|The Hollywood Walk of Fame on the Hollywood Boulevard. This is Bruce Lee's star. Not surprisingly, it was always surrounded by groups Chinese tourists eager to record their visit here on photo|
|As one travel on the highways, or freeways as they would call it in US, one would be able to appreciate the vastness of this country. This picture is taken an hour's drive outside of San Francisco.|
|The famous clam chowder at the Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. This is served in a carved out bread. Nice..|
|Unlike Los Angeles, San Francisco is a hilly city and this adds to the charm of its streets. There are more than 40 hills within the city. Famous ones include the Telegraph Hill and Russian Hill|
|Room with a view. This is the view of a Hollywood neighbourhood from my hotel room|
|Lombard Street, claimed to be the crookedest (and very steep) street in the world because of |
its eight tight hairpin turns
|Homes of the rich and famous of Hollywood have well-landscaped gardens and manicured lawn|
|The San Antonio Riverwalk after which our very own River of Life project in KL will be modelled after|
|The iconic San Francisco cable car is the world's last manually operated cable car system. Unfortunately, we did not have the time to hop on one. May be next time|
There is this nice little tune called "Breakfast in America" by the British group Supertramp. Catchy and melodic, Roger Hodgson's distinctive singing makes you want to "take the jumbo across the water" and fly to America.
But then if you had to leave for America during the festive season of Hari Raya,I bet no amount of serenading by Roger Hodgson would be enough to make you jump on a plane for the USA.
But then, work is work.
And that is how I found myself flying to the USA on the second day of Hari Raya last month.
Our destination: Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Antonio. Oh, and you can add to that one un-scheduled overnight stay in Narita, Japan.
So how did I find America?
Well, one thing which strikes me is that America is not just a big country in terms of its geographical size - driving from one city to another for six or seven hours is considered normal - it also has almost everything in super big sizes! The trucks and cars are bigger, and so are the highways, food servings and shopping malls.
The cities - at least from what I saw in LA and San Francisco - are also much more glitzier and glamorous.
But still, those were not enough to take my mind off my family and the Raya celebrations back home.
Sorry, guys. I'll make up for it.