Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hollywood Boulevard: A Trail Of Stars

My eyes wandered off to the glitzy signs.

"Pass me a pair of stilettos please!", I wanted to call out to the Shoe Gods. Preferably the ones Beyonce wore in her "Crazy In Love" music video. Cause yah know, a pair of hot heels befits a sashay on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Not my tattered flip flops.

Beware of the force that envelopes the backpacking mum!

It was our last day in Los Angeles, about six months ago. I felt it was apt to cap off our ten-day California visit with a Hollywood tour, even if it meant looking like a family of unkempt hippies in the midst of Glamourville. Okay, that's quite an exaggeration for I counted a bunch of pedestrians shabbier than us.

If you're fond of getting dolled up, you know what I mean.

As of November 8 this year, the Walk Of Fame consists of 2,454 stars (Wikipedia). Erm, that's tons!

From our parked car on Vine Street, we strolled northbound following a trail
of stars toward Hollywood Boulevard. At the intersection of the two streets, not a star but a moon greeted us. It bears the names Neil Armstrong, Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. and Michael Collins of the Apollo XI Mission.

Someday, she shall have her own star.

Aside from souvenir shops, we weren't looking for anything particular. As soon as we turned to Hollywood Boulevard, random people approached us offering free admission to be an audience of a so and so show. And to my horror, Shrek popped out of nowhere and offered to pose with me for a photo. You see, for some strange reason, I'm a Shrekophobic. I immediately cringe upon the sight of this ogre. I dashed away from the bewildered Shrek (did he just mumble "What's your problem lady?!") to the amusement of my hubby who's totally familiar with my peculiar phobia.

Shrek, leave me alone.

We stumbled upon several other characters: Mrs. Incredible, Spiderman, and Catwoman who looked like she was working the streets (yah know, the dirty kind) whenever she inserts cash in her bag whilst chewing a gum. We only asked Darth Vader and his Stormtrooper BFF for a photo. Before snapping shots, Darth said they uhm, ask for tips. He also asked where we're from. When we replied "The Philippines", Darth excitedly confessed "I love adobo and pancit!".

He reminded me of the Mexican I met at Santa Monica Pier who loves these Pinoy dishes as well.

Kodak Theatre sits on a spot where historic Hollywood Hotel once stood.

Though a photo with these Star Wars characters is already an awesome souvenir, I still purchased a few knickknacks, from the usual fridge magnet and jigger to the more pricey shirts. After shopping, we agreed to call it a day since the parking meter was counting down our minutes (we also had to return the car that the hubby's employer hired for us).

Back to our commuter selves, after returning a hired car.

I sulked when we passed the Kodak Theatre on the way back to our car for I was not able to watch the American Idol finals (yes I could be tacky sometimes) live the weekend before. I honestly thought the universe allowed me to be whisked to California for such purpose. But ugh, I wasn't able to score tickets for no one could babysit Luna.

Anyhoo, better luck next season. And let me tell you this, when I return... I shall be catwalking in them killer stilettos.

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25 comments:

Gabe Mitra said...
December 7, 2011 at 9:01 AM

Can't wait for Luna's star in the future! =)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
December 7, 2011 at 9:09 AM

She's already our star Gabe... But a tangible one to represent her would be awesome!

Markyramone said...
December 7, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Chuck Norris should get 1000 more stars in the walk of fame hehe. Love the pic of Luna on the star of the rock band Queen.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
December 7, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Laftrip si Sherv, out of the thousands of stars... Chuck Norris napili.

OLAN ► The Travel Teller said...
December 7, 2011 at 11:58 AM

SARAP NG BUHAY ni Maam. :) sana makarating rin ako jan. :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
December 7, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Haha! Olan, sabit lang sa business trip ni mister!

Gladys | ByahengBarok.com said...
December 7, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Mokong's beside me and he's asking if you have a picture of spiderman. LOL

journeyingjames said...
December 7, 2011 at 4:40 PM

cute ni shrek! fave ko yan
ngayon pa lang star na si luna

My Nomadic Habits said...
December 7, 2011 at 4:47 PM

cant wait to see you cat-walking in your stilettos the next time you walk on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Btw, my tatoo ka pala sa left shoulder mo, ngayon ko lang napansin. hehehe

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
December 7, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Gladys, send my apologies to Mokong. Wala eh. Baka singilin ako papicture. Haha!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
December 7, 2011 at 6:00 PM

James, SCARY si Shrek. Hmph.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
December 7, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Yez Gino, that's the lingling-o or fertility symbol from the Cordillera Reagion.

Edmaration etc said...
December 7, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Haayyy. may pangalan si Luna Lakwatsera dun sa star. haha. Ang cutiee.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
December 8, 2011 at 1:50 AM

Haha! Edmar, I let LUna sit on the first name of Humberto Luna :)

chel said...
December 8, 2011 at 11:34 AM

sabine likes shrek :p ha!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
December 8, 2011 at 1:18 PM

UGH!

bertN said...
December 8, 2011 at 7:53 PM

I never felt uneasy or self-conscious when I am wearing sandals and cut-off jeans in LA or anywhere in Southern California. They are fashion tolerant compared to cities like Tokyo, New York or London.

Elal | The Shades of Grey said...
December 8, 2011 at 11:08 PM

Luna looks super cute with the star! :)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
December 9, 2011 at 1:54 AM

BertN, never felt uneasy dressing down anywhere... Haha! But I kinda felt like getting dolled up that day.

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
December 9, 2011 at 2:13 AM

Aww, Elal thanks!

Glen Villar said...
December 9, 2011 at 6:31 AM

Shrek must not have looked at the mirror lately before the encounter with you. LOL! :)

Chris said...
December 10, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Hehe, looks like you guys are settling into American life well. :-)

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
December 10, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Haha! This was months ago, Chris. Haven't blogged about our recent shenanigans... Love U.S. coz it's cheaper than Oz. Hahaha!

RON | fliptravels.com said...
December 10, 2011 at 6:11 PM

LOL to shrekophobia...
i couldn't blame you. i would shriek like a juvenile kris aquino when a bear daddy in tights would pop out of nowhere!

Pinay Travel Junkie said...
December 11, 2011 at 2:21 AM

LOL @ bear daddy in tights!

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