BRENNEN CLARKE, customer services officer of Singapore Airlines’ Los Angeles office, shows the playful side of the City of Angels, from its amusement parks to comedy clubs.
ALONG FOR THE RIDE
The theme-park capital of California boasts four major parks, including Disneyland. If you are a roller-coaster fanatic like I am, Six Flags has 19 of them. Built in the 1920s, Knott’s Berry Farm has 40 rides.
In April, Universal Studios Hollywood opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (above). I highly recommend visiting even if you’re not a fan of the fantasy series. The Butterbeer sold from big red carts in Hogsmeade is a must-try. It’s a yummy combination of frozen cream soda topped with butterscotch foam.
For fashion shoppers, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills is a must-see, with roughly 3km of high-end luxury boutiques such as Bottega Veneta, Bulgari, Fendi and many more. It is not uncommon for people to spend more than US$10,000 on a single day’s shopping spree here.
For something more affordable, many outlet malls have the same retailers you would find at regular shopping centres. Goods at Citadel Outlets and Camarillo Premium Outlets are sold at great discounts – sometimes 30 per cent or more. Another beautiful shopping area is The Grove (above). After nightfall, the area is lit up. The lights are especially spectacular around the holiday season when the whole place is decorated for Christmas and New Year, and make a pleasant outdoor shopping experience.
Los Angeles is home to some of the world’s most famous comedy clubs. One of my favourites is Laugh Factory (above) in west Hollywood, which was the training ground for comedians such as Tim Allen, Chris Rock and Jim Carrey. The branch in nearby Long Beach is usually less crowded.
Another great club is The Comedy & Magic Club in the city of Hermosa Beach. Jay Leno has been a regular performer here since his retirement from The Tonight Show.