The sweetest of times

The Sweest ot times.
Every now and then, I come across with some of the Curios George books or cartoons on TV and then, it doesn’t matter how busy I am, I take some little time off to enjoy the cheerful adventures of this lovely sweet monkey that was created in the 1930’s by the German couple Margret and H.A. Rey.

The stories might seem simple and focused on little children but the innocence shown by this curious monkey called George, make him completely irresistible.

It’s being the same since the beginning when Margret wrote her first children’s book Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys, book that was illustrated by her husband Hans A. Rey.

It was back then in the last century when Curious George managed to stand out over the other monkeys presented in the story, and because of this, Margret and H.A Rey, started to create new stories in which George always gets in trouble due to his unstoppable curiosity and it’s always due to his immense charm that he manages not only to get out of trouble but also to save the day, every day!

The most recent Curious George books that I’ve read are, Curious George Gets a Medal, in which George goes to the space; Curious George goes camping, and my very favorite one: Curious George goes to a Chocolate factory.

It’s in this book, when George finds his way inside of a chocolate factory, where he’s absolutely happy getting to know, and to eat, of course, different kinds of chocolate. As things go wrong with one of the machines, George’s ability to catch and pack many chocolates at the same time helps the workers to get all the boxes done despite the problems with the machinery.

As I was passing the pages of the book, it was hard for me not to feel like eating chocolate, and then my mind flew back to the time I visited the Hershey’s town in Pennsylvania, and also when I went to the Hershey’s Macadamia nuts factory in Hawaii, where I, the same as little George, had the chance to see how Macadamia chocolates were made.

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Things from fiction I wish I could have

Real or imaginary?
Real or imaginary?
Over the years, every time I watch the TV series Star Trek The Next Generation there are always two things I wish I could have: A food replicator and a holodeck.

During the episodes it’s common to see people on board of the Enterprise ship getting their favorite food from a machine where their culinary desires are literally materialized in front of their eyes.

Then, when the memebers of the crew need some relaxation, they can go to the holodeck, a place where wonderful images of exotic paradises are shown, as well as some scenes from specific moments in time.

Watching this series all of this seems fascinating and appealing, and I’ve always thought that may be some day one of this things will be available for everybody who’d like get it.

However, I really never thought about how those wonderful things coming from the imagination of creative minds worked. Then, one day this book came to my hands Star Trek The Next Generation. Technical Manual.

Here, Rick Sternbach and Michael Okuda, explain in a very detailed form how things inside the USS Enterprise (NCC1701-D) work. And of course, the first two things I looked for were the food replicator and the holodeck.

According to the book, the food replicator system “can instantly recreate nearly 4,500 types of food which are stored in computer memory.”

This is achieved through the “dematerialization of a measured quantity of raw materials”, which are “rematerlized” later on thanks to a “replication terminal” that produces an “identical copy of the original dish.”

In the case of the holodeck, it’s explained as a “Holographic environment simulator” that “utillizes two main subsystems, the holographic imagery and the matter conversion subsystem”. This “creates” simulated objects that are hard to differentiate from the real objects.

Of course, if I could have these two wonderful machines at hand, I’d intantely recreate a delicious hot cappuccino which I’d drink while enjoying a wonderful view of the Swiss Alps; or I’d reproduce some pinnaple juice to drink it on a Hawaiian beach.

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Weekly Photo: Unusual

Unique Wonders of Nature.
Unique Wonders of Nature.
Traveling always is an amazing experience. It give us the chance to know different cultures and traditions, and it also gives us the opportunity to find outsanding landscapes like this one. Walking through a beach made of lava sand is one of the most fantastic and unusual experiences I’ve ever had!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Mountains

The mountain behind the temple.
A breath-taking view of the Valley of Temples in Hawaii.

Dear memories from a lost place

The closing of Borders.
It was my last day in Honolulu. I had being traveling all around the Hawaiian island, at least as much as I could, but there was a place I hadn’t been yet: the big Borders store at the Victoria Ward Centre.
It wasn’t on my way, but I took the bus anyway to go there. I had seen the store the very first day I arrived to the island. Ever since, I knew I had to stop by, as I used to do it in any place I was visiting. The bookstore tour is a must always in my to-do list whenever I’m planning a trip.
So, I took the bus and after a while I got there. I walked a little bit to find the entrance to the store, but once I managed to get there… it was really hard for me to go out.
I wander around the aisles to get familiar with the distribution of the shelves and to locate the areas I was more interested in and to shop a few books. Then, I stopped by the Seattle coffee and had was I’ve loved: a hazelnut latte. Absolutely yummy.
I took my coffee outside to enjoy the beautiful views from the terrace. The weather was magnificent, as it was expected, and right in front of the place, across the avenue, it was the ocean! What else could I asked for, I loved bookstore which I had visited frequently for over a decade in different places, my first bunch of book just acquired, a delicious latte, and me enjoying the view. I was truly satisfied.
After some time outside, I went back to the store. Then the book-attack started again. I totally got lost in the Hawaiian section, and did, as usually lots of walking around the fiction area. The end of the tour was in the music section.
During one of the day tours I had taken, the guide played on the bus for us a cd of Hawaiian music. I liked it a lot but I never had the chance to ask him what it was its title or who were the performers. So I told the clerk: I’m looking for a cd of Hawaiian music that sound a little bit like those chorus presented by Perry Como… Ok, I know it wasn’t the most precise description, and of course I was expecting the guy to give me a weird look… but he didn’t! He took some time and picked up a bunch of cd that might fill my sort of description, and let me listen to them. it worked like magic!
In the end.. I left the place carrying a heavy load of books, a cd of Hawaiian music, a big smile and a happy spirit.
Through the years, I’ve collected several happy stories like this coming from the huge amount of time I spend in bookstores. Many of them are related to Borders, but this one, in Hawaii is the most special one, and that’s why, it’s the one I chose to share with everybody, now that it’s being announced that this charming bookstore it’s going out of business.
There’s no doubt that it’s gonna leave a huge sense of emptiness next time I stop by one of the places a Borders store used to be. But from now on I’ll always treasure the fine memories I’ve collected in so many cities where the stop at Borders was a part of my trip. For now, it’s only left to say Aloha Borders, mahalo for the good times.