the adventures of yoshi

i left my heart in san francisco…

Posted in Friends & Familia by yoshi on December 2, 2009

but i’ve always lived with a new york state of mind – as em would say…

i think its time to share with all of you some news… (if you follow my twitter, you already know)

i’m moving back home to sf next spring. after my 3.5 year stint on the “right” coast, i think its time to start another chapter in my book.

i moved here in the ’06, no plan, no job, no friends. just my cousins and a place to live with an old friend of a friend in bed-stuy/crown heights.

as i’m listening to jay-z/alicia keys’ “empire state of min,” i’m getting all teary eyed and flashbacks of my journey from nothing to, well, SOMETHING. my favorite lyrics..

Yea I’m out that Brooklyn, now I’m down in TriBeCa
right next to Deniro, but I’ll be hood forever
I’m the new Sinatra, and… since I made it here
I can make it anywhere, yea, they love me everywhere

….In New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of
There’s nothin’ you can’t do
Now you’re in New York
These streets will make you feel brand new
Big lights will inspire you
Let’s hear it for New York, New York,
New York

….City, it’s a pity, half of y’all won’t make it

from my first job on wall st, to my midtown office down the street from the bright lights of time square, and finally to my job in soho – model and shopping central. THANK YOU to all of you who gave me an opportunity to express my diligence and rise to the occasion. even though my resume was slim, you all gave me the opportunity. you took a chance on a very bright eyed, naive girl, and saw me grow into a professional woman.

to my friends… wow. you ALL know who you are… from the first few that welcomed me at my cousin IXL’s parties, to the new friends i met through tradeshows, fashion mayhem, and sales trips; to all the people i’ve come to work and BRUNCH with in the past few years here in NY.

all of you have helped me become the strong individual i am today. so much so, that i think its time that i step ahead and start doing things for myself and share with my “hometown” all of what i have become. i have many many plans for my arrival and i think SF is just the place to platform these ideas. i’ve also been away for so long that i feel like i’ll be returning to something new and meeting new people all over again – a fresh start.

returning to the bay is going to be a bittersweet moment. i love ny with all my heart, but i miss my family dearly, and after my accident, i’ve missed them even more. skype just ain’t cuttin it.

there really is no way that i can express how great the city of new york is… (yes even brooklyn to queens to staten island…) the adventures i’ve made all around are PRICELESS… soooo many bike rides lol.

new york has made me who i am today – no doubt.

maybe i’ll return some day (aaaand i’m pretty sure i will lol), but i won’t be able to know unless i try out my time in SF. i’m older, i’m wiser. time for a change.

i’ll always remember the great times i’ve shared with NY…. its now time to turn that page.

SF, here i come.

*ps. i WILL cry like a bitch when i leave my beloved NY…

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  1. themaykazine said, on December 2, 2009 at 5:42 PM

    Oh, how exciting! You know it was time well spent when the departure is bittersweet. Will be fun to live vicariously through you when you come back to familiar spots in the Bay, though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Westward ho!

    • yoshi said, on December 2, 2009 at 8:08 PM

      gah – i’m not gonna lie though, i feel like someone punches me in the gut everytime i have to tell someone i’m moving back to sf… WAAAHHH – i just LOVE ny!

      • themaykazine said, on December 3, 2009 at 1:51 PM

        Hey, you’re young and mobile. Great things happen in both places. ๐Ÿ™‚

        I’m headed to NY next week – Excited for my first winter trip to the city!

  2. emily said, on December 2, 2009 at 7:22 PM

    looking forward to seeing that new chapter!
    im visiting neil dec20th for like, 3 weeks. lets do one last serious ny foodie run before both of us return to the best, i mean… west coast? hehe ๐Ÿ™‚

    • yoshi said, on December 2, 2009 at 8:08 PM

      i’ll be around ny til the 23rd then i leave for sf for the holidays! holler!

  3. Julie said, on December 2, 2009 at 7:39 PM

    I almost got teary-eyed just reading your story. However, I am from the Bay and there’s just no place like home. I started reading your blog just recently and I could not believe that you went through such a MAYJUH accident like that. I always thought it was a birthmark on your face this whole time. Truly love your optimism and outlook on life.
    I would love to know more about your background…that’s only of course if you’re willing to share. What made you go to NY? How did you get so connected with such a well-verse group of people?
    Okay, I will cut off here before I sound too nosey!
    Keep up the great blogging and best of luck with the move!

    • yoshi said, on December 2, 2009 at 8:07 PM

      awwwww! thank you for the kind words!!! if you like, shoot me an email and i’ll tell ya allll about it lol

  4. kay said, on December 2, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    wtf i just met you and you’re leaving?! ughhh! we haveeee to do dinner one weekend before you leave or something!dammit

    • yoshi said, on December 2, 2009 at 8:07 PM

      we will! i want you to meet the other girls ana and dom too โ€“ so we can totally twi-out lol

  5. conniethegreat said, on December 2, 2009 at 10:05 PM

    Omgomgomg what?! ;( I haven’t even bumped into you in SoHo yet! D; I’m sad. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ AGH ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Have fun in the bay… hot guys… ๐Ÿ˜€ Have a safe fligh and such! Unless you’re biking there O_o Hahaha I keed I keed…

    And ;O you & rachel’s most recent post is locked! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ The sky is falling… Lol

  6. louise said, on December 2, 2009 at 10:23 PM

    :**(..but but what about filipino food? waaaaaaaaaaah!!!!

  7. louise said, on December 2, 2009 at 10:26 PM

    what do i have to do to get you to stay?! haha

  8. trudy said, on December 2, 2009 at 11:13 PM

    boooo!! say it ain’t so!!! well, at least we know the bon voyage parties are gonna be hella fun ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. battered couture said, on December 3, 2009 at 4:41 AM

    wow. so exiting. I am kinda jealous. Whould love to move to another country for a while.. turning points are what makes life seasoned. I am wishing you the best in all your endeavors.

  10. Jim! said, on December 4, 2009 at 5:52 PM

    How bizarre!

  11. rachie said, on December 4, 2009 at 7:14 PM

    aww such a sweet ass post! love it, do your thang miss!!! Loved reading about your journey, i fuckinglove NY and i’ve only been there on holidays…good luck!!!!!

  12. First Lady of MADE said, on December 5, 2009 at 11:51 PM

    is it selfish of me to say that i’m excited for you to come back? 2010 will be positive, creative, and filled with new adventures. im looking fwd to hanging with you yoshi, welcome home!

    • yoshi said, on December 6, 2009 at 12:16 PM

      hahahaha – not selfish at all! we’ll definitely need to link up and get shit MADE =)

  13. Melissa See said, on December 15, 2009 at 10:39 PM

    Awwww that’s such heavy stuff Jess! I can’t imagine New York without you? It’s so weird. But I know that 2010 is gonna mean big changes for everyone. I feel like 2010 is the year…Hopefully I’ll get to see you one of these days! No I know i’ll see you… =) XOXO

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