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Seattle Vacation Part V – August 1

This was our last day in Seattle. We decided to spend the day downtown since I wanted to go to the Great Wheel located at the pier. We checked out of the hotel by 12PM and headed there. For convenience,  we parked at the same parking structure from our last trip downtown. The Great Wheel was only a few blocks down plus a steep staircase away. The walk wasn’t bad though since it was sunny and breezy!

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pier2Lots of construction going on downtown.

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A ticket was $13 which is not bad at all. Since it was a Monday, there wasn’t much of a wait.

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Honestly, we were Facetiming with my nephews while we were in there since my mom was freaking out so bad. We were all more preoccupied with that than basking in the view haha. And it was getting really, really warm inside since the sun was hitting us at all angles and there was no air circulating. It went around three times before we had to get off.

After the Great Wheel, we went exploring around the pier, trying to look at some gift shops that were available. There was a pirate gift shop at the corner, but since I don’t care for pirates, I wasn’t in there for too long.

We decided to head towards the aquarium since there were some seating spots close by.

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Some views from the sitting area…after bumming around for a bit, we decided to go back to Pike Place Market because I wanted to see the famous gum wall! Luckily it wasn’t packed like Friday but there were still lots of people. And after going up and down stairs and being frustrated, Sophia found the gum wall which was only a staircase away.

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It was really low light, only because it was still the afternoon. And I wasn’t there for long since some people wanted to leave the area. It smelled really fruity though. But right before Sophia found the gum wall, I threw away my gum out of frustration so I didn’t have anything to contribute.

pikeplace2pikeplace1Beautiful bouquets of flowers on sale at Pike Place Market. My mom wanted me to take pictures of them.

After that, we decided to walk around the area and explore more shops. I eventually bought some ice cream at a Dreyer’s shop. And since no one else was contributing ideas on what to do, Sophia eventually ended the day there at 4PM and went to the airport.

We had to wait a few hours for our departure at 9PM so we sat around at the airport. I was beginning to go crazy but my feet were so tired that I couldn’t do anything.

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The sunset.

I was excited about getting a window seat. I really wanted to see all the lights but of course, there ain’t shit north of Sacramento. I saw Chico though haha.

And that concludes my Seattle trip. I’m debating whether or not I would want to venture up there again. Maybe with a different crowd and better plans. I wouldn’t want to do the Space Needle again. It’s such an expensive activity with a subpar view. But I would want to explore downtown Seattle a bit more.

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Seattle Vacation Part IV – July 31

Kubota Garden was one of the stops on my list for Seattle. I didn’t think we’d be able to go because I thought our days would be jam packed.  I don’t know whether it was a good or bad thing that we didn’t have too much plans lol.

I was a bit afraid that there wouldn’t be any parking available since my research indicated that parking was filled quickly and since we were going on a Sunday, I thought it would be true. Luckily there were plenty of parking spaces available. The garden is also located in the middle of a neighborhood.

It was an overcast day but it was quite warm.

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As you could tell from the pictures, it was super green! I didn’t think it’d be this green…and open. I’ve been the the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco, which is green as well, but it’s not as open like Kubota.

There’s options of small trails throughout Kubota that lead deep into the vegetation. (Is that even the right term? lol) I attempted to explore a path until my left cheek touched a spider web that had a spider present. I totally ran out of there when I saw the spider.

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It was beautiful but I wasn’t ready for all the bugs and spiders.

As we explored further, we came across rock formations and water and those highly arched Japanese bridges.

kabuta07They drained the pond the day before…

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There were various small waterfalls.

kabuta09This is where the water lead to.

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This is a koi pond which had a few koi. There were also a lot of bugs that looked like daddy long legs.

This garden was very serene. I would definitely like to come back on a sunnier day.

Our next stop was to the Bellevue Botanical Garden located in Bellevue. Sophia had actually looked this one up. It’s just as green as Kubota.

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I forgot what this was call. The “Rock” something. It’s located to the right of the entrance. This is where we began and ended our exploring.

bellevue02There were a lot more flowers here than at Kubota.

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Exploring the garden felt like walking in Yosemite…I imagine. Lots of tall trees and dirt paths.

There was a small cafe where we had order two drinks. I ordered a peach Italian soda which was just peach syrup, half and half, and club soda.  The barista told me to let him know if I needed more syrup which was nice of him. Sophia ordered a caramel macchiato that turned out to be really sweet. After we were done being explorers, Sophia wanted to head downtown where there was a fatass mall.

There were so many people there since there was an art festival going on. There were a lot of art to look at and buy plus a ton of food vendors! I bought a cup of clam chowder that had juicy shrimp in it and it was delicious! We eventually headed into the mall where I did a lot of waiting because I didn’t want to shop around. We were just killing time before we headed to Boiling Point for an early dinner.

There was a 30 minute wait for Boiling Point which was apparently too much of a long wait for some people, but we finally were able to get seated. I ordered the Japanese miso soup which was decent. Actually it was kind of bland. I kind of regretted by decision lol It was a lot of food though and I had left a lot.

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We decided to head back to the hotel and call it an early day since some people were getting restless. My mom had suggested getting pizza for a late dinner. Sophia ended up ordering two pizzas at one of those Pieology type places which wasn’t that feeling but I guess it satisfied my mom’s craving. And that’s how we ended our last full day in Seattle.

 

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Seattle Vacation Part III – July 30

We didn’t really do anything this day. We were running out of ideas already.

But I did want to go to some local flower gardens so we decided to drive about 1 or 2 hours up north and visit Roozengaarde. I believe my aunt and uncle visited a few months earlier during the blooming of tulips.

It was a really nice day, temperature wise. It seemed a bit hazy.

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roozengaarde02This was super cute in real life.

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Yeah…we didn’t do much here. We took a lot of photos though but there wasn’t much to do since the tulips weren’t in bloom anymore. We probably spent only an hour here and left.

Next we stopped by a small flea market. There were food and live music. I bought a quesadilla and some enchiladas from a Mexican woman. They were okay, not the greatest, but the homemade tortillas really made the dishes.

There was a shopping outlet on the way back so we stopped there as well. It was really big and clean. There were a lot of Chinese people too, which I’ll assume were from Vancouver.

We decided that that would be the last stop of the day, and it was only 2PM? While we were on the freeway, I suggested that we go to H-Mart since it was on the way and there’s none around Sacramento. So we went there and bought some of those spicy Korean noodles and some pastries along with snacks and drinks.

For dinner, we went back to the local mall to have dinner since we couldn’t decide on a place and we weren’t really excited to try anything new. I think we were all wanting to go home soon.

 

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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.

 

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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!

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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.