28 April 2010

LV part 3

Day 4: Trial Engagement Shoot
we loved vegas so much that we decided to extend our stay by another day.we were suppose to leave for LA this day but decided to spend the early part of the day doing the trial run for the actual engagement shoot (for both me & tyre AND my bro & audrey) in LA. and the photographer is my younger bro! :D
it was freezing cold out there but we braved the cold and ventured out in our short dresses.
that's 3 of us before we left the room. i bought the props for only S$0.80 each from bugis in singapore and brought it to states for the photoshoot.
First stop - the Little Church of the West. its a quaint wedding chapel which is very visible to all along the strip towards the beginning.
Next- to the famous Las Vegas welcome sign. its usually packed with a long queue of tourists waiting to take pictures with it. But we went really early around 8am and it was empty.. luckily. that's 5 of us ! :D

random shots around the sign.

back at the hotel, my parents were ready and waiting for us. dad wanted to take a group shot of us together. but before that, i 'forced' them to pose for the camera :P
got them to act kawaii first
then made them wear the crowns to be king and queen of the family!

and here's the group shot! :D

LV part 2

Day 3: Miscellaneous - Chinese Food, Sightseeing
it was supposedly our last full day in LV so we wanted to just take it easy. cant recall exactly what we did except that we found the so-called chinatown in vegas! there was chinese restuarants, supermarkets. it got us excited cuz we were craving for chinese food. didnt take any pictures for that day cuz the copter ride tired me out or killed my interest for taking any pictures for the trip :P
bro took pictures of the hotels along the strip and New York New York has to be my most favourite one! its like mini new york!
we then went to the older part of las vegas at night. its full of lights and color. and at 9pm sharp, they turned off all the lights and started playing music and video that's projected at the top. pretty lame i think but many were entralled with it and some even danced to the music..
that's big bro and audrey posing for the camera
and that me and tyre :D

we ended up in the gambling halls for Monte Carlo and played the rest of the night away. its pretty fun gambling in LV - the players are friendly and chatty, not black-faced like those typically found in Asia. Even the dealers are friendly and smilely too.

family trip to LA & LV

havent been updating my blog for a couple of weeks cuz i had been travelling - first to states then to shanghai. now, its so good to be back home sweet home. been thinkin of blogging about my US trip for quite some time and since I happen to be home early today, will do it today :D

its time of the year for a yearly family annual trip. last year, we went san frans, los angeles and las vegas.we had so much fun sightseeing, shopping that we decided to go back to the same places again (excl. san frans this time). this time, we wanted to spend more time in las vegas sin city cuz we didnt have enough time to do casino hopping.

Day 1: Las Vegas Premium Outlet
We went shopping @ las vegas premium outlet. we missed shopping there so much that we just had to do it on the first day and shopped all the way till it closed at night. everyone went backed satisfied. just look - the whole car boot's packed with shopping bags. our top few favourite shops this time has to be polo ralph and timberland :D. a tip
back in the room sorting out our loot

then we headed off to The Cheesecake Factory @ Treasure Island for the our dinner cum supper. The cheesecakes are fantastic and must try! We were so hungry that i didn have time to take pictures of the food - just the menu and napkin onli :P
and that concludes our Day 1. we were so tired that we didnt even do any gambling for the night. well, we had other nights to make up for it.

Day 2: Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour
Last year, bro drove 4 hours to grand canyon for sightseeing and it was magnificent (to & fro that makes 8 hours! way too long & tiring). the sight from the top just takes my breath away. so this time, we decided to visit grand canyon via helicopter which will take us to the inside bottom parts of it for a closer look. plus its only going to take half the day and less tiring.
here we are in the coper. we had to wear these earphones so that the pilot could communicate with us plus it muffles the noise from outside.
the first 10-20 minutes of the ride was fun as its a novelty. the take off part especially was pretty lame - they played the music from Mission Impossible to boost the adrenaline rush supposedly. anyway, after the excitement was gone, it was more of a torture for me at least to be stuck in the copter and was suffering from air sickness ... ewwww.
picture of the view from the top follows...
we flew by the hoover dam too and sighted a long tailback of slow moving traffic passing through it. to drive to grand canyon from LV, we will have to drive by this place too - we were so glad we were not driving that day.
was so glad when we landed, finally! had to grab a pic of us with the copter.
and that's all of us inside grand canyon with the stones or watever u call them behind and surrounding us. felt that it was a bit of a let down actually cuz it was as magnificient as i tot it would be. the view from the top down looks better.
after taking fruits, champagne served by our pilot (yeah, the pilot not only 'drives' the copter but also double up as a tour guide giving narration, waiter serving us refreshment, cleaner cleaning up the table before we leave and even a petrol pump assistant as he also fuels up the copter! life'e tough :P )
was so glad that the ride was over, afterwhich we went back to the room to sleep the afternoon away. the ride was too tiring for all of us .. hehehe. we onli ventured out at night casino hopping, finally settling down in Venetian to 'deposit' some cash.


just wanted to post some pictures of my darling girls.. so here goes :D

bought them a cake from US Doggy Bakery @ Turf City @ Bukit Timah. they dun realli like sweet stuffs but prefer savour food instead hence the sad face.

oo..the pizza's more their taste. Got this near katong area at pet shop next to petrol station. its freshly baked.

and snowy keeping me company while i craft.

dressing up the doggies in infant clothes. simply kawaii! :D

its official! its ours!

the wait is over! its now official! we finally got our own little place on 26th april! :D had been wanting to blog about it for a long time but endured till it was officially ours before 'announcing' it. we just received the legal docs for transfer and our house keys! too bad we cant enter the place now cuz its rented out for the year.

it was like love @ first sight when we walked into the place and we knew that we sort of had to get it within 10 minutes or so. (it also helped that we saw a similar unit in the same development going for a much higher price). and so we made the offer on the spot and sealed the deal the following day :D
here's the pretty development. we felt that its like a resort with the palm trees swaying by the pool, if only there were more of such trees...
and here's the layout of the place ( i got it off the internet. its not exactly the same but its similar without the enclosed garden) . it looks pretty slanted on paper but it doesnt feel tat way.
the one and only bedroom, comes with a utility room turned into a walk-in wardrobe and attached toilet .
the master bedroom comes with a good-sized balcony - good for chilling out at night with beer/coffee :D
the dining area which is a tiny cosy area. love the dining set and had requested for the seller to give it to me :D intend to 'refurbish' it with a fresh coat of paint.
the living room, comes with a bay window
the kitchen leads into the yard area for doing laundry and a small toilet.
ooo..cant wait till next year to start renovating the place! :D