S.F. Diversity, San Francisco
This one by Direct TV and you can watch both rival channels the TFC by ABS-CBN and GMA-Pinoy TV by GMA Network plus other filipino channels but is expensive at $ 35 a month on top of your regular $ 55 subscription for regular American Cable tv.
Filipino Style Convenience Stores (called Sari-sari in Tagalog) are sprouting like mushrooms in the bay area due to the large Fil-Am prescence and they offer practically anything like food, mechandise, dry goods, chocolates, Pre-paid SIM cards (even philippine phone carriers like SMART and GLOBE), Xerox Copy, Notary Public, Asian Tours & travel and Even Door to Door Deliveries of Balikbayan Boxes. While the customers are mostly Fil-Ams, their other asian, caucasian, african-american and latino customers are slowly growing due to the personlized nature of these convenience stores!
For Current Philippine News or Soap Operas or Matinee Shows on the Philippine's No1 channel, GMA Pinoy TV carried here via COMCAST but it cost addtional $ 35 Subsciprtion per month to get these additional channels.
Held in late June each year, the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade is the biggest one of its kind in the U.S. and is the largest parade in California after the Rose Parade. The route starts in the Financial District and goes down Market Street to the Civic Center where there is a stage with entertainment throughout the rest of the day. Lots of fun groups (e.g., Barbie Support Group, Dykes on Bikes), ethnic groups, floats, dancers, men dressed as women, balloons, and great music! It really is a lot of fun and everyone is in a great and friendly mood.
Anyone who's perused this page can glean I have, perhaps, less love than most for the City by the Bay.
However, I will give mad props to San Francisco and it's non-stop embrace of all that is new and eclectic. This runs to race, as well. There are few cities in the world so adamant that diversity and multiculturism play a large role in day to day life.
ALL are loved in San Francisco! Well, unless you're fat, white and rich. That might be a deal breaker.
OK - we are NOT architects, but you don't have to be an architect to appreciate the beauty and the diversity of homes San Francisco. Houses come in all colors of the rainbow. Many of them have some sort of roof-top garden, and very rarely do you encounter your typical drab urban block of grey concrete. We didn't even make it to the famous Victorian's on Steiner Street - in San Francisco the houses have color and style, so don't forget to stop every once in a while and just look up.
If you are interested in learning more, I-NeTours offers an educational tour of Victorian Mansions around town.
San Francisco is probably one of the most liberal cities in the world. As such, the city encourages all sort of diversity - everything from racial diversity to diversity of sexual orientation and political beliefs. Thus, as tourists of San Francisco, it's important that you are knowledgeable of that fact! Basically, most anything goes in San Francisco. And, that's one of the best parts about this city!
During the Sixties, the Haight-Ashbury district was the hotbed of American counter culture and the hippie lifestyle. Some of those characteristics are still pretty evident as you can see from this picture. A lot of people come around here to check out the Grateful Dead house at 710 Ashbury Street, where the famous hippy rockers lived between 1965 and that famous summer of 1969.
If you're from a small conservative town like I am, the extreme liberal anything-goes type of atmosphere in San Francisco will throw you for a loop. During the 1960s, Haight-Ashbury became something of a capital of American counterculture. Even up to 1985, when I visited, old hippies still flock to it. San Francisco is known for being most tolerant of homosexuals, sometimes to the point of advocating preferential treatment and official minority status. I recently heard that San Francisco is thinking about growing its own marijuana, ostensibly for "medicinal" use.
The Castro District is the heart of the gay and lesbian community in San Francisco. This vibrant and diverse district has an abundance of great shops and cafes. The commercial center is surrounded by beautiful well-kept Victorian homes. This is a fun place for gay and straight alike.
Hop on the F line and you will be transported directly to the center of the District.
And you would want to live here."
That's what you'll say when you visit us! I visited, said it and then I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. Come explore the greatest city in the U.S.!
San Francisco is the hub of business in the Bay Area. Across the Golden Gate bridge is my home, Marin County, a very nice place to go home to in the evenings, and hang out on the weekends.
Visitors comment that San Francisco feels more European than any other city in the United States. They also say that San Francisco has a distinct Asian feel, especially because of it its large Chinatown and Japantown, and its Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean and Thai populations. All this is true.
San Francisco has always been a magnet for people from all over the world. Immigrants have brought and kept their own traditions, rather than being completely being assimilated into the more traditional American way of life. That hanging on to the ways of the Old County is why San Francisco is so deliciously diverse today.
I love San Francisco because it is a melting pot of so many cultures. The entire city is heavily influenced by the several Asian populations that have settled the city over the past two centuries. Everyone, of course, has heard of our famous Chinatown.
Chinatown is right next to the Financial District. It is quite an interesting contrast to see traditional Chinese structures next to modern highrise office buildings.
Beware the black-clad mobile phone toting set with giant dogs. I caught some here making an expedition to the summit of Alamo Square. Having successfully completed their mission, they phone down to base camp to make salon appointments or dinner reservations at trendy bistrots.
People come here expecting it to be some sort of gay mecca where everyone is gay and wearing a rainbow t shirt or something.
Yes, there are a lot of gay people here. There are also a lot of straight people, liberals, democrats, fishermen, single mothers and diabetics. Amongst a million other types. And you can't pick them out of a crowd.
Just come expecting diversity and put away your accusatory finger.