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Old 04-18-2003, 02:31 AM   #1
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Default i heard peeps from so cal go to DIAMOND PLAZA.. how do i get there???

im not sure how to get there and when you guys meet ...do you guys run after the meet??? i dont know of any canyons to run at... please get me directs ...i only know of malibu...thnks
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Old 04-18-2003, 02:36 AM   #2
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RE: Life Plaza (Diamond Plaza) - Eric M. says:

Life Plaza
1370 South Fullerton Road, Suite #103-106
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
(626) 839-8811
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www.life-plaza.com
9:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M. daily


Life Plaza is in Diamond Plaza.


What does this place have?

A very large and clean place, Life Plaza is a combination Taiwanese cafe, manga, CD, and Japanese gift store.

They have a lot of Chinese translated manga for rent, Chinese and Japanese magazines, some anime computer games in Chinese, lots of Japanese imported accessories for your car (air fresheners, cell phone holders, rear view mirrors, etc.), and lots of pop CDs in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. They do not carry any bootleg CDs, nor are there any anime related CDs.

As for their Jpop CDs, they only carry the legit, overseas versions, a pretty impressive selection too. Ayu-you-know-who, Hikaru Utada, Morning Musume, etc. In addition, they have a lot of Chinese, Korean, and Japanese dramas on VCD. They all have Chinese subtitles, come in boxed sets, and are not bootlegs.

You'll also find Japanese bath and beauty products, a huge amount of Sanrio and Pucca merchandise (clocks, stationary, etc.), and lots of Japanese and Korean imported stationary (mechanical pencils, erasers, etc.).

So... you're feeling hungry while you're browsing their abundant selection of Japanese style porcelain? No problem, just head on over to their in-store cafe! They got a full fledged Taiwanese style cafe right in the store. Like most other Chinese cafes, they have Chinese style cuisine, American style cuisine, and Chinese versions of American cuisine :P But, unlike a few of the other Chinese (Cantonese) cafes in the San Gabriel Valley, the one here carries some Taiwanese dishes on the menu.


Anything Else I Should Know?

In their music section, they have a little top 10 listing of the CDs, complete with a small CD system and headphones for your listening pleasure. Try before you buy.

Since we're on the topic of music, you should know they play music in the store too, including the cafe area. A lot of it. Sometimes semi-loud. And it is never in English. Unlike the mellow and soft tunes they play over at Horoscope Cafe, this place loves to pump out the sappy and semi-annoying stuff, such as S.H.E. . Consider yourself warned if you don't like this type of music, especially if you're eating :P

Though you can buy them, all of their mangas are used, are for rent, translated in Chinese, and are unwrapped. Unlike before, you can now stand there all day long and browse. They used to discourage that but apparently that rule was too hard to enforce :P

As for their cafe, there's no such thing as breakfast, lunch, or dinner here. You can order anything on the menu regardless of what time it is.

There's another branch of Life Plaza in San Gabriel and Arcadia. We've only been to this one and the San Gabriel one though.


Okay, so what do you recommend I get at the cafe?

Their cafe is really nothing special, just your typical Chinese cafe (whatever that might mean to you :P). They do have a pretty good selection of drinks, mainly teas and fruit juices.

For drinks, try their dark plum milk tea. Dark plums taste very different from Western plums as its semi-sweet and has a noticeable (but pleasant) after taste. This drink is not sour, is served cold with ice cubes, and is buy one get one free (probably the main reason why we like it :P).

As for their main dishes, we like a variety of stuff on their menu: ham and egg club sandwiches, chicken nuggets (it's not like Mc Donald's as this one has a five spice and walnut coating), and their udon and ramen noodles. There's also vegetarian dishes available if that's your thing :P

Yes, the menu is also in English in case you were wondering.


This sign is visible from the 60 Pomona Freeway.


How about parking and location?

They're located inside Diamond Plaza, a very clean and modern shopping center that is visible off the 60 Pomona Freeway, on Fullerton Road in Rowland Heights. Just get off at the Fullerton Road exit and you will see the entrance to this place. Rowland Heights is about 23 miles (37 km) to the east of Downtown L.A.

Be warned, unless it's a holiday or something, the 60 Pomona Freeway, and parts of Rowland Heights itself, can have pretty lousy traffic. This is especially true on the weekends and at night.

Diamond Plaza has its own, free parking lot with more spaces inside their underground structure. It's usually fairly easy to find parking here, but we usually go a bit early (around 11:00 A.M.), just in case :P

RE: Canyon Runs - Tyrmeltr says:

Personally, the Crest, Mullholland, and even Ensinall are a waste of time unless you are on a motorcycle. Even with my turbo car it's hard to generate enough speed to really push the car in the corners. Both those roads are considered 100mph+ (at least) canyon runs. Also don't forget that theese to places are pig heaven. Better to go off the beaten path.

I just use Mullholland to get to the other roads in Malibu. I reccomend Malibu's tighter stuff for Subie duty. I've graded a few roads that I have pace notes on. I've only been beaten on theese roads by people that live on or near them!

Tuna canyon (A+) - Road is one way, downhill, and is the closest thing to a tarmac stage you'll see in L.A. county. It's not much wider than your car, and takes real balls to fly down it. My brakes are always cherry red at the bottom.

Latigo canyon (A+) - Extremly technical with a great variety of corners, bumps, debris, and elevation changes. Watch out for the decreasing radius corners, or off the cliff you go. Used to be the first Friday night of every month, a bunch of people would go run that road around midnight.

Decker canyon (A) - Super tight, and usually quite dirty, which means that you will be steering the car with the throttle alot. Whatch out for trees, mailboxes, and the occasional pissed-off dog on the side of the road.

Stunt road (A) - Many blind corners, so keep a safe line. Watch out for bumps and debris mid-apex too. Many straights that end in tight turns that if you don't brake early enough, off the cliff you go.

Las Flores canyon (B) - an Ok road, little heavy on the traffic side. Good way to get to
Stunt or Tuna canyon, when taking PCH to Malibu.

Old Topanga canyon (B) If it weren't for traffic, this would be an A++ road. You get held up a lot and there are few opportunities for a safe pass. It has a little of everything. The hairpins are fantastic!

I could go on, but linking all theese roads together, you have a good 2-3hours worth of canyon runs. Play it safe out there, and go at night when possible, you will see oncoming headlights around blind corners, instead of getting a nasty surprise mid-corner. I also reccomend running each road at normal speed, taking note of any hazards and signifigant braking zones. Have fun, know your limits, and stay inside them.

Here's my typical canyon run. I live in W.L.A. It something that I have refined over the last 10 years, and I think it is just perfect. The stretch of Mullholland gives you time to cruise and relax a little..kinda like an intermission.

Centinela Blvd. to 10 fwy W.
10 fwy W. to Pacific Coast Highway.
Pacific Coast Highway to Latigo Canyon Road
(Gas up at Unocal station just prior to Latigo)
Latigo Canyon Road to Kanan Road
Kanan Road to Mullholland Road
Mullholand Road to Stunt Road (passing the infamous Rock Store)
Stunt Road to Schuren/Tuna Canyon Road
Tuna Canyon Road to PCH
PCH to 10fwy W.
10fwy W. exit Centinela Blvd.
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Old 04-18-2003, 11:39 AM   #3
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Old 04-18-2003, 01:00 PM   #4
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uhhhhh, too much time on your hands????????????
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Wow, that has to be the most informative post I've ever seen in my life.


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I hear there is this green pick-up truck that leads canyon runs.
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who runs those roads anyways. They full of cops.
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who runs those roads anyways. They full of cops.
not really i went up there a few times and i didnt see any cops
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