Liz dropped by for a week, and she took up Ela’s suggestion of cliff-diving down at the Malibu Creek State Park one day. None of us had been cliff-diving there before (Ela knew about it from her siblings), so it was an eye-opener (and a heart-stopper) for everyone.
This was basically what the troop looked like for the half hour trek. Liz apparently looked really out of place carrying a UV-repellant umbrella, which I realised was a sight far too uncommon in LA compared to in Asia. I could still hear Ade’s admonishments about the importance of protecting my skin so many years ago, back when I was too lazy to even bother putting on sunscreen, on how absolutely imperative it was to shield myself from the sun with an umbrella when they teased Liz. What a total opposite. And then Lilli and Ssen literally walked everywhere with their towels on their heads. It was amusing.
View Along the Hike Trail
The cliff! Or rock, in fact. We had hyped it up, scaring ourselves at how high it was going to be on our way to the lake, until we saw it and thought, ‘hey, that’s not too bad’. And then we stood on top of the rock and swiftly changed our minds. I was actually not afraid at all until just before my turn to jump, and then I looked down and was like, shit.
By the way, that’s a fresh water lake, which means that it was mossy and stank. It also had an incredibly surprising incline into nothingness, which I just had to test by stopping my water-trekking in the middle of it, promptly leading my descent into the Deep and Dark like an anchor. I drank a little bit of fresh water coming back up.
Here is a picture of me jumping off the cliff while Lilli and Liz waited their turn. It was so embarrassing because I was the only one who screamed- I went from ‘Woo’ in excitement, to ‘Argh’ in terror half a second later, which ended up sounding like a strangled ‘Wooargh!’, right before I hit the water and got a wedgie at the bottom of the lake. No one else during our stay at the creek made a sound when they dove. Not even Lilli and Liz, who were way more terrified than I was. What, guys, what. OTL
Photo from Liz, taken by Ela.
We stopped by this awesome gelato place, Grom, for something sweet. It was expensive ($5+ for a cup which includes two flavours), but damn was it worth every cent:
Got myself a Crema Di Grom and super dark chocolate flavour. The chocolate was so thick it would have made Ade nosebleed on the spot. Also, the Crema Di Grom was heavenly. I don’t even know what it’s made of, but I would finish a tub of that flavour on the spot- it was that good.
Cholada Thai Cuisine
We had dinner by the beach. Ssen, the resident vegetarian, recommended Cholada Thai Cuisine for dinner, and it lived up to her hype. The portions there were huge too!
I’m back home in Singapore and I actually prefer looking at the moon from here. My room window offers a beautiful view of the moon’s descent back down towards the horizon, which I actually see sometimes when I stay up way late into the night (it’s now four in the morning). Right now, it is a crescent like a smile. A few days ago, it was a lovely shade of orange. I have missed the view from my room.
(Of course, ‘right now’ isn’t actually right now, since I scheduled this post to be published in another seven hours at eleven.)