Long time no see, Manhattan! This is my third visit to New York and the first one in a decade. I was set to attend the Future of Web Design conference for work, but I came a day earlier to enjoy a few activities before it started. I made a small list of things I wanted to do, and I’m happy to say that I crossed them all off! I had complete control of my itinerary. All my previous visits were with family, so it was awesome to be able to do anything I wanted this time.
Explore Central Park
I’ve been to Central Park before, but my family couldn’t stay long because it was getting dark. This time, I made sure to make up for it. Upon arrival, I dropped off my things at my Airbnb room and headed straight for the park. I got a little lost trying to get there but that’s all part of the adventure, right?
I feel silly admitting this, but I had no idea Central Park was HUGE! I walked across it length-wise and it was a good thirty blocks. I tried making a beeline for the Met, but there were so many pretty things on the way like this guy making giant bubbles. I kept getting sidetracked. I know I keep saying this, but fall is so beautiful. I’d sit on benches when I came across them and just drank in the sights.
I went out of town by myself which isn’t anything new to me, but it did mean I didn’t have anyone to take my pictures for me. I had to make do with selfies. :’D It’s all right though. Just because I don’t have many pictures of myself doesn’t mean I wasn’t there.
Visit the Met
After a very long trek through Central Park, I finally found the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They only had an hour left when I got there, so I got reduced fare. I wasn’t able to see all of the wings, but I enjoyed those that I could. I observed a lot of Ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, Polynesian art, French paintings, and modern art.
I was hoping to see the Asian collection, but I kept getting lost. By the time I was getting somewhere, the museum was closing. I suppose that’s just another reason to come back (next decade? haha). Speaking to someone at the conference, I was also recommended to see the American Museum of Natural History. Perhaps my next visit will strictly be a museum run.
I have more pictures of Central Park and The Met on my Google+ page if you’d like to check them out!
This is my first time meeting an online friend! I’m so happy I got to meet Liv while I was in town. She’s so sweet. <3 She took me to Koreatown for a delicious dinner at HanaMichi (check the not-so-lowkey ad on our picture lol) and then makeup shopping at The Face Shop and TonyMoly. Korean makeup has the cutest packaging! I had such a great time with her. I’d love to see her again next time I’m in town.
See a Show on Broadway
After the first day of the conference wrapped up, I went to Broadway to see Allegiance, a musical about the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. It was a powerful show and an important one too. The internment is normally a glossed over fact of the war, but we can’t forget this crucial part of American history lest we repeat it again.
Allegiance is a relevant show in light of the current discussion of immigration today. Japanese-Americans at the time were painted with a broad stroke, and their rights were trampled as a result. It’s in a similar fashion that a certain presidential candidate (whose name I will not allow to mar this blog, ugh) is painting immigrants. It’s my hope that the musical will further open up the discussion about immigration, and to an extent, the racial dynamics that exist in this country. Let me know in the comments if you’d like to discuss this more!
But back to the musical, it stars Lea Salonga and Georgie Takei which I was so excited about! Can I just say that Lea is a shining pillar of light that I can barely look at?? She sounds exactly the same live! They all do. And George was adorable as Ojii-san. I also loved Telly Leung’s performance. I cried at the end. Awesome show all-around! If you guys are ever in NY, you should definitely see this!
Work, Work , Work
I was in NY for three days, but two of those were full work days. On top of my off-time activities, I was incredibly busy my entire stay. The only time I was in my room was to shower and sleep. After the last day of the conference finished up, I hopped on a bus and went straight home. My entire body was exhausted. I haven’t walked that much in a long time, and my feet hurt! But I didn’t mind it at all. I had a blast!
There are still so much left for me to do in NY. You really can’t do everything in one visit, much less three! Of course I’m coming back. Hopefully, I wouldn’t need work to make me go again.
This is the first of a short series of entries I have for New York. Stay tuned for my thoughts on the conference and some bootleg outfit shots!