Sheung Wan _ Hong Kong

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Man Mo Temple _ Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan.

Sheung Wan is one of the oldest district of Hong Kong, and one of the hilliest, leaving development relatively tame compared to other flatter parts of Hong Kong.  Recently, lots of small independent shops, chill bars and eateries, and galleries have been popping up in vacant historic buildings due to relatively lower rents, making Sheung Wan the new hipster area of Hong Kong.

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Blake Garden Park _ Sheung Wan.

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Tai Chi.

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Tank Lane _ Sheung Wan.

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Chinese YMCA Secondary School _ Bridges Street, Sheung Wan.

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Shing Wong Street _ Sheung Wan.

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Staunton Street _ Sheung Wan.

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Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles _ WUHO, Hollywood

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Deborah Sussman Loves Los Angeles is a retrospective exhibit at WUHO chronicling the early work of designer Deborah Sussman, famous for her work on the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.  The exhibit ran through January 16th, 2014.

I was lucky to attend a question and answer evening with Deborah herself!  She spoke at the event which was organized by Design East of La Brea (deLaB).

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#losangelesbeautiful

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L.A. Bike Trains _ Route 001 _ Silver Lake

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Good buddy Travis has been one of my regular passengers on my Wednesday Route001 Bike Train from Silver Lake to Hollywood.  It helps that he also happens to be my coworker.

I met Travis while we were both at USC School of Architecture.  In fact, he was my TA.  Even after he graduated a few years ahead of me, we still kept in touch.  It was during this time that Travis took me on my first bike ride through Los Angeles - with the Midnight Ridazz.  Travis was already commuting by bicycle around town, but he opened my eyes to the potential of car-free living in Los Angeles.

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Now look at us, biking up Beachwood Canyon to work together most days, with a view of the Hollywood sign.  

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Let’s Go To The Moon! _ Seas of Science, Hollywood

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Good buddy Doug Tiano has been part of a great science education theater production for the past couple of years.  The production is part of Seas of Science, a live performance show geared towards children to teach elementary science concepts - like photosynthesis!

The cast of characters includes not only actors and dancers, but also puppets - many of which are created and operated by Doug.  The characters are on a magical submarine that can travel through space and time.  I know, right?

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Their newest production, called Let’s Go To The  Moon!, was focused on the concept of gravity.  Doug operated Rocktopus, the singing octopus that popped up during the musical numbers in the show.

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Series Studies _ Hollywood, CA

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Artists Amanda and Agnes created a performance experiment called Series Studies, exploring color.  Through the Time Bank, they put out a call for anyone to contribute a yellow space and something red, shared by two strangers.

Buddy Cat Campion answered the call by contributing her bright and sunny yellow apartment in Hollywood.  Lee Conger, separately, offered to contribute his red energy in the form of Qigong.  Then the artists invited strangers to come be the participatory audience, requesting that everyone wear red or yellow.  

The following “performance” was quite interesting, which included a skype call with a Qigong instructor in Austin, Texas named Brian Wilson.

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Who knew? A Frank Gehry building in the middle of Hollywood on Ivar. The Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Library.

Who knew? A Frank Gehry building in the middle of Hollywood on Ivar. The Frances Howard Goldwyn Hollywood Regional Library.

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Hollywood Reservoir _ Hollywood

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The body of water is tucked away in the hills above Hollywood, and only accessible by small, winding, residential streets.  Built in the 1920s, it’s like the Silver Lake Reservoir - but without people, dogs, strollers, cars, or concrete banks.  A, literally, hidden gem in LA.  The water sparkles.  No kidding.

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The water, which is no longer used as drinking water, is held back by an actual damn.  A beautiful one, with arches and busts of bears.  A pleasant and generous dirt walking path surrounds the reservoir, with a lush and diverse buffer of plants between the path and the water.  A perfect place to learn how to ride a bike!

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With Shweta, Sushmita, & Victoria

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Hollywood Hills Ride

Went on a bike ride from Silver Lake to a castle in the Hollywood Hills.  But first, we had to ride through the streets of Hollywood, on a Friday night.

Echo Park after-party party and bonfire.

By the end of the night, Pepsi Spirit had passed away.  It was an epic, beautiful last ride together.  Be well, my friend.

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Thai New Year Festival

While riding our bikes through the streets of Hollywood on a Sunday in LA, my brother and I found ourselves in the middle of the Songkran Thai New Year Parade & Festival along Hollywood Blvd.  What a treat!

Did you know that LA has the largest population of Thais outside of Thailand?

The festival got really crowded starting at Normandie, so Byron and I rode up to Franklin, and got a great view of the Griffith Observatory in the hills.

Byron and I then rode over to the LA River, hoping to take in the newly rejuvenated river from the recent rains.  But the winds were too strong, and were a real force to ride against.  So we instead rode to M&A on Silver Lake Blvd to check out Bloom.

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