Stayed San Jose Marriott Hotel, review

As you might know from my blog, I’m a budget traveler. Or maybe I should say, a miserly traveler. So why am I reviewing the San Jose Marriott? Don’t worry, this isn’t one of those phantom posts about places the writer has never been to. I had the chance to stay at this hotel chain during my business trip in May to San Jose. I … Continue reading Stayed San Jose Marriott Hotel, review

Stayed: Pacific Tradewinds Backpacker Hostel, San Francisco review

Pacific Tradewinds Hostel was my second hostel in San Francisco but I booked it a lot earlier than I did San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf Hostel. I spent seven nights there and loved the location. It’s between Chinatown and the Financial District. Plus, Union Square and Market Street is within walking distance. For the facilities and location, the less-than-US$30 rate is darn cheap. The area’s also … Continue reading Stayed: Pacific Tradewinds Backpacker Hostel, San Francisco review

Stayed: San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf Hostel review

During my San Francisco trip, I had the chance to stay at two different hostel. Well, “chance” doesn’t really describe my situation. I had to book separate places because I misinterpreted my work schedule. Since I had already booked Pacific Tradewinds Hostel for seven nights so I thought that I should give San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf Hostel a try for my first night in San … Continue reading Stayed: San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf Hostel review

Falling in love…with San Francisco

I was planning to go with “I left my heart in San Francisco” as my blog title so it would mirror my San Jose entry’s song title as blog title. In the end, I decided to skip the cheesiness since it’s too predictable to use that. Anyway, I’ve fallen in love with San Francisco. Although it’s blasphemous to say this, but, yes, I’ve fallen in … Continue reading Falling in love…with San Francisco

Toured: Fisherman’s Wharf Tour with Discovery Walks SF

I picked up a pamphlet for Discovery Walks SF when I was at the airport. Since I had no plans for the day I checked in, I decided to join the Fisherman’s Wharf tour since my hostel was just nearby. I don’t think I’ve ever joined a walking tour before. Hmmm… I did try to join one in Paris but I was too stingy to … Continue reading Toured: Fisherman’s Wharf Tour with Discovery Walks SF

#FoodFri Chinese food in America

Reporting from the US of A. I had two Chinese meals on the first two days. Honestly, they were good. A 9.1 out of 10 good. Maybe it’s because they weren’t very cheap meals. The crabs were huge! One crab could feed 6 persons, seriously! The lobsters weren’t as fantastic but still good. Funny thing is, the vegetables here aren’t really chopped up nicely. I … Continue reading #FoodFri Chinese food in America