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Western USA 15D14D ( Day 3- Hollywoods,Los Angeles)

After 3day2night in Anaheim, we will be moving to Hollywood.

It was a long struggle for me during my planning on where should I be staying in Los Angeles. We could not decide between Hollywood and Downtown Los Angeles. Being a very typical tourist, we decided on Hollywood as we got to visit most of the tourist attractions within walking distance.

For our next few nights, we chose a boutique hotel, Hollywood Orchid Suites. The hotel is situated right behind Hollywood & Highland. We were greeted by the most friendly and helpful receptionist. She gave us some advice and tips while traveling around.

Tips 1 : Never take any “Free” CDs from anyone. There will be couple of people handing or pushing CDs into you face outside Dolby Theatre. These are scam.

Tips 2: Along Walk of Fame, you will see cosplayer asking you to take photos with them. You may do so at your discretion. But do note, you are required to tip them for taking photos with them. They are not looking for USD 1 or 2 only, usually they will request for more.

Tips 3: Always be careful with your valuables and look out for pickpockets.

We really appreciate these tips as these were some of the situations we faced.

After leaving our luggages at the concierge desk, we went on to explore the neighbourhood. Being in Hollywood, Walk of Fame is a definitely a place to visit. We try to identify as many actors, actress or characters that we know of.

I find it hard to take photos as the walkway is crowded with tourists and everyone is playing the same spotting game. Therefore, we decided to give up taking photos and enjoy the walk.

Next up, is TCL Chinese Theatre where you find hand prints of actors and actress from blockbusters movie and shows.

In the same neighbourhood, you can also visit Madame Tussauds Hollywood, El Capitian Theatre, Ripley Believe it or Not!

Visiting Hollywood is never complete without seeing the Hollywood sign in your own eyes. You will be able to get the view from Dolby Theatre Shopping Center.

You may not be able to get an up close view here, but is good enough of us due to our short stay.

After shopping around, We head back to the hotel for checking in and to freshen ourself up.

We are ready for our 1st shopping spree at Citadel Outlets.  We took their free shuttle service from Union Station. The whole journey took around one and half hour due to the traffic jams.

When you are into shopping spree, there’s no time for photos.

We stop by Panda Express for dinner. (My hubby’s favourite fast food during his last visit to US)

Panda Express is a fast food chain that sell Chinese food. You are able to choose your choice of carbo (Rice or Noodle) with dishes of your choice. Is like Mixed Veg stall in Singapore.

After dinner, we headed back to hotel via taxi.

We will be heading to Universal Studio Hollywood on our Day 4.

Do Stay Tunes…

Travelogue

Western USA 15D14N Travelogue (Day 0 – Day 1)

Deciding on the perfect destination for the honeymoon is not as simple as it seems. Both parties will have their ideal honeymoon destination. My ideal honeymoon destination is either Amsterdam or Vienna. However, for my hubby, it will be his all-time favorite, San Fransico; USA. Instead of going for Free and Easy, both of us want a fuss-free guided tour.

After shopping around for almost a few months, we decided to take up Western USA tour from one of the tour agency due to the flexibility and the itineraries they going to over. One main deciding factor was, we will be going to fulfill both of our childhood dream of visiting Disneyland.

Everything was going as plan until a month before the trip, the travel agency informs us that the tour will be canceled due to a lack of participates. Lucky for us, we did saw the moment coming. I had been eyeing on the airfare a few days before the agency broke the news. However, to plan a 2 weeks Free and Easy trip alone is not a simple task. During the process, I face a number of struggles.

As we will be covering Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Fransisco during our two weeks holiday, we wanted to cover as many places with the minimum time spent on traveling. Transportation is one of our biggest concern as both of us is not confident driving in the States. We decided to go ahead with taking public transportation and UBER/LYFT.

Our first airline choice was Singapore Airlines, as it is only airlines that we have 100% confident in the level of service and food especially for long hual.

Before leaving for your trip, do remember to apply for your Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) at least 2 weeks before departure date. It usually takes 2 – 3 working days to get the application approve.

Finally, the day finally arrive for our honeymoon.

Our first stop will be Los Angeles with a short transit in Narita, Japan. I manage to get my hands on Hello Kitty Limited Apple Cake by Tokyo Banana.

Prior to the trip, I booked our airport shuttle service from Mozio.com. Mozio provides airport transfers for more than 2000 airports in the world. All you need to do is to book your ride on either their website or mobile site. You are able to select from shared shuttle services to private limo rides.

After clearing the custom, we headed toward the shuttle service counter situated right outside the terminal to check in.

Within 5 minutes, the shuttle bus drove over for the pickup. The whole process was seamless and efficient.

After 40min of the ride, we reached our 1st hotel, Fairfield Inn by Marriott Anaheim Resort. Fairfield Inn is strategically located right opposite of Disneyland, Anaheim.

We took a walk around the neighbourhood while waiting for our room to be ready for check-in.

I was slightly disappointed with the room as I remember i booked a Premium View Room overlooking Disneyland. However, all I get was the pool view of Courtyard Mariott hotel from my hotel room’s corridor.

Afterall, we enjoyed our stay in the hotel. Checking in was a breeze. The front desk staff was friendly and helpful. She went through the map of the neighbourhood with us, making sure we know how to navigate. The room was amazing with Disney themed. It was clean and spacious. There is a wet and dry bathroom which is convenient for us especially in the morning. It will be excellent if they have more Disney details in the room. The hotel has the prefect location. Disneyland is 5 minutes walk away. There was numerous dinning option within the area.McDonald’s is located right outside the hotel premise.

Day 1 was pretty relaxing for us as we wanted to get more rest and adjust ourselves to the time difference. After taking a nap, we headed to Anaheim Plaza for dinner and Walmart shopping.

Anaheim Plaza is an outdoor shopping area where you able to get retail therapy for the whole family. However, food was kind of limited over here. I will recommend you to visit after dinner.

I was so engross in my Walmart shopping that I forget to take any photos. However, I will still do up a top 10 must buy in Walmart soon, so stay tunes for it.

We are so excited to start our Disneyland adventure tomorrow.

Lifestyle

IMPACT MINT – STAY FRESH AND MAKE AN IMPACT

I believe Impact Mint is not a stranger to the 80’s baby.

I first tasted Impact mint was when I am in late secondary, early tertiary days. Since then I had always been a fan of Impact Mint, especially the Peach flavor.

Back then I have barely minimal knowledge about the sweet. I believe pretty common for people not to know what they are consuming.

Thanks to Impact Mint first blogger event. I get to learn more about this cute compact sweet that I been keeping in my bag.

1) Impact Mint is made in Germany and is part of one of the largest dairy groups in Europe. In 2002, they wanted to develop a product for the export market. With the input from Japan, Impact Mints was created.

2) Impact Mints is Sugar-free, you can enjoy them without any guilt.

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Lifestyle

A Better Florist – No special occasion needed to purchase flowers.

 

Photo Credit: A Better Florist

I am a strong believer of you do not need a special reason or occasion to get a bouquet of flowers.

Here three reasons why?

1. Flowers will positively brighten up her mood.

Take 5 minutes off what you are doing now and think.
Is your mother, girlfriend or someone you care about been feeling very down recently?

Maybe because for their stressful work life or facing some problems which they don’t wish to share. Or even are they having their PMS?

You are having some difficulty managing and dealing with their foul mood and emotions. Well, you can brighten up their day with minimum effort by getting them the right flowers.

The colorful bunch of sweet smelling flowers can help them to de-stress and boost up their mood. Flowers has incredible powers to make the special one smile and feel good. It also contributes to delivering the unspoken message of appreciation and care.

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Lifestyle

Slimming made easy by Vermilion Slimming Support

Counting down to 3 months to my wedding. For this whole year, I had been looking for different ways to slim down. Even though, I managed to slim down 7kg since last year. I had yet reached my ideal weight and body shape. As the clock is ticking, I get more and more anxious about looking good on my big day.

Thank Vermilion, I came to know this amazing Vermilion slimming jelly which they carry. Vermilion is a Singapore based company dealing with preventative health, anti -aging medicine and health products which combine the Western medicine with Traditional Chinese Medicine.

To make their products appeal to the younger generation and cater to their busy life style. Instead of making the motion of taking dietary supplements a hassle, they compact all the nutrients and benefits into a plant-based jelly strip. It also helps to promote the benefit of boring TCM ingredients to the younger generation.

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Food

Minions are taking over McDonald’s Singapore from 8 Jun 2017

 

This June, Minions are taking over McDonald’s with Ba-na-na !!

For a period of time, the mischievous Minions will be switching out McDonald’s famed Vanilla Soft Serve with a creamy Banana Soft Serve. From just $1, cool off with a Banana Cone, or enjoy a Banana Hot Fudge or Strawberry Sundae available from $1.90. Don’t miss out on the Banana Oreo McFlurry, available from $2.90.

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Lifestyle

Double the Fun with Half the Price at Wild Wild Wet, Downtown East

JUNE, the happiest month for all Singapore kids. It’s School Holiday.

Time to take some time out of your children’s books, tuition, or enrichment classes. Bring them out for some family fun time.

Not having any idea where to go? Why not, Downtown East.

Downtown East is a one-stop leisure and lifestyle destination located at the east side of our little red dot, Pasir Ris. It have a wide array of entertainment options at affordable prices like Wild Wild Wet, D’Resort, Orchid Bowl and eXplorerkid. The newly revamp Downtown East is also home to many wallet friendly restaurants and stores where you can dine and shop while having fun.

Wild Wild Wet @ Downtown East recently completed its expansion to double its original size.

To celebrate the completion, Wild Wild Wet launch “Seeing Double Campaign

Come dressed identically with a friend to enjoy 1 for 1 Wild Wild Wet Admission Ticket, Orchid Bowl, eXplorerkid. 

I was invited by Wild Wild Wet and SampleStore to be part of Wild Wild Wet’s attempt to set Singapore Book of Records for the ‘Largest Gathering of Dress Alike Duos.’

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Pre-wedding package and Gown Fitting with White Link

Finally, I got some time off to update my blog on my wedding planning journey. It had been a busy year for Vincent and me.

We got our bridal package during the BOWS road show in March 2016. Unlike any other couples, we did not shop around to look for more vendors. We went straight to White Link booth.

Why we choose White Link instead of other bridal studios despite a few not so good reviews online?

I get to know of this brand” White Link” during my teenage time. Whenever I walk pass their boutique in Marina Square with my girlfriends, we can help to peep in and wonder when will be our turn to wear a wedding gown. It has always been a dream for me.

Since it had been around for so many years, I trust that I will be in good hands with them. My cousin, as well as some of my friends, had taken up their bridal package too.

I did not shop around partly is also because of him, as he does not like to go through the process and motion of seating down at various bridal studios booth listening to the sale talk.

We were served by the sale manager, Catherine. She went through the BOWs promotion package for both local and oversea. As much as I hope to take my wedding photoshoot oversea, we decided to give it a miss so that we can spend the extra money on our upcoming house. I would say Catherine is very patient when come to answering our questions. I went with the intention to sign the bridal package. Therefore I don’t feel much hard sale.

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