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North America » United States » California » Fullerton April 22nd 2015

Hi all The adventure has started and not without a few hiccups. Left my satchel at the restaurant we ate at prior to going to the airport. This contained passports, flight details, shuttle service and hotels booked. Luckily it was recovered and the journey began. Flights courtesy of Virgin were good as we were in Business. They supply you with PJ’s which are quite comfortable and saves you from coming off the plane looking like a crinkle cut potato chip. The food and service was excellent, probably the best airline food I have had. Even though we had lay flat beds both Gaynor and I had trouble sleeping, but 1st world problems aside we landed in LA at 7am and contacted our shuttle who duly delivered us to our Hotel in Fullerton. It’s about a 45 ... read more

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles April 20th 2015

We set off on the 6am Virgin flight from Melbourne via Brisbane to LA flying Virgin comfortably, with Virgin Pyjamas, champagne and tasty food. Highlight was four hostesses singing Happy Birthday to Greg and presenting him with a bottle of champagne (win for me, eh girls). arrived in LA at 7am the same day we had left, giving Greg a 37 hour birthday. With bad things happening in threes we thought we were safe with 1. me nearly leaving my handbag on a train, then 2. Greg leaving the bag with the tickets, passports etc at the Arbory, the bar along the Yarra where Owen works (luckily some nice person handed it in and we were able to retrieve it), and 3. my glasses breaking in half on the flight over.. so imagine...I'm on holiday, and ... read more

North America » United States » California April 19th 2015

April 16, 2015 Hello from beautiful San Diego! What a day we've had! I was up in time to see the lights of San Diego while a tiny sliver of moon was still visible. It was an awesome sunrise. Today we took a trolley to Balboa Park. Loved the trolley ride through town. Once at Balboa Park we had to decide what we wanted most to see as there is too much to see and do in the 5 hours we had. First stop was the Japanese Friendship Garden. The best part of the garden was the koi pond. I would love to have one but we have already tried a pond at home and it was a disaster. But I sure did enjoy this one. Next up was the rose garden where Mom and I ... read more
Mom in the Skywalker Lounge
Another sculpture on the boat

North America » United States » California April 16th 2015

April 15, 2015 We are in Long Beach/Los Angeles! The ship is docked in Long Beach and Mom and I went on a bus excursion into Los Angeles. The bus took us on a tour of all the highlights of Los Angeles, and we stopped at the Chinese Theater, Olivera Street and the Farmers Market. It was a half day tour so we didn't get to stay at each stop for long. And we were nervous to venture too far from the bus as neither Mom nor I have an advanced sense of direction and get lost easily. We wanted to make sure we could find the bus again and find it on time. We certainly didn't want to get left in Los Angeles. We talked to one guy after dinner that was late returning to ... read more
Mom by "The Dancing Doorway", this is her dance pose.
Hercules vs Vampires - a must see movie!
Mom in the bus

North America » United States » California April 15th 2015

April 14, 2015 What a day in Santa Barbara! The bad news is we didn't see any whales on our whale watching tour, the good news is we saw so many dolphins! We cruised into a humongous pod of common dolphins. They were swimming and leaping everywhere you looked. Mom and I had rock star parking at the very bow of the boat, hanging onto the railing. The dolphins would race to the boat, turn around and swim in the wake right underneath our feet! We had a close up view of them, we could even see their blow holes opening to breathe and hear them as they whooshed out a breath. And there were moms and babies! A dolphin is cute enough, but a baby dolphin is way too cute. We also saw a male ... read more
Santa Barbara from the ship at dawn
Mom in the tender from the cruise ship to the whale watching harbor ship
Mom at the bow of the harbor boat - ready to see some wildlife!

San Francisco If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair... read more
Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco / Golden Gate Bridge

North America » United States » California » Malibu April 11th 2015

Highway 1 - Pacific Coast Highway in 12 Stunden entlang der Küste von Los Angeles nach San Francisco.... read more
Mein Gefährt: Hyundai Elantra
Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Coast

Los Angeles Eine Zeitreise! Ich bin in Los Angeles gelandet, noch bevor ich in Tokyo abgeflogen bin. Allerdings war ich danach total fertig und hab den halben Tag im Bett verbracht. Das ist das Problem bei Zeitreisen - erst wieder nix gewonnen.... read more

North America » United States » California April 7th 2015

I'm not sure if there are other Asian nations more obsessed with Hollywood than the Philippines. We try to talk like them, dress like them, look like them, and live like them. Inasmuch as living in a poor tropical country would permit. If there were only two places I could see in the United States, it would be Los Angeles and New York because those cities are the setting of most of the movies and series that I watched growing up. Prior to my trip, me and my colleagues talked about what they would do when they get the chance to visit the US. Most of the responses were something like: I'm going to reenact that scene from Pretty Woman when Julia Roberts said "Big mistake. Big. HUGE" to a store clerk while shopping in Rodeo ... read more
Golden Gate
Hollywood Sign
Redwoods National Park

My room mate left work and came and picked me up at the Metro link since I missed the train. When she arrived I asked her if she had my spare key and she told me that it was at home. We thought I should give her mine and there would be no problem. Of course, by the time we got to the airport all that was forgotten and she drove away. I went through security and into the lobby and was boarding the airplane before I realized I still had it in my bag. My car is keyless entry and is necessary to start it but I was not sure about keeping it running. I called her while having visions of her stuck at the airport by the curb. She answered and told me she ... read more

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