Whoa! Time indeed flies…

I have gone on hiatus (unintentionally!) for the past two months. I was feeling burnt out so I decided to take a few days vacation to rejuvenate and recharge. To my dismay… I felt even more tired after my vacation… It’s crazy! So, I opted to take it slow, relax, and enjoy the rest of short summer. 😀

Now… I feel refreshed! And yes, I’m back! I bet you’re excited what I’ve been up to, right Justin? 😀

Here’s a sneak peek:

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See you later alligator… 😉

New York Tour continues! (2 of 2)

The small town girl’s tour of  New York continues! Travelling for free is absolutely unimaginable… It’s surreal! Whoa! Thank you so much to my sponsors… 😉

Lost? Below are the related blog entries’ links that will help you keep on track… Read on! Errr… Click on? :p

New York New York Tour (1 of 2)

The 2-day trip felt like it lasted for ages! Our itinerary was jam-packed with activities! Thank goodness for our angels, Kuya Romeo and his buddy, for driving us around. It definitely helped us save time and visit more places. Salamat po (Thank you)! 🙂

Here’s the second batch of New York fun times… “picture posein'” as Justin Merkin calls it.. 🙂 :

Rockefeller Center
*** It was drizzling… and…  it was raining men?! 😀

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*** All I know is, there’s an upper and lower east side of Manhattan. No matter what side we were in… the touch of class and sophistication makes this place exceptional. I’m lovin’ it!

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Wall Street … Broadway… etc…
*** Gotta watch Wolf of Wall Street sometime… Money… money… money…. and a bull? 

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Staten Island Ferry
*** Taking a breather before going to our next destination! 😀

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Statue of Liberty (within the vicinity…)
*** The Statue of Liberty was under construction at that time thanks to Hurricane Sandy. Too bad… so sad… Oh well… there’s always a next time! 🙂

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so far… yet so near…
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sneaking up on the NYPD (again..)

Seaport / Pier 17
*** Surprisingly, this is a cool place to check out. Very interesting!

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*** Staying overnight in Gladys’ condo was a treat! It has that “homey”  ambiance which made us feel at ease and comfortable. It must be the paintings and the couch.  Hmmm…. 😀

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Of course, the trip will never be complete without going to Chinatown to buy souvenirs at a reasonable price… I must say, an all expense-paid trip to New York is certainly one of the best Christmas gifts that I’ve ever received! Thanks much! XOXO

New York Tour! (1 of 2)

Click here for a preview -> “New York”

To be clear, this happened in 2012…
Thus, expect that there are a lot of changes back then and now…
I know…I know…  As usual, my post is late. :p

Anyway, watching Broadway shows and a taste of New York night out were scrapped from our list because we ran out of time. 😦 Who knows? I might be back someday… Hopefully, an angel will help me travel for free again. 😀

Ok… I’ll stop rambling now… Here’s the much awaited snapshots of a small town girl’s tour of New York!

Ground Zero – 911 
*** It gave me goosebumps! I can still recall the 911 tragedy.:(

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Central Park
*** It certainly looked similar to the “Central Park” in the movie, Madagascar 3! 😀 Hmmm… Am I imagining things? Ha!

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Madison Square Garden
*** Filipinos may be small but we are uber-basketball enthusiasts!

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Grand Central Station
*** The place itself reminds me of the television show, Gossip Girl… Howdy! Blair and Serena… XOXO 

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Empire State Building
*** It was crowded even though the deck was closed because of the thick fog. OMG!

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That’s it for now folks! Coming soon… more photos and adventures! Up next will be “New York Tour! (2 of 2)”! Have a chillaxin’ weekend everyone! 🙂

New York!

After the road trip to Washington DC (click this link to read related article -> “bullet holes”), my cousins (Vilmor and Freddie) and I decided to embark on another adventure…  this time to New York!

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Who wouldn’t want to go to New York? Come on! The Statue of Liberty and “the Big Apple” with sky high buildings are such a “wow” for a naive small town girl like me. :p

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You betcha! With our backpack in tow, we all boarded a bus from Virginia (Va) to New York (NY). The 6-hour travel was a breeze because it was utilized for snoozing. Zzzzzzz…

Kuya Romeo, one of our relatives who lives in Manhattan, kindly picked us up from the bus drop-off point near Chinatown. He drove us to Manhattan and bought us a fancy breakfast before doing “touristy” things. 🙂

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with Kuya Romeo

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my turn! 😦
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balls! (near Wall Street)
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Japanese Buffet

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with Gladys
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So… what else did we do in New York? Check it out on my next post (New York Tour! (1 of 2))!

P.S. TheCuriousMe would like to thank the following for making this trip possible:

  • Vilmor and Freddie for covering my return ticket (Va to NY and NY to Va) and some foodies
  • Ate Cel for coordinating with Kuya Romeo and Gladys
  • Gladys (and Rhyan!)for the accommodation
  • Kuya Romeo for patiently driving us around, buying our breakfast and supper, and for providing us a tour guide

Thank you so much for your valuable time and for making the trip to New York memorable as well as free of charge! I’m one lucky girl! 😀  XOXO 

“wish” list

And the tower topic continues…  (click here to read the “towers” article)

Below are the towers and buildings (as well as statue!) that I would like to visit in this lifetime (hopefully it will come true… cross your fingers for me please?  ):

(Japan ) Tokyo Sky Tree

  • the tallest tower in the world which will be completed by February 2012 (Source: Wikipedia)
Tokyo Sky Tree

(China) Canton Tower

  • second tallest tower in the world (Source: Wikipedia)
Canton Tower

(Korea) Namsan Tower

  • simply because I love Korea. 😀
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(Taiwan) Taipei 101

  • I also love Taiwan because Jerry Yan and Ella lives there. 😉
Taipei 101
(Dubai) Burj Khalifa
  • I want to see where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie stayed. :p
Burj Khalifa
(USA) Empire State Building
  • because it’s New York! New York! New York! 😉
Empire State Building
(USA) Statue of Liberty
  • it’s not a tower or a building but I would like to see it!
Statue of Liberty

(France)  Eiffel Tower (one more time)

Eiffel Tower

Who want’s to go with me?  The more the merrier!   And if there’s a tour guide out there who’s willing to plan the itinerary and show us  around for free, that would be totally awesome! Ha! See you! :p

That ends my wish list… for now. What’s yours?