After Death Valley and Off to Las Vegas

It’s 5.30PM and I’m chewing on gummy worms while sitting with my heater next to me. I’m bored. Don’t feel like writing, even though I have a project deadline tomorrow. SAVE ME! I’m getting so bored of writing already, but guess I’ll be finding a real-real job once I return back to Singapore. Need to make the moolah to cover my crazily insane spendings these past 2 months.

Anyhoo-ha-way, guess what! I had another ROAD TRIP! Just got back from our weekend stay in LA. Totally unexpected, totally impromptu. We went to Disney Land, Hollywood Boulevard and Beverly Hills. Plus, I saw sooo many Chihuahuas!!!

To datet: Lake Tahoe – checked, Death Valley – checked, Las Vegas – checked, and Los Angeles – checked. I’ve only got about 6 days left in US before I take flight back to Singapore. Words can’t describe how much I’m dreading that fateful day of saying goodbye to San Francisco. Just thinking of it makes me want to cry. But I’ll be back… i think.

Anyways, I’m back with my Las Vegas photos! So soz for the very long wait. I just signed up for the 1 month free trial at Netflix, and it’s gotten me even more glued to my Macbook. I just finished the first 2 seasons of Pretty Little Liars. I’ve heard so much about this series, but sadly never got the chance to watch it in Singapore. I’m eagerly awaiting season 3 now. Hurryyy up now. Looks like I’ll have to figure out a way to watch it online once I’m back.

But for now, Las Vegas.

You know, they say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas… well, nothing much happened. I didn’t get married overnight in a chapel, I didn’t wake up with a hangover, I didn’t get drunk nor run through the strip naked (no pun intended).

Monte CarloSo, we stayed at Monte Carlo. Love how cheap it is to stay there. Can’t quite remember how much, but hell yeah, it’s cheap.

424030_10151344252691464_1740477937_nThe three guys crashed out in the room right after our 10-hour road trip from San Francisco. If I’ve learnt one thing from this trip, it’s this: guys are the best traveling buddies EVER. It’s fun to travel with your girlfriends, but with guys, it’s just fun (and funny).

150949_10151344253641464_1631568815_nWe went out at night for some sight-seeing along the strip.

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The next morning, Vincent & Stephen went for a business conference at Caesar’s Palace, so I was left to spend the day with my baby boy and one other Gushcloud guy. Not very romantic, but we had no other choice. We left our hotel and walked to Excalibur for their lunch buffet.

64539_10151344254306464_1987891005_nThe thing about Las Vegas is that sex sells. Sex sells almost everywhere, but SEX SELLS in Vegas. So you get all kinds of weird stuff with sexual connotations to them. Like this one here: Dick’s Last Resort.Do Not HumpSaw this on the wall right outside Dick’s Last Resort.

Excalibur Buffet

Excalibur Buffet 2Buffet spread was relatively good for around US$18+ a person.You get all sorts of Chinese, Mexican, Italian and American food. I would recommend going nearer towards the end of the lunch buffet (around 2.30 pm) ‘cos that way, you pay lunch prices but you’ll get both lunch and dinner spreads. It’s opened all day and once the lunch hour closes, they immediate change the spread to dinner dishes, which include steaks and much better options. Pity we didn’t think of that earlier.

After lunch, we went to the famous Las Vegas Premium Outlet Mall South. Was about $18 (+ tips) from Excalibur to the mall. Spent the rest of the day there. I was a little disappointed, though. There weren’t many big brands in this mall and I expected a lot more from it. It was only at night that we went into Levi’s and the sales girl told us that Las Vegas Premium Outlet Mall North is the much better one for shopping. What a waste! I did buy a Coach Bag, though. Was like $450 at original price, but I got it at 50% off! Woohoo!

After that, we went off for a quick dinner at IHOP.Pancakes

71592_10151344261201464_1020961707_nHad there famed huge-ass pancakes and steak.

We took a cab back to Monte Carlo for the Blue Man Group performance. Us

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393036_10151344262311464_1077893507_nAbsolutely loved them. I remember watching them on television when I was still a little kid, like 15 years ago? They must be old, very old. But their energy is just amazing. Please do try to catch them if you ever head down to Las Vegas.
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Day 3: Vincent & Stephen had their all-day conference at Caesar’s Palace AGAIN, and I was stuck with the two guys AGAIN. And you won’t believe it, but we decided on a buffet lunch AGAIN. Deja-vu or just a bunch of boring people?

184494_10151345790646464_317675034_nWe took the tram from Monte Carlo to Bellagio. I’m blue da-ba-dee-da-ba-da. Drunk on the Blue Man Group? Nah, the windows were tinted blue.

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379336_10151345793871464_883665130_nLookie lookie, look at what we found! Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant!

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14908_10151347169141464_73535127_nAfter braving the Las Vegas cold, we finally reached Wynn!

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424506_10151345796521464_711898760_nThe buffet was gooood. Beats the one at Excalibur for sure. It was around $29+ per person, which is still pretty reasonable. No cold seafood dishes, though. I was hoping for oysters and shrimps, but nope. I guess Las Vegas, being a desert, is too far from the ocean for them to fish for seafood. But even then, the spread was good. I got too full after 5 rounds, and I didn’t even get to try everything :(

I did, however, have enough space for desserts! I had the best rice krispies ever! It was coated with thick white chocolate on the top and covered with rainbow sprinkles too! Haha. Oh gawd, I sound like a kid. Their apple crumble pie was da shiznit. I went for rounds just on that.

Feeling stuffed and satisfied, we left for the Las Vegas Premium Outlet Mall North. Costed us $18 (+tips) from Wynn.

405991_10151345796621464_548823369_nQuick tip: If you’re ever in Vegas, skip the South Outlet Mall altogether and just head for the North Mall. This place beats South hands down. Don’t even bother with the South Mall. It’s crap if you compare it to the North.

The Premium Outlet Mall North has Coach, Kate Spade, Burberry, Armani Exchange, BCBGMaxazria, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Guess, Juicy Couture, Michael Kors, Salvatore Ferragamo, Tory Burch, and gazillions more. Like seriously, one day isn’t enough to cover this place.

Link here: Las Vegas Premium Outlets Mall North 

And in case my advice is blah-blah-blah to you, here’s the link to Las Vegas Premium Outlet Mall South.

Have fun!

Xoxo

Road Trip to Badwater Basin in Death Valley, CA

Hi guys! Guess what, I’m back from Las Vegas! I’m already missing it so badly, though. It was my first time there and gosh, I just loved it so much!

We left our place in San Francisco at 11PM on Friday and embarked on a 7-hour-long road trip to Badwater Basin in Death Valley, then another 2 hours before we were finally in Las Vegas!!! I didn’t manage much of a shuteye during the 9 hours ‘cos I was literally squished in between two guys and my butt was hurting so badly throughout.

And ladies and gentleman, that’s what you get when you don’t have enough ass going on at the back! Haha.

So our first stop was Badwater Basin, which I thought was a really lazy way of naming such a beautiful place. Bare but so intriguing… I was quite frankly in utter awe of the scenery. I know there was like nothing at all, but that’s just the beauty of it.  When there’s so much to see every single day, having nothing at all to look at was just so surreal and breathtaking to me.

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This picture somehow made it look like we were in some hot tropical desert ‘cos I looked so burnt. It was the sun and while it did help a little bit, we were all still freezing cold. I’m guessing it was around 10 degree C (or 50 deg F) while we were there. Pretty similar to SF in the day, but without any trees, it was definitely way more chilly.

Badwater Basin3And you see the white ground we were walking on? Guess what it was made of. Now go on..

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Darren and I

Vincent and StephenStephen and Vincent took a good lift off from the ground to give us this awesome pic.

602877_10151342402171464_788985597_nMe, Saiful, Vincent, and Stephen.
C’mon give me some credit, I was doing it for the first time. Stephen is a basketballer, so it’s pretty obvious why he had no trouble going that high. I, on the other hand, haven’t played netball in ages.
Plus, those shoes were made for walking, not jumping.

150965_10101791096115833_379661698_nThis is a better shot. Not bad, if I do say so myself.

And one last shot before I bring this post to a close.
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Vanity 282 feet below sea level. LOL. I’ll be back soon with more photos from Las Vegas! <3

Xoxo,
Vivavandiva