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Just came back from my short trip to LA and went to Disneyland for the first time.  YES, it was my first time although I’ve lived there for years and years. But at this happiest place on earth, I’ve experienced one of the scariest moments of my life.

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Recently came across this blog entry that claimed that I could make In-N-Out burgers at home and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it.

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I have been watching Ellen everyday this year.  Then today I came across these unbelievably gorgeous wedding pictures from her wedding.  Not only is she one of the funniest people on TV, she and I apparently have same taste.  I think if she had asked me to plan her wedding(which btw is very unfortunate she didn’t), I don’t think I would’ve changed anything about her wedding.  And let’s also focus on the fact that she had her wedding cake done by Sweet Lady Jane.  And believe you me, I’ve called this place the best bakery in the UNIVERSEEEEE…..

Heard about a tour that focuses on LA Gangs on NPR this afternoon.  I know this is something that I personally wouldn’t want to do.  It made me wonder who would want to go on a tour like this.

Then I read the NY Times article.  And here’s the first paragraph:

“LOS ANGELES — The tour organizer received assurances, he says, from four gangs that they would not harass the bus when it passed through their turf. Paying customers must sign releases warning of potential danger. And after careful consideration, it was decided not to have residents shoot water guns at the bus and sell “I Got Shot in South Central” T-shirts.”


I am 34 today.  This was the cake that Susan got for me on my 32nd bday.  I somehow managed to convince Susan and Claudia to fly out to Nashville, TN for my bday that year.  Susan flew across the country with this cake from LA from my favorite bakery in the universe.  SWEET LADY JANE!  It was one incredible weekend that I will probably never forget.

UntitledSimon Rex in Rex in LA…when you have thirty minutes


I heard about this Japanese place in LA called Urasawa.  Toast of the town, cream of the crop, best of the best, Anthony Bourdain worthy, and etc.  I was searching the dub dub dub and came across this blog called  Where a guy named Kevin went to Urasawa and took some fantastic pictures and writes really eloquently about his experience.  But what was so shocking about his blog was, how much money he spent at these places.


Please note, the dude and his friends spent $160 on WATER.  I’m pretty sure a monthly service for Poland Springs is about $30 a month. This is on a SINGLE MEAL!  I enjoy a nice meal time to time but it made me wonder how much money I would have to make, to make this kind of meal ($500/person) justifiable.  I couldn’t come up with a figure.  How do I justify living so extravagantly at such extreme level? I wouldn’t be able to.  I know too many people who are financially suffering and literally can not afford to have 3 meals a day….

… topped off with a hat Goorin Bros

…good.  it’s a recycled leather jacket from dean

…fully done by krislyndesign

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab with caution

pagent of masters

pageant of masters

This was at the Pageant of Masters last summer with Gina and Susan.  This must be my 10th time taking part in the experience.  I think it’s totally one of the coolest things you could experience in LA area (Laguna Beach).  I actually bought tickets for this summer as well.  I’m totally crossing my fingers that I get to make it out there. 🙂

locals Avi Buffalo



You heard it right.  Octomom the musical is here.  Or in LA rather.  I don’t even know what to say about this….

LA nite

LA nite

Walking around West LA after having dessert at my favorite dessert place in the universe, Sweet Lady Jane.

glimpses of you everywhere

glimpses of you everywhere

Saw this poster of Naruto in a cafe in LA while I was out there this Feb.  It made me really miss my hubby.  He LOVES Naruto and I’m sure he’s watched every episode at least twice.

quo.  for mac, against mac?

Transformers, roll out!

Transformers, roll out!

Griffith Park is one of my favorite places in LA.  I don’t care that it’s touristy and I don’t care that you get to see all the smog of LA.  And yes, this is where the Transformers got together to have a little pow-wow….


…me more with super sleek perfume sticks via A+R

the jakes, perhaps you know?

pretty colors
This is at one of my favorite hotels in LA called “The Chamberlain”.  Just love it.

…good coffee at Lamill Coffee and be cool because you’re in silverlake

old school
old school

This is in front of Alcove in LA.  Alcove was recommended by Claudia while back and whenever I go back to LA, I pencil it in my schedule to make sure I stop by.  I couldn’t believe something this old existed in LA.  Totally cool.

ebbaflicker…your boyfriend’s shirt whenever you want with Ebba Flicker Candles (it’s 100% soy!)

Los Abandoned, another cool LA (Van Nuys) band

cinespia1…movies at the Hollywood Forever Cemetary during the summer

…creative at Sew LA

with susan and gina at zuma beach

with susan and gina at zuma beach

Zuma beach is my favorite beach in the universe.  This was Gina’s first time at Zuma beach, and first time in LA.  I think she enjoyed it alot.  This is one of my favorite pix from this trip.  I feel there’s something so incredibly tranquil about this particular moment.

pointbreaklive…yourself as keanu reeves in point break live

…the chocolate bread pudding with ice cream at Hedley’s.  Sometimes mom’s better home and garden magazines know what they’re talking about.


the broken west 

timeless-fragrance…so good every time with  modern alchemy pocket watch


Read a cool snip about this guy who built his house around a tree in NYTimes.  John and I have been house hunting for the past year, maybe longer.  This is why I love the houses in LA and hate the homes here.  No character and no depth to them at all….

September 2021