Monday, December 11, 2017

San Francisco, California Tourist Destination (Part II)

Golden Gate of San Francisco- The Golden Gate Bridge is one of San Francisco’s most famous landmarks as well as a piece of engineering art. You can walk across the bridge if you want, (sadly, I wasn’t able to because we didn’t have enough time), and/or visit the visitor’s center to be briefed on the history of the park. However, since we came over there late, the center was already closed. One can, however, just admire the bridge from every angle and take a lot of pictures, like I did.

Palace of Fine Arts- The Palace of Fine Arts is a Roman-style remnant of the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. The outdoor rotunda and its lagoon are one of the city’s most photographed sights. Take a leisurely stroll around the lagoon, relax under the rotunda, or enjoy a picnic on the grass.

Ghirardelli Square-Is a landmark public square with shops and restaurants in the Fisherman's Wharf area of San Francisco, California. A portion of the area was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 as Pioneer Woolen Mills and D. Ghirardelli Company
The square once featured over 40 specialty shops and restaurants. Some of the original shops and restaurants still occupy the square. (Source: Wikipedia)
I am a chocolate lover and I consider this place as a haven! lol
Crooked Lombard Street- Lombard Street is an east–west street in San Francisco, California that is famous for a steep, one-block section with eight hairpin turns. The street was named after Lombard Street in Philadelphia by San Francisco surveyor Jasper O'Farrell. (Wikipedia)

This street is the world’s most winding street. It’s thrilling to watch cars and bikers as they navigate the sharp turns of the road while tourists gawk at them. I felt my stomach turn when we passed by this tourist spot. However, I was still able to take a pose and have souvenir shot in this amazing landscape. 

THE 16th Avenue Tiled Steps The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps project has been a neighborhood effort to create a beautiful mosaic running up the risers of the 163 steps located at 16th and Moraga in San Francisco. The tiles are beautifully arranged to create mosaics.

San Francisco, USA (2015)

When our trip to USA had been fixed and the itinerary was set accordingly, my mind started to wander if I would be able to manage the 16-hour direct flight from Manila to San Francisco via Philippine Airlines. I admit that I am a person who feels exasperated in waiting. I’m so impatient. Just thinking of 16 hours on an airplane without doing anything makes me feel fidgety, like a handcuffed prisoner. However, when the idea of experiencing the fun and historic way of getting around San Francisco via cable car and discovering the city’s most important landmarks and shopping destinations comes into the picture, my adrenalin starts to shoot up and I get very excited! lol The purpose is for official business travel. This is in pursuant to the City Government of Balanga vision to become a World-Class University Town, the Science & Technology Advisory Council, Inc. (STAC) Silicon Valley, the local chief executive, city council members and heads of the offices of the city government will participate in a joint exposure trip where the STAC will introduce the city government delegation to various stakeholders of the Silicon Valley and Reno entrepreneurial ecosystems.

At the train station going down to basement of the airport to pick-up our service van for 10 days.

Touch down San Francisco International Airport

The shopping & tour itinerary should be last priority. So I must work and act like a geek and not as a celebrity fashion blogger! lol Anyway, let me share with you how I was able to balance my work and play experience in my 20-day stay in the United States of America!

    Group photos in front of the Best Western Hotel in San Mateo with my colleagues

San Francisco is one of the most diverse cities in the United States. It’s home to liberals, hippies, hipsters, techies and geeks, immigrants, yuppies and one of the oldest gay scenes in the States. The iconic and world-renowned Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Palace of Fine Arts, Fisherman’s Wharf, Botanical Garden and the sumptuous Chinese, Burmese food and seafoods and more are just few of the many reasons why tourist visit this state. However, in terms of food choices and preparation, the cuisine of this state doesn’t much appeal to my palate and preference. More so, everything is big size!!. Most of the food preparation is too savory in taste. I really can’t stand an American diet. Now I know why Americans rank high in number of obese citizens. However, most Americans I meet are awesome in attitude! As for me, it’s just really an exciting place for vacation. The place is kind of a complicated abode for me, everything is fast- moving! As I observe, you need to adapt yourself to their kind of lifestyle and practice for you to survive if you plan to migrate in this state.

At San Mateo-North Central while having our late dinner together with my colleagues under the freezing cold weather outside. I just observed during my stay in the US that even though there were sudden changes in weather temperature, my body adapted to the cold weather and didn’t experience asthma attacks.  Though we haven’t had much tour experience in this city aside from the fact that our hotel was located in this place, San Mateo sounds livable and peaceful.

Advance Mother’s Day celebration dedicated to my hard-working female colleagues and to the very beautiful inside and out and caring wife of our LCE. This coincides with the birthday celebration of one of my colleagues, too. It’s pizza party time!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Work And Life Balance

Did You Take A Breather Today?

If there were a trial court of justice that hears people’s life’s’ practices and which would somehow ask me if I was able to apply these best practices in my life, I would plead “guilty”. 

Just last week, I wasn’t spared by the strong onslaught of the influenza virus. This despite of my flu immunization vaccine. The spread of strong influenza triggered an asthma attack. It’s a fact that eating healthy foods is not enough to maintain a healthy immune system. When time permits, I prepared my own packed of food for lunch and dinner at home. This should be balanced with physical and mental relaxation. I have no time for YOGA exercise. I’m a very stubborn person when it comes to medication. That’s why the moment I stepped into the clinic of my pulmonary physician, she asked right away what treatment I would prefer --- a weeklong rest at home, or hospital confinement? It meant my physical condition that time would no longer be improved by my self-medication practice. So, I had no choice but to take a weeklong sick leave from work. 

Lesson learned: Work Hard but Work Smart. Listen to your body so you know when to stop. Ok, I actually know all these lessons, I just ignored them. I’m trying to slow down and take everything in moderation. However, just like the revolutionary face of technology, which is the main mission of my department, as a leader it taught me to think and mobilize my people with precision. My month of August was full of appointments that I only had five days of stay in my office to oversee the work and monitor the deadlines of my staff. It even came to a point that I had to cancel sets of scheduled meetings due to conflicts.

That’s why I grabbed the opportunity to take some time off with my college mates. They also craved to breathe some fresh air, given the chance, due to their weeklong and exhausting teaching workload. This was also our way to lift and boost the spirit of one of our OFW male classmates who suffered a leg amputation because of untreated diabetes. We wanted him to see the beauty of life despite his present circumstances.  

Lesson Learned: Life is Short. Spend It with People Who Make You Laugh and Feel Loved. When we hit the final leg of our journey, one thing is sure: we cannot bring the possessions we have in this world to our tomb. We’re just merely passing by. That is why we should always try to pause and create memories with loved ones and friends. 

My phone has been a black hole of pictures and memories. I need more space, too, so I dump all of them in my blog.