While pretty much everyone in the SF Bay Area was preparing for their Super Bowl parties, DL and I departed from our usual Saturday routine (which usually involves watching 2-3 movies and eating) and spent a day exploring part of San Francisco.

Our first stop of the day was the Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. I’ve been wanting to go since it opened and had the good fortune of getting a couple of free tickets from my friend. My overall thoughts: a nice place to spend a day, but much smaller than I thought it would be. The best part was the aquarium in the basement of the self-contained rainforest bubble. Loved how you can go from the top of the rainforest canopy to the deeper parts of the ocean floor. The albino alligator was cool, so was the albino (er..yellow) snake in the gift shop. What was a little underwhelming were the penguins, as were the “stuffed” African animal exhibit. Couldn’t help but feel bad that they were in such a small enclosure. As for the non-animal exhibits, I learned a lot about earthquakes yesterday.

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At one point, we took a break from the Academy of Science and visited the Japanese Tea Garden to get some tea and mochi. From what I understand, this is the oldest Japanese garden in the U.S., however, it wasn’t that big in my opinion. Maybe it’s because I’ve visited a lot of different garden that where bigger, or maybe because it was built on a hill that it didn’t seem that big. 20130203-183707.jpgOur last stop of the day was the Golden Gate Bridge. We got there after sunset so it was getting dark but we were still able to get some photos. One interesting thing worth noting, a new visitor center has opened. It was already closed when we got there, but it looks nice. I think one of the next SF excursions that we do will be a bike ride across the bridge.

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Movie Tally: 32

The Green Mile  Finally watched this movie. Made by the same director as Shawshank Redemption, this is another story about prisoners and guards during the Great Depression. Only difference is that this movie is kind of magical. It surprises me that this was based on a Stephen King novel because I aways associate horror with his work.

Boyz N the Hood – Also another classic movie that I finally watched. For some reason, I always get this movie mixed up with Bad Boys (also didn’t see) so at first I was confused about the movie’s plot. It was kind of a trip to see Cuba Gooding Jr. when he was so young, before he was famous. But what really blew me away was the director (after I looked him up). He was 23 when he wrote and directed this film and because the youngest and first black director to be nominated for an Oscar. Talk about killing it on your first try.

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