from Toronto, Canada
I've been super busy... Here are some pictures from Disney...
Dumped into Mickey first thing in the morning
New attraction: Cars Land!
Waited super long for this ride
At night before the water show starts
Very hungry after Disney
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!
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
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.
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
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.
Big crab of Dotonbori
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.
Kuidaore Taro, a well-known clown mascot of Dotonbori. His name literally means eat 'til you drop.
Yakisoba - was sooo delicious
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!
I am exmtremely fond of aquariums . If you put me in an aquarium and give me a camera, I won't be bored for 5 days. Therefore when we went to Osaka on day 11, I was super excited to visit the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. It is one of the world's largest aquariums, recreating the Pacific Ocean and its surrounding environments.
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Ringtailed Coati from Gulph of Panama
Asian small clawed otter
This fish can inflate itself by swallowing air or water and become a balloon with sharp spines
Some kind of stripy butterflyfish
Pacific white-sided dolphin
Manta ray carrying lazy slacker fish
Actually the small fish is a remora feeding off of the manta and helps removing parasites, algae, and dead skin cells. Fine display of good ol' symbiosis indeed.
Not sure what kind of fish this is
Cute eye though
Delicious spider crab
Beautiful moon jelly
Cute polka dot jelly fish
Biggest regret of the day: did not get a picture of the whale shark , which is the most well-known attraction of Osaka Kaiyukan. In fact I was so absorbed by everything else, I completely forgot there was an awesome whale shark in the aquarium. I took so many pictures all at once that my camera overheated and nearly stopped functioning . However I find it impossible to convey the allure of these fish and marine animals through still images. You have to see them in motion to fully appreciate their beauty.
After visiting the aquarium we headed to Osaka Namba which will be the next update. Stay tuned!