Airbnb: Perfect Pasta with Dario

As someone who lives on the opposite side of the city, Airbnb's Perfect Pasta was truly a great experience for me to learn about food, local farming, cooking, and entrepreneurship. What made this a great experience was our host, Dario, a passionate person who turned his career around to pursue his dream.

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Sutro Baths Shoot with Dasha

Last Friday, I got to meet Dasha for a photo shoot at Sutro Baths. And surprisingly, it was her first time. Dasha is originally from Ukraine and she's only been in The Bay Area for 9 months. She started modeling last year and she has been working with brands and helping her husband with his work. Back in Ukraine, she did wedding photography, but she may never get back into it.

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Instameet: Sutro Baths 2/19

First instameet of the year. Glad to meet a bunch of photographers out there that day and shout out to the models who modeled for everyone. I'd be overwhelmed to be shot at by 20 people. 

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Ikebukuro: Gudetama Cafe in Tokyo

The Gudetama cafe in Tokyo was only temporarily opened from November 4 to January 15. But don't worry, if you still want to eat in one, there's a cafe in Osaka. Even if you're not a fan, these are worth going to.

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Travel: A Tease From Japan

A quick 12 hour layover in Japan to visit two districts. Shibuya and Ikebukuro. 12 hours seem like a lot, but it isn't. You need to go through customs, purchase a SIM card (if necessary), and catch Narita Express train to Tokyo. If you're going through customs and have no internet, link up your phone with Narita's wifi and check train times via Google Maps and where to get a SIM card or portable wifi in the airport. Be sure to find out which station offers Narita Express back to the airport.

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2016: A Year in Review

A lot of things came together last year and I wanted to reflect upon my year.  It's a tad late to write about this, but I always like to say that it's never too late for anything. 

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