Hamilton: An American Musical

October 6th, 2016

A super full on day with a lot of sparkling drinks.

First off, Liz and I first had lunch at Del Posto, a Michelin Star Restaurant. They gave a wonderful experience. They had a live pianist – that’s all the elegance right there!

It was an incredibly spacious restaurant. I believe they have about 3 floors – the main floor is where main dining area is along with the bar area on the far left. Then there’s a beautiful staircase leading to the mezzanine level for larger parties. Finally, there’s a lower level for the private dining rooms/events.

Onto the experience: We had their lunch prix fixe menu of about $50, in which I think is amazingly affordable. Unfortunately, I’m bad at remembering what I had – all I know is that it was delicious delicious delicious! I am definitely planning to visit again.

The geniuses behind the incredible restaurant are: Lidia Bastianich, Mario Batali, and Joe Bastianich. The experience was truly amazing! I highly recommend making a reservation to get your own wonderful experience, www.delposto.com

 

After that, we headed to the Richard Rogers Theatre by Subway. For a moment, we thought we were late when actually we were super early! So, we had a another dessert at Le Bernardin – another Michelin Star Restaurant. Again, I forgot what I had (Note to self: Write things down!)

Finally, we walked to the theatre and gosh there were so many people! This was my very first NYC Broadway Show so I have no clue how things work. Apparently, the people outside that waits in a long line are those who are waiting for any last minute cancellation tickets or those who are hoping that the characters would do a pop up greet? I don’t know – I could be 100% wrong.

Okay so Liz did her thing with getting tickets which was funny because we had to cut through so many lines. Then when we sat down, it took me a while to realise that we were sitting on the 5th row to the stage! – It was so close!! The show immediately started and everything just happened. I’m sure my jaw dropped all the way. To be honest, I had no idea who Alexander Hamilton was – he sure was and is important. He created the financial system that we use until today. The show was very educational and a must see!

 

I enjoyed every bit of it. I guess I can truly call myself a New Yorker now? Naaah. Haha.

Thank you for reading!

New York Comic Con 2016

This was my very first time attending Comic Con. It was incredibly awesome! It’s a place where everyone comes together and dresses up as their favourite characters. Mark and I dressed up as Princess Jasmine and Aladdin, whereas my best friends dressed as Sailor Scouts.

We all met up at my apartment at 10am since I live the closest to the Javits Center. As soon as we left the apartment, eyes were all on us. Some did look quite confused and some even “reminded” us that it’s too early for Halloween, but numerous of bystanders wished us all a good time at New York Comic Con. (Keep up with the times, people!) On the train we already got some picture requests.

Once we’ve reached to the convention center. OH-EM-GEE.

It was heaven! Practically everyone were dressed up and some of them were LEGIT-looking costumes. It was amazing. There were a lot of Harley Quinns, Jokers, and Deadpools. Since we walked altogether to different areas, we kept getting out photos taken. It was such an amazing feeling. The part I loved the most is where the kids would run up to me calling “Princess Jasmine!” Also, some book stalls ask for pictures with their art version of Princess Jasmine! It was fun to be in-character and act like a princess for a day. Smiling, waving and posing with my dear Aladdin. It was so worth going and putting such effort into our costumes. Will definitely go every year onwards!

 

Gello Oponda

On August 19 Friday, we visited Little Lions – NYC Cat Cafe.

They had about 20 cats in-store and all were adoptable. They came from a rescue shelter, Best Friend Animal Society.

Sipping a cup of tea, a gentlemen who happened to be one of the shelter volunteers spoke to me about each and every cat there. He had such pure knowledge and passion when he spoke about them.

Best Friend Animal Society is a new booming rescue shelter. They are so new that they do not have their own location where people can simply adopt. Instead, they do pop up adoption events in big stores. For an example, their next pop-up adoption location was at a salon by flatiron building on August 27 Saturday.

Usually, I do engage myself into long never ending conversations with volunteers from the past cat cafe visits. However, this particular one from Little Lions Cat Cafe intrigued me the most.

So on August 27 Saturday, we attended the pop-up adoption event.

And.

One look to every cage at the store and my heart was completely sold to Angelo. He was tiny and skinny. His big sky blue eyes were looking right at me. It was such a strange connection to have, and with a cat! I immediately voiced to the volunteers that I would like to have a “bonding moment” with him. This is where they put you in a corner with the cat alone to see if you and the future pet vibe well.

When I first held him, he was as light as a feather. I was so scared to crush his perfect body with even little strength. Now we’re up close and his details were absolutely stunning. The selected white fur mapped from the centred his face down to his chin. His white socks on all four paws. The white tip on his black tail. His extremely long white whiskers that appeared to be too long for his face.

As soon as I held him, he was so happy and active. A minute later, he was purring. He was perfect.

Right after, I filled out the adoption papers and confirmed all the details.

On August 27th at 1:05pm, Angelo is finally adopted.

 

What was I thinking?

What was I thinking..

To be saving up for 2 years with full time jobs that had impossible grave yard shifts.

What was I thinking..

To be arranging two of my friends as roommates in New York City

What was I thinking..

To be moving into a city, hoping that things will go according to plan

What was I thinking..

To be financially stable on my own and assuring my parents that I don’t need their financial help

What was I thinking..

To be full time in both school and work

What was I thinking..

To be ordering from seamless every now and then but swore to cook

But.

I did it anyway. I’m still surviving, striving, and smiling. I feel more independent and confident from each decision I made. Surround yourself with positive energy, they’ll guide you through it.

Just take it one step at a time.

CX831 – Five minutes until take off

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

Success is a simple measurement of the commitment, sacrifice & pain one endures to achieve a dream.

-Anonymous

Panting. Grabbing onto my backpack and running around the departure area,           trying to find GATE 17.

Boarded. Finding my seat. Oh, there at the front row by the window at the economy section.

I was excited and anxious for the whole new journey that was awaiting for me. While I try to make myself comfortable, I fiddled with my surroundings like a child- clicking the light button repeatedly, playing with the cigarette ashtray only to find pieces of dried gum inside. I knew it was going to be a while until I find myself on a plane again.

Five minutes before lift off.

Passengers adjusting into their seats. The sounds of storage compartments clicking, weights of their heavy carry ons, flight attendants helping with a hush tone and passengers’ bickering that filled the limited air were slowly dying down.

Four minutes left.

I am on a non-stop plane from Hong Kong to New York. (That’s 15 hours) As my mind rambles on it’s own, it slowly hits me who and what I’m leaving behind. Home. Geez, I’ll miss the apartment my family and I have lived in for the past 18 years, especially my bedroom. I will miss the sweet subtle perfume my mother always wear. The worn out leather jackets my father loves to collect. I felt queasy as the “soon-to-be-homesick” thoughts ran through my mind.

Three minutes.

I pulled out my backpack that was securely stored underneath my seat, took my childhood pillow out, and held it as tightly as I could. The seatbelt sign lit up with a ding sound, the lights dimmed as the safety video played. The airplane was starting to move on the runway.

Two minutes.

I embraced the pillow, clenching it tightly. Quick flashbacks of home filled my mind: my parents, my brother, best friends, and just all of “home”. I remembered the big farewell surprise party they organised for my 18th birthday, first drinks, first job – all the memories, tears, and laughter.

One minute.

I inhaled and exhaled again. The entire aircraft was trembling. The growing growling sound of the engines made my heart beat faster. The only images in my head were the last farewells at the airport from my family and friends. My eyes were fairly swollen from tearing up when they announced the last call for GATE 17 departure. I have said my goodbyes. Now the plane is angling at about 15 degree.

Lift off.

My chest sunk for a split second. I slowly opened my eyes with tears streaming down my cheeks. I looked out of the window and saw the Hong Kong islands below me. I whispered once again, “goodbye.” Inhale, exhale.

This was originally written on her moleskine book in 2012.