Only the tourists visit Alcatraz

This map confirms my belief that only tourists visit Alcatraz. It’s a pretty useful tool to find out where to mingle with the locals and avoid the tourist traps. There are avoid-the-tourist maps of other cities as well.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!. Crunchy numbers A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats. A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers….

Europe iPad travel app

I’m currently at iOSDevCamp2010 in San Jose, CA working with a team on developing an iPad travel app for children. It’s a 360 panorama of different European countries with audio changing as a different country appears. The app is not finished yet, but stay tuned! Here’s a screenshot of the app: Team Members: Creative: Ivan…

30 things to do before turning 30

As the WordPress homepage uploaded, my eyes caught a blog post titled “That Special Book in My Life.” I immediately thought about The Spanish Apartment, a French movie I watched soon after my college graduation. Being 22 at the time, that movie made me decide to forego lucrative corporate jobs in order to pursue my…

Taking a break from traveling

I’m completely exhausted and I need to stop traveling temporarily. I got into another accident soon after I returned from Seattle. I always get into one soon after traveling.  I have been feeling like Jimmy Stewart in The Rear Window. Yes, that’s how bad my injuries are. I really want to return to Europe this summer to see my…

I got accepted to a grad school in Paris

A year ago after visiting Paris, I made a promise to myself that I will return. I fell in love with the city, the food, and the people there. I couldn’t see living anywhere else. I bought a U2 Paris concert ticket a year in advance and applied to a graduate school there to ensure…

Back to Cali

I’m finally back home. Yea! It’s good to see my family again and enjoy the nice weather. My flight back to San Francisco from Seattle was delayed today, but to make it up, Virgin America gave away a bunch of plasma TVs and gift certificates in several games to cheer us up. I’m completely exhausted…

Bored in Vancouver…

I’m in Vancouver now and I’m leaving as soon as possible. It’s my 3rd night here and it isn’t as great as what it’s cracked up to be. There’s nothing spectacular to see and locals warned me against going to several parks since there have been murders there recently. I don’t understand why this is…

See me in Seattle

Just concluded my 2nd day in Seattle. Although the weather has been depressing (I need my Californian sunshine) and most of the sites seemed like tourist trap, I met some really nice and interesting people and was invited to a movie screening and party. The host of the screening has a huge wide screen in…