Tag Archives: Las Vegas

Breakfast and Megamarts

While Singaporeans like bee hoon, pau and other local delectables for breakfast, I had a little surprise!

Nothing beats waking up in the morning to home-made waffles with maple syrup and fresh strawberries!

Perfect for window display! The waffle is so light I had 1 and half!

I thought this brand of margarine is really cute. I love the exclamation mark at the end, like it's screaming at you to pick it up at the supermarket.

While we're on the topic of supermarket, I love the supermarkets here in the US! They are so massive and everyone can be pushing a cart, but no one knocks into one another. Aisles are wide and items well stocked. The only thing is, if you're not familiar with the placement of items, it's quite a distance walking from one end to the other.

Most supermarkets are open past midnight, some even 24 hours, so it's really convenient if you want to buy groceries late at night. Parking is ample and free too! This is Walmart Supercenter, which is a mega-hyper-mart!

First snow experience

An hour drive out of Las Vegas and you’d get to Mount Charleston, where you can find snow and ski during certain times of the year. I was really lucky this time, because the weather still hasn’t warmed up yet. We wanted to head to Grand Canyon initially, but because the weather was unexpectedly cold and I had no warm gear packed, we decided to do something else instead. Not that it’s any warmer here at Mount Charleston, but at least there are lodges where I can hide!

I was really excited because this was going to be the first time I see snow!!

It's quite a misconception that it's always hot in the desert. Las Vegas has desert and snow-capped peaks too! This was taken from the car.

At one of the lodges taking a toilet break. See the ski resort behind me!

My frozen hand!

Believe it or not, it's the first time I see snow. And I've yet to see falling snow too!

There's an old restaurant up at the lodge that is very quaint. I'm sitting by the fire, warming up with a cup of hot chocolate while waiting for lunch!

After lunch, we drove up to the ski resort. I wasn't dressed to ski at all, and although there's the option of taking a scenic chair lift up the mountains, I figured I'd be frozen halfway up because the wind chill was already quite unbearable down at the beginner's slope. I think I'd save this experience for the next trip! There's rental available for the full gear and equipment.

Trying to make a snow angel but because I'm on a slope, I keep sliding down!

I can't move my hands and legs at the same time. It's a very clumsy motion of moving one limb at a time! Haha, it was hilarious!

The deformed snow angel I made...

Eating in a Supermarket

Something happened to my memory card today, so most pictures are taken with the phone. I managed to get myself a new memory card but when it comes to products like that, we get them a lot cheaper in Singapore.

I decided to experiment with a different look! It's been a long time since I had bangs, I think I look so different in them!

Hair up or hair down?

Everything else, especially food, comes in big portions so even though we might pay the same price as do in Singapore, it’s actually cheaper because we get more.

I love supermarkets, but this day, I went to the Whole Foods Market, where you get a good selection of organic/healthy options. There is such a great variety, I don’t mind becoming a full-time cook!

Whole Foods Market, Town Center Las Vegas

At Whole Foods Market, Bobby says it's the mecca of healthy/organic food. It's a supermarket but you'll find hot bars, soup bars, salad bars, grain bars, where you can pick out what you want buffet style, and be charged according to weight.

More variety of food you can take away!

Sandwich bar where you have a wide selection of sandwiches to choose from! Wow!

There I am picking out my lunch!

Here's what I picked out...a little bit of Spanish Rice, Pepper Chicken, Baked Broccoli, Pineapple Rice with Endamame, and Mac&Cheese.

Versus Bobby's green leafy salad lunch!

There are seats scattered all over the supermarket where you can sit and enjoy your lunch. I heard the dinner and dessert selection at night is delectable!

From LA to Vegas

There are no intentions of touring LA just yet, since we’d be back towards the end of the trip. I had a nice workout at the gym this morning, followed by a really delightful buffet breakfast, which had a great fruit selection of strawberries, blueberries, grapefruit, oranges and the usual watermelon, honeydew and pineapple. Berries aren’t as expensive in this part of the world, so I was happy with the unlimited intake of antioxidants. No pictures because I didn’t bring my camera to the gym.

After that, I did a little shopping at Barneys New York at Beverley Hills and then we made our way to Vegas. Hopefully I get to go back to that street again to take some photos because that’s where Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Ave and Barneys stand side by side. I’m fascinated because my understanding of these places are pretty much limited to their online websites!

I love the way this hotel has got all these black and white photographs adorning the walls. So classic!

See if you recognise anyone?

And there's more...

Driving by Rodeo Drive, where all the brand boutiques have their own standalone shops.

The entire street is just lined with designer boutiques!

These are what homes along Beverley Hills look like!

The houses are so private and unique. I just love how these big trees line the road. Most part of LA seems a little dry but this area is so green and inviting!

I got myself some vintage eyeglasses.

Not that I really need to wear glasses, but I thought it was a different look. I love vintage tortoise-shell frames!

It was a 4 hour drive from LA to Las Vegas. The winds were pretty strong today!

We didn't manage to get to the dessert by sunset, otherwise, it would have been quite a beautiful sight!

En route to Vegas, we stopped by Barstow to have dinner at "IN N OUT"! This is the best burger place in the West Coast. Many people tried to bring it to Singapore but apparently they refused to sell the franchise anywhere else in the world. It's fully customisable cheese burgers, no fuss and very delicious!

After which, I had the Cold Stone Creamery. I know how familiar it sounds because Australia has Cold Rock Creamery which is brought in to Singapore but according to Bobby, Cold Stone was the original! And this I hold in my hand is cotton candy flavour. This is a small size by the way. I couldn't even finish the entire cup!

Where has Joanne gone?

It has been a long time since I updated my blog. Here’s a glimpse of what happened while I was gone.

At Singapore Changi Airport

At Singapore Changi Airport, traveling to the other side of the globe for a short holiday!

7 hours later at Narita International Airport, Tokyo. Had no idea that DFS items bought in Singapore are not allowed on board transit flights. The lady at the security scan area was so hostile and wanted to open my airport sealed up bag of products. I refused to let her do so and eventually spoke to a much nicer man from the information counter who advised me to run and have the items checked in.

7 hours later at Narita International Airport, Tokyo. Had no idea that DFS items bought in Singapore, sealed and with proof of receipt are not allowed on board transit flights. The Japanese lady at the security scan area was so hostile and wanted to cut open the see-through bag. I refused to let her do so and eventually spoke to a much nicer man from the information counter who advised me to run and have the items checked in. Either there should be some kind of international understanding for DFS-bought items or Singapore Changi Airport Nuance-Watson staff should have advised me, otherwise it would have been S$400+ worth of products gone! I wouldn't have been too happy with that.

12 hours later, at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport). I was so stifled from being in the cabin but there was another domestic flight to take! LA is 15 hours behind Singapore time.

12 hours later, at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport). I was so stifled from being in the cabin but there was yet another domestic flight to take. It wasn't for another hour before I finally got to Vegas. The Southwest plane take off was so steep, the landing so bumpy I was sick the entire journey. Not exactly a good way to start the holiday! Las Vegas is 15 hours behind Singapore time.

From the famous Caesar Palace in Vegas...

From the famous Caesar Palace in Vegas...

...to a 4-hour road trip up to California Disneyland.

...to a 4-hour road trip up to California Disneyland where I stayed for one night before returning to Vegas and then back to Singapore.

Upon returning to Singapore, I was off to Bali for a shoot 15 hours later.

Upon returning to Singapore, I was off to Bali for a shoot 15 hours later.

One and a half days later, the team brought me back to Singapore to continue the shoot...

One and a half days later, the team brought me back to Singapore to continue the shoot...

...before I finally end my 2 weeks of flying around in Hong Kong for the last leg of shoot.

...before I finally end my 2 weeks of flying around in Hong Kong for the last leg of shoot.

A lot has been going on for me, and my body clock has just been turned upside down. I do hope to share with everyone my trip and experiences soon. Meanwhile, for those of who aren’t following me on Twitter, you might want to look for me there, because updates are more frequent as long as there’s internet connection. 🙂

Take care and have a good weekend!