Damn, son. It’s about to be 2015.

Guys, I’ve pretty much fell off in the internet world, actually not really, just the blogging world. And I always do this, I always say that I got too busy to post anything — and it’s true, I did get too busy to do anything. 2014 was a whirlwind. Mostly a whirlwind because of work and the changes that was happening within my family. To be completely honest, I felt like work took over my life this past year. Because I was working so hard, I felt the need to DO things to reward myself for all the work I was doing.

My goal for 2015 is to have a more balanced life. It’s not healthy to be just all about work. I’m looking forward to having a more balanced and healthy relationship with my family, friends, jose, and most importantly myself.

Thanks 2014, for an amazing year! (recap below)

Graduations

  • Jose graduated SFSU
  • Krysta graduated highschool

Weddings attended/part of

  • Toni + Chasu Vang Wedding (May)
  • Gretchen + Ryan Rillona Wedding (July)
  • Darlene + Fran Omila Wedding (September)

Concerts/Events that made my life worth it:

  • BottleRock 2014 (Weezer + Outkast) – Napa
  • Brooklyn Circus – The Fillmore, SF
  • Outside Lands – Golden Gate Park, SF
  • Haight Street Music + Merchant Festival (Talib Kweli + J.Boog) – Haight Street, SF
  • Drake vs Lil’ Wayne – Shoreline Ampitheatre, Mountain View
  • Lorde – Greek Theatre, Berkeley
  • King of the Fall Tour (Jhene Aiko + Schoolboy Q + The Weeknd) – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, SF
  • Childish Gambino + Erykah Badu – Greek Theatre, Berkeley
  • On The Run Tour (Jay-Z + Beyonce) – AT&T Park, SF
  • Black Keys – Oracle Arena, Oakland
  • SF Giants vs. KC Royals, World Series Game 5
  • SF Giants World Series Champions Parade

Noteworthy restaurants that I finally got to try in 2014:

  • Chapeau — The best french cuisine, everything, everything was good. I wish I was ballsy enough to try the escargot. Also, I’ve never seen Jose smile as he was eating… so yeah, it was excellent.
  • The Rotunda — Went for High Tea with my sisters and mom. The popover with the strawberry butter is as good as they say.
  • Hops and Hominy — The drinks are strong, but maybe that’s why I thought this place is good, cause I was drunk. Aha!
  • Plow — Finally got to try this for brunch. The wait is long, but it is worth it.
  • Crystal Jade — Work-related lunch but in my opinion the dim-sum (food in carts) were way better than what was on the menu.
  • Roka Akor — Work-related lunch, but i’m glad that I wasn’t the one paying for the tab. This place is everything — have you ever had sashimi with gold flakes? Well yeah, that probably is the reason why it tasted so good. The Uni, also, is everything.
  • Michael Mina — Work-related lunch, Fancy place, small plates. But you must try the Duck Confit.
  • The Slanted Door — Work-related lunch, Awesome asian fusion. Basically it’s asian food but more modern. I loved the crab noodles and the uni here — but maybe, I just love Uni.
  • Hog Island — If you’re an oyster fan, then you MUST try this place. Best oysters I’ve had so far.
  • State Bird Provisions -- Best Birthday meal of my life. Honestly, for a restaurant with a Michelin star, it’s not as expensive. It’s dim-sum style but man, the food is sooooooooooooo delicious. Must try: the quail. BUT honestly, try as much food as your belly can fit. EVERYTHING IS AMAZING, even the beef tongue that I ate.

Books I read this year

  • Wild – Cheryl Strayed
  • The Giver – Lois Lowry
  • Winter’s Tale – Mark Helprin
  • Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
  • The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  • Who Moved My Cheese – Spencer Johnson, MD
  • Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami (in progress)
  • Serial Podcast – I know, it’s not even a book. But shit, it took over my life too. lol

FOR THE RECORD | Fair or Unfair? Anderson Cooper’s critique of the Philippine response to Yolanda

This isn’t to criticize the Filipino people. It’s pure facts. The Philippine government is so freaking corrupt. I don’t know how they can sleep at night knowing that there are thousands of people missing. The reality of it all. Thanks Anderson Cooper for showing how it really is, people need to realize this. I think this is completely Fair. If you’re butt-hurt, then you need to wake the fuck up.

New Beginnings!

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Cheers to new beginnings! Since my last post I’ve gotten a new job. And boy, has it been busy! I consider myself very lucky to have gotten this position. It was so scary leaving my job, and negotiating a salary or what have you. But I don’t regret it one bit. I’m now part of the advertising industry. AND IIII LOOOOVEE IT. There’s so many cool things that we do. Asides from drinking, of course. My first week, there were about  4 “celebrations” that happened. Coincidence, most likely.

Anyway yall,

I’m heading on a plane and going to Hawaii! I’ve never been, so i’m very excited. Hoping to get some cool pictures from my trip. Until next time!

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Legendary

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The Setlist:

Introduction

  • Holy Grail
  • Give It To Me
  • Rock Your Body
  • MJ into IZZO
  • Excuse Me Miss
  • Senorita
  • On To The Next One
  • Like I Love You
  • My Love
  • Big Pimpin
  • Tunnel Vision

JAY-Z

  • Jigga What, Jigga Who
  • U Don’t Know
  • 99 Problems/ Walk This Way
  • Blow The Whistle (tribute to Bay Area)
  • PSA
  • Hard Knock Life
  • Heart of The City (I wish he did Song Cry instead)

Justin Timberlake

  • Pusher Love
  • Summer Love
  • Love Stoned
  • Until the End of Time
  • Cry Me a River
  • Take Back The Night
  • What Goes Around

Together:

  • Dirt Off Your Shoulder
  • N*ggas in Paris
  • Tom Ford
  • NY NY/ Empire State of Mind
  • Mirrors
  • Run This Town
  • Encore
  • Sexy Back
  • Suit & Tie
  • Forever Young

Legends of The Summer Tour: Candlestick Park

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Yes, I am so excited for this concert tonight. I made a playlist that I can listen to at work so I can prep for the concert. I did my research on Google and Wikipedia and the setlist includes two of my favorite songs from each artist: Song Cry and Senorita. Of course, this is all based on the last few concerts and its not guaranteed that they will be performing such songs, but I really hope they do.

Also, I hope JT gives away another pair of his Red Jordan 1’s — if you follow on his instagram, he signs each shoe with the date and the city where he performs and he takes a picture that gives you a clue as to where the shoe is and whoever finds it, keeps it. Read here. I wouldn’t be so lucky, but that would be so dope if i found the pair!

It is going to be a busy night in SF Bay Area because of the Giants/Cubs game at 7:15, the Oakland A’s game at 7:05pm, and the John Mayer Concert at 7:30pm at Shoreline — meaning the traffic will be insane along US-101, I-80, and possible 280. Ticketmaster even suggested taking public transportation—-WAIT, do they not know that Candlestick Park is only thee closest to the hood? Yeah, we will drive. You won’t catch me walking around Bayview/Hunter’s Point especially after the concert. But you can read more info about other means of transportation here.

To those who are going, see you there!

San Francisco Giants

I had the pleasure of going to the Giants game last Monday, courtesy of my work. My boss gave me two tickets to the game on Saturday, because of being such a trooper and helping out with any random tasks to get stuff done! See what happens when you work hard? You get recognized!

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Unfortunately, it was a very disappointing game. Timmy was starting, and I had high hopes since he did just pitched a no-hitter (here). However, it just did not pan out. (here) I left after the 6th inning (also because i was sick) but i had hoped that it would be worth it to see Timmy pitch.  Right now this is where we stand in the NL West, *sigh, second to last.  I do hate that we are starting to have this tradition of being World Series Champs, and then completely sucking the following year. Let’s get it together G-men!

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Still, I had the best time. I did see Lou-Seal–whooooo hooo–and I was pretty excited with the fact that a foul ball could come near us.. Not to mention the fact that I was very warm and cozy because this time around, the boyfriend and I packed the necessities. I think we’re getting rather good at packing stuff for the ball game. Here are some suggestions:

  1. Gloves
  2. Double jackets
  3. Knitted beanies
  4. Water bottles
  5. Snacks: Uncrustables, Sunflower seeds, peanuts, Popeyes chicken wrap haha
  6. FLEECE BLANKET!
  7. Baseball Mitts — (if you are sitting in foulball territory)

Tech: Google Pays $600K To Give Free Wi-Fi To 31 San Francisco Parks

mmadewell:

What do you guys think about this?

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

31 San Francisco playgrounds, plazas, recreation centers, and parks are getting two years of free Wi-Fi thanks to a $600,000 gift from Google with no strings attached, Mayor Ed Lee announced today. Pending approvals, installations could start in November and be done by April 2014. The gift is designed to empower citizens and community groups, and serve as a pilot for city-wide free Wi-Fi.

Six years ago, San Francisco, EarthLink, and Google tried to set up a Wi-Fi network for the whole city, but Mayor Gavin Newsom, the Board of Supervisors, and the companies couldn’t agree on a contract. The program was derailed partly because of public and officials’ fears that these tech companies would profit. The initiative announced today, spearheaded by Supervisor Mark Farrell in conjunction with SF’s Department Of Technology and Ron Conway’s sf.citi, includes no plan for Google to make money.

San Francisco Free WiFi In the ParksGoogle’s $600,000 gift will pay for…

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