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United States: Downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood


As the clock inevitably ticks minute by minute,  signifying my last remaining hours looming closer almost coming to an end, I knew I just had to make the most out of what is left of the remaining hours of my trip. (Did it sound like I was almost dying?) What better way to explore the city by taking a tour downtown, exploring awesome spots and experiencing the richness of the culture all by foot (and public transit)!  My friend Abbie, my very good friend from college took on this very noble duty as she sponsored our whole walking city tour! And oh wow, Los Angeles is indeed beautiful!

My good friend Abbie and I

I experienced the train ride going to downtown LA, my very first (and also my last) subway ride throughout my entire stay in the United States. Downtown Los Angeles is the central business district in the central area of LA. No wonder I got myself super excited and ecstatic upon alighting from the subway towards the city as my eyes feasted on the various sights around me. The towering skyscrapers were complemented by the beautiful landscaping of greens, thus making a visually appealing city. I would call it beautiful, Los Angeles’ very own “concrete jungle”.

Here’s what greeted me straight from the subway!

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Choose Your Own Adventure in Universal Studios Singapore


Pao and I flew at 4:45 in the morning via JetStar and landed around 8:20 in Changi Terminal 1.  It was a good experience flying with JetStar, an Australian airline, to Singapore. It was similar to our local Cebu Pacific and their crew was very accommodating.

It was really relieving to be in a place where public transportation is very much accessible because it serves as a gateway to all the tourist destinations. Hence, we took advantage of Singapore’s progressive mass transportation system as we took the SMRT straight from the Changi Airport. Yes, it was still comfortable even if  we were hauling our luggage from one point to another. We took the very convenient SMRT from Changi to Bugis to Kallang. We purchased our Singapore Tourist Passes in Bugis and immediately met with our friends who were checked-in at Fragrance Hotel Pearl in Geylang.

At around 10:30 am, we unanimously decided to head to Universal Studios and we spent the entire day there. Universal Studios Singapore was one of the compelling forces that made us decide in choosing Singapore as a destination to visit.I did not regret it at all. For me, Universal Studios Singapore has beaten Hong Kong Disneyland as the “Happiest Place on Earth” as of yet.  Of course, I know there are a whole lot of better theme parks, but as of the moment, I really had the time of my life in Universal.

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