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California Dreaming

There isn’t much detail in this post but if there are any questions I would be happy to answer them.

Since I will be working for the rest of my life, I thought it would be a good idea to go on a little vacation somewhere before that. I talked to my brother and we decided to talk to our cousins in California to see when they were free. We also talked to our parents and the moms thought it would be nice if my mom went too so in 2 days, we planned our trip to California and booked the flight tickets. After that, it was only about 2 or 3 weeks before vacation time. We didn’t have to do much research since there is family there to know where they wanted to take us.

The day of the trip, I went to bed with my stomach screaming for food!

*Day 1: Thursday, June 13, 2013

  • Golden Gate Bakery
    ‘ Yummy egg tarts
  • Koi Palace
  • Twin Peaks
    ‘ Don’t wear a skirt or a dress! Very windy!
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
    ‘ Sea lions
    ‘ Cute bread closed!
    ‘ Ghiradelli’s free sample
  • Lombard street
  • Hong Kong Flower Lounge

* Day 2: Friday, June 14, 2013

Heading to LA!! Whoohoo!!

  • Lee Sandwich
  • Tea Bar
  • Din Tai Fung
    ‘ Soup dumplings
  • Courtyard by Marriott
  • Umami Burger
  • LACMA woo hoo!

* Day 3: Saturday, June 14, 2013

  • Hsi Lai Temple
    ‘ 10 years later photo
    ‘ Lama spotting
  • Brodard Restaurant
  • Huntington Beach
  • Koreatown Plaza
  • Haejang Dolgooi Restaurant
  • Daiso
    ‘ Their $1.50 store with adorable house supplies!
  • Diddy Rise
    ‘ Day old cookies for a couple bucks but still so yummy!
    ‘ Ice cream sandwiches
  • UCLA campus
    ‘ Royce Hall
    ‘ Berry Bruin photo shoot. Funny story with this! We were exploring LoLo’s college campus when we ended up at their giant bear mascot statue. We saw some people unsuccessfully try to claim it so when they left we tried – he is much slippery than he looks! Because it was graduation week, there were chairs and tables around so we moved one of their plastic tables, climbed up and took some pictures! Don’t worry, Berry is unharmed and we put the table back.

* Day 4: Sunday, June 16, 2013

  • Porto’s Bakery
    ‘ Potato balls were good but there is a long time so arrive early and expect to wait
  • Japantown aka Little Tokyo
    ‘ Pikachu pillow pet!
  • Lette Macarons
  • Griffith Observatory
  • Tasty Garden

*Day 5: Monday, June 17, 2013

Packed, heated food, donzo! Easy checkout.

  • Kim Ky Noodle House
  • We wanted to make our drive home a little more entertaining so we made signs that said: “Nice day? Honk!”
    ‘ Totaled at 38 honks!!
  • Santa Ramen

* Day 6: Tuesday, June 18, 2013

  • Blvd Cafe
  • Road BART for the first time and had to run to catch the trolley
  • Rented bikes to go to the bridge! So foggy and windy! But as we got there, it started clearing up. We met the parents near the beginning of the bridge to take some pictures then went across the bridge. There was a nice downhill after the detours after the bridge then rushed to the ferry to get back.
  • Ferry Building
    ‘ Spicy chocolate!
  • Delicious sushi for dinner (must find out the name)!

*Day 7: Wednesday, June 18, 2013

  • Japanese Tea Garden – Beautiful place!
  • Conservatory of Flowers
  • Hong Kong Lounge II
  • Palace of Legions of Honors
  • Tarival

* Day 8: Thursday, June 20, 2013

  • Bi-Rite Ice Cream
  • Delorus Park
    ‘ Curly slide and fun playground
  • Sewerd Slides
    ‘ Had the most difficult time finding this place!
    ‘ Hidden concrete slides
  • Moragea Steps
  • Golden Island
  • Jasper’s Corner Tap & Kitchen

* Day 9: Friday, June 21, 2013

Finished the final packing and deflated the blow up bed.

  • Pho Ha Tien

And now for a few photos!

Hsi Lai Temple

10 years ago we had a picture just like this at the Hsi Lai Temple


And we shall call him Berry Bruin!

Japanese Tea Garden

At the Japanese Tea Garden. It’s beautiful over there!

moms, Conservatory of Flowers

Our lovely moms at the Conservatory of Flowers

This has to be one of my all time favorite trips!


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