Sunday, November 13, 2016

Project 365: One Photo A Day #019

Happy to call this quaint town our home! I've never heard of it but instantly fell in love when we made our fateful Hazel Street turn last Memorial Weekend. Then we left Los Angeles and moved here a few weeks later. My dream for Gridley is for human greed to not discover it. But because I love this city, let me share with you why we moved here when it was clear that this town has nothing to offer except fresh air (one of the best in the US, according to City Data), as-far-as-you-can-see orchards and farms (almond, walnuts, kiwi, peaches, pomegranates, watermelon, nectarines, apples, pistachios), charming lakes and rivers, very humble and peace-loving police officers and firemen, friendly locals, quiet (almost-dead) downtown, and before I forget--affordable commercial spaces for small businesses. We don't have good restaurants here. No good coffee shops either. Just some faux places that pretend they make drinkable coffee. No malls, which is great.

Its nothingness is what makes it beautiful. 

The famous (yet challenging to photograph) Historic Downtown Gridley sign in Gridley, CA. 
It is what inspired our decision to move. We can focus on our goals. We are not in the thick of things anymore, unlike when we were in LA. We have a chance to grow the business while at the same time being a major part of the Gridley community's re-building efforts. We're a Highway 99 city so trucking and other logistics won't be a problem. We're 45 minutes away from Sacramento and about 3 hours away from Sacramento. Internet connection for business is reasonable. Water, Electric and Gas companies are reliable. No clogged traffic to deal with around here. Best of all, we have very supportive folks at the Town Hall. So if you're like us and you have huge business dreams but you're on a limited budget, this place is just the perfect area for you to get started. Come and help us stimulate the business atmosphere in Gridley. Or probably encourage your children to start one while they're young. If you're opening a coffee shop, please serve drinkable black coffee.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Life so far

First, I apologize for the long silence. I know that I have to do a better job at updating this site. It's been quite a long time. So much had happened, a lot has changed. First and foremost, we received some positive news when we were in Thailand last December. John went through an extensive health check over there and albeit he's not 100% out of the woods, he is okay. John's doctors said that although the tests revealed an almost 4-inch size cyst growing on his kidney, his Mantle B-Cell Cancer is "still sleeping," no relapse in the picture yet. So I feel grateful and appreciative of the fact that we still have plenty of time to create memories together. That for me is the best gift. I couldn't ask for more.

Another thing that I am happy to share is that the business is growing so I am focusing on it more now. Yes, full-time. One major perk of staying at home for this job is that I get to spend each day with John. We can stop for coffee anytime, bake or cook, do chores together and what not. I am also having fun updating our website, taking more photos and connecting with other small business owners.

I will be sharing some pics from our recent trip to Asia but here's one of the MAIN reasons why we were in Chiang Mai, Thailand--to enjoy the best pizza in the world at La Lanterna de Genova.

If I could name one reason that makes #ChiangMai #Thailand extra special or one reason why #ilovechiangmai, it is the fact that the best pizza in the world can be found here. Luca and Ariya at La Lanterna de Genova makes the kind that melts in your mouth, that's very light and filling at the same time, and one that doesn't make you thirsty. This #italianrestaurant only uses homemade sauces (Luca makes them) and also offers other dishes. I've always disliked pizza but now I know why. It is because I never had a real one! #pizza #foodphotography #steak #reviewchiangmai #ChiangMaiThailand #ChiangMaiCafe #chiangmai_instagram #chiangmaitrip #thailandphotography #thailand_instagram #wheretoeat #experiencechiangmai #explorethailand #amazingthailand #homemade #discoverthailand #igersthailand #instatravels #travelthailand #travel #traveldiaries #iphone6splus #igers #salad #lostinthailand #lifeinthailand
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