Living Los Angeles – Hotel Kyoto Grand

Not the cheapest end of the Hotel Industry but this is what you can expect in Los Angeles. Valet Parking or Self Parking underground – which is comfort, knowing that your car is safe during the night and not on the streets of LA.

Located 15 minutes from LA Live, Staples Center and a 10 minute walking distance from the Union Station.

Upper half of the Kyoto

Middle of the hotel, roof top there is a goregous Japanese garden that overlooks downtown Los Angeles. Perfect for that Wedding ceremony.

Japanese Garden

A calming serenity to take one away from the chaos of Los Angeles.

Standard Two Queen

Overlooks miles over the City of Los Angeles with comfortable rooms. Did not spend much time in my room except for sleeping. You know when you have a case of the Wanderlust – when in the middle of the night you sit up thinking ‘where am i?’ Took me a good five minutes to clear that out of my head and go back to sleep.

Speaking the Local Lingo

I have learned through my travels that our English language is not very English, and very unproper. You go to a new culture and city, and listen to how the locals speak – Like take London for a example. They have words for our words that make our English quite unproper and just plain boring.

It’s quite sweet as (cool, great) to learning the local lingo and bringing it back home with you, especially when all your friends will look at you funny when you speak because they have no idea. You will be more world involved and experienced if you take in a new culture and learn how the other half lives.

Best word I have brought home with me: ‘my phone is flat‘ meaning that your cell phone battery is dead.

Be a Box of Birds (feel full of energy) when you explore the world, you then will become more open and willing to experience it and enjoy it because you will be living it.

North America: the waitress will address everyone, even ladies as guys.

France: the waiters will address ma’am to the ladies and sir to the gents.

And the French get a bad rep from us English saying they are so rude but yet they can speak better? But maybe it is just their accent and words of choice that make them sound proper, yet still saying Cheers is so much better than saying thank you. Just have a thought, take it all in and bring it home with you.

Cheers = (English)

Ciao = (Italian)

G’Day Mate = (Australian)

Bonjour = (French)

Ευχαριστώ = (Greek)

Bit of a Dag = (hard case, Joker, Comedian)

Crikey Dick = (wow, amazing)

as-salam alaykum = (Arabic – Hello)

Even if one has to buy a phrase book for that specific country you are planning on visiting because it will be your life saver. Just do not forget it at home. That is what I had done with my french phrasebook and I felt so lost in France. Just good thing I had Doug there with me whom is as almost as fluent in French than I am.

Experience the French.


Do not turn away until you have tried it. Best part of traveling the world is experiencing the culture and THE FOOD!!

The tricky part is getting the darn buggers out of their shell, it is not as easy as it looks to tell you the truth. It will make you work for you appetite. You have to hold the shell in this clamp while you use a fork to pull the escargot out and then stick it into your mouth and enjoy THE FOOD!!

Food in another culture and city some how just tastes better. So therefore having escargot in Canada is not the same as having escargot in France, especially Paris. Even having McDonald’s in Paris, France is not the same as eating it in North America. For one, you can have a BEER with your big mac. Now how great is that!


Now this is the Paris French style – cobblestone walkways. That night I felt like i was in heaven and defiantly was not in Kansas anymore.

Tip: do not wear high heels when walking on cobblestone.

And that one night topped the bar for twenty-twelve new year. To add, the cruise on the river seine new years day was breathtaking, magnificent way to start the new year and it truly kicked twenty-eleven new years arse.  It was a relaxed morning especially after a hell of new years, clunking beers and sipping champagne.

When in Paris, Must see a Moulin Rouge – Cabaret Show, with endless champagne at your tables. And Ladies watch the gentlemen, they will not take their eyes off the show. Dress style? Fancy.

Tip: If you want to see Paris. Do not go at New Years.

Musee du Parfum

Not just for the ladies, gentlemen can enjoy this too. Learn how to Identify the smells between the different Parfum and How they make Parfum!

You can not go all the way across the Atlantic ocean through London, England across Calasis and Dover to Paris, without seeing the most famous lady in history….

Another highlight…. Such a small lady on a HUGE wall inside the walls of The Lourve. That is just how famous she is. It is best to go see her first as soon as you make way in because there is always a crowd around this lady, then wander off and see the other amazing artists paintings like… Leonard De Vinci, Domenico Mecarino, Giuseppe Arcimboldo and my favorite – Giovanni Paolo. You can easily spend ALL day in this place, and at the same time get lost. Erin and I had lost Doug and Carlos which lead us to leaving them behind. Good thing we had a back up plan, on where to go. Another landmark you can lose one self is inside the Notre Dame; Erin and I thought alike because we both had the idea of going to the exit and wait for the other there. Which is the best plan to have if you ever get lost in a high tourist city/landmark.

Did you know? you can see the Eiffel Tower from every aspect of the City of Paris. You will always know which city you are in when you are in Paris.

Chapter Nine: Nisku – Holiday Inn Express.

For the past nine months I have been living inside a chapter of my life, and for the past week it has been coming to the end but I did not know how to end it…. Until Now!

Remember, at the end of each chapter there are always lessons you have learned. Where some you might regret and some that makes you stronger. Although they will always make you stronger. And never regret anything, life is too short. Nobody’s Perfect!

Lesson from Chapter Nine: learning just how much confidence I really do have. Although I can not give myself all the credit because I did have some pretty awesome strong individuals surrounding myself. It is all who you choose to surround yourself with.

It’s not good bye, It’s see you later. I had fun getting to know you all and working with each one of you.

Never regret your past. It is what makes who you are, so embrace it. There will always be those in your life that will try and bully you down to the ground but stand your ground – and know when it’s time to leave. Just make sure you still have your integrity, do not let one take that away from you.

Next….. Chapter Ten: Edmonton Holiday Inn — Moving up