Friday Night at the de Young

7/19/2013 Friday Night at the de Young


I had 3 oz glass of dessert wine before heading to de Young Museum in the early afternoon. It made me feels relaxed and set my mood for the evening. My “mock boyfriend” and I had similar brain wave (although he is million times more intelligent than I am – he is a Product of an elite intellectual education in England). His delightful sense of humor relieved my anxiety and gave spontaneous laughter and mirth. We walked around almost every exhibition floors, and that caused my feet in pain at same time I was appreciating the exhibitions. I think my foot pain is due to sudden weight gain that place large weight-bearing load on them.
Friday Nights at the de Young are after-hours (the ‘evening’ commences at 5) art “happenings” and July 19th was “Sights and Sounds of Mexico” The band, a jazz and pop fusion music. We did flee the band – it was too loud.

I normally go places by myself, so it was lovely to have a “mock boyfriend” for a change.

July Photo Gallery


7/20/2013 Merola Opera’s Schwabacher Summer Concert


Each summer, San Francisco becomes a place where dreams come true for the young artists in the Merola Opera Program. Out of hundreds of young hopefuls who audition, approximately 23 singers, five apprentice coaches and one apprentice stage director are chosen to participate in the Program. Merola is dedicated to seeking out the finest young opera talent and helping them develop into professional artists of the highest caliber.
(featuring scenes from Don Giovanni, Don Carlo, L’italiana in Algeri, Lucia di Lammermoor, L’amico Fritz, and Otello)

Everyone performed very well. I particularly enjoyed Zanda’s performance. She is the opera star of tomorrow.

Zanda Svede mezzo-soprano
HOMETOWN: Valmiera, Latvia
MEROLA ROLES: Schwabacher Summer Concert: Isabella (L’italiana in Algeri); Beppe (L’amico Fritz); Emilia (Otello)
SCHOOLS &YOUNG ARTIST PROGRAMS: Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music; Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences; Tyrolean Opera Program; Manhattan Summer Voice Festival

7/14/2013 Painting in beautiful afternoon


Salvio Pacheco Square is located at the beautiful Todos Santos Plaza in the heart of Concord. There is a park across the street. Todos Santos Plaza host Farmer’s Market and live music twice a week in the summer. I sometimes stop by here to enjoy music after my Hula Dance evening class. My friends Tom & Maxine are always dancing here. They get a lot of attention from crowds for their fantastic West cost swing dance.

It was most comfortable and beautiful summer afternoon (like low-80’s temperature). I learned that you never do watercolor painting in summer because paint dries too quickly – at least for me, it is true.

My friend John is professional artist; I have seen his oil painting works.

7/13/2013 Ho’olaule’a (Celebration)

hula dancers

Annual Ho’olaulea (celebration) by SF and Bay Area Hawaiian.
Featuring Hawaiian food, arts and crafts and live entertainment at Swiss Park, Newark. (50 miles from my house)
I can sense that the most striking quality among those people is the sense of family (ohana).  My hula teacher Rose and her students performed several dances. ” bravo!
I bought 3 Floral Hair Clips. Total $27.50 but I negotiated for $25. Successful. I didn’t know I had negotiation skills. I am proud of myself. I also bought Pau hula skirt.
I signed up for hula class again (July – August session) “Aloha” to everyone.

7/28/2013 Going to the Grove

ballet76th Stern Grove Festival.
The season runs from June 16 – August 18, 2013.

The Full Lineup is as Follows:

June 16: The Big Picnic Starring Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs
June 23: Ramsey Lewis, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Quadron
June 30: Deltron 3030 Featuring Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien and Kid Koala
July 7: San Francisco Symphony
July 14: Kronos Quartet, Geographer with Magik*Magik Quartet and Real Voice String Quartet
July 21: Red Baraat and Fanfare Ciocărlia
July 28: San Francisco Ballet
August 4: Shuggie Otis and The Relative
August 11: Pink Martini and La Santa Cecilila
August 18: San Francisco Opera

It was fogged in all day. This was my first attendance to Stern Grove Festival. My main concern was parking; also, I am not good at parallel parking. You know I live in suburbia with plenty of parking spaces. I used public transportation BART and MUNI Metro. Surprisingly easy transit to Grove. I am big fun of Ballet. For example, I follow Miko Fogarty on YouTube. Miko is one of the main characters in the documentary, “First Position,” a film that follows young ballet dancers as they compete in the 2010 Grand Prix. She was born in London, (Japanese mother and British father) lives in Bay Area now.

I initially planed to go to Berkeley Marina for Kite Festival (33 miles from my house). Then I changed mind to go to Stern Grove Festival (43 miles). I got enough nerve to try MUNI public transit. Anyhow ballet is more girlie thing than kite flying (Ooops! sexist ?)

Other choice I had was Gilroy Garlic Festival, I’ve never been there before. It cost $17 fee to enter and driving 90 miles is too costly.
Oh, one more thing. I was plan to go to Rossmoor for Ballroom dance in the evening, too tired and stayed home.

San Francisco Bay Area has so much to offer.

Things around the house


PUMPKIN always interfere my watering gardens. She gets soaking wet then run into house rollover on carpet floor. She has grown quite a bit since she joined my household.

This orchid blooms without care. I put it in corner of backyard where no direct sunlight. I water whenever I remember to do so. I like orchid because long-lasting flowers. I took a picture in the night.

I have a grape vine. Birds and I share seedless grapes. Not really great taste though.

I will cry and cry… if some woman say things like this (following statements are extracted from Internet):
Bless me, how fat you are grown! – absolutely as round as a ball: – you will soon be as embonpoint (excuse my French) as your poor dear father, the major. . (The Lady’s Magazine, 1830)

‘En bon point’ is French for ‘plump; well-nourished’. It might seem odd to us now that the speaker, having been rather rude about her compatriot’s appearance, felt obliged to apologize for doing so in French, but not for the rudeness itself.