August 29, 2004

Lovin San Fran

Here I am in San Francisco. I got in last night at 10:30 pm Pacific Time, but my cousin thought I was arriving at 11-something. We finally ended up meeting each other after midnight because he was circling outside the terminal looking for me at the curb while I was waiting inside the terminal. I tried calling his cell phone but the pay phone I was using was so messed up- no one could hear me on my end. I don't know how many people I had to ask to get change for a $1 bill. That night even though I was super tired (couldn't fall asleep yet again on the plane ride), I went to bed at 2 am, which was really 5 am for me.

This morning I woke up at 9 am being fried by the sun. I sleep in the corner of the living room that has huge 2 storey windows on both adjacent walls. It felt like I was in a greenhouse. Apparently, today is the second time this summer where it is actually HOT in SF (the first time was yesterday). I really was anticipating it to be a lot cooler here, but instead I thought I was gonna melt. In the morning I went around with Rupert and Esther to City Hall, the San Fran public library, and Union Square. In the afternoon I went off on my own and took the Powell-Hyde trolley (I got to stand on the outside at the very front!!) towards Fisherman's Wharf. I got off at Lombard Street first and walked along the world's most crookedest street. Then I went to Ghirardelli Square, walked along Municipal Pier to get a look at Alcatraz and the Golden Gate, then continued on to Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. Next was Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill, which was a bit brutal to walk up but provided some beautiful views of the city. I walked all the way down through this hidden path that an old man directed me to, but it was the wrong direction that I had wanted. I kind of circled the bottom of the hill but realized that the street I wanted to get to could only be reached if I climbed up the hill AGAIN. So that's what I did. I followed the map to get to the intersection I wanted, and then realized that I was just there before the old man told me to go somewhere else... and I saw him again jogging up and down the street! I had gone in a complete circle up and down the darn hill. I walked through North Beach, which is basically Little Italy, then walked down Grant through Chinatown. I found this fortune cookie store where you can actually watch the workers make the cookies, which was pretty neat! Rupert told me about this one bakery on Grant that, according to him, has the BEST egg tarts ever. Unfortunately, when I got to the bakery, it was already closed :( I walked back through the downtown area and took a peek inside the San Francisco Shopping Center, which has *curved* escalators. Seven floors of them!! I thought those were SO cute! I got back to the apartment at around 8:30 and waited for Rupert and Esther to come back home. At 9:30 Rupert took me to the Mission District for dinner at a Mexican place called Poncho Villa, where I tried a burrito for the first time :P We also had *real* nachos and tried them with different types of salsas, for which the restaurant has earned a ridiculous amount of awards. I also saw what real tacos are supposed to look like... nothing like the ones at Taco Bell!

Posted by mich at 2:53 AM | dreams [0]

August 24, 2004

Almost Ready to Go

Everything's booked for my trip to California. I leave this Friday evening, but I still have lots of things to do and personal projects to finish up (including my Japan scrapbook).

This is what my scheduling holds in store:
Aug. 27: fly from Toronto to San Francisco in the evening
Aug 28-29: San Francisco
Aug 30: day trip to Yosemite
Aug 31: day trip to Monterey/Carmel/Big Sur
Sep 1-2: San Francisco
Sep 3: fly from Oakland to San Diego in the morning
Sep 4: San Diego
Sep 5: day trip to Tijuana, Mexico
Sep 6: Newport Beach
Sep 7: bus from Orange County to Los Angeles in the morning
Sep 8: LA
Sep 9: Santa Monica/Venice Beach
Sep 10: fly from LA to Toronto in the afternoon

To do list:

  • :: finish buying furniture and accessories from IKEA for my bedroom
  • :: see the Turner Whistler Monet: Impressionist Visions exhibit at the AGO
  • :: BBQ
  • :: As You Like It production at High Park
  • :: finish Japan scrapbook
  • :: finish reading California guide books
  • :: watch Garden State
  • :: Toronto International Film Festival volunteer training session
  • :: convert to American currency
  • :: PACK!
Posted by mich at 3:55 PM | dreams [1]

August 14, 2004

Time's Passing Me By

Today is my youngest sister's 17th birthday. Woweee, she's really growing up. She's hit the age at which I had a turning point. The day of my 17th birthday I woke up, realized I was actually 17 and a wave of depression washed over me. I didn't even want to get out of bed. It was the first time where having a birthday actually made me feel OLD.

Posted by mich at 11:41 PM | dreams [1]

August 10, 2004

I Wub John Mayer

Saturday was a pretty busy day for me. I woke up at 6:45 am, had breakfast, and then went to Pearson's Terminal 1 to say goodbye to my grandmother. Coming back from the airport I headed to IKEA with my parents at 9am. I bought a new bed, wavy full-length mirror, and desk lamp. I had IKEA's $1 (!!!) breakfast, which consisted of scrambled eggs, potato cutlets, 2 breakfast sausages, and a mini croissant. What a deal! Everything tasted yummy except for the eggs... I don't even know if they were "real" eggs. After transporting everything home I went for a jog before heading downtown for the Taste of the Danforth with Michelle, Justine, Stacy, Brad, Christian, Yit and Mel. Despite the double breakfast, my jog had worked up my appetite for some pigging out at the festival. From 3-6pm we walked up and down the street savouring the delicious food. I had pork souvlaki, gyro, roasted corn, cashew baklava, and washed it all down with homemade lemonade.

That night was the night of the John Mayer concert. I met up with Tony, Mike, and Dennis at the Molson Amphitheatre at 7pm. Maroon 5 played from 8-8:40. I was quite excited for Maroon 5; they were pretty good, but I guess I was overexcited for them that the performance didn't blow me away. John Mayer was a different story. He played from 9pm to almost 11 pm and started off the night with "Clarity". Every song he played was amazing live and he showcased some impressive guitar playing. I couldn't stop humming the tunes after the concert; I was on such a high! After the concert Mike, Dennis, Tony and I met up with Chris to grab a bit to eat at Einstein's, where I yet another mosquito bite :(

Posted by mich at 9:03 PM | dreams [2]

August 6, 2004

Weekend Again *Yipee*

This past long weekend was a camping weekend for me. It was my first time camping since grade 10, making that about 8 years. Can't believe it was that long ago. It was different this time around because it was with a group of friends rather than being in a supervised group of Girl Guides. There were 16 of us staying at Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park, which is just a bit north of Algonquin Park. We started our trip at 3am from Yorkdale Saturday morning so that we were the first ones there at the office before it opened at 9am in order to grab the last 3 available non-reservable sites.

On Saturday I relaxed/read/slept on the beach, explored the rocky shore by the river, took a jog, and went hiking. In the evening I sat by the lake to watch the full moon and star gaze. Unfortunately that night I wore sandals and ended up with around 20 bug bites on my feet.

Sunday was canoe day. We headed to the northern part of Algonquin, which is more wild and tranquil than the southern end. With 6 canoes for our group we paddled out onto Kioshkowi Lake and for the next 5 hours it was just us alone in the wildnerness. It was simply amazing- an experience I'll never forget. I brought my Contax and Olympus cameras along for the ride and took many pictures of the gorgeous scenery. I'm getting the pictures back tomorrow; I hope they turn out alright.

I can't believe it's already the weekend again.

Posted by mich at 11:35 PM | dreams [0]