Friday, December 11, 2009

Salt Lake City and meeting Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs - December 2009

I was in Salt Lake City for work this past week. This was my first time in Utah and I ended up having many first-time experiences of my life.

I sat on the right side of the plane during our descend into Salt Lake City and saw the great Salt Lake.

I had half a day of free time and decided to visit the Mormon Temple. It was snowing while I was walking around. This was the first time I had heavy snow falling on me! Snow flakes were sticking to my eye lashes and it was an interesting experience.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Jersey City and NYC trip. "Miracle on the Hudson" and meeting Dean Kamen! September 28 - October 2

I was in Jersey City for work last week. Since it's right next to one of my favorite cities in the world, NYC, I hopped over to Manhattan during the 3 free nights that I had after work.

Fall is definitely here on the East Coast. It was in the 60's and rainy. Here's a view from my hotel room looking at the Hudson River and Lower Manhattan after arriving.

For the last 5 years, I've been visiting NYC once a year; however, I've never eaten at the famous Katz Deli on the Lower East Side. I was starving after checking in to my room and decided to have dinner at Katz. I wolfed down this Reuben sandwich. I loved their corned beef. So good!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Queen Mary and my ghostly encounter

When I went to Catalina Island this past January, I past by the Queen Mary on the way and thought about visiting soon. Living in southern California, I don't get to visit some of these tourist attractions much. The only time I had been on the Queen Mary was in college for an inter-U.C. campus Valentine's Day dance in the main ballroom. The weather was gorgeous this past weekend, so I decided to finally pay a visit to this majestic ship on my free day.

The Queen Mary is not only a historic site and museum, it is also a hotel.

Friday, August 21, 2009

My top 3 most romantic destinations so far

Lately, I keep reflecting on places I've visited that bring back very romantic memories. Being both a hopeless romantic and a passionate person, I thought I'd share my memories here since my old travel blog containing these destinations was wiped out earlier this year.


But of course!

I first visited Paris in 2001. I spent 5 days there without knowing any French. I had a blast and fell in love with this city instantly. It was truly love at first sight. I don't know what it is, but Paris tugs my heartstrings in the deepest way. I feel love whenever I think of Paris. I'd always smile and say to myself, "Ah...Paris..." whenever I see a scene in a movie or on TV being shot there. That's how much I'm in love with the City of Lights. This affair has been ongoing for 8 years and it's still going strong. :)

My first encounter with the Seine River.

Beautiful stained glass inside St. Chapelle dated back to the 13th century. This picture doesn't do them justice!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Sydney, Australia - July 17-23, 2009

I've been wanting to visit Australia since 2006. When I found out last year that work will bring me to Singapore this summer, I decided to hop down-under to Sydney. After spending 5 days here in Sydney, I now know why it's one of the top 10 cities to live in the world, and why everything is so darn expensive --- the weather is unbeatable with the most perfect sky!

Also, I have been EXTREMELY blessed (thank you God!) to have a fantastic summer-like weather throughout this trip (just like in Singapore the previous week - it wasn't blazing hot and I somehow dodged the rain whenever I had to be outside). I've been tracking the weather before the trip and saw that it's been in low 60's and raining before I arrived. A girl friend of mine confirmed this as she was here in Sydney 2 weeks prior. The weather starts cooling down again today (Thursday) and it will rain this weekend.

I arrived Friday night from Singapore (see last blog entry) and ventured out first thing Saturday morning. It's supposed to be winter in the southern hemisphere, but to my surprise, the weather was warm in the mid-high 60's. Here's my first glimpse of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from Circular Quay.

Then, the world famous Sydney Opera House. It feels so surreal that it's right in front of me! I couldn't believe I'm in Australia.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Singapore - July 10-16, 2009

I am in Singapore for work this week. Although I only had a total of 1.5 days to see this city in between the brutal work schedule, I'm glad I got to visit this amazing place and finally understood what Singapore is all about.

I had a stopover in Hong Kong. While browsing the terminal, I came upon this food court. My mouth was watering and I wished I had the stomach space to eat these!

We stayed at the Fairmont Singapore. It's a very nice hotel. This is the view from my room.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Getty Villa. Memorial Day weekend 2009

If you know me, you'd know that my favorite hang out spot here in Los Angeles is the Getty Center. The Getty Center is a modern structure designed by American architect Richard Meier, who also designed the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona with his distinctive white squares facade. I visit the Getty Center whenever I can just to hang out, relax, and immerse myself in their wonderful art collections, architecture, and the beautiful garden. It's refreshing.

However, I've not had a chance to visit the Getty Villa in Malibu and I've been wanting to go for years.

Since I'm not going out of town this Memorial Day weekend, I decided to check out the Pompeii and Roman Villa exhibition at the LACMA. I found out that my admission ticket to this exhibition also gives me access to the Getty Villa without reserving a ticket in advance. So I decided to seize this opportunity.

The Getty Villa is nestled in the hills by the Pacific Ocean.

There's a tranquil water lily pound. So soothing. :)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Pictures from trip to Washington DC. May 2009

I went to DC for work during the first week of May. I used to visit DC often and the last time I visited the area was in 2006 for only 2 days. I didn't get a chance to really "see" DC on that short trip, so I was happy that I had a free day on this trip to explore. I've visited major sites on my previous trips like the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, WWII Memorial, Korean War Memorial, the Kennedy Center, etc. Being a museum junkie, I thought this time I'd visit the National Gallery and the Smithsonian. Needless to say, I was in art heaven! :)

The weather was crappy when I arrived...typical crazy spring East Coast weather. It was rainy and muggy.

The museums in DC have free admission, just like the National Gallery in London. You can't beat that! Here's the entrance to the National Gallery.

Starting a new travel blog

When I closed my MySpace account earlier this year, it wiped out all the travel picture blogs I've written over the years including my trips to Taiwan, Barcelona, Paris, Seoul, NYC, Hawaii, Mexico, Philadelphia, Canada, Miami, Rome, London, Amsterdam, and Brussels. My friends are disappointed that they are no longer able to experience the world vicariously through my eyes, so I decided to dedicate this blog to my travel experiences. I love to travel, like to write, and enjoy sharing my experience with others. Thank you for stopping by, and please watch for updates.