1.20.2012

Lights, Camera & basketball ♥



I'm a bit of a TV girl. Okay, maybe a lot. I love watching my television shows, dramas, movies.. series.. whatever. List goes on. So when the Warner Brothers' VIP Studio Tours was on the itinerary, I was delighted and excited. (More like a kid in a candy store.) I have to say, our tour guide for the day was awesome. He knew all the inside scoop and actually let us on certain sets that were off limits! What a rebel he was. Me being me.. I basically went OMG at every TV show set I recognized. (Hey it was cool seeing it.) That includes Hart of Dixie, with Rachel Bilson, Friends, True Blood, Pretty Little Liars, The Ellen Show, Party Rock Anthem and then some. It was very interesting seeing how things worked behind the scenes, and also checking out the infamous prop house. Some of the pieces in there cost over $5 million dollars! Cray. We saw some celebrities on set, but I didn't recognize them so I didn't bother with photos haha.


But, I'll have to say I was the most starstruck being in the actual set of Friends. Growing up watching that series, and owning all 10 seasons.. I was a huge fan of that show. And I still love re-watching the episodes every now and then. 




After the studio tours, we headed for some unhealthy, and gross grub aka. McDonalds. I'm so, so sick of American grub. Guess I'm too spoiled for choice coming from Singapore, and living in Vancouver. Anyways, we were off to the Staples Center to catch the Lakers vs. Cavaliers game! I'll be completely honest.. and say I got a little bored from time to time. Definitely a hockey girl at heart. Go Canucks Go :) Kobe of course was the all-star, and we also had some celeb sightings which was kinda cool. Apparently Jack Nicholson rarely misses a game. And right next to him was Mr.Adam Sandler! It was quite an awesome day. Spent the remanding days in L.A with family, and friends. It was so good to catch up. Think I'll be back soon enough. L.A holds a special place in my heart :) And.. my Grand Uncle and Grand Aunt are the coolest people ever. 




Escaping winter blues ♥


So I started the year off with another trip back to California. First stop, Los Angeles. I almost feel like I live there now, because I'm so comfortable being in that city. (Minus the lack of awesome Asian food of course.) This trip was most definitely not planned, and so out of my budget. Especially since the last time I was in L.A was only 3 weeks ago. But, I'm very blessed and thankful that most of this trip is a treat from my parents and aunt for my birthday. Oh, and it's one of the rare times I get to travel with my cousins from Singapore. Needless to say, it's been a ball of fun, laughter and good times.




One of my favourite things to do in Cali is of course, visiting the beaches. If there's a place I could be anywhere in the world, it'd have to be a place with beautiful beaches. I can't get enough of them. I'm sure you'd agree after seeing these photos. We went on a boat, and were greeted by the lovely bottle-nosed dolphins, as well as the grey whale. It was quite the sight, since I have never been that close to them in my life. There's something about being out there in the ocean that's calming and enjoyable. The fresh, ocean air.. being surrounded by amazing sea creatures, and the bright, blue clear skies overlooking the horizon.















Will be keeping this post short! I'm still on the road travelling, and I have a ton of photos to sort out before I get a chance to blog again. Follow me on Instagr.am for snippets of the trip! (@tessatham) I can't wait to share this travel series with you all :) It's been quite amazing. Until next time! XO

1.04.2012

Discovering Hong Kong ♥


A little behind on my Asia posts, but this is one of the few remaining! After we said our goodbyes in Brunei, Pablo and I headed to Hong Kong for a few days. It seriously is one of the easiest cities to navigate through, as a tourist. You have the MTR (Skytrain), which is equally as convenient as Vancouver's.. and well food can be found everywhere. Of course we visited the shopping streets, the infamous night markets, and bargained like there's no tomorrow. Definitely a city I'd revisit. We stayed in Tsim Sha Tsui, which is a pretty busy area, and walkable to lots of the local malls and food joints. Have you guys been to Hong Kong? What's your favourite thing to do here?