Las Vegas Marriott

I recently stayed at the Las Vegas Marriott in Las Vegas Nevada for 3 nights and did a little video review of a king bed room.

If you’d like to see what the hotel grounds and king bed room look like then check out the video here:

The Las Vegas Marriott is located across the street from the Las Vegas Convention, and about two blocks from the North end of the Las Vegas Strip, near the Encore and Riveria hotels. The Las Vegas Marriott is a 17 story 278 room hotel. I like to stay here because there is convenient parking, that you can get to the garage quickly from your room. In most Las Vegas hotels the parking garage is a 20 minute hike from the actual hotel rooms!

This hotel used to be a “Marriott Suites” so most of the rooms are “suite style” with a separate living room and bedroom. The hotel was remodeled a few years ago when they did the switchover from the “Marriott Suites” to the just the regular “Marriott” property. There is no concierge lounge here, but gold and platinum guests do get a free full breakfast at the restaurant in the lobby.

The rooms here are all very quiet due to the “suite” design. I found the bedding to be comfortable, the Air Conditioning to be cold, and the sleep quality to be good. What more can you ask for? :)

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Kimono Rental in Nara Japan

A short guide on renting a Kimono in Nara Japan. A pretty fun way to experience "traditional" Japan while visiting and feeding the deer in Nara Park.

We rented our Kimono's from the Miyabi Kimono Rental Store.  For more pictures of our experience check out ocgirl's blog post.

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Best tide pools at Laguna Beach

A travel guide to visiting the Tide Pools at Laguna Beach California at Shaw Cove. Laguna Beach is known for some of the best Tide Pools in Southern California.

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V Suite at THEHotel Mandalay Bay Las Vegas

I recently stayed at the THEHotel at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for 4 nights and did a little video review of the “V Suite”

If you’d like to see what the “V Suite” looks like, then check out the video here:

The V Suite is given it’s name because they are the rooms at the edge of the “V” of the hotel. Each floor of THEHotel has four V Suites.

When you come in to the room, immediately to one side is a little guest bathroom, with a toilet and a sink. The room is divided in to two main areas, the living room portion, and the bedroom portion. Inside the living room was a sofa that seats three people, a sofa chair, coffee table, desk, flat panel tv, and mini-bar. The bedroom was composed of a king size bed (all V Suites only have one king bed), flat panel television, and another sofa chair. The bedroom is really a neat shape (you have to see the video for that). The bathroom was very large with two sinks, a separate bathtub and shower, and of course a television!

The windows of the hotel have a very interesting “Gold” color, visible from the outside, AND the inside of the room. The windows don’t really open, but they do have a little vent thing that you can slide over to get a tiny bit of fresh air.

Overall I really enjoyed my stay in the V Suite and would consider it again for a future trip to Las Vegas!

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San Diego Comic-Con Zombie Walk 2014

The best zombies from the 8th Annual Zombie Walk at the San Diego Comic-Con. Kudos to all of the zombies for putting on an excellent walk! Some of the best free entertainment at Comic-Con!

An unfortunate incident happened during the march towards 5th avenue — a driver ran through the parade, injuring one



This traffic incident video has really been getting a significant number of views.  1 million in just 5 days.  


Some of the places that the video has popped up are:

ABC Channel 10 San Diego

NBC Channel 7 San Diego

CBS Channel 8 San Diego

On TV on the July 28 Episode of Inside Edition

On TV on the July 28 Episode of Extra

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Cherry Blossoms in the Tokyo Imperial Palace 2014

To celebrate the Emperor's 80th Birthday, the Tokyo Imperial Palace was open to the public on April 4-8, 2014 to view the Cherry Blossoms inside the Palace grounds. It felt like half of the population of Tokyo came out for this special event. For pictures, check out OCgirl's blog post.

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Osaka Ohsho Review

A review of the Gyoza at Osaka Ohsho in Osaka Japan, considered to be “The King of Gyoza in Osaka”. Also serves Ramen and other Chinese dishes and in addition to the tasty potstickers!

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Kazurabashi Bridge

Located in the Iya Valley in Shikoku Japan, the Kazurabashi Bridge is a bridge made of vines crossing the Iya River. A major tourist attraction in the area, this bridge charges a “toll” of 500 Yen to cross.

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Feeding Deer in Nara Japan

A travel guide for visiting Nara Park in Japan and how to feed the 1,200 wild deer that live in Nara Park. A great day-trip from Osaka or Kyoto.

More Scenic shots of just the deer (no talking):

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Hotel Monterey Osaka Video Review

I recently stayed at the Hotel Monterey Osaka for 4 nights and did a little video review of the hotel grounds and the inside of a “Vienna Traditional Double” room.

If you’d like to see what the hotel and the Vienna Traditional Double look like, then check out the video here:

This hotel is located a 5 minute walk from the Sakura-bashi exit of the JR Osaka Station, directly across the street from the train tracks. The close proximity to the train station is good, and bad. Good because it’s very convienent for sightseeing, as you can go anywhere from Osaka station. Bad because the train tracks are very loud, and if you are a light sleeper, beware!

The Hotel Monterey Osaka is a very odd juxtaposition of things. Coming from the USA, it was definitely odd to be staying in a Vienna Palace themed hotel in Japan. Especially since our last vacation trip was to Vienna. That being said, this hotel does a good job of recreating that European feeling… all the way down to the “historic looking” elevators, staircases, revolving doors, and replica 14th century stone chapel. Oh that last bit, yes there is a replica 14th Century Chapel on the 8th floor of the building. And it’s a perfect replica, all the way down to the steps and roof. It’s the whole chapel building, except it’s on the 8th floor of this hotel. Again, weird.

How was the room itself? In a word — small. I’ve stayed in quite a few Japanese hotels, so I’m used to small. It wasn’t tiny… but it was definitely small. The double room is OK for one person. It’s too crammed in for two people though. There’s really no place to open a suitcase anywhere in the room except for on top of the bed. On the plus slide, the room was clean, and had “black-out” wooden shades over the windows. So the room could get really dark, but because of the proximity to the train tracks, it could never get that quiet. With the air purifier on high, and air conditioning on high, I could drown out the sound of the trains enough to sleep, but the sound of the train rumbling was always there somewhere in the background.

If you like trains, and aren’t bothered by train noise, this could be a good choice. However if you’re a light sleeper like me, then pick someplace else a bit further away from the tracks.

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