death by paper cut

{December 2, 2009}   It snows in wordpress but not in San Diego

i’m now at gate 4 of terminal 1 san diego airport waiting for my (delayed) flight to san francisco. free wifi courtesy of google. interestingly, my mac did not detect free wifi at san francisco airport.

anyway, this is the good time as any to blog about the san diego leg of my US trip. i wouldn’t visit san diego if my family isn’t here, so i’m glad to have had the opportunity to explore this part of the country. san diego is spacious, open, relatively safe, and a breath of fresh air.

my time here consisted of a good blend of sight-seeing and bumming at home with high-speed internet broadband and abound with family time interspersed with pockets of babysitting here and there. sharing a room with my mom and 1 year old nephew gave me a preview into parenting i.e. sleep interrupted by baby feeds nightly! the night with 2 feeds and 1 nightmare was particularly restless. nonetheless my nephew is a joy to be with and play with.

the attractions in san diego are not located in one central area. fortunately i had the family car to be driven around in. all the places i visited are situated within 45mins driving radius from my accommodation at coronado island so getting around is pretty fast and easy even when we pack in 6 people and a whole lot of baby stuff.

Bates Nut Farm 37

i visited the famed san diego see world to see shamu and friends, the less famed but also lovely san diego wild animal park, the quaint little town of julian in higher altitude, bates nut farm in the valley, the rustically touristy san diego old town, took a 1-hour cruise at san diego bay area, enjoyed more scenic lookouts at cabrillo national monument and even participated in a 5km thanksgiving walk/run for charity and had really amazing food in between all that like cheese cake factory, kansas city bbq (location of the bar scene from top gun), international house of pancakes and scrumptious american breakfast at nice little cafes.

the highlight of my time at san diego has got to be the shopping. i happened to be around during the crazy thanksgiving sale. retail stores across america open their doors at 5am to kick start the black friday sales. i did not take part in that stampede but managed to find good deals at the outlet malls.

the malls here are not self-contained high rise buildings with units of retail space sublet out. the malls here are organised as clusters of individual stand alone flagship outlets so the arrangement is very spacious. the service provided by their staff was impeccable too.

i pretty much got myself a new wardrobe for 2010, especially work wear. Bring it on!

san diego wild animal park
Wild Animal Park - Journey into Africa 55

san diego sea world
Sea World - Shamu 30

Julian 23

bates nut farm
Bates Nut Farm 24

san diego old town
San Diego Old Town 20

harbour cruise
Habour Cruise 5

cabrillo national monument
Cabrillo National Monument - Whale Overlook 2

5km thanksgiving walk/run
Father Joe's Thanksgiving Day 5Km 15

coronado-san diego bridge
Coronado Bay Area 24

Coronado Bay Area 9

hotel del coronado
Hotel Del Coronado 43

Hotel Del Coronado 55


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