A Good Day to Protest

I learned about the protest last minute, but I still made it a point to participate. Primarily because the Ethiopian Democratic Club of Los Angeles promoted the event, and since the protest route went down Fairfax where Little Ethiopian is located, I wanted to join. My participation in all things Ethiopian in Los Angeles spans…

Paradocs Coffee on Fairfax

My notebook by Moleskin and Japanese Pilot Pen Go well with Taka’s coffee at his Paradocs Coffee Shop quaintly positioned on my favorite block in LA On this MLK Day I sat there reading an article about Samya Stumo Who sadly lost her life a little less than a year ago aboard Ethiopia Airlines flight…

“Plant Some Sh*t”

Los Angeles native, Ron Finley, is a man of his word. Finley said: “plant some shit” in an effort to inspire his community to cultivate plants, and that is what he continues to do. His repurposed swimming pool functions as a nursery today where his foliage thrives. Like the plants he grows that are vital…

God References

Here is an article about religious references in Kendrick Lamar’s music. “Guess it’s evidence of divine presence” -Victory Lap “The world would not know Jesus Christ, if there was never Judas/ This knife that’s in my back’ll be the truth that introduced us.” – Bigger Than Life “I ain’t worried ’bout it, cus I know…

Los Angeles and San Francisco, 2012

  Update: It’s sad to learn that this place is no longer around. Timeout.com says: “It’s hard to believe that two Filipino sisters with no baking experience opened this lovely cafe in 2005. They set their sights high, remortgaging their properties in order to fly in kitchen equipment and a young chef from France. The…

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close It was a wonderful film. The woman said: “finding what this key opens will be a miracle.”  The relationship with his father ended, but his relationship with his mother began to flourish.  It was his grandfather all along. That his grandmother welcomed her husband back was special. I would have…

Reflections

Reflections The first month of the year, 2012 is coming to an end. During this month, I spent time with my grandfather in Las Vegas, and my mother and father in Los Angeles. I visited the strip club once, and the spa three times. My car needed new tires, an oil change, and serious work…

It’s Always Special in L.A.

It’s Always Special in Los Angeles To bring in the New Year, 2011, I was with James Jung and Wesley Chen – friends of mine from elementary school, at the Los Angeles Lakers game on New Year’s Eve.  We had box seats. There was beer on tap, and free food galore. I paid $33 for…

Coming 2 America 2011

Yesterday, James and I went to an ice cream parlor that makes weird and unusual flavors. I remembered the building from an episode of Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods. I was thankful that I’d seen it. James was being a good tour guide. Across from this ice cream parlor was a vegan restaurant. I ordered a…