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The most vivid memory I have of that morning was my knees shaking as we walked around Cal-Air Station to look for the Megabus station (that we had no idea we already passed by!).
Tip: If you’re on a budget and wouldn’t mind the long travel time. Taking the Megabus is a nifty way of getting from city to city for just around 30 to 40 dollars. Sometimes even cheaper.
Union Station mural
After an 8-hour bus ride (in which the wi-fi access was busted), we arrived at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles. We wasted no time and quickly got around to exploring the city. (So excuse the face that suggests I’ve just gotten off an 8-hour bus ride.) First by driving around downtown to see the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the public library, and the City Hall.
My initial impression of L.A. was that it had some upscale parts but mostly it had an urban vibe with lots of graffiti art on buildings and stuff.
Our first official stop was at Griffith Observatory. This is found in Griffith Park, a popular place for going hiking and jogging. This place was packed with tourists especially because it was summertime. Take note of the visiting hours prior to going. They’re closed on Mondays.
The balconies on either side of the observatory provides a nice view of Los Angeles. (That’s where I took the first photo.) But the best part about this place would be the inside.
Hugo Ballin ceiling mural depicting the history of astronomy
Even if you aren’t a huge space geek, the place is just full of awesome science stuff like the Foucault pendulum which is a golden ball swinging back and forth from the ceiling indicating the time of day. I may not make it sound that interesting but we spent a good fifteen minutes just looking at it.
Since we were lucky enough to be with a local, we were able to get an up-close view of the Hollywood sign.
Obligatory tourist photo
Wild Card Boxing Club
Obviously, it was not my idea to go visit a boxing club of all places. It made me feel awkward and out of place but my dad wanted to. And you have no idea how happy he was getting to meet Freddie Roach who was super duper nice. He asked me if I was liking L.A. so far and of course I said “yes”.
Vintage boxing game in the private training area
By the time we left the boxing club, it was close to dinnertime so we found some place to eat. We settled to take out some hotdogs from Pink’s at La Brea, which was quite popular because the line was super loooong. I ordered a chili dog. Excuse the photo because it had been wrapped in foil and stuff.
It tasted okay. I mean, I expected more for waiting that long but what the hell - I finished it anyway.
Spotted this Ferrari 458 Italia against this huge mural
And that’s the end of my first day in L.A.
Strawberry Cream Cheese French Toast
This was sooo good! It combines three of my favorite things: strawberries, cream cheese, and french toast. For only 150 pesos, it’s good enough to share after a meal or eat it on your own and you’ll feel really stuffed after.
Ally’s All-Day Breakfast Place
50 Malingap St., Sikatuna Village, Q.C.