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Palace of Fine Arts

Posted on February 28, 2010 by under Travel.    

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Here are some of my favorite pictures from the Palace of Fine Arts.

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This is my friend Pia who I hadn’t seen since our wedding in 2002. The last eight years has gone by so fast. It was wonderful to see Pia again.

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Fun picture of Becca, Jay and Brian taken at the Palace of Fine Arts.

Pia was a real trooper and drove us to several places on Friday. Her seven-seater Tahoe was perfect for driving around. The Palace of Fine Arts was just the first of many stops. Stay tuned for more pictures of all the places we visited on Friday, our first full day in San Francisco.

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Boudin

Posted on February 28, 2010 by under Food and Drink, Travel.    

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Each day that we walked to Fishermans Wharf we were greeted by the fragrant aroma of fresh-baked sourdough bread. Brian and Jay would bask under the Boudin exhaust duct to get the full aromatic experience. The delicious aroma is like a drug that you just can’t get enough of… We would always walk on the Boudin side of the street toward Fishermans Wharf. LOL.

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We worked up quite an appetite, wandering around Alcatraz. Jay and Becca had built up Boudin in their descriptions. The delicious aroma helped to seal the deal. We decided that we would go there for lunch.

In-N-Out is pretty hard to top for a first meal. We figured that Boudin could do it, just based on the smell. It’s so enticing that you just have to stop in.

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Luckily, Sheryll had a break from her busy job fair schedule and was able to join us for lunch. Sheryll is my best friend from high school. We lost touch for a while after my family moved to the US in 1993. However, we got to spend a day together in 1998 (when mom, Jenni and I returned to the Philippines for vacation). That was the last time I’d seen Sheryll. We hadn’t seen each other since then.

Sheryll and her husband Clayton had just started seeing each other around that time, I think. Now they have three wonderful kiddos: Steffano (10), Cameron (9) and Sam (6). Sam is a spitting image of Sheryll.

I’m really grateful for Facebook because it makes staying in touch so much easier. It helped Pia — who I hadn’t seen in forever (almost eight years) also — and Sheryll and I to coordinate our San Francisco meetup. It was great to see Sheryll again and it was wonderful to finally meet her family.

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But I digress… Going back to Boudin. I had a New England clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl. It was delicious!

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Everyone else had chowder also. You can’t go to Boudin and not have soup in a bread bowl! LOL.

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Alcatraz

Posted on February 26, 2010 by under Travel.    

Photo highlights from our Alcatraz tour…

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Brian, Ching and Becca

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Alcatraz Group Photo

Alcatraz was definitely one of the highlights of our San Francisco trip. It’s one of the items on Brian’s bucket list that he can finally cross off. He was adamant about going and told Jay, Becca and I several times that he would never be able to forgive us if we made him miss the Alcatraz tour. LOL.

The cool thing about the Alcatraz tour is that it is self-guided. The ferry takes you to the island and, once there, you’re pretty much free to explore on your own. There are several areas that are blocked off though, for safety reasons. You can spend as much or as little time as you like on the island. Ferries travel back and forth between the pier and Alcatraz every 30 minutes and you can return at any time.

There is a guide booklet that is available for a dollar and there’s a short informational video about Alcatraz. However, it’s the audio tour that is not to be missed. It takes about an hour or so to complete (longer if you keep pausing to take pictures like we did). LOL.

We boarded the 9:30 AM ferry and the four of us spent almost three hours touring, exploring and taking photos on the island. We probably could have returned to the pier by noon, but we missed that last ferry so we had to wait for the next one. I took 200+ pictures during our Alcatraz adventure. I couldn’t post them all here, but if you want to check them out visit my Alcatraz set on Flickr. Enjoy.

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Overheard, Chingisms

Posted on February 26, 2010 by under Life.    

While leaving the Walmart parking lot today, Brian and I almost crashed into a van that was cutting through the parking lot. Good thing Brian was alert and stepped on his breaks. Ticked off, Brian instinctively honked his horn. The guy kept on driving and, while still talking on his cellphone, managed to flash an obscene hand gesture our way.

BRIAN: What the hell?

ME: He obviously thought he had the right of way.

BRIAN: He didn’t. I hate stupid people.

ME: Chill out. It’s a parking lot.

BRIAN: But it’s so frustrating. Especially when I know I’m right.

ME: Now you know how I feel all the time.

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Anyone want all these cookbooks?

Fast forward to this afternoon when Cory stopped by after work to pick up the cookbooks we found in the attic and the souvenir shirt we got for Gavin from our San Francisco trip (see above). We chatted for a bit and he is the one who suggested that we post our old dining table on Craigslist.

CORY: Do you guys like crab?

BRIAN: Ching loves crab.

CORY: If you want a break from moving, come join us for dinner. I’m cooking crab legs tonight.

ME: We can chip in. [To Brian] Do you still have cash, babe?

CORY: I got a good deal on crab legs. Only $5 per pound.

BRIAN: [Hands a $20 to Cory] Ching can eat her weight in crab legs.

ME: Well, in that case, that’s not going to be enough. I think you’ll need your credit card.

Brian says I’ve been acting weird all day. I don’t think I’m being weird. Just a little funnier. Okay, maybe I’m a tad wackier than usual. It must be the stress of moving. LOL.

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In-N-Out Burger

Posted on February 23, 2010 by under Food and Drink, Travel.    

In-n-Out Burger

Our first meal in San Francisco was at In-N-Out Burger. LOL. Wouldn’t have been my first choice, but we had to make do because of our late arrival.

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We don’t have an In-N-Out in Wichita, so Brian and I were actually looking forward to trying it. It was actually pretty good, as greasy burgers go. LOL.

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Dinner was actually around midnight, Wichita-time. Brian and I both went to work early that day so it was a really long day for us. We were both feeling really goofy. LOL.

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In between munching and taking pictures, Jay and Becca filled us in on their first full day in San Francisco. After a full day of cruising the bay and exploring, they were practically locals. LOL.

It was really nice of them to wait for us.

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