US Trip Part 3: NBA Warriors Game

10th December 2017

Part 1: Los Angeles & Coastal Drive
Part 2: Exploring San Francisco

The Warriors game end up being my favourite part of the trip, so I’ve decided to dedicate a whole blog entry about my experience. Hopefully it will still be interesting to non-Basketball enthusiasts :)

Dear Chibi,

Geared up and ready to go!!! Looks like Hubby has converted ;) ohohohho~

Golden State Warriors vs Orlando Magic

We watched the Warriors vs Magic 13th November, 7.30pm game at Oracle Arena. We didn’t base our USA trip around the NBA schedule, since it wasn’t released when we were planning our trip. I was thrilled there was actually a home game while we were in San Francisco! I would’ve been devastated to miss out on seeing them play live. We bought tickets about 2 months ago, and I’ve been looking forward to it since. It also happened to be ‘Steph Curry Championship Bobblehead Night’, so the first 10,000 fans in attendance got one! Ahhhh I NEEDED IT!

  

We arrived around 5.30pm. Doors were opening at 6.

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US Trip Part 2: Exploring San Francisco

8th December 2017

Dear Chibi,

See Part 1: Los Angeles & Coastal Drive

In-N-Out to start the day!

We’ve been trying to have this since day 1, but somehow timing was just never quite right. At this point, I was still feeling nausea from Five Guys, so I tried to eat as light as I could (Which wasn’t possible from In-N-Out so I just…didn’t eat at all lol XD). According to Hubby, it was pretty amazing! Possibly higher than Five Guys on his list. What we didn’t realise was that they had a “Secret Menu” which allowed you to order some crazier stuff like “Animal Style Fries” & “3×3 burger”. Fear not- we had another round of In-N-Out later in the trip to make up for it 8D.

(Btw, why is every burger joint red? :P)

Just like that, our coastal drive was over. We finally arrived in San Francisco, home of my favourite Golden State Warriors :D

Union Square

We stayed at Chancellor Hotel on Union Square, and boy did that have the tiniest space ever. (hmm, actually New York may have been the winner )


At least the location was convenient :D

The great thing about coming here in November is that we also got to experience the Christmas vibe.
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US Trip Part 1: Los Angeles & Coastal Drive

5th December 2017

Home Sweet Homeeeeee! :D I miss my cat.

Dear Chibi,

Hubby and I have recently returned from our 3 week holiday in the States :D The trip was for our 3 year wedding anniversary which lands on November 15th. It was our first time venturing outside of Asia, so the long flight was quite the experience ;D (and a little daunting at first). During our stay we visited Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Monterey, San Francisco, Las Vegas, The Grand Canyon, Orlando, Miami and finally New York. I’ve got a lot to cover, so I’ll will be splitting up my blog entries into several parts as I make my way through all the photos. So, let’s get started!

Firstly, we landed in LA early in the morning. I only managed around 4 hours of sleep during the 14 hour flight. LA was 16 hours behind Sydney, so the timezone difference was messing with my brain XD. After the first day though my body clock seemed to have adjusted and it was all good from there :D Phew!

Our rental car for our drive up the West Coast.

Driving on the right lane and sitting on the opposite side took some time to get used to. I still don’t fully understand how it all works (LOL), but that’s okay since all I did was sit and snooze; while Hubby did all the driving 8D

On our drive, we kept seeing signs that read “Ped Xing”. I was so confused I had no idea what that was supposed to mean. I assumed it was some street named after an Asian man. But it was everywhere! That doesn’t make any sense XD! Eventually Hubby figured out it was an abbreviation for “Pedestrian Crossing”. Oh my god…lol ahAHHAHA XD Oh America, why?

I also found it interesting that we have to pre-pay at the petrol stations before filling up our car. I guess that prevents theft but it’s not something we’re used to in Sydney.

One thing that slightly bothered me was that the pedestrian crossing indicators don’t make any noise when its time to cross. You actually have to pay attention and look for the ‘walk’ sign to show up, otherwise you’d miss it. The sign is also in white instead of green. Talk about accessibility ;p

Santa Monica

Our first destination was Santa Monica, a coastal city west of downtown Los Angeles. The area felt quite spacious with a relaxed atmosphere. The name “Santa” sure is popular around here; Santa is everywhere XD



We stopped by Bruxie for our first US meal. Fried chicken sandwiched in a freshly baked waffle. YUM! Never had such a thing before.
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