California | Hollywood

Hollywood Boulevard

By on September 26, 2012
Jimmy Kimmel, El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood

This year’s Primetime Emmy Awards which I watched mostly for fashion inspiration prompted me to dig my photo archives and go about walking down memory lane…through the famous Hollywood Boulevard and distant streets. Jimmy Kimmel hosting the event at the Nokia Theatre was a first,  he did well and perhaps less controversial at how Ricky Gervais would have handled it but still many thought it’s not the best place for him.

In a surprise turn of events, Mad Men, a favorite through the years, lost to a much “younger show,” Breaking Bad,  breaking (no pun intended) their record to earn a fifth straight win in the best drama series category.

Anyway, congratulations to all who won is in order.


Scrape it

Going back to our supposedly Hollywood Boulevard walk, let me rack my brains up as this is quite long overdue (almost a year ago). Hubby booked us tickets from San Francisco to Los Angeles with American Airlines to visit friends living in the area. They were his high school classmates and my high school classmates. Mind you, we lived 4 hours apart back as youngsters in Manila. ^_^

It was early October and when at this time it’s already autumn in Vienna and other parts of Europe, it was still very warm and summer in downtown LA. The clouds would say  it all. Hollywood Boulevard is what you’d imagine it to be, touristy, full of souvenir shops, impostors aside from the wax doubles in Madame Tussauds abound, and it is a mecca of those in the beauty business and haven to everyone wanting to look glamorous.

If Mozart impostors abound in Vienna, Spiderman, Bumble Bee, Elmo and the gang are all around the boulevard for you to pose with.

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Bumble bee
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Madame Tussauds

We walked the famous Walk of Fame, snapping happily and without care…I took photos of our favorites (Patrick Stewart being one, though I also have Charlie Sheen’s but I got it upside down ^_^ ). I was keenly looking for Mickey Mouse’s but I might have overlooked it.

Walking, which I do a lot anywhere we go to, you’d see a plethora of culture, buildings and of course historical settings and theatres where our favorite films once premiered or were Awards nights are held. There’s the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre where Star Wars was first seen. The Kodak theatre, a live entertainment theatre in the Hollywood and Highland shopping mall and entertainment complex, where many aspiring singers dreamed of performing is home to American Idol.

Walking at Hollywood Boulevard is seeing so many things both beautiful and bizarre, that’s just the outside. Getting inside those buildings and historical facade is another experience…and you haven’t seen the Boulevard at night yet…let’s do that for our next story.

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Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Street Posers or something
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Picard’s star

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Bridges | California | San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th Anniversary

By on May 27, 2012

On May 27th 1937, the opening ceremony for the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco took place…that’s 75 years ago. The historical bridge, the most photographed in the world, links the city of San Francisco, on the northern tip of the San Francisco Peninsula, to Marin County. It has become a major land mark of San Francisco, California, and even the United States.

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Golden Gate bridge, San Francisco seen from the Alcatraz

When I was a kid, I often would see my dad sporting a sweater (we live near Tagaytay and those days, it was cold) with the bridge imprinted on it. Some of my older brother’s shirts have the same prints and I really didn’t care then. Now that I collect stuff from places we’ve visited…I was so eager to have not only shirts and sweaters but miniatures of the bridge too.

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Many films feature the bridge and most of the time getting destroyed by some alien attack or any global phenomenon that pertains to cataclysm. Some of those films I remember include X-Men, the Last Stand; where Magneto used the bridge as a pathway to Alcatraz, Monsters vs Aliens; where the bridge got cut in half, Hulk; where the green monster would just sit atop. There are a lot more and for sure there are hero movies and Star Trek on the list.

Despite all that, the bridge proudly stood all those years, 75 to be exact. Thus, a celebration is called for! A whole day celebration nonetheless and capped off with fireworks display.

Rightfully named one of the modern Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers,the Golden Gate Bridge is in itself an iconic structure that we will surely see more of. (Photo credits: hubby)

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From the side
Sails and shadow


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