Saturday, August 15, 2015

Day 2 - San Francisco

A very nice surprise.
Breakfast delivered by my cousin Tricia. 

Good morning SF!!!

"The Transamerica Pyramid is the tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline. The building no longer houses theheadquarters of the Transamerica Corporation, who moved their U.S. headquarters to BaltimoreMaryland, but it is still associated with the company and is depicted in the company's logo. Designed by architect William Pereira and built by Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company, at 853 ft (260 m), on completion in 1972 it was the eighth tallest building in the world."

Love the metallic staircase...

(Created in San Francisco)

"The rainbow flag, commonly the gay pride flag and LGBT pride flag, is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual, andtransgender (LGBT) pride and LGBT social movements. (Other uses of rainbow flags include a symbol of peace.) The colors reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, and the flag is often used as a symbol of gay pride in LGBT rights marches. It originated in Northern California, but is now used worldwide.
Designed by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978, the design has undergone several revisions to first remove then re-add colors due to widely available fabrics.[1][2] As of 2008, the most common variant consists of six stripes, with the colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet. The flag is commonly flown horizontally, with the red stripe on top, as it would be in a natural rainbow."

Always love the liberal and diversity of San Francisco.

"The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate strait, the mile-wide, three-mile-long channel between San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The structure links the U.S. city of San Francisco, on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, to Marin County, bridging both U.S. Route 101 and California State Route 1 across the strait. The bridge is one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco,California, and the United States. It has been declared one of the Wonders of the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers.[7]
The Frommers travel guide considers the Golden Gate Bridge "possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world".[8] It opened in 1937 and was, until 1964, the longest suspension bridge main span in the world, at 4,200 feet (1,300 m)."

Feeling quite emotional when the bus was driving on the bridge. 
I remembered the first time crossing the bridge - my friends and I were so excited that we were shouting and cheering in the car. Those were the days when I could get excited easily. It's good to be young. =)

The iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

I walk.... AIDS Walk....

I have been volunteering with a HIV/AIDS volunteer group for the past 5 years.
Hopefully, the stigma against people with HIV/AIDS will subside slowly.
Hopefully, the general public will view people with HIV/AIDS like any other patients with chronic illnesses like Hypertension and Diabetes.




Artist at work.

Buddhist Art



This is my favourite art piece
Reminds me of Nepal....

I ended my day by having In-N-Out burgers with 2 friends (who are based in SF). =)

It is good to catch up with friends, and understand the current situation in SF. I did not know that SF have overtaken NY as the most expensive city in US.

I had a very good chat with one of my batch mates. We lived in SF for 1 year around 11 years ago, and he decided to relocate back to SF. The night was a bit cold and it really reminded me of the days living in SF. Overall, it was an awesome year, but at times, it could be cold and lonely. Well, that's life, you can't have paradise all the time.

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