#NYC – Coney Island, Brooklyn

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If you think I’ve ended my endless throwback of NYC, you’re wrong.

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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.

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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.

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It was a day that felt cloudy, but the skies were blue.

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And people were happy.

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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.

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#NYC – Chinatown & Little Italy

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 (!!)

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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.

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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!

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When will I be back?

#NYC – By the Brooklyn Bridge (Night)

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Dear Brooklyn, how do I describe you? Why are you so lovely?

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Another tourist must-do is riding a Citibike across the Brooklyn Bridge. And so we did! I honestly underestimated how difficult it was going slightly ‘up hill,’ and trying to avoid all the other people on that bridge. Nevertheless, travel is always an adventure and I loved it!

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Before we ended our trip with a ride through the Brooklyn Bridge, we had some authentic pizza, and enjoyed the ambience around the area. With the night falls, the night scene is what we have always pictured it to be.

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Shots of joy.

#NYC – Union Square

Stay chill under the sun, I really liked Union Square.

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Stayed in an Airbnb in East Village for my solo travel week, and I kept coming back to Union Square. In fact, I really enjoyed the vibes of this place from day to dawn. It’s a pleasure to alight at Union Square, and either walk towards the apartment everyday through different sections and routes (which I usually discover something new/cool), or I might even take a bus around the streets.

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On a side note, I think I spent way too much time at Barnes and Nobles, or at Sephora. (Even in the supermarket, snatching up some snacks and teas) Keeping things short, this area has everything you need nearby.

#NYC – Spring St. / Washington Square Park / 9-11 Memorial / Grand Central Terminal

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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? \ (•◡•) /

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Spring St.

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Night scene at the Washington Square Park, filled with students, laughters, and smiles on a Sunday night.

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9/11 Memorial

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Another Gossip Girl moment ≧◡≦ at the Grand Central Terminal ↓

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There’s a certain feeling to every city. And I like how this city makes me feel.

#NYC – the MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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Took an elective class in Positive Psychology this semester, and we took a VIA Characters Strength test. The results generate the rankings within 24 different strengths, in which we identify ourselves with the top 5 strengths – something you do naturally, something you’re good at, something you do that energizes you even etc.

Coming in 4th place was Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence, and no wonder taking pictures, eating good food, visiting museums, and even a good cup of cafe latte would cheer me up. Something done so naturally, yet to be recognized in my everyday life. I do encourage everyone to take the VIA Characters Test and find out your top 5 strengths. It honestly helps with introspection, and improving oneself.

This post will be filled with my day at The Metropolitan Museum of Art aka The MET. The museum is huge, and filled with fascinating art exhibits. I personally really enjoyed it, and if you have Appreciation as your top 5 strengths, I’m sure you would too.

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Definitely an xoxo, Gossip Girl moment.

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Pretty sure this was a seasonal exhibit from last summer.

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The museum was coming to a close at around 5pm, and there was a street dance performance right outside, catching everyone’s curious attention. Definitely a great way to get your audience!

#NYC – From Chelsea Market, The High Line, to the Rockefeller Center

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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!

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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.

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And I wondered, how could people leave such a beautiful city?