Here I am at the famous Time Square. I had to force my friend to take a photo with me. Since my friend lives in in NY close to Time Square, I don’t think she was excited as I was during photo time.
Time Square day time
We lunch at Harry’s in downtown New York. We went for the unlimited champagne brunch. I have never been to a brunch place that serves unlimited champagne! Early in the afternoon we started drinking. It’s been 9 years since I last saw my friend. So champagne was a good way to catch up on the 9 years!
After brunch we took a walk down to the Wall Street Bull and around down town area. It lovely day to walk around and see the city.
Walking through downtown. The streets were less crowded during the weekend compared to midtown. There was so many financial buildings and made me wonder what it would feel like to work in a financial area. I guess it would be a lot of stress but then what work has no stress, right?!
I love the architecture of the building. The style is so New York and that’s what I love about it. As I was walking I saw a building with a fire escape outside of the building. This reminds me of all the movies I see filmed in New York. This is definitely something you won’t see in other countries.
Later the afternoon we went battery park. We bought some coffee and sat at the park. We could see Statue of Liberty from afar. While sitting at the park drinking coffee and chatting felt so peaceful.
New York Stock Exchange
Statue of Liberty
St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne was another tourist spot on my list. The cathedral looked small on the outside, but it was actually bigger than I expected. I love the cathedral architecture. It gives this European atmosphere.
I could see 12 apostles. I saw really small apostles, so I am not sure if that is counted as an apostle. There were so many tourists and it was really hard to get a great photo. The wind was so strong. My hair was flying all over the place. If you plan to see the apostles bring a hat!
Everyone walking to see the apostles
Random interesting car
We joined tour group and went to Loch Ard Gorge. The view was so beautiful. I haven’t seen a view like this before. Joining the tour was really worth it. The weather was very cold. I was wearing long sleeves the whole day even though it was summer.
Walked around the city after having a late brunch. A very relaxing day and it feels awesome. Melbourne pace is so slow compared to Asia. People are not in a rush and life style seems laid back. I could totally picture myself living in Melbourne!
So no trip is actually complete without visiting the Museum. I don’t why, but all the trips I take end up with a visit to the museum. It’s always interesting to see learn about the history of the city/country.
While I was buying tickets, I got asked for my student card. For a minute I was actually excited as someone thought I was still a student. Unfortunately, I am passed my student years! The museum tickets cost about $12 for adults.
So at one point in time we all came from Africa
Different type writers through out the time
Peak-a-boo…i see you
$12 adult ticket
Happy belated New Years! I was busy traveling during New Years so I’m only managing to post this now. I guess New Years is pretty much the same everywhere. Fire works and more fire works. I did not make any new year resolutions. Hope I don’t regret. Well… I do have a goal which is to get fit and start going to the gym. So far I have not made it to the gym yet. I feel like I am still on holiday!
It was really dark and I had a difficult time to taking a selfie on my phone as you just couldn’t see my face. So my friend and I stood on the same spots taking lots and lots of selfie trying to get the right angle with the right lights. Then suddenly this old guys says to us ” girls how many selfies do you want to take.” At that I realized I must have taken too many selfies! Here is my so called selfies!
Everyone waiting for fire works!
Everyone leaving after fire works are over
I went to visit a friend in Melbourne for Christmas and New Years. We took a train to Altona to have a BBQ with my friend’s co-worker and friends. The train ride was pretty empty. Probably everyone was already at home with family so the train pretty much was empty.
We had lamb, baked potatoes and some veggie for lunch. I’m not much of a cook, but I manage to help out peeling the potatoes. So I felt quite good contributing to something involving cooking. After lunch we took a walk at Altona beech. The beech was just beautiful, but it was extremely cold. I did not expect it to me so cold in summer. I guess the beach water and wind made it very cold. Even though it was cold, I still loved standing on the beech looking at the beautiful pier!
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas or holiday!
Out cafe hunting today. Ordered a cup of salted caramel latte. It actually tasted nice. There was this sweet and salty taste to the latte. It’s definitely a flavor I recommend people to try out.
(left) Tiramisu Latte / (right) Salted caramel latte
Forced him to take a photo with his pancake
Brunch with an old friend on a rainy day may sound boring to some people. But it’s the way I like to spend my days. Calm and relaxing. No better way for me to spend my weekends on a rainy day!
After brunch we had coffee and decided to assemble a small lego. I thought it would be easy but the lego instruction was not that easy to read. The final product looked cool when it was completely done.
The weekend consisted of being a tourist walking around the city with friends visiting from the states. It was hot weekend, so photos turned out so well. At this kinda moment is where I wish I had a camera. My feet and legs died out towards the end of the day. I wore the wrong shoes, as I didn’t expect to walk so much. Lesson learned, wear comfortable shoes when you have friends visiting.
Part 2 of us playing around with the GoPro camera! We stopped by Mos Burger. I ordered a beef burger. While we were waiting for our burger we decided to take another video! I decided to have fun making silly video while I’m in the mood.
cheese and beef burger
We are at the public smart phone charging booth charging our iPhones. It takes forever to charge our phones as we only have one USB cable with us. We are so bored that my friend started to play around with his ProGo camera. The camera was quite fascinating that I ended up playing with it more and taking silly videos of myself!
Here we are taking videos while our phones are charging! 🙂
Having my usual coffee in the weekend. Hiding away from the humid weather in a cafe.