Month: May 2016

Waves, Flowers and Flames

Living Digital Space and Future Parks exhibition by teamLab was probably the most exciting 2 hours I’ve spent with my kids this year. I can’t really explain the emotions that I was experiencing while at the space. Just how the art form was so new and foreign to me, my emotional response was also quite new and intriguing. Digital technology when united with art, I believe, multiplies the emotional impact on the viewer. It takes you to a completely new space where you might even feel a bit dizzy at first but gradually let you mind join the speed and movement of the artwork and embrace the unfamiliar yet hypnotizing effect. teamLab’s remarkable production consists of over 400 members and was started in 2001 by a group of engineers based in University of Tokyo. The team is focused on creating captivating experiences by using mostly nature motifs such as water, birds, flowers, trees, etc. The installations are activated either by touch or intersection of the shadows of viewers. As we continued to interact with the waves, flowers or butterflies emerged in …

Chocolate Covered on the 24th Street

My friend Scott and I love to explore the city whenever we get a chance. That includes walking, taking photographs, stopping by at some stores, chatting with the store keepers, tasting something here and there and just enjoying each other’s company. Our last destination was 24th Street in Noe Valley.  The sign for Chocolate Covered is way up and from the outside you don’t really get what the store sells. So we walked in and met Jack, the owner who has been there for over 25 years and has the largest selection of chocolates in the city and perhaps started the very first destination store for chocolate lovers. He’s got about 900 different chocolates at the moment but is hoping to reach 1000 by the end of the year.  Besides having created his chocolate heaven, Jack has an interesting hobby; he puts street signs, antique or celebrity photographs on tin cans of different shapes and sizes and sells them at the store. He believes a lot of people buy the tin containers for sentimental value and then use it …