Click Click: Chef Phil

Chef Phil recently did a live podcast at Whisky Locker with Coffee & Convo so I tagged along with the chef, took a nice walk for coffee and snapped a few photos of Phil chilling with friends and fans.

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Polite As Fuck!

Yooo! It’s December! My favorite month! Holiday seasons, its cold and colorful, I love Winter! This season can be very lovely and lonely at the same time. For some it’s a sad month, and I’ve experienced both. It can be a sad month for me depending on my mood, and I just got to appreciate what I have instead of being sad about what I don’t have. This year has been very very good to me despite the break up I went through earlier this year, I still cherish the memories I made with that person, I hope you’re doing well Love. Life ain’t ever easy and this year wasn’t all easy at all, but I pray for the best for my family who are going through a tough time, I hope we all make it out on top of our situation. I pray for a brighter day for everyone I know going through it, one love!

I did my first Food Porn shoot yesterday with Ashley, new face. My first shoot in a couple of months. I took a break due to burning myself out and personal problems. It was a quick and fun shoot, Ashley was no stranger to the camera.

I met up with Adrienne for dinner after the shoot, took her to The Friendly for her first time and I think I got her hooked (“Another one” - DJ Khaled). We grabbed a drink after dinner at Polite Provision and this was my first time there during Christmas season. They had it all decorated with lights and Christmas theme! It was so fucking sick!

 Snowball Old Fashioned

Snowball Old Fashioned

 Jingle Balls Nog

Jingle Balls Nog

The Busiest Saturday

I had the busiest Saturday and I didn’t think I could check off everything on the list. I met up with friend at Ironside Oysters for brunch. They are still delicious as I remembered. So good! Left Ironside to get coffee at a new Coffee shop I just heard about. Genteel, a warehouse turned into a coffee shop. It was huge!! A lot of space and I don’t know how long they’ll last in a place that size with just coffee. Although I did noticed some merchandise such as clothing, so who knows!

After that I went to Jaxxon’s first birthday in Spring Valley, spent about 3 hours there. Then I headed back to Mira Mesa for the annual Autofashion Family Christmas party. I managed not to get drunk because I had to head back downtown to El Dorado. The Christmas party had to be the funniest one so far! We laughed so hard we cried and had facial and abdominal pain. Auto Fashion always host a themed Christmas party and this time it was a Marvel theme to pay homage to the great Stan Lee.

I finally made it to downtown around midnight and the party was poppin! The music they played that night had everyone turn’t up. The homie Mike was celebrating his birthday, Erika was also celebrating her birthday, and Blends SD had their Christmas party. I had three tables to drink from hahaha. I didn’t stay too long, it was too hot and crowded inside I ghosted about an hour and a half in.

 This was the last thing we ordered actually. Ceviche.

This was the last thing we ordered actually. Ceviche.

 Something with Tequila in it, cuz we both love Tequila.

Something with Tequila in it, cuz we both love Tequila.

 We split the lobster roll. We didn’t want to be too full.

We split the lobster roll. We didn’t want to be too full.

 Genteel Coffee shop.

Genteel Coffee shop.

 My birthday month ya’ll!! December is a big deal to me! BIG DEAL.

My birthday month ya’ll!! December is a big deal to me! BIG DEAL.

 Coke and Espresso is my shit.

Coke and Espresso is my shit.

Birthday Pic

Okay, I have an interesting story about this shoot. Before I get into it, some of you may or may not know that I have a bit of the 6th sense. In other words, I see ghost! It’s not something I like to admit on social media or in general (publicly) but fuck it! I’ve been doing a lot of that lately because why? I’m content with who I am and comfortable sharing certain information with ya’ll and you can choose to believe me or not, that’s on you.

Back to the story, It was raining heavily in San Diego last week. It took me 2 hours to get to City Heights which would normally be 20 minutes without traffic and 30-45 minutes with traffic. I finally get to Erika’s house to shoot this Birthday photos for her. We were unprepared, no props, no flash on the camera (it’s evening time now) so we had to improvised. We left to a near by Walgreens to pick up a disposable camera because it has a built in flash. Erika wasn’t feeling the disposable camera but I told her i’ve shot with it before for Food Porn, she had doubts that these will turn out great. I did too to be honest.

In the middle of the shoot, after we lit the candles we heard a woman’s voice shouting at us. It was distorted and couldn’t make out the words. I thought it was the music, an ad lib in the song. She looked at me crazy and I asked her “what” and she asked me “what was there?” I honestly thought it was from the speaker but she said it wasn’t. We played the song again to see if it was the song but it wasn’t, it was definitely a woman’s voice inside the living room with us. I actually have the photo of Erika the moment we heard the voice as she looked to see where the voice was coming from.

 This is the shot where Erika looked over the moment we heard the voice.

This is the shot where Erika looked over the moment we heard the voice.

MNGO With Erika With A K

I can’t title this post “Click Click” cuz that’s for film photos only. These photos were taken with my iPhone at MNGO Cafe on Convoy. We went there for dessert after a nice dinner at Min Sok Chon.

On The PCH Road Trip Pt. 3

The purpose of this trip was the drive on the PCH to Monterey Bay. The rest was just some what boring stuff and Family stuff that I did not take photos of. So they will not be in the blog, not even the dogs/puppy we played it, they were so cute too!! If you were following my IG story you would’ve seen what I’m talking about. By the way, the videos of the trip are still on my IG highlight titled “s2ktrip" so hit that up if you wanna see.

We had a little Thanksgiving feast and just watched Christmas movies on Netflix. Woke up Friday morning my brother and I went to San Francisco for some exploring and shopping. It was raining all day! Wind picked up and broke my damn umbrella and for some reason I wasn’t wearing my water resistant jacket. First stop in SF is always Brenda’s. We always hit up Brenda’s when we’re in town, it’s that good. It must’ve been our day because there was no wait and we had front row parking.

We walked around Union Square in the rain and looked around the shops. At this point it was getting repetitive. We’ve done this many times before and I was getting bored. There weren’t much to do that day anyways. I had friends I could’ve hit up and catch up with, but I didn’t wanna stay in SF much longer. We spent 8 hours in SF anyways. I bought some new shoes cuz the one I was wearing was wet and very old, left it in SF for who ever need it. After long walks in the rain we ended the evening with a fancy dinner at House Of Prime Ribs. Never been, always heard about it. I didn’t know there was only one and its in SF. We got lucky again! We couldn’t make reservation because it was all booked. We were told we can go early and sit at the bar and you can order food from there. So we did just that, normally there would be a list for the bar as well but we got the last two available seats, took our orders, and had a couple of drinks. We got our food before they even open (5:30 PM). LUCKY!!

 Crawfish Beignet, so good!

Crawfish Beignet, so good!

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 Still the best Grits I’ve ever had, STILL!

Still the best Grits I’ve ever had, STILL!

We had a snack in the meantime then we had dinner at House Of Prime Ribs. We weren’t too hungry so we ordered the biggest cut for $50 and shared plates. It’s a $10 extra for shared plates so you can the additional sides, which was cool.

 House filled up quickly.

House filled up quickly.

 This is how it came out, then we cut it in half to share.

This is how it came out, then we cut it in half to share.

 It was so damn fucking good!!!

It was so damn fucking good!!!

We had this cake for Thanksgiving from Peter’s, it was an Almond cake I think. It was soo good I had to bring one home, especially for my dad. We could’ve stayed another day but I got pretty bored. So we left Saturday morning, stopped by Peters on our way out.

 Unfortunately that’s the only photo  I took of the cake lol.

Unfortunately that’s the only photo I took of the cake lol.

On The PCH Road Trip Pt. 2

Woke up Thursday morning in Monterey Bay, to be exact, in Pacific Grove. Thanksgiving morning, I couldn’t sleep, I can never sleep well when I’m not sleeping in my own bed. I travel often but I still get home sick. I picked up a new habit by the way, and that's waking up early. We went out for a run Thursday morning, the rain had stopped and the sun was out. It was a beautiful morning in Monterey Bay, the air smelled lovely too.

We ran about 2.5 miles in a loop back to our hotel. Showered and went for a short cruise on the coast before getting breakfast/lunch.

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 Elephant Seal sighting lol.

Elephant Seal sighting lol.

 Checked out some houses while I was at it.

Checked out some houses while I was at it.

We went back to Cannery Row and searched for a place to eat. We didn’t have any plans exactly on where or what to eat, we just wanted to check it out and see whats good out there. We decided to eat at a place called Louie Linguini’s. It was super super good ya’ll. We’ve been lucky, all the random stops we made to eat were all very tasty.

 Dungeness Crab Fries, Fried Mozzarella, and Blackened fish (forgot what kind).

Dungeness Crab Fries, Fried Mozzarella, and Blackened fish (forgot what kind).

 That view.

That view.

On The PCH Road Trip Pt. 1

I’ve been wanting to do this drive for such a long time ya’ll. I’ve always wanted to take my Honda s2000 on the PCH to Monterey Bay. All those times I thought about making this trip life happens. Or the car breaks down for long period of time. The car loves to break down every time I mention about a road trip, and it did break time again this year. I had to install a new clutch, new valve cover gasket, new rubber nipple to keep it from leaking coolant, new coolant lines, new spark plugs, andddd, hmm, what else? Well I need new wheel bearings but I took it on this trip without fixing it and it was annoying as fuck, and not to mention, very dangerous. I relied on my luck on that one.

With a lot of drama surrounding the family, I didn’t care too much about Thanksgiving so my brother and I decided to take a road trip during the holiday. With a lot on my mind as well I could definitely use this drive. For some of us car guys a long drive on a scenic route is very therapeutic and can really help balance your mind and heart, and it did. I feel refreshed and ready to tackle any new obstacles.

 The new racing fan switch and racing thermostat kept the engine cooler than I expected. It goes from 2 bars to 3 bars, stock car stays on 3 bars. Not sure if thats normal but I like it!

The new racing fan switch and racing thermostat kept the engine cooler than I expected. It goes from 2 bars to 3 bars, stock car stays on 3 bars. Not sure if thats normal but I like it!

 First official stop was Santa Barbara.

First official stop was Santa Barbara.

 Popped the hood to release some heat while we had breakfast.

Popped the hood to release some heat while we had breakfast.

 This place is pretty damn good. I love their portion too, it was just perfect, could be too little for some people.

This place is pretty damn good. I love their portion too, it was just perfect, could be too little for some people.

 Dook’s dish.

Dook’s dish.

 I always get the Eggs Benedict everywhere I go.

I always get the Eggs Benedict everywhere I go.

 I had Asian snacks on me, this kept me busy the first 3 hours lol. I love this snack by the way, if you ever wanna buy me snacks, this is it.

I had Asian snacks on me, this kept me busy the first 3 hours lol. I love this snack by the way, if you ever wanna buy me snacks, this is it.

 Before we hit the mountains after SB, we stopped for coffee and pee break.

Before we hit the mountains after SB, we stopped for coffee and pee break.

 Stopped somewhere on the Highway 1 for this view. Took an awkward selfie for the fuck of it.

Stopped somewhere on the Highway 1 for this view. Took an awkward selfie for the fuck of it.

 Always checking on my car to see if she’s still doing okay. No issues so far, this was about 4 or 5 hours in the drive.

Always checking on my car to see if she’s still doing okay. No issues so far, this was about 4 or 5 hours in the drive.

 Finally arrived at the Elephant Seals viewing area, I fucking love this part!

Finally arrived at the Elephant Seals viewing area, I fucking love this part!

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 It’s kinda scary driving on the 1 in the rain cuz of the cliff and rock slides! Had to dodged a couple of small rocks on the road. My car is low enough for the rocks to make some damage on and under the car so I had to be extra careful.

It’s kinda scary driving on the 1 in the rain cuz of the cliff and rock slides! Had to dodged a couple of small rocks on the road. My car is low enough for the rocks to make some damage on and under the car so I had to be extra careful.

 I was running out of gas, I should’ve pumped more than I did in Santa Barbara.

I was running out of gas, I should’ve pumped more than I did in Santa Barbara.

 The most I spent on gas, some where in Big Sur.

The most I spent on gas, some where in Big Sur.

 It was almost 4 PM and we got hungry and stopped at a random spot, Big Sur River Inn. They did not disappoint, food was on point!

It was almost 4 PM and we got hungry and stopped at a random spot, Big Sur River Inn. They did not disappoint, food was on point!

 It was really coming down. I was so worried about the leak, the hard top was not meant for daily use obviously, water leak through into the car. It wasn’t too bad, we ate pretty fast and got back on the road.

It was really coming down. I was so worried about the leak, the hard top was not meant for daily use obviously, water leak through into the car. It wasn’t too bad, we ate pretty fast and got back on the road.

 Their Calamari was fireeeee!!

Their Calamari was fireeeee!!

 These are steak bites, deep fried steak. FIREEEE!!!!!!!!!!!! Each dish except for the fries was about $17-$20. Shit I can’t remember, it was in the double digits for sure but it was all worth it.

These are steak bites, deep fried steak. FIREEEE!!!!!!!!!!!! Each dish except for the fries was about $17-$20. Shit I can’t remember, it was in the double digits for sure but it was all worth it.

 Finally drove over this bridge!! It was getting dark from this point, and we didn’t make it to Carmel Valley in time for the photo gallery we wanted to stop by. They closed around 5 PM.

Finally drove over this bridge!! It was getting dark from this point, and we didn’t make it to Carmel Valley in time for the photo gallery we wanted to stop by. They closed around 5 PM.

 Made it to Monterey Bay around 5:30 PM. Checked in the hotel we stayed at once before, Sea Breeze. We got the room next to our old room, it was close enough!

Made it to Monterey Bay around 5:30 PM. Checked in the hotel we stayed at once before, Sea Breeze. We got the room next to our old room, it was close enough!

 Walked around and ended up having Sushi for dinner. It was aight, reason why it’s not on this blog lol.

Walked around and ended up having Sushi for dinner. It was aight, reason why it’s not on this blog lol.

BE Fresh (Fruitilocos)

AH! I can’t believe I haven’t tried this till yesterday!! I tried Tostilocos not too long ago and here I am, San Diego native, a local to these neighborhood but never had this fucking Fruitilocos. Shame on me!! It was sooo good! Be Fresh located on Logan Ave and 47th Street. It was delicious and so refreshing, thanks for my home girl Marla for putting me on game.

 FUCCCKKKKKKK.

FUCCCKKKKKKK.

 I also got a Caesar wrap. This shit is fire too!

I also got a Caesar wrap. This shit is fire too!

Lola 55

First weekend with no photoshoots, I get to relax and do absolutely nothing. I stayed up pretty late for a friend's birthday party at El Camino last night. Had to wake up super early though, but it's all good, it was all worth it. 

Started off with coffee at Young Hickory in Downtown and then lunch at Lola 55. They are fairly new, located at the IDEA1 building, heard great things so I had to try it. Ordered four tacos, Ribeye Carne Asada, Rainbow Cauliflower, Baby Carrots Adobada, and Smoked Carnitas. My immediate favorite was the Ribeye Carne Asada. Super juicy, flavorful, and if ya'll sensitive to spice, these tacos are nicely heated. I highly recommend this joint, perfect place for a date or just to eat. Thank me later. 

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Click Click: L.A

I’m currently sitting inside a coffee shop in downtown to kill sometime and decided to do a Click Click post. Mine as well start with Lupita. Side note, that has nothing to do with this post, maybe it does maybe it doesn’t but its great living a life with no anger in my heart. I feel free from emotions controlling me. Bless.

Some of these photos were released at my latest photo show and some were shot for La Familia Clothing company.

 We were racing against time. Rushed to this location before we lose light completely. This was is supposed to be light yellow by the way. I just love the vignette around the photo and the focus on the 50mm lens is crazy!

We were racing against time. Rushed to this location before we lose light completely. This was is supposed to be light yellow by the way. I just love the vignette around the photo and the focus on the 50mm lens is crazy!

 Just look at that focus! I love the crisp, soft, grainy, detailed of a film photo.

Just look at that focus! I love the crisp, soft, grainy, detailed of a film photo.

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Japan | Thailand Photo Show 2019

One year later I’m finally going to have this photo show of the pictures I took out in Thailand and Japan. Featuring images of the Japanese Low rider culture in Osaka. I promise this will happen somewhere between Jan-Feb 2019 at 5&A Dime.

Thank You! (The Color Show)

Huge thank you to 9Five for having me as the featured artist at their store Saturday for the North Park Art Night. Shout out to Tiffany for locking that down for me. Shooting for this show was alot of fun. I enjoyed working with all the models and for some reason, shooting all these colors makes me super happy.

Thank you for coming to the show! It was really nice to meet new faces and see familiar faces that have been supporting all these years. Next show will be Thailand/Japan photo show and then Food Porn. Unless I have something that pops up in between. Thanks again for coming.

In case you didn’t know, the photos from the Color show is now up on the site. And these are the photos I picked to display. I realized I’m missing one photo of Alejandra. I’ll update this blog post once I get a hold of that photo of her.

All photos were shot with my Canon AE1 with a 50mm Lens.

 Model: Lupita.   This was a reshoot since the first shoot was not good enough for me. I absolutely love the tone and softness of this photo. The focus on the 50 mm lens is amazing!

Model: Lupita.

This was a reshoot since the first shoot was not good enough for me. I absolutely love the tone and softness of this photo. The focus on the 50 mm lens is amazing!

 Model: Phil and Adam.   Phil is a tattoo artist at Tahiti Felix Downtown San Diego and he always had something fresh to wear. I wanted his style and tattoos in the show. Shot Phil and his boyfriend Adam for their style and colorful tattoos.

Model: Phil and Adam.

Phil is a tattoo artist at Tahiti Felix Downtown San Diego and he always had something fresh to wear. I wanted his style and tattoos in the show. Shot Phil and his boyfriend Adam for their style and colorful tattoos.

 Model: Hailey.   I LOVE working with Hailey! I love her style and boldness. She never wear colors ya’ll, she only put on some yellow just for this shoot!

Model: Hailey.

I LOVE working with Hailey! I love her style and boldness. She never wear colors ya’ll, she only put on some yellow just for this shoot!

 Model: Hailey.  It was really hard to choose the photos of Hailey so I had four photos of her in the show.

Model: Hailey.

It was really hard to choose the photos of Hailey so I had four photos of her in the show.

 Model: Tiffany Green.  Ever since I laid eyes on her IG account I’ve always wanted to work with Tiffany. Courtney of Lady Killas linked us together and we’ve been shooting ever since!

Model: Tiffany Green.

Ever since I laid eyes on her IG account I’ve always wanted to work with Tiffany. Courtney of Lady Killas linked us together and we’ve been shooting ever since!

 Model: Erika.   I love working with Erika. Her sense of style is fucking crazy! I love it! And she has that look, that face that everyone loves, including me.

Model: Erika.

I love working with Erika. Her sense of style is fucking crazy! I love it! And she has that look, that face that everyone loves, including me.

 Model: Erika.  Shot in front of a random house in Barrio Logan. Love the lighting and color. That 50 mm lense gave that dope depth of field.

Model: Erika.

Shot in front of a random house in Barrio Logan. Love the lighting and color. That 50 mm lense gave that dope depth of field.

 Model: Alejandra.  Discovered her from Shot By Lee’s account. He recently shot with Alejandra and I absolutely love her style. I picked the perfect location for her. Some where in Barrio Logan on Main St they have colorful ass walls everywhere!

Model: Alejandra.

Discovered her from Shot By Lee’s account. He recently shot with Alejandra and I absolutely love her style. I picked the perfect location for her. Some where in Barrio Logan on Main St they have colorful ass walls everywhere!

 Model: Hailey.  Laundry shot, the “War Is Over” in the background caught my attention.

Model: Hailey.

Laundry shot, the “War Is Over” in the background caught my attention.

 Model: Hailey.   This wasn’t my favorite photo but I couldn’t leave it out of the show because she looked so great in this photo and colors. I’m just that picky, so I had to tell myself this photo is good.

Model: Hailey.

This wasn’t my favorite photo but I couldn’t leave it out of the show because she looked so great in this photo and colors. I’m just that picky, so I had to tell myself this photo is good.

 Model: Erika.   I love my shoot to be natural as possible. But most of the time we can’t be natural and have to strike a pose. Erika was not modeling in this shot, she was checking her make up and hair in the mirror, and I love it!

Model: Erika.

I love my shoot to be natural as possible. But most of the time we can’t be natural and have to strike a pose. Erika was not modeling in this shot, she was checking her make up and hair in the mirror, and I love it!