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Update. Yes, another one
Hi all わらう
I am here to make another quick update. I have decided to move some of the contents here to either Blogger or Wordpress. This would allow more people to stumble upon my blog via Google.com rather than Google.co.jp. I have also booked another exciting trip to Japan and I will be blogging about it in excruciating detail once I set up my new blog. I will post the link here when it is ready. You can get in touch with me on Flickr in the meantime =)))



Quick Update
Urgh I haven't been here in so long! Always surprised to find traffic trickling in despite my prolonged absence. I'm debating whether to move my blog to Wordpress and continue from there, or to abandon blogging all together. In the mean time, I am more active on Flickr at the moment. Find me at 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sarabel3/

So long ! ハート
LA & Vegas trip Day 7: Hollywood Hills, LA Science Center, Little Tokyo
 
3000 Canyon Lake Drive, Hollywood
A bit of a tough drive up a narrow, winding hill, but this is one of the best spots to take pictures with the Hollywood sign 

 

We then went to the California Science Center to see Space Shuttle Endeavor, a retired NASA orbiter space shuttle. We learned lots about life as an astronaut in space, including the inconvenience of having to aim inside a tube when going to the bathroom...

Space Shuttle Endeavor



Anemone at California Science Center 

Next we went to Little Tokyo for authentic Japanese food and shopping. We also look took cute purikura/ sticker pictures.

Unagi Don



Ramen


Limited edition tea at the grocery store. I saw lots of great, unique Japanese snacks. Wish I could buy them all. 

 
Lovely baby store at Little Tokyo 

LA & Vegas trip Day 6: The Strip, Las Vegas
On day 6, we stayed in Las Vegas and walk around the strip. We did a little gambling and ate a huge buffet lunch at Bacchanal 


Paris

 

Caesars Palace 
 

Caesars Palace
 

Caesars Palace
Love these fish 


Caesars Palace
 

Caesars Palace

LA & Vegas trip Day 5: Grand Canyon
We drove from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon on day 5. I absolutely loved the 4-hour drive there. We saw amazing scenery along the way and ran into a very cool gas station. 


Uranus Gas 
We simply were low on gas and wanted to fill up but this alien-themed gas station became a very memorable spot of the trip. 




These cars reminded me of Mater from Cars



Grand Canyon! 
There are North and South Rims with many designated view points along each rim. We drove along the South Rim and stopped at each point which took us about 4 hours from early afternoon until sunset. Sunset at the Grand Canyon gave everything an amazing orange glow and it took our breaths away; however it gets dark and cold very quickly once the sun goes down. There is no light on the road and especially if you are hiking definitely keep that in mind and get to a shelter before it becomes pitch dark. 

 





Hopi point 


Excuse my paleness 
One thing I frequently do when traveling to save time is eating and doing my make-up in the car while heading to the next destination. Except this day I failed to take my make-up bag with me... All of my pictures were pale-looking and make-up free lol. 
LA & Vegas trip Day 4: Boulder City, Hoover Dam, Vegas!
Sorry for my prolonged absence! I will try to continue uploading photos from my trips when I have time... 
On Day 4, we went to Costco and got some cheap multivitamins and snacks. And then we drove from LA to Las Vegas, which was a very scenic, relaxing drive ( sometimes through the middle of nowhere with nothing but tumbleweed). After dropping our luggage off at the hotel in Vegas, we drove to Boulder City and Hoover Dam. It was a lot of driving around but I highly enjoyed it.


Las Vegas sign! 


Love pink cars ハート. The owner seems to be the Elvis impersonater sitting in the car. 


Cool bike at Treasure Island on The Strip in Las Vegas


Hoover Dam


Caesars Palace


The Forum Shops 


Paris


Bellagio Fountain 
The water dances to the music every 15 minutes.
LA & Vegas trip Day 3 : Disneyland & Disney California Adventure

I've been super busy... Here are some pictures from Disney...





Dumped into Mickey first thing in the morning kyu ミッキー





Lunch


New attraction: Cars Land! 


Waited super long for this ride 











At night before the water show starts 


Very hungry after Disney 
 

LA & Vegas trip Day 2 : Los Angeles Chinese Theater, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Griffith Observatory

On day 2 in LA we first headed to Hollywood!


Hollywood Walk of Fame
Took pictures with Captain Jack Sparrow



Phony Mickey and Minnie...



Marilyn Monroe wax statue



Grauman's Chinese Theater



Handprints and footprints of Twilight actors at Grauman's Chinese Theater



Handprints and footprints of Harry Potter actors at Grauman's Chinese Theater



Harry Potter portrait, made from jelly beans!






Hollywood sign



Griffith Observatory



View of LA from Griffith Observatory



We spotted this flashy car parked on Rodeo Drive at Beverly Hills. It is said to be worth almost half a million.



The Grove at Farmer's Market

LA & Vegas trip Day 1 : Los Angeles, The Getty Center

I am back from my awesome trip to LA and Vegas  ! I had a very relaxing, fun-filled 8-day vacation  . On day 1 after landing and renting a car, we made a visit to The Getty Center. I first learned about The Getty from a book called "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking" and I wanted to make a visit ever since. It's a beautiful museum that houses pre-20th-century art, and it's also known for offering an amazing view of the city of Los Angeles.


Cacti from the garden at The Getty



I really like those cacti



View of city of LA
Seems like the museum is situated on top of a hill.



Woman in Blue Reading a Letter by Johannes Vermeer
This painting will be displayed at the Getty until March 31.



Irises by Vincent van Gogh



Sunrise by Claude Monet



Cute fawn grazing on a hill near The Getty

I must mention that the traffic was terrible that day. It was a Sunday afternoon when we went and the traffic on the highway was nearly stationary . LA traffic is definitely way worse than Toronto.

Japan Day 11 Part II Namba Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi

This is part 2 of my day in Osaka, Japan, and it will be the last entry on my trip to Japan (Phew, finally done! ). On day 11, in addition to visiting the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, we went to Namba for some yummy food and shopping. It was my first time visiting Osaka and I had little prior knowledge or interest in this city. Once I was actually there, I absolutely loved the bustling, big-city-with-neon-lights, downtown atmosphere and had a fantastic time.


Fujiya Peko-chan car



My brunch - bought at a convinience store that takes credit card. I wasn't kidding when I said I completely ran out of cash and had to live on convinience store food



Osaka Namba



Shisaibashi Shopping area - tons of trendy stores here



Inside a clothing store called WC



Osaka Dotonbori, a highly popular tourist destination with an enormous number of restaurants choose from (especially Okonomiyaki / Takoyaki or crab). As someone who eat out a lot, I truely wish I can live here.



Dotonbori



Big crab of Dotonbori



Dotonbori



Takoyaki restaurant



I think this was inside the Glico store where there were tons of unique, limited-edition snacks. The one in the photo are cute Sazae-san (popular anime) snacks sold in Osaka only.



so cute



Kuidaore Taro, a well-known clown mascot of Dotonbori. His name literally means eat 'til you drop.



Yakisoba - was sooo delicious



Okonomiyaki



leaving Dotonbori



The famous Glico running man sign

Day 12 in Japan involved traveling from our hotel in Kusatsu to Narita Airport which took longer than we had planned. By the time we arrived at the airport people have already started boarding so it was a bit of a close-call. The trip overall was exhausting but we had so much fun and it was eye-opening to see and re-experience Japan (I lived there for 2 years when I was little and it was my first time going back in 11 years). I think I would love to visit Japan in 2014 if I get the chance . I am off to LA and Las Vegas next week. Stay tuned!

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