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Thursday, August 14, 2014

"I like New York in June. How about you?" (repeat and sing out loud several times)

In tribute to #RobinWilliams, I watched AGAIN one of my favorite movies with Robin Williams for the 80th time. The Fisher King

It's on dvd. Yes, I watched it on DVD because I own a copy when it came out. This movie has heart, passion, real, raw and love. I always laugh out loud when I watch this movie. I even get excited and cry. I think I cried more this time around because true talent is gone, yet we can relive it over and over again with thank god dvd's, blu ray's and Netflix and for those that love streaming. 

You guys should watch it again. This film is about the human spirit. 

RIP Robin Williams 


~vanessa 

photo image courtesy of wikipedia

Friday, July 25, 2014

"not a good culture fit"

As a Latina living in San Francisco, you can ask any of my family, friends and neighbors I love social media.

I Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest (not so often yet, have an account), Mixcloud (awesome #DJ tracks) and blog (not too often yet, working on building it). I find myself reading San Francisco Insight under Nation subhead from the SF Sunday Chronicle: "Outsiders can't lean in if they're locked out". (Sunday, July 20, 2014)

It's not a discovery or even a shock but I am appalled Facebook and other high-profile tech companies don't hire more women and people of color. I'm certain these tech companies know very well many different color of folks use all if not one or more of the social media services. I do! I love social media. I love to share my thoughts, ideas, places I've visited to help others trust the establishment/business I just visited. Or even my love for art and culture. Dang! I think of my self diverse and very cultural! How much cultural does one have to be?

In reading this article, it prompt me to write my thoughts because I think it's ridiculous for high profile tech companies NOT to hire people of cultural backgrounds more than white, Asian and men! Women, Latinos, Black and others who love computers, technology, social media are smart and creative.  We have contributed our thoughts, our feedback on places we visit and many other things! I am VERY curious to see and find out how many people of color and women use the popular social media sites? How much has this contributed to the success of these high tech companies? I'm not hating, I'm just saying.

I strongly believe I'm more than just "likable". I can do what a white man and Asians can do because I, too, am "competent, worth higher salaries and more deserving of mentoring"! Train me, train us and the strongest will survive. Trust us! Gain trust if you provide the right tools and training.

I will now enjoy my last night of five here in the beautiful island of Maui, Hawai'i. Yes, I'm on vacation and felt like I had to write my thoughts and tweet to my followers about my new blog post. Until then, Aloha!



~vanessa
July 25, 2014


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

What is Your Biggest Inspiration?


We're now in the month of April. The rain has stopped in San Francisco and Bay Area. We had some clear skies with beautiful clouds. I asked myself, What is my Biggest Inspiration?

My biggest inspiration is to always be at the pulse of the city I love so much - San Francisco. It is what keeps me alive, young and energetic! 

Really, the true nuts and bolts is I want to own property in San Francisco. I want to be part of this city just like Jack London, Herb Caen, Isadora Duncan or Ansel Adams are known for their work besides being born in San Francisco. (Herb Caen was born in Sacramento, he's still okay)

Bottom line: My inspiration is to continue to write, blog, shoot photography, and help my community and city at large. 

What is your biggest inspiration?

~vanessa 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Wow, February 2014 is in full swing. Time sure does fly when you're a busy butterfly, living in the city of San Francisco and involved in various awesome activities, groups and social gatherings. Yup, that is moi! 

Happy New Year my friends. It's been two months since my last post. I know, it's not good. (according to social media platforms) I am big on the social media, but to write a blog post, I like to put more time and thought in what I really want to say and share to the world. 

I do Tweet and manage two accounts: @sfmovingroovin and @DogpatchStFest. Check them out if you want to know what's going on in the city, communities, events and other news worthy material that I like to share. I do have a Tumblr page, Instagram account and google.com/+vanessaaquino for Google+. I think I have covered just about the main social media engines. I do use Facebook, but find myself using it a little less, maybe. 

With the holiday rush, 49ers game, a tour of the Candlestick Park, events with Google+, Dogpatch Neighborhood Association meetings, Yosemite Landscape Photography Trip, a couple of Warriors game, I, literally haven't had a moment to share my thoughts or better yet, to sit quietly and write. I do miss writing and do think about it almost daily. I really like to have fun and love people more so than ever. I love building relationships, staying active and involved in things that matter to me. I believe all the above is what keeps me happy, young and energetic. 

Aren't we all suppose to do things we love to remain happy and have fun while at it? 

I really love life. I find myself doing a variety of things because I CAN. I would like to show you with pictures instead of more writing (for now). May your 2014 year be full of sunshine, fun and love. 


Yosemite National Park - January 2014


Yosemite at Night

Yosemite Creek 
Yosemite - El Capitan


#FarewellCandlestick 2013 
Me and my buddy Stephanie

Fireworks Last 49er Game +Candlestick Park  2013

Kaepernicking at Candlestick Park 
Beautiful Day at Candlestick 2013

~vanessa

Friday, November 1, 2013

Agnes Varda in the Bay Area!

Oh my, for those of you who enjoy all types of films, here's one for you.  Agnes Varda, the classic French New Wave filmmaker will be here in Berkeley at the BAM/PFA - Film Programs this upcoming Monday. 

Have you ever seen "Cléo de 5 à 7"?  I enjoyed this classic piece all shot in the streets of Paris! Talk about raw filmmaking, Agnes Varda was ahead of her artistic views. 



"Cleo de 5 a 7" is a must if you haven't seen it. This is all shot in black and white and the film is digitally restored! I unfortunately have an early Thanksgiving out of town and won't make it but I HIGHLY recommend this for all you artists! This film will inspire you.

Cheers,
~vanessa

Photo Credit:
Google Images (Thank you)

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Dogpatch Ghost Ship Halloween 2013

Happy Halloween! 

I was the "Dogpatch Press" capturing attendees on their way to #Pier70 Ghost Ship Halloween Party in Dogpatch District. It was fun to meet random characters! Thank you to all!













Tuesday, September 24, 2013

From the Archives: "Not Just Another Love Story"

a San Francisco Poem 

written by vanessa ross aquino/dated July 2009





Not Just Another Love Story

Sunshine in my life
As soon as I see San Francisco Bay

Driving on the Bay Bridge
City Skyline
TransAmerica Pyramid
555 California Building
Coit Tower
The Embarcadero Buildings
In the background 
curvaceous hills stands
Sutro Tower on Twin Peaks

The city 
lights up my life
So beautiful and breathtaking
I can write a song
one can see over the hills on the west
fog blankets over Twin Peaks
rolls over Noe Valley 
never reaching Potrero Hill 
where the sun is at its best

The hands that built this city
where are they today?
to thank, appreciate them for all they’ve done 
to this city

Good Lord 
The city is alluring 
You got something I like 
glisten and shine
The New Millennium Tower
The St. Regis Building
The Westfield Mall
Mt. Davidson just south of Twin Peaks

Window rolled down, wind blowing in my face
as the sun shines
and sets over the pacific coast
twilight shimmers throughout the city
sunset reflections off the window from many different buildings
City Hall
Palace Of Fine Arts
The Ferry Building

Day or Night
I hear the busy streets, can you hear the busy streets?
music blasting out of a passing car
“l-o-w  r-i-d-e-r, t-a-k-e  i-t  l-t-t-l-e  h-i-g-h-e-r”
The F-Line Trolley on Market Street
the click-clack of a woman’s heel running for the bus and out of time
A latino stands at the train station
to give you a free Examiner newspaper

I see Coit Tower standing strong and proud
across the way the beautiful Historic Ferry Building
It’s Saturday morning
busy with people shopping at the famous Farmer’s Market
Tomatoes, flowers, wine, cheese and the aroma of coffee lingers

and sometimes tea

Day or Night
this is my home 
This city is sassy
This city has something I like
It brings me sunshine in my life
I can write a book 
and if I could
I would wrap my arms around this city 


~vanessa ross aquino