Sunday, September 16, 2012

Raya in America

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

People cycling on the Bay Trail. The San Francisco Bay Trail is a more than 500km interconnected trail system which links parks, open spaces and places of attractions located on the bay shoreline. I would love to ride my mountain bike here. Miles and miles of continuous integrated track, beautiful and varied sceneries, nice San Francisco weather. What else could a cyclist ask for.

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.


KotaStar said...

Wow! You made your way to St Antonio. We have dreamed of visiting the place after seeing pix etc and reading about its riverside planning. Guess you have hit on a few American word while there 'Glitz' being one as I noticed. Maybe kalau dijemput boleh datang ke AS ( Alor Setar la) to give a talk of what you saw and learn at that part of the country) Selamat kembali ke tanah air.

Al-Manar said...

I noticed you at Kotastar and followed you back. It is like a being in a time machine one moment down under and next ythe wild west.And here I am stuck in the far reast!

kotastar said...

Sdr Al Manar,

Stuck in the East Coast but with the luxurious South China Sea breezing by. No not there for nothing but doing service none others dare to venture and indeed sacrifice esp their time. Anyhow we are thankful that you have located us .Salam

Azizi Ahmad Termizi: said...

Pak Non

San Antonio is great for riverside walk, but for mountain biking its got to be San Francisco. So, after Perth its Frisco next for you and Kak Wan.

Sdr Al Manar

Hujan emas di negeri orang, hujan batu di negeri sendiri...nothing beats home. But of course, seeing new places does help meluaskan pemandangan.