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Grand Central Market in Los Angeles

Spent the last two Saturdays  (Feb 17 and 24) at Los Angeles’ version of Europe’s night market, Grand Central Market.

Built in 1917, it is the oldest concession type of market here in the Pacific Coast. It is said to have survived depression, recessions, earthquakes, and re-developments. It is now a vibrant community of multicultural stalls and food stops. It extends from Broadway Ave to Hill St.

[ View of GCM from Hill St]

Grand Central Market is the food court for the foodies, it has ramen to tacos and coffee to ice cream, this place has something for everyone even for the vegetarians. You can find food, fresh or cooked from several countries, particularly from China, Mexico, Thailand, Italy, Salvador, Japan, Philippines in a wonderful fusion of flavors. You can choose among several different qualities of chili peppers or beans or fruits or rice. You can taste very hot spicy fried chicken or an excellent steamed salmon. You can take a hot or an iced American coffee or a good ice cream. You can speak Chinese or Thai or Spanish or Italian or English and you will always find somebody to talk with.

Every vendor now hangs a retro neon sign, a  lot of people say that it wasn’t always that way.

Waves of Angelenos of various ethnicities have mingled in its cavernous space, rubbing shoulders, buying everyday and exotic foods. In a sprawling, car-defining metropolis, the market is one of the few places where this interaction occurs so vividly.” — Levin & Associates

Feb 17:  First, we had ramen and avo toast at Ramen Hood.

and then bento boxes from Bento Ya.

and then pad thai and sticky rice from Sticky Rice Too. 😅

Lastly, we had fried bananas and particularly the namesake pupusas (a sort of thick Central American closed quesadilla), at one of the longer-running vendors, Sarita’s is something of an El Salvadorean legend. They are also most proud of being partly featured in Lala Land’s movie.

Feb 24: And as if we couldn’t get enough of what we’ve had from the previous week, we decided to go earlier the next week so we could get good seats and eat leisurely. I decided to try what the chef Margarita or so hype on Instagram from Sari Sari Store, I was a few days late though because they’ve decided to stop serving the breakfast plate which was what I (partly) went for. Bummer. I got the tortang talong rice bowl from them instead, beef stew combo from Sarita’s (again), a vegetarian’s sandwich from PBJ’s. And coffee from… I forgot. 😀

This market doesn’t quite have the selection from upscale Farmer’s Markets or the organic quality that you will be looking for, but still, it’s good to eat here when we’re in downtown L.A. There’s a good selection of foods, the price is good, and we liked the atmosphere of the hustle and bustle, all the little shops and tiny windows, etc. It’s just a more authentic experience than eating in the food court of a mall.

Oh, don’t forget to venture to the other side of the market by taking a short ride up through the funicular Angels Flight to the Bunker Hill, the home of high rise apartments and glossy museums.

Who would have thought that right next to it is a frenzied bazaar.

317 S Broadway Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90013


308 S Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Parking Tip:
Tim Hawkinson Inverted Clocktower | $3 first 90minutes
Public Parking Corner 3rd and Hill Sts | $8 all day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sending all of you a big hug and much love today.

May we all remember today to love ourselves, that we are enough, and today to gift ourselves and others a smile, some kindness, compassion, forgiveness….

and some sweetness of the chocolate variety or emotional variety…

or even the pleasure of solitude and silence.

May we give ourselves a little extra of whatever it is that we need.

Namaste. 🙏🏻

Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Attention all gardeners, plant, and flora lovers… this is a wonderful and photogenic place to while away an afternoon. We  arrived late in the afternoon, 2 hours before closing and spent the hours here walking and photographing the lovely flowers and landscapes.

Meyberg Falls

This is a huge, beautiful, tranquil park and botanical garden – an absolute must-visit place for all ages, to enjoy its enormous acreage of woods, flower/fruit/herb gardens, waterfalls, ponds, lawns, tropical “forest”…. not to mention the many peacocks running around everywhere.

The Baldwin guest mansion with its citrus and rose gardens is the highlight of these impressive acres of natural beauty. So many gardens to see at your leisure.

I highly recommend a visit to the Arboretum and Botanic Garden. I’ve lived in the Los Angeles area for forever, but it took me this long to realize what a lovely respite from all-things-Los Angeles this peaceful place is.

Do visit the Arboretum… you will want to return for every season under the sun. And more. A gorgeous and cheaper alternative to the Huntington Gardens. Don’t get me wrong–I love the Huntington but it is getting more and more expensive every time I go. The Arboretum is much less and really beautiful.

Please do excuse me for my terrible photos, you know that feeling when you wanted to take photos of everything but you don’t have enough time…  😓

And here’s a short video clip of a peacock in full bloom, probably practicing for the Peacock Day. 😀

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January: Sticky Kit Subscription

Hello everyone! On this post I am going to show you the stickers that I got from Sticky Kit for the month of January. If you’ve been following my blog, you probably knew that I subscribed to two sticker kits last year and with those past kits, I’ve finally decided to just stick to one and to stay with Sticky Kit from Japan.

There are a few personal reasons why I chose to stay with Sticky Kit. First, the sticker sheets that I got from them were more to my style than the ones that I got from Stickii Club. Although, Sticky’s rate is $4 more than Stickii’s, still I prefer to get something that I would be happy with. Second, the quality is top notch. And the rest are prejudices that are not worth mentioning here. 😀

Last month’s theme was more on dogs because… you know,  year of the dog. I am not someone who believes on those years of the ‘something-something’ and also I’m not a dog person, so I will probably just share the dog stickers with dog loving friends but I will definitely keep the plum, the veggies or so, and the round sticker sheets.

The best thing is, this subscription could all change in the next months. Until next time and Namaste.

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December: Sticky Kit vs Stickii Club

Hello everyone!
Today, I would like to do a quick share with you the December sticker kits that I’ve received from Sticky Kit and Stickii Club and the Black Friday Mystery envelope that I grabbed from them. This posting may be late but it’s better than nothing, eh. 😀

Lastly, I would like to great each and every one a Happy New Year! I wish you all had a great start and your 2018 be filled with making your lives sacred and whole.

November: Sticky Kit vs Stickii Club

Hey everyone! Today, I want to show you all what I got from Sticky Kit and Stickii Club, they’re both monthly subscriptions for stickers (as you can tell by their names), they’re trending on Instagram and I  was so curious what the hype was all about, so… I went on ahead and subscribed to both. 😅

Let me show you a couple of photos then…

First is by Sticky Kit, they ship from Japan and the price for sticker subscription is $12.99 +$2 shipping. It comes with 3-4 sticker sheets, 1 set of flake stickers, and 1 set of stationery, like memo sheets, for this month at that.

Next is by Stickii Club, they ship from California, at $10.00 per month and because I live in California as well, a .96 cents tax was added to my bill but the good thing is, it ships free to within US addresses. The envelope came with 6 sticker sheets, 1 set flake stickers, 1 thin metal bookmark, and a piece of postcard.

And here’s the unboxing video:

Honestly, I was not really sure if I will like what I will get, it’s also the main reason it took me this long to get into this kit subscriptions. I am glad I did and experienced it for myself. I just needed to be accepting of what is and make use of whatever I get. If there are items that I don’t like, then I’ll probably just give it as a gift to my little cousins or I can share them with my pen friends. 💌

I’ll give it another month and see how well I will like their December kits and will decide later on if I will cancel or continue with the subscriptions. Meanwhile, I am going to use stickers on my planners and journals like crazy. 😂

Jibun Techo Biz Mini

Hello everyone! I know, I know… It’s been a while.

Anyway, I’m here to show you and with excitement… my 2018 planner, the Jibun Techo by Kokuyo. I only recently found about it when I was about to buy the Traveler’s Notebook 2018 weeks inserts at Jet Pens’ shop, but this Jibun looked so promising, minimalist, and looked so functional. So, I decided to give it a try and went on ahead with my purchase.

I tell you all… I was so in love right out of the box because it was just how I imagined it to be –smooth paper, a lot of lists pages, light weight, thin, and a lot, lot of functions and possibilities. Okay, let me show you why I am so excited about this.

Even if the description and instructions are in Japanese, they are pretty easy to figure out. It has a lot of ‘lists’ pages like dreams or life goals, money plan, recommendations, promises, gifts, books, etc.

It has a 3 year calendar and a yearly index. I usually use this for mails sent & received and for birthdays and anniversaries. I also liked that it has a habit tracker which I can use for tracking my meditation, healing, walking, coffee habits at the local cafe, spending, social network updates, etc. You can track up to 12 habits in a month. Cool. 😊

The monthly pages starts on December 2017 and runs up to Mar 2019. It has a mood tracker, 3 months calendar on the right bottom part, and lists on the left side.

And the weekly pages are the best part. It has a 24 hour time management, from midnight to midnight 😀 . It also has a weather tracker, moon phases, a tiny space for a short note, a mood tracker (again!), and a morning, afternoon, or evening schedule at a glance or it can also be used for meal planning, and a weekly “to do” lists on the left side of the spread.

And on the back part, it has a couple of blank (grid) pages, a looking back to 2018 and personal data pages.

For more visuals and a quick flip through of the pages and its features, please watch the video below.

Thanks for reading and for watching and I hope I won’t forget to show you all in a month or next year on how I used it.