After 2 nights in New York, we went back to Stockholm. Compare with New York, Stockholm is more quiet and peaceful, more fresh air to breath. Stockholm's weather was very cold when we touched down, with temperature minus 13 degree celcius. Some more was windy, make the condition even worst.
The next day after our breakfast, we decided to go to take some photos of the snow. Venue is a lake which is not very far from our hotel, about 15 minutes walk. I shivered all over with cold although i wore 4 layers of thick clothes. Can imagine how cold the weather is.. The photos shooting session was fun and nice. We were playing with the snow for sure... And saw some people skiing over the frozen lake. Wow! It's nice! Too bad that we don't even know how to ski and no equipments as well. About an hour later, we all quickly escaped from the flurry and the freaking cold weather outside and rushed back to hotel to warm our body... My ears and hands immediately flushed and pain with only a short period exposure to the cold weather. I think i need to bring a heater out with me next time.. Haha...
After another 2 nights in Stockholm, finally i went back to KL and it's marks the end of this very nice and enjoyable 10days trip. Hope to c u again soon - Stockholm and New York. I like the view Here used to be a lake during summer time, now it's frozen, we even can walk and ski on top of it I feel very cold! I really feel very very cold!!!
Talking about major cities in the world, New York definately is one of my top ten favourite cities in the world. Not only it is a leading global city, but also exerting a powerful influence over worldwide commerce, finance, culture and entertainment. I think you can find almost everything in this dynamic city, from freedom, peoples, foods, fashions, nightlife, cultures to philosophy, humanity etc....
This is my 3rd time to NYC, we departed from Stockholm at afternoon and reached Newark Liberty International Airport(EWR) around 6.30pm local time. Because it's winter time now, so the time difference between KL and here is 13 hours behind Malaysia. When i first stepped out from the airport, a freezing sensation immediately flushed over my body.. Gosh.... Temperature minus 5 degree celcius! Sigh... I don't like winter. Weather is so cold and dry, my skin started get irritated.. pain, dry, itchy, red... The lotion that i brought is not moisture enough.. Think it's time to change for a new one which is better suit for winter climate.
Reached hotel about half an hour later due to some traffic. Company changed our hotel again in New York, this time is Renaissance. The hotel is very nice but i don't like it so much because of it's location, not in downtown anymore. We need to take train to the city. So "ma fan".
Manhattan --After taking the hotel free breakfast,(Actually it's not free la, just the company will pay the bill for us.) Me and 2 other crew members heading down to the city center - Manhattan. Manhattan is a major commercial, financial and cultural center of both the United States and the world. Manhattan has many famous landmarks, tourist attractions, museums and universities. It is also home to the headquarters of the United Nations. Manhattan has the largest central business district in the United States, is the site of both the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ, and is the home to the largest number of corporate headquarters in the nation. It is indisputably the center of New York City and the New York metropolitan region, holding the seat of city government and the largest fraction of employment, business and recreational activities. Skyline of Manhattan from Newark Liberty International Airport Taking a train to Manhattan Manhattan, facing north from the top of the Empire State Building Manhattan, facing south from the top of the Empire State Building US post office located at 33rd street.
Empire State Building -- The Empire State Building is a 102-story skyscraper in New York City at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and West 34th Street. It's the tallest building in Manhattan now after the destruction of the World Trade Center. If you have ever seen the movie "King Kong", you may remember the building that the giant ape climbs. The Empire State Building officially opened on May 1, 1931. The tallest building is Empire State Building Another angle view of the building Me in front of the west 33rd street, few blocks away from Empire State Building
Pennsylvania Station --or commonly known as Penn Station is the major intercity rail station and a major commuter rail hub in New York City. It is the busiest passenger transportation facility in the United States. It serves commuters from Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit as well as subway riders in New York City. It also provides intercity services through Amtrak. It's also our first stop at Manhattan. Internal view of Penn Station Main entrance of Penn Station
Street view of Manhattan --While we were on our way to shop and look for my friends in New York, we took some pictures of the Manhattan street's view and myself as well. Very busy street Very creative ads - Needle and button Chinese medicine shop opened by the Hong Kie American Ginseng or 花旗参 that i bought from this shop. Original price is USD72 per pound. We managed to bargain until USD65 per pound finally. Far more cheaper than in KL. Posing 1 Posing 2 Posing 3
Times Square --Times Square is a major intersection in Manhattan, New York City at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and stretching from West 42nd to West 47th Streets. All roads in Manhattan is being named by the number which is differentiated by Avenue and Streets. Times Square, the most bustling square of New York is known for its many Broadway theatres, cinemas and supersigns. It is one of those places that make New York a city that never sleeps. Like city squares in many other famous cities around the world, Times Square has become a symbol and primary landmark in its home city. Its animated, digital advertisements help create an incredibly exciting vibe contributing to Times Square popularity to both tourists, locals and the New Yorkers. At peak hours of the day, Times Square is often so congested that people are forced to walk in the streets to compete with traffic. We spent almost half day here just to took photos and shopping. The weather was so cold especially when the wind blows, actually i am very "辛苦" when taking those pictures where my body started to feel pain especially hands and ears due to the so-called "frostbite". I think i really need a warm hug that time, haha.. :p Different views of Times Square The building behind is One Times Square which is the place where the annual "New Year’s Eve ball drop". Too bad we can't view it cause we only reached NY on the 1st of Jan where the countdown was over. :( 2 of the crew members who went out with me Me with the animated billboard
Damn "CHEAP" Sales --There are 2 major sales in States every year. One is around Thanksgiving day, another one will be around Christmas and New Year period. My NY friend told me that i came to here at the right time cause normally after the New Year, there will be a massive sales of all the stuffs. The price is cheap until unbelievable!!! For instance, 1 Calvin Klein shirt, if normal price, it's USD50, after sales will be USD25, which is half price. Then after the New Year where all the retailers want to clear the stocks, they will dump their stuffs just like that. With additional 60% off of the half price--which is after deduction, only USD1O for 1 CK shirt, convert to Ringgit.. only RM35!!! Oh my god! It's CHEAP! CHEAP! CHEAP! CK belt only USD12, CK Jeans USD55 for 2 pairs, CK underwear USD8 per piece, Guess t-shirt USD8 per piece, jeans only USD20. Tommy Hilfiger Jeans USD18, its coat USD25, Kenneth Cole leather shoes only USD25! Coach bag only USD100! Levis Jeans from USD20-USD35! DKNY shirts and pants USD12! Gosh!! I don't think we can get this kind of price in KL or even in Singapore when it's sales.. So sorry to my wallet and credit cards.. I'm gonna hurt you again.. I can't resist anymore... All of us crazy grab the stuffs.. And the consequence is--I overspent and broke again. :p Part of the stuffs that i bought
For the 2009 New Year celebration, all of our Chinese crew members gathered together to play "masak masak" for the eve dinner. On the morning of the eve, after the breakfast, we all went to the supermarket next to the hotel to buy the necessary stuffs. Mostly it's western style such as pasta, salad, grill chicken. Everything in Sweden is very expensive. For example, 1 Macdonalds chicken burger(just the burger itself, not a value meal) already cost about RM25!! 1 orange is RM7! 1 pack of bread, size is like our High5 or Gardenia is about RM10. So, in Sweden, don't dream about shopping, unless you are rich. The dinner started at 7pm in 1 of our stewardess's room. We cooked the foods(Of course the hotel wouldn't know we are cooking. :p). We drank and of course gossip after the dinner. It's my very simple New Year Celebration with no party, no disco, no noise, just the foods, colleagues and the freezing weather outside...