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{sf} nopa bday celebrations

September 2, 2017

For my birthday, my friend invited me to a delicious meal at a place that I live quite close to, but haven’t had a chance to visit in the over two years that I’ve now lived in San Francisco: Nopa. This place always has tons of people waiting outside and in order for us to get a table at the time we wanted, we went in as they opened and put our name down. I was so excited to try the delicious cocktails and their interesting food combinations. Of course, this place was not to disappoint. For starters, we tried the wood baked gigante bean salad, the warm goat cheese, and the little friend fish. Then we shared one main: the black cod. For dessert, since it was my birthday, they brought out a complimentary scoop of the most delicious frozen dessert with a single candle. What a treat! And while this place truly is a San Francisco eating experience, I don’t actually think that the prices are that ridiculous compared to what you get use to living in the City. Well, I’ll be darned then!

A birthday-worthy photo adventure:

May is Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month. At my school, we have three huge celebrations throughout the school year: Latino, African American, and Asian/Pacific Islander. Our last big one in May is Asian/Pacific Islander. Our theme this year was Out of the Margins, Into the Light, which I thought was very appropriate considering the current social climate in our country. My students did so much to prepare for this celebration/presentation in a short amount of time. We read four books and learning about character, setting, and sequencing of events. We watched various videos about cultural customs in a number of different countries. Then we put it all together in a video to show the school. I can’t show you the video here online, but you can see a small glimpse of what we did below!


Wall display of some of our work


Just the cutest class picture ever!

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There was a family reunion feast.

Food

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Karaoke

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Dancing

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And, there was a bonfire. Not your firepit-in-the-neighborhood-park kind of little bonfire, this was a college-homecoming kind of humongous bonfire.

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