Pacific Beach Blog

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. 

There will always be the 30 something year old crowd in Pacific Beach. We don't want to grow up.

August 29, 2013
The first time I moved to Pacific Beach, I was 23 years old. I graduated from SDSU the year prior and finally had the money from a full time job to really go out at the bars and live it up. I went to a lot of happy hours and a lot of late night bars for the next few years. It was really hard to save money when you're going out all the time and the bars were only steps away from my door but who cares?

Back then, I remember that I would run into 30 something year olds and wonder what were they thinking, still living in this town at that age? Shouldn't they be married with kids by now and stop going to the bars?

Well, I'm now 30. Shit. That was fast.  When I launched this website, I was 25 years old. I felt like I was going to be young for a long time. Truth is 30 is the new 20. I still feel young but in a different, more mature kind of way. And you know what, I now understand. Why settle down so soon when you can live it up and get the partying out of your system until you find the right guy (or gal) and pop them babies? 

Here's another truth, most of the owners and the smart entrepreneurs who make Pacific Beach such a fun place to be are 30 something and older! It's true. We know how to throw a party. You 20 something year olds really owe us a lot for making your lives so enjoyable so "you're welcome" and don't complain about there being too many 30 year olds around here like I did. 

Addicted to Facebook. One day without logging in is hard.

March 8, 2013
I'm challenging myself to go on a weekend without logging into Facebook for 3 days. So far it's been one day and it's already hard. I feel like I've been going on it more than I check my emails which leads me to one question: am I addicted to Facebook?

Let's see if my will power will help me. I don't get notifications to my email when someone posts something or comments on a picture so I won't get tempted when I see my email inbox. I do find that I like going on Facebook to check whose birthday is coming up but for this weekend, if they are important to me, I should already memorized it.

Do you think more and more people are becoming addicted to Facebook? Has Facebook changed many people's focus on their jobs and schools? I'm just glad we didn't have Facebook when I was in high school because it probably would have interrupted my studies.

1st year working in an office reminds me of the "freshmen 15" when gaining weight

March 6, 2013
During my first year that I had an office job, I gained 15 lbs and I'm pretty confident that I ate the same amount of food as before. The only difference was I sat all day in a chair for 8 hours a day and was stressing while staying in one spot. That's bad for your body.

I became ignorant of my weight gain and just blamed on my dryer for shrinking my clothes. Then, I noticed that my face was getting rounder and my confidence became really low.

When my dad slipped and called me "fat", I realized I was getting fat because he's usually really afraid of hurting my feelings. This kind of reminds me of the freshmen 15 except I lost it faster back then.

Now, post college, I really have to work out and I think that happens to a lot of people too. The first obstacle is going in there and signing up for a gym membership. I couldn't believe it. When I walked into the gym to get signed up, I was nervous! I was afraid I'd be the fattest one in the gym! But in order to get rid of this fat, I had to suck it up (literally) and just go in there. I joined the 24 hour fitness in Pacific Beach and oh my god, a lot of people I recognized from the bar scene were there! But it's only half a mile from my house so it makes the most sense at the time to join this one.

Well, I did it. I joined the gym and then lost 10 lbs within a year. It took me a long time to lose the weight because I gain muscle pretty easily but a lot of people thought I lost 20 lbs. Muscle weighs more than fat.

So office workers, get motivated and join the gym! You have to. You must or you'll get fatter and then it's going to take a lot longer to burn all of it off. You'll also feel better and less stressed out at work. I guarantee it!

Spam email from Mr. David Wooley living in PMB 809 #138 Winston Churchill Ave.

February 11, 2013
I received the following email below regarding a David Wooley who is interested in buying a house in the US. He lives in Puerto Rico. it's a spam email because when I look it up, the address shows an address belonging to a Spanish name. Beware of this hoax. See the email I received below:
I am Mr. David Wooley, am interested in buying a House/Property in USA, Please let me know if you could recommend some for me.
I need  4 or 5 rooms ensuite house with car park and swimming pool, I have a budget of 3 Million - 5 million dollars in a high breed area with cool environment.
Please let me know what you have for us to proceed with the purchase plans.
David Wooley
PMB 809 #138 Winston Churchill Ave.
San Juan, PR 00926
Phones: 775-363-5047

I hope this is helpful.

Wedding: Bahia Hotel Review of Ceremony

February 7, 2013
We got married at the Bahia Hotel in November 2012 and it was still a sunny Sunday in San Diego. Thank goodness! We had a day wedding (instead of the evening) because we wanted everyone to be able to enjoy the views of San Diego and the bay at the ceremony and the reception. I highly recommend having a wedding here because of its spectacular service and price for the location and food. We had a lot of out of town guests and they thanked us for having it in such a beautiful resort surrounded by water. See image below of our ceremony on a early November day. 

Source: via Vo Industries on Pinterest

Feel free to comment below or tweet me @tillysocali if you have any questions or want to ask any tips. Happy wedding planning. I'm happy to help as I know wedding planning can be stressful. Make it memorable!

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