Top 11 Things to do and Attractions in San Francisco USA

There are countless things to do and attractions in San Francisco USA really and this post merely touches the surface. Nonetheless, if you’re heading to San Francisco, we hope this list of things to do and attractions in San Francisco can kick start your visit and give you an idea of what you might like to do there!


Things to do in San Francisco USA

1. Endless Dining Options!

There are so many dining options in San Francisco and we’re gonna introduce some of the yummilicious stuff that we had during our visit!

 Pizza Bianca Con Arugula E Prosciutto - Fresh mozzarella, fontina cheeses, prosciutto, arugula, shaved parmesan and white truffle oil
Pizza Bianca Con Arugula E Prosciutto – Fresh mozzarella, fontina cheeses, prosciutto, arugula, shaved parmesan and white truffle oil (Umbria Italian Restaurant)

 Rice noodle roll with BBQ pork with yummy soy sauce
Rice noodle roll with BBQ pork with yummy soy sauce (Great Eastern Restaurant Chinatown)

 Dungeness Crab roasted in garlic and olive oil
Dungeness Crab roasted in garlic and olive oil (Fisherman’s Grotto Restaurant)

 Clam Chowder in a sour dough bread bowl
Clam Chowder in a sour dough bread bowl (Fisherman’s Wharf)

 Linguini with meatballs at Fior d'Italia - Possibly the best pasta ever eaten! (17USD)
Linguini with meatballs at Fior d’Italia (San Remo Hotel) – Possibly the best pasta ever eaten! (17USD)

 Cannoli (Very expensive at $4.5USD!)
Cannoli (Very expensive at $4.5USD!)

2. Steep Slopes of San Francisco

 Cars are advised to park perpendicular to the slope - Haight Park San Francisco
Cars are advised to park perpendicular to the slope – Haight Park San Francisco

San Francisco is built upon steep slopes and as a result, many picturesque views can be derived at the top or bottom of these slopes. Do enjoy these views as one of the things to do in San Francisco!


San Francisco Attractions

3. San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf

San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf is surely one of the main tourist attractions. You can learn about the history, see the various attractions and of course savour the freshest sea food! This section will cover some of the things and attractions at San Franciso’s Fisherman’s Wharf!

 Fisherman's Grotto @ Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco - Where we had our lunch
Fisherman’s Grotto @ Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco – First restaurant to be opened at the wharf

 Sea Lions of Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco
Sea Lions of Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco – Arrived by themselves and decided to stay!

Boudin Bakery & Cafe - Famous for its sourdough bread (since 1849)
Boudin Bakery & Cafe – Famous for its sourdough bread (since 1849)

4. Historic Cable Cars of San Francisco

The Cable Car is one of the most iconic attractions in San Francisco. Invented by Andrew Smith Hallidie to overcome the steep slopes of San Francisco, it was one of the main modes of transport in the early part of the 20th century.

 About an hours wait for the cable car (6USD one way) at the edge of San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf
About an hours wait for the cable car (6USD one way) at the edge of San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf

5. Historic F Line

 Historic F Line San Francisco
Historic F Line San Francisco

6. The Crookedest Street in San Francisco – Lombard Street

To overcome this steep slope at Lombard Street, a series of winds and curvatures were designed on this street making it the crookedest street in San Francisco, attracting many visitors, tourists and locals alike, daily!

 View from the top of Lombard Street - The Crookedest Street in San Francisco
View from the top of Lombard Street – The Crookedest Street in San Francisco

 Coit Tower and Bay Bridge San Francisco
Other views from Lombard Street – Coit Tower and Bay Bridge San Francisco

 Alcatraz Federal Prison seen at the top of Lombard Street - Crookedest Street in San Francisco
Other views from Lombard Street – Alcatraz Federal Prison seen at the top of Lombard Street – Crookedest Street in San Francisco

7. Golden Gate Bridge

One of the main reasons why we decided to make another trip to USA (West Coast this time round) is because of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. But we did something better this time, we drove through it and this is the video of that drive!


Driving through Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco!

8. Chinatown

The Chinatown of San Francisco is not only the oldest Chinatown in America, it also offers many picturesque locations, souvenir options and of course great tasting Chinese fare.

 Chinatown San Francisco attraction
Chinatown San Francisco

9. Ferry Building – The Embarcadero

The clock tower atop the Ferry Building is surely one of the picturesque location in San Francisco. On Saturdays, there is also the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market where you can find many local farmers set up tents to sell their produce. Do try the peaches there, they’re REALLY SWEET!!

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Ferry Building San Francisco

10. Golden Gate Park

There are many attractions at Golden Gate Park where visitors and locals will head to over the weekends…

 Golden Gate Park San FranciscoGolden Gate Park San Francisco

 Japanese Tea Garden San Francisco
Japanese Tea Garden

 Fountain at Music Concourse
Fountain at Music Concourse

11. Haight Ashbury

Haight Ashbury is known for its hippie culture and it is evident from this picture below. The atmosphere is really lively and there are many trendy little shops here. Had great tasting sandwiches at the Panini Cafe as well!

 Haight Ashbury San Francisco
Haight Ashbury San Francisco

Ice Mocha (4USD), Bagel with cheese and avocado(4USD) and the Italian Panini(7.5USD) @ Panini Cafe!Ice Mocha (4USD), Bagel with cheese and avocado(4USD) and the Italian Panini(7.5USD) @ Panini Cafe!

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Things to do and Attractions in San Francisco

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Monkey Goes West by W!ld Rice!

Monkey Goes West is W!ld Rice‘s year end holiday musical for 2014. We’ve caught the musical and here’s the review of Monkey Goes West – just for you!


Monkey Goes West Musical Review

 Monkey Goes West by W!ld Rice
Monkey Goes West by W!ld Rice

 Monkey Goes West @ Victoria Theatre
Monkey Goes West @ Victoria Theatre

 Entrance to Victoria Theatre for Monkey Goes West
Entrance to Victoria Theatre for Monkey Goes West

 Monkey Goes West @ Victoria Theatre
Monkey Goes West @ Victoria Theatre


Synopsis of Monkey Goes West

The matinee session that we attended started at 2:30pm and ended at 5:15pm. The entire musical took approximately 2hrs 20 minutes with a 15 minutes intermission in between.

The first half of the musical shows Ah Tang (played by Joshua Lim), the star of the show, falling out with his adoptive parents. He runs away from home and finds himself at Haw Par Villa where he meets with the Monkey King (played by Sugie Phua) who was punished to be placed under the 5 finger mountain. Ah Tang frees Monkey King and they begin their journey to the West in a mystical world of demons and fantasy. Along the way, Ah Tang meets Pigsy (played by Frances Lee) and Sandy (played by Siti Khalijah Zainal) who joins him in his journey to the West.

After the intermission, the party of 4 meets their obstacle – the fire mountain. The only way to quench the fire is to use Princess Iron Fan’s (played by Chua En Lai) fan who is also the wife of King Bull (played by Lim Kay Siu). Monkey King then uses ways and means to get the fan…

A typical conversation between Ah Tang and Monkey King goes something like this…

Ah Tang : Wu Kong (referring to Monkey King), you should do it (referring to using the fan to put out the fire from fire mountain)

Wu Kong : Master, zhe si ne eh journey (translating to “Master, it’s your journey (you should use the fan)”)

and

Ah Tang : Wu Kong, what should I do now?

Monkey King : Actually…Master, zhe bo wa eh dai ji (translating to “Actually…Master, it’s none of my business”)

At the end of the journey, Ah Tang learns a few things about himself. What did he learn? Catch the musical to find out!

 Casts of Monkey Goes West
Cast of Monkey Goes West

 Applause for the cast of Monkey Goes West
Applause for the cast of Monkey Goes West


Review of Monkey Goes West

Monkey Goes West is a laugh out loud musical and is the perfect year end holiday musical for all Singaporeans. As for non-Singaporeans who would like to catch the show, there are more than several phrases in hokkien and it would be recommended for you to bring along a Singaporean friend to do some translation.

What we loved about the show is how the characters took every possible opportunity to interact with the audience. Throughout the show, we could hear the audience (especially kids) shouting and telling the characters what to do and to be aware of impending dangers. Kudos to the production team in going to great lengths to get the audience involved throughout the musical.

There are ups and downs, fun and laughter as well as lessons to be learnt at the end of the musical!

Everyone should catch Monkey Goes West!


Ticket Prices and Discounts for Monkey Goes West

Ticket Pricing

Previews: 21 Nov 2014, 7.30pm & 22 Nov 2014, 2.30pm
Standard: S$70, S$60, S$45

Tue – Thu: 7.30pm
Thu: 2.30pm
Standard: S$75, S$65, S$50

Fri & Sat: 7.30pm
Sat & Sun: 2.30pm
Standard: S$80, S$70, S$55

Discounts from 23rd October onwards
– Discounts available for Students, Senior Citizens, Full time NSFs, OCBC Cardmembers, SAFRA, PAssion, British Club and IKEA FAMILY Card Members

OCBC Family Package – Limited Availability
– 25% discount for Family of 2 Adults and 2 Children (16 years and below)

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Monkey Goes West Wild Rice

Monkey Goes West Wild Rice

Enjoy W!ld Rice’s year end holiday musical – Monkey Goes West!

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Top 8 Things to do and Attractions in Seattle USA!

While you may already know that there are many things to do and attractions in Seattle USA and that Seattle is home to many top companies such as Amazon, Starbucks and Microsoft, there are also many attractions that you may wish to visit while you’re here. In this post, we’ll cover the top 8 things to do and attractions in Seattle that you should not miss!


Things to do in Seattle USA

1. Metropolitan Grill Seattle – For the best lava cake ever?!

Located at 820 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104, United States, Metropolitan Grill is famed for its prime beef cuts and this time, Kate made arrangements for us to visit this upscale joint (remember to make reservations to avoid disappointment!) to have a taste of its legendary grills but we left with another recommendation…

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The Works Burger – 15 USD

 8 oz Filet Mignon - 56USD at Metropolitan Grill Seattle
8 oz Filet Mignon – 56USD at Metropolitan Grill Seattle

 Chocolate Lava Cake at Metropolitan Grill for 12USD
Chocolate Lava Cake at Metropolitan Grill for 12USD

After having the Works Burger (great tasting American-styled burger btw) and the juicy and flavourful filet mignon, you’d think that we would recommend these at Metropolitan Grill. Well, if you can only drop by for a quick afternoon tea, you MUST try the chocolate lava cake! For details of why we say so, do visit our post covering Metropolitan Grill!

2. Crab Pot Sea Feast – For a “hands-on” experience!

After seeing the recommendation by Adam Richman on Man versus Food, we decided that we HAD to experience the Crab Pot Sea Feast for ourselves. No regrets here. The pictures speak for themselves…

 Our order of the Westport sea feast at the Crab Pot Seattle
Our order of the Westport sea feast at the Crab Pot Seattle (Before)

 The
The “after math” of Westport sea feast at the crab pot Seattle. All wiped out – every last bit of it! (And After)

3. Seattle Underground Tour by Bill Speidel – To know more about the history of Seattle

Seattle Underground Tour started as a conservation effort by journalist Bill Speidel. But because of his style of articulation (usually intertwined with humour and hard truths), the conservation has since evolved into tours of the “underground city of Seattle” today.

 Underground Tour Seattle
Underground Tour Seattle

We shall not ruin the fun by telling you everything about the tour (which we already did in our post on Seattle Underground Tour by Bill Speidel) but we will tell you this, the Seattle City that we know today, actually re-built upon the former city itself! Why and how? Join this interesting, fun, humorous and informative tour to find out! Yes, it is, in our opinion, one of the MUST DO THINGS IN SEATTLE!

4. Gas Work Park – For the best views of Seattle’s skyline

Besides Kerry Park View Point, you can also check out Gas Work Park for a splendid view of Seattle’s city skyline!

 Seattle City Skyline with Space Needle as seen from Gas Works Park
Seattle City Skyline with Space Needle as seen from Gas Works Park

While you’re at it, why not drop by Le Fournil Bakery for some great tasting pastries enroute?


Seattle Attractions

5. Seattle Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass – Seattle’s Top Attractions

 The Seattle Space Needle
The Seattle Space Needle

 Huge glass sculptures at Chihuly Garden and Glass
Huge glass sculptures at Chihuly Garden and Glass

Both Seattle Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass are iconic attractions in Seattle. If you have the time (and money), these are attractions in Seattle that are not to be missed! Do check out the restaurant at the top of the Space Needle for gourmet food with great views!

6. World’s First Starbucks in Seattle – For a quick touristy shot

Yes, the world’s 1st Starbucks was founded in Seattle and it is located close to Pike Place Market. Do stop by to do a “been there done that” shot of this Starbucks. To ensure that you arrive at the correct Starbucks (there are 2 in the vicinity of Pike Place Market), do check out our post on the World’s First Starbucks in Seattle to find out more!

 Small Starbucks Seattle with a
Small Starbucks with a “1912” at its entrance

7. Pike Place Market – To feel the vibe of Seattle!

No other attractions tells of the life and vibe of Seattle more than Pike Place Market, making it one of the must visit attractions in Seattle. Since we cannot show it through mere pictures alone, we decided to video and hopefully you too can experience and feel the vibrancy at Pike Place Market!


Feel the vibe at Pike Place Market Seattle!

8. Gum Wall @ Post Alley – Sweet smell or Disgust?

A side attraction in Seattle near Pike Place Market, would be the Gum Wall @ Post Alley. Whether it is the sweet smell of the gums or the disgusting thought that so many have spat there, it certainly is a sight to behold…


Gum Wall @ Post Alley – An unusual Seattle Attraction

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Yu Garden Shanghai : Discover the secrets within!

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Resorts World Sentosa Hotels : Deals @ 50% OFF!

Hey everyone!

We just stumbled upon a really great deal at Agoda!

Hotels at Resorts World Sentosa are at 50% OFF! Check out these fantastic deals at Hard Rock Hotel, Festive Hotel, Hotel Michael and Equarius Hotel

 Hard Rock Hotel Singapore
Hard Rock Hotel Singapore
 Festive Hotel Resorts World Sentosa
Festive Hotel Resorts World Sentosa
Hotel Michael Resorts World Sentosa
Hotel Michael Resorts World Sentosa
Equarius Hotel Resorts World Sentosa
Equarius Hotel Resorts World Sentosa

Although we’re not sure when the deals are valid till but we’ve manually tested the dates and it seems that they are valid from now till 10th December 2014! There are also limited rooms for this offer!

If you’re thinking of doing a staycation or visiting Singapore during this period, act fast, book now!

Happy Travels Everyone!

Tom,
2bearbear.com

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Sharky’s Yangon Myanmar!

Sharky’s in Yangon Myanmar is a classy restaurant founded by a local chef who spent 20 years in Switzerland. As a result, Sharky’s brings about a delicious European meal that is palatable for Asian’s alike. As its slogan “Food and Passion” suggests, it really brings quality food to the local community. Food made with passion!

 Sharky's Yangon Myanmar
Sharky’s in Yangon Myanmar


What to eat at Sharky’s Yangon Myanmar

Sharky's Menu
Sharky’s Menu

From the menu, you’ll realise that the food is actually quite expensive, even for Singapore standards. Having said that, the quality does make up for the price and you’ll see why…

 Table setting at Sharky's Yangon Myanmar
Table setting at Sharky’s Yangon Myanmar

 Cocktail salads at Sharky's
Cocktail salads at Sharky’s

 Sharky's prosciutto thin crust pizza
Sharky’s prosciutto thin crust pizza – 8000 myanmar kyat ($10.50 sgd)

According to regulars at Sharky’s, the cheese here is top notch. And after sinking into it’s prosciutto thin crust pizza, we’ve got to agree. The thinly sliced prosciutto was a perfect complement to the rich cheesy flavours oozing with every bite. The thin crust and arugula adds a dimension of texture to the overall taste of the pizza that’s just perfect!

 Sharky's Foie Gras with Beef
Sharky’s Foie Gras with Beef – 14000 kyat ($18sgd)

If you’re visiting Sharky’s Yangon Myanmar, we’d definitely recommend having the foie gras! By looking at the picture above, wouldn’t you want to have just a bite of it? The chef who thought of foie gras over beef is simply a genius! The fatty, flavourful and tender foie gras will first melt in your mouth and when you start to chew the beef slice over the foie gras, you soon realise that you are chewing on the beef with the awesome flavours of the foie gras.

Just pure genius!

 Sharky's classic burger
Sharky’s classic burger – 17000 kyat ($22sgd)

On the onset, the burger doesn’t look much and its VERY EXPENSIVE for Myanmar standards. Even for Singapore standards, its above the average price. However, upon the first bite, you’ll soon realise why the aged beef from Sharky’s Yangon Myanmar is really different.

Just one word really… TENDER!!!

The question then is…

“Is all the work and time placed into aging beef, really necessary?”

On the first bite, you’ll start to understand what the fuss over “aged beef” is all about. You’ll first bite into the tenderness of the beef but after chewing, the flavours of the beef is slowly released with each and every bite. Truly a work of art. Shiok!


How to get to Sharky’s Yangon Myanmar


Map of Sharky’s in Yangon Myanmar

Sharky’s is located at 117, Dhammazedi Road, Yangon, Myanmar. If you have taken a look at the pictures above, you’ll find that one of the themes of the restaurant is also classic movie posters…

 Scarlet Angel Poster
Scarlet Angel Poster

 Buccaneer's Girl Poster
Buccaneer’s Girl Poster

So if you want to enjoy a classy atmosphere and quality (and we mean really good quality) food in Yangon, look no further than Sharky’s Yangon Myanmar!

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Sharky's Yangon Myanmar

Sharky’s Yangon Myanmar

Tell us more about your experience at Sharky’s Yangon Myanmar in our comments section below!

P.S. Don’t forget to try the pistachio cranberry ice cream! One of the best ice cream we’ve EVER tasted!

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National Museum of Singapore : A MUST VISIT Singapore Attraction!

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Singapura 700 Years : Latest Singapore Exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore

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Angry Birds Activity Park Johor Bahru at Komtar JBCC!

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Angry Birds Activity Park makes its debut in Southeast Asia at the Komtar JBCC in Johor Bahru! Making its debut on 31st October 2014, Angry Birds Activity Park adds to the suite of kids attractions in the state of Johor … Continue reading

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Metropolitan Grill Seattle : Are the steaks worth it?

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Steaks are the name of the game at Metropolitan Grill in Seattle and Kate heard about it and surprised me with a visit while we were in Seattle… About Metropolitan Grill Seattle Facade of Metropolitan Grill Seattle Inside Metropolitan Grill … Continue reading

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