Summer 2011 Trippin' Pt. 1: San Francisco

After two weeks of hopping around the West Coast with my family, it's great to be back in New York and back to blogging! I made sure to take a ton of pictures (remember you can always click on the pictures to enlarge them!) so I could share some of my experiences with you all because I personally enjoy reading other bloggers' travel posts. I will be splitting up this trip into several parts because I visited quite a few places and I don't want to overload and bore you. I also want to mention that I had no idea how cold it was in the West Coast. For some reason I had the time to Yelp all the hotels we would be staying at but neglected to check the weather.... My skin suffered quite a bit and I barely wore any makeup throughout the trip. I bundled up in my mother's sweaters for almost half the trip and so unfortunately I will not have many outfits or faces of the day to share. That being said, let's see what I did at the first stop on my trip!

Am I the only person who loves airports but hates airplanes? I don't have a fear of flying but I am always very uncomfortable on planes and I rarely am able to fall asleep. I snapped up quite a few pictures as we soared across the country. This was my first time to the West Coast so it was pretty amazing to see all the different landforms.

Our very first stop was Fisherman's Wharf which was disappointing for a few reasons. The first was that it was dreary, windy, and pouring throughout the day. We passed by many small eateries which all sold basically the same seafood. I thought a nice warm bread bowl of clam chowder would enliven my spirits but it was the worst clam chowder I have ever had in my life. There was little flavor and too much starchy filler. Perhaps the only redeeming highlight of the day were the sea lions which dotted the piers.

Chinatown was the next destination on our itinerary and I was expecting something similar to the one we have in New York. To my surprise San Francisco's Chinatown looked extremely empty and dated. No bright neon signs, no teenagers with long blond hair, no trendy clothing stores. In fact, most of San Francisco was very quiet at all times of the day and I hardly saw anyone on the streets for some reason. Is this normal? I might just be too used to the hustle and bustle of New York City streets *shrug* 

Anyway, back to Chinatown. The food was quite good and pretty much the same as the traditional Chinese food we have on the East Coast. We had some good meals but nothing I'd fly across the country for.

It being my first time in San Francisco, it was obligatory to see all the tourist-y attractions the city has to offer. The Golden Gate Bridge was... well, a bridge. I can appreciate architecture and design but I couldn't help chuckling to myself that according to X-Men, Magneto had destroyed the bridge already.... Alright, enough of my nonsense. 

Then there is the infamous Lombard Street which was crawling with tourists like myself. The twisty turny and steep roads of San Francisco are really amazing. Now I know why it's referred to as The Hills. I have no idea how people manage to park their cars on the slantiest of roads there. Simply amazing.

My favorite place out of the whole city during our two day visit was Twin Peaks. I think we happened upon the spot by chance because we got lost but I have never been more glad. We drove up the winding roads and parked the car at a clearing and decided to walk a bit. When you climb up to the top of the hill you get a full view of the entire city, every nook and cranny. I am quite petrified of heights so I kept low to the ground while blustering winds threatened to knock me off the hill (I looked absolutely ridiculous but it was well worth it). If you ever get a chance to visit San Francisco, definitely check this place out!

Although I expected a bit more liveliness from San Francisco, I think it's a beautiful city architecturally and perhaps there are many more hidden treasures that I have yet to discover. Have you ever been to The Hills? If so, where are your favorite places to go in the area?

Stay tuned for upcoming posts on the rest of my trip! I am planning to do some beauty, fashion, etc. related posts inbetween the travel ones so that this blog isn't all about my boring ole' life ;)


  1. I loved looking at the pix you took. I'm so envious. I want to visit SF again. The last time I was there, I was sooo sick that I didn't do anything but just go on the GG brige! LOL.

  2. I went there a couple of years ago! :]
    It wasn't all too exciting since I visited relatives and my parents' friends a majority of the time haha..
    I remember going to all those places as well. But Chinatown seemed busier than what you described..definitely not as much hustle bustle as NYC. But I think downtown(?) where all the shopping stores were was as close as it can get to NYC crowd wise. All the shops there opened late and closed much earlier than what I'm use to here LOL
    Can't wait to see the other posts!

  3. Pang: I always get sick when I go on vacation too! It makes me not want to go out at all and it sucks :( Hope you can go again sometime and explore more of the city!

    mandy: Maybe Chinatown is busier in certain streets or times. I went through the neighborhood they call Union Square and it was like a ghost town for some reason despite there being so many stores. It basically looks like our Fifth Avenue. I didn't have time (or money) to go shopping during my trip so I couldn't really see when they opened and closed.

  4. yoyoyo me too. How dissapointing! My friend and I were looking for something to eat in SF Chinatown at about 10pm since we stayed at the hilton nearby and it was completely dead. We were in shock caz even Boston Chinatown would have something great open til 2am. We rushed into a restaurant that was closing and had the worst noodles ever-_-. I expected a lot more liveiness from SF too, but it is pretty nonetheless :)

  5. I've been wanting to visit California for the longest time! The last time I went, I was 8 and we didn't even touch Chinatown/San Fran. We went to Disneyland (or is it Disneyworld...whichever one's in Cali LOL) and Universal Studios.

    How disappointing. I *would* want to visit SF for its streets/roads/buildings/architecture though because it's so different from Boston! The mid-air pics are super pretty/cool! :D

  6. Winnie: I'm glad I'm not the only one who was a bit disappointed with the city! Maybe a second trip will be more eventful :/

    Maggie: I've only been to the Disney World in Florida a couple of times but I think the one in Cali is bigger because it was always where the Disney Channel stars were at XD I've never been to Boston but I kind of want to go just to see what it's like there!


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