Well, I’ve been living in Los Angeles for almost 7 years. And in Chinese, there’s a phrase called 七年之痒, which means that 7 years is like a phase, you’ll get bored or sick of the same thing.
My sister (actually cousin, but in Chinese, it’s the same word, and I prefer to call her my sis :D ) was visiting LA because of her conference. And she wasn’t really interested in all those theme parks, hence we planned out a very SoCal and cultural schedule.
Note: this blog is about the travelling, while the hyper links are my review of that business specifically on Yelp. ( I appreciate if you like my review on Yelp :) )
Around 11am, I picked up my sis from LAX and we gave each other a BIG hug because we haven’t seen each other for years. Then we headed straight to Hugo’s restaurant for brunch because she flew from east coast, and her last meal was six hours ago!
After all the catching up, our first stop is actually one sub division of MOCA, located at Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, and there was a very unique exhibit going on, Jacob Hshimoto’s Gas Giant. The design center has three building in three different colors, and MOCA is actually located next to the red building, and it has two floors and that’s the only exhibit going on at the time.
This is layout on the first floor.
And here’s a panoramic view of the second floor, whic has the ceiling covered even about the stairs.
Taking a closer look, you can see the rounds feels like clouds with all the other elements, like fire.. water, grass.. life scattering and mixing with each other. And looking from another angle, the cloud turns into a storm! (see the 2nd pic of below)
And second stop will be definitely Hollywood and walk of fame :D We did the street parking on Hollywood Blvd, west to N La Brea Ave. And walked west till Highland and Hollywood. And this is the most popular section of the boulevard, with Madame Tuissand wax museum, Chinese Theatre, Dolby Theatre etc. And in the street, there’re always cosplay of all the super heroes that want you take pictures with them and earn tips. And I always love the Highland and Hollywood center, the two elephants, and also on its 2nd or 3rd floor, you will be able to get a look at the Hollywood sign :D
Plus, the Highland dance club was pretty popular, been there twice and definitely had some good memory there.
After having wandered around and seen stages setting up before Jimmy Kimmel’s hall, we decided to head back to The Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites. Our room is on the 18th floor and having amazing view of downtown. And after we rested for a while, we headed toward Chengdu Taste (best Schechuan food at the moment) for dinner and Half & Half (best boba place) for boba. Then we went to Pasadena old town for hanging out and shopping. Pasadena is really beautiful and I lived there for 3 months, and I believe I’ll dig out some pictures and adding to this post later.
After we got back to the hotel, the night of downtown LA became really amazing!
The window of the room is all the way to the floor, and I was sleeping in the bed right beside the window. Hence, when I opened my eyes on the second day, the whole city filled my eyes.
On the second day, yes, we are going to Santa Monica, after my sis finished her morning sessions! We parked at the parking structure on Colorado Ave and 4th St and walked directly to the pier! It was a very beautiful afternoon, typical day in SoCal.
And we had some margarita at the end of the pier at Mariasol.
Then we start to head back and walked a bit further to 3rd St Promenade to consume all the alcohol before starting driving again. Both on the pier and on promenade, there’re many local artists, and making the day even more beautiful. See how I made this a bit vintage Santa Monica :D
Then we headed to Ondal 2, best crab pot in Korean town. :D
I got up early and walked to our car, and looking up here’s the towers of our hotel and it’s another clear day!
My sis wants to see the famous Beverly Hills, and here we are, at Rodeo Drive first! We were there pretty early and got a clear shot of the drive. We parked at meters close there for an hour, and it’s good enough for a quick walkaround.
And normally you get to see some fancy cars. McLaren is not that common fancy cars there. We got lucky! So shining!
You can google for some map of the stars house, and we simply drove around the hill and see how good the neighborhood is.
After that, we got hungry and went to the Grove.
For lunch, we had the Brazilian BBQ at the farmer’s market net to it. Pampas Grill. Pretty famous and always has a long line.
And accidentally, I guess I found my favorite / best coffee in LA! Sumatra Gayo Mandiri at Bob’s Donuts and Coffee.
Places like the Grove or Americana in Glendale are really pretty outdoor shopping entertaining places with music all day long and the buildings are very beautiful. You can find no place alike in US I believe. Both Sean and my sis are from NYC and SF. Per my sis, the most alike place in NYC can be the Rockfelle center, but it doesn’t have this large area and so many shops. And live music of Jake Simpson on Sunday afternoons.
And, wait, let’s do one more stop at Little Tokyo, where has all the cute stuffs. And I also met an artist playing shamisan and he has some Youtube video.
After a whole day in the sun, it’s time to head back :D
In the morning, we went to Garage restaurant, for some Chinese crepes, it’s pretty original breakfast from our hometown and we felt so happy to have that！
Then we headed to Getty Center.
Outdoor, there’s this maze ish thing that you can always have fun to look at and the buildings are also beautiful.
And see this cute girl trying to re-draw the photography!
And for these mechanical music box, I first saw it as a gift from Vienna, now it’s avaiable in Getty~
And yes, Getty is the right place to have a bird view of LA! Don’t get cheated by this pic, it’s Sunday morning, otherwise, that hwy is having a worst traffic most of the time.
After walking around all the buildings for paintings and sculptures, I fell in love iwht W Turner’s drawing. Per my friend who worked there, his Modern Rome is the most expensive paint in Getty, but I like his Ships on the Sea better with the blue color falling down the the canvas like sky, like ocean. Love it so much. And all his paintings have the halo and fog feeling that makes it surreal yet pretty.
We got Thai food at Siam Chan Thai and rested for a quite a while before we headed toward the hippie Venice Beach.
And of course, the open air gym is always a good place to spot masculine guys working out / showing off. :p
Walk a bit further down, you’ll meet the drum circle, where people drums the African beats every Sunday afternoon, dancing and smoking :p The smell is really strong. We hanged around for a bit, and headed back.
For that night, we had the famous Boiling Point at Gardena, and then dropped my sister off at LAX. See you next time, sis. <3<3<3