Hi hi! Sorry for the long hiatus from blogging – I was on vacation to Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington D.C which I will blog about next time. For now, updates on what I was up to after school ended till when I left for my trip (:

After seeing publicity photos for Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de loin at the MET, I told myself that I must go see it because the set looks so enchanting. It consists of rows of LED lights that depicts a glittering ocean, and a double-ended staircase.

Photos from the MET Opera

I found this opera to be very deep and I couldn’t help but consider if there is a deeper meaning behind this opera. I don’t find myself doing this for all operas.. only those that have a more multi-layered plot perhaps.

Curtain call

Then I was able to meet up with some friends, those from MSM and otherwise ((:

Mexican food with Dan
Quesadilla for me!

Since it was Christmas season, there was a huge Christmas market at Bryant Park! As with many Christmas markets, there was an ice skating rink and a huge Christmas tree. I have been so impressed with the outdoor markets/fleas in NYC so far because they have been clean (relatively litter-free) and they make cash-less payment so easy. Merchants only need to attach this device to their phones or tablets, for customers to make card-swipe payments:

Square Credit Card reader
I really like the purple hue at Bryant Park’s tree

There were all sorts of things on sale! Garments, board games, Christmas tree accessories, household  deco, jewellery, food, drinks.. you name it! I bought 4 luggage tags, one each for YT, JA, GL and GW who are in Baltimore.

Shout-out to mah bookclub homies Monz, Kenz and Shaoz. This poster is so us we should make a shirt of it or something

Then on the same day, I met some friends from my church’s community group  to go check out the famous tree at Rockfeller Center! It was soooo crowded I’m pretty sure we were really close to creating a stampede with people pushing each other around with hardly any space between once another. I’m not even sure if it was worth it, just to see this tree. But I guess it’s a NYC tradition to go see it and I can tick it off my bucket list now haha.

It’s huge!!

Near the Flat-iron building, there were also some hammocks put up on display as part of an art installation. Had to try it before it’s gone!


Then we went up to the 230 Rooftop on Fifth Avenue. It is famous for having igloos so that people can still enjoy being on the rooftop without freezing from the cold and strong winds! The view is pretty awesome, especially since the Empire State Building is lit up in Christmas colours.

230 Rooftop

After that we walked up Fifth avenue to enjoy the Christmas decorations on the buildings and in the shop windows.


A lego version of Rockfeller Center!!!

The next day……..

Jabez arrived to NYC! And that’s when we headed to Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington D.C. Ok more about this next time!

In the taxi, leaving JFK airport for Manhattan

“A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory. In his name the nations will put their hope.” Matthew 12:20-21

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