Seattle · Vacation

Seattle Vacation Part IIB – July 29

 

Off to the Space Needle!

But before that, we had to put more parking time at the public parking lot. We paid for one hour more so we had to be back by 2:14PM.

We queued at the line and it was long! They had us take a group photo first that would be available at a kiosk at the top. We headed to the elevator and finally went up. The elevator ride takes 41 seconds to reach the top and I don’t have any photos of it because I just wanted to bask in the view.

The top has different interactive kiosks where you can view your group photo and record where you’re from. We headed straight outside once we reached the top where there were a ton of people already.

Here’s some of the views from the top:

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I thought we were able to see more of downtown, but since the Space Needle was a little outside of that area, we weren’t able to see much. We also had to rush since our parking time was going to expire soon.

Our next stop was to Pike Place Market!

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It was mad busy! So many people everywhere. Ass to crotch traffic haha! Plus it being super hot that day didn’t help.

The first thing we did was wait for some famous fish throwing action done by the Pike Place Fish Co.

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We only saw them throw it once. And it went by really fast. Too fast to enjoy it to be honest lol. I guess it’s more entertaining if more people were ordering fish. My mom and Linda weren’t too impressed either, but whatevs.

We walked around some more…this is the only picture I took because it was so crowded!

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We ended up at a ramp that was connected to a parking garage, but we didn’t park there so we went back.

Sophia said that Pike Place Chowder was nearby so we headed that way since I wanted to try it out. It was a 5 minute walk and we had to wait in line in the bright sun. But the wait wasn’t too long, probably 15 minutes?

We ordered two whole lobster rolls and a bread bowl with New England clam chowder along with two drinks but they gave us four. It turned out to be nearly $70!

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The bread bowl was delicious! I forgot to add black pepper to the clam chowder because I love adding black pepper to it. And the soggy bread inside the bowl was absolutely phenomenal! I didn’t try the lobster roll because I was preoccupied with my food.

After that, we decided to end the day early and head back to the hotel. I completely forgot about the gum wall as well. For dinner, we went to eat at a Vietnamese restaurant.

 

Seattle · Vacation

Seattle Vacation Part IIA – July 29

I’m splitting this day into two posts, PartIIA and Part IIB. This post will be about the Chihuly Glass Garden.

Our first stop for the day was the famous Space Needle! It was the first thing my mom suggested that we do and once we got there, my mom discovered that it was super tall and became scared.

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This is on our way to the Space Needle. Can you see it on the left? And that is downtown Seattle, of course.

Once we arrived, we went straight into the ticket line. We probably waited around 20 minutes? The sun was straight above our heads so we couldn’t really tilt our heads up to look at the Space Needle. Vickie played Pokemon Go and took over the Space Needle for about a second. Still pretty cool, though.

It was $46 for entrance into the Space Needle and Chihuly Glass Garden per person. I kept pronouncing it “Chichuly” until I saw the actual spelling haha. One thing we didn’t know what that when you buy the tickets, there’s a specific time assigned to you for entrance into Space Needle. Ours was at 1:30PM and we bought tickets around 11:45AM, so we had A LOT of time to kill and ventured into the glass garden first.

Honestly, I wasn’t too thrilled about going there, but since we were here, might as well go. But once we got inside and saw the glass sculptures, I was blown away!

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This was outside of the entrance to Chihuly on the left. It was an insanely bright day. I’m not sure what that building is though.

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This is the first sculpture you seen once you enter. It’s gorgeous, isn’t it? The yellow are different sea creatures.  I was so busy looking around and taking photos that I didn’t read any of the information on the walls XD

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This was to the right of the previous sculpture. It’s probably about 3 feet? It’s not that big.

We went into a room that had multiple colorful glass objects placed onto glass ceiling with light shining through.

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There was great AC in this room!

The next room had a combination of glass sculptures placed all together in the middle.

Following that were sculptures hung from the ceiling.

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And then sculptures placed in a boat…

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The end of the building has a room with windows as walls where the next hanging sculpture is displayed. It was my favorite out of everything I saw.

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That’s the end of the glass sculptures inside the building. There’s a lot more but this is all I manage to take a photo of. There’s also a cafe inside as well. Moving onto the outside portion…

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Looks like sperm lol

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Can’t say too much about the outside portion. It was so freaking bright that I couldn’t even open my eyes. And it was hot. But I read that it does light up at night. I’m sure that would be nice to see.

We were probably in there for about an hour and half? Or maybe just an hour? We left the garden and headed to an open area were there were some seating available. There were some stalls selling food like hotdogs and shaved Hawaiian ice. I decided to order some shave ice, which ain’t shit by the way, and sat underneath the shade to wait for time to pass. We Facetimed my nephews as well lol.

That’s the end to this post!

Seattle · Vacation

Seattle Vacation Part I – July 28

I went on vacation in Seattle that began July 28 through August 1st. Initially I had planned to go during my birthday weekend two weeks earlier, but my sister Sophia was going to be in Washington DC that week. A lot of people asked if I had went with friends but nope, I went with my family: my sisters Vickie, Sophia, and Linda and my mom. I guess it’s rare to go on vacation with your family nowadays? And everyone kept asking if I had family in Seattle. Is Seattle not a vacation hotspot? lol

I’m going to break this down into four or five parts so my entries won’t be so long although I will be going into detail. Let’s begin!

I pretty much brought up Seattle everyday for a whole month before the trip. I was so excited! It was a birthday/graduation present to myself. And I scheduled the flight back in February or March, I can’t remember. I wasn’t too hyped up for it during school because I had to focus on graduating or else I didn’t deserve the vacation. And the only reason why I booked Seattle was because Southwest was having one of their sales and tickets were extremely cheap!

Our flight was boarding at 9:25AM and it was an overbooked flight. I believe one man had volunteered to give up his spot.  It was only 1hr 25 minute flight so it wasn’t so bad. I did get bored though. And me and Vickie had to sit next to an elderly woman lol.

When we arrived in Seattle, it was really warm! According to Snapchat, it was 77 degrees! I was hoping for an overcast sky but there was not a single cloud in sight! Everyone keeps saying how Seattle had bipolar weather, but it wasn’t true that day.

Once we got our rental car, we headed to the hotel and was able to check in early. We stayed at a Residence Inn in Tukwila which wasn’t too far from the airport. There was a 7-Eleven in the same parking area so Vickie and I bought some snacks since my mom wanted something to drink. After we got settled in and had a small rest, we headed to the local mall to grab a small meal to eat. The food court had a Korean option so we ate that. It was pretty good lol. We just ordered rice bowls. The food court also had huge windows which allowed you to see the top of Mount Rainier. Actually that mountain is visible everywhere.

After we ate, my sisters and my mom went shopping. I wanted to rest for a bit because I had flip flops and those aren’t the most comfortable things to wear when you’re standing for so long. I went back to the food court and stole a man’s table lol. He was heading there but I got it first. Unfortunately, my phone died even though it was at 30%! I had to reunite with my sisters at H&M. I hate that store because my sisters take FOREVER in there.

We walked around the mall, and I mean AROUND the mall. Hell, I was so tired. We went to JC Penneys, then to Macys, and then to Nordstrom and you know those stores are located at the opposite sides! And I didn’t know that were were so many Filipinos that lived in the area. There was a Seafood City attached to the mall!

We finally headed back to the hotel after two hours and rest for two more hours. A seafood buffet was on the menu for dinner that night and of course it was my idea! It was a typical Chinese/Japanese buffet but it was actually really good. I discovered it while exploring what was around the hotel via Google maps.  And it had a lot of great reviews so I wanted to check it out. Vickie ate so much sashimi. I had a lot of seafood. At least 4 plates? At the end of the meal, I had one bite of a frog leg and that made me stuffed for some reason. I had to stop there. And for four people, the bill ended up being over $100! But at least the food was good.

After the buffet, we made a stop at Target that was located across the street from the mall we went to earlier. We just bought a back of water and some snacks. I bought a swimming bottom since it was going to be warm that weekend and my sisters were planning to swim at the hotel pool.

Linda was flying into Seattle that night so Sophia and I went to pick her up around 10PM. Traffic was BAD! We went there 3 minutes too early and had to go around the airport to enter the arrival section again. It took us an hour just to get back there. Once we picked up Linda, we headed back to the hotel and went to sleep.

That concludes day one! I didn’t take any pictures since we weren’t going to do much that day.