Friday, April 25, 2008

Better Than Yesterday

Another dope track called "Better Than Yesterday" by MC Sniper with his crew. Emcee Outsider can spit out lyrics at a ridonculous speed. Check it out at the 4:23 mark of the vid. The whole compilation of this track is sick.


Thursday, April 24, 2008

MC Sniper

I bought 2 of his albums while I was down in LA. MC Sniper is dope. He's my favourite Korean hip hop artist. Peep this video from 5 years ago titled "Koreans".


Saturday, April 12, 2008


On Friday, I visited the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. There is a daily tour that runs at 1 pm, but on this day, I was the only one. I had a private tour. Haha. The church is quite beautiful and replaces the old one that was damaged during the 1994 earthquake in the region. Theoretically, this is the safest structure to be in in the event another earthquake happens. The church is 12 stories high and can accomodate up to 3000+ worshippers. The building and landscape reflects modern day LA with waterfalls, palm trees, and a sandstone coloured environment.

After the cathedral, I went to Little Tokyo to see the Japanese American National Museum. This was a great experience as I learned about the history of Japanese Americans who contributed to US society and the difficulties they had to face during and after World War II when they were deemed aliens.

My aunt and cousin took me up to the Griffith Observatory. I was surprised to see some stars up there because LA has so much urban light pollution. I was able to take this shot on a ledge without blurring the image. The city looks gorgeous from up there. It's a great date place.

I went to Universal Studios today. It was good fun! Some of the highlights include the T2:3D show, Jurassic Park ride, Special Effects show, Universal Studios tour, Shrek 4D show, and Water World show. Notice I'm wearing my giant souvenir globe hat.

Water World was my favourite show of the day. The actors were throwing buckets of water on us, the Sea-Doos were spraying the audience, a great pyro show occurred, and a sea plane jumped out over the set into the water. It was rad.


Thursday, April 10, 2008

The City of Angels

Los Angeles. I haven't been here since I was 6 years old, and have no memory of what it looks like. As my Air Canada flight was preparing to land at LAX, I peered out the window only to see row upon row of mixed commercial and residential areas. It is a huge city and a concrete jungle. There is no natural river flowing through the city, only a man made concrete channel.

I am staying with my aunt in Koreatown and it really does have a similar feel of being in Korea. It's like part of Seoul was relocated to a part of LA. My first night here was interesting. It was just like out of a LA set movie. The residences here have all their windows barred up, sidewalks are cracked and not flat, police helicopters hover by (I hear one right now), dogs are barking, and emergency services sirens are blaring.

With that kind of environment in mind, the biggest surprise to me being in LA was that the people are really nice. Everyone I've talked to or asked for directions were very helpful and genuinely wanted to make sure I got the answer I needed. It seems the people here are a lot nicer than some of the people I've met on the streets of Vancouver. Also the demographic in LA is something I'm getting used to with many Latin Americans and African-Americans living in the area.

Here are some of the things I've done so far.

On my first night in LA, my cousin took me straight to Hollywood Boulevard. Here I am in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater, home to the hand and footprints of the Hollywood Stars.

I had to take my picture with the Governator.

Ah yes, the Virgin Megastore along the boulevard. It once operated in downtown Vancouver on Burrard.

The folks from The Church of Scientology tried to convert me that evening in Hollywood. But Tom Cruise, albeit a great actor, had already turned me off from the movement. Haha.

The next day, I decided to head down to the University of Southern California by bus. It was a beautiful and hot day as were the ladies on campus.

The USC campus has a building full of trophies. The university is well known for its excellent college football program.

O.J. is an alumnus of USC? I learn something new everyday.

I saw some cool fossils at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County located across the street from the USC campus.

More pictures to come, but I will likely load all of them up on Flickr.


Monday, April 07, 2008


My bro bought me "The New Penguin History of the World" book by J.M. Roberts for my birthday. I originally saw this book when I went down to Seattle with Tom, and bought it for him as a gift. I plan to read it while traveling to LA and Las Vegas this week. I'm excited about this trip and reading this 1264 page monster of a book. "The book covers the history of our planet from our origins on the African savannah to the state of the world in 2007."