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..

Row row row your boat, gently down the stream

And I forgot what the words are after that..

It’s  JULY!  Update: I’m still desperately looking for a full time job.

So I finally went rowing woohoo! Mind you, I didn’t row 😦 I wanted to! But I figured that I didn’t wanna risk the lives on the boat by exchanging seats in the middle of the lake and get it off balance and fall in the water and drown and not enjoy NYC anymore.


The view is of course, fantastic. Sitting on a boat in the middle of the lake, having buildings, greens, people in sight, it was marvelous. It was beautiful. I’m no professional photographer so my pictures aren’t the best but I tried!


As we were rowing around the lake, there were a couple of animals that were grabbing everyone’s attention. There was the turtle (in the picture above) suntanning haha.

 

And you can tell which one is willing to put in an effort to get tanned

There was also a very fat raccoon but my boat was a little too far from it and by the time we got nearer to it, it ran away to the other side and I couldn’t snap a picture of it. But it’s really fat, I wonder what has it been munching on.

 


It was a really beautiful day to hang out at Central Park, a little too humid and way too sunny but nevertheless, perfect to be outside. I suppose summer is the best time to get married and shoot wedding photos which was what I witnessed, a couple who just got married and brought their squad along to the park for some romantic photos. What caught my attention was this


We were wondering why there was a woman dressed in black?! (Chinese people would totally flip if anyone were to dress in black on such an auspicious day lol.) Turns out she’s part of the groom’s squad! And I immediately thought of LEON WEE! He can totally dress in white and join the group of awesome ladies during our my Alison’s wedding! I cannot wait to see that happen *giggles

Sitting from afar on the grass, I had such an amazing view of i-don’t-know-what-building-that-is and the lake. Until it started pouring! That got messy, getting wet in the rain, looking at people on the boats trying to find shelter, most of them were hiding under the bridge haha. Imagine how much extra they’ll get charged. Oh yes, we got our boats from The Loeb Boathouse which costs $15 an hour with a $20 deposit which of course is refunded back after you’re done. A lil ex imo but this price is pretty much standard in Manhattan.

Of course I treated myself to Korean after that, I’ve been craving for this for a while.

The past week (or two) has been pretty great. My cousin from Malaysia came to visit for a couple of days and I tried new stuff such as

Greek food at Kefi

And tried to spark an interest in art. Which.. I guess if it’s not for you, it’s not for you.

 

I feel like I can related to this art lol. Below is the explanation/description of this piece by Pablo.


And of course, this. It’s not new to me but it’s something I’d go back for. Only when I crave for it though. It’s way too heavy to keep having it.


I had my favorite ice cream too! Because it’s yam and I haven’t had yam ice cream in a long time.


The last weekend, I finally got on the carousel which I have wanted to do so since a month ago!


It was pretty awkward because they were all kids! The only adults on it were the parents accompanying their children.. -.- Yea, pretty damn weird. Lol.

The same day itself was the NYC Pride March  to show support for the LGBT community. I didn’t follow the march from the beginning to the end, only caught a glimpse of it when I was waiting for my friend for dinner at Korean town.

Another “adventure” last Friday but it was so disappointing! I’ve been planning to visit the Little Red Lighthouse for quite a while. Came across this on TimeOut as it was opened to the public a couple of weekends back. Obviously I missed it but I still wanted to take a look at it. The Little Red Lighthouse was made famous by an author who wrote about it in a children’s book to explain that even though you’re little, it doesn’t mean you’re not of any use. My journey was then planned.

I took a 1.5 hour train all the way uptown and then I had to walk for about 20 mins to the park because the lighthouse is located in it. Thank god for Google Maps which brought me there without any problem. I did my research online and people were giving directions but I guess that was before Google Maps. The path to the park was quiet and tbh, I got a little scared even though it was daylight.


So this Lighthouse is located at Fort Washington Park along the Hudson River and it is the only remaining lighthouse in Manhattan. It served as a warning for ships making their way down the narrow river that separates New York and New Jersey back in the day. In the book, the Lighthouse and the George Washington bridge formed a friendship but eventually, the Lighthouse felt dwarfed by it and felt that he wasn’t of much use. Until the bridge reminded him that he is still master of the river.

Here is a panoramic view from the New York side of the Hudson River overlooking New Jersey.

I was disappointed because I thought the journey to the Lighthouse will be more challenging that it was. Nevertheless, I’ve always wanted to see it and I did. So that’s one thing off my list. And I’ll have to look out for more things to see and get my list growing.

There is also my eating adventure. Not the most interesting. And it’s more of my brother’s eating adventure lol.

A $26 sandwich after tax

This is the Pastrami sandwich from Katz Delicattesen which is so expensive for two pieces of bread and meat in between. It tastes so good though! I can understand why so many people flock to this deli everyday/weekend. It’s just not somewhere I’ll keep going back for because, well, because it’s a freaking $26 sandwich. That figure doesn’t sound too absurd if it were in RM but mind you, it’s USD we’re talking about.


I wanted ice cream quite badly after that because it was such a scorching hot day! We came across this and my uber greedy brother wanted all the toppings on the menu after we realized that it’s unlimited toppings for the $7 ice cream. Not bad. But way too much toppings and way too sweet. Sugar overloaded Sunday, it was. I gotta make sure I start my diet asap.

“Look at my muffin tops”

So that was two weekends for you. Let me end this post with cute pictures.

Say hello to lil grumpy here

And my brother promised to buy me these for my birthday *giggles

Now I’m gonna have a pair of bedroom slippers for winter yay!

 

 

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..

Last update:

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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.

You’re the saddest bunch I’ve ever met

You’ll understand the title of my post by the end of the post. What a smart way to get you to read it til the end eh *wink

Enough of the sappy post I updated last week! I realized I haven’t posted any photos of New York City since I arrived!

The first/first two weeks were pretty stressful, having to sort out our living space.. I didn’t even have a proper bed to sleep in, can you believe it? Bummer, I don’t have a picture of my before and after mattress/bed.. But I’ve got one to show that we didn’t even have a proper table to sit on for dinner.


I did a little touring after that since I got a 7 day unlimited Metrocard.. It’s stressful having to go into the city every single day and so tiring climbing the subway steps, especially when you’ve got the wrong direction or the wrong station. I swear my ass hurt the the second day of my tour, ass day it was.

I promise you it’s so delicious! Can’t remember the restaurant’s name though.

Besides the crazy living accommodation we didn’t have and the gigantic portion of Asian food we had, I did do some touring around New York City. Mind you, the first 2 weeks my parents and I were going back and forth Flushing and IKEA/Target to settle our little space so it was just the third week that I started leaving the house.


The highlight of my tour was the above, the great Statue of Liberty. Yes, it’s a must go but that’s not why it’s the highlight. What happened was that Joe and I weren’t aware that we had to reserve a separate ticket to go up the statue and there’s where the museum and the fantastic view from the island is. How unprepared of us eh.. So we ended up paying $18.50 to get to the island and walked around the statue.

In case this happens to you, it’s not that bad if you don’t get to go up. The $18.50 comes with an audio tour. So even if you’re not physically seeing anything in the museum, you can just listen to it.

Mandatory photo with Lady Liberty
It’s impossible to get a photo without other tourists photobombing 😦
I could only get a dozen photos since the island isn’t that big, there’re only so many rounds you can make
Stay back, Manhattan! ;p
Just kidding, you’re gorgeous
This time, a far shot. I’m telling you again, there’s only so many rounds you can make.

Well at least that week itself I got to visit a museum!


My cousin, Yvonne (born and bred New Yorker) has been absolutely kind and helpful since I arrived. She did offer help to Joe but that fella is not as appreciative as I am haha #desperateforajob The entire family on my mum’s side has been helpful actually. Mum’s youngest sister helped with the green card application and getting us a place to stay. Another sister of hers helped with preparing all the basic necessities and supplies for us so we won’t panic when we have nothing the moment we arrived. My uncle.. I’m sure he did something.. Oh yes, he helped with the renovation/building our wet kitchen. Pictures will come another time, if you’re gonna ask for it.

So yes, back to the museum. I digress.

Booh! I see you!

I was lucky because Yvonne’s friend got us tickets (for free!) to the special exhibits. I enjoyed the one about mummies the most! Didn’t know Peru has got mummies too and they were “mummified” differently from the Egyptians. The reason of mummification between both cultures are different too! For the Egyptians, it’s to prepare their (dead) loved ones for the afterlife whereas for the Peruvians, it is for the living to remain “connected” with the dead. The entire exhibit was very informative and I enjoyed it. Funny how I came across it online so it wasn’t exactly necessary to go to the museum but hey, it’s always better to see it for yourself! If you’re interested, you can read it here.

Thank you, random stranger for this shot. I love it!

The Butterfly Conservatory! SO MANY BEAUTIFUL AND COLORFUL BUTTERFLIES. And children. And then there’s me.. I managed to keep my composure and not reveal my jakun self, it’s still not time to show that side of me. yet. Furthermore, don’t think them Americans will understand the Malaysian jakun-ness within me. Sigh. The conservatory was to just see pretty little flying insects, in fact, they’re the most beautiful insects. And the ones in here are the prettiest ever! At least, the prettiest I’ve ever come across. Okay, I think I’ve made my point.

So this was supposed to be posted 4 days ago but obviously procrastination took over pft. In my defense, I stayed home the entire sunny week to work on my job applications! It’s exhausting, really *yawns

Anyways, I went to H&M yesterday to look for shoes, thought I should started looking for a pair of formal heels for any upcoming interviews. As I was walking to the counter to check out (got a pair of flats instead sigh), something on sale caught my attention! It was $7! It was perfect for autumn or when the weather gets colder! It’s plain and won’t go out of fashion! It’s SEVEN DOLLARS!

See the disappointed look in ma face?!

So this sweater wasn’t as excited to come home with me as I am with it. Mind you, this is in EXTRA SMALL size. I gotta start shopping in the kids’ section. Best response I got from a friend was “Did you shop at Giant?” Hahaha note that pun. *For those who don’t know, Giant is an enormous supermarket back in Malaysia. Didn’t get to spend that $7 so why am I disappointed? I got to save $7. Plus, I don’t think my wardrobe can sustain the weight of any more clothing. I really need a bigger wardrobe *pulls hair

I’m almost done! Patience, guys! Last update for you:

I came across this song somewhere on Spotify and I just can’t stop listening to it! Did I forget to mention I no longer have Spotify Premium? Oh yes, now I did. It’s the worst torture not being able to choose which song I wanna play on my mobile app, not being able to listen to any songs when I have no service in the subway AND only able to SHUFFLE the songs 5 times. Seriously, do you feel my pain?? I’LL PAY YOU SPOTIFY, WAIT FOR MEEEE, JUST TAKE THIS PAIN AWAY FROM ME! *cues dramatic music

Okay back to Mulan. This song isn’t just catchy, it’s so meaningful! And the video clip is so inspiring. I don’t wanna go on and on about Mulan because everyone knows why and can understand why I find it inspiring (you do, right?). It’s totally motivating me as I work on my job applications lol.

Am I missing anything out? I think that’s pretty mu- Oh yes, the title of my post. It is actually the 4th line of the lyrics, nothing personal haha

Let’s get down to business, to defeat the Huns
Did they send me daughters, when I asked for sons?
You’re the saddest bunch I ever met
But you can bet before we’re through
Mister, I’ll make a man out of you

Okay, I’m off to watch the video. For the god-knows-how-many-times-th.