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Sherri Chien

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Haiku for Life: Connect with Nature. Seek contentment. Happiness and peace will find you.

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NO PLACE LIKE HOME  Although this is from another evening, tonight's sunset looked very similar.  We are back from a long weekend out to the arid desert of Nevada and a quick side trip to the high desert of Antelope Valley just north of Los Angeles.  We returned to our little hillside in time to see the last sunbeam reaching upwards through light filaments of haze.  I will share it once I've had a chance to download the photos from our birthday rendezvous (it's his turn tomorrow!). . . . . . #mondaymotivation #sunset #calistyle #sunsetshots #amazingview #joyful_sky #lifeisbeautiful #beautifulearth #californiadreaming #sweetdreams #chasingsunsets #thegirlwhofollowsthesun #ipulledoverforthis #sunsetcolors #fiftyshades_of_nature #naturehippys #nature #naturelover #sunsetphotography #sunsetreflections #hey_ihadtosnapthat #ourplanetdaily #rebel_sky #skylovers #sky_brilliance #santacruzmountains #sunrise_sunsets_aroundworld #wanderlust #rebels_united #gameoftones
DAY 21 | PURE FEATHER  Except for a bit of straightening and cropping in IG for IG, this image comes to you as is from one of our many feathered friends at home in Lake Almaden. . . . . . #duckduckgoose #nature #natureshots #macro #macroshot #nature_photography #ineednature #naturelover #fiftyshades_of_nature #hey_ihadtosnapthat #everything_imaginable #ipulledoverforthis #everydaymagic #beautyiswhereyoufindit #splendidearth #natureismyreligion #rebel_pureimages #rebels_united #rebelsunitedmay2018potd
DAY 20 | BACK ALLEY  We gained a unique perspective of this country by not only experiencing the island life vs the city life, but also taking a tour of the lesser-known side of town with a tour group operated by ex-gang members.  Our wonderfully knowledgeable and friendly guides showed us the "seedier" neighborhoods, previously known for violence and protectiveness but today open and welcoming to tourists.  The gang members realized they could make a better, more consistent living sharing their world -- and help improve their local microeconomy as a result.  It was a fascinating look into a private culture with lots of information; the gang members actually attend classes to become travel guides.  Here we are in the covered back alley of the Malibu Spirits and Eatery, "the place to be in Casco Viejo" according to a sign inside the bar.  With art and colorful signs everywhere, this was a cozy establishment that the general public would never have found (and perhaps not been successfully created) without the new initiative of this tour group. . . . . . #lovetotravel #sanfelipe #cascoantiguo #panamacity #panama #unesco #worldheritage #worldheritagesite #urban #urbanart #art #creative #colorful #travel #explore #traveler #travelnotebook #travelshot #travelpanama #travelphotography #neverstopexploring #allwhowanderarenotlost #hey_ihadtosnapthat #travelersdoitaroundtheworld #rebels_united #rebelsunitedmay2018potd
UNDER THE ELECTRIC SKY  Guess where? . . . . . #rebelpops #ru_yellow_18 #rebels_united #rebel_pops #yellow #daisy
DAY 19 | ARCHES  Look deep into Nature, and then you will understand everything better. . ~Albert Einstein  Finding arches everywhere by Mother Nature, the world's first architect. . . . . . #weekendvibes #flowerpower #flowersofinsta #sherrisgarden #lilies #hawaiianstyle #flowerstagram #flowersofig #flowerchild #explore_floral #travelkauai #explore #naturehippys #nature #natureshots #nature_photography #ineednature #naturelover #fiftyshades_of_nature #hey_ihadtosnapthat #everything_imaginable #ipulledoverforthis #everydaymagic #beautyiswhereyoufindit #splendidearth #natureismyreligion #rebels_united #rebelsunitedmay2018potd
DAY 18 | COMIC BOOK STYLE . "Holy strawberries, Batman! We're in a jam!" . Sidekick the Squirrel flashing back to comic book days before the digital era, anime, and Comic-Con.  OP by me and edited with @Prisma app for today's theme. . . . . . #happyfriday #friyay #flashback #fbf #tv #tvshows #prisma #rebel_artsandedits #rebels_united #rebelsunitedmay2018potd #woohoo #weekendfun #weekendstartsnow #nuts_about_squirrels #naturegram
DAY 16 | GREEN NATURE  Not to be confused with Bocas del Toro, Bajos del Toro is in the Central Highlands of Panama's nearby neighbor, Costa Rica.  It sits in the Amarillo Valley, next to Poas Volcano National Park, Juan Castro Blanco National Park, and the Bosque de Paz Rain/Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.  The drive is long and steep in many places; the views are incredible.  There are many beautiful, green places in the world and I have yet to visit them all, but here in the remote and tranquil shadow of Poas Volcano, I couldn't help but feel like a time traveler. . . . . . #wheretimestandsstill #breathe #takemeback #shadesofgreen #rainforest #cloud #cloudforest #travelcostarica #bajosdeltoro #iexplore #beautifuldestinations #travel #explore #neverstopexploring #travelnotebook #travelgram #visualsoflife #ipulledoverforthis #wanderlust #wanderlustwednesday #allwhowanderarenotlost #instagood #splendid_earth #naturelover #travelphotography #hey_ihadtosnapthat #rebels_nature #rebels_united #rebelsunitedmay2018potd #everything_imaginable
FIREWORKS  Popping over Lake Almaden last year for tonight's #rebel_pops! . . . . . #rebels_united #rebelpops #ru_longexposure #july4th #fireworks
DAY 14 | TWINS  Fourteen years ago this month, two abandoned 5-day old babies were rescued by a wonderful lady who bottle-fed them and cared for them round-the-clock.  They were lucky someone came along to mother them.  And we were lucky to meet them and their foster mom when they were barely 10 weeks old.  They were nicknamed "Laverne and Shirley." We adopted Shirley at the right side of the picture with her tail curled over her back, expecting her to be the smaller of the two.  Hubby re-nicknamed her "Molecule" for her size, and Shirley morphed into Mali.  Laverne ended up staying with her foster mom in her forever home, and her name became Fern.  The funny thing is Mali grew to be twice Fern's size!  It was truly love at first sight, and a love story with all the ups and downs for all of us.  No doubt, we'd do it again if we could; and we certainly have been doing so all our lives -- enriching our world with the goodness that sweet puppies give. . . . . . #lovemyfurbabies x3 #furkids #everydayismothersday #dogmom #dogmomlife #itsadogslife #rescuesrule #mali #maliandfern #australiankelpie #germanshepherd / #chowakitamix #sisters #sammiespack #fortheloveofdogs #dogsofig #animalsneedlovetoo #naturehippys #nature #fiftyshades_of_nature #naturephotography #natures_marvels #makesmesmile #nature_perfection #picturetokeep #hey_ihadtosnapthat #rebels_united #rebelsunitedmay2018potd
DAY 13 | MATERNAL  While most of the Canadian geese pairs seem to have one or two babies, this pair has five.  Mama and her partner must be particularly vigilant to be able to raise so many.  As you can see, she kept a close eye on their entire brood (and me) all the time! . . . . . #happymothersday #goslings #geese #naturehippys #nature #natureshots #nature_photography #ineednature #naturelover #fiftyshades_of_nature #naturephotography #rebels_nature #natures_marvels #makesmesmile #nature_perfection #picturetokeep_nature #hey_ihadtosnapthat #rebels_united #rebelsunitedmay2018potd #animalsneedlovetoo
LITTLE FLUFFY CLOUDS  What were the skies like when you were young? They went on forever and they, when I, we lived in Arizona And the skies always had little fluffy clouds And they moved down, they were long and clear And there were lots of stars at night  And when it would rain it would all turn, it, they were beautiful The most beautiful skies as a matter of fact The sunsets were purple and red and yellow and on fire And the clouds would catch the colors everywhere That's neat, 'cause I used to look at them all the time when I was little You don't see that  Little fluffy clouds and little fluffy clouds and Little fluffy clouds and little fluffy clouds and . ~The Orb, 1990 . . . . . #bigsky #sunstar #santacruzmountains #sunset #calistyle #californiadreaming #rebel_bnw_sky_18 #clouds #cloudart #cloudstagraeme #rebel_bnw #rebel_sky #rebels_united #blackandwhite #grayscale #bnw #bnwphotography #noir #monochromatic #bnw_exquisite #be_one_bw #passion_for_bnw #explore_bnw #bnw_of_our_world #sky_brilliance #sky_captures #ig_skyvibes #lyricsmeetlens #sunrise_sunsets_aroundworld #thegirlwhofollowsthesun
DAY 12 | MACRO EYES  This little squirrel has the late afternoon sun and the lake in her eyes. . . . . . #happysaturday #saturdaze #weekendishere #weekendvibes #naturehippys #nature #natureshots #nature_photography #ineednature #naturelover #fiftyshades_of_nature  #naturephotography #rebels_nature #natures_marvels #makesmesmile #lovewildlife #nature_perfection #picturetokeep_nature #hey_ihadtosnapthat #rebel_macro #macro #macroshots #rebels_united #rebelsunitedmay2018potd
DAY 11 | PORTRAIT  In honor of the upcoming #mothersday weekend, a portrait of my namesake flower for my flower-loving mom.  This Costa Rican beauty posed elegantly for me in the lush gardens of El Silemcio Lodge. . . . . . #friyay #flowerpower #flowersofinsta #sherrisgarden #hibiscus #flowerstagram #flowersofig #flowersandmacro #flowerchild #explore_floral #elsilenciolodge #naturehippys #nature #natureshots #nature_photography #ineednature #naturelover #fiftyshades_of_nature #hey_ihadtosnapthat #rebels_united #rebelsunitedmay2018potd #ig_colors #everything_imaginable #ipulledoverforthis #everydaymagic #beautyiswhereyoufindit #splendidearth #natureismyreligion #rebel_pureimages
LETTING GO  My birthday happens to be the day after tax returns are due in the US.  Yes, lucky me.  I've spent my entire adult life dreading my own birthday, not because I care about getting older, but because of the long hours I have to spend on an arduous task.  Even luckier this year, immediately beforehand I received some not-so-great news at work on Friday the 13th (of course). . The funny thing about the past four weeks is that the mantra of "letting go" was incredibly loud and clear.  I took two yoga classes during my birthday week (two being an accomplishment in itself) from a couple of my favorite teachers, and each one talked about accepting that things come and go in life, how to let go.  We went to dinner with our friend when he lost his wife to cancer, and attended the memorial last weekend.  And my dedicated startup colleagues are still working together through these, how shall I put it? "Interesting times in tech." . Another interesting thought:  as a result of evolution, along with greater brain processing power, our emotions became stronger.  Or we "think" we feel our emotions more strongly.  What we think vs. what is real can be deceptive.  But since we can't possibly control everything that happens around us, we just need to go with the flow.  There may be a reason for everything -- and there may not.  Just do your best each day and the tidal wave of whatever it is (there are many, they have different names and hit all us without favoritism) will recede. . . . . . #thursdaythoughts #latergram #whyidontjournal #breathe #breathefirst #justbe #beherenow #letitgo #myyoga #yogaeverydamnday #yogini #lovemytribe #startuplife #siliconvalleylife #hbd #timeflies #lifestooshort #findbalance #growstrong #livewell #livefit #fitness #motivation #nojudgement #openheart #openmind #createmorememories #rebels_united #everythingsgoingtobealright #hakunamatata
DAY 10 | SKYLINE  On the east side of the Huangpu River sits Pudong District, Shanghai's most modern and one of the world's most prosperous cities. "Pu" refers to the river. "Dong" means "east" and "xi" means "west," so the regions on each side are Pudong and Puxi.  Until the 90s, the east side consisted of just acres of farmland.  Within a couple decades, skyscrapers have replaced fields of rice paddies.  China's largest international airport is also here now.  This view of the city skyline is from the start of the Bund, at the Shanghai People Yingxiong Memorial Tower (monument to the people's heroes). . . . . . #wanderlust #china #travelchina #shanghai #iexplore #beautifuldestinations #bund #thebund #wanderlustwednesday #orientalpearltower #travel #traveler #lovetotravel #neverstopexploring #traveltheworld #timetotravel #worldfinancecenter #travelphotography #amazingview #travelnotebook #travelgram #hey_ihadtosnapthat #ig_world_photo #rebels_united #rebelsunitedmay2018potd #allwhowanderarenotlost #tbt #throwback

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