1. Michelle
    September 9, 2017 @ 12:57 pm

    I joined the link up :D I love learning about new places and your area sounds so cool and so beautiful.


    • Adri
      September 10, 2017 @ 11:55 am

      Thanks! I saw yours too! (and left a comment also)

      There are other things I didn’t mention in this entry about my hometown too. I don’t really talk much about my personal life, but here’s one tidbit. Before my dad was diagnosed, he was a parks & recreation commissioner for our town, so a lot of these restorations and the upkeep of this historical side of Union City is just a part of his contributions.

      I might talk about that Bronco Billy’s Pizza Parlor in detail for the October entry or talk about the park that I didn’t take a photo of. We’ll see.


  2. Claudine
    September 12, 2017 @ 6:31 am

    I love the concept of this linkup! It’s very unique and at the same time it allows other bloggers to learn more about other places from the perspective of a local. I’ll definitely join sometime! :)

    It’s amazing how detailed this post is! Reading it kind of felt like travelling there and seeing the places for myself! :)

    It’s amazing that there’s lots of Filipino establishments in Union City, and GERRY’S GRILL! Eeep I love that place so much! Hahaha!

    The ghost stories about the pizza parlor is pretty intriguing, haha! But I think that if I went there I wouldn’t notice anything strange too; I don’t know, I’m really just not sensitive to those things lol!


    • Adri
      September 12, 2017 @ 7:53 pm

      Hi Claudine, take your time. :D

      My middle school (forgot to take a photo of it, but I will for a future post) was also renamed after two Filipino-Americans who helped contributed in the UFW movement alongside Cesar Chavez (but in general American history, Chavez was more celebrated, and his other colleagues were not even mentioned). It used to be called “Alvarado Middle School” haha. Anyway. :D

      We sometimes would eat at Gerry’s Grill when we can. There are also locally-owned Filipino restaurants too, like Nayong Filipino, Tribu Grill and Toppings Too, and local bakeries like Jojoli and Valerio’s Tropical Bakeshop (we have two of them).

      Maybe the reason why I don’t notice anything weird in the pizza parlor because I never go there at nights haha. There’s a lot more intriguing local ghost story though, but it’s not in my neighborhood. It’s in another “old small town” neighborhood at the city south of us, not too far from where I live. I’ll talk about that too in a future entry :D


  3. Pauline
    September 19, 2017 @ 9:26 am

    I love this link-up idea! I’ll definitely be participating in the future, I think it’d be awesome to talk about my hometown a bit more seeing as I always talk about it to others and give regular tours haha! 😊

    Standford University! Wow, it all seems like a “fairytale” to most of us here in the UK. I know that it is for me – I’d only hear it in movies. Some of my friends are actually planning to fly over to the SF some time soon in October (I may be going with them) We’ll be in Silicon Valley for a hackathon! I’ll keep you updated :)

    The farmer’s market sounds awesome :) I’m glad that you’re able to get some food there that you can’t find in grocery stores. OMG Ube! I miss that, it’s nowhere here in Sheffield or the UK so I only have it when I go back to the Philippines.

    I’m excited to see the next post on this :D


    • Adri
      September 19, 2017 @ 5:21 pm

      Yes, please haha! I’m really interested in Sheffield. The only cities I know about the UK (well, England specifically) are London, Liverpool, and Manchester haha! In a way, your travel posts also gave me inspiration in opening a linkup (and other people’s travel posts too), because in a way, it’s like “They always talk about their travels to other places. What about the places where they live?”

      For me, Harvard (I’ve been there years ago, was so envious when my cousin-in-law attended grad school there) and Oxford are my “fairy tale universities” lol. I actually almost got into Stanford University because of my marks, but back then, we weren’t exactly “well off” and there weren’t very many scholarships available that I may be eilgible with. And in addition, my dad wanted me to attend University of California – Berkeley back in those days because back then, Berkeley was second in ranking among the top world’s colleges/universities right after Harvard (Oxford was third ranking). My mom wanted me to attend Stanford because it was closer to home. You know how Filipino parents are hahaha! I just settled for the more local California State University – Hayward (changed to East Bay some 6 years later).

      In a future entry, I may visit Stanford again. But, in terms of my next entry, my family and I will be traveling 2 hours east to the Gold Country region. More about this on the entry I’m currently writing right now. :D

      Take your time, Pauline. Sheffield looks like a huge city (just by judging by the photos you post haha!). When I do have a chance to visit my local farmer’s market, I’ll be sure to take photos of the ube crop just for you haha! I think it’s because of the mild but unpredictable climate that gives enough nutrients for the “exotic” crops to cultivate here. :D

      Ah, October! It’s also my birthday month lol. Please update me, I’d be so happy to finally meet you here! Hook me up! :D


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