Tagged: San Francisco

How to Quickly Visit San Francisco via Market Street

How To Quickly Visit San Francisco Via Market Street

From its southwestern end where the LGBT movement is more evident to the northern tip that looks out to the San Francisco bay, taking a walk down San Francisco’s Market Street tells a story about this beautiful city’s history, its local culture, and how it came to be.

Market Street is downtown San Francisco’s major thoroughfare. This is the main road that easily connects the city together. This is also where a lot of the happenings are. Continue reading

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

Seoul Incheon Airport (ICN) Stopover & Free Hotel Stay on an Asiana Flight

Last year, I went on a trip from Manila to San Francisco and back via Korean Air, a 4-star airline, just so I could take advantage of the free Seoul transit tour provided for by Seoul’s Incheon International Airport (ICN). I scored this trip when Korean Air had an online promotion – I purchased the ticket for USD $1,080. See my article regarding this here.

This year I went on the same route, this time via Asiana Air, a 5-star airline. I got the ticket for USD $897 – I didn’t know at first that the Asiana Air website has year round promo fares and I just found out about it after scouring the web and comparing fares. Such a great deal, I must say! The cheapest I know of for this route.

Anyway, I was planning to register for another free transit tour with ICN airport when I called Asiana to confirm my reservation. Since my Seoul stopover is 12 hours, the agent asked me if I wanted a free transit tour or hotel accommodation provided for free by Asiana. I didn’t know at that time that Asiana has its own free transit tour, although ICN airport already has its own.

Of course I had to try Asiana’s freebies this time, however, the dilemma is, if I wanted the free transit tour or the hotel accommodation. For those of you who are wondering if you can have both, the answer is no. You can only choose one, as confirmed by the Asiana phone agent with a cute Korean accent. I asked what we will be doing if I choose the free tour – the agent replied it is the same as the tour provided for by the airport, only this time the food and temple entrance fees are for free. Continue reading

Airport stopover? Who says it’s boring?

Welcome Sign at Tokyo Narita Airport
Welcome Sign at Tokyo Narita Airport

I can say I’ve been to Japan literally, but I’ve never been outside the walls of its hi-tech airport.

We had a 3 hour stop over at Tokyo Narita International Airport (NRT) when we went for a vacation in sunny California. When you have 3 hours of precious time to waste in a surreal wonderland with rich culture and interesting people, you do not just wait at the boarding area with your decaf coffee in one hand and your smartphone on the other. Come on, you have been holding that phone your whole life, why not hide it for a while and not waste a free 3-hour cultural experience.

I for one consider stop overs as a free tour, especially when these are on those places I’ve never been to.

It was a rainy morning and though the airport does not have a balcony where you can breathe in actual Japanese air, I can tell that it is chilly outside. i can feel the warm air being spewed out from the heaters on the floor just beneath the airport’s floor to ceiling glass walls. Continue reading