Lawyers, Wandering, Food

Spend the morning-lunch period seeing a lawyer to get the VISA issues settled and I have concluded that

A) Lawyers are ALL about THE MOOLAH!

B) Getting a VISA for the US is really hard

Anyhow I’m glad we got to see someone  we paid a s**tload to talk to someone for 45 minutes, because getting a lawyer will help us expedite the process as they know exactly how to file the forms and what is needed at different points in the application process. It helps because we will not have to file and re-file if we get anything wrong. The entire lawyer fees and visa applications fees are more than what I anticipated but again, no choice. That’s how the cookie crumbles.

So for now, the difficult part will really be the interview in Singapore at the American embassy in August or so.

If for some reason I am not granted the VISA we want, we’ll look for other options then.  For now its just looks like paper work, more paperwork and many flights back and forth.

We’re just hoping everything goes smoothly!

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After the lawyer stint, we went for Cuban food around the block! It was like a little take out place, but there were some tables so we ended up eating at the lil cafe. This is what we shared:

Chicken fricassee (Chicken was moist and tender, yellow rice was yums!)

Potato Salad (Yum)

Tamale (Some cornmeal thingy which Kris enjoyed but I didn’t)

Leftovers!

After lunch Kris had to go back to the office so I ended up wandering from 34th street, along 5th Ave and all the way to Timesquare.

Did a little shopping!

Here’s Mickey from Uniqlo! Looking all handsome and adorable!

I particularly like how oriental he looks! What’s also interesting is that inside Uniqlo, it was mostly Asians. Maybe like 10% Caucasians/African-Americans.

Along the way, I took some pictures

Empire State Building

NYC Public library

Another angle of the library

View from Bryant Park (I should remember the name of this building but I don’t so whatever!)

Tired me resting at the chairs along Bryant Park

Bryant Park Winter Ice skating ring dismantled. Maybe next year!

Overall, after all the lawyer/VISA stuff sank in, it was a good day for me.

Till this guy at the hardware store really pissed me off.

I mean I was asking for 13/4 inch wood screws and the guy went like ‘DIAMETER?’ in this totally condescending manner, so I was like isn’t it standard?

Then he just went like ‘NO, it isn’t’, half shouting and giving me the ‘oh god why are you such an idiot face.’ I was a little annoyed but whatever I said to myself.

So then there were steel screws and brass screws, so I asked, ‘Hey man, whats the difference between these screws , if I just want to use it to put some hooks behind the door.

That idiot had the audacity to raise his voice and again condescending said, ‘One’s brass and the other’s steel’, and gave a big sigh like I was asking him to do something that his boss didn’t already pay him to do!

He wins the idiot of the year award.

I put down both packets of screws and just walked out of the stupid shop!

I mean what is with that attitude man!!!!!! Holy crap! He was again way bigger than me and because I was in a foreign land I didn’t bother to give him a piece of my mind. (Like a stern teacher would! HA!)

Oh well, I guess there are idiots in every country. The good thing so far about the US is that people(both men and women) open doors for me (Ironically, its my doorman that NEVER open doors) and nobody had shoved me in the subway yet. I say yet because I have never been on peak hour trains as yet, so there’s plenty of space and everyone is sorta civilized. 🙂

 That aside, so far I have been loving New York! So huzzah!

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Monday night I also met up with my bestie’s ex classmate from Singapore who happened to be working in NYC. We went and had Italian at Max’s in Tribeca. Food photos!

Both were awesome and we also had a mixed green salad, however I didn’t take picture of the salad. The salad was average, I can make a better salad! The gelato and lasagne however were super yum! I slighty regretted the ice cream on the walk home because it made me cold and hence my teeth was slightly chattering on the walk home! My friend Dorothy however informed me that this was spring temperature and that winter last year was much much worse. I guess I came at a good time then!

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Now I’m home alone cause Kris went to meet some clients for drinks and dinner around 40th street! Right where I was this afternoon.

To end the post, here is a random sunset with swirly clouds last week when it was super windy! Almost blew me off-balance!

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