May 22, 2015

  • Mr. Yee

    Mr. Frank Yee

    Lou Yee Bahk as I would call him owned the fortune cookie factory in Ross Alley in San Francisco's Chinatown. I've known him since I was a little kid. Our store bought fortune cookies from Mr. Yee's Golden Gate Fortune Cookie company. He remembered me well and would spot me out of a crowd. He remembered my parents well. My late half brother Jessie too. He would rattle off all the stores on our block and who owned it off the top of his head.

    He was a fixture in the Chinatown community. Sad to say Lou Yee Bahk passed away the other day.

May 17, 2015

  • FM


    FM is for the late Freddy Mar. He passed away about 1990 when he choked on a piece of roast beef at a friend's wedding banquet. The groom of that wedding died a few years later when someone slashed his throat in front of Red's Place.

    Since then I have learned to take my time eating roast beef. Not to take too big of a bite. Chew thoroughly before swallowing.

    Freddy taught me the ropes to traveling in Asia by myself and on a budget. I spent almost two years traveling all over Asia back in 1977-1979. It was an unforgettable trip.

  • Certificate of Honor from Supervisor Christensen, District 3


    I had the honor of being selected by Supervisor Christensen to receive a certificate of honor from the board of supervisors for my contribution to the community. For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, each San Francisco district picked an APA to honor for their work in the community. I was chosen for all my art and photography I've been doing all my life for the community.

    I was presented this award in board of supervisors chamber in San Francisco City Hall.

    This is the second time in receiving this award. I got this award about two years ago from Supervisor David Chiu also for my art and photography for the Chinatown community.

    No money or anything other than the certificate signed by all the SF Supervisors. But like what Walt said, "not everyone gets a certificate of honor". So I should be proud.

    Hope this gives me more clout in getting commissions. Hope I can also command a higher price for my works. I hope I hope....


May 16, 2015

  • 146th Anniversary of the Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad


    Went out to the anniversary of the Golden Spike event in Promontory, Utah.  This time I got myself a coolie hat and a complete costume.  I've been trying to hunt down a hat like that for a long time. I can't find anyone that has them in SF Chinatown. After sending a plea out on FB, Cynthia Yee come foward with the hat that I wanted. I got a Chinese shirt and pants set at the Thlei Doi Bao store for $32. They don't get people dressed in Chinese costumes much out there.

    There weren't as many people and Chinese this time compared to last year.  There was only one bus and the bus was not even filled.  There's 56 seats and only 37 people. It was nice to be the only one dressed in full Chinese attire representing the Chinese workers that built the railroad.

    I flew in the Salt Lake City this time.  Only about a 90 minute plane ride.  Amtrak jacked up their prices due to high demand.  I got a two night stay at Spring Hill Marriot altogether $444.

    I would personally like to see Phil Choy of the Chinese Historical Society of America come out to the 150th anniversary in another four years. In 1969 he along with other members of the Chinese Historical Society were there for the 100th anniversary. They had a plaque ready to present to the Golden Spike National park. At the last minute he was bumped off the program for no explanation. Later in the day in a sideroom away from the festivities they allowed Phil Choy to make his presentation. Phil was blatantly snubbed from the making his presentation to acknowledge the Chinese Railroad Workers at the 100th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.

    It is time to give Phil Choy the honors of acknowledging the Chinese workers of the Transcontinental Railroad.

    We also need more Chinese to show up in period costumes. And I do mean original period costumes. Not just a min nahp or a gung fu shirt...but clothing that reflect 1869.

April 28, 2015

  • The Month of April

    I have not made a single entry for April. I guess my mind has not been into making an entry into this blog.

    Life is a bitch
    Life is a bitch. And then I die.





    Began painting in dragons at Utopia. Still have to do the dragon on the ceiling. Hard to find time to get there at 9-10pm to work on it. Metallic colors require four to five coats of paint too. Cynthia said she was going to get some people to help. But all'o boo-loo sit.

    I have decided to kill the Chinese at the Golden Spike mural. I just couldn't give them a promise of completion date. I want to just take this on as a personal project. If CHSA wants to pay me for it later, all the better. Just that this lawsuit has been taking a lot of creative wind out of me. In the meantime all the material; masonite panels, wood, etc are still at CHSA and I have to find a van to take it out of there. I have to get my VW bus going again in order to do so. I don't know exactly where I'm going to paint this at. I keep telling myself at pier 70. But I haven't even had time to go by there to see if I can.

    mikoshi lwDid the Mikoshi for the seventeenth time for the Cherry Blossom Parade. Thanks David Toshiyuki for the cool picture of my chi chi's.

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    Ran into my art teacher at the Galileo Hall of Merit dinner. He encouraged me to pursue art as a profession. Should I thank him or should I kick his ass?

March 27, 2015

  • A Better Chinatown ABC


    I dunno exactly what this was for....but for sure it was haphazardly planned. They did not get the OK from the restaurant to do this in front. The restaurant did not want to assume the liabilities from this event neither. First time working with WP. It didn't happen. I was to do Sunday, but the rival music group bogarted her group out of the corner.

    It's OK... glad it didn't happen. I was to just do a demo...but no cooking. I don't see the point in even doing it. My lawyer told me to layoff this community bs and concentrate on the case.

    And here I prepared a lot of stuff for the press conference a week before ready to do a demo for nothing. I bought the meat and ingredients. Prepped all the ingredients and kneaded the dough to make tongyuen. Brought my butane stove. All for nothing. I wasn't even getting paid for it neither. I'm just a sucker.

    Interesting how on top I am amongst two organizations. I guess I'm an organization in itself.

March 24, 2015

March 21, 2015

  • Work in Progress -- Nine Dragon Mural at Utopia Cafe


    Haven't touched my mural at Utopia Cafe for awhile... as I must gear my mind toward the lawsuit I am dealing with.

    Work in progress

    Work in progress

    Work in progress

    Work in progress


    Here I am...sixty two years old and still a slave of my brother.


    Rubber Barf we used to sell at Fueng Wah Company

    Rubber Barf we used to sell at Fueng Wah Company


    (Translated from Chinese)

    Because none of us have many years to live, and we can’t take along anything when we go, so we don’t have to be too thrifty…

    Spend the money that should be spent, enjoy what should be enjoyed, donate what you are able to donate, but don’t leave all to your children or grandchildren, for you don’t want them to become parasites who are waiting for the day you will die!!

    Don’t worry about what will happen after we are gone, because when we return to dust, we will feel nothing about praises or criticisms. The time to enjoy the worldly life and your hard earned wealth will be over!

    Don’t worry too much about your children, for children will have their own destiny and should find their own way. Don’t be your children’s slave. Care for them, love them, give them gifts but also enjoy your money while you can. Life should have more to it than working from the cradle to the grave!!

    Don’t expect too much from your children. Caring children, though caring, would be too busy with their jobs and commitments to render much help.

    Uncaring children may fight over your assets even when you are still alive, and wish for your early demise so they can inherit your properties and wealth.
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    Your children take for granted that they are rightful heirs to your wealth; but that you have no claims to their money.

    50-year old like you, don’t trade in your health for wealth by working yourself to an early grave anymore… Because your money may not be able to buy back your health…

    When to stop making money, and how much is enough (hundred thousands, million, ten million)?
    Out of thousand hectares of good farm land, you can consume only three quarts (of rice) daily; out of a thousand mansions, you only need eight square meters of space to rest at night.

    So, as long as you have enough food and enough money to spend, that is good enough. You should live happily. Every family has its own problems. Just do not compare with others for fame and social status and see whose children are doing better, etc., but challenge others for happiness, health, enjoyment, quality of life and longevity…
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    Don’t worry about things that you can’t change because it doesn’t help and it may spoil your health.

    You have to create your own well-being and find your own place of happiness. As long as you are in good mood and good health, think about happy things, do happy things daily and have fun in doing, then you will pass your time happily every day.

    One day passes without happiness, you will lose one day.
    One day passes with happiness, and then you gain one day.

    In good spirit, sickness will cure; in a happy spirit, sickness will cure faster; in high and happy spirits; sickness will never come.

    With good mood, suitable amount of exercise, always in the sun, variety of foods, reasonable amount of vitamin and mineral intake, hopefully you will live another 20 or 30 years of healthy life of pleasure.
    Above all, learn to cherish the goodness around… and FRIENDS… They all make you feel young and “wanted”… without them you may surely feel lost!!

    Wishing you all the best.

March 2, 2015

  • happy new year of the ram


    I guess it's now a tradition with me to spend the last hours and the first hours of the lunar new year in Chinatown. Not that many Chinese come out to celebrate the stroke of midnight of the lunar new year. Many prefer to stay home. I guess it's because home is safe and you wouldn't run into any bad luck when you're on the outside.

    I remember back in 1977 when I was out for the lunar new year I got jumped by the Hop Sing Boyz at Kum Hon restaurant and nearly killed. So I myself is fairly wary of such running into bad luck on lunar new year night. Sun nin lao lao like they would say. Many of those who jumped me experienced a lot of bad luck in their lives following that incident.

    Chinatown has mostly white people and hipsters walking around burning firecrackers and fireworks. The intersections of Grant and Washington becomes naturally blocked with people just throwing firecrackers. Li Po bar....Buddha bar.... mostly whites going crazy.

    For me I hang out at Red's Place. A handful of us old Chinatown boys are there to celebrate. This year Red's had the biggest fireworks display. More like people bringing fireworks and setting them off by Red's. There was a string of firecrackers that went down half a block and two hexagons hanging.

    I video'd it with my Sony A6000 but unfortunately there's no sound for some reason.