Thursday, April 28, 2016

[fruitful Saturday] Clozette Style Party 2016 + The Music Run 2016

Thanks Jasmine, for the heads up to successfully register for the Clozette Style Party 2016 which was held at Suntec City Mall. This event was initialled by Clozette as they celebrated 5 years of being in beauty and fashion, over an ultimate social party of the year!

 
I met up with my girlfriends for lunch at Suntec City before heading to the party at the Centre Atrium. We were there before the highlight show began - ASOS Fashion Runway began, as we needed to rush down to Sentosa another event, The Music Run 2016!


 
We took many random photos against the photo-wall. Friendship is in the air, and I love their companionship!


 
I took a flat lay photo of my favorite beauty picks among the winners of the Clozette Beauty Awards.


 
Thanks for the goodies bag from Clozette!

 
Thanks Jasmine again for jio-ing me to be part of The Music Run 2016.
 
 
I did my second run this year, and the venue was exactly the same as the previous run I did, the 'My Little Pony Friendship Run 2016'.
 

 
There were 5 different music genre zones (Rock, Pop, Old School, Hip Hop and Dance) throughout the 5km route. The selected songs played at each station were nice and up-to-date.
 
Being a music lover myself, I always love to run with music playing, as this gives me an added boost of stamina! The 5KM on the music run did seem to be shorter for me, as I ran while listening to my favorite songs!
 
 

 
My favorite music zone was 'OLD SCHOOL' zone, as when I was jogging by, they were playing 'It's My Life' by Bon Jovi!! It gave me, and most of the other runners near me an extra adrenaline boost to keep on running! On the way to the next zone, the song 'Oops!... I Did It Again by Britney Spears was being played as well.
 
 
The next zone was the 'Hip Hop' zone, and 'Hotline Bling' by Drake was being played. It was a catchy tune and I sang along to it while running.
 
 
We didn't choose to stay for the concert after the event, as the acts didn't look appealing to us.



 
I added another medal to my race medal collection. YAY!

 
I had an enjoyable experience at the run, as well as running with my running buddy!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

[California Road Trip] A night at San Luis Obispo + Bubblegum Alley + Big Sur

It is time to bid goodbye to my Airbnb in Los Angeles (LA), as we were heading to the next portion of our California road trip. We left LA at around 10am and we took the 101 North Freeway. Baby had planned a 2-day journey in order to take the scenic route, and our stop for a night's stay was at a quaint little town called San Luis Obispo (SLO). This would be a halfway point before continuing on our journey to San Francisco (SF)!

 
The driving time from LA to SLO was approximately 3 hours. The view and the scenery on the route that Baby took was awesome!! We were in awe of the beauty of nature, and some of the views were postcard perfect!









 

 
Baby made a detour to the Pismo Beach Premium Outlets for me to do some shopping. I love my sweetest Baby, you know me the best!

 
I bought a watch from Aeropostale at USD18, and a zipper sweater jacket at USD20 and some random lip glosses at USD2 each. I also picked up a statement necklace from G.H Bass & Co too.
 


 
My favorite purchase of the day were the 2 wristlets from Coach during my outlet haul. Happy me! I got a Double Zipper Corner Wristlet for my Mommy, which I paid a paltry USD35 for! I also bought for myself a Hologram Wristlet, which cost me USD25!
 


 
After shopping, we had pizza at Gino's Pizza for lunch before we continued on our road trip.


 
We reached SLO near the evening, around 5pm and we checked into the Hampton Inn & Suites, which was located off the highway.

 
San Luis Obispo is one of the many towns located midway of Los Angeles and San Francisco, and is fairly close to the Pacific Ocean!


 
Amazingly, by sheer luck and chance, we were fortunate enough to visit on the day where the weekly Farmers' Market takes place! This event takes place at Higuera Street in SLO, and various farmers and merchants set up stalls to sell their products and food. The very sweet aroma of fresh BBQ filled the air, and we were happy to find massive BBQ cook out was also taking place!
 
Long lines were seems from various stalls selling BBQ, and we had a hard time deciding which ones were the best. While trying to decide, a stall handler spoke to Baby, and mentioned that they were the champions of BBQ competitions for a few years running, and Baby immediately lined up to get some! We indulged ourselves on some of the best BBQ we've ever had in our lives! The Baby Back Ribs and Beef Ribs were tremendous, and had a sweet caramelized and smoky flavour. If we could, we would have devoured the bones as well!
 
 
I must again re-iterate that we were glad to have stopped at SLO as part of our road trip. The Farmer's Market really has a lovely atmosphere, and the driving time to the town centre of SLO was a mere 5 minutes away from our hotel.
 
 
Parking was easy, and the market was very big and fun. Most importantly, it was safe to roam around at night! If you ever come to California, and are planning on a road trip, I would recommend SLO as it's a nice place to spend a night!
 
 
Apart from the stalls and food, there were many other shops as well, and I was pleasantly surprised to see a Bath & Body Works store here! The store was having a 'Buy 3 Get 3 Free' promotion, and I just had to get in on that. In the end, I picked up 6 bottles which cost me USD43 (inclusive of tax). Among the 6 bottles, one of them was a bottle of shower gel which I got it for my Baby.

 
SLO itself has a very unique attraction, which is called 'Bubblegum Alley'. It's actually a narrow back alley which has been added into the Guinness World Records. Like its namesake, the alley is the biggest alley in the world covered by USED bubblegum on it's walls!!
 
 
I took a photo of myself standing somewhat near to the walls at Bubblegum Alley, and the used bubble gum festooned everywhere was DISGUSTING. OMFG! IT WAS GROSS! After taking a customary photo, I left the place asap as I was getting turned off by the whole place, haha! 

 
Back at the hotel, it was a great stay for us as the room was above my expectations, and had a nice décor, with a comfy king-sized bed. Our stay came with breakfast and it was pretty decent.
 
The next day, we checked out and departed SLO after breakfast, and we continued the scenic route highway. This route takes a longer time, but the objective was to drive along the renowned Pacific Coast Highway, where the mountains and the Pacific Ocean come together for an amazing scenery. The additional time required was of no consequence, as we wanted pamper ourselves with beautiful scenery on this road trip holiday.








 
We drove down to Big Sur, a massive vantage point on the mountain pass overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and the scenery along the highway was unrivalled in its majesty and splendour. We made various stops to take photos, such as this one at Willow Creek.
 
BEWARE OF PHOTOS GALORE!! 
 



 











 


  



 
 
 
 
 We stopped at the Coast Gallery & Café at Big Sur as our rest stop for lunch. We had a quick meal there in order to allow Baby some rest after all the driving before continued on our tour.
 

 
The next iconic point was the historic Bixby Bridge, located within Big Sur itself.

 
As you can see from the photos, this was another magnificent scene, and looked like a perfect completed painting/artwork to me. I couldn't believe that I had the opportunity to see such natural beauty, and the only word that kept coming to mind was 'WOW'.



 


 
 
I can't help but stress that these beautiful scenes are amazing, and naturally, we took tons of photos against this wonderful backdrop from mother nature.
 

 
 
Next up! My 2 nights stay in San Francisco!