7 Reasons Why I Miss California

29 June 2017

I'm really sorry for the crappy picture. This was taken back in 2013 with my iPhone 4G camera.

I've only been to the US once in my life, and that was back in the summer of 2013. During our family's one month stay in the west coast, we got to see San Diego, Los Angeles, Fresno, San Francisco, and even Las Vegas in Nevada. Being that our visit was already more than four years ago, every once in a while I can't help but miss the little things that makes California the true beauty that it is as it stands out from the rest of the world. Here are 7 reasons why I miss the golden state:

 1. The Weather 
Even though I'm desperately in love with the cold, Cali weather can actually be perfect (in the spring). It's sunny, but it's not hot either (take note: this is coming from a girl who lives in a country with an average temperature of 26-28ºC). I can already imagine the feeling of fresh California breeze sweeping my face and brushing through my hair as I walk along Hollywood Boulevard with my family.

 2. The Pretty Palm Trees 
You know you're definitely in California when you finally see the towering palm trees (as seen in the photo above). Everybody loves them, and why wouldn't they when Cali palm trees are exceptionally picturesque!

 3. The Endless Shopping 
The first thing we did when we landed in San Diego (apart from settling in our aunt and uncle's lovely home, of course) was to visit the nearest strip mall! Before long, we were completely overwhelmed with the seemingly never ending number of outlet stores having sales all around the state. We went home with massive balikbayan boxes and virtually went past our baggage allowance. Oops!

 4. The Big Family 
Easily half of our relatives from my father's side of the family are living in the US. They have been way before I (or maybe even my sister) was even born. And by all means, flying halfway across the world to meet them–for the first time ever–was the most nerve-wracking yet exciting thing we did back then. Now, missing California, for me, practically means missing family as well.

 5. The Amazing Food 
Besides the obvious (and probably very much expected) In-N-Out, I also terribly miss Carl's Jr. and Panda Express! I especially look forward to breaking my Chinese fortune cookie into two and then reading my "fate" after enjoying a delicious serving of Kung Pao Chicken. Yum!

 6. The Theme Parks 
Although I cannot say that I am an adrenaline junkie, I'm definitely the biggest roller coaster fanatic out there! I love roller coasters and personally think that "the more loops and 90º angles, the better!" 

 7. The Kind Folks 
I guess it's safe to say that it is extremely easy to fall in love with a place when its people are really nice and welcoming. At the time when we went to visit the US, I was honestly quite nervous about interacting well with people other than my family just because even though I love English so much, I am not entirely comfortable with speaking it as it is not my mother tongue. However, the Americans made it so easy, being probably some of the kindest people I have encountered just yet. They were always the first ones to smile at us (my family and me), and they even go to the extent of giving us random compliments. One family gave us their Universal Studios fast pass tickets for free. And while waiting for our bus at a Greyhound station, a girl told me my favourite NY Yankees cap was nice.

Up to this day, our US trip is still one of my top 3 favourites. That is why I hope to visit again, soon!

It has been a looong time since I've posted content, but thanks for stopping by on the blog. I hope you have/had a lovely day wherever you are, take care always, and love lots!

♡ Lois

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