Saturday, May 31, 2008

One Happy Dodger!

This weekend proves that I am a trustworthy friend and a proven dog owner as I am now Dodger's emergency contact while Shirin and Steve are traveling. It got me started thinking about Dodger and how much he has grown this past year.

I still remember the first time I met Dodger, an innocent little pup that was no bigger than the size of my keyboard. He apparently ate some funky food that night 'cause he farted practically every 5 minutes. I think that's how his "stinky" nickname came about. And I specifically remember asking Steve, "Do dogs fart?"

Here are several pictures of Dodger that I dug out of my vault:

2007-08-06 Shirin-Steve-Dodger (7)

2007-08-06 Shirin-Steve-Dodger (9)

Dodger is probably one of the quickest learners I've met. It does help when he is a super food-motivated.

One Happy Dodger!
Fast-forward to this month and my favorite shot of Dodger. His expression is so genuine, and as you can see, he loves the beach.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Beagle Fun at Fort Funston!

Jenny and I were able take Sally and Bonnie to Fort Funston last weekend. As you can see from pictures, the beagles had a blast chasing each other.

Beagle Chase

Sally chasing Bonnie

Floppy Ears
Bonnie chasing Sally

Sally, COME!
Flying toward the camera

Jenny with the Beagles Taking a break from climbing the stairs

Wow - such attention! The beagles must be focused on a treat.

Sleepy Beagles
Pooped after a day of fun

Bay Area Beagles Meetup - 4/27/08 San Bruno

The Beagle group meets at least twice a month, one Sunday and one Saturday, traveling around the entire Bay Area. Sally and Bonnie were able to attend the Bay Area Beagles Meetup on 4/27/08. It was a beautiful day and 21 beagles showed up to the event. Being new members of the group, Sally and Bonnie definitely enjoyed meeting new friends.

Bay Area Beagle Meetup

Sally knows just where to stand for a picture

Lee's with the Beagles
Jenny and Joanne posing with the smiling beagles.

Bonnie's Favorite Place - The Dog Park!
Bonnie's Favorite Place - The Dog Park!

Stubby Legs
Stubby legs trying to get some water from the drinking fountain.

Bonnie Enjoying Her Alone Time.
Bonnie's alone time.

Howling for friends to come over.

Friendly Cousin Chase
Cousin Sally heard Bonnie's howling and came running!

Please, let me smell you ears. Just once!
Let me smell your ears, just once!

I promise you, it won't hurt.
It won't hurt, I promise!

The Stare Down
First, the stare down!

The howling begin
Then, the howling!

Just Happy
Sally showing just happy she was to scare that puppy away!

Yawn or Sneeze?
Yawning or Sneezing... ?

Leg Crossing
Studies have shown that dogs like to mimic their owners. Here is a classic example of one of Andy's favorite activities.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

A Day in the Life of San Francisco!

Having lived in the Bay Area for over 20 years, I've often taken for granted just how beautiful San Francisco is. From the Golden Gate Bridge to the crooked Lombard Street, San Francisco has so much to offer.

Brandon and I have always wanted to make a Coffee Table Photobook of San Francisco titled "A Day in the Life of San Francisco." The concept came from the National Geographic Series of "A Day in the Life of ...." photobooks where a group of renowned photographers from around the world gather together for one day to capture the life of a country.

Well, here are several previews of our take on San Francisco...

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge - The symbol of San Francisco. This picture was taken on the hills of the Marin Headlands.

Home of the Giants!
A Giant sculpture of Willie Mays stands tall in front of AT&T Park, Home of the San Francisco Giants.

Overseeing Alcatraz
A statue overseeing Alcatraz. This shot was taken at the base of the Coit Tower.

The Windy Road of Lombard St.
The windy road of Lombard Street, with Coit Tower, the Bay Bridge and the TransAmerica Building in the backdrop.

Baker Beach Homes
Light from the setting sun bounces off some Baker Beach homes.

Panaromic Skyline of San Francisco
A panoramic view of San Francisco taken from Treasure Island.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Thailand: From Elephants Mooning us in Chiang Mai to An Angry Triggerfish in the Similan Islands.

We've heard so many great things about Thailand from all of our friends that we decided it was time to jump onto the bandwagon. And you know what, our friends weren't lying. We spent ten days in Thailand, visiting Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Phuket, Khao Lak and the Similan Islands off the coast of the Andaman Sea.

Here are some of the amazing sights we saw in Thailand. These pictures are worth a thousand words, and besides, I am not good with words. So if you want to know more about our trip, visit Snoopy's Crafts... =P

My favorite shot of the trip. It captured the peacefulness of the Elephant Nature Park.

Wrinkly Elephant

The three amigos' behinds
Elephants tend to hang out in groups. These three amigos enjoyed mooning us with their behinds. :)

Nemo off the Similan Islands
It took us until our ninth and final dive to find Nemo. No wonder it took Marlin an entire movie to find him.

An Angry Trigger Fish
Angry Triggerfish

We didn't realize that we intruded into a triggerfish's nest. Their nests extend conically upward to the surface, which we learned in the pre-dive briefing. We just had no idea during the dive, that we were near its nest. You can see from this shot that this is one angry triggerfish ready to bite off Jenny's leg. Luckily for her, she had no idea how close it was until after the dive when we were looking at the photos.

Here's more info from wikipedia: A few of the triggerfish species can be quite aggressive during reproduction season. In particular Picasso triggerfish and titan triggerfish viciously defend their circular nests against any intruders, including scuba divers and snorkelers. Their territory extends in a cone shape from the nest to the surface, so swimming upwards puts one further into the fishes' territory. A horizontal swim away from the nest site is the most sensible course of action when confronted by an angry triggerfish. In contrast to the relatively small Picasso triggerfish, the titan triggerfish poses a serious threat to inattentative divers due to its large size and powerful teeth.

A Takeaway Iced Coffeee
Ah, Iced Coffee in a bag. A unique take-away method. I loved it so much that I even asked for a take-away coffee while dining in.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is definitely one of the most unique places in the world. What I love most about Hong Kong is the skyline. Whether you are viewing Hong Kong from the Peak or along the Avenue of Stars in Tsim Sha Tsui, the sights are spectacular.

Here is the trail leading up to the Peak view of Hong Kong.

Panoramic view of Hong Kong



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