Kalayaan SF 2019

Kalayaan SF celebrates Philippine Independence every June. This event was held in downtown San Francisco’s shopping district at Union Square. This is a very busy spot on all levels (parking, people and traffic).

I had some spare time, so I decided to go check it out and was impressed. I love culture in general and to see Filipino culture displayed proudly, is inspiring. I saw good artwork, clothing, food and talent.

Kalayaan SF website

de Young Museum

I would check out local museums when they had “free admission”. Many museums double as a “night club” in the evenings.

I was glad to see that de Young was gonna do this with the event of a drag queen runway show. LOL.

I didn’t even know until I arrived. I tried to get some free soda.

After a few minutes, I went straight to the exhibitions as I had a couple hours to do so. I couldn’t go into the special or exclusive exhibits, but I did check out the regular collections and I definitely enjoyed it.

I took many pictures, my phone died…

Land’s end Trail

Definitely always a good place to visit and hike. There is also a rock sculpture and small beach access. This trail can go all the way to Seacliff neighborhood and to Golden Gate Bridge.

We didn’t fully explore this last time the Culase family – Robert (my in-laws), so this would be a good thing to do with the kids and everyone.


For Lucas’ birthday, we went to Disneyland. It is the first time my in laws have been in the original Disneyland (they have been to the one in Paris!).

We did some rides and stayed til 11pm.

Surprised that Lucas wanted to go on the Big Thunder mountain roller coaster! I told him if he got scared, just scream. While there was not sudden drops, it was fast and throw you sideways. My lil guy handled it pretty good!

Hollywood Walk of Fame

After arriving to LA for Lucas’ Bday, we went to Hollywood Walk of Fame. Yes, this is where the Stars are!

It’s actually a lot and trying to find your favorite celebrities can be difficult. In fact, I missed a couple (even Godzilla!!!)

We also ate at a Jonny Rocket’s right where it is busy on the blvd.

A huge part of the Walk of Fame, impersonators.

Foodieland Night Market

I was interested in seeing this. I’ve been to Richmond (Canada) Night Market and enjoyed it.

The cost was $10 to park and $5 to get in. Open til Midnight. I knew it was gonna be busy, plus I didn’t want to pay that $15 + the food that I would buy.

But around 10:30pm, I had an urge to go, so I did. When I arrived, I had 1 hour before closing, most vendors were done for the day and it wasn’t as packed.

While I kept it minimal, it was good to see a diversity of food in such a small area. I love foodie stuff honestly.

This event was only for 3 days and I guess this was the first one.

IG – @foodlandnm

Kamui Mintara – Playground of the Gods – Burnaby

My sister-in-law told us about Burnaby mountain. It was a nice sunny day and it would have be perfect for a nice relaxing spot.

When we got there, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The wooden structures were huge and gorgeous.

When we were driving, I saw some people climbing the log, so when went there, I immediately walked on it (on the other side there was a sign saying No climbing, I was unaware). As I was reaching the half it got windy enough that I got my pictures and came down.

It was so clear and beautiful that day, you can see downtown Vancouver BC!

Links – https://www.burnaby.ca/Things-To-Do/Explore-Outdoors/Parks/Burnaby-Mountain-Conservation-Area/Playground-of-the-Gods.html

Vancouver Lookout

I’ve been fortunate enough to experience a few high places with scenic views.

Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower, Umeda Sky building (Osaka), Space Needle and Columbia Center (Seattle), Empire state building (New York)…

But I never really pursued Vancouver Lookout as I should have. Well, this time, I wanted to check it out and with my family.

I was not disappointed. While this isn’t as high as most, I have to say it had some of the best views I’ve seen.

While the aforementioned places were great… For some reason I liked the Vancouver Lookout a lot.

Maybe the combination of water, close by mountains, city and urban worked well!

We ate at the food court before going up.

Prices weren’t bad ($18 adult) and kids (free).


Again, the views were amazing because I love the stark contrast of landscape.

I enjoyed this with my family and kids. I really liked how intrigued the kids get.

If you are in the area, check it out.


Momiji Gardens, Hastings Park

I came upon this serene Garden while going to Driven carshow. After I left the show, I decided to take some pictures because how calming I found it to be.

After looking it up, I couldn’t believe how extraordinary this place is.

” The Momiji Commemorative Garden serves as a reminder of the internment of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. “

credit – http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM3TVW_The_Momiji_Gardens_Vancouver_BC_Canada