Still at home
Highlights of the week: I enjoyed another week at home, sleeping in my own bed, and enjoying what finally feels like fall in San Francisco.
Getting back into habits means the return of one of my favorite rituals at home — lighting a candle for dinner. It’s really simple, but it’s been a hygge-inspired part of our home for the past several years. The small action helps create a sense of coziness 🙂
Still enjoying the views, but this time, with a new toy — my new Moment wide angle lens (using the iPhone XS attachment case). Got a bit more crammed into this photo, and it looked really sharp.
Also, I love this view. Have I mentioned that?
We have a new colleague on the team, so this week took a group of us out to some bars and restaurants. I grabbed a drink with the team at Jones — one of my favorite bars in the city (mainly because of the enormous outdoor space). As we were perched on a spot overlooking Geary St, I snapped another Moment Lens shot.
I’m looking forward to seeing what this thing can do when I don’t have my SonyAlpha mirrorless camera around.
Wednesday was a great dinner with our new hire. I got to try out The House, which served a wide selection of pan Asian dishes. Sometimes “pan Asian” can get confusing, but they kept their menu simple. It worked, especially while sharing several bottles of wine 🍷
Afterwards, we grabbed drinks at Tony Nik’s.
This unique bar bills itself as a sophisticated casual spot, serving up classic cocktails. In reality, it’s a hodgepodge of designs, that feels divey at times, and is well maintained, clean, and friendly. I’ve only been a few times, but it feels like a great neighborhood bar, removed from the tourists that tend to frequent North Beach.
Another new toy arrived this week…an Osmo Pocket, which I intend to use constantly when traveling. The video above was shot from the Atlassian office, using a feature called Motion Lapse — a combination of time-lapse and panning.
The pocket-sized camera is compact enough to not draw a lot of attention to the fact that I’m recording or taking a photo, so I’m looking forward to capturing a lot of footage when we go to India next week! Lots of future content to build from this little device 🎬
This was our last week in town before heading off to India for Christmas and New Years, so errands kept us busy. As did a Golden Girls Christmas drag show.
That evening, we headed to a friend’s place for a holiday gathering, featuring delicious Cambodia/Laos-inspired Northeastern Thai food from Esan Classic — one of the best (and spiciest) Thai restaurants in San Francisco.
The eventful week left me happy for some alone time on Sunday. The day was lazy and uneventful. I treated myself to my favorite sushi bar in San Francisco, Kuma Sushi + Sake. After a fairly filling meal and a few pours of sesame shochu, they gave me a bowl of ice cream.
I couldn’t say no to the gift. And I didn’t.
My last full week of 2018 in San Francisco was eventful and balanced. And it made me grateful for the community of friends and colleagues, and the great neighborhood I get to enjoy.
To more shushi, shochu, and ice cream in 2019 🥳