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Allo~ I'm Lara. 20 years old from the Philippines (where it's more fun)! I love Korean dramas, Lee Min Ho, Jung Il Woo, Jang Keun Suk, Lee Seung Gi, Kim Bum, Gossip Girl (!!!), Chace Crawford, Blake Lively, Miranda Kerr, Vampire Diaries, Paris and green mangoes so much.

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13 June 12
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Brokenhearted - Karmin

My Memphis song! :-) It played liked every time I’m in a car there. :)

9 June 12
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First day of June, Last Day at Work + Graceland Tour

June 1, 2012

It was so close to me going home and honestly, I’ve never been around much. I haven’t even seen the most famous landmark there - Graceland. Lara told me she’ll go with me but one thing lead to another and I ended up going with Ate Ana with two of her cute little cousins which is totally fine with me. Thank God Memphis in May gave me tickets because the ticket is quite costly.

They picked me up at my apartment around 9am and off we went to Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley.

The parking was on a different side of the street so everyone must ride the bus to the mansion. It was a really cool tour with the headset and all. There are narrations and explanations about the rooms and the details of the different piece in the house. There are even parts where you can hear Elvis himself talk about different stuff about his house.

His mansion is big, his backyard is wicked! There are a lot of different rooms in his house that are themed - there’s a jungle room, glass room, game room etc. 

The only part of the house that was restricted was the second floor. The narration says he kept it private from everyone when he was still alive so they wanted to keep it private still.

After the house tour, we went at his huge backyard! There are horses there and gold carts and according to the narration, he used to race with his friends at the backyard.

We also checked out the his Trophy Building where his um, trohphies are lol. The Racquetball Building is also cool  especially the tall wall with more awards.

He also has a swimming pool right outside the trophy building and right across it was the tomb of Elvis, his mother, his father and sister (If I’m not mistaken).

Included in our Platinum tour was the Automobile Museum. He has a lot of cool cars and I dunno why but a lot of them are pink! lol

Also included in our tour was the Airplane tour - Lisa Marie plane tour aka his private jet named after his daughter. How awesome it is to have be a superstar with your own jet?!

The only refuge of people because the weather was cold that day! HAHA.

Ate Ana dropped me off at quarter to 12pm at the office. Lara wasn’t there so I just chilled until it was time to take my lunch. I went home to eat because I still have lots of food and I only had a few days left.

When I get back, the office ordered a humongous pizza! It was the size of my face, actually, it was probably bigger! HAHA.

I just did my Tour 109 paper and finished and cleaned the computer I was using until Lara get back. Then while doing my paper, Nobie barged into the office and told me to come out. I was surprised to see my office mates gathered at the conference room. They prepared a ‘farewell party’ for me. They bought ice cream cake and they gave me presents - MIM shirts and MIM plaque that I didn’t get to take home because Randy took it. :| Alicia made the ribbon for the presents and she was like, “I did that for so long and you open it like that?” HAHA.

While eating and while we’re seated at the conference room, they asked me questions like what I liked most about Memphis, what part of the festival I liked most, what surprised me etc. It was definitely hard to think of the answers to these questions because I’ve never given it a thought. Then the President asked me what attractions have I been to and I’ve never been anywhere. He kept giving me names of museums but the only places I’ve been to was for work and Graceland and malls.

He also asked me what I hated most and Lara interrupts and said “Don’t say me!” HAHA. He also asked me what I learned from Alicia and I answered sponsorship and GPS. Adam was constantly giving me stuff as presents, like tissue paper and different craps like that so the President asked what I learne from him and I thought for a minute and answered ‘how not be surprised’ and Memphis Zoo! :))

A little before 5, I told them I wanted to see the Peabody ducks and the President said I should go already because it was only 15 minutes before 5 and he said I might miss it. So I walked to the hotel that is only a block away from the office.

The Peabody ducks is one of the must-see things in Memphis. Before the ducks march at 5pm, a brief narration on how it started was told by the ‘duck master’ there and then the ducks march from the fountain to the rooftop. They are really so cute, they’re like hollywood stars walking down the red carpet with paparazzis. It was fun to watch. :D

When I get back to the office, Lara told me Randy wants to talk to me so I went to his office and closed the door because he asked me to. We had a heart-to-heart talk about my experience in Memphis in May. He asked about what I thought of the festival, if it was what I expected, what I thought was the best and worst part and asked me to recommend things to improve it.

I was honest and told him there were times when I am clueless as hell on what was happening on different events. Like there were no briefings or explanations on what will happen, I will just have to be there and figure it out on my own. But I also praised them because honestly I like how they work. They are so ahead in what they’re doing so there are no glitch, or if there is ever, they can solve it easily. I also applaud them for their dedication to work so late and do the things they do. I guess they love their job. And that was the last time I saw him. 

I went home to drop off stuff first and get some things that I forgot to pack with me to got to the Peabody Hotel because I’m staying the night there! :-D

Posted: 12:15 AM

First day of June, Last Day at Work + Graceland Tour

June 1, 2012

It was so close to me going home and honestly, I’ve never been around much. I haven’t even seen the most famous landmark there - Graceland. Lara told me she’ll go with me but one thing lead to another and I ended up going with Ate Ana with two of her cute little cousins which is totally fine with me. Thank God Memphis in May gave me tickets because the ticket is quite costly.

They picked me up at my apartment around 9am and off we went to Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley.

The parking was on a different side of the street so everyone must ride the bus to the mansion. It was a really cool tour with the headset and all. There are narrations and explanations about the rooms and the details of the different piece in the house. There are even parts where you can hear Elvis himself talk about different stuff about his house.

His mansion is big, his backyard is wicked! There are a lot of different rooms in his house that are themed - there’s a jungle room, glass room, game room etc. 

The only part of the house that was restricted was the second floor. The narration says he kept it private from everyone when he was still alive so they wanted to keep it private still.

After the house tour, we went at his huge backyard! There are horses there and gold carts and according to the narration, he used to race with his friends at the backyard.

We also checked out the his Trophy Building where his um, trohphies are lol. The Racquetball Building is also cool  especially the tall wall with more awards.

He also has a swimming pool right outside the trophy building and right across it was the tomb of Elvis, his mother, his father and sister (If I’m not mistaken).

Included in our Platinum tour was the Automobile Museum. He has a lot of cool cars and I dunno why but a lot of them are pink! lol

Also included in our tour was the Airplane tour - Lisa Marie plane tour aka his private jet named after his daughter. How awesome it is to have be a superstar with your own jet?!

The only refuge of people because the weather was cold that day! HAHA.

Ate Ana dropped me off at quarter to 12pm at the office. Lara wasn’t there so I just chilled until it was time to take my lunch. I went home to eat because I still have lots of food and I only had a few days left.

When I get back, the office ordered a humongous pizza! It was the size of my face, actually, it was probably bigger! HAHA.

I just did my Tour 109 paper and finished and cleaned the computer I was using until Lara get back. Then while doing my paper, Nobie barged into the office and told me to come out. I was surprised to see my office mates gathered at the conference room. They prepared a ‘farewell party’ for me. They bought ice cream cake and they gave me presents - MIM shirts and MIM plaque that I didn’t get to take home because Randy took it. :| Alicia made the ribbon for the presents and she was like, “I did that for so long and you open it like that?” HAHA.

While eating and while we’re seated at the conference room, they asked me questions like what I liked most about Memphis, what part of the festival I liked most, what surprised me etc. It was definitely hard to think of the answers to these questions because I’ve never given it a thought. Then the President asked me what attractions have I been to and I’ve never been anywhere. He kept giving me names of museums but the only places I’ve been to was for work and Graceland and malls.

He also asked me what I hated most and Lara interrupts and said “Don’t say me!” HAHA. He also asked me what I learned from Alicia and I answered sponsorship and GPS. Adam was constantly giving me stuff as presents, like tissue paper and different craps like that so the President asked what I learne from him and I thought for a minute and answered ‘how not be surprised’ and Memphis Zoo! :))

A little before 5, I told them I wanted to see the Peabody ducks and the President said I should go already because it was only 15 minutes before 5 and he said I might miss it. So I walked to the hotel that is only a block away from the office.

The Peabody ducks is one of the must-see things in Memphis. Before the ducks march at 5pm, a brief narration on how it started was told by the ‘duck master’ there and then the ducks march from the fountain to the rooftop. They are really so cute, they’re like hollywood stars walking down the red carpet with paparazzis. It was fun to watch. :D

When I get back to the office, Lara told me Randy wants to talk to me so I went to his office and closed the door because he asked me to. We had a heart-to-heart talk about my experience in Memphis in May. He asked about what I thought of the festival, if it was what I expected, what I thought was the best and worst part and asked me to recommend things to improve it.

I was honest and told him there were times when I am clueless as hell on what was happening on different events. Like there were no briefings or explanations on what will happen, I will just have to be there and figure it out on my own. But I also praised them because honestly I like how they work. They are so ahead in what they’re doing so there are no glitch, or if there is ever, they can solve it easily. I also applaud them for their dedication to work so late and do the things they do. I guess they love their job. And that was the last time I saw him. 

I went home to drop off stuff first and get some things that I forgot to pack with me to got to the Peabody Hotel because I’m staying the night there! :-D

23 May 12
Janet, Lara and Sara :-)

Janet, Lara and Sara :-)

14 May 12

Touristy Sunday: Trolley Tour Around Downtown Memphis

May 13, 2012 (Day 22)

As I’ve planned, I’m gonna tour downtown with the downtown trolleys. It was very gloomy and it was raining when I woke up that’s why I hesitated to go outside. But after I take a bath and get dressed, I decided to go because I may not have time to do this again. I’ve got the whole weekend off for the first time and next weekend will be the Barbecue contest and the week after is the Sunset Symphony.

I went out at 11:30am and went to Walgreens first to buy the Cover Girl thing for Tita Let after I consulted my sister. At the store, while I was looking through the make up aisle, there was this guy who spoke to me and said.. “You’ll look good in any of those.” I said “Oh.. thank you” and then he asked for my name, how’s it spelled and asked for my number. I was totally friendly with him and I just told him I don’t have an American number, I’m from the Philippines and that I’m going home on June. Then he starts telling me his number and he said.. can you remember that? And I said No! Of course not.. if I wouldn’t write it down. :-P And then I walk away.. :))

Then I rode the trolley, the riverside route and just see the city. I purchased the all-day pass for $3.50 which is cheaper because I’m planning to go off the train to see different sites and one ride on the trolley is a dollar.

I got off at Beale Street, the famous street where the Blues Music originated. It’s like their red light district here.

Cute little restaurant across the FedEx Forum has the Philippines’ flag and the Memphis in May’s Philippine art. :-) COOOOl!

The FedEx Forum, where the NBA games are held. There’s actually a game going on there. I wish I could watch next time.

Have I mentioned that there are a lot of tourist carriages around downtown? And this is the cutest! Very Cinderella-ish. :-P

I bought some stuffs here including your Memphis ref magnet, Charles! :-)

And I’m off to ride the trolley again to my next destination. I rode the trolley that goes to Madison Avenue next. :) I met Carol and her husband while waiting. They’re in the city to attend a wedding and they’re going home to Minnesota later this evening. They’re grandparents already to 4 little girls. :)

On my Madison Avenue trip, we passed by the Autozone Park, where the baseball games are held. There’s a game going on there too at the moment! :-)

The trolleys are old but still well-maintained. :)

The pyramid! Before, it was the place where the NBA games are held but when the FedEx Forum was built, they started doing it there because it’s bigger and better. Today, this place is a sporting house. This structure is really tall.

The Arcade Restaurant. I was planning on eating here today but they are closed! I got here at 3:05pm and they closed at 3pm because it was Mother’s day. :(

I checked out American Apparel which is just right across the street from the Arcade Restaurant. And because the clothes are expensive, I just looked. :))

I had lunch at Subway along the Main Street. I got a bacon sub. :)

 

While waiting for the trolley… :-D

I stopped at the Mud Island Park next. This is their cool monorail to get to Mud Island. :)

Travelling alone is nice.. but to actually have a picture of myself is hard! =)) Imagine how I did all these photos with myself not holding the camera. :))

Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh. Modified by LARA <3