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Travel Log 2 San Francisco (Springbreak)

San Francisco, I fell in love with this city. It is full of life and vibe – great location, climate, sceneries, diverse culture, arts and people!And lots of artistic people around Berkeley area. And many other more reasons…I am running out of words. All in all, one of the best cities in the world.

Powell Street next to Union Square, just like any other streets in San Francisco, has incredibly steep uphill and downhill roads that lead to either the bay (ocean) or the center downtown, which is great for jumping on Cable Cars (standing outside of the cable cars) because it will be like riding a roller coaster 😀

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Old-fashioned hotel elevator —ImageImage

Cable Car trail that can be found on every street:Image

On to the Cable Car! See the steep there?Image

By the north bay at the end station of Cable car line (Powell St – Mason St). Great breeze.Image

Road towards the bay/ocean and the Fisher’s Wharf:ImageImage

Seagulls – one of the prominent symbols of SF, chill out everywhere 🙂Image

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The habor: looking back can see the city on the uphill where the cable car came fromImage

Yay, ships —ImageImageImage

From here can see the Golden Gate Bridge:ImageImageImageImageImageImage

Don’t mind me, just baking under the sun. –taken when standing in queue waiting for the cable car back to downtown:Image

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Standing outside the Cable Car 🙂ImageImage

View taken outside of the cable car, can see the bay (the other side) right aheadImage

Famous 49 scenic drive!Image

Great view from the hotel window, the vibe of the city:Image

Hop-on hop off bus tour to Golden Gate Bridge ImageImageImageImageImageImage

Walking on the bridge:ImageImageImageImageImageImage

The bay view:ImageImageImageImage

The end of bridge on the other side:Image

Walking back:ImageImage

Trip to San Francisco Zoo, on the chillier & foggier side of the city. The white/gray area is the ocean: ImageImageImage

Long time no visiting a zoo:Image

The self-meditating zebra, because he/she stands there all day, rarely moves:ImageImage

Polar bear:Image

Regular bear:ImageImage

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Muir Woods, where Jedi/Planet of the Apes 2009 were filmed —ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

Towards Sausalito:ImageImage

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Continued from Previous Log: On the Road, Travel Log Updates

Before Christmas, Hilo, Hawaii

Akaka Falls

The trees just stand there, yet I could feel they are so much alive. All was quite, only thing you can hear is the sound of wind blowing through the leaves. 

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All the tranquility reminds me of a joyful afternoon spent in a garden near my Grandparent’s house at my hometown when I was very little; or maybe a tiny evening adventure with my school best friends exploring the “undiscovered” city corners after school/when the parents are out ;). I was thinking: all the time we adults keep searching for happiness when we feel dreaded and worn by the city life, may be we just forgot to simply look around, or just take a step out of our comfort zones, or the cages built in our own minds in a city life of routines – we came from nature, yet we have kept ourselves further away from it.

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So, where does this lead to?

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Hidden waterfall in the jungle

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The Beach!

About an hour later, the weather got better and the sun came up 🙂

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Into the sea at dusk. The waves were quite choppy that day.

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Cloud formation in the sky:

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From the helicopter, sky view of Hilo Island:

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On the Road: Travel Log Updates

Happy 2013! Had the best once-for-a-lifetime memories/experiences/events this Christmas: didn’t even bother to touch the internet throughout November-ish till Jan.5th, and seriously no regrets whatsoever! Hawaii, ur hath been, ur now, and forever will be my only No.1. well,now:

Thanksgiving, San Diego:

Bay facing Coronado Island

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Walking over the bridge:

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Sunset at the end of a day:

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North Pacific Ocean:

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Cruiseship ready to set off, at dusk

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Coronado

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California Desert, Burrego

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Middle-of-nowhere moment 🙂


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Before Christmas, Hawaii:

Lava trees

The weather in Hilo is forever unpredictable. But just as what the household owner says, the worst weather in Hilo is still the best compared to anywhere else! One second it’s sunny, the next rain stars to pour. More amazingly, the rain only goes where the cloud goes. So one area is raining, while you can see half a mile away the road is sunny as beachside 🙂

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Next day, Akaka Falls

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3D Cardboard Project – Spartan Helmet

Do you hear the warriors’ roar echoing through the ancient battle field?

Pulchritudo Vivendi

There is this amazing video recorded by Kien Lam who travelled around the world and mashed the scenes of countries together (https://vimeo.com/34400428, Time is Nothing | Around the World Time Lapse) . Travel sets one free when you step on the top of a mountain and breath into the air of this magnificent world in front of you, seeing and feeling what is like to be truly alive.

Last week I was walking on campus, and a group of college kids were singing BSB’s I Want It That Way on the yard, in completely random tunes, very loud and with joy, definitely amazing beyond words; when you are filled with happiness, as if the world around you just suddenly stopped, time has disappeared,  and you become a part of the air around you and you can just jump into the sky, bouncing with joy. And that’s how I felt.

Video stumbled upon on Vimeo (so haunting! Especially view it in full screen!). The music is “Call to Beroea” by Luke Richards; the music surrounds you with all the elements generated from the camera work of the mountains in a cinematic way and you feel as if the mountains are alive; immersed in and captured by these elements, you can even feel the bump of their heartbeats below the ice and snow.

Pulchritudo Vivendi, Latin, The Beauty of “Living”

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/8736190″>Cineflex – Norwegian sunrise</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/fuglefjellet”>Fuglefjellet</a&gt; on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Kien Lam’s video:

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/34400428″>Time is Nothing // Around The World Time Lapse</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/kiendawtcom”>Kien Lam</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>