Tuesday, October 5, 2010

AHA’s Start! Heart Walk 2010


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I've participated in American Heart Association’s Start! Heart Walk 2010 around the bay area. My heartfelt thanks to these individuals who helped me raise funds:

Yi Ju Lin
Gary Longbrake
Glenn Nyhan
Darrell Standring
Doris Tanner

Thanks for your generosity!
Your donation will help fight our nation’s No. 1 and No. 3 killers – heart disease and stroke.

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"The true value of the Heart Walk was reflected in the faces of those walking to remember a loved one and those that have pledged to live a healthier lifestyle.

In the past, money raised at events such as the Start! Heart Walk has funded research that led to medical breakthroughs, including pacemakers, artificial heart valves, CPR, and blood pressure and cholesterol-lowering drugs.

Because of your support we are able to fund more research that could someday lead to the next big medical breakthrough.

Thank you for joining us in the fight against heart disease and stroke in your community."
- Jill DiGiacomo
Vice President, Business Development
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AHA’s Start! Heart Walk in Snow Park, Oakland

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The Chairman who bravely donned a red dress for a good cause,
announces the top 3 fundraisers at Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco.


AHA's Start! Heart Walk, Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco

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More photos of the Start! Heart Walk here.

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Monday, September 6, 2010

Lake Del Valle


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A lot of people headed out to Lake Del Valle on Labor Day weekend to enjoy the sun & water. It was also a great way to spend quality time with the family.

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We did the same & went fishing. We rented a boat and explored the huge lake.

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"Lake Del Valle is located in Central Alameda County, about five miles south of the City of Livermore in the Arroya del Valle. The lake and dam are part of the California State Water Project. It was created in 1968 as part of the South Bay Aqueduct part of the State Water Project. The lake serves in part as off-stream storage for the South Bay Aqueduct. The capacity of the lake is 77,000 acre feet but normally stores 37,000 to 52,000 acre feet. The lake is a popular destination for hikers, bikers and boaters."-wikipedia.org
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The lake is planted with channel catfish, rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and chinook salmon.

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I didn't know if it was because there were too many boats in the lake (free fishing day) or too many people in the water but almost all of the folks we met along the way, including us, didn't catch anything. If they did, it was 1 or 2 bluegills. Oh well, better luck next time.

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I prepared our lunch of roasted chicken, adobo, pancit & meatballs.

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Decided to cool off and had a swim in the water.
It was a fun-filled day.

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58th Sausalito Art Festival



I've not yet been to Sausalito, so hubby took me there for the Art Festival last weekend. It's easily accessible by ferry from San Francisco.

"Every Labor Day weekend, stars of the contemporary art scene are showcased on the sparkling bay shores of Sausalito, California's Mediterranean-like seaside village. The best local, American, and International Artists bring their combined perspectives, virtuoso skills, and more than 20,000 original works of art — including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, fine glass, woodwork, mixed media, and photography. From functional to surreal, witty to the elegantly decorative, these one-of-a-kind and limited edition Art Works form an unparalleled collection that can only be seen once a year."- www.sausalitoartfestival.org

There were close to 300 artists who showcased their work of art. Some blending old techniques with new.























One amazing artist is Ted Gall. His sculpture lets you peel one mask after another and get a glimpse of what lies beneath a being's train of thought or inner workings. (For more of the artist's work, click on highlighted names.)

One of hubby's fave is this sculpture "Counting Sheep" ceramic by DaNisha. DaNisha are Canadian artists living and working in Mexico. They said each figure is hand-drawn and hand-painted so only a limited number of each design is available.











We thought these origami cranes were made with paper when we saw it, but it's made of stainless steel. This work of art belongs to Kevin Box.

"Although Alla was inspired by the images from Renaissance Art, her current work has a distinct contemporary aesthetic that could be described as magic realism. Her recent works are created in oil on canvas, linen and paper. Her pallet contains calm earthy colors carefully built up by fine layers of mostly transparent oils."


Break-time: This commercial is brought to you by Sausalito Lions Club's gigantic smoked turkey legs. HmmmHmmm
(You go girl! hah)







I could go on & on about the art that we saw that day but it would take me a long time to do so. I might post some more artworks later when I'll have time to dig through my countless photos.

Let's just say, we had an enjoyable day while also dancing to Modern English's live performance of "I Melt with You".


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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Cormorants Playing Tug o' War


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It's amazing that you can go bird watching in an urban setting but it's possible to do just that in Oakland's Lake Merritt. When I went there, I chanced upon a group of cormorants who got fascinated with a rope in their "island". I really enjoyed watching them because it looked like they were playing tug o' war.
"Lake Merritt, home to large breeding populations of herons, egrets, geese and ducks, is the oldest wildlife refuge on North America. Countless migratory birds make the lake their home during the winter months. The birds get so accustomed to people that you often can see them at close range."- www.oaklandnet.com/parks
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Thursday, August 26, 2010

SF 49ers vs. Vikings



We went to see the preseason game between SF 49ers & the Vikings. It was a good game especially since the 49ers won. They're certainly looking better than the past seasons. Coach Mike Singletary has definitely motivated them to do better. I just hope our team would keep it up during the whole season.



Reviewing the playbook with the coach.

Watching the skies above Candlestick Park.

The bird's wingspan looks almost as wide as the length of the plane.
(Uh-oh, watch out for the giant birds!)





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Monday, August 23, 2010

Pistahan 2010


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It was the 17th Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival last Aug. 14-15 at Yerba Buena Gardens. "Pistahan" literally means fiesta which involves celebration of good food, culture and tradition.
"Over the past 17 years, the Pistahan Parade and Festival has honored the customs and traditions of Filipino Americans through arts, crafts, performances and cuisine. This is an event that promises a wonderful glimpse into the exciting and vibrant experience of the Philippine culture that San Franciscans and the surrounding Bay Area have come to appreciate everyday."- excerpt from Mayor Gavin Newsom's Letter to EXPO Magazine

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The Singkil recounts the epic legend of the "Darangan" of the Maranao people of Mindanao. The dance takes its name from the bells worn on the ankles of the Muslim princess. This epic, written sometime in the 14th century, tells the fateful story of Princess Gandingan, who was caught in the middle of a forest during an earthquake caused by the diwatas, or fairies of the forest. The crisscrossed bamboo poles represent the trees that were falling, which she gracefully avoids. Her slave loyally accompanies her throughout her ordeal. Finally, she is saved by the prince. Dancers skillfully manipulate apir, or fans which represent the winds that prove to be auspicious. Royal princesses to this day in the Sulu Archipelago are required to learn this most difficult and noble dance. -Noel's Pilipino Folkdance Glossary

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This looks like the "Kinakulangan". The royal walk or "kini-kini" of the Maranao women is illustrated in the Kinakulangan dance. Male attendants follow the ladies as they gracefully manipulate mosala, or scarves, displaying their elite social upbringing.

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Looks like the Maglangka Folk Dance.
"Literally meaning "to dance," the maglangka is used to mold the adolescent girls into ladies of good breeding and accomplished dancing skills. The girls are strictly taught to gracefully execute movements imitating birds in flight, fish swimming in the sea, or branches swaying in the air while remaining in the confines of a square cloth. these movements require intense concentration and innate style as the ladies express emotions and entertain guests."- www.hiyas.org

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It's always uplifting to be surrounded by familiar things like our native food & language. It feels like I didn't leave Philippines at all.

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