I can’t believe I’m down to my last San Francisco post! I was there for such a short time that my only sure way to go to all the touristy places was to go on a bus tour. Not complaining though, because the view was spectacular. Most of these earlier shots in this post were taken from a double decker bus with an open deck a.k.a. every travel blogger’s best friend.
The initial reasons why my family and I decided to visit San Francisco were for us to be able to rest after a long flight from Manila, as well as for us to meet up with my youngest brother Calel (who’s been working in the US this past year). Wish we could’ve stayed longer because I’ve always been in love with this place! It’s been 10+ years since my first visit to the Bay Area (I have some relatives in Vallejo!), and my feelings haven’t changed since then.
San Francisco was, and still is one of my favorite places to visit in the US. More than LA, for sure, lol. Though I think I’m good anywhere as long it’s chilly? 15C - 25C weather is perfect!
Street art can be found all over San Francisco. Definitely adds to the place’s hipster charm.
This one was by Australian artist REKA.
By twins How and Nosm.
Currently, the Tenderloin District is somehow infamous for its homeless population and crime rate, but it used to be home to theaters, hotels and restaurants during the 19th century, and famous jazz clubs during the ’50s and ’60s. Lots of unfortunate events happened along the way, and it eventually got a bad reputation for gambling and gangs, among other things.
Why “tenderloin”? A long time ago, a police captain was overheard saying that ever since he moved to this neighborhood, he was able to earn so much that he could finally afford tenderloin. This, versus the cheap chuck steak he was limited to in his previous neighborhood. Little did people know that it was all because of the bribes he did on the side! Yikes!
Clear skies. For once, I must’ve done something good for the weather gods not to curse me with impossible rain.
How pretty is San Francisco City Hall? JoeDiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe were married here!
This may look familiar if you were able to watch Milk, The Wedding Planner, Bedazzled, and Bicentennial Man (RIP Robin Williams).
Named after one of the city’s former mayors, but I’m pretty sure Vanness Wu’s face popped into your head just now.
Haight and Masonic. Didn’t have time to check out the Haight Ashbury District, but it seemed like a groovy place!
This district was the center of the summer of love! It was *the* place where all the hippies hung out during the ’60s.
Pacman! The one with the glasses is so cute!
Jimi Hendrix tribute on 1524 Haight Street, his home when he lived in San Francisco.
What do you hear?
The de Young fine arts museum.
Obligatory Golden Gate Bridge photo. I was so lucky the sky was so clear that day because San Francisco is usually foggy!
The most celebrated and photographed bridge in the world.
It’s always featured in pop culture, but the gate’s cameo (if you can call it that) in Rise of the Planet of the Apes is still super fresh in my mind.
Crossed the bridge twice to get back to the city.
Suddenly, Victorian-style buildings! I wasn’t able to take a proper photo of the “Painted Ladies” or the famous row of Victorian houses facing the park on Steiner St., huhu. Next time!
Downtown San Francisco / The Financial District.
"Hey, it’s Macklemore!" - my brother, lol
Telegraph Hill, with Coit Tower on top. They say that the tower was made to resemble a fire hose nozzle, because Lillie Hitchcock Coit, the wealthy socialite the tower was named after, loved to chase fires.
Besides the Golden Gate Bridge, this is probably the next most touristy area/place to go to in San Francisco.
Bread animals D:
Real animals :D
Balclutha, built in 1886.
Comfy wear! Top from Moussy, Jeans from Topshop, slip-ons from EMODA, jacket from MURUA.
Behind me is the Ghirardelli Square! Domingo Ghirardelli bought the entire area to make it into his chocolate company’s HQ. I used to think Ghirardelli chocolates came from Europe! It’s actually a proudly San Francisco brand.
Alcatraz Island from afar. Alcatraz prison used to be known as one of the most inescapable prisons in the world. It’s now a tourist destination!
Apparently, someone tried to escape by pouring grease over himself, slipping through the bars, and swimming to the shore, but the whole ordeal was so tedious that he fell asleep and eventually got caught.
Crazy for crabs.
Time for a magic show!
"Hey, it’s Colonel Sanders!" - my brother, huhu
Great food at Fisherman’s Wharf. Not much to do except take pictures and eat like there’s no tomorrow.
If I enter the house on the right, will I end up in Narnia?
Can’t get over San Francisco street art! I wish we had similar ones in Manila. I’m happy that there are some really tasteful ones at The Fort / Bonifacio High Street!
On our last day, and on the day we were leaving for Florida, my family and I decided to visit Sausalito as a last farewell.
Good thing we did, because I got a good photo of myself with the Golden Gate Bridge!
Sausalito is worth visiting for the quaint hillside and seashore view. Because of this, Sausalito real estate ranks among the most expensive in the US!
You can also find some really awesome burgers in Sausalito. Food is always relevant.
Nifty toys at a toy store beside the Starbucks there.
Probably the shadiest thing in Sausalito.
Speaking of butts, you need to watch this video. Laughed my ass off!
Hope you enjoyed my San Francisco travel diaries! The fun has only begun. I’m going to bombard everyone with Mickey Mouse and Harry Potter in the next few weeks.
I’ve actually drafted most of the entries already, and I took so many Wizarding World of Harry Potter photos that it merits its own post. It’s been 2 years since I shared my experiences during the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio Tour in London (read here) so I’m really excited!
Better late than never in following the food jumper bandwagon. I never found one that suited my taste (pun intended) until now. This is made of pure happiness!
Speaking of marshmallows, I don’t know why I’ve been feeling so restless and impatient nowadays. I would definitely fail the marshmallow test (of children’s impulse control) if I were to be subjected to it right now. I know it’s only the second day of the month, but I need September to be done and over with as soon as possible!
This fashion illustration version of me by jangyooneui is currently my iPhone wallpaper. Thanks Lilian! 짱!
Last August 15, Kenneth Cole New York celebrated their newly remodeled store in Power Plant Mall. Guests and customers enjoyed free Starbucks and TWG cocktail food and macarons, on top of the generous 15% off discount on all regular items.
Before a long line formed for free coffee. Anything for Starbucks!
With fellow Ponds and Tresemme ambassador Kelly Misa! She lined up early so she was able to leisurely enjoy her coffee while shopping.
Coffee and shopping? Best combination ever. I love whoever came up with this idea! I can do without cocktails and champagne, as long as I have my hearty cup of coffee to fuel my materialistic urges.
Kenneth Cole’s Look Good, For Good is not just your ordinary hipster-looking photogenic sign on the store’s window display.
The Kenneth Cole foundation supports a number of organizations that provide education, shelter, aid, and other nurturing efforts to build talent (among other things) with Collective Health, Civil Liberties, and Artistic Activism as their main pillars. They have 30 years of philanthropy history behind them, and this is only one of the many reasons why it will always feel good to look good wearing Kenneth Cole New York.
Another reason, of course, is the high-quality but affordable products that they always offer. All the classic silhouettes and styles that can never, ever go out of style = I covet.
Kenneth Cole has great men’s shoes! Wish these were available in women’s sizes too!
The current selection highlights these strappy sandals for all the normcore/anti-fashion girls out there. Who needs heels when you’ve got fashionable flats?
Would’ve gotten the black pointy pumps if only my feet weren’t too small for the smallest size, huhu. #smallfeetproblems
This style incorporates the 925 (a play on “nine to five”) technology that Kenneth Cole is known for. Every woman can wear these 925 shoes to work, at work, and after work. No need for an extra pair of walking shoes!
Our shopping spoils! You can never have enough black and pointy shoes!
Thought of getting this bag too! The color is beautiful, and I’m such a sucker for boxy-looking bags that look like they have enough room to stuff your whole life inside.
Thank you Kenneth Cole New York for inviting me to your re-opening event! They improved their store’s appearance, and now it’s everybody’s wardrobe’s turn!
Obsessed with my new tulle skirt from New York designer Alexandra Grecco! 6 layers of tulle AND fully lined. It’s so hard to find good quality tulle skirts nowadays. I’ve always wanted one that was also long enough to cover my knees. Anything for that full princess effect. I think I want it in other colors too.
I tried to style it with Carrie Bradshaw in mind, but opted to make the look more casual/wearable (and less ballerina) with a statement tee and some slip-ons. Of course, I couldn’t help but inject some sort of pink in there.
So many things to do, so little time. I’ve been so busy lately that I can’t be bothered to go to any kind of salon as often as I used to. I’m itching to change my hair color again, but haven’t had time to visit the nearest Status Salon yet!
Anyhow, thank heavens for Japanese gel nail salons because my nails can last me a whole month without any chipping or damage. They are definitely more low maintenance than regular polish, albeit a lot more pricey. You get what you pay for though.
I still go to Kiyosa for my nails, but I heard there are other nailists popping up in the metro recently! 2014 has definitely been a good year for Japanese beauty/lifestyle in the Philippines. Good times.
Kiyosa’s selection of colors and styles! Thinking of choosing something other than pink or nude next month. “BER” season is right around the corner, so I’ll probably do Christmas shades soon.
I’m super predictable when it comes to nail polish colors! I rarely go for bright, striking, or neon shades, and this also reflects on my personal style as well. I have yet to go out of my comfort zone when it comes to anything loud and conspicuous.
Rieko-san working on my short nails! While you can maximize designs with longer nails, keeping my nails short and square is a personal preference. :D
Otona-poi S/S nails with daisies on my index fingers and little fingers. On the middle of each flower is a little gold charm! I also asked them to place a subtle pearl accent on my middle fingers.
My nails on the upper left, and the Kiyosa staff’s nails. Everything here is drawn manually (no stickers or stamps used here!), so you can just imagine how steady their hands are!
3 weeks ago was such an ideal time to visit and take photos because most of them have just changed their nails. No nail growth yet!