Apr 24, 2018

Venetie, Alaska

I had the opportunity to help out with pack testing in the village of Venetie last year. Our trip there was beautiful. I really love the landscape of Alaska. 


Leaving Fairbanks. Our ride to Venetie.

 Venetie, Alaska - a Gwich'in Community.
This is where they had some of the training done and processed their paperwork.

The famous outhouse. I had to use it after drinking a lot of water and coffee that day.

Here's the number 1 transportation in the village; four wheelers and also ssnowmachins.  View of the famous outhouse, right in the middle of town.

Our ride back to Fairbanks 









Apr 23, 2018

Unfair

I recently went through over 50 hours of required online training to be in the program that I signed up for next month. What's unfair is I know some people who have acquired a red card last year without fulfilling the required training to get that card. And now since they have that card, they don't have to take the online  required training that I and other people took to be in the program next month. How unfair is that? Why are they getting away with it? Isn't it required? Why would they say required and yet not enforcing it?


Apr 22, 2018

Tulips blooming in Skagit County

Time flies! I love Google photos it keeps reminding me of memories I captured few years ago.
This was in 2015 at Tulip Town in Skagit County in Washington State. My friend flew to Seattle this weekend just to see the tulips blooming in Tulip Town. It's really an awesome place to go see. Fields and fields of colorful flowers.

But here in Fairbanks Alaska here's what we have right now. Melting Snow, uncovering trash, pot holes, gravel in walk/bike path, but all is good though. We are getting more daylight.

Apr 21, 2018

Eye of the Storm



Eye of the Storm
In the eye of the storm
You remain in control
And in the middle of the war
You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor
When my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me 
In the eye of the storm
When the solid ground is falling out from underneath my feet
Between the black skies, and my red eyes, I can barely see
When I realize I've been sold out by my friends and my family
I can feel the rain reminding me
In the eye of the storm, You remain in control
In the middle of the war, You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor, when my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me 
In the eye of the storm
Mmm, when my hopes and dreams are far from me
And I'm runnin' out of faith
I see the future I picture slowly fade away
And when the tears of pain and heartache 
Are pouring down my face
I find my peace in Jesus' name
In the eye of the storm (yeah, yeah)
You remain in control (yes you do, Lord)
In the middle of the war
You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor
When my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me (Your love surrounds me) 
In the eye of the storm (in the eye of the storm)
When the test comes in and the doctor says 
I've only got a few months left
It's like a bitter pill I'm swallowing
I can barely take a breath
And when addiction steals my baby girl
And there's nothing I can do
My only hope is to trust You
I trust You, Lord
In the eye of the storm (yeah, yeah)
You remain in control
In the middle of the war (middle of the war)
You guard my soul (yeah!)
You alone are the anchor
When my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me (yeah!)
In the eye of the storm
You remain in control (yes you do, Lord)
In the middle of the war (in the middle of the war)
You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor
When my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me
In the eye of the storm
Oh, in the eye of
Lord, in the eye of the storm
I know You're watching me, yeah
Ay
When the storm is raging (when the storm is raging)
And my hope is gone (and my hope is gone, Lord)
When my flesh is failing
You're still holding on, oh whoa
When the storm is raging (the storm is raging)
And my hope is gone (and all my hope is gone)
When my flesh is failing (my flesh is failing)
You're still holding on, ooh
When the storm is raging (when the storm is raging)
And my hope is gone (and my hope is gone)
Even when my flesh is failing (flesh is failing)
You're still holding on, holding on
The Lord is my Shepherd
I have all that I need
He let's me rest in green meadows
He leads me beside peaceful streams
He renews my strength
He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to His Name
Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid
For You are close beside me
Songwriters: Bryan Fowler / Ryan Stevenson
Eye of the Storm lyrics © Capitol Christian Music Group


Apr 20, 2018

Snowing again in Fairbanks



Just when I thought I would not see fresh snow until next winter...here comes fresh snow! I thought wrong.  Snowing again in Fairbanks Alaska today!

Apr 19, 2018

Rubbing tired feet with Castor oil

Few weeks ago, I almost got a foot blister from running/walking. When I got home I rubbed it with castor oil. I have no idea if it's going to work or not. The next morning my foot was fine. The blister that was forming hardened up. Castor oil works!
My feet are tired tonight and another spot is about to get blistered so I'm rubbing it with castor oil right now. Hopefully tomorrow it'll be alright.

Apr 18, 2018

Quinoa everyday



I love quinoa (keen-wah) I ate it at least twice a day. It sure is better than rice. A low-GI, a complete protein source, a good source for vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It also has all nine amino acids. Quinoa is a mother of all grains.
Below is my post from 2015.

Quinoa mother of all grains

Apr 17, 2018

Pack Testing for Fire Familiarization training

To be a wildland firefighter type 2 crew you must passed the Arduous Pack Test. Meaning you have to carry 45lbs for 3 miles in less than 45 minutes. Not only you have to passed the mandatory training but also be physically fit.
I'm going to be in Fire Familiarization training next month. I will experience being a wildland Firefighter and get familiarize with the fire . I have most of the mandatory training done. But I still need to go through physical exam as well as pack testing. I've been training and I need to do better. I got my boots and I've started breaking them in by walking 3 miles every day. I'm so excited!

Apr 16, 2018

Organic Banana


This is one thing I'm really picky with when it comes to banana. I grew up with several choices of bananas to eat. But here in Fairbanks Alaska we only have 2 choices, Organic or not organic.  So, give me organic banana or none at all. I can tell the difference and I refused to eat.

Apr 15, 2018

Nice Sunny Day but Breezy

 I enjoyed the walked with my son today. It was a sunny day but breezy and cold. Alan love the bike ride. We did almost 3 miles and got home with runny nose.

Apr 14, 2018

Always be thankful

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Colossians 3:14-15

Apr 13, 2018

My boy and the puddle

Snow is melting and puddles are everywhere in town. I don't know why kids loves playing in the puddle. Everytime my boy sees one, I can see and hear his excitement.

Apr 12, 2018

Little Alan boy walked 3 miles outdoors

 It was sunny and warm  46゚F this evening. My little Alan boy and I went for 3 mile walk around the neighborhoods.  Alan got tired and had to sit twice and I also had to carried him for about .5 mile. He's heavy,  my arms are sore, he is about 52lbs.
We had fun though, it was a great walk outdoors. He said he wants to walk again tomorrow night.
Around 7 PM in Fairbanks

Apr 11, 2018

Kiss and say Goodnight

My Alan loves giving kisses especially at night when he kiss and say goodnight mama, I love you mama. So sweet!

Apr 10, 2018

Jar of candies disappeared

Do you see that jar full of candies? It has jelly bean, chocolate covered almonds, and reese's mini eggs. Well, we left Friday afternoon and when we came back to work the following Monday, the jar went missing. It disappeared like magic. I wish it's magic but it's not because it hasn't appeared yet and it's been over a week now. I don't think I'll ever see my jar back. I don't really care about the candies but would love to have that jar back.

Apr 9, 2018

Interview Panel

I'm currently in the interview panel for one of the vacant position we are hiring at work. The thing is, it's a lot better and easier being an interviewer than being interviewed. I don't like job interviews. I get nervous and go blank, can't think and when that happened, that's it! I can only prepare so much.

Creame brulee strawberry and blueberry crepes yum yum - I treated myself to this last Saturday.

Alan was enjoying the warm sunny Sunday afternoon. 

Apr 8, 2018

God of all my days

There are days I found myself humming to this song all day long. I love it. He is the God who never change, he stays the same even when my season change.

God of All My Days
I came to You with my heart in pieces
And found the God with healing in His hands
I turned to You, put everything behind me
And found the God who makes all things new
I looked to You, drowning in my questions
And found the God who holds all wisdom
And I trusted You and stepped out on the ocean
You caught my hand among the waves
'Cause You're the God of all my days
Each step I take
You make a way
And I will give You all my praise
My seasons change, You stay the same
You're the God of all my days
I ran from You, I wandered in the shadows
And found a God who relentlessly pursues
I hid from You, haunted by my failure
And found the God whose grace still covers me
I fell on You when I was at my weakest
And found the God, the lifter of my head
And I've worshiped You
And felt You right beside me
You're the reason that I sing
'Cause You're the God of all my days
Each step I take
You make a way
And I will give You all my praise
My seasons change, You stay the same
You're the God of all my days
In my worry, God You are my stillness
In my searching, God You are my answers
In my blindness, God You are my vision
In my bondage, God You are my freedom
In my weakness, God You are my power
You're the reason that I sing
'Cause You're the God of all my days
Each step I take
You make a way
And I will give You all my praise
My seasons change, You stay the same
You're the God of all my days
In my blindness, God You are my vision
And in my bondage, God You are my freedom
All my days
Songwriters: John Mark Hall / Jason Ingram
God of All My Days lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Apr 7, 2018

Honest Kids

Alan loves this organic juice drink, Honest Kids. It has 4 flavors, Super fruit punch, Berry Berry good lemonade, goodness grapeness, appley ever after. Sweetned only with fruit juice and a non GMO product.

Apr 6, 2018

God Book

My five year old boy called this book a God book. He asked me to read to him  every night. No matter if we already read a different book, he always insist to read him the God book.
The Beginner's Bible

This is one of the book I bought from Sam's club for 75% off during store closing sale. I had no idea that Alan would fall in love with this book. It's a good thing though.

Apr 5, 2018

Fairbanks Welcome You

Yes you - first name - Warm and last name - Weather. Warm Weather Fairbanks Welcomes You! Feel at home and stay as long as you want.

Apr 4, 2018

Endurance to walk 3 miles with...

8:33 PM in Fairbanks, Alaska

I certainly got the endurance to carry 45 lbs vest and walk for 3 miles. With several stops to drink water, I did it for 46. 40 minutes. Whew! It was hard. Now, I need to train for speed. My goal is to do it for 35 minutes in a month. We'll see..



Apr 3, 2018

Dirty

Winter is finally moving on. Slowly though but thank goodness! Dirty snow and dirty vehicles are all over town. Soon trash over the winter will start showing up too.



Apr 2, 2018

Cars and Couch Cushions

Here's Alan playing with couch cushions again. This time he played with his cars.  It's funny seeing him played different things with couch cushions and he played with it almost every day.

Bench at Alan's School


This is a popular bench for kids. It sat right outside the front door of Alan's school. I've seen kids sat there both coming and or going. It's a cute bench. Alan tried to sit on it every time I came to pick him up.

Apr 1, 2018

Alaska College Savings Plan

This picture was taken during the 2018 Alaska Children's Trust - Mush For Kids
We don't know what the future may hold, all we can do is prepare.  I know Alan will have a choice whether to take college courses or not. The choice is there and that is all up to him when he get to that stage. Alaska college savings plan is a great plan to have for our kids future.

Worried and Preoccupied

Happy Easter Sunday!

This scriptures from John 20:11-16 where Mary was sad and worried - it reminds us that sometimes when our minds are preoccupied, we don't recognize or realize that the answers are just right in front of us. Just like what Mary did.

John 20:11-16
11 Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
13 They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”
“They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
15 He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?”
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.”
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).