Won’t you save me San Francisco?



IT has been eight years since I started working and I haven’t had a proper vacation in ages. Excluding a few quick weekends in between, vacations often meant going to the mall and watching Scandal all day.

My dad changed my definition of vacation when he gifted our entire family a trip to US to visit family we haven’t seen in ages. Our stops included Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and lastly San Francisco.

This is my first time in San Francisco and since it’s the only place we didn’t have family and was on our own for the first time. Stationed in Holiday Inn in Fisherman’s Wharf, we had no clue how to get from one place to another but thankfully God sends his angels at the right time and this was true for our Tito, Warren Marcos.

 ryan Morales, country manager of Google Philippines PHOTO BY ABBY PALMONES

ryan Morales, country manager of Google Philippines PHOTO BY ABBY PALMONES

After being here for three weeks, we have come to understand that Americans are extremely busy and most of the time, vacationers are left to explore the city on our own. It was fun to be more than just tourists and to travel the way the locals do but since we only had three days to explore San Francisco, we wanted to explore as much as we can and this is the reason why we are thankful for Tito Warren for taking us everywhere.

We left the comforts of San Francisco to travel the different parts of the famed “bay area” to visit Silicon Valley (the dork in me took a million photos at Facebook and Google), Palo Alto, and even the home of the Warriors, the “Roar-acle”. Tito Warren also patiently brought us to all the outlets where we spent hours trying to find the best deals.

We also had a few “uh-oh” moments when our tire literally blew up in the middle of the Bay Bridge and we had to change it right there. We also had the experience of their “police” cameras when we took a wrong turn on the Fast Track.

But despite all that, San Francisco still turned out to be everything I expected. Truly, it’s a blessing when you are placed at the right place at exactly the right time with the right people.

It is true that when you travel, your perspective of the world changes. What used to be such a big deal back home is now seen as minute. Traveling with family is also a blessing because who else would you want to spend the most precious moments of life with? This trip was the restart I needed just in time for my 27th year and I couldn’t wait to see what’s next.

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  1. …but Carla…you never mentioned…Twin Peaks, Fort point under the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Seal Rocks at the Cliff Hosue and Ocean Beach.

    A short ride from The City’s Ocean Beach along the coast into Pacifica with its beautiful views of the hills, beaches, and Pedro Point in the near distance.

    And over the Golden Gate Bridge a short ride down into Sausalito and lunch along the water.

    And returning to the City before going onto the bridge and taking the right turn out to a view road of the Golden Gate, the City , the Bridge, and even the East Bay and the “other” Bridge, and the ships entering the Golden Gate coming all the way from Manila and Davao City.

    What a wonderful City of views…then go to that SillyCon Valley…

    Charles Chim