Let me just begin this by saying I am not interested in traveling. My disinterest is equal parts lazy and equal parts lack of money. I am not broke, but I am not exactly sitting on a pile of money. I like to spend money. I also don’t particularly enjoy doing 3-airports-in-24-hours things, therefore when I landed in JFK I was ecstatic. Plus I had to shit so bad, but the Singaporean in me forced my rectum to behave because I did not want to re-queue. I also think maybe it was because I would look suspicious and any US airport is not the place to look suspicious.
I had no problems with the immigration (yasss!!!) but I had a serious case of jetlag. I sleep a lot normally so when you put me on a plane for 14 hours straight (and 8 hours before that) I tend to want to sleep more, regardless of how many hours I slept on the plane.
I have been to NYC once for two weeks in 2015, and I stayed in Brooklyn then. It’s not that scary but I remember I had to be alert all the damn time and I was always ducking into delis. This time I stayed near Times Square, so moving around was easier.
The second day I was there I went to Strand (the bookstore) in the evening and spent maybe an hour or two browsing. Ended up buying 11 books, stopped by a cart to get dinner, and took the subway back to the apartment. I bought two Tennessee Williams plays (one I am using as a mouse now heh), a few books on writing, a Neil Gaiman, and a James Patterson.
Highlights of the trip: I went for my third play of the year, I went to MoMA, and I was mistaken for a Filipino at least 3 times. It doesn’t bother me now. I also went to 54 Below for ‘Broadway Loves Kelly Clarkson’. I took videos, but YouTube has a bunch of videos, so I will link to those, instead.
One of my favourites (it is one of my favourite KC songs anyway, plus I have a similar jacket hehehe!!!):
We said Hi to the singer who sang ‘Miss Independent’ after the show (I liked this song as a teenager because Miss Christina Aguilera wrote it)
And my favourite:
If you are interested, you can view the rest of the videos here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_tl7Dl6pOJOt8nJ2HjevvRlX4YGAYMn2
Before they dimmed the lights, this is what Feinstein’s looks like:
We of course got booth seats (had to share with a couple) because New York.
We went to MoMA on one of the days. Some pictures:
Lessons I learnt from this trip:
- Don’t buy pet food unless you’re OK with dogs (I am not! I am terrified of dogs)
- People work hard to get where they are (i.e. they work multiple jobs while going for classes when they want to make it somewhere)
- Maybe it’s time to learn about your own history (I know nothing about Singapore or being Malay and I am embarrassed sometimes)
- Speak louder and be confident
Good night! 🙂