An SF list

June 15, 2009

Still no time so here is another list. This time of the things I did in my weekend off in San Francisco.

  1. Shared pepperoni pizza.  Going ghetto in a tailored suit.
  2. A crustless (urg.  the best bit!!)  cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory at Union Square.  Awesome view.  Cold though.
  3. Farmer’s market at the Ferry Building.  Losing J to the almond brittle stall.  Having breakfast over 2h.  Chocolate and bits of cheese and fruit.
  4. Crab cake.  Twice in 1 day.  I think I’m changing my mind about crab cake.
  5. A long long long walk along the Embarcadero and through the super touristy Fisherman’s Wharf.  Getting distracted by a stuffed toy/blanket giraffe.
  6. Not getting on the cruise out to Alcatraz.  Next time, book it in ADVANCE!  (esp for the night time cruise).
  7. Pier 39 sea lions.  Some of them were really aggressive!  The rest were just sunning themselves lazily.
  8. Strawberries on a park bench!  Yum yum.
  9. Resisting ice cream at Ghiradelli square.  1 Cheryl 0 Chocolate shop.  Learning about the chocolate making process.  Apparently the beans are ground at such a high speed that the friction causes them to melt.
  10. Breakfast food for dinner at the The Buena Vista – the birthplace of Irish Coffee.  A serendipitous find.  Sun setting over the Golden Gate Bridge.
  11. The spy shop!  I wasn’t really there.  ;p
  12. Punchline Comedy Club.  Exfoliating and being stoned at a 4 way stop.
  13. Breakfast at Tartine.  Being very confused at the pastries on display.  Morning buns were yum.  (Found a recipe thanks to Google!)
  14. Handmade jewelry.  The pendant looked like it was made of jacks.  Pretty.
  15. Being too full to have more food even though the crepe shop down the street looked so good!
  16. Fun murals at the Mission.
  17. Shopping!!!  Probably overdid it at H&M.  And can someone explain to me why I bought *another* trench coat when I live in the tropics?!
  18. The discovery of the “100 things to eat in SF before you die” list.  The point of no return.
  19. Dinner with S & roommates at Burma Superstar.  A bunch of southeast asian kids getting warned about the chili.  HA!  Tea leaf salad.
  20. Mexican hot chocolate.  Warm and comforting.

I just realized that most of my traveling involved eating.  I’m such a Singaporean!

(Also back in the office today.  It is difficult to convince people that you really were working very hard when you come back with a tan and the mark of your sunglasses imprinted on your face!  I really am very very tired!  Urg.)

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The refrain from that old Paul Young song is playing in my head.  Wherever I lay my head, that’s my home.  Well, my new home has an AMAZING king-sized bed.

(Also playing in my head – Do you know the way to San Jose?  I’m going to find some peace of mind in San Jose.  My mind’s pretty much at peace but I could do with more sleep, which looks promising.  *looks longingly at the bed*)

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Oh. And my office for the next couple of days.

31 “Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades,
Or loose the belt of Orion?
32 Can you bring out Mazzaroth in its season?
Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs?
33 Do you know the ordinances of the heavens?
Can you set their dominion over the earth?

Job 38:31-33

Can you see those 3 stars in a row? That’s Orion’s belt.

I pointed to the sky, at the only constellation I can identify with any degree of certainty. The boys seemed impressed. They ran into the house to get an encyclopedia on stars and we all went up to the roof for a better view. The boys thought that it was funny that Orion was upside down and there was a bright star at where his armpit should be.

GS shared with us how he was taught to navigate using the sun by day and the stars by night. When GPS fails, the sun and stars do not. I thought about how easy it is too forget this when you’re surrounded by buildings that you think were built by human ingenuity.

Frankly, the night sky in Singapore is clearer than it is in Kathmandu. There is far less pollution and even the view from my driveway is pretty amazing. But it has been a long time since I’ve stopped to look up. But seeing a child’s eyes light up because he was able to identify Orion’s belt made me remember the One who can “loose the belt of Orion”.

The best hot chocolate ever

February 28, 2009

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Chilling with J and her flatmates in a cold SF apartment.  I think we were watching TV.  I don’t even remember.  But one of them made me the best hot chocolate ever and all was well with the world.

I really need to move to a colder climate.

12 photos from Hanoi

February 26, 2009

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This collection of pictures was suppose to accompany this post.

I spent a good part of my afternoon planning for a trip to SF in May. If things go my way, I will be away all month. Hooray!

20 random Hanoi memories

February 20, 2009

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Vietnamese girls outside St Joseph's Cathedral after Sunday Mass

  1. Walking randomly into someone’s dining room for dinner. Surrounded by locals smoking and drinking Hanoi vodka.
  2. Being kinda disappointed that I didn’t get to wear my jacket more. I did wear my sweater to sleep because the room was so cold.
  3. Loving Viet coffee. Although I think I’m going to get diabetes from the amount of sugar they put into it.
  4. Being thankful for S’s far superior direction sense and road-crossing abilities. I blur. Friends back home actually texted me instructions on how to cross the road. So embarrassing.
  5. Sitting at lunch, listening to nuanced econs jokes. Smiling to myself. I do love economists.
  6. Sitting by the road, trying not get hit by the motorcycles zooming by, eating a very yummy Banh My. The guy selling it had very nice shoes.
  7. Eating spring rolls 3 times a day. No more spring rolls for me for a long while.
  8. Wandering into Art Galleries to escape the heat. Wondering about art as art and art as a business.
  9. Seeing a pair of dragons made of flowers. From across the street, they looked like part of a religious festival. On closer inspection, they turned out to be leftover Tet decorations. And there was a whole bunch of young people breakdancing. Bizarre!
  10. Hoan Kiem Lake. The hotspot for lovers everywhere.
  11. Watching cooking shows and Disney movies in the hotel room. I never watch TV so this is quite a novelty.
  12. Making the near miraculous transformation from sweaty, smelly and dusty to cocktail dress, make-up, jewelry and matching bag and shoes. A very amused look from the receptionist at our hotel.
  13. A little girl coming up to S and gesturing that she thought he was very tall. Then running away. I just thought that was funny.
  14. People staring into the cab on the way back from Lan’s wedding. I guess we *were* ridiculously overdressed but still, I felt like I was a goldfish in a very small bowl.
  15. Valentines day in Vietnam. Balloons. Lollipops. Romantic strolls by the lake. Heart shaped pillows. Flowers. Chocolate. (Way too much Hallmark-card sentiment for me.)
  16. Walking through a never-ending alley to Thang’s house in a really ridiculous pair silver shoes. Very unwise.
  17. Vodka shots at the wedding. Oh dear.
  18. “Cheryl-is-a-lousy-Christian” quote for the day: What’s happening outside the Cathedral?! S’s deadpan reply: Mass. HAHAHA! There were oddly more ao dais at mass than there were at Lan’s wedding.
  19. Getting the very last bowl of porridge for the day. 1 part porridge, 1 part you tiao. The porridge had been boiled so long that it looked oddly like that paste you use for paper mache. Oh dear. It was still pretty yummy.
  20. Standing by the security guys at customs, chatting and drinking Bia Ha Noi (local beer). They wouldn’t let us bring it onboard so we finished it on the spot. I think we ticked off the customs official but we couldn’t care.

Hats in Hanoi

February 17, 2009

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Lots to blog about but for now, no time!

In the meantime, here’s a little doodle from Hanoi. 🙂