Honolulu City Lights 2016 at Honolulu Hale

Christmas in Paradise – Honolulu City Lights 2016

Taking a break from procrastinating on my posts for Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Aruba, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Mexico (ugh), I present to you, in the meantime, the holiday magic of the Honolulu City Lights, an annual tradition on Oahu (where I’m from). It all takes place at Honolulu Hale (city hall) where a big Christmas tree is lit out front, and decoration and wreath contests are held within. So enjoy these photos with warm thoughts, wherever you are, while listening to the classic Hawaiian song inspired by the event.

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View of Milan from the Terrazze del Duomo

Milan – Elegance, Nightlife & Expo 2015 (Videos)

Seven years ago in a lifetime far away, before I had ever been to Europe, when I still thought bruschetta was pronounced with a sh, the first native Italian came into my life. I decided to pick up the language, now having someone to practice with; I ditched French and embarked on a voyage into la bella lingua. She was from a small town near Milan, and, since then, I held a fascination for the bustling Italian metropolis. Seven years later, I finally saw the city for myself.

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SF Giants World Series 2014 Parade

Photos from the 2014 SF Giants World Series Victory Parade

Orange October comes to a glorious end for our beloved SF Giants with a classic confetti-filled parade. Led by mascot Lou Seal, the 2014 World Series champs slowly (slowly) made their way down Market Street amidst a sea of adoring baseball fans. With three World Series wins in the past five years, San Francisco was more than prepared to host a proper homecoming celebration. The parade ended at Civic Center with a televised ceremony.

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TrendyLime’s Alice in Wonderland 4th Anniversary Party in SF

Trendy Lime's 4th Anniversary Party. Photo credit: CalMax PhotographyCalMax Photography

Last week, I attended TrendyLime‘s 4th Anniversary party, an Alice in Wonderland-themed soiree held at Drake Bar & Lounge in San Francisco. The venue was filled with costumed attendees ready to socialize, take in several Wonderland games and pose in the photo booth. With two floors of space, Drake was a great spot for accommodating so many guests. Continue reading “TrendyLime’s Alice in Wonderland 4th Anniversary Party in SF”

A Recap of Trendy Lime’s JETLAG 26 at the Clift Hotel in SF

Photo of Trendy Lime's JETLAG 26 at Clift Hotel by Damien Miller of Sapient Studios

Fashion. Travel. Fancy underpants. These were just some of the themes present at Trendy Lime’s JETLAG 26, held last Wednesday at the Clift Hotel in San Francisco. The hotel’s lounge, The Redwood Room, was sealed off for this chic charity event, benefitting the Academy of Friends, an organization that raises funds for care services and educational programs for those at risk of HIV/AIDS. Continue reading “A Recap of Trendy Lime’s JETLAG 26 at the Clift Hotel in SF”

Boy and Chinese lion heads before Chinese New Year parade in San Francisco

Walking with AT&T in the SF Chinese New Year Parade 2013

I often hear newcomers express their surprise that the Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco should be so popular. I almost want to shake them, screaming, “Well, it’s the largest Asian heritage celebration in North America and one of the largest outside of Asia!”

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Honolulu City Lights - Christmas 2012 - Iolani Palace

The Honolulu City Lights – Christmas in Hawaii

Following last year’s “Christmas in Paradise – The Honolulu City Lights” photo post, I’d like to share what went down at Honolulu Hale this holiday season. There were a few notable changes, including the seahorses standing guard outside the exhibition building, an octopus added to the main fountain area (a new addition to Hawaiian Santa’s posse) and an especially impressive display of wreaths in the annual contest (scroll down for the first place winner – a beautiful peacock made from old CDs). Continue reading “The Honolulu City Lights – Christmas in Hawaii”

Old meets new in Lijiang during the COART international artists festival

Old Meets New in Lijiang During the COART International Artists Festival

China isn’t the red communist country of same-faced okay men and yessir women that the past presented. The nation formerly under Mao’s cultural servitude is now brimming with hip artists, free thinkers and incredibly fashionable people. This was especially true during the COART international artists festival in Shu He Ancient City during the start of this month. Folks of past traditions mixed with young artists from around the world in the historic town, creating a dichotomy of old and new that was visually appealing.

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