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Channel Islands Beach, CA

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The beach is my happy place. Last summer, my family and I planned a staycation in Channel Islands Beach. The beach house we stayed at was beyond amazing. You could hear the ocean from the bedroom. Our relaxing stay included home-cooked meals like Filipino breakfasts and seafood boils, thrift shopping, and a surprise visit from my sister and her boyfriend at dinner. I thoroughly recommend beachside staycations. They are the best!

Austin, Texas

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Throwback to Labor Day 2018 weekend. Before my last day in Texas, my girlfriend and friend took me on a day trip to Austin. I absolutely loved Austin. It had a great vibe and felt like a perfect mix of LA, OC, Seattle and Denver. We went to South Congress for shopping and people watching. Then, we toured and saw the famous Texas capital and ended the night with drinks at Rainey Street followed by a late seafood dinner at Perla's. I must be a rare pescatarian who goes to Austin without trying the barbecue. Such a fun Texas visit! I can't wait to go back to Texas.

San Antonio, Texas

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Last Labor Day 2018, I visited my college girlfriend in San Antonio. It was a hot humid and fun-filled weekend. We went to several spots around San Antonio. Historic Pearl Brewery - I got brunch and went souvenir shopping here. I loved the historic architecture of the buildings and how they kept everything intact. Market Square - This venue reminded me of Olvera Street in Los Angeles. The Market Square is the largest Mexican market in the US occupying a three block outdoor plaza with shops and restaurants in downtown San Antonio. We ate at Mi Tierra restaurant . The  mural paintings were so amazing. Alamo - We visited the Alamo at night. It was smaller than I imagined. I loved learning about the history and local news about expanding this historic site. Haunted Tour - At the last minute, we signed up for a 2 hour walking tour of San Antonio. We saw all these haunted spots around the city that are currently hotels, churches and museums tha