San Francisco Service Recommendations

Since I spent part of my holiday getting primped, I thought I’d do a post on all my favorite services.



I’ve been on the hunt for someone skilled in cutting Asian hair because mine’s so thin and limp. I came across the Japan Center Beauty Clinic in Japan Town which averages 4.5 stars out of a whopping 253 reviews on Yelp. Can’t beat the convenience of a daily operation from 10am – 8pm. I figured I’d take my chances on any stylist, especially with such high reviews. The guy I got was very meticulous; I felt like I was going to be there forever, but he worked on me for exactly one hour and did a perfect job. I love what he did. Ask for Ricky (charges $53) or anyone who’s available.

Japan Center Beauty Clinic

1825 Post St, first floor, suite 160

San Francisco, CA 94115



The best mani/pedi is at Cocoon Urban Day Spa. It’s super expensive, super luxe which is why I’m always on the lookout for a Groupon deal. It’s the best: champagne, chocolate, cookies, crackers, cheese, rose petals in the bath water. Perfect for catching up with a friend and relaxing for 90 minutes.

Cocoon Urban Day Spa

330 1st St

San Francisco, CA 94105



I spent $29 for a Groupon facial at ModVellum. I don’t need to spend tons of money for someone to wash my face. I can do that myself. I need a facial for the extractions and ModVellum delivered. Can’t beat this price.


1628 Union St

San Francisco, CA 94123



I’ve never been to an optometrist I didn’t like. They’re all good. They’re all Asian. For a couple years, I went to the optometrist at the SF Costco. He was fine.



This referral is from Lizzie who got the referral from Sandra. Love the GSB connections. Thanks girls! Best dentist ever.

James P Const, DDS

450 Sutter St, Ste 2133

San Francisco, CA 94108



Oscar is your man. He’s 24/7. He does it ALL.




An honest car repair shop. They only work on Asian cars.

Toy Shop

4818 Geary Blvd

San Francisco, CA 94118



I think my cleaner is ok.  Anyone have a good one?


I’m sure I forgot a bunch of other people I see. Others that people want to comment on or share? Please do!

Out and About on Polk Street, San Francisco

Last Thursday, we had a good time hanging out with friends in Russian Hill at Amelie—a special place for us since that’s where Dean and I met.  It is such a romantic and lively French wine bar. Perfect date spot. Later on at night, we ended up at Kimo’s watching and dancing to a surprisingly good band called YNOT & Asian Diva Girls. They mashed up hits from Nirvana, Michael Jackson, U2. The female lead vocalist asked how many of us played the piano and I started cracking up. Almost the whole Asian crowd threw their hands up. Gotta love the robotic Asian culture. Piano, tennis, Lowell, UC Berkeley, optometrist. So friggin predictable!

Monday night, I went to my first ever Porchlight series at the Hemlock Tavern on lower Polk. Porchlight gets highlighted by literary blogs and calendars, but it is so not a literary event. It’s “literally” open comedy mic. There’s a theme for the night, you sign up, and tell your 5 minute story. 7-8 people typically sign up. Prior to the start, the host anonymously picks an audience member who will determine the winner; the winner gets $50. Props to the co-founders for this method of choosing the winner. I really like it. So much better than applause which always makes some speakers feel good, while others feel bad. That feel-good/feel-bad applause is like being at a baby shower and everyone oohing and aahing at the most expensive gifts.

It also reinforced that there are people in the world who will like what you do, for being you, and telling your story. Others won’t like you, but I guarantee you someone does appreciate and enjoy your talent. The winner was not someone I would have chosen myself; I thought her story was annoying—my personal opinion.

The theme Monday night was Kitchen Confidential—food-related stories about restaurants, waitressing, catering. The stories were a hoot. I thoroughly enjoyed at least half of them. Porchlight has been around for almost ten years and I have been missing out. Definitely a good time.