Saturday, July 23, 2011

Enchanté!

Hello! It's been a hot minute since I've updated, but I promise you guys there's actually a real reason why I've been M.I.A... I've been busy researching and planning a trip! Where to?...

Exciting! I'll be making my way to France this September and the research has been overwhelming, but exciting at the same time. Especially since this is going to be my first time traveling out of the country!

I'll be spending a week in the South of France and then making my way to the City of Light, Paris, for another week. Until then, I guess it's time to dust off that French book from high school right? Oui oui!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bizarre Thursday Night

It's Thursday night. I'm bored. I'm awake and kicking. I don't want get home late due to work early the next day. Thank goodness for Nightlife at the Academy.

Why, you ask? Well, lets just say that the older I get, I'm starting to realize I'm not that 21 year old I was 5 years ago. Uh huh... yeah I admit it. I can't spend long hours out at night and bounce back in the morning with a smile on my face. It's getting hard keeping it cute in the day time while running on 4 hours of sleep!

Back to my point. Thank goodness for Nightlife at the Academy. Because I can go out and have fun and be in bed by midnight, all on a weekday at that.

The last time I've been to a Nightlife event was about a year ago. I've always liked the Academy of Science, and it's been a minute since I've been, and my friend Joey has never been, so we decided to make a visit. Also to check out the current exhibit going on - The Summer of Slither: Snakes and Lizards. Which has over 60 new reptiles that would cause me to raise hell if I ever encountered them in the wild. One reptile in particular: Lemon Drop, the 15 foot albino python. Cute name, not so cute animal (in my opinion, of course).

So I couldn't get a picture of Lemon Drop because I couldn't find him. You would think a 15 foot snake would be easy to spot in a small cage. Well, it wasn't. I did, however, find this animatronic model of an Anaconda, from J.Lo's Oscar worthy movie "Anaconda". [/sarcasm]

The cool thing about Nightlife at the Academy are the different themes/events they have every Thursday night. The night I went just happened to be a Bazaar Bizarre event, which is a San Francisco indie art fair that happens once a year. I didn't get to attend the last fair that happened (even though I really wanted to!), so I thought this would've given me a taste of what I missed out on.

My favorite table of them all: Pretty Fun Jewelry by Riquelle. She's a designer based out of Oakland, and her jewelry is pretty fun, as she claims. Not only that, but pretty cute too.

Joey got me this nifty ring from Riquelle, which I love! Thanks, Joey! And yes, the propeller does spin.

Artist Cody Vrosh. The funny thing about this artist is that I actually bought some prints from him a couple months ago when he had a stand at Japan Town's Cherry Blossom Festival, which I still have yet to frame. Love his work!

The Poetry Store by Silvi Alcivar. She's such a doll and her little set up is adorable.

My favorite section of the Academy is and will always be the aquarium area. It's the Pisces in me! By the way, did you know the Academy also does Academy Sleepover nights where you can spend the night? I had no idea, and I kind of want to take my baby niece to it, as an excuse for me to go myself. But she doesn't have to know that.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

To Asia And Back

So I finally got a chance to check out the Bali exhibit currently being held at the Asian Art Museum.

I've been meaning to check it out for awhile now, since I keep hearing everyone talking about it. But because of work and busy weekends, I never got around to it until now. Thank goodness for Thursday extended hours for museums.

I've never been to the Asian Art Museum, so I didn't realize how huge it was. 3 levels of 17,000 art works that span over 6,000 years of history. A lot to see, so not a place to wear your uncomfortable vintage wing tip shoes like I did :(... Achy feet!

Buddhas for days. But coming into the museum, I kind of expected to see 5748237230 Buddha statues, so it was no surprise. I guess you're supposed to start from the top floor and work your way down through the museum? Of course I didn't know this, so I ended up going through the exhibits backwards. No wonder why the ordering of things seemed a little off.

Some modern art, which is always fun too look at.

Anyway, back to the Bali exhibit. Loved it! One part I really liked were the video clips they had of the ceremonial dancing, funeral rituals, etc. Their whole culture and history is fascinating. Also their colorful masks and clothing was interesting as well.

Love the architecture of the inside of the museum. This is what the inside of my future house will look like. Really, it will. Check out Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance going on at the Asian Art Museum until September 11.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Baby, You're A Firework

Happy 4th of July! Today the weather was lovely (a.k.a. not rainy) and I got a chance to catch some vitamin D outside. Unfortunately, I didn't attend any barbeque's (which seems to be the staple of every Independence Day), however, I did get to do one of my all time favorite activities... people watch.

Dolores Park was packed with people, as it would be on any given sunny day. Which is always the best environment to get your people watching on. The Beat Feet Orchestra were by far my favorite people I... err... watched? Anyways, not only were they awesome and entertaining, but they're talented and their music is catchy!

No BBQ necessary when Kasa's Indian Eatery to go is in hand. Basmati rice, lamb curry, chicken tikka, aloo jerra, daal, and veggie salad.

Summer time activities: hula hooping and double dutch.

Dance party, anyone?

Of course it wouldn't be a 4th without fireworks, right? Most of the crowd left the park when night came, but there was a good amount of people still out enjoying the light show. I came back just in time to catch the last couple fireworks to be set off. So lets cue in Katy Perry's single right about... NOW! Hope everyone had a great 4th of July!