Labor Day Weekend Vacation & Shakira Concert 2018

I had so much fun during the beginning of the month before I got sick last week. I went to SoCal during Labor Day weekend to visit my sister and the Thursday after, I went to see Shakira, live in concert. I had so much fun. But that Saturday, I got sick.

Anyway, let’s talk about my vacation. You can look at the pictures if you follow me on Instagram.

Labor Day Weekend Vacation

My flight was at 6:30 AM on Friday to Orange County, CA. I had to wake up at 4 am to get ready and get to the airport. I was soo tired as I didn’t get that much sleep. I actually took a short nap on the plane. My sister picked me up from the airport and went back to her place so that I can put my luggage away and for me to rest for a bit. Then, we headed off to LA!

The traffic was terrible and it took over an hour to get to LA (I fell asleep during the car ride. LOL). The first thing we did was go eat. We went to Shake Shack! I’ve been reading about how Shack Shack is better than In-N-Out, so I had to try it out for myself. We ordered the cheese fries, SmokeShack, and the Roadside Double. The SmokeShack was way better than the Roadside Double. However, I still like In-N-Out better. The Cheese Fries were good as well. The cheese didn’t harden fast, which was nice since we were able to enjoy the fries more. However, I like the animal-style fries from In-N-Out better. I vote is for In-N-Out. Please don’t hate on me. It’s personal preference.

After, we walked to OUE Skyspace LA. You know how there’s the Space Needle in Seattle, where you go to a really tall building to see the view of the city? The Skyspace was basically the same thing. They even have a slide, which looks pretty scary. You’re so many feet up in the air and the slide is short but  you’re up very high. It’s a clear slide so you can see how high up you are and see what’s below you. However, I didn’t go on the slide. First, I was scared. Second, it cost money to go on it. The view of LA was nice but it’s like any other city. Then, we went to the bar area and we both got one drink. We chilled at the bar and had a lot of catching up to do. We went to Little Tokyo after but we didn’t stay there that long. I did try some of the best red bean ice cream there though.

We went to the mall after to do some shopping and then we headed to the 626 Night Market after shopping. The 626 Night Market is basically re-creating the night scene in asian, with all the street food. There are so many vendors there that me and my sister split a lot of the foods so we can try more without spending so much money. It was fun and the food was delicious.

The next day, we went to Disneyland and California Adventures. It was fun but really crowded since it was Labor Day weekend. We didn’t get on as much rides as we wanted since the lines were so long but we still had fun. The only thing I was disappointed about was that the Incredicoaster (used to be California Screamin’) was down for most of the day. That was the point of going! I went there because of PixarFest and I was really looking forward to going on the rollercoaster. I was sad. We did try out the new restaurant that used to be the Cove Bar. It’s called LampLight Lounge. The food was okay but the drinks were good. I liked the Cove Bar better though.

The next two days were pretty chill. My sister and I went to brunch the next morning and had bottomless mimosas. We also went to the beach close to the end of the day. We went towards sunset and it was so pretty! The last day, we just hung out. We went to Chan Chan’s to eat Korean food (there isn’t that many great Korean restaurants where I live). Then, we went shopping after. I flew home that night. It was nice hanging out with my sister.

Shakira Concert 2018

So, I went to see Shakira in San Jose on September 6, 2018. It was so much fun! I went with my cousin and we had a great time there. It was my 2nd concert ever (with the Jonas Brothers being my first 10 years ago).  It’s about a two hour drive from where I live so we left around 3 pm, hoping not to get caught in San Jose traffic. We arrived around 6 -6:15 pm (thanks to me taking the wrong turn, whoops. There was also traffic).

The first hour and a half was just the DJ playing music. I bought some swag (shorts, tank top, and necklace) while waiting for her to perform. The suspense was killing me because the concert started at 7:30 but Shakira didn’t perform until 9! It was worth the wait though because she did not disappoint. She was amazing and performed for two hours. The technology improved so much since the first concert I went to and the vibe was energetic and fun. It was also her father’s birthday that day, so we sang happy birthday to him. She performed most of her songs from her El Dorado album as well as many of her classics.

After, we ate a late dinner (at like midnight) at La Victoria Taqueria. It’s a great Bay Area chain. The food was delicious. I ordered the super carne asada burrito and my cousin ordered the vegetarian quesadilla. I’ve tried both before (3rd time eating there) and it was delicious! Plus, you just have to eat it with their orange sauce. It’s what they are known for. They even sell it by the bottle.

Anyway, that was my adventure this month.

Do you like Disneyland?

Who’s your favorite artist? 

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So-Cal Trip

As I mentioned earlier, I went on a mini vacation to So-Cal (Southern California) last week. I had a great time.

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So, me and my sister had an 8:40 pm flight last Tuesday to Irvine. It felt so weird traveling without my parents. I know. I felt like a real adult traveling without them. We landed in Orange County around 9:50 pm.

We got our luggage and decided to go to 85 Degrees bakery. I was hoping to buy a red bean pastry but they didn’t have any. Instead, I bought a savory pastry bread with chicken, green onions, and sriracha (which I ate for breakfast the following morning). After 85 Degrees Bakery, we went to BCD Tofu House for a late dinner. I had no clue what to expect and I ordered kimchi and spicy bbq chicken. The chicken was good but the kimchi soup thing wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be.

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Wednesday was a relaxing day. We just shopped at Trader Joes and went Pig Haus for some food and boba milk tea. We cooked up some Kung Pao Chicken from Trader Joes for dinner.

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Thursday was Beach Day! I never get to go to the beach and it was fun playing in the water. We went to Newport Beach and it was fun. Ran into waves, swimming, etc.  I was so self conscious wearing a bikini at first but I realized that I shouldn’t. I should be confident. We ended up eating at Charlie’s Chilis by the beach and the food was delicious! I ordered a shrimp burrito from there and had some clam chowder.

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Night time was the Spectrum. I went to the Hello Kitty Cafe. I loved the coffee art they did, making the Hello Kitty on my latte. It was cute but it didn’t taste so good. Their macaroons and the poptart like thing they had were also really sweet. They looked cute though. I just went there for the experience. I overheard people saying that they drove for an hour to get there just to try it out.

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The next day was the Sake to Me, all you can eat SUSHI!!! My sister and I ordered 12 rolls. We went with one of her friends and boy, it was ALOT!!! I was so stuffed after. The pictures are a little blurry for the sushi. I also worked out that day in her apartment gym.

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That night, we went to the 626 Night Market in LA! It was crowded and the food was so expensive. We went to Rolling Ice and got Rolled Ice Cream. I had to try the purple yam one.

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After the 626 Night Market in LA, my sister’s friend showed us a cool street food taco place and it was awesome. It’s really hard to explain but they had amazing tacos that were cooked and made right there in front of you. It was NOT a food truck. It was literally set up in an alley out in the open and a lot of people went there to buy the tacos.

Saturday was a relaxing day. I worked out and we ate Thai Food. I ordered Tofu Pad Thai with Thai Milk Tea. My sister ordered some other noodle dish with beef.

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After that, I relaxed a bit and then packed for my flight back home.

It was a fun mini vacation!

Have you been to the Hello Kitty Cafe?

What are your favorite places to visit in so-cal?