Sunday, June 26, 2011

Road trip : San Francisco

Having been to San Francisco a number of times in the past, our goal for this trip was to see something different. To use this window of opportunity and find new experiences. 

You know how you walk by an obvious tourist and laugh about how obvious of a tourist they were? That's what we wanted to be.

First stop off the BART on Tuesday morning brought us to the San Francisco Civic Center. Which building's which? I don't know either...

All I know is that the United Nations first met here. Also, check out the surreptitious moon hiding behind.

Next came the Yerba Buena Gardens.

Not sure if you're familiar with this garden, but I wasn't so it was very interesting to see what sort of items they offered. There were buildings for ice skating, bowling, small museum of children's artwork.

A quick walk through turned into a thirty minute stroll...and then Odona got a bit creepy.

And then Olivia got creeped out.

The prettiest part of this park (in my opinion and yours --because I said so) was the waterfall extending from the cafes to the bottom lawn park.

Odona water bending with Olivia...

A couple of blocks down the Financial District and we came upon a Wells Fargo Historic Museum. Yes, you did read that correctly: Wells Fargo (the bank!) and we also found the sign, Free Admission, so in we went.

It was actually quite an interesting collection of antique tools and memorabilia from back then. Used gloves, safe boxes, letters- yowza de wowza!

You would be surprised to find the history of Wells Fargo extends back to the earlier 1800's as a pony express for postal delivery. Anyway, see what we found!

We learned from Olivia that San Francisco partakes in a recycling program (big surprise) that transforms older metros from other states into new usable forms of transportation. 

No trip is complete without a bit of learning and a new experience. It may be hard to see but we're balancing on the side of a cable car!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Driving up to Big Sur

Continuing on our road trip, we merged off Highway 101 and onto Highway 1. The coast that had laid beside our drive disappeared for a bit while we began our trek up the mountain.

But the fog still followed.

Over an hour into the drive we began to see more through the heavy overcast skies. Crowds of people gathered at different Vista Points and we decided to stop at this one.

The sun peeked through and we were all overjoyed.

But of course we had to move on so up the mountain we continued. The seaside would disappear here and there while the forest greenery grew more abundant. Finally after three and a half hours later, we arrived at the Julia Phieffer Burns State Park.

Of course at this point the fog became quite the joke. We could barely see through to the bottom of the grove but I am guessing it would be gorgeous on a sunny day.

At the end of our little hike we knew that scenery conditions never mattered. It was the journey and the people who accompany you on your journey that matters. We still had a lot of fun.

And we never stopped being weirdos.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Road trip : Santa Barbara

In an attempt to capture a quick retreat escape with my sisters, we took a road trip up north and the next series of blog posts will describe what we have seen.

Two hours into our trip, we arrived in somewhat sunny Santa Barbara. Gorgeous town it was with Spanish Colonial architecture and quite a comfortable quaint feel. 

Unfortunately the morning fog had settled in early that day and was resistant to leave us throughout our drive. It did get better through the afternoon. =)

I had originally researched different buildings to see and different restaurants to try but once we parked our vehicle, we realized we had arrived to a mall. After walking through the large shopping area, we found a delicious deli sandwich place Bitterman's Deli.

A delightful stroll after lunch brought us to our decision of heading off to the beach to enjoy some sun.

Conclusion: we should come back to explore more, with our limited availability we were unable to see as much as we had wanted. But the city is beautiful and the beaches are obviously cleaner.

We soaked up some sun and continued on our journey.

Friday, June 17, 2011

A few things to look forward to

It's summer and that means it's time to soak up some sun! My sisters and I have decided to take advantage of the time off and go on a little road trip next week. Want to see what we want to see?

Santa Barbara

Big Sur


Monterey Bay

These pictures look gorgey and hopefully I'll be able to contribute to the stack by next week! We need to make a compilation of songs from our hardcore rap collection!

Monday, June 13, 2011

30 Day Challenge - Day 9: a photo of you taken over 10 years ago

Ah so I did not end up looking for pictures, scanning them, and then cropping them to enhance the quality and sizes. Instead, I used Photobooth and decided to show you a bunch of old photos of me. Enjoy!

Let's start from the beginning:

Once upon a time I was a little silly child running naked in the backyard. Apparently I was very fascinated with water.

I soon found pants and moved on... MC Hammer pants...

I was always a child interested in the arts. Specifically around Kindergarten when I painted masterpieces of scribbly doodling messes that were actually painted by adults but made to look like children's work. Wow, what a mess... no, I'm not talking about my shirt.

Then around 1st grade, I became quite animated. (Zing!)

I became quite the super star around age 8. A super star of mismatched clothing.

Age 10, the Edna Mode haircut and being overshadowed by cuter younger sisters.

One, two, skip a few-

As I approached my 8th grade graduation, I remembered saying to myself: "This cap is annoying."

(Look at stupid Odona on the lower right corner)

And finally, exactly 10 years ago at age 15 I attended my first concert and took a picture with... this guy... someone told me he's from LFO.

I did look blurry at age 15

That's it! Thanks for joining me!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Fun motivational posters

If you've never seen a motivational poster then...where have you been?

Lots of fun for everyone and even more intriguing as anyone can create their own unique poster. Here's one I found today:

We all need a little motivation some time right? Nothing more fun than a sarcastic one. (Wow I'm a champion rhymer!) I will continue my 30 Day Challenge soon, next one is to include an old photo so there will need to be some sort of careful sifting to find an appropriate candidate!

Anyway, hope you're having a great day! And remember to self motivate to be great. (Wow again to my geniusnessness!)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

30 Day Challenge - Day 9: a photo you took

Today's challenge is: a photo I took!

A photo I took? All the pictures I've shown are photos I've taken. But, er..let's proceed.

This is a picture of a log. A log from the Japanese garden inside the San Diego Balboa Park.

Why did I choose this picture out of all the other masterfully (that was typed sarcastically) taken pictures of mine? Well, this is just an example of how life is to me. 

Depending on your focus, you can see the macro details that make up the very object in front of you. The details create the picture, the details define your life.

Depending on your focus, you can see the bigger overall picture of life. You can see how everything is set up before you, you can see what is coming next.

Depending on your outlook, life seems to be quite the long stretch.

Depending on your outlook, this is just a log.

Living successfully in life depends on how you see it, how you treat it, how you live it.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

30 Day Challenge - Day 8: a photo that makes you angry/sad

Hello to my 30 Day Challenge audience! Hello to all two of you.

If you are a youtube follower, you will be fully aware that I have done about seven of these challenges on my channel. But as I began to get busier and busier at school, my dedication to this challenge began to wan. And then it stopped.

Well, now that I am back to the outside world, I am finding a bit of difficulty with completing my project. So please stay tuned as I finish the rest either on my blog or on my channel. Gracias!


Day 8: Share a photo that makes you angry or sad. 

What a downer topic to kick off on this blog. Well, you know that I do get angry and I do get sad. But I don't like to recall negative feelings or memories when I am not actually dealing with them at this current moment. It feels too fake. So... let's take a different route.

What I hate and/or what makes me sad:


Missed haircuts

When guys take better pics than you

When your "kite" doesn't work

Bad hair days

(Jimmy's not actually sleeping)

No respect for the model!

Being the butt of the joke

People who ruin good group pics