Solo Adventures in San Diego (Part Four)

Here is part four of my solo adventures in San Diego.  This was my last day in San Diego and it was the most beautiful.  Before visiting any more museums, I wandered around Balboa Park taking photos of the lovely buildings.  After that, I headed to the Timken Museum of Art.

Day Five

The Timken Museum of Art is similar to the San Diego Museum of Art, except it is smaller and more importantly, free.  It houses European artwork, 19th century American art and artwork from Russian icons.  Also on display is San Diego’s only painting by Rembrandt.  This museum, also know as the “jewel box,” came about thanks to the Timken family and the Putnam sisters, who purchased many of the pieces on display there.  One of the exhibits on display when I visited was “El Lissitzky: Futurist Portfolios,” which featured geometric artwork by a Russian artist.  Unfortunately I was not allowed to take photos at this museum, so you will have to see this one in person.

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Solo Adventures in San Diego (Part Three)

Here is part three of my solo adventures in San Diego.  I started off the day by going to a museum just a few blocks from the convention center and then heading over to Balboa Park to visit more of the museums there.

Day Four

My first stop of the day was at the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum.  This museum promotes the history and culture of the original Chinese immigrants.  San Diego’s downtown used to be a Chinatown.  The building that now houses the museum was once the church and school for the local Chinese community.  In the 1990s, this building was slated for demolition but the San Diego Chinese Historical Society was able to save it.  In 1996, it became the museum it is today.  It has expanded throughout the years and now includes two other facilities and a garden behind the original museum.

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Solo Adventures in San Diego (Part Two)

Here is part two of my solo adventures in San Diego.  Instead of going to see more museums at Balboa Park, I decided to head over to San Diego Zoo.

Day Three

I hadn’t been to a zoo since I was a teenager in Japan, so I was kind of excited to see the famous San Diego Zoo.  My main goal was to see the Giant Pandas.  This zoo is huge and I walked the entirety of it probably several times but it was worth it.  The day started out with peacocks, flamingos and ducks.  I also got to take a ride on the guided bus tour, allowing me to see where everything was before I started walking around.  I also rode the Skyfari (cable cars that cut across the park) a few times to save my feet.  The view from there is amazing and totally worth the sometimes long wait.  You can see the entire zoo and beyond into Balboa Park.

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Solo Adventures in San Diego (Part One)

Back in July of 2014, I got to spend a week in San Diego.  A fellow Long Beach student got a free week long pass to attend the ESRI User Conference (UC).  ESRI UC is held every summer, typically in June or July and at the San Diego Convention Center. This is the biggest conference for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) professionals hosting numerous presentations and vendor displays, all discussing the latest and greatest in GIS.  While I was not able to attend the conference because I didn’t have a pass, I was able to explore San Diego.  I did get to see some of the conference later, thanks to the Family Night event they had.

Day One

My first day in San Diego was mostly spent in the hotel room.  I was rather tired from the journey there.  The drive was about two hours, but since I had to wake up early that day and I’m an anti-morning person, I really had no energy to go out.  The next day though I was ready to take San Diego by storm.

Day Two

On Tuesday, I grabbed my stuff and headed for Balboa Park.  This park is filled with museums!  You could probably spend an entire week just visiting all the museums located within this one place.  Before leaving for this trip, I had spent a few days researching where I wanted to go and more importantly, how to get there.

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V3Con 2015: Where Photog Meets Journo

For the second year in a row I volunteered as a photographer for V3Con, a digital media conference for Asian American journalists (though anyone is welcomed to attend and volunteer).  V3Con is hosted by the Asian American Journalist’s Association (AAJA), Los Angeles chapter.  V3 stands for Vision, Visibility and Voice and awards for those three areas are presented to Asian Americans who represent them (or those who have influenced Asian-American media).

This year’s was especially exciting because one of the honorees was Randall Park from the TV show Fresh Off the Boat.  So basically I got to meet a TV star.  See photo below for proof.

Me and the other volunteers with Randall Park and Forrest Wheeler.

Me and the other volunteers with Randall Park and Forrest Wheeler.  Photo by a V3Con volunteer.

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Summer Reading for the Geographer (and Journalist!)

This is part two to my summer reading list thanks to some wonderful books I found at the library.  Not only are these great books for geographers but also for journalists since each one of these is written by a journalist!  This is how geo-journalism should be.

1. The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

Image from Eric Weiner's website.

Image from Eric Weiner’s website.

It has “geography” in the title so of course I had to pick this one up.  I’m still reading this one but so far so good.  Weiner is a former foreign correspondent for NPR(!!!!) and former reporter for the New York Times.  For this book he traveled around the world trying to find the happiest places on earth (no, Disneyland does not count).  He also  plans to write another “geography of” book called The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World’s Most Creative Places From Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley.”  Unfortunately that one does not come out until January of next year.

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Summer Reading for the Geographer

Summer is almost here, which means so are the summer reading lists!  Being the nerd that I am (and daughter of an English teacher) I love reading.  I will read pretty much anything that someone hands me except for horror (real life is scary enough, thanks).  So if you’re tired of the usual beach reads and want to something educational or just interesting and different then here are some books perfect for geographers or just those who want to know more about what geography is really about (naming state capitals is grade school geography not college geography).

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