Saturday, July 26, 2014

What Happens in Las Vegas, Stays in Las Vegas (or nah)


Fact #1: Las Vegas isn't in California. It's close by in another state -- Nevada. Common mistake. I think sometimes people perceive America as it is just with its most famous places in the East and West Coast, like L.A. or New York or Boston or something. I guess people tend to forget that it's a country with 50 states.

Fact #2: The minimum wage in California is $9 per hour. Woah. That's RM28.57 per hour. Well yeah I understand that Malaysia and the United States are, economic status-wise, in discrepancy, so it's logical because their cost of living is a lot higher. But economically speaking, comparing it to the minimum wage in Malaysia which is $1.24 // RM4.33, it must follow that the standard of living in USA is much higher than it is in Malaysia, considering that the costs of living is definitely not even close to (from observation) 7.2 times higher than it is in Malaysia. 

OKAY I DIGRESS, sorry for my pretentious economic talk HAHA back to Las Vegas now.

How would I describe Las Vegas in words?

You know how every city or every state has an individualistic identity, or, in personification, 'traits' of its own? Like it basically produces & promotes its own culture and its own values and things like that. Of course not each city is completely different nor completely the same, which makes them special, but I feel that Las Vegas is quite an exception to that city stereotype.

Las Vegas is the passport to the world. It amalgamates globalisation - when you're in Las Vegas, you see the world. Geographically speaking, architecturally speaking, culturally speaking, and speaking about humans, food, etc. You see the Eiffel Tower on one corner of a street and when you turn around, you're in the famous New York City Times Square.. And then you walk forward a couple of blocks and all of a sudden, you're in the canals of Rome. And whoops, you stumbled into the Great Pyramid of Giza. And all the while you're swarmed by a motley crowd of people of all races and all skin tones and all accents and all languages.

So what is Las Vegas, if I were to describe it without describing landmarks in other countries? I don't think I could. Party culture? Its casinos? Its hotels? Its clubs & its DJs, maybe? Nah. You can get that anywhere in the world. But I guess the fact that I cannot describe it simply without describing other places brings light to how special it is, no?

Down the Las Vegas Strip: 

The "Eiffel Tower" (Restaurant)


New York New York hotel from the view on the Las Vegas Strip


The Statue of Liberty
New York New York hotel during the day.

Casinos 





Luxor Hotel 

We stayed at the Luxor Hotel for a short night, which was a hotel shaped out of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. Super cool, yes? Somehow I couldn't take a photo of it because I didn't really have a good vantage point or a good bird's eye view of it to be able to take a full photo, so here's a very commercialised one: 

Credits to HDWALLPAPERS.COM 

^ LOLOL it doesn't get anymore Photoshopped than that. But yeah, that's (basically) what it looks like. It has a fantastic pool, though we didn't swim in it. (And yes, I did take the following photo of the pool)

 A dip in the sunset, palm trees & breezy water amidst still air


Oh. Another thing about Las Vegas is that it is SO HUMID. I mean when I was there I literally craved for KL weather. It's the fact that it's in the middle of a desert actually.. We were all complaining of heat and fatigue we didn't even feel like walking around outside. And also sleeplessness -- we just came that morning on a few hours of sleep because our flight from San Francisco was at, like, 7am, so we had to wake up at 3ish if I remember. Then we spent the mornoon on a road-trip from LAX to LV, so.. yeah. 


The Venetian Hotel Resort Casino 


God, the art in this place is so beautiful. And realistic, even. This is just the hotel lobby and I already took most of my photos LOL. 


The gargantuan pillars resembling proud soldiers at ease and the curvature of the roof with its festoon of marbled edges and the Roman art on the ceilings provide a spitting insight into Italian architecture.

They harbour their hopes & dreams onto an inconsequential piece of engraved metal and throw it into a fountain said to be blessed by whoever they believe had the power to change their lives

Pretty realistic skies, no?




We witnessed a proposal on one of these boats! If you're wondering, yes she said yes. The newlyweds' friends just kept chanting that aw okay but we get it & we're happy for you!


Eugh.

#relationshipgoals: My parents came here on their honeymoon, so they wanted to come back and visit it. Pretty cute <3



Reenacting our Cameron Highlands photo, except that I'm way too in front and that I look so flabby hAHAHA 



MISCELLANOUS

Just a compilation of selfies and food -- still aesthetics.


"I have a Homer Simpson tummy now" "and I love it"

We had In&Out! LIKE FINALLY, AFTER YEARS OF CRAVING IT. Oh, the bliss.



Every little bit as good as it looks. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Popeye's Chicken Tenders

Krispy Kreme (Malaysia's ones are better tbh)
CINDY LEOW LITERALLY EPITOMIZES HOMER SIMPSON, holy shit.

We also had Panda Express, but I don't think I took a photo :( 


Las Vegas Premium Outlets

The next day as we were leaving we went to the premium outlets in LV. So much of variety! There was everything from Hot Topic to Kate Spade NY to Charlotte Russe to Nike. Good thing I don't feel guilty when I shop overseas though hehehe.


I bought a mint Kate Spade wallet! It was such a crazy deal, like I forgot exactly how much it was but I got it for like 60% off. I wanted to buy a bag too but like I didn't want to splurge because we still had LA to go and I didn't want to spend all my money at one place haha.

Now I wish I bought a bag though bc I have leftover cash. #smh #butitsok #moneyformyeducation #moreimportantthanKateSpadebags


This is basically what it looks like. 

This photo was after Disneyland in LA, which is coming next on the blog!!!!! :D



It's getting late and I have quite a busy weekend to go, so I hope you've enjoyed this post and I'd be really glad if you read through all my stupid captions & maybe even chuckled at some of them.

I'm thinking of getting a domain myself. It's really not that expensive and I'm hoping to get really serious about blogging, so it'll be an investment. I mean, a brand called CINDYLEOW.COM sounds so much intimidating than cindyleow.blogspot.com HAHA. ok.

Love y'all, thanks for keeping up with me (speaking of which, I started playing the Kim Kardashian game and I am so addicted I might even write a blog post about it. Okay, bye.)

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Bring me Back to Bali, 2K13

I know a lot of things have changed, for better or for worse, since eight months ago, despite how short the time seems to have passed. I just feel like Bali was such a wonderful time especially post-graduation, and right now I really quite miss school & my friends and I feel like I shouldn't waste this experience from being immortalised on the internet so.. Throwback post? Throwback post.

But still. Take me back to the long nights smelling of tropics & saltwater, meals for kings, bathed in the splendour of sunlit backdrops, days spent in adolescent adventure: casually surprised & magnificently moved.

Ayana Rock Bar

Our villa at Pat Mase. Ohmygod I miss that place :(





Absolute peace.

















Sunset viewings at rooftop bars.


(Stolen from Shu Cean at shucean.blogspot.com - go stalk her!)


My fav, pinã colada. 


Beanbags are love.



(Pictures are only from the first day, but I'll upload more soon) 

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