Friday, December 5, 2008

California State I.D.

There are times at some point in life, that we reaches to a point where we have to prove our identity. An identification card would come in handy in cases like this. Creation and maintenance of I.D. cards is just one more thing that the California DMV is responsible for.

People of any age are able to apply for a state I.D. card at the DMV. The card looks similar to a driver's license.

To apply for an ID card you will need to do the following;

*Visit a DMV office (make an appointment for faster service)
*Complete application form DL 44 (An original DL 44 form must be submitted. Copies will not be accepted.)
*Have your picture taken
*Give a thumb print
*Must provide your SSN. It will be verified with the Social Security Administration while you are in the office.
*Verify your birth date and legal presence (you may use your California driver license, Work permit card, Green card or a US passport)
*Pay the $23 application fee. There is no fee for a senior citizen ID card.

Check your address before you leave DMV and tell the DMV representative if your address is incorrect. Your new ID will be mailed to you within 60 days. If you have not received your ID after 60 days, call 1-800-777-0133 to check the status. Have your receipt and/or old ID card with you to provide information when requested.

If the office is not so busy the process will only take at least 30 minutes, we went there today and was granted with the state I.D. card I hope to have it so soon.

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Thanksgiving Day is a harvest festival. Traditionally, it is a time to give thanks for the harvest and express gratitude in general. It is a holiday celebrated primarily in Canada and the United States. While perhaps religious in origin, Thanksgiving is now primarily identified as a secular holiday.
The date and location of the first Thanksgiving celebration is a topic of modest contention. Though the earliest attested Thanksgiving celebration was on September 8, 1565 in what is now Saint Augustine, Florida, the traditional "first Thanksgiving" is venerated as having occurred at the site of Plymouth Plantation, in 1621.
Today, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Thanksgiving dinner is held on this day, usually as a gathering of family members and friends.

Most people celebrate by gathering at home with family or friends for a holiday feast. Though the holiday's origins can be traced to harvest festivals which have been celebrated in many cultures since ancient times, the American holiday has religious undertones related to the deliverance of the English settlers by Native Americans after the brutal winter at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
The period from Thanksgiving Day to New Year's Day is often called the holiday season. For the first time in my life I have witnessed how people celebrates the thanksgiving day here and I was fascinated with people that surrounds me. It was a day where everybody gathers and spend more quality time with each other and eat foods altogether. It may not be so traditional to have Japanese Sushi in the platter but that was how we celebrate the day, as what I call it the Californian lifestyle.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

California a state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. It is bordered by Oregon to the north, Nevada to the east, Arizona to the southeast, and to the south the Mexican state of Baja California. California is the most populous U.S. state. Its four largest cities are Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, and San Francisco. It is known for its varied climate and geography as well as its diverse population.

The area known as Alta California was colonized by the Spanish Empire beginning in the late 18th century. It and the rest of Mexico became an independent republic in 1821. In 1846 California broke away from Mexico, and after the Mexican-American War, Mexico ceded California to the United States. California became the 31st state admitted to the United States on September 9, 1850.

California is the third-largest U.S. state by land area. Its geography ranges from the Pacific coast to the Sierra Nevada mountains in the east, to Mojave desert areas in the southeast and the Redwood-Douglas fir forests of the northwest. The center of the state is dominated by the Central Valley, one of the most productive agricultural areas in the world.

Oakland California

Oakland is tucked between the azure waters of the San Francisco Bay and the verdant coastal hills, Oakland is the Bay Area's true temperate zone. Everyone will enjoy the year round vacation weather which is warm in the summer and very mild in the winter. Oakland is nestled between San Francisco, California's wine country and Silicon Valley which makes it an ideal destination for the business traveler as well as the family vacationer.

To embrace all Oakland has to offer you must get out and explore. Walk the streets , drive across the Bay Bridge, go south down the peninsula to Silicon Valley and cruise along the San Mateo coast. You will find great sights, museums, art, culture, and family fun attractions.

Living in Oakland is like living in cebu city in the Philippines, crowded yet spacious for everyone who are living and visiting here. What I like most in this place is that the weather, just perfect not too hot and not too cold when it's winter season.

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Welcome to my California blog, since I am living in California specifically in bay area, a very nice place and interesting community. It has been almost 5 months now since I got here and am totally inlove with my new home, the city life, and the people with diverse culture. The places are very beautiful and scenic, beach are best and everything just works fine with me so here I am doing my blog for California, from place to place, tourist destination which I had been and some cool stuff that you might want to check out once you visit here.

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