Our First Time Together at Alviso Marina County Park

Alviso Marina County Park

The first (& last) time I visited this place was I think in 2009, when my cousin & I still lived in Santa Clara.
My cousin took me here & we sat on the benches & vented about whatever we were upset about at the time 😂 I remember thinking, “Why did we go here? There’s no one here?”. I can’t even say that now because when Jeremiah & I visited two weeks ago, there was a bunch of people. People were doing photo shoots, jogging, video recording, etc.
It’s crazy how much has changed in the area that I grew up in.
My initial reason for visiting was that I wanted to take my niece here & take some pretty+magical photos of her, but she was busy, so Jeremiah was my stand-in 😅📸
I was laughing here because I reached in my pocket & said, “Wait, let’s take some photos with my film camera!”

Our First Time Together at the Oakland Museum of California

Oakland Museum of California

I wanted to go to this museum because of a special exhibit, but we missed it by 5 days. We still enjoyed our time here nonetheless. It was our first time & we would definitely go back again.
I feel like I don’t see many people post about Oakland, but this is a cool place to visit if you live in the Bay Area & enjoy museums.
The first floor is my favorite. It takes you through some of Oakland’s history (all of which I didn’t know of until this visit).

There are several spots where visitors can find interactive pieces such as answering questions with hand-written post-its. I think this is a great idea so the city can hear more from its community.

Peter Pettigrew can get the pesticide

Guardian’s of the Galaxy

The second floor was more about pop culture & history. There were some interactive spots on this floor too.

This area was one of our favorites because of how interactive it was. You can sit & draw, create your own animation, or make your own sounds at the ‘Foley Stage’.

The third & last floor was more contemporary & modern art.

A mini video I made of our visit here!

Sonic Runway

Sonic Runway

A couple of weeks ago, Jeremiah & I visited Sonic Runway which is a light-art installation placed in Downtown San Jose, CA.

We checked it out on a Saturday night. It wasn’t a good idea because of the huge crowds. We tried our best to just wait it out & take photos without people getting in our shots, but this was the best we could do!

Overall, it looked interesting & nice for photos, but I suggest going on a weekday if you really want to get a good photo.

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Warriors Parade 2017

Warriors Parade 2017

Last week my friends & I attended the Warriors Parade. I was actually hesitant about going because
1) I had been to the previous parade & wanted to sleep in (lol)
&
2) There was a shooting last year after my friends & I left & I was scared to go again

But I felt more comfortable when I found out we were going with a bigger group than the previous time & I was also excited for one of my best friends who was unable to make it to the previous parade.

They were handing out free shirts & luckily my friends & I were all able to grab one!

The major difference between this parade experience & my previous parade experience was the security lines. We all didn’t know that in order to watch the parade with everyone, you have to pass through security that was at all checkpoints to enter the parade viewing area. They WERE NOT allowing any beach or folding chairs to make extra space because they estimated that this parade was going to be larger than the last. Luckily my friends were able to sneak their folding chairs in because the security said to us, “You know what? I don’t even care anymore.” I think she was just so fed up with people trying to sneak stuff in that she just let us go 😂

*BIG TIP*

For bandwagon fans or people who have never been to a parade before, THIS IS NOT MY FIRST RODEO. I have been to the previous Warriors Parade & I even wrote about it here & I have also been to a Giants Parade.
There were some “fans” yelling that they couldn’t see because my friends & I were standing on a bucket & chairs, so here are a few reasons why you’re stupid 😉
1. Seating & viewing is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE just like when you go to concerts or festivals like Coachella, Outside Lands, & EDC. If you want to get a good view, wake up at 3 AM like we did & get there early.
2. You cannot see? Okay, wow, tell me something new because I am 24 years old & unlike you, this is going to be my height for the rest of my life. I cannot see A LOT of things. For example, the sun visor in the car does nothing for me because I am short. 
This is me at concerts for my entire life.
(source)

3. In the first photo below, there is a man on the right with a Warriors hat, black sunglasses, & a beard. Standing on our bucket & stools, we were just as tall as him. If we were that tall, would you tell us to move to the back because you couldn’t see? He was literally at the front of the gate unlike us & did you tell him to move to the back because you couldn’t see? No. You wouldn’t tell a tall person in the front, “Hey, move to the back! We can’t see!” because it’s first come, first serve. Same thing applies. You wouldn’t understand that because you’re not short.

4. You don’t know what it’s like to be short AND a Photographer. I cannot capture most things due to my height. You know what else? Once the parade & buses drive by, people raise their arms & cheer which gets into my camera view AS SHOWN IN THESE PHOTOS.
5. You’re mad because we outsmarted you & you didn’t think of it first. Like I said, this wasn’t my first parade.
When I went to the Giants Parade, I couldn’t see anything because I didn’t arrive early to get a good viewing/seat, of my height, & I didn’t bring a bucket like a ton of other Giants fans did. I didn’t get mad or complain to those fans & say, “Hey! I can’t see!” because it was my fault for not arriving early & I thought, “Hey, those people brought buckets to stand on to see better. That’s smart.”

So for all future parades here is a BIG TIP, instead of getting mad that you can’t see due to your lateness or your lack of intelligence, BRING A BUCKET!

Enjoy the photos 😊

Klay Thompson & Matt Barnes

Kevin Durant & David West

Shaun Livingston & Patrick McCaw

Warriors Dance Cam Mom

Draymond Green & Kevon Looney

JaVale McGee

Stephen Curry & Ian Clark

Steve Kerr

Our First Time Together at Sunset Cliffs

Sunset Cliffs

Don’t let the photos of my time in San Diego fool you! Our entire time in San Diego was actually overcast, but Jeremiah & I had held out a little bit of hope. I asked for recommendations of places to visit in San Diego & among the recommendations was Sunset Cliffs. Even though we knew it was overcast, we still had some hope that maybe the sun was going to appear a bit, but it didn’t.

I hope that the next time we visit, it’s a better day because I bet this place looks beautiful when it’s a nice day.
If you have any other sightseeing, urban exploration, or any places for some nice landscape photography, please feel free to leave a comment below! I’d love to be able to explore more of San Diego the next time I come around.

Our Second Time Together at Natural Bridges State Beach

Jeremiah & I spent Memorial Day at Natural Bridges State Beach. The last time we were here was in 2012! 😱 We’re always shocked whenever we think about how much time has flown by since the last time we did something.

Parking

The last time we went here we parked in the parking lot, which costs $10, but because the lot was full the second time around, we found street parking.

The Beach

Despite this photo looking like there were no crowds, there was actually a ton of people there, but I edited a few of them out 😅 We expected the crowd anyway because it was a holiday & it was also late in the day. I suggest going on a weekday or arrive at an earlier time on a weekend if you’re trying to beat the crowd. The location is beautiful & almost feels private when there aren’t too many people.

Exploring the Tidepools

I was adamant about checking out some tidepools because we weren’t able to last summer. We tried going to one reserve, but the location to the tidepools was closed off due to seals resting on the beach.

The first time we went here, we didn’t know there was a tidepool area. I found out through my cousin’s photo because I was curious which locations in the Bay Area had tidepools. I must’ve been here years ago on a school field trip since it all looked so familiar, but I can’t remember much.

At the entrance of the pathway to the tidepools, there’s a plaque of information for visitors. One of the rules to keep the preserve safe says to not pick up anything! We saw a man pick up a crab from one of the tidepools which I suggest you should not do. SMH.

We both agreed that if we plan on going back here to see the tidepools, we’ll go at an earlier time to avoid high tide.

Check out this anemone (pictured below)! There are multiple anemone throughout the tidepools, but I wasn’t able to capture as many photos as I hoped.

You can see the second tidepool area here on the right (pictured below).

I was so happy because we got to see a few colorful crabs. They kept running away, so I wasn’t able to get any decent photos of them.

I can’t wait to explore more tidepools this summer. There are a few locations I’d like to check out!

If you know of any in the Bay Area, please feel free to share/comment below!

Our First Time Together at Natural Bridges State Beach

September 13, 2012

Here’s a little throwback from the first time we visited. This was a good day💙

2012!? We were babies 😭