Transamerica Pyramid in the Sun

Today the skies are clear in San Francisco! I snapped this on my way back from lunch. I was going to apply a fun effect to it with my Instagram-wannabe Android app picplz, but the blue sky was so pretty and bright that I didn’t want to alter the picture.

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MUNI Gratitude

Last week I was riding the good ol’ MUNI here in San Francisco and noticed something interesting: a sticker on the bus from MUNI saying “Thank You” where the advertisements usually are. I snapped a picture of it and sent into one of my favorite blogs, Muni Diaries.

Well they published my picture in one of their blog posts and I thought I’d share it!

Here’s the picture taken from my phone:

And here’s the post!

Check out there blog for more about MUNI. Have you ever seen anything interest on public transit? Let me know below!

Favorite Blogs Roundup, Plus Honey Challenge

Never stop learning. Ever since I graduated from college, I have had the pleasure of spending my time learning about food, technology, natural living, blogging, grammar, and so much more. Its refreshing to fill my mind with useful and interesting information everyday.

In order to learn about all these wonderful things, I have been reading blogs like mad. (I just discovered how to use Google Reader about a month ago and I love it!) Below are a few blogs/websites that I love and get especially excited about when a new post is published:

  • Crunch Betty is my favorite discovery. I didn’t realize how “crunchy” I was and wanted to be until I found Leslie’s awesome website. This website/blog is devoted to “crunchy” or natural living; using natural products for home, body, and life in general. The information that fills the site is informative, interesting, and entertaining. This is where the honey challenge comes from, but more on that later.
  • 101 Cookbooks is written by Heidi Swanson, a food writer based in San Francisco. Her recipes are enticing, her photography is stunning.
  • Living in San Francisco, I encounter our main public transportation system–MUNI–almost daily. For helpful information, interesting stories, and funny anecdotes about MUNI, I rely on MUNI Diaries.
  • San Francisco is a theme in my life and my favorite aspect of San Francisco is our baseball team, the Giants. A inside perspective of two of our Giants’ players lives, Brandon Belt and Mark DeRosa, can be found on their blog, The Veteran and the Rook. I kind of, um, have a crush on Brandon Belt, so I really love reading his blog.
  • The Oatmeal is where I go for funny and interesting comics about grammar, animals, and general awesome information.
  • The ProBlogger Blog offers great blogging tips with lots of humor. I especially enjoyed their latest post on SEO titled: “Why Bieber SEO Copywriting Sex Doesn’t Ipad Work Minecraft”.

So there you have it, the list of a few of my favorite blogs. Now on to the honey challenge.

One of the great ideas to come out of Crunchy Betty is to use honey to wash your face. When I first read about this I thought, “What?! Honey as a face wash? Wouldn’t that be hard to get off my face?”. But, because I trust Crunchy Betty to not steer me wrong, I decided to give it a shot and I am so glad that I did. I’ve been washing my face with honey for about a week now and my skin is improving. Overall, its smoother, more moisturized, and I have fewer breakouts. This will very likely be my face wash from now on.

Crunchy Betty started a honey challenge two weeks ago; challenging her readers to wash their face with honey everyday for two weeks, no exceptions. I was a little late to the game with getting into the challenge, but I have still been able to reap the benefits of using honey as a face wash. Head on over to crunchybetty.com for the low down on washing your face with honey and give it a try for yourself.

Fisherman’s Wharf

Yesterday I have the pleasure of playing tourist with my friend Lauren. We decided to head to Fisherman’s Wharf to see what the tourists see.

We were blessed with amazing weather; sunny skies with a high of about 78°. Anyone who lives in San Francisco knows that this is a rarity. As we traveled on the Market and Wharves F street car, I had the chance to catch glimpses of the famous landmarks of San Francisco; Coit Tower, the Ferry Building, and Alcatraz. Looking out onto the Bay, you could see clear across to Berkeley, Sausalito, even Richmond. I began to appreciate my city more and more.

We rode the street car to Pier 39, the mecca of commercialized tourist attractions in Fisherman’s Wharf. Walking around Pier 39, the view of the Bay was spectacular. It felt like every cold, foggy and miserable day I’d experienced in San Francisco was melting away into a distant memory.

Lauren and I continued to wander through the Wharf, taking in the sights, sounds and the food! We made our way to the Musee Mecanique, an arcade of old-fashioned coin operated games. The arcade used to be at the Cliff House, at Land’s End in San Francisco, where I had visited it in my youth. It was very nostalgic to be there, knowing that my parents had played on those same games as a young couple when they lived in the City.

As the day went on, we visited more tourist spots; Ghiradelli Square, Hooters, and the souvenir shops. We took in the commercialized tourist attractions, right alongside the more historic landmarks.

Our last stop on our adventure was the famous Buena Vista Cafe, home of the Irish coffee. This bar had been on my list of places to go while living in the City, so I was happy to be able to visit it. We ordered Irish coffees (which were delicious) and admired the view of the Bay from the bar. At this point, it was early evening and we could see the fog slowly creeping in through the Golden Gate. It was a reminder that San Francisco’s true nature is to be foggy, even on the days we get warm and sunny weather.

To finish our adventure we took a cable car home. Out of all the passengers on the car, it is safe to say we were the only locals. The cable car couldn’t take us further than Washington St near Chinatown, so we walked the rest of the way down Powell. We began to enter our San Francisco reality, leaving our tourist day behind.

We eventually worked our way to a friend’s house near San Francisco State, the neighborhood where we spend so much of our time. We both remarked that this area of SF seemed worlds away from Fisherman’s Wharf; that it as if we had spent the day in a whole other city.

Our adventure to Fisherman’s Wharf to play tourist for the day renewed my love of San Francisco. As a local, the city can quickly become a frustrating, hectic place. The allure of the City can quickly become tarnished by terrible traffic, MUNI breakdowns, and cold, damp weather. Sometimes it is necessary for locals to move away from the unsavory parts of the City and see what the tourists see.

Thousands of tourists flood San Francisco every year; my trip to Fisherman’s Wharf helped me understand why.

Rain and fog

Its a rainy day in San Francisco and I have to say I am loving it. Although rain can be depressing, occasionally I enjoy the rain because it can be cleansing. San Francisco always seems cleaner when its raining, as if all the grime of the city gets washed away. The fog surrounding the city also makes it seem a bit more mysterious. I love seeing the hills of the city peeking out from the top of the fog and clouds.

The rain also forces me to stay inside, something I need to do if I am ever going to get all my studying done for my finals. There is something so nice about being cozy inside, watching the rain fall while drinking a cup of hot cocoa.

I used to love to play in the rain as a kid, especially when I lived in Arizona. It hardly rained in Phoenix, so when it did, it was somewhat of a treat. I’d love to walk around in my rain gear, exploring my desert landscaped neighborhood. Walking around in the rain and splashing in the in water, I felt very connected to nature. I loved the feeling that nature was so much grander than I was, it felt almost spiritual. Today that spiritual feeling stays with me, and whenever I see the rain I am brought back to my childhood.