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A 3 -day vacation in LA

 

Hi, Renxkyoko Iglesias here.

 

I had a fun and relaxing 3 – day vacation in Los Angeles with my cousin last week.  We were supposed to stay at my brother’s place in Long Beach, but he was out of town. Good thing we were able to get an Airbnb right in downtown LA. My sister lives a bit far away from LA, and she has work, so  bnb is the most convenient place to stay… it’s just a 2- mile walk or so to Hollywood Walk of Fame.  But here’s the thing….. I forgot my cellphone at home.  My cousin had her cell of course but she’s not much of a picture -taker. She did take a picture of  T-t-t-rump’s  star and my own hand giving it the middle finger, and though she posted it on Snapchat , she didn’t save the picture. Darn it. It was so amusing though  to see people lining up to stomp their feet on this guy’s star. (  The images below are not mine )

 

Donald Trump’s Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star Tagged With Swastika ...

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We also went to the Getty Museum, and for the first time, saw  real Monet and Van Gogh paintings. I was in awe.  I bought one Van Gogh print.  By the way, I saw the real Mona Lisa painting at Louvre in Paris, and was a bit ( just a teeny, weeny bit, okay ? ) surprised  the painting was small, like 2 ft x 2 ft.?? . I imagined it a bit larger than that.

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Sorry for the blurry pictures.

 

Back to LA……

 

We went hiking ( with my sister  who got a day off ) at Runyon Canyon, and managed to get to the top to see a clear view of the famous Hollywood sign and the whole city of LA.  And guess what, James Lebron walked past us , shirtless, and,  our eyes met, woohoo, and I thought I heard him say, Hi…… ,  my cousin said, ” nope,  it was the guy walking behind him”, and added,  ” Ren,  I see stars in your eyes. ”  Sadly, it was just Lebron that we saw. I  had hoped for more, like Zac Efron, shirtless.     Uhm,  never mind.  Lebron  was totally legit.

 

Here’s a random pic of yours truly at the Hollywood Walk of Fame , taken in 2012.

This is all for now.

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Mystery Blogger Award, Part 2…. and Philippine mythology

Renxkyoko Iglesias here, hello there ! !

 

First off, I would like to thank Nayana Nair  for giving me an award, The Mystery Blogger Award. However, I have to forego  the rules and  just answer Nayana Nair‘s food- for -thought questions. So, without further ado……

 

a)  What is your current favorite song ?     I’m old school,  old soul.  To me, music is melody. I don’t pay attention to lyrics. Do the classics have lyrics?  Beautiful sound and melody give me goosebumps, and this may sound corny and emo, but listening to good music  makes me a bit teary-eyed, sometimes.  Even the current rock and pop songs have nothing on the old classic rock.  * sings *  Wake me up, before you go, go , la la la la…

 

I do like Justin Bieber’s.

 

b)  Most rude you have ever been ?  I don’t think I have  been rude  intentionally . I believe I am a nice, pleasant person, careful with words, mindful of manners, courteous, and  very polite ( My mother calls me todo pasa ). In other words, I’m perfect. Take that to mean as repressed. That’s why , I explode.

 

c)    One silly superstition that you actually believed in as a child ?  Two, actually….. the existence of duendes (  leprechauns , goblins ) and aswangs. (  shape shifters that eat  human livers and fetuses of pregnant women ). Those little mounds of dirt and soil ( anthills ? ) are supposedly the duendes’ abodes. Pass by their homes without asking permission and ignore them,  you do that at your own peril. Common punishment is explosive diarrhea.

About the aswangs……. they are humans by day and monsters at night, like our cousin , Violeta,  a very pretty lass from Aklan and Capiz (  two places in the Philippines where most aswangs live,  and where my  maternal grandparents came from , ahem )….. uhm ,  about Violeta ….. she had to move to another place to  escape  the nasty rumours about her,  which my mother suspected were spread by rejected suitors. Nevertheless, my grandparents wouldn’t eat anything that came from Violeta’s family.

 

I was watching one of these British crime series, and in one episode,  the detectives talked about  aswangs very casually. The people in a small, remote English village believed  the ” killings ‘ were perpetrated by aswangs.

One form of aswang is a human that can separate his/ her torso from the rest of the body and fly.

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When I was a  kid living in the Philippines, aswangs did terrify me.

 

d)  One word that you use most in your conversation ?  I guess, ” really ” ?

 

e)  What is one good thing and a bad thing about getting awards ?   Good thing……  it’s a blog post.  Bad thing…….. I don’t have time to acknowledge  all the awards that I get. Sorry !  I’m trying to rectify this, hence, this post.

 

This is all for now. Thank you for reading folks. I hope you find this post interesting.

 

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