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San Francisco Half Marathon 2016

Congratulations to all the participants of 16th annual Golden Gate Half. It was absolutely worth getting up at 5 am to secure a great spot for photography by the Vista Point by the Golden Gate Bridge. Formerly known as the US Half Marathon, the Golden Gate Half takes uses the same course since its first running in 2002 — a run that starts and finishes in San Francisco next to Aquatic Park and then unfolds across the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, to the Marin Headlands and back. It was great to see thousands of runners, some running in groups, some with their parents or younger children in strollers, some dressed in costumes, etc. I hope you enjoy the photos from the event and possible join the marathon in 2017.

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 …

Middle School, Reimagined

As a parent of school age children and as someone who values the importance of good education, I share the anxiety of a lot of parents out there  touring schools in hopes of finding a fitting environment for the much feared transition to middle school. My eldest daughter, a product of San Francisco public schools, is a sophomore at Lowell, and my youngest is a fifth grader at Ulloa Elementary. Honestly, neither of us parents nor my eldest daughter can see Maia, the youngest, in a big school setting, and that’s the reason we are looking at private schools with small size classrooms. Helen, a good friend of mine, and a mother of a fifth grader, suggested I look at Millennium School’s website and attend one of their pop-up sessions. We went to one such session with the whole family. It was a pretty exciting and informative experience that took place at the studio of EHDD Architects, the same studio that is designing the future school site. The main concern of all attending parents was a need to find an engaging …