Last summer, our family went to California again to visit our relatives. We were excited for our trip because we wanted to see everyone again, and and we couldn’t wait to escape the summer heat in the Philippines.
Quick selfie before leaving for the airport
It was the height of summer in the Philippines, so I was eager to get to the airport to cool down. Unfortunately when we got there we discovered that the airport was under renovation so the air conditioners weren’t working! It wasn’t as hot as being outside in the sun, but it definitely wasn’t the cool escape I was hoping for. We were sweating the entire time we were checking in. The airport lounge was a *little* better. They had some fans and an evaporative air cooler, but unless you stood in front of them, they didn’t really cool you down. Nevertheless, we were still happy to be there since we haven’t had breakfast and we wanted pig out on their free snacks. Besides, after a while we were able to secure a spot right in front of the air cooler.
Breakfast time :D
I had arroz caldo, mini sandwiches, siopao, siomai and some pastries
After we were done eating, I took out my GoPro. I’ve only used it a couple of times before this so I needed to practice. Since I didn’t buy the LCD BacPac, I needed to learn how to hold it so my shots are framed properly.
Of course I had to learn how to use it with the monopod too.
We had a lot of time before our flight, which we passed by playing Candy Crush. Did you know that the entire time we were in California, I never made it past this stage? I spent over a month on this stupid level before I was able to move forward.
Soon it was time for us to board
We chose EVA Air again because they had the most affordable fares. Plus, we really liked their service. Ezra and I love EVA Air because they always have Hello Kitty as their mascot.
Duty free magazine with Hello Kitty on the cover. Inside you can find loads of cute Hello Kitty merchandise:
Cute Hello Kitty backpack
Hello Kitty perfumes
After a few hours, we made it to Taipei airport
We had some time so as usual we wandered around the airport to stretch our legs before our long flight ahead. Ezra and I were excited to see that they renovated the Hello Kitty terminal
They had a new Hello Kitty mascot in front of the store
We also stopped by the orchid garden again
Everything’s so purple! Like my phone :D
Ezra and I had to keep checking with the GoPro app on my phone because we were still unsure about our framing.
Finally it was time for us to board
All settled in for our 11-hour flight. Ezra and I actually had a good flight because the lady next to her transferred to an empty seat in the back. We ended up getting the entire row to ourselves :D
When we arrived in Los Angeles, Kurt, Ate Xenia and Ate Maryann picked us up. I’m pleased to report that our immigration experience wasn’t that bad – we managed to get out much faster than we usually do. The lines were much more organized this year.
The next day, Kurt took Ezra and me sightseeing. He has very limited free time these days since he’s working now, so he makes sure to pack our weekend with lots of activities and make the most of our trip.
Ezra was getting her monopod ready when Kurt saw it and told us that he has a better one:
Monopod battle, lol. (It was actually a piece of his tripod) Naturally we decided to just stick with Ezra’s monopod. We already got a lot of weird stares from people whenever we took it out, so can you imagine how obnoxious we would have looked walking around with that huge thing.
Fun fact: Kurt has a longer “monopod” which we showed us later. He shot this photo with it:
It’s the stick from his boom mic. It was so long that it actually touched the ceiling! You can see my aunt’s entire living room and dining area in this picture.
Anyway, Kurt took us to Third Street Promenade on our first day there
I had the backseat all to myself (but I was willing to share it with some friendly snacks we brought along in case we got hungry during the day).
If you remember, the last time we were here, I was wearing heels which made it very difficult for me to walk. We had just come from church and I didn’t expect that we would be going sight seeing that day. This time I made sure to wear comfy shoes.