Spectacular Sea World San Diego
January 13, 2009, 2:43 pm
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Located on the picturesque Mission Bay, Sea World San Diego is a 200-acre marine adventure park spilling over with spectacular attractions, chief among which is the Shamu show.

Incidentally, Shamu is not a single orca (a.k.a. killer whale) as is popularly believed (or led to believe), but the stage name of Sea World’s iconic orca show.  The sname is shared between several adult male and female performing orcas.  Otherwise, it’d be odd for “Shamu” to simultaneously be in San Diego and Orlando at the same time!  View the Shamu cam here.

And now for the other sights and sounds…

And thrills and spills.


Los Angeles Landscape
January 1, 2009, 3:33 pm
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California well-deserves its moniker of The Golden State.  It is a state–and at 160,000 square miles the 59th largest in the world were it a country–that is truly blessed with nature’s wondrous abundance.  Despite the frigid temperatures in the teens, the December trip to Southern California left me renewed in my appreciation of nature’s resilience and its healing qualities.

From Los Angeles to San Diego, this trip sojourned to nature’s creations as well as man-made wonders.  I’ll be sharing more in the weeks to come, but for now, the last set of pics in this post comes from the internationally-ranked University of California at San Diego.

 And last but not least, the Geisel Library Building, an architectural masterpiece that though designed by William Pereira in the late 1960s, remains as 21st century as it has ever been.  Find out more at the UCSD Libraries homepage.