Wednesday, September 23, 2015


san cranecisco.
linea caffe is located on 18th street between mission st and san carlos, in the mission district.

the common search online will tell you they are known for their waffles, but i prefer to go into a place, order some coffee not to-go, absorb and observe. not everything is dictated by a google search, you know.

macchiato, ma che carino ×
the time was saturday afternoon, and there were no lines and no hassle.
illy flat espresso spoons were a nice little touch. less is more kinda design channel frequency.

exploring a new coffee place (for me, though linea opened in 2013?) in the belly hurricane of scaffolding and changes is not my favorite weekend activity but once in awhile is needed to sit there and watch life moving at speedlight as you blink.
espresso was delicious.

i took this picture almost exactly 7 years ago, september 27th, 2008.
one way
the picture above of the red cup, i'm standing inside of this window.
hope to take a before and after picture from its same angle on my next visit.

ps. their website is cute, i think (pretty sure) the illustrator behind this is the awesome wendy macnaughton.

no sponsored content. just sincere words y fotos ×

Sunday, September 6, 2015

fotodiary: four black/whites, y etc.

downtown saturday w/amigas, watched amy.
yesterday i learned about bikelink while la calitexican checked on her bike/hourly time to be OK, at the 5th/mission parking lot.

had great lunch time out w/adrienne, úna and ctx.
we also briefly discussed how the bikelink lockers work, if it would be possible to seamlessly work with the clipper card in the future and my first encounter of a station with many scoots. i have seen the scooters around town, but wasn't sure how/where they work.
didn't take pictures of the bike lockers, but if you are curious and out of the loop like me, you can read more here: SFMTA bike lockers.

downtown saturday w/amigas, watched amy.
downtown saturday w/amigas, watched amy.
downtown saturday w/amigas, watched amy.
we met saturday afternoon downtown for a bite and then walked to the embarcadero center to watch amy (amy winehouse). it seemed that all four of us had not been to the embarcadero center for movies in quite sometime -years- and it has some lush upgrade with leather-reclinable lazy boys style seatings for 16$, well and alcohol sales along with your movie. i don't see myself doing that repeatedly, but when in company of good friends and some of my favorite humans is worth the day out downtown.

here are some color pictures:
three palm trees


shoe shine sun shine.
× i really liked this moment. and its light.

transbay tunnel portion of bart closed for the three-day weekend.
× bart was closed and few intersections were closed due to the central muni line ongoing construction.

traffic-less fourth street.
× a traffic-less fourth street. so strange.

piedpiper lollll
× you'll get this door if you've watched hbo silicon valley show. i dunno if it's real or a parody. silly.

× obviously.

lots of stamps.
officially in a relationship w moleskine × — with Melyssa
× sf-themed stamps in the moleskine store, a complete temptation to just get every. thing. in there =]
you can freely stamp away, which is a really cool thing. most stores should have stamps!

a simon norris sf heart, very cool.
× a simon norris sf heart

• ✎ • ✍ • ➪ •

recently i have received several emails and notes from good friends, total strangers and other cyber pals and for that, continuing to share this blog – it is very touching and nice.
i am glad this outlet has connected me with many on so many levels, and that with the growing platforms i sincerely enjoy posting things here. and several of them met via here or flickr, i can call friends, these gals i hung out on saturday, KT and many more. i am very lucky in that regard.

this blog has bikes in the title, however even when heavily bike-focused between its beginning (2008-2010) it has been an extension and outlet for my local/travel happenings captured with words and/or photos, people, and other observations of mine.

i have not ridden a bike in several years since the loss of my brother.
emotional scarring and learning to live peacefully with grief, i do not worry about and if, or when, the day comes to ride a bicycle consistently again. or if it will ever happen.
being mostly a pedestrian and seeing the city from a different perspective rather than the bike lane has been something i had not fully considered when i was younger. i can sincerely say it has been great.

i am very fortunate to be within reach of my familia, spent every chance with my mom. and also good friends that i can lean when the time comes for questions, recent updates to the city's bike infrastructure and often get out and have a good laugh, an outing to cultural events and a good time.

kind of a long post for the long weekend.

the eye, never ceases to see.
for the few of you that still read this blog, thank you × m.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

drink coffee read good books × borges, cafe st jorge.

y no laptops on the weekends ♥ this spot ×
× cafe st jorge, mission street near cortland, august 2nd 2015.

coffee y fotos, cafe st jorge.
jorge luis borges, y books.

It’s possible that a book won’t attract any attention when it’s published; it may be discovered afterward. On the other hand, in the case of a film (and this makes everything more dramatic; the same thing happens, let’s say, with the dancer’s or performer’s art), the failure or success has to be immediate... I think the circumstance of a hall filled with people in itself creates a special atmosphere.
– seen via brainpicker.

this sunday treat, lucky me. <3
× mágico.

snail mail alert: postcard project in VA, see details below to participate ×

Received this from Julie, sounds like a cool project:

I am Julie Pennini form Big Planet, Small World...lover of bikes, travel and city living. I am hosting an International exhibition in my city of Richmond, USA during The Road World Cycling Championships. I was hoping you might share the simple concept of connecting cultures with your fans. Here are more details and some promo.

× M.