Traces of Summer: Cali

The wind in my hair speaks of summer in the air.

Polite provisionsIf I were to sum up in a few words what I thought San Diego was like, I’d say the best that would describe my thoughts of it would be: a good balance of bitter and sweet like a good cup of coffee.  Almost everywhere you go you’ll see a laid-back atmosphere, even among working crowds.  There are a few tall buildings in downtown, but majority of the area is flat and spread out.

The city’s aura could be largely due to it’s proximity to the ocean, which allows it’s residents to relax on the beach and enjoy some waves anytime they want.  I uploaded a few photos of the said beach just a few days ago here.

The areas I liked the most was downtown, Little Italy and North Park, where you could easily find a number of good restaurants.  The photos above are from Polite Provisions and Soda & Swine, which are connected to each other at the hip.

The US Grant Luxury HotelAbove: The Grant Luxury Hotel in downtownSan Diego GaslampBelow: The Balboa park botanical gardensBotanic Garden San DiegoBelow: colorful tiles at the Spanish village, Balboa ParkFood in LAAbove: Bottega Louie in downtown LA

Artsy in LA

Just the other day a friend of ours was explaining how when we grow older, tendencies are we’ll resemble our parents more and more.  When I was a kid, I couldn’t be bothered moving from my bed whenever I was engrossed in reading comics or a good book, even if we were on vacation somewhere.  Now, the moment I land up somewhere, one of the first things I do is search on Yelp or Tripadvisor for the best things to see in that city.  And most likely than not a few in the top ten is usually a museum or two.  So now twenty years later, I’ll have to admit that I am resembling my parents more and more in their travel patterns.

LA’s art scene was fun, I should say.  I’m a big fan of contemporary art so seeing strange things that make me wonder usually tickles my fancy.  Some of the things that stick around in my mind longer from those visits are not usually the highlights of exhibits, but rather the ones that don’t get so much attention.  Like entering an elevator that was bigger than a 20 sqm room more than 12 feet high (although it wasn’t an art piece). I thought that was cool.  Or an interactive video art piece where a damsel in petticoat follows your movement and shoots you with a rifle when you least expect it.  Okay I didn’t take pictures of those that I just mentioned, but below are some snaps to give you a little idea about those museums I visited in L.A.

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San Diego Coastline

Sharing some simple images from the coast of San Diego, facing towards the Pacific Ocean, where the waves can sometimes be really strong.  We came in the month of June when they’re known for having June gloom, but I found the gloom inviting, more interesting than having sunny days all throughout.

One thing I noticed for sure, the weather and water temperature were still cold despite being June.  Sunset Beach San Diego Cali rock formation Beach side

Blogger Spotlight on Sidechef

My dear friends at Sidechef recently asked me if I wanted to do a weekend takeover of their instagram account and of course I said yes!  In case you’ve still not heard of it, Sidechef is an awesome foodie app which teaches you how to cook step-by-step, with instructional videos and even an online shop so you can make a delicious meal with ease.  You can download it on the app store or in google play for androids.

Aside from taking over their instagram over the weekend, they did a short interview with me which they featured on their blog, which you can read here.  We talked a bit about my childhood, how I got into food photography, and… what superpower I’d want if I were a superheroine (or maybe even villain, muhahaha).
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My dream kitchen courtesy of Pinterest

On the Road: East / West, USA

Just sharing a short video I made from countless clips taken while we were on the road traveling along the West and East coast, plus Hawaii.  From Cali to New York, back to Cali then to Hawaii, then back to Cali. Clips may not have been placed in the best order, but enjoy!  We certainly enjoyed the new experiences we encountered along the way, from skydiving to visiting the top of the Empire State building, to trying poke for the first time.  Click below to watch the video.