First day of the year well spent with my family – slow walking at Downtown Disney district. I also loved their simple deco yet they all looked classy.



Mission Inn Hotel, Riverside
Pacific Park, Santa Monica
L.A. Zoo Lights, Los Angeles

Birthday dinner at Choices – The Buffet, Pala Casino Spa and Resort

Vegetarian’s vs meat lover’s plate! 😹

My early morning view – sunrise from the balcony of Bahia Resort, Mission Bay in San Diego.

Playing the ukulele and journaling at the hotel’s balcony is my kind of birthday getaway.

Thanks to J for this not so surprise staycation. 🙀

My current view from the balcony of Marriot’s Renaissance Hotel in Palm Springs.

Very late dinner with A & D at a Thai restaurant, downtown of Palm Springs.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

J, K, and BIL are in the aerial tramway while I and A wait at the coffee shop.

Little Tokyo, Again!

I love coming here because of the many cool restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores and for the stationery stores.

Little Tokyo Mall, which is located at the heart of Little Tokyo is on 1st St, has a bunch of small shops, a bit pricey but there’s another reason why I like coming here, it is as clean as Downtown Los Angeles gets. There are also a lot of great food spots in and around the area such as sushi, bento, bakery, ramen, etc. Pretty much any Japanese foods.

And right at the corner of Astronaut E Onizuka and 2nd Streets, is another plaza that is full of Japanese shops, and one of my favorite shops here is Kinokuniya, a book/stationery store. I’ve come here to check Frixion pens, Japanese ballpoint pens, and really cute notebooks, and whether they already have the 2018 Hobonichi planners/journals, but seems like they don’t carry it anymore. Anyway, I enjoyed browsing through their shelves, as always, because they really have exceptional products.

We had  lunch at Orochon Ramen after a little shopping at Kinokuniya. Ordered two kinds of ramen, one in salt based broth topped with cha-shu pork slice and the other one in soy broth also topped with cha-shu pork slice, both served with thin pork slices, black mushrooms, bell peppers, bamboo, and Tokyo Negi.

Koyosan Buddhist Temple

But before heading home, we tried to visit this Buddhist Temple but it was already closed when we got here. 😦

My stationery haul for that short visit

1 pack of A5 Midori light grid notebooks
1 pack of B6 slim Midori light grid notebooks
Mon Carnel Journal
2 Frixion clicker pens, 0.5mm in blue and black
2 Frixion slim pens, .38mm in blue and grayish black
Frixion pen refills, .38mm in black
1 Sarasa clip pen, 0.4mm in black
Pottering cat stamp (writing)
Chignon cat stamp
Kodomo No Kao Hana stamp
Pal Stamp set – cats

And aren’t these stickers cute? 😀

Well, it is always fun to visit this little place in downtown Los Angeles. It’s something not to be missed if you love Japanese food and stuffs.

Waiting for our flight back to home in Los Angeles.

McNamara Terminal
Detroit, MI

Downtown Detroit as viewed from up above while on board the People Mover.

Winter Garden inside the Renaissance Center (GM tower).

GM (General Motors) Tower

We had a wonderful afternoon walk at the Riverwalk

Just in time for the US Marine week, so lucky of us to have witnessed the Silent Drill.

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