I got back from New York late last night so I’m positively knackered right now. Earlier this week, I was in Boston and Cambridge so it’s been a pretty travel-intensive week for me since I also had layovers in Philly and Charlotte. Layovers are the worst! I’ve said this before – traveling is one of my greatest loves in life but it’s exhausting. I’m pleased to back in my own place for the next few weeks until Denver next month. Somehow, I seem to be incapable of relaxing even when traveling for fun. If anyone knows how to stop one self from being type A, please let me know. I need to relax.
I was in Boston/Cambridge for personal reasons unrelated to leisure so the only “travel” pictures I took were food pics at Oleana (Inman Sq in Cambridge). Plus, it’s my fourth or fifth time in Boston so my picture-snapping-tourist urge wears off. This time, I actually flew with my mum – a terrible, anxious, infrequent flier. If left to her own devices, she may have ended up in Rhode Island from Logan airport for all I know. This sounds strange but taking care of my mother, leading her around (AKA buying T tickets, taking the silver line bus to south station, taking her to my favorite dim sum place Hei La Moon in Chinatown, taking the red line inbound together to harvard to see my brother, etc.)…it hit me how much of a grown up I am now. It used to be mum with her hands full as she drags me and my brother back to Malaysia her motherland from Hong Kong during Chinese New Year and summers. What a role reversal. When did I grow up?
I think I’ll be in denial until I’m 30.
I was in New York with my friend Adam this weekend. It’s his first time. I hope he enjoyed it! NYC really is one of my favorite cities in the world. I think a big reason is because it reminds me of HK. I love big cities. Pertaining to traveling persona – I’m bossy, impatient, and unintentionally inconsiderate. It doesn’t bode well if my traveling companions are overly flexible regarding where to go/where to eat/what to see because, well…frankly because it pisses me off! Like I said, I need to learn to relax.
We covered pretty good grounds in my opinion. Stayed in the financial district, walked the Brooklyn Bridge, ate pizza at Grimaldi’s, got ice-cream at the Brooklyn Ice-Cream factory (chocolate chocolate chunk is the truth!), tried the whispering columns at Grand Central, Times Sq (gross tourist trap), 5th Ave, St. Mark’s, Chinatown, Soho, Shake Shack, met up with my friend Huy at Madison Sq Park, went to the top of Empire State Building… not bad for less than 2 days.
I didn’t take that many pictures this trip. As I’ve mentioned, the craze-tourist-picture-snapping-syndrome wears off after the first few times. The pic at the top of this post is me and Huy on top of the empire state building. Below in order is 1) pizza from Grimaldi’s, 2) la del gato arepa at caracas in east village, 3) south view from empire state building, 4) another view from empire state building, 5) me with north view behind me, 6) city hall park