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This blog was started once upon a time when a young girl at school didnt know better but thought otherwise. So the way earlier entries can be crass and words inappropriate so please don't judge. As now the person has evolved into someone older and wiser (hopefully) ..:.... But some of the entries were classic and hilarious so I don't have the heart to delete them :@ Well we were all young (read:wild) once, right?

Monday, July 07, 2008

Adventures on the Pacific Coast Highway

And off we went..

Los Angeles to San Francisco..


Speeding through the ocean breeze...

One side of the road.. white-washed waves and the blue ocean


















One side.. liddle mountains and pretty houses with picket fence..






















First stop was the beach town.. Santa Barbara


















rickshaw anyone?? Geez!! For a moment, I thought I was in Phuket! How come got rickshaws one?






















As good as a beach can get...white clean sands, half naked surfers.. dry air, friendly sun and rocky cliff views..

...

We inhaled in some really good Santa Barbara air and panorama..

Then we hti the road again.. we were on budget timing.

Next stop is friendly liddle town of San Luis Obispo.
Very small town. A little further from beach but sunny all the same.
Apparently it has an airport. Not bad!


























"San Luis Obispo"

Making sure I won't spell it wrongly.
We stopped by here for lunch.





















Very healthy organic cafe.. Wow..felt totally sublime afterwards. We had healthy organic soup and healthy organic sandwich with wheat bread.


This town has its own character, it's rather cultured and it's non-pretentious. A bit hippie like but totally basking in warmth. I loved it.


When we got back in the car. We had a long, boring ride on the highway, cause we switched to the express highway (not the ocean view one) and we were just playing chou dai di until we reach Santa Cruz. Which of course I WON all the way! Heh Heh.

It was almost evening when we reached the next stop, so the ocean breeze was chilly by then. We had to tighten our jackets.

Santa Cruz!






















Santa Cruz was more like a quite portal/fisherman town. A handful of seafood restaurants, seagulls, boats and lazy visitors.

























And the sunset was just gorgeous.


























That place was ideal for creating a nostalgic or mellow mood.























I thought I explored on my photographic passion. Well, at least I tried.
My stomach was making noises by then.

We had a hard time choosing an eaterie.
I must say Americans have lots of integrity though.
We walked into a Spanish restaurant and we wanted seafood.

The waiter said :"We do have seafood! But if you're looking for the traditional clam chowder or grilled fish.. then you may want to go to another restaurant, maybe downstairs?"


I was so impressed. So much honesty and integrity.
I can imagine that if we were in China, the bloody waiter would just say yes yes yes..anything also have!

"Hai xian? Mei wen ti! Shi mo dou you!! You ! You! Lai !Lai lai"..

Bloody money-hungry Chinese.
Lie for money. Anything for money.
^_^























'the last seafood bistro by the pier'

but nope, we didn't eat there. We took a stroll back.. passed the Spanish restaurant with honest waiter and picked one nondescript restaurant which serves traditional clam chowder and grilled fish.
























Me and Louis, among 3 colleagues, enjoyed a spread of seafood dishes, and I must say..
the freshness of these wild catches were incomparable...


And that delightful feast marked the end of our half day trip from LA to SF!


Ah.. I forgot to mention..

We got caught by the police 3 times along the highway.

Once for speeding,

once more for speeding and not stopping at the stop line..

and one more time for speeding, overtaking and tailgating..

Lucky the policemen were cute (really! All 3) and friendly to visitors..


Hueh heh heh.. Singaporean drivers ah.. tsk tsk...

They must be thinking.. bloody Asians should just stick to pulling bullock carts..





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8 Comments:

At 2:46 PM, Anonymous JayWalk gently snorted that...

Really pretty shots there.

Some would even make great HDR images. I don't mind doing up some HDR on some of these shots, if you are interested.

Click here to get an idea what HDR is.

 
At 10:21 PM, Blogger Marcelly gently snorted that...

hey hey jay..
i check out hdr// but i still dun get it.. what is it exactly?
wallpaper?

thx for the comment btw..

 
At 12:48 AM, Blogger MyOrangeSweater gently snorted that...

Sweets, I agree with Jay, swell shots. But did you get booked for the speeding tho'? Those CHIPs are pretty cute, aren't them? ;) You should just show some legs and I am sure you would have gotten away easy, hahaha.

Sorry babe, haven't been back visitng your blog for a bit (or Jay's for that matter). I am a Singaporean, living in the US since 1999. Mid-west to be exact, Minnesota. Come visit me in Feb, in the dead of winter, that will give you a brand new meaning of "Hell Freezes Over"! ;)

Austin is nice, definitely great for retirement. But I suggest you buy a property there now, 'cos it's gonna get expensive very quickly, like the West Coast. When is your next trip?

 
At 9:41 PM, Anonymous JayWalk gently snorted that...

Hard to explain in words what HDR but it is basically the manipulation of the picture's colour tone and exposure to give it a more artistic enhancement.

I have taken the liberty of "stealing" some of your pictures and HDR imaged them.

Drop me an email at jay.walk[at]yahoo[dok]com to let me know how I can email them to you.

:)

 
At 12:17 AM, Blogger Marcelly gently snorted that...

orangesweater : hey yeah.. it can be profitable too if u buy a house in US now.
problem is. its a little capital intensive. and its a bit of a hassle : find agent, find mortgage, find tenants or seller. find good location.

i work for a company that invites investors to participate in land banking in the US hassle free and with much less capital per smallest unit..

but if i hv lots of spare cash,, like millions. i would buy a house there now too

 
At 12:17 AM, Blogger Marcelly gently snorted that...

orangesweater : hey yeah.. it can be profitable too if u buy a house in US now.
problem is. its a little capital intensive. and its a bit of a hassle : find agent, find mortgage, find tenants or seller. find good location.

i work for a company that invites investors to participate in land banking in the US hassle free and with much less capital per smallest unit..

but if i hv lots of spare cash,, like millions. i would buy a house there now too

 
At 12:17 AM, Blogger Marcelly gently snorted that...

orangesweater : hey yeah.. it can be profitable too if u buy a house in US now.
problem is. its a little capital intensive. and its a bit of a hassle : find agent, find mortgage, find tenants or seller. find good location.

i work for a company that invites investors to participate in land banking in the US hassle free and with much less capital per smallest unit..

but if i hv lots of spare cash,, like millions. i would buy a house there now too

 
At 12:17 AM, Blogger Marcelly gently snorted that...

orangesweater : hey yeah.. it can be profitable too if u buy a house in US now.
problem is. its a little capital intensive. and its a bit of a hassle : find agent, find mortgage, find tenants or seller. find good location.

i work for a company that invites investors to participate in land banking in the US hassle free and with much less capital per smallest unit..

but if i hv lots of spare cash,, like millions. i would buy a house there now too

 

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