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  • winterswitchery posted on August 7, 2005 at 2:58 am

    There are a lot of friendly Americans, I’m glad you’re finding them! 🙂 And ew, they’re not supposed to touch food with their bare hands. I would’ve called him out on that one.

    I find we tend to be very curious when we meet people from other parts of the world, many I know don’t travel much or at all, so it’s interesting to hear how other places live 🙂

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:38 pm

      Ya it’s the people that haven’t been out of the USA that are really keen to hear about my life etc. I guess if you live in such a huge country there’s no real need to go overseas! 😛

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      • winterswitchery posted on August 7, 2005 at 6:18 pm

        *laughs* There really isn’t, honestly. Unless you like to travel and things and flying, I know many who are afraid to fly. I’ve never been overseas myself, but I’ve actually left the country (gone to Canada) and hope to someday GO overseas 🙂

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  • sh4r0n posted on August 7, 2005 at 3:01 am

    Beautiful hotel. Welcome to the states!!!!

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:38 pm

      Hehe thank you! I’ve missed the States.. it’s been too long :X

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  • starbucksweetie posted on August 7, 2005 at 3:12 am

    I love how your hotel it looks and Blowfish looks cool and chic.

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:39 pm

      Blowfish was so trendy, I felt like a bit of a dork sitting by myself 😉

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  • kare2711 posted on August 7, 2005 at 3:45 am

    I love how your hotel looks too. Although it was a bad initial start, but it looks like really dreamy from now on.

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:39 pm

      I hope so! Except for 2 fire alarms that went off last night.. ahh.. well, it just means I may need some retail therapy *grin*

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  • missustay posted on August 7, 2005 at 3:55 am

    the hotel looks fantabulous! everything looks so beautiful. *envious* are you sure you’re there on business? ;p

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:40 pm

      i really like the hotel too! So unusual.. and heh, promise once Mon rocks round I’ll be busy!

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  • ex_rong posted on August 7, 2005 at 3:58 am

    Yeah, the shopping there is to die for. ;p

    I love the sushi! *stomach rumbles*

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:40 pm

      The sushi was pretty healthy, so I was happy! Way too $$ though :X

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      • ex_rong posted on August 8, 2005 at 5:21 am

        Try the mac brekkie there!! =)

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  • lulucan posted on August 7, 2005 at 4:48 am

    ah! I’m so glad you’re having a good time! Welcome to America!!

    I always fly airlines that are NOT american hahah eventhough I’m from the states. I find many of co. service lacking (AA, Delta, United, etc) But Singapore and British Airway is awesome.

    Hope you have an excellent time!

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:41 pm

      Haha thanks! I’m glad to be back in the States.. I’ve really missed it.

      I normally fly Qantas and I like it, I really want to try out Singapore airlines though!

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    • edmundray posted on August 8, 2005 at 4:06 pm

      United

      I’m American also and I try to avoid United like the plague. (In fact, you’re right about American airlines in general.) Singapore and Cathay are my favorites. Best wishes to Beverly for an enjoyable stay.

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      • beverly posted on August 9, 2005 at 5:02 am

        Re: United

        Thank ya! 🙂

        I used to fly United all the time and I don’t remember anything bad.. maybe they’ve changed since 🙁

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  • bluekittygrl posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:06 am

    Glad you’re liking the US! 🙂 Come visit me, I’m only about 8 hours away, and you’re 4 hours from my sister (and parents as they’re visiting her this weekend…)

    I actually thought about telling you to meet up, maybe having Tony and I drive up to San Jose etc, but then he figured he probably wouldn’t get the days off..so I didn’t even mention it.

    Enjoy the country and don’t mind us nosey americans. =p

    How long was your flight?

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:42 pm

      Ahhhhh yesyesyes try and get Tony to get time off! 😛 It’ll be so fun to shop together, hehe. Wish we were closer!

      The flight was about 14 hours.. argh

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  • funkybrewsta posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:36 am

    Welcome to America! See, all of us aren’t rude. LOL

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:42 pm

      Hee thanks! And yeah, I can’t ever remember being in America and having someone being rude.. *touch wood*

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  • jacintahuang posted on August 7, 2005 at 6:12 am

    Everything looks wonderful! Pity about the airline service…but have fun there~! :DDD

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks! I love it here so far.. can’t wait to start work 😛

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  • jacarandas posted on August 7, 2005 at 8:01 am

    the hotel looks fantastic! i want to be there!

    enjoy yourself!

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:44 pm

      It’s my fave hotel so far! eBay people all stay here when they come to SJ.. I have to say, they have good taste 😛

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  • am_klutz posted on August 7, 2005 at 9:46 am

    Wow! The hotel looks nice! Lucky girl!!
    Have fun ya!

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:44 pm

      i’m obsessed with the internet and tv in the hotel room, lol.. i wish i could move here!

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  • winterswitchery posted on August 7, 2005 at 2:58 am

    There are a lot of friendly Americans, I’m glad you’re finding them! 🙂 And ew, they’re not supposed to touch food with their bare hands. I would’ve called him out on that one.

    I find we tend to be very curious when we meet people from other parts of the world, many I know don’t travel much or at all, so it’s interesting to hear how other places live 🙂

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:38 pm

      Ya it’s the people that haven’t been out of the USA that are really keen to hear about my life etc. I guess if you live in such a huge country there’s no real need to go overseas! 😛

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      • winterswitchery posted on August 7, 2005 at 6:18 pm

        *laughs* There really isn’t, honestly. Unless you like to travel and things and flying, I know many who are afraid to fly. I’ve never been overseas myself, but I’ve actually left the country (gone to Canada) and hope to someday GO overseas 🙂

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  • sh4r0n posted on August 7, 2005 at 3:01 am

    Beautiful hotel. Welcome to the states!!!!

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:38 pm

      Hehe thank you! I’ve missed the States.. it’s been too long :X

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  • starbucksweetie posted on August 7, 2005 at 3:12 am

    I love how your hotel it looks and Blowfish looks cool and chic.

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:39 pm

      Blowfish was so trendy, I felt like a bit of a dork sitting by myself 😉

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  • borboleta posted on August 7, 2005 at 11:33 am

    i have to say, wow! your life is so amazing and full of amazing and exciting things 🙂 i was looking at the pictures and my jaw fell, just the hotel room, unbelievable! I hope you have a great, great time in the states! =) *good shopping*

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:45 pm

      Hehe not really.. my life is pretty mundane! But at least this week it’s quite fun 😛

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  • kare2711 posted on August 7, 2005 at 3:45 am

    I love how your hotel looks too. Although it was a bad initial start, but it looks like really dreamy from now on.

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:39 pm

      I hope so! Except for 2 fire alarms that went off last night.. ahh.. well, it just means I may need some retail therapy *grin*

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  • l_i_z posted on August 7, 2005 at 11:52 am

    Your room looks awesome! And so does that Icecream! hehehe.
    I’m dying to go there now.. heh <33 have fun

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:45 pm

      Ben & Jerry’s are the best.. *smacks lips*
      I like the food here – nice BIG portions!

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  • missustay posted on August 7, 2005 at 3:55 am

    the hotel looks fantabulous! everything looks so beautiful. *envious* are you sure you’re there on business? ;p

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:40 pm

      i really like the hotel too! So unusual.. and heh, promise once Mon rocks round I’ll be busy!

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  • ex_rong posted on August 7, 2005 at 3:58 am

    Yeah, the shopping there is to die for. ;p

    I love the sushi! *stomach rumbles*

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:40 pm

      The sushi was pretty healthy, so I was happy! Way too $$ though :X

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      • ex_rong posted on August 8, 2005 at 5:21 am

        Try the mac brekkie there!! =)

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  • lulucan posted on August 7, 2005 at 4:48 am

    ah! I’m so glad you’re having a good time! Welcome to America!!

    I always fly airlines that are NOT american hahah eventhough I’m from the states. I find many of co. service lacking (AA, Delta, United, etc) But Singapore and British Airway is awesome.

    Hope you have an excellent time!

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:41 pm

      Haha thanks! I’m glad to be back in the States.. I’ve really missed it.

      I normally fly Qantas and I like it, I really want to try out Singapore airlines though!

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    • edmundray posted on August 8, 2005 at 4:06 pm

      United

      I’m American also and I try to avoid United like the plague. (In fact, you’re right about American airlines in general.) Singapore and Cathay are my favorites. Best wishes to Beverly for an enjoyable stay.

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      • beverly posted on August 9, 2005 at 5:02 am

        Re: United

        Thank ya! 🙂

        I used to fly United all the time and I don’t remember anything bad.. maybe they’ve changed since 🙁

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  • bluekittygrl posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:06 am

    Glad you’re liking the US! 🙂 Come visit me, I’m only about 8 hours away, and you’re 4 hours from my sister (and parents as they’re visiting her this weekend…)

    I actually thought about telling you to meet up, maybe having Tony and I drive up to San Jose etc, but then he figured he probably wouldn’t get the days off..so I didn’t even mention it.

    Enjoy the country and don’t mind us nosey americans. =p

    How long was your flight?

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:42 pm

      Ahhhhh yesyesyes try and get Tony to get time off! 😛 It’ll be so fun to shop together, hehe. Wish we were closer!

      The flight was about 14 hours.. argh

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  • funkybrewsta posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:36 am

    Welcome to America! See, all of us aren’t rude. LOL

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:42 pm

      Hee thanks! And yeah, I can’t ever remember being in America and having someone being rude.. *touch wood*

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  • jacintahuang posted on August 7, 2005 at 6:12 am

    Everything looks wonderful! Pity about the airline service…but have fun there~! :DDD

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:42 pm

      Thanks! I love it here so far.. can’t wait to start work 😛

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  • medlabtech posted on August 7, 2005 at 3:17 pm

    That sushi looks amazing, especially the rolls topped with the slices of salmon.

    It’s also quite amusing ‘cos the Americans are finding me quite bizzare – as when they ask me where I’m from, I say Singapore but then they ask why I have an Australian accent..

    When I visited Sydney in 1997, it was the first time I had heard an Asian speak with an Australian accent and thought it was pretty neat. Not something you’re used to hearing in Canada!

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:46 pm

      The food here is so nice, $$ though! :X
      Americans gawk at me once I open my mouth and start talking.. it makes me self conscious!

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  • madmoneymonkey posted on August 7, 2005 at 3:26 pm

    What’s with the airline?!?!? Can’t imagine getting a third choice meal on Business Class and the food being a let down!
    But that hotel sure makes up for it, it looks GRRRREAT!

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:47 pm

      Yeah crap airline.. wish I went with SIA or Qantas! It was a shocker ;(

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  • internettourist posted on August 7, 2005 at 3:54 pm

    Yes, we love foreigners. We want to pick your brains. That is why I love my LJ account.

    Have fun shopping!

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:48 pm

      hehe you sure do! Everyone’s really nice and friendly too 🙂

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  • jacarandas posted on August 7, 2005 at 8:01 am

    the hotel looks fantastic! i want to be there!

    enjoy yourself!

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:44 pm

      It’s my fave hotel so far! eBay people all stay here when they come to SJ.. I have to say, they have good taste 😛

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  • finding_tricia posted on August 7, 2005 at 4:16 pm

    i wanna be there too! haha. the airline food certainly didn’t look all too appealing. thats why i tend to sleep through my flight, it’s hard to get hungry when you know you’re gona face not-so-nice food. have fun shopping tomorrow!

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:48 pm

      I normally love airline food.. I think United is just crap, or I was on a crap flight 🙁

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  • itsabot posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:41 pm

    Welcome to America! I’m sorry to hear about your flight, though. 🙁 But hopefully all the shopping will make up for it. 🙂 I’m so excited for you! hehe

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:54 pm

      hehe thank you! I love it here.. everything is in excess 😛 And you are SO right, retail therapy it is!!!

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  • am_klutz posted on August 7, 2005 at 9:46 am

    Wow! The hotel looks nice! Lucky girl!!
    Have fun ya!

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:44 pm

      i’m obsessed with the internet and tv in the hotel room, lol.. i wish i could move here!

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  • borboleta posted on August 7, 2005 at 11:33 am

    i have to say, wow! your life is so amazing and full of amazing and exciting things 🙂 i was looking at the pictures and my jaw fell, just the hotel room, unbelievable! I hope you have a great, great time in the states! =) *good shopping*

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:45 pm

      Hehe not really.. my life is pretty mundane! But at least this week it’s quite fun 😛

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  • l_i_z posted on August 7, 2005 at 11:52 am

    Your room looks awesome! And so does that Icecream! hehehe.
    I’m dying to go there now.. heh <33 have fun

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:45 pm

      Ben & Jerry’s are the best.. *smacks lips*
      I like the food here – nice BIG portions!

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  • medlabtech posted on August 7, 2005 at 3:17 pm

    That sushi looks amazing, especially the rolls topped with the slices of salmon.

    It’s also quite amusing ‘cos the Americans are finding me quite bizzare – as when they ask me where I’m from, I say Singapore but then they ask why I have an Australian accent..

    When I visited Sydney in 1997, it was the first time I had heard an Asian speak with an Australian accent and thought it was pretty neat. Not something you’re used to hearing in Canada!

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:46 pm

      The food here is so nice, $$ though! :X
      Americans gawk at me once I open my mouth and start talking.. it makes me self conscious!

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  • madmoneymonkey posted on August 7, 2005 at 3:26 pm

    What’s with the airline?!?!? Can’t imagine getting a third choice meal on Business Class and the food being a let down!
    But that hotel sure makes up for it, it looks GRRRREAT!

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:47 pm

      Yeah crap airline.. wish I went with SIA or Qantas! It was a shocker ;(

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  • internettourist posted on August 7, 2005 at 3:54 pm

    Yes, we love foreigners. We want to pick your brains. That is why I love my LJ account.

    Have fun shopping!

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:48 pm

      hehe you sure do! Everyone’s really nice and friendly too 🙂

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  • finding_tricia posted on August 7, 2005 at 4:16 pm

    i wanna be there too! haha. the airline food certainly didn’t look all too appealing. thats why i tend to sleep through my flight, it’s hard to get hungry when you know you’re gona face not-so-nice food. have fun shopping tomorrow!

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:48 pm

      I normally love airline food.. I think United is just crap, or I was on a crap flight 🙁

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  • chatellerault posted on August 8, 2005 at 1:01 am

    Whoa Bev, you are right up my alley!!! I live just 15 minutes away from Santana Row. It’s weird to see you posting about all these places I frequent, haha. Valley Fair is definitely the best mall in Northern Cali…the LV boutique there is the one I always go to.

    Oh, and if you get the chance, you should eat at Maggiano’s on Santana Row. I love their Nonna’s Poundcake dessert!

    Enjoy SJ!

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    • beverly posted on August 8, 2005 at 2:11 am

      Heh heh heh. I’ve already “discovered” LV there and bought some stuff *grin*

      Hey wanna meet up? A few ALVA members and I are meeting up at Valley Fair on Sat for lunch.. it’ll be fool to see you – and I wanna go to Stanford (heard it’s good) later too! 🙂

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      • chatellerault posted on August 10, 2005 at 11:04 am

        I can’t make it on Saturday, but thanks for asking 🙂 This is the one weekend when I’m actually busy, haha!

        Oh yes, Stanford is pretty awesome too. I go there mainly for the Neiman Marcus, but they have tons of other stores too!

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  • pikaluu posted on August 8, 2005 at 1:11 am

    Those cocktail shrimps look so good!!!!! Welcome to the states =D Have a great time here!

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    • beverly posted on August 8, 2005 at 2:12 am

      Hehe thanks for the welcome! I just loveit here 🙂

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  • itsabot posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:41 pm

    Welcome to America! I’m sorry to hear about your flight, though. 🙁 But hopefully all the shopping will make up for it. 🙂 I’m so excited for you! hehe

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    • beverly posted on August 7, 2005 at 5:54 pm

      hehe thank you! I love it here.. everything is in excess 😛 And you are SO right, retail therapy it is!!!

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  • chatellerault posted on August 8, 2005 at 1:01 am

    Whoa Bev, you are right up my alley!!! I live just 15 minutes away from Santana Row. It’s weird to see you posting about all these places I frequent, haha. Valley Fair is definitely the best mall in Northern Cali…the LV boutique there is the one I always go to.

    Oh, and if you get the chance, you should eat at Maggiano’s on Santana Row. I love their Nonna’s Poundcake dessert!

    Enjoy SJ!

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    • beverly posted on August 8, 2005 at 2:11 am

      Heh heh heh. I’ve already “discovered” LV there and bought some stuff *grin*

      Hey wanna meet up? A few ALVA members and I are meeting up at Valley Fair on Sat for lunch.. it’ll be fool to see you – and I wanna go to Stanford (heard it’s good) later too! 🙂

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      • chatellerault posted on August 10, 2005 at 11:04 am

        I can’t make it on Saturday, but thanks for asking 🙂 This is the one weekend when I’m actually busy, haha!

        Oh yes, Stanford is pretty awesome too. I go there mainly for the Neiman Marcus, but they have tons of other stores too!

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  • pikaluu posted on August 8, 2005 at 1:11 am

    Those cocktail shrimps look so good!!!!! Welcome to the states =D Have a great time here!

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    • beverly posted on August 8, 2005 at 2:12 am

      Hehe thanks for the welcome! I just loveit here 🙂

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  • popcorn_feet posted on August 10, 2005 at 9:32 pm

    The food in economy?

    Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!!! Your kidding right? I didnt even know that served that kind of food even in first class anymore…

    Last time I flew on a 6 hours (economy) flight…. I got a micro pack of pretzels or something….i mean…. pul-eeeeeeze….There is no service.

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    • beverly posted on August 11, 2005 at 12:27 am

      Qantas economy-class is really nice! I was really annoyed that United Airlines business-class had such awful food ;(

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  • popcorn_feet posted on August 10, 2005 at 9:32 pm

    The food in economy?

    Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!!! Your kidding right? I didnt even know that served that kind of food even in first class anymore…

    Last time I flew on a 6 hours (economy) flight…. I got a micro pack of pretzels or something….i mean…. pul-eeeeeeze….There is no service.

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    • beverly posted on August 11, 2005 at 12:27 am

      Qantas economy-class is really nice! I was really annoyed that United Airlines business-class had such awful food ;(

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