My Opinion about Americans

Frankly, my journey to America is different from my other journeys. Usually, the nature or the surrounding make me amazed. But, in America (California, exactly), the people astonished me.

 

They care to others
Where I live, if someone drop something, for example, his wallet, usually people who see it pretend not to know about it and just walk away.

In America, I’m surprised. They are nice and don’t have the ‘qualm’ to help the others, even though they didn’t know them. I saw this, one grandma was washing her hands, and suddenly her stick dropped. Other grandma (who had just come) came, and said, “Oh, let me help you,” picked that stick up (I saw she found it difficult to take that stick too). And I, who was much younger than them, stood not far from them, doing nothing but just saw them. My feet were stuck, I couldn’t move, and realize how bad I was.

 

They are patient
Where I live, in the queue, people seek for opportunity to ‘move faster in the line’. In the middle of the line, if there was a small gap, he/she squeezed into the line.

In America, people wait patiently in the line. If there’s quite a big gap, the people behind him/her ask, “Are you in the line?”. They have the gut to tell the wrong thing. Once, in the amusement park, I squeezed into a gap, and the person behind me ‘angry’ to me, “You were not in front of me,” and the way she looked at me made me ashamed. “Sorry,” was the only word I could think.

 

They are friendly
On the street, Americans say “How are you?” or “Good morning” or “Merry Christmas” or “Happy New Year”(it was Christmas and New Year when I went there) (and many more) to people they don’t know, even me! I’ve never got and done that before, and it was one of the most describable thing and feeling that I won’t forget.

 

It’s okay to be free and creative there
Have a weird style in fashion? No problem. It’s okay to dress weirdly, or do unusual thing (as long as it is appropriate). Β Art is respected there. (It’s the opposite in my country, and I love art TT.TT)

 

They are communicative
In the plane, in my country (and my continent), the stewards and the stewardesses are verrryyyy polite to the passenger. Yeah, it’s good, but I feel that they are.. too… stiff?

But in America, in one flight I went in, (I was so surprised) the stewards were so nice and communicative to the passengers. I love it, so fun! He even gave me extra glass of ‘free sprite’ because I replied to his jokes πŸ˜€

 

Americans are different from what I’d imagine before. I like America, and I feel that I want to stay there forever ^^

What do you think about Americans? πŸ˜€

I’m Coming America!

My family and I were supposed to go last year, but unfortunately my dad’s VISA wasn’t ready at that time, so we postponed it

But, this year, I’m going to America ^^ West America, to be exact.

This is my itinerary:

First day (24th of December, 2012):
{flight} Surabaya -> Singapore -> San Fransisco

Second day (25th of December, 2012)
City tour in San Fransisco (will see the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Civic Center, Lombard Street, Twin Peaks)

Third day (26th of December, 2012)
{flight} San Fransisco -> Las Vegas
to Premium Outlet (there will be Sale after Christmas there XD)

Fourth day (27th of December, 2012)
Free day in Las Vegas. My family can choose between West Grand Canyon or O Show in Bellagio or shopping (I think we are going to choose the West Grand Canyon! ^^)

Fifth day (28th of December, 2012)
Las Vegas
to Premium Outlet Las Vegas (again? TT^TT I don’t like shopping 😦 ) and eat dinner at Pampas Brazil Restaurant

Sixth day (29th of December, 2012)
Las Vegas -> San Diego
City tour in San Diego, see the seaport village and visit the USS Midway. Eat dinner at Japanese Seafood Buffet

Seventh day (30th of December, 2012)
San Diego -> South Coast Plaza -> Anaheim
See the Old Town San Diego, Coronado Bridge, Del Hotel, and then to South Coast Plaza (shopping TT.TT)

Eight day (31st of December, 2012)
DISNEYLAND!

Ninth day (1st of January, 2013)
California Adventure Park

Tenth day (2nd of January, 2013)
City tour in Los Angeles (see the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Mann’s Chinese Theater, Kodak Theater, Staples Center, Rodeo Drive). After that, go to Universal Studio

Eleventh day (3rd of January, 2013)
{flight} Los Angeles -> Singapore

Twelve day (4th of January, 2013)
Passing the international date line (in the flight)

Thirteenth day (5th of January, 2013)
{flight} Singapore -> Surabaya
The journey is over and I must be ready for school T.T

Tiring Flight – October 26th, 2012

October 26th is so tiring, only for the flight x__x

It was 4 hours flight from Surabaya to Hongkong. I watched “Madagaskar 3”, “Go, Masao!”, and listened to Super Junior “Sexy Free & Single” album

Madagaskar 3, it’s funny, I love it, and the thing I love about madagaskar series, they always teach us about how important friend is, and be together as one. Alex is so creative >///<

Go, Masao is about story between a dog and a man, the dog (Masao) is really naughty at first, but after a time, Masao really cares about Hideki (the man). It’s…. A touching story, about love. Love between a dog and his owner, love between man and woman, love between dogs, and love to others.. I almost cried when I watched this movie

I was somehow surprised when I found out that there were Korean bands & singers albums. And I enjoyed the time when I heard my favorite Korean band, Super Junior, sing πŸ™‚

It took about 2 hours flight from Hongkong to Chengdu. I didn’t get enough sleep previously, so I slept the whole journey, I didn’t touch the food too :/

I took a shower, ate the food that my father bought outside the hotel, and slept..

To Jiuzhaigou !

I love the color of autumn leaves, so do my dad and mom, but unfortunately we don’t have autumn in our country >___

I always see the photos in photo sharing sites and blogs, they are posting awesome photos, and I’m happy to see them. In my mind, I really want to look at take photos of them!

And one day, my parents said that we are going to Jiuzhaigou, China, at the end of October! It’s one of the celebration for my parents’ 20th wedding anniversary..

OMG. I was sooo happy because it’s autumn right now

I looked for infos online, and they said that the end of October colors are the most awesome one.

But, when I looked at the Jiuzhaigou photos that were taken last week, the color had changed to yelloe and red already, even some of the leaves had gone. How shocked I was

I’m afraid if my parents and I couldn’t catch up the beautiful color, and the only thing I do now when we’re waiting for the plane is praying, praying, and praying…

Any info about Jiuzhaigou’s autumn leaves now? Can we make it? and have you ever missed something that you’ve wait for?

Day 4, August 20, 2012 (Columbia icefield & Banff)

D4 (August 20, 2012)
Revelstoke -> Columbia Ice Field -> Banff

Another long journey in the bus again 😦 but, I didn’t feel it’s boring at all. Why? Because.. On the way to Columbia ice field, the scenery was beautiful! I totally love it~

In my bus, people who like photography (about 5 people including me) stayed on the back of the bus, and jumping right and left to take photo. When I remember about it again, it was funny.

Thr closer we’re to the glacier, the less trees there are, and the bluer the river and the lakes are.

When we arrived aat the place where the Columbia icefield’s buses are, we bought some things in the souvenir shops, then, we went aboard. After a few minutes, we changed the bus to a big bus with big wheels (I think its wheels diameter is about 160cm, wow)

The glacier at the top of the mountain is good. No comment. We went back to the our bus using the same transportation.

Then, we went to Peyto lake. It was very pretty *O* After that, we went to Bow lake, wide and pretty πŸ˜€

Finally, we arrived in the Banff city. The city was unique. I can’t explain it with words.

There are 2 groups from the same tour of mine. My group is the A group. So, we arrived at the restaurant faster than the group B.
We were very hungry, so we asked the restaurant to make our food first. They refused, and told us that they would serve them if the other group come. Whaatt? We waited for 2 hours with hungry stomach! The group B came with innocent face, oh my :/ And.. The one that makes me angry, the food came out together! It’s not fair for our group tour 😦 and how bad the restaurant’s management was.

We finished our late supper at 10pm, and almost all of the shops were closed already. Aarrgghh ;(

Ps: I think I haven’t mention this, I’ll put my photos in my blog later when I’ve came back to my country

D3 (August 19th, 2012) – Vancouver to Kamloops to Revelstoke

D3 (August 19th, 2012)
Vancouver -> Kamloops -> Revelstoke

A full day sitting in the bus. Okay, I’m not serious :p how can I stand sitting in a bus all day? So, we had a long journey, but, we have some stops (+ toilet stop :p)

The first one, we visited Hope Memorial Park. I found some men were carving the wood and made the wood into beautiful carved-wood statue. My tour leader said that this is happened once a year. At the other side, there were lots of dogs, but I don’t know what’s happening tthere. It might be a competition?

Then, we arrived in Kamloops. It’s a beautiful city. We ate at a Chinese restaurant there and after that went to visit ginseng shop. I just knew that there are ginseng in Canada too :O The person said that the North America’s ginseng is colder than Asian’s, it makes us healthier and can be consumed as much as you can.

After that, we went to Last Spike, where the last spike of the East-to-West Canada train is. Well, I didn’t see the end of it x.x

We went pass the 3 Valley Lake Chateau. I hope I can go in >

We did nothing in Revelstoke, only for sleeping. When we was there, my tour leader kept reminding us that there are still lots of bears in thr forest in front of the hotel we stay and gave us advice if we want to go outside it’s better to go with 6 people.

There’s a wifi in the hotel so we stayed in the hotel for the whole night. We got suite room so we also cooked the instant noodle we brought xD

The scenery from Vancouver to Revelstoke (and the hotel view) is pretty so make sure that your camera is always ready πŸ˜€

Day 2, City tour in Victoria, Canada (August 18th, 2012)

D2 (August 18th, 2012)
City tour in Victoria

I couldn’t sleep. Yah, I think it’s because of the time difference (GMT-7 here, GMT+7 for my city). I woke up at 4pm (local time) :p

My family and the tour group gathered in the bus at 7.45am and went to the Tsawwassen terminal from our hotel. We took about half hours to get there.

We arrived at the terminal earlier, so we went to the place emmmm.. Sorry I don’t know the name x.x and there are small food shops, coffee shops, and souvenir shops. We went around and bought some British Columbia souvenirs xD

Then, we went inside the ferry. The buses and the cars were in deck 1 if I’m not mistaken. We sat in deck 5. My mom sat there for the whole journey. At 9.45, my dad and I for few long minutes came to the upper deck (the one that opened) and took photos. The scenery was pretty those time πŸ˜€ (previously it was just.. Plain). There’s a wifi hotspot in the ferry so after I felt my hands freezing I used the wifi. Unfortunately, after few minutes pass, I could’t use it for both my handphones T.T

After a quite boring time, 15 minutes before the parking gate opened, we went to the bus.
We arrived in Swartz Bay terminal in Victoria! πŸ˜€

We went around Victoria, just looked Beacon Hill Park (and took a photo of a peacock), visited the Mile 0 (Mile zero), Parlement building, took a photo of the Empress (it’s an old hotel that have plants on the walls).

After that, we visited the Butchart Garden πŸ˜€ it’s a garden with beautifull arrangement of flowers and trees.

There are 5 main gardens. They are:
1. Sunken garden
The most beautiful garden I’ve ever seen! Pretty flowers there! There are also Ross fountain (like a dancing fountain) and Bog garden (I’m sorry I don’t know which one is this garden but I’m quite sure I’ve seen it)
2. Rose Garden
Various beautiful and smell-nice roses πŸ˜€ I smelled few of them hahaha xD my dad took a photo of my mom and I were smelling the white roses xDDD
3. Japanese garden
Well, it was green there, lots of trees. There are also some small ponds. To be honest I like the other gardens better.
4. Italian garden
There are flowers again here πŸ˜€ and a cross-shaped pond in the middle. It isn’t big so we spent time there not as long as in other gardens. I bought ice cream there xD (seasonal). Yumm
5. Mediterranean garden
I didn’t go there!! 😦 I don’t have enough time. The tour just gave us a very short time in the beautiful Butchart Garden, 1.5 hours 😦 I need more time! T.T in the guide, it’s written that the mediterranean garden features many drought resistant plants from various areas of the world that share similar growing conditions to Canada’s
In my opinion, Sunken garden is the best one because there are lots of flowers there. Butchart garden is one of the must-visit place in Canada!