The annual 2010 Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival continues on in San Francisco this coming weekend! I used to frequent this event back in the early 2000s because I was a part of the volunteering program at my former employer where I worked at our company booth, selling auto memberships and insurance to customers. During breaktime, I would just walk around Japantown (Nihonmachi) and check out the goodies they’ve got on sale.
For the sake of old J-Pop fandom, I bought many of my Arashi CDs and accessories here for half the price of the original. Because back then that the USD was strong against the Yen, they were pretty affordable and I was a happy fangirl. Today, well… I’ll find something… something good at a discounted price. I’ll probably gonna end up buying food— darn good food— like fresh ramen and okonomiyaki and takoyaki for cheap and… TERIBURGERS (teriyaki burgers)!
Having said that (the latter), though I’m not a permanent employee of LS&Co., I was given an opportunity to do some volunteer work at the festival— by cooking, wrapping/assembling, and selling teriburgers! My Japanese co-worker (dang her… she’s in Japan right now with her family to celebrate her birthday and their traditional sakura matsuri over there…) did do some volunteering in selling teriburgers at the festival in the past and told me that it was a lot of work non-stop. Personally for me, I’ve wrapped lumpia several times for special occasions non-stop and I’m pretty sure wrapping lumpia and other types of eggrolls are a lot tougher than cooking/making teriburgers. The teriburgers profits will go to the Kimochi Agency, an agency supporting senior citizens in San Francisco around the Bay Area.
I will definitely take some pictures and possibly some video clips of the Teriburger experience when I can. I may be busy window shopping or getting my hands on various Japanese dishes I haven’t tried before that I may forget to even take pictures or chronicle them on the blog.
Another hodgepodge piece that I want to mention is that I may have a second part-time job along with my current one via the temp agency that placed me with this Levi Strauss & Co. part-time position. I’m still aching to have a full-time permanent job in general, if not here at Levi’s. I really am missing working full-time and earning more money to pay off my current debts. Ah, when will that ever happen? I’ve been applying for several job positions and so far I haven’t been having a lot of luck. :(