Tagged: bay area

Best Views of the Golden Gate Bridge

Best Spots to Get the Best Views of the Golden Gate Bridge

“Where the hell can I get the best view of the Golden Gate Bridge?” I bet this will be your question when you visit San Francisco for the first time. The view is abundant, and you can see it from almost everywhere when in the city. But when time and money isn’t on your side, it’s quite frustrating not knowing where it’s best to go to for that memorable and breathtaking photo of this iconic bridge.

There’s a lot going on in this wonderful city and obviously there’s a lot that need to be ticked off from your bucket list. But one thing is for sure – you have to have a mandatory photo of you taken with the Golden Gate Bridge behind you, or you didn’t go to San Francisco at all. And I mean it – you must have that photo by all means! Continue reading

Trying Out San Francisco’s Pub Crawl Event

I logged in to Couchsurfing.com to find out about local events in San Francisco and found a recurring event below:

San Francisco Pub Crawl Invite Couchsurfing


Of course, I decided to join the event, which really got me excited as it is a good opportunity to meet new people, locals and travelers/backpackers alike, in San Francisco, an international city and tech hub. I asked a friend to tag along as I am not really that confident when I go alone and meet lots of new people for the first time, so having a buddy with me boosts my confidence big time. 😉

We went last 8th July, 2015. It was a chilly night. We arrived at the first pub named The NorthStar at around 9PM only to be greeted by a packed street parking. The area was very close to Italian restaurants and bars and The NorthStar doesn’t have its own private parking space, hence the reason for this, so be sure to arrive early to avoid the hassle.

First Stop: The North Star Bar & Cafe at 1560 Powell St, San Francisco, CA.
First Stop: The North Star Bar & Cafe at 1560 Powell St, San Francisco, CA.

Parking issue solved (after about 30 minutes), we headed straight to The NorthStar’s entrance where we were greeted by an old hippie man letting us know of that night’s pub crawl and rock-paper-scissors tournament. Continue reading

Fourth of July, History, and Barbecue Grills

History of the Celebration

Fourth of July in the U.S. is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer part of the British Empire. Up to this date, Independence Day has been a national holiday marked by patriotic displays. Similar to other summer-themed events, Independence Day celebrations often take place outdoors, with barbecue grills, of course. No matter what BBQ you are serving, it is the patriotism that’s within you that’s important. Anyway, below is a sample invitation to an Independence Day celebration in 1825, and an Independence Day promotional clip from 1940:

A  sample Independence Day celebration invite from year 1825. Source: Wikipedia Commons
A sample Independence Day celebration invite from year 1825. Source: Wikipedia Commons


My Present Day Celebration Experience at Foster City, California

Come present day, in the San Francisco Bay Area, you might expect that the best location to celebrate this historic event is in downtown San Francisco. This may present itself as an argument, as there are other locations within the Bay Area that locals highly prefer and tend to go to more often for this event. While you can go all touristy on cruises, free walking tours, and fireworks display events in downtown SF, you can go local and feel this all-American tradition at Leo Ryan Park in Foster City, CA. Continue reading