Category Archives: United States of America

Annular Sun Eclipse in Arizona 2012

Page, Arizona 2012 at Horseshoe Bend :  For the Annular Sun Eclipse

This was my first Annular Sun Eclipse ever! So happens I was in Arizona when my wonderful friend told me all about it. This is a very rare opportunity to witness the moon eclipsing the sun, leaving only a tiny ring around, while the sun was setting makes it an even rarer event indeed. Page, Arizona was particularly special with the mountains eclipsing the other part of the sun while the moon eclipsed the other part as the sun sets below the mountains.

I only had my compact camera as I wasn’t prepared for it with special lens filter. So pardon the crappy images.

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The Town of Truth or Consequences

Briefly drop into the Town call Truth or Consequences. When I first looked at the map, I was curious and wanted to visit. Having very little time, only managed a little drive around this little town for gas.

The owner of the gas station told me a little brief history, that it was once called Hot Springs, but the people changed it to Truth or Consequences after a radio show back in the 1950s. The town is popular as it has numerous hot springs and many other sights such as the elephant butte.

Maybe I might go visit this place again!

The portland couch street

Even Portland’s Chinatown has really cool street signs.

A couch potato like me can’t resist to make this image one of my favorites

There are Aliens in Roswell

Met up with a few aliens in Roswell New Mexico.

Famous for the UFO research museum and for the most numerous Aliens sightings. Roswell is the mecca for UFO fanatics, with alien signages all over town. A pity I had only 2 hours to spare here as there are many free stuff to do around this town, compared to most places.

There is the animal desert park, the arts museum, the planetarium etc. All free of charge! Visit the friendly roswell tourist information when you pass the town.

The world’s chilli capital, Hatch New Mexico

How I got to Hatch, New Mexico : Driving through New Mexico border, I got stopped by the borders patrol officers who was checking every car for illegals from Mexico. He noticed a flat on my car and had totally saved my life. If he didn’t stop me to check for my passport, I would have gotten into a serious accident should the tire had a big blow out and there was a high chance of the car getting totalled when driving at 75mph on the freeway.

He was so sweet, got me to the air pump machine, pumped air into the tires and changed the flat to the spare and told me all about getting to Hatch, New Mexico to get my tires fixed.

After getting there, I saw a lot of chilli places and I mean, a LOT!

Hatch, New Mexico, I discovered was the world famous place for chillis and many types of it. I asked the car mechanic which was the chilli place to go, and Chilli Willies was the one to visit. The couple who owned the store gave me a little guided tour around, I did all the chilli taste test and introduced them to the Singapore Chilli padi which is a tiny little power kicker.  I was the first Singapore girl to visit their place, the lady boss said!  Bought their green chilli salsa which had the least heat since I was such a whimp when it comes to chilli, it was freshly canned straight from their kitchen.

Went over to the dried chilli shack along Main street a few buildings over, visited that and bought a bunch of dried chilli for decorations.

Had I not had a flat on the car and saved by the border patrol, I would not have passed this great little town of Hatch and got myself a few chillis!

Venus transit of the Sun 2012

The last venus transit of the sun in our lifetime!

Next one would be in 2117. so this is a special event indeed!

I was lucky to catch this incredible sight and thought I couldn’t make in time time to witness it. After driving to Roswell, New Mexico to visit a few aliens, a lovely lady told me that the nearest place to witness this cosmic event was in Lincoln national park, Sunspot Observatory, almost 4hours away and not in my route.

My plan was to visit the Carlsbad National Park for one of the largest Cave systems in the Northern Hemisphere and i drove there instead disappointed that I would miss out. Was pleasantly surprised that the park had a few telescopes set up for this event and had managed a few hours drive to witness this amazing event.

How things work out sometimes.

 

Eat in San Francisco

Sometimes, I just need to follow the signs, and do what the streets of San Francisco commands!

Portland and its wizard

Portland, Oregon is one of my favorite cities.

Stopping briefly to the Portland Sunday market is quite a highlight and you be greeted by amazing Portland characters who would stop and have a little chat with you.

When the city slogan is Keep Portland Weird, you definately need to get there for a visit. The food is amazing, there are wonderful microbreweries there that provide you with endless array of great tasting beer.

Someday I will move there.. someday

Coolest Hackerspace in Seattle

Metrix Create:Space Hackerspace in Seattle, Capitol Hill

One of the best things about Seattle is how amazing folks gather to invent, create anything and everything in great community like spaces.

While hackerspaces are quite common these days, Metrix: Create Space in Capitol Hill, Seattle, USA beats the rest for its 3D printers set up.  I can’t really tell you why I am so fascinated with 3D printers in a single sentence. I had dreams about 3D printers even before they invented or developed 3D printers and it grew into quite a reality!

Unfortunately only had the luxury of spending a few short minutes looking around as I had a five hour drive to Oregon. Wish I could participate or learn more of its workshops.

FYI:

Hackerspaces are community spaces where people gather to invent, create , socialise, mostly technology based projects.

Metrix Create:Space Hackerspace Seattle 3D Moulds

3D printer! So want one of these!

And the Winner of the Coffee Hunt is …

Best cappuccino in the Coffee Crawl of Pacific NorthWest USA

It has been a very frustrating hunt for the best coffee in the Pacific Northwest of America.

I visited Seattle to do a coffee crawl and was left disappointed. Seattle is apparently the coffee capital of USA, however they like their coffee pretty weak or over-roasted and pretty much flat aromatic. My coffee crawl brought me to the original Starbucks in Pikes Market before they turned mega huge, to Belltown, the hip part of town, right up to Capital hill, the hipper part of town to Roy street, the IT hip part of town. Still no good coffee to be tasted.

The next place was Portland, Oregon where Stumptown coffee right near the Portland Saturday Market was the runner-up. The Stumptown coffee at Division Street wasn’t that good with their single origins coffees. A few more cafes, which I had been too sad to even mention here.

After all these hours of driving around, drinking around the two cities, guess what?

The better coffees are made in the city of Olympia, Washington, where almost every corner of this tiny town has a coffeeshop or two with pretty high standards. This has been my home for 3 weeks! Imagine what I have been missing.

So the winner of the Pacific NorthWest Coffee crawl is :

Batdorf & Bronson for their cappuccino! This was judged 8/10 because all their drinks are double expressos, and not diluted to more than 4oz of water like everyone else. This is how the typical italian cappuccino should be done. The coffee had its fruity aromatic tones, well brewed with short frothy hot milk done perfectly!

If you are ever that crazy to fly all the way to Olympia, Washington,

here’s the address.

Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters
200 Market ST. NE
Olympia, WA 98501