Wednesday, January 24, 2007

San Francisco Weekend

Listening to: Ben Folds - Rocking The Suburbs


Nothing like sitting back in my hotel room with a beer & a Ben Folds album. Guy's amazing... saw him at Summerfest in Milwaukee back in '04...

Past two days have been work and work. And the last weekend was San Francisco, along with three other coworkers. Two of them had never been outside the country in their lives and the US was one big hellofa alien environment for these guys.

Market Street

Going down to San Fran has become a ritual for my fellow Malaysian employees at X Incorporated whenever they come over here on a business trip.

Cable Car end of the line at Union Square

Going up... 15 degree slope

Chinatown... not quite
like Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur

As usual, they'll ALWAYS stop at Chinatown... before heading to Fisherman's Wharf and getting snared in the tourist traps there, with its Ripley's Believe-It-Or-Not!, Wax Museums, sea-lions, and the submarine. And, the $0.99 Made-In-China keychains.

Alcatraz Island...

And the Golden Gate Bridge... from Pier 40, Fisherman's Wharf

O yea, sealions...
(Don't fuck with them, they have a nasty bite)

Then, next to Union Square and Market Street, and finally to the Golden Gate Bridge for snapshots...before rushing to drive out of the city before night falls.

Haight Ashbury? Nah, them fellow Malaysians don't wanna see the hippies. Besides, those peace-sign flashin' Grateful-Dead-listenin' patchouli lovin' flower children might beat us up for weed money if we go there. Knowhattimean?

Actually, the Haight has been depopulated by hippies since the 70s. Most of the flower-power generation simply grew up, moved out and morphed into SUV-driving suburban professionals. Although, a new kind of scenester has moved into the Haight... the hipster. And it still has its own bohemian atmosphere that made it (in)famous in the 60s and 70s.

However, since I was being "tour guide" to some of my Malaysian coworkers, I didn't get to visit the Haight this weekend as I had to take them to where they wanted to go. Dammit!

More to come... but I hafta finish this buritto first.

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