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Trip to the US (Day 8)

I really enjoyed the buffet at Las Vegas.


On the way to the airport, I spotted the Hard Rock Cafe Hotel.

One day, I would like to stay over at one of Hard Rock Cafe Hotels.


Sayonara Vegas…it had fun during my stay.

A challenge to use a LCC carrier is the weight.

I am usually good at managing the weight without using a scale. fufufu


Oh, this is my first time to see a cosmetics vending machine.


And wow, there are Casinos at every gates!


There are many entertainments at the airport, but it’s time for boarding.



On the plane, I couldn’t enjoy movies because I thought I can watch movies by using Gogo Entertainment apps which should be should be able to use on any LCC carriers, but for the Virgins America, it seems it requires to download their apps for any entertainment on the plane.

However, I enjoyed one entertainment: their safety video. 

It’s like a musical.

Yes, I happily pay attention to this video.


I had a nice American Chinese food for lunch: Panda Express.

I was told Panda Express plans to expand business in Japan.

I like American Chinese food and look forward to enjoying Panda Express’ food in Tokyo!

I did things that I must do in San Francisco.

Firsr, ride on a cable car.


Walk at Fisherman’s Warf and buy a Hard Rock Cafe’s merchandise.


Watch Sea Lions.


Eat Crab.


After dinner drove through San Francisco passing by few trains that were imported from overseas.


AT & T Park – San Francisco Giants Baseball Team Field.


And checked-in at the last hotel of this trip.


I was excited to watch the latest episode of Hawaii Five-O.


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Trip to the US (Day 7)

I woke up late to catch up my sleep after many adventures at the Grand Circle.

I enjoyed breakfast; there are many variety of food to enjoy hours.


Took a tram to Bellagio Hotel to check out iconic places in Vegas.



This is famous glass ceiling by Chihuly.


Bellagio started showcasing new theme – Summer at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden.


This reminds me Menton Lenon Festival in France, but this festival is held in every February….?


There is the Guinness Certified World’s Longest  Chocolate Fountain.



And the world’s famous water fountain dancing show also at the Bellagio.


Reached to the Forum Shops.

The theme of this shopping complex is Rome and sky changes for morning, day and night.

The VenusFort in Odaiba, Tokyo applys the same concept resembling this shopping mall.




There is a spiral escalator manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric (Japan).

It was fun going ups and downs.


I cannot take any photos at Casino area.

I took these photos at the border of Casino and the Forum and these are my best photos of Casino to share.



After exploring Vegas, dressed up for Sushi dinner at the Tokyo Boys.

It’s about 15 minutes away by a car; It’s worth taking a trip there because food is good – sushi is authentic.



I also enjoyed interesting coconut and strawberry sake.


After a nice dinner, watched the show: Cirque Du Soleil O.

We were lucky because when we arrived Ballagio where the theatre is located, could watch the night version of water fountain dance.


The Cirque Du Soleil O is an amazing show.



It was already 11:30 pm when we returned to the Monte Carlo Hotel.

I was in Vegas so should play for fun.

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Trip to the US (Day 3)

I took a quick breakfast to catch a plane to Phenix.


San Francisco is a busy airport being a hub airport.

I took American to Phenix.


The art of Kusama Yayoi, a Japanese artist – famous for using polka dots in her art, was displayed at the corridor.


I watched the movie, Swan Lake, on my iPhone by downloading app, Gogo Entertainment.

The service is good but I could not finish the movie before landing.


I had a small refreshment.


I arrived the Red Rock Country, Sedona.

Sedona is the vortex of spiritual energy.

I was there and watched famous vortex site.

Bell Rock – the shape of bell.

Cathedral Rock – three mountains like the shape of teeth.


The Sacred Place for Native Indians – four rocks where Native Indians play.


Snoopy Rock – there is a sleeping snoopy.


See! I enlarge a photo to locate Snoopy (at the center).


I had a nice Mexican lunch at 89 AGAVE.


Main dish was shrimp fajitas! Yammy!


After lunch, went to shopping for power stones!

I bought four stones.

Yes, I need to bring back ENERGY with me.



Then went to the Vortex Site, Airport Mesa.

Thunder Mountain – this rocks gave inspiration to Walt Disney who had stayed here then, to design the Big Thunder Mountain. That is why the Big Thunder Mountain are red rocks. Look carefully, on the left there is a wheel and on the right, there is a tea pot.

I wish I could stay longer in Sedona, but departed for the Grand Canyons to watch the sunset there.

Rocks are so beautiful and changed colour as sun moves.





On the way out, a family of elves greeted me.


Sun has set and checked-in at the Best Western Premier Gtand Canyon Sqire Inn.





I had a bottle of local beer, onion soup, rib eye steak and cheese cake.


Today, I received strong vortex so theoretically, I’m strong; nonetheless, I should sleep for few hours.

Oyasuminasai.

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Trip to the US (Day 2)

It seems many cargo trains passed by last night; but I didn’t wake up till my alarm went off.

I woke up feeling fresh this morning.

I had a typical American breakfast: egg, sausage, beacon, turkey ham, cheese, pan cake, yogurt, fruit and Starbucks coffee!

I departed Double Tree by Hilton Modenas for Yosemite National Park.

Yosemite is Native Americans (Indians) language meaning Brown Bear.


A bus is climbing mountains. 


On the way to Yosemite, we drove through Mariposa, which was a gold mining town in 1848 at the time of  the California Gold Rush.

Many speculators rushed to California to look for Gold especially in 1849; therefore, they are called 49ers which now named for American football team, San Francisco 49ers.

Players are definitely “49ers” because they also rush for an opportunity (ball) to make them famous and wealthy.

This town didn’t die after the California Gold Rush era died because the town became a resting area before reaching Yosemite.

The town preserves cowboy town look.


This is how they mined gold. 


On the way to Yosemite, I could see old mining points.


It took over 3 hours to reach the Arch Rock Entrance of the Yosemite National Park and also the Unesco’s World Heritage.


I am lucky because I was told that past 7 – 8 years it didn’t rain enough so waterfalls and rivers were thin and some points dried.

However, last year it rained well so I could enjoy powerful waterfalls and rivers today!

At the Tunnel View point, I overlooked the Bridalveil Falls (on the right), Half Dome (a peak in the center) and El Capitan (solid granite mountain which is popular for rock climbing on the left).


From a different point, we can take a look at Ribbon Fall next to El Captan.


And moved to another point to have a close look of Bridalveil Fall.

This fall named Bridalveil because at the bottom of the fall, the mist looks like as if bride’s veil is flipping by wind.

How romantic!


This dynamic cascade fall is 740 m length Yosemite Fall.


From the different point, I enjoyed peaceful looking Half Dome.

After viewing iconic points from different places, I became hungry.

I had a turkey burger (not a sandwich) and salad with ranch dressing at Yosemite Valley Lodge.


After lunch, I walked to the bottom of Yosemite Fall.

It’s so dynamic and powerful so I got wet at the bottom of Yosemite Fall.


On the way out of Yosemite, I enjoyed closer look of El Capitan and Bridalveil Fall.



I could feel the great power of Mother Nature by looking at many huge rocks cracked in two like this as if somebody cut it by a knife.


I bought a pair of socks and cap for the memory of Yosemite.

Agriculture is one of major industries of California.

California is famous for production of almonds, pistachios and olive oil.

This is an almond tree.


And these are almonds.


I bought these as my sourvenirs: Californian inshell almonds, inshell pistachios and olive oil.


Not only shopping, but I also enjoyed window views such as Wind Power Station (there are many as 300) and trains (could be over 100 cargo containers).



Before reaching to the hotel, I had a nice over 200 g rib eye steak and local beer, Sierra Nevada, at the Black Bear Diner.

Salad, corn bread, ice cream and coffee are also nice.

Restaurant is so cute, fully decorated with black bears!

Black bears are everywhere!


After a nice dinner, passed by Rakuten (Japanese leading e-commerce platform with 30% market share follow by Amazon (15%) and Yahoo Japan (3.2%)) and reached tonight’s hotel: the Best Western Plus Grosvenor Hotel.




Okay, my bath is ready.

Good night.

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Trip to the US (Day 1 Vol. 3)

The flight to San Jose was comfortable.

The flight was smooth (not jumpy) and I had a small cubical to myself with side table.



I enjoyed Japanese dinner while watching Beauty and the Beast. 

I cried because it’s far better than I expected.



After dinner, I watched another movie, an action movie: John Wick Chapter 2.


I sky-shopped a travel kit of Morrocan Oil.

I bought a bottle of it from Amazon before and I like how my hair looks after applying this. 

I finished it already and I think it’s nice to have a travel size.


Then I again enjoyed Japanese breakfast.


Even I ate Japanese breakfast, it would be nice to have a cup of coffee.


Now I can see San Jose!

I feel funny; in Japan it’s a day ahead and already on 18 June 2017, but now it’s still 17 June 2017 – Day 1 of my trip.


San Jose is known as Silicon Valley, but the airport is very analog.


We stopped at Safeway (supermarket) to buy water and lunch.


I was still full from breakfast so I bought snacks. hahaha


The first sightseeing spot was Golden Gate Bridge.

This bridge was built 80 years ago.

I was lucky because there was no fog and I failed to take a photo, but I could carxh whales swimming.


There is a walk way so I walked on the bright!


I can also have a good view of Alcatraz Island, the famous former prison island.


After a short and pleasant walk, we headed to a hotel in Modesto by passing famous Bay Bridge.

Amazing, a half part of bridge was also built 80 years ago.

In Japan, there is Bay Bridge in Yokohama.

Hopefully, one day I can post about Japanese Bay Bridge.


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Loppi

My Malaysian friend asked me to buy tickets to Ghibli Museum because he couldn’t buy them online.

I also checked online, but tickets are sold out for July 2017.

I thought there are some tickets reserved for Loppi. 

Loppi is a ticketing machine placed at LAWSON convenient shops.

We can buy tickets 24/7.

This is Loppi like an ATM machine.

Unfortunately, all tickets are sold out on any dates in July 2017!

On 10th of every month, tickets will be available to purchase for the next month.

Well, my friends need to plan to visit Tokyo again!