San Diego Calling

IMG_0054San Diego is my third home. San Fransisco is my second.

It’s literally only a couple hours away from my home. I go to the beaches a lot more there compared to my hometown. I just love it.  The vibes, the community, and the diverse cultures they have there. It’s like LA but smaller.

I’ve always wanted to try different places every I go and I like to try new things as well. I am a somewhat picky eater but I try to be open-minded about it. I still can’t eat fig just yet. It may look appealing to me but the inside doesn’t appeal so well for me.

So anyways. I stayed with my friend who is currently attending at UCSD for three days. In three days, we’ve gone to the beaches. She’s a sunset chaser and would grab any opportunity to find a good place to take pictures of the incredible sun slash beach. FYI, it was cold af as well.

On Saturday, my friend picked me up and we had pho before we left my hometown. She was coming down with sniffles. I took her to one of my favorite pho places when I grew up and this is when my sister took me there with the family. Ever since it was champ still. I love their Thai drink. It is an affordable place too. We caught up a bit and we were on our way!

It was bad timing since it’s Saturday and a lot of people are going out of town during President’s Day weekend. We decided to cut the traffic by exiting in Oceanside and catch the sunset, of course. It was also perfect timing because I updated my phone and it comes with an awesome camera lens. I was amazed by how this phone takes good photos. It was cold! It was nice to get out of the car and stretch our bodies but like damn, it’s cold! We were there for a while until my friend found a lost wallet. She wanted to give the wallet back, so we went to the address on his driver’s license, I mean, what would you do if you find someone’s wallet somewhere at the beach? If you were me, I would’ve left it. If you were my friend, she felt that if I were that person, that person would want it back. I was pretty proud of her. So, she returned the wallet and we were on the way to her place. We made a plan with our former roommate/friend to meet up at a bar.

Once we got there, we got ready and we picked her up on the way. I was so excited because I have not seen her for a while and it was a good vibe as well. We caught up while we got there. We went to a bar called Craft & Commerce, We found out that it was crowded and we were in the process of finding a different bar when we realized there is a hidden bar (speakeasy) inside the bar. A bar within a bar. So cool, right? We were going to walk out of the bar to find a bar called False Idol and it was like right in front of us. We decided to wait. While we waited, we ordered drinks from Craft & Commerce and the spot was tight though.  We

IMG_0129On Sunday, it was nice, I slept in a little but still early. My friend got up early. Today was gonna be mellow. We were gonna get tacos at Tacos El Gordo.  I haven’t had it for so long, it tasted so good. Then she showed me around Coronado Island in the car. We decided to stop by at a cute coffee shop with a flower shop. We stayed a couple of hours and then. We went back to her area to get some dessert then chilled.

Ah! Now, I remember. We went to this really cool bar and it comes with reservation. I knew she was tired but it was worth it! Even the drinks and the food itself as well.

I don’t really remember the next day when she dropped me off home. But I remembered that I fell on that day when we went down the beach to explore the low tides. We also saw the double rainbow on the drive back to LA. But that’s the remaining of my San Diego Trip!

I lagged so much on this post. I know.


5 Fun Things To Do With Your Friends

When your friend tells you that they will be coming to your place to visit and should plan something, you automatically think of food. Yup, that’s me. But then, most of you are guilty of thinking that first. Am I right? But no! We should think of something fun to do when your friends are coming to town. I can only think a few things you (we) should do. It is not staying in your apartment and #hayaflop kind of thing; especially when it is a nice day outside. Consider these five fun things you should do with your friends 🙂

  1. Visit Downtown LA. Take up the chance to go to LA. There are a lot of things you can do there! Whether if it’s food, beach, or arts. Be local and walk around the area. Google or Yelp places that are trending and that might help you see what LA have to offer. Take a short day or a long day if you have time and tell your friends to come! (Carpool rules!)
  2. Find food place you haven’t try together. Yes, as much as I’m trying to avoid saying this but it’s true! My friends and I would be scrolling on Yelp looking for places to try, and we sometimes feedback on each other with our food. img_3069.jpegThere are a lot of places you can try with your friends! As a foodie,I’m always looking for local food to support their local businesses. Of course, it may be an Instagram picture opportunity, but I’m there for the food mostly, haha. Support your local businesses and show them some love!
  3. Have a Beach Day Out. Look out in the window and see if it’s a beautiful day. If it is a beautiful day and nice weather with sun out and little breezy, then it is a perfect day for you to plan a beach day! There are Malibu, Venice, Santa Monica, Long Beach, Manhattan, Redondo, or even Huntington beach.Choose whatever is close you or if you’re feeling spontaneous, go far!  Get some vitamin D and always put sun lotion to protect your skin.
  4. Check out Instagram – Trending Photo Ops. There are a lot of murals and backdrops that you can use for your Instagram and it is fun to include your friends too! I did a much of Instagram opportunities with just myself and friends. It’s nice if you also take your friend’s picture as well. While you’re there at an awesome place, check your surroundings and try something new there! It can be a place that has vintage stores or dessert place.
  5. Museum Goers. Evey month, there’s always a museum that is worth to check out. Plan with your friends to check out at least 2 different museums. Occasionally, museums change themes.So it’s not always the same every time you go. Some museums don’t change at all. Absorbs some history and arts with your friends and it’s a nice leisure walk around as well. I love going to museums (I need to go see a museum soon). Each museum, I will try to purchase something from the museum. The last time I remember, I bought Mucha book from either LACMA or Getty Museum. I like to keep a book collection of my favorite artists nowadays. I sometimes use them as a reference whenever I draw or paint. So book a day to go check some museums!

So far, these are what I can come up with if you’re struggling to plan a day with your friends and it’s nice to go out as well. If you’re on a money-budget, there are some places that you don’t even that to spend a cent! There are no excuses for not going out, unless if it is a personal reason… However, do some research and plan before you go (best to rresearch a day or two before the actual day). And if you all broke and would like to save some extra money for the week, you can stay home and do some activities. Like card games or board games, do some short exercises where you all can laugh at each other struggling to hold a position, or tv/movie bingeing :). I hope these help you guys to start stimulating your brain cells. Catch a glimpse of Haya later ^-^