A visit to the Santa Monica beach

Besides going to the pier for fun, there was the beach on the next. I loved watching the waves crash against the sand, seeing seaweed wash up, and the bright sun giving me a slight tan.

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I had a great time taking pictures of the beach. Some of the photos look different than one another because on my camera; I can change it to make the picture look for vivid in color.

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Beach visit to Santa Monica Pier

A few weeks ago, I got to take the Expo Line to Downtown Santa Monica and to the pier. It’s been awhile since I’ve been to Santa Monica. To this collage, I added a few summer stickers via PicCollage. Of course, Santa Monica Pier was packed with people looking for souvenirs or food or amusement park rides. Sadly, most of the food and dessert on the pier was too expensive for my wallet. I went to the Santa Monica Promenade for their a little less expensive food court.

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There were less people on the amusement park rides. I think it’s due to the season not being summer and everyone isn’t out of school. But I did get some great shots of the rides since it wasn’t busy!

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Got a chance to meet Nick Jonas!

Hey! Last Saturday, I had the chance to meet Nick Jonas at the local Wal-Mart in Rosemead. He was there signing earphones and headphones from Altec Lansing brand. There had to be at least maybe 80-90 people that showed up. Wal-Mart people had to cut off the line. There was a limited time for when Nick Jonas was at the place. The event was 9-11am. He had attended another location in Long Beach for the same signing event at 1-3pm.

In the collage, below there are the pictures I took of him and I included the picture of me and him taking a photo together. For several reasons, there is a emoji sticker on my face. I also included the product I bought to get him to sign.

Hope you enjoy the post!

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Tanabata Festival in Little Tokyo

About a month ago, I went to Little Tokyo to celebrate the Los Angeles Tanabata Festival.

If you don’t know about the Tanabata Festival, it celebrates the meeting of star-crossed loves Orihime, the weaver star and Hikoboshi, the cowherd star who according to legend can only meet once a year during Tanabata. The Japanese wish during Tanabata for this couple to meet once again. Also, they celebrate this festival to wish for good health and a goal/career wish.

The customs are were to have on the seventh day of the seventh month (July 7th), people write their wishes on colorful strips of paper called tanzaku. After writing their wishes, they hang their tanzaku on bamboo branches. Bamboo is thought to have become a part of the Tanabata tradition for its prosperity to grow straight and tall, stretching branches bearing wishes to heaven. Traditional decorations and talismans include colorful streamers called fukinagashi. The fukinagashi are located below in most of the collage. Many of them were very colorful and well made.

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During this festival, it is celebrated a month later and they sell food, have performances, arts and crafts booths, games, and lots of people in yukatas. I had a great time. In the Japanese Village Plaza, there were many of the shops having plenty of sales and promoting their food and or clothing. Like for instance, Nijiya Market was selling takoyaki, yakisoba, and okonomiyaki. Yamazaki Bakery across the way was selling meat buns and drinks. Café Dulce had their donuts on full display and were introducing a new Snickers donut. The Sanrio store had a huge makeover, it looked incredible with new merchandise and a new look. I had an awesome time. 08/19/17.

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Cliffs of Moher

This was the last sight that our group got to see. I loved this place. It is the Cliffs of Moher in Galway. It truly was magnificent. You had the choice of walking the path to the end if only you truly can or go to the castle and pay 2 euro to see the Cliffs of Moher from a different view. I had the best time here!

When I started on my way to walk on the path of the Cliffs of Moher, there is a gravestone for the people who had fallen to their deaths. The sad thing was that some people would get too close to the edge of the cliff and fall or the winds would get to be too strong sweeping them off the cliff. As I was walking, there was a stone barrier that separates people from the edge of the cliffs. Some of my friends were pretty bold when they stepped over the barrier and took cool pictures. I only walked about half of the way before I realized it was time to get back to the bus. When I got back to the main area, I got to try some vanilla ice cream. The unusual thing was that I didn’t get a brain freeze after I ate it. The ice cream was good but I didn’t get to finish it because I wasn’t allowed to eat it on the bus.

I can’t wait to print my Ireland photos.

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Aran Islands

After leaving Dublin which I was there for 6 days, our group ventured by bus to Galway. One of our sightseeing spots was to go by ferry to the Aran Islands. It was day 8 by the way. I didn’t go out that much in Dublin, although I wish I had more energy to do a pub crawl and go clubbing. I ate a ton of pizza from La Pizza though on O’Connell street.

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Inisheer (Inis Oirr) is the smallest of the Aran Islands, it has a palpable sense of enchantment which is enhanced by the island’s deep rooted mythology. It’s devotion to traditional culture and ethereal landscapes. Also on the island, there is an iconic island sight that was a freighter that was thrown up on the rocks in bad weather. I’ve heard Tigh Ned’s pub has a collection of photographs and documents detailing the rescue of everybody on board. It’s called the “Wreck of the Plassy.” It is pictured above in the collage.

Below this sentence is a collage I made of the beach on the island. The water was so clear and blue. It was beautiful.

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