Saturday, June 30, 2007 ;
(21st Jan 2008) haha, i know this is ridiculously long ago, but since today and tmr are hols (MArtin Luther King Jr Day), i am packing things and also organising my blog. realised i hvnt updated my NYC tour on the blog at all.
read the kids the story of Martin Luther King Jr, admire this man's courage. now they have enough of me, and want to play "hockey" together, so i am free... :-)
Morning: set off from our motel. Took the skytrain from airport to link to NJ transit. It is very clean, and has a lot of privacy in the small cabins. So our family had this cabin to ourself. It's free too. Only thing it is very hot, and has no ventilation. In winter it would be just nice though.
As mentioned in a previous post long ago, Law went on this shuttle tour with us.
That's the outside of the shuttle bus. With a/c. Impt cos it was a hot summer day.
That's law sitting on the left side. Dh, me and kids on right side. So we can take pics on both sides. :-) But until now, law also hasn't sorted thru his pics to send me. And neither have I. haha.
Chinatown in NYC. Some of the biggest celebrations take place here. For example, CNY is celebrated as a huge spectacular here each year.
Above right: the McDonalds is also so Chinese in Chinatown.
Above left: that's our tour guide. in front of Rockefeller Center.
Above right: The famous mosaic "imagine" to commemorate the death of John Lennon at Strawberry Fields in Central Park. We also saw his residence with Yoko Ono at the Dakota. Imagine was the title of one of his more popular songs.
Above left: The Charging Bull or Wall Street Bull, supposedly symbolising aggressive financial optimism.
Above right: Chapel near Ground Zero (World Trade Center site)
Then we reached South Street Seaport. This old Chinese junk named Peking, is a nice contrast with the skyline of modern buldings behind.
Above left: network of highways
Above right: shoes of an NBA player i think, can't recall. ds1 got a kick out of fitting his feet in them.
Above: law playing with the rickshaw. he must be mumbling about ds1 spoiling the pic.
Above left: one of the longer bridges in NYC. dh took this pic of law with me and ds2. that seems to be the only pic we took together, besides the hotel one. so funny. we spent the whole day together and another day too, but totally forgot to take pics together. even though we each flew so many miles to meet up in NYC!
Above right: law playing with kids in a fotocab (spelt like in Malaysia hor? almost seems like we are in KL's shopping mall)
They had an area where projectors beamed arcade games onto the ground and the kids can step on the ground to play. Very fun, and above right, you can even see adults playing. :-) both ds spent quite some time here, while law and dh got lunch. (we drank our first bubble tea in USA here!)
After the Seaport, we took the Staten Island ferry to Staten Island. The views of the skyscrapers and the Statue of Liberty were awesome. So was the cooling sea breeze. I enjoyed the ride across and back a lot. Although halfway through, ds2 insisted on nursing and then he napped, so I had to keep carrying him.
Being able to see the Statue of Liberty in person is really great. Have read so much about it when I was young. Now I am reading the whole story of it to the kids too (Feb is Black history month and a lot of books about American history are on sale as well) and them having seen it before is so much more meaningful.
NYC skyline from the ferry.
After the tour ended at about 5.30pm, we walked around downtown. Took a pic of Macy's, the largest store in the world.
Didn't go in to shop though. We had to make our way back to New Jersey where our motel was.
rainbows every day, do not worry for the morrow