Monthly Archives: May 2010

My World #75: Interesting Mural

This facade faces the Chinatown neighborhood.

And this side faces the North Beach (or Little Italy neighborhood).

I cannot avoid snapping at this building which houses some apartments upstairs and a Chinese restaurant downstairs.  I haven’t been to this establishment.  Yelpers are not too kind to it, though.

One time while surfing the net I read one article calling this building the Jazz Building, but I cannot find any other articles that call it Jazz Building.  Anybody else know why the mural and what it is for?

Hoping that you have a lovely Memorial Day weekend.



Posted by on May 31, 2010 in Uncategorized


Photo Hunt #85: Memorial

The Temple of Hephaestus in the ancient Greek agora is a memorial to Hephaestus who is the Greek god of fire and volcanoes and of all craftsmen and smiths. He is the equivalent of the Roman god Vulcan.

Snapped from Acropolis, November 2009.

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Posted by on May 28, 2010 in Uncategorized


Sky Watch #92: Watching the sunset

Our first sea day we were able to watch the sunset on the deck.  You may notice that there seems to be no one around.  It looks like that on this picture.  This was when the wind picked up and it was cold, so people watched the sunset away from the wind path.

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Posted by on May 27, 2010 in Uncategorized


My World #74:

Many of you know or have noticed that I love drive by shots.  I love it so much that I think nearly half of what I have in my archives is drive by.  Lately, inspired by the newest meme that I am participating in WINDOW VIEWS AND DOORS TOO hosted by Teach Mary and by a Flickr contact of mine that features many many many shots of houses in San Fran, I thought I’d devote a huge portion of my drive by shots to houses/homes/doors/windows.  And here’s one that’s been sitting on  my archives for a couple of years. 

Taken at the corner of 8th and Washington St. in Oakland is Kai Japanese Restaurant.  I haven’t been in this restaurant. I liked its facade though.

I will not be able to visit as much this time around. I will be away from my computer for a couple of days.  Have a good week every body.

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Posted by on May 24, 2010 in Uncategorized


Photo Hunt #84: Monthly

I wish I could go out and dine in style on a MONTHLY basis, but my pocketbook says no.  So I just go 1-2 a year on very special occasions.  Gives me plenty of time to save up for that $12 cocktail 🙂

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Posted by on May 21, 2010 in Uncategorized


Sky Watch #91:

Highway 395 in the Eastern Sierra area is  a scenic stretch of roadway.  The passing scenery didn’t take away from my skywatching.

The photos are snapped around the Mono Lake area, a little bit of the lake is seen on second image.

Eastern Sierra, Memorial Day Weekend 2008.

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Posted by on May 20, 2010 in Uncategorized


Window Views and Doors Too #23

Inside the Riviera del Pacifico – formerly known as the Playa Ensenada Hotel and Casino – in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. 

The hotel/casino was opened in the 1930s and was a popular place to visit for Hollywood celebrities and wealthy Americans during the prohibition.  

This plush gambling and casino attracted personalities like Johnny Weismuller, Rita Hayworth, Lucille Ball, etc.

Now it is functions as a social, civic, and cultural center and a major stop for cruisers docking in Ensenada.  I hope to be able to dig up the exterior shots that I took so I could also share those with you.



Posted by on May 19, 2010 in Uncategorized