0 Worship Thru 1 Corinthians 1:27-29

These past few days have been a challenge in my spiritual life. It’s so hard to contemplate the right thing from wrong as certain beliefs tend to contradict another. As thoughts and reasons crossed my mind, I usually ask, so “which one is correct?”

Upon reading some news feeds on my Facebook’s timeline, a friend shared a Facebook page called “Usapang Worship” and since I’m part of a music ministry on my church, I got curious and browsed the page. I stumbled to one of their posts and saw the quote “God does not call the qualified, he qualifies the called”. To be honest, this is what I have been longing to see. I searched the web for the bible verse supporting this and I found 1 Corinthians 1:27-29.

I sometimes have doubts whether I am worthy of leading worship , or whether “the way” I lead worship is correct or acceptable to God. You see, most churches struggles on praise & worship as some doesn’t “feel” the sound of modern contemporary praise music and even say that it does not glorify God. Some church leaders, even question the hearts of the music team if they are truly worshipping God or just performing. I say that this is already a way of judging them. Like one of my co-worshipper says, “It is so hard to worship if our own church leaders questions our integrity and is not convinced of our worship because of what they think through their own personal standard”. I just told him, “we are doing this for God and not for them”….but you see, this is a negative perception based on their own personal belief and not on God’s preference. I am not saying that I am correct, but by reading the scripture above, I can say that God has a different mindset compared to most church leaders.

So let me ask those that think like this, who are we to judge? Are we really setting the standard based on what God prefers or what our church elders prefer? Is there really a right or wrong way of worship? Is a certain person qualified to be a part of the worship team because he/she follows the standard of the church leader or because he wants to use his talents in worshipping God?

If we will be so strict and conservative about our beliefs, then we are probably pushing our own personal agenda and unconsciously ignoring the purpose of another individual’s way of worship. I think its better to listen first and build a relationship with each other instead of criticizing and finding faults. I always believe in communication and acceptance of others idea. For me the reason is, not because you are the leader, you are always right and not because I am a member that I the leader should always think of me first. We should always meet halfway and seek what is actually for God because it is not about us, but it is about God.

 

0 Nature Trip at Sequoia and Yosemite National Park

Long weekends are fun especially if you’re looking forward to it because you have plans to go out-of-town with family and friends. Last July 4th, we’ve went to visit Sequoia National Park and the Yosemite National Park. It is summer and nature tripping is one of the best way to enjoy the sun and have a breath of fresh air. You might think that it was a bad idea, but surprisingly the heat was not that intense in a park full of giant trees.

Sequoia Trees

Sequoia Trees

 

Sequoia National Park is famous for the giant sequoia trees surrounding the area. You can find here the biggest tree in the world, The General Sherman Tree. It was said that this tree has the biggest volume pertaining to its trunk compared to other trees in the area.

General Sherman Tree

General Sherman Tree

 

The park entrance fee costs $20 for a single private vehicle which gives you unlimited access for 1 week. Upon entering the park you will see the park’s “Welcome Sign” which gives you an opportunity for a souvenir photo-op and also a sign that you are about to face a series of long-winding roads which lets your vehicle run for about 10-15mph. I would suggest that you bring some anti-road sick meds just in case you suddenly felt dizzy.

Sequoia Park Portrait

Photo-op!!!

 

Along the road you will pass by the intriguing Tunnel Rock not far from the entrance. I’m just amazed of these rocks on top of each other which made me curious and made me climb on top of it.

Tunnel Rock

Above the Tunnel Rock

 

The park has a large area and eventhough it is huge, parking is also scarce. I would suggest that when you find a parking space just leave your vehicle there and just ride the free shuttles the park is offering. It is also the mode of transportation to the known scenic views the place has to offer.

 

We also went to the Morro Rock Trail – accessible only via shuttle bus as no personal vehicles were allowed to go inside. If you are into hiking and adventure, this trail is a must! You will have to climb 350 steps to reach the top of the mountain which is around 6725 ft elevation. Be aware that certain parts of the stairs will only allow 1 person to pass. I needed to stop a few times as it is also tiring especially when you have a toddler climbing the mountain with you. Reaching the top is fulfilling. You can see the whole valley and makes you appreciate more the beauty of nature. The top of the Morro rock is just a two person platform protected by rails to keep you safe from falling over the ledge.

Stairs Morro Rock

Morro Rock Stairs – Let’s do this!!!

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On top of Morro Rock – Scenic View Rightside

On Top Of Morro Rock

On top of Morro Rock – Scenic View Leftside

Morro Rock Trail

If you’re planning to visit the whole park, I would suggest that you come here early and spend a few more days, as 1 day is not enough especially if you will be using the shuttles.There is also a fallen tree that was curved to make a vehicle pass through it. Since we were out of time and we finished our Morro Rock trail late, we weren’t able to stop on this place but fortunately enough to pass by it.

 

You can reach the Sequoia National Park by going thru I-5 North and for approximately 60 miles be ready to continue on CA-99 freeway. Just go on and you will see an intersection on Visalia, turn right on the 198 freeway going east. Freeway 198 will lead you to Sequoia National Forest. You will know you’re near, when you see the Lake Kaweah in Three Rivers.

Lake Kaweah Panoramic View

Lake Kaweah

 

The next day, Saturday morning, we again hit the road to go to Yosemite National Park. We were hoping to be able to see the whole park but since it’s bigger than Sequoia National Park, it is surely impossible to do that. The entrance fee to the park is $20 for a single private car and you can use it for 7 consecutive days.

 

I would say that it was really a beautiful place, the road going to the inside of the park is not as much winding compared to Sequoia National Park. Since it is weekend, I am not surprised if there were a lot of tourists, hikers and campers around. It’s really a large area and going from point A to Point B will take most of your time but it is also worth it as the road will offer you amazing scenic views that would urge you to stop and get some pictures of it. You don’t have to worry about gas as there are a few gasoline station inside the park(although it’s a bit more expensive compared to gas stations outside the park).

 

Our itinerary for our visit is to go to the Yosemite Valley to see the Yosemite Fall, Half Dome, El Capitan and Glacier Point close enough to admire its beauty. Unfortunately, since there were lots of people that day, the Rangers prohibits visitors from going inside the Yosemite Village where the Yosemite Falls is located. Here are some pictures of the places that we were able to see:

Yosemite National Park

El Capitan

El Capitan

Half Dome

Half Dome

Yosemite Valley View

Yosemite Valley

 

I would suggest that if you want to visit Yosemite National Park, you have to come early and spend a few more days to be able to visit all the places this park has to offer.

 

Going to Yosemite National Park from Visalia, driving through freeway 198-West, take exit going to CA-99 North toward Sacramento. After around 30 miles, be ready to take exit CA-41 North towards Yosemite National Park.

 

I should say that this is actually a nice experience especially if you love nature. It’s a good way to unwind and de-stress if you are living in the city. The good thing about this is you get to have an exercise while having fun and appreciating the wonders of nature.

 

0 A Fun-filled Arizona Trip

It’s been a while or should I say, it’s been months since my last post. Time got hold of me and have been very busy these past few months but I’m back and would try to update my website once in a while.

It was a very busy life indeed, but I still managed to squeeze an amazing, fun-filled road trip to Arizona with family and friends just to unwind, enjoy nature and escape reality for a brief time. Our family loves traveling and this trip was one of our anticipated activity for this year.

We planned on going on a Friday night and this was last April 11, 2014. Since we started late and the distance from Los Angeles, CA to The Grand Canyon South Rim was approximately 490 miles( almost 8 hrs drive), we’ve decided to spend the night at the Tropicana Laughlin Hotel & Casino in Nevada(which was halfway to our destination).

family

Morning came and before we proceed to Arizona, we took some time to have some pictures and off we go. It was a nice sunny day and in my opinion we have picked the perfect season of the year to go to Arizona, Spring time!, as it was sunny but not too hot. We left at around 10 am and we are expecting to reach the Grand Canyon at around 1 pm as we still need to travel around 200 miles. Unfortunately, we exceeded our estimated time of arrival for we had to have a few stopovers for gas, restrooms and snacks along with a few stretching of our muscles. We arrived at approximately 2 PM and was greeted by a ranger by the booth at the entrance going to the Grand Canyon itself. The entrance to the whole place is $25 with parking and this is actually a fair price. You can check their website here, if you want to know more details.

In order for you to reach The Grand Canyon from Tropicana Laughlin Hotel & Casino, you need to pass Highway 68-East going to Kingman and then merge to Interstate Freeway 40-East/93-South going to Flagstaff. As you drive in I-40 for about 120 miles, check your exit going to Williams to reach the junction Highway 64 which leads to the Grand Canyon South Rim(destination).

I do admit that it was a tiring drive but once you arrive and see The Grand Canyon, you will feel renewed. I was mesmerized by the beauty of this place and makes me appreciate more the wonder of God’s creation. Good thing that I’ve brought my jacket with me, for even though it was a sunny day, it was also cold due to the gusts of wind. We stayed for a couple of hours to have some pictures taken and enjoy the beauty of The Grand Canyon. Here is a picture I took of The Grand Canyon:

The Grand Canyon

As for a person afraid of heights, I really want to challenge myself and have a picture taken near a ledge(be aware that the rocks are slippery and take extra caution if you will be doing this).

Living On The Edge

Living On The Edge

We were done strolling and enjoying the scenery at around 4PM so we decided to take a snack/dinner. We traveled down the road and ate at a Wendy’s fastfood chain in a small town a few miles from the entrance. While we were having dinner, we decided to call it a day and look for a small hotel in Williams’ small town(there were lots of accommodation here).

I woke up early the next day and excited on our next destination for I usually see this place only in pictures and this time it’s my turn to see it personally. We had a quick breakfast and at exactly 9AM we departed Williams to go to The Antelope Lower Canyon in Page, AZ.

Going to the Antelope Canyon is an amazing drive, even though it will take about 3 hrs to reach the place, you will be amazed at the scenery that you will see along the way. The road leads thru a huge desert valley and when you look at the your side you will see a few hill-like rock formations that will definitely startle you. As you came to approach your destination, you will see from afar red-colored cliffs being divided by the road. These landscapes sometimes look like sponges due to the lines depicted by the wind as it ages. Here are some photos that I captured on the road:

Page Trip

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Page Trip3

Upon arriving at the Antelope Lower Canyon, you will be greeted by a small cabin with a receptionist which sells tickets for your tour. Ticket prices varies depending on what package you want. For the standard tour, it costs $28 per person (13 yrs+), $20 for children(7-12 yrs) and kids 6yrs under are FREE. You can also visit their website for more details with regard to their guided tour.

Coming from Williams, you have to drive thru Interstate 40-East going to Flagstaff then go thru exit 201 toward Highway 89-North going to Page, AZ. Along the Highway 89-North, you will have a detour to Highway 89-Temporary by turning right when you see the green sign “Page” just after a small gasoline station. For around 45 miles you will turn right to Highway 98-East and you will see the big coal station ahead. Just before reaching the coal station there is a small asphalt road to the left and this leads to the Antelope Lower Canyon. Just follow the signs and you will arrive at your destination.

Here are some photos that I captured during the tour:

Desert Walk

Antelope Canyon 1
Antelope Canyon 3
Antelope Canyon 2
Antelope Canyon 5
Antelope Canyon 4

Our Arizona trip was totally tiring and yet so amazing. Lots of driving time but it’s all worth it because you get to see the different locations the state of Arizona is proud of. The fun in traveling is that you just don’t get to see it in pictures, you get to capture them yourselves.

8 The Real Praise And Worship

First and foremost, what you are about to read is what I believe in and mostly my opinion. I do not intend to offend anyone or persuade to believe what I think. I respect you for your beliefs and I expect you to do the same. I accept constructive criticisms as I believe everyone is entitled to their own opinions.

I have been thinking about this certain thing about church praise and worship for quite sometime now. As a matter of fact, it became more visible to me when I started this awesome task to lead the congregation for a few Sunday service when our worship leader attended a seminar. We can’t deny that sometimes (or perhaps most of the time) differences starts even inside the church(even though we are Christians) especially when it comes to music but like what I always think of – “there is no perfect church, because if there is one, then it is not a church it is “HEAVEN”.

In giving praises to God, there are people who prefer the old-fashioned, solemn, quiet, calm hymn-like songs and there are some which prefer the upbeat, fast, dancy-groovy kind of songs which makes them more involved when it comes to praise and worship. Being part of the worship team, I am torn between these two ways of giving praise to God. Let me point this out, what is “worship”? what is the proper way of worship? What is our goal for worship?

So, what is worship? If we would like to understand it in a definitive way, it is a way of communicating to God – simple as it is. If we would dig deeper and not just literally define it, worship is having a conversation, offering our sincere thoughts and proclaiming the awesomeness of God with pure humility and being happy about it. Sounds easy huh? Well what about doing it ?

Worship BG - Great is the Lord

So, what is the proper way of worship? Defining it is the easy part because it is like giving it a form or a category but it gets complicated if we would want to show the proper way of doing it. For me, everything that you do in accordance to God’s word is the proper way. We cannot say that God will only like if we sing solemnly or he will love us more because we are dancing in his presence, it’s actually seen by God in our hearts.Proper way of worship cannot be defined verbally or physically but instead it will be defined by how we submit ourselves in worshiping and how God can be glorified with sincerity. It does not say that we have to worship God in our way or worship him in his because this will just show that worshiping is one sided and biased. Like a magnet, it does not work on North Poles or South Poles only, it must be combined to work, so I can say that worshiping God needs our way and his way and through this a conversation is made.

Lay It All Down For The Lord

So, what is your goal for worship? Does this include self-righteousness? Do you want others to see how holy you are or perhaps how great in singing or dancing you are? If this is your goal, then I’m afraid you have the wrong goals. A true worshiper’s goal is – to please God because that is the reason why we do it in the first place. So if you see someone dancing and singing , let him be because it is him pleasing God. Just as him seeing you singing solemnly and calmly because that is you pleasing God. Don’t be distracted at what others do because by doing so you are already missing your goals.

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There is no right or wrong when it comes to praising God. Whether it is lively or solemn, quiet or loud, modern or old-fashioned it will always be the same in front of God because what matters most is what He sees in your heart.


Featured image from Flickr.

0 A Look At The Space Shuttle Endeavour Upclose

A few weeks back, we went to the California Science Center to visit the Space Shuttle Endeavour which was a headline among all the news outlets last year. Just to give you a brief information, the Endeavour was the fifth NASA space shuttle orbiter to be built and it was also the first and only shuttle to be named by children. I was always fascinated by space shuttles ever since I was a kid, I even dreamt of being an astronaut because of my likings to these amazing aircrafts. So when my wife said “let’s check out the Endeavour space shuttle”, I automatically said yes and off we go because I am really excited.

Before seeing the actual space shuttle, all guests will have to begin the exhibit by entering a room filled with images and actual items and artifacts that can be found inside the Endeavour. This will give us an idea of what goes around during the astronauts stay in space, what equipments do they use to be able to live in a normal way and also to show the guests some of the space shuttle’s components that makes it inhabitable and trustworthy in going to space and returning back to Earth.

This is what you will see after entering the door, an introductory story about what you will experience on this exhibit.

Endeavour Intro

As you go on, you will see at the right side the actual tires used by the space shuttle when it landed on NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Guests are allowed to touch it to feel the texture of the result of abuse the tires absorbed when it first landed on Earth.

Endeavour Tires Endeavour Tires Upclose

Across the tires to the left features the Fuel Cells used by the space shuttle to generate electricity. Chemical reactions by means of hydrogen and oxygen is the source of electricity and its leftovers which is water and heat where used by astronauts for drinking or re-hydrating inside the shuttle.
Fuel Cell Fuel Cell (Back)

Moving on you will see at the right, the Space Oven used by astronauts to cook their food. Amazing because this equipment functions by means of the Fuel Cells and it’s leftover wastes.

Space Oven

Looking at the left side is the Space Shuttle Potty. It’s amazing how this equipment functions whenever an astronaut needs to “go”. In space, wastes does not go directly into the toilet as it is on Earth. Since there is no gravity, poop tends to curl and stick and does not fall off also urine just sticks to any surface it touches. In order to deal with this problem, they used airflow to pull away the wastes going to the bag. The Space Shuttle Potty stores urine and solid wastes in different storages. The solid wastes collected shall then be exposed to thee vacuum of space to kill germs and bacteria and then stored to bring back to Earth (No littering in space, literally). The air used in pulling away wastes will then be filtered to cleanse it from bacteria and odor to be used again inside the crew cabin. Amazing isn’t it?

Space Potty Space Potty Angle

In the middle of the room you will find the actual Mission Control Equipments used to monitor every shuttle launch from 1981 to 2011.

Mission Control

There is also Simulator rides that you can ride to give and show you the feeling of astronauts experiences on their trips to space.

Simulator Simulator 2

This concludes the gallery of equipments and artifacts used by the shuttle and upon leaving the room you will be directed to the Space Shuttle Endeavour itself located in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion.

Upon entering the Pavilion, you will be greeted by an overwhelming amusement of the Endeavour. Believe me, it was really huge and the good thing is, it is just right before my eyes and I can even approach and go underneath it. I was really amazed for I only get to see this on TV when I was a kid but now it’s right in front of me. Here are some photos that I was able to collect of the Endeavour:

Tip Of The Endeavor Endeavour Wing Endeavour Tail Panoramic View Of The Endeavour

This is the detached Rocket Booster used to launch the Space Shuttle to outer space. It’s powered by liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen to give an output of over 1.5 Million pounds of thrust.

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Inside this big pavilion, you can also see the Space Hab – a module which was used as an extra room for astronauts to live-in or also as a workshop in space.

Space Hab

As you can see they also used the Space Hab as a storage for supplies and tools.

Inside View

Works of man that was used as a fundamental source of knowledge for the unreachable and unseen. These are the wonders that helped prove the existence of our imaginations. These are the things that helped us study and discover the wonders of space.

4 When Life Keeps Happening

Have you ever noticed that sometimes no matter how hard you try you still fail to achieve your goals. It seems like in whatever you do, there will always be failures and heartaches that stands in your way. I know that you can already see a glimpse of what you want from afar but in order for you to reach your destination there are some things you need to go through and experience even though you don’t want to but you have no choice because it is there.

This, my friend, is “when life keeps happening”. Frustrations, disappointments, trials, obstacles in life that you don’t want to experience but whether you like it or not, it is there. No other road to go through, trapped inside a tunnel and your only option is to go ahead or back out, what will you choose?

leading tunnel lines swirl

 

If you back out, there will always be a feeling of emptiness and regret but if you go on, there will always be a feeling of pain, confusion and suffering but as you look ahead you can see the light that will ease all these. You just have to go on, no matter what because these are all part of it, these are the reasons why there is light and these will be gone once you get out of the tunnel. Once you get past all these, it means your free, free from your fears, hesitations and sufferings. You will then realize that the light you saw is no other than your own aura, you are your own “light”.

12 Life, Seen As A Body Of Water

Everyday we have to deal with things that gives us joy, inspirations, stress, sadness that whether we like it or not, defines our personality and who we are. A beginning in which we do not know how it started but believed it was there, a present that we try to make the best of because we can dictate how it goes and a future that we fill with hope and only exist in our mind. This is what I call “Life”, a journey from a time we know but haven’t seen, yet we believe because we are experiencing it now, and hoping to leave a legacy of our own in days to come before it ends.

sea in between 2How do you see your life? I see mine like a body of water – coming from a place I don’t know but knew it’s presence. When I think about life now, I can define it as to what I see but if I try to look beyond, there is more to it.

pier smearedLike a body of water, it has its ups and downs, serenity and storm, smear and cleanliness that we still love and cherish.

 Alcatraz 2Like a body of water defined by shades of color, dark because it’s deep and light because it’s shallow – always unpredictable but still we get to sail on it as we move on.

Bay Bridge 2Like a body of water that represents 75% of the world we live in, our life also relies on 75% of body fluids to survive.

lakeview 2Like a body of water that is only beautiful if we accept it as it is, go with the flow, because it is meant to be.

8 Hot Air Balloons (Citrus Classic Balloon Festival – Part 2)

As promised, here is the 2nd part of the article about the Citrus Classic Balloon Festival that was held last July 26 – July 28, 2013. If you have missed the first part of the article, you can also see “An Amazing Car Show (Citrus Classic Balloon Festival -Part 1)”, to give you an idea of what happened earlier that day.

We were really excited because the time has come for the main reason why we’re there – the Hot Air Balloons! So upon seeing that one by one the trucks that carries the different balloons were entering, we went to the center field and look for a spot where we can view the balloons from afar. We still waited for 2 more hours because the schedule says that the show will start at 8:00 PM( and it was only past 6 PM that time), so while waiting we decided to grab a couple more snacks and enjoy chatting while sitting on the grass.

Finally, the long wait is over, the announcer at the stage announced that the event will start. I was really very curious on how they will set-up the balloons and would like to see it up-close so I told my wife that I would get near the balloons and take some photos of it. So upon reaching the balloons, here are some photos of what I have seen:

 

Balloon Festival 3

 

 

Deflated and scattered on the grass, making sure everything was in place.

 

 

 

Balloon Cockpit

 

 

This is the big basket for the passenger laying on the ground beside a big fan. The fan will be used to blow air inside the balloon initially before using the blow torch.

 

 

Getting Ready

 

 

Two ladies holding both ends while the fan is being used to blow air inside the balloon.

 

 

 

 

Inflating the Balloon Inflating the Balloon 2

Slowly the balloon is filled with air. Good thing the persons responsible for the balloons were kind enough to let us get near as long as you don’t hinder what they are doing.

 

 

Inside the Balloon

 

 

But I still managed to sneak my camera inside the balloon and took a photo when I had the chance.

 

 

 

 

 

Flame On Flame On 2

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And it’s time for the “Blow Torch” to do its job. It was really nice to see the happenings this up close because of the excitement it brings.

 

 

 

 

Balloon Festival 4

 

 

I have decided to go back to where my family’s at and see the other balloons from there.

 

 

 

 

Balloon Festival Balloon Festival 2

It was really fun and nice to see the different colors and designs of the balloons especially when they blew their blow torches at the same time. It was already dark and you can see the sky filled with colorful lights as the blow torches emits their flames.

We were really satisfied and thankful to be here in this festival. My son was so amazed and you can see his face light up while watching the balloons. Since this is a yearly event, we might return and do this again next year, as we know, we don’t get to experience this everyday.

1 An Amazing Car Show (Citrus Classic Balloon Festival -Part 1)

Summertime is Festival Time! Last weekend, after eating at the oldest restaurant in Los Angeles, we traveled to Santa Paula, CA to attend the 6th Annual Citrus Classic Balloon Festival. This is a 3-day event which started last July 26 – July 28,2013. We decided to go on a Saturday since most of the activities will be held on this day including the Glow N’ Show Car Show aside from the main event which is the Hot Air Balloon Show. This is going to be a 2-part article so that I will be able to share with you the details of each event.

We arrived at the venue around 2:00 PM (since it was a 1.5 hr road trip from LA with traffic) just in time for the Car Show. The weather was great, it was sunny and yet the cool wind breeze balances the heat. Upon checking in at the ticket booth, we went on right ahead to the entrance and you can already see the line of cars being showcased at the festival. I was so overwhelmed because of the different models and makes of the cars shown, there were vintage cars and even modern cars. I was actually surprised because I did not expect that a lot of cars will be participating in this event, I think approximately 100 cars were present.

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The venue was remarkable, it’s a big open field that can accommodate lots of stalls for food, bazaars, kiddie rides and playground and also a stage for live performances.

Open FieldOpen Field 2 Kid's Corner Kid's Corner 2Kid's Corner 3 Bubble RollerLive Act

One filler for the whole day festival is the sky dive, my son was actually amazed to see a man landing on the ground with a parachute. It was a first time for him to see one, seeing him smile made my day, it was totally worth it.

Sky Dive
It’s so nice to see everyone having fun, especially the kids playing on the kid’s corner. It was really a family fun-filled event and we are glad to be a part of it.

By 6:00 PM they concluded the car show and started clearing off the field. My guess was, this is where they are going to set-up the balloons and I was right since one by one the crews responsible for balloon set-ups were slowly entering the gate. I shall share with you the Hot Air Balloon Show on the part 2 of this article this week. I do hope that you will look forward to it because I am also excited to share the photos and things I have experienced to you guys.

2 An Afternoon Trip to the Farmer’s Market

organic1 organic4It was a Thursday afternoon, having a good weather and the craving for some unique pastry, my wife and I decided to visit the South Pasadena Farmer’s Market. There is never a bad time in visiting this place because of the friendly atmosphere, lots of fun activities, clean street foods of different specialties and culture and most of all fresh-organic fruits and vegetables that you can buy.

 

The venue is located at the Meridian Avenue and El Centro just adjacent to Metro Gold Line Station in South Pasadena. They closed down the intersection of both streets every Thursdays at 4pm. Finding the place is easy as it is at the heart of the small town, the only problem that you will encounter here is looking for a parking space. Since this is also a residential area, street parking is the only option for its patrons. There are a few small parking lots that you can use if you’re lucky enough.

 

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As you enter the market, you will find different varieties of food that are being sold under the tent stalls like organic fruits and vegetables, different spices and even breads. There is also a sample table for the fruits that they sell that looks like a salad bar.

 

 

food court

 If you get hungry strolling around or if you want to take home some foods for your family, there is also a part of the farmer’s market that looks like a food court where you can find different foods that you won’t normally see at home nor at a few fancy restaurant.

 

 

 

 

menu pupusa

 

An example of this is the “Pupusas” , a grilled pastry filled with meat of your choice. I ordered Pork-Beans & cheese and Beef & Cheese with a matching Raspberry Lemonade, a very good combination on this mild-hot weather.

 

 

 

children's place

If you have little ones tagged along with you, there is also a place at the side that looks like a park where families gather around and have some picnics. This is also a spot where the children play with other kids or watch a person making animals with balloons. On this spot, you can also have some good relaxing music from street performer’s at the front.

 

 

 

This place may be crowded a little bit, but it doesn’t matter because nothing beats the experience of not having a dull moment whenever you’re here.