Thank you, Benkyodo!

After 115 years, Benkyodo says goodbye to San Francisco. 😭💔 Happy Retirement to the Okamura Family! Benkyodo was a frequent stop for me and my family. So many memories there! We already miss it. We ate the last of the mochi yesterday.

My sister and I decided to line up on their second to last day of business (3/30). I thought we were early, but nope. There was already a line when we got there at 6:30am. First person was there at 2am!!! We ended up not sleeping and just heading over asap. It was cold, but thankfully we had a chair with us and blankets. We didn’t get in until almost 12:15pm. We were allowed to preorder 10 pieces and come back 2 hours later! It was a day for us. I was getting sleepy.

While we waited we decided to do a bit of grocery shopping and looked for my friend’s birthday present. We made use of our time! I was able to pick up our order and then head home. I did bump into a filmmaker before leaving. Not sure if I still want to chat with her. Filming always makes me nervous. I’m so used to being behind the camera. 😁 We’ll see. I’ll think about it.

I was able to have lunch when we got back and then knocked out immediately. I napped for a few hours.

I’m really glad we decided to plan for our visit! I just wish I had one last strawberry mochi. 😢 They’re already dearly missed. I wonder what will occupy the space in the future. Hopefully it’ll be a nice addition for the community!

Benkyodo forever. 💗

Good night.

b

Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city.

Thank you, Petula Clark! Yesterday was a stroll down memory lane. Lots of errands and we ended up downtown. I was downtown a lot pre-Covid. I’m rarely in the area now. It’s different, but in a sense the same.

Blondie’s is back so we decided to buy pizza! We also went to Wetzel’s and KB tarts. 😋 Many eateries we used to go to are now gone such as Beard Papa’s, Loving Hut, and Häagen-Dazs. It was nice to be back! I think the soul of SF is returning. It’ll definitely take work, but it’s progress.

My bracket is officially done. Gonzaga let me down! 😩 But I had a feeling they wouldn’t do well. And I was right. So I finish 2nd this year. My women’s bracket is still going strong, so I might be able to pull out a win. It’s early, but there’s a chance!! Here’s hoping I do better in 2023.

Bridgerton is officially back! I’ll be watching an epi tonight. Yay!!!

Doing my best to take care of myself holistically. Happy to report that I’ve been walking more. It’s tiring, but absolutely necessary for my health. I’m also cleaning up my diet.

Opening Day is two weeks away!!! Can’t wait. I love baseball!! ⚾️

Well, time for Netflix. Woo!

Good night.

b

So much deliciousness.

The fam and I have been exploring some new spots for SF eats. 😋 We found a new pizza place! It’s called Joyride and it’s amazing. I loved the pepperoni and the Bianca. The fig jam!! 🤩

I will most definitely be back. 😌 Pizza rules!!!

Spring Training is in full swing! So excited because baseball back. I’m also watching March Madness. So many upsets. Wild! There will be 2 games played at Chase Center. I wanted to go, but unfortunately it’s too expensive. 😞

It’s a new week and Pisces season is officially over. 😭 Here’s to next year!

I’m still listening to a lot of *NSync and my fave pop music from the nineties. I miss it! I’ve been very nostalgic.

Wishing you all a great week! Take care. 😷🧡

Good night.

b

DST is here!

I’m adjusting to the time change. I think I’ll be fine after a week. Feeling a little anxious right now, so I’m having trouble sleeping.

I hope it’ll be a great week for everyone!! There’s a lot going on in the sports world, so I’ve got my eyes on Twitter 24/7. Mainly my teams: Giants, Niners, and Warriors. Hoping the Giants sign a big bat. I think this is the week we say farewell to Jimmy G. I really wish we won with him at QB. 😭 Dray, Klay, and Steph will be playing together again! It hasn’t happened since 2019. 😱 Time flies!!! My goodness.

Work will keep me busy for sure. Need to go on a shopping trip this week. I love food! I’m also exercising again. Walked yesterday and I’ll most likely do my resistance bands a few times a week. Woo! Holding myself accountable.

Covid. I’m still masking everywhere I go. I feel safer that way and I hope people will respect that. I also have chronic conditions and an immunocompromised family member. Back up! 😷 So many questions to ask my medical team. Travel is on there. If not this year, I’m hoping 2023 will be the year I’m back on a plane. I miss it!! ✈️

Still playing a lot of Animal Crossing New Leaf. 😊 Hoping turnip prices are better this week. Last week was atrocious.

Well, I’ll try to sleep soon. Wishing you all an amazing week! ❤️

Bye.

b

Berkeley.

Quick stop in Berkeley on Friday. We’re rarely in the area! Made the most of our time. The food makes everything worthwhile. 🥰

Third culture bakery is a fave! Got our usual order of mochi doughnuts and muffins. I also ordered a matcha latte with regular milk and honey. SO GOOD. 😋 For lunch, we went to #POKI. I had the cooked salmon over rice. Loved it! Would get it again.

Also got to see our bestie later that day. Always great to hear from her!! 💗

I can’t believe it’s already Sunday! I’m still processing the last two weeks. Trying to improve my life in so many ways. A death reminds me of my own mortality, but to also cherish my time here on earth. We miss our uncle! 🤍

I’ve played a lot of Animal Crossing New Leaf. It’s actually my fave right now compared to New Horizons. Wild! I played everyday in 2020. I haven’t played much as of late.

Well, hoping to ko soon. I’m sleepy. But I also want to watch a movie. Maybe Tall Girl 2?!

Good night.

b

35.

Farewell to 34, hello to 35! Time flies. It was a beautiful day well spent with family and amazing food. We’re still working on leftovers. It was a joyous time celebrating our new year. 💜

Part of me is sad because I’m grieving the passing of our paternal uncle. I really wish we could be with the rest of our family in Canada. Maybe we can visit next year? His first day of visitation was yesterday. Today will be emotional. Holding my dear family close to my heart. We sent over a floral arrangement and it’s beautiful.

I can still hear his voice in my head. Very soft-spoken, but kind. My proudest moments were speaking Kapampángan with him. He’s the only one out of the siblings who was born in Pampanga. I think that’s awesome!!! I hope to see it one day. 🇵🇭

I’m just reminiscing. I’ll have more to say come Friday. I hope I can get through the day later. It’s been heavy since last week. Praying for my uncle’s beautiful soul. 🤍

Good night.

b

Life update.

It’s been warm in San Francisco! It’s been nice, but also concerning. Growing up I remember February always brought rain and the cold. I don’t hate it! It’s nice to walk around and catch some rays. Global warming and climate change is happening. Terrifying!!!

The most important errand I ran this week was renewing my DL. I made my appointment to the DMV beforehand and prepared all the necessary documents. I was there 30 minutes at most. I hope my picture turned out okay! 😂

Still praying and thinking of our uncle. Still haven’t been sleeping well, but I’m trying. Worrying puts my body under a lot of stress. Trying to normalize a routine that works for me.

Temp work is picking back up again! I logged an hour, but I had to nap afterwards. The heat wasn’t helping. I hope to get more done next week.

I’m trying to figure out my Saturday plans. Hmm…I might just stay in. I really wanted to make a quick trip to See’s. Their chocolate is the best. 😋 Birthday countdown is 8 days!!! It’s a mix of dread and excitement. Ahh. But I always tell myself, it’s a privilege to grow old. ❤️

I hope to sleep soon. Wishing you all well! Happy weekend ☀️

Take care!!

b