada pharmacy night with a...
    by at August 7th, 2011 at 12:08 am
  • Advanced Open Water Dives in Trawangan
    <img class="alignleft size-large wp-image-7348" title="Trawangan dive" src="×768.jpg" alt="" width =”630″ height=”473″ /> I”ve been progressing well in my dive course. I got two more dives left: nitrox (enriched air)...
    by at August 1st, 2011 at 11:08 am
  • First impressions of Trawangan, Gili Islands, Bali
    The Gili Island of Trawangan itself is much much different from what I was expecting. I think the good old days of relaxed backpackers, drinking mushroom shakes and hanging out on the beach in bean bags like what was described to me by Indonesian locals in Sanur is long gone. I’m not sure how often they update the Lonely Planet guide, but the one we have is from...
    by at July 31st, 2011 at 05:07 pm
  • Dive Shops in Trawangan Gili Islands Bali
    The diving is apparently very good here on the island with several dive shops all with identical prices. It was explained to me that they all decided on a set price to keep compeitition between the shops friendly and prevent a pricewar from breaking out. So their main focus now is to provide the best service to attract customers. It is 2,700,000 or about $315 all inclusive...
    by at July 30th, 2011 at 09:07 pm
  • Rex, hustled, hassled and hot, arrives safe in Gili Trawangan
    <img class="size-full wp-image-7314 " title="Trawangan ferry" src="http://www.sand” alt=”" width=”440″ height=”330″ />Trawangen Ferry how to get your ex boyfriend back At last I have arrived safely on Gili Trawangan. It was a real mission to get...
    by at July 30th, 2011 at 08:07 pm
  • Little Ethiopia on Fairfax south of LACMA
    Messob's on Fairfax Ave There’s a string of Ethiopian restaurants and food shops in one short block on Fairfax south of LACMA on the Miracle Mile in LA. In fact, you don’t really need the sign that says you’ve arrived in Little Ethiopia. Picking a spot to eat was strictly right-brained and we were so lucky to stumble into a lively eatery filled with...
    by at July 28th, 2011 at 09:07 pm
  • A social day at LACMA with Ray’s Stark et al
    There’s plenty of art to see, but there’s also a social life to be enjoyed at LACMA (Los Angeles County Art Museum). Ray's for lunch White sails in the noon sky Topiary in the plaza Kinetic interactive sculpture Free Afro-American-Latino Jazz concert Stark's bar with video of The Mourners Ballet   Happy Hour  
    by at July 28th, 2011 at 08:07 pm
  • Rex looking at a quick trip to Gili Islands off the beaten path
    <img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-7258" title="Gili_islands" src="" alt="" width="500" height="3 75″ />On a side note, I may be traveling over to one of the Gili islands near Bali with someone from the hostel. Going to do some research...
    by at July 28th, 2011 at 07:07 pm
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    Rex taking off for Trawangan Gili Islands
    <img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-7303" title="gili_islands map" src="" alt="" width="40 0″ height=”197″ />Everything affordable on Trawangan island is booked. I got a Lonely Planet and tried to find some places that don”t...
    by at July 28th, 2011 at 05:07 pm
  • LACMA permanent collection of Islamic Art is almost as impressive as Gifts of the Sultan
    Carved Ivory tusk, Moghul India with human figures from the permanent LACMA Islamic art collection (as all photos on this page.) At LACMA, we visited the Gifts of the Sultan exhibit with an impressive collection of gifts either given by various Sultans of the Ottoman Empire to other crown heads, such as the Tsar of Russia, or received by them. Photography was not allowed...
    by at July 28th, 2011 at 04:07 pm
  • 1001 Inventions at LA Science Center: Islamic Science in Golden Age plus Arabia 3D
    1001 Alchemist tents The interactive exhibit at the LA Science Center is definitely worth checking out. Geared to kids, as most of the Science Center is, there is something there for all of us children at heart. The achievements of the Islamic World during the time of the European Dark Ages are impressive. Too often we think of the Arab-speaking world as the repository...
    by at July 28th, 2011 at 03:07 pm
  • Kuta Bali Nightlife of T-shirts, Epedrine, mushrooms, and Bintangs
    Kuta Nightlife Part 1 <a href=" ali-Nightlife-Kuta-Nightlife.jpg”>photo credit: Going to the core area of Kuta at night was a very different scene than the daytime beach area. There buy brand cialis are tons of clothing...
    by at July 20th, 2011 at 12:07 pm
  • Kuta, Bali beach resort
    We ended up taking a taxi to Kuta for $7 over and $8 to get back. It”s always the best to negotiate before you get into the cab what the fare is going to be. Cab drivers here will often try to rip you off. Kuta was pretty much exactly what I expected it to be.  It has a very long beach with a nice surf break, but was clogged up with 100″s of people in the...
    by at July 18th, 2011 at 11:07 am
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    Changed my air ticket home
    <img class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-7105" title="KoreanAir" src="×300.jpg" alt="" width="300" height=" Aloe – Your Miracle Doctor 300″ />I had a flight booked from Bali back to San Francisco July 18. But am extending my visa,...
    by at July 15th, 2011 at 01:07 pm
  • Extending my Bali visa
    Visa extention is in the works. Guy came by the dive shop yesterday and I gave him my passport and 500,000 rupiah [US$58.]  [8500 rupiah roughly to the US dollar or 9000 to the AUS Dollar]. He said it takes about a week  for everything to go through, so he’s going to send me a txt when its done. The process is underway, but I won’t have my passport for the...
    by at July 15th, 2011 at 12:07 pm
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    Open Water Scuba Diving Certificate Bali
    <img class="alignleft size-full wp-image-7047" title="Scuba diving Bali" src="" alt="" width= Mack Tactics: The Legendary Seduction System For Men “486″ height=”365″ /> It”s official!!! I just finished my Open Water Scuba...
    by at July 14th, 2011 at 05:07 am