The BER Months. You know, SeptemBER, OctoBER, NovemBER, and DecemBER.
Now it’s time to celebrate Christmas… in the Philippines anyway.
Whenever I think of the BER months, for this blog, it normally means that it’s time for me to change the theme. There was a point where I was in a complete slump of theme ideas before that I ended up using those free pre-made parent themes from WordPress Themes. That was before I discovered the child theme method and the supercharged WordPress frameworks method of building custom themes the more convenient. I’ve always wanting to go simple when it comes to themes, but my overcharged creativity can take over. I go for minimalist white and then the overcharged creative bug says to continue on with the colors. Ah, the story of a wanna-be full-stacker.
There are a few things that will be happening in the remaining month of September, possibly throughout the rest of 2017 too. This is more related to travel, as I haven’t done any traveling for the last… three years. 😓
Rushing to the Gold Country!
Even though I only have one entry submitted for the first month of the At Home linkup (thanks for joining in Michelle! Check out her hometown, Arlington!), I really do hope that more fellow bloggers would come and join the linkup and introduce their wonderful hometowns and home regions to the masses. This is my first linkup after all, and I don’t have that many bloggers who come by and visit/comment, so it’s a little difficult for me to promote it without doing any disrespectful spamming on other bloggers’ blogs. 😪
In a way, it’s kind of an irony that my parents began to make plans on traveling again. I’ve mentioned this a few times, but it has been over a year since my father was diagnosed with lung cancer, and because of his condition that we can no longer make any family trips or couple trips together for the time being. It’s a miracle of grace that my father is recovering, up to the point where the oncologist gave him the OK to travel again.
The parents, my brother, and I will be traveling to the California Gold Country region. This particular region is one of California’s most famous tourist and recreational spots, as it holds a lot of history and picturesque sights of a California that is completely opposite of the deserts of Southern California. It’s only a two-hour drive East from my hometown, but there is a lot to do over there.
For instance, by history, this was where the (in)famous forty-niners – early American “immigrants” and miners to California in 1849 who settled there for one reason: gold. There is gold at its very rich and fresh waters of the rivers there, as well as their deep caverns that conquer the region. The endless sun by itself is the greatest piece of gold in existence. It is this place where California earned its state nickname, The Golden State, and of course, the San Francisco 49ers got their team mascot name from.
Even though it is only a two-hour drive, my parents’ timeshares have given them the opportunity to book us at a Wyndham lodge that’s in the heart of a gold rush city called Angels Camp. Its neighboring towns and other places offer plenty aside from history: experiencing how the miners back then panned for gold at the same spots of its rivers. They also have their own wine country and their culinary scene. A co-worker of mine recommended that we dine at the town next to Angels Camp called Murphys, so I made note of that. And of course, there are mountain climbing, river rafting, cavern crawling, trail trekking, forest and lakeside camping, gold and copper panning, and more, and more, and more.
This will be the first time for all of us to visit this region. Just slightly southeast is the world-famous majestic Yosemite Region. I haven’t been here myself, but the rest of the family have. The last time they’ve been there, I was attending summer school when they decided to have a weekend camp with the visiting relatives from Seattle. If you haven’t heard of Yosemite before, go search for their images on Google right now. You’ll see why this place is “world-famous.” The quarter coin for California has John Muir and the view of heavenly Yosemite at the background. 😄
We will be leaving this weekend and will be back home on Tuesday afternoon. We might go to Yosemite, but that would be another two hours from Angels Camp. I would seriously love to go here because everything about Yosemite is photographic heaven! Just having some shots of the valley through my little camera would feel very triumphant for me as a (hobbyist) photographer.
My Gold Country trip would be next for the upcoming October At Home linkup entry. There will be photos, photos, and more photos!
Anyway, more to come in October. 😄
What have I’ve been up to as of late?
Aside from opening my very first blog linkup about your hometown and your home regions, here’s what I’ve been doing:
- I returned my online education to Skillcrush. This time, I’m starting over again from the basics, so to speak. The course that I’m currently taking from their new All-Access Blueprint program is visual design fundamentals. A lot of the tricks and procedures are more refresher courses for me, as I have taken them back in my college days. I’m also getting a chance to get updated with my skills with Adobe InDesign also. I need to redesign my business card again haha!
- I plan on opening one fansite after several years. I tried to revive my very old Sakura & Syaoran (Card Captor Sakura) fan shrine using different methods, but life happened. This particular fansite is dedicated to my bias of the mobile otome game Mystic Messenger, 707.1
- I just opened a Ko-Fi page for donations for my ongoing education and of course, so I can create more content in The NINPOJineous. It would mean so much to me! Just $3 would do. 😊
- I’ve been looking on my Exits section and I’ll be cleaning up by removing and adding those who want to do link exchanges with me. Please? 💕
Back to travel preparations now. Till next time!
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