Los Angeles Part 5

3 days left before we head home.

Started off the day with breakfast at iHop before sending the cousin off to the Airport! We head down to Hollywood Boulevard again to Madame Tussauds since we are in the area, purchased the tickets online prior as it is much cheaper than buying at the desk. We bought it 5 minutes before we entered! Quite last minute… i must say!


After doing some last minute shopping, we ended up catching Jim Carrey doing a Haircutting Stint for Jimmy Kimmel Live and also promoting his then new movie Dumb and Dumber To. Which was really cool to see him live! He was indeed aging but he’s still hilarious!

Across the road, there was a red carpet event so we end up at the front row to see what’s the fuss is all about! It was for a promotion for Fox Catcher! And Steve Carell was there and he was signing autograph right infront of us! Pretty disappointed that Channing Tatum didn’t show up tho! 😦

On the way back to Anaheim, we stopped by at the Citadel Factory Outlets in LA (5100 Citadel Drive), we shopped a bit (Well we gave ourselves 1 hour to shop!) before getting to Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles for dinner! It was then the time to pack our luggage!

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The next day we head out to do the Warner Brother’s Studio Tour, we got this last minute tickets through their website. If you’re any tv and movies lover, you’ll love this tour! We love the TV series ‘Friends’ so fair enough we love being on the set! It was great! We get to go to different talk show sets, i love being on the set of Ellen, although we can never get tickets for the show! They also had the new Batman memorabilia exhibition, everything from the first Batman movie to the last one! So the husband was in awe!


We headed to the Lakers game after! It was amazing, got to see Kobe and Jeremy in real life! The atmosphere was great! Spotted Rebel Wilson on the courtside and heard rumours that Fabulous was there too! Definitely a must do when you’re in LA!

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Our last day in LA, we’ve decided to do a last minute shopping at Walmart in Anaheim before I spotted the gigantic Forever 21 Outlet! But it was too late to get more stuff as our luggage are all packed up! Booooo! Right after we bought the essentials, we did do a bit of celebrity spotting in Malibu. Malibu Country Mart to be precise!

Trying not to be touristy! We spotted Kourtney Kadarshian and Scott! I am not really a big fan but it was nice to see them in person. We take the day nice and slow strolling around Malibu and cruising down the highway. It was a perfect day!

Before we head to the airport, we went to Churros Calientes for the greatly reviewed Spanish desserts. If you’re in Santa Monica, don’t miss this! You definitely have to try the Churros here! Don’t bother buying the churros at the Pier as its not worth it and doesn’t even taste good at all! The café is pretty small hence seats are limited! We came here about 6ish and the place is slowly filling up. The café owner was so friendly and very accommodating. The atmosphere was awesome! If you’re not really all into chocolate, stick to the churros as the Hot chocolate can be quite thick and rich! Will highly recommend any travellers going to Santa Monica!

After living out of a luggage for 3 weeks, I was actually ready to come home. Till next time US!

Los Angeles Part 4

We went to the Universal Studios Los Angeles on a Sunday morning after a hectic crowded Disneyland the day before and was greeted by Mario Lopez and a couple of ladies from Extra while they were filming an episode right in front of Universal Studios. It was amazing! He is quite charming and crack a few jokes with the crowd~


We bought tickets online; http://arestravel.com/77_attraction-tickets_a10.html-  Buy A Day, Get 2nd Day Free! General Admission – Universal Studios Ticket – $84.85

Don’t bother wasting your money on VIP tickets, not worth it!

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It wasn’t packed when we were there. We waited not more than 15minutes for any rides except the Studio Tour and the Mummy ride which we did them first and last activity of the day respectively and was only waiting for 25 mins! Definitely Don’t miss out on The Studio Tour which includes the King Kong Ride!, try to do it first and get it out of the way! We especially love the Simpsons Ride, The Minions Ride, Transformers Ride, Shrek 4-D and Special Effects Stage.


You can easily finish everything within a day! We entered the attraction at 11AM and didn’t leave till 9PM! This is inclusive of a lunch break in between at Gru’s Lab Café! Love minions! Love them to bits!


Los Angeles Part 1

Los Angeles. Hollywood. Santa Monica. Malibu. Red Carpets. How I envisioned it but not really.

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So Wirza got us a discounted rate room at the Sheraton Hotel downtown LA. It was great rates. pretty much. Going through TripAdvisor’s reviews, we found out that the hotel is undergoing refurbishments. Reading the reviews further, thought that it wasn’t that bad since we will be out and about in the day.

Boy, were we wrong! The lifts were so amazingly slow, that i could go back to my hotel room twice to change my shoes and the lifts still didn’t stop by for a good 8 minutes! Apparently, the renovations were going on so there’s no fridge or safe in the room. Don’t ask me why and i can’t even grasp why are these 2 items not in the room and how do they affect the renovations. The ventilation in the bathroom was not to be proud of either, not even sure if its working! The valet and porters wasn’t friendly, It is as if they do not want to be there at all. Maybe because of the renovations, darn slow lifts and lack of services, that people do not even want to spend an extra cent for valet parking.

We did found a really cheap overnight parking (Undercover, manned, garage) for $16 at 830 South Flower Street Los Angeles, CA 90015 which is a couple of minutes down the road as opposed to $37 for overnight parking at Sheraton. So you might want to check that out if you are definitely staying at Sheraton. For all the inconvenience, guests should have been compensated with free IN ROOM wifi or even valet parking.

With that so many rooms, relying on just 2 lifts are not ideal at all. So disappointed that we checked out after the second night instead of staying to the total of 8 nights! I just feel that the management is blaming everything on the renovations. but what has the safe and the fridge got to do with all of it?


Ok enough of the rant with the hotel and management. After the long drive from Vegas to LA. We dropped the girls off at the Hotel and rushed to Anaheim to catch the Ducks game! Didn’t even realised that it was peak hour took us about 2hours to get there as opposed to 45mins. Traffic is terrible! I will never recommend downtown LA to anyone! The Ice Hockey game on the other hand was awesome and the atmosphere was truly remarkable!!


The Grove was the talk of the town when we were researching about the places to go in LA! We shopped till we drop at Forever 21, Abercrombie, GAP and Zara! It was worth it especially after chowing down The Cheesecake Factory Prawn Garlic Noodles! It was DELICIOUSLY AMAZING!


After spending the whole of the day at The Grove & Original Farmers Market in Los Angeles, we went to Griffiths Observatory! It was remarkable although it was a hike up! Saturday night was crowded hence we had to park further away at the side of the road. Weekdays are recommended! We did stopped by at Biryani Kabob House 3525 W 3rd St Los Angeles, CA 90020. Koreatown on the way back to the hotel to savour the most spiciest but awesome lamb shank Biryani ever!

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The same night we look out for alternative hotels! As we couldn’t justify staying further at Sheraton.

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The view from Griffiths Observatory.