Wednesday, December 31, 2014

24 Things For Year 24 List: Review

2014 was the "go-get-it career" year and also my most busiest thus far. I felt like I was putting my interests and passions on hold half the time. Also, does this mean that the older one gets, the busier you get with life? If so, I'm making my hobbies a half-priority next year (we all still have responsibilities). I also need it. All this being with people and work and no me time is making me super cranky. Vacation, can you come soon enough?!

So funny, because I looked up my horoscope for fun and it tells me for the new year, I will be pursuing more artsy inclinations. Hmmm. That wouldn't be bad.
Let's see how I did:

1. Get out of California  7/17 
2. Walk across San Francisco  12/30/2013. Ahem. This was done around the time of the construction of the original list, so it counts!
3. Drop a 20 dollar bill into a busker's hat
4. Find a new job  2/2014
5. Take a ballet class
6. Write, record and finish an EP
7. Go horse back riding
8. Run another race   4/13, 7/12, 8/23, 12/14
9. Go rock climbing  7/18
10. Prepare a will
11.Make Sinigang
12. Change the look of this blog
13. Get sister a 30th birthday gift
14. Get someone an ipad
15. Get to Alcatraz 11/14 and here. 
16. See the elephant seals at Ano Nuevo State Park 
17. Get egg tarts at Golden Gate Bakery in Chinatown
18. Save up for a flight to an international destination  CHECK
19. Check out the new Exploratorium
20. Bowling 12/21 (I haven't been in a few years)
21. Ziplining
22. Plan a memorable 6 years
23. Have my palm read
24. Go on a ride along with a PD

Other things I've forgotten that were in my bucket list that I thought of and I want to add:

Kayaking! 7/18
Visit Pinnacles
Hike Palomarin and see the falls 9/14
Have a weekend getaway in the central coast
Go up to Reno-Tahoe in the WINTER


I did well, considering this was a first time I was doing a yearly bucket list. The point of a list is not to do them all, but to make life interesting anyways. 2015 list will be coming up shortly! [This post may be edited because my birthday isn't till late January.]

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Week in Photos (Sun, Dec 14 - Fri, Dec 19th)

This has been one of my most busy weeks of the holiday season. Christmas is my favorite holiday but because I've been mentally cluttered, I haven't been in the christmas mood. So sad. I can already hear the devil on my shoulder going, "Welcome to life, baby!" in his own sassy attitude. 

On Sunday I ran my last race of the year, on a pretty course, and received a pretty medal and mug at the end of it (not pictured). 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Ano Nuevo State Park - Tuesday, December 9th

This is a day of photos from Tuesday, December 9th.
Back when I blogged super private entries on livejournal, I loved taking photos of my days and then sharing them to a ljcommunity. It was a good mish-mash of creativity and story-telling. Those days are long gone, but my love for the visuals still exist.

I am working from home today and Nate makes me breakfast. Golly gee, thanks sweetie pie!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

More from Alcatraz

Today, we anticipate the largest storm in a long time... and that storm has come. It has been raining all day. Because of anticipated flooding, I have a day off work and it is a good time to catch up with the digital world. I want to rewind back to a better day, with no rain. 

So after viewing the art exhibit, two other coworkers and I decided to stay back to do the audio tour. The audio tour was the other thing that had been in my mind besides the art exhibit. 

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Cool Panoramas! 5

Muir Beach 

Palomarin end of trail

Santa Cruz Triathlon

Restrooms at Big Basin 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

@Large Ai Wei Wei Art Exhibit at Alcatraz

15. Get to Alcatraz 
I can finally cross that one off my list. 

I felt like an angel came from above and surrounded me with a halo of good luck. Just imagine me, walking down the street in regular street clothes, with a blinding halo hula-hooping luck around me. This was one work trip I was too excited for. 

Three weeks ago:

Because this was work-related, we got to jump ahead in line for the ferry.
 We all received glares from the tourists after this.

It was a very full ship. I was too worried that the bird above would poop on me... because I've had enough of those.
They do say that when one lays it on you it's good luck?

Claudeen meets Alcatraz.

Hello Rome, izdatchu?!

How Ai Wei Wei greets his guests.

"My words are well intended and innocent" 

Other international prisoners like Ai Wei Wei himself -- all made of legos!

Must have taken so much work.

On to another part of the gallery where we listened to music of rebellion/freedom words.

One would just need to enter a cell to listen to the music. I know what you're thinking-- what?
But hey, sound was really good in those cells. 

Walking Dead, much?
One song I found interesting. Unfortunately it was in Russian. Fortunately, it was translated here in English.
Apparently these ladies caused a stir a few years ago.
Looks like a skeleton of a dinosaur... 

Ceramic flowers

Also wrote postcards to prisoners in the Middle East. I wasn't planning on writing them and was merely admiring the photos on the cards themselves and decided, heck why not? 

The whole art exhibition was set up without Ai Wei Wei's physical presence at Alcatraz - a rarity, but also amazing. Our tour guide informed us his art had to be shipped secretly from China to San Francisco and it took about two weeks for all of his art to be put together by volunteers. 

His choice for venue parallels his own state of being and mind. Alcatraz, before it closed down, was a maximum high-security prison for the most dangerous criminals. Ai Wei Wei is also a prisoner in his own country, for his open criticisms of the Chinese government. There is also imagery with his art; if one looks really closely into the eyes of the dragon kite from earlier, one would notice they are Twitter icons - for the artist's use of social media to connect with the outside world. He has the largest number of followers on Twitter for any international prisoner. 

Seeing his art invoked a sense of freedom; the kind that is invisible to one until it is pointed out to you. With the sense of freedom it also reminded me the rights and privileges that we are have in our American society (highlighting the First Amendment in the U.S. Constitution): religion, speech, press, assembly, petition. It may be the year 2014, but there are still plenty societies that do not recognize and grant these basic rights. Through his art, he reminds us that not only should we recognize our rights, we should also stand up and exercise them. 

The exhibit is on display until April 26th, 2015.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Ano Nuevo State Park - Secluded Beach

Found a real secluded beach... exact coordinates unknown, so I couldn't tell you where if I wanted to.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Entry from Thursday, 7/3/2013. 7:01PM

East Field

White and blue flags
Yellow and blue dividers
Cool artificial pool water
Kids I've seen here at the pool next to the big immature kids I call the "swim team" 
The Livingstons combined 
3 life savers at 3 corners in their reds hopefully watching the pool and not the hot guy/girl
640 and nearing sunset in 2 hours
Sun is shining really good
Vitamin d, soak it up Claudeen
You need it and you need it bad
Smell of chlorine in the air
He asks me to come over and says, hey
I can't open my eyes- well you know who you resemble then.
He splashes water on my translucent tank and my black yoga pants
I'm not mad bro, the damage after is not in my conscience 
Surprised that phat elephants can swim 
Eyes squint, knowing that I'm unwanted but I don't care
Lil girl's tennis ball bounced into the pool
Of course no one helps her not even one of the guards on duty
He swims on the other side of the pool so as to avoid the elephant in the room.
5 years and counting 
His legs make the sound of a soft lake motor as he kicks in his lane
The water ripples in different directions from everyone's body movements 
Susan is here and she's playing catch with the girl with the tennis ball- Lucy in my head 
The sounds are subsiding; the kids are getting ready to get out and leave - I think they should stay. This place needs more innocent presence 

Outsider looking into the box once again
Not invited uninvited unwanted
States as he arrives at the site
But outside he is the warmest I have ever met- he means everything he say and I fall for it. I become a child under his spell 
Cellulite screams to me from lane 2 and beyond
Susan sounds like an elephant. I laugh quietly to myself 
The pool makes me sleepy 
The deepest part of the pool is 13 FT. I can't even imagine. That's a little more than the height of two Quinn's
Not I and he dives all the way down and touches the geound
I ain't scared but I know he ain't about to just pull me in. He tries to and I splash some pool on his head - he remembers from last weekend in the Vallejo when Rainer my cousin tried to do the same thing 

The pool is finally calm
Boy walks past, he sounds like a young immature Paul 

Cotton buds swimming in the pool
Blue skies blue water the air turning cool

Entry from 6/24/2011. 9:44AM.

29 bus right now
Sitting at the back of the bus
It smells like weed back here, what the fuck. It's probably from these latinos sitting one seat from me.

So many cute kids on board.

So cute. They all said "Thank you, bus driver" in unison. Some kid left his spiderman lunch bag and this guy in front of me saw it and yelled at the driver that some kid left his bag. 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Entry from Sunday, Oct 26. 9:29PM

Giants Win

Three African American girls headed to the Bayview. Caught by the muni lady who announces over the PA system that they haven't paid their fares. The lead girl has a yellow scarf on. She takes it off and the PA system announces as so. Everyone laughs and I mutter under my breath they should just pay the fucking fare.

On muni, pink ranger stands in front of me. I enter the M line that is full of orange and black. The giants have won tonight. I still have to check the score.

I look through the driver's window and we're going fast through the tunnels. It's such a cool point of view, almost hypnotizing.

Two drunk idiots stand on my left. My back leans on the glass that separates the driver and me. The very drunk one sees an elderly man reading on his tablet and asks him what he does. The old man hesitates and says that he is just reading. I can see the convo tuning sour already. He keeps pressing on. He asks what the book is about. The man keeps repeating himself saying something about he book is about another book. The drunk guy doesn't hear him. He's being stupid. 

Someone stands and yells, " We will see y'all all at the parade!" The whole train explodes in cheer. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Paddle-boating at Stow Lake

I haven't seen my bud Mina in a while so I call her up to hang out and she throws out the idea of paddle boating at Stow Lake. I say okay and am shocked to learn she hasn't been paddle boating there before. Two reasons why this is so; 1) Stow Lake is all the way across town from her house and 2) Her boyfriend is from out of town and does not know about the date spot. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Cool panoramas! 4

Crissy Fields

Donner Summit

Rooftop, Reno

Pogonip, UCSC

The Wild, middle of nowhere

Muir Beach

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cool Panoramas! 3

Aquarium of the Bay

Hiking in Marin

Mt. Tamalpais

Ocean Beach

Castle Rock State Park

Castle Rock State Park II

Castle Rock State Park III

East field, UCSC