3 days in LA

En route our way to Peru, we stopped over in LA for a few days. It was nice to stopover and revisit California for I missed the weather, the food, and cheap outlet shopping, and I was able to meet a few old friends which is always a bonus. On the way to LA, I sat in the new Cathay Pacific business class for the first time thanks to having enough mileage…

Aboard Cathay Pacific's new business class
Aboard Cathay Pacific's new business class

It was really cool how the seat was able to transform into a flat bed, and each person had their own private suite…

businessclass2

I watched two movies on the plane: He’s just not that into you and The Class.

He’s just not that into you was really entertaining and at some parts funny. I always enjoy movies and books that attempt to explain the psychology of human beings, even if, as was the case in this film, they’re not always true. The Class was a film on an entirely different level. It’s a Palm D’or film about a French teacher with the best intentions who cares too much and gets into trouble with the problems of a bad 15 year old student. It’s an amazing film because it has a documentary-like feel, a very strong ensemble of actors (even the young cast of students were really convincing) and an incredible build-up of plot that made me feel as though I was part of the class. I really felt the teacher’s frustrations as he dealt with kids and their fickle immaturity. When I arrived in LA we went to watch The Transformers 2. I fell asleep halfway through the movie (it was a really LOUD ACTION movie). I had never fell asleep during a movie before so to me it was quite a revelation. It sucked.

Flowers and letters reading "sorry for your loss" placed around the star of The Jacksons
Flowers and letters reading "sorry for your loss" placed around the star of The Jacksons

If there was something I would never forget from my LA visit it would be Michael Jackson’s sudden death. My sister picked me up from the airport at around 2pm (she went to USC for a year), and as she was driving me back to her apartment, I turned on the radio. I hadn’t had a chance to tune in to a good radio station for a long time as Hong Kong has never had any stations featuring good music. As we were driving past UCLA, the radio commentator suddenly announced the confirmation of Michael Jackson’s death, just as if everyone had expected it. I thought it was a joke. Michael Jackson was to perform in London next month, and the radio commentator had said it too casually for so big a story. I checked out the story after I arrived and it turns out Michael Jackson was dead. What’s more, he died in his LA home and his death was confirmed by doctors in UCLA less than an hour ago! It felt so bizarre that Michael Jackson, one of my most revered childhood idols, dies the moment I touch down in the same city!

I don’t know why, but the next day I felt that I had an obligation to pay his star a visit. It still feels so surreal that he’s gone! Unfortunately, his star at the Chinese theater was blocked off by officials, so we went to the star of The Jacksons. It really felt good to know that people still sympathize with his death even through all the scandalous events that took place during his life.

View from Hollywood Highland mall. Lots of TV cameras near MJ's star
View from Hollywood Highland mall. Lots of TV cameras near MJ's star

The next day we visited family who just arrived in San Gabriel. It’s a part of LA so infested with Chinese that it felt more like a “Chinacity” than a Chinatown; in fact, it felt more like we were in Shenzhen than in California. Everywhere there were English words, there were Chinese words. Apparently, this was where the FOBs get off their boats lol…the Vietnamese food was really good though!

We had a feast!!
We had a feast!!
In N Out kitchen at work
Speaking of food, cheap and tasty In N Out burgers!

That’s all for now, will update in a couple of days in Peru!!!

A week of lethargy

The past week has been…unproductive to say the least – I have not been efficiently carrying out my summer goals (i’ve just been stoned all day everyday)!!! I have not started exercising, working on my film, guitar-ing or learning to edit films yet. This is why I have not updated my blog. It must be the humidity, the newly acquired ability to drive, the LOVELY FOOD (see below), and the home-alone factors that have stymied my overall progress.

Also, I acquired a new goal this week because Derrick told me that he was going to sell of all his magic cards this summer and I decided that I should too (another stupid goal I should add to my list, but I won’t because I can’t believe I still have those cards!! what can I say! it was peer pressure at the age of 12!! ;)). Poker-wise, I did make a live profit of HKD 3k, albeit not a very significant achievement.

Despite all my lazing about, I did manage to finish a book – The Time Traveler’s Wife – a book I’ve been meaning to read for a very long time. It was better than I expected (I’m clearly not an avid reader) and the whole concept of time travel and the inability to alter fate was a rather cool plot device. Also, the fact that the story is narrated from both Clare and Henry’s (the lovers) perspectives makes for a good lesson in knowing-what-girls-think-about-psychology, especially when the same event is told from both points of view. However, once I got past 200 pages the story seemed to kind of drag on and there were many pointless chapters, like for example when they narrate about the dreams they’ve had. WTF lol… but still a very engaging read and well worth the time (well I always feel productive when I’m reading).

Anyway time for some pics of food (SORRY NOT FROM MY PHONE)!

FISHBALL SOUP NOODLES
FISHBALL SOUP NOODLES
ICE CHOCOLATE
ICE CHOCOLATE
BEEF BRISKET SOUP NOODLES
BEEF BRISKET SOUP NOODLES
CHA SIU FAN (bbq pork rice)
CHA SIU FAN (bbq pork rice)

That’s all for today. The next time I update will most likely be when I’m in LA (soon!)

Exams are now OFFICIALLY over!

I had my last exam today (Japanese). It took place in yet another sick hall, Westminster Central Hall.

Exam hall
Exam hall

After exams, I did some walking around London attempting to spend each day meaningfully. Here are some pics:

Somerset House is actually really pretty during the summer...
Somerset House is actually really pretty during the summer...
People reading in Somerset House.. Maybe I should do that too
People reading in Somerset House.. Maybe I should do that too

Some pics from the weekend market outside Royal Festival Hall

Scene of the market
Scene of the market
Big-Ass Breads
Big-Ass Breads
The best apple juice I have ever had. On the right is the apple juice machine where you put apples.
The best apple juice I have ever had. On the right is the apple juice machine where you put apples.
Paella looking damn good!
Paella looking damn good!
The shroom table
The shrooms table