Monday, April 30, 2012

New York Subway

We took a subway transit when we went to Liberty Island and Ellis Island where the ferry terminal to take us over there is at the Battery Park. From our hotel in 6 avenue, 53rd street we walked to the entrance in Broadway subway station just a couple of blocks to look for number one train/ letter E color red to go all the way down to Southport station. 

The New York subway station is one of the oldest public transportation systems in the world, with 468 stations in operation, imagine that. The busiest subway I have ever seen it operates 24/7 a day.  I can hear the noise of the subway from the ground when I'm walking down the road of Manhattan and even when I'm in the hotel room on 2oth floor! 

So anyway, when we're at the station we went straight to this machine for a one pass ticket. This is my DH trying to buy a ticket using an ATM card. It accept debit and credit card but most of the time the online system doesn't work on it so an exact bills and coins is a must kind a annoying if we don't carry cash a lot. One thing more I don't like this machine's it only take one ticket at a time.  It doesn't have an option to buy more tickets in one transaction. Very hassle.

But we made purchased the tickets for a single pass ($2.50) only. This is me at the gate of the underground subway station prior entering to the waiting area for the subway.

The entry section of the subway you have to slide the ticket in that sliding machine on the right side for you to get in.

Every stations look differently. This one right here is new and clean.

While this one look rusty and creepy. I imagined how the people dress and their luggage looks in 18th century when they take the train here.

My DH is patiently waiting for our ride. Please take a look at the ceiling and background so antique.

The wall tiles and wooden bench? Vintage! I'm glad they keep it cause I love the looks of vintage. :)

This is one of those exit area.

The vintage exit stairs to go up to the main road. Again, the old tiles are still standing.

Travel Period: April 2012

Sunday, April 29, 2012

New York Street Food

Food truck is everywhere in Manhattan New York. They sell great food. Many locals easy to go meal for breakfast,  lunch and dinner. They make a serious business there. Though I wanted to try to eat of every truck they sell but we decided to opt out and dine in at Cafes and restaurants instead.

Crepes anyone?

Wanna try this Thai food but we already full when we pass it.

This I love NY hotdog is the best.

My friend and I savour the hotdog while sitting on the bench at the corner in the street of 6th avenue near Central Park. Love this moment.

My DH is having his favorite soft Pretzel.

Soft ice cream who can't resist?

Travel Period: April 2012

Korea Town, New York

We didn't have lunch on the flight, we're so starving when we arrived in New York it's already 3:30PM. After we settled our luggage in our room at Hilton hotel we then walked to Korea Town in 32nd street about 20 minutes or so. We prefer walking more than any public transportation (unless the weather doesn't permit us or if its too far to walk) so that we can exercise and so we can sightseeing on every streets.

You know already when you're in Korea Town the stores signage are written in Korea language (with English translation) and there are so many Korean. Haha What do I expect, right? I'm just joking.

I like where in every restaurants over there displays their menu at the glass window or on the pedestal menu display stand in front of their establishment. It gives us an option to compare their foods and prices from any other restaurants.

I had in mind to dine in Arirang on the 3rd floor of this building. I researched it prior our vacation. It got good reviews in Yelp. My DH and friend are love to eat soup. So we went up to Arirang.

We have to take an elevator to go to Arirang. Those elevator is so tiny no more than 5 people can take in it. The sign says it all as what we comprehend. No!!!! 5 with korean language written on that paper at the wall is kind a funny. We didn't get it. We're in USA for goodness sake speak English please! Joke. Hehe

Yet we never get disappointed in Arirang the people their are so friendly, the foods are so delicious. And it is inexpensive. The ice tea is refillable with no charge. So yummy! They deserve a 5 stars.

I look so tired and starving here. That doesn't stop me to feel happy and excite knowing I'm already in the land of Big Apple. :)

Their homemade noodle soup has its own taste. I have tried so many different type of noodle soup from other country but I can't compare them. This Korean chicken noodle soup is also the best. So good. For $9.99 for this huge bowl is a steal. Three people can eat this.

In Yelp reviews online they said when in Arirang we have to try their kimchi pancake. So we did. Oh my goodness we all loved it. It tastes so good. Want to come back their for it. I'm craving it right now. :)

The three stooges.

After we had a wonder-full meal in Arirang we cross the street to Asian Mart for toothbrush and snacks.

They sell plenty of different type of teas in here. I covet for one but I beside myself cause it is so expensive. :)

Korea Town street is quite interesting. I so like it. I feel more like I am in Korea where I'm in New York.

Travel Period: April 2012

Friday, April 27, 2012

Arriving New York

The Delta aircraft we fly into landed at Laguardia International Airport in New York 8 miles away to midtown Manhattan. It is closer than JFK. We safely arrived on time. The advantage of having baggage check-in free is by not taking so much time waiting to get our baggage in the carousel we literally in-and-out at the airport. 

This is my friend M going to the exit door.

We need a shuttle bus to take us to our hotel in midtown Manhattan so we stop in the Port Authority customer service first for reservation. Before the lady at the counter help us a man came and asked if we need a shuttle bus for a ride, he works with this agency.  He explains that we're not the only passengers that means he has to drop the other passengers to their hotel first or which ever comes first, and that the fee is $14 per person one way.  Deal. We don't care. $14 is a steal than $80 or more if we get a taxi.

Spotted the yellow taxis outside the airport. So New York. Classic!

Noticed the shuttle bus driver is using iPad for his transaction. So hi-tech.

Manhattan roads are very narrow. The streets are all one way. Traffic is pretty bad. You have to be aggressive on the roads. I don't think I can drive there.

Pedestrians rule the roads and streets in New York. J walking is fine. The police won't give you a ticket. People are use to walk (pretty fast!)- that's why I didn't see any fat people there.  And they seems busy all the time.

Travel Period: April 2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

New York - The Skyscraper City

Despite of my annoyance towards my seat situation in the aircraft during the flight I feel so relieve when I saw these panorama views of New York from where I'm sitting. It is an amazing view from up high. Manhattan is skyscraper city indeed! I couldn't help myself but oohhss and aahhss while looking at it. I pinched myself thought I'm dreaming.. reality bites me, it is real! I'm jumping up and down in my chair this is it.. New York here I come!

On this part I can see the Liberty Island (see the statue on the left) and Ellis Island (on the right) which we are going to later. Oh Statue of Liberty you are the world's famous landmark that everyone wants to see. I thank God to finally met you. :)

Travel Period: April 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

En Route to New York

When my friend M announced her plan to visit me here in Florida I was so happy to know that. She's like my sister to me. I have known her for 13 years now. I met her at work from my previous employer back in the Philippines, she works in the Admin while I work in the Marketing department. Since we have the same goals for our future lives we hang out, talk a lot about it together after work, and that's how our friendship started. We live our dreams now. We married to our wonderful husbands, our lives changed in so many ways. In a good way. Part of our dream is to visit New York. We made plans to go there after her stay in Florida.

Finally that day has arrived. Tuesday (4/17/12) early morning was our departure flight en route to New York. We were so excited and happy for this trip.

This is me and my friend M while DH taking a photo of us when looking for our boarding gate in the airport.

Lounging in our gate area waiting for our boarding flight. Delta's computer systems was down so we have to print out our boarding pass again since we use electronic check-in at home. Our seats assign were totally messed up. My DH and I ended up having the seats in the last row. Annoying.

Good thing my DH brought Ely the puppet during this trip to cool us. DH knows how to make Ely alive and talk. So funny.
After we settled in the aircraft the stewardess is now serving us a snack.

I choose an orange juice and a cookie

While my DH have pretzel, granola bar and a sprite.

I wasn't so thrilled during this flight because my DH and I were seated in the last row. And I was literally sitting right next to a lavatory. I can hear everything whatever people do in that room. Very annoying.

My DH just came out from that room, and he's teasing me.

This picture show how close the lavatory from where I seated. Good thing though my DH and I only used the lavatory during the whole flight. The rest of the passengers were sleeping, I guess they all tired. I feel so lucky! Hehehe