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Thursday, September 25, 2014 (cont). It’s been almost a month since my friends and I took a day trip to San Francisco - I can’t believe how behind I am with updating my blog! The school year has made me busier than ever, and I have so much to say about what’s going on in my life right now, but I suppose I’ll save that for next time (although I’m sure that by then it’ll become old news too). This will be my last post that talks about my summer!

Continuing off from Part 1, my friends and I all gathered in SF with the main purpose of going to The Dungeon, which is a new visitor attraction. It’s an hour-long walkthrough experience where, instead of the usual scary maze with jump scares, it was accompanied by theatrical storytelling of the 200 years of San Francisco’s past. There was a lot more dialogue than action or scary stuff, but the actors would pull in random people for volunteers, so it was amusing to watch my friends (or even me) get to interact with the show.

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They didn’t allow cameras in the walkthrough, so the only pictures we got to take were from the photoshoot we had prior to the event. They wanted to charge us $35 for 5 photos, but fortunately my friend took a picture of the access code so we managed to get the pictures online anyway, muwahaha! One of them is my cover photo on Facebook now, just because we look cute.

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After the walkthrough was over, we were led to a gift shop that had a few wax statues of Hollywood stars like Morgan Freeman, Johnny Depp, and Lady Gaga. This was the first time I’ve seen a wax status up-close and I’m astonished by how realistic they are. I kept staring deeply into Morgan Freeman’s eyes and occasionally poking them because they looked so real.

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We walked back together as one giant group! Although I do admit, I straggled behind a few times just to take a few selfies. How can you blame me though when you see a statue of an old fisherman swallowing his nose? The weather was perfect that day for taking a leisurely stroll too. I was so surprised that SF could get warm and that I wasn’t freezing my ass off like I usually do every time I come here.

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Since half of our large group didn’t get the chance to visit Ghirardelli yet,
we returned back to Ghirardelli Square, which looks even more beautiful when the sun is slowly starting to set. I really like the greenery paired with the brick buildings and pathways. Architects, you done good.

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Inside the shop, we ordered ice cream and fooled around some more. I kept hopping from table to table to chat with and take pictures of everyone. Here’s a selfie with all of us looking away from the camera, and of course one of our friends fucks it up by smiling.

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Next, I took pictures of everyone sexily eating their ice cream. I was very strict about enforcing this rule - you HAVE to eat it as sensually as you can, that’s the only way you get a picture. Some people failed, and some succeeded. It’s pretty funny either way.

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To end the night, we grabbed dinner at a pho restaurant. Here are some scenery pictures I took when the sun was setting. I’m really digging this city, and might have considered living here if it weren’t so expensive and difficult to find parking spaces. I’ll stick to Davis for now, where I pay $225 per month for rent and can just bike everywhere.

Goodbye summer days! Although my summer was definitely slower than usual, so many things have happened to me at the same time. It’s crazy how life changes constantly even in the span of a few months. Once the school year started creeping nearby, I became anxious about what the future will bring and what new obstacles I’ll face. My feeling of trepidation turned out to be accurate - already so many things are changing in my life, and it’s been pretty overwhelming (hence the sporadic update on this blog). I’ll try to find the time to talk about what’s going on now that I’m stepping into the start of my junior year of college!

Posted: October 15, 2014

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Thursday, September 25, 2014. I’ve visited San Francisco a couple of times before, but this was the first time that I explored Fisherman’s Wharf. I’m surprised I hadn’t been here yet, because it’s apparently a popular tourist attraction with lots of cool shops, restaurants, and history. A large group of friends and I (16 people, to be exact) decided to take a random Thursday out to come here! Our main purpose was to get the group discount for a visitor attraction called The San Francisco Dungeon, but I’ll talk more about that in Part 2.

Since this was a random weekday, I ditched work just to spend the whole day in this city, heh heh. I told my boss that my “family” wanted me to spend time with them - friends totally count as family, right? Ahem, right. Whatever, no regrets! That’s the one and only perk of having depression - I can allow myself to prioritize doing fun things over school or work, for the sake of keeping my mental health afloat. (But for the record, I did finish my project when I came back to work, and the client was impressed by “how quickly I finished it”. Boo ya.)

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This was one of the rare and only times that I was hanging out with friends that didn’t involve running or lifting weights, so I had to seize this opportunity to wear make-up and dress up nicely for once! With the summer weather in SF being a little cooler, I got to wear a teal collared shirt, black harlem pants, and black booties. Unfortunately I have no outfit pictures because I still don’t know how to pull off OOTD pictures without looking dumb.

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When my car group arrived in the city, our first stop was Sushiritto for lunch. Sushiritto is a shop that sells made-to-order, hand-held sushi burritos with Asian/Latin-infused ingredients. A few people have told me to try this place out since my favorite food is sushi, so I’m glad I got to finally satisfy my curiosity. I ordered the Mayan Dragon, which was stuffed with crispy chicken katsu, vegetables, and Japanese curry. My thoughts: this tastes weird. Don’t get me wrong, food is food and I still finished it, but I think having “non-sushi” ingredients made my brain go like ‘This is not right’. I’d still like to try the other sushirittos though, because again, food is food!

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Our next destination was the Ghrirardelli Square, which is a landmark public square with shops and restaurants - let’s be real though, the only place you would go at this square is for the Ghirardelli chocolate shop itself. They must have known that I was coming because there were ice cream signs and posters everywhere, which is basically the same thing as putting up a sign that says “CINDY COME HERE!!!”

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It’s quite amazing how much variety of chocolate exists in the world. There were even workers at the door passing out samples. Yo, I am ALL about the samples. I took four of them from walking back and forth, no shame at all. And I don’t know about you but Ghirardelli should totally sponsor me for giving all this promo. I’ll accept payment in chocolate of course.

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Here’s the view from inside the Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate shop. They picked a pretty great location, since it overlooks Fisherman’s Wharf next to the bay. The weather was so good on this day! Davis becomes over 90F during the summer and beginning of fall, so I certainly appreciate sunny-but-cool San Francisco during this season.

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I could not pass up visiting the Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop without trying out their ice cream! They had an extensive menu of elaborate sundaes that were over $13, and since I ain’t made of money, I settled for a chocolate-dipped waffle cone instead. I ordered the espresso chip ice cream which tastes just as good as it sounds. I liked tasting the coffee flavor while still having the chocolate chips to chew on.

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We brought our ice cream to-go with us as my car group had to rush to Fisherman’s Wharf to catch up with the rest of our friends meeting us there. You can imagine how sticky my fingers were as I tried maneuvering through the neighborhood. And why were we in a rush to get there?

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To go to The Dungeon! Since we had 15 people in total, we got the group discount of $18 per ticket. Truthfully, I signed up for it with absolutely no clue on what it actually was about. A friend just invited me and I was like OK COOL LET’S GO!

So, I didn’t find out what exactly it was until I stepped inside and began exploring this “dungeon”. I’ll talk more about what went on down there, as well as post pictures, in Part 2!

Posted: October 08, 2014

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014. This will be a short and simple post because I want to talk about a new Japanese restaurant that opened in Davis recently called Yakitori Yuchan. If I could dedicate a post solely to one thing, obviously it would be about food. Food is serious business, you know. I don’t fuck around with that shit, so can this new place live up to my standards?!

In Japanese, “yaki” means grilled and “tori” means bird. I don’t know what Yuchan means because I’m too lazy to google it. Point is, this restaurant specializes in chicken skewers. I like chicken! I like skewers! Sign me up!

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The interior of the restaurant was pretty nice! There was a bar-like area in the front half of the restaurant, while the back half had a mix of booths and tables. I like the red-and-black color scheme and how it matched the paintings on the walls and the red bamboo sticks hanging off the ceiling. The service was super friendly and my poor waitress diligently put up with all my questions asking how big the skewers were and if it would make me full (I ask the important questions).

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Excuse us for looking like shit - my friends and I had been working out at the gym for three hours right before we came here. My friend ordered the garlic chicken skewer, while I asked for the garlic calamari skewer. You really can’t go wrong with garlic, dude. To be honest, I wish the skewers were longer, but the waitress had explained that they were meant to be snacks rather than actual meals.

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For that reason, I also ordered the omusoba, which is an omelet over yakisoba noodles mixed with pork and vegetables. I really liked the tonkatsu/mayo sauce, it was a burst of flavor. I would have liked this dish even more if the omelet had been bigger (or if there had been several omelets), because I finished it within 5 minutes before the rest of my table even received their food.

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My other friend ordered the donburi which is a rice bowl dish with fish, meat, and vegetables. He was taking photos for his Instagram. I can’t really make fun of him for that because, well, look at everything I’ve been doing for my blog.

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My workout buddy ordered the chicken ramen tonkotsu. She let me try some too, yay! Our friend ordered the takoyaki which are octopus balls with bonito flakes and vegetable/fruit sauce (a common food stable in anime, but the sauces in real life make it look more delicious).

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Going off on a tangent - after dinner, my group walked over to the Farmer’s Market, where we got to sample popcorn, grapes, and apple juice. That shit was FRESH. I was craving macarons that day too but the sweets booth was only selling strawberry and peanut butter (neither of which I like), so I had to walk away from that, sigh. Maybe one day, that delicious salted caramel macaron and I will reunite again.

Overall, I ended up being hungry again by the end of the night. I think I would have enjoyed the restaurant a lot more if their portions were bigger, because I paid $14 in total (tip and tax included) for a meal that didn’t make me 1/4 full. I suppose this place catered more towards the taste than the fullness. Which is a shame because the food really was tasty! But if my tummy isn’t satisfied, it’s a no-go. Next time I wanna spend $14 for a filling meal in downtown, I’ll visit Black Bear Diner.

Next blog entry coming up: a two-part post about my adventures in San Francisco (this time, not racing-related)! The school year has started already, but I still have a lot to say about the summer. Which is pretty indicative of how I’m still stuck in summer mode.

Posted: October 03, 2014
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