As a huge fan of the Oakland A's, I frequent the MacAfee Coliseum (which has been subject to many name changes over the years) to attend their home games. I like that there's a really convenient way of getting there: by BART. The BART station actually is connected to the Coliseum via a elevated walkway leading to the entrance of the stadium. It's fun, it's convenient, and best yet, the ticket prices are really cheap. This stadium used to be only for baseball, but a few years ago it was converted into a baseball/football stadium, which explains why there's a monstrous, multi-deck seating area behind the outfield bleachers.
I like attending the Greek Theater for concerts because it has a unique feel to it. This amphitheatre is modeled after the open-air stone theaters in ancient Greece, and provides a unique setting for all types of live shows throughout the year, in dance, music, or theater. I find that the ticket prices for music concerts to be a bit expensive here however, usually upwards of $40 or even $50 for a show. But the crowds are usually energetic, and the acoustics are great.
I went to the Teddy Bear Factory as a kid, when our summer camp took us there one afternoon. I thought it was a fun experience, seeing how teddy bears are made and even getting to stuff one and bring it home. This factory has since been relocated (to another building in San Francisco) and renamed the Basic Brown Bear Factory, but the experience is the same. If you're going there with your family, the tour is free, and for large groups you can arrange for a special tour for $12, which covers the assembly line tour and your very own teddy bear, which you stuff yourself.
Whenever I feel like getting cheap gasoline for my car, I visit Crazy Charlies Fuel and Propane in San Leandro. I mean, really cheap gas.... I didnt think you have find quality (I read in a local newspaper that they purchase gas from one of the major petroleum companies) unleaded gas anywhere in California for just $2.29 a gallon nowadays, but sure enough you can get it here.
I used to go to Childrens Fairyland a lot as a kid. Basically, Fairyland is a fairly tale-themed amusement park that features famous characters in childrens literature like Alice in Wonderland. There are some interesting rides, and the park holds various events throughout the year, like storytime and puppet shows. The park itself is quite old, but I think it provides a unique, slightly eerie experience that suits the fairytales (which Ive always found quite eerie) it portrays quite well.
I would recommend Dr. Horng Fan because he's a physician who takes his time with his patients and actually listens to them unlike some doctors I have gone to. I find that some physicians look for every opportunity to charge you for something, but this is something Dr. Fan does not do. For the last few years I have visited his office for minor ailments, physicals, etc., and I've always been more than happy with his treatments and prescriptions.
Dr. Kam Cheung used to be my primary care physician, but I don't go to his office anymore because he seemed to lack patience at times for understanding a patient's ailments. I went there a few years ago to have him diagnose my minor ailment I had, and I had a little trouble explaining it to him because it was a bit complicated. He started to lose his patience and show his frustration towards me because he didn't think I really had a problem at all. That's when I decided that I would rather go to another physician.
Manor Bowl isnt really a great deal when it comes to bowling a couple games, because its generally $4.00 a game, which is not cheap. Shoes would cost another $3.00. The place is also poorly lit, so there are better places to bowl. They do offer unlimited bowling nights during the week, so make sure to go during those nights. I hear they have been renovating the place, so maybe theyve made some major improvements since the last time I went.
If youre in the mood for a delicious cheese steak sandwich, be sure to try Dynamite Cheese Steak. This small sandwich joint, located on Park St. in Alameda (not in Emeryville, as stated) serves different kinds of cheese steak sandwiches (like the peppers and steak sandwich I got when I went there) in a tight, cozy environment. Theyre open on Sundays, which is always nice.
Hair No. 1 is a hair salon that I usually go to for a simple trim. I like cutting my hair short, and the lady owner does a great job with short cuts. I've also gone there for different men's styles in the past, and she does a consistent job with them as well. I'm not quite sure if she's as good with women's hairstyles or not however. But this is a good place to go if you're looking for a trim, which would only cost you $11. I'm not sure if the other stylists are as good because I haven't tried them.