Kabuki Hotel – SF

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On a whim, me and my friend paid a good $400 to spend a night at the Kabuki hotel in San Francisco. We always looked at the building from the outside but it was truly worth to see the inside. Life is too short and I want to experience it.

It was a nice visual treat to see the fog slowly roll over the hills of San Francisco from the sixth floor balcony. Plus being able to simply walk two minutes to be inside Japantown was worth the money alone.

Didn’t explore the city as much as normally would. I simply stayed in the hotel room or explored Japantown mainly with my IPhone 11. The place was packed, it was sad to see that some of the shops were closed but that’s for another post. The hotel has a beautiful koi pond with a little sand garden to spend a peaceful few moments.

The gym was bigger than I thought it would be. It featured everything you would want from a punching bag to weight benches. Sadly wasn’t able to check out the spa but I will definitely be back.

I’ve been dealing with health issues and be focused on getting money that I neglected things like this blog even though it means something to me. I promise that I will updating this blog frequently until my creative juices are tapped out.

Working While Working

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Always willing to take a shot even when I’m suppose to be “working”. Photography is a true love of mine and I’m always ready to take my shot. I over-edited this shot to try to see the end result. I obviously like it but I can see areas that I can improve like the floor and the walls closest to the subject.

Been working hard at my day job and not realizing how little effort I’ve been putting into my passions. I’m doing my best to incorporate more passion into my life while still getting a paycheck. Sometimes it’s tough as I’ve been getting overtime almost everyday. Even on my days off I just feel like resting.

I’m in the process of finding a new day job and redesigning this site. I’ll be dedicating more time to myself even as I’m on the clock. I experienced this at my last job but not going to allow myself to just float through life doing more work for others than myself. It’s time for a change and less resting.

I’ve got a few projects on my mind that I will be fleshing out pretty soon. Stay tuned there’s more to come!

Exploring Reno & Boomtown

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On a whim, I decided to drive to Reno, Nevada a few days after the new year. My best friend tagged along and we had a nice but frustrating adventure. Enjoyed the weather out there but the street lights and homelessness in Reno are no joke. It’s not on the level of San Francisco but it is a serious problem.

Besides that, finding parking that wasn’t connected to a hotel was a joke. Finally managed to find one and got some safe parking for free. Walked a few miles around the nearly empty streets of the littlest big city in the world. All I could was the cars wheezing bye and music from the casinos. I’m no gambler but I did hit the slots for a brief moment on someone’s else’s dime. However, turned that dime into fifteen dollars.

Afterwards, we kept walking towards the University of Nevada-Reno. The campus was as dead as a movie theater. It was a pretty nice experience as I was able to practice shooting portraits with no distractions or interruptions until my model fell.

That wasn’t the end of the trip as we had to make the trek back to Sacramento. We went to Boomtown, NV to devour some steak and eggs at Mel’s Original Diner. It was a fantastic idea despite the long wait time. I found Boomtown to much more pleasant than Reno.

I’m actually pondering moving to Nevada due to the standard of living in California. It’s a serious decision that I am not taking lightly. I’m taking some more time to think about it. I will have my decision in 6 to 9 months. Anyway, that’s all from me tonight.

Explore life!!!

Experimenting with Drone Photography

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A shot of the parking structure at Cosumnes River College. Was heading out with my friends when one of them allowed me to use their drone to shot some shots last year.

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I truly experimented with what kinds of shots that I wanted while still exploring the limitations of the drone itself.

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Wondering which direction I should take my experimentation.

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My favorite shot of the experiment. I enjoy the overall pattern and the breaking of the pattern despite the structure not being captured straight. I was proud of this shot, so much in fact that it’s hanging on my wall.

It was my first time experimenting with drone photography but hopefully it won’t be my last. Sadly, my friend’s drone was stolen and I never made an attempt to buy a drone myself. So I have to simply wait and buy a drone myself if I ever want to experiment again.

It was truly a good learning experience, I would suggest any photography and/or videographer take part in their own drone photography experiment.

Focusing In

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It’s been a while since my last trip thanks mainly to the pandemic. I took a break with my friend and went exploring in Palo Alto & San Jose. It was fun exploring Stanford University for the first time. There wasn’t a lot of people which made it easier to take shots of the architecture. I truly love the campus as it has a historical and peaceful atmosphere.

I’m starting to focus in on my goals and dedicating all the time that I can to do what I love. Sure, I still have to work a normal job but I’m working on sitting on more cash while still living life. One of my current co-workers has become one of my friends and has been inspiring me creatively. We have been challenging each other creatively which has been a nice change of pace.

Will be diving deep into Skillshare by taking courses on Iphone photography, video editing, and a few other subjects. Slowly but surely I will become more of the man I seek to become.

Stay focused,

David

Goals

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A shot of my friend exploring art and trying to find an exit. This was a send off trip as he shortly left to join the military. So this is a great photo to represent a good time and to showcase his departure. Might try to re-edit this shot and work on the walls.

My new camera lens came in and I’m happy with it so far. Will take better photos of it tomorrow and showcase it. Going to break it in on a photo walk. I am more willing to invest into my passions and myself. I normally don’t because I don’t like to see my bank account balance go down. Haha I’m sure that’s most people but I’ve decided not to wait and work hard towards my goals.

Going to be buying a zoom lens next and a new phone next. I’m not too happy with the kit zoom lens I have and my phone is shitty at best. However, will space out my purchases in order to keep my finances healthy especially during these current times.

Viewed a webinar about investing yesterday and set a goal for my investing. Which is to earn 70k from the stock market. Right now, my portfolio is worth $984, so I have a long way to go. However, now that I have goals towards investing I can better determine which stocks to go for and my approach to investing in general. Going try my hand at being a more aggressive investor. Will be continuing to study investing and put in 100 dollars every two weeks.

Besides that, I focused on my side hustle of re-selling on E-Bay. I’m not making much money doing it but the small amounts I am earning are adding up. Also decided to go to Japan in April of 2021 so I’ll be saving up for that. Applied to a few jobs that will teach me new skills and hopefully diversify my resume. Was turned down by one but I’m hopeful that I’ll hear back from one of the others.

Get your goals down and the work will be easier as you at least know your starting point.

Enjoy your life,

David

Challenge

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A shot of the Golden Gate Bridge that I took earlier this year. It was my first time walking across the bridge and the area around it. I had a lot of fun and it was a true test of combating my fears. I managed to successfully fight my fear of heights and walked across.

Finally, committed and bought a new lens for my camera. It is suppose to come on Thursday. I went with a 35mm lens that I can’t wait to test out. I believe that I am still going to buy a second camera but still doing research on it. Sometimes I wait longer than I should to buy something because I don’t like to spend money. However, watched a lot of videos yesterday and just decided to buy the lens.

Going to try my hand at writing film scripts and a webcomic that I have an idea for. Besides all that, I have just been working and exercising. I’ve lost a few pounds but I’m going to check my weight tomorrow to see if I’m actually made progress. After work today I went on a ride on my motorcycle and I felt so free from all the stress built up from working.

Watched two of my brothers graduation and it hit me kind of emotionally. They are growing up fast but also thought about my time in middle school and elementary. It’s got me motivated to pursue what I want to do no matter how much money I have to use to do just that.

I have a 4:30am shift tomorrow, so going to exercise and hit the bed before I get no sleep.

Peace and stay hungry,

David

New Places

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Shot of the entrance to the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco. I was able to take this shot as it was right after it opened. Luckily for me not a lot of people were there and I was taking one of my friends there for the first time. It’s a simple architecture shot of a place with such peace and beauty that’s hard to create. I like the empty space on the upper left side, it helps give the shot balance as below it the shot is crowded.

Finished 3 hours out of a four hour shift as I was just done with the people and the place. I have work tomorrow at 4:30 am, then two days off. I’m going to be applying to so many jobs and annoying people until I can find a job with a better work environment and a better life and work balance.

Still not certain where I’m going with this site or my life. I’m growing my audience slowly which is how it should be but at times I get impatient. Can’t say that I enjoy social media like Instagram & Facebook. It’s the shit in my sandwich that I have to tolerate to get anywhere as a photographer, writer, and whatever else I choose to pursue.

I know that I have to work harder and I’m doing my best in order to do that. I’ve been studying too much and need to focus on this site and my other endeavors. Now is kind of the perfect time since we can’t really go anywhere due to the virus. I’m tired of this life and I really need to make the effort to escape. So before I hit the hay, I’ll be reading, cleaning my room, organizing my room, exercising, answering questions I have for myself, preparing for tomorrow, and formulating a strategy to implement.

That’s it for me for now, I have to get things cracking. I’m thinking about experimenting with the format of my posts but we will see. Gotta go to new places!

Thank you for your time,

David

Direction

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A building with a cool design in San Francisco CA that I helped to walk past on my way to a bus stop. I cropped the shot to make the building look bigger and to try to get rid of a few unnecessary details. I like this shot but every time I edit photos from my trips to San Francisco it makes me want to go.

I still don’t have a definitive direction for this blog but I am learning towards making it a lifestyle blog and changing the domain name to fit that. I launched a new blog to discuss/critically review all forms of Japanese entertainment. It’s on a free plan but in the future I will upgrade it if the interest is there and I continue to love doing it. Haven’t made my first post yet but will do so tomorrow.

Also will be setting up a portfolio site using the domain name for this site. I may try and use square space for that but I will have to experiment with that platform.

I’m starting to realize my faults….I realized the error of my ways and have been innocent to the adult world despite being 28. I need to do things my own way, to actually do rather than just sit on research or constantly ask questions but being satisfied with just being told the answer.

Just go to do what I want to do despite how hard I will have to work and the fear from having to engage in conversations and put myself out there. Been watching “Community” on Netflix and on the side note watched Donald Glover being real for 4 minutes. He stated something like what I said above this paragraph and it really resonated with me. I really need to get my shit together and live before I’m in the ground as it is getting bad.

Now off to do some shit that I’ve got to do. Peace,

David

Enjoying Life

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Forgot that I took this shot but it’s from a trip to San Francisco last year. I took several shots of this building but this one is clearly the best. It’s simple but it feels “right” to me for some reason. I like the flag on the left, however, would like to remove the building on the lower right side of the shot. The flag & the statue are my favorite parts of the shot.

Actually had the most productive day I’ve had in a few years. Was able to get work done for my side hustle on E-Bay, invest more into stocks, a lot of cleaning, and even some reading. Now after 12 I had dip as I was dead tired for some reason and took a way too long of a nap. But was still able to finish the day off with a good list of things accomplished.

Taking tomorrow of from my day job in order to recover, study, read, work on passions and side hustles, as well looking for other jobs. Right after I finish this post I’ll be diving into “Dissolving Classroom” by Junji Ito. It’s been on my shelf untouched since my last visit to San Francisco. Also will dedicate time to reading the Marie Kondo book. To be honest, I have a bunch of books to read that I have sacrificed for somewhat interesting YouTube videos. Trying to lower my YouTube time and work on being okay with silence.

I realize as I wrote this I don’t have the overwhelming dread of having to prepare for work or trying to force myself to sleep so I can be prepared for a long day at my day job. I am something happy or at least satisfied. Which kind of shows I need to get the hell out of that place. I’ve been saying that for a long time but I was always afraid to leave. Now I know I’m just going to be sad to leave my current co-workers as I know as soon as I’m gone those relationships will be severed forever. But that’s life..

Enjoy yours,


David