from Toronto, Canada

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Times Square

Frankly, I'm sick of writing about my trip to NY, so I'll just quickly upload a few pictures.  It's difficult to write a passable blurb about the iconic Times Square anyway, so I'll just let the photos do the talking.

For a dollar he is willing to take pictures with tourists. Would've been a sweet job except it was like 30°C outside.

street performers

Cute mini hambergurs at TGI Friday's. I saw Tim Hortons coffee on their menu right next to martinis and brandy...

The sidewalks were extremely crowded, especially in the evening.

George M. Cohan statue & huge Sex and the City 2 ad. I saw the movie in Toronto recently. It's been receiving mostly bad reviews but I loved it non the less. If you liked the first one, chances are you'll love the sequel.

Mounted Police

We didn't see the Naked Cowboy though. I wonder if he still hangs around in Times Square these days.

Central Park

Central Park, located in the heart of Manhattan, New York, consists of beautiful landscaped lakes and ponds, bridges (no two are identical), and countless foliage. Lots of joggers and dog-walkers are seen on the weekends. The park covers a huge area so it takes several visits to become familiar with the entire park. I feel like I only saw a small portion of what Central Park has to offer during my visit.
Limelight Marketplace

This place really surprised me. From the outside, it looks like a run-down church. Nobody would've given it a second glance. The inside was drastically different. The interior was new and beautifully decorated. The shops and vendors inside were really cute. You really can't judge a book by its cover.


Limelight Marketplace
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art, a.k.a. "The Met", is one of the world's largest gallaries. Many paintings and sculptures in the museum are priceless masterpieces. However, I was slightly annoyed by the sheer size of the museum... I wanted to have a thorough look of every exhibition but unfortunately it was physically impossible to do so in one day. Plus, the Japanese Arts collection and a large part of Musical Instruments collection were closed, which was another disappointment since I was particularly interested in them. Despite that, the visit was very educational. It lead me to thinking about my old friends and cousins in China, and I felt privilleged to have access to something like this. Ok, getting cheesy...but, yay NY!

Photography is allowed but no flash. There are a few cafes inside the museum where you can buy food, but the one I went was overpriced and the food tasted really weird...not sure if same goes for the other cafes...but bringing a snack might have been a good idea.

Two Cut Sunflowers
Van Gogh

The Dreamer
Pablo Picasso

Augustus Saint-Gaudens

Charles Engelhard Court

Arms and Armor wing

a sculpture from the comtemporary arts exhibition
Probably not a well-known piece, but I really liked this one . It is mobile, and the way it moves reminds me of Howl's Moving Castle(ハウルの動く城). If you've seen the  movie and this sculpture, chances are you'll agree with me on their striking similarities.

Metropolitan Museum of Art website

back from New York

I just came back from an awesome trip to New York    

Well...I actually lived in New Jersey with a relative, but since I wanted to travel NY, everyday I would take the NJ transit train to NY Penn Station and then take the subway to get around. The NY subway system may seem quite convoluted and confusing at first, but once you get used to it you will realize it's an extremely convinient, easy, and cheap way to arrive at your destination (much better than driving and getting stuck in traffic in my opinion). Plus, I had a friend to show me around for the first couple of days so overall there were no difficulties finding my way in such a big city.

NY subway (MTA)

NY Penn Station, was already crowded with travellers and commuters at 6:30 AM.

I had a great time in NY, but I think for my next trip I would rather visit somewhere less urbanized and closer to nature. I'm a bit sick of tall buildings and crowds of people shoving each other out of the way (urgh, Time Square).

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