Hopped On, Hopped Off


NY: Day 2

The weather was chilly and the sun was approaching as the streets were beginning to be filled with life for another day ahead. I met with my friend, Mia, whom I met in the Philippines a few years back, at The Hollywood Diner for breakfast. A couple hours later and we were off to our tourist duty. We took the Hop On Hop Off bus and drove through the main parts of Manhattan while taking in all its rich history block after block, turn after turn. I find it so remarkable how diverse Manhattan is. One street you’re on Soho seeing shops aligned with an army of mannequins on display and the next turn you’re reading Chinese characters throughout Chinatown.

Because our family is Asian deeply interested in the Chinese lifestyle, we spent the majority of our morning in Chinatown. After dim sum indulgences to bartering for scarves in the market shops, we came across a park filled with elderly Chinese playing Chinese checkers on stone furniture. They were all so cute!


Our tour bus continued on to Manhattan for the remainder of the day. We stopped by the Financial District, 1st and 2nd avenue, Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, and Times Square. I made it a point to visit Times Square at night since I’ve never witnessed all the surrounding screens and advertisements. Nevertheless it was a wonderful, chaotic sight. Of course, Forever 21 (complete with four levels in all its apparel glory) consumed most of my time while we were on Broadway Street only to be back at another branch the next day.


Because touring was the only activity on our itinerary for Friday comfort was a must. Contrasted to some opinions, these Steve Madden Madhouse booties were incredibly comfortable!


Apparently people channeled into their inner cat as they “meowed” back due to this Forever 21 “Meow” hat. This lady even wanted a picture!


We turned a corner and found this red door. *Light bulb* I thought it’d be a nice background for these look shots. Afterwards, we crossed the street and realized this is what it was a part of:SONY DSC

A beautiful, old firefighter house. Lesson: there’s always a bigger picture!

Sweater & purse: Salvation Army • Hat, earrings, necklace: Forever 21 • Shoes: Steve Madden

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