Adventures

Paige & Rae Part 3

Hey, sorry this series is taking so long! I’m busy with Hillsong’s analytics, school projects, and midterms just finished.

If you’re new to my blog, please read Part One and Part Two to read about my other adventures around NYC with my girls!

So, it’s Sunday and we accomplished a lot of things on Paige’s and Rae’s list. But we also struck out a lot, since we forgot that everything is closed on Sundays. Well, not everything, but a lot of places aren’t open (for obvious reasons).

We woke up really early to meet up with some of Rae’s and Paige’s classmates. We were supposed to have breakfast at the famous The Bagel Store, home of the rainbow bagel. The classmates stood us up, but that didn’t stop us from having awesome bagels! Rae got a pumpkin bagel. Paige got a yummy apple cinnamon bagel. I, the only one who got a colored bagel, got the Walking Dead bagel with nutella. It was okay, but I can see why this one girl complained about it tasting like chemicals.

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(TMI, but if you get weird poop colors the day after, it’s the dye from the bagels)

Then, we took the train to Chelsea Market. Located in the Meat Packing District (my fav spot to be), it’s a mix of hipster, artisan restaurants, and grocery and retail stores. It’s expensive, vegan (for the most part), organic, and healthy. We got coffee and browsed the tiny “flea market” they have in the back. Cute stuff, but kind of pricey. However, the Brooklyn Charms booth is my favorite.

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Next, we walked the High Line, which is a block away from Chelsea Market. The High Line is an abandoned subway track turned into a cool park. It’s a favorite place of mine, because it’s refreshing to be around so much vegetation. You’re around cement so much and you need to take a break and be next to nature. It’s also a great way to cut through Chelsea and go more East of the island.

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Then, we made our way up to the Plaza. Paige and Rae wanted to do the Home Alone pose in front of the Plaza. I took them inside the Plaza Food Court. It’s a cute place to splurge lunch on. They have the best mushroom panini.

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We got tired. And when you’re tired on 5th Ave, there’s only one place to recoop! Central Park, of course! Tip, if you’re going to sleep in the Park in the beginning of fall, bring a blanket or extra layers.

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Before going down to Times Square for Hillsong, we chilled at Starbucks. I love Starbucks for two reasons. One, free wifi. Two, charger stations.

After church, we were excited to take the train back home and order in. We are so thankful that the Air BnB has Netflix! It honestly better than booking a hotel and I was sad that that was my last night there!

Unfortunately, I couldn’t follow Rae and Paige around the next day, because I had school. I’ll fill you in, though. They rode the Staten Island Ferry and went to the African Burial Memorial. If you’re here during summer and early fall, you MUST take the ferry. You get really great views and the ride if FREE!!!!

 

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Paige & Rae Part 2

Read here for Part 1, which is AKA day one of their fabulous trip to NYC.

So recap on Part 1: We met up, check out the Air BnB, went to the 9/11 memorial, and said “good night”. When the clock struck 9:00 AM, we were up and ready for another day filled with adventure. Unlike the rest of the trip, we did have some concrete plans. Paige and Rae needed to get Kanye cookies.

But first, we needed to get some brunch. Down the street is this cute, hipster brunch place. I’m not going to lie, it was pretty expensive. It was good, but expensive, so I opted for a chocolate croissant ($2.50!). Rae & Paige went matchy-match with avocado toast. It had a cute outdoor seating area.

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After brunch, we embarked to Cupcake Market for the Kanye cookies. It was such an adorable little cafe. They served coffee, cakes, and other sweet delights. All the servers were very accommodating and genuinely nice people. Inside the cafe was like stepping into your British grandmother’s tea room. Lots of antiques, dim lighting, and tea cups. It also functioned as a retail space, where you can buy all these vintage tea settings and books.

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Unfortunately, the Kanye cookie frosting was still drying, so we had to come back in the late afternoon.

To kill time, we walked around 2nd avenue and Washington Square Park. 2nd avenue is a darling place. Also known as the Ukrainian Village, it had so many small shops, cafes, and restaurants. Trendy and young, but quieter than the Meat Packing district. It wasn’t too far from Japan Town. I showed them the wonders of NoHo (North of Houston), like NYU, Cooper’s Union, and the park.

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We explored a few vintage shops before walking back to Cupcake Market.

Finally, the cookies were ready (and costed $16!!!). They were hand painted and pasted on a regular flavored cookie, then wrapped up in a box of tissues. Paige wanted to eat our Kanyes and Kims in Central Park, so we started our train ride to uptown.

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It was a little hard finding a field to sit at (it’s such a huge park), but we found ourselves right in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was such a nice, chilly day. We people watched, while trying to finish these super sweet cookies. Ugh, I actually regret buying it, because I couldn’t finish it. It was way too sweet for me.

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Since we were sitting in front of the museum, it was only natural to want to go in. I’m going to bold the next sentence, because it’s important to know about the MET museums. YOU CAN PAY WHATEVER YOU WANT TO GET IN. I repeat, you can pay whatever you want to get in. Obviously, it has to be at minimum a $1.00, but the ticket price is just a suggested donation (a strong one, too). So, don’t feel like you have to pay $25.00 (or $18.00 if you’re a student) to get in.

Paige has a deep interest in African art, Rae wanted to see the Polynesian art and Photography, and I wanted to see the Greek and Roman art. Luckily, the African, Polynesian, and Greek and Roman art was all in one place (haha). We breezed through the Bronze Age, into the diverse African art, and emerge ourselves in Polynesia. Although the museum is extremely huge, we were disappointed with the selection of art in the specific regions we were interested in. For example, there were only a few, small pieces that came from Hawai’i (much to Rae’s disappointment). Although this makes sense, because I  would think that Hawai’i would be super protective over their artifacts.

Papua New Guinea was represent really well and all these other Polynesian and Oceania cultures. It was amazing to see how each island had very similar themes and aesthetics, but had their unique flair about it.

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We browsed through the American exhibit, but were disappointed that it was White American artifacts and not Native American. I’m sure they had some Native American pieces somewhere, but we moved on to the Photography exhibit.

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The Photography exhibit was really small. I guess it just wasn’t the season for photography. There was this one small area (that was kind of hidden) that had these 19th century pictures of Bethlehem. It was crazy cool to see how different everything looked back then and how crisp the shots were.

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The Egyptian exhibit was very fascinating. Rae was joking about how bias the descriptions of every papyrus scroll. “How do they know that this meant this?” It was really cool to see and go inside actual Egyptian temples. I’m not sure how they moved it in the museum (I guess block by block), but it was pretty surreal. The costume museum was closed until November 7th.

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To wrap up the day, we went to Times Square. Now, I really don’t like it there. It’s really crowded and it’s much smaller than it seems in movies. The theater circuit is actually much bigger and circumferences Time Square. But every tourist has to come and take pictures of all the bright billboards. Paige and Rae said it wasn’t as magical as they thought it was going to be (sorry!). Hey, they got some really cool pictures of it, though.

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DIY Quick Fix for Damaged Chargers

Last month, I bought my roommate’s 2012 MacBook Pro just in case I need to use Photoshop. I know that it’s slower, heavier, and second hand, but it does the work. However, her charger was a little rinky dink. It wasn’t broken, but the plastic that protects all the wires was breaking off. I didn’t have electric tape on me, so I looked up different ways to repair it and found this DIY on BuzzFeed. It’s this simple knot friendship bracelet wrap around the charger.

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Materials

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  • Embroidery floss
    • You need about 3 of these bad boys for a Apple laptop charger
    • Different colors will make a cool effect, but monochromatic is cool, too.
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
How to Knot

For those who are unfamiliar with friendship bracelets, it’s super easy to do.

First, lay the charger flat on a table and tie a knot to anchor the floss.

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Second, get the long end and make it diagonal to the charger wire.

Third, put your pointer finger right next to the floss and use the other hand to pull the floss the opposite direction, so that it’ll wrap around your pointer finger. It should look like you’re making a ‘4’ with the floss and charger wire.

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Fourth, wrap the end of the floss around the wire and through the hole, then tug tight. Congrats you made your first knot!

*To make spiral effect, you have to make an effort to tug floss to move knot*

How to Add On

With the new floss, tie a knot next to the last knot you made. Make sure you include that extra floss in that knot. Then, you’ll continue to wrap knot the rest of the charger until the little bit of floss is completely under the new floss.

How to Finish

Double knot and add a bit of craft glue on the end to secure it!

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Paige & Rae Part: 1

I just had a wonderful weekend with these gals! My friend from home, Raelene, and her friend (now my friend), Paige. Doesn’t she look like Taya Smith???

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Last year, I got a random call from Rae asking about visiting NYC (they go to school in Chicago), then one thing lead to another and we planned a trip! Thank goodness for Air BnB! For those of you who don’t know what Air BnB is, it’s an app that allows people to rent a space in a house/apartment for a short amount of time. People can also lease an extra room or their house on the app. This is perfect for people who are staying somewhere for a weekend, who are on a budget, or who don’t like hotels. It’s as easy as searching the area, looking through reviews, and booking it.

We found Raquel, the host, and she had a basement apartment available for a very decent price. It was so clean, it was styled very nicely, and it had everything we needed. If you’re not familiar with NYC, everything is super small and condense, so don’t expect a huge room to stay here. It was a studio apartment, so the kitchen, living room, and bedroom were all in the same space, but it wasn’t cramped. The bathroom is really tiny, but it does the job and it’s super clean. Raquel had free WiFi, Netflix on the TV, and she left a note saying where the nearest subway stations were and restaurants.

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But before we checked in, I met Rae and Paige at Bakeri. This really cute bakery cafe in Brooklyn. It’s very homey feeling and shabby chic. The waitresses have these cute Rosy the Riveter like uniform. Then we found ourselves in a cool vintage garage. I bought these projector slides, which I’m seriously thinking about collecting from now on. Lots of cool things in there. Then, we walked to our Air BnB.

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Our day wasn’t finish, yet. After unpacking, we immediately set out to the 9/11 Memorial. It was a pretty price to pay ($18 for students) to get inside the museum, but it was really worth it. I cried so much and the museum was gracious enough to provide tissues at every corner. What really got me was the exhibit dedicated to those who jumped or who fell out of the top floors of the tower. The stories that were told were so chilling and the actual voicemail messages that play through out will haunt you. It will give you a new found respect for our public service warriors (policemen, firemen, and EMTs) and so proud on how the nation recovered from such a tragedy.

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We capped the night at Chinatown for some chow. Rae and I are so used to eating pretty authentic Chinese cuisine, so we went pretty mild with Paige. We got pork buns, egg rice, and sweet & sour chicken; served family style. It was so filling and delicious. We had ice cream from The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. I got ube (the one in purple), Rae got butter and macha oreo, and Paige got almond cookie. It came with a Green Tea Pocky stick.

It was a super busy first day. Stay tuned for Part 2-5. They won’t be as long as this, because I got lazy with taking pictures, but I’ll still write in detail about the places we visited.

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SNIP SNIP SNIP!

Last week, I got my hair cut. It’s been getting so long and I really wanted to start getting rid of my ombre. So, I made a last minute appointment at Nelly’s Hair and Nail Salon in South Ferry.

It took a while to ride the 1 there, but the hair salon was just up the street from the ferry dock. I would like to go the ferry one day, maybe when my friends who are coming from Chicago will enjoy a trip to Staten Island. The ferry is free, so I will definitely be trying that soon.

You have to walk up one set of stairs to get to the salon. It’s open, clean, and very simple. It’s not high end, lots of wood, and it’s small. There are not that many people working and not that many chairs. It reminded me of home and I liked the atmosphere. The ladies were super nice and focused on your hair, so it wasn’t just all gabbing.

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They had a GroupOn thing going on. You get your hair washed, cut, and a blow out for $29.00. It’s such a great deal and you don’t have to buy the coupon. You could just call up and they’ll honor it.

The hair wash was an experience. It was nice, but they wrapped my head in plastic and left me under the hair dryer for a while. The lady who washed my hair, just left. They were a little short staff, so I wasn’t mad, but that lady literally just left me. I didn’t see her until my hair was done.

It was a very fast hair cut. Like, the fastest I’ve ever had. I asked to get a angled lob (long bob) with a side part. I didn’t bring a picture and I don’t know why I asked for an angled bob, but I think my hairdresser picked up on my hesitation. The angle was just a slight angle. Not even worth calling an angle, but I’m not complaining. I really wanted a simple straight cut.

I’m so sure that if I wanted an angled bob, she would have given my angles for days!!!. The blow out was nice. My hair was really shiny, soft, and I felt like a goddess!

My hair smelled super good, too. MY SELFIE LOOKED SO BOMB. I never take selfies, because I don’t have that awesome talent, so this was super awesome.

I love my new hair cut and Nelly’s was a great place!

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5 Things to Do in Italy

I’ve only been to Italy once, but since a dear friend of mine is doing a year abroad there, I wanted to list the things I did when I was there.

If you ever get a chance to go to Italy, you better do it. It’s such a beautiful city. If you want to see art, go to Italy. If you want to go shopping, go to Italy. If you want to eat good food, go to Italy. If you like getting lost, go to Italy. If you like history, go to Italy.

1. Go to art museums and chapels

If you have been living under a rock, Italy is chock full of art. Paintings, sculptures, textile, jewelry, and so on. But, you want to see all the classical, ancient Roman, and medieval art. I mean, to be in the presence of all these masterworks that you’ve read about in textbooks is crazy! Even if you’re not religious, chapels are covered in art. Lots of gold leaf paintings  can be found in churches and chapels. This is because the light from the candles will reflect off the gold to illuminate the chapel at night.

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2. Eat like an Italian

Italians are all about fun, life, and FOOD! Forget about that one “authentic” Italian restaurant back at home. You need to sit down in a real Italian restaurant and order a full course. The tour group I was with took us to all these great restaurants. I remember eating a 5 course dinner at some vineyard that was prepared by monks!

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I highly suggest getting a thin crust pizza. I found this hole in a wall back in Sienna. I don’t remember the name or how to get there :(, but it was the best mushroom pizza I’ve ever had.

3. Visit the Vatican

This is a tourist trap, but going inside the Vatican is really cool. Warning, the wait time will take kind of forever, depending on what day it is. The price isn’t too bad, but you can’t really take pictures of anything. You do get to see the famous Michelangelo’s painted ceiling of the Life of Christ, the Sistine Chapel, and see some Popes’ tombs.

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4. Shop for Leather and Jewelry in Florence!

Florence is known for it’s leather and gold jewelry. Is it expensive? Yes. Is it worth it? Yes. Will it make great gifts? OF COURSE!

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Florence is just a great place to go to, below are my pics of famous buildings and some statues.

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5. Sip wine at the vineyards!

Okay, I didn’t do this, because my dad wouldn’t allow me. But why not go wine tasting? It’s like the most Italian thing you could do!!!

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