Jack of All Trades Fair in Jack London Square, Oakland


Last weekend, Oakland was teeming with life as the Jack of All Trades Fair in Jack London Square unofficially kicked Restaurant Week off (in my mind anyway).

Similar to the Renegade Maker’s Fair in San Francisco, it was full of neat crafts, quirky art and overall very enticing fair!

Jack of All Trades Market, right this way!

Jack of All Trades Market, right this way!

Succulents

Succulents

More beautiful succulents

More beautiful succulents

Refurbished just about anything into a working radio

Refurbished just about anything into a working radio

Now what do these remind me of...

Now what do these remind me of…

Thought the Burning Man crowd would love these!

Thought the Burning Man crowd would love these!

So here's where you can get them ;)

So here’s where you can get them 😉

There's something touching about the juxtaposition of beauty and it's fragility

There’s something touching about the juxtaposition of beauty and it’s fragility

Adorable!

Adorable!

But don't forget Wall-E

But don’t forget Wall-E

These are going to be EPIC next Halloween!

These are going to be EPIC next Halloween!

I just had to...

I just had to…

Apparently you can get these at Cost Plus World Market. Brilliant!

Apparently you can get these at Cost Plus World Market. Brilliant!

When I get married, this little beauty will be there

When I get married, this little beauty will be there

And a last few sappy shots. I just love those little Star Wars-inspired cranes (or is it the other way around? 😉

Star Wars in Oakland

The perfect time of dusk

The Jack London Square harbor in Oakland

Some pictures you just can't pass up...

Until next time!

This Is How You Do Friendsgiving!


So… I was originally going to write a blog post about how startup types, etc. can get in touch with the tech companies at RocketSpace since we’ve been getting tons of random walk-ins recently, but my new buddy Kien made this AMAAAAAZING (not enough A’s on this keyboard!) video documentary/lip-synch musical/interpretive dance scrapbook of the shenanigans and festivities that went down at Becky’s Friendsgiving up in Geyserville last weekend… and this just seemed so much more awesome than anything I could possibly write that I had to share it!

So crack a beer, sit on down on your couch, and get ready to dance along!

Friendsgiving 2014 // I Want You Back // Geyserville from Kien Lam on Vimeo.

#Speechless 🙂

And if you want to find out more about the amazing Mr. Kien Lam, check out his Facebook page Kien Lam Photography and give it a like 😉

Renegade Craft Fair in SF


I had so much fun at the Renegade Craft’s fair today! Thanks again to Eli for sending me the link 🙂

This was one of those deals where I took way too many pictures, so this 1st blog post back will be skimpy on words, but very rich in images. Enjoy!

The Venue

The Venue

The first thing we see - free jerky. Yum =3

The first thing we see – free jerky. Yum =3

There were lots of cool succulents!

 

Do-it yourself wool buddy kits

Do-it yourself wool buddy kits

Knit jewelry

Knit jewelry

Coolest mobile, EVER!

Coolest mobile, EVER!

Sure! We can be friends.

Sure! We can be friends.

I roamed the warehouse for 1 hour before I finally found the crowing jewel of the fair: adorable little macaroons.

I roamed the warehouse for 1 hour before I finally found the crowing jewel of the fair: adorable little macaroons.

I know I should share... but they're so darn good!

I know I should share… but they’re so darn good!

Lil' pumpkins

Lil’ pumpkins

Warby Parker is so November. Now, the hippest get their glasses here!

Warby Parker is so November. Now, the hippest get their glasses here!

Exhibit A

Exhibit A

Custom-made leather guitar straps with cats? Check!

Custom-made leather guitar straps with cats? Check!

I'm so excited about this place! I bought some of their hand lotions as Christmas presents - they were founded to donate to good causes. Check them out at curelifeproducts.com

I’m so excited about this place! I bought some of their hand lotions as Christmas presents – they were founded to donate to good causes. Check them out at curelifeproducts.com

Quick photo break. Such an amazing view :)

Quick photo break. Such an amazing view 🙂

Lil' kiddy onesies with cats!

Lil’ kiddy onesies with cats!

More delicious snackage

More delicious snackage

Did I mention there was a lot of very tempting food?

Did I mention there was a lot of VERY tempting food?

Cacti!

Cacti!

Such cute owls

Such cute owls

Couldn't get over these awesome displays!

Couldn’t get over these awesome displays!

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There were lots of beautiful succulents

There were lots of beautiful succulents

Have they revealed the winner yet? I want a hammock...

Have they revealed the winner yet? I want a hammock…

SFSU students taught fair goers to make oil prints!

SFSU students taught fair goers to make oil prints!

Yum

Yum

Bowties!

Bowties!

Clam homes for hermit succulents? Oh so hipster, but perfectly adorable...

Clam homes for hermit succulents? Oh so hipster, but perfectly adorable…

These were so cool! I really wanted to get one for my apartment. I wonder if I could make one ;)

These were so cool! I really wanted to get one for my apartment. I wonder if I could make one 😉

Oh so foxay

Oh so foxay

Knit cupcakes. Delectable!

Knit cupcakes. Delectable!

Mew!

Mew!

Will your puppy be a frog or a rainbow next Halloween?

Will your puppy be a frog or a rainbow next Halloween?

And that’s it for Part 1! I’ll see you all very shortly for the last photos 😉

Liebster Award


I am just ecstatic! The lovely and oh so sweet Kalyen Dunleavy of blueribbonfair nominated me for the Liebster Award last week! Check out her blog. She’s super mom with 5 kids yet still finds the time to blog about all sorts fun things (like adorable cats and lambs!)

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Now, to follow up on the reward, I need to :

  1. List 11 random facts about myself.
  2. Answer the 11 questions asked of me by the person who nominated me.
  3. Nominate my 11 picks for the award along with my 11 questions for them to answer when they post a response.
  4. If you’re nominated, your name/link will appear at the bottom of this post along with your questions. Follow the same format, i.e. paste the award badge to your blog, give us 11 random facts about yourself, answer my 11 questions, and choose your nominees…but you cannot nominate the blog who nominated you.

11 Random facts about myself:

  1.  I like to take my Maine Coon/Persian kitty on walks at the park (he wears a kitty harness with a leash!)
  2. I don’t like spicy food — it makes my mouth hurt =[
  3. I can speak 4 languages: French, English, Japanese and Mandarin
  4. I’ve been to over 15 countries!
  5. I love to sing and used to be part of a band in college (may be singing at Vaso Azzurro Friday nights starting this week, so stay tuned!)
  6. I am allergic to penicillin ><;
  7. My friends used to call me an “egg” in middle school and high school. Urban dictionary definition (#4.)
  8. I once dated a police officer… and am now very strategic about my speeding O=]
  9. I think Chinese preserved egg porridge is delicious, but will eat everything but the eggs.
  10. Sunshine makes me happier than just about anything else =]
  11. I once lived in the Middle East for 3 months.

Answering 11 question from Kalyen:

  1. If you are a reader: In your opinion is a hard copy book, a digital book such as Kindle, nook, etc or an audio book  the mode you use most often and the whys of it? If you are not a book reader ,but do read magazines, newspapers, blogs-which I am taking for granted if you are doing a blog you must read something, what kind of subjects draw you in? I like my Kindle since it’s small, light, and allows me to read things like 50 Shades of Grey without anyone knowing, but friends and family still give me books to read so I read those too. Part 2, I really like magazines about business and economics (like Fortune and The Economist) but also fashion magazines like Allure.
  2. What is your favorite web site and why-not including Word Press and if WP is give me your 2nd? Sad to say but I don’t really have a favorite website… I guess one I used to enjoy going to a lot was stumbleupon.com
  3. Cat or Dog person and if you dislike both: What kind of pet do you have or like to have? If this still does not work, name the 1st animal that comes to mind. Or do all 3 questions if you want to. The last one sounds fun. I looooove cats. Dogs are awesome and really friendly too, but I grew up with cats and just love them =] The first animal that came to my mind was a leopard.
  4. Sweet or Salty? Or What is your favorite food? Hhhmmm, all food =3 Especially French and Asian cuisine!
  5. If money was no option , you were in perfect health and you were given the time, what is your dream place to visit this year?  Any area on the globe. I really want to go back to Turkey. I went there for the very first time last summer and it just blew my mind! For a new place, I would also really like to visit Thailand. I find their art fascinating and love their food! (even though I always have to ask for super mild…)
  6. Most blogs I chose to nominate were crafty type of some type which DIY is probably a blog subject I myself spend time on above any others. DIY encompasses a lot of categories, so what are your  favorite elements you work with, paper, yarn, fabric , clay, any even if it is running  since you are doing it yourself?  Any hobby or thing you love and DIY it. I really like working with ribbons, whether that’s making hair clips, using them for a greeting card, or decorating a cork board.
  7. Do you like fruit or vegetable more? If you want to add more than just one word. Go for it Tell us more. Optional though. Both! Corn on the cob, apricots, plums, pluots.. yum =3
  8. The 3 most beautiful places in the world and one reason you think they are. you can  even use #5 above as 1 of them. This is a tough one! I have to go with the Castle of Versailles for one, Todaiji Temple in Tokyo for the second, and Ephesus in Turkey =]
  9. Why you chose Word Press over blogger or another blog host site? Maybe you have one on another site, since many do. But why WP over others for the blog you received the nomination for? WordPress was supposed to be very user-friendly, a great way to get started quickly without having to deal with overly confusing/advanced features.
  10. Live by the seaside or on the mountain if able and maybe you do live by one. Which is your choice if  you were able to do that? Even if you do live by the ocean, you may with it could be a mountain instead and vice versa. I would say the mountain. I love hike and ski, and sand kind of pisses me off ><;
  11. If you do not care to answer this one, just say lol or I am not going there etc.  Are you more introverted inclined or extroverted? Pick me-hand raised. I will put this on myself also and go first? Introvert. I’m very sociable but also highly self-analytical. Maybe a bit of both?

My nominee’s (I’m really bad about following other blogs — What can I say, I’m picky!! — so I’m not going to reach the 11 requested ><;)

  1. Angela Pavuk
  2. Brunch for Every Meal
  3. The Pinstriped Suit
  4. Classroom as Microcosm
  5. Brooke and McKenzie (so they stopped, it was still a really fun blog to read!)
  6. Cupcake Sakura

And now for MY questions ;D Since I only nominated 6 people, I thought I’d go a little easy on them and only give them 6 questions to answer (oh, and it’s probably because I’m super busy/think quality is better than quantity O=])

  1. What’s your favorite season and why?
  2. What is the one thing you wish you’d known growing up?
  3. Popsicle or banana split?
  4. What’s your worst habit?
  5. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
  6. What’s a great place to eat few people know of? (Can be located anywhere!)

Thank you so much for nominating me Kalyen! ❤  

Pedro’s, the Cool Bar / Restaurant Down the Street From Work


I discovered the coolest place upon joining Astreya. Pretty much every week, my recruiting colleagues go out for drinks and free food at Pedro’s Restaurant & Cantina.

 

This place is so chill! The outside is super pretty and you see local engineers from Intel and whatnot hanging out outside, taking in some sun with their dogs.

I really love how this place looks. I’ve never been to Mexico, but I imagine this must be what rich people’s homes in Mexico must look like (wonder where I get that from — Zorro maybe?)

 

The inside is really well decorated too! Check out the lobby…

 

 

I kind of forgot to take pictures of the free buffet (there are animal style fries in there, some chicken wings…. ) but here’s the bar instead!
This place is great for cheap drinks with coworkers after you get off! And their margaritas are only ~$5 on Wednesdays O=] (they have strawberry margaritas! Yum =3)

 

 

Your Neighborhood Is a Thrift Shop–HipSwap Helps You Make the Best Of It



Who knows what wonderful treasures are hidden away in your neighbors’ homes! Antique dresses, accessories… even furniture! HipSwap’s mobile app shows you everything your neighbors or, if you choose, people all over the US (there’s even an iPhone case for sale in France!) have put on sale, and takes care of the shipping for you.

It’s like ebay, except easier. There’s no bidding, you can sign in with Facebook, and they deliver your lovely goods (in LA as of now, but they’re rolling out major cities this year so keep an eye on that website!)

Did I mention I really like their logo? And those shirts are amazingly soft! =D

One last thing I love about these guys: they give back.

Shop Kyle Richard's closet for Charity

A Sunny Weekend in Paris


The weather was gorgeous this weekend so I decided to walk around and take lots of pictures =] Enjoy ❤

What beats taking a nap in the nice, warm sun?

The 19th arondissement in the East of Paris

That gate opens, the water level goes down, and boats can pass right on through...

Kinda wanted to run through that fountain!

What do France's presidential candidates have to do with condoms? Why, dealing with the AIDS epidemic of course!

Paris so pretty ^^

Decided to go to the Eiffel Tower, just 'cuz I can =p

Ended the day with a nice bowl of beef noodles from Les pâtes vivantes.

Yum =3