Tuesday, 20 September 2011 03:16

Monaco

Written by Ken Ku
I spent the day here in Monaco and just took in the sites.  There is much money in the country it is unbelievable!  It might be one of my favourite places already and I've only been here for not even a day.  Maybe some day I will have enough money to step inside the Casino Monte Carlo and do some high stakes gambling after showing up in my luxurious super yacht.  Wouldn't that be the…
Monday, 19 September 2011 00:55

Where the Rich Hang Out

Written by Ken Ku
When I think of Monaco, I picture the rich and famous on their luxury yachts and their expensive cars vacationing here.  Gambling, suntanning, and doing whatever else that suits their fancy.  I wasn't disappointed.  While I didn't actually see any famous people, I did see more than a fair share of Rolls-Royce, Bentleys, and Mercedes chauffeuring around their passengers to various locations. Of the location that had the most collection of luxury cars was the…
Sunday, 18 September 2011 00:40

A Long Travel Day

Written by Ken Ku
It was yet another long day of traveling.  I am starting to get used to getting rest on the run.  On the train or at the station.  If I am tired and there is an opportunity to catch some shut eye, I'll take it.  The ride from Lyon to Marseille was a long and quiet ride.  Not many travellers that early in the morning so I slept.  However, when I arrived in Marseille, it was…
Saturday, 17 September 2011 01:19

Paris to Lyon

Written by Ken Ku
I had to get up at 4am today so that I can catch the train.  I guess I didn't really think about my travel plans when I purchased my train tickets.  It probably wasn't the smartest thing to do but at least I made it.  I have to say though, trying to figure out how to print my ticket at Gare de Lyon was a bit tricky and I was cutting it a little close…
Friday, 16 September 2011 07:28

Da Vinci, Durer, Michelangeo, and the Ancients

Written by Ken Ku
The glass pyramid greeted us as we walked through the archway towards the Musée du Louvre.  The icon of ancient Egypt has been modernized with glass and steel and placed in the centre of the Parisian building by a Chinese American architect.  It is one of the world's largest museums and draws in huge crowds to see the countless pieces of priceless works of ancient artefacts and art. I met up with Leana at the…
Thursday, 15 September 2011 06:32

Château de Versailles

Written by Ken Ku
I woke up early today super excited about the fact that I would be going to visit the Château de Versailles.  I have always wanted to see how royalty lived and I certainly wasn't disappointed in the least!  I saw the palace right when I turned the corner and there was probably still another kilometre before I could actually get to the building!  I arrived at 11am and the queue for tickets were already out…
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 21:42

Along the Seine

Written by Ken Ku
I had all day to wander along the Seine today and it was a gorgeous day out with a light breeze:  Perfect for a day of exploration.  So I decided to walk to the Eiffel Tower.  I was warned that it would be a long trek but I wasn't worried.  I knew that if I followed the river eventually I would get there. A short while after I started my trek, I saw it.  To…
Monday, 12 September 2011 16:40

Bonjour de Paris!

Written by Ken Ku
After all those months of preparation I am still in awe of the fact that I am walking around in the streets of Paris.  Despite the fact that my flight was delayed for more than an hour in Houston yesterday, my friend Leana's cousin, Avmeric, took us on a guided tour of the city. Our first stop was Notre Dame Cathedral.  Along the way it started to pour down rain.  It was a good thing…
Sunday, 11 September 2011 05:16

George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Written by Ken Ku
I serious thought I was going to miss my flight this morning.  There were an incredible amount of people just trying to check in.  Only a handful of the self service kiosks were working so that didn't help matters and when I tried to use one, it said that I had to see a clerk.  I figured I had to anyways because I had a backpack to check.  Long story short, it was just one line up after the next: long waits for the check in, even longer wait for security, then having to go to overflow security (on the…
Saturday, 10 September 2011 14:08

Meal Sized Apple Crisp Dessert at Cheesecake Factory

Written by Ken Ku
As my friends will tell you, I have a sweet tooth.  Ok perhaps one single sweet tooth might not be enough.  I have sweet teeth.  I absolutely adore sweet foods.  If I wasn't worried about getting diabetes or become overly obsess, I probably would just eat sweets for ever meal.  My all time favourite dessert is apple pie and any variation of apple pie.  Preferably with vanilla ice cream.  This is exactly what I had…
Friday, 09 September 2011 07:00

McCarran Airport

Written by Ken Ku
Each airport is unique and McCarran is no different.  There are slot machines neatly placed in the centre, easily accessible by incoming and outgoing guests.  McCarran Airport offers incoming travellers an appetizer of what the Strip has to offer and while most people are tired after flying, some will sit down at the slot machines and try their luck.  One never knows, maybe the progressive slot machine will hit the jackpot.  For the departing, it is might offer one last chance to reclaim what was lost.  Just don't forget to redeem your tickets before you board your flight!  No matter…
Tuesday, 06 September 2011 21:16

Special Request for My Readers

Written by Ken Ku
I can hardly believe that it is already ready for me to leave Las Vegas already!  The time has just flown by now that I'm actually traveling and experiencing all these new things.  It is less than a week before I am off to Europe so I'm looking for submissions of interesting places to go/see/experience/do/eat (vegetarian please) while I'm out on my trip.  My the first several cities will include: Paris, Lyon, Nice, Marseille, Barcelona,…
Tuesday, 06 September 2011 04:23

Welcome to Jen and Ken's Home Cooking Diner in Vegas

Written by Ken Ku
I was a little tired of eating out at restaurants all the time (haven't cooked for the past two months) so Jen and I decided to cook.  We spent the day trying to figure what we would make and ended up with pies.  Chicken vegetable potpie (sorry I'm vegetarian) and an old fashioned apple pie.  Of course we make everything from scratch and the results are delicious.  All the butter makes the pastry extra flaky…
Monday, 05 September 2011 06:56

My Best Friend Jen

Written by Ken Ku
It has been years since the last time I came to Las Vegas and I've sure missed it!  Flying in last night I could see all the lights from the hotels lighting up the sky.  Just thinking of the kinds of glamourous parties, high stakes gambling, and other sorts of debauchery going on in Sin City was enough to keep the imagination going for hours.  But instead I was focused on seeing my best friend.…
Sunday, 04 September 2011 12:36

San Francisco International Airport

Written by Ken Ku
After seeing some friends and attending a birthday party it is time to leave San Francisco.  I have just checked in at San Francisco International Airport and this terminal is larger and busier than Vancouver.  There are three domestic terminals plus the international terminal with a tram connecting them in a circular loop.  It seems like the airports that I've visited so far have all been modern in design utilizing metal and glass.  While SFO may not be the busiest airport in America, I don't know if I want to be going through security here during the day.  The wait…
Saturday, 03 September 2011 13:59

Foggy San Francisco and Engagement Photo Shoot Adventure

Written by Ken Ku
My friend got hit up to to do an engagement photo shoot for a friend of his and was recruited to help him out and give some advice as well as be his "assistant".  The site that the couple chose was a beautiful area known as Lands End.  However, the weather here in San Francisco is very unpredictable.  Something that is almost certain is fog.  Lets just say, today the fog rolled in HEAVY.  Not…
Friday, 02 September 2011 14:57

Photos From SFAI to Cable Cars to Palace of Fine Art

Written by Ken Ku
Visited with mentors, took cable cars, and went to see the Palace of Fine Arts.  Take a look at some of the sites that I took in today!
Friday, 02 September 2011 13:53

A Day in Good Old San Francisco

Written by Ken Ku
I have been in the Bay Area for several days now and I still haven't visited San Francisco yet, my old romping grounds for seven years!  So I decided that I would make a trip of it today and visit some old friends as well as the school I attended, San Francisco Art Institute.  Not a lot has changed in the city, it was still just as busy as ever and the new Bay Bridge…
Thursday, 01 September 2011 15:32

Adrenaline to End the Day!

Written by Ken Ku
Since we decided to come back from our trip to Monterey, we thought there might be an inkling of hope that the sunset in Santa Cruz might give us a chance to still capture some images with surfers in the background.  We went to Lighthouse Point Park where many people go to watch surfers as well as to see the lighthouse, which is also a surf museum.  From a distance, all the surfers swam in…
Today was a very eventful day.  Woke up early and took off for a drive to Monterey.  There were several things I wanted to see and do on this particular outing:  Monterey Bay Aquarium, Tillie Grot's Cafe (a highly recommended vegetarian restaurant), drive along the 17 Mile Drive, and catch a sunset at the Lone Cyprus tree.  Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate with the sunset plan but three out of four wasn't bad.  Instead of…
Thursday, 01 September 2011 06:27

Monterey and 17 Mile Drive

Written by Ken Ku
Took the day to go down to Monterey, visit the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, and take in the sights along the 17 Mile Drive.  Take a look at what I saw!
Thursday, 01 September 2011 05:50

Tillie Gort's Cafe

Written by Ken Ku
Being a vegetarian, and for those who are vegan, isn't always easy.  Usually restaurants will at least try to accommodate us by supplying one or two items on the menu that doesn't offend the palate too terribly.  Occasionally there are restaurants where even their salads all have chicken or prawns in them!  Is that really necessary?  It was completely the opposite today when I went to Tillie Gort's Cafe in Pacific Grove. Almost everything on…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 15:52

Registering an Account with the Where is Ken Today Blog?

Written by Ken Ku
So many people have asked me how to set up and register for an account with the "Where is Ken Today?" blog. Here are the steps: 1.  Scroll down the page and you will see a sign in area, below the sign in fields you will see "Create an account" link underneath the "Forgot your password" and "Forgot your username".  Click on that. 2.  That will bring you to a page where all the fields…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 09:26

Palm Trees and California Sun

Written by Ken Ku
I've been staying with a friend in Almaden Valley for the last couple days, and will be for the rest of my time here in the Bay Area.  I lazed around the pool today without a plan and just reminisced about the time when I used to live in the Bay area. The palm trees, the pool, and the sun, it all makes me feel so...Californian.  But at heart, I am a Vancourverite and being…
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 14:24

Seeing Red at the Historic Santa Cruz Hotel

Written by Ken Ku
What would it be like to be like to have dinner in a 1900s brothel?  With only the letters "h" and "o" on the illuminated neon sign of the historic Santa Cruz hotel attracting hungry diners into an all red den, the Red Restaurant & Bar reminds me of such a place.  If you ever visit, this is a must go not only for the cool setting, but for the amazing menu and drinks.  While…
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 06:43

Santa Cruz

Written by Ken Ku
Santa Cruz is one of my favourite small towns along the coast.  The downtown area of Santa Cruz is basically one road and some of the main stores are on those three or four blocks.  Out of them all, the one I visit the most is Pacific Wave Surf Shop mostly because they have the best selection of t-shirts, hoodies, shorts, and toques.  While in Santa Cruz, we also drown down the pier and just…
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 06:28

Rock Bottom Brewery in Campbell

Written by Ken Ku
It was a very productive day today.  it started off very lazy but then we went out and had lunch at the Rock Bottom Brewery in Campbell.  After lunch, there was an old banana seat bicycle parked outside underneath the water tower and I couldn't resist so I sat down and took a picture with it.  I hope the owner won't mind.  Afterwards, we went to a look at a local art gallery where a…
Monday, 29 August 2011 00:31

Boarding My Flight at YVR

Written by Ken Ku
About to get the trip started!  Taking some shots while boarding my flight to San Francisco on a flight with United Airlines.  Hopefully they won't loose my luggage.
Monday, 29 August 2011 00:12

Vancouver International Airport - YVR

Written by Ken Ku
I can't believe it is finally time to leave!  Now that I am at the airport it seems so surreal.  Even though I've been to this airport countless times, it seems so new to me and it is enhancing the excitement.  Soon I will be boarding my first flight to San Francisco and my backpacking adventure will begin.  There were times during the day leading to this point where I thought the whole adventure might have to be postponed since there were still last minute things to be done.  However, thankfully it was all done just in the nick of…
Sunday, 28 August 2011 06:04

Tomorrow the Adventure Begins!

Written by Ken Ku
The movers came today.  After countless hours of stressing and panicking over whether or not I can finish packing, if the storage unit I rented will fit, everything worked out.  As it always does.  But I do have to give all the credit to my movers, they are hard working and very wonderful people.  Without them, I would have been lost and there would be no way that my house would be empty now. I…
Friday, 26 August 2011 13:35

The Excitement Builds as the Countdown Begins!

Written by Ken Ku
Soon I will be carrying all my worldly possessions on my back moving from one city to the next and the excitement (and stress) is building!  Two short days and I will be flying away from Vancouver to my first destination!  During the past few days I've spent many sleepless nights figuring out my itinerary while in Europe and I have finalized a good portion of it.  Only yesterday did it dawn on me that…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 13:17

Pack Preparation Three - Other Essentials

Written by Ken Ku
A few days after I brought home my wonderful new backpack the excitement had worn off and I started to think about how I was actually going to fit in even the minimal amount of clothes that I had picked out for myself.  True the pack said it can hold 60 litres by volume but I failed to take into consideration that it also meant the detachable lid which acts as a sling bag, some…
Tuesday, 23 August 2011 17:56

Pack Preparation Part Two - Your Backpack

Written by Ken Ku
**If you're thinking about a backpacking trip or you're in the midst of planning a trip, your backpack is absolutely THE MOST important piece of gear you'll need.  While I can't help you choose the bag that's right for you or your budget, it might be wise to invest something that is comfortable and durable for your own body.  The following is just some BASIC information about bag styles and my experiences.  Go to your…
Monday, 22 August 2011 14:31

Pack Preparation Part One - The Basic Questions

Written by Ken Ku
I am an over achiever when it comes to packing for a trip.  For my last three week trip in March, I went to Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, and Taipei.  Instead of bringing a parka in my carry on, I brought delicious homemade muffins and cookies.  Too bad I can't wear those around my neck while it snows with -5 windchill.  My light Northface jacket, hoodie, track pants, and scarf was all I wore while in…
Sunday, 21 August 2011 15:01

Film and X-Ray

Written by Ken Ku
I know many, perhaps even all, of you don't know that there was a time that people did use something called FILM to take photos.  Nowadays we have it easy.  Digital cameras that weigh next to nothing, even the dSLR cameras are light.  I want a camera that is built like a tank and weighs like one too.  I'll take a Hasselblad over some 12 megapixel dSLR any day of the week.  However, it also…
Sunday, 21 August 2011 06:27

Dry Suit Diving on the Hottest Day Ever!

Written by Ken Ku
I have to say that this has probably been one of the most laid back and leisure dives that I have ever done at Porteau Cove.  The water was still and the vis ok and there was SO much to see.  Well especially knowing the whereabouts of four octopuses!  The drive up to the park was so beautiful with the sun shining and the music blasting.  On top of that the parking gods were smiling…
Saturday, 20 August 2011 05:57

Bon Voyage Party and the Almost Disaster!

Written by Ken Ku
I had a very memorable evening with 14 of my closest friends at the Oakwood Canadian Bistro today.  It was a laid back environment and the service was pretty good, attentive and not completely in your face.  The food was sensational!  Absolutely amazing.  I've never had such great artichokes...and the ravioli.  Amazing.  In the end, I'm just glad that it all worked out well.  Originally I had made reservations downtown at the Granville Room for…
Friday, 12 August 2011 03:11

Welcome!

Written by Ken Ku
Welcome to the Where is Ken Today? I will be leaving my beautiful hometown, Vancouver, British Columbia, on August 28th for a whole year!  My first stop will be one of my favourite cities, San Francisco.  I spent almost 7 years there for school and work so it will definitely be nice to visit again.  It is time to catch up with friends, eat burritos, and maybe this time I'll even check out the local…
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