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Gone West: Apartment Hunting Tips from a San Francisco Freelancer

Living in San Francisco makes you very aware of your income and how far your paycheck can get you. But it’s not simply a question of the “haves” and “have nots”: even people making 6-figure salaries can find themselves living check to check if they aren’t smart about budgeting. I’ve been in San Francisco for […]

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Gone West: Chinese Lunar New Year

Had the pleasure of attending San Francisco Lunar New Year parade and celebration. It was my first time celebrating this New Year at all, and also only the 2nd night parade I’ve ever attended. I was impressed by how large a turnout they had and also how much of the Bay Area was represented. I […]

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Gone West: Clarion Alley Art Walk

Spent last Sunday walking around the Mission and stumbled upon Clarion Alley. This short alley between Mission and Valencia is a museum featuring murals and graffiti. The art ranges from memorials to fantasy worlds to religious icons. It was a beautiful day and this short walk ended up being a highlight (along with a chorizo […]

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Gone West: Seeking in SF

People here are trying to find themselves…or maybe just pieces of themselves. They come here with skills, desires and longings and San Francisco says, “Trust yourself. It’s here. You’ll figure it out”. What “it” is will vary, but the city gives you a powerful message: you can be someone different, you can be who you want […]

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Gone West: 6 Things I’ve Learned Bike Riding in San Francisco

I ride 10 miles through San Francisco for work everyday (plus 8mi in Fremont, but that’s another post). Here are some key things I’ve learned in my first full month of riding in the city. 1. Cadence first, Speed second. It’s a bit embarrassing to get passed by 50-something’s when you’re pedaling the best you […]

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Gone West: Giant Beliefs in San Francisco

I was on the BART this morning heading to work. It’s a 45 minute ride and I was feeling a little sleepy, so I figured I’d nap until we hit Fremont. About 10 minutes into the ride, I hear someone say, “Excuse me”. He repeats it a couple of times and I open my eyes. […]

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Gone West: Nightlife, Networking & Nature

My first full week as a San Francisco resident re-enforced all the my hopes and expectations about coming to the West Coast. Here are some highlights. Free Jazz Night at The Make-Out Spot I was looking for something mellow to start the week and found this event in the Mission. 3 solid jazz bands that […]

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Gone West: Early Thoughts on San Francisco

I’ve moved to San Francisco to work on a new ecommerce idea. It’s a short-term move at the moment — only 3 months for sure — but it could go longer.  I can’t say much right now, but I’m excited. Here are some early impressions/thoughts from San Francisco after being here for almost 2 weeks. […]