A Daytrip To Bodega Bay

Wednesday February 25, 2015 | Culture Travel

I haven’t really spoken much about life in California.

I love California because there’s so much beautiful nature everywhere!

Even city life isn’t that far away from a natural escape. Whether you feel like running off to the beach, the forest, the mountains or the desert, everything is less than a day’s drive away.

There are also so many cute little towns to discover.

Recently, Oliver and I took a day trip to Bodega Bay. It’s about two hours north of San Francisco. It’s so tiny I’m not sure if it qualifies as a town. You probably wouldn’t even notice it on a map.

So what makes Bodega Bay so special? Well… if you are a classic film buff and you love films where mother nature out of the blue goes on a rampage, then the town of Bodega Bay should sound familiar to you.

Ring any bells yet?

“The Birds” by Alfred Hitchcock was filmed in Bodega Bay!!

What, you mean to say you’ve NEVER seen The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock??

Spoiler alert, it’s an awesome film in which angry birds amass together and attack people!

Why? That part is never explained… but maybe you can take a stab after watching this short trailer in which the director himself talks about our feathered “friends.”

But ok, even if you have no idea what I’m talking about or really care to see the film, Bodega Bay is still a worthy destination for a road trip!

Here are several photos from that day…

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While a lot of the town has changed since the filming of The Birds, there are still many familiar sights. Like this dock outside of The Tides Wharf and Restaurant.

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These birds are not at all afraid of people. I got so close to one, it almost pecked out my eye! jk

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My salty fisherman.

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You will find many references to The Birds in this town. Having said that, the fish tacos at this place were pretty good.

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I couldn’t resist…

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We found a cozy coffee shop where everyone knew each other’s names…

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And a real salty fisherman served us our coffee!

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Bay Hill Road. Remember that scene of Tippi Hedren smugly swerving around in her car? This is that road.

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Ocean behind me, the glittering bay in front of me.

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Photo adventure partners in crime!

16The man is everywhere you look!

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Bodega is actually a different town fives miles away. But parts of the movie were also filmed here…

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“A nice store in a small town.”

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I think this post office is so cute and quaint. Also take note of the “not too close” parking sign…

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This is the school from where the children ran out. Today, it’s someone’s private house.

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And this was the creepiest building that we found! Because what could be creepier than a church amiright? jk

The Most WTF Valentine’s Day Postcard I Ever Found

Saturday February 14, 2015 | Culture

Many years ago, I found this postcard in one of the dusty papeteries in Cameroon.

WTF, right?

Happy Valentine's Day
"Je ne pense qu'à nous" - I only think of us.

If your relationship looks anything like this, you may need to rethink your life…

Happy Weird Love Day!

Much Ado About Weddings

Monday April 28, 2014 | Culture Musings

If you are planning a small and simple wedding, here’s what you need to know…

Everyone will try to make it into something more complicated!

Wedding pointer

There is truly no point trying to make others happy and fit their mold of how your wedding ought to be.

It’s your wedding. If you stick to your guns, you can make your wedding as simple as you would like it to be.

For my wedding, (which is literally happening in a month–AAaaah!) all I want is:  Beach. Family. Friends… and lots of food!

Yet the simplicity of this idea was at first difficult to get across to our families. I even tried referring to the damn thing as a “beach party.”

But family members balked at this. They protested that we were making too light of a matter that is actually very serious.

Uhm…

Beach wedding archway

Another point of deviation: I did not get an engagement ring.

As I confessed in my previous post, sure! I wouldn’t mind one. I am a girl after all. A silly girl who can still be suckered into hankering after shiny, expensive things even though I am highly educated and progressive and know that engagements rings are a scam.

But ultimately, I would rather save that money for things that have REAL value. Like traveling!

Still, I am amused how whenever I tell people I’m engaged, their eyes will unfailingly trail down to my left hand.

Try it sometime. Tell people you’re engaged. Then watch how their eyes quickly dart over to your left hand in search of the bling.

Who trained us to be like this??

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Not that I have anything against people who follow conventions.

Having a wedding is, by itself, inherently conventional. I just wonder what people used to do for weddings before it became this highly commercialized and contrived affair.

Eventually, we managed (I think) to get the idea across to our family and friends that ours is going to be a very simple and low-key affair.

The idea is… show up at the beach and you’ll probably get fed!

Wedding Cake

Behind the scenes, we’ve been slowly and steadily organizing this wedding over the months.

Details are coming along quite smoothly. Check-lists are being checked. Little fuss has been made. And you know what? It’s been very satisfying to get things done on our own.

How have we been managing to keep our wedding so simple and minimal?

We are keeping a small guest list. Less than 40 people. Of course we are making a little room for wedding ‘crashers,’ so we are counting on 45 to show up at the most.

One thing that has helped has been the use of Pinterest.

You may laugh. Yes, I used to laugh at girls who I thought were just sublimating their fantasies and frustrations on Pinterest. But now I know better. Pinterest can be useful for mapping out your ideas visually.

Just keep in mind that it’s a tool. And stay away from falling into the envious, hate-your-life-it’s-not-as-good-as-Pinterest trap.

Wedding Dress Detail

Dear readers, now you know!

This whole DIY wedding planning thing has been what’s keeping me so occupied these days.

That… and starting a new job!! One that I freaking love!!!

I’ve been staying happy, healthy and busy! And I hope you have too.

I will write more soon. Pinky promise :)

 

 

** Images taken from Pinterest. Obviously.