It’s been so long since I’ve flown in to the westcoast that I’d forgotten how much closer it is than flying home to Toronto.
I flew EVA Air to SFO via Taiwan, thanks to the coordination of Jeron Travel. Their premium economy seats are wide and roomy. They recline well-enough that I was completely comfortable during the flights.
I had a short layover in Taiwan going both directions.
EVA Air has different lounges in Taiwan Taoyuan Airport. Each has a slightly different vibe and decor, all brand new. They have The Garden, The Infinity, The Star and The Club. More info here.
This is The Infinity, designed with a futuristic appeal.
Entrance to The Infinity.
After a full 8 hours of sleep, we were at the Bay Area.
I had booked a cab to take me to San Jose. I tried to ignore the taxi meter as I sat through rush hour traffic.
Finally San Jose.
I was booked at the Fairmont San Jose right smack in the middle of downtown San Jose.
Very nice lobby. I’m a sucker for anything grand.
This lobby lounge gets packed at night – live music, dancing and all. I must thank Dudi Cruz of Fairmont Manila for contacting Fairmont San Jose and extending my stay one night at conference rate. All this through my friend Kara Alikpala. Thanks for the help!
Like I said, the lobby is so beautiful at night. Here, a bride and groom walked in the bar and just danced. Spontaneous.
I had a huge room with two beds all to myself. Missed my family so much.
View of Silicon Valley from my room.
Just next door to the Fairmont is the San Jose Museum.
And across the street is the beautiful Cathedral Basilica of St Joseph. The original St. Joseph’s was built on this site in 1803, and was the first non-mission parish built in California for the benefit of Spanish settlers instead of the Mission Indians (Ohlone).
This is what it looks like inside. (There was a wedding rehearsal.)
I took a walk further down look for a place to eat.
It’s a pretty city.
They have self-cleaning public toilets. A person can stay inside up to 20 minutes. There is a warning light on the 18th minute then the door opens automatically in 20 minutes with a siren. After each use, the toilet seat and bowl retract into the wall, where high-powered jets clean them with water and disinfectant. I didn’t try it.
San Pedro Square
They were showing “Ghostbusters” outdoors. Hipsterville.
Inside was a food court concept but with a more specialized approach. It was very much like the food truck concept.
I ordered an Arepa which is a flatbread made of ground maize dough or cooked flour. It is prominent in the cuisine of Colombia and Venezuela. This particular stall was Venezuelan.
I chose pulled pork.
Topped off with cheese. OMG. I can still taste it. Everything was perfect. The pork, cheese and most of all that bread. Please tell me there’s a Venezuelan family in Manila who makes arepas.
On my first night, I didn’t sleep a wink. Jet lag was bad.
So I watched the sun go up. It was stunning.
The next morning I went shopping by myself in Santana Row.
If only for their window displays. #anthrowindows
I will never get tired of cute tea towels.
And how they put things together just like that.
Every time I’m here I always want to change all the knobs and hardware in our house.
Selfie at Santa Row.
Madewell. Bought the cutest flats in tanned leather.
Paper Source was heaven! I didn’t want to leave.
I walked further up the street to the indoor mall. Confession, I bought a MacBook Air because I got tired of how heavy my MacBook Pro was. I got the most chichi MacBook Air model with all the high numbers. It’s been more than a couple of weeks and I haven’t even migrated yet. What is wrong with me?
What is the name of this pretty tree?
Next, Los Altos.