North America,  Travel

How to Be a Seattlite

I actually don’t know how to be one, but I felt like that title would grab people’s attention. Perhaps you have to go around drinking coffee that isn’t from Starbucks and not be bothered about the rain, because it rains all the time. In that case… I’ve got it down to a T because I do that in London, anyway.

News that Taylor Swift had gotten together with Tom Hiddleston exploded all over the Internet, whilst I was in the US, and I can’t lie… it infuriated me. So, I drowned my sorrows in food and decided to not let the likes of a blonde bimbo get to me.


DAY 11

This was a really chill day spent exploring more of West Seattle. It’s a bit of the way out from where my cousin lives, but it’s definitely worth a visit. 

West Seattle is home to spectacular views of Puget Sound, quirky and chic shops and Alki’s Beach Park. It’s a nice neighbourhood, especially if you’re just looking for some downtime on your trip.

My first stop was Easy Street Records, which has an impressive array of vinyls and CDs. There are also a handful of second hand bookshops, where you can buy books for $1. Honestly, I felt like I was in heaven as I walked around. I then took a bus to Westwood Village, mainly because I needed to go to Target to pick up some things that my dad requested, and also ended up in Barnes & Noble. I bought ‘303 Writing Prompts: Ideas to Get You Started‘, which has actually been extremely helpful in getting my creative writing juices flowing!

After, that I took another bus to Alki Beach and literally just stayed there until I needed to meet Doreen. The weather was really good, so I plonked myself on the sand, put my sunglasses on and chilled with my book. Note: Once on Alki, there are two free buses which operate in the local neighbourhoods. Route 775 travels along Alki Beach, Route 773 services the West Seattle “Junction”.

basic beaches.
basic beaches.

Before heading back to Downtown, I picked up some vanilla bubble tea from Saigon Boat Cafe. Delicioso.

After relaxing for a while, myself, Doreen, Chris and Tonette headed out to go on a little food trip, which according to Doreen was just a normal weekly thing. Oh, to eat like a king.

  • First stop was Soi, located in Capitol Hill. It is a Thai restaurant, with a focus on the food of the raised plateau of the North Eastern region of Thailand called Issan. My favourite dish had to be Nang Gai Tod, which is crispy fried chicken skin – I could eat that every day for the rest of life, ngl. I would also recommend Phad Kana Moo Krob, which is found at many roadside stalls through Thailand and comprises of crispy, tender pieces of pork belly stir-fried with garlic, Chinese kale, soy sauce, and fresh Thai chilies. Their drinks menu is also really good!
  • Next stop was Big Mario’s Pizza, which is only around the corner from Soi. An absolute dive of a place, a place you probably wouldn’t be caught dead in unless you’re a biker or a druggie, but the sort of place that you still want to be in because they serve the: Best. Pizza. Ever. New York-style slices with combinations you didn’t think would work, but actually do, for example pear and gorgonzola. So, so good.
  • Last stop was Kurt Farm Shop, also in Capitol Hill tucked away into the Chophouse Row building. All you really need to know about this place is cheese ice cream. CHEESE. ICE. CREAM.
Nang Gai Tod หนังไก่ทอด
Nang Gai Tod หนังไก่ทอด
Everyday, I eat
Everyday, I eat

Hearts satisfied, and bellies full, we headed back home.

Day 12

I just had to brave the queue at the Original Starbucks! After picking up a yummy corndog from one of the stands in Pike Place Market, I joined the queue and whilst the wait was hella long, it was definitely worth it!

Located near the waterfront of Pike Place Market, everything in the entire store is original: the floors, the fixtures, the counters. It’s pretty magical. They even have the Starbucks’ original mermaid, baring her breasts and spreading her tails.

Also, an amazing thing happened where I ordered my iced frappé and whilst I was waiting the barista gave me an extra refresher because they just had one spare. Love, love, love!




The weather wasn’t that great, so after popping into Target and raiding the stationery section (I bought a new calendar and planner), I headed back home. Later on that evening, we went to see Central Intelligence. I would definitely recommend this film if you love comedies. Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson are epic together, and the sight of the Rock in a My Little Pony t-shirt is sure to set you off.

Day 13

What do you do on your last day in Seattle? Why, you head out to Tukwila and chow down on some Jollibee, of course! Tukwila is a suburban city in King County and the northern edge of Tukwila borders Seattle. Doreen and I ended up in Westfield Southcenter, where we obviously had to go to Jollibee because when will I ever eat Jollibee besides going to the Philippines? I had to go for the Chicken Joy because that crispy skin, tho… *drools. I can’t believe how much rice I ate on this trip, hahahaha. The queue for Jollibee at 10 in the morning was already hella long!

I could fried chicken every day. Every cot damn day.
I could eat fried chicken every day. Every cot damn day.

We also went to Seafood City, which is basically the second home for Filipinos.

We walked around a little bit and I bought some last minute gifts for family and friends. It’s a generic mall, and we have Westfield here in London, so it was nothing new.

Go Seahawks!
Go Seahawks!

By this point, I had already seen most of the touristy things in Seattle and then some, so there wasn’t much left for me to do. We ended up back home to relax before heading out for a late lunch with Tonette and Chris.

Westward is located on the north shores of Lake Union, and if you sit outside you get some great views of Seattle’s skyline. The weather wasn’t great, so we decided to sit inside, however if you want to brave the cold weather they also provide blankets and there is outdoor heating 🙂

It was definitely one of the fancier restaurants I visited whilst in Seattle – Tonette and Doreen ordered a buttload of oysters, but as I am allergic to seafood I settled for chips & dip and crudités. For my main, I ordered Confit Chicken Hash: pearl barley, green garlic, broccoli raab, poached farm egg, lemon yogurt. It was absolutely delicious. To be honest, when it arrived it didn’t really look appetising. I mean the presentation was good, but the colours were so bland. Nevertheless, it was really, really tasty!

I then had a latte and beignets for dessert. Beignets are absolutely gorgeous! I’d never had them before I went to Westward, but when Tonette told me what they were I just had to order a plate 🙂

chips and dip/crudités (raw, pickled & cured things)
chips and dip/crudités (raw, pickled & cured things)
Honestly, tasted better than it looks!
Honestly, tasted better than it looks!
Required to touch the soul to wake it up
Required to touch the soul to wake it up
Beignet, synonymous with the English "fritter", is the French term for a pastry made from deep-fried choux pastry.
Beignet, synonymous with the English “fritter”, is the French term for a pastry made from deep-fried choux pastry.

I was utterly distraught to be leaving Seattle. The fact that it was raining as well, was surely a sign that the sky was crying because I was leaving. Alas, I’m a hopeless romantic like that. Just like that 2 weeks were over in the blink of an eye. My flight home was uneventful; as my flight was in the evening, it meant that I arrived afternoon time the next day. Didn’t really have jet lag, to be fair, and I kept myself awake until it was time for bed. I had to do that because I had work the next day, otherwise my body would have been messed up, ha.

Back to reality.
Back to reality.

I had the most amazing time discovering new cities whilst in the US, and I know for sure that I will definitely be back. From visiting the Space Needle to going to Disney to crossing a death-defying bridge, and of course, eating all the food along the way – I would do it all over again… right now

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Anonymous

For now, it’s back to reality and dreams of going to Barcelona next August. Until the next travel post ?


  • Rezina

    “Perhaps you have to go around drinking coffee that isn’t from Starbucks and not be bothered about the rain, because it rains all the time.” LOL

    It’s so interesting to read this post from the perspective of a tourist, haha. I was telling my sister this but I feel like tourists see more of someone’s state/country. I actually haven’t been to any of these places (specifically), although I’ve been to all the general areas you’ve mentioned (Downtown, Lake Union, Alki Beach, Capitol Hill).

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun and those beignets look really delicious!

    • Chynna

      I said the exact same thing to my cousin, haha! She’s never been to Space Needle, and until recently I had never been to Buckingham Palace (a friend came to visit and we met up there, but prior to that I had never ever been). Beignets were so good!

  • Georgie

    Sounds like you had a sweet time! I personally wouldn’t rush to Seattle… and the only thing I really know about it is that the band Nirvana (one of my favourites) was born there. But now that you mention the first Starbucks… hohoho now we’re talking. I don’t drink coffee from Starbucks but I always like to get a frappuccino or a chai latte… but it’s nice that you got to sort of experience a bit of history there.

    You had a good flight! Overnight flights are generally good because you don’t have to get bored, and it often means you are arriving back home some time during the day, so there is little chance of jet lag. The only thing that sucks is actually trying to get to sleep on the plane :p

    • Chynna

      That’s fair enough. Personally, I wouldn’t have rushed there either but because I have family and I hadn’t seen them in a while, it was a non-brainer. When the opportunity arises, I guess! Nevertheless, it was fun experiencing a new city 🙂 Starbucks’ frappuccinos are so good! I swear they put crack in them because I could drink 10 a day.

  • Tara

    I know if I ever make it to Seattle, I’d like to visit the original Starbucks :3 Oddly enough, I don’t care for their coffees much, but I’d still like visit!

    And GIRL. THEM THAI FOOD!!!! Oh, man! i’d been thinking about getting Thai for dinner today, but I ended up getting Korean instead! Ahhh! I must get Thai food tomorrow!

    I’m glad you had a blast in the US! Sounds like a fabulous trip! Btw, that Buckingham Palace guard welcome sign made me smile. They’ve always fascinated me LOL

    Girl, next time you need to come to Korea! Make that your priority 😀

    • Chynna

      I prefer their iced drinks to anything else, tbh. GET THAI FOOD NOW. CRISPY CHICKEN SKIN FOREVAAAAAH.
      Ah, I love their hats. They’ve always fascinated me, as well 🙂 I’M COMING, T! I PROMISE!

  • Nancy

    One thing I know about being a Seattlite is to drive at 60mph at the very max… Nothing more! Meanwhile, us speed demons in CA drive at 80mph on average ;~;.

    All of the food you had looks and sounds delicious!!! I regret not going to the original Starbucks when I went to Seattle. Oh man, I can’t imagine how long people have to wait to get their orders! Next time, I should take you by Seafood City XD. We got a few of those here too! One is tucked inside a mall…

    I loved reading your travelling experience to the US. I am very thankful for having the opportunity to meet you, Chynna. You’re a wonderful woman who deserves nothing but the best. ♥

    • Chynna

      Yoooo~ You guys are in LA are on something when you drive! Fraking A, haha. Seriously, do you guys have loads of Filis there too? Hahahaha.
      Thank you, Nance <3 So glad I got to meet you, too!

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