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adventures of a half-chinese yalie in hollywood

Influenza … the San Francisco Treat!

Influenza … the San Francisco Treat!

I was the first person ever to say ‘I need a vacation from this vacation.’ –Jack Donaghy

After coming back from last week’s San Francisco trip, I’m ready to challenge Donaghy on the provenance of that quote. What is it about returning from a vacation that makes you feel uniquely like you did the whole thing wrong? Like everyone else gets recharged from a jaunt, but that you in fact set yourself back mentally, physically and phlegm-ly by going away?

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At the very least, I got these illicit over-the-wing pics on the dreadfully ear-clogged ride back. All is not for nought.
At the very least, I got these illicit over-the-wing pics on the dreadfully ear-clogged ride back. All is not for nought.

Knock me down I’ll get right back up again. I’ll come back stronger than a powered-up Pac Man. –Kaiser Chiefs

Ha, right. I used to be a medicine-shunner, but I finally realized decongestants are not the devil. Well, at least not the decongestants I get from off the rack because I’m too lazy/cheap/paranoid to enter the Official Registry For Pseudoephedrine Purchasers.

I found these old pills in Deepak’s stuff when we moved. I’ve been making a conscious effort to use up or otherwise deal with clutter, so I took some. What could possibly go wrong?

Does the phrase "Oldie but goodie" apply to medicine too?
Does the phrase “Oldie but goodie” apply to medicine too?

This week I’ve felt completely wiped and under-the-weather. I’ve finally recovered to the extent where I can breathe like a non-consumptive. But my boyfriend isn’t there yet, so I have to dose him with herbal remedies (note: not ganja, Chinese stuff) and fake a sympathy wheeze just so he doesn’t think I got out of this illness easy.

When I was in Singapore earlier this year, my sweet Singaporean friend bought me some Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa to soothe a dry throat (why am I getting sick so often this year??). Now I'm Florence Nightingale-ing and doling out the traditional Chinese remedy to my ill boyfriend. Can't you see from his face? He loves it.
When I was in Singapore earlier this year, my sweet Singaporean friend bought me some Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa to soothe a dry throat (why am I getting sick so often this year??). Now I’m Florence Nightingale-ing and doling out the traditional Chinese remedy to my ill boyfriend. Can’t you see from his face? He loves it.

Here are a few more San Francisco pics, both so we can move on in this blog and so I can quantify the fun times I did have. Even though they came at the price of my health and productivity this week!

These Rainier cherries were $2.99/lb.! Unheard of! Sadly they got totally SMOSHED during my hellacious trip/trek to SFO, during which I fell up the dirty BART stairs no fewer than twice.
These Rainier cherries were $2.99/lb.! Unheard of! Sadly they got totally SMOSHED during my hellacious trip/trek to SFO, during which I fell up the dirty BART stairs no fewer than twice.
The last of some dim sum sweets from Inner Richmond.
The last of some dim sum sweets from Inner Richmond.
At least there were views.
At least there were views.
Failed attempts to convey the steepness of the hills in photos. I did capture the oiliness of the roads, though.
Failed attempts to convey the steepness of the hills in photos. I did capture the oiliness of the roads, though.
This observation tower was free, so ...
This observation tower was free, so …
Many a panoramic view of the de Young observation tower was snapped.
Panoramic view of the de Young observation tower
I was walking by myself, relying upon phone's compass and maps functions for direction. But this helps!
I was walking by myself, relying upon phone’s compass and maps functions for direction. But this helps!
"Don't threaten me with a good time!"  --Tiffany from "Rock of Love" Violet from anywhere unsupervised sampling is offered
“Don’t threaten me with a good time!”
–Tiffany from “Rock of Love”
–Violet from anywhere unsupervised sampling is offered
I think the "Full House" credits houses were around here? But I'm not up on my credit sequences so I just snapped these and hoped for the best.
I think the “Full House” credits houses were around here? But I’m not up on my credit sequences so I just snapped these and hoped for the best.
I now associate "Jai Ho" with group cycling classes. Every teacher loves to play it! Which I prefer to the also-ubiquitous Rihanna, so carry on.
I now associate “Jai Ho” with group cycling classes. Every teacher loves to play it! But I much prefer it to the also-ubiquitous Rihanna, so carry on.


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