Day 4: Typical Tourists

Our morning started a little later than usual because our bodies needed a little more energizing. After finding dislike and inconvenience in using public transit, we decided to drive down to New York and find a parking spot close to our adventuring. Not only was this more efficient, it was surprisingly cheaper.
SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESCentral Park was our first stop. I did not expect it to be as lively as it was: many people were exercising, tourists were lured into riding bicycles or carriages, vendors were in every corner and there was all kinds of performers. As a former viewer of CSI NY, I made a joke that there must be a crime scene somewhere in the park and sure enough, I found one. Let’s pretend it’s real.

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On the benches, there were messages engraved in metal plates. I was very fond of these two. Adorable, are they not?

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Walking around Central Park for a couple of hours depleted our energies. We grabbed lunch soon after and without surprise, ate Middle Eastern food. It was very tasteful but the portions were too big for our stomachs.

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Being outdoors for the majority of the day, we decided to finish it by going shopping. We took transit down to 34th St. from 59th as to not waste our paid parking. Claiming to be the biggest Macy’s store, we decided to check it out. It was indeed enormous! However, it was very crowded as if one was in a fish market: loud and packed. Having spent too much time inside gave me a headache.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESCentral Park’s peacefulness from the honking cars and traffic was a good way to spend the morning. It definitely reminded me of my jogs around Waterfront and Stanley Park in Vancouver. Oh how I miss my second home!

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

Lady-like in Public Transit

New York is a fashion capital and I was not going to waste my chance of pretending I belonged. I achieved this lady-like look by wearing a floral dress with lace and pearl embellishments. Since the dress is already very busy, I chose simple, yet elegant accessories. To juxtapose the softness of the dress, I paired it with a leather satchel, watch and shoes.
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1) Dress: Gifted from The Philippines | 2) Leather Satchel: Coach | 3) Cut-Out Shoes: Jeffrey Campbells | 4) White & Rose Gold Watch: Bulova | 4) Round Sunglasses: The Queen Boutique

A plus tard et avec l’amour!

Day 2: Stairs and Subway

Breakfast was early at 7 a.m. to get ready for a meet up with a family friend way back from U.A.E. We walked to Hoboken Station from our rented condo and headed to 42nd Street/ Times Square.

Riding the New York Subway reminded me very well of Vancouver. It was crowded, people were always in a hurry and the trains were very frequent unlike back in Calgary. As tourists and my elders being quite unfamiliar with using transit, naturally, we moved at a slower pace and locals showed obvious signs of annoyance. That was expected on my part because Vancouverites act similarly.
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We arrived at Times Square early and achieved so without getting lost. Since we had time before our intended meet-up, we roamed around H&M and Modells. At Modells, a salesman greeted me with, “Hi, how are you?” and to my reply, “Good, and you?” To his surprise at my friendly gesture, or rather Canadian ways of politeness, he gave me a big smile which made my day. Having been to the States multiple times, I am well aware that it is rare for salespersons to encounter friendly customers, let alone ask them how they are doing.

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There were mascots everywhere in Times Square. We decided to take a picture with them and realized after that they asked for tips. Personally, I don’t mind but, if you ever visited New York, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Can we just laugh at how there are two Elmos? Who’s the impostor?

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Then we headed to McDonalds for a little snack: panels of TV screens everywhere, an ambiance of an old club and 4 floors high! How odd is that? Then we headed to Hard Rock to be gifted with souvenirs from our family friend. The Gibson guitar deco was so cool!

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Soonafter, we rode the Staten Island Ferry and got a gorgeous view of the New York skyline and Statue of Liberty. On our return, we went to the 9/11 Memorial, ate at Così (which was delicious) and to my dismay, looked around for Parsons but did not find it. However, we visited the Strand bookstore, a 3-level beauty filled with so much knowledge and art! I decided to snatch up a book of Maya Angelou’s poems as memorabilia, as well as an addition to my collection.

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We had an exhausting day of taking the stairs and Subway all day, but it was quite the experience. We felt how it was like to live like a New Yorker and to be honest, I think it’s not our cup of tea. We very much enjoy our slow-paced, decongested and laid back life in Calgary, but we’re not ready to return until we finish our adventures. Tomorrow, we shall commence again!

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Bonne nuit.

A plus tard et avec l’amour!