AMERICA PART IX

I have finally come to the last part of my holiday in America! This long arduous journey (i mean my blogging journey hur hur) is finally coming to an end and I cannot wait to move on to some new things!

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We spent the second last day in University Town, where I first discovered Paris Baguette. I got so excited when I found out they opened one here in Wisma Atria! We stopped by to have coffee and pudding.

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We went this organic supermarket and I got a whole bag of these yogurt covered pretzel and pretzel balls. My mom said they tasted like chocolate not yogurt. EVEN BETTER!!!

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We walked around campus one last time, everything was pretty chill towards the last two days so we stopped to take in the last glimpses of this gorgeous gorgeous campus.

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For our last lunch there, I insisted that we visit Olive Garden even though I knew little about it. I was at that phase where I read tons of Wattpad books and all the characters in their stories eat at Olive Garden hahaha.

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This cream of spinach soup was really good! I thought the soup would be green…

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MUSSELSSSS

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Ate my first ever plate of ravioli! Its actually just pasta with cheese in it, quite simple but really chewy and cheesy.

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We got this plate of warm apple strudel goodness for free because of some e-voucher my sister had. Yay for free food!

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A picture of the apartment we rented which was at Menlo Park. I miss standing at the porch freezing our butts off and struggling to get the keys into the lock.

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That night, all we did was pack and eat dinner. At night, my mom, dad and I left with the Airport Shuttle. It was really dark but I did remember my sister waving goodbye to us and heading back to the apartment (she was staying for another week before going back to college), and I thought I saw tears in her eyes. I think my mom was bawling her eyes out because she had to leave sister behind again.

I passed out and fell asleep for a good 2 hours while at the airport because the airport had no fancy shops like Changi airport, and also because of post holiday depression (if that exists).

 

The 14 days whizzed past quicker than I expected (other than the torturous plane rides), each day regardless of where we went, was filled with exciting activities and I got to experience so many new things. A lot of SF was what I expected it to be but not everything went the way we wanted it to be. I really miss the weather (god bless the weather in SF), I miss the cheap food/things there, I miss everything there in general, even the trees and the roads, but most of all, I miss my sister. She is graduating next June so maybe we might go and attend our graudation. Maybe. But after that she won’t be coming back anymore 😦

I really want to live in SF forever.

XOXO,

Annabelle

 

P.S. Thank you all for following up and reading all 9 parts of this trip. It is finally finished!

AMERICA PART VIII

Hello and welcome back to America Part 8! This America posts have been going on for quite a while, so I would probably finish if off soon and start something else!

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The next day, we took the subway and a bus up a hill to reach Universal Studios Hollywood! It was Christmas Day and there were tons of people there! I didn’t take many photos that day because I felt feverish and lethargic (probably due to the cold) and yet I didn’t want to spoil the fun and all so I kept it to myself and tried to enjoy myself 😦

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They had this red carpet that led to the entrance of Universal Studios Hollywood! That year’s theme was Grinchmas! A Christmas classic, though the grinch may be atrociously ugly.

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REAL SNOW!!! OMG this is a real white Christmas! They had real snow in this attraction area!

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This was the Studio Tour, with Jimmy Fallon as our host. We rode in those little blue trams and we visited scenes from Desperate Housewives, The Grinch and many more that I could not remember. They looked so real it scared me! Part of the tour also includes a 4D King Kong ride, a flood attack in the subway that frightened me a lot because it felt too real, a scene from Jaws where we were attacked by a shark and many more. The tour took about 45 minutes, but it was all worth it.

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After lunch, we went to Springville! My mom bought some darts, in hopes of getting a toy and voila! We got Mona Simpsons just on our second dart! This was one of the last ones too (why would anyone want purple dinosaurs in a Springville carnival booth?)

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The Simpsons ride was really fun and it felt like a real coaster even though its a 4D ride! We also got some photos with them! They were really friendly! Also the queue area had excellent theming, it didn’t even feel like a 40 minute wait.

I did take a couple more rides such as The Mummy ride and the Transformers ride, but towards the end of the day I felt really poorly and was not in the mood to snap photos, so that was all I managed to capture at Universal Studios.

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The next day, we went back to Palo Alto and basically spent a chill out day in University Town, where I had a taste of froyo from Yogurtland. This was the best froyo in the world and no froyo place in Singapore could beat that. It was dirt cheap compared to the ones here and they had exotic flavors like Strawberry Lemonade Sherbert and the toppings were amazing, it almost felt like a candy buffet.

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The trees in University Town are so beautiful during winter I just had to stop and snap a picture!

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We decided to go all out since it was one of the last days in America so we ordered Dominos pizza! Their regular pizzas are so huge and yet they don’t even cost as much as the Dominos here!

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Another cup of froyo from Yogurtland just because.

I think this will be the second last post of this 9 part series, thanks for reading and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about my trip to America!

XOXO,

Annabelle