February 6, 2013 § 2 Comments
I’ve always loved going to the zoo. When I was a child in China, the zoo was my favorite place. When I see it now, I realize that it is quite a sad zoo where animals are kept in cages and are not properly taken care of. When I was small, though, I thought it was the best place. After I moved to the States, we were fortunate enough to live close to St. Louis, which has a fabulous FREE zoo. Yes, free admission! We went practically every month until my sister was 8. Now, I live near probably one of the best zoos in the world. While admission is not free, Drew’s parents have memberships so we’ve been able to go a a couple of times with their free passes.
This time, I really wanted to see the baby panda, Mr. Wu. He’s just a few months old, and is only on display in the mornings. So we got up bright and early, met Drew’s parent’s at their house, then drove down to the zoo. Mr. Wu apparently decided it was too early to say hi to all his visitors as he was napping inside a tree trunk. Still, the zoo has so many fun things, we had a wonderful time. I loved watching the gorillas getting a snack and the hippos playing in the water. We will have to come back when the new outback exhibit is ready and hopefully Mr. Wu will be less sleepy :)
May 4, 2012 § Leave a Comment
Last weekend Drew and I joined our friends Teiko and Lars along with their adorable daughter Lena for a morning at the Santa Ana Zoo. It was such a great way to spend a carefree Sunday morning. I think my favorite part was just watching Lena in a brand new environment. It’s amazing to see the little baby from a year and a half ago to the little girl she is now, so aware of her surroundings! The anteaters, though, came a pretty close second. There were also lots of monkeys and birds and while the petting zoo was a little lame, I love that last pic of the goat who was just so desperate to get all the food from Lars :p All in all, Drew and I are probably both super spoiled from having grown up with the San Diego Zoo and the free St. Louis zoo respectively, but this little one is perfect for a toddler. Bonus, it’s not far from The Playground or our favorite haunts in Old Town Orange :)
August 30, 2011 § 5 Comments
Our third day in New York started nicely enough with a walk through Greenwich Village followed by lunch at the lovely ABC Kitchen. Then, it rained. All day. We stayed most of the afternoon in Barnes & Noble. By nightime, we ventured out again to Chelsea Market for some food, where I highly recommend Green Table. My salad was delicious! The next day, we stopped by Grand Central, but the highlight was Billy Elliot on Broadway. It was fabulous. If it comes on tour through LA, I would love to see it again. Every now and then I’ll get the melody to Electricity stuck in my head. That was a fitting end to my sister’s stay in New York :) Other highlights include Highline Park, which if I lived in New York, I would go to all the time. So pretty there! Drew and I had one day in the city so in the morning we grabbed some brunch at a place I can’t remember now, and in the afternoon, we went to Central Park! I didn’t have much interest in going there initially, as I figured it was just a park. But, I’m really glad we went, it’s such an oasis in the city. At night, we caught a showing of Avenue Q and afterwards stopped by Times Square. The next day, we left….5 hours after our scheduled departure time :p All in all, it was the most fabulous trip and I can’t wait until we go back! I’m not sure it’s a place I would want to live (the weather is so much better here!), but I can visit a thousand times!
August 25, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Where to start?! I had so much fun! Our friends Matt & Kara were getting married just outside of New York City, so again it was a great excuse to travel :) This time, since Drew is working I decided to bring along my little sister. We’re 10 years apart and we don’t get to spend a lot of time together so I thought this was a great opportunity for us to hang out and have a great time! She’s growing up so fast! We did so many things, I can’t write about them all. Suffice to say we took in most of the major sites. I think my favorite thing about being in the city, is just being there. As much as I like parks and nature, at heart I’m a city girl and there is no city like new york city.