Christmas in SF

20/12/2009

Not quite christmas itself, but close enough..

Things I love about San Francisco at Christmas:

Hot peppermint lattes at Starbucks.

The best pumpkin cheesecake in the WORLD (literally) and amazing lunch lovin on the patio of The Cheesecake Factory.

Christmas sales & shopping at Union Square.

The giant Christmas tree and holiday lights outside Macy’s.

All of the above with you next to me.

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Note: SCARF I’M WEARING IS INDEED THE ONE THAT WAS KNIT BY YOURS TRULY. It was awesome and kept me toasty and warm while we fought the wind and cold. Go me!

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Its officially five days till Christmas. Gosh, this is starting to scare me a little bit.

Potpourri two

13/12/2009

Its a cold and wet day in Berkeley.

Random thoughts:

I want a warm cup of Starbucks Gingerbread Latte but its too far away and too cold :(

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I watched Serendipity (OLD SCHOOL) last night in Andrew’s room. I’ve been going back and forth over the fairytale vs realistic aspect of it.

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YJ and I bought Peace Chains on the way back from lunch. This dude has made 400,000 ceramic pendants over the past 18 years in multiple languages. We got ours in Arabic.

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The last episode of Glee Season 1 has been aired. It was amazing :) AND I LOVE WILL&EMMA MORE THAN EVER!!!!!!!!!

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I am in love with city for reasons I do not know.

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12/12/2009

Today we had the Best Meal Ever In My Life at The Cheesecake Factory while dining on the patio of the 8th floor of Macy’s overlooking the Christmas tree and ice-skating rink.

Factory Burger.

White Chocolate Raspberry Latte.

Original Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake.

World Famous Pumpkin Cheesecake. (INSERT FACE OF SHEER BLISS)

I really wished I could’ve brought back the cheesecake to Singapore, esp for my family cos I know they would’ve LOVED it :(

But I think I could’ve died on the patio, happy and content.

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To top it off, we made someone happy today :)

There was a little girl with a Happy Birthday headband sitting at the table across us, eating with her mother and her grandmother. I decided to go over and offer to take a polaroid of the three, and then give it to her as a birthday present. They were REALLY thrilled and surprised and I felt like TEN MILLION DOLLARS for actually acting upon my impulse :)

Then the grandmother shared with us that the girl was the youngest of 11 grandchildren and it was her 7th birthday. They were going to watch The Nutcracker Ballet later on, and she said the polaroid captured three generations of females. The grandmother’s name was Claire. And so was the little girl’s :)

Aww man I love it when someone lets you into a little bit of their life through random chance encounters.

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We walked out of the restaurant into the rain and Bay area cold, feeling exactly how Christmas should feel like. Receiving so much more when you give.

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I left my heart in San Francisco
High on a hill, it calls to me
To be where little cable cars
Climb halfway to the stars

My love waits there in San Francisco
Above the blue and windy sea
When I come home to you, San Francisco
Your golden sun will shine for me

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My last time in San Francisco, we went to Golden Gate Park.

I hadn’t gone the last time with the rest cos I was away over the weekend in LA visiting Rochelle. AND HOW ABOUT I TOTALLY MISSED OUT. I LOVE GGP. I just coined it that.. GGP. HAHA. Anyway the park is awesome because it is truly the heart of SF, where you find all the hippies and homeless and quirky people sprawled everywhere. Under trees with stray dogs running around, frisbees whirling in the air, the smell of weed over the entire hippie mountain, random girls tanning, and my favourite bit, THE DRUMLINE party of random people with their bongo drums joining in this massive drum performance which very much after awhile sounds very hynotising and trance-like. Woah.

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DRUMLINE! Love the assortment of people. Apparently people just go there with their own drums and join in the fun. How cool is that.

Here are some videos. 1. Listen to the drumlike TRANCE. Hoho. 2. Spot the woman dancing. She is high on weed, drumbeats, and life. 3. SPOT THE UBER FLEXIBLE MAN doing random splits and crazy gymnastics.

Peace out.

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Everyone’s favourite line.. here it comes!

Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair

For those who come to San Francisco
Summertime will be a love-in there

In the streets of San Francisco
Gentle people with flowers in their hair.

Introductions

21/04/2009

Here you go DAKORKOR. I will now (quote) “post photos of our fine dining and reserve a separate post to extol your virtues as an elder brother and person”. HAHAHA.

Dinner in San Fran on Friday night. At the SALT HOUSE, which was the restaurant selected by Dakorkor’s atas banker/onlinegamer/hwach/army friend, who didn’t even join us for dinner but had the privilege of doing the reservations for us. Ahaha.

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And our fine dining food, courtesy of the brother – or rather, courtesy of the Singapore Armed Forces :) Aha. OOH AND I KOPED THE SING CITY MUSICAL 2 NOW I HAVE THE WHOLE THING! HOHO cannot wait to watch it with the rest.