Recreation & Travel

Romantic Places in Los Angeles

There are many ways in which couples try to rekindle their love life, either by going to see a romantic movie or having dinner in some fancy restaurant to woo their partners. The best way to make your dream come true is travel to Los Angeles to spend some quality time with your loved one. Take note that you can avail of luxury vacation rentals in los angeles. Now, from some of the most charming beaches of the world to getting to experience the real time life of Hollywood, this magical city has much more in store for two ardent lovers. So irrespective of whether you are on your last date or the very first one, these carefully selected romantic spots of Los Angeles will have your partner falling for you over and over again in no time whatsoever.

El Matador Beach
If your idea of displaying passion is to spend time on a secluded beach with your date, then El Matador is just the place which fits your bill. This desolate, but lovely stretch of golden sand, is perfect for a romantic stroll while walking hand in hand with your sweetheart. El Matador is one of the most spectacular beaches in the whole of Los Angeles, situated just about an hour away from Santa Monica. The beach is known for its stunning sunrises and sunsets, which make for the right ambience to make a proposal.

Inn of the Seventh Ray
Lovers find the hidden gem of Inn of the Seventh Ray an extremely romantic place, especially due to the beautiful topography of the Topanga Canyon in which it is cleverly hidden. This popular getaway for couples in Los Angeles is also ideal for enjoying local and organic food in a quaint garden setting, further enhanced by lights twinkling above your head and the sound of a flowing creek nearby which is certain to light some sparks.

Pantages Theatre
This famous theatre lies in the heart of Hollywood and was created in 1930. It is said that there is no better place to watch a show and impress your partner at the same time than on a night out at the Pantages Theatre. The idyllic setting is bound to cause a flutter or two in your beloved’s eyes in the background of this historical arena, where a night out is a sure heart winner.

Inside the Pantages Theatre.

Cicada Club
The Cicada Club, with a lounge bar reminiscent of the 1920’s, is a nightclub in it’s own right. Located on Olive Street, Los Angeles, guests have the option of dancing and dining on two separate floors to live music. The show is livened up by guest performers and has other surprises in store which are sure to liven up your date.

High Rooftop Lounge
Situated in Hotel Erwin in Venice, the High Rooftop Lounge is most popular with lovers who can cosy up in the blankets provided at the cocktail lounge just after the sun has set. Hands down the lounge has the best vantage points in Los Angeles to admire the views of Catalina Island, Santa Monica Pier, Getty Museum and the South Bay. The warm and friendly bar serves craft cocktails and delicious tapas, which are in great demand with locals and tourists alike. To ensure getting a seat with a view, it is advisable to make advance reservations.

Catalina island can be seen from the High Rooftop Lounge.

Disneyland Resort
From Captain America to Mickey Mouse, all ardent fans of the Disney characters will find bliss in the Disneyland world. So just grab hold of your partner for that perfect lover’s day out by walking down the main street with laser lights and parades galore happening from time to time. Enjoy the Matterhorn Bobsleds and Splash Mountain with your date and other big rides till you have had enough. To further impress your partner, spend the next day at the adjacent California Adventure Park too.

Oak Glen
Los Angeles is usually considered to be summer type destination, but there are many other activities which take place during fall, where sweethearts can enjoy the colorful foliage in company of each other. Approximately a ninety-minute drive from downtown Los Angeles will take you a tranquil location surrounded by bright colours and trees. Oak Glen is nestled right in the center of the apple producing country. Couples can have a wonderful time sipping on homemade apple cider and marvelling at the beautiful ranches.

Oak Glen apple orchard. Photo by Jessie Terwilliger

Club Tee Gee
Going on a date anywhere can be expensive, and when it is in a city like Los Angeles the cost is sure to exceed any budget. Having said that, there is a good reason to cheer for those seeking romance on a budget by heading to Club Tee Gee, located in Atwater Village. Wrap-around banquettes and wooden paneled walls with dimly lit lamps provide the perfect setting for privacy in minimal lighting. The affordable drinks and cocktails allow you to spend enough time to get saucy with your partner without having to break the bank.

Los Angeles is one of the most exciting and diverse cities in the world, which in turn relates to more and more opportunities for love and romance. Whether it is with someone new or a long time partner, the City of Angels has a plethora of fun places for both of them to hang out together. From beach getaways to cosy private resorts with champagne filled baths, there is always something on hand in Los Angeles to get you and your soul mate in the right romantic mood.

Our Christmas Travels

There is something about the last year of the month that make us a little bit sentimental and yes, a tad nostalgic.

Well, I have been thinking lately of the trips my husband and I had had the opportunity to have since we got married. On my part, remembering them is not just about being sentimental or nostalgic but it also gives me a quiet song of gratitude in my heart.

My husband and I have been married for 8 years now and this means we have spent 8 Christmases together 🙂 Out of the 8 times, 4 have been spent together while we were away on a trip.

Yearly travels. We always managed to travel almost every year since we got married (this will be a topic for another post soon) but only 4 of these trips were during the Christmas season. During such times it was both a challenge (so many people also travel during this time of the year) but also a treat. Here are our Christmas trips so far:

December 2009. Our first Christmas together was a mixture of sadness and joy. We were in Bohol to spend the season with my side of the family. But this was also the time when my father passed away due to cancer. We buried my father on the 21st of December. It was the 1st Christmas for my siblings and I wherein we no longer had any living parent. Thankfully, our late parents close friends invited us to spend Christmas evening and Christmas day in their home and in their family-owned resort in Loboc, Bohol.

December 2010. This was not originally planned but we ended up traveling to Bohol again for Christmas! This was a time when we really needed time to get away together as we had to work through some issues in our marriage. It was a breath of fresh air for us to be away together in a different setting. We had time to talk, explore more tourist spots in Bohol and get to see some family members as well. It also helped that it was just us staying in our ancestral house in the city so we had really time to talk through some of our issues and just to enjoy being together. It was my sister based in the US who encouraged us to take this trip.

Well, hello there, Mr. Tarsier 😉

Notice the still intact Baclayon church behind Daryl, pre-2013 Bohol earthquake.

December 2011. This time we traveled to Gen. Santos City to spend Christmas with my other sister and her family based there. This was Daryl’s first time to be in Gensan. We traveled by van from our city (Butuan) to Davao City first and then took again another van from Davao to Gensan. We also got the chance to travel to Sarangani with my sister and her kids. While we were in Davao, we met one of my good friends there.

One fine afternoon at a resort just outside Gensan.

On the steps of the Sarangani Provincial Capitol.

December 2014. Next to 2016, the year of 2014 is our 2nd most traveled year. On my part, including travels I had to take without Daryl, I counted 5 trips in a year. In 2016, I had a total of 6 trips, making it my most traveled year 🙂  This December trip gave us the chance this time to bond with Daryl’s side of the family. We traveled to the island of Camiguin for this and we had such a good time 🙂

Camiguin is where you will enjoy the sea, falls, volcanoes and much more 🙂

We also sailed to Camiguin’s famed White Island.

December 2017. We originally thought of traveling this month but decided against it as we have a coming travel by summer of 2018. We have to be watchful of our budget. We also want to build up a bit more on our savings, especially on our emergency savings fund which we really came in handy when Daryl had some medical concerns this year.

Perhaps 2018 will be the year to travel again for Christmas 🙂 But whether we travel or not, we remain grateful to God for the gift of each other and of course, the ultimate Gift and Reason for the season. Thank God for His amazing grace, His undeserved goodness to all of us.

3 Things to Do at Home During Rainy Weather

If you are not a homebody, it can be a struggle when the rain or the snow just takes over the day and you finally conclude that just this time, you will just have to stay home.

So what to do on such days? Actually, there are many things that you can do while at home but I’m just listing 3 here for starters 🙂

  1. Turn on your creative, artistic side. While you may not have paintbrushes to start painting, perhaps there’s a pencil in the home that you can start sketching with. You can even draw with a pen if you choose to. If there’s a musical instrument in the house, why not play a few chords, notes now? You can also just exercise your imagination and creativity by trying to write a short story or even a poem. And who says writing letters isn’t an exercise in creativity? Write some for your family, friends. If doing crafts is also something that interests you, then this could be the time to pick it up again. Perhaps you can even go ahead and continue that DIY project you’ve been meaning to do. 

  2. Connect with friends and maybe do some online fun. This is the age of the internet and social media. Use this time to connect with friends and loved ones via email, chat or via social media. There are of course, games you can also play online. There are plenty to choose from. Just keep the balance between connecting to people and your own personal play time. 

  3. Engage your mind. For me this means taking the time to read, not just the latest news but also commentaries, books. Watching a movie and then discussing it with your family afterwards I think is also one form of engaging our minds. I think it’s even a good idea to read or watch something that is not in line with your work so that you expand your perspective and views in the process.

Don’t let boredom kill you on a rainy or snow-filled day. You can still create, connect and engage 🙂