although it was a short trip (as usual) and we did the whole long drive thing instead of flying, it was still a great great trip! i must admit though that i was super distracted the work week after coming back and had a hard hard time focusing so i wasn't the most productive. sigh.
here are the main highlights from the trip:
1. kpop concert at the coliseum - it was a free concert and my favorite band EVER was performing. i'm not the type to really lose control but CN Blue definitely rocked it and brought out the hidden fangirl in me haha. the concert lasted for 4 hours and there were definitely some amazing performances.
they had a korea festival in the afternoon where you could enjoy korean food and purchase kpop merchandise. we had to wait in line forever for these tornado potato things.
with the group - ty, nate, branon, areum, me and rissa. we were super excited haha.
we actually all had separate tickets (3 pairs of tickets) but awesome areum managed to talk to the event people and got tickets for all of us so we could sit together and it was row 8 so that was pretty sweet.
so, i expected california to be super warm and was definitely not dressed for the cold wind chills but watching CN Blue perform live was so worth it! the reason why i like CN Blue is cause they're so talented. since they're a band, they ALWAYS do live performances (unlike other groups that may lip sync). also, they compose their own songs and actually put in a lot a lot of effort into creating good music and living for it. and while other groups may die off in terms of their energy level through different songs, CN Blue always always maintains the energy level very high (this is even true of their 2-hour long concerts). on top of it all, they are extremely humble and down-to-earth guys - i've never once heard anyone complain that they're arrogant/have attitude (i can't say the same for other kpop groups). therefore, CN Blue jjang!
at the entrance after taking the tram from the parking area. love how everything was so white and bright.
pretty view of the city with blue skies
these flower trees reminded me of gardens by the bay in singapore - the super trees haha
i wanted to go see the garden cause of this maze. unfortunately, it was closed due to renovations and so we couldn't walk through it.
just chilling on the grass
3. griffith observatory - we headed to the observatory in the evening and it was perfect cause you could see the sunset from up high and view the whole city in all its night lights glory. we also had the opportunity to look at jupiter and the moon through telescopes. it was breathtaking and one of my favorites from the trip. we also spotted the hollywood sign.
the hollywood sign plus city smog
i think the observatory is so pretty
hello los angeles
the wind was extra cold up there!
overlooking the city
this is me looking off at the hollywood sign in the distance and the sun in all its glory before setting
such a pretty place for photo shoots
i can't get enough of big cities. i loved the streets, the lights, the busyness of LA and most importantly, i loved that everyone dressed well.
i really really like it when people dress nicely.
in big cities, it's the norm for people to wear nice clothes when they go out on the weekend.
in utah, people just don't do that/their nice clothes are really county bumpkin-ish (sorry).
one other thing i learned on this trip (i was slowly beginning to realize this already but the thought was further solidified): i know a lot more about kpop and the korean culture than the average person haha. every time i meet a korean person and i slowly reveal my knowledge of things, they're always SUPER shocked and just go daebak daebak nonstop haha.
i guess the korean culture has just become such a huge part of me that i didn't realize that it's such a big deal to other people.
i love watching the faces of korean people when i start speaking in korean because i must say that my accent is pretty good (haha) since i've been keeping up with my korean through watching korean variety shows and so i pick up the accent as well. they always always say, "you speak like a korean!" and i always feel so flattered. if only my vocabulary and grammar were better haha.
and so that was my trip.
we drove with preston and alice and had some funny conversations in the car.
i also realized (more so than before) how well preston and i know each other hahaha.
our reactions to things/each other don't surprise each other anymore hahaha.
we can accurately predict what the other person will say/do.
it's actually pretty funny and i'm grateful for friendships that don't require too much explanations or words haha.
long car rides made better with boba stops haha
trip of the month for may is: denver! we're going to go visit our dearest big brother rendy and i can already foresee lots of laughter and ridiculousness hahaha, yay.
we're probably also going to try to squeeze in a vegas trip in there before it gets all hot in the summer.
till then, it's work work work haha!