{nyc} 2-hours stop-in

January 30, 2018

Leaving the east coast and headed back to the west coast, we ended up leaving from JFK in New York City. My friend and I took the train from New Haven (Conn.) to Manhattan before heading to the airport. Odd in terms of timing, we had just a couple of hours to kill before having to take the subway to the airport so we decided to do a little bit of exploring. Since neither of us had seen the finished 9-11 Memorial and Freedom Towers area, we decided to head in that direction. I had seen the memorial before, but none of the towers and he hadn’t been to New York City at all since all of that construction started. We tried to do as much walking as possible (with our bags) so that we could pack in as much city life in as possible, which turned out to be a great decision because who doesn’t love walking all around NYC? If only we had more time for all this! Next time!

A 2-hour photo adventure:


Living in New York City, I’ve gone to the MET a good number of times for school purposes. Recently, as an Orientation Leader at my school, I brought a number of new students to the MET and although I wasn’t super excited to take another hike uptown to get to the MET, I was excited to finally get to see Rei Kawakubo’s exhibit.

Rei Kawakubo is a Japanese fashion designer who founded the brand Comme des Garçons. Her exhibit was called “Art of the In-Between” and it showcased many of the interesting pieces that she has created throughout the decades that she has been designing.

Her pieces are known for being incredibly unique and she has opened up a whole new style of fashion designing. As a fashion design student myself, it was definitely an interesting exhibit and I appreciate Rei Kawakubo and the work that she has done.

Here are some of my favorite pieces from the exhibit:


{upstate new york} falls

August 16, 2017

In upstate New York Finger Lakes region, we visited a few falls. These were not exactly on the scale of Niagara Falls, but at least, worth one visit. Come to think of it, does Niagara Falls really need multiple visits?

Buttermilk Falls – one of the smallest we saw

Pratt Falls                                                   Chittenango Falls

Treman Park Falls

Watkin Glen Falls – multi-feature falls

A couple months ago, a friend and I were in New York City and were craving Asian food. We decided to try this noodle place called Tasty hand-pulled Noodles Inc – not the most creative name, pretty much sums up what they are known for. They offer both dry and soup noodles. We shared one noodle dish – the dry duck pulled noodles. I love hand-pulled noodles because the texture of the noodles is different than your ordinary boxed noodles and much more chewy! The noodle texture and flavor was good! Unfortunately, they were too greasy for our liking. I know Chinese food can be greasy, but I had higher expectations for this please. I would definitely go again and perhaps try the soup noodles – maybe those would be less greasy.

Not a very original name

Way-too-greasy duck noodles

E. M. Mills Memorial Rose Garden appears on just about every travel guide on Syracuse. So, we had to go see it.

Not a single rose.

Let’s try the nearby The Lily Pond.


No lily.

Our first impression of Syracuse was kind of disappointing. Maybe it was too early in the season. Maybe in Syracuse, plants don’t grow year-round like in Southern California. Too bad.