Be Able to Visit Shanghai, China

Hey go-getters!

You know that feeling when you just need to get away (far away!) from the regular grind?

I was lucky enough to do that!

I wanted to share my memorable recollections from my recent trip to Shanghai, China. It was a that trip that was long overdue, relaxing & meaningful.

The authentic food, the aroma of spices, the shopping and the amount of people – it was all new to me yet it felt so relatable. I  was fortunate enough to be able to take it all in with no expectations or fears, it allowed me to see what the city had to offer. A trip I can definitely see happening again & again in this lifetime.

3 things I’ll take with me from this trip: 

-There are a lot of nice people in the world, you just have to be a nice person yourself and expect nothing in return.

-Be grateful for your current situation even if it doesn’t make any sense. You’re in this very moment for a reason, even if it’s just to be and breathe.

-Bring tissue everywhere you go!

And yes…I did see the sun.

Enjoy!

The view from Ayi’s condo in the A.M.

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One of the many pristine malls with several floors!

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Parkson at the mall, equivalent to a Macy’s

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Bruce Lee M&M, I had to!

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The locals’ means of transportation; scooters, the subway, taxi or by foot! ( Super like!)

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 Bullet train to Suzhou (Must see more of this nature city when I come back)

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The Bund the west bank of the Huangpu River

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Detailed pagoda in Quibao

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Didn’t seem like that many people at the time 😉

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Xitang, Jiashan County, Zhejiang Province, where a part of Mission: Impossible III was shot

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Just off the subways stops…

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Yu Garden, a classical garden in downtown Shanghai. So pretty!

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The Food! 

Loved their immense breakfast options at this one restaurant. Super affordable!

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In Qibao Ancient Town you’ll find, fried shrimp & crab

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Hot & Sour Soup, Tofu, Bok Choy, Veggie Dumplings and Spicy Squid (That squid! So freakin’ amazing!)

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Potatoes and squid on skewers….

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L to R: Eggplant, Dumplings and Cucumber with pork

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Familiar Chippy’s

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The Jing’an Temple is a Buddhist temple on the West Nanjing Road in Shanghai, China.

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A definite must see city! Til next time!

awgrat

Be Able to Visit the Integratron

Hi everyone,
Grab a cup of your beverage & check out my video for my first visit to the Integratron in Landers, California.

I was fortunate enough to get here and I am so happy I did, this place was a nice meditative getaway for me.

After surgery, my body went through a lot and being in this vibrational frequency location gave me so much clarity and cleared a lot of stagnant energy.

Can’t wait to visit again! It was such a worth-while and peaceful experience.

Visit their website to get all the info. you need on your visit Integratron 

Thanks for stopping by!

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Be Okay With Losing Your Pet

A Pets Prayer for Their Owner

If it should be, that I grow frail and weak,
And pain should keep me from my sleep,
Then, you must do what must be done
For this last battle, cannot be won.

For this day more than the rest,
Your love and friendship has stood the test.
We’ve had so many years,
What is to come can hold no fears.

You wouldn’t want me to suffer so
When the time comes, please let me go.
Hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.

Although my tail its last has waved,
From pain and suffering, I’ve been saved.
We’ve been so close through these years,
Don’t let your heart hold on to the tears.
Author: Anonymous

Hi all,

This day marks my dad’s 60th birthday and the last night of our furry family member – Wowie.

My dad named Wowie that evening he came home from work. As we surrounded the puppy box,  my dad told us a story of a similar dog he had while growing up. Hence,  the name stuck. We thought he was quite a sophisticated dog, so we gave him a longer name, “Walter Wowie.”

After 16 years of friendship, Wowie will be making his transition.  At 103 dog years, Wowie has been such a joy to my life and others. It’s immensely heart-breaking to have him put to sleep but it’s just as saddening to see him struggle so much.

He will always be a special part of the family and I’ll never forget Walter Wowie – the classy, wise and happy dog.

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I love you dad – I intend that you are blessed with so much more than you can imagine.

I love you Wowie – thank you for being such a sweet, furry family member.

With Gratitude,

Kimberly

Be Grateful for 2016

Hi everyone!

I hope you all had an excellent holiday season with a smooth intro to 2016.

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Super grateful to be surrounded by friends and loved ones. I intend that you have a great year & don’t forget to stop by!

Here’s a small visual recap of 2015’s festivities. Thank you to everyone for your generous gifts, warm goodies and cards. Intending that the season of love will stay in vibration for a long time.

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I wanted to thank my dad’s father (my Lolo) who taught us the importance of loving plants, cooking and taking care of our well-being. He passed away at 91 years old – you will always have a special place in my heart Lolo. Blessings.

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awgrat

Be Able to Listen to Podcasts

Happy holidays hello to everyone!
I know podcasts  have been around for a few years now but my love for it has grown deeper recently. I’ve been listening to podcasts for several months now and I thought I’d just share my two cents on why I enjoy listening to them.

Podcasts are just not the same as listening to the radio because 1: The commercials are zero to just one. 2: Most of the hosts have a credible background of information. 3: You can repeat it, pause and fast-forward it a show. The radio is awesome but sometimes you can choose exactly what topic you wan to hear and with podcast, you get that topic you’re craving for at that time.

5 Reasons why I Love Podcasts:

1. Free ninety-nine: It’s freeeeee! and so accessible!

2. Aha!: Super informative, funny and inspiring. I can get my daily dose of new info., laughter and an added motivational punch. Excellent combo!

3. Speed: A great way to make the time fly by quickly while gathering thought-provoking material. If you’re in the office all day, this is a life saver!

4. Repeat: I can repeat any show and recall anything I forgot or play it again with a friend that I know will truly enjoy the podcast.

5. Bond: Sounds corny but it feels like these hosts are my friends after listening to them so much.

My current favorite podcasts are:

 

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What your your favorite podcasts? Any advice on which ones to check out?

awgrat

Be Able to Skydive

Hi everyone!

Holy GUAC! This year has been one that I’m definitely grateful for!

For all of you in the States, I hope you all are enjoying the nice, long Thanksgiving weekend. So grateful for many experiences this year and for all you who take the time to come to this space and hopefully get some value. Thank you!

Also, incredibly grateful for being alive after my first tandem sky dive this afternoon in Oceanside, CA!

It was out-right crazy and very out of the ordinary. The ocean-view and scenery was well worth the slight panic attack.

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This experience is so mind-boggling; you just want everything to go right and not mess up because…well, you don’t want it to be your last plane ride! If I had to offer some tips for prospective divers, I’d recommend these 5 tips (they normally don’t tell you in the reviews):

1. BREATHE – Through your nose is typically more normal but I kept breathing through my mouth which looked incredibly weird on my skydiving video.

2. ENJOY – Try to enjoy the scenery even though you may be recovering from intense panic mode (well at least that was my case.)

3. TRUST – When you go with your instructor, they will guide you in the air so don’t worry about getting things right. You’re in great hands!

4. YAWN – Popping ears will be normal, mine are still clogged after 9 hours. (They’re slowly clearing up as I type.)

5. STRETCH – The harness is placed quite tightly on your upper body and inner thighs, so do a good stretch before getting strapped on. Some soreness around the inner-thigh area can happen & small bruising is possible from getting out of the plane and with landing. (Landing for me was smooth! You’ll either land on your feet or on your butt as if you’re sliding down on a slide.)

Feeling super fearless right about now. Maybe you’ve tried it? or want to try it?

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Be Able to Dig

Hi everyone!

I wanted to share a collection of the rocks that I collected last weekend. It was such a worthwhile experience! My main purpose of getting these rocks and gems is to create honest, powerful and healing energies to all that may wear the pieces that I hand-make. If you had an idea, you can ask me and I can see what I can do to twist something in motion.

Here’s my digging and sorting adventure!

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Some tips if you decide to go:

-The drive up has a lot of lose, big rocks – drive slow or take a truck if you have one.

-Bring lots of water, some sunnies, SPF and a hot – it gets hot!

-Bring a 5 gal (or less) bucket to bring home all the pieces you want.

-Bring some type of pop-up shading tent to block the sun.

-Gloves recommended but mine got wet after awhile so your hands will get rough afterwards.

-You will get dirty but have fun with it!

 

awgrat

Be Able to Help Others

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Have you ever wanted to help someone out but it would cost you too much so you just didn’t end up doing it?

 

I was reminded of this today because I heard a  short story about this individual’s father who didn’t want to put in a good word for this other person who wanted to get her feet wet at this certain workplace.

 

Immediately, I felt disheartened because I thought to myself,  “How hard is it to say something positive about someone else?” I understand that most people take their professional jobs or careers very seriously and they wouldn’t want to jeopardize it in order to get someone hired. However, how much would it hurt just to say something positive about someone else and leave it at that. At least the seed was planted in a respected manner and a window of opportunity could have opened up.

 

I think that we think too much and we over-analyze what the heart says to do. We create this huge “what-if” bubble that turns into a hundred other bubbles and we simply just give up. We end up keeping our mouths closed and that small opportunity is left closed. I know that there are certain types of situations where we simply can’t help others due to financial concerns or not enough time but your heart knows when you have the capacity to help other people.

 

I truly do believe that we’re all brothers and sisters and we do have a responsibility to look out for one another.

I’m lucky to have someone that teaches me this lesson almost every day. Those kind acts touch a lot of people in more ways that we can ever know. That’s what makes life richer, enjoying those moments that we get an opportunity and utilize our skills.

I try and re-pay those who have looked out for me, either with sending them positive thoughts, sending them a cheerful text or even sending a birthday card. We all matter and we all need breaks to show how great of a job we can do.

You can always help someone.

awgrat

Be Open to Tai Chi

Hi all,

Happy 2015!

Along with new intentions and perspectives for the new year, I came across something I’ve been wanting to try for a long time but never looked into. It wasn’t until today that I was ready to try Tai Chi.

What is Tai Chi?

To quote the Wiki,

It’s an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and its health benefits. It is also typically practiced for a variety of other personal reasons: its hard and soft martial art technique, demonstration competitions, and longevity. As a result, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which correspond to those aims. Some of t’ai chi ch’uan’s training forms are especially known for being practiced with relatively slow movement.

Today, t’ai chi ch’uan has spread worldwide. Most modern styles of t’ai chi ch’uan trace their development to at least one of the five traditional schools: Chen, Yang, Wu (Hao), Wu, and Sun.

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I am a little late on practicing Tai Chi but it’s better late than never and I’m a firm believer that the Universe allows us to experience situations when we’re ready. So finally, I WAS READY! =)

I searched a Tai Chi video on YouTube and the one that I watched was Daily Tai Chi – join in this 8-minute exercise

Immediately after the video, I felt extremely calm and peaceful. I just had to share it!

Reasons why I extremely enjoyed my beginners Tai Chi practice:

  • It was super easy to follow and I kid you not, I got a hair-raising. feeling.
  • It just felt SO natural and relaxing.
  •  I especially like the breathing that goes into it. In yoga, they emphazise the importance of breathing and in Tai Chi it just flows so smoothly with the moves.
  • I also like how Tai Chi incorporated the energy aspect. That’s perhaps where I got a lot of the goosebumps.
  • Just allowing that positive energy around you feels amazing.
  • I can easily do this for 8 minutes a day!

So if you feel so inclined, try it out! With YouTube readily available, you can find which video suits you best.

I intend that you all have a great week and continue to live a life of happy, holistic health!

 

awgrat

Be Open to Opportunities-How Opportunities Come to You

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Hey all,

Today, I was thinking how opportunities work and I’ve narrowed it down to a few factors. I’ve met a few people who have been waiting for that golden door to open in their lives and they’ve already taken the necessary steps to get to where they want to be but those opportunities just aren’t knocking. What’s the big delay?

Opportunities are luck the rest is divided into these 3 factors:

Your  deservability – What type of skills and knowledge do you possess and how efficient of an individual are you? What kind of go-getter are you capable of improving whatever it is that you’re yearning for. If you have what it takes and can apply answers to those questions, you’re well on your way!

You’r willingness to accept this new opportunity – Some people have opportunities dealt to them but they have so much fear inside of them that they don’t accept. Fear is scary because it can create something that isn’t even real. I’m guilty of this – I’ve made up things in my mind that had absolutely no relevance to my life and realizing that made it much more easier to accept new opportunities without feeling so anxious.

Let the goodness come in and toss your fear outta there.

Timing-I firmly believe that everything happens at the right time and space. Sometimes we get a flat tire on a way to a job interview or our GPS craps out on our way to a wedding and yes, those are “wrong timing” but I’m sure those times where meant to happen to see how much you really wanted something.

The Universe gives you what you need when you are deserving and open to new changes. The Universe never forgets about you and know everything you need and when you need it.

Now these are all my opinions that have gathered through my life experiences (and some of others that I know) so feel free to debate or leave your experience at the comment section. I’d love to hear from you!

Have a great day!

awgrat