Photo Roll : San Francisco

Every time I go to San Francisco I have a completely new experience. I have many fond memories in there area. It’s where I got my very first tattoo (5 years ago!!) – if you’re thinking about getting one, try Braindrops (they do wonderful work). It’s insane.

This past visit, I hung out with my folks and met up with a few friends that I haven’t seen in ages. It is definitely one of best places to visit if you get the chance. Here’s a few of my favorite pieces of the city. Oh! Also, on this trip, I got to see my good friend Susie in her hometown of Livermore. Fun fact – there are 50+ wineries located there.

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Very first wine tasting at the Steven Kent Winery.

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Sneak Peek: San Francisco

Hey there!

I’m out here in the lovely (and chilly!) San Francisco for a couple of days. Hanging out with family and catching up with friends is just what the (relaxation) doctor ordered. I just wanted to give you a sneak peak and let you know there will be an upcoming post or two that’s photo heavy. I cannot wait to share this adventure with you.

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New York, I love you.

Now I know that’s a movie title, but it’s honestly the truth. I won’t deny how much I enjoy the holiday season in New York City. It’s a place of miracles.

Currently, I am hanging out on the Upper East Side with my good friend Luke (who has thankfully allowed me to crash on his floor – okay, air mattress). We spent this cold and rainy day walking through Central Park. If you get the chance, there is a restaurant inside the park called The Loeb Boathouse, it’s located near the lake, and they have the most delicious hot apple cider. Just sipping that while strolling through the park made my day. As the rain continued to pour down on us, it was decided that we’d best find shelter. What better place to take refuge than the Met? The Met slightly reminded me of The British Museum, just because there was so much to take in. That place is filled with so much that there is no possibly way that a person can see it all in just a day. And no, I don’t challenge anyone to that. All I have to say is that it was a lovely way to spend an afternoon.

I remember when I was younger, I  was in New York with my parents, it has to be one of my most favorite childhood memories.. I think this is why New York brings such nostalgic memories to me, but I remember specifically, I was with my mother and we walked down 5th avenue just to look at the window displays. Everything looked so spectacular. We did all the tourist-y stuff back then. We still do. Sort of. And then I’ll never forget going to Rockefeller Hall and seeing the Christmas tree all lit up and having a light snow that started to fall.. It was truly magical. New York – you’ll always have a place in my heart.

New York – Part 2

Finally finished sifting through all my photos and was able to condense it down (I have yet to go through the weekend trip to Boston). I have never walked so much in such a little time. Strolling up and down the streets window shopping and comparing cheesecakes (my pick is Vinero’s in Manhattan). The last time I was on the East coast for a visit was roughly 6 years ago. My how the city has changed. What was once an area that was not safe to walk through at night has transformed into a local hotspot filled with shops, cafes, bars, and other nightlife. New York, it’s never boring.

I will admit, I was lucky that returned from New York early last Sunday before Hurricane Sandy shut the city down. I hope everyone else out there who had to face the storm recover. Although I escaped the storm, my family and friends that lives there had to go a few days without power or deal with flooding, but overall they are safe, which is all that really matters.

Checking in

Just a quick update. I have been hanging around New York and Boston for the past couple of days to visit my Gramps and other family members. This little blurb is actually the first time I have had access to using the internet on my computer. Trust me, there will be a NY photo diary coming up, but, while I’m away, you can always keep up with me on my instagram @mel_kwok