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Took a break from the indie film, Yes We’re Open, and tended to SELF Magazine’s Workout in the Park in San Francisco’s Marina district. The event gathers people, mainly women for this woman’s magazine, to workout in the park, get pampered, and grab free swags.

Grabbed a little food before starting with the setup. Tea with cream and sugar, and a cheese bagel with a veggie shmear. Whoa, vegetable cream cheese, what planet have I been on!!!
Lots of setup to do:

in preparation for the crowd of exercising enthusiasts. Attendees take part in various classes from yoga to pilates to cardio tai boxing,


as well as athletic fashion, products and pampering.

There was also a quick appearance with Biggest Loser’s Alison Sweeney.

I exercised my appetite with a turkey wrap

There were sliced grapes in the wrap that was surprising to me, but it worked 🙂
It was a nice change of event, got my load of Vitamin D, and  even scored a slice of bday cake.

It was great to see so many fit fanatics out and about, they almost got me motivated to get up and move too…almost 🙂

Got to visit Pixar again since Toy Story 3, but this time for the press junket for Cars 2.

Out of all the locations I’ve been to, Pixar is probably my favorite.  Being able to step foot into the birthplace of so many outstanding animated movies is an honor – to see the sketches on paper framed as art, to final character creations sprinkled throughout the building.


Checked in and began light with a yogurt for breakfast
Interviews all day

built up my hunger for LUNCH!!! Grilled asparagus, chicken with pesto, shelled pasta salad with cherry tomatoes, green salad

I was really satisfied

The food never disappoints, and I can only imagine how great it must be to work here. Then I turn over and spotted a boot camp session happening outside for the employees. WHAT???

Nothing could top that, I thought. I was wrong when a crew member told me they just laid out more snacks for us to enjoy.

The chips and taquitos I was familiar with, but

deep fried pickles were new to my taste buds.

Always an adventure and I got giddy when I saw Edna E. Mode standing there too.

Oh how I love coming here.

During this year’s Asian Film Festival, I was called back for a re-shoot to work on. Exactly this time last year, we shot an indie short, and the story developed in another direction, so we needed more footage. Sometimes things come up unexpectedly, but somehow it always works out for me to be able to juggle my schedule around others.

To keep with continuity, we had to upkeep the physical appearance of the actors from what we had filmed of them from before.

So, it was time for this guy to get a  little buzz.

The talented Anna Khaja didn’t change at all

except this time we had dryer weather.

Even though we are in a year and counting, I’d rather the director take their time and create their vision, as opposed to rushing to toss something together and not being happy with the film.  The director was excited for what was shot, which makes me excited to see the finished product.

Last year I took part in the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival’s festivities. The time has come again for the 29th annual SFIAAFF.

Other than the regular prep work and pickups

I also got to “work” with the publicist who had an all access entry to the festivities. Prior to mingling at the Opening Night reception at the Asian Art Museum,

we were at a Chinese TV station promoting the festival with interviews with people from the film, “Almost Perfect“, though I couldn’t understand any of it  because it was entirely in Mandarin 😦

I also got to meet back up with some old faces.
Musician Jane and the Surrogate Valentine peeps.

I think the first time I heard of Goh was from their youtube video duet.
Got called up for the Q/A session after the screening and I felt so uneasy up there.

I enjoy doing the things I get to do and meet the people I get to meet, but I’m more of a behind the scenes person. I’ll give it up to those that have no anxieties when it comes to things like this.

Had another opportunity to work with the director from the last video I traveled to LA for.
The final cut of the P!nk videos can be youtube’d:

Please Don’t Leave Me
Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely)
Funhouse

These videos played in the background during the her live concerts.

Back to the current California Dreams Tour gig in the making. Breakfast was from a taco truck parked next to the studio in Hollywood. The tab was picked up by the production 🙂 All other meals were just a blur with all the work that had to be done.

In two days, we turned this studio into

a real life candy land

Built out and dressed a bakery from scratch


Grungy butcher shop:


a little bedroom scene

Can’t wait to find this final cut of this shoot online sometime.

Another 800-miles north of Barcelona, Spain and I arrived in Brussels, Belgium.
Hopped on the train from the airport to the city. Quite an adventure for me, as everything was ‘foreign’ to me:
but I managed to get myself off the correct train station.
I didn’t want to venture out too far and get stranded, but proceeded on the cobblestone road, and did the touristy thing in the vicinity.

Which brought me into the Grand Palace town center

Only a few were on my list to try
1. Belgium waffles in…well, Belgium

2. Mussels from Brussels

3. Hand made me some Belgium Chocolate

in the land of chocolate


4. Manneken Pis – the pissing boy

which was much smaller than I imagined

5. Fritz – the fries, but I wasn’t too impressed. It was meaty, like steak fries to me and I am more into the crispy thin ones.

6. And another delicacy, I got the Filet Américan.

I recalled the this Mr. Bean episode, which made me even more enthused to try it out.
well, “When in Rome…”

Once again, made it back to the States just before another big snow storm #2 hit.

That was an exciting way to round up the year. I wonder when and where my next adventure will take me.

Left the next morning, just before the huge snow storm in Europe hit. Thank goodness my friend stayed with me until I got checked in, as if the German language wasn’t overwhelming enough, I didn’t even know where to begin looking on the departure/arrival info.

After I got settled, I just hung around and soaked it all in like this guy.

Arrived in Barcelona where I met the soon to be newly weds at the airport. They were in a rush as they were still dealing with last minute plans before the wedding, so I was dropped us off at a house in Cerdanyola, Spain.
Friend’s “mom” had a quick lunch waiting for us.

Finished the salad and I thought that was it, until she brought out a tray of baked chicken….oh moms…they’re universal.

Headed out the to the city to check out the Christmas Market and the night life. So did everyone else.

Lights everywhere, down every street. I wonder where the city stores all the decorations afterwards?

Stopped at Trencadis for some food and called it a night since jet lag started to kick in.

Once all of the people from the states arrived in Spain, some of us wanted to venture out to the city, by taking their public transportation. By the way, transpo here puts the California public transportation system to shame…once we were able to find it though.

Found the tracks, and saw the train, but where was the station to hop onboard?

Eventually made our way into Barcelona, Spain. I didn’t really do any research for the area and knew the hosts would bring us to the must see spots in Spain. What was on my list was of course had to deal their specialties:

Paella:

the pintxos bar:

Somewhat tapas/buffet style. You walk with a plate and grab from the displays the bread topped with various ingredients from salmon to cheese, to my ever so favorite jamón. To pay your bill, they count how many toothpicks remain on your plate. I can see how this may be a problem for them with my mischievous past 🙂

the churros con chocolate, thick sludge like hot chocolate to dip with the churros:

the coffee:

Explored the famed architect, Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, thou his work is scattered all over the city.

Visited Els Quatre Gats, where young Picasso use to frequent, known for a gathering place for artists:

and how can I pass up black ink squid paella if it’s on the menu. No is not an option for me when exploring a new country 🙂

a little flamenco dancing:

Still have a wedding to get to, more time in Spain, and then off to Brussels, Belgium!!!

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