Happy Birthday, to my Favorite Person in the World!

I met this marvelous man about 13 years ago and he’s made my life exponentially more amazing! Happy Birthday to the kindest, smartest and most thoughtful person I know, who’s a constant reminder of how great life is. I love you, K!

Happy (Baby) Halloween

Last Friday, Allan and Shige brought their adorable babies, Sophia and Akari, to work for Googleween, an event where Googlers can bring their kids to play.  Sophia loved our office and felt very at home. This little badass kid was changing into her bumble bee outfit on top of her …

Hanging Out with Baby Akari

My friends Shige and Masako have the cutest baby girl, Akari. Akari just turned 6 months old. This little one has the cutest expressions with these big cheeks that make you fall for her instantaneously. This past weekend, I got to spend a few hours with Akari and of course …

A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Tahoe

My friends Sabrina and Andrew invited me to spend the weekend of the 4th with them in Tahoe.  The weather is beautiful and the summer heat makes me so happy.  It’s been a few days of warm weather, food and drink.  We also had a few leisurely activities like seeing …

Happy 4th!

I spent July 4th weekend with friends up in Tahoe.  I love Tahoe: winter and summer.  And it feels like two very different places.  For the 4th, Tahoe city puts on fireworks for the occasion. We ended up making our way to the lake and finding a spot right on …

From Tam to Stinson

On a warm day like yesterday, the thing to do is go for a hike!  There’s no shortage of breathtaking hikes in northern California.  We decided to go to Mount Tam and hike down to Stinson Beach.  This way we also get a bit of beach time! This hike is …

An Afternoon with Butterflies

Yesterday, I went to see the butterfly exhibit at the Conservatory of Flowers.  I had tried to go last weekend but the Golden Gate Park was flooded by the masses from ‘Bay to Breakers‘.  The park seemed so much quieter yesterday and much more suited for a visit to see …

Baby Sophia Turns 1!

The last time I hung out with Sophia was when she was about 6 months old! It’s amazing how quickly babies grow in 6 months.  The good part is she’s still as pleasant as before: all smiles and no fuss. No complaints when I’ve surrounded her with crazy balloons 3 …

…And Then There Was ‘Bay to Breakers’

So, I spent all of last week getting inspired at ‘Singularity University’ at the NASA center in the South Bay.  It was spectacular and eye-opening, and reminded me how amazing it is to be in Silicone Valley and the Bay Area.  Everybody who attended either wanted to move to the …

A + Y, a Match Made in Heaven

Had the great pleasure of celebrating Amer + Yara’s engagement yesterday! I haven’t had such an awesome time at a nuptial-related party in AGES!  It helps that those two have a chemistry that is contagious and casts a halo of fun and delight on any setting they happen to be …

Bay Area from Above

Every time I travel on a plane, I’m bummed to not have my camera with me.  I always end up missing out on the most spectacular shots.  This time around, I actually had my camera with me.  If you’ve lived in the bay area, or have visited, more often than …

The Gentle Wind Giants

Since my first visit to Palm Spring in California, the wind farm on the side of highway 10 completely mesmerized me.  I had promised to get back there to take photos and this past weekend I did. The farm, called San Gorgonia Pass Wind farm, spans a few miles with 3200+ wind turbines. …

A Juice Cleanse

Last year was a pretty busy one with travel almost every week or every other week. Saying the least, I’m still feeling the effects of last year’s lifestyle.  Two weeks ago, I finally hit rock bottom, or I think I have and so I decided to work on reversing last …

The Getty

A little while back, had a chance to drop by the Getty while on a quick visit to LA. The first time I visited the Getty Villa, I fell in love with the place and the collection. On this trip, I had wanted to go again and take Khaled but …

The Most Vain of Fowl

For a while now, I’ve been trying to figure out a way for me to get some time with the peacocks at the Los Angeles Arboretum.  I’ve managed to do exactly that!   I spent a few hours there only mere feet away from those absolutely stunning and vain birds. …

Walking Tour: 2.5 Blocks in Hayes Valley

I love Hayes Valley.  It’s my favorite neighborhood second to the Mission of course.  In the last two years, the neighborhood has exploded with restaurants, cafes, boutiques, parks and parklets, and so much more.  And since the original Blue Bottle Coffee is located in an alleyway in the heart of Hayes, …

An Intimate Love Affair… with Tulips

Last weekend, I received tulips that have been gracing my living room for a few days now.  12 tulips and 250 intimate photos later has made me fully aware of my love affair with tulips (it turns out I’m not original there and I think it’s somewhat genetic as tulips …

You ‘Make’ My Day, Too.

I was traveling all last week and I came back to the cutest Valentine’s gift from the ‘Make Retail‘ team, a team that creates beautiful industrial designs and retail spaces.  I’ve worked with Make for about 3 years now and have so much love for the team and their work. …

A Hike at Cataract Falls

We took advantage of the rare occasion that we’re in town and that it’s 70-degree weather and went for a hike to Cataract Falls in Marin.  We started out the day with a quick stop by Vista Point to see the Golden Gate Bridge sans fog.   aaaah SF is …

An R+R Weekend in Sonoma (and some Napa)

My girl Sabrina and I planned this wonderful and much needed weekend in Sonoma.  Last week, we desperately counted down the days until the minute we could go away for a weekend of food, wine, sun, and relaxation.  And that, precisely, is what we got! We left on Saturday AM …