Vegas 2017

I didn’t get around to blogging this sooner but here is my post about my Vegas trip!

My dad and I stayed at the New York New York Hotel & Casino, our first time staying on the Strip. It was a decent hotel and central to everything. The hotel lobby was outlined with restaurants and the further you walked past the casino, the decor changed to look like New York: there was a pizza parlor, painted brownstone apartments on the walls and cobblestone pathways. The hotel has a roller coaster which starts inside the hotel, so every few minutes there was the roar of the car taking off. Upstairs was Nathan’s Hot Dogs, an arcade, the second floor of Hershey’s World (first floor was by the casino), Coyote Ugly bar and entrance to the pedestrian bridge connecting New York to MGM Grand across the street.

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One of the walkways of New York New York

We arrived Friday afternoon and took the shuttle to our hotel. After freshening up it was 6pm, and we went to explore our surroundings. But first, dinner!

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Bacon Cheeseburger and buttermilk onion rings

We ate at Broadway Burger and split the bacon cheeseburger and buttermilk onion rings. I loved the mini fryer the fries came in!

After, we went to look for the T-Mobile Arena, where the John Mayer concert was, which was located in The Park. It was a nice dining complex right outside of the hotel, with Shake Shack (need to eat there next time), Bruxie and other restaurants.

Saturday we went exploring. We went to see the flower garden at The Bellagio, ate pizza at Caesars Palace, went to a few of the Las Vegas gift shops and meandered around Hershey’s World.

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Japanese Spring was Bellagio’s theme in the flower garden

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One of three cases of sweetness at Hershey’s World

That night was the concert, and it was alright. The arena was nice and in the foyers T-Mobiles signature pink was splashed everywhere. I’m still a hardcore John Mayer fan though.

Sunday morning we ate breakfast at Denny’s, checked out Wynn and Encore, took the tram to Mandalay Bay and Luxor and relived my childhood at Excalibur and Circus Circus.

Since it was our last night I wanted to eat dinner at Giada de Laurentiis’ restaurant, who is my favorite chef. I thought that since it was Sunday that it wouldn’t be crowded.

Boy was I wrong. The next open table was at 9:30pm, so we chose to eat at the bar lounge. Upon arriving, you walk up a set of stairs to a very clean, nicely lit and organized reception area. There are items for purchase on display, including her cookbooks and shirts. In the corner is a seating area with a photo booth.

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Entrance to Giada

The dining area was equally fancy, with a panoramic view of the Strip, including the Bellagio Fountains across the street.

My dad and I split the chicken marsala meatballs and spaghetti. Both were full of flavor, especially the spaghetti, which was very lemony. It wasn’t overpowering. The shrimp was cooked well and complemented the pasta. I could’ve eaten a full order!

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Half portion of spaghetti with shrimp

After dinner we watched the Bellagio fountain show. It was good ending to our trip.

But it wasn’t over.

When we arrived at our hotel we noticed a crowd of people were waiting in front of the elevator lobby doors to Century Tower (where we were staying). The fire alarm had gone off on the 22nd floor so the elevators were shut down.

Our room was on the 37th floor.

After 30 minutes we were allowed to return to our rooms through different elevators (which didn’t make sense because each tower had their own set of elevators). But my dad and I were given conflicting information to get back to our room. We walked up stairs and took two elevators, only to come back down to the lobby. Eventually we had to be escorted by the hotel manager to our floor.

It was 11:15pm when it was over, and we needed to wake up at 5:30am to catch the airport shuttle.

After rushing to shower, I hopped into bed and awoke groggy. I didn’t want to go home.

But I had to. I had to go back to work, and vacation doesn’t last forever.

Until next time…

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I Want Attention!

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The newest issue of WIRED Magazine caught my attention. I had never read their publication, but the headline about pain piqued my curiosity. I noted the key words on the cover so I could find the article and read it later.
It was an interesting piece, but afterward I found other articles on their site worth reading. I felt tempted to email the site to myself and bookmark it. That’s what I do when I find a site that has good content.
 
And there lies my (our) problem: over consumption.
 
It’s my inattentiveness or curiosity but I read a lot of articles on various websites. My bookmarks tab has food sites, music sites and lots of articles. Sometimes I tend to stay on one site and read whatever looks appealing. After doing that time has flown by!
 
But spending my time on the internet like this is not good for my stress level. I say stress because I look at my bookmarks and start to feel anxious. It’s a lot of information saved for later.
 
But here’s the real problem: So many publications are covering the same topics. So the questions become, which site do we go to for news? Which publication is best for business? Every website is competing for your attention, but how do they get you to ONLY go to their site and trust them? Do you choose the all-inclusive site like The New York Times, or a specialty one to read about science? And if you do the latter, what makes you choose Scientific American over NPR? Or do you read both?
 
How do we choose where to focus our reading on topics that interest us? What makes a website good enough for us to keep going back to it? I wrestle with the answers to these questions whenever I catch myself spending a few minutes too long on a website.
 
The internet can be a great learning tool, no doubt. (And a distraction!) Google can find anything you’re looking for in a second. But whose information do you trust?
This reminds me, I should clean up my bookmarks.

Best Dressed at Oscars 2017

I’m not a glamorous girl. I’m not into makeup even though I have a white glass tray with lipsticks, nail polish, blush, foundation and concealer. (I only use the concealer from time to time). My outfit of choice are jeans/shorts, t-shirt/nice blouse, and slippers (flip flops, for you Mainland readers). I do enjoy a pretty dress and sparkly jewelry though–I have an obsession with necklaces! But do I want to get dressed up all the time? No.

However, as I mentioned in my previous post, I indulge in fashion when it’s awards season and last night at the Oscars was no exception! There was a lot of gold, metallic, frills, tule, sleeves…the actresses went all out for the last awards show of the year.

Below is my roundup of the best dressed at Oscars 2017.

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Aul’i Cravalho made a huge splash during her Oscars debut. The 16-year-old was in Rubin Singer looking beautiful. The ruffles with gold trims on the dress were pretty and the matching clutch completed the look.

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Giuliana Rancic, the former E! News host, wore a flowing Grecian-style dress by Georges Chakra Couture, and given her tall frame, she pulled it off. The dress draped in all the right places and the color–perwinkle blue–is pretty. (Let’s not mention her awful spray tan, though. That’s a different story. Focus on the dress, people!)

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Taraji P. Henson has perfect red carpet style, and last night she proved it again as a throwback to old Hollywood. The hair, the dress and the pose! Perfect with a capital “p.”

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Alicia Vikander was another elegant woman last night in Louis Vuitton. The lace details of the dress were pretty. The strappy heels gave her the right height for the back of the dress to drape on the floor. Finally, she chose the right hairstyle to highlight her beautiful necklace. A + all around!

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Scarlett Johansson in Alaia, with a statement belt and bracelet. The pink-and-purple cuteness of the dress wouldn’t match with those accessories but they work. The mix of feminine and edgy shone brightly on Johansson.

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There was a ballerina on the red carpet last night!!! Felicity Jones looked just like one in her Dior gown. It was simple with touches of elegant from the tule skirt. Cute!!

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I have to be honest and confess that I haven’t watched ANY of the awards shows this year. I haven’t seen half of the movies nominated (however, I do want to see Hidden Figures) so it’s not interesting.

But I only watch the shows to see what this celebrity or that is wearing. (Did you see Taraji P. Henson’s naked dress at the SAG Awards? I didn’t watch, but saw pictures.) I could care less who wins awards, but for the Oscars this year I’m hoping Moana takes home a statue for Best Animated Feature. It’s up against another Disney favorite Zootopia so that category is going to be a nail biter. And, I do want to see local girl Auli’i Cravalho sing the title song “How Far I’ll Go.”

So, ok, I will be watching this years Oscars for more than the fashion.

Will you be watching the Oscars?