Happy New Year!

I’ve been neglecting this blog for the past 2 years without any posts but this year I will post more. Hopefully, every week or so starting with the 52 weeks photography challenge.

Along the 52 weeks photography challenge, I will be posting a weekly blog about what’s happening.

Hopefully, I get consistent with posting.

Once again, happy new year.

[52challenge] Week 1 – Self Portrait

Hiking selfie

What a better way to start a new year by introducing who runs this 52 week photography challenge. ¬†My name is Vernon Van,¬†amateur photographer, I’ve been blogging for the past 5 years or so.

I hope 2017 brings a wonderful year with tons of blessings to everyone.

Submit your entry in the comment section below, gain couple visitors. Show us your photos!

[52challenge] 52 Week Photography Challenge

Out of ideas for photography? Why not try this photography challenge. Every week on Sunday, I will post a theme for the week. Join me as I challenge myself for that theme. This theme could be any of your choice, in colored or B&W. It can be captured with DSLR or with mobile.

Here are the lists of themes: (FREE means anything you would like.)

Week 1: Self Portrait
Week 2: Show what you do
Week 3: Favorite Hobby
Week 4: FREE

Week 5: Favorite car
Week 6: Building
Week 7: Nature
Week 8: FREE

Week 9: Hobby you would like
Week 10: Favorite sport
Week 11: Favorite food
Week 12: FREE

Week 13: Street food
Week 14: Animal
Week 15: Stranger. Make sure you ask permission, if needed.
Week 16: FREE

Week 17: Scary
Week 18: Landscape
Week 19: Water
Week 20: FREE

Week 21: Sky
Week 22: Favorite Spot
Week 23: Droplets
Week 24: FREE

Week 25: People
Week 26: Toy
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Week 28: FREE

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Week 32: FREE

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Week 36: FREE

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Week 48: FREE

In the month of December, let’s look back from the past month and see your progress, show us your favorites and describe why.
Week 49: Favorite shot. Why?
Week 50: Favorite shot. Why?
Week 51: Favorite shot. Why?
Week 52: Portrait

This list is incomplete, will update in June 2017.

Dynamic Mounting

We decided to re-set up our living room, This means that we have to move our TV location. Our set up used to be by our small space that can only be watched by 3 people or more but they have to seat in the back.

With our current set up and with the Dynamic Mounting, our living room space and the people that can watch the TV are maximized. With our current set-up, more than 8 people can watch and seat to spare.

In this current set-up and without the Dynamic Mounting, the TV will be above the fireplace. We would be looking up if we don’t have the Dynamic Mounting and our necks would be sore. However, with Dynamic Mounting we are able to put the TV in the down position and watch it with eye level. No more sore necks and it’s easy to watch.

Recently, we have family come over to have a holiday dinner in our house. They saw how we set-up our TV, above the fireplace. At first, they were saying that the TV is too high for us to watch. But when we pulled it down, they were shocked and complimented it. They love Dynamic Mounting.

Setting up and installing the Dynamic Mounting requires two person, we printed a template guide to help us position the mount. The installing part is easy, mounting the TV for us is hard because of how heavy our TV is. Overall, The installation and mounting is easy. No degree needed for such installation. Thumbs up and if you are to get a mount, get Dynamic Mounting. It’s a must get TV mount.

Down Position

Up position

From the side

My First Century Ride

AdoboVelo had a fundraising event for the SIPA, Search to Involve Pilipino American, this ride will start at Angel’s Stadium, Anaheim to Fiesta Island, San Diego.

We were broken up to 6 groups, each group have 10-12 riders with caption to pull and co-captain to sweep. This is a no-drop zone. This is why this group is amazing, no matter how slow you are or noticed that you are struggling, there are riders that will encourage and help you go through. Also, we have a sweeper and support vehicle. The sweeper car just make sure that no one is left behind, while the support vehicle helps troubled bike.

From Angel’s stadium, we hit the SART to PCH. On PCH, we did a quick bathroom break right after the bridge, then we went to Crystal Cove for our first SAG stop after 20 miles of riding. After Crystal Cove, we then continued on to different cities till San Clemente for our 2nd SAG stop. From San Clemente, we readied our ID for Camp Pendleton’s entry. After different city, we had our lunch stop at Carlsbad. We try to limit our lunch break quick so we don’t have to warm-up once again, we want our legs to keep moving. After the lunch break, we headed towards Torrey Pines State beach where we stopped for bathroom break. Before climbing the hill, we took pictures with everyone and off we go. After the climb, we had a quick SAG stop and we were only 12 miles away from Fiesta Island so we didn’t bother taking long. We headed towards Fiesta Island.

I got dropped by Camp Pendleton because I felt some tightening on my left calf, I just stretched it out and kept going. Another factor is the head wind. Luckily, I was able to catch up with those guys and soon got left behind because of stop lights. I didn’t know that I can still keep up with those guys after 80, hitting 22-26mph even on uphill. I had this energy when I knew that there is only couple miles left, I had this sudden burst of energy to keep going. By arriving at Fiesta Island, I was short 3 miles for a century so I kept going till I hit 100 miles.

Overall, this ride was fun and enjoying. Scenic ride along the coast with perfect weather, not too hot nor too cold. Great century ride experience. Will I do it again? Yes.

To my surprise, I can still ‘hammer’ even after 50 miles, with uphill and downhill. With some strong group, they helped me climb some hill by pushing me but then this is just to keep everyone go fast. They gave me few tips on climbing: relax, keep pedaling, relax, and relax.

SAG stop means refueling, eating, hydrating, etc. Hydrating is very important, even though it was not hot during the ride it is still important to drink fluids.

Below is my Strava details about the ride. We were hitting 18mph all the way till we get to Torrey Pines climb, which dropped my average down to 16mph. I’m not a strong climber, I take my time to climb.

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