Thursday, April 18, 2013

LA Day 2: Little Tokyo

Yesterday's walking around had me exhausted so I slept the whole night! I usually wake up at ~7am every day (and then promptly go back to sleep hehe) but I think jet lag also helped me snooze. While I was sleeping, Matt and Mariyah went to Koreatown which was literally right down the street from our hotel! I wish I had gone with them!!

Besides Kyary, Little Tokyo was what I was looking forward to the most. It's pretty much the closest I can get to actually going to Tokyo, haha. We woke up in the morning and went next door to a place called Nue Studio Cafe and Salon. The hotel lobby had a sign with the cafe's hours, and also on the hotel's website it has a section about them so it was very convenient! Here are some pictures from their website:

"Owner and stylist Todd Jameson is a well known hair god and rock star in Miami, where he opened the original Nue Studio in 2008. His shop, which was voted among the top 100 salons in 2011 by Elle Magazine, include art-covered walls, album covers used as flooring and a DJ booth."

While we didn't go to the Salon, the cafe was very delicious! The coffee was amazing and I got this thing called a "Fat Elvis", which is peanut butter, banana, and bacon on a croissant! Everybody knows peanut butter and banana go well together, but I never thought about adding bacon to the mix! It was so filling, I couldn't finish it all... Actually, all 3 of us had a hard time finishing our food!
The girls working there were also very cute and nice, which is always a plus!

According to GPS, Little Tokyo was only about 15 mins away from our hotel so after we had our fill, we went on our way!

Read more to see the purikura we took! :)

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Los Angeles Day 1

As some of you may or may not know, I took a trip to Los Angeles, CA with my boyfriend, Matt and friend, Mariyah! The purpose of our trip was to see Kyary Pamyu Pamyu perform!
Once I had seen word of her going on a world tour, I knew that she HAD to have at least one US date. I knew that she had performed in LA before so it was my guess that she was going to be there again, and after they posted the dates, I was right! So after that was announced, we started to save up money and planned for the trip!

Our flight was set to leave at ~7am and we almost missed it! Our boarding passes told us that we were leaving from B7, but it ended up being B8! I'm not sure why that happened? If they hadn't called our names for the flight, we definitely would have missed it!
It was Matt's first flight!
Our flight took a little longer to take off because we had to go back for them to rearrange the luggage. Unfortunately, this took about 20 minutes that we didn't really have! Our flight was very short, probably only 40 minutes, but now we were late for our flight to LA! We ran to the other gate to catch our flight but they had already boarded... thankfully, they let us get on because we only had carry-on baggage.
The flight seemed like it took such a long time, I was starving and exhausted because I couldn't sleep the night before; at the same time, I was ecstatic because I've never been to LA and I wanted to see everything!

Once we landed, we picked up our bags and waited in line to get the car we rented. I looked up how far we were from the hotel and it said 1 hour! This was when we realized we hadn't even looked up how far our airport was from the hotel. It was a slight bummer, but there was nothing we could do but drive!
I was expecting really bad traffic but it was never stand-still, bumper-to-bumper like it gets here in SA. I feel like the drivers in general were... better? Cautious? I don't know, I can't really think of the word for it right now, but hopefully you get what I mean!

We were staying at Hollywood Historic Hotel. The price was reasonable and it was relatively close to everything that we wanted to do! I have no complaints on the hotel, besides that I wish we had a microwave to heat up our leftovers from the day, haha! We could see the Hollywood sign from our window, and even though some people might not like the sounds of the cars and whatnot going on outside, Matt and I are both relatively heavy sleepers so it didn't really bother us!

More pictures from when we walked around Hollywood Blvd under the cut!