Personal Note: My Weekend in California

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I spent the last weekend back in California. This trip was not an easy one to make. I left on Friday morning—following a string midterms before—exhausted, sleepy, and worried about the unfinished paperwork that needed to be done already and that still came ahead. The flight stopped briefly in Hong Kong before completing its fifteen hours in the air. Fortunately, the ride was a comfortable one with both plenty of room and good companionship; it is not often I have conversations with another passenger on one side, or have an empty seat on the other. Customs, however, is as insufferable as ever.

Once I arrived in San Francisco, I was immediately greeted by the cold air and warm company. I spent the next few days snuggled up in sweaters and blankets. It was easy to push away any serious thoughts, and simply relax and bath in the ambience and Spanish, country-inspired decor of my sister’s home.

Saturday morning, I went with my brother to the farmer’s market in downtown Palo Alto, where we picked up some greens and some grapes, and where we stood under the chilly, sunny sky listening to a few quick tunes of a street band—an ensemble of guitar, violin, and accordion. We then sat down with a friend at a local café. We wrote out a menu and picked up a few more grocery items we needed before parting. That night, a delectable vegetarian four-course meal was had, and my family and I delighted in the presence of my brother’s special guest.

I slept through most of Sunday. I really needed that long, long rest. I also did some things and met some people.

On Monday, my sister drove my brother and me to get a few gifts for friends and family in Taiwan. After lunch, my brother went back to school, while my sister and I looked for a particular sensual massage oil and strawberry flavored cream. Then, I accompanied my sister to a luxurious salon in downtown Saratoga. The place is beautiful, and my sister’s hair, adorable. When the sunset, we spent the evening at a vibrant, lush shopping mall.

I missed the bay dearly—its European veneer, Bohemian moxie, and gorgeous streets. The weekend getaway was a much desired and subtly-necessary moment to unwind before diving back into the fast-paced lifestyle of Taipei and of a medical student.

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18 Responses to Personal Note: My Weekend in California

  1. The important question remains: did you eat at In N Out? :3

    • Yi says:

      Should this even be a question? OF COURSE!!

      Saturday noon, in preparation for the vegetarian dinner ahead, my broth and I drove through In-n-Out. I had a double double with onion, an order of animal fries, an order of regular fries, and large coke. There is no way I flew across the world to not have the best burger. ^ ^

  2. Kezar says:

    A weekend in California… somehow i’m jealous :3

    • Yi says:

      It was very nice indeed. But to be honest, the timing was so awkward with my school and such that it creates a lot of hassle, more than I would have liked. Still, I enjoyed my time there.

  3. Yumeka says:

    Ah, it’s too bad you didn’t come to the Los Angeles area…if you did, maybe we could have met up :3 (though I’ve been super busy with work lately). But it sounds like you had a good time in SF ^^

    • Yi says:

      It’s been so long since I’ve been in SoCal… A few years perhaps. I just could never find the time. This time as well. I wish I could though. It’s a super fun place!

  4. 2DT says:

    Bohemian moxie. I like that. 🙂

    • Yi says:

      Hehe. I stole that phrase from somewhere. (Can’t quite remember where though… A local journal perhaps.) Loved it. And I loved how it describes the bay so well.

      You have a new blog 2DT!! I’ll be dropping by. ^ ^

  5. dyananyad says:

    The soul requires such treatment, and you deserve it.

  6. Overlord-G says:

    At least your short break was worth it. Hang in there Yi-san. If anyone can become a doctor, it’s you…despite not knowing a thing about you besides your impeccable fashion sense, difficult to please personality and yuri fandom.

    • Yi says:

      Haha yes. It was worth it for the most part, although it wasn’t one that I had wanted due simply to the awkward timing and the amount of work I have to do to make the trip happen. Still, I was able to make the most out of the situation, and had a great time in Cali. ^ ^

      p.s. “difficult to please personality” … I suppose I can be a bit overbearing at times.
      p.p.s. Cheers and love, hun!

  7. necrocosmos says:

    u should come to europe some day, so u can taste old world! Sounds nice to relax.

    • Yi says:

      I should!! Europe seems so romantic, and its food so delicious. I will make that trip. Probably not this winter (going to Egypt), but maybe summer or next winter. “Old world.” Sounds incredible. ^ ^

  8. Kai says:

    I know about the feeling of awkward relaxation all too well. It’s like you’re relaxing, yet, you know you got a number of tasks waiting for you, sitting incomplete at home. I always try to finish all of my tasks as fast as possible but sometimes, there will still be some left, it’s just inevitable D:

    But it’s nice to see that you’re having fun still^^ California is a place I would like to visit once too, but first, I guess I should prioritize on the Land of Rising Sun first.

    • Yi says:

      Yea, it’s rare to be able to really relax. The last time that happened was probably a few years ago—during a transition stage when the next phase of my life was set to begin. Other than those moments, it just seems there’s always something going on, something to worry about, a dull pain in the back of my mind. 😦

      But yea, I’ll take whatever chance I get to relax and enjoy the little things in life. ^ ^

      Hope you do too, Kai!

  9. necrocosmos says:

    Marry Xmass:D. hope u enjoy it, hard to say if u have it in Taiwan.

    • Yi says:

      Ahhh thank you. And happy holidays—belated—and 2013 to you, necrocosmos darling. ^ ^

      We don’t have Christmas as a holiday, but the spirit is there if you want to feel it. I had a good time. I hope you did too! And may we both have a wonderful new year as well!


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