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This past Sunday I went to SF to check out this event my coworker told me about. It was the 1st Annual Haight Street Music & Merchants Street Festival. It was pretty much a block party in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in SF. The headliners of this free event was Erykah Badu (DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown) and Talib Kweli. There were various performers as well, but not sure of their names since I didn’t see an online flyer with their names. I was all for checking out this event since I didn’t get to see Erykah Badu back in February/March when I went to a concert in SF. She had changed line ups with someone else and came on last and that concert went on until 3AM and I was exhausted. I was always bummed out that I never got to see her. I didn’t want to miss the opportunity again. I decided to bring my DSLR with me and just check out the event by myself. I know my friends back at home would’ve loved this event since they like hip hop.

I got really lucky with parking when I got into SF. I parked down the street from the second stage that was being set up. I walked around since it was the other end of Haight St. that I’ve never been on. I’ve mainly been around Lower Haight before. The event was from 12-6PM, so after I parked it was 1PM. I decided to just go into this one restaurant that I was in front of to get some food and a few beers before it got crowded. I got a perfect window seat where I could see the stage. The windows at the restaurant were opened so I was just chillen there with a beer and enjoying the good music. Had my legs rested on the ledge of the window and it was very relaxing. Got to do a lot of people watching, which was pretty entertaining haha.

Talked to a few random people while waiting around for Erykah Badu. Eventually I got up and went outside to dance around to the music. It was fun dancing around with strangers. I felt so care free and pretty much everyone there didn’t give a fuck about anything. It was really awesome to be around that since it reminded me of the fun I used to have back at home with friends or even meeting strangers whenever I was out. Everyone was really nice and we all came to this event just to enjoy ourselves. Finally Erykah Badu came on and I stayed til almost the end. Too bad I didn’t get to see Talib Kweli. I’m only assuming he was at the other stage at the other end of the block. I was not going to try to even talk through that crowd to see him haha. I wasn’t even too far from the end of the block I was at and it took me forever to just walk a few steps to get out so I can walk back to my car. Overall, it was a really fun event and hopefully they have it again next year. It definitely would’ve been more fun to have some company, but nonetheless it was still a ton of fun! The whole purpose of this event is to supposedly bring the neighborhood together, which is really great thing. I really wouldn’t even mind living in that neighborhood, but SF is too damn expensive for my bank account haha.

Here’s a link to much better photos than what I took: click here and here

Some time last week while I was on the phone with my mom, she had mentioned how I should go buy some moon cake and have a nice dinner since August Moon was approaching. I was looking considering on doing it today since I worked from home and had a bit of spare time to go grocery shopping, but I wasn’t feeling well all day so that plan didn’t follow through. My landlord’s parents are in town visiting and his mom always kinda scared me. She just looks like a mean old lady, but turns out she’s not haha. I was getting some water in the kitchen and she spoke to me in Mandarin saying they’re going to have dinner tonight because of August Moon. She had to repeat herself in Cantonese since I don’t understand nor do I speak Mandarin. I kindly replied and appreciated the invite and just told her I didn’t want to disrupt their plans, but she kept insisting that I join. I offered to help with prepping the food and cooking, but she said it’s all set and when dinner is ready she’ll let me know. I thought the invite was really sweet that I kinda teared up when I got back into my room. It was just a really nice gesture on her end since I wasn’t looking forward to having the usual “table for one” kinda dinner or any meal by myself.

Afterwards, I grabbed my keys and went out to the Chinese market where they have a deli section and I bought some soy sauce chicken. I didn’t want to sit at this table without having helped with the cooking or anything. I thought this would at least be something than nothing to have offered them. I spoke to my parents and told them I was going to eat dinner with my landlord and etc., and that I had bought some extra food. My parents were joking around how I’m suddenly so polite and well mannered, but they commented saying that I’m a really good girl for doing that. I’m glad that made them happy. After everyone at the table was slowly finishing dinner, I was clearing the table and bringing the dirty dishes to the sink. I was about to wash them and then my landlord’s mom shoved me lol. I told her how I want to clean the dishes since they did all the cooking. We fought over the sink and I eventually gave up and walked away haha. Fiesty old lady, but very sweet as well.

I noticed that when it came to Chinese holidays, my landlord has always been very hospitable and welcoming for me to join them and having dinner together. It’s a really kind gesture and I really appreciate it. I take those little things to heart and I am very grateful to have met such kind people. They make me feel like they’re my little family and home away from home since I don’t have any family here at all. I’m a very lucky girl to know people like them. 🙂

Yesterday I decided to go to SF and check out the Treasure Island Flea Market. This was my third time going to it. I actually really enjoy going to this especially since they only do it the last weekend of every month. It’s a fun weekend event. The vendors for both the flea market and the food trucks always changes, which is nice. This time I went alone since I didn’t have anyone to go with, but I didn’t mind. I just wanted a peaceful Sunday afternoon to myself anyways. This time I brought my DSLR with me since I was too lazy to bring it with me the previous times. I really wanted to get a photo of the 45 foot Giant Female Nude Sculpture in Disrepair. It’s such a beautiful sculpture and it’s called “Bliss Dance”. Apparently it was intended to be used for Burning Man, but nope. Google about it! Anyways, once I arrived I browsed around and took some photos at random stuff. I bought some succulents for my desk at work, which I have to depot later. I will show the final product in another post! I also bought these Lego photograph cards. It was my second time buying it from the same vendor. They’re pretty much Star Wars Legos set up doing funny and inappropriate things in the photo haha. I enjoy sending cards to friends and thought these were awesome. I’ve bought duplicates for myself because I think they’re hilarious and cute haha. I should buy Legos myself and photograph them and make some cash, but oh well.

After lingering around, I decided to see what food trucks they had. The lines were so long, so I just opted for the shortest line haha. I got a smoked salmon eggs benedict from this one food truck that is mainly known for eggs benedict. I think the food truck was called Arnold Benedict’s? While I was waiting for my food, I noticed this lady standing next to me had a Bloody Mary since they do serve beer, wine, and mixed cocktails at the flea market. I was hesitant on getting it because it didn’t look that great, but I asked her how it was and she convinced me that it was pretty legit haha. My food was finally ready and then I went over to the bar area to get myself a Bloody Mary. I found a spot in the shade and laid out my beach towel and had an impromptu picnic. It was a very relaxing “brunch”. I laid there for quite sometime and even took a quick nap haha. It was extremely relaxing sitting in the shade with the refreshing breeze. It was seriously such a super nice day out in SF.

I just wanted to lay there forever, but I told myself to continue to browse the rest of the flea market. The flea market was ending in an hour or less after I walked around. So I decided to walk across the street and take photos of the SF skyline view. It was beautiful, but it looks even better at night. There’s always lots of people standing/sitting on the rocks taking photos. I found a seat on the bench after people were slowly clearing out. I just sat there enjoying the view and for once didn’t feel like my mind was overwhelmed with millions of thoughts. I was at ease with myself. I sat there for quite some time continuously admiring the view and yet again I told myself I needed to start driving home since I was getting a bit too relaxed and sleepy haha. Overall, it was a great day and everyone needs to check it out if you’re in the Bay Area! 🙂

 

http://www.treasureislandflea.com/

A few weeks ago I went to San Francisco during the weekend. I was doing some exploring and it was time to get something to eat. I wanted to get some brunch that was close by. Plus, having brunch on a Sunday is a ritual for me. I checked on Yelp and Red Door Cafe had some good reviews. I looked at the photos of the food and the establishment and it was very eccentric lol. I drove over and luckily parking wasn’t too bad. I arrived 30 minutes before it closed. The hours here are limiting. I believe they’re open from 10AM-2PM. It’s a very small place that doesn’t allow a party of no more than 2 or 3. Sounds like a good spot because I think the day I went was on Mother’s Day so I’m sure every restaurant in the city was packed. I tried to open the door to the restaurant which was locked, but the owner opened the door for me and seated me. Got to sit wherever since it was just myself and this other couple. The owner was really friendly, sweet and funny. After I picked my seat, he grabbed this plastic penis decor with rings around it and placed it on my table saying, “here’s a lovely small Asian cock for you” lol. Once I got seated, my eyes continued to wander all over the place. Definitely not your typical brunch spot, but I really liked it. There was so much to look at and to me not in a bad way. It was a very unique place. I looked through the menu which was quite small, but the selections they had to offer wasn’t bad. I ordered “the Wet Pussy”, which consisted of grilled French butter croissant with layered Alaskan smoked salmon, tomatoes, onions, capers, topped with 2 fried eggs and “the works”. It was really good, even though it was a bit uncomfortable on my end ordering my dish out loud lol. The girl next to me ordered the same thing and asked me if I liked it as much as she did haha. Overall, great food and service. I’d definitely come back again if I want to be in a smaller, quieter restaurant for brunch. If you’re a total prude this place probably wouldn’t suit you lol. I think it was fun.

Check it out: http://www.yelp.com/biz/red-door-cafe-san-francisco-3

 

 

Seafood soondubu with yummy sides

Seafood soondubu with yummy sides

These past couple of days I’ve been in the mood to go to the movies by myself. I put on my big girl panties and did that on my birthday this year, which I enjoyed and found it relaxing to go alone. Right now it doesn’t seem like there’s anything too appealing for me to rush to the theater to see by myself. Yesterday I spent a good several hours at this milk tea spot that I like reading away. I lost track of time and it was 8PM. My options were to either A) go home and cook dinner, B) order take out, or C) have a protein shake for dinner. I was really exhausted from my work out earlier that day and just overall tired from the hectic work week. I was craving for soondubu (Korean tofu soup), which I haven’t had since I was back in Boston. I’ve been deprived of Korean food since I’ve moved here actually haha. I just wanted some soup and to call it a day. Turns out there’s a relatively new Korean spot around the corner from the milk tea spot I was at. I looked on Yelp to see if it was worth going and based on the reviews it didn’t seem too bad.

After I stepped in I felt kinda shy and nervous because I’ve never dined alone. I’ve always preferred having company to enjoy a meal or drinks with. I never saw anything wrong with dining by yourself, it’s stupid that some people frown upon it. Perhaps I’ve been spoiled by the company of great friends back at home whenever we dined out, which was quite often haha. Anyways, I got seated right away in the corner by myself lol. Talk about total loner seat! Their menu didn’t seem too bad, but I just stuck with what I mainly went there for. I was just sitting there texting away to friends while I waited for my meal. The wait for my food didn’t take too long. The service was prompt and the staff was really nice. I really enjoyed the side dishes especially the noodles. Pretty yummy! I ordered the seafood soondubu, which had shrimp and clams in it. This place really hooked you up with lots of clams in this dish haha. They were nice and cracked the egg for me. Overall I really liked it at this place and after awhile I got over the fact that I was sitting by myself. It wasn’t that bad and I kinda enjoyed it. Maybe Sundays will be my newfound days where I dine out alone.

If you’re in San Jose, check out Enjoy Seoul for soondubu! I’m sure there are other places that might be better than this place, but it’s not too shabby!

I haven’t been able to write much recently because I’ve been really sick. First my lower back pain and then I got the flu. I felt like complete shit. Sucked even more that I had no one to help me out. I haven’t been this sick since I was living back in Boston. I got really sick after my friends from Boston left during their visit here in SJ. My back pain eventually went away, but this cold hit me hard. I felt really nauseous and light headed. Everyday I woke up to something new. One day was the chills, next was a sore throat, coughing, lost my voice, etc. etc. I didn’t even really speak to anyone because I felt so tired and weak. Whenever I did have to go out to pick up medicine or groceries, I felt really hot and sweaty just to be surrounded by a lot of people. Sounds weird, I know. I just wanted to get all the rest I can and to get better again. I felt like no matter how much medicine I took I felt worse. How is that possible!?!? I don’t know haha.

I was looking on Yelp to look for any places that makes decent congee or wonton soup but it seemed like a total mission and I guess I’m kinda picky about how it tastes. I decided to just make congee and wonton soup myself. It all came out really good, but I am so sick of having any type of soup. My appetite is now back to normal. Well kinda haha. I had last minute plans with a friend back at home that was visiting and I had to suck it up and just get myself out of bed to hang out with her. I also forgot about the Skrillex concert that I got a ticket for a month ago. So I had to coordinate plans with the group I was going with since we haven’t hung out after the first time I met them.

Anyways, I really need to take a lot better care of my health besides preventing any colds. I’m really stressed out about that the most right now. My body has gotten so weak internally and physically. I notice that I’m not as strong as I used to be and I’m not happy about that at all. I’m not even that old (yet haha) and my body shouldn’t be this beaten up for a 26 year old. After getting this sick, I felt really unhappy with the condition of my overall health. I just felt really angry with myself and all I had to do was to take better care of myself. I just hope things don’t get any worse.

On Wednesday night, my friends from into SJ from Boston to visit me for my birthday. I was so exhausted waiting up for them since their flight got delayed. Once I saw them walk out I got out of my car and ran to them and started crying. I know I’m such a softie lol. I was so happy and relieved to see my friends. After I picked them up we went to Buffalo Wild Wings for some drinks since the options to grab a drink on a Wednesday night were kinda limited. Of course we’d have a few shots and drinks, but it was nice hanging out like that even for a little bit before we got some rest. I felt like my old self again and I was just really happy.

We headed to SF on Thursday afternoon and made it in time for brunch at Mama’s on Washington Square. Parking was kind of a pain but luckily it didn’t take too long and waiting in line to get seated wasn’t too bad either. I heard that there’s usually a crazy line. It was a cute and cozy place. The food there was good, but I’ve had better brunch lol. I’d give it 3 out of 5 stars. I got my usual smoked salmon eggs benedict, but they call it the Norwegian here. The Bloody Mary was alright. It had soju in it instead of vodka. Once again, I’ve had better brunch elsewhere haha.

After brunch we headed straight to the Golden Gate Bridge. This was my second time here and I was at more of the touristy side where they had a cafe and a souvenir shop. The last time I went I drove over the bridge and was in a parking lot. I preferred the side I was at this time. Got much better views and we got to walk a little bit over the bridge. I was scared shitless to walk over it because I’m really scared of heights. Got some great shots of the bridge. It was awesome that it wasn’t foggy like last time. We lingered around and took lots of photos.

Afterwards we headed to the Japanese Tea Garden. Luckily we made it in time because they were about to close in 15 minutes. Even better that I found parking on the street. I really loved this place! I definitely wanna come back here again and just chill with a book or something. It was really small but it’s was very relaxing. Maybe one day when I become a baller, I’ll build a garden like this in my back yard haha. It was a really cute place and we got to chill for a bit and enjoy some tea.

Our next destination was the California Academy of Sciences. I always heard great things about Thursday nights here because of their “NightLife” they have here weekly. We browsed at the map of what to check out, instead we just walked around and got to see a lot. It was pretty cool. I think we might’ve missed seeing a couple of things but that’s okay. It was still a good time.

The final destination was to get dinner at The View. It was located on the top floor of the Marriott Hotel. Pretty much suppose to be a great view of SF. I have to say Boston’s Top of the Hub and the Signature Lounge in Chicago had better views of the city. At least there was glass windows all around so you can see better. Nonetheless the seat we got, we were able to see the Golden Gate Bridge so that was cool. The food was actually pretty good. Got myself the braised short ribs and the drinks there were good too. I guess I can’t complain too much about the place haha. After we finished our dinner and as I was staring out the window, I noticed the waitress’ reflection. I saw her holding a dessert platter with a candle lol. I was thinking I hope that’s not for me and possibly for the table next to us. Nope! Haha. My friends were so sweet and arranged for this. I started crying because I was so surprised and overwhelmed by their kindness. I rarely ever get surprises especially like that so it was extremely sweet and thoughtful of them. The dessert sucked here but hey it was the thought that counts lol. My friends picked up what to get on the dessert platter. The only one I liked was the espresso creme brûlée. Creme brûlée is one of my favorite desserts and I’m glad they remembered since I don’t have much of a sweet tooth haha.

At this point we were so exhausted and it was only 9 or 10 PM haha. Talk about grandma status. We accomplished a lot with the sightseeing. Definitely a productive day. It was nice to have checked out these places with someone that’s actually never been to these places. I just couldn’t get over how nice it was that day. Perfect weather with great company.

Hands down one of the best days I’ve had since I’ve been here in Cali. 🙂