Happy to be home.

As much as I thought I’d be dreading coming home, I’m actually pretty relieved. Of course, the turn of events at the end left me grateful that I get to go home to my parents and crawl into bed and just lie there by myself, comforted in knowing that I am safe there. Here.

I suppose this is really good timing since I can now focus on my friends and my family, the people dearest to me and who I will miss terribly when I leave. Candy Butt has already requested multiple times in the two conversations I’ve had with her the past week that I stay, or at least consider staying longer. I did miss her terribly during my trip, but I think that was also due to spending whole afternoons by myself, walking around New York until I was exhausted and cold before stopping by the apartment to rest and warm up and go out again (to actually meet people).

As much as I love New York, I can see why people have said that it can be a lonely city. Still, I also know that it’ll make a big difference if the lil sis actually does move and we live together, plus the fact that the next time I’m in the city I’ll be busy job hunting (and possibly apartment hunting, if lil sis doesn’t find anywhere for us to live first!) and adjusting and catching up with my NYC friends – much more fun, I think. 🙂

For the time being though, I’m going to relish being at home, with all my books from childhood until now (there’s just something so comforting about picking up a familiar book – like comfort food, minus the calories ;)), and my parents willing and able to take of me and look after me, and my best friends to be there for me and I can cherish the comfort that also comes from just knowing that I won’t be judged, or unloved, for who I am, and can truly be myself.

There’s definitely a certain joy and sense of security to being home, and I’m happy to be here for another 5 months before striking out on my own.

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Abercrombie Overload

A&FOk, so I had passed the Abercrombie flagship on 5th Ave a few times this trip, and there was always a huge line outside so I never bothered. (Sidenote: it’s ridiculous that people actually line up for ABERCROMBIE! I mean come on…in Asia people only line up for Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, and the like…not Abercrombie!) But since today was my last day and I was in the area, plus my friend requested that I buy him a polo and I needed denim shorts, I checked it out.

Luckily at the time I went there was no line, but there was still a ridiculous amount of people in the store. The music is pounding as you walk in, and the lighting is so dark that it actually makes it somewhat difficult to see things, which, you know, might make it somewhat hard to shop! The worst wasn’t even the music and the lighting, but the smell of the Abercrombie perfumes – it was so overpowering I could actually taste it in my mouth and for the next 5 blocks I walked after I left.

I had to wait in line for about 10 minutes for a changing room (at least), but there was pretty much no line for the cashiers on the 2nd floor, so that wasn’t too bad. Still, by the end I really couldn’t wait to just get out of there. I overheard a mother saying to her daughter that she couldn’t stand it in there, and I had to agree. The only reason I even bothered trying on the shorts was cause if I didn’t, I didn’t want to have to go back to return them!!

All in all – avoid the 5th Ave Abercrombie like the plague if you can. The only thing that was kinda cool was that it was a whole 4 floors, which is pretty much the biggest Abercrombie I’ve ever seen. Still though, the music, the smell(and taste!), and the lighting were all horrible and made for one of the worst shopping experiences I’ve ever had. (So much so that I had to come back and blog about it!!) You’ve been warned…

So sad :(

Today’s my last full day in NYC! The weather suits my mood – it’s kinda rainy and grey and depressing today, kinda like yesterday. Got a lot to do today – drugstore & GNC run for friends and family at home, and possibly a boat tour thingie around Manhattan with two guys I met last night, although the weather is sucking today so I may just pass on that and do it when I’m back in September (which, if last September is anything to go by, the weather will be warm and gorgeous!), so not too fussed about that.

I hate that the weather’s all gross – I really wanted to take more pics today cause I haven’t taken enough this time round. 😦

I can’t believe I’m leaving tomorrow…I’m so sad! Another five months to go…I may just book my one-way ticket for September when I get home, to give me something to look forward to!

Anyway, will blog about the trip some more when I get back to HK, I’m sure! (More details and pics and such.)

The Little Mermaid

Little MermaidOh. My. God.

I am absolutely in love with this show! It was so good – all the songs and dancing and the stage sets and costumes were gorgeous and outrageous and beautiful, and the transitions from sea to land or vice versa were clever, and the new songs were good as well. I cannot say enough good things about this show, except that everyone should go see it if they get the chance!

The songs were performed brilliantly – they all made me feel what they were meant to! Wistful & dreamy in “Part of Your World” (my fave Little Mermaid song, btw), grinning in the chef’s song about the fish, and Under the Sea’s set was stunning, with all the fish on stage and in different things made to look like they were floating.

The cast rolled around on roller skates under their fish tails to look like they were gliding – my really smart boyfriend only realized at intermission that that was the point of the skates. haha

Sierra Boggess as Ariel kinda reminded me of Amy Adams in Enchanted –Little Mermaid set maybe it was the long red hair, but the way she was so innocent about things and singing all the time just made me think of it! She was great though – I was kind of worried that she might over-sing Part of Your World (eg. at the Oscars when “That’s How You Know” from Enchanted was performed – I still shudder – it wasn’t meant to be opera-like!), but she did a fabulous job.

Flounder’s song with the sisters, “She’s in Love”, was great – that little kid is seriously talented, and the audience absolutely adored him (me included!). He got a great cheer at the end when we were all clapping and cheering for everyone – the audience’s cheer for him went up and it was just so cute I wanted to kidnap him! haha

I thought it was quite amusing (and kinda cool) that Triton’s family was multi-racial – there were caucasian mermaids, african american mermaids, and I even spotted an asian one and they’re all a family!

All in all, I thought The Little Mermaid was worth every penny – now go book your tickets! (Or just go look at videos etc on the website…)

Kiss the Girl

The MoMA

I took a 4-hour nap today. I didn’t mean to, it just happened…didn’t want to get up either, when it was 6.30. So much for getting over jet lag!! So all I did today was get a mani/pedi and go to brunch w/the bf (so yum – we went to some Belgian restaurant in Chelsea called Markt, I think). We walked back to the apartment and then when he left for work I thought I’d ‘rest’ for a little bit and ended up passing out for forever. LOL oops!

Anyway, so since I didn’t really do anything today, I’ll post a slideshow of the pics that I took at the MoMA:

(Written Saturday, March 22nd – only published now cause I never got around to doing the slideshow till this morning. :P)

Greetings from NYC!

Ok, it’s 7am and I can’t sleep – been awake for nearly an hour – my eyes were still tired enough to close, but my body just won’t listen and was uncomfortable no matter what position I lay in, so I decided to get up and wait for the rest of the city to wake up (well, not the whole city…haha)

The flight over was looonggggg, got crammed into the window seat trapped by two mainlanders (China) who supposedly lived in Brooklyn, but their English was so poor that they couldn’t even fill in their customs declaraction and asked me to do it for them. Which I did, of course, cause I’m nice like that.

The new-ish Cathay airplanes have this really cool feature, where there’s a camera outside the plane, and one of the “infotainment” selections is an aerial view of whatever’s outside. As we approached NYC, I switched it to that screen and snapped a few pics, which I will post below – way cool! You can see all the city lights…:)

Plans for the day: breakfast w/the boy, then I have to get a SIM card somewhere and call people, then maybe some light shopping or a mani/pedi, and the Most Serene Republic show later tonight w/the boy as well. Woo!

Approaching New York:

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I am SO excited to be here again. 🙂

Quoted! (Headless Book Covers)

Megan McCafferty, one of my favourite authors (I absolutely love Sloppy Firsts, Second Helpings, and Charmed Thirds) – quoted me on her (retro)blog!

The topic was on headless book covers – you know, like on all the Gossip Girl books, and on Megan’s books as well. Take a look-see:

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In a previous post, Megan pointed to an article printed in the Chicago Tribune, about the implications of having headless book covers. The article goes as far as to say that by cutting off the girls’ heads, it implies that women don’t have a voice. Clearly, that’s ridiculous. So in response to a call for thoughts/opinions, I emailed Megan, and she quoted these on her blog:

“‘women don’t have voices’ – that’s ridiculous! Especially, and ironically, since these covers are on the books of female authors. What is an author doing by writing a book, if not ‘voicing’ her thoughts and imagination and creations?”

“I realize that there is some sort of stigma attached to being ‘chick-lit’, but I have to say that if I had to sort your books into a category, I’d have to say that they are chick-lit, but only because I feel like they would mostly appeal to women (and possibly gay men).”

This is possibly the coolest thing ever. (Being quoted by one of my favourite authors, not that people think headless covers mean girls have no voices.)

See original post with all quotes here