this weekend inspired me. san francisco is magical… the streets have this energy of nostalgic free love mixed with electric bright colors and an undescribable grittiness…
we drove up the coast in purple rain (my little elantra, purple rain is the name of the paint color- though it is a perfect name for the car considering i’m a huge prince fan). the weather was perfection: the sun shining, the ocean glistening, music playing. on the way up we stopped in san luis obispo in an attempt to visit an old high school friend at a cafe she worked in (we just missed her!), and took a wrong turn only to end up down a country highway with a GIANT beautiful turkey in the dead center of the road. i was complimenting the turkey on its beauty “wow you’re so beautiful and colorful” as it ran up to purple rain in attack mode! and did some damage on the car as we hauled ass out of there! we then stopped in carmel by the sea at the most INCREDIBLE restaurant- pacific’s edge i think it was called. it overlooked the sea- it felt more like we were on top of the sea and we sat down to dinner just in time for the spectacularly golden sunset! we partook in the most delicious food and the best wine of my life! en serio! we were so underdressed but it was ghetto fabulous! it was so super fancy that they folded our napkins when we got up to use the restroom! lol! i love that! i’m so easily amused! after dinner we headed up to the bay and stayed with my beyond hospitable, warm, and lovely aunt and uncle.
the next day we rocked the city! it was pouring but it didn’t stop our exploration! we had mini adventures all day- in chinatown, little italy, the mission, and took in two amazing exhibitions at the art museum. one was of amish quilts- i know sounds kind of lame- but i found a whole new respect for the amish people from their art. what a lesson in open-mindedness for me. they are channeling some psychedelic art! the colors were electric and the patterns made the designs seem 3D, those quilts spoke languages! we got to see some very cool, dark, obscure tribal art from papa new guinea as well as africa. we rode the metro, the bus, took taxis, walked miles and miles and miles. the taxi driver taught me how to pronounce “ladybug” in cantonese (don’t ask why)… we walked down height street – i love the vintage stores! and some older punk asked dre if he had ever shit his pants and he so cooly answers “no man i haven’t” and the guy responds- “well obviously you haven’t done a lot of drugs” ….lol! and ended the day at my prima’s sushi restaurant- where we experienced art in the form of food. the place had bizarre anime porn playing. it was crazy!!! and enjoyed a swank hotel room with a spectacular view of the city courtesy of my very generous aunt and uncle! (plug: check out my aunt’s book “secret lives of husband and wives” coming out in june!)
the next day was glorious! we brunched with fam and explored little obscure record shops- one was a maze-like closet sized treasure chest, where i purchased “sex education for children” yes inspiration for the ep! you’ll see! it’s bad ass!!! i love the street art, the murals of the city- they’re everywhere. i got so inspired by the energy of the city that i formulated the whole concept of the EP! i’m so excited about this creation and all that is will stand for.... i’m so grateful for the inspiration! speaking of gratitude, we went to the famous cafe gratitude where the incredible jon marro’s art is everywhere! (he did the album art for M.U.S.I.C. and is genius!) i love that everything on the menu is “i am loved” “i am beautiful” “i am vibrant” or other positive, happy, high frequency adjectives and states of being! we went to the highest point in the city called twin peaks and drank in the beauty of the city from the highest heights... dre and i then headed to the place with the “best hummus in the US” according to our friend daniel magala papa (hummus connoisseur) called little jerusalem. sooooo much incredible food. i’m accepting the fact that i’m a foodie… i could travel to different cities just for the food! we ended the night by going out on polk street (the place for debauchery in the city)… i <3 san francisco! it has this electric energy that i really resonate with!! california is such a diverse state, i feel so fortunate to live here! what a beautiful way to celebrate my love’s bday!
wishing you inspiration wherever u are in this world!
happy birthday day to my love