Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Balboa the Explorer

Fu fu fu! Success for having a day FULL of adventures at Balboa Park and coming home in one piece :D My parents are always the ultra over-protective type, thinking I can't go anywhere without a bodyguard (either my taller-than-me-but-still-younger brother or my boyfriend) at my old weak-boned age. I understand their concern because there are a lot of creeps and sickos out there in the world but it's nice to just go off and have fun and explore on your own - you, the fresh air inhaled deep with scents of exotic flora, your meandering thoughts. Of course I had to make sure people weren't going to attack me because unfortunately even in such a beautiful place like Balboa Park there have been recent incidents D: Stay away foos! I got pepper spray, a heavy purse, shifty eyes, and 3 years of swordfighting experience under my belt HAH. Hopefully that will be enough? Stay safe lovelies! Always be aware of your surroundings, use the buddy system, don't go out after dark alone! Okay I really sound like my parents now xD

I am so exhausted from walking around and going through 3 different museums (San Diego History, Photographic Arts, Museum of Man). I remember one photo made me cry instantly when I saw it. It was named "I Still Do" and taken by an old lady of her withering husband sleeping in bed. I don't know - a well of emotional just opened and tears came flooding out. I felt embarrassed in front of all the people and the stills of Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan rocking out on stage, screaming into the mic and judging me from their frames. The power of an image is an immovable force.

I was also abnormally comfortable among strangers. I didn't hesitate to comment to girls dressed cutely that I appreciated their fashion sense, I offered to take pictures for a British tourist family I didn't know, I wrote my piece about a photograph of Bob Dylan tuning his guitar in a burger joint. It was such exhilaration to be out there in the world again, to be free, to feel sane. I learned quite a bit about different cultures and the evolution of man. These rechargeable Energizer batteries are LOVE because I took 400 photos and it's not even on low yet with my sporadic on-off-on-off. I even tried to take outfit photos using the tiniest ledge as a support (forgot my mini tripod d'oh).

Without further ado, I present another photo diary of the best of Balboa. By the way, I just found out that balboa is not a tree as I had thought, but the name of Spanish explorer and also the official currency of Panama.

"Taj Mahal, SoCal"
"For PetiteXXS" (water lily)
"I never could tell the difference" (lotus)
"My mom says kids can float on these. My mom says a lot of things"
"PokeDex: Victreebel - This horrifying plant Pokemon attracts prey with aromatic honey, then melts them in its mouth"
 "Romulan warships"
"It's okay, don't be shy"
"Linkin Park was playing on his Walkman when he jumped"
"Poison dart frog"
"Bonzai, Bonsai"
"Seasonal crop failure"
 "Xiang4 er3 kuei2"
"Structurally sound"
"Photoshop clone make inconveniently-located little kid vanish. Still on the lookout for suspect"
"Daisy, roll over! Good girl"
"Intense hunger pains and walking around in circles for an hour = price tag for curry rice and grilled chicken "
 "Stelas, cartouches, zoomorph B"
 "Monkey, brass and funky 265 BCE"
 "YOUUU! Soulja boy I tell 'em. Watch me crank dat watch me roll, watch me crank that Egyptian oh!"
"Hi my name is Jane"
"Homo sapiens hit its peak in 1991, then devolved back into the hunched-over Cro Magnon, replete with unkempt hair"
"Seal of approval" (I am wearing clothes)
"Get your [major and minor] groove on!"
"Kings and queens"
If you ever visit San Diego, you must check out Balboa Park! There are so many museums (11) and little paths you can explore. It's an urban paradise through and through. Every single time I feel like I've been transported to a little town in Europe.

I've been wanting to fashion new outfits these past two days but all this moving to our new place is eating up the best sunlight. Once we get settled in, I will try to dig out my parents' old full tripod and find my new photographing location : ) I didn't post any of my outfit pictures from today because I want it to be relatively surprising and fresh when I do an actual OOTD.

P.S. The two pandas are leaving San Diego Zoo for China nuuuuu!!! Dammit China why do you have to hog all the pandas? You have enough already ... learn to share geez. I must go see them before they leave D: The saddest turtleeee


liz August 11, 2010 at 4:53 AM   said...

aww such pretty pictures!

lol@ overprotectors, but its so true! anything
can happen at ANY time whether you think it will
or not, im like completely paranoid because i
watched too many kidnapping shows and how easy
the creeps got the kids and even the ladies.

was as easy as 'hey can you give me directions
to, ~hard smack in the back of the neck, you
pass out and they take YOU~ so scary! thank god
i dont have to do anything out of my house for
a while lol.

PinkOrchids August 11, 2010 at 5:23 AM   said...

Very lovely pictures! I especially like the caption for the Egyptians =P
I really enjoy going out and exploring on my own too once in a while, but it feels so strange to me as i usually always have someone to share my adventures with ^^ Kudo's for being so brave =)

Princess Feef August 11, 2010 at 5:23 AM   said...

wow amazing pics ! <3

Petite Gorgeous August 11, 2010 at 9:25 AM   said...

I love the pictures. There's a park named Balbao in San Francisco :). Definitely not as pretty as this one though.

Emilie August 11, 2010 at 9:25 AM   said...

Great pics!

Jade Purple Brown August 11, 2010 at 9:31 AM   said...

i love the picture of the coy fish!

♥Bunny♥ August 11, 2010 at 10:22 AM   said...

Love the picture but you totally should have posed in all the photos :) and I totally loled at the solja boy egyptians *getting weird stares from bf*
and I jumped when I saw the koi fish... me is scared of koi fish :(
hope the moving takes place quickly! Can't wait for your OOTD~!! and your silly poses!! *hehehe*

Banhannas August 11, 2010 at 11:07 AM   said...

Your commentary was so funny! It seems like you had a nice, refreshing day. =0D

Ping August 11, 2010 at 11:21 AM   said...

Angie -- I remember Balboa park in the pretty there. Me and me bf at the time love the restaurant there...I believe it was called the Prado (I think!).

Libby August 11, 2010 at 11:35 AM   said...

bahahaha I've never heard of Balboa Park, but after your hilarious photos, I definitely wanna go! I especially appreciate your Victreebel caption, so apropos! :)

noone August 11, 2010 at 11:52 AM   said...

wow peoples hands used to be big back in the days. I wonder if we evolve to be much smaller! and oooh you look so pretty, love the pics of the koi fish too

Jessica August 11, 2010 at 1:28 PM   said...

love the pictures Angie :)

Aww koi fish ~ i grew up with them LOL..
At our old house we used to have this koi pond and whenever you put your foot or fingers on the water the koi would suck on it haha *tickle tickle :P*

Those are lovely Architectures ^^
and i really love the picture of the waterlilies.. I remember years and years ago me and my cousin wanted to get hold of some waterlilies ~ the flowers.. we were on the river that time then saw some on the riverbank we were so excited that we both jumped towards the waterlilies and BAM we were slowly sinking ^_^ It was low tide that time haha and we jumped on mud :P

s August 11, 2010 at 6:05 PM   said...

Haha I like the thumbs up photo! Nice pics!

Stephanie August 11, 2010 at 8:31 PM   said...

wow! what a beautiful place!!! I need to move there lol

PetiteXXS August 11, 2010 at 9:16 PM   said...

Lol... thanks for thinking of me! I'm supposed to be a lotus though (that's what my name means). I love the "naked" picture too ;)

Ken August 12, 2010 at 1:37 AM   said...

i wanna visit that place once~!

i love it down in san diego.

i don't fear being mugged or shot.

Oreleona August 12, 2010 at 11:01 AM   said...

beautiful photos angie!!!!

Alan Li August 12, 2010 at 4:32 PM   said...

OMG When I was little my mom told me that those little plant things would eat my fingers or something. But in reality, I think they devour bugs

Ashley Dy August 13, 2010 at 5:20 AM   said...

Beautiful photos! I wanna go there too!!!

Wacky Jacky & Silly Willy August 13, 2010 at 1:21 PM   said...

Wow you take such wonderful photos!
Love all the landscape and plant pictures.
I LOL'd at the Victreebel pokemon references

I have to check it out next time I head over to SD ^.^

Nicol August 13, 2010 at 5:01 PM   said...

beautiful pictures! id love to visit one day. looks so peaceful hehe

Anonymous August 14, 2010 at 11:54 PM   said...

Ahh it so pretty there. The lilies reminded me of a place I visted in Nagoya :) Thanks for sharing!

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