Posts tagged ‘United States’

September 11, 2011

September 11 Tenth Anniversary

Prayers for everyone who were and are still affected by September 11.

I never really understood the severity of that event, being thousands & thousands of miles away from the United States. Vividly remember that everyone was shocked and there were plenty of news talks etc about it. However, my recent trip to the 9/11 memorial preview site near Ground Zero had me teared up. It rips the heart inside out. Those survivors’ verbal accounts, remnants of steel pieces, all the footage, first responders’ sacrifices and evidence of that unfortunate event. My heart goes out to those who were affected in one way or another. May the innocent souls who lost their lives, rest in peace.

More on ceremonies to remember victims

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September 5, 2011

[Travelnotes] San Francisco, California

The journey:
Singapore-Hong Kong – 3 hours 45 mins and 1 hour refuel stop
Hong Kong-San Francisco – 17 hours 35 mins
Duration: 5 days, 4 night

[1] Good Hotel – Our hotel is located pretty near to Market Street and the shopping district. Good enough 🙂 Cute and very clean room. Apparently, the hotel was designed to inspire the “good in us all”.

[2] Union Square San Fran Visitor Information Centre (get all the brochures/maps you need and Muni passport (for unlimited bus/train/cable car rides)), Macy’s, Forever 21, Gap etc etc etc etc etc. All those sites I shop from..they are all physically here and I swear I flipped on the first day.

[3] Chinatown

Dim Sum – tried some stuff from a recommended dim sum shop (no idea what’s the name because the boyfriend did the research and I just well, tagged along) and another dim sum place (which offers proper tables & seats). The char siew baos weren’t great but I have to say I love the egg tarts to death. But nothing has beaten the memory of delicious dim sum from Yat Tung Heen – Eaton Hotel, Hong Kong yet.

American Ginseng for the sister from a little shop at Clay Street.

[4] Lombard Street, San Francisco’s Crookedest Street Nothing much but super crowded. Just a place to snap pics..I suppose a touristy spot to fulfill the San Francisco tourist eligibility. The real fun was when me managed to squeeeze (and I really mean squeeze and hang on)  on to the cable car ride downhill. Super cool. That’s the only time too because the queues for cable cars are always crazy long.

[5] Hyde Street Pier, Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf etc

It was really refreshing the first time we got to the piers. However, after 4 days I think we have enough of sea gulls, sea breeze and sunshine. Some highlights were Musee Mecanique (must visit! we love it so much – all those vintage mechanical games), USS Pampanito (submarine museum and memorial), Ghirardelli Square and piping hot clam chowder with oyster crackers.

[6] Stow Lake & Golden Gate Park – My least favourite place. Needless to say, I was never a nature lover. Well, the boyfriend was happy to see trees and sunlight and roses, I have no idea why.

[7] Haight Ashbury – Real hippy place! Wished we had visited earlier as most shops were already closed by the time we got there. Dined at Asqew Grill, total LOVE! slurps.

[8] Alcatraz – I wasn’t too excited about this tour initially but the IHOP breaky was an awesome start to the day. It wasn’t too bad; the audio tour was really good and the place didn’t turn out as spooky as I expected.

[9] Golden Gate Bridge – In awe of the structure and view. I realize I am much more of a building person than a tree person. People in the cars driving past the bridge were spontaneous and funny; waving, cheering and saying hellos.

[10] Japantown – Tried a recommended Japanese curry cafe called On the Bridge Cafe. Simple but quite good.

[11] 4th July Fireworks – Super crowded as expected but we went with the flow. It was a pleasant experience to watch “foreign” fireworks. The weather was cool so even though it was crowded, it was tolerable and people were courteous.

This is a backlog post that I intended to post a month ago. I am not the right person to even write about this. Simply because I was never the planner and have practically zero knowledge of what/where we were going to. I would always admit truthfully that I am nasty travel partner and so itineraries are required to contain 90% non-nature, non-exciting activities. Hence, this ain’t the best of San Fran yet 🙂