Tuesday, August 6, 2013

New York

"She saw a whole new world. Not far away was the lovely span of the Williamsburg Bridge. Across the East River, like a fairy city made of silver cardboard, the skyscrapers loomed cleanly." - Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

What a way to put things, but silver cardboard and clean edges were what New York was all about! Ahh, New York.. Home of Holly Golightly and that ever-so-famous flagship Tiffany & Co., where Blair and Serena walk the streets, and where Times Square leaves its glitzy footprint.

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New York Citibank. :P

NYC has got to be one of the citiest city I know with its skyscrapers, narrow streets, and ridiculous amount of people but as starstruck as I was by the city, I can’t imagine living there for long. It is beautiful and claustrophobic all at once and as strange as it sounds, it was almost rude the way the streets would turn abruptly into each other then criss cross about, and suddenly after street upon street of shophouses, you turn a corner and there’s a towering building blocking the sun and the bus you’re on can’t move any further because someone decided to host a streetwide line dancing class without prior notice. True story.

We took a bus from Philadelphia and roughly 2 hours later, ended up in Chinatown, New York on a warm summer’s day. 

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My grown up baby brother werking it. Winking smile 

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When in New York.. TAKE MANY PICTURES! Open-mouthed smile 

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My sister with her extremely fair boyfriend.

Lunch was another Asian affair with a Chinatown meal. 

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An Asian-American rice portion? Here, we normally get our rice filled up to the brim of the bowl but I guess Americans tend to upsize things.

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Familiar food in an unfamiliar land!

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Pork ribs?

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BRINJAL! Red heartRed heartAlso, if anyone knows the difference between eggplant and brinjal, do enlighten me!

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Lobster! Open-mouthed smile 

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Chicken!
0 points for creativity on the captions but maybe a 7 for the effort, heh? Smile with tongue out 

Travelling in a country where everyone speaks English gave us a sense of security – enough for us to brave the subway.

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DA BRONXXXX. DON’T MESS. Shifty

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Because.. well, we are tourists.

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Ahh, is it creepy that I feel somewhat starstruck by being so close to the source of Blair Waldorf’s disdain? D:

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And after this very dramatic photo of my brother, I had to stop taking pictures because ‘looking too much like a tourist in the subway will get you mugged’. Thinking smile

We actually didn’t have much of a plan when we set off for NY but finally decided that running away from our true selves would do us no favours. We had to embrace the truth. We had to embrace who we were and what we were there for. We had to throw away the facade, wash away the lies, and come to terms with the truth – we were… tourists.

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And so, a Hop On, Hop Off bus it was! Open-mouthed smile 

For those in a rush (and we most certainly were), it was probably the best decision to make as we could get off the bus anytime we wanted and get back on another once we were done sightseeing. Plus, our guide would share stories and little nuggets of history every now and then.

Okay, time for pictures!

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TADAH!

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#NewYorkproblems #Americanproblems

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Their famous yellow cabs! I was so tempted to hail one down with a whistle just to see if it worked! Smile with tongue out 

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Definitely some advertising we wouldn’t find back home! :P

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I have always harboured a passion to study in the US and if only their Law degrees were universally recognized.. who knows, I could’ve ended up here!

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The ever iconic Flatiron building on the right!

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And a magical looking twisty one!

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The artistic souls of New Yorkers on display!

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And of course…


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Saks Fifth Avenue! Just a stone’s throw away from the flagship Tiffany store! Surprised smile 

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Rockerfeller Center, which contrary to popular belief is not actually for a fellow who plays rock music. Smile with tongue out 

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After passing Ground Zero and taking a glimpse at the near-complete World Trade Center, we hopped off the bus and headed to Battery Park for a peek at Lady Liberty.

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Chloe fabulously strolling the streets! *flips hair*

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And me.. fabulously standing in the middle of.. well, nowhere. *flips hair*

Battery Park was very beautiful on a summer’s day! The grass was green and skies were blue, sun was out, no one had the flu! (LOLOL okay, I will give up this rhyming career.)

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So nice that even squirrels came out to play!

DSC_0825AHHH SO CUTE!!! This picture is so Google worthy that I feel pretty proud of it. Smile Such a difference from the Malaysian squirrels with their skinny tails and rat-like features. Thinking smile

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KHOO SIBLINGS! Open-mouthed smile 

In the spirit of being a disgustingly cute couple in love, my sister and her boyfriend carved out their initials on a tree in the park and plan to revisit it again one day.

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*sighs dreamily*

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Chloe and.. Yaw?

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You see that tiny little pinprick on the bottom left? THAT is the Statue of Liberty and was the best view I got of it because we missed the boat to the island. Smile with tongue out 
DSC_0878Standing next to Lady Liberty.. lol.

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Pirated version of my pic with the Statue of Liberty. Smile with tongue out 

With the sun setting, Times Square seemed like the next best place to go so we hopped on the bus once again! Smile 

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NEW YORK APOCALYPSE! A very “I Am Legend” kind of moment..

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Much better.. Flirt male

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The wheels of the bus go round and round, round and round..

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Round and round.. The wheels of the bus go round and round, all day long!

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Ahh, one thing I’ve noticed is that Americans do not dress as well as Europeans and it was kind of disappointing because I was expecting more.. well, celebrity-like fashion? WHERE ARE THE FANCY SHOES AND BOMBSHELL BABES & HUNKY MEN?

What the people lacked, the place didn’t and Times Square was all lights, people, and sound!

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Badly focused picture!

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TIMES SQUARE, BABEHH!! Red heart

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A celebrity on the streets but the crowd was so thick (and tall) that we couldn’t see a thing! Surprised smile

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Lights and sound!

All in all, New York is grand and is much livelier at night than in the day. Times Square was a bucket list thing for me and I’m glad that I got to see it with all its quirks.

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Even this.. naked cowboy?

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GAH GAH GAHHH!!!!

To remove that gross image.. here, people! Have adorable hedgehogs! Open-mouthed smile 

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NGAWWW!! Let us all simultaneously squeal for these cuties.

Have a great day, you prickly things! Open-mouthed smile 

PS: This.. is a LOT spicier than you’d think it is. Envision tears. A lot and a lot of tears.

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4 comments:

  1. i find this pretty inSightful tbH.this post gAve me a differeNt pErspective toWards the united stAtes.the naked cowboy definitely caught my attention,but the bigger picture is how the citizenS are able to express tHemselves through a frEe countRy,in contrary to my pEople here who are constantly oppressed.good read,really.i find the hedgehogs pretty cute,wonder who inspired you

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    1. Hedgehogs are super cute right! Thank you, anonymous.. Haha I'm sure the naked cowboy is what everyone notices. :P I guess.. sometimes being oppressed is good too because there's control. And without control, things can go a little haywire. It's always good to have things in check every now and then.

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  2. When is your next blog post you cuddly porcupine blogger you,i've been waiting for a really long time >:(

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