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  • Mark Twain in San Francisco

    Mark Twain in San Francisco

    Twain’s San Francisco Years Mark Twain lived in San Francisco from 1864 to 1866, working as a journalist for several newspapers, including the San Francisco Dramatic Chronicle. The de Young Brothers The San Francisco Dramatic Chronicle was founded by teenage brothers Charles and Michael de Young on January 16, 1865. Starting as a small daily…

  • A&W at North Bay

    A&W at North Bay

    Stepping into A&W in North Bay, California, is like taking a trip down memory lane. The Coney hot dog and mushroom burger were standout dishes, perfectly capturing the essence of traditional fast food with a flavorful twist. However, the highlight of our visit was the iconic A&W float. This timeless treat, with its creamy, frothy…

  • Saap Ver burglarized

    In San Francisco, Thai restaurant Saap Ver’s owner, Kobe Aukcarapasutanun, expressed frustration after a group of thieves burglarized his establishment. The thieves, failing to enter through the locked front door, smashed a large window to gain entry. They stole a register and a safe, leaving the office in disarray. Aukcarapasutanun, awakened by a call from…

  • Jollibee opening in Downtown San Francisco

    I’m excited over this! Jollibee, the popular Filipino fast food chain, is on the verge of opening its new outlet in downtown San Francisco. After a three-year wait, the 7,400-square-foot space at 934 Market St., previously a Payless store, is showing signs of life. Recent permits and job postings hint at an imminent opening. This…

  • Day Trip to SF Premium Outlets

    Day Trip to SF Premium Outlets

    We recently visited the San Francisco Premium Outlets. Contrary to what the name suggests, it’s not located in San Francisco but lies 45 minutes drive away in Livermore. This sprawling outlet center offers a diverse range of high-end brands at discounted prices. And look, there’s even an eyelash vending machine! Whoever’s buying this needs this…

  • San Francisco Restaurant “Healthy SF Fee” Scam

    San Francisco Restaurant “Healthy SF Fee” Scam

    In recent years, San Francisco restaurants have been under scrutiny for adding a peculiar line item to their bills – the so-called “Healthy SF fee.” However, it’s essential to clarify that this fee is not what it appears to be. Contrary to what some restaurants may claim, San Francisco does not have a “Healthy SF…

  • Visiting the Marine Mammal Center

    Visiting the Marine Mammal Center

    While we didn’t spot as many sea lions this time around at the Marine Mammal Center (TMMC) — a seasonal ebb that often sees fewer pinnipeds — the center still offered a wealth of knowledge and experience. Springtime, we learned, is the best time to see more of the center’s patients as young seals and…

  • Property taxes in 2023

    Owning a home in San Francisco, especially when it’s your primary residence, comes with its unique challenges, not least of which is grappling with property taxes. If you’re like me, the arrival of that annual tax bill can send stress levels soaring. Ad Valorem Taxes The assessed value is typically set at the purchase price…

  • Growing potatoes in London

    Growing potatoes in London

    In the heart of London, my friend’s home has become an unexpected potato farm. Their backyard has some potato plants. This urban farming adventure challenges conventional gardening, proving even in a bustling city, one can harvest homegrown, earthy goodness.

  • 10 Freeway fire found to be intentional

    10 Freeway fire found to be intentional

    A recent blaze under the 10 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles, now believed to be an act of arson, has caused significant disruption and raised urgent safety concerns. California Governor Gavin Newsom and Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass held a press conference to address the situation, emphasizing the severity of the incident and its implications…

  • Waymo’s Self-Driving Car in San Francisco

    Waymo’s Self-Driving Car in San Francisco

    San Francisco’s vibrant streets just got more futuristic with Waymo’s self-driving Jaguar I-PACE. We booked the vehicle through Waymo’s app. Boarding is pretty straightforward, the car didn’t stop at where we indicated and we had to go to the adjacent block to board. There’s an interactive screen offers options including music selection. You can set…

  • Biden and Xi to Meet in San Francisco

    President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping are scheduled to meet next month in San Francisco during the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit. This is a significant development in international relations, marking the first meeting between the leaders in the United States since Biden took office. The APEC forum is a cornerstone for…

  • Volunteers Mobilize for Recall Against Alameda DA Pamela Price

    The recall campaign against Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price is gaining traction as volunteers and activists hit the streets of East Oakland on Sunday. Many of these volunteers have lost family members to gun violence and are deeply dissatisfied with Price’s criminal justice policies, which they claim prioritize criminals over victims. James Burch, deputy…

  • California Governor Rejects Free Condoms in High Schools Due to Budget Constraints

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed Senate Bill 541, which aimed to provide free condoms to public high school students across the state. Despite acknowledging the importance of improving adolescent sexual health, Newsom cited the bill as too costly, particularly given California’s current budget deficit of over $30 billion. The program was estimated to cost in…

  • California Governor Veto Stalls Legalization of Certain Psychedelics

    California Governor Gavin Newsom recently vetoed a bill aiming to legalize certain psychedelic substances in the state. The legislation, which had garnered significant support, was introduced by Senator Scott Weiner and was seen as a progressive step in treating mental health conditions. Senator Weiner, in his public statement, expressed that the veto is a “setback…

  • A Visit to York Street Cafe at Embarcadero

    A Visit to York Street Cafe at Embarcadero

    With a mission to revitalize downtown San Francisco, Vacant to Vibrant focuses on repurposing unused or abandoned spaces into dynamic venues. Through community participation, these spaces metamorphose into vibrant locales that not only serve the local residents but also attract visitors from far and wide. While the BART ride over was surprisingly empty, the cafe…

  • Unforgettable Pandan Waffles at The Hainan Story

    Unforgettable Pandan Waffles at The Hainan Story

    If you’re looking for a unique culinary experience that fuses tradition with a touch of modernity, look no further than The Hainan Story’s Pandan Waffles. Yes, you read that right—pandan waffles! This delightful treat perfectly embodies the spirit of The Hainan Story, where the essence of Hainanese cuisine is celebrated and reimagined. These waffles are…

  • San Francisco’s Fleet week 2023

    San Francisco’s Fleet week 2023

    Thankfully the government shutdown is avoided. One of the most remarkable aspects of San Francisco Fleet Week is its Parade of Ships, hailed as the largest of its kind on the West Coast. Accompanied by the San Francisco Fire Department’s lead escort, a fireboat brilliantly shot jets of water into the air, offering an awe-inspiring…

  • Back from Hiatus

    Hey folks, long time no blog! I know it’s been a while since my last post, and I wanted to take a moment to update you on what I’ve been up to during my one-year hiatus. Firstly, my day job has been keeping me incredibly busy. I love the challenges and the rush, but it…

  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein Returns Home to San Francisco

    Got a moment to pause and reflect. The skies over San Francisco cleared up as if to pay respects, welcoming the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein back to her hometown on Saturday evening. The Senator passed away at age 90 in her D.C. home but chose to return to her roots rather than lie in state…

  • Beware of Rising SMS Scams: My Recent Encounters with Fake USPS Messages

    I’ve noticed a worrisome trend recently—I’ve been flooded with SMS scams, many of which claim to be from the USPS. In an age where digital communication is so prevalent, it’s crucial to stay vigilant and not fall for these devious tactics. Speaking of Informed Delivery, I actually still don’t have that. I’m not sure how…