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Monday, August 04, 2008
new york - the fairytale 12:00 pm

I'm not very sure how exactly I am going to get around to recounting my trip to New York - should I do it in parts (and risk being long-winded) or should I somehow attempt to condense three weeks' worth of fun, laughter, exploration and discovery all into one post? Even after putting aside a question as mundane as that - I'm still quite at a loss about to put across to you guys what the New York experience really was like, since there really is no way to understand it but to go visit the Big Apple by yourself.

Then again, knowing how unreliable my memory is, many of the littlest but probably the most meaningful details would have flittered off with the wind by now.

But at the end of it all, the whole trip was awesome. I love the energy that the city exudes - everything is so fast-paced, full of bright lights and its like a machine that keeps going on and on and on and if you can't keep up...it'll leave you behind - which probably makes it all the more exciting.

Alright, I've decided - will do this the slow, steady and methodical way - talking about the trip chronologically will probably make the most sense without embarrassing myself or giving too much away since any big picture take away I have of my trip is probably too private and too convoluted for me to express adequately here.

Let's start with the pre-flight bit - practically the entire New York BSM class (save for one missing person who disappeared off to goodness-knows-where during the group shot) gathered for the traditional mass photographing at Changi airport before we embark on our New York adventure!



After an insane 21-hour flight...we were finally there!



Lo and behold, the extremely unimpressive looking hostel that we were to call home (or at least I did, for awhile) for the next ten days. Big Apple Hostel in the Big Apple. Fantastic location - just right off Times Square, the beds and toilets were clean and at a reasonable price too so I guess we shouldn't complain too much, should we?



The massive information overload that met our eyes at Times Square - billboards after billboards, bright lights, huge signs screaming LOOK AT ME and pimping out the various brands and musicals that we could all possibly dig into if we wanted.







And this was the first man I met in New York - the Naked Cowboy! Hahaha. He apparently comes out in the same (lack of) attire during winter!



Look, it's the Scientology Church (ignore the cut off bits of our heads - someone obviously didn't do too good a job with taking pictures!)



And then there was the giant Hershey's store which smelt of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Chocolate heaven! Except that I'm not that big a chocolate fan. Still, an extremely cute store. ;)





We explored a little in the neighboring 7th and 8th Avenues and wound up a little lost, a little confused, but no less excited. Didn't take that many pictures but hey, we found the public library!



So our first day in New York came to an end at this point...in fear of spamming everybody (and my poor blog) out with way too many pictures, I will segment my posts nicely and so shall blog more later when I have the time and energy to - Central Park coming up next!

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