Saturday, August 1, 2015

More of LA: Swanky Stuff

Another 8-hour flight from LIM and I was back to the land with stable Wifi. 
I had three more days to utilize in Los Angeles before I go home.

A friend from high school generously offered the spare room in their home in Norwalk. It would be good to spend some time with her again, and save some money too. I took a shuttle from LAX to Norwalk for $40. 

Family dog bubba. A huge cuddly dog they got at the shelter. 

Once settled in my room (for the next three days), I took inventory of myself. I needed to cut my nails, my hair needs conditioning, my lips were cracking and my heels were cracked. Ugh. Cracked heels. Disgusting. 

When I arrived, I had the feeling of wanting to rest coupled with restlessness. I didn’t want to go to any theme parks. No major activities for the day, just going around, shopping and eating unhealthy stuff. Typical American day, don’t you think? Zyra generously offered to drive me around. Our first stop was Citadel. 

Since it was the 4th of July, we had parking problems. We got lucky we found a spot in a open parking: $5. 

The strip is filled with brands that you are probably aware of. I suggest you take a photo of the maps and then conquer the place one store at a time. There were a lot of sales when we were there because it was the 4th of July. I had fun in Kate Spade (I'll take about that in another blog post). 

Likin the date trees

The plan for the night: watch the Phantom of the Opera. We got tickets at the Pantages Theater for $55. I got lucky that the group was performing in LA at that time. It tooka  while to find parking. And when we did, it cost $10

Capital Records near Pantages theater

Well, I did feel sleepy in some of the parts because of my very tiring journey from Uyuni to Los Angeles. Also, Phantom of the Opera is not the play that has an energetic fun ring to it (unlike Avenue Q or Legally Blonde).

Next day was shopping day. We started out late. #titasofManila mode in LA. 

Zy drove to another outlet: Camarillo. I'm impressed that Zy could drive at 80 miles per hour - that's 130 kph! I haven't driven that fast. Felt like we went to Pampanga from QC. 

Lots of stores too, but I didn't shop...much.

We also drove to Palo Alto and Santa Monica (I was sooooo lucky to have Zy drive me around) to take a look at some scenic views. The day started out with clear skies but it rained sporadically throughout the day. 

Hills and winding roads. 

Feeling mawdel lang

Gloomy skies

I found the boats being pulled by cars in the expressway. Amusing. 

Savage Garden made Santa Monica interesting, because of their song. 
Supermodel? Norman Mailer? Caped Crusader? Space Invader? *and you wouldn't know the difference, or would you?"

Nice to walk in the boardwalk area. I had fun while eating cotton candy. Well, cotton candy is fun even without the boardwalk. 

I have no idea why it is enjoyable to swim in cold waters. I.don't.get.eeeeet.

I found other amusing things throughout my stay in LA:
Glorified Bougainvillea 


Interesting that you find another car in the opposite lane smacking right in your lane

Gas prices

I would still prefer the heat and humidity in the Philippines vs. cracked heels and lips in LA. 

1 comment:

  1. Looks beautiful! I really hope to go back to Italy soon, love the outfit Fleur.

    Italy trips


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