San Diego Safari Park Experience-California

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Let me begin with this; It was the most awful trip ever. Honestly, we enjoyed our time to the max in California and everything we went to or visited was totally worth it except this trip that almost ruined our day for us.

Driving from Anaheim to San Diego Safari Park took 2hrs. When we reached the place which was located on a hill away from the city, we were shocked to find out that we had to pay for the parking. Why? Then we had pay entree fees for the park and then we saw the fees of the other attractions in the park and everything had a separate fee???? Why all this money? Seriously! Why don’t they just include it all in one ticket and Voila go and have fun? Not to mention the parking was really far from the entrance and we had to go up for about 15 minutes in the burning sun, and trust me, it wasn’t your regular up, it was really UP. I couldn’t feel my legs afterwards.

We entered the place anyway because we drove 2hrs and we weren’t going to go back without seeing what’s inside this park. It was a very regular zoo, I don’t why they called it a Safari when the entrance fee was for the zoo. You have to pay extra $50 for Cheetah Safari, extra $50 for Loop Safari and so on. So our entrance was for a boring zoo. I can’t lie and tell it wasn’t cool, no the place looked really huge but the only thing we enjoyed was the birds show. We couldn’t finish the whole place because it was boiling hot. So we left the zoo after one hour from going around it.

Wasn’t worth it at all.

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The only place I enjoyed was the gift shop :)

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Pier 39-San Francisco- California

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We ended our day in San Francisco in Pier 39 which is a famous area and the centre of everything. The whole action is there. You want to have a bite, you can have it there, a snack is there, cafes, restaurants desserts and bakeries are all there. You want to buy a souvenir you can also buy it from there. So many activities, movie theatre, cruises, shows, mazes and so much more. You can spend your whole day there without feeling bored.

I feel that we didn’t stay that long in this area and didn’t explore it that much, but our visit was okay. Maybe next time when we head to the USA, we must plan few days in San Fran to finish everything. The place is huge and CROWDED. You can hardly find a place to sit in so if you want to have lunch, make sure to eat around 1 or 2pm because around 3 or 4pm, the place becomes crowded.

“PIER 39 is a 45-acre waterfront complex that is a gathering place for millions of San Francisco locals and visitors. In addition to its 14 full-service restaurants, 90+ shops and popular attractions, PIER 39 is home to a 5-acre waterfront park and a 300-berth marina. PIER 39 is known for its spectacular views of San Francisco Bay including the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge and Alcatraz, as well as the world famous California sea lions hauled out on K-Dock.”

Check their website for more information Pier 39

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Alcatraz Experience-San Francisco- California

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Oh yeah, we were inside that famous prison called Alcatraz. I’m sure all of you guys have heard of this prison and the criminals that stayed there, one of them was Al Capone. Alcatraz Island belonged to Mexico long time ago but then California governor bought it from them and became US property/land.

How this place became a very famous prison is a very long story which you can google if you’re interested. I can tell you that I came to know about this prison from Kevin bacon’s famous movie Murder In The First 1995 which was about a prisoner in Alcatraz that his case led to shut down the whole place. Watch it, a very interesting movie.

Back to our trip, we reached our ferry just before 1pm and boarded immediately. As I said it was freezing called, so imagine staying in the upper deck just to get some cool pictures of the prison, we almost became ice cubes :P When we got to the mini island, there was a guard who spoke to every group that arrived to the mainland, we kinda skipped the speech because we wanted to save time. The place was really huge and it had a lot of going up and up and up. My legs started melting after few steps up.

The place was really scary as we first passed by the morgue :/ which looked horrible! Then we entered the prison and saw where they showered and changed their clothes for the first time. Then we got our tour audio and headed up to the cells. Some places were closed for some reasons. We got to see the cells, the kitchen, the library and other places. It was so overwhelming, and there was this awful smell that made me feel death was surrounding us :S A very creepy tour.

We finished the whole place in 2 hours or less, something like that and headed back to Pier 39 in the ferry but this time we stayed inside because it was getting very cold.

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San Francisco One Day Trip-California

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A dream came true … San Francisco in front of my own eyes.

We were planning on visiting San Francisco for one day, so when we reached Las Vegas, we booked our one day ticket through Virgin Airlines and waited for the big day to come. It was on the 7th of August 2014. Our flight was at 7am something like that so we went to LAX airport around 5am, parked our car and headed to the gate. We didn’t have luggage with us and we have already checked in and got our boarding bar codes throughout Virgin Airlines mobile application which was awesome.

The plane was very small and cozy, they served us organic snacks *thumpsup* and without knowing it, we were getting ready to land. And guess what? It was freezing cold :S It was summery in Los Angeles but it was the total opposite in San Fran, we thought maybe because it’s early in the morning, but we were wrong, it didn’t become warm, actually it became colder :S but it was nice.

We headed to Pier 39 to an exact Kiosk that we booked our tickets from online. The tickets were for Alcatraz, and Big Bus Tour and other stuff which we didn’t have the time to visit. We decided to start with the Big Bus Tour which was so much fun. We took the upper seats (so cold) to see San Francisco clearly.

The tour started from Pier 39 and continued to the main city, union square, then to a museum which I can’t remember the name, the painted ladies, to the golden gate and then back to Pier 39. We stopped at The Golden Gate took some pictures and then we headed back to the pier by taking the ferry :) We lost our bus and took the wrong bus which helped us in finding the right ferry to get us back to town because we were going to miss our Alcatraz tour.

It was so much fun :D

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Marisol Experience-Santa Monica-Los Angeles

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When we arrived to Santa Monica, we were very hungry as I said in my previous post. We took a quick look around the restaurants in the area and our eyes picked a very far one located at the end of the pier. The location looked very tempting and we actually needed such place. I remembered reading about this restaurant but I didn’t check their menu online so can you imagine our faces when we saw the menu :P ?

When we were seated, they gave us the menu and it was all Mexican food, even the ingredients were Mexican words written in English so it was very difficult for us to comprehend the dish. It’s not your regular Mexican restaurant that you can find here in Kuwait. This was Mexican for real.

The waitress was extremely helpful and she managed to explain everything in detail. We managed to choose 2 main dishes. They brought us complementary nachos with salsa which was amazing. Then our orders arrived. We were worried that the dishes won’t be enough for us but it turned out to be more than enough. Everything looked just perfect, the taste was really good but it was very heavy, we couldn’t move afterwards :D But it was a good experience.

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Santa Monica Pier-Los Angeles

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It is a place I’ve always seen on TV but I’ve never ever dreamt of seeing it alive and actually visit it. Santa Monica Pier, the popular place that you have seen in many movies was in front of my eyes :D

After we finished from touring Hollywood, we headed Ice Cream Lab (previous post). Then we continued to Santa Monica Pier. The place was crowded because it’s summer obviously. We reached the place very hungry, so searched for a place to eat (post coming) and then we started exploring the area.

It wasn’t THAT huge, but it was decent. It had many restaurants and cafes, small food kiosk and some games to play. Not to mention the sea itself but it was rough, and the weather was very windy and kinda cold (to me). But it seemed that it wasn’t a problem to the people swimming in the sea.

We enjoyed walking on the sand which was cool and soft. Watching children play, teenagers playing volleyball on the beach, lovers talking etc. The place was very relaxing and soothing to the mind and soul. Get your book and beach rug and enjoy the sunset there.

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Ice Cream Lab-Beverly Hills

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One of the various places that I really wanted to visit and try was Ice cream Lab. It’s located in Beverly Hills on Santa Monica Blvd. It wasn’t that difficult to find, just write the name in the GPS and it will lead you straight to it. When we got there, it was around 3pm so it wasn’t that crowded, I managed to get my order just in 5 minutes :D

What is Ice Cream Lab? They utilise liquid nitrogen to instantly freeze different natural ingredients into ice cream. The preparation of this kind of ice cream makes it more delicious that the regular one. Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt are all made of Kosher ingredients.

My choice was Blue Velvet which was mixed with cream cheese frosting and it turned out to be really DELICIOUS. I loved it, loved the experience and the whole place. I would have visited the place again but it was very far from our place and not to mention the awful traffic of LA.

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Book Review-The Maze Runner

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Okay, so now I’m back to reading, finally. I stopped reading for so many reasons; work became really hectic at the end of the year, then Ramadan came then I travelled then I came back home, and now I’m reading :) so here’s my review of this book.

If you liked The Hunger Games, then you may like this book and you may not. I’m having mixed feelings about it. I think the writer tried so hard to make it as good as the Hunger Games but somehow failed in few points. Like trying to make a unique language for the characters, nicknames and so. I kinda felt it was poor. The story though is intriguing with all the experiments, diseases and WICKEDness. It has a plot but it starts weak then it gets stronger.

While I was reading the book, I said to myself “I won’t read the other books,I’ll just watch the movies”, but after reading the last page I changed my mind and I’m hoping Book 2 will be much better. I hope the characters will develop and be stronger.

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Celebrities’ Houses-Los Angeles

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One of the tours that we had in Hollywood, actually it was the only tour we had :P It was all about Hollywood famous buildings, places and celebrity houses. Some of the places we visited were very tidy and creepy others were amazing, especially Beverly Hills. This area was so beautiful, clean and filled with clean breeze.

The houses we passed by were very huge and it seemed that no one was living in them but anyways we saw them :P The celebrity houses we saw belonged to: Adam Sandler, Ellen Degeneres, Sylvester Stallone, Ben Affleck, Lindsay Lohan, Tom Cruise, Justin Bieber and many more. We saw the house of Michael Jackson where he died and we also saw the PlayBoy Mansion and the famous rock hehe :P

We also passed by Rodeo Drive but it was too crowded for my taste. I hate it when it’s THAT crowd but it was really beautiful.

Here are some of the houses we passed by, take a look :)

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Hollywood-Los Angeles

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Los Angeles is known to be a very busy and crowded city. We decided to stay in Anaheim and drop the lovely city a visit later on. When we did, we decided to hit Hollywood and explore the place. Walk of Fame, Dolby Theatre, TLC and so on. I was surprised from I’ve seen.

It took us 1:30hrs to reach West Hollywood from our hotel in Anaheim. The road was really jammed, but we managed to get there. We found a parking space $10 per day which is considered good. Started walking on our feet on the Walk of Fame and reached Dolby Theatre in 20 minutes. The place was crowded, full of tourists from everywhere but honestly, I didn’t like the whole area at all. It was dirty, totally ignored, full of dirty people and you can feel that those who work in the area are envious of the tourists money and also the celebrities’. You keep hearing “you have a lot of money”, “they have big houses”, “nobody lives in these big houses” and so on.

The place was a total disappointment. I thought it’s going to be WOW. We’ve always seen this place on TV and it looked really beautiful but in reality, it sucks.

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California Adventure-Anaheim

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No one can be THAT old for Disney Land. Even Juju wasn’t with us in this trip, we couldn’t help ourselves but check California Adventure. We visited DisneyLand in Hong Kong last year and it was really cool and small. So in this trip, we were kinda confused, which park to visit, it wasn’t worth visiting both of them, so we decided to hit the California Adventure. We got the tickets from our hotel. Yes, we were staying in Anaheim, and our hotel was 5 minutes away by car from the park.

We took the bus because we didn’t want to waste our time searching for a park space. Reached the park around 10 pm and we entered immediately, even though it was holly crowded but the people there were very fast and efficient. Once we were inside the park, we searched for a place to have breakfast in because we were very hungry and we found a very delicious one :)

The place looked different, not your kind of Disney Land. I believe it was all about movie experiences. Like Cars, Little Mermaid and so. There weren’t any Disney Princesses or fairies except for Sofia The First which belongs to Disney Junior. The park was kinda small, we didn’t expect it to be like that but well we can’t say we didn’t have fun going around checking the shops, games, cafes and restaurants.

We only played 2 games which were for kids lol but every game was crowded with people, it takes forever to play an exciting game. So we decided to just relax and enjoy the park. It was hot in the morning but then the weather cold down and the breeze became really refreshing.

My goal was to get Juju Sofia’s costume, because she’s in love with her, so when I went to the shops I was surprised that they didn’t have Sofia’s costume, I asked around and they told me that I can find it in a Kiosk in Hollywood block. I went there looking for that Kiosk and there it was, everything related to Disney Junior.

Around 2pm, we went back to the hotel, took a shower, relaxed for a bit, changed our clothes and then went to have lunch at In-N-Out. After that we went back to the park but this time driving our car and we found a parking lot which was kinda far but we didn’t mind the walking. We stayed there until the final show which was amazing. Loved everything about it. It was just marvellous.

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In-N-Out Experience-Los Angeles


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One of the many restaurants that I wanted to try in the US was In-N-Out. I’ve read many reviews about it from fellow Kuwaiti bloggers and other people saying it’s the best burger in USA. I have to admit, it is. I mean I didn’t think it will be THAT good.

You’d be very lucky if you find a branch that is not crowded. Every time we want to eat at it, the waiting line is really overwhelming, you have to wait for almost an hr to place your order. People really love it and after trying their burgers, I see why they don’t mind standing in line for a long time.

I did some digging on google about the place and what to order from it. What we ordered was not entirely on the menu. We got 2 double burger with pickles and grilled onions, 2 animal-style fries and 2 cokes. The animal style fries was SUPERB. It’s not on the menu at all but ti’s there, so when you go there, order it and live in heaven because it’s totally DELICIOUSSSSSS. The burger was very juicy, tender and yummy, we loved the sauce, the bun and everything about it. We had the opportunity to eat lunch there 3 times. We tried to find far branches away from the city and not that crowded.

In-N-Out is my first burger place in the US.

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