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.
Found some time to get some editing done during my day job. Haven’t been using my time wisely outside of work as I’ve just been crashing after work as I’ve been getting overtime almost everyday. It’s a decent problem to have.
Anyway, I took this shot on my way to Stanford university in Palo Alto, CA. It’s a throwback to the older photos I took in the beginning of uploading my photos to this blog. It was nice to take this kind of shot again. Overall, my time in Palo Alto was well used as I was snapping away and relaxing with my friends.
Actually right after walking to Stanford university me and my friends decided to drive to San Francisco to spend the night there. So Palo Alto was a nice prelude to an even greater experience.
Really wanted to capture the dragon and finally got my chance early in the morning on the last day in SF. It was still pretty dark on the bridge so I had to use a higher ISO than I normally use. Decent shot, maybe I could have waited for someone to walk past me or walk up the little bump.
Work really kicked my ass today. Spent the last two hours, unloading a truck in a hella hot warehouse. Came home and crashed after showering and eating. Continuing to exercise, my legs are sore. Thankfully, I am off tomorrow and can rest for the most part.
Besides that, I practice self affirmations, studied stocks, and cleaned. Will do so much more tomorrow. Going to resume studying Japanese and start to seriously study stocks and investing.
Experimented in the Good Hotel last time I went to SF. This one reminds me of some of the old photos I took when I was still using a Sony Cybershot. I like the atmosphere and the lighting, however, not the biggest fan of the fire escape. It does add a different kind of element to the shot though. Shot like this on a high ISO as you can probably tell. Still working on learning my camera and improving my editing skills.
Been off for two days which has been pretty nice. Can’t complain when a lot of people are not working at the moment. Still hate the job but I’m doing what I have to do. I have the 4am to 1pm shift for the next 3 days so I’m going to have to find a balance and work on a schedule if I want to get anything done.
Managed to be more productive than usual, however, been having depressing thoughts which leads to me seeking out food. Working on hard to combat the negative thoughts and that bad habit. Setting up a good schedule that will feature meditation and exercise that I will start implementing right after this post.
Now, really is the best time to invest in yourself. Most of the time, I have to stay home and there’s no point in me just laying around. Got to get some shit done before I am gray and old. That’s just a tad bit from me, more later after I actually do something.
As I start to take the right path, the light comes flooding in. I was buying everything that I need to better my life when I got a surprise. My mother and brothers came to visit me. It was an excellent surprise, I am tired after spending most of the day with them but I am so happy. It’s been two years since I last seen them. I had a smile almost all day. This little surprise has stoked a fire inside of me to continue to pursue the things I want and to invest into myself. Gotta to apply myself. And I will starting now.
A simple shot based on my influences in cinema. It’s an older shot but shows how I experiment with light and shadows. Took this with a Sony Cybershot.
Back after a long time away. Won’t be taking that long of a break again. Been working and adjusting to going to college as well. It’s a challenge I’m doing my best to juggle. It’s been one week so far and I handled it alright.
I have until the 7th to decide if I need to get rid of some things in order to be a better version of myself. Recently, bought Photoshop and Lightroom so I’ll be able to explore editing more. I have a bunch of faw files waiting for me to play with them on my desktop. I’m looking forward to doing so tomorrow afternoon. I’m commiting myself to my path and eliminating options to focus while also remaining open enough to allow myself to progress naturally through life.
Sometimes the best teacher is yourself and a book. Other times it’s getting outside and living life. I’m anti-social introvert with the habit of talking too low and fast, which causes me to stumble over my words. I’m trying to overcome it, but I understand it takes time.
Every passion I want to turn into a career is a gateway to another thing and can be self taught rather easily. The more photos I capture pictures and experiment the better I get. The more I gain pencil mileage the better writer and artist I become. It’s a slow process that I will allow to consume me. As an iron addict once said, “you got to be obsessed with it” – CT Fletcher.
I realized a while ago I learn best when I am doing something hands on. I don’t like to sit in a classroom all day. This was also evident at my job when I was forced to watch videos all day. I actually learned more in one hour on the floor than I did while cramming a ton of videos.
Reading books is great for you, but you need to make time to write your own life story through your experiences. Your life is your story and only you can write it.
Realized that I may walk alone but I am not lonely. I don’t have a true friend only people that I talk to or meet up with once on a while. I’m fine like that, I’m an introvert and my photography seems to showcase that.
I’m working on myself and I tend not to have time to do much else. I do spend time with my family when I can. Now, I’m exploring my options and diving deep into the technical side of my passions. Will be learning the inside and outside of cameras and technical photography terms. Also working on my grammar and sentence structure. A rough road is ahead of me, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.
Going to be looking for a new job as well.
Always be willing to learn as you are willing to teach. Peace,
To get anywhere in life, you must take a shot at whatever you are trying to do. “You miss every shot you don’t take”. It takes dedication to the craft as much Michael Jordan and basketball or Al Pacino and acting. It may not happen over night, but at some point one of your shots will make it in.
I have to realize this as I prepare to buy my first DSLR. I started off with a Mario camera then to point and shots before using cellphone photography then evetually to a superzoom camera. I’ve used DSLRs before and I’m like an addict. I see one and I have to play with it. I get lost as I capture the world almost all people ignore through the unique viewfinder called my eyes.
I’m dedicated to my craft and willing to invest into my passions. Buying a domain for this site is just the beginning. I’m at the line preparing to take my shot as it’s my turn.
Not my best shot nor a great one. I simply enjoyed taking this shot as I was exploring the college. This shot shows off the industrial feel that I talked about in a previous post. I will definitely return to this location and take more shots.
Work and Rest
Been having a challenging time adapting to my new schedule. I work four days a week from 4 to 1pm. When I get off work I almost always take a nap. I’m doing my best to adjust but I’m still falling asleep as soon as I am done eating.
It is physical work so I can understand why I would be tired but I know that for the future I want to have I can’t just sleep when I’m not working. I’m still keeping up my fitness goals and making progress in life in other areas.
I still have a lot of work to do but I can honestly say that I am improving and on my path to the life I want and the path of the strongest version of myself.