Santa Monica is a city in Great L.A. We have been here for twice on the trip. There are many nice shops close by the pier and we only returned here for shopping on our last day. Sunset at the beach was so beautiful. Wearing a denim dress from Banana Republic (very similar one I found here) and lace-up sandals from Tony Bianco.
Griffith Observatory –
Although it took us half an hour(one way) to hike up here, it’s definitely worth it. Overlooking from top of the observatory is breathtaking! Wearing white tee, Oak+Fort slip dresses (similar) and Superstar sneakers.
Beverly Hills, Hollywood Walk of Frame are must-visits (well, at least for first time in town)
Make sure to purchase your tickets online beforehand. You will definitely save time lining up at the gate and also save money. I was reluctant to buy the Front of Line pass because it’s more than 2 times of the regular fare but I was so glad I did when I arrived to the park. I couldn’t imagine myself exposuring to the sun while waiting for at least 30 minutes for every game. Also, without the pass, I am pretty sure you won’t be able to finish all the games in a day. So if you are not planning to spend too many days here, get the Front Line pass! Wearing Boy London tee, destructed denim shorts (got from Garage outlet for $10 and similar is here) and Sam Edelman slip-ons.
Would this be the happiest place on earth! Every child’s wonderland! Even thought I am no longer a kid, I was so thrilled to visit the Disneyland for my first time. Wearing freyed hem tee (similar) from Aritzia, denim shorts and same slip-ons.
I have always been wanting to go Los Angeles and finally we made it! I knew that L.A has so much to do and various attractions, but until we arrived, I did not notice there are even much more than I expected. I totally fall in love with the city.
Rent a car –
You will most likely need to rent a car when visiting L.A. This is such a huge city and everything not within walking distance. Public transit will be time consuming unless you are planning to rely on Uber (this should be the best option if you don’t have a valid driver’s licence or don’t feel like driving). I rent our car from Thrifty via Expedia. Just a tip that you can cancel the booking up to 6 hours before pick-up. I paid $280 for my initial booking but found a cheaper rate 2 weeks before my departure. I then cancelled it and rebooked which saved me $50 in total.
At time of pickup, we did not rent a GPS which costs $14/day. Since I always travel to the States with Roam Mobility, I could use google map on my smartphone as navigation. In case you didn’t know, Roam provides unlimited data and US/CANADA calls (base on the plan you select) which is cost effective and keeps you stay connected during the trip. I highly recommand it to my Canadian friends out there.
Where we stayed –
We stayed at Aventura Hotel which located in Ktown for the first 3 nights. I originally booked Chamberlain West Hollywood but since we rent a car and Chamberlain charges $40/day parking, I changed my mind until later on I found Aventura offers free parking which saved me over $100 (as in a way, I feel it doesn’t really make sense to pay that much just to park the car). The room price itself is pretty much the same at cost of $200 ish per night (Chamberlain tends to be more expensive than that but seemed they had a sale when I booked). Aventura is less than 2-year old so it’s pretty new. Room is clean and newly renovated with free wifi and free parking. However it’s in a residential neighbourhood with no restaurant or super market around. Also, no view from the room when you can only see some old houses across.
The last 2 nights, we moved to Anaheim Marriott just to get closer to Disneyland when we spent our day there so that we can save time on traffic. No complaints for just a short stay, other than chargeable wifi but it didn’t bother me since we didn’t need it whilist I travelled with Roam as mentioned. 5 minutes drive to Disneyland and with restaurants close by.
Where we ate –
Honestly I planned a bunch of places to dine before our trip but ended up I was only to have 2 of them check-listed because either we are running late to schedule or the restaurant is fully booked. I am still so sad to have missed Alfred’s Coffee and the must-have burger place In-N-out! But follows are a shortlist of where we’ve been to.
My favourite restaurant I’ve been to this time was literally Ledlow. I noticed it from other bloggers’ checkin and I knew I have to visit because not only does the food look delicious but also this place is photogenic. Thankfully, it did not disappoint me! I had the best ever avocado toast and sandwich croissant in my life. I definitely will be coming back whenever I am in L.A and ordering everything on the menu! I couldn’t stop taking photos there as their interior is so photo perfect too.
On my last day, we went to Zinc Cafe & Market in DTLA. As previous, I got to know this place from Instagram. Somehow, I think this is just average and it did not really impress me. I was going to order the waffle which only serves in breakfast time but by the time we arrived, it’s on lunch menu so I didn’t have a chance to try. It was in an afternoon so we just ordered light plates – truffle fries and pizza. I don’t know why this is so popular – most likely, I didn’t order their signature dishes but I am not planning to come back or I will come back only when they serve Belgium waffles. I am a huge fan of Belgium waffles!
My first time having a lobster roll is at Albright. Locating at Santa Monica pier, I surely know it’s the right place to eat seafood. Their lobster roll is so good that you can never miss! Other people are also highly recommanding The Lobster which is one block ahead.
A bonus visit was Salt & Straw on Abbot Kinney in Venice area. It was introducted to me by my insta-friend. This place offers various fancy flavoured ice-cream and OMG, their scoops are HUGE! I still ate the whole one myself because it’s so good! They have seasonal flavours so you may try different things every time you visit.
After I am home, I am still drooling over the fries I had at Potato Corner. It is seriously DAMN GOOD! I am a high carb person and I love fries so much. I will never get tired of their bbq seasoning + fries combo. So I am going to look for this goodies whenever I am in US. P.S even it’s a franchise brand, I have never tried this place when most of you may have tried a million times. You can skip this if you knew it already!
This is my first ever travel diary and sorry if you find too much characters to read. Also it’s not a typical travel guide as I am just trying to share some moments and thoughts with you on my blog. The next post will be filled with more photos (less characters hopefully) as I will be rounding up with places that we’ve been to in L.A.
Finally I am back to blogging but on a different domain now! What happened was my previous website doreminotebook.com got terrible virus attacked which made me not able to edit or create any post even though I was still able to log-in. My technician and host told me that the virus has been hiding in many of my folders and using my email to send spam emails to people. I am so sorry if you are disturbed in this incident. Yesterday they gave me the suggestion which is to create another brand now domain (It would be still okay to use the previous one however the virus is extremely sneaky and we were not able to totally remove, it’s not safe to keep the old one).
I had a road trip to Seattle last weekend. This was probably the most delightful Seattle trip ever as my hubby bought so many clothing during the trip. Also, we had a delicious dinner at Loulay and the steak I ate there was possibly the best ever I had. Highly recommend this restaurant if you are in or going Seattle.
I will be off to my vacation this Saturday and I have been busy with packing up my travel essentials this week. Here this post is about what and how I packed my must-go stuff.
First – Do research about the weather and think what clothings I should bring with me. I am going to Seoul, Guangzhou, Singapore and Hong Kong. Seoul is my first stop and weather forecast says the temperature is between 18-25 cells degrees. Guangzhou and Hong Kong have similar weather so I have prepared some long sleeves as the base and some thin jackets as outters. Just like everyone knows that Singapore has only one season all year round so I have also picked some short sleeves and rompers for the trip.
Second – what makeup products do I need? You wouldn’t be wearing an exaggerating makeup during the vacation, so I am only just to pack the basic essentials – foundations, loose powder, eyeliner, mascara, lip sticks, eyebrow pencil and with only 1 pallete of eye shadow just in case. Most importantly, never forget about the sunscreen as you will be exposing to the sun for most of the day and I bet you don’t want any skin/health issue. I usually go nail salon to do mani/pedicure so I will skip the nail polish part. It’s much better as to saving the room of the luggage; also you don’t need to worry about chipping off.
Third – must- have daily skin cares. Cleanser, toner, face lotion, serum are mandatory. I know I will be shopping lots of masks in Seoul so I did not pack any with me. I also bring some travel size skin care so when I go from one place to another, I can just take those small packs to save the weight.
Others – Underwears, socks, shoes and emergency medications.
I am almost ready to go! I will be sharing my adventure with you soon. Stay tuned!
Sorry for the late post. If you follow me on instagram, you would notice the trip was actually from last Saturday. I am kind of late recently(oops~~~)!
I really want to post all the photos I took in the field. It’s just incredibly gorgeous! But that doesn’t seem to be possible so it took me so long to pick them. I don’t want to miss any great shots I love the best.
This is Skagit Valley in Vermount, WA which is about 40 minutes after the border at Blaine. We drove appx. 80 minutes from home which is not bad and it’s totally worth! We are a little bit late this year as the blooming time should start at the beginning of April for 2 weeks. We came on the 3rd week so almost half of the field was gone. But it still looks beautiful! Next year we will come earlier for sure.
I had a short trip with my family in Seattle for a couple of days. We had fun during this little getaway although it was exhausting as we walked a lot at many places. Vancouver and Seattle are very close by. After crossing border, our first stop is Premium Outlets in Marysville, WA, which is about 30 minutes away from Seattle downtown. We shop for 2 hours and I got nothing beside some photo shootings. Honestly the price is getting so high and it’s not worth to buy anything at all. So we decide to leave the place. We drive straight to Seattle downtown. We check-in at Sheraton and drop off all the carry-on belongings (We booked our hotel thru priceline and it’s such a good deal, yeah~). It ‘s already evening, we are starving so we look for food. I am craving for Asian food and we found a decent Asian fushion restaurant just a few blocks away from hotel. Food is tasty and I had the best ever jasmine white rice – very satisfied and full. We wander around to pike market after dinner to explore some nigh life fun of Seattle. Half an hour later every of us is very tired after the long day so we go back to hotel at 9 pm and take some rest.
The next morning after checking-out our hotel, we come to Fairmont Seattle for breakfast. It is classic vintage environment as other Fairmonts which I really love! The food portion is so big and none of us can finish the whole meal. Finish feeding our stomach, we are back to the pike place market again. I think I have a crush on the ferris wheels as I just cannot stop taking pictures of it. We walk along the harbour for about 1 hour and then head back to the shopping district. I am so in love with the downtown Norstrom as there are lots of luxury designers’ item I can never get enough. I am so excited to try this and that but end up with no luck. We continue to walk in other department stores and shopping malls and bought some reasonable priced clothings and stuff finally. It’s almost 5 pm and we decide to end the trip by driving back to Vancouver as Sunday nights are always busy at border. We are trying to avoid the peak time to save from the wait.
We are home safely and everything is smooth. Even thought I have been to Seattle many times but I treasure the moment I spent with my family during this little getaway! It really gives me some break to relax from the busy daily work. I am looking forward to my next trip and will share with you guys! Good night!