What’s better than having an extended period of time off between jobs? Knowing that one of your best friends is also in between jobs at the same time! Brad and I didn’t plan this, of course, but it made things easier. I had a friend to hang out with, but I also had someone that could relate to what I was going through at that exact point in time. There was a longer extended vacation coming before I started the new job, but I also wanted a day to get out of the city. The last time I was in between, I heavily convinced Jason to come with me to Half Moon Bay. He was a good sport. We started the day in Pescadero and ended it with dinner at The Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay.
You’re supposed to be a little careful when you’re in between jobs, but after all, it was a bit of a celebration. Since Brad and I also went to Half Moon, I figured I could own this as my tradition. However, let’s hope that I don’t have to take this trip anytime soon! It was a so-so weather kind of a day, but I wanted to be near the water. Beaches in my hometown are nothing compared to here. I love the easiness of being able to get to one closely from where I am.
Having had a lavish dinner at the Ritz last time, I didn’t feel the need to do the same again. Brad and I settled for a latte for me and sitting down near the fire pit. It’s nice to pretend to be like guests even if it’s short lived!
When I left my job earlier this year, I was determined to give myself a much needed break. The fact that it was summertime made this decision a lot easier for me! It was important for me to choose a selection of activities during the workweek that were more popular on the weekends. One of those things was to visit a museum. San Francisco is home to many, but since I’ve already been to the MoMa twice, I decided on the [Asian Art Museum]. They recently opened up a new restaurant inside so I figured it was a win/win.
With my father being an artist, this side of the world wasn’t foreign to me. I spent some time at the Seattle Art Museum and dabbled in music, but I didn’t have the same talents he did. I haven’t even done the trendy wine and paint night for fear of not meeting expectations.
When touring a museum with someone else, you worry that you’re not at the same pace. Having my solo trip allowed me to take my time and wander as I pleased. I even found myself taking a seat at some points to put on the headphones for a deeper dive into the exhibits. I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t that just inviting a bunch of germs onto your body? Sure, it definitely is, but isn’t that what you have to do for the full experience? The museum was significantly less crowded than usual, but not empty which was preferred. I was amazed by how many nooks and crannies there were and how many parts of the museum you can miss if you’re not paying attention to where you’re going.
As nice as it is to enter the museum on a weekday, nothing beats free. Every first Sunday at the start of the month is free and worth taking advantage of. Otherwise it’s $15 for general admission and $25 for the special exhibits and general admission together.
I didn’t manage to get any shots of my food, but boy was it tough to decide. It’s a decision that becomes even harder when you’re actually starving. The menu was full of some of my favorites including: their take on a “Banh Mi,” Garlic Prawn Noodles, and a Rice Bowl. Naturally, I chose the rice bowl because you can’t mess up a staple. I selected it with grilled pork just like mom would make it! The soft boiled egg was perfection.
My time at the museum was so lovely and educational! It can seem lonely at a glance to do these things on your own, but in a way, it’s also empowering.
I love this collection so much more than I thought I would. At first glance, everything seems overly simple, but the simplicity of it is actually just classic statement pieces that say much more. In 2019, I find myself drawn to gem hues especially like the emerald being featured below. What are all of your favorite trends to come out so far?
My work recently included educating myself on the real estate industry so I found this piece by Vice fascinating.
For those that are feeling like their current communities are “too liberal,” they are fleeing to an area in Texas to be around those that share the same values as them. And by values, I mean a strong conservative viewpoint. One family featured in this piece was relocating from California. The community, as seen in this piece, looks predominantly “white” and is cookie-cutter perfect. I believe someone referred to it as “Pleasantville” like? The community was created by those that share the conservative values and are the realtors themselves.
However, not everyone in the neighboring area agrees. The mayor recognizes that everyone will have different viewpoints, but building your own enclosed wall to shut those opinions out doesn’t actually solve anything. Is this not modern day segregation at work here?
Growing up, I’ve always been very fond of my communities within music, my university, and even spirituality. I have never felt so strongly about anyone that disagreed on these things that I needed to remove myself from them altogether. 2019, you guys.