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October 27, 2008 (Monday)

We decorated my sister’s home for Halloween. It was really interesting because this was the first time I had done something like it. I usually decorate for Christmas. So this was really a first for both me and Froggy.

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“Trying to make it look like a haunted house.”

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“Igooooorrrr”

October 28, 2008 (Tuesday)

We started off the day by going to Pinkberry. It’s the “IT” frozen yogurt place. I did heard of it before but now I finally got a chance to try it out. Not bad for a healthy snack. Then we’re off to “Bossanova” for lunch. Where we had yummy steaks! After that, we went to the Kodak Theater and roamed around the shops in Hollywood and Highland mall. Had some pics taken too with the infamous Mann’s Chinese Theater. And finally, to what we had been waiting for. Pantanges theater where “Wicked” is being played. I do love the interior of the place. Too bad I left my camera in the car so I wasn’t able to take any photos. It was really grand inside. And my sister got us great seats too! The play is about Elphaba the Witch in the Wizard of Oz, the story is set just before Dorothy got blown in by the tornado. And why the people of Oz deemed her to be Wicked. We really enjoyed the play immensely, even Froggy admitted that it was good that it surpasses all the plays we watched so far. He was even humming some of the tunes after that. I do love a few of the songs like “Popular” where its upbeat and funny. The play was about two and a half hours long. But it didn’t seems so because we’re really engrossed with it. We even waited for the actors to come out and have out programs signed by them. By the time we’re done, it’s already pretty late. We then stopped by at “Pink Hotdog” it’s also one of the original the-place-to-go that even big celebs still seeks it’s yummy hotdogs til this day.

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“Jayme having a Pinkberry moment.”

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“Delicious skirt steaks at Bossanova.”

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“Lamb Kebabs for the Frog.”

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“The pizza monster”

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“Mann’s Chinese Theater”

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“Kodak Theater”

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“Inside Hollywood and Highland mall”

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“Still in Hollywood and Highland Mall.”

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“Saw a Sanrio Store tucked inside the mall.”

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“Ooooohhhh Harry Potter!”

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“Jayme trying on Emma Watson’s footprint in front of the Chinese Theater.”

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“All Cheese!!!”

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“Wickedly the best!”

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” Celebs like this place.”

(http://blog.hellokitty.com/traveltheworld)

October 21, 2008 (Tuesday)

Early morning, we woke up in anticipation of our bus ride to the City that Never Sleeps, yup you got it…We’re going to good ol’ NY…

It took us 3 hours to arrive at the bustling city, but was made ever shorter by the cheerful banter of our bus driver who kept saying “Are we there yet” in every stop we made. It’s all gooood though coz’ we had a date to watch LION KING the musical, Minscoff Theater at 7pm.

Arriving 3 hours earlier from our check-in time (12pm), we had ours spare and frankly can’t wait to soaked up the sights and sounds of the City. We were greeted by a cacophony of endless music, blinding lights, and waves and waves of people from all races, ages, and walks of life.

We couldn’t wait to mix and mingle on our first day so that’s why we took the Grayline City Bus Tour which provided 3 separate tours around the city…Uptown, Downtown, and Brooklyn in a nice package of hop on and hop off.

We first took the Uptown route and boy did we had a grand tootin’ time…

We then watched Lion King, the theater was easy to find since its just a few blocks from where we are staying.  We even had a chance to see Vanessa Hudgeon and Zac Efron from High School Musical who where promoting their latest movie.  No wonder a sea of paparazzi where milling about near the theater.  The play was not bad, though after seeing Phantom I still think Phantom is better. (Sorry Lion King fans) Watchig the play is like watching the cartoon itself.  The coloful costumes made it stand out and made the play alive.  After the play, we walked around the area and found ourselves in Rockerfeller Center.

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“Our hotel room in New York”

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“Broadway”

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“Minscoff Theater presents Lion King”

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“Statue of Liberty Lego in Toys R Us.”

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“A Lego skyscraper ain’t complete without King Kong.”

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 ”Look who I found in New York!”

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 ”Time Square”

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 ”Billboards around Time Square”

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“The Lion in Minscoff Theater”

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“Rockefeller Center”

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“A colorful shop window”

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“Yattttttttaaaaa!!!! (Reenacting Hiro in Heroes)

October 22, 2008 (Wednesday)

On the 2nd day of our New Yorkin’ experience, we ate breakfast composed of cup noodles and canned spaghetti…er yum yum er…slimy yet satisfying (take note we already watched the LK musical that’s why it’s like that.) We wasted no time to take our downtown tour which featured the old and new in New York…

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“Empire State Building”

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“A hundred fifty years of Macy!”

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“The Flat Iron Building”

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 ”A memorial for the fallen Twin Towers.  Tiles retrieved from ground zero are immortalized with dedications from children.”

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 ”The Lady Liberty”

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“The Brooklyn Bridge”

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“United Nations Building”

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“Had an NBC studio tour.”

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“The Rock and the Frog.”

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“A Sanrio Store in the Big Apple.”

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” Like a kid in the candy store.”

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“The Chrysler Building”

October 23, 2008 (Thursday)

On our last day in New York, we were left panting and breathing heavily as we toured the small but larger than life Island City, visiting it’s various museums. I was amazed at how my husband became the foremost expert of Dinosaurs exhibited at the American Museum Of Natural History (The setting for Night in the Museum) as he named each Dinos we saw. We then made our way via Central Park over the MET, and Cooper Hewitt Museum, and while on the way back to the hotel we encountered a very peculiar saucer like edifice in the area of Central Park. Froggy was frightened and elusive and for good reason because it was an exhibition of CHANEL Mobile Art which they featured for a limited time only at the Park. We then had to wait in line for an hour or so to get in (for free others have bought tickets online) and explore it’s bizarre but rather original art concept much to my Froggy’s chagrin…

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“Central Park”

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Imagine a memorial for John Lennon in Strawberry Fields, Central Park.”

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“An Obelisk that came all the way from Egypt.”

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“Alice in Wonderland”

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“The Bellevedere Castle”

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“Knish Nosh with potato filling.”

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“Birds who are interested in my Knish Nosh.”

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“A futuristic art gallery by Chanel inside Central Park.”

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“Freebies from the art gallery.”

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“Dino in the Museum”

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“Rex!  Fetch!!!”

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“Dum Dum wants Gum Gum”

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“Giant Squid Attack!”

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“The Fashion District.”

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“Parson’s School of Design”

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“Our last night in Time Square.”

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It had been weeks since I last updated my blog, so this post can be a long one. O_o

October 14, 2008 (Tuesday)

We flew via US Airways to Philadelphia. My Aunt and Uncle picked us up from the airport and took almost an hour and a half before we reached Reading, PA. This is where my Aunt resides along with Uncle, my cousin Chris and his wife Yeng. It was a joyous reunion as they had not been able to make it on our wedding back home, they had planned to go but had to cancel last minute because of their work. :( By the way, they are vegetarian and they cooked up a scrumptious meal without any meat at all! Yum! Our room was ready too, they nicknamed it the honeymooner’s suite complete with amenities! It was the cutest thing that I saw. I loved how they made us feel so welcomed. ^^

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“The first thing we saw once we got in the house.”

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“Yummy ice cream cake.”

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“Our attic honeymoon suite.”

October 15, 2008 (Wednesday)

The very next day, my Uncle drove us to Hershey, Pennsylvania. We all know that Hershey is one of the best known makers of chocolate. But little did people know that there is also a place called Hershey, where the chocolates are manufactured. We visited the Hershey Chocolate World. After that we went to Hershey Gardens located near the Hershey Hotel. (They are all HERSHEY, go figure) And then back home, where Yeng baked my favorite dish. Yummmmmmmmm!

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“Kisses shaped lamp post signals that we are in Hershey!”

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“Chris and Yeng strike a pose.”

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“The smell of chocolate is in the air.”

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“Chugging chocolate syrup.”

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“Hershey Kisses”

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“A chocoholic in action.”

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“Hersheys Garden”

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“Pumpkin decorations signals the coming of Halloween.”

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“Lovely blooms greeted us in the garden.”

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“Just oooohhh sooo pretty.”

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“Whistling Kisses”

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“A bathtub mini garden.”

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“Trying to make a tune out of the panels.”

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“Their version of the Japanese Garden.”

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“Baked stuffed bell peppers!!! My favorite!!”

October 16, 2008 (Thursday)

Next on our itinerary is Shady Maple, a smorgasbord of food cooked by Amish people. Of course we cruised by in style because my cousin hired a limo. After the very satisfying lunch we stopped by at the Kitchen Kettle Village. A small village of shops mostly handcrafted or made by the Amish community. The next stop is Sight’s and Sound the Millennium Theater where we watched the musical play “In the Beginning”

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“Authentic Amish food buffet.”

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“An Amish girl selling corn wreaths.”

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“The view from the Kitchen Kettle Village.”

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“Kitchen Kettle Village, Intercourse, Pennsylvania.”

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“The village is lined with shops selling local goods.”

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“A frog in a witch costume pumpkin.”

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“Hand crafted mail boxes.”

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“Froggy trying to milk a simulation milking cow.”

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“Produce for sale.”

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“I’ve never seen these many types of corn before.”

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“Riding in style.”

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“The Millenium Theater by Sights and Sound.”

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“Display of the In the Beginning play.”

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“We got good seats!”

October 17, 2008 (Friday)

We visited my cousins at their workplace. Chris works in Health South Rehab Center as a Executive Data Analyst and Yeng works at the Babies-N-Motion Children Center as the Director there. Then my Uncle and Aunt brought us to the Olive Garden for lunch then to Marshalls! I am really addicted to this place. Isn’t it obvious!

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“Chris in his work place.”

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“The mansion where Health South used to be, now it’s abandoned and kinda makes me think of a haunted house. Creepy!”

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“Where Yeng works.”

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“In the nursery.”

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“Yeng’s adorable little charges.”

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“Good Italian food. Loved the baked stuffed mushrooms. Drool!”

October 18, 2008 (Saturday)

My Uncle and his family are 7th Day Adventist. Saturday is considered their Sabbath, so we went to church that day. It so happens that every once a month they have a pot luck among the church goes. Being 7th Day Adventist means going vegetarian. There was a really good spread of vegetarian food and some you might think “Is this Vegetarian?!” Because it tasted so good that you won’t think that its all veggies. After the very filling lunch, my Uncle drove us to the Reading Public Museum Park. Lovely place to be. Lots of greens and some duckies swimming in shallow water. Next stop is Vanity Fair Outlet. A humongous outlet store that carries a lot of branded stuff for cheaper price. Though in my opinion Marshals still is the best. ^^ It took us hours to walk through the whole lot. Time flew and before we knew it, it was dinner time already, my cousin picked us up to eat at Jumbo China Buffet. As usual, the frog and I overate again.

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“Whatcha lookin’ at? Quack!!!”

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“Ducks-R-Us”

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“Feedin’ bread to the lil’ duckies.”

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“Loved this photo of my cousins.”

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“My Frog is fascinated with this squirrel.”

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“Tree hugger.”

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“Just one of the beautiful tranquil sights in the Museum Park.”

October 19, 2008 (Sunday)

We woke up pretty early to take a bus ride to Atlantic City. I was feeling a bit under the weather because of the cold temperature in Pennsylvania. And the gusty winds in Atlantic City didn’t help much. Despite it, I still enjoyed walking down the famous Boardwalk which was inspired by the Monopoly game board. Some casinos where also a big attraction to tourists like the Trump’s Taj Mahal, Ceasars Palace, Bally Casino, Wild Wild West and more. We were also fortunate enough to witness a Senior pageant on parade.

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“The Boardwalk”

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“The Ripley’s Belive or Not is also one of the main attractions here.”

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“Lunch at Mario’s Pizza. Had Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, Onion Rings, Fried Stuffed Peppers and Fried Broccoli.”

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“Auntie and Uncle ordered a huge vegetarian pizza.”

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“Permanent resident of Boardwalk, Atlantic City.”

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“The Beach.”

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“Parade of Senior beauties.”

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“A message from my sweet Froggy.”

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“Check this out! Colorful painted hermit crabs for sale.”

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“A memorial for the war heroes.”

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“Multi-colored buildings.”

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“Inside the Wild Wild West casino.”

October 20, 2008 (Monday)

Went another round at the Vanity Fair Outlet. Then off to visit my Aunt who works part time in Kutztown University. The University is so big that it has about 30,0oo plus students.

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“There’s even a couple of tanks inside the University.”

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Los Angeles, California.  Home of the legendary Lakers.  Okay I’m not a basketball fan.  But I thought that it would be a nice start for this post.  He he he. 

October 2, 2008 (Thursday)

My brother in law James and my niece Jayme picked us up from the airport.  My sister Espie is already waiting for us in her home with her eldest daugther EJ.  It was nice to see them again.

October 3, 2008 (Friday)

The very next day, we picked some persimons in my sister’s backyard.  In the late afternoon we picked the kids up from school and we’re off to Las Vegas!  It took us about 6 hours to get there by car.  My brother in law drove the whole way through.  We got there around 11pm.  Stayed in Venetian!  The rooms is as awesome as ever.  We walked around the strip with my nieces til the wee hours of the morning. 

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“Persimons in season.”

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“The cutting of the fruit.”

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“Lemons anyone?”

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“Hibiscus in bloom.”

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“On our way to Las Vegas!”

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“Las Vegas here we come.”

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“The sign says it all!”

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“Luxor”

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“New York, New York”

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“Coca Cola Store and M&M Store”

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“Monte Carlo”

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“The key”

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“Inside the lobby of Venetian”

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“Froggy and Nicolas Cage!  Okay its a wax replica of him.”

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“On the way to Paris”

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“Paris ain’t complete without the Eiffle Tower.”

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“Looking up the Eiffle Tower”

October 4, 2008 (Saturday)

We met up one of my mother in law’s high school friend who also lives in Las Vegas.  Had lunch with her.  She’s really nice and accommodating.  That night we watched the “Phantom of the Opera” that was playing in Venetian.  It was really really good.  Even the Frog admitted that.  After the show the Frog and I went for a walk outside.

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“The Venetian swimming pool”

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“Swimming with the Muses”

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“One of the detailed ceiling in the Venetian Hotel”

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“Venetian won’t be complete without its waterways.”

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“Wynn and Encore”

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“Another look at Paris by day.”

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“Harley Davidson Cafe”

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“I will not melt in the hand…..”

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“Pillow M&M’s”

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“Looks like the Frog ain’t feelin’ too well.”

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“The Candy of the Opera”

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“The Phantom of the Opera merchandise”

October 5, 2008 (Sunday)

Had a late check out.  Went to Ceasar’s Palace to roam around the massive casino and shopping complex.  We didn’t notice the time but it was already getting late.  So we had dinner at “Buffet @ Asia” its good.  Well I ate mostly sushi.  And that was really filling! 

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“Outside of Venetian Hotel”

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“TAO’s side entrance”

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“Bumped into the Travelocity’s Traveling Gnome”

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“Ventian’s center”

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“Another detailed look of Venetian’s interior.”

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“One of the many statues in the Ceasars Palace”

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“The Trevi restaurant”

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“A Trojan Horse in FAO Swartz”

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“An animated fountain”

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“A snake attacking my niece EJ!”

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“Dinasaurs on the loose!”

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“Jayme and EJ trying to feed the dinasaurs.  Seems like they are the food.”

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“Which way back to LA?”

Right now, we’re back in LA.  By tomorrow, we’ll be leaving for Florida.  So until then….

The first time I learned of “West Side Story” was when I was in my early teens.  My sis in law rented a laser disc of the musical.  (I know laser disc! Now you probably can gauge my age he he he) I was fascinated with all the song and dance numbers.  I love the song “Tonight” and “A Time for Us” best.  Some of the livelier songs that I enjoy would be “Only in America” because the dance number that came with it was pretty much exciting.  I know it is more on interpretative dances.  Which I think kids nowadays would think it’s corny and would probably get bored by it.

My Mom got some tickets for the stage presentation of the musical.  So the Frog and I went with her.  Though Froggy didn’t know that he is the only guy to come along  LOLS!   I think it is cool of him because at least I can tell everyone that my husband went and watched the play with me.  (Wub u Froggy)  Anyhoo, the local stage presentation was not to my liking.  I was expecting a lot, probably because the lead is quite a popular singer.  Don’t get me wrong, he is not really that bad.  I just think that they should have cast another singer for the role.  As for Maria, if she sang the songs in her natural voice and not too operatic I think it would have work.  My sister who also went to watch the play said that there’s no chemistry between the two lead characters which I totally agree.  The supporting character “Anita” in my opinion stole the show.  She sang her songs loud and clear.  And she’s quite entertaining to watch.  Overall the play is so-so.

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