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SAN FRANCISCO TRAVEL DIARY

San Francisco Travel Diary

It took me a little bit longer time than expected to put this San Francisco travel diary post together as I have so many photos to share and a video (still in the making) to publish. Finally, here is a blog entry that is worth waiting for. Instead of writing about my itinerary spontaneously like I used to, I'll try to summarize the entire trip and make it a list of recommendations, so if you are visiting the Bay area for the first time, you know what to do in San Francisco

First thing first, an iconic airplane window view. Leaving Singapore during sunrise and catching the next flight to San Francisco during sunset, I couldn't ask for a better time to fly. After a 7 hour flight, we landed safely in Narita (Tokyo). 

San Francisco Travel Diary

We flew United Airlines. Although the flights were quite pleasant, the food didn't impress me much. The portion was small and the food quality was just average. Nonetheless, I had a smooth and comfortable flight and that's all that matters. 

San Francisco Travel Diary- United Airlines in sunset


Arrived at San Francisco on Sunday morning, my friend and I had time to settle down and had a good rest before we started exploring the Bay area. First stop, Fisherman's Wharf of San Francisco.


San Francisco Travel Diary- Fisherman's Wharf

Fisherman's Wharf is a must-visit place whenever you are in San Francisco. It offers a wide range of land, sea, and air activities such as: San Francisco bay boat cruises, seaplane rides, or bay city bikes. My friend suggested me to try the famous clam chowder so I did. I ordered the seafood spaghetti as my main course and by the time I finished the clam chowder, I was already full. The food was so fresh, so tasty and so much that no matter how much I tried to eat, I couldn't finish it all. 

To cut the long story short, the first thing you should do when you visit Fisherman's Wharf is have the clam chowder and seafood spaghetti

San Francisco Travel Diary- Clam Chowder & Seafood spaghetti at Fisherman's Wharf

The second thing is watching the sunset at the Pier. Trust me, it will blow your mind. 

San Francisco Travel Diary- Sunset at Fisherman's Wharf

From this sunset view on the street 

San Francisco Travel Diary- Sunset at Fisherman's Wharf

to this view at the Pier 

San Francisco Travel Diary- Sunset at Fisherman's Wharf

and the cotton candy sunset that I shared in this blog entry, everything will make your heart sing. 

When the tummy was happy (and full), my eyes started "demanding" for a little rest. Pier2620Hotels knew how important a good sleep is, they put me in a big room with a spacious bed. The rest was a history. 

San Francisco Travel Diary- Pier 2620 Hotels


Next morning, we headed to our office after a good night's sleep. The weather was pretty chilly in the morning (Spring time), but when the sun came out, everything was looking at its best. The sky was blue, the air was crisp, and the flowers were blossoming. In my To-do list, I wrote "Visit The Presidio of San Francisco". Little did I know, I did not only visit this beautiful place, but I came here to work every day when I was there. 

I mean, how lucky could it be for us to call this place our office playground? 

San Francisco Travel Diary- The Presidio of San Francisco

Having a short walk to our lunch place. 

San Francisco Travel Diary- The Presidio of San Francisco

Our office window view. 

San Francisco Travel Diary- The Presidio of San Francisco

Said "Hi" to this little guy, Yoda everyday when I was there. 

San Francisco Travel Diary- The Presidio of San Francisco

Our bright and beautiful canteen area. 

San Francisco Travel Diary- The Presidio of San Francisco

With my awesome team on the first day at work. 

San Francisco Travel Diary- The Presidio of San Francisco

I missed this Vietnamese beef noodle soup. 

San Francisco Travel Diary- The Presidio of San Francisco

And here is the scenic walk around our office in The Presidio of San Francisco. 

San Francisco Travel Diary- The Presidio of San Francisco

San Francisco Travel Diary- The Presidio of San Francisco

San Francisco Travel Diary- The Presidio of San Francisco

San Francisco Travel Diary- The Presidio of San Francisco

San Francisco Travel Diary- The Presidio of San Francisco

San Francisco Travel Diary- The Presidio of San Francisco

San Francisco Travel Diary- The Presidio of San Francisco

If you still don't want to visit this place after seeing those photos, I don't know what else to recommend you. 
Perhaps, you'll find something interesting in my next blog post. For now, thank you for being so patient and following along my journey.  

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COLLABORATION,

PEARL YOUR LIFE

Crystal Phuong x Misaki Pearls Jewelry


I remember when I was 18 years old, my mom bought me a delicate white gold necklace as a birthday gift. She said "Your jewelries sometimes can say a lot about your personality". She hoped that tiny necklace with a heart pendant could tell people that I'm a small girl with a big heart, who is sensitive, emotional and fragile.

Then, when I was 20 years old, I left Vietnam to study in Malaysia. Living in another country alone taught me to be independent, be strong, and be fearless. Aggressiveness and stubbornness followed along unfortunately. I found the black leather accessories with spikes and studs most interesting and they were the only necklaces or bracelets that I wore all day long. I felt like a rock-chic who was always ready for her fights.

I learned so many valuable lessons during this time through my failures and hardships. I still remember on one beautiful day, there was a random voice inside my head kept telling me "Nobody cares if you are angry or upset. Anger, aggressiveness or stubborn won't solve anything. It will only hurt yourself more than anyone else". That voice woke me up and made me realize why I hadn't had a taste of true happiness for a long time. I needed a change.  A big change.

I left Malaysia and moved to Singapore at the age of 25 to start all over again. Although it wasn't easy at first, but I tried my best to be patient (with myself and other people), be calm, and be positive. I changed those leather necklaces to the gold jewelries with lots of details and colors as seen on this post. Pearl wasn't in my list at all, simply because I always associated pearls with a much more mature women. 

Now that I have passed the number 30, instead of wearing colorful statement pieces, I only love  dainty rings, delicate yellow gold necklaces, and (guess what) pearls. I no longer see pearls as a part of an old woman's closet.  I see it as a beauty that is produced through pain, time and even sacrifice. People often think pearl jewelries are more appropriate to be worn at a glamorous dinner and dance party or a special event. I say they can be worn at any time or anywhere as long as you like it. I broke the rules and paired these elegant Misaki earrings and necklaces with an edgy all denim outfit. Who knew they could compliment each other so well.

 Just like how this Misaki Hung set breaks the rules with daring and grace, I'm trying to be the woman who lives her life with beauty and strength. 

Crystal Phuong x Misaki Pearls Jewelry

Crystal Phuong x Misaki Pearls Jewelry


Crystal Phuong- Denim on denim

Crystal Phuong- Denim on denim

Crystal Phuong- Denim on denim

Crystal Phuong- Denim on denim

Crystal Phuong- Proenza Schouler handbag & Daniel Wellington watch

Crystal Phuong x Daniel Wellington


Thank you so much for reading!

Photos: Zoey Bui

::Outfit::

Zara denim button-down shirt- Similar here
Flare denim jeans- Thanks Esprit
Daniel Wellington watch (Quote "CrystalPhuong" for 15% off)
Gold & pearl necklace and earrings- Thanks Misaki Jewellery

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