Thursday, February 20, 2014

Travel Diary: Santa Monica

My first travel diary for this trip features our first full day spent around Santa Monica (see my outfit post here)! And very timely too, since it's throwback Thursday today and editing this pictures was a throwback to our first full day here. We arrived in LA at around 9pm then went straight to my Ninang in Long Beach. By the time we got home, sleep was very much welcome, that's why never really had a problem with jet lag. The next day, we were up early in the morning ready to explore Santa Monica! Just first day around LA and I was sold already. Tour with me through these pictures:
 We went around Third Street Promenade in the morning. I love everything about the mall - the crowd, the stores, the layout! It's a very pretty outdoor mall and this was where my mom and I started raving about the shopping here in the US. Everything is so much cheaper here!!!
 It was Valentine's Day that time too! 
One more thing I loved about the place was the street artists! There were so many people singing and doing art just in the middle! Creativity everywhere!
 Mac stores are always so nice!
 The theaters here are so nice too!
 These trees are so beautiful!!!
After lunch, we went to Santa Monica Pier! All this time I thought I hated beaches, then California happened. It's was extremely sunny that day and I'm usually sun repellant, but I just didn't mind since the weather was lovely and the beach was amazing and everyone was just chilling. 

 My cousin Jio! Although they never really lived in Manila, I'm pretty close to him because of our age gap and we shared many childhood memories too! Reunited after 8 years!!!
 There's also a mini theme park and an arcade in the pier!
 Our first full day that we got to bond with them!
 So many people just chilling by the beach!
 My favorite shot I took using just my iPhone! When the place is this pretty, no filter or editing is needed!
 After the pier, we went back to pick up the little kids in school and had dinner at Souplantation - a healthy buffet restaurant!
Then we had our first Walmart experience!!!! Yaaay! I love Walmart!

There you have it! Our first full day in Santa Monica! Up next: VEGAS!!!

Love, Paola 

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