…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 Few Hours in Frankfurt

On my way back from the Middle East, I had a layover in Frankfurt. It’s not a place I would have considered as a vacation destination, but I enjoyed having a few hours there as we waited for our connection back to SF.  If you haven’t been there, it’s the …

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, …

Remembering Japan: a Tokyo Walkabout

Tokyo is a very unique place with a very rich history intermingled with the modernity of the city.  It’s a very urban place but, as inspired by the culture, you’ll find these beautiful quiet spaces where you can find peace.  Some are temples, some are gardens. Wooden Temple Gate at …

Walking Tour: 2.5 blocks in the Mission

Sometimes on Fridays, I work from home.  This past Friday, I had an intense day that started at 6.30am and before I knew it, it was 3.30pm.  I decided to take a short break from work and take a walk around the block (and of course get myself a coffee). …

One Photo: Dutch Windmill

If you’ve been to where the Golden Gate Park meets Ocean Beach, you’ll be surprised by a couple of windmills.  They took me by surprise one rainy day.  Luckily the skies opened up for a few short seconds to reveal a bit of light right over the windmill.  I usually …

LA (Not So) Grunge

LA is such a great city and it’s definitely a city — with lots of urban grunge — which I love. But also amidst all that, you’ll find lots of wonderful charm sprinkled in.  I try to capture those sightings when I can.  These photos were taken during our visit …