I went to LA in January 2015. Prior to that, I’ve only been to LA once when I was 7 years old, which I remember loving it there as a kid. Then again, who doesn’t love Universal Studios, going to the beach and eating a dozen crabs from a bucket and getting to buy a bunch of Sanrio things to take back home? I’ve always thought I would want to move to Cali if I visited again. Surprisingly after going again as an adult I realized I like it there, but don’t actually see myself wanting to live there long term.
Here’s a picture of my mom and little me visiting an ice sculpture exhibit in LA in ’97.
Do you know what movie was filmed here at the FOO CHOW Restaurant? Hint: I’m looking for Juntao & Ricky Tan. Yes, you’re right – Rush Hour! I love RUSH HOUR. I’ve watched it over a 100 times, and can annoyingly recite the lines of the entire movie.
Made a quick stop to explore Old Chinatown.
Since there was a Lollicup right by where we parked, had to get me some boba tea as they call it in LA. Do I like NY’s bubble tea more? Hm, I would have to say I like both!
It was not an easy choice between all the options I wanted to try, but I chose to stick with a flavor I usually get which is taro! And I must say, I would definitely get it again.
Walking the pier was nice. Seabreeze and gorgeous weather, both are my favorites!
I love my mom!
Although it’s named PierBurger, I highly recommend getting their fries. If you ask me, this place should actually be named PierFRIES.
On one of the days, my aunt took us to Olvera Street, basically a strip of little shops filled with interesting things which reminded me a lot of shopping in Cancun Mexico.
If you go to LA, be sure to eat here. YOU HAVE TO GO TO EL POLLO LOCO. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
I recommend their Wing’s Lover Special! But you can only get this after 1pm and depends if they have a surplus of wings on hand. You can get 4 wings + tortillas + 2 sides for under $5! Not only is it cheap, but it’s so good!! Gosh, I want some right now.
We also went thrifting. You can read more about that on ThriftyProfits.
Along with my cousin, I met up with 2 of my Miami friends who had just moved to LA recently for some Korean BBQ. Here’s Ian being the chef!
I had a really good time with them. It was awesome to learn that Maria also loves Grey’s anatomy like I do!
I also highly recommend you eat at Souplantation if you’re out on the West Coast! I absolutely love this place. It’s all you can eat soup and salad for $8.69 a person! This price includes unlimited items from the bakery, hot pasta & dessert! Each location varies in pricing by a little bit, but they do have coupons you can find online which sometimes you can even eat for free or half off, etc. Dinner is a little more, like around $10-12/person. But it’s still an amazing price for the food you get, because their food is actually good.
I wish there was a Souplantation or their sister chain, Sweet tomatoes in New York; I would eat there all the time! Sadly, the closest one to me is in North Carolina (which I hope to visit one day!)
Had to make a quick trip to LACMA to see the lamp posts. In case you’re wondering like I was, LACMA stands for Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
No climbing? oops. I’m a rebel.
My cousin treated me to coffee at this spot he likes, Philz coffee.
I got their popular mint mojito iced coffee. It wasn’t bad, but a little toooo strong for my liking. I like my coffee light and sweet. This was quite the opposite, dark & bitter.
I wanted to check out Hillsong LA, so my cousin took me to one of the services. Despite crazy LA traffic, thankfully we made it just in time for worship. (Photo Credit: Hillsong)
The message was Live for God with everything. These are my notes I took. What is something worth? Are you willing to pay the price? David said, I will not give to the Lord what cost me nothing. He places value and worth in his work. Be like David. Be prepared to pay the cost. We want hookups and free rides. We want to reap the harvest but are we willing to sow the seeds? We want prayers answered and blessings but are we willing to spend hours on our knees?
Seek God first. Seek His kingdom first.
Matthew 6:33 – But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Live in the attitude that we’re ALL IN for God. We need to continue to remind ourselves all God has done and who He is.
3 areas for how we can live for God with everything:
1) We need to LOVE with everything.
– Mark 12:29-31.
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
– “Brew it up” – Stir up our hearts to love & know God.
– Love your neighbor as yourself.
– Be a big ball of love!
– 1 Peter 4:3.
For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do–living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.
2) GIVE with everything.
– The way we spend our life.
– Not just regarding finances, but also not being half-hearted.
– Time, focus, energy – all giving it with everything.
– Proverbs 3:9-10.
Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
– Give God your best and your first…or do you give God your leftovers?
– Acts 20:35.
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
– Proverbs 11:24.
One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
3) FOLLOW with everything.
– Luke 9:23-25.
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?
– Turn from our selfish ways and our own selfish desires.
– Everyday pick up your cross.
– Everything given is freely given to us. Give as freely as you have received.
– Understand that everything comes with a cost and sacrifice. What are you willing to give up or to sacrifice for Jesus?
(Photo Credit: Hillsong)
Obligatory In-N-Out stop for some animal style fries! The burger I got was pretty good I must say. And I don’t usually eat burgers. Made an exception since everyone raves about In-N-Out, ya know I I had to see what the hype was all about!
Venice beach was cool. My cousin showed me some of his old stomping grounds 🙂
Skaters doing tricks at the skatepark. It was pretty gloomy out that day to begin with. The smell of Mary-J was strong all over, which I suspect added to the haziness.
Hope you enjoyed some of the highlights of my trip in LA. We did a lot more things; a lot of which I don’t have pictures of. If I included everything, this post would be even longer than it already is.. but yeah, just a quick run-down of some of the other things we did. We went to get Taiwanese food with my grandma, toured UCLA (beautiful campus!), ate shaved ice, went to Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and so much more! What places do you recommend visiting in LA? Please let me know! Thanks for reading!