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This is album 15/16 for Day 19 to Los Angeles, California, visiting the Universal Studios Hollywood. Sher and I took a 20-day vacation to USA from June 2nd thru 20th 2015.

 

Photos taken using iPhone 6 Plus. Click on the images below to expand with more details.

 

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Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

Our final day in USA, and our first destination was the WB Animaniacs water tank. — at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

We checked out the stage where they filmed FRIENDS but we weren't allowed in coz the stage is now used to film Mike & Molly. This was stage 24. Stage 25 was where The Big Bang Theory was filmed. — at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

Here's where the T-rex chase in Jurassic Park was filmed! — at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

If you're a big FRIENDS fan, you'll recognize this small park where Phoebe Buffay did her silly jog. — at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

Next stop was the Geller's House, or Ross and Monica's parent's house from FRIENDS. — at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

This is our guide's first solo tour so it was a bit bumpy. That's the stairs where Ross of FRIENDS sat playing his organ to Rachel in one of their famous flashback scenes. — at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

Up next to the WB Museum. — at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

Inside, Batman! ONE WHOLE FLOOR OF BATMAN! — at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

And Catwoman. — at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

Upstairs a whole floor for Harry Potter. — at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

Here's how the costume of the troll was made. — at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

And Hermoine Granger! — at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

THE most hated character in Harry Potter: Dolores Umbridge — at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

The Sorting Hat! I got Gryffindor! Whee! — at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

Of course, a signed copy by J.K. Rowling. — at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

A small overview of the collections on display upstairs. — at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

In another building, a showcase of all the iconic Batman Batmobiles as part of their 75th Anniversary celebration. — at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

THE Tumbler! Our guide's a fantastic photographer. Ugh. — at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

Outside the entrance to WB's offices. Ehhh... What's up doc? — at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

Me a Donald D-... waitaminute. I guess we were unlucky to get an inexperienced guide else this would've been quite fun. Unfortunately there's no FRIENDS sets or anything aside from the plaque earlier but we did get 3 shirts and a big mug from the gift store. — at Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

Next stop was to Paramount Pictures Studios so while we had a little time to spare, we looked for somewhere to eat and found this uber healthy place where celebs hang out at Cafe Gratitude. I loved the concept but the food took awhile for me to palate coz I've never been a fan of vegan. Their menu started with "I AM..." and each item uses all those feel-good stuffs like "Glorious", "Extraordinary", "Awesome" etc. — at Cafe Gratitude L.A. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

After noms, off to our next tour! — at Paramount Pictures Studios © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

First stop: Prop warehouse... HOMG Bumblebee!!!!!! — at Paramount Pictures Studios © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

HOMG Optimus Prime!!!!!!!!!!!! — at Paramount Pictures Studios © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

The official truck used for film!!! — at Paramount Pictures Studios © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

The props department has a lot of awesome stuffs including items from Interstellar Movie to Mad Max. — at Paramount Pictures Studios © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

By far I think this is the best non-themepark backlot tour. They even use iPads! grin emoticon — at Paramount Pictures Studios © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

The studio's "Hall of Fame" — at Paramount Pictures Studios © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

Including a picture of Tom Hanks on the first day and take filming Forrest Gump. — at Paramount Pictures Studios © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

That's the real Forrest Gump bench! For the purpose of the long filming hours, the bench was made at a 90 degrees angle so Tom Hank's iconic Forrest posture can be made. — at Paramount Pictures Studios © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

The famous Paramount gates. — at Paramount Pictures Studios © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

I'd like to thank my pepper grinder for this prestigious honor! Mwahh mwahh mwahhhh!!! — at Paramount Pictures Studios © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

The Transformers franchise has made so much money to Paramount that they named one of the lanes in the backlot the Michael Bay Avenue. — at Paramount Pictures Studios © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

We learned so much more on how moviemaking and tv shows were made. Fans of FRIENDS would recognize this place where Joey and Chandler ran around the streets looking for the missing baby they're supposed to look after. — at Paramount Pictures Studios © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

We also visited some soundstages... — at Paramount Pictures Studios © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

This one (photo wasn't allowed so I sneaked it) was for the taping of Dr. Phil. — at Paramount Pictures Studios © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

And another set I think for The Thundermans. — at Paramount Pictures Studios © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

After Paramount, a drive up to Griffith Park to go visit the Hollywood Sign... by horse. No experience necessary. No, not that tiny Hollywood Sign replica... the ACTUAL one you'll see later lol! — at Sunset Ranch Hollywood © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

The treck took 2hrs along the narrow steep path of the winding hills up and down the national park. — at Sunset Ranch Hollywood © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

Wefies or selfies were challenging coz we couldn't stand still — at Sunset Ranch Hollywood © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

The view of the park from the top... Notice the paths on the middle and right? We came from below the antennas on the right all the way to another hill higher than the Griffith Observatory. — at Griffith Park © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

That's Sher and Sugar — at Griffith Park. © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

And me with Kennedy. — at Griffith Park © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

Can you see Griffith Observatory in the middle right? To go this high up you're only allowed to treck by foot, or use these horsies. — at Griffith Park © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

On the way back, the best angle and view of the Hollywood Sign we could see before the sunset. The signs are closed off from visitors so that's the closest you can get. — at Griffith Park © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

After we're done, the horses were allowed to roam on their own. — at Sunset Ranch Hollywood © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

Many places we've been in and around LA we can see the Hollywood Sign from afar but this was probably THE best way to end our trip of Hollywood. — at Sunset Ranch Hollywood © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

Prior to our journey, we planned our trip thematically: Orlando for their themeparks, Washington DC for its museums, San Francisco for their food, and Los Angeles for the movies. Riding Sugar and Kennedy felt like to good o'l wild wild west, an apt closure to one heck of a memorable vacation together. — at Sunset Ranch Hollywood © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

Getting Uber was a bit difficult because we couldn't get 4G or even 3G until we walked further down to civilization along N Beachwood Dr. We decided to end the night in Burger Kings for dinner then Pinkberry for dessert before heading back to reluctantly pack up one last time. Our last view of Sunset Boulevard. — at Sunset Boulevard © Evan Hwong Photographs

Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd
Los Angeles, CA - June 21st & 22nd

With a heavy heart, we departed LA to fly home to Singapore on an 18hr flight + 3hr transit in Narita the day after. — at Narita International Airport © Evan Hwong Photographs

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