A Weekend in Big Sur and Monterey

After a few planning sessions, we were able to get our schedules to align with my Mom and Stepdad for a mini-vacation down to Big Sur and Monterey. Betty and I have been meaning to get down to Big Sur and Monterey for a while now, so this was a great opportunity! Next time, we’ll…

A Walk in the (Golden Gate) Park

  With Betty’s aunts in town visiting from Taiwan, it’s a great time to put on the tourist hat and do things I normally don’t do. It’s always a good excuse to see things for a second or third time and enjoy it – often times many years after the first time. We spent the…

Flashback to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam

  With all this warm weather this year, I was thinking about the last time I had seen or felt some cooler weather. Tahoe this year had some snow, but not enough for it to feel like winter in Tahoe. So flashback about 18 months to Thanksgiving 2013, I was with Betty’s family on vacation…

Oahu Sites and Landmarks 2014

 During our second visit to Oahu, we tried to do more “local” stuff and/or things that we didn’t get around to the first time. We spent some time hiking, eating at different (and some of the same) places, and overall just try to balance a relaxing vacation with exploration and new experiences. In short, we…

Half Moon Bay Hike

  During our time off at the end of the year, we decided to stay local and do a few hikes and exploration of cities near by. One day we decided to do an easy but scenic hike in Half Moon Bay. We started by parking at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve to check out the…

2014 in Review

  With all of these different year in review things popping up (FB, G+, Timehop, etc…), it made me think about my year. And with some down time for the Holidays, I decided to a little recap of my year based on themes that I’ve written about. 2013 was a huge year between Bleu turning…

Sutro Bath’s Sunset

  Woo, it’s been over a month since I last posted. It’s been a crazy fall season both personally and at work. I’ll probably post an update on that stuff sometime in the future. But for this post, I wanted to do a quick Throwback Thursday (technically it’s still wednesday). Back 5 years ago when…

Paradise Falls Hike

  While on a recent visit down to SoCal for our friend’s wedding, I was able to escape for a little bit and found a nice little hike in Thousand Oaks. It is part of the Wildwood Regional Park and yes, it did have water even with our drought. I’ll keep this post short since the…

Sentimental Sunday – Oahu

I didn’t have a chance to do a “TBT” this week, so how about a Sentimental Sunday? Here’s an easy recap/flashback to some of the best parts of my trip to Oahu in 2012! Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin – this place is worth mentioning on it’s own… because it is THAT good. Best Tonkatsu I’ve had! Hanuma…

Morimoto – Napa

  I’ve wanted to try Morimoto Restaurant in Napa for quite some time (a few years) and finally got to go for two friends’ celebrations!   Toro Tartare – accompanied by wasabi, nori paste and sour cream as well as a shoyu dipping sauce. The presentation was interesting and we ate it with a flat…

Yosemite Photography Practice

  Instead of basically rewriting Betty’s post on Yosemite, I’ll point out a few tips and tricks on how I get the most out of your SLR or even regular P&S camera. Furthermore, I’ll go through a few examples of how I got certain effects or framing of shots. Hopefully this will be informative or…

Sony a99 Full-Frame DSLR Initial Impressions

  After 7 years, I had finally decided to upgrade my Nikon D700 to something more modern. First, I considered just upgrading to the D800, but the price differential between the D700 and D800 was big enough for me to consider switching brands and consolidating lenses. With all the options in the market at this time,…