inspiration, travel

Visit With Passionate People

I was visiting this jewelry store in Rome by a very famous jewelry maker Diego Percossi Papi (exibition). The shop is tiny and I was a bit intimidated since the jewelry were all well over $1,000. I looked into the shop for a good 5 minutes until the owner/designer buzzed me in and told me […]

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cate, parenting, travel

Paris Trip Day 4 : Compromises (2008)

I’m usually not good at resolving conflicts. In the dating environment, I would just run away. At work, we’ll try to figure out the ‘right’ way and usually the ‘right’ way wins. With Cate, usually the only way that wins is to compromise Last night I was trying to convince Cate to fall asleep sooner […]

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badminton, inspiration, travel

Not Being Fair Is OK

I’m in Malaysia watching the 2008 Badminton Super Series (I’m an addict) I noticed that older women in Malaysia and Bangalore often would cut in front of lines to the bathroom. It almost seems like they think it’s their right. At first I was going to ask them to get in line, but then I […]

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travel

Paris here we come again

Kate and I are heading for Paris tomorrow afternoon. She is super excited about it. She tells me she is looking forward to time with only Dad and no one else. She is looking forward to the crepes, and going up to the Eifel Tower when we first get there. I admit that I thrive […]

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travel

Singapore Layover

(red sign says ‘Remember To Eat’) On my business trip to Bangalore, I got to stop over in Singapore for 7 hours. I think it was intentional of Singapore airlines.. To bring some tourism money to the country. First observations of this country is of course it’s clean, and modern. Then I noticed there are […]

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travel

San Francisco: Shoe Garden

I was playing tourist again in San Francisco and saw this Alamo Square Park Shoe Garden. It’s amazing how many little things I still have not seen in this greatest city (next to Paris) in the world. From sfgate.com: Alamo Square Park: One of the most photographed spots in San Francisco, thanks to the breathtaking […]

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travel

“I seldom leave the Mission”

I overheard a young 20 something dude talking at Ritual Coffee. “I don’t ever leave the Mission, maybe someday I’ll explore Berkeley” It reminds me of a Sex and City episode where the Manhattan Guy says to Carrie or Maranda that he ‘never leaves the island because everything is available in Manhattan, why do we […]

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travel

SF MOMA At Night

(you can click on the photo enlarge) I love the night scene in large cities.  It feels so alive, filled with the energy of human beings, full of lights and cars.  I’m on my bike over to the SF Metreon and looking at the sureal lights of the SF MOMA.

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travel

Barcelona Has The Crazy Food

I was in Barcelona for 4 days and finally am back at the mothership in Paris. If you thought SF was pretty crazy about food, Barcelona kicks everyone’s butt when it comes to food (even NY). The people here love to eat and it shows. There are restaurants that are named ‘White’, places that have […]

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travel

We Are All Just Human

I’ve been late getting on the Battlestar Galactica bandwagen. Awsome shows btw, downloaded via iTunes. I’ve come to accept the fact that humans make mistakes and it has helped me several times during this trip in Europe. 1) I wanted a ticket from Paris to Nice and this man said they are fully booked. I […]

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travel

Hiatus in Tuscany

Taking a 2 week trip in Tuscany this week, a few ramblings. 1) Cappuccino is first in the world here in Italy, sweet necter of espresso with the right amount of milk makes a smooth drink that none can rival.  There is no pretentious baristas, they just plain know to do it right. 2) Straight […]

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travel

Mission Accomplished, Paris I’m Back!

Mission accomplished: 1) kate and I survived Paris and she was happy and content to have been with me for 2 1/2 weeks. Her mom said she has been very sweet. For all dads out there, leaving your 5 year old for 2 months, leaves them missing you a lot. 2) My house in Castro […]

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food, travel

Japanese does French pastries

This shop so far has the best French pastries and best coffee I’ve had in Paris and it’s created by a Japanese chef http://www.sadaharuaoki.com/ My favorite is all the pastries filled with mocha powder giving it a nice Japanese flavor to the classic French pastries.  The photo above is macha flavored madelline

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parenting, travel

single dad traveling with a kid in Paris

Eiffel Tower, Seine River, Louvre Museum: from  5 year old’s perpective, she can care less. Where’s the ice cream place, crepes? tired of walking, not the metro again, are we there yet? Kate is a pretty good traveler, but thinking from her perspective, I can understand. My days with her here in Paris is not […]

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travel

Steady Biking From Nice To Monaco

Slow and steady, just concentrate, I’m sweating like a dog, have not needed to pee in 8 hours, all my liquids are sweated out. There is 10 more miles to go before I hit Monaco.  I cursed every downhill because I have to bike up the same hill again in reverse.  I reveled in the […]

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travel

True Freedom Of Travel

Having a bike always with me in Europe has totally changed the way I travel.  I used to think I can just run anywhere since I like slow jogging, but can’t really do that when I’ve got a 20 lbs bag with me. This is my current thoughts on travel by bike I don’t take […]

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travel

People On Euro Train To Munich

I arrived at the train station on the Brompton (flickr photos) 10 minutes before the train took off.  The conductor looked at my bike and said I needed a reservation for it.  I folded it up in 30 secs and he said I didn’t need reservations. Today’s sleeper is a 4 bed and oddly they […]

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travel

Mid-life Crisis Coming Early

So the common theory goes that there are basic humans needs like food and shelter and once you fulfill these needs then there is love, follow by spiritual needs and I don’t remember what other higher callings there are. For my parents’ generation they struggled for 40-50 years for basic survival and the focus is […]

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travel

Travel By Train Or Plane

After reading http://seat61.com/ and watching the movie  Before Sunrise, I had a very romantic notion of traveling by train.  My first trip on the Eurorail from Paris to Copenhagen took me 15 hours and  tor·tur·ous moments where I’m telling myself to get some sleep or I’ll be hallucinating in the bike train. Hmm, I still […]

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travel

Parisians are just like Americans

Well I could safely say that I understand Parisian life a little bit more after running through to 140 metro stations, getting a hair cut, buying food at the local markets, going to shop at their farmer’s open air markets, biking around town on my bike for 30 days. Here is the recap and sorry […]

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coffee, travel

Coffee Obsessed In Copenhagen

The photo is of Reg Barber tampers I saw in Risterit in Denmark.. ooooo.. soo cool.  I’ve been hearing about these babies on coffeegeek all week. Ok, I’ve been obssessed with coffee lately.  Listening to coffeegeek and http://www.portafilter.net podcasts talking about professional baristas, bean roasting, barista competitions.  The 2006 barista champion actually works in Copenhagen. […]

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travel

Dreaming Away On Eurorail

This weekend I was planning to head over to Barcelona for some bike riding and tapas, but of course the train was fill.  Then I asked the ticket person Madid? No. Lisbon?  No.  uhh, Denmark?  where? What’s the capital of Denmark?  Copenhagen?  OK, I’m going to Copenhagen then. So, my Brompton and I are on […]

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coffee, travel

Finally, Good Coffee In Paris

I been having a hard time finding Italian quality coffee in Paris.  Most places that serve coffee in Paris serve very mediocure cafe creme and cappucino.  While in Paris, I’ve been listening to the http://coffeegeek.com/ podcast and making myself long for a good cup of capuccino. Until one day I stumbled on urbietorbi le bar […]

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travel

Meeting new friends in Paris

I’ve been eating really late (like 11:30pm) here and I sometimes like to just step outside and pick up some take out from this Chinese place right downstairs. A few days ago, the owner of the place was speaking Madarin then I also starting speaking to them in Mandarin.  The husband and wife both came […]

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travel

Travel with StyleCity guides to see the chic and modern

I love the cosmopolitain cities like Paris, SF, NY, Tokyo, HK, Taiwan and whenever I can, I buy this series of books call the StyleCity guides.  These books recommend places to live, eat and shop but with a focus on style and chic. Today I used the guide StyleCity Paris First Pierre Hermé, apparently, he […]

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exercise, travel

Running down the Parisian kids

I saw this really neat parc in Paris and these kids were just runing around in circles while I myself was running the Paris Metro! Neato so I decided to run them down 3 times over and and over. Run The Paris Metro: Chasing kids

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Best morning in Paris…

.. is when it’s raining outside, my apartment is filled with bright day light at 6:00am.  I open up the windows and smell clean air and hear the shops getting ready to open up.  I walk 5 minutes to pick up the best pain au chocolate and bring them home to eat with coffee. So […]

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travel

Run The Paris Metro #5: 18 stations, 13.87 miles, 261 to go

Finally made it to 13.3 miles today.  I’m getting slightly tired with only 4-5 hours of sleep and this running, but I promised myself to sleep a bit more. Today’s run covered 18 stations for 13.87 miles .  Highlights were the 2 farmers markets that ‘forced’ me to stop and eat some fruits Run #4: […]

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travel

Plat Du Jour

When dining in the U.S, I have the misconception that whatever the special of the day is something that the restaurant is trying to give rid of. Here in Paris, the ‘eating’ books recommend that I always order the plat du jour because it’s almost made from what’s fresh at the market. So I ventured […]

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travel

au nom de la rose

I think au num de la rose is a franchise store, but their presentation is really unique. With rose petals all over the front of the store and every store painted this nice mellow green.  I just can’t help myself taking photos with the woman inside looking at my kinda funny

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travel

Traveling by bike in Europe

My current vacation to Paris is the 6th time for me, but this trip will be different in length as well as how I plan to explore the city.   First, my Brompton bike will be with me all the time and I plan to run and bike everywhere in Paris. My first test was when […]

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inspiration, travel

Retirement at 50?

Lunch conversation started around retirement and what would we do if we were able to retire right now? The gut reaction I had was obviously stop working.. then on further thought, what would I do with my free time? I still had Kate to take care of, she goes to school, I can’t just pack […]

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food, travel

Panino At ino in NY

Oh you must come to ino for the best Panino, Panini, Fritata. open til 2am. I’m here now Here is the starter for this AM. Glass of Italian wine, an assorted bruschetta (asparagus, white bean, mozarella, pesto)

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travel

A hunting for chocolates we will go

Last day of this Paris trip and I wanted to hunt down some really dark, high concentrated cocoa beans dark chocolates.  This was the shop I visited Denis Acabo/A L’etoile D’or This shop has all the high end chocolates from all over France.  I just had to try and speak a lilttle bit of French […]

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inspiration, travel

Go with the flow when traveling with parents

My parents are too old for me to try to change them so I go with flow. They wanted to eat Chinese food in Paris, so I bought them to Chinatown where I’ve never ever been to after 8 times in Paris.  I bumped into a Chinese chef of 30 years in Paris and he recommended the […]

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travel

Kate: having fun traveling

It was not an easy trip for her.  Jet lag, grumpy parents, long walks during metro transfer, parents who want to walk thru Amsterdam without a stroller..  but I think she had a blast eating her way thru both Paris and Amsterdam.  

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exercise, travel

Last night in Paris

Hobbled on a bad foot over to the Eifel Tower, had a crepe, stood in the rain and soaked up Paris. Then walked along the Seine to Place de Concord, and watched Star Wars. hee, wonderful end to the vacation Hobble Log: 3 miles

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Travel: Why I belong in Amsterdam

My new favorite city to live is now Amsterdam Everyone rides their bicycles here, the ratio is close to 1-to-1 I can almost run as fast as bikes so I can be in the bike lanes most of the time running.  I scared this dad riding his daughter today when I chased him The city […]

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Travel: Amsterdam city for the young at heart

Guys and gals, for a sinful week of fun and food, you must come to Amsterdam. This city is lively, everyone speaks English, it’s a very relaxed and opened environment (open prostitution, open gay marriages, legalized drugs). When we got to Amsterdam from Paris, it was only an hour’s flight.  We got some fresh juice, […]

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travel

Travel: “Only in Amsterdam”

I’m getting ready to leave for Amsterdam and the Let’s go Amsterdam guide book has a section named Only in Amsterdam Commercial Sex “Window prostituion, which grew out of the practice of prostitutes showing off their goods from the front windows of private houses, was officially legalized in 1911 and in 2000, the law outlawing […]

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