Our Adventure Begins…

Welcome to Our Page! This site serves as our journal to document our Adventure of sailing from Long Beach California to Coron Palawan, Philippines – circumnavigation may be something that the sailing community find normal or ordinary but for us this will be the adventure of the lifetime, if you are reading this thank you, and we would like to invite you to join us in our Adventure.

I always told people that I want to sail across the Pacific to the Philippines, though I have no idea at that moment how I can achieve such feat, I kept telling people about that dream and as I kept doing that the pieces just seamed to fall in their right places. I guess visualizing your goal really helps in actually achieving it, I can’t explain how and why it works – but I guess in this case it just did, and this is the beginning…

Few months ago I met an amazing woman (Almu) through a dating app – as we are getting to know each other I told her “I want to sail from Long Beach to The Philippines” and she responded, “Why just The Philippines – why not sail around the world?” and that was the moment that I knew I found the right one, we went for a couple of dates and before you know it we were inseparable.

Not long after we met an opportunity to purchased an Islander Bahama 30′ (Empire March) came along and with a few minutes of thinking about it we were off to take the boat for a spin, the boat is in a decent condition and at a reasonable price (considering my limited knowledge about boats) – And just like that we have our first boat, first boat being – since Almu would rather sail with a bigger boat, if you will ask me I am perfectly fine crossing the pacific with a 30′, what do you think?

There are a lot of things that needs to be done on the boat, we need to tune up the engine, fix the overheating issues, clean the hull, repair the sails – eventually get new and additional sails, learn how to swim, scuba dive, and most importantly learn how to sail – yes that is very important, It is going to be a long journey, a long uncertain adventure but together – with my amazing partner in crime and maybe some of our friends, this will be a fun and exciting one…

Our Time Line

Year One (2020) – Learning The Lines, this is our opportunity to learn about our boat, how it works, what does not work and fix them, and to get more sailing experience under our belt, we will dedicate one blog post or video to list all the task and projects that we have for the boat and document our training process i.e. Learning How to Sail.

Year Two(2021) – Stretching Our Sea Legs,at this point we should have completed all required projects to sail the boat safely there may still be other projects that need to be done but by this time we should be confident about our sailing skills to sail from Long Beach to San Diego.

Year Three (2022) – Pushing Way South, I am not really sure if I am being realistic about this goal, so if you are reading this and you feel that this is a bit too unrealistic please drop me a line. By this time I am hoping that we have the necessary skill set to sail to Mexico, no final plan yet as to where but somewhere in that area….

Year Four (2023) – Panama Canal, it would be a great experience to sail around the Caribbean, we are hopping that by our fourth year we would have gained enough experience to sail through the Panama Canal and into the Caribbean, just like Capt. Jack….  

Year Five (2024) – Hawaii, sailing to Hawaii, is our test, our prelude to crossing the pacific, at this point this would have been our further out from the coastline, a part of me gets really excited about it but sometimes I close my eyes and I start thinking of Moby Dick or Jaw, OK –  lets not go there…

Year Six (2025) – Coron, Palawan – Philippines, finally this is the culmination of all that work of fixing our boat and getting it sea worthy, learning the necessary skills to safely cross the pacific, we are heading to Coron, Palawan – Philippines. Coron is not the end of the Journey, just like everything else in life it is just the beginning or another Adventure. 

That sounded like a lot, things may change along the way – timelines may shift, but as of now this is how we envision our Great Adventure. There are a lot of things to learn, though it could be a little bit scary at times, this has been done a lot of times and the people who did it ahead of us serves as our inspirations and mentors. Thank you for taking the time reading this, and we are glad that you are part of our Adventure!

19 Days To Learn WordPress Day 3 : Enqueuing CSS & JS

Day 3 of my 19 Day challenge to learn WordPress, this is not a tutorial – this is a documentation of all the resources that I used and issues I have encountered in my learning process. A huge thanks to Mr. Digital as I will refer to his Youtube videos as my learning material in this process. If you have not liked or subscribed on his page please feel free to do so.

Takeaways on this Video

  1. front-page.php – default php file for your home page
  2. header.php – this contains the header section of your theme – which allows you to modify your menu and provides a consistent look and feel of your header area as this will be later called on the front-page.php.
  3. footer.php – it is very similar to the header but this time you have your footer elements, you know what I mean.
  4. <?php get_ header();?> – invoke all elements of your header.php usually marks the beginning of your front-page.php.
  5. <?php get_footer();?> – very similar to <?php get_header();?>
  6. <?php wp_head();?> – injects wordpress function.php on our head – insert right after title tag.
  7. <?php wp_footer();?> – same as wp_header. insert before closing body tag.
  8. hook – i guess hooks CSS to wp_head() or wp_footer.
  9. wp_register_style( string $handle, string|bool $src, string[] $deps = array(), string|bool|null $ver = false, string $media = ‘all’ ) – source: developer.wordpress.org
  10. get_template_directory_uri() – gets the root path of wordpress installation
  11. wp_enqueue_style( string $handle, string $src = ”, string[] $deps = array(), string|bool|null $ver = false, string $media = ‘all’ ) – source: developer.wordpress.org
  12. add_action( string $tag, callable $function_to_add, int $priority = 10, int $accepted_args = 1 )- source: developer.wordpress.org

Challenges

  1. 35px top margin/space showing up on the top of my front end. This usually happens when you did not insert the <?php wp_footer();?> on the footer.php. Either you insert the <?php wp_footer();?> before the closing body tag on your footer.php or uncheck Show Toolbar when viewing site on your profile settings.

Error Messages

19 Days To Learn WordPress Day 2 : WP Core Templates

Day 2 of my 19 Day challenge to learn WordPress, this is not a tutorial – this is a documentation of all the resources that I used and issues I have encountered in my learning process. A huge thanks to Mr. Digital as I will refer to his Youtube videos as my learning material in this process. If you have not liked or subscribed on his page please feel free to do so.

Takeaways on this Video

  1. Folder Structure
  2. front-page.php
  3. blog.php
  4. styles.css

Challenges

Error Messages

19 Days To Learn WordPress Day 1 : Installing Server Requirements

Day 1: of my 19 Day challenge to learn WordPress, this is not a tutorial – this is a documentation of all the resources that I used and issues I have encountered in my learning process. A huge thanks to Mr. Digital as I will refer to his Youtube videos as my learning material in this process. If you have not liked or subscribed on his page please feel free to do so.

Takeaways on this Video

Challenges

Error Messages

Resources

Day 2 : 60 Days Learn Spanish Challenge

Day 2: My Goal is to be able to speak the Spanish Language which will allow me to communicate with native Spanish Speakers. By spending 2 hours a day practicing and learning 10 Words, 10 Common Phrases, and Grammar rules for the next 60 days I should be able to improve my Spanish – let us see where this challenge will take me.

10 Spanish Words A Day

  1. Beautiful- Hermoso
  2. Bed – Cama
  3. Bedroom – Habitacion
  4. Beer – Cerveza
  5. To believe – Creer

  1. Beverage – Bebidas
  2. Bicycle – Bicicleta
  3. Bird – Pájaro (alt+160=á)
  4. Birthday – Cumpleaños (alt+164=ñ)
  5. Black – Negro

10 Common Phrases

  1. ¿Cómo estás? > How are you? if you are addressing a group you can say Comó estais?
  2. ¿Cómo te llamas? > What’s your name?
  3. Mi nombre es francisco. > My name is Francisco.
  4. ¿Tienes una M? > Do you have it in medium?
  5. No, solo tenemos S. > No, we only have it in small.
  6. ¿Podira verlo? > May I see it? – you can say this when you want to take a closer look – say in a store.
  7. ¿Qué tipo de música te gusta? > What type of music do you like? Alt + 130 = é, Alt + 163 = ú
  8. ¿De dónde eres? > Where are you from? – literally translates to from where are you, the word eres implies (Alt + 162 = ó)
  9. Yo soy de Huntington Beach. > I am from Huntington Beach.
  10. Por supuestoof course

Basic Spanish Grammar

  1. B & V There are 4 groups for where you can apply B as opposed to V
    • Group 1: words beginning with bu, bien, bene, and bi
    • Group 2: words ending with bilidad, bundo, or bunda
    • Group 3: verbs on their infinitive form such us ber, bir, buir i.e. beber – to drink, saber to know,and escribir to write.
    • Group 4: past imperfect verbs ending with –aba such as compraba – I was buying, cantaba – I was singing
  2. Words that usually use V can be divided in 4 groups
    • Group 1: all words that begin with vi-, div-, ev such as vivir to live, divertido funny, evento event.
    • Group 2: All forms in present indicative imperative and subjunctive ir to go
    • Group 3: All adjectives which ends with -ave, -avo, -evo, -ivo. For example Suave – Soft, decisivo – decisive
    • Group 4: After b-, d-, n-, and ol-. For example obviar – to obviate, advertir – to warm, enviar – to send, olvidar – to forget.
  3. Appreciative suffixes – are added to the end of a word to express and emotive or affective appreciation or to show an opinion.
  4. Classifications of Appreciative suffixes
    1. diminutives – used to emphasize that something is particularly small or short. They’re also used to express love and affection. Example escalera – stairs to escalerita – small stairs, gato – cat to gatito – small cat, Juan – John to Juanito – Lil’ John.
      • Another common suffix particularly in Andalusía is -illo or -illa from libro – book we get libtillo – small book.
      • We also have the suffix -ete or -eta amigo – friend we have amiguete – buddy
      • Commonly used in Galicia we have the suffix -iño or -iña such as pobre – poor we have pobriño – poor baby
    2. augmentatives
    3. prejoratives

Day 2 Quiz: Begin Quiz

Resources:

  1. Learn Spanish with SpanishPod101.com – 10 Spanish Words A Day
  2. Learn Spanish with SpanishPod101.com – 25 Common Spanish Phrases
  3. Learn Spanish with SpanishPod101.com – Spanish Grammar
  4. Spanishdict.com – Spanish Learning website translation, conjugation, vocabulary, grammar, pronounciation.
  5. theasciicode.com – very good resource for international alphabet
  6. Almudena Fernandez – Amazing Wife – Te Amo mi Amor…

Day 1 : 60 Days Learn Spanish Challenge

Day 1: My Goal is to be able to speak the Spanish Language which will allow me to communicate with native Spanish Speakers. By spending 2 hours a day practicing and learning 10 Words, 10 Common Phrases, and Grammar rules for the next 60 days I should be able to improve my Spanish – let us see where this challenge will take me.

10 Spanish Words A Day

  1. Afternoon – Tarde
  2. Air conditioner – Aire Acondicionado
  3. Airplane – Avion
  4. Air Port – Aero Puerto
  5. Autumn – Otoño

  1. April – Abril
  2. Arm – Brazo
  3. August – Agosto
  4. Bathe – Bañar
  5. Bath Room – Baño

10 Common Phrases

  1. Hola > Hello – very casual way to great someone
  2. Adiós > Goodbye – I don’t really like saying adiós instead we can say Hasta luego which means see you later. Ascii Code is Alt+162 ó
  3. Buenos días > Good Morning – the i in Días is typed by pressing atl+161 on your windows keyboard – I am not sure if the same applies on Mac.
  4. Buenas tardes > Good Afternoon – used from 12pm onwards
  5. Bunas noches > Good Night You can say this when you are about to sleep.
  6. Sí > Yes
  7. No > No
  8. Nos vemos > See you later – You can say this in place of Adíos, used in a very casual way.
  9. Hasta mañana > See you tomorrow – lets say you just finish your shift at work you can say Hasta mañana!
  10. ¿Quál es tu nombre? > What is your name? – alt+168 = ¿; alt+160 = á

Basic Spanish Grammar

  1. Word Order – I read book – subject + verb + object; Yo leo libros subject + verb + object.
    • Example – I ate an apple – Yo comí una manzana
  2. Omission of the Subject in Spanish – Spanish has alot more flexibility in such that you can omit the subject in a conversation. When it is clear as to who or what the subject is most Spanish speaking speakers will omit the subject all together.
    • Exmaple – Instead of saying Yo leo libros. – you can say leo libros or instead of saying Yo comí una manzana you can say comí una manzana.
  3. Forming a Negative Sentence by adding the word No before the verb makes your sentence negative.
    • I don’t read books. you can say No leo libros.
    • I didn’t eat an apple. you can say No comí una manzana.
  4. Forming Questions in Spanis The simplest way to turn a statement to a question is by simply raising our intonation at the end of the sentence. In writing we need to include the punctuation ¿ at the beginning and ? athe end of the sentence. Another way to turn a statement into a question is by adding a question tag at the end of the statement, such as right? or like ¿no? The final way to turn a statement into a question is by switching the subject and the verb so from S + V + O we have V + S + O.
    • Juan reads books? we can say ¿Juan lee libros?
    • Juan reads books, doesn’t he? we can say Juan lee libros ¿no?
    • Does Juan read books? we say ¿Lee Juan libros?

Day 1 Quiz: Begin Quiz

Resources:

  1. Learn Spanish with SpanishPod101.com – 10 Spanish Words A Day
  2. Learn Spanish with SpanishPod101.com – 10 Common Spanish Phrases
  3. Learn Spanish with SpanishPod101.com – Intro to Spanish Grammar
  4. Spanishdict.com – Spanish Learning website translation, conjugation, vocabulary, grammar, pronounciation.
  5. theasciicode.com – very good resource for international alphabet
  6. Almudena Fernandez – Amazing Wife – Te Amo mi Amor…