It’s been so long since I last wrote!
I can’t even keep track of what’s been going on the past few weekends. Well, at least there’s one weekend that’s pretty memorable.
Okay, no. I kid. This was a good one but it’s not the highlight of my past weekend. I’ll definitely get back to talking about this amazing show, don’t you worry. In case you didn’t notice, my lil baby cousin is all grown up now! And she’s in the picture above (:
Vanessa (obviously that’s my cousin’s name) came to the US for a work and travel program which is only for university students because apparently, the US doesn’t want anyone “migrating” over illegally. She worked for 3 months at a theme park in.. hmm.. in.. somewhere in the West Coast and spent her last month here travelling. Since her mum was in NY, she flew over to meet up with her mama and of course, see this amazing city. Bet she’d come to NY even if her mum wasn’t here lol.
Our journey started last Friday, I met both mom and daughter after work.
Walking over to Brooklyn on the bridge didn’t seem as long as it sounds like. Glad my aunt enjoyed it, she can’t walk for too long so it’s good she didn’t get too exhausted. I really wanna post more pictures – didn’t take too many tbf but I look so bad since it was after work!! So forget it, no picture sharing of the bridge and my pretty face.
We headed to Little Italy after that and it seemed like it was an American version of “pasar malam” going on that night lol lol. But this pasar malam got alcohol and ferris wheel and more alcohol rofl. Pretty intense. It was quite cool at the beginning.. until we realized it was never ending no matter how much further we walked. Many blocks after, I turned to my cousin and said “omg I just realized we ONLY JUST reached Little Italy” as I pointed to the big sign of “Welcome to Little Italy” rofl. The pasar malam never ends..
We soon got tired of seeing the same thing and there were so many people because it was a Friday night so we left to have some ice cream… jeng jeng jeng.. At my fav. ice cream shop – Soft Swerve! I wanted to be a little more adventurous this time and try the Lychee flavor but I had a taste of it and it tasted a little too sweet. What nonsense huh, as if none of the other flavors aren’t a little too sweet.. But yam oh yam, you ma fav!
Saturday was shopping day! Not for me though, my aunt and coussie obviously had a good time at SoHo. We spent the whole afternoon there, I really don’t know how we spent so much time there, it didn’t feel like there’s much to do.. Except window shop (for me).
That half eaten croissant is black sesame. It didn’t taste exceptionally good to me so nah, don’t think I’ll go back for that. I still like Red Fleece better ehehe.. A little bias here, of course. This one is spacious and seems like a nice place to sit with your laptop and finish up some work.
The night ended pretty well – unfortunately I don’t have pictures hmm. We met Aunty Elaine and her husband for dinner at a French restaurant, the food there is delicious! I gotta go back for more. Had a few glasses of wine and I got so so red ugh. 3 years in Manchester and I still can’t drink for nuts. Then.. I got a jacket from Sorel. Ugh.. Spending so much money already. Okay, this part ain’t important lol. The interesting part is after. I decided to bring Vanessa to The High Line. It was quite a disappointment, it ain’t pretty at night! Feels good walking with my cousin and having some heart to heart talk, ahem you don’t need to know what we talked about *wink
I obviously hesitated sharing the bottom picture because come on, look at us. Vanessa barely has eyes.. I.. I don’t have eyes either and look at how red I was! We went to an underground bar and that night seems so surreal. My baby cousin is old enough to enter a bar legally for alcohol.. And she was asking for whiskey at the bar.. Woah coussie, slow down, I can’t keep up with you growing up so fast. Padahal I’m only 3 years older, I’m acting like such an aunty. Glad the night ended safe phew.
Sunday Funday!! Agenda: Central Park – Row boat at Central Park – Belvedere Castle – THE LION KING!
The boat ride was fun, I always like it. Always will (: The view of the city took my breath away for the second time. The sun also almost toasted me to death for the second time. It was quite a waste as we couldn’t last long in the middle of the lake because it was scorching hot even though the view from there was the best. Oh well.. The entire day was terribly hot, a real torture to be out and exploring the park.
The castle was quite a let down.. I mean, I didn’t expect much but it wasn’t fantastic. Or maybe because it was way too hot that we were all not really in the mood. Just some touristy stuff that you gotta do when you’re in the city ya know.
THE BEST BROADWAY SHOWWWWWWWWWWWWW!
Tbf I’ve only watched Wicked and Phantom of The Opera. But gosh, this show IS SOO DAMNNN GOOOOOD. I feel bad, I convinced Vanessa to watch because I wanted to watch it ahahha. But it’s true, when you’re in NY, a Broadway show is a must! Unless you’re really not into musicals. I’m glad she enjoyed the show too and it’s her first show so that gives her a good experience (:
I was so scared that I’d fall asleep like how I did in Phantom of the Opera. Seriously, don’t ask me how I did that, that show is so loud I don’t even know how I did it #thisiswhatyoucalltalent. Oh my, the whole show, the songs, the props, the costumes, the stage, everything was so so good. EVERYTHING! Esp. my fav. The Circleeeee of Lifeeeeeee. I’ve been watching the performance on YouTube for the longest time and it felt like a dream come true when I saw the characters of the show walk past the audience to the stage while performing. So so good. And even after 2 days, I was still singing along to that song.
“I like the show. But I got over it” – Vanessa, NYC 2017
Before the show, I made sure to have coffee and kept telling myself I can’t fall asleep because I’ve always wanted to watch this and the ticket is $99! Oh and I forgot to mention, Vanessa and I bought our tickets just the day before for the cheapest price so we got the not so nice seats, it was right at the corner and we weren’t even seated together, we were one row apart lol. So we agreed that she’d sit behind me and she promised to kick my chair every once in a while to make sure I was awake. Now I’m so proud of myself for enjoying the show so much *clap clap clap
Since we were at Times Square, I had to show Vanessa how blinding the freaking city is at night. Lights, lights everywhere!
I will definitely see her when I’m back. Question is, when will that be?