Saturday, April 22, 2006

Incomplete adventures in LA, Vegas and how I can't remember.

It's not my first time in the United States, and I hope it won't be my last either.
Simply because I have a Multiple Entry Visa that won't expire for another 5-8 years.


Flown in to LA from Singapore, and the long-haul flight was just sheer torture. I was surrounded by inconsiderate passengers, reclining their seat so far back that the tray table was squashed between the effin seat and my body.

Not cool at all.


-- Wish I was that comfy during the flight.


Not to mention the fact that our flight was DELAYED at bloody Narita Airport because of a snow storm. It was so bad, and the ground crew had so much mixed instructions and red tape that we were kept in the plane for about 4 hours without food and air-conditioning. The captain requested the ground crew for food, but apparently, all food went to the passengers from numerous cancelled flights trapped at Narita.


-- Car buried in snow. Taken by Volker in Switzerland, not by me. But you get how bad it was.


People were sleeping on the ground, and with limited sleeping bags, we saw many who went without. It was just chaotic. And in the lounge, people were making calls furiously to make arrangements for hotel, transport and calling up friends and family to tell them of the delay.

I was cold, tired, dirty (needed a shower after such a long flight), hungry and just plain irritated by the yelling people around me.

[Enough bitching. Back to normal travelogue transmission.]


This time, the LA trip was interesting. Disneyland, Universal Studios etc. I didn't visit those theme parks since I've been to them the last couple of times I was in LA. Went to visit Warner Brothers' Studio instead. Masi was working on set, so we decided to go have a tour and visit him at work. It was just quite cool to see him at his workplace.

Of course we toured the open set of Gilmore Girls. Bro went crazy at the dvd store. And we visited the closed set of Friends! Took a few photos of Central Perk.

The famous couch.




The famous menu.




The famous counter where Gunther worked.



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Went to watch a NBA game at Staples Center.




We missed the game where Kobe Bryant of LA Lakers scored a whopping 81 points in a single game. The second highest number of points scored by a player in any single game in NBA HISTORY.



Kobe makes records wilt
By Royce Webb, ESPN.com
Updated: Jan. 23, 2006, 8:39 PM ET

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/dailydime?page=dailydime-060123



We got our tickets from a ticketing agency, and we got farking ripped off! They charged us service charge that equaled the price of all the tickets. So we paid double! @#*&@($#

The first and the last time we'll EVER get seats from such agencies.

We got good seats, like 3rd row from the court. Awesome view. Watched LA Clippers played New Jersey Nets.


-- Pre-game court

Gawd, it was boring me to death. I fell asleep at some point. Not that I do not enjoy da game, it was just that the 2 teams were playing sooo fecking atrociously, it wasn't worth watching from game 2 onwards.


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Flew to Las Vegas. Awesome awesome jet behind me.



The Strip from above!



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Took pictures outside the Madame Tussaud's at The Venetian. That's Princess Di, and it would be quite a shock (and honour) if she's real.


-- Gawd, I'm short.

I didn't take pictures in the casino (gambled at Wynn). It was my time sitting at the table. And with my kinda luck, I was winning big bucks ($800) with my measly (right..) capital of $200. And again, with my kind of luck, I lost all of it. Including my capital of $200. I don't really want to think about my gambling incident anymore.

I think I need a GIANT 4 leaf clover with me, horseshoe, or a leprechaun if I can get one. I need to up my luck!

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Went to dinner at the small, inconspicuous Jap restaurant at Studio City. It's one of those yet-to-be-discovered awesome places in LA. Authentic Japanese food. And the baby spinach and mushroom salad? To die for. Just orgasmic. The salad alone makes the long drive from LA city to Studio City worth it. Every cursed minute wasted during the congestion is worth it.

Of course, the trip to the Land of the free will never be complete with me gluing my eyes to the telly. Comedy Central being my favourite channel. I put in on in my room, and in my bathroom. That's how much I love it. And I only watch Jon Stewart.



And Steven Colbert.



Love them!

Witty snarky political shows, that pokes fun of all things politics. Doesn't get any better than that.

Masi got me my favourite book, and it has made me happy. Well, the shopping at Rodeo Drive and Las Vegas made me happy too. Loved the Marc Jacobs store at Melrose. I felt like I've visited a mini mecca this year.

[Main mecca? Paris. Milan. London.]

I haven't finished reading the book, and I intend to get on it asap. =)


Ok, I think I sound too mechanical in this post. I can't help it because it's been 3 months and I'm trying to remember what happened based on the photos I have. Most of the excitement and regretably, my impression of this trip has been worn away by urm.. mundane things like me remembering to charge my cellphone later.

Very sad, I know.



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