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Eat more shrimp, millions of fish can’t be wrong @ Pier 39

San Francisco, California, USA

Hear hear.

I’ve always had a thing for quotes and phrases, quotes in French and Latin and all kinds of random quotes. Unfortunately, none that I can remember now.

Oh and sarcasm. Something about sarcasm that attracts me. The intelligent kind of sarcasm. Probably why I’m such a huge fan of Friends and Big Bang Theory.

And words that rhymes. Like sister and dinner.

Strawberries and chocolate. The best combination ever! Especially the ones at Chocz!

San Francisco, California, USA

Colours.

San Francisco, California, USA

Flying flag(s) against the clear blue skies.

San Francisco, California, USA

Carousels.

Pier 39, San Francisco, California, USA

The taste of home. Its a plus point that all baristas at Starbucks are ever so friendly.

Pier 39, San Francisco, California, USA

This could easily be a post on my favorite things. Hurhur.

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, 
bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, 
brown paper packages tied up with strings, 
these are a few of my favorite things

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Alcatraz Island

I’m not quite sure if I believe in the laws of attraction (The Secret), but whatever works. If your beliefs make you a better person, why not?

I’ve always loved traveling and been wanting to give solo travel a shot. Well, travel I alone I did. And I have finally come to realize that traveling for work isn’t as glamorous as it seems and can get rather lonely at times. Especially so when I’m socially awkward. That said, I’m still grateful for every opportunity I get to travel! :D

While there are many pros of traveling alone (few which I appreciate), being more observant to the surroundings and people is definitely top on my list.

Finally got to visit Alcatraz! Failed to heed a friend’s advice of booking Alcatraz tickets in advance and ended up paying 100USD (which includes a bay cruise) when it should have been only 30USD. Still, it was totally worth it!

It was also one of those times when I felt less lonely with someone talking in my ear throughout – the audio guide. Hahahahaha.

Alcatraz, San Francisco

Alcatraz, San Francisco

Alcatraz, San Francisco

Alcatraz, San Francisco

Alcatraz, San Francisco

Alcatraz, San Francisco

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Alcatraz, San Francisco

My favorite state in USA. Looking forward to spending more time there next year. :)

Life is a journey, not a destination – a part of Stevens Creek Trail

15 mins till 12am. Here goes a super quick one.

I was in San Francisco for work last July and was planning to cycle from my office down to Apple headquarters since there appears to be a trail, Stevens Creek Trail, that leads down to it. Since I wasn’t a fan of planning, all I did was checked out the entrance of the trail and left it to chance.

Started from Crittenden Lane Trail Head, took a left turn and as chance would have it, that was the wrong direction (the view on the left did look better).

The Stevens Creek Trail

The Stevens Creek Trail

Oh boy. I just realized that I cycled past NASA property! To think that I didn’t even both with photos cause I thought that was just some ongoing construction.

Anyway, went past the Tidal Marsh.

The Stevens Creek Trail

Hit the end of the shoreline and realized that was the wrong direction.

The Stevens Creek Trail

Headed the other way, went under the wide highway 101 bridge and… called it a day.

The Stevens Creek Trail

It was a nice ride. Afterall, life is a journey, not the destination. I did enjoy the journey. :)

My fav spot in NYC, the New York Public Library

It might have been the warmth within, perhaps the serenity of the library or even the fact that almost every laptop I saw there had an apple logo that made the New York Public Library my favorite spot in NYC.

I liked it so much I even left my scarf there, somewhere, while wandering around. I don’t even know how. Hurhur.

The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library

A respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. To be entirely honest, the city was kinda getting to me after a week or so. All I wanted to do was to curl up in bed with  a good book (on my mini) and a cup of hot chocolate. However, being typically kiasu, I absolutely had to maximize the limited time I had in NYC. I just had to head out and get screamed at while navigating the streets.

But the quotes on the path led me there. Where I spent a good hour staring at random people trying to study. Good times. Hahahaha.

Chasing Santas in NYC

So chasing Santas. I was incredibly excited to check out the Christmas scene in NYC since pretty much nothing was happening back home. Gone were the days where I even bothered with Christmas presents. :X

While I did not get to sit on Santa’s lap at a department store, I did see many Santas gulping alcohol at 11am in the morning. They were everywhere and not going ho ho ho! Hahahaha. Come to think of it, I recall seeing this crazy queue at this toy store on 5th. Might have been the queue to sit on Santa’s lap. Damn.

Santas at Grand Central Station.

Santas at Grand Central Station, New York City

Dancing in the moonlight
Everybody’s feelin warm and bright
It’s such a fine and natural sight
Everybody’s dancing in the moonlight

Santas dancing at Grand Central Station, New York City

Santas queuing for tickets (just like everyone else).

Santas queuing for tickets at Grand Central Station, NYC

Santas making their way to Shake Shack.

Santas at Shake Shack, New York City

Santas posing for a shot at the New York Public Library.

Santas at the New York Library

Santas on Patience (or is that Fortitude?)

Santas riding Patience or Fortitude at the New York Public Library

Not great shots but the point is, Santas everywhere! I absolutely loved it and was pretty much smiling at each and everyone of them.

One day, I’ll be spending Christmas there.  :)

The unknown, the dots and this moment.

I’ve always been a strong advocate of “every thing happens for a reason”.

Like what Steve Jobs said in his commencement speech at Stanford about connecting the dots.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.”

There are days where I question the decisions that I’ve made. Days I have no idea what the hell I’m doing with my life. That was just last week actually. The silly thing is that, I was actually in a good place leading a damn fine (damn fine being subjective) life. Dream wedding less than 2 months back, spent a month traveling, coming back to a job I enjoyed and being surrounded by awesome people. So what the hell was I worrying myself into a frenzy for? Basically, the future, its uncertainty and money. Some people can tell you exactly where and what they’ll be in 10 years.

Not me.

After spending 2 unhappy weeks worrying about the unknown, a random chat with LF suddenly reminded me of why I had quit my previous job to travel. While that did not happen in the end, I’m pretty sure the awesome past year that I had happened for a reason.

It actually prepared and made me less afraid of the unknown.

Being in the rat race tends to distract us from our dreams. As we scuttle along unhappily with everyone else, conforming to routine and mostly working for money, we forget the things that make us happy. We forget to be grateful for everything that we have. Instead, we ask for more and worry about losing what we have.

This post is really more of a reminder to myself. I need to remember why I left my previous job to travel and to embrace the unknown. Live in the moment and worry less about the future.

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

I am truly excited about what is to come and my super vague plans for the near future. I have absolute faith that the dots will connect when I look back one day. As for now I am and shall continue to be super grateful for all that I have.

Thankful to have had the opportunity to bike along Stevens Creek Trail at Mountain View on a little colorful bike.

Stevens Creek Trail at Mountain View

 

Traveling must do(s): Put the lime in the coconut

I was going to write about songs and memories. How my most vivid memories are, more often than not ,connected to songs.

Anyway..

Even though I’ve never made actual plans to go to New York, I had known for a while that when I am there someday, I MUST take a yellow cab, wind down the windows, stick my head out and have the Empire State of Mind blasting in my ears.

Well, that was before my plane was delayed and stuck on the runway for four hours. Before I found out that I had to pay 108 bucks for a week of data (cause they only had this one single monthly plan). Before I joined the incredibly long queue for a cab. Before I got kinda frightened by the cab driver who slammed his hand on the seat constantly for no reason (frustrated at bad traffic?).

Yes I did blast the song, no I didn’t wind the windows down with my head stuck out cause we were stuck in awful traffic and it was raining. Speaking of which, it rained the day I arrive and the day I left.

But I do like this shot quite a bit.

Rainy day in New York

And this made me think of the galaxy far far away.

Traffic on a rainy day in New York

So, I was listening to a Hawaiian party song playlist on Grooveshark which had Put the Lime in the Coconut. Somewhat silly, but guess what, that is going to be my must do if I end up in Hawaii one day. Haha.

Sunset at Battery Park

Usually when traveling alone, I make it a point to head back before the sky turns dark. However, NYC in December didn’t really give me much of a choice. Sunset was at about 4pm daily then.

Was walking along Wall Street, taking a shot of the bull when I caught a glimpse of the sunset at the end of the street. So drawn to it I practically ran down the street, across the road and around the fence (renovations -.-) despite my aching legs.

Definitely worth run. Sunset with the (tiny) Statue of Liberty in the background.

Sunset at Battery Park, New York City

Sunset at Battery Park, New York City

There is actually a guy in the above photo, I’m not even sure if I was aware of his presence when taking the shot as the park wasn’t very well lit. Yes I was a little scared. Not a fan of dark places.

Panoramic shot of the sunset at Battery Park.

Sunset at Battery Park, New York City

Shots taken using my (beloved but not that ideal in low light settings) iPhone 4S camera.

One of my favorite sunsets. :)

Pizza and black cherry soda at Brooklyn

Last year was an incredibly fruitful travel year for me. Most of which are solo business trips. Not the first time I’ve traveled solo for business but these trips have definitely trained me to be more independent then ever.

I’m usually not one to talk to strangers (my mom taught me too well) but after being alone for more than a week, I was actually more than happy to share a pizza with a complete stranger whom I am now Facebook friends with. Hurhur.

Anyway, being in NYC, of course I had to take a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge for pizza at Grimaldi’s! Plus it was a gorgeous clear blue sky kind of day, pretty rare for NYC in December. :D

Shots of Brooklyn Bridge.

New York, Brooklyn Bridge

New York, Brooklyn Bridge

New York, Brooklyn Bridge

The skyline of New York City.

Skyline of New York City from Brooklyn

Stopping for pizza at Grimaldi’s! In the past, I would have rather skip meals or get takeouts than to sit alone in a restaurant for dinner. Now, I can easily sit down and observe people while enjoying my meal. Yes, without using my phone. Well, at least when I’m overseas. I guess this is what people call growing up?

Grimaldi's at Brooklyn, New York

Super awesome pepperoni pizza and my favorite black cherry soda! I don’t see this soda anywhere in Singapore. :( Anyway, Grimaldi’s doesn’t serve single slices of pizza and one is pretty huge. That was how became Facebook friends. We actually came up with a pretty ridiculous story over coffee on how we met which I was suppose to blog about but that was 6 months ago and I can no longer recall our conversation. Hurhur.

Grimaldi's at Brooklyn, New York

Panoramic view of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Panoramic shot of the Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Photos taken with my trusty iPhone 4S. Having a smart phone has definitely made me lazy cause I no longer bother to bring my camera out.

Missing NYC.

On a side note, every time I check out #hammerhead on instagram, my heart breaks a little seeing photos of people posing with the baby hammerheads they’ve caught. I can only hope that they return them back to the sea after taking shots. </3

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