This past weekend, Ryan, Audrey and I stayed in Carmel, fully expecting to get some sunshine at the beach (only to be met with more fog). However, Point Lobos was no less beautiful half masked in fog, with short, magical moments of sunlight seeping through the clouds. The next day was 100% sunny and spent dog watching on the golden Carmel sand, so that made up for that. (Beach photos to come in another post!) Oh yeah, it should be mentioned that my sister helped take some of these photos, too!
Remember Sarah? She’s finally getting married next month, so this past weekend, we surprised her with an awesome party, complete with hilarious spells to tear-jerking moments. Clad in bachelorette party favors, we roamed around downtown San Francisco for an awesome scavenger hunt, went Sonoma/Napa vinyard hopping in a fancy limo, and danced the night away at Infusion Lounge (with our fresh mani/pedicures). Pho was pretty much mandatory the next morning. Hope you had fun, Sarah!
Two Sundays ago, Ryan and I went back to Berkeley to catch my sister’s dance performance on Upper Sproul. Various clubs were selling food and showcasing performances in order to fundraise for children in Ghana — not a bad idea. Ryan recorded most of AFX’s performance on his phone while I snapped away with my camera. Enjoy!
The end of the month marks our one year anniversary living in our cozy Inner Sunset apartment, so we thought we’d throw a party before The Deep Clean. Helen wanted it to be MADMEN-themed (perfect excuse for girls to wear cute dresses and guys to show up in suits!), so we busted out the fake pearls and polka-dotted hosiery (is that even characteristic of the ’60s?). Or think Banana Republic. (Actually, I don’t know, I don’t watch TV, and I had to google image our own party theme.) I just know that I really appreciated the tie clips, tweed jackets, and newsboy caps (which probably aren’t particular to the ’60s either — but cute nonetheless). Somehow, Helen managed to find candy cigarettes and vintage posters/Madmen promo material to complete the ensemble! Carry along to the photos.
People in Hong Kong love to “queue” in line for hours just for dim sum, afternoon tea, and particularly…any tourist attraction. One of the longest lines I’ve seen yet is the one to hop onto the historic peak tram; it winds around the entire block and tourists will stand in line for three hours+ just to experience the steep ride up top the top of Hong Kong. Pro-tip: Don’t be a groupie and do what everyone else does. If you walk up to the very front, you’ll realize that you can buy tickets to Madame Tussaud’s, which comes in a package with tram tickets! Pay a little extra, wait in a much shorter line, and see a bit extra at the peak!
Contrary to what the name suggests, Inner Sunset almost never gets any sun in the summer; so when I came home to such welcoming warm weather, I messaged my roommates with such excitement and we all ended up basking underneath the sunlight, in our own backyard.
My birthday weekend started at happy hour at Palomino’s on Friday and ended at Cioppino’s by the wharf Sunday night. In between, there was wine and cheese at Amelie’s (which by the way, was fantastic and now my new favorite place in SF), table service at the Mezzanine with SabastiAn, even a BBQ at our boss’s posh mansion tucked away in the Orinda hills. The best part? Walking from booth to booth sampling various chocolate concoctions at the Ghirardelli chocolate festival, before sitting down for more wine and cheese at Cellar360. Life is gastronomically fatastic… and the gym is in order — I promise.
Thanks for all the birthday wishes and presents!
My dad was born on the night of an infamous flood in Taiwan, which is why I think he gravitates towards stormy beach weather. I remember beach trips in ski jackets and umbrellas… where we just stood there, facing the wind, rain, and waves — while my dad meditated and stared off into the blurred horizon. To be fair, it was really sunny in Fremont this past weekend (compared to San Francisco) and we didn’t predict Half Moon Bay to be so gloomy, but we still had an awesome time walking around the harbor, strolling along the beach, and warming up with the obligatory fish n’ chips, calamari, and chowder.
Cheese in a barn
Working next to the Embarcadero means that our team heads over to the Ferry Building quite often for lunch. With all the options available, we still end up waiting in front of Cowgirl Creamery for a simple grilled cheese and cup of tomato soup — it never gets old. Last weekend, a group of us decided to escape the fog and head north to Point Reyes and meet at — you guessed it — The original Cowgirl Creamery, located in a humble barn with cute outdoor seating and such gorgeous weather!
Two weekends ago, I had such a blast being the official “unofficial photographer” for a friend’s wedding that I went ahead and bought myself a Canon 7D — a considerable upgrade from my Rebel XTi of nearly six years (and my boyfriend’s T1i). This website and blog marks the beginning of new adventures with the camera and my pledge to take a casual hobby to the next (professional) level. Cheers!
Any post prior to this one was imported over from my old blog.