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I have created this website in order to share some of the photos and videos I took during my trips over the last 10+ years. Most of these trips are of international variety because I enjoy traveling to far-off places. I hope you enjoy viewing them.

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August 29, 2016

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Finally updated the Wallpaper pages by adding a few photos from Iceland. You can access them by selecting Potpourris > Wallpaper > from the menu bar.

July 2, 2016

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Click/select the thumbnail below to view the videos I took during my recent trip to Iceland.

June 14, 2016

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It's taking a long time to edit and organize the photos I took during my recent trip to Iceland. Select the image below to view a slideshow.

June 6, 2016

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A small plant of Laelia perrinii which I had hung under a plumeria tree is blooming. I hope this is not a sign of my becoming re-addicted to orchids!

I'm currently editing a ton of photos and videos I took during my recent trip to Iceland, and I hope to beging posting some of them soon...

May 12, 2016

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Hawaiian Sunset Viewed from Kamaole Beach

April 7, 2016

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I'm enjoying living in my renovated house after living in a one-bedroom ohana for a little over 6 months. I've created a video that chronicles the renovation process:

March 11, 2016

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Renovation is finally finished! Well, at least until I have the garage updated...

March 5, 2016

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Renovation is almost finished! All that is left is electrical inspection, installation of appliances, a bathtub and misc. fixtures, and touching up of the hardwood flooring.

February 23, 2016

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Since I saw huge waves in Kuau Cove, I drove to Ho'okipa Park - a 5 minute drive - to see if there were 'brave' surfers there. Park ranges had closed the park, including the lookout area, because waves as high as 40' were expected.

February 20, 2016

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Painting of the exterior will begin on Tuesday. In fact, the posts, beams, and lattice under the house are being primed and painted today. Painting of the interior will be completed in a few days! Click the image below to start a slide show.

February 1, 2016

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New windows were installed and trimmed. Sheetrock was applied to the ceilings and interior walls, taped, and mudded. Now, tiles are being laid in the bathroom. Perhaps 4 to 6 weeks till completion!

January 9, 2016

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Electrical, plumbing, and framing inspections have been completed, but I'm still waiting for the new windows to arrive. Select the image below to view the current state of the renovation project.

 

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Happy New Year    謹賀新年

Happy2016

December 14, 2015

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Mele Kalikimaka

December 11, 2015

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I've created and posted 2016 monthly calendars which you can use as wallpaper on your monitor. I've featured photos from my 2014 trip to Cambodia and Thailand. Select any of the thumbnails on the left to view the corresponding calendar.

The calendars are located on the Potpourris > Desktop Calendar page. I hope you find them useful.

December 6, 2015

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I took a short video of a kite surfer at Baldwin Beach just outside of Paia, Maui. It looked so easy for the surfer to hop on the board and start surfing, but I imagine it's not as simple as it appears! Baldwin Beach is about 1.5 mile long, and there's a private access to the west end of the beach from the country club where I play tennis.

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November 21, 2015

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Here are some photos showing the progress of the renovation after 3 weeks.


November 12, 2015

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I've been very busy making arrangements for the renovation of the main house, while settling into the one-bedroom cottage at the back of my property. The renovation started on Nov. 2nd as planned! Select the image below to view the status of the renovation after Week 1.


September 25, 2015

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I had not updated the website for over a month because I moved to Maui at the end of August! I think this will be my final move - at least until I have to move into an assisted living facility. Select the image below to view a slide show of my new environment.


August 14, 2015

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I updated the "Around the Globe" screensaver by adding a few photos from my recent trip to Yunnan and Sichuan provinces in China. Click/select the thumbnail below to preview the screensaver.

August 3, 2015

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When I hiked into the Haleakala Crater in late July, I saw so many silversword plants in bloom that it must have been its blooming season! Silversword is unique to the Haleakala Crater on Maui, Hawaii.

July 28, 2015

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I visited Maui, again, and I got to see an Obon Festival at a Buddhist temple in Makwao. Click/select the thumbnail below to view the video of a taiko performance by Maui Taiko.

July 6, 2015

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Click/select the thumbnail below to view the videos I took in Sichuan and Yunnan in China.

June 26 and July 2, 2015

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Click/select the thumbnail below to view a slide show of the photos I took in Sichuan and Yunnan in China. I've chained the previous two slide shows (from June 20 and 24) to this one to ceate a single slide show.

June 24, 2015

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Click/select the thumbnail below to view a slide show of the photos of orchids and other flowers from the provinces of Yunnan and Sichuan in China. Stay tuned for other photos from Sichuan...

June 20, 2015

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Click/select the thumbnail below to view a slide show of the photos I took during my recent trip to China. This set shows the photos from the province of Yunnan. Stay tuned for those from Sichuan...

May 15, 2015

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Click/select the thumbnail below to view a slide show of the photos I took at the San Jose Municipal Rose Garden, one of the best rose gardens in the country.

May 6, 2015

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I have created a video (slide show) of some of the photos I've taken during my many visits to Maui. I hope you enjoy.

April 13, 2015

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I visited Maui, again, at the beginning of the month to take care of some personal matters. Since the meetings I had to hold were at the beginning and the end of the visit, I decided to spend 3 nights at a hotel in Waikiki, Oahu. Many of the photos I took while relaxing on Oahu are presented as slideshows. Select the image below to view them.

April 11, 2015

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Although I gave up growing orchids years ago, it seems that orchids still stalk me! I was visiting Maui and Oahu earlier this month, and I ran into this orchid show by the Maui Orchid Society at a shopping mall in Kahului, Maui.

Select the thumbnail on the left to view a slide show.


I flew from Maui to Honolulu to spend 4 days there. I spent most of one of those days at Hanauma Bay, a great place to enjoy snorkeling. Unfortunately, I didn't have an underwater camera.

Select the thumbnail on the left to view a slide show.

March 29, 2015

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"Cars & Croissants" at Santana Row
Yesterday on my way to an electronics store, I noticed a display of classic cars along Santana Row Blvd. Although I'm not into expensive cars, I took a few photos. Since I was too lazy to go back up to my apartment for a camera, I used my iPhone to take these photos except the one shown on the left. I "borrowed" it from Santana Row's website.

Click the image on the left to view a slideshow.

I understand that the next "Cars & Croissants" is scheduled for Saturday, April 25.

March 19, 2015

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I made a short drive to the city of San Mateo to see the 2015 San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, which was rather disappointing, especially when one considers the entrance fee ($20 for seniors) and the parking fee ($12). Select the image below to start a slide show.

March 7, 2015

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A gadget freak that I am, I ended up purchasing another new toy: the M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f/2.8 PRO lens (with 35mm focal length equivalent of 24-300mm). This lens nicely complements the M.Zuiko ED 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO lens for the Olympus OM-D E-M1 camera body. Select the image below to read the updated Potpourri > Digital Cameras page.


February 11, 2015

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Although I no longer grow orchids, I've decided to resurrect the photos of some of my favorite orchids that I used to grow. These photos are offered as wallpaper for you to use, if you like.

Cym. erythrostylum

February 6, 2015

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If you see this message, it means that I've successfully switched my web-hosting company. Since the services provided by the company I had been using for a number of years are not satisfactory, I've switched to another company. Please excuse some minor glitches that you may notice until I clean them up.

January 11, 2015

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Cambodia
Thailand
I finally finished editing the videos I took during my visit to Cambodia and Thailand. I must be slowing down in my old age because it took 2 months! You can view these videos by selecting the corresponding thumbnails shown on the left or going to the Video Galleries page.

Wishing You a Happy and Healthy 2015

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December 30, 2014

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Nearly 2 months after returning from my trip to Cambodia/Thailand, I finally finished organizing the photos I took in Thailand! Select the composite thumbnail below to view a slide show of photos from various historic sites in Bangkok and Ayutthaya as well as photos from a hiking trip in Khao Yai National Park.
Cambodia

Happy Holidays

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December 17, 2014

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I've created and posted 2015 monthly calendars which you can use as wallpaper on your monitor. I've featured photos from my 2014 trip to the northeastern region of Italy. Click the thumbnails on the left to view a few.

They are located on the Potpourris > Desktop Calendar page. I hope you find them useful.

December 14, 2014

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I updated the Wallpaper page by adding two photos from my recent Cambodia trip. Click the image below to view the Wallpaper page.
Cambodia

November 26, 2014

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I finally finished editing photos from my recent trip to Cambodia. Click/select the composite thumbnail below for a slide show of photos from various ancient sites near Angkor as well as photos from Tonle Sap Lake. Now, I need to edit photos from Thailand.
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November 13, 2014

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I am in a process of editing photos from my recent trip to Cambodia and Thailand. Click/select the thumbnail below to view a slide show of some photos from Angkor Wat, Cambodia. I'll add more photos as I finish editing them.
Angkor Wat

October 25, 2014

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A few days ago, my friend and I spent nearly four hours at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. One of the coolest things we saw was an octopus putting on a show for us. Click the thumbnail below to view a short video.
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October 7, 2014

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I finally managed to finish writing a travelogue for the first part of my recent visit to Italy. That is, my travelogue for Venice is now finished, but nor for the Dolomites. Please select the thumbnail below to view it. It can, also, be reached by selecting Travelogues > Italy from the navigation bar located at the top.
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September 22, 2014

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I updated the "Around the Globe" screen saver by adding new photos from my recent travels. You can preview it by selecting the thumbnail on the left. To preview other screen savers go to the Potpourris > Screen Savers page.


I added some new wallpaper to the Potpourri > Wallpaper > Landscapes page.

August 22, 2014

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Kew2014
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I finished editing the videos I took during my last two visits (July 2014 and April 2013) to Kew Gardens, my favorite botanical garden in the world. I've updated the video gallery for England by adding these videos.

Select a thumbnail to start a collection of videos from my travels to England.

August 16, 2014

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I finally managed to edit some of the video clips I took during my recent trip to northeastern Italy. Select the composite image below to start a series of videos.
Italy

August 10, 2014

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Last weekend, I attended a soccer game held at the brand new Levi's Stadium, the $1.3 billion home of the San Francisco 49ers. This game was a dress rehearsal for the football games (American football) to be played soon. Although the stadium is only a 15 min. drive from my place, I took a bus to avoid potential parking problems. Click the thumbnail below to start a slideshow.
Levis

July 27, 2014

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I've added the photos I took during the recent visit to the Dolomites, a mountain range in northeastern Italy, about 200km north of Venice. Select the thumbnail below to start a slideshow.

Dolomites

July 17, 2014

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Almost two weeks ago I returned from a trip to Venice and the Dolomites, and I finally managed to organize the photos I took in Venice. I'm pleased with the photo below of the Piazza San Marco at night. At high tide sea water bubbled up and formed a shallow pool in the square, producing a wonderful effect.

Select the thumbnail below to start a series of slideshows.
Venice

May 25, 2014

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Continuing to be a gadget freak, I recently purchased an Olympus OM-D E-M1 Micro Four Thirds system camera with the 12-40mm F2.8 PRO lens. After I started to use OM-D E-M5 camera (E-M1's predecessor) in the fall of 2012, I decided that DSLRs are things of the past, at least for me, and I sold off my E-3, E-5 and all the lenses associated with them. Click the image below to view the Potpourris > Technologies >Digital Cameras page.
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May 3, 2014

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Sale of my house was successfully completed, and I am now settled into a new apartment in an European-style complex near my old house. I'll be able to just lock the front door and go traveling without having to make an arrangement for house-sitting. East side of main street through complex Click image below to view a slideshow.


April 11, 2014

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If all goes well, Chez Yoshi will soon be Chez Someone Else! I thought I'd show off the spring flowers that are currently in bloom at Chez Yoshi for the last time. Click the image below to start a slide show.


March 27, 2014

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I hadn't updated my website for a while because I had been very busy getting my house ready for sale. When I was kicked out of my own house for an open house, I spent an afternoon at the 2014 S. F. Flower and Garden Show held in San Mateo. Unfortunately I thought most of the garden displays were uninspired.


February 10, 2014

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I've updated the "San Jose & Vicinities" slideshows by adding photos from Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel, San Francisco and Napa Valley. Click any of the thumbnails below to start the slideshows.



February 5, 2014

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Despite extreme drought conditions, my Camellia japonica plants are blooming well. I hope they'll survive this summer when I won't be able to give them much water. Click the image below to start a brief slideshow.

January 25, 2014

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I've created yet another game - actually a puzzle. You can click/touch the thumbnail to launch the puzzle. Also, you can find it on the Potpourris > Games page.

Knight's Tour

January 5, 2014

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I've created and posted two games, both of which are shoot-them-up type. I think they help you sharpen your hand-eye coordination.

You can click/touch the thumbnails on the left to launch the corresponding games. Also, you can find them on the Potpourris > Games page.

If you happen to be using IE11, a recently introduced bug (by Microsoft, of course) prevents you from resizing the game board, meaning that you should not resize the browser window and "refresh". Other major browsers behave well.

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Happy Holidays

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November 26, 2013

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My small bougainvillea is in full bloom at the end of November! It's strange to see it blooming when tangerines are ready to be harvested!

November 1, 2013

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I finally updated the Hawaiian Islands slide shows by adding photos from my recent trip to Hawaii (Maui and Big Island). Click the thumbnail below to start a series of slide shows:

October 7, 2013

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I finished editing some of the video clips that I shot during the recent trip to Hawaii (Maui and Big Island). Click the thumbnail below to start a series of videos:

September 26, 2013

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Accompanied by a friend from Canada, I recently traveled to Hawaii. Scenes around the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island were very interesting. Click the thumbnail below to start a brief slideshow.

September 3, 2013

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I reproduced two more puzzles, using Enchant, a JavaScript framework for developing HTML5 graphic games: One is Sudoku, which is a very popular puzzle, and the other is "Tower of Hanoi." These puzzles are compatible with Chrome, Firefox, IE 9, IE10, and Safari, and they can also be played on iOS and Android devices.

You can click the thumbnails below to launch the corresponding puzzles in a separate window. I hope you enjoy playing them.

August 19, 2013

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My fruit trees in the backyard are all doing well. A small fig tree (about 2m tall) has been producing a lot of sweet figs, and I see a lot of 'Fuyu' persimmons (still green, of course) on even small branches, and I have had to cull some fruit. The only non-performer is the relatively young peach tree, which seem to drop all the fruit while they are still green.

A few summer bloomers are decorating the front yard, also. Click any of the thumbnails below to view a slide show:

August 2, 2013

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Since there was a gaping hole (i.e. empty space) on the Games page, I created another HTML5 game. There are 10 pairs of flags hidden on the board, and the object of the game is to uncover two identical flags to eliminate them from the board, and to continue this process to clear the board. You can click the thumbnail below to launch the solitaire.

July 24, 2013

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Since I noticed that the "Around the Globe" screen saver I updated in June failed to include all the photos, I have updated it, again. You can click the thumbnail below to preview it as a slideshow.

All the screen savers are on the Screen Savers page under the newly reorganized Potpourris menu.

July 22, 2013

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I finished reproducing a classic puzzle, using a free platform for creating graphical games. Unlike the casino games, this one is a brain teaser - good for training your brain! The new puzzle is on the Games page under the newly reorganized Potpourris menu.

You can lick the thumbnail below to launch the puzzle.

July 17, 2013

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An interesting hibiscus, which I had received from an orchid friend several years ago, started blooming this season for the first time. It's name aptly describes the crazy petals. It's still in a clay pot.

Another plant, which I received from another orchid friend, continues to grow into a monster plant and is blooming every night!


July 9, 2013

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Using a free platform for creating graphical games, I was able to write a couple of casino games. Since they turned out rather nicely, I decided to post them on this website. These games are on the Games page under the newly reorganized Potpourris menu.

Click a thumbnail below to launch the corresponding game in a separate window. Once launched, you can resize the game board by resizing the browser window and then reloading (refreshing) the page.


June 29, 2013

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I created a few new wallpaper with photos I took during my recent trips and added them to the Wallpaper page.





I, also, updated the "Around the Globe" screen saver on the Screen Savers page by adding some new photos from my recent trips.

June 16, 2013

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I recently visited Toronto to see some friends - a couple from Japan as well as some old friends from the days when I used to live in Toronto. Click the thumbnail below to start a slideshow.

June 14, 2013

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No Relocation of the Website


After testing a duplicate website on another web-hosting company's server, I have concluded that the services and reliability provided by that company is not much better. Also, it appears that the current hosting company is making improvements after receiving my complaints. Accordingly, in order to avoid additional expenses as well as the hassle of moving the domain name registration, I have decided to remain with the current web-hosting company.

If the reliability issues arise again, I will reconsider relocation at that time. Meanwhile, I'm taking this opportunity to make adjustments to the website. Please bear with me in case I happen to mess up something.

June 5, 2013

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Relocation of the Website


Because of the recent and continuing performance issues, I will soon be relocating this website to another web-hosting company's server. Accordingly, please be informed that I will not be updating this site for a couple of weeks.

Even after the relocation, the URL of this website will remain the same so that you can access it in the usual manner.

May 23, 2013

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I finally finished posting proper slideshows for my recent trip to Belgium and the Netherlands. Links to the slideshows are available on the Photo Galleries page, but you can click the thumbnails below to start the corresponding slideshows.




May 17, 2013

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I finished posting video galleries for my recent trip to Belgium and the Netherlands. I took these videods with Olympus OM-D EM5 digital camera. This compact camera was very handy - much more convenient to handle than its big brother E5. I used it to take almost all of the photos, also.

Links to the galleries are available on the Video Galleries page, but you can click the thumbnails below to start the corresponding galleries.


May 12, 2013

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I finally finished writing a travelogue for my recent trip to Belgium and the Netherlands. Click the image below to read it.



April 9, 2013

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I finally finished cleaning up my front yard after having the new trellis built. I have a couple of replacement wisteria vines blooming. The purple one is a seedling that I saved 3 years ago. Click the image below to start a brief slideshow.

April 4, 2013

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I visited Hakone Gardens, a recipient of the Save America's Treasures Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It's located in Saratoga which is only a 20-minute drive on city streets from where I live. Click the thumbnail below to start a slideshow .

March 20, 2013

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I attended the 2013 San Francisco Flower and Garden Show today. Despite the name, the show was held in San Mateo, and the drive was much shorter and more convenient for me! However, for a show that costs $20, I had to pay $12 for parking, which felt like a highway robbery!

It's no Cheslea Flower Show, but I did find a few interesting displays and plants. I only purchased a small protea and a hoe made in Japan. With a sharp edge, it almost looks like a weapon!

I thought the rotating globe (10 feet in diameter) covered with 30,000 succulent plants was well done!
Click the thumbnail below for a short slideshow of some exhibits.


March 3, 2013

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As noted previously, I had to cut down the wisteria in the front yard. Since the trellis was leaning, I had it torn down, and a new one built. It's built on 2-ft deep concrete footings with 6 x 6 redwood posts. It will definitely outlast me!

I'm reworking the area under the trellis. I have black shade cloth hang under the trellis to protect the shade-loving plants for now. Although I expect to receive a replacement wisteria in a few days, it will be a couple of years before I can remove the shade cloth.


February 6, 2013

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The wisteria vine in the front yard had been dying over the last 3 years or so, and I kept cutting off the dead or dying vines. Finally I have had to cut off everything. The photo shows the remaining trunk which I'll have to remove along with the roots.

Unfortunately I won't be able to enjoy a display of white blossoms this spring!


January 5, 2013

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I recently assembled a new PC, starting with a case, power supply, motherboard, CPU, ... I usually do this every 3 years or so, but this time I waited a couple more years, waiting for the price of solid state drives (SSDs) to come down. Now, it is fun to edit videos and photos with such a fast and powerful PC and a good IPS monitor!

To read more about my new PC, select Potpourri > Technologies > Web Authoring.


November 23, 2012

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I recently took a visitor for a day trip to Monterey and Carmel, and one of our stops was the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Using the photos of jellyfish I took on this visit and on previous visits, I created a slide show:

November 1, 2012

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I posted some video clips from my recent hiking trip to the Eastern Sierra region. I used my new toy Olympus E-M5 to take these videos. A link to the chained videos is on the Video Galleries page. Also, you can click the thumbnail below to start the videos.

October 16, 2012

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I just finished posting slide shows of photos from my recent hiking trip to the Eastern Sierra region. A link to the chained slide shows is on the Photo Galleries page. Also, you can click any of the thumbnails below to start the chained slide shows.



October 13, 2012

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I just returned from a four-day hiking trip to the Eastern Sierra region. I spent most of the time in the Mammoth Lakes area for leisurely hiking. I'm currently trying to edit and organize tons photos and videos I took. Here is a brief slide show.

October 2, 2012

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I had a day trip to the Big Basin Redwood State Park (about a one-hour drive from San Jose) and hiked along two trails.

I took my new Olympus E-M5 camera with me. It was great to have such a small but capable camera on a hike even though the two trails were rather easy. Click the image on the left to view a slide show of some of the photos I took.

For more information on Olympus E-M5, please see the Digital Cameras page.

September 26, 2012

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I just purchased yet another new toy: Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera. It's a tiny - 4.8"(W) x 3.5"(H) x 1.7"(D) - but powerful Micro Four Thirds mirrorless digital camera. I have updated the Digital Cameras page to describe some of the features of this new camera. The Digital Camera page is located under the Potpourri > Technologies menu. I expect to post some sample photos in a few days.

September 10, 2012

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I have updated some of the screen savers that are on the Screen Savers page which is located under the "Potpourri" menu. Click the image below to preview the "Around the Globe" screen saver. If you like, you can download the setup program and install it on your PC, running Windows XP, Vista, or 7.



August 23, 2012

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I have been catching up with travelogues for older trips, and I just finished one for my 2007 safari in Tanzania. The video of a balloon flight over Serengeti (shown below) is one of the several videos that are linked to the travelogue.


August 14, 2012

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I started to catch up with travelogues for older trips, and I just finished one for my 2004 travel to Peru.

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August 8, 2012

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I started to catch up with travelogues for older trips, and I just finished one for my 2006 travel to Australia and New Zealand.

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July 13, 2012

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I had a short visit to Maui to take care of some personal business. Naturally I allowed myself for some free time, and I took a day trip to Hana and to the Kapahulu District of Haleakala National Park. A hike along Pipiwai Trail to Waimoku Falls was great! On another day I had a chance to check out the aquarium at Maalaea Bay near Kihei. To view the two new videos I added to the video gallery for Hawaii, click either of the thumbnails below:


June 26, 2012

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Epiphyllum oxypetalum (a.k.a. Night Queen) plant that I received from a friend a few years ago has grown up, and it is blooming its head off! Although the gorgeous night-blooming flowers last only one night, more buds keep developing one after another. Click the thumbnail below to start a brief slideshow of the current bloomers:


June 12, 2012

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I finished posting videos for my recent trip to Hong Kong, Macau, and Japan in the Video Galleries. You can click a thumbnail below to start the corresponding gallery:


June 4, 2012

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I finished posting a travelogue for my recent trip to Hong Kong, Macau, and Japan. Please select Travelogues > Most Recent Trip from the navigation bar or click the thumbnails below:

May 25, 2012

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I finished posting photos from my recent trip to Japan as slide shows. Click the thumbnail below to start the slideshow:


May 18, 2012

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I finished posting photos from Macau and Hong Kong as slide shows. They are available on the Photo Galleries page, but you can click a thumbnail below to start the corresponding slideshow:


Stay tuned for photos from Japan and videos from these destinations.

April 23, 2012

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Spring has "sprung", and my gardens are ablaze with spring flowers (and weeds), despite the unseasonable heat wave we just (April 20 - 22) experienced. Click the image below to start a slideshow:

April 12, 2012

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Updated the video gallery for Monterey on the Video Galleries page by adding new videos which I recently recorded at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Click the thumbnail below to start it:

Nov 16, 2009 through March 31, 2012

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I have removed the "update news" for the period of November 16, 2009 through March 31, 2012 in order to keep this bulletin board to a reasonable size. I will periodically purge the bulletin board.

November 15, 2009

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In the fall of 1998, I started learning how to create a website and started a small site to show off some of my orchids in bloom. It slowly grew into a fairly large site with tons of orchid photos - my own as well as those contributed by various visitors to the site.

After I retired in 2002 I was addicted to traveling, and I started adding photos and videos from my travels around the world. Eventually my orchid addiction was cured, and over the last few years I gave away almost all of my collection.

To make the story short, I abandoned my NotSoGreenThumb website, but I started this site in November 2009 to show off photos and videos from my travels. I hope you enjoy them.

Parts of the NotSoGreenThumb website still remain on this website. Select Potpourri > NotSoGreenThumb from the navigation menu, if you are interested.