Three Things

January 2018

Dang! We finally got through January, huh? Since the month was so long, I was able to fit in a lot of activities. I spent like 3 weeks in Hawaii, and Sophia spent 2 weeks in San Francisco. My best bud, Alaka'i, graduated from this really cool program that provides driven individuals with opportunities in large companies. He will be joining Salesforce full-time! The Vikings got totally fricked in the NFC Divisional Championship, and we did a cool hackathon project at work that I made this fake website for:

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Your Things

Michael, Sacramento
On December 29th, 2017 at 12:32 AM I welcomed Davis Levi Stark (my nephew) to the world. To say I’m obsessed with him is an understatement. He was 6lbs 11oz of pure perfection. My sister and brother in law are the luckiest parents in the world.
Stephanie, Big Island
Happy birthday to your Granny Lani. She just turned 77!

Things I ate

👸🏼 Mom's Dinner

My favorite meal my mother makes is a furikake chicken with rice, baked beans, and potato salad. She graciously makes it for me every time I am home. We usually invite the Brown’s and Johnson’s over for this feast. Since 90% of the Johnson’s are vegetarian, my mother has added furikake tofu into her arsenal. Meal was great, company was great, the night was great!

🐙 Barcino

Restaurant Week happens every year in January. About 50 restaurants use this opportunity to feature prix fixe menus to entice unsure eaters to dine in their restaurant. Maia and I have participated the past three years. However, this year with our travel schedules we almost missed it. But fear not my eager readers, we were able to squeeze in a reservation at the last minute. We chose the Spanish tapa restaurant, Barcino (Sidenote: I learned Barcino was the name of Barcelona before it was Barcelona. Shout out Maya aka SJII). Omg it was delicious. My favorite thing was the plancha-charred octopus followed by Bomba, which is a crispy potato & chorizo ball. Crispy. Potato. Chorizo. Ball. ‘Twas a wonderful night with one of my favorite people!

👲🏻 Mission Chinese Food

Michael introduced me to this place in the Summer of 2010—actually I’m not really sure when it was. But, the eatery has an interesting history. The chef, Danny Bowien, started cooking at this Chinese restaurant on the weekends. In typical SF fashion, lines would be out the door, and he ended up taking over the restaurant full time. Due to the long lines, most people just ordered in, which was what Mike and I did. But, this month was the first time I dined in the actual establishment. It was as eccentric as Danny Bowien. The entire restaurant is washed in a eerie pink-ish light making the dishes difficult to see. Perhaps this is to hyper focus on your sense of taste because every dish is over-the-top in flavor and perfect. We pretty much got one of everything and had leftovers for many meals to come.

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Things I saw

⚽️ @SoccerSarah2

Since moving to San Francisco 10 years ago (holy 10 years), I haven’t been able to see my sister play in as many soccer games as I’d like to. Luckily, I was able to see her play in her senior game for Le Jardin Academy. We got there a little late, and while we were walking up, I saw her go on a break-away! I started running to the field, and I got there just in time to see her put the ball pass the keeper for a goal. That also happened to be the winning goal! I love watching her play. She’s so sassy and will pick a fight with anyone, including the referees (she got a yellow card the following game for arguing with the ref lol). I hope she keeps playing so I can still watch her run full-speed at anyone or anything in her way.

🏀 Golden State Warriors

The rest of these things all happened in one week. Sophia and I had something planned every night for her last week here. Crazy or Genius? I’ll let you decide. Sophia had always wanted to see the Warriors play, and on a whim, we looked up tickets and within a few hours we were on our way to the stadium. That sport is so fast paced, its so fun to be there with the energy of the full crowd. We had some drinks, some garlic fries, and had just a wonderful time. 11/10 would recommend.


The R&B singer is signed to Drake’s OVO label. And damn. Mans can sing. It’s always reassuring to go to a show and realize they sound just like the studio version— or better. He was hittin falsettos and octaves. He also had really well done visuals to accompany his stellar singing. 

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Places I Went

🌞 Santa Cruz

Sophia’s friend, Alexx, was in Santa Cruz visiting family, so we rented a car and decided to make the drive down there to visit her. It was a really gorgeous day at the beach. Alexx had an extra wetsuit, and I paddled out into the frigid waters. I caught a few waves, but surfing in a wetsuit is just so different. But, it would be cool to get out in the water more. 

🔬 Academy of Sciences

Sophia loves science. She also loves sea animals. The Academy of Sciences in San Francisco has a weekly event called Night Life, where you can see both science and sea animals all while sipping on a $14 beverage. We especially loved the jellies and the albino crocodile. We’ll be making another trip when Sophia is back in town.

🍦Museum of Ice Cream

Ok, so this museum has it all—ice cream, sprinkle pool, and a 5ft tall unicorn. You might recognize these photos from literally everyone’s Instagram—now including mine. It was so much fun exploring each room and taking all the photos. The only thing I didn’t really like is that since everyone is trying to take a picture of the same thing, lines start to form and there’s a little pressure to snap your pic and get out haha that’s probably why my friend Kien LOATHES the museum. But, all in all, I loved it and would take pics there again. 

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You made it to the bottom! Thanks for taking the time to read this email :) See you again next month! Three Things is a way to connect with my family and friends through photos and stories. Hand-typed in San Francisco by Darren Wong. Catch up on all the past issues here: Three Things Archive


Darren Wong
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San Francisco, CA 94118

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