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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Cannot Upload Photos

Actually I want to upload some of the photos that I took when I was in Vegas, but the Internet connection here is so slow that it took forever to upload 4 pictures and sometimes it failed to do so. I'm not sure this is because of the Blogger or Streamyx.

It seems like sometimes Blogger by Google are having timeout, again not sure this is related to Streamyx because even when I am using the Internet from the United States, I'm having the same problem.

Nevertheless, I hope that I manage to upload the photos as soon as possible so that I can blog about it.


Vegas Trip

This post continue from My Visit to Dupont - 4th of July Weekends

One of the place I travel outside the Washington State is Las Vegas Strip, the location of many of the largest hotel, casino and resort properties in the world. In fact, when one travel to the United States, one should not really missed out the opportunity to have a weekends trip to Las Vegas.

Well, I went to Las Vegas on the 17th of July evening. Bryan and I had our dinner at Anthony's in the SEA-TAC airport before boarding for our late evening flight to Vegas.

After we reached Vegas, we took shuttle to the car rental area and get our rental car and set the GPS to the Luxor and this is where we stay.

Luxor indeed a cool and unique hotel because of its pyramid shape and the room is with decent size. Another cool thing about Luxor is that it is connected to Excalibur and Mandalay Bay, so if you happen to reach Excalibur or Mandalay Bay accidentally, don't be surprise.

Vegas is famous for its casinos and besides casinos, there are actually many shows that are available and these shows are not cheap as well. Besides that, the buffet in Vegas is really worth it because people will be spoil with the limitless choices of food.

Anyway, here are some of the photos that I took in Vegas. Will upload everything to my Facebook profile when I have the free time to do so.


Wednesday, July 14, 2010

My Visit to Dupont - 4th of July Weekends

This post actually continue from My Visit to Dupont - Gearing up for the 4th of July

It has been 10 days since the July 4th. Well, I did not get to blog on the 4th of July weekends in the US over the weekend as I was on my personal trip to Las Vegas.

Nevertheless, 4th of July week is great. First of all, since it is ID4, there are sales all over the place and shopping can be fun whenever there is sales because everything will seems so affordable and for those who cannot control the temptation of buying stuff, it is better to go out without the credit card.

Centralia Outlets

I went to the Centralia Outlet to get some stuff on the eve of the 4th. Centralia Outlets is kind of cool because the I5 freeway is in between the outlet and some shops are located at the East of the freeway while most of the shops are at the West of the freeway. If someone is planning to go buy Nike and Coach, going to this outlet is a bad idea because the two shops are located at opposite direction and you have to either drive or walk to the other side of the outlet. Nevertheless, there are more choices of food that you can actually get from here compare to the Factory Outlet at North Bend. The whole shopping thing also took the whole day.

Next day in the morning, I drive around my hotel area and went to the Sunnyside Beach at the town of Steilacoom, but the crowd there is crazy. There are just too many people and cars until I can't even find a place to park.

Setting up the GPS to navigate me around

Some random shot I took when I was driving. We see more trees in the States than in Malaysia

Some random shots around Sunnyside Beach area

Sunnyside Beach at Steilacoom

Housing area near DuPont

Some random shots

It seems like there is a parade in the morning, though I don't realized that


Then in the afternoon, Bryan and I went to the Port of Orchard which is about 30 to 40 minutes drive from DuPont. The place is kind of cool actually and we went there to see the fireworks on a boat owned by the family of his friend. It was a freezing night actually and to see the fireworks outdoor is really no brainer - in fact, I could not even capture a decent shot of the fireworks mainly because of the camera and my hands are shaking furiously due to the weather, but I enjoyed every moment there with his friends.

Port of Orchard Yacht Club entrance


Walking towards the boat

Cabin space of the boat has almost everything from TV to fridge

Some random shots I was taking when my hands are shaking like crazy

If my hands were not shaking that bad, I would have get a decent shot of the fireworks

Well, guess I have to stop here since it is about time for me to go bed. Will blog about Vegas next time.


Saturday, July 3, 2010

My Visit to Dupont - Gearing up for the 4th of July

This post actually continue from My Visit to Dupont - Visit to the Museum of Flight.

Well the day after my visit to the Museum of Flight, I went shopping at the Factory Outlet at North Bend. I woke up pretty late that morning, if I remember correctly it was already about 10 a.m., so I quickly grab my breakfast and search for the GPS inside the car to get the direction from the hotel to the Factory Outlet at North Bend. Man, I have to drive like more than an hour to reach there.

Factory Outlet at North Bend

But, one thing that really blows me off is to see how big the whole outlet area. The whole area was like the housing area back in Malaysia. Yes, you still can walk from one end to the other, but it will still be very tiring especially if you are the kind of people like me who don't have the sense of direction.

All outlets have own shop and there are just too many branded goods that one can really imagine. The price for most products are really cheap compare to that we can get in Malaysia or even the shopping malls in the United States.

The first outlet I went is the Nike Factory Store. In fact, my car was park right besides the Nike Factory Store. I bought few clothes, a pair of shoes and a watch.

Nike Factory Store - where my car was parked right beside it

I also been to the Coach outlet which happens to be not very far from Nike, but spend most of my time browsing through the handbags and wallets and wondering why girls love Coach.

Next outlet where I spend my money is the Gap outlet where I bought clothes, khakis as well as new blazer and a pair of sunglasses. I also went to other outlets to buy new pair of sandals (as I did not bring along).

Man, I spend close to USD400 just shopping around the outlets, this not including my lunch and dinner and some tea break. Nevertheless, the shopping experience was fun and the things that I bought seems to value for money :p

Sawdust - here is where I get my cup of espresso of the day

Mongolian Grill

During one of the weekdays, I went window shopping at the Tacoma Mall, where I find the things over there are crazily expensive compare to the Factory Outlet. I'm not joking here. There are few things that I got at the Factory Outlet that I saw in Tacoma Mall and it is still like two to three times more expensive after their "discount". Too bad I did not bring my camera along as I went there straight after working hour because most of the malls in the area close at 9 p.m. I even have my dinner there - Japanese cuisine and it cost me a bomb. So, the lesson here is never to eat Japanese food in the United States. Don't get too distracted by the pretty waitress until forgot that you still need to pay after you eat + the tips.

It seems to me that everyone is gearing up for the 4th of July, in fact there are people selling fireworks and starting to fire the fireworks. Even as I was blogging this post, I can hear people firing fireworks. Well, it is not surprising as the citizen of the United States will be celebrating ID4 tomorrow.


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