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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Kodak Theater



March 14, 2008

We went back walking along Hollywood Walk of Fame with some friends. We then thought of going to Kodak Theater since we were all first timers. We were all curious to see what's inside, so we went in :).

The Kodak Theater opened in Nov. 2001, where Academy Awards are being held. It's always a place where they hold live theaters and where American Idol is also held. Guided tours are also available, but we missed the time as it ends as early as 4PM.

Inside the theater are some signature shops and small food stores located on both sides of the building inside from the entrance.

Friday, February 27, 2009

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Hollywood Wax Museum

Beverly HillBillies replica

Marilyn Monroe's replica


This is located along Hollywood Blvd., closely adjacent to Guinness Book Of World Records and other museums. First timers would always be curious to see what's inside, not bad for a $12.95 admission charge. If you have been into the museum hundred times, you will find the admission charge expensive and would wish the museum would just be free, LOL!

The museum shows many wax replicas of famous personalities and celebrities. Each replica would take at least 3 months to make with combined efforts from sculptors, hair stylists, eye and teeth specialists, make-up artists, costume and set designers and special effects technician with a whooping $25,000 to make one replica. Tough job, huh?

The Hollywood Sign



According to its history, the Hollywood sign is more than just 9 white letters spelling out the city's name.

Would you believe before the hollywood sign existed, the place where the sign is today used to be the home of citrus groves and stray camels? And that was wayback 18th century until the year 1916. By the year 1920, Hollywood boomed and America was film-crazed. The sign then arrived on the scene the year 1923.

The Hollywood sign rests on top of Mt. Lee Perch that can be visibly seen for miles. It's known to be one of the most photographed in Hollywood and a mecca for millions of tourists and visitors who come to take pictures each year.

Surprisingly, it's illegal to hike or get anywhere near the sign. The sign is protected by restricting gates, park rangers and security cameras. However, some recommended legal spots are available where you can go and get that perfect shot. -
  • The Hollywood and Highland - located on the corner of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave. Entry to the public parking is on the Highland, north of Hollywood Blvd. Other options are through Metro Rail Red Line or by taking the Highland Ave. and exit from the 101 highway.
  • Beachwood Canyon Drive - You can take good photo shots here at Glen Holly, Glen Oak and Cheremoya. These streets are located north of Franklin Ave. which is the next major east/west street north of Hollywood Blvd.
  • Gower Boulevard - This place provides similar views as that of Beachwood Canyon, only that the sign is much easier to see.
  • Lake Hollywood - getting here is a little bit tricky but half the fun. Exit Barham Blvd. from 101 highway. Take Barham east to lake hollywood drive. Turn right on lake Hollywood Dr. and follow top of the hill. Lake Hollywood Dr. bears sharply to the right once you're on top of the hill. At the bottom of the hill, - bear sharply to the left onto Montlake Drive. Follow Montlake to Tahoe. Turn left on Tahoe to Canyon Lake, turn right, then proceed up the hill. On your left will then be a park - topped by a big, beautiful white sign.

Mexico Vacation

I am actually eyeing to visit Europe hopefully mid-months of next year, but on the other hand, I thought of wanting a mexico vacation late this year or early next year to see some beautiful beaches there. Besides, I always love to be in the tropics and just close to the water. I would always get a nostalgic feeeling seeing the white sand beaches. It made me curious when I came across the website of Karisma Hotels and resorts that offers inclusive vacation packages to Mexico and Cancun.

One thing as a good bonus on staying in the resort is about their "gourmet-inclusive" offer that makes the trip a worthwhile experience, talking about good dining experience. And there's much more...the resorts can be choices with beach front locations with a casual atmosphere, some secluded nooks, etc...And who doesn't love the hot tubs, the hammocks, massages coupled with a friendly service?

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Hollywood Walk of Fame


When you say you want to "see stars" in Hollywood, - it connotes 2 things; - seeing the bronze-star-plaques embedded in pink and charcoal terrazzo squares on the world's most famous sidewalk - (Hollywood Walk of Fame), and seeing actual Hollywood movie stars walking either on the streets of Hollywood Blvd. to the streets of Beverly Hills. We always wanted to see both, right?

The Hollywood Walk of Fame extends on Hollywood Blvd. from Gower Street to La Brea venue, and on Vine Street from Yucca Street to Sunset Blvd. These stars embedded on the sidewalks honors various celebrities, famous radio, TV and stage performers, directors, singers, and all other well-known personas.

Right below the celebrity's name on a five-pointed star is a round emblem reflecting the celebrity's category, such as a motion picture camera for movie stars/directors, a TV set for those in the TV industry, a photograph record for singers, recording artists and songwriters, a radio microphone for radio personalities, etc...

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hollywood Adventure





March 11, 2008

We got the chance to go Hollywood later in the afternoon and visited the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, Wax Museum and Hollywood's Guinness World Book of Records which were all adjacent to one another.

As many know, Hollywood is one of the most interesting and fun place to visit. It's one of the highly most visited place in the world by many tourists and locals alike. And who doesn't dream of going Hollywood someday? See and hear the story behind the world's most famous Hollywood sign, and perhaps meet some Hollywood stars on the streets of Beverly Hills, and etc...

I should say I had real fun to be one of those million people walking on the streets of Hollywood and Beverly Hills!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Trip to California


March 10-16, 2008 - Los, Angeles, CA

This is a late post but it's still worth sharing. While I was checking this blog, it was too late for me to discover, I haven't shared about our LA, California adventure so here it goes:

We were glad that the weather greeted us so fairly at Woodland Hills, where our hotel was located when we arrived 10-March, 2008. We then spent the rest of our time for dinner at Morton Steak House, just a block away from our hotel with our friend Janell.

As usual, I had my favorite menu - fillet mignon, well done, with a side of garlic green beans. LOL, afterwhich we were treated to a very yummy dessert - a specialty of Morton's!

I forgot the name of this one, but it was really super tasty!

Anyway, this was our first day. We had lots of enough time to take a rest the rest of the day. Well, after that heavy dinner, our sleep was sooooo good! :).

Monday, February 23, 2009

Get Ready To Jump Right In!

Few months ago, while I was watching sports channel on TV, my attention got focused with those snow surfers playing. I told my husband I want to try it one day when I get the chance. I also asked him if he had tried it before, and he said yes, while he was still in his teens...30 years ago, LOL!
I won't wonder why my curiosity is so strong about trying this game, perhaps, it's due to the fact that I grew up all my life in a tropical country, and nobody plays that at all! :)). So, I thought it's probably fun and cool doing this.
Then, I remembered my husband telling me that getting a snowboard is really expensive, after which I didn't insist talking about it anymore, the last time we talked about it.
Now, I guess, I still have some hope left convincing my husband after I discovered Snowboard Mountain. :)
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Snowboard Mountain offers lots of mountain sports gears aside from their various collections of snowboards with big discounts. Whether you are looking for high quality snowboards or mountain sports gears that are more affordable, or getting some tips on how to start snowboarding, want to get more valuable informations by reading snowboard reviews, etc..., Snowboard Mountain is the right place.
As you further surf on the site, get the chance to check what they offer - protective gears, snowboard apparels, bindings, accessories, and much more. You can even learn how to snowboard online, - how cool is that? ;).
So, stop thinking you can't afford to snowboard! You can get a lot of choices in getting your discounted snowboard without any difference from that of a new and expensive one! But buying a cheaper one does NOT mean no quality of style and performance. Get ready to jump in it and have it all!

Happy snowboarding! :).

Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Grand Canyon National Park (3)

Informations and Guides are not to be ignored on both of the rims. There are ranger-guided activities where park rangers offer walks, talks and evening programs.

Some Safety Tips:

  • During summer, watch out for possible thunderstorms. Stay away from the rim and open areas when lightning occurs. Seek shelter.
  • Always stay away from cliffs and stay on trails.
  • All pets must be on leash. They are only permitted in developed areas above the rim, but not on the shuttle buses.
  • Mountain bikes and other vehicles are only restricted on maintained roads.
  • When hiking, carry food and water, wear sun protection and appropriate clothings and footwears.
  • Hiking to the river and back in one day is NOT recommended. You'll wear yourself out.
  • No animal feeding for deer, squirrels, etc. It's illegal.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Your Baby's Cool Styles


Would you be glad seeing your baby wearing the coolest styles in town? Or perhaps those clothes that are considered to be retro-inspired, trendy and even fashionable? And who thinks babies are not included in the fashion's world so to speak? Babies are gorgeous models! Who knows? And parents can be filled with glee just watching their tots wearing those baby clothes that once they wore during their younger days, LOL! But you have to check these baby clothes online so you would know what I am talking about.
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Monday, February 9, 2009

The Grand Canyon National Park (Part 2)

Exploring the Canyon on the North Rim:

Visitor Center
Guides, books, displays and rangers are available in this center to answer all your queries.

Food, Lodging and Camping.
You can drop by at the General Store which offers groceries and snacks. The Grand Canyon Lodge has some available dining and lodging offers. You can make reservations by calling 877-386-4383 or you can reserve online.

The national park service campground is available for campings which is open mid-May to mid-October. Peak season is in summer, so reservations are always highly recommended. There are other camping site options outside the park. Informations are provided on your Guide map.

Mule Trips and Other Tours.
Mule rides are offered along the rim or down the North Kaibab Trail daily. You can inquire at the Grand Canyon Trail Rides desk inside the Grand Canyon Lodge.
Rafting is also offered same as in the South Rim.

Friday, February 6, 2009

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For younger kids, I suggest the drawing game for simpler tasks. Here, they can also color pre-made canvass online. It's ideal for kids who love art and drawing. Kids who are older as well as adults can play the quests or multi player games. I find it more challenging playing the "Legends of King Arthur." If you love knocking down your opponent, this is your game, LOL!
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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Grand Canyon National Park (1)


Exploring The Canyon on the South Rim:

The Grand Canyon Village.

Free shuttle buses are available that run at frequent intervals from sunrise to sunset to drop off and pick up passengers going to visitor centers, lodges, restaurants, gift shops, overlooks and trailheads. If you travel by your own car, there are ample parking lots where buses pick up passengers as well.

The Visitor Centers.

Go to canyon View Information Plaza if you want informations to help you plan your itineraries. Other visitor centers are also available such as Yavapai Observation Station, that features geological dusplays; Tusayan Museum which highlights native American cultures and the contact station - Desert View.

Food and Lodging.

If you want to have same-day lodging information, call 928-638-2631. There are many food and lodging accomodation lists provided on the guide, so it's important to get one.

There's also a place called Phantom Ranch located at the bottom of the canyon and is only reachable by foot, mule or raft, and reservations are done up to 13 months in advance. Other food and lodgings are also available just outside the South entrance (Tusayan) and in the nearby towns of Williams and Flagstaff, Arizona.
Camping.

You can go camping at Mather Campground which is open all year. For more information, you can inquire at the campground entrance for site availability.

Desert View campground is only available seasonally on a first-come, first-served basis. Desert View is 25 miles away east of Grand Canyon Village.

Mule Trips and Other Tours.

If you want to do either mule trips or bus tours, drop by at the Transportation Desk located at Bright Angel Lodge or contact Xanterra Parks & Resorts.

For mule trips, you may reserve up to 13 months in advance. Other tours offered by several companies are air tours from the aiport on the southern edge of Tusayan, or raft trips for either one-day or multi-day trips on white waters.

Monday, February 2, 2009

GRAND CANYON - A Land To Inspire Our Spirit

One of the most memorable trip that I had was our tour to the Grand Canyon South Rim. We had some few stops on our way to the Canyon, but I'll focus about the Grand Canyon for the meantime.

The Grand Canyon has 2 rims; the south and the north rim. We toured on the south rim so I couldn't give much details what's all about on the north rim.

The South rim has 7,000 ft. elevation and can get very cold (20-50'sF) or very hot (80'sF or higher) depending on the season.

Grand Canyon is considered to be one of the most inspiring landscapes that overwhelms the senses. Visiting the canyon is not merely seeing the view, but involves discovering history as well as learning more about plant and animal stories.



The Grand Canyon National Park is a heavenly gift. Our responsibility is to take care of it for our future generation.

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