If you think I’ve ended my endless throwback of NYC, you’re wrong.
Actually, I thought I’ve finished uploading what I had until I began organising my storage in my computer and hard drive. I was wrong.
It was a pretty long subway ride from Manhattan to Brooklyn, but it was lovely. There was a total vibe change crossing the bridge between the two sides. Sitting there felt like a plane ride.
It was a day that felt cloudy, but the skies were blue.
And people were happy.
I was happy. And I also extend my stay thereafter.
Just a few days more, I told myself. I like it here, so much.
And I could still feel that exact feeling today.
It’s been awhile. I’m back to blogging. Or at least I want to continue what I’ve never finished. Can’t believe NYC was another memory that is close to two years now. I have to say, it’s a place that is close to my heart. It never left and it keeps coming back from time to time.
Throughout the year, I’ve been trying seeking all kinds of opportunities just to get me back to this city, but failed simultaneously. Of it all, my finances was a toll. I had to put down my greed, and aim for stability. (At least as a fresh graduate, I had responsibilities)
Who knows? Maybe down the road, something might bring me. I believe if I’m meant to be, I will. In the meantime, I think I’m settling for where I am right now. Despite the hardships and having a job that I don’t have my heart for, but learning is a process, and that’s what keeps me going.
Living the Korean life for 4 years and going now. It’s already my 5th Spring.
I think it’s also an appropriate time to share my pictures from Chinatown (and snippets of Little Italy right beside), since I’m craving for all the Chinese food (!!)
NYC Chinatown is wonderful. A life of its own, buzzing with activity. Highly recommended by my Professor, I had to check it out myself, which I instantly fell in love.
It reminded me a lot about home.
Right beside Chinatown was Little Italy, separated by a street and different exterior. I didn’t venture too much into it due to time constraints, hopefully next time!
When will I be back?
Do you feel like there’s somewhere out of your home that would suit you better? Do you feel like there’s a place somewhere you would love to settle down, because you feel like you will be at your best? Of course I wouldn’t say you should let your environment affect/restrict you, but I feel like every place you go to have different vibes, which could open you up, challenge you, requires changes, etc.
Where is a place that you feel strangely connected to? \ (•◡•) /
Night scene at the Washington Square Park, filled with students, laughters, and smiles on a Sunday night.
Another Gossip Girl moment ≧◡≦ at the Grand Central Terminal ↓
There’s a certain feeling to every city. And I like how this city makes me feel.
Nothing more cliché than waiting for the sunset from the Rockefeller Center/Top of the Rock. First time in NYC, definitely needed a visit to some tourist spots! We actually made a reservation the day before, on what timeslot we were planning to visit the following day, so do take note on that!
Had an early dinner settled at the Chelsea Market beforehand, right across from Google, for a lobster meal paired with baked goods. Finished it off with a little picnic moment at The High Line, enjoying Mexican food and pizza, while watching the locals enjoy their yoga.
And I wondered, how could people leave such a beautiful city?
I grasped this opportunity provided by my university on a wimp. Not just to visit New York, but also to attend a week of lectures provided by various UN staff members sharing their part in contribution. I saw it as a wonderful chance to learn, to explore, and open my perspectives. In fact, the more I understood, the more I wanted to contribute, the more I wanted to be a part of what they were doing for the world.
And so it began.
A journey I’ve been seeking.
I have honestly dragged this set of blog posts because I have so much feelings that I don’t know how to express. Last Summer, besides a family vacation to Osaka, I personally embarked on a trip to New York City. Definitely a bucket list I never thought I could tick off so soon.
Amazing sights, lovely sounds, wonderful atmosphere, and so many unique things strangely familiar due to the media, yet overwhelming at times to take in. It also left me with an unusual feeling of ‘homesick’ from this neverending city. Although it may just seem like a dream come true, but it was more than just that. I learnt a lot about myself, my hopes and dreams, opened my perspectives, which made me view life through a whole new lens. I’m still the same person, but I know I have been renewed.
2016 has been a travelling year, full of plane rides (and miles to accumulate HAHA). I am really thankful. As I began 2017, I also wondered if I could do this more often. I love exploring, and taking pictures of sights I’ve never seen. Scenic places and unique people are my favorite things. Of all triggers of vulnerability, travelling is definitely my favorite form.
Shall we start from Central Park?
It actually started drizzling, but the rain doesn’t stop us!!
We later head off to midtown area, towards Times Square before the jetlag starts kicking.
Never missed out on the LOVE sign, right?
I’ll see you on the next one.