The #ihaveathingforwalls is a combo of a little bit of this and this, because there’s never a shortage of walls right? Eva Chen’s dedication to beautiful walls went up another level with her @photogenicwalls account. It shows some of the best walls in NYC to take Instagrams in front of (++ the geo tag). Don’t you just want to be her friend?
I just think these @ihaveathingwithmuseumpics are cool. Makes me want to go to one this weekend.
The way people take floor photos now are so different. Ten years it might have been “let me snap a photo of this beautiful floor” and now it’s definitely more of a “let me snap a photo of this floor with my feet in it SINCE my choice of footwear is quite kee-yoot today AND I can include a #ihavethisthingwithfloors when I share it”. It’s creativity in a different light and honestly guys, I’m enjoying the ride. I would much rather look at your feet if you’re standing on a pretty floor than just your feet alone, thank you verrry much.
Thanks to @ihavethisthingwithmailbox, I now know that Correo is mail in Español while mail in Portugese is Correio.
What are some of the Instagram accounts that you’ve been liking lately? Let me know, sweet peas. I’m meeting a dear friend for breakfast tomorrow and going for my first outdoor yoga class on Sunday. Enjoy your weekend!!!
The museum was hugeeee! With a map in our hands, we conquered floor by floor, crossing one exhibition at a time. There were some that were less interesting than others. Some of the things that were in my head :”This is a museum for goodness sake. Stop laughing. ”
“There’s a security guard at that corner. Behave please Ya Allah.”
“Do not call on Tati because you are going to laugh even more. DON’T DO IT!!” *refer to 3:03 as reference*
“This banana on top of this lady’s head is making me hungryyyy”
“YOWZA that’s huge”
“Did I forget to bring a snack in my bag… wait… oh yeah i did…zzzz……”
Yeah…so we made boomerang videos instead.
We went in appreciating the art and to learn about history (and learnt tons, we did) but holli macaroni, the gift shop on the lower level is aaaaaaaaa-mazing. It will lead you to Gallery & Co where they stock the best of the best of local brands and some international ones. Everything was curated to perfection!!
Fancy dinners make me uncomfortable. I donch knowww but I’ve just never been a fan. Am I alone in this? helllooo.. anyone there? Tati howeverrr convinced me into agreeing to a (semi!)fancy birthday dinner at PS.Cafe on Harding Road. We went to PS.Cafe two years back and fell in love with the ambience and music. You guys, seriously, can you please just find the tiniest excuse to celebrate and just go there at night with your favourite people? It’s cozy-ville.
So yes. PS.Cafe, mama likey.
To cap off the night, we went for a walk at Gardens By The Bay which closes slightly after midnight. If I have to list my top ten happy places, Gardens By The Bay is definitely up there. Well done la Singapore, you really hit the nail on the head with this one. With zero crowd and breezy weather, conversations will go on forever. You won’t regret it 🙂
To umph the coziness level up a notch, here is a playlist that will be perfect for that night walk… orrrr a night in 🙂
This sweet gem of a cafe was located opposite our hotel. Chye Seng Huat Hardware just has that je ne sais quoi. From one angle it looked very Palm Springs-y (the cactuses), and then it made me miss Shoreditch, but I also got a very Melbourne vibe too, bolehhhh? So too cool for school, this one.
Before hitting the road, we stopped by Zam Zam to have their murtabak daging, baby. From there, of course we had to visit Tiong Bahru even if it’s for a little while. Looking at the buildings here never gets old. Seriously la, how are the back alleys here so clean?? Hats off to you yet again, Singapore.
Birthdays are (usually) a joyful memory because there’s something worth remembering about that occasion. Thankful would be an understatement. This trip is definitely going in the books. xxxxxox
I mean, there WERE moments where I got too tired from battling the snow every single day. It really felt like a battle! I got annoyed that my fingers couldn’t function without my gloves on and just the fact that I didn’t know anyone there. Winter made me feel homesick and lonely real quick. But these moments didn’t last too long, Alhamdulillah.
I knew there was only one outfit option going in; black on black on black on black. That was the only way for me to survive 10 days in the city without a headache because packing for winter is no joke. Honestly, no offence to the bubble jacket wearers, because YES, there are a lot of cute bubble jacket options especially from Uniqlo, but I’m just not a fan. I like my oversized wool jacket.The joke however was on me. The snowflakes that fell on my wool jacket/scarf/beanie would slowly melt, making me wetwetWET. Tu la, degil lagi, nak cute cute je, tapi taknak practical. Kan dah! So lesson to self, buy the biggest bubble jacket with a big ass hoodie attached to it next time you go on a winter holiday *smile/cringe*
It was so cold on this particular day that my phone died right after this picture was taken. Thank goodness I had written down all the directions on little post-it notes. I couldn’t listen to my playlist or take any photos, which sucked big time especially when all you want to do is to explore the city, alone. Oh and I got myself an umbrella, after much hesitation! The umbrella was my personal saviourrrr because it was my sweet companion through thick and thin. When I say thick and thin, I mean the snow thickness level.
Oh and of courseeeee winter = food. Eating in or eating out. I got hungry every few hours of walking, and because of the snow, stopping every few hours at a cafe made complete sense. But seriously, woahh, I REALLY ate on this trip. The extra 3 kg that came back home with me were all from the burgers (how is Shake Shack’s buns so softt), fries, maggie in a cup, $1 pizza slices, cheesy melts, and whole lot of doughnuts. You sure know how to feed a girl ah New york, hehe
I couldn’t locate some places (no phone remember?), but here are the ones that I do remember:
1) Brunch it up at Westville. It’s tiny! So cute
2) Got so spoilt by having Shake Shack opposite the hotel
3) The night scene at The Coffee Shop NYC is something to try
4) Catch up over coffee at Cafe Minerva
5) Try Friedman’s Lunch for breakfast at Chelsea Market
6) Stuff your faces off at Doughnut Plant
I didn’t get to cover that many areas, but Greenwich would have to be my fave. New York must be so lovely in spring.
There were a lot of ongoing constructions throughout the city but it didn’t dampen the spirits of these storefronts one bit. They still stood out by decorating aroundd the pillars. You make do with what you’re being given. I like that.
Staying the first few nights on the Theatre District gave me some time to explore Times Square. I think one day for me was just nice. Can I just say that night strolls in the city is extremely cozy?
You can see the 10 things that I did during my time in New York, here. Or if you want to cross the other side, I covered a little about the places I visited in Brooklyn on a winter weekend, here.
Walking around The Village will leave you with plenty of visual inspirations, like this one right here.
A friend brought me to Bluestone Lane Coffee and I just thought it was the coziest. The little nooks (like here and here) make the perfect setting for some private convos + the waiters were super cute/friendly.
I think American Museum of National History is an amazing date activity with someone or with yourself. There were discoveries that were just out of this world amazing whilst there were things that were just flat out… disgusting. If you have a fear of holes like me, DO NOT type in Surinam toad. That thing will make you run for the shower!
During winter, cupcake breaks happen more often that not. Every hour if I can remember correctly. I tried the caramel (something..) cupcake at DC Cupcakes, and IT WAS THE SHIZZ, YOU GUYS. It really is good.
I didn’t shop a whole lot but window shopping at SOHO is a must. Their retail and window display game is seriously, #strong. &otherstories just gets it.
Spend one whole day at Party City! Every section was well organized and categorized according to themes. Small tip: write down everyone’s birthdays and life events BEFORE coming in so that you know what to look for, and not go out from the shop JUST with 3 bags of candy like I did hehehe
Saved the best for last. Central park takes the cake 🙂 For a full story, I talked about my first time experiencing New York in winter over here.
Have a good one everyone!!