|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 group Supertramp. Catchy and melodic, Roger Hodgson's distinctive singing makes you want to "take the jumbo across the water" and head to America.
But if you had to leave for America during Hari Raya, no amount of cajoling by Roger Hodgson is going to make you jump onto a plane for the USA.
But then, work is work. So 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 unplanned overnight stay in Narita, Japan.
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 everything else in bigger sizes! The trucks and cars are bigger, and so are the highways, food servings and shopping outlets.
The cities - at least from what I see in LA and San Francisco - are also much more glitzy and glamorous.
But still, that's not enough to take my mind off my family and Raya celebrations back home.
Sorry, guys. I'll make up for it.