America 2012 Part V

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The next day, though it was raining, we left Menlo Park for SF, and took the bus to Fisherman’s Warf.

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We actually planned to eat lunch at Boudin, but that place was so crowded we had to settle for this instead. Presenting clam chowder and tomato chowder in sourdough bread bowl! This was just as good!

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We had to get our seafood fix, after all we were at Fisherman’s Warf so we discovered Crab House and decided to settle down for some seafood. The restaurant had a really nice nautical theme and I really liked the prawn/shrimps. I am not really a crab person so I didn’t have any.

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This creme brulee artisan is cute

End of partV!

I think I will stop here for now and update the rest of my trip another time– the disneyland part, and universal studios and hollywood parts; look out for it!

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America 2012 Part IV

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This is a must do when one visits America— shopping at an outlet mall! There are tons of shops here like A&F, VS, Coach, Hot Topic, BBW, F21, GAP, Hollister and whatnot and they are all super duper mega cheap! I love retail therapy and had to stop myself from buying another pair of shoes.

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Can I just point out that the kitchen towels are so pretty? It has Christmas designs on it omg.

That is all for part four!

 

America 2012 Part III

The next morning was more on campus tour.

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We headed to Braun Music Centre and I got to try the harpsichord thanks to my sister. I think I played my Bach Partita and Fugue a lot better on the harpsichord:) There was also a fortepiano in the corner of the room but I didn’t play it because it looked like it was going to fall apart and I did not want to be held reponsible for damaging an ancient treasure.

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We went to the top of the Hoover tower (the shadow is the hoover tower)

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We did our research before having lunch at In-N-Out and found their secret menu (like starbuck’s secret menu) and decided to try some of these grotesquely fattening yet delicious food. We ordered normal burgers, protein burger (bread replaced with lettuce) for mom, artery clogging animal style fries, Neapolitan shake and we got stickers (upon request; yet another secret)

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We drove to Google Headquarters to marvel at their google employee bikes and took some photos with their android…thingys… Everytime a new version of Android (such as androis jellybean pictured above), a new one will be displayed. The newest one is the kitkat one i think.

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We went back to Menlo Park to cook our own pasta, al dante of course:)

That is it for Part III!

 

America 2012 Part II

Stanford/ Menlo Park isn’t actually in SF, it is located in the outskirts of town, so on the third day we took a train to town. The train (not the subway) is double deckered!

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I love transport with double deckers.

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We had Panda Express for lunch at Nordstrom and it was very american-chinese, it wasn’t what we would eat at home, it was very americanized and they call the sweet and sour chicken “kung pao chicken”, and the fried noodles is called “chow mein”. Hahaha a bit cliche.

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These victorian looking buildings were actually shops like GAP and Forever 21. Another reason why I love SF.

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Classic cable car ride! They manually u-turned this car as the tracks were one way! The cable cars were man powered and it climbed many steep slopes, hence it felt more like a roller coaster rather than a form of transport.

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After heading to Ghiradelli Square for some hot chocolate, we headed to the Golden Gate Bridge. I know I’ve used the word magnificent quite a few times, but this view was simply breathtaking. The serenity of the area gave me goosebumps. The bridge is even more fascinating in real life!

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This is the Palace of Fine Arts. It is a nice little place where people go for walks and sometimes there are concerts outdoors (i think). This looks a bit like what I would find in Greece. Visiting Greece is on my bucketlist; one day i shall, one day.

 

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Disney Store!!! The toys here are really quite affordable and they shop itself was quite magical. Disney standard magical!

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I bought my Red Keds from Nordstrom after meeting up with my cousin for dinner at a quaint little Japanese restaurant.

That was it for the second day!

(ugh doing this day by day thing all in one shot is so tiring; I would love to edit my photos and make them more attractive, but with 1000+ photos to sieve through and upload, no thanks and sorry)

 

 

 

America 2012 Part I

 

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So back in 2012 December, I took a cheeky trip to America to visit my sister who is studying there. Before you say “Wah rich kid, can go to America” and whatnot, I would like to clarify, I am middle class, and we tried to keep this trip as affordable as possible; we rented an apartment to stay in (photo above), we took a 10 hour bus ride from SF to LA (oh lord how did i survive) so that we could cut down on costs and such. Visiting America had always been my dream, and many parts of the visit was exactly how I wanted it to turn out, and what I had imagined. It was also one of the most memorable trips thus far; I can still picture the whole trip in my head when I close my eyes. It was simply spectacular. Here are some highlights of my lovely trip.

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Oreo milkshake from a metal jug! This cup load of fatness was so gooey and so American! This was the first dinner we had, in a classic American diner with red seat booths and a jukebox, somewhere near Menlo park/ University Town.

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It was two weeks away from Christmas hence the Christmas trees all over town!

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I have never seen a newspaper machine in real life until that day; it was quite fascinating! And free:D

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Touring Stanford; the campus was magnificent, indescribable and the air around this area was quite fresh as compared to Singapore. Every morning we took an hour walk from Menlo Park to the campus and I did not complain one bit. I actually loved it.

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Oh my {shivers} this looks like the hallways in Hogwarts. Featuring my sister who wore bermudas in winter.

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We had Thai food the next afternoon when we went shopping. The thai food in America was actually quite good! Beyond my expectations, actually, and the portions were huge.

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TARGET IS SO EXCITING its the posh version of Giant hypermarket; it has everything ranging from stationery to food to enterntainment stuff and it has its own fast food restaurant inside!

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We visited See’s Candies and it was asdfghjkl so christamsy i cant even><

That was it for the first two days in America, we basically toured a little bit of the campus and did some shopping at Target and Walmart and bought some groceries.

 

Taking the Risk

This afternoon I walked towards the gate with mom and asked her casually, “would it be okay if Joanne and I went to Taiwan alone after o lvl?” To my amazement, she said yes!

I began piecing things together in my mind, 干妈, who would be retired by then, would take us around (as insisted by mom), I figured we would stay in city inn, my cousin and his fiance could take us on a tour on a weekend, we would go to night markets and stationery shops and eat street food, then we would take the bullet train down to taichung and visit scenic places like Sun moon lake, visit my lovely family there, look at old monuments and whatnot and for the first time in many years, stay there overnight/nights ( if any of my relatives have an extra bed or sth)

It would be my second time travelling without my parents (first time was my p6 graduation trip to Malaysia). It would however, be the first time I go on an airplane without my parents!

Even writing this post makes me shiver in excitement! We have been wanting to do this since a long time ago. This is also something for me to look forward to, and to keep me sane.

On a side note, I’ve started watching Orange Is The New Black, a netflix original series. It’s a bit dark but it’s really good. It’s NC17 but heck, I’m turning 16 in a month and I can handle these.