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.

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

Hyde St Pier with Ship

Hyde st Pier offers free walking along the docks, but if you want to go on the ships, the price is $15 for an adult. Lucas and Jacob were free!!! So we checked out all the ships and they had fun.

The ships were pretty amazing with the ferry having some old cars!!!

Levi’s Plaza

After going up and down to Coit Tower, I took my boys to play near the water structure at Levi’s Plaza.

There is are steps that go around it and Lucas had so much fun doing it.

Western Railway Museum and Santa Train Ride 2018

In the US, I feel trains have been ignored because of political reasons. This goes with coal and cars. While visiting Europe and Japan, it is totally different. Their train systems are pretty much depended up. Japan’s trains are on another level of reliable transportation.

With that said, the rise of highways and cars have severely limited the trains outside of big city areas (that’s always questionable too).

I love trains and I wanted to bring my kids to a museum.

Western Railway is the closest museum, but also there is a Santa train ride.

It was a pretty decent drive, maybe about an hour. It was raining too, so that kinda made it difficult to enjoy the outside.

There are many volunteers here and there is always ongoing restoration of the some of the trains (you’ll see my pictures below).

While I do think $20 was steep, it went to the museum and for a good cause.

$20 a person.

We sprinted quickly to the train shed because it was decent rain coming down.

The train went down the tracks and eventually stopped off at a park. I believe during the other seasons, the trains go this location and events are usually happening such as BBQs or Easter egg hunts or Halloween stuff such as pumpkin patch and hay maze.

Just past where we started, we come upon Santa’s area. Free cup of jo and cookies.

After everyone has met and taken pictures with Santa, we got back on and went to the train shed. This is typically where some trains were stored. There was another building, but I believe that was a private tour in which I didn’t have time for.

But I did like to check out the trains in the shed. Many old SF ones!

Website: Western Railway Museum

Muni Heritage Weekend + SF Railway Museum 2018

I found out it was Muni Heritage weekend. I wanted to take my kids to check it out. I found out that it is also near the SF Railway Museum and so that made it even better!

When we arrived in the Plaza, there were 2 vehicles for people to take pictures. A bus and cable car.

Across the street was the SF Railway Museum.



The heritage fleet (classic bus and streetcars) were giving free rides. Depending on which bus you want to ride, it would give you a scenic route. The vintage vehicles were FREE!!!

We only got to ride on bus and then got on “the boat” streetcar for Pier 39.




SF Railway Museum was small, but very cool. The history was awesome and there were some cool items to buy. I personally loved the history that is show here!!!