Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Rain Storm in SoCal  雨嵐

It's been raining heavily in California for days now. It's wet, windy and cold, and strangely my seasonal allergy started..., but why in December rain??? The air pressure is low that gives me bad headaches.


Many green palm tree leaves are dead and have fallen out into the street. Some are heavy and large, and they could be so dangerous if you get hit by them! I did not know that California could have this kind of bad storm... however, I do not mind it at all. The rain nourish the green, and we needed it.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Elephants and I  ゾウ様と私

I love elephants. I must say that they are my favorite animals, therefore, I'm always drawn to elephant stuff. This elephant head 23k gold bracelet found me in India, and the pendant at an Indian ashram in SoCal. They are my protector-lucky charms! (or at least I think so...)


This giant elephant statue at Ellora, India, was missing its tusks. Ivory has been banned, however, someone took those tusks, too? Terrible...!


Lovely and popular deity, Ganesha.  可愛くて人気のヒンズーの神様ガネーシャ。

One more Ganesha. もうひとつ。

And one more. The crystal Ganesha. May all elephants be happy and safe :)


Thursday, December 16, 2010

What kind of cafe? どんなカフェなの?

I pass this "cafe" everyday when I walk my dog. One day I noticed that they had some exotic looking stuff inside, such as an Indian table, but they did not seem to serve coffee. Also, the red letter "R" had always attracted me since it is my initial. However, I had never seen people in there, so I'd never gone inside. Paul and I decided to go in and ask who they were. Well, well, well. It was a medical marijuana shop. It is where you purchase marijuana for your medical reasons. That is right, this is San Diego. Marijuana is everywhere. I smell it on the street, I see people smoking in the park and on the streets, I smell it in the kitchen of a restaurant. It is no big deal for the locals, but coming from New York it's still a surprise for me to see it being so available everywhere!



Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday cheers ホリデーチアーズ

It's freezing cold and snowing in New York. It's sunny and warm here in San Diego, and the Santa is happy about it! ニューヨークは零下で雪。ここサンディエゴは晴れで暖か。サンタさんも幸せ!

People get into decorating their gardens with the holiday spirit. Did this Santa dog bring gifts for the duck babies?


A cactus Christmas tree! なんと、クリスマスツリーもカクタス!

A doorstep of somebody's house has a beautiful wreath with all sorts of cacti plants.

The Christmas in San Diego seems so tropical to me. The Santa, rein deers and Christmas trees are surrounded by cactus plants and flowers. However, we saw this amazing collection of Xmas light decoration at a friend's house. Once you are inside the house everything is the same - the tall Xmas pine trees and some large knitted socks hung by the fire place. Oh, needless to say that the fire places are not necessary in SoCal!


Monday, December 13, 2010

Fun & lazy Sunday night 楽しくレイジーな日曜日の夜

We got together with 4 friends on Sunday night, and we dined at the Burger Lounge in Hillcrest. Since my husband and I had been attending many holiday parties we have not had enough greens, so I ordered a salad. OMG, that was big. My turkey burger was very tasty and juicy.., but a bit salty.


My husband who came to dinner right after the intense bikram yoga class ordered large fries and onion rings. Oh, and a beer. How healthy is that??? lol


After the big burgers we had to finish our Sunday meal with some tarty yogurt. We treated ourselves at the popular Pinkberry. As a chocolate lover I had chocolate yogurts with coconut flakes, almonds and chocolate crispies as toppings. Good & easy food with a great and fun company... it was a perfect lazy Sunday night.


Sunday, December 12, 2010

80F and Sunny! 27度で晴れ

It is a middle of December, and it is 80F, sunny and dry here in San Diego. I drove to the pool
in Mission Valley in my mini cooper convertible, and swam for 40 minutes, surrounded by the palm trees. The life guard had a radio on that kept playing the Christmas songs forever. I kind of miss the snow and the cold weather... or maybe not :)


Friday, December 10, 2010

Richard Gere for Liu Xiabo, the Nobel Peace Laureate

Outside of the UN in New York, a Hollywood star and a passionate Tibet activist, Richard Gere spoke at the press conference. He said, "The award becomes larger in Liu Xiabo's absence." Mr. Xiabo, a committed human rights activist who's been jailed for 11 years has said, "I have no enemy." China has been facing a critical moment. For how long can this nonsense go on in China?


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Ukiyoe ~ Hiroshige ~ 浮世絵 

I attended the auction luncheon and the lecture on this amazing collection of the Japanese woodcut prints at the San Diego Museum of Art. The luncheon was an intimate group of 70 people who are mostly members and benefactors of the museum. The collection of the popular Ukiyoe artist, Hiroshige was overwhelming. I had never seen so many prints in one room before!
His composition, sense of colors and wit was impressive. In his late days he became a Buddhist monk. "Ukiyoe" means "picture of impermanence." For a moment, I had a fantasy that I could have been Hiroshige in my past life! lol


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Olive & Rosemary Bread

This olive & rosemary bread is my current favorite. It is just heavenly delicious! I normally avoid "white food," such as white bread, white pasta and white rice, but this one is seductive! So I try not to go to Bread & Cie so often. However, I had a huge craving today that I could not resist! My neighbours here in Hillcrest tell me that people come to this shop from all over San Diego. I cannot wait to enjoy this tasty bread with my beats and tofu salad tonight!

このオリーヴとローズマリーのパンが、私の今のマイブームです。その美味しさたるや!普段は健康のために「白い食べ物」(白いパン、パスタ、白米など)を避けている私ですが、これは何とも誘惑的なんです!なので、この有名なベイカリー「Bread & Cie」には、なるべく近寄らないようにしているのですが、今日は無理でした、、、。ヒルクレストの近所の人たちは、サンディエゴ中からここにパンを買いに来る人が多いと言ってるほどです。今夜は、ゴールデンビーツ、ほうれん草と豆腐のイタリア風サラダと一緒に、このうなる程美味しいパンでディナーです〜!

Monday, December 6, 2010

X'mas in SoCal 南カリフォルニアのクリスマス

It's December in San Diego, and it is over 70F outside. I took a nice 5 minute walk to the Whole Foods from my house, then found this Californian fruits company called Yeti! How funny is that?


There are many Christmas products in the store. Lovely poinsettias are everywhere in town now.


Squash soups are the signature dish of the winter. カボチャやスクワッシュスープは冬に欠かせませんね。

I felt so "winter" at the Whole Foods, but then, on the way home, looking at those tropical cacti made me feel so "summer" again. This one had more than 60 cm diameter! Phew.


Friday, December 3, 2010

Jean Louis Etienne ジャンルイエティエン

This French man was the first man who reached the North Pole alone in 1986. He walked for 8 hours everyday, and it took him 63 days... by himself. I don't know how he could stay sane! I was invited to meet him at a French school in La Jolla. Not only he's a world famous explorer he is also a physician, scientist and a passionate environmentalist, and he talked about global warming, and warned that it is a truly serious matter that we all must go green now. It means that we must develop more green energy, period.

His expertise on global warning was impressive, but painful to hear at the same time. When you care about something it is often painful. Life is much easier when you don't care about anything..., but if your heart keeps hurting to learn about the earth's disasters you just cannot stay still. We must do whatever we can.


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