Making New Friends at Golden Gate Bridge

I found them on our way to golden gate bridge, taking a selfie with a monopod. So we asked them to take our pic and then they ended up becoming our tour guide. One of them can cycle realllyy fast, cuz he’s used to cycle 130 miles every day. We almost died following their speed. “Are we going on tour de france or something?!!!” I shouted. So, they laughed and stopped for a while. 

Nice meeting you, boys. Take care with that monopod. Meanwhile, now I know yoga doesn’t mean shit for your cardio. I was the slowest one in the group :/

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My First Portuguese Friend

Meet B**** Diaz, my new Portuguese friend. We arrived on the same day in San Fracisco and slept at the lower bunks. She found me taking 5-hour nap after my sleepless long-hour flight. 

She’s what you calls a badass chick, with tattoos all over her body, nose pierce and nip tuck here and there. But she is really insecure about herself (well, if you have a boob job you must not like what you’ve originally had). She is self-centric but shy at the same time. 

One day she decided to pack her bags and move to SF with $3000 and blocked credit card in her pocket for the next 6 months. She said some of her friends had done so. Her family is well-known in Brazil, and she has produced several short films. but she never really enjoy what she has. We chatted all day, mostly about her. But that’s me, you can spend a whole day with me and give all your personal information without knowing a single thing about me at the end of day. I just don’t like talk about myself or share my stories in verbal conversation. People don’t usually know who I date or what I’m doing, except if they are really a close circle that I chose to hang out with. 

I’ve several friends since yesterday, 2 Chinese guys, 2 Swedish guys, one American med student, one sweet lady from UK, and a cute black guy who used to live in Italy for a year. Meeting new people in a different country surely makes you feel like you are just a citizen of universe, and that everyone is actually born the same, no matter what skin color God had given to us.

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SF DAY 2: I found that the hostels in both locations are totally different in terms of safety. The one in city center is totally not a good place to stay, although the staff is ok. There are limited stores, many beggars on the street would come to you asking for a dollar or pennies. How come the US govt actually let them going around like this, I don’t know. I just know that they are concentrated in few areas, and Larkin, Mission & O’Farrell st. are two of them.
So I moved 6 blocks away to another place which is super close to the union station. Lots of food place, 3* hotels and coffee place, so I’m happy.
I think I have broken my legs, lol, after all those biking around the golden gate bridge and back. Left at 1:30pm and checked in at the hostel at 7pm (after carrying the bike for 5 blocks). The temperature is going down quite drastically after 5pm, so it’s best to wear layers. SF, show me what you got, cuz I still love NY better. #SF #solotravel #USAtrip #westcoast

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SF DAY 1: Napping. It’s OK to recharge your energy than get sick while traveling. Arriving at the airport, knowing that one of my luggage is broken. Catch a ride with a shared van, driven by a Chinese uncle.
“Where are you going?” he asked.
“Is it the one in Ellis st?”
“Ok, sit wherever,” he said.
“Can I sit in front?” I asked.
“Yea, go ahead.”
So, I walked to the left side of the car and he shouted,
“Where are you going? That’s my seat!”
I laughed. Everybody laughs.
“Oops, sorry, I’m from Asia. I’m used to the left (passenger) side.” Lol #solotravel #usa #sanfrancisco

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See You Later, Seoul

Hey, Seoul, in your little ways you have rocked my world. And I don’t wanna shop in HK again cuz the flight ticket is almost the same. I read somewhere that if you visit Korea more than 10 times, you can get free visa for good. Maybe the rules would change, I dunno. But transit is always a good idea. Next, San Francisco. I hope you are not as hot as Seoul and NYCa this week! #solotravel #seoul #7days #korea #sept #2015

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Speaking English in Korea = Intimidating 

SEOUL DAY 5. I think my aura is a bit intimidating *sigh*. Really felt it in Korea. Unless in posh areas like Apgujeong, or Gangnam, Koreans are really afraid when someone asked them something in English. I haven’t explored the posh areas much, because honestly they look so fake. Almost like Bali, but more lost in identity. No uniqueness or originality, like Hongdae for example. That area describes how the young Koreans act & adapt in their own little world.

Fact 1. I found out that most Korean women were smaller than me. Some ahjuma are shorter than my shoulder! The more beautiful they are, the less make up they wear. Really envy that skin, but now I know how they get their hair. Haha! It’s all about maintenance.

Fact 2. Koreans are homogenous ppl. They want to look, walk, talk, dress, even has the same perm, hair color and type of shoes. I find it weird that someone wants to blend in the society. Still quite patriarchal, imho. Young couples often show PDA everywhere and the guys always look like the chauffeur who carry around their lady purse AND shopping bags everywhere!

Fact 3. Koreans reaallly, I mean reaallyyy… look up to the Americans. Maybe like how Indians look up to the English. They want to dress like Americans, act like Americans, sleep with Americans. Even variety shows on TV always have Caucasian stars. They just love mixed race, but only if half Caucasians. When I wore a shirt bought in NY, a hotel staff asked me a lot of things & practiced his English with me.

Fact 4. Koreans are brought up to be superficial. Good manner, flawless skin, flawless hair, branded bags, fake lashes, perm dyed hair, fancy car, skimpy dress (even the school uniform can make one look like she’s not wearing a skirt) are good for you. I think I can live in Korea, cuz the language is not difficult, but I don’t think I will like it. The men, however, are sweet. At the subway the other day, a cool guy said hello silently to me among the crowd. He waved his right hand in front of his chest and not even smiling, just lift his lips a bit & looked interested in getting to know me in the crowd. I mean, you gotta give credit for that. But it’s not gonna work if he wasn’t good looking, though. Lol. But I have a boyfriend, so… (just in case he reads this). Lol. #diary

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Sleeping at Jjimjilbang for Less Than Rp 250k

Spending the night at Spa Lei, a female-only jjimjilbang in Gangnam area. 14,000 won for up to 12 hours, where you can try all kinds of spa, with ginseng, charcoal, etc. Inside there are korean restaurant, salon, boutique, PC room, meeting room, exercise room, sleeper room, etc. Must be naked to enter the main spa. Lol. This is my bulgogi dinner, 9,000 won. Surprisingly there are a lot of older women in their 40s. Aren’t they supposed to be home with their family? 😮 #seoul #spa #korea #holiday

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