New York City: The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Part I

When I first heard the name The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met for short), my first reaction was, “Why the F should I waste my time looking at paintings???”. However, there were rave reviews about this place hence I kept an open mind to see what’s there.

There’s an entrance fee of US20 for adults and US10 for students. While at the payment counter, the cashier asked me,

Cashier: Are you a student?
Me: No.
Cashier: You want to pay full price?
Me: Sure.
Cashier: Are you sure? It’s US20.
Me: Yeah, sure.


The “ticket” to go in.

I later found out that you can actually just pay US$1 as a token for entrance -_-


Cool looking cloakroom

The museum is HUGE. I was there since 9am until closing time. I couldn’t even finish looking at everything!

The museum is divided into many sections such as the Egyptians, Greek, Indian, Mesopotamia, US, European, Chinese, Japanese and South American sections. The “art” in this museum was more than paintings. There were thousand of artifacts created few decade to few thousand years ago.

My favourite section is the Egyptian section. There’s a small temple called the Temple of Dendur in the museum. The temple was built around 15BC and and part of it was moved to the museum.


You can see some 19th Century graffiti on the walls.


The original temple.

It’s amazing to see the works of people who lived hundred over years ago. The small amulets found in tombs are one of my favourites. If I’m a designer, I would copy of all these designs and reproduce them again!


Thousand of overs ago, Egyptians worship all sorts of Gods and Goddess. Now people have different religions. I wonder in few more thousand years, will people have other type of religions? Will they be worshiping Doraemon?


When we talk about a “heart” amulet now, we would think of the nice heart shape. But in Egyptians’ heart amulet is the real of a real heart!

I was looking hard for similar Egyptian drawing that I saw in the British Museum many years ago.

But I couldn’t find anything like this.


Mummy with Roman-like alphabets on the feet.


This is awesome. Apparently the person looked like this before he died!


A 2000 years old coffin.


Came with a pair of shoes. It seems that the design of modern shoes hasn’t changed much!


Archeologists found this in a hidden chamber. It shows how Egyptians used to live thousand of years ago.


The place that the things were found.

New York City: Woodbury Outlet Stores

Woodbury Outlet Stores is well known for its low prices for designer brands such Adidas, Banana Republic, Burberry, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Chanel, Dior, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, J.Crew, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada and so on. You can literally stay here for 2 days just to shop at this place.

To get there, you can take a bus from Port Authority Bus Terminal. The costs is around US47 (!!!!). You can ask the Information Counter for the counter to purchase the bus tickets. I sat on the Grayline. It takes about an hour to get to Woodbury.


If you look properly, you can see fourfeetnine doing a V sign.

The stores are spread all over the area. There is no covered walkway. If the weather forecasts say its going to rain, bring an umbrella or wear a hoodie.

If you’re planning to buy a lot of stuff, you can bring a luggage bag. Don’t worry about looking odd as you won’t be the only one.

Our shopping spree started as soon as we stepped into Woodbury. I bought some hand bags and the lady at the counter gave a paper bag to carry my stuff.

Halfway shopping, it started raining heavily and I had to walk under the rain. My paper bag started to tear. I then went back to the same store for a plastic bag but all they had was paper bag. The lady gave me two.

Unfortunately, the two paper bags didn’t last. As we were about to leave, my last paper bag broke and all my stuff dropped out. A passer by was kind enough to give me his paper bag (of a cheaper brand!). The paper bag lasted me throughout the entire journey -_-

Our bus trip back was a bit dramatic. The line into the bus was long. Tim and fourfeetnine managed to squeeze into the bus and got themselves a seat whereas I was stuck behind. The bus had no more seats when I was about to board. Fortunately, Tim persuaded the bus driver to let me in. I told the bus driver that I’m willing to stand for an hour. Bus driver allowed me in!

Tim and fourfeetnine were nice to let me share their seat with them! But the seats were so small that I only had a quarter of my butt on it. -_-

New York City: Manhattan – Part III – 5th Avenue

After our trip to Empire State Building, we ran out of places to visit. A friend of mine suggested that we check out Abercrombie and Fitch at 5th Avenue. Tim said we must check the place out. According to him, he went to the Abercrombie and Fitch in London and it was an eye opener! They apparently hire good looking models to run all over the place. The girls would be skimpily dressed and would dance to the music in the shop. It’s like a club according to Tim. At that moment, I said to myself, “I MUST GO THERE AT ALL COSTS!!!!”.

But the walk from Empire State Building to 5ht Avenue was torturous. My legs felt like it was about to drop off. I guess its because we walked a lot in the morning.

1 hour later..we finally reached 5th Avenue…

There was a queue in front of Abercrombie and Fitch. It’s like lining up to enter a club.

Then when we enter…no skimpily dressed girls.. no girls dancing to music. But there were many muscular guys around. GAAAHHH

Anyway, the famous Trump Tower is opposite Abercrombie and Fitch. If you don’t know, Trump Tower is the place where they shot the reality TV show, “Apprentice” featuring billionaire Donald Trump.

I visited the building during my trip back from Boston. Almost the entire lobby is gold in colour. Most of the name of the shops would have the name “Trump”. Trump this, Trump that. There was also some merchandises using the brand name Trump. Donald Trump must love his name so much.


Trump Cuff links


Trump Vodka

We took a bus back to our hotel to meet up with fourfeetnine and her brother, Ooib.


4Feet9

We then met up with Raymond, one of Tim’s blog readers. Raymond is a Malaysian but currently living and working in New York.

Raymond is a New York foodie and he knows the best places to eat in NYC. Whenever I wanted recommendation for places to eat in NYC, I would text Raymond telling him my current location. He would then reply me with the recommended place to eat! Better than Google.com!

So anyway, we went to this place called Lombardi’s. It is the oldest pizzeria in the United States! Will blog more about this place in my NYC Food Guide entry later.

After that dinner, I moved my stuff to my hostel in Brooklyn. It’s nicely decorated but my room is quite small although it is actually meant for 2. It was just nice for me.


Each room has different pictures


What to do when you check in..

The place is nicely decorated as well. But I hardly saw anyone around.

Next entry, Woodsbury Outlet Store!

New York City: Manhattan – Part III – Empire State Building

After lunch, Tim and I walked to the Empire State Building. We were immediately greeted by a man that was trying to sell up some tickets to go up to the observation deck of the Empire State Building. The tickets entitle us to go for some sort of ride and then skip the queue to the observation deck. According to the man, there is usually a 45 minutes queue up to the deck.

Sensing that it was all bullshit, we asked the man to F off and we headed straight to the building.


The lobby of the Empire State Building.

There’s a special lift up to the observation deck. There’s a US$20 entrance fee. Farking expensive.

We also found out that there was no 45 minutes queue. It took us less than 45 minutes to get to the deck. Perhaps it was not crowded because it was a weekday.


Concrete Jungle alll thee wayyyyyyyyy!


Somehow reminds me of SimCity 2000. Awesome game. Give me a pleasant feeling whenever I think of that game!


And the view was awessooomeeeeeeeeeeeeee

The observation deck doesn’t have a roof. All they have is some metal barricades. Good place to jump off to commit suicide. Die in style yo.

There’s a small souvenir shop which you can visit after the visit to the observation deck. Plenty of Empire State Building merchandises. I remember Dad bought me a small metal Empire State Building with a thermometer next to it when I was small – which I still keep until today. Unfortunately, I broke the thermometer a week after getting it.


Empire State Building made of Lego.

After Empire State Building, we made a long long journey to a place…stay tuned for updates!

New York City: Manhattan – Part II – Wall Street & WTC Memorial

On our way to the World Trade Centre (WTC – when typing WTC, I kept typing WTF) memorial, we passed by the famous Wall Street.


Lunch in a park

The Tribute WTC Visitor Centre is located in a small building next to the site where WTC use to be.

It is quite small but yet very interesting. Upon entering the memorial, we were greeted with a wall full of posters. The posters were posters made by people who were looking for those lost during 9/11. There were also numerous billboards containing quotes of those involved in the 9/11 attack. The one which caught my attention was the quote of Brian D. Sweeney, who died in the the ill fated United Airlines Flight 175 which crashed into one of the Twin Towers of WTC.


Imagine hearing this from a loved one 🙁 And then it gets deleted automatically. GAAHH

United Airlines Flight 175 departed from Boston before crashing into South Tower of WTC – 18 minutes after the first attack. The hijackers took 30 minutes to breach the cockpit of the flight and killed the pilots thereafter. Coincidentally, my flight from Boston to NYC flew from the same airport as Flight 175. It only took me an hour to get to NYC. I always wonder why didn’t the passengers of Flight 175 fought off the hijackers just like United Airlines Flight 93. I guess there were nothing much they could do because Flight 175 crashed into WTC about 20 minutes after the hijacking.

The most interesting bit of the memorial is the collage of pictures of those who died in WTC. A lady gathered the visitors including Tim and I and told us about WTC before the crash and after the crash. She also revealed that one of the victims was her son, who was a fireman who went to safe those in WTC. The impact of the collapse of WTC was so great until many bodies were shredded into pieces. The body of the lady’s son was never found except for his pendant. His picture is placed among the collage. It was a heart wrenching story. I guess this is one of the ways for the lady to heal herself from the pain of losing her son.


The site where WTC used to stand is now barricaded and being rebuild.

After visiting the Tribute Centre, Tim and I went to search for a place recommended by Lonely Planet for lunch. When we arrived, we found that the place no longer exists -_-

We ended up eating in a typical American diner – burgers and coffee.


DIY Coffee.

Next stop, Empire State Building!

New York City: Manhattan – Part I – Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island

Since Tim and I had jet lag, we woke up at 6am to start our day. Breakfast was at Dunkin Donuts. I didn’t know they serve breakfast there.


I had sandwich with melted cheese, bacon and ham and also super sweet coffee. Damn sinful.


To get to Statue of Liberty, we took the subway to Bowling Green. From Bowling Green, we walked to Battery Park where we purchased a ferry ticket to Liberty Island (where Statue of Liberty is located) and Ellis Island. The cost of the ticket is US$12.


Although we were there extremely early, the queue was bloody long. We had to go through security – with metal scanner and xray machines. Fortunately, it didn’t take long.


The 2-storey ferry was packed with people!


Statue of Liberty was smaller than I thought. It looked so much bigger in movies. Initially I thought they brought us to see a fake Statue of Liberty – like the fake floating market in Bangkok.


At Liberty Island, we got to see the Manhattan skyscrapers from far.

We didn’t bother to enter Statue of Liberty but managed to snap loads of photographs of it.

Our next stop was Ellis Island, which used to house US’s immigration station. Those who had entered New York in the 1800s would have to passed through Ellis Island’s immigration centre.


Great Hall, where immigrants were processed


The Great Hall, in the early days

The main attraction of this place is the museum. Many former immigrants’ stories and documents were documented and displayed in the museum.


Old Passports!


Anti Chinese publications were quite common in those days. I wonder why those guai lous hate Chinese so much last time.

The entire trip took us half a day to finish. We moved on to explore Manhattan thereafter. Next stop, Wall Street, World Trade Centre Memorial, Empire State Building and 5th Avenue!

New York City: Day 1

If you didn’t know, I had to bunk over at TimothyTiah‘s hotel because I didn’t book a place to stay in NYC on my arrival night because I thought I’ll arrive the next day. All my travel schedule throughout the entire trip was a comedy of errors. I think I can have one blog entry just to blog about all the wrong things I did. I really need a PA.

Anyway, after touching down in JFK airport, I took a bus to Manhattan. It took around 40 minutes and it only costs me USD15. The bus dropped me in front of Grand Central Terminal on the 42nd Street.

And I had no idea where Grand Central Terminal was. Thank god the roads system in Manhattan were easy to understand.

Tim’s hotel is about 20 streets away hence I dragged my luggage to his place. So upon arrival at Tim’s hotel, I dropped my stuff there and we headed to Times Square thereafter.


This is Tim’s hotel room. Comes with a small toilet with frosted glass walls. Niama can see Tim’s nekked silhouette.

We had a hot dog while on the way to Times Square. I had ketchup, mustard and onions on it. It tasted awessomeee! Mustard was extra sour!

Although there was an attempted terrorist in Times Square few weeks before, the place was packed. The buildings had magnificent amount of lighted and illuminated billboards in all sorts of shape and sizes.

Even the police station and McDonalds bling-ed their signboards!


We passed by Toys R’ Us. They have a Ferris wheel inside /(*O*)\


Not to mention live size Hello Kitty with an old Asian lady dancing innit. (Picture from Tim’s cam)

That’s all for Day 1 folks!

New York City: Short Update

Hello people!

I’m in JFK airport now waiting for my flight to Boston. I’ll be attending the yearly International Trade Mark Assocation there. It will last about 5 days.

There’s free wifi here and its very fast. There’s also a booth for people to plug in their laptop and order food and drinks through a touch screen monitor. Damn hightech!

Finally my 4-day trip in New York City has finally come to an end. Jet lag didn’t kill me but it had sort of improved my sleeping habit. I’ve been waking up at 6am here everyday – a task which is impossible for me in Kuala Lumpur.


Madison Avenue

The weather had been pretty inconsistent. Sometimes hot and sometimes extremely cold. I didn’t have a thick jacket when the temperature dipped to 11 degrees celcius. It was raining too! I was shivering the entire day!

I moved to my hostel in Brookyln after bunking with Timothy Tiah for a day. I booked a single room for US$40 a night but the single rooms comes with a bunk bed. The room was quite small and doesn’t have a TV.

The area that I stayed seemed safe but there was once a black guy in a truck said to me, ‘Damn that’s a real piece of work u got there!’. I’ve no idea what he was talking about. :s

Also, it gets really scary at night especially when I walk to my hostel from the train station. There was once I got lost walking back at 130am. The street was empty and dark. If its not for GPS, I may be lost throughout the entire night!


Drunk chap in the subway. I wasn’t the only one snapping picture of him 😛

Food is provided by the hostel but it gets crowded in the later part of the morning. Waking up at 6am would skip the crowd.


View of kitchen

The unfortunate bit about the food is that they do not serve any meat, just bread, pancakes, cereals and fruits. Too healthy for me!

So far, I visited the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, World Trade Centre Memorial, Empire State Building, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Woodbury Outlet Stores.


Statue of Liberty – looks smaller than I thought it would be. It looks huge in movies!

I managed to catch a play with Timothy Tiah and fourfeetnine. It was good but it would be better if I didnt fall asleep at the ending of the play. Heh

More details about this soon!

Will update in Boston if I could!