The first stop of my trip was Guangzhou, China where I stayed at my aunt's place for two days. If you ever plan or have been to Guangzhou before, be sure to visit her restaurant! It's called Tiger Prawn Vietnamese Restaurant / 大头虾 (Google for reviews!) and deemed to be the best Vietnamese restaurant in Guangzhou and trust me when I say there are always people waiting outside both restaurants (there are two!) during lunch and dinner every single day rain, hail or shine. She recently opened a new restaurant as well selling Japanese and Western cuisine. The ramen is as nice as Ippudo since she partnered with someone who used to work there.
|Coconut rice with seafood | Pork cutlet ramen | Baked rice with cheese and seafood | Chocolate waffles|
Continuing on... The flight to LA was 13 hours and I was on the Airbus A380, which is a double decker aeroplane!! I arrived on Independence Day during the night so I was able to see the fireworks go off every second all over LA; the fireworks are nothing like Australia since these were going off the whole night non-stop. The traffic was also insane - imagine three bridges with up to seven lanes all lined up with cars travelling at snail speed; puts Sydney road traffic to shame.
On the first day we went to Ontario Mills which is a huge shopping outlet that puts Homebush DFO to shame. My highlight was purchasing a Michael Kors tote handbag and shopping at H&M and Forever21! Lucky for us stores were having Independence Day sales so items were reduced even further although I'm not yet accustomed to adding tax on top of the total price of the products. Since there was no Sephora there, my cousin drove me to another mall to buy some goodies from Sephora and to Target as well for some drugstore goods. I didn't want to buy too many unnecessary products but I still somehow managed to spend over $150...
|Steak for breakfast! | Desert Hills Premium Outlet | Inside a mall in Little Saigon | In the desert midway to Vegas|
The next day we went to Vegas and arrived in the afternoon. The weather was ridiculously hot even at night (over 40C) and I really wasn't in the mood to do anything. Regardless, we walked down Las Vegas Boulevard to watch the shows in front of Bellagio, Treasure Island and The Mirage which were really entertaining especially Treasure Island. Macau is like nothing compared to Vegas. I didn't get to explore the shops or buy anything since I went back to LA the next day and had to start packing for Toronto.
|The Eiffel Tower | Waterfall outside The Mirage | Traffic in Vegas | Water fountain show outside Bellagio|
Also, don't forget to enter my ICON India giveaway ending on Saturday! :)