1955 San Francisco: through the eyes of an amateur filmmaker

January 6, 2012 at 5:39 pm (Anything and Everything)

GREAT look into San Francisco in 1955.

Shot by filmmaker Tullio Pellgrini, the 20-minute movie gives an up-close-and-personal tour of the city from Pellgrini’s automobile. His narration is charmingly earnest in a way that’s promotional of the city’s virtues while never stepping over into being particularly phony or cloying.

If you have about 21 minutes, this is great.



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Los Angeles Light

November 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm (Anything and Everything)

Discovered awhile ago and recently rediscovered.  Still awesome. My new home: Los Angeles.  Our light pollution never looked so beautiful. 😉

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50 signs you’re a travel nerd

November 2, 2011 at 11:43 am (Anything and Everything, Food for Thought, traveling)

Yeah, some of these are quite hilarious because I DO love to travel even if it requires me to refinance myself….but thank god I’m not THIS bad…yet 😉


50 signs that you could be a travel nerd.

1) You always look up the inflight movies so you can most effectively plan your flight time.

2) You have SIM cards for multiple countries.

3) Your pulse quickens when you discover you’re on a new model of airplane for the first time.

4) You can recite the rewards miles needed for any major destination on most airlines.

5) You find factual errors in travel shows, and email the corrections.

6) For your wedding you registered at a travel agency.

7) You never leave the house without diarrhea medication, just in case.

8) You know what car rental model and year you would like to use based on miles per gallon.

9) When you arrive in a new city you give your driver precise directions according to your GPS.

10) You know the tipping etiquette for more than 10 countries.

11) You refer to cities by their three letter airport code.

12) You know the frequent flyer bonus reward cycles and plan your vacations around getting double points.

13) Other tourists ask you for directions and you always know where to go because you’ve memorized the downtown map.

14) You know the area codes for most US cities.

15) You keep toilet paper in your purse at all times.

16) You are an expert in combating jet lag.

17) You follow airline union strike progress, just for fun.

18) You carry Ryanair approved luggage so you don’t incur additional fees.

19) You pick restaurants based on their participation in airline mileage programs and calculate your order to maximize points.

20) Your email is on a steady out-of-office notification.

21) You dial 9 even when at home.

22) You know which airports have free wifi and which do not.

23) You contemplate big purchases based on how many dinners in Paris they are equivalent to.

24) Noise canceling earphones are totally worth the cost.

25) You can spot which souvenirs are authentic and which are from factories in China.

26) When you are at home you still look up every location on Google Maps.

27) You have spent a small fortune on iPhone travel apps.

28) Your luggage has been lost so many times you don’t worry about it anymore.

29) You follow elections in other countries to gauge for travel viability.

30) You don’t need a currency converter you can do it in your head.

31) You visit your favorite travel bloggers and advise them on where to go next.

32) You use Skype more than a regular phone.

33) You create song lists for upcoming holidays.

34) You have programed your car stereo with the airport information station.

35) You visit a location more than once just to become its mayor on FourSquare.

36) You invest in top of the range eye-masks because you know they’re totally worth it.

37) You plan your friends and family’s vacations, just for fun.

38) You wear a pedometer to measure how many steps you have walked in a city.

39) You carry multiple wireless hotspots access cards.

40) The hardest relationship you have left was with your travel agent when you realized you knew more than them.

41) You fly so often you know when a flight attendant is new to the airline.

42) You collect beer coasters from around the world.

43) Most of your Facebook friends are not from your hometown.

44) You evaluate prospective careers based on allowable vacation time.

45) You are a rock-star in the geocaching world.

46) You are always trying to learn at least one new language for an upcoming trip.

47) You watch international news for inspiration

48) You wear flip flops in the shower.

49) You don’t need SeatGuru as you’ve memorized the best seats on every type of plane.

50) Tripbase is your home page.

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90’s Childhood in 3 Minutes

October 21, 2011 at 11:05 am (Anything and Everything, Food for Thought, X's and O's)

My peeps, see how many you can remember! Warning: Sensory overload!


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Steve Jobs passes away

October 5, 2011 at 6:12 pm (Anything and Everything, Food for Thought, Quotes and such)

I’ve been absent from this blog all summer, but I felt the urge to come back to post about the tragic death of Steve Jobs.  Though his life was short, he impacted the lives of millions of people and will forever continue to do so.  It is because of people like him that I am forever proud to be from the Silicon Valley.  Wish I could have seen him in person over the dozen times I’ve had lunch at Apple’s headquarters.

Rest in Peace, Steve Jobs. (1955-2011)

RIP Steve Jobs (1955-2011)





“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them. Glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them, because they change things. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”
– 1997 Think Different Apple campaign

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Alcoholic Drinks with Recipes Inspired by the Harry Potter Movie Series

July 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm (Anything and Everything)




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July 22, 2011 at 2:17 pm (Anything and Everything, Working Hard (or hardly working?))

Happy Friday, everyone! Brilliantly smart-ass responses to completely well-meaning signs.

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FratMusic.com … best discovery of the week BY FAR

July 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm (Anything and Everything, loves and friends, Working Hard (or hardly working?))

No joke dudes. http://fratmusic.com

Don’t believe it? See below.

carmela: fratmusic.com dont question it
playlists include “your party is our pregame, vom and rally, drunk girl anthem, dirty dance party, black out with your sack out, rolling face”
its our life story in music form
me: HAHA
dude. word, pausing Pandora for this now
: its totes worth it. trust.
: what’s your fave playlist?
of course i chose “Rage”
ohemjizz, there is a playlist called Baby Making? oy vay

carmela: dont underestimate the baby making playlist! the dub baby making is good
 baby making mixed with dubstep… luh it
  its like OH HEY TORSO my you grinding like dat at work
 me: dude, this is GREAT
  yeah i had to stop myself. realized it was getting out of hand when my chair started swiveling
 carmela: hahaha
  ya i basically lost all care after 2pm
  i let it roll
me: i mean, how else are you going to get past that 2:30 feeling. move over 5-hr energy, fratmusic.com is taking control
carmela:  for reals

ive listened to basically all the playlists
all equally good
i fear ill never live down my frat-scination

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Leisure Diving

July 19, 2011 at 2:44 pm (Anything and Everything, Working Hard (or hardly working?))


Some of my favorites 😎

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July 13, 2011 at 4:52 pm (Anything and Everything, loves and friends, traveling)

Wow, June was a month of Neglect for my blog. My bad…

So, what happened from my last post…hmm, a lot actually!

May 21st weekend:
-Shally came to visit from San Diego! Spent the day at the Santa Monica Pier
-Took John to see Yelle at The Music Box in Hollywood and introduced ourselves to French electronica/pop!

Memorial Day weekend (and then some):
-Went to O’ahu, Hawaii for a church convention/fun in the sun 🙂
-Jumped off some 30ft high rocks into the ocean. You know, the usual. (haha, NOT)
-Amazing food&drinks with amazing friends ❤
-I finally got my base tan! haha, no more ghost Cheryl

June 3rd weekend (Home Sweet Home):
-Little baby sister graduated from Mountain View High School. So proud of my little Valedictorian 😀
-Celebrated my lovely Tina’s birthday Karaoke/oldschool sleepover style
-FINALLY went to a San Francisco Giants game in SF. Oh how I had missed AT&T Park…
-Finally had Philz Coffee…and it was AMAZING 🙂
-Dinner reunion with the best Alpha Kappa Psi family 😉
-Birthday funtime in SF for Fernando’s birthday

June 11th weekend:
-Downtown LA Artwalk adventure with my coworker
-Re-experiencing the old bars from last summer with the A-Team
-Discovering new Mid-City bars with JP Duffy and friends
-THREAD shopping event downtown with the wifey

June 18th weekend:
-THE CRAZIES COME BACK TO LA to visit! The usual: eating great food, beaching it up, partying in Hollywood…oh, and all-you-can-drink brunches in  Santa Monica to keep the good times rolling

June 25th weekend:
-Free Rooney concert at El Rey theater thanks to Sam 🙂
-Dining in the Dark experience (yeah, PITCH BLACK DARK complete with servers who are blind)
-Rooftop pooling in Hollywood courtesy of John

Fourth of July weekend (Home Sweet Home):
-Nails done, hair done. Everything did. 😉
-Long walks and leisurely eating at familiar places…LOADS of family time
-Reunion dinner with old friends
-Clubbing in SF…somehow we always end up at Circa by the end of the night. Haha
-Nichi Bei Times fundraiser at the A’s game/more Family time

July 9th weekend:
-SOUTH CAROLINA ADVENTURE!! This little Asian takes on the South! haha. Literally the only Asian for miles…or cities in some cases 😛
-Myrtle Beach adventures: Beach Boardwalk/Boulevard-playing arcade games like it was 1998, Broadway shops, beaching of course, Alligator Adventure, holding guns for the first time, Confederate flags aplenty
-Charleston/Folly Beach/Mount Pleasant adventures: downtown+cute markets, Boone Hall Plantation (where parts of The Notebook was filmed), beaching, first time on a personal boat, first time driving a boat, collecting FULL sand dollars on a secluded beach <3, intertubing through the inlets, chilling on the dock while the sun sets…because my flight home was cancelled (thank you United)


Okay, this was a bit of an overshare, but given I haven’t blogged for almost two months…whatevs. I have to write it because EVERYONE who knows me knows that the pictures won’t be up for at least a couple of months…hehehe…:-D

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