After being on the road for another couple of hours, we ended up in Marina (where we stayed at our host’s lovely home) and after resting for half an hour, we headed out for dinner and ended up in Monterey: another quaint little town that I’d love to go back to because of its picturesqueness. The weather was perfect, though we were freezing when we got there. And as we pulled up in one of the empty parking spaces, we witnessed the sunset and boy was it inexplicably gorgeous, especially with the ocean there as well. Stunning! Continue reading “Cali Adventure Part 5: Monterey”
There are a lot of beaches in California (a lot of which I wanted to see), but given that we only had very little time, we only got to see two: Pismo State Beach & Morro Bay so we had to make the most of every opportunity we got. While the weather wasn’t as promising as we’d hoped, I thought the beaches still looked very pretty in comparison to the one we have back home. It was freezing and windy and clothes we had on was not enough. It made me wonder how the people who were there initially could dip themselves into the water because I wouldn’t have been able to wear a swimsuit and dive in.
We drove to Solvang from Oceano the next day where the weather turned out to be very promising. This little Danish town was one of the highlights of our Cali trip, for me anyways because I’ve never been to Denmark, so everything was new to me. I never knew what kinds of food the Danish people eat and since we got to have breakfast there, I got a bit of an idea. Continue reading “Cali Adventure Part 3: Solvang”
We drove past LA and headed straight to Pasadena where we had Filipino desserts at Café 86. We got one of the ube cupcakes topped with flan and an ube tart/pie. And to drink I got an ube boba, because why not? Ube errrrthang! My sister got a lemonade or something if I’m not mistaken. I loved the ube cupcake and flan combo because it was different, but I’m not sure I can say the same for the boba. Don’t get me wrong, I’m down for trying new things, but maybe the ube boba was a bit too much. I think I drank half of it though. Continue reading “Cali Adventure Part 2: Pasadena & Santa Barbara”
Aaaahh! The City of Angels: somewhere I’ve been wanting to go for the longest time because I’ve always wanted to go to places I’ve never been. My sister and I got on the early flight at 6-ish from Vegas which only took about an hour and we obviously lacked sleep, so we had to each get a cuppa joe and some bagels. En route to LA, we still fell asleep at some point, but Miley’s song “Party in the USA” was stuck in my head ever since I was told we were gonna pass by. Landed at LAX, got our bags and went straight to the car rental parking (Alamo Co.) where we paid $197.00 for three days.
This trip has been all about “firsts” and I remember being unable to contain my excitement when my sister told me that we were going to the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon! Again, I never thought I’d be able to step foot in Arizona and sooner than I imagined too. Carlos and I have talked about going there before and we still intend to do so together, but having seen it has definitely opened my eyes once again. To be able to live and see such wonder is a blessing. (I took a lot of photos btw, so feel free to keep scrolling.)
A few highlights of our Vegas trip despite the fact that we were really only there for a while.
- I liked the fact that en route to Vegas, I sat in between two lovely people called Matt and Laurie who gave me some insights on where we should go in Vegas and Cali as far as places and food were concerned.
- We stayed at this hotel that our aunt booked called “Monte Carlo” which was not too far from The Strip.
- Vegas was “alive” at night and so even though it was way past midnight, there were a lot of people queuing up to get into clubs or playing at the casinos. But be aware that the shops close at a certain time, so if you want to do a bit of shopping, check what time they close.
- We got to eat at Shake Shack: a burger chain that I’ve been wanting to try ever since I saw it in New York. Trust me when I say their cheese fries with bacon bits were to die for! A must try if ever you’re in town or wherever there’s a Shake Shack.
Hello again from Little Rock, just a quick update after a week of hopping from city to city. It’s been really fun travelling with my aunt and my sister and also with my brother who joined us later in San Francisco. I got to Little Rock way past midnight from Chicago last week on my sister’s birthday and I felt a bit frustrated that that happened, but it’s not like there was anything I could do so I just went with it. Felt at home the moment I arrived because I saw my siblings waiting for me and one of the main reasons I came here in June this year was because my sister turned 30! It’s a big deal and I told her that I wouldn’t miss it for the world so we celebrated it and I’m glad to have been a part of it, even though it would’ve been better if our parents were here. Continue reading “Home away from home”
Carlos and I were only in Beijing for the long weekend, so we tried to visit as many places as we could like “The Temple of Heaven, The Summer Palace and the Forbidden City“. We were able to visit the first two, but since we did not buy our tickets in advance for the Forbidden City, we were only able to see the entrance which was a pity because we were already there. Apparently, they only sell 80,000 tickets per day if I can remember correctly, so for those of you who’d like to be able to enter the Forbidden City, you should book/buy your tickets before going there or you’ll end up like us only being able to see the entrance. Continue reading “A little bit more of Beijing”
Aaaah yes, Beijing. When I was in primary/elementary school and had just started learning Geography, my teacher had covered the topics “continents, countries, etc.”. And I learnt that China, till now, is one of the biggest countries in the world. I’ve obviously learnt about the capital that is Beijing, but I had never thought about visiting it till two years ago. The reason for this is because whenever I’d travel to another country and I’d meet people and let them know that I’m from Macau, they’d ask me if I’d been to the capital and always my answer would be no. So it got me thinking “Why haven’t I gone there anyways when I live in the country?”. That’s when I started nagging Carlos about going there and for several times I’d asked him, he turned me down because he didn’t want to until last month when I got him to agree. Continue reading “The Great Wall of China”