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In conjunction with celebrating the 30th anniversary of a private philanthropic organizations: Koret, this Mother’s Day ( on Sunday, May 10, 2009 ) you may enjoy by visiting 17 participating bay area museums free of charge.
This year’s mother’s day event Koret will offer free of charge to seventeen museums across bay area, participating museums include:
Chabot Space & Science Center
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Judah L. Magnes Museum
Lawrence Hall of Science
Legion of Honor
M. H. de Young Museum
Museum of the African Diaspora
Oakland Museum of California
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Francisco Zoo
San Jose Museum of Art
Tech Museum of Innovation IMAX Movie

source: Koret


Swine Flue case in Bay Area

Posted by editor On May - 1 - 2009

Yesterday I heard the radio local news stated there are total of 3 reported cases in Bay Area including 1 from San Jose and 2 others in San Mateo county. I checked the online SF gate/ San Francisco Chronicles this morning and see there are total of 11 reported case of swine flu.

Swine flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza virus and does not normally infect humans, according to federal health authorities. Typically, when people have gotten it, it’s because they came in direct contact with pigs. But this particular strain has been spreading from human to human.

Signs of possible swine flu

*Flulike symptoms, including fever, sore throat, cough, and possibly vomiting and diarrhea.
*Recent travel to Mexico or contact with someone who has been to Mexico recently.
*Recent travel to San Diego or Imperial counties in Southern California, or contact with someone from there.

My co-worker had to call his wife yesterday to pick up their son from local a San Jose school because of the reported case of swine flu near-by. The school already issue a reqiuire shut-down for a week.
It’d be difficult to go anywhere if this get worse just like in Mexico people have to stay at their house, no school or restaurant allow to open. Well I hope it doesn’t get to be that worse but I already went to costco and stock up some canned food just in case…  =D

source: sfgate.com


Not double double burger or triple triple burger anymore but hundred hundred, how do you like that?
It’s not in the menu but someone actually did order it, cost $97.66 with a total calories of 19490. Here’s the proof of receipt:

and here’s what the 100 x 100 burger looks like:

here’s the close up:

For more pictures and interesting facts please visit here.
source: here.


St. Patrick’s Day Annual Celebration in San Francisco

Posted by editor On March - 14 - 2009

I didn’t realize that today is the day when St. Patrick’s Day Annual Parade Celebration takes place. So it took me three hours to get to downtown San Francisco (ouchhh!) even though I live in the City. Today most of major roads toward downtown were closed for the parade (which made me stuck). Well but I wasn’t all that upset because I had a chance to see a little celebration full of brides. Yes male and female they were all wearing bridal attire and dance in the city today. I saw these brides ran around and hoped into the bus (they were shouting and cheering from the open deck sign-seeing bus) it was a very fun, relieving and entertaining sight for me after all those hours sitting in the traffic. (I am glad I was able to take these three pictures home to share – taken from iPhone)

A little info from kron4 about the parade:

The parade starts at Second and Market streets around 11:30 a.m. with dancers, performers and visitors from Ireland, said event spokesman Diarmuid Philpott with the United Irish Societies of San Francisco.

The parade ends at the Civic Center Plaza with a festival featuring three beer gardens, live entertainment, pony rides, a petting zoo and about 60 vendors.

“People will be selling Irish hats, Irish clothing, beef jerky,  jewelry, arts and crafts, and will celebrate being green,” festival  spokeswoman Sarah Tipple said.

here’re pictures of last year’s parade:

source: Kron4, United Irish Societies (2008 parade picture)
Need more info to see St Patrick’s Parade? The parade is available in most big cities – see the guide from gayot here.


Sprinkles Cupcakes defining design with cupcakes

Posted by editor On February - 19 - 2009

Oh la la great cupcakes finally available for bay area dwellers! Sprinkles Cupcakes just open another store in Standford Mall, Palo Alto. Sprinkles offers greatly designed, nicely presentable as well as great tasting cupcakes.

I just love looking at these cutely made cupcakes. Throughout the week the store will offer different flavors and styles. Also during special occasions such as valentine’s, mother’s day, etc it will have a special design.

Here are pictures from sprinklescupcakes.com, come have a little flavor of it:

You might even consider Sprinkles for your special occasion, such as giving a favor on a baby shower, having a tower of cupcakes for a birthday cake, or even for another special moment in your life.

sources: sprinklescupcakes.com
tip: the yelpers said the red velvet is the delicious one!


Dare to try something different? something out of the ordinary? try to stay in a yurt (Treebones resort’s definition: Yurts are tent-like circular fabric structures with wood lattice frames) You’ll get the close-to-nature experience especially when you find one that sits in such a beautiful place between San Simeon and Big Sur – The Treebones Resort) check out these pictures from the resort:

Yurt from the outside

Inside of a Yurt

Resort’s heated pool

Sky and ocean view in the nearby area

Treebones Resort is one of few resorts that get featured on concierge.com editor’s pick. This is what concierge.com has to say:

The 16 yurts have been constructed with an eye toward sustainability: They’re temporary structures, with wooden floors and canvas walls stretched across lattice frameworks. Each has a comfortable bed gussied up with a patchwork quilt, a couple of chairs, heat, sinks, and electricity. There are no private baths—instead you wander down a path to a sparklingly clean bathhouse—and meals are prepared in a simple lodge building (dinners are generally barbecued, and you make your own waffles at breakfast). The place appeals largely to do-it-yourself travelers who pack their own beach towels, who prefer hiking and kayaking to golf and tennis, and who come for unadulterated contact with the landscape. After all, Los Padres National Forest sits behind the property, and the ocean stretches out in front. The one nod to luxury here is the heated pool and hot tub, a welcome relief after a long day of communing with nature.

view outside the yurt

Another view outside the yurt

This is a cute human-size bird nest like structure (you may spend the afternoon meditate or just enjoy the structure) or for those brave enough you may bring a sleeping bag and book this nest for a night stay =)

another picture of the nest (entrance)

Treebones Resort


San Mateo County Homeowners: How to reduce your property taxes

Posted by editor On February - 11 - 2009

If you live in San Mateo County and your home values have dropped, here’s a cheap, easy way for you to reduce your property taxes.

San Mateo County in San Francisco Bay Area includes California cities and towns:
Town of Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Township of Broadmoor, Burlingame, Town of Colma, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Town of Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Pacifica, Town of Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Mateo, South San Francisco, Woodside.

The San Mateo County Assessor’s Office asked the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office to send out the following cautionary note regarding unsolicited property tax reduction offers.

In the past week, San Mateo County property owners have been blanketed with solicitations from private companies that are luring people to spend money to reduce their property taxes. These companies cannot guarantee a reduction in property taxes to anyone. The law establishes which properties are eligible for this property tax relief program known as a “Decline in Value.”

A “Decline in Value” request is FREE to any homeowner. We need your help to get the word out–tell your constituents, employees, friends, neighbors and family NOT to get ripped off–do NOT pay for these services. If anyone should ask, this is how the Decline in Value program works:

First, a property owner requests a Decline in Value review by filling out a simple form and sending to the Assessor’s office (online, by fax, mail or in person). It only takes a couple of minutes to complete.

Second, our offices review the request. If a property’s assessed value is more than its market value as of Jan. 1, the property owner will be eligible for a temporary reduction in assessed value. We will start the process that will lower their property tax bill or earn them a property tax credit.

Third, if the property is ineligible for relief, we will advise the owner as to why their property did not qualify for a reduction.

Where can someone get a form? Decline in Value request forms are available online and in downloadable paper formats from our web site at www.smcare.org. We will also mail them to a property owner and forms are available in our office if a person stops by.

And lastly, properties that are reduced are reviewed by the office on an annual basis. If the property continues to qualify, it will remain on the program in future years until the property’s value is regained.

Please help us spread the word. I’ve attached the press release that we sent to the media and samples of the solicitations. You will note that is very professional looking and that is why it may snare unsuspecting property owners into this scam.

The online form.


The New California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

Posted by editor On September - 29 - 2008



Open its door to public last Satyrdat on 27th of September 2008, the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco is full packed with people wanting to experience a little bit of this green building designed by Renzo Piano (Who is he? find out here). Well the reason of that people jammed is due to the fact that the museum gave FREE entrance charge on the Grand Opening day (normally it will cost $25.00 for adult, oh yes if you like free stuf try to visit the musem every 3rd Wednesday of the month – but too bad if you have work, well just make excuses =P).


Well I guess after nearly 10 years of making it’s finally arrive. Not only it takes a long time to make this but also costly – at about $500 million dollars spent in the construction of this building.

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aquarium 540






rainforest 500

Try to pay a visit if you are ever in San Francisco!


When I first saw starwars I remembered asking my friends if that holographic 3D telecommunication is of a current technology that only available for certain important group of people. Well as a matter of fact it was not anywhere available during that time (I am talking about during the time Natalie Portman was the actress for Starwars, since Starwars has some versions)

Well anyhow I thought it’d be cool to have that kind of technology available. Well, now that technology is made available through cisco and musion.

Here’re some snapshots of throwing a ball from a holographic person to the other holographic person, taken from the musion’s website:







here’s a quote about the TelePresence form Cisco and Musion (for live video please see it here):

The ‘Cisco On-Stage TelePresence Experience’ was an ambitious collaboration between Cisco and Musion Systems, which took place during the opening of Cisco’s Globalization Centre East in Bangalore, India.
Musion seamlessly integrated their 3D holographic display technology with Cisco’s TelePresence’s system to create the world’s first real time virtual presentation.

read the full article here (It’s worth it).
related article: “Illusory Characters With Startling Stage Presence” from nytimes.com.



takumi judan

How do you like to try a taste 10 layers burger called the Takumi Burger from Mos Burger? I myself so eager to try it, too bad they’re not available in the US. MOS burger mainly available throughout Asia many found in Japan, Taiwan, Hongkong and Singapore. So don’t miss on if you happen to have to transit via Singapore.

¥1,000/US$8.74. Limited to 40 servings per day. Takumi Judan roughly translated is “ingenius flavor in ten sections” (or something like that, you Japanese speakers feel free to correct me). Ten layers of goodness (bun, special sauce, egg, bacon, [beef] pattie, ketchup, onion slices, tomatoes, lettuce, mayonaise).

MADE IN WEST COAST USA the always freshly-made IN-N-OUT BURGER

in n out

The shape and size being almost the same between MOS and in-n-out (quite smaller than that of Burger King / BK Burger) they both has a very satisfying taste. I guess both will give me alllmooosstt the same satisfaction, this is quite hard to say though. So what do you think? Anyway I consider in-n-out to be in my “good available burger out there/favorite list” I love the fresh taste of it, and if you don’t like the fresh onion cuz it’s to spicy just call out for WHOLE GRILL ONION or GRILL ONION (for this they’re gonna give you the chopped sauteed version of the onion)


shake shack

need to read why this is awsome, here’s a comparison from yusheng:

In-N-Out’s bun (well toasted, just like the Shake Shack) is bigger and the burger comes with more lettuce, but the beef patty is much thinner and is basically nuked. So the whole meat to bun/lettuce/tomato ratio is way off. Shake Shack’s beef patty is more than twice as thick and you can tell it’s made from superior beef.

The Shake Shack bun is smaller and softer and comes with a single fresh crunchy slice of lettuce (both In-N-Out and Shake Shack come with a single slice of tomato). Smaller bun+less lettuce+much bigger beef patty = a vastly superior meat-to-bun/lettuce/tomato ratio.
The Shack Burger is twice as much at $3.95 but it’s worth every penny. I think it’s more than twice as good.

Well I think it’s worth a try, right? Especially when you’re not an east coast dwellers then it make all arguments right to have that one time try.
It’s located at Madison Avenue and 23rd Street. Also they’re opening a new one in the Upper West Side at 77th and Columbus Ave sometime in late 2008.

link1, link2.



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