It’s not that I blog every day or anything like that, however, I did take a week-long sabbatical from the internet altogether to be with my family. For those who have been keeping in touch with me (not on the blog, but somewhere on social media), you already know what happened, and I won’t have to rewrite all of that here. In short, I just want to move forward past all this, because I’m tired of crying myself to sleep just thinking of all the happenings with my family and then seeing a family member suffering during the times of healing, which makes me cry even more.
Today, on this so-called Columbus Day, is the last day of my “sabbatical.” Tomorrow is another work day, and I attempt to live my life the way I have been living every day. My sister from L.A. flew up here in the Bay Area last Thursday and learned of these series of hardships that has been happening to our family. Her purpose, firstly, on her visit was to spend a few days with us, especially for Dad’s condition. She said that when she heard of Dad’s unfortunate health issues from last month, she felt compelled to come and visit, like it was some kind of a destined calling. When she arrived, and then more bad news (that has nothing to do with Dad’s condition) was announced to her, she shared her tears along with ours.
For me, knowing my SoCal sister as a person, I knew immediately that she would be having quick plans that would ease up the current mood of this family this past week. While I was at work on Friday, they went on a bike and hike at Coyote Hills bay shore trails, which was one of the things that we used to do during the weekends when everyone used to live under the same roof. I missed out on the fun, but I eventually met them at home over a nice, cozy dinner time.
Saturday was a work day for me, and they stopped by our local Arts and Wine Festival at the park across the street from our house, then proceeded to my middle sister’s home to hang out with her and her husband.1 I stopped by the festival myself after I got home, then joined my siblings at the middle sister’s house, playing her Wii U until it was dinnertime.
Sunday (yesterday) was church, then lunch at this brand-new neighborhood Japanese sushi buffet, and then my siblings and I had a nice drive along Highway 1,2 stopping by the (in)famous Devil’s Slide area of the highway. Several years ago, we used to pass by this area whenever we visit San Mateo County. Today, that area is now closed and it has become a California state trail. Here’s a snapshot that I took of Devil’s Slide yesterday at about 4:45 p.m. Yes, that includes the fog.
The paved trail is actually the old portion of Highway 1. They just converted the road into a wide hike and bike trail. The vista points now have signs of the road’s history, its natural habitat, and of course, the infamous landslides that earned its name. Sometime in 2013, the tunnels that replaced the Devil’s Slide first opened (Tom Landos Tunnels), and they are quite long tunnels.
Next stop was Pacifica, one of the (not quite) lesser known sleepy beach towns that reside along Highway 1 up here in the Bay Area. I have been to a few beach towns here in the Bay Area, from Half Moon Bay and Pescadero to Capitola and Santa Cruz, but never to Pacifica. Unlike the unfriendly fog that surrounded us at Devil’s Slide, we were able to see the beautiful view of the sunset at around 6:00 p.m. at Rockaway Beach (Pacifica’s main beach). Here’s my panoramic photo of the beach:
I have to admit, even though my phone (HTC One M8) is about two years old now, and the battery is somewhat dying, it can still take beautiful photos such as this. The scenery was just beautiful, serene, and breathtaking that I really need to have a shot of this. And of course, my brother took a shot of me overlooking the beach (the featured image of this blog entry), just admiring a place I should have visited long time ago as a Bay Area local, and of course, thinking about God’s greatness and how lucky I am to be a part of a strong, close-knit family, in which, through thick and thin, we are still here, and we are still together.
While we were there, my siblings and me promised that we should get out a lot more often during the weekends, and we don’t mean just “get out of the house,” but more of “get out of town” and go somewhere close but never been before. California is one of the biggest states in the U.S. by area, and it also is the most diverse, both population and cultural-wise. Places like Pacifica and all the beach towns along Highway 1 are such hidden gems that California, especially the part of the state where I’m residing right now, that every local or visitor should not skip on visiting. There are plenty of places still yet to see, still yet to visit, but just going to places aren’t as fun if you aren’t with the people you love and care the most in your life. When we traveled back home, we arrived home with smiles on our faces. We ended our night with a rosary prayer along with the parents, not just for Dad’s condition, not just for my brother, but for all of us in the family and our well beings.
Today, because of the recent happenings, I had to close down my brother’s wedding site. I converted the entire site into a mock demo wedding site, changed a lot of content using the gangsta loren ipsum text, and used the usual royalty-free stock photos to replace some images. It was somewhat difficult to let go, considering that it was my very first wedding website ever made for someone, but thanks to the awesome professionals at the Skillcrush Alumni Slack chats, I took their advice and went for this route so that all my hard work doesn’t have to be wasted. The domain that I purchased for the wedding site is now redirected to my portfolio site.
As I end this entry, I feel like I just wanted to slack off and stay home and go to places with the siblings whenever I want, however I want, you know? But alas, it’s another work day tomorrow, I have to go back to catching up on my Ruby on Rails class, and so on and so forth. And of course, I really need to step up with my website maintenance big time. As in… big time.
On the sidenote...
- by playing Wii U with our favorite pastime games together as siblings: Mario Kart (when we played it on N64, GameCube, and the Wii) and Smash Bros (N64, GameCube, and the Wii) 😄 [↩]
- For SoCal peeps, it’s the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway). Despite that my youngest sister now resides in L.A., she still calls this strip of highway as “Highway 1.” [↩]