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Typhoon Saloon, PB Bar & Grill, Surfside Sushi and Moondoggies have all closed

March 18, 2016
What in the world is happening? All of the bars that I've frequently visited during my SDSU years have all closed! Two of the most memorable for me were Typhoon Saloon and Pacific Beach (PB) Bar & Grill and they have both closed within the last year. I actually met my husband at PB Bar & Grill and now that piece of history is gone forever. 

Moondoggies closed about a year before Typhoon Saloon and PB & Bar & Grill and that was the first one that really felt close to home. 

Even the place where my husband and I went on our first date closed down. Do any of you guys remember Kabuki Sushi? It was the only conveyor belt sushi in San Diego and I wish they seriously did better online marketing because they eventually went out of business and now new ones are emerging around San Diego. 

Surfside Sushi was the place my friends and I would go for Monday happy hour. That is gone too. 

Most Recent Trip to SeaWorld may be our Last Time seeing a Killer Whale

January 15, 2015
After the frenzy about the "Black Fish" movie, many people are boycotting Sea World and trying to make it illegal to hold killer whales in captivity. Being from San Diego, I grew up seeing Shamu as a kid at Sea World San Diego and I am terribly sad that it's going to be something I'll never see again at the park. We learned a lot about these animals, all thanks to Sea World. 

Last year, we went to Sea World San Diego and this time we brought our baby son. To see killer whales up close like that is truly a gift. I am glad he got to see this beautiful creature before it was too late. People fail to see that Sea World does a lot to save many sea creatures and free them to the wild. They only keep very few for research. How else are they going to being able to study and save thousands of them without having some in captivity to learn how best to heal them? 

Here are the pictures I took on my last trip to Sea World in September 2014
This is the rapids water ride at Sea World San Diego. 

This is the family bathroom at Sea World San Diego. It had a rocking chair. I was so impressed! It's great for nursing.

This was the Shamu/killer whale show. It was amazing!

You can see a polar bear at Sea World San Diego. This one was pacing back and forth when we visited.

This was a pretty scary ride at Sea World. It's a roller coaster and has a big drop into the water as well. 

This is the entrance of Sea World San Diego. 

We will be back again! Come see Shamu one last time! They are having a 7 day for 1 price special with this link: To see hotels nearest to Sea World San Diego, go to:

Buying attraction tickets as gifts are one of the best gifts

December 15, 2014
With the holidays being here and Valentine's Day coming up, buying a short cruise or tickets to the San Diego Zoo are great ideas as gifts. Here are some of our favorites and discounted tickets below. 

Hornblower Cruise - 2 Hour Cruise
Regular Price is $29, Our Price is $23.20 per adult.
Buy Hornblower tickets.

San Diego - 1 Day Ticket
Regular price is $48, Our Price is $43 per adult.
Buy San Diego Zoo tickets

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Who is Slo Mo?

October 3, 2014
Every resident knows of Slow ("Slo") Mo in Pacific Beach. He is that graceful rollerblader who always wears a blue tank or shirt. He skates to classic music out loud and does slow motion. However, not everyone knows that he was a doctor who lived in a North Carolina. He is divorced and has grown kids and now lives simply and does what he loves all day. Check out our facebook to see the full video of his interview: It is inspiring.

Memorial Weekend in Pacific Beach - 8 Things You Need to Consider

May 13, 2014

Residents and visitors head to the beach in San Diego when there are 3-day weekends during the summer. Memorial Beach is the kick off to them every year. Pacific Beach is a popular choice by many residents to enjoy the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend, but don't forget, the tourists use this time to visit the popular beach too. 

Here are 8 things to consider if you're planning on making your way to Pacific Beach to enjoy some ocean water and sunshine.

1. Parking is going to be tough. Don't plan on going right before noon. You're going to end up in traffic towards the direction of the beach and spend at least another couple of hours finding parking. Make your way down there early, even if that means parking down there at 6AM! After you find parking, go on a stroll on the boardwalk or walk to Denny's or IHOP (both a block from the beach) and relax before the sun comes out. Trust me, it'll be worth it. 

2. Families will need to watch out for obnoxious tourists and college students. If you have kids and are bringing them to the PB waters, just beware that there are going to be some drinking from tourists and college students out here along the boardwalk in Pacific Beach. There are a few bars lined up along the beach and the vacation rentals are full of parties. It's not bad that they are having a great time drinking, but I know some parents are repulsed by obnoxious behavior and don't want their kids to see an example of all of that around them. 

3. On the boardwalk, there will be non-regular bicyclists, who might accidentally bump you.  The regular bicyclists are really good at dodging walkers on the boardwalk, but since there are a lot of tourists and San Diego inland residents who also come out here when they normally don't, you'll need to expect some crashes. I've seen them yell "watch out" because they aren't used to the stop and go traffic on the boardwalk and even bumping into some kids. It's sad, I know. Be on the look out and don't forget to look behind. On the PB boardwalk, there is no such thing as a pedestrian right of way. 

4. No more drinking alcohol on the beach allowed, even between 12 - 6pm. If you haven't been back to San Diego for several years, this is really bad news for you. You're no longer allowed to drink alcohol on the beach for several years now. That is why so many beach front vacation rentals are doing so good and the bars are doing even better than before during the summer. It's the closest way to drink by the beach without being on the beach. So take away those beers in your cooler for the beach or you'll get a big fat ticket by the police if they come by and do their rounds to check your coolers. 

5. Hotel rates are usually higher than normal if you're considering an overnight stay. All of the Pacific Beach hotels rack up their prices due to demand so if you want to get a better rate, consider booking early or find a room for rent under Craigslist under "temporary". You'll even find some studios for rent for a day or two for a better deal than a hotel room. Don't expect to find a room last minute, like the night of. They book up fast so plan accordingly! See list here to compare PB hotels. 

6. Don't leave your towels on the beach for too long and expect them to still be there. This happened to me before. My friends and I decided to set up a spot close to the beach and left to enjoy some bar time. We came back and our towels were gone! I lost my SDSU alumni beach towel and that was my favorite one. Too bad, so sad. Most people are trustworthy but there are still a few who are not. 

7. Bring sunscreen and re-apply often. Even on a cloudy day, those UV rays are bad for you. However, chances are, it's going to be nice and sunny in San Diego for Memorial Day weekend so don't forgo health for a fast tan. You'll be out there long enough and fall asleep unexpectedly while the breeze is against you. Next thing you know it, you slept for 2 hours and are already looking like a lobster. Re-apply that sunscreen/sun block and you'll still be tan. Most people are out on the beach for at least 3 hours if you're planning on setting up shop on the sand anyway. You don't want to be that miserable person drinking a bloody mary and not enjoying it the next morning. 

8. Wear your sandals to go to the public bathroom at the beach. With so many people going to the bathroom because there are just a lot of people in general at the beach, it's going to get nasty. I know it's so easy to walk bare feet in there and it seems like a lot of trouble to slip on some sandals for a minute but I really recommend it. Sometimes kids poop in there and accidents happen before they make it to the toilet. You really don't want to accidentally step on those accidents. And the maintenance people don't come that often throughout the day to clean it so come prepared!

I was born and raised in San Diego and was also a Pacific Beach resident for many years so these are the advice from your local friend. Have a great Memorial Day weekend and enjoy the beach!


Moondoggies is no more and it feels like an end of an era

March 2, 2014
I had a lot of memories at Moondoggies. It was one of my go to spots when I was 21 years old and a senior at SDSU. I associate Moondoggies with my college years and the few years after it. Well, it's now closed and new businesses like Duck Dive prosper and take more of the market share. Who can blame them? They have great food and sit really close to the water. 

To me, it feels like it's an end to my era. I am no longer that 20 something year old and those memories are only in mind with no physical setting to tie it to anymore. 

Every couple of years, Pacific Beach goes through a big wave of change. Some business close, others renovate. There is one bar that you can almost bet will stay alive for a long time and that's Pacific Beach Bar & Grill. I hope I don't jinx this one. 

Are you in the military and married? Are you relocating to a new city for a new job?

January 13, 2014
There's a lot of military men and women in San Diego and many of them are married. Did your spouse had to quit her job because of a military relocation? If so, she may be eligible for unemployment benefits, depending on what state you quit job your job at. There's a list online that you can check. If it's California, then you are definitely eligible. See a story of another military spouse's situation when she applied for unemployment benefits due to her husband's job relocation.


Ring in the 2014 new year with a resolution you can achieve

December 29, 2013
We're ringing in the new year in 3 days and many people don't think of a new year's resolution until the very last minute when the conversation is brought up and that's usually when the partying has already started.

Many people don't meet their new year's resolution because they made it too broad or too hard to reach. Saying you're going to stress less for the new year is an example of a broad resolution. What is the thing that is stressing you out? Work? Relationships? Money? If it is work, then center around that. You can say for example, that you won't check your work emails during the weekend (as long as you don't get in trouble by your boss for it) so you can stress out less and throughly enjoy your weekend life.

The economy is looking a little bit better so hopefully that will change everyone's outlook on their future for the better. Most people will maybe try to look for a new job or invest in property of some sort. Others will stick to the popular losing weight option.

Whatever it may be, make sure you make the details concrete and achievable. So if you're trying to lose weight, say I'll try to lost 10 pounds for 2014 so if you reach the goal, great and if you exceeded it, then that's even better. The key is you want to resolve your resolution by the end of 2014.

Good luck!


Rigoberto's is a great place for 24 hour Mexican food in La Jolla, CA

September 11, 2013

While I was staying in La Jolla, I was craving a California burrito at 5am in the morning. You know if you're in San Diego, you must have a California burrito because they don't sell it anywhere else in California. I googled the closest taco shop that's open for 24 hours and found Rigoberto's in La Jolla, CA. I guess there are two but look for the one that's a small taco shop. For $5, the burrito was huge! I was full after eating 75% of it. The hot sauce is super hot. I recommend coming here if you have a weird craving at freaking odd hours. Here are the pictures below. 

Labor Day weekend at Typhoon Saloon in Pacific Beach

September 8, 2013
I went to Typhoon Saloon in Pacific Beach for Labor Day weekend with 16 other people. We wanted to do some catching up with our friends so we decided to meet at 7pm there. There was a lot of room for us and the place was quiet enough for us to hear each other without yelling. The clubbing crowd doesn't come until 10pm. A lot of people don't know this but Typhoon Saloon also serves Fred's menu so if you want more TV screens and a more casual eating room, go there. We ended up staying until past 11pm so we didn't have to pay the $5 cover that starts at 10pm because we were already there. 

For dealing with a group of 17, our server did a fantastic job of taking our drink and food orders during the 3 hour timeframe. I think she was happy we were there too because we were her main event during that time. That means good tips for her. 

In the future, I would come back here again for food and drinks to catch up with friends in the evening. I felt appreciated. Here are a couple of pictures of Typhoon Saloon and their food. 

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