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Yufei and I went on little weekend trip to Sacramento a few weeks ago. Megabus recently opened up some new routes in California and it was super cheap to take a bus to get to Sacramento (fares start at $1!). We got there in the early afternoon and our first stop after lunch was the Crocker Art Museum.
It was a much bigger museum than we anticipated! There was everything from modern and contemporary art to European masterpieces to Asian and African art.
There was even a special Norman Rockwell exhibit going on when we were there, which was a nice surprise. They had this little station set up where you can take a photo resembling Rockwell’s Triple Self Portrait.
The next morning we walked around Capitol Park and eventually made our way over to the State Capitol. It was a beautiful sunny day but very cold. Too bad we couldn’t take a tour inside because it was a weekend.
We walked around downtown a bit more and then in the afternoon went to the California Railroad Museum.
We learned a lot about the history of the Transcontinental Railroad and California’s history (now we actually know where many of the names of the streets in SF come from!).
There were also a lot of restored and reconstructed train cars that you can explore and even board. The coolest one was a sleeper car that even mimicked the motion of a travelling train!
I had a lot of fun on this little trip. It was the perfect affordable mini day or weekend trip from SF!
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Whoops, it’s been more than a month since my last post! I had been complaining about having no job and nothing to do when I first got to San Francisco, but over the last month or so I’ve been so busy that I literally did not have time to update this blog. I had 3 part-time jobs, working as a SAT instructor at 2 different test prep companies and a content writer at my aunt’s educational app company. And I was working to finish my dental school applications. So I was super busy and stressed out all the time. But summer SAT classes are over now and for the first time in a while, I’m currently writing this lying in bed at 10 in the morning! Ahh it feels nice to not have to get up at 7!
Anyways, I have managed to have some fun in SF as well, so here are some cool things I’ve done over the past month or so.
Visiting the Palace of Fine Arts on a sunny afternoon:
Seeing the American Idiot musical:
Viewing big art at the SFMOMA:
Watching the sun set behind the Ferry Building:
And one of the most fun happy hour ideas ever: So You Think You Can Paint every Thursday at Club Six, with cheap drinks, music, and free painting supplies and lots of boards on the walls for you to paint on.
My masterpiece from my first visit:
There are some really amazing artists there every time:
So that’s a little taste of my life in SF lately. Now I’m experiencing a little break from working, but I’m still busy trying to finish supplemental applications for dental schools and such. But hopefully I will have more time to write more posts! I have a few posts coming up about SF food and Yufei and my trip to Las Vegas last week, so look forward to them!
Centennial Park,that is. Situated right next to Vanderbilt, I decided to pay the park a visit last Sunday. It turns out that I came on a good day, as the Annual American Artisan Festival was happening that weekend.
Rows and rows of white tents with artists and craftsmen selling their work, live music in the air, food stands clustered in a corner… this was just my type of thing! So I dove right in and saw some awesome (hey that rhymes!) work:
After I got my share of artsiness for the day, I headed towards the massive, columned structure not too far away. The only full-scale replica of the Parthenon in the world – right here in Nashville, Tennessee.
An art museum is inside, but I didn’t go in since I was planning to take Yufei there when he comes to visit next week. So just walked around the park some more. It’s quite a lovely place, actually, with a little lake, lots of porch swing type things around it, and plenty of trees and flowers.
Than after my little walk, on my way back, I decided to stop by a McDonald’s to get an ice cream cone. If you didn’t know already, McDonald’s has the creamiest, most delicious vanilla ice cream cones ever, and for cheap too, at little over a dollar, the price I was used to in New York and Canada. But I found out that it only cost 55 cents here. 55 cents!! Oh, Nashville, you are full of pleasant surprises.
I still can’t get over how completely amazing that scene with Barney and Robin in the back of Ranjit’s car was in the season 6 finale of How I Met Your Mother… sigh… I haven’t been such a fangirl in a really long time! And what do I do when I’m fangirling over anything? I do fanart! So behold:
I had to draw this tonight!! Pretty happy with the result too :) Larger image at my DeviantART.
Okay, so this blog is officially turning into a what I eat, what I wear, and random rants blog. Whatever.
I need to voice my terrible and frustrating experiences as an illustrator for several on-campus publications. (I just want to note now that not all of these complaints apply to all of the publications I work or have worked for). I love drawing, it’s why I do it in the first place. But more and more my experiences are making me hate doing it for other people. Why? Several reasons.
First of all, illustrators are pretty much the lowest of low in these organizations, even though we no doubt make valuable contributions to these publications. Why else have illustrators in the first place? But unlike writers, editors, and other staff, we are consistently marginalized. We spend hours each week working on drawing for these publications, throughout the whole semester/school year. Yet we are barely part of the organization. We are not invited to social gatherings of the organizations. We don’t get any of the perks of being a contributor to this entity. Heck, a lot of the time we don’t even get properly credited for our work! That’s right, I’ve been mis-credited or not credited at all for my illustrations, either in print or online. Shows how much we are appreciated. Then there are the deadlines. Sometimes we get sent a piece to illustrate hours before the deadline. It takes time to do art, you know. And don’t get me started on terrible communication issues. Once, I’d sent several e-mails to an editor asking for information, only to get a response way too late, and my illustration was deemed unsatisfactory, and – get this – the magazine then went on to Photoshop my drawing beyond recognition and never gave me any credit. Mmm okay. Thanks for nothing.
So, the mighty higher ups definitely don’t give a crap about illustrators. So why expect me to take you seriously when I don’t get the same? I think it might be time to direct my time and energy elsewhere after this semester is over.
This Valentine’s Day, there was:
A delicious dinner for two made by Yufei
Beautiful roses for me
A pair of hand painted canvas sneaker for Yufei
And a wooden heart shaped jewelery box filled with too cute to eat chocolates for me!
Just a quick post – taking a break from studying for orgo and reading for neurobio!
I made a little doodle for the Year of the Rabbit (and maybe early Valentine’s Day?)
Yufei was in San Francisco on Friday and asked me what I wanted as a souvenir. Other people would ask for key chains or t-shirts or magnets, I asked for cupcakes :) So he got me these from Cako Bakery.