Weekend fun

So many first times I’ve had the past week:

  • Received flowers for the first time since I got to NY

​Jeremy was working with me that day and he went all “awwww flowerrrrsss!” haha my manager is so cute (sometimes). Debbie and Jose came in for the next shift and funny how no one noticed the flowers at the back despite walking in and out to grab milk from the fridge lol. I guess it’s because I left it in the box and now I know the other baristas are not nosy at all, they don’t even bother peeking.


The biggest challenge was bringing these beauties home. I had to carry the box with 2 hands (the pastries too) and walk about 10 mins to the subway station then made sure I had a seat in the train because I was exhausted from carrying them. When I got on the bus, it was sardine packed and I had them as close to me as possible, almost having them squashed 😦 But they survived, yay! And I did too.

  • WATER SLIDEEEEEEE!
    Citi Summer Streets 2017

    This 270 foot water slide was only available for 3 Saturdays and I made it to the last one phew. Glad I got to experience this in the middle of the citi. There were many activities going on and the best part.. THEY’RE ALL FREE!

Cereal w coconut milk
Caramel popcorn will always taste the best!

And of course,​ being the Asian that I am

​I was thinking whether to go back for the water slide for the second (and third) time but I got myself wet from head to toe (duh!) and it took forever for my pants to dry so.. nah..

  • Char Chan Teng in Chinatown was the best option for food because we were close by and.. I wanted Asian food anyway.

    This isn’t good.. at all.
  • Museum of Chinese in America! In  my opinion, this museum is.. quite a joke to me. Explaining how to Chinese came to America back in the day is interesting, it’s good to know how the Chinese community was formed back then.

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    ​Do ppl who visit this museum not know what a rice cooker is? Oh well, at least I can say I’ve visited this place!

    At least I can say I’ve been here
  • My first product from Benefit oo-la-laaaaaaa~

So Sephora has a weekly sale deal for 50% on selected items and it’s a different item every week. I’ve been looking around for brow products because yes, right now my brows are the biggest flaw on my face (that I know of). When I saw that Benefit’s brow kit will be selling for $17, YES I’M GETTING IT. The only downside of American/Western beauty products is that I can’t really find brow pencils/gel/powder in black. I came across Cover Girl who’s got it so Imma have to stick to it for now. And this brow kit too hehe. So lovely!

Next up:

Don’t I look like santa claus, dressed in red and white

Headed over to Governor’s Island 3 Sundays ago for a picnic on an amazing sunny day! And sitting right next to the river felt really good as it was breezy and knowing me, I’m a real pig, I fell asleep.

This is so good. No dirty  thoughts please.

 

I swear, this tastes so good!

Moving on.

I headed to JFK on Friday.. Just to get a packet of overpriced Doritos for $3


I kid. It wasn’t just to get Doritos lol. It’s been a while since I got driven and it was nice to experience traffic in New York City on a Friday night after work.

And here was the highlight of ma week:​

Montauk!

It’s about a 2.5 hours drive out of New York City and I enjoyed the ride out of the busy, noisy streets. You don’t know this but I love car rides and train rides, I love staring out the window and just absorbing the beauty of green land and life outside the city. My train rides in England were absolutely enjoyable because they’ve got so much greenery and it’s nice seeing animals out there too *giggles

Breakfast was just the beginning

Along the way, we saw vineyards and pumpkin patches and several stores selling organic vegetables and fruits.


Because we were making frequent stops and (trying to) get good pictures, the trip to Montauk took more than 2.5 hours haha. Well, it’s alright huh, Idk when I’ll be able to get a ride out again.

What’s a car ride without this baby

I found 3 packets in the front seat waiting for me when I opened the car door, it was a really great morning surprise. A really great one (:

@ the top of the Montauk Lighthouse

I visited Montauk’s famous landmark – the Lighthouse and tbh, I wasn’t exactly impressed by it. There’re 137 steps to reach the top and they’re very strict about footwear – no heels are allowed. Unfortunately for me, I wanted to look pretty that day so I was wearing platforms 😦 But fortunately for me, there were extra flip flops in the car. They’re just a couple of sizes too big for me lol.


After the disappointing view from above, the beach comes next. Well, the “beach”. I didn’t think it fits the description of a beach but whatevs, you could sit by the rocks and enjoy the waves.​

​And I came across a really impressive ad.. Deng deng deng deng..

Download Lyft

 Pretty impressive huh, I wonder how much they spent on this..

Okay. The highlight of the day:

Food

Appetizer

The appetizer was so so. I didn’t see anything special ’bout it. So I was hoping the main wasn’t gonna be a disappointment.

Lobster!

It’s been a while since I had this but I definitely remember it’s super tasty! One of it is cold (bottom), the other is hot (top) so it’s nice having 2 different types to try. They ain’t exactly cheap too, it’s based on the current market price for lobsters. The only downside of it is that the cold dish had celery in it ugh. You can guess by now that I dislike celery boooo.

Homemade triple berry pie ❤

This was absolutely amazing!! I can’t remember what exactly is in it, I think it’s blueberry, strawberry and apple crumble. It’s crispy on the outside, soft and warm on the inside with the different berries which makes it taste real good. Along with the cold, sweet ice cream, ooh, delicious!

Basically, my two weekends was enjoyable. Looking forward to more weekends like this (:

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I went through my previous blog post and I realized there were a few grammatical errors/general errors so I corrected it! And I added something extra in the post (: You can go check it out!

Hm. So what happened between dog sitting and today.. I’m wrecking my brain trying to remember it because I so wanna share it with ya! Ah yes, here goes.

I visited a really cool EXhibition 2-3 weeks back. Can you figure out what it is just by looking at the word? In case you didn’t know (because I didn’t know too), there is an actual Museum of Broken Relationships and they have got ongoing travelling exhibitions so NYC was part of their tour. It was in Flatiron, not too far away from my cafe so I decided to pop by. It’s not a very big place but it’s so amazing, definitely something new!

 

​ It is a space for people to share their heartbreak stories or anything relating to their past relationships. There were items being displayed and next to it was a description of how much the item meant to the person who possessed it and why it mattered. There were wedding photobooks (really heartbreaking omg) and a lot of random stuff, stuff that doesn’t matter much to us but to certain people, there is a story behind it and how it changed someone’s lifestyle.

To some people, this is just a cigarette box to help them relief their stress or whatever they are going through, or even some other reason that made them turn to smoking. But to this person, it’s such a sweet thing for his ex girlfriend to do that. There are 7 billion people in the world and everyone has a story to tell. There were other items there too, I think I saw an iron haha. It was hard to read everything because it’s a really small space and there were quite a lot of people visiting it.

My favorite part was reading the notes/messages people left for the exes, messages that they probably never got to convey to the other party.

I found this super funny haha! Great to know that exes can be sort of “friends” too, I suppose. Or maybe they’re not friends but it’s good enough being able to hang out together lol. There were TOO MANY messages hanging, almost impossible to read them all. Some were full or rage, some were filled with sadness, there were so much emotions in just a couple of words on a piece of paper.

I could feel how much she meant it.

So anyway, I didn’t hang around for too long. On my way to the subway, I was handed this:

This definitely made me feel a little less down after reading those heartbreaking messages.

So I remember that was the day the subway system went totally nuts. In the morning, the A train apparently was delayed to the point where the subway station was flooded with people, all the way up the stairs and people were crowding around in front of the shops next to the station. And the line at the bus stop was crazy too. Well, NYC is notoriously known for it’s crappy subway system or the subway station being dirty and smelly. Never thought I’d go through this. No, how can I say that. I’m living here, bound to go through that sometime soon.​

 

​I was waiting for the E train at a different station that day. It took forever for the train to come and when it finally came, it was jam packed! Like sardine squashed. Nobody got off the train so obviously nobody could get on it. Pretty crazy huh. Didn’t have a choice but to wait for the next train and the same thing happened! Crazy packed. Argh. I was so annoyed because I was waiting for at least 30 mins and it’s so hot down at the station, there was no air circulation and the number of people just kept growing. When I finally got on it, gosh I think the girl next to me smelled so bad, not too sure whether it was her but I’m guessing it is. Didn’t have a choice of course, had to hold my breath the entire ride home T.T It took me 2 hours to get home that day when it usually takes about.. slightly more than hour. One can be real exhausted just by going on a subway journey.

Moving on, I’m really hungry right now and I’m gonna be talking about food. It’s a real torture but I’m willing to go through this. For you (: Food ain’t in order, btw.

First off, been a little obsessed with Pokebowls lately..

These two babies are from Pokeworks. I got the normal Pokebowl with brown rice and the I love choosing my own meat and toppings 😀 It’s the best $11.92 because it can keep me full til AFTER dinner. 2 meals for $11.92. It’s delicious! I tried another Pokebowl place two days ago which is located at Financial District. Can’t remember the name of the shop but I remember the ingredients ain’t as fresh as the ones at Pokeworks. Nevertheless, great try!

Siu yuk, char siew and duck

Lesson here: never get food when you’re starving because you’ll order more than you should, overeat then feel guilty for eating way too much. And it’s worse for me because I got SO SLEEPY after this meal and I actually fell asleep on the grass when I was chilling at the park. Ps. I don’t even like duck so ya see what I mean? Don’t get food when you’re starving. Or just have some self control.

Korean food

There’s a food court on 34th, the Korean Street and they have really affordable food. On average, bout $10 which is considered good for Manhattan. I don’t remember what exactly this is, probably pork. It’s making me hungry now. Something was wrong with me that week because I was craving for rice so much. Just feel like that’s the only thing that will keep me full. Mind you, I never liked rice in the past. Next up –

Falafel sandwich

Again, I was looking for something affordable and I was introduced to Maoz which is next to Union Square. I never had falafel before so having to fill my sandwich with toppings was difficult because I didn’t know how to get the sauce and veggie to reach the bottom. It got too dry after munching off half the sandwich and having all the veggie gone D: Will definitely go back for another sandwich after I learn how to get as much toppings as I can on it!

Fries from Baohaus

Tried Baohaus for it’s famous Pau with pork belly and I didn’t know that the pau is TINY. And I thought one portion came with 2 paus. Come on, 2 paus for $3.55 (or was it more than $4, can’t really remember), what was I thinking. But I finished the entire bowl of Taro fries so having 1 pau is definitely enough. Didn’t manage to get a picture of the pau because as you can see from the pic above, the lighting was really bad. I’m thinking whether I’ll actually return for the pau. Maybe when I want something light and to satisfy my pau cravings hmm.

So.. I’m done with food pictures. And I am so so hungry because I haven’t had dinner. Maybe I should grab a pastry while enjoying the latest episode of Game of Thrones..

B.a.b.y

My first movie in a movie theater in New York Citaaaayyyy! Went to AMC Empire 25 at 42nd St for this movie and I just had the whole Phantom of the Opera kind of feel when I walked took the escalator up but I didn’t take photos because I was afraid I’d be judged *giggles

The last time I saw Ansel Elgort on screen was The Fault in Our Stars which I didn’t exactly enjoy please don’t kill me. I remember when I went for the movie and it finally ended, the girls next to me were crying and I was just “hmm.. is it really that sad?” and the friend I went to the movies with yawned so loud. Wtf why did you even yawn so loud -.-

So back to the movie: Ansel Elgort is a young getaway driver who is working for a crime boss and he has got a good heart. I think this says all lol. So the movie is about his “crimes” and meeting a young beautiful girl (Lily James) and how they ended up together. Imo, I loved the flow of the story until towards the end.. Got a little dramatic but it’s good overall. Worth the 94% Rotten Tomato rating.

I kept trying to remember where I’ve seen Lily James before this movie. And I finally remember, CINDERELLA! And then I found out she was in War and Peace which I didn’t finish lol. I’ve got one episode left I think.. Or two. Kinda got lazy heh.

This is my first movie in a movie theater in New York City so it deserves a post of its own. I was at 42nd St before the movie started for dinner and since it’s Times Square, my goodness, the amount of people there is CRAZZZZYYYYY. Everyone’s just standing everywhere, mostly tourist though and I can’t look at my phone while crossing the road which I’m not supposed to be doing but I’m sure everyone does it.

I headed to Manhattan pretty early so I chilled at Kinokuniya for a bit cuz the AC is necessary. It’s so damn hot outside recently *rolls eyes

 


Heheheh #gameofthrones. Speaking of that, I have yet to start on Season 7. No spoilers!

Then I headed to Wasabi Sushi & Bento for a quick dinner. I had a pretty heavy lunch so I wasn’t starving, a nice light dinner will be good.

I didn’t take a photo of my dinner so I got this off Google. Relax, there’s a reason why I’m sharing this with you.

When I finished my pork, I wasn’t really satisfied with my dinner and my friend pointed out that I’ve got so much rice left and that I didn’t touch my rice at all! LIES! I was eating my meat AND my rice together. So this proves that there’s not enough meat and too much rice! And I spent about $11 on that. Thank goodness I wasn’t hungry or else I’d be so grumpy with the amount of meat in it. I knew I should’ve gone to Five Guys for a nice yummy burger and dabao lots and lots of peanuts to the movies *giggles

No, I was kidding about dabao-ing the peanuts. Or maybe I wasn’t 😉

Sunsets

And it’s June! Half a year has gone by just like that. The first thing that comes to my mind whenever I say that is “Gosh, I’ve been unemployed for 5 months!” 

My first pair of sneakers! Woohoo 😀

I’ve given up on my Converse, it’s thin and it hurts the sides of my feet after walking a whole day (and also because it’s 5 years old) so I decided that I need a proper pair of sneakers to walk in, especially with all the walking in NYC. I know this design is so mainstream but I can’t help it, it looks great with almost every outfit so I got the one that is water proof, I’ve got enough of suede shoes already (not sure whether this design has it in suede but whatever).

So I’ve been in Brooklyn for about 3 times in the past 2 weeks, and at the same place! For different reasons, of course *wink

The first time was to meet Dayana and her sister, it feels like I haven’t seen her in years, guess that’s how one year feels like when you’re apart from friends #imissmyfriendsbackhome


And thanks to Dayana, I got to try out new food too!

I really love this yam flavored ice cream ❤

We sat at the Brooklyn Bridge park to chat while enjoying the sunset view, which was magnificent! The view of the bridge along with the Manhattan skyline in the background and watching the color of the sky change while the lights on the bridge and the buildings came on. It’s beautiful, really. It’s so sad how the Brooklyn Bridge is so much more popular than the Manhattan bridge but I can totally understand why when I took a while on both bridges just two days ago.

The Manhattan bridge just doesn’t have that tourist-y feel. And it’s also because the trains do pass the bridge so it’s really noisy when you’re walking side by side the trains. The good part is that both the bicycle path and pedestrian path is separated with the train tracks in the middle. The only people I gotta avoid bumping into are the joggers lol.

Manhattan Bridge from the Brooklyn Bridge Park

On the other hand, the Brooklyn bridge seems more bright and cheerful (it’s like the Manhattan bridge is the introverted one whereas the Brooklyn Bridge is the extroverted one, having lots of friends and really sociable lol). The pedestrian path and bicycle path on this bridge ain’t exactly separated so you’ll hear bicycle bells ringing throughout your walk. Ain’t nobody got time for a bicycle accident!

 

I love this shot but I wish I could take a nicer shot – I miss my camera

And finally for the picture below, one more last time at the Brooklyn Bridge Park to enjoy sunset again (on a different day). Managed to snap a pic of when the sun has already set this time.

Other things I did at Brooklyn was to visit the New York Transit Museum.

Before it became a museum, this was a active subway station hence the entrance and it also explains why there is no phone service down there -.-

It was nice being in the museum learning about how the subway transformed to what it is today since the 1800s. From horse carriages to cable cars to trolleys to elevated train tracks and now the subway, it’s even more interesting to see models of these old public transport. I also love how they gave so much credit to the MTA employees and engineers behind the entire subway system which in my opinion, they greatly deserved it. The museum explains how the employees contributed to saving the people of NYC and putting the people of NYC above everything else when the 9/11 incident happened and when there were any blizzards or natural disasters that occurred. Well done!

And to be honest, I love how the museum had actual models of the buses and trains which was perfect for picture-taking-sampat moments but obviously I couldn’t, for two reasons:

  1. I visited the museum alone
  2. Kids were running around everywhere and there was a lot of yelling to get the kids back together


And I visited the Museum of Fashion Institute of Technology a couple of days ago! It wasn’t the most impressive as it was an exhibit, the theme being “Force of Nature” 

I’ve always loved clothes from the Victorian era, I find the square neckline super sexy haha. Also cuz actresses in shows of that era have got nice cleavages, hence the sexy impression

It’s nice to see how designers and clothing back in the day relate mother nature to fashion. I didn’t realize that clothes in trend have flower prints, animal prints, galaxies and stars on it. There’re also leopard skin designs, fur coats. It’s all nature! Fashion isn’t my biggest passion (not an artsy person just in case you haven’t realized it) but I enjoyed looking at the different clothing designs.

And the highlight of everything..

Manhattanhenge May 2017 aka the biggest disappointment ever

So Manhattanhenge 2017 was on Monday, May 29 and Tuesday, May 30. I missed out the sunset view on Monday as the Tuesday one was supposed to be the nicer, clearer sunset view. However, the disappointment is when Tuesday was cloudy! Look at that picture! I can barely see the top of the buildings! Guess I’ll have to wait for July sigh. I was having such high hopes the clouds will disperse by the end of the day, it was a real let down.

The night got a lil better after I got my ramen-noodle-Asian food craving fixed. Thank you. PS. I know it’s not a very good shot but I just had to

Another post will be on exploring different parts of the city! I know I still owe you a post on the food I’ve had.. Ugh. I’ll try..

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This book got me hooked!

I haven’t read all Sidney Sheldon’s books yet but so far every book that I read, I can’t put it down once I’ve started.

This about a woman, Jennifer Parker and how her life changed as she works her ass off to be a lawyer, a top lawyer. What is a story without some romance eh? Of course, two men were involved in her life and they’re two very different men which makes the story even more interesting! The ending of the story just got me all “what??” but at the same time, it was satisfying knowing how it ended. Amazing read!

Moving on to the next book, Six of Hearts by LH Cosway. It’s got a rating of 4.1 on Goodreads so I’ve got high expectations. So far, I’ve probably read like 10% of it and it’s not as exciting as how Rage of Angels was at the beginning so I’m having hopes it’ll just get better. The sequels to the book have got high ratings too so I’m excited to finish it! That is if I’ve got extra time on top of having to apply for jobs, catch up on world news and learn something new to find my passion.

Sighs.