Travel Diary – Las Vegas

Dreaming about Las Vegas?!

YES! – Me too!

I know exactly how you feel.

Today we’re to Las Vegas baby! Keep your breath and let’s go! (OK, don’t too long, you need to see it)

There we’re going with one lady from Philippines, she accepted to gave us guest post about it. Before we start, let’s find out a little bit about her!

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Stefanie Ching, who prefers to be called Stef Ching or just Stef/Ching, is an eighteen year who currently resides in one of the 7,107 islands of the Philippines. She dreams of travelling around the world to meet new people, immerse herself in different cultures, and gain new experiences, but mostly she wants to be able to make an impact in the lives of others. While she’s still in the process of achieving all this, she hopes that you enjoy going through her blog One Stef At A Time and pick up a little something from it.

Her wonderful work you can follow on social media:
BLOG: https://onestefatatime.wordpress.com/
TWITTER: twitter.com/stefching_
INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/stefching_
PINTEREST: https://www.pinterest.com/stefching/

 

So, if you need any further infomations, don’t hestitite to contact my brilliant expert – Stef!

 

Let’s explore now! 😉

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When we think of Las Vegas, we imagine the palatial hotels, vibrant nightclubs, bustling casinos, and everything else we’ve seen based from our cinematic experiences. Yet despite watching my fair share of Vegas-set movies (i.e. Ocean’s Eleven, The Godfather, Austin Powers), I was still utterly blown away by the glitz and glam of Sin City.

Conveniently located in the center of the Vegas Strip, the hotel-casino is part of a larger complex, namely the adjoining Venetian Resort and Casino. The two are connected by the Grand Canal shopping complex (this is where you can ride the gondolas), which we automatically agreed should be the first place to visit for the night, followed by a self-guided walking tour of the Strip.

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If you want to feel like you’re in Paris, visit the replica of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas. You can take the guided elevator to the 11th floor where you’ll find an elegant restaurant and savor an incredible dinner by the famous chef Jean Joho. The French restaurant is well-known for its breathtaking views of the Strip, including one of the best views of the Bellagio Fountains right across the street.

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We had the pleasure of watching the “dancing” Bellagio Fountains, sans the romantic dinner for six. Over a thousand fountains are choreographed to music ranging from Frank Sinatra to Bruno Mars, scheduled every 15 minutes from 8PM until midnight and every 30 minutes during the afternoons. The night mixed with the colors of the fountain, music and water, were magical to say the least. And the best apart this show is that you don’t have to spend a single penny to be able to enjoy it!

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There are definitely more attractions to see when vacationing in Las Vegas, sadly we didn’t have the luxury of time to check out the other attractions. Hopefully, I’ll get to come back again and do a little more exploring 😛

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Okay—now on to the less glamorous side of Vegas. While we were walking around Vegas, I noticed that there were strangers who try to deliberately stop pedestrians (male pedestrians, to be more specific) from walking and start handing them flyers and calling cards advertising numbers to call for adult entertainment. My cousin explained that these undocumented workers who mainly originated from North America are told not to engage in conversation with passersby.  Instead, they slap their cards together to make a noise to get your attention, thus earning the name “card slappers”. These people know not to approach families and younger kids, so I don’t really see them as a big problem. They even pick up the cards that are littered on the floor to make sure that audiences who aren’t supposed to see them don’t pick them up. Props to those guys for being responsible. *thumbs up*

In the event that you get approached by a card slapper, the best advice I can give is to simply decline politely; do not take anything from them and keep moving. You’re there to have fun after all, an appropriate amount of fun (plus, through the right means).

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Leaving Vegas the next morning, we were on our way to Arizona. We stopped by an In-N-Out drive thru to get some breakfast. I was super psyched that I was finally able to try out the In-N-Out burgers that everyone is so hyped up about.

The burger joint has a very straight forward menu; with only 3 burgers to choose from, their famous freshly-made fries, coffee, soft drinks and the classic milkshakes (Vanilla, Chocolate, Strawberry).

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They also have a “secret menu” that allows customers to customize their orders. It includes an even bigger Double-Double burger (they come in 3×3 and 4×4 varieties), “Animal Style Fries” and my childhood favorite: a grilled cheese sandwich. I don’t wanna spoil all the fun of the secret menu, so if you’re really curious about what other options In-N-Out has to offer, you can look them up here.

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Our orders came neatly arranged in this cardboard box, with the burgers peeking out of In-N-Out branded wrappers.

The Verdict: 

Let’s start with the burgers. We all ordered a Double Double, which consists of a double patty, double American cheese, lettuce, tomato and In-N-Out spread. My brother, being the burger lover he is, ordered an Animal Style Double-Double. Opting for an Animal Style is basically the same as your usual order, with additional pickles, burger sauce, grilled onions and mustard fried into each patty.

Examining the burger in my own hand, it looked pretty overwhelming. I could see the  generous amount of sauce drizzled over the  chunky patties; sandwiched between leafy greens, tomatoes and glistening onions. One bite in and I could already hear the satisfying sound of the crunch of the lettuce. The thick, gooey cheese melting in my mouth was played out by the juiciness of the meat; delectable to the very last bite! I now understood what everyone was raving about.

Even my mom, who usually doesn’t eat burgers (she has a “no-beef” policy, and my dad had to trick her into eating a Double-Double) still misses the glorious goodness of an In-N-Out burger from time to time.

The fries were amazingOne order comes with a huge serving of perfectly cooked and freshly cut fries. Each fry I popped into my mouth felt light yet crunchy. To this day, I’ve still yet to taste fries that are as good as In-N-Out’s. Though, I encourage you to order Animal Style fries instead of the plain ones. Animal Style fries come with a thick coat of sauce and chopped grilled onions, I enjoyed that more on my second trip to In-N-Out xD (of course we would go back again, who are we kidding?) 

 

This would be all for Las Vegas – this time! 😉

Until some new guest posts, adventures, stay tuned and travel a lot – and safe!

 

 

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