Los Angeles PE Readers Meet-Up, Confirmed!! (This Saturday – Jan 14, 1:30pm)

Hollywood Walk of Fame at Los Angeles!

The famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard!

 HELLO everyone!! I just reached LA, and am totally loving the bright, sunny, yet cooling weather here (relative to New York)! :D

LA is amazing so far! I haven’t had time to check out the place yet, as I’ve been catching up on work and some administrative stuff which piled up during my 3-day train ride, since  there was no internet access. (I took the Amtrak from NYC, to Chicago, to LA, thereby seeing a lot of lovely sights along the way, including large grassy plains, dry hot deserts, snowy mountains, small towns, little hilltops, and more.) I plan to get caught up with work

For those on Live a Healthier Life in 21 Days Challenge, we are on Day 10 now and going very strong! Today’s task is on going caffeine free. ;) We’ll be reaching the mid-point of the 21-day course very soon. Hurry over to the 21DHL forums now to get up to speed on your fellow participants’ journals, the tasks to date, and to share your progress with others.

I’ll be in LA this week and the next, after which I’ll be heading over to San Francisco, where I’ll be celebrating Chinese New Year (starts on Jan 23!) with my friend from New York, along with his family. I also intend to head over to San Diego for a 1-2 day trip before I go to San Fran. (Eventually took San Diego out of my agenda as it was too much of a hassle arranging for accommodation and commute between LA and San Diego.)

While I’m here, I was wondering if there are any LA/west coast readers interested in a PE readers meet-up? ;) In the same fashion as the London meet-ups and New York meet-up, it’ll be with a casual get-together with lots of lovely, like-minded, and conscious people, in a nice vegan cafe/restaurant. I’m planning to have it somewhere central, probably in/near Hollywood.

If you’re interested, let me know the date(s) you will be available in the comments area, after which I can consolidate the responses, and pick the most popular date for the meet-up (if it goes through). At the moment, I’m open either this weekend Jan 14-15 (anytime, afternoon or evening), any weekday Jan 16-20 (evening) or next Sat 21 (anytime, afternoon or evening). Once the meet-up date/time is set, I plan to use the other days for my personal travels, social calls and sight-seeing.

That’s it, and look forward to hearing from you soon! :)

LA Meetup Confirmed!

Update Jan 10, ’12: The LA Meet-up has been confirmed! Thanks for your spontaneous responses everyone! :D Please find the details below:

  • Venue: Sage Organic Vegan Bistro, a popular vegan restaurant in LA (website)
  • Address: 1700 West Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (Google Maps)
  • Date: 14 Jan, this Saturday
  • Time1pm 1:30pm* (Reservation made under my name, Celes, so just let them know you’re there for me when you reach)

*Note we will be having brunch / lunch via the items on their brunch menu. They will have juices/shakes plus desserts, so you can always have drinks/ice cream if you don’t want to have the mains.

Sage comes highly recommended via Happy Cow (an excellent directory for vegan/vegetarian eateries) and one of the readers of PE, so I’m quite excited to check out the restaurant myself. Cafe Gratitude is a really great vegan/raw vegan restaurant I went to on my first day here (in LA), but I didn’t choose it for our meet-up in the end as I wanted to try something new, and Sage seems highly promising – PLUS, it shares the same shop space as KindKreme,  a raw vegan gourmet ice cream shop, so we will get to check out 2 vegan outlets at one go. Talk about killing 2 birds with one stone! :D

So yes, here’s our guest list so far for the meet-up!

  1. Celes
  2. Whitney
  3. Kari
  4. Charmaine
  5. Alex
  6. Andrew
  7. edwilk
  8. AH888 (Anna)
  9. Karen
  10. Amy / Almo
  11. Katya
  12. Cynthia
  13. Michelle
  14. Armen
* Latest attendance list as of 13 Jan

If you’re interested to join the meet-up, please let me/us know via the comments section right away. I’ve made a reservation for 12 people, but I’m sure the restaurant can accommodate for more people if we have more people coming. Also if we exceed 12 people, I’ll call to update the reservation. Either way, not an issue at all.

For those who have already RSVPed, please proceed to set this in your calendar. Feel free to invite your friends/family/guests along too. Just let me/us know. ;)

There is no specific outline for the meet-up, just casual chatting and getting to know one another. ;) Treat it as a meet-up among friends you’ve never had, if you will. This will be a fun-filled gathering of like-minded, highly conscious individuals, all sharing the same passion for excellence and growth. If it’s anything like the past London meet-ups and New York meet-up, it will be extremely fun! I can’t wait to meet all of you! :D

Number for Sage (in case you need it) is 213-989-1718. See you guys this Saturday! :D

Update Jan 15, ’12: The meet-up is now over! Pictures and afterthought here ;) – LA Meet-Up, Pictures and Afterthought!

  • http://www.zenpeacock.com/wordpress edwilk

    I’d love to join. The evening of the 15th is great, as would be the 14th.

    If it changes, weekday evenings are good, but I usually can’t be there unitl 8:00 p.m.
    Sat. 21 is also good.

    -Ed

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Awesome, thanks for letting us know, edwilk!

  • AH888

    Jan 14th works best for me. Second choice is the the morning of the 16th. Third choice is after 6:00 pm on the 21st. :D

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Hey Anna – that’s awesome! Looks like Jan 1fourth is looking like the best date so far. (By the way, weekday morning i.e. 1sixth morning is out since I gather most will be working / studying.)

      (PS: I didn’t recognize you as AH888 in Facebook, and I didn’t know you live in LA! That will be so awesome to meet you in person, finally. You have been such a wonderful participant in the past challenges like 21DJC and 21DMC!)

  • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

    Oh, I forgot to mention that my lovely LA hosts (Whitney and Kari, both of whom are PE readers and extremely conscious individuals) will be joining the meet-up as well. So we’re going to have a lot of fun talking and getting to know each other. :D

  • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

    Ok, the meet-up has been confirmed! It’ll be on this coming Saturday, Jan 14, 1pm. Details have been added to the post above.

    Please let me know if you’ll be coming via the comments section. See you guys soon! ;)

  • http://life-accomplished.com/ Tonya

    I’m in LA! My suggestion is Real Food Daily which is organic vegan food and so good! http://www.realfood.com/locations They have a location in santa monica and west hollywood. santa monica is closer to me but I can try to make it out to w. hollywood if that is more centrally located for everyone. I’m free Tuesday & Wed night.
    -Tonya

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Thanks for the suggestion Tonya – I’ll check it out! :) Have you visited Cafe Gratitude before? I went yesterday and it is lovely. I’m considering setting that as the meet-up venue.

      • http://life-accomplished.com/ Tonya

        I have heard of it. Never been there before. FYI, I’m also available Fri night. Might be even easier than Tues or Wed. :)

        • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

          Sounds great. :D How about this weekend, Jan 14 or 15? I just opened up more options just in case there are readers who prefer to do it this weekend instead. I know there is a reader who is flying to LA tomorrow and interested to join if there is an LA meet-up, so perhaps those dates might work better for her.

          • http://life-accomplished.com/ Tonya

            yup i think that should work fine! better for traffic too. :)

            • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

              Great, okay! :D Will wait to see if there are anymore responses in the next 1-2 days and then confirm the meet-up details in a separate post. Stay tuned! :D

  • charmaine chung

    My sis and I are definitely coming. Give us a place, day, and time and we’ll be there : )…. Mostly evening work for us, if not we will accommodate

    We live in Westminster, if you ever need a place to sleep, stay for a break instead of going to hotels, we can let you stay at our house for free. Westminster is about 45 min drive from LA. We can take you to Asian Garden Mall, it’s cool and a lot of Vietnamese stuff.

    I read that you like ice skating, want to go ice skating? I can show you how to ice skate as I can skate pretty ok

    Huntington Beach is a good place too

    there’s a also balloon ride for free,

    Hsi Lai Temple is a Taiwanese temple, very pretty and big and nice too,

    Westminster Mall 2 to shop, Downtown Disney, etc…

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Oh awesome – Thank you, dear Charmaine! I look forward to seeing you and your sister very soon then. :D

      Your offer is so very tempting – thank you and that’s *so* kind of you! I actually might consider taking it up – perhaps go on for a 1-day trip to Westminster, over the weekend? Would 1 day be enough? And do you know of any buses that run from Westminster to LA, or if there is public transport that connects Westminster to LA?

      • Charmaine Chung

        Bus may take really long as you have to make several stops and if you miss one or two, it can take up a whole day. my sis experienced that from UCLA to Westminster. So, I would recommend you take taxi, it’s only $50 (negotiated). :)

  • Armando

    Enjoy LA, im in Tijuana, Mexico, south of the border….

    :clap:

  • Andrew

    Yes, I will be available any of those times – just let me know when you decide so I can plan.

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      That’s terrific – thanks for your interest Andrew! Will wait to see if there are any more responses, then I’ll finalize the details in a separate announcement later. At the moment looks like it’s likely going to be Jan 15, Sunday evening. :D

  • Jeff

    If you’re going to be on the westside let me know, would be cool to meet up.

  • wmyers

    I’d love to meet

    Sadly I am visiting Northern California right now and obligated the next week then back to work. Enjoy LA there is a lovely water processing center that serves as a Stone Garden a really nice place to relax with friends.

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Aw, I’m sorry to hear that wmyers. Too bad you can’t join us – perhaps a next time. :( In the meantime, I hope you’re enjoying your trip to Northern California.

  • http://www.aileenholmes.com aileen

    I would love to meet up! I live in Orange County and work in Downtown LA so meeting weeknights in LA works best for me. Second choice would be the afternoon/evening of the 1fourth or daytime the 1fifth (have a dinner meeting that night). The 2first would also work.

    I just ate at Cafe Gratitude for the first time last Thursday. VERY delicious.

    There’s also the famous Native Foods in the Orange County area for vegan food.

    Thanks,
    Aileen

  • Karen

    I’m in the Hollywood area and 14/15 January would be fine for a meetup.

  • Andrew

    I’m in. See you then.

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      See you, Andrew! ;)

  • rolf

    whens the LIVERPOOL meet-up?

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      There’s none planned at the moment unfortunately. I’ve been in the UK for 3 months prior to this and likely won’t be returning in the near future. If there are any meet-ups, announcements will be made here, so keep a lookout in this space!

  • http://life-accomplished.com/ Tonya

    For some reason I thought we would be meeting for dinner. I play beach volleyball saturday mornings. I’ll try to make it but it may be pushing it time-wise since I live on the west side.
    -Tonya

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      That’s such a pity, Tonya! Please let us know if you cannot make it, but I do sincerely hope you can come and join us for the whole duration of the gathering. :angel: The reason why I went ahead for a lunch/brunch gathering is because some people couldn’t make it in the evening for dinner.

  • charmaine chung

    my sis has class until 1pm, so we can’t get there on time, hope you guys still be there by 2pm.

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Hey Charmaine, we should still be there. If you can come earlier that’s even better (hopefully the traffic will be good), because that means we have more time to hang out. See you on Saturday! :D

  • Amy (Almo)

    Hey Celes!!!!
    This is great, Im going to come join you guys for lunch :) I got here a couple days ago, will be leaving on Sunday so I’m glad the meetup is on saturday. It’s a shame I will be moving out of Hollywood today to another suburb closer to Venice beach, but our paths have crossed somehow in an unanticipated continent :P So count me in please, if I can’t make it I will def try and let you know beforehand. But since Im traveling alone, unless my hosts has plans for me otherwise, I think the possibilities of my cancelling is slim. So see you saturday!!!!

    amy

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Hey Amy/Almo, that’s fantastic!!! Really looking forward to meeting you this Sat then. :D Totally love how we’re traveling to different places and having our paths cross in LA, like you said!

  • Katya

    Hi, Celes!!! I am glad you are in LA. I would be more than happy to join you, guys, for lunch! So I am definitely in!
    See you all on Saturday! ;)

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      Awesome – See you this Saturday, Katya!! :D

  • Cynthia

    Celes, I would really love to come on Saturday!!! =)

    • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

      That’s fantastic – I look forward to seeing you this Saturday, Cynthia! :D

  • Leo

    Sad face… just left LA after winter break and back in grad school. :(

    Have a good time in LA and SF though! Hope you can share some of your thoughts on traveling and how it may have helped you discover more about yourself as a person after you get back to Singapore.

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