Vegas, baby

COUNTDOWN: 0 days until my birthday vacation.

I have last minute packing to do, but I’m bored out of my mind because I want to leave NOW. I’m leaving at 12:50. Anyway, I have to delete a bunch of files from Google Drive, so I thought I would upload a few vids/pics here. I’ll delete this post in a month. I went to Vegas in 2014. My favorite part was the hotel and seeing Britney Spears in concert.

Vegas hotel room
Dolphins in Vegas
The Bellagio
Britney Spears in Vegas
Britney Spears
Vegas waterfall

Vegas: Day 3 & 4

My favorite day (day 2) is here.

Day 3 and 4:  The best thing about being on east coast time is being able to easily get up early -without an alarm clock- and experience The Strip. It was so quiet and hardly anyone was out. It was great. I experienced the fountains at The Bellagio at 8AM.

fountains
fountains

I didn’t go anywhere for breakfast. I brewed some coffee and ate leftovers from The Mirage buffet. Then I walked to the Bellagio and enjoyed the pop music while watching the fountain show. Then I went to Ceasers. I wasn’t planning on going there but that place is so huge and I’d walked by it the day before. I was intrigued. This is how I got into trouble. It is a nice place…and the casino was quiet. UGH! Yes I gambled and lost everything. ($23).

After feeling like a loser, I went back to the hotel to get ready for the timeshare presentation. Of course I was nervous but it wasn’t that bad. I think they saw I was solo and didn’t feel like wasting time with pressure. I had a lot in common with the lady who showed me the models. There must be a rule about not having silences because I’m the hardest person to have a conversation with but somehow she did it. 😉 I told her about Oaxaca City, Mexico. (She’d never heard of it). Both of us like Bebe but only one of us can afford to shop there. 😦

I went back to my hotel room feeling relieved. I probably will have a timeshare one day but I don’t have the money now. My legs were still hurting from the day before. I really wanted to walk to Aria or the Fashion Show Mall but my feet would not allow it. So I looked up the bus schedule online and found it was only 3 stops away. There was hope. I made it to the bus stop, got on the bus and asked “Is it two dollars?”. “No it is six”. I got off the bus because I only had $4 with me. So no Fashion Show Mall for me.

I was so desperate I went to Planet Hollywood’s casino to try to win 2 dollars! I didn’t. I lost all $4 and “won” 85 cents. 😦

I think I just chilled in the hotel room and watched the news (I’m addicted). Because I went to the timeshare presentation, I got free VIP tickets to a show and free dinner. Thankfully going there wasn’t a far walk so I put my little black dress on  (again) and I got ready for the show and dinner. I chose Cheeseburger Las Vegas for dinner. The service was sooo slow. I barely had time to eat. I had to take half of my food to the show in a container.

greasy food
greasy food

I am proud to report that now I’m back on my #NoRedMeat (or pork) diet. Anyhow, then I went to Hitzville (Broadway tribute show). I was late. I had a second row aisle seat. The show was great. I didn’t film anything because I knew they were trying to sell DVDs and I would’ve felt bad. There was a lot of talent on that stage. They sang Diana Ross (my fave!), Aretha Franklin, Four Tops, Temptations, Tina Turner and more.

After the show, I had to pack. The next day I was leaving Las Vegas.

Day four

I woke up at 5AM (east cost thang) ate my leftovers from Cheesburger LV and drank alcohol. I never drank alcohol in the morning. It was great. 🙂

Day 4 was all about travel. I will try my best to NEVER use United again. The self check in kiosk didn’t work. I had to stand in a very long line. I would have missed my plane if it weren’t for a nice guy who insisted I tell people that my plane was leaving soon. I went there with American Airlines and had zero problems but United…I will try to avoid them in the future.

Overall, Las Vegas was a nice trip. I love new experiences. I can’t wait to go there with my mom but I’d rather go somewhere else for my next solo trip. The major thing I learned  is to TAKE MORE CASH. lol. I only brought enough to tip. I was planning on using my debit/credit card for most things. I wasn’t planning on taking buses or taxis.

The end. (Finally)

Vegas Day 2 – It’s Britney, bitch!

I’m going in chronological order so the Britney section is in the second half of this post. Btw, day one is here.

I was on east coast time so I woke up at 4AM PST. The first thing on the agenda was the Bellagio Buffet. I had NO IDEA that my hotel was right across from The Bellagio. I thought I had a long walk. So I left at 6AM with a lot of time before the restaurant opened. I took this time to read (“Still Alice”) and take pictures. I was standing right across from Planet Hollywood and couldn’t contain my excitement for Britney:

Britney Spears
Britney Spears

I had many hours and many adventures before I would see Britney… Breakfast @ the Bellagio. I had no idea that they seat you. I thought you could pick where you wanted to sit. The food and service was good but when they crammed all the solo diners together, that made me very uncomfortable so I left. I had people on both sides of me. AWKWARD. I’m so glad I got to eat something before the other person came. I wanted dessert and maybe more pancakes 🙂 but the seating ruined that. I would only go back if I was with someone else. I will never dine there alone again.

After breakfast, I went back to the hotel to watch news and relax before my big walk to The Mirage to see the dolphins and tigers.

The Mirage

But first I went to Kardashian Khaos (closing October 30th). I brought a mug and a guitar pick. The mug was only $5 (on sale to get rid of inventory) and it is huge. If I had more room, I would have brought at least two.

I didn’t take any photos of the dolphins only video. 😦 (I can’t upload videos on here with my account). Watching the dolphins was the most relaxing part of my trip. I spent 45 minutes doing that. Then I went to see the tigers. I did take photos of the tigers.

tiger
tiger

Then I went to The Mirage buffet for take out. The food was good. I think most of the buffets in Vegas are for seafood lovers and I’m not one of those so…blah. Then I tried to relax on the sofa until 3:00 and headed out to The Luxor for the Titanic exhibit. Oh my. What a freaking walk! Thank god they had a free tram. It was so confusing. I’m glad other people were there trying to do the same thing. I was lost and almost gave up.

The Titanic exhibit was nice and sad (of course). I definitely recommend it. They had real artifacts from the ship. No photos or videos allowed. After that even though my feet were beginning to hurt, I went on to Mandalay Bay since the tram went there. That place is huge and the aquarium is all the way in the back. My feet were begging me at this point to stop but I kept going.

I’d read reviews of the aquarium and wasn’t expecting much but it was nice. I’d go again.

buddha
buddha

I had to take a pic of a Buddha in a fish tank. Nice touch. 😉 One more photo cause I love fish:

fishy!
fishy!

They had sharks, snakes, the cutest turtles, sting rays etc.

By this time my feet and legs were killing me. PLUS I had overdosed on Afrin. Long story. I’ll try to shorten it. My cold came back I couldn’t find the children’s medicine I usually take so instead of walking to Walgreens to get it, I went to the ABC store and all they had was Afrin which I had never used before. I sprayed too much because I couldn’t feel it and I was dizzy. At this point, I knew I couldn’t walk all the way back to my hotel. I didn’t know taxis accept credits cards in Vegas so I foolishly used the ATM. The fees. The FEES!

Anyway, as I was waiting for someone else to use the ATM, I felt so dizzy, I thought I would faint. All I could think of was: I cannot faint right now, not before I see Britney Spears. I was sure someone was going to have to call an ambulance. Obviously that did not happen. I got money from the ATM, walked as far as I could, got a taxi and took some pain killers when I got to the hotel room.

I relaxed for a couple of hours, took a shower, put my little black dress on and got ready for Ms. Spears. When I got there I was the only one in the section even though it was 15 minutes until show time. I wondered would I get to talk to any Brit fans and I did! The woman beside me was solo too so we talked. This was her second time seeing Brit. She saw her on the “Circus” tour. (This was my first time). This was the closest I’ve ever been to a club experience. I loved it. At first I was extremely apprehensive and barely moved. But then the other people moved closer to the pit while I stayed back near my seat by myself and danced! It was a great experience.

Enough about me. What about Britney? She was amazing! She was so happy. She smiled a lot. She isn’t always like this so I felt extremely lucky to be there when Brit was in a good mood. I made eye contact with smiley Britney. OMG. !!!111!!! I almost died. It was so surreal. The whole night. This pic was taken right after the eye contact:

Queen of pop
Queen of pop

The band was great. I didn’t like all of the versions of the songs. My favorite was “Til the World Ends”. I thought “Circus” and other songs fell a little flat. I just didn’t really like the arrangements. Brit interacted with the crowd and actually acknowledged we were there! I was not expecting that at all from other reviews. So many people talk about her being robotic and dead in the eyes. Well she was fine on October 15.

I could go on. Here is a video of Britney performing Womanizer:

Would I go see her show again? If I go to Vegas within the next two years, it would crush me to not see her again but I might want to see something else. If she releases another album (I’m sure she will) then I will want to see her again because the setlist will be different. This is all up to when my mom wants to go and when I have money. I’m not going back alone…but Britney is worth it. Another pic:

Godney
Godney

After the show, I went back to my hotel and smiled myself to sleep. 🙂 Day 3 & 4 coming together in the next post. Day two was my favorite day despite how it ended with me barely being able to walk.

Vegas: Day one

Um, I said I would probably never go back to Vegas. Well now my mom REALLY wants to go so guess who is going with her…moi. The trip will probably happen in the next 2-3 years. I would not return on my own. But going with someone else when it is their first trip is kind of cool.

Day 2 was my favorite day. On day 1 not much happened. I fell (horizontally) on the tram at the airport in Dallas. No one asked if I was okay. Some people laughed. Anyhow getting to Vegas wasn’t that bad. The 3 hour time difference sort of threw me. I went to bed at 7pm PST! I woke up early everyday and pretty much stayed on east coast time during the whole trip.

I followed my itinerary which was the best idea ever. If you go to Vegas, go with a plan. The first thing I did after being on a plane for 5.5 hours was go to the Miracle Mile Mall. The Elara is right next door to it. I know that mall inside and out. I had to walk through it at least 4-5 times a day to get to The Strip. First I went to the ABC store just to check out their prices on souvenirs (affordable!), then I went to Cheeseburger Las Vegas. I went off of my #NoRedMeat (or pork) diet for this trip.  I had a fruity alcoholic beverage and a burger and fries.

tropical sensation
tropical sensation

The food is okay. Nothing special. Due to the location, I would go back. I just had a problem with how long it takes them to prepare the food. I went there twice, at different times of day and both times it took a while.

After that, I checked into the hotel. I could have checked in earlier but I didn’t know that. OMG. I love that hotel so much!! It is soooo nice. There are cheaper places to stay on The Strip but I will only stay at The Elara. Planet Hollywood is right beside it but they seem to cater to a younger crowd which could mean more noise so I’m staying away from there.

love this kitchen
love this kitchen

See that fridge? Everyone who knows me, knows that that is my dream fridge. I ate at the dining room table quite a bit. The kitchen came with a blender, coffee maker, microwave, dishwasher, utensils, plates, cups etc. There is also a washer and dryer in the bathroom and a nice jacuzzi in the bedroom.

I didn’t take pics of the view because I did a video instead.  The view was very nice. I could see the “Eiffiel Tower”, Wynn, Ceasers Palace, etc. from my window. It was awesome at night. On day 3, I had enough of the view and put the projector screen down instead:

big screen living
big screen living

How cool is that? I only watched the news while I was there. Normally I would’ve watched sports but the only sports on were football (which I’m boycotting) and baseball (which I hate) so no sports.

After checking in, I went on a bus tour of The Strip and downtown Las Vegas. I thought downtown would be nice looking but it wasn’t. At all. The tour was okay.  It is something you definitely want to do on day 1 or 2 so you will know where things are. I took a few pics from the bus:

bus tour
bus tour

I could tell the tour guide was getting a little (?) frustrated with me because I wasn’t a talker. I was so thankful when other people got on. When I went downtown, it was only me and another couple on the bus for the whole hour!

And then I went to bed. LOL. Day one was nice. Not a lot happened. I figured I might be tired from travel so I saved most things for day 2.

to be continued….(with much more pics – I didn’t realize I took more videos than pics until I got home)