New York, New York


After reviewing the butt-load of photos I have from my trip, I realized I'll probably have to split this post into two posts. One thing I did not realize before embarking on my journey was how cold it would be. One of my friends called me up weeks before I went and asked if I wanted to go on a short rendezvous to New York. I've been stressed out and overwhelmed with work so I decided a nice short break would be refreshing. I have never been to somewhere so cold during winter, the coldest probably being Beijing in the winter, but I didn't spend much time outdoors. So I was surprised on the night before my flight when my friend texted me a picture of New York with snow covering the streets and the cars. Panic ensued. 


The first day I flew out it was almost 6PM by the time I had arrived at the place we'd be staying at and because of the time difference I was up since 4:30AM to catch my flight. I was able to meet up with a friend I've been wanting to see for years and we had a quick meal together before resting up for the long day ahead of exploring. We got up at 8AM to get ready and get out the door and meet up for brunch at a cake shop in Manhattan. My stomach wasn't fully awake yet, but I had some of the best cheesecake I've ever had in my whole existence. We then caught a ferry ride to see the Statue of Liberty, but unfortunately they wouldn't let us off because of previous damage from Hurricane Sandy. While everyone was seated comfortably inside the ferry, us four girls sat outside in the cold. Why? Don't underestimate the power of vanity. We sat out in the freezing cold and took pictures, but it came to a point where my hands were so red and burning with pain that I had to try to thaw them before doing anything else. We then headed to Wall street to see a bull that we had to go touch the golden testicles to have good luck in future finances. Oh god, why? After walking around and taking in the scenes, we headed over to the 9/11 memorial. It was pretty moving to see that they had turned the ground where the two buildings stood into two giant waterfalls and pools. The last time I came to New York was in elementary school, and I still had pictures with the trade centers standing. It was all very surreal to visit the memorial on this trip. Can't believe it was almost a decade ago, the moment that everyone remembered exactly what they were doing when they head the news that morning. After this, we took the metro to Brooklyn to see the Brooklyn Bridge. We had passed over it earlier on the ferry, but I didn't realize we'd be crossing the entire bridge. In heels. At night in 35 degree weather. I pretty much was thinking "ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: Walking over 5 miles in heels" with all the walking we did up until that point. I don't think I've ever walked that much in my entire life. We lived 0.8 miles from the metro stop and pretty much spent the entire day walking, I was thankful in a way because we walked so much during our trip, I don't think I could have made it without the first day of hell!























The second day, we woke up bright and early to go to Soho for some shopping! I was very pleased to find that there was no sales tax on clothing items under 110$. At this point everyone went crazy buying all the things because it was just like having a 10% discount. After walking around Soho we headed to Times Sq as it was getting dark, which felt just like Vegas. Since arriving at New York, I kept imagining I was in Gotham and that Batman would appear at night. And that's when I saw him. Albeit he was kind of out of shape, but Batman nonetheless. After exploring Times Square we headed to Shake Shack, which is comparable to In-n-Out we have on the west coast. Not being much of a burger person, I have a soft spot for In-N-Out and Shake Shack did not disappoint.









New York is a lot older than I remembered, especially the metro. We had some interesting encounters with people that would sing or dance for tips, but also some bad ones with screaming and spilling milk on people. The worst being a late night on the train after stuffing our faces at Ippudo, but I'll save that for the next post. Even though it was cold and rainy while we were there, the buildings are so gorgeous. I felt an intense connection to Ted Moseby in HIMYM, because some of the scenery was beautiful beyond words. I was really sad after I came back to California, because I really did love New York. Even though it was so cold the first couple days, I started to miss it.

Little me pretending to be the Statue of Liberty with the Trade Center in the back
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33 comments:

  1. I always love following your adventures through your pictures. You seriously take some amazing shots! I've never been to NY so I'm rather curious of what it's like since New Yorkers seem to lead such a different life style compared to us Californians. Plus, I'd really love to visit the 9/11 Memorial!

    By the way, I totally love the picture with the Statue of Liberty behind you (the adult one). You give off a really cool vibe in that picture. B)

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  2. That's an amazing post! All your pictures are so nice !
    Just make me want to go to NYC a bit more ^_^

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  3. Omg. NY is definitely on my to go lists !!
    And crap, all the food looks amazinggg *__* <33

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  4. My Adventure TimeApril 27, 2013 at 7:37 AM

    awesome photos ; D

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  5. Oh man, I really love all your pictures! So wanna visit NYC in the near future T.T

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  6. i love your pics! *_* following you now! check out my blog :D

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  7. With Love, TiffanyApril 29, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    Your trip looks like it was amazing! I'm loving the shots you took ahhh makes me want to go back there someday *0*

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  8. Seems like you had a great trip! NYC looks like a really vibrant city~
    Hehe, love that beer sign too ^_^

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  9. New York loooks soo fun! one day we will definitely have to visit xx love your posts

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  10. All the pictures are amazing!!! That cheesecake looks so good~~ That photo of batman is really cool as well ^0^ I hope I get to travel to New York in the future.


    Liz
    www.lizchewy.com

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  11. yay i finally get to see your new york photos! great shots you got there! the last photo that you took when you were a kid is super duper close to where my brothers apartment is in brooklyn heights! and coco's is a chain?? theres one here in sawtelle! i never knew! can't believe you guys walked so much in heels. i would have died if i was walking with you guys. loll.. can't wait for your next post!! eeekkk. and i've only been to NY once when it was snowing, i dont remember though because i was a kid! but i do remember beijing in the winter. oh my... have you ever tried the great wall while its snowing?? horriblee.

    xoxo Sarahwww.xliciousgirl.com

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  12. Thanks for sharing the gorgeous pictures!! I miss NYC so much!!! ><
    Did you have a chance to shop? I didn't when I was there since there are just way too much to explore at this amazing City!!

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  13. New York is definitely worth visiting! Such a beautiful lively city, there's so much to do!

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  14. Really?! I don't even remember taking that picture! It's so weird because I have my childhood captured in film in so many photobooks at home and I can't remember 80% of them.. IT IS?! THERE'S COCO IN SANTA MONICA?! FML!!! I need to go there next time! The pudding milk tea is absolutely OMNOMNOMZ!


    I seriously thought at one point that my toes were just going to break off, but I didn't care because it was so cold! It was snowing at one point too, but it turned into rain.. I've been to Beijing in the winter too! The great wall was frozen with ice.. I may be going there during this winter again, but hopefully to visit different parts of China.

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  15. I shopped so much, my wallet hurts! Having no sales tax on the majority of our purchases didn't help at all! I went to Soho and 5th Ave a couple times, but everyone was so hip even in the cold weather while I was bundled up like a burrito lulz!

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  16. ahh yes theres a COCO in sawtelle. idk how well you know the area, but its in that one plaza on the corner with all the plants. they also opened up a macaron place next door. haha and theres a crepes place that i like in the same plaza too. one time me and my bf got boba, pinkberry, and crepes one after another. such a bad (but good) idea.

    go to shanghai!!! well maybe not now cuz they have some kinda flu and you cant eat any meat there.. but thats where my family is from :) awww we should hang out sometime :D

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  17. Oh how I miss LA :< I haven't been to Sawtelle in ages! I miss it so much, I used to go to the Max there to sing k and the market to buy random stuff! Also cream papa.. huhuhu *Q*

    I went there before, but it's so scary if you can't speak Shanghainese! We should! I always go down to LA quite randomly though when I miss my friends down there too much.. Do you live in SM?♡

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  18. I live about 10 minutes away from sawtelle driving locally. In HS I used to go karaoke there before too! haha and my first time having beards papa was that location :3


    I understand shanghainese, but don't really speak it. I get what you mean about it being sorta scary. Well i wouldn't say scary but.. they know you're not from there. haha~

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  19. You're so lucky ;______;, I was living in ktown last year and my neighborhood was super ghetto. I have so many crazy stories and thinking back I can't believe it was real life.


    Yeah, I went when I was a lot younger so things have probably changed by now. But damn, some store keepers and people working there have some attitude!

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  20. its SOOOOOo different from before. I like and dont like it. i like that theres a lot more places to go and explore, new restaurants and what not.. most of the old ones are still there too. but i hate how crowded it is now! its like everyone just discovered sawtelle recently. i dont like.

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  21. LOL! I actually went to LA like 2 weeks ago, but I only hung around Irvine and Melrose this time. Next time I neeeeed to go to the promenade and Sawtelle! I HATE PARKING AT SAWTELLE THOUGH. Such hate...

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  22. Yeah, no sales tax is so attractive! I wish there's no sales tax in LA. ><
    Are you coming down to LA any time soon?

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  23. I have no idea! Although I would expect to probably go down sometime during the summer.. It's getting really hot though and it just makes me want to stay inside and be a hermit ;A; LA is relatively close so I never plan too far ahead!

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  24. Baby you were so close yet so far away. <3 I'm glad you had lots of fun though!

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  25. I know ;____; come back to me soon baby!

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  26. May I know what camera you used to take these great photos ? :D

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  27. Hello, may I know what model of camera you have used to take such beautiful photos ? :D Thank u!

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  28. Sony NEX 5-R! Blogged about it here: http://www.dear-elaine.com/2012/12/what-year-is-it-updates-new-tech-life.html

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