Life Lately

Hello Friends, Here are a few snaps from my Instagram, which I update a little bit more often than the blog here. Feel free to follow me (@sisforSandy) to see more about what I’m up to! My amazing brother make … Continue reading

SF MoMa

 

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We walked to SF Moma and the sky was so pretty!

A few weekends back, my parents and our lovely neighbors drove up to the city to meet their daughter and her beaux for an outing and dinner at their house. She invited us up to explore SF Moma, which has only recently opened in May after their 3 year long closure due to renovations. I was pretty excited to see both the building and the artwork. Although my personal artistic preference runs more to the classics, I do always enjoy seeing what’s hot in the modern art world.

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We ended up getting a snack halfway though in their Cafe 5 restaurant, and the coconut milk curry soup I had was delicious.

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I think my absolute favorite exhibit that I saw that day was called Typeface Interface, and looked critically at the role graphic design and words have played in important communication tools like subway maps, band posters and ads. Their artist statement above describes it so much if you are up for a quick read.

Have you been to SF MoMa yet? Any exhibits you’d like to look at?

Love,

-S

Marin Civic Center

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My dad and I are both big Frank Lloyd Wright fans. A few years back I was able to set up a special father’s present of securing tours at the Stanford Hanna House. We had a blast and I’ve been … Continue reading

School Fieldtrips

During the second to last week of May, we take our students on both college visits and on academic and adventure focused field-trips. On Monday I took my lovely juniors up to the City to explore San Francisco State. It was a bright blue sky kinda day, sunny, but brisk and windy. In short, it was as perfect in the city as it gets!

We explored their library, ate in their cool kid basement game room and lounge, and walked up to their rooftop viewing station!

For the next few days another teacher and I took a few kids to a rock climbing gym in Sunnyvale called Planet Granite. We rock climbed for the morning, and relaxed at the park in the afternoon. It was a great week spending time with the kids outside of the classroom!

Do you remember going on any fun school field-trips?

Love,

-S

Girls Spa Day

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Two years ago A and I went up to the city to spend a day at a Spa. We loved it so much that we booked another day there this year. We started off at Cocoon Urban Day Spa with massages, and finished with a mani-pedi’s. I felt so relaxed after it was all done, perfect for heading into the week before AP exams! The whole place is beautiful and calming, with tea and cookies while you wait. I went for summery colors.

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We followed our spa appointments up with a delicious dim sum lunch at Yank Sing. We took some silly photos while we were waiting for a table.

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I find taking a Sunday day off from babysitting and grading to be with a girlfriend is exactly what  I need heading into a stressful time at work. I feel like the week starts off so much easier!

How do you find time to relax and unwind?

Love,

-S

Academy of Sciences



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My brother’s best friend Alex is pretty much part of our family. He comes on our family vacations to Tahoe, is invited to our birthday parties and nights out in SF, and is a cool kid. He fits in so well with our (crazy) family.

Last weekend was his birthday. My brother and I joined him and his parents for a gorgeously beautiful day in the city. We started out with a tasty breakfast at Padrecito in Cole Valley in SF. I had scrumptious fish tacos. Sadly I ate them too quickly to snap a picture.

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Yum, Churros!

 

From there we uber’d to the Academy of Sciences. I hadn’t been since high school, so it was fun to see their newer exhibits. We went into the Osher Rainforest, which is my favorite part of the museum. It’s a four story dome that houses a rainforest and an aquarium on the lowest level. You start on the ground level and slowly walk around and up looking at the tropical flora and different animals. Then, you plunge down to the aquarium level (in an elevator) and get to look at all the different animals that live in the ocean.

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I particularly enjoyed the Earthquake zone where they had built a temporary exhibit where you could feel the two major earthquakes that have hit SF in the last 100 years.

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On our way out we got to meet their albino alligator named Claude. He was one of the few animals that I particularly remembered from my previous visit.

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What was the latest museum you visited? What was your favorite part about it?

Love,

-S

High Style

About two weeks ago, my mum and I drove up to SF to see an amazing exhibit with our friend Lisa at the Legion of Honor museum.  Quite possibly one of my favorite museums, (next to the Met) we were interested in a couture fashion traveling exhibit on loan from the Brooklyn Museum.

The exhibit included ball gowns, day wear, bathing suits, and accessories from major designers (think french couture and some American woman designers) from 1910 to 1980. Everything was beautifully lit, and all the costumers were still in great condition. I had seen some of these items in fashion coffee table books, but it was pretty cool to see some of these iconic pieces in real life.

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After a long morning at the museum, we drove to lunch at the Beach Chalet. I had a delicious carbonara pasta with an amazing pomegranate blueberry lemonade.

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We had an amazing view of the beach and the water as we ate. I would eat there so often if I lived closer to SF.  It is only a 1.5 hour drive up to the city but i don’t go every often, so every time I go it feels like a fun treat!

Love,

-S

Summer Lovin’

As much as I love my kiddos, I also realllllyyyy enjoy summer break off. This last year was particularly brutal as I barreled through working full time, night classes to finish up my Master’s, and completing my second year of … Continue reading

Google Party at the Asian Art Museum in SF

Last weekend after the yummy crab lunch, Annie, Natasha and I attended one of the many Google Holiday party, this particular one for the Apps Division. It was perhaps the best night in a long time. The party was up in … Continue reading