Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Guide to New York City Day 1

In Spring 2014 (Gosh, it was 2 years ago!) my friends and I decided to escape from London and taste a little bit of the ever-raging city that must be in everybody's bucket list (it was my top 5 and I ticked it off so yay me!) And today, still dreaming about The City That Never Sleeps, I'm gonna share my schedule roaming around NYC with my fellas. BEWARE: this post is lengthy.

We arrived on the 12th of April around midnight (Day 0), stayed at an Airbnb flat (my first time), which was not the best accommodation that we could have hoped for but we were kind of minimising our budget since the flight ticket was last-minute bought so it was a bit pricey. I mean, the Airbnb platform is great to find you authentic feeling of visiting a city, don't get me wrong, it was just we didn't pick the right flat in the right neighbourhood. We stayed around Harlem, which was not very safe-looking at night but in the morning it was alright. It's still New York, so everything looks right! <3 p="">
In the morning we headed straight to the city centre, 5th Avenue, to meet with my friend's friends who study there. Used the subway and bought the 7-day pass that costed $31, went to Momofuku Milk Bar to try their cereal milk soft serve and crack pie! Walked a little bit further for an Italian lunch recommended by friends near Columbus Circle called Marea and it was delicious, as expected for my first proper meal in NYC (I heard lots of good reviews regarding the food here!)

Afterwards we had a stroll along the streets that are sandwiched by high rise buildings. Didn't plan to go to Times Square on the first day, but when we walked we might have stumbled across so why not take a few pictures? And by few I mean "a couple of hundred times" just like what Justin Bieber sang in "Sorry".

Then we went to the Top of the Rock to get a view of this breathtaking city and indeed, it was BREATHTAKING, no exaggeration. I could stay there the whole day and not get tired of the view. It was so beautiful!

Some of my friends and I got the City Pass which includes tickets to 6 city attractions: Top of the Rock, Empire State Building, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island, and American Museum of Natural History which costed us around $100. I can't really remember but here is the website for more detail. It was a bit expensive when we first looked at it but at the end we thought it was worth it. You cannot be satisfied if you go to New York and don't see at least these attractions. And even when my friends and I have covered those listed above, we still missed out on other attractions like Guggenheim Museum, 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Brooklyn Bridge, Dumbo, etc etc etc. Cities like New York and London, they need more than 5 days to be explored. The sad part was I only got 5 days last time to do all these things on my checklist, hence not everything was checked off.

Moving on, I think we died and went to heaven when we tried The Halal Guys for the first time. Like, it was legit the best meal we ate in NYC (P.O.V: after I finished the trip). It was so good I couldn't believe it and everybody think so too. So, if you guys go to NYC just MAKE SURE you try Halal Guys. Then we rode the yellow cab for the first time to our dinner place which was in Greenwich Village called Umami Burger. The queue was long. But the food, once again, was great! So the long wait was alright. After that we went to a drugstore to get bath soap to share then we went to Grand Central to check out the famous opening of Gossip Girl. The lighting was very bad to take pictures though I might say it was one of the most beautiful train stations interior-wise. We headed home after a long tiring, productive day roaming around New York City. Stay tuned for Day 2!




Cereal soft-serve


 Marea NYC



























Shirt - Uniqlo
Outerwear - (X)S.M.L | Alternative
Skirt - River Island | Similar here
Sunnies - Rayban Aviator
Socks - New Look
Shoes - Dr. Martens

Photographed by Fitria Tjandra and some from my iPhone

'Til next post!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Character & Gratitude

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016!

I think this is the first time I write a blog post on the first day of a new year. I'm not going to post any pictures though, more like a New Year's Resolution inspiration? Let's just say this post is more like a short story on how I spent my New Year's Eve to New Year.

To be honest, I wasn't ready for a new year last year (the changing of the day between 2014 to 2015), but I think this year I am readier. Is that a word? Readier?
Maybe because I've had enough breaks, or maybe it's the conscience in me that is willing to change for the better.

People have different takes on what they write for their New Year's Resolutions. Minutes before the clock struck 12, meaning a few thousand seconds before 2016, I was googling about character. Before you point any finger at me mocking for spending my NYE in front of the computer screen, yes I admit it, it wasn't the best NYE celebration I've had which will bring to the second point later. Moving on…

We've heard it a lot of times. Like, a lot a lot. How character is the foundation of your success or the factor that makes you who you are yadda yadda yadda. I don't know about you, but sometimes when I read "inspiring" quotes, these words just passed by my mind for a second before I think about what to eat for dinner. So quotes don't really change my life. It's what I desire to change about myself that will (with actions, of course).

So for 2016, I hope I will develop better characters because I want to live with myself and be happy. In 2016 I want to be happy. And to be happy, I must be thankful first. And not just when things are right, but also when things get rough and situations turn shaky. Being grateful in all conditions will also improve characters. It also works both ways. These are two of my main NY Resolutions.

I'm not going into details too much, I'm just trying to implement these into my daily life.

To close this New Year blog post, I'll leave with some quotes ;)
Hope it will inspire you, readers, before you think of what to have for your first brunch in 2016!
(Brunch because, well, you might celebrate NY by partying all night and going to bed very late / early in the morning, and cannot wake up for breakfast… OK I'll just shut up and cuddle up in my already-cozy PJs and duvet.)

CHARACTER

"Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you."

"There's something wrong with your character if 'opportunity' controls your loyalty." - Sean Simmons

"If you want to know what a man is like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals." - Sirius Black

"Habits change into character."

"No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Hire character. Train skill." - Peter Schutz

"Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"You can't go around hoping that most people have sterling moral characters. The most you can hope for is that people will pretend that they do." - Fran Lebowitz

"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect." - Bruce Lee

"Morals can be learned, character must be developed."

"Your success stops where your character stops. You can never rise above the limitations of your character."

"No amount of talents, skills or charisma can sustain us the way integrity, character and attitude does." - Sidney Mohede


GRATITUDE

"It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy."

"Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you're going to live your life." - Joel Osteen

"When you are grateful, fear disappears & abundance appears." - Anthony Robbins

"Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have."

"Gratitude unlocks the fulness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more." - Melody Beattie

"Each morning, when you open your eyes, think only three things; Thank You, thank You, thank You. Then set out to make the best use of gift of this day that you can."


BOTH

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body.  And be thankful.” - Colossians 3:12-15

'Til next post!

Monday, December 28, 2015

I Just Can't Get Enough

of youuuu, London. Never.

It was a beautiful one spring day in London Town so my friend and I decided to go to Design Museum and had a look at the Designs of the Year 2014 exhibition. Then we took a stroll alongside River Thames at the same time being in awe of the sky that day and took loads of pictures of Tower Bridge. We had lunch in Butlers Wharf Chop House and headed home afterwards.














Dress - Forever 21 | similar here
Cardigan - AIIZ | similar here
Tights in navy blue - Primark
Shoes - ASOS | similar here
Bag - 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel | similar here or here

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Querencia

(n.) a place from which one's strength is drawn, where one feels at home; the place where you are your most authentic self.

One word that explains it all.









Photographed by Fitria Tjandra

Shirt - Cotton Ink | similar here
Cardigan - Mango | similar here
Skirt - Forever 21 | similar here
Socks - New Look | similar here
Shoes - Dr. Air Martens | similar here
Bag - Cupcake
Sunglasses - Rayban Aviator
Necklace - From Singapore

'Til next post!