Friday, July 31, 2015

Travel Blog: Mount San Jacinto

I went to Mount San Jacinto State Park and Wilderness Area in Southern California and to go for a hike! The tram is the only way to get there and the tower elevation is 8,516 feet. It was still snowing and the views are fantastic. If you're in Palm Springs, I suggest you do this hike. Its fast, simple and because of the tram, you can get there in less than 30 minutes!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Soul Cycle Review

I went with a few friends of mine to Soul Cycle to try it out. As an amateur cyclist since 2009 I've been cycling "correct way", so it was a total challenge to dance/cycle. But I'll start with the cons (in my opinion) and then the pros.

It was too loud. I get that they want a club atmosphere for the classes, but the name "Soul Cycle" was confusing! I did not feel soulful, I felt no spiritual connection. How can anyone with Kanye blaring? This NOT a peaceful yoga, cycling experience. The instructor/DJ is yelling and I was still unable to hear her over the music.

The room is too small. The room is so small, the bikes are too close and it's obvious why everyone comes out so sweaty, there's no ventilation. The room is too small for so many people and it's actually really disgusting. I don't want my open pores to be so close to total strangers' open pores.

Lastly, I did not get a good workout. I was not sore the next day and actually, after a good work out I crave a hamburger and a fruit smoothie. After this Soul Cycle work out, I had a salad. I did not burn enough calories or needed some serious protein after. Also, I believe that the bikes don't have enough resistance, I was continuously raising the resistance but it was never enough! I thing the bikes only come in two speeds: No resistance and a small amount of resistance (like a 7 on a normal spin class bike). And I like to raise my resistance to a 16!!

The dark room, with some candles. I love this idea, because I hate the florescent gym lighting and everyone looking at themselves in the mirror for the whole class. So I am pro dark spin classes.

The Instructor/DJ was great while I didn't like the yelling, she was positive, a great instructor and good at her job.

The music equipment was much better than the spin classes at my gym. Usually the music is too high pitched and aggravating. The sound system was good, flowed well and although it was too loud for a relaxing cycling class, it's great for a club atmosphere.

Lastly, it was fun! We had a great time, I think it'd go again for the experience. But I don't plan on going if I want to work out. This is not the gym, this is a "dance party" under the guise of a spin class.

Have you gone to a Soul Cycle class? Did you love or hate it? I'm sure I'm the only one that feels this way, but I'll be keeping my gym membership and going to my normal spin classes and riding my bike outdoors.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Sony Pictures Tour (Part 2)

Sony has some fun vehicles from their films! As you can see they had Ecto 1 from "Ghostbusters", the race ca from "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby", the RV from "Breaking Bad" and finally the Football helmet car from "22 Jump Street".


Sunday, July 19, 2015

New Swiss Listing!

This vintage flag of Switzerland is a great piece and it's just been added to my shop. Click on the image to see the listing.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Sony Pictures Studio Tour (Part 1)

 I have a great friend who works at Sony Studios/Columbia Pictures, he had offered a tour last year, but I was so busy that I couldn't. But I was able to take a day off from my schedule and I took many photos, but here are some of the Classic Hollywood areas of the studio, which was once MGM.


 The buildings are beautifully Art Deco. I mostly love the Cary Grant Theater that has a beautiful sign and posters with Cary.


Finally this bungalow (below) that taught many young stars like, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Elizabeth Taylor, etc.  I will post photos of the current and previous projects that Sony has done in the recent years soon. I just wanted to post the Classic Hollywood architecture first.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Chalk Festival

I was able to make time too go to the Pasadena Chalk Festival last week. It was so hot that the chalk was melting, so many artists were able to use paint brushes, which I think worked really well! Click here to see the list of the winners. Also, click here to see my previous post at the Chalk Festival in 2013.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Summer Book List 2015

Here is my Summer 2015 Book List, I'm starting to read "The Invention of Distance" and I hope to finish the rest by October. We'll see how far I get, but my work schedule is finally becoming lighter by the day.