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Project Grateful 365 (Day 161) : Trooping around Washington Heights – Hudson Heights

Grateful for Beautiful Spring Days – Warm and Sunshiney! 

We live at the bottom most end of Manhattan so today we decided to explore the upper most portion of Manhattan!

There’s a nice long park connecting Washington Heights to Hudson heights along the Hudson area so we wore our walking shoes, brought along a picnic lunch and went exploring! We covered 6.5 miles in total today!

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Man Bot with George Washington Bridge in the back drop

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Cute Bot!

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Bridge up close

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2nd shot of Bridge

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Some old fort along the walk

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We walked further up north away from the Bridge and decided to take a snap shot

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Along the coast

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Park benches at Inwood Hill Park where we took a break

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Cherry Blossoms in FULL bloom

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Seen on the train

IMG_3844Spotted at the cross walk!

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Final picture of the park!

My sister, bro in law and BABY ICE have bought air tickets to visit me in JULY! WOOT WOOT. I don’t think its going to be the Ritz Carlton in my place, and its going to be slightly cramped, but its going to be fun for sure! It will be like CAMPING! Can’t wait! Can’t wait! Can’t wait. My little ball of cuteness, I miss him so!

Project Grateful 157: Exploring the Lower East Side (LES) in Manhattan

April 28th 2013

A fun day trotting around LES

One of our favorite things to do in the city is to walk around the city and explore new ethnic  neighborhoods/places. My friend Erin who has been around the city for some time often has good things to say about the LES area so today I decided that I’m taking Kris for an excursion to that part of town.

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The sign that says it all!

My favorite streets are Essex, Rivington, Broome, Ludow.

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Random wall Graffiti that had a baby with a pacifier that reminded me of my little cute one in Singapore.

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Pretty blooms!

We also walked pass Economy Candy which is by the way a legendary candy store! It was opened since 1937 thats a heck of a long time. Anyways the candy store is filled to the brim and I’m proud to announce that we both walked out WITHOUT buying a single thing!

On the way back I was in a slightly silly mood and did this.

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Then my husband said, ‘I have the world’s craziest wife.’

*stabs chest repeatedly*

*makes poor me face*

Project Grateful 365 – Day 156 (Annual NYC Sikh parade)

April 27th 2013

We went to a Sikh parade today, it was very entertaining and interesting. Do you know there is  half a million Sikhs in America?

On this day they also gave out free vegetarian meals and drinks, to anybody who’s hungry really. I saw this guy with a recyclable bag filled with empty plastic containers. AIYO DAMN KIASU!

While waiting behind the barricades, to see the GURU in the parade, some guy randomly stuffed a bunch of nuts/fruits in my hands. I’m not sure what the significance was, but it tasted good.

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Mixed fruits and nuts

IMG_3651Chick pea curry

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Those poor flag bearers were bare foot and it was a HOT DAY!

You can’t see it, but before them there was some people sweeping the roads and pouring milk on it. Probably symbolic in some way.

(A quick google talked about milk and purity)

IMG_3669Said guru

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Part of the parade, paraders demanding the release of  Bhullar. He was involved in a  bombing at the Indian Youth Congress Office, in which 17 people were killed.

IMG_3682John C Liu, who’s running for mayor and according to the news involved in some fund raising scandal.

Anyhow’s I’m glad for the free food and entertaining parade!

Project Grateful 365: Day 151, 152, 153

 

April 22 (Day 152)

We’re married for 2 whole months, surely something to be grateful about really! 😛 We also did a trip up north and here are some  beautiful country side views!

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April 23 (Day 153)

Today I’m very glad for the 4 day 3 night ‘staycation’ at my mother in law’s. She’s a great pamperer and so whenever we visit we get fussed and pampered. Coupled with the relaxing surroundings, it was quite a vacation. She’s also quite healthy conscious so we get healthy food! However, she also gets chocolate and potato chips and bagels cause she knows we like it! We also had apple sauce cake from scratch, pizzas and baked fish with gourmet fingerling potatoes. YUM YUM YUM!

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My fish, beans and gourmet fingerling potatoes!

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Home made pizza

 

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Just to be clear. This is NOT my mother in law’s birthday cake.  (Inside joke)

April 24 (Day 154)

When Kris walked out of the door today, he said, ‘Goodbye, I’m going to enslave myself to corporate America.’ From time to time, he says funny things like this and makes me laugh. He’s actually quite funny in his own silly way. When he left he also said, have a nice relaxing day! What a sweet hubby! 🙂

On a side note, it has been 80 days since I’ve officially migrated here. Time flies! From time to time my heart aches a little from missing my super adorable nephew, family and friends but most of the time, I’m happy and content. 80 days seems so short and yet so long.

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The other day I caught myself referring to New York as home, I guess that means I have settled in pretty well.

Project Grateful 365 Day 148. We heralded spring with a soft serve ice-cream

One knows when spring is here because the roads are littered with ice cream trucks!

I was waiting for a day where both Kris and I could celebrate spring with an ice cream cone!

Seeing that it was yet another glorious day, we decided to have a cone to celebrate the warm sunshine! Still around 13-15 deg, but its warmer than before!

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We walked around 7 miles today in Central Park and her surroundings, so pretty much burnt away the calories in that cone I hope.

Walking around, we saw so many bratty kids. Poor Kris has been traumatized for life. I was telling him we must do lunch/brunch with Charlie bear and his parents so that he will know what a well behaved kid is like! So maybe he can get over his fear of kidlets. Then he said, “In Singapore I hang around with Isaiah!”

So Iris and Martinus, parenting win! Kris thinks that Isaiah is well behaved! Lets leave him with Isaiah one entire afternoon!

 

 

Project 365 Day 147: Grateful for Cherry Blossoms

We finally made our way to Roosevelt Island, we had been talking about it for ages! However, it was nothing to shout about really. There was a tiny Japanese fair there and some cherry blossoms. Cherry blossoms are probably the best part of the island.

IMG_3408Said cherry blossoms and me being a silly dork as usual!


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Ze bridge that connects Roosevelt Island to Manhattan

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Kris walked into the Island and made all the trees weep. Hur hur!

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Me posing in the oddest way really

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Little sculpture around the island

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Lonely boat down the east river. Spot the duck that was ‘fishing’ for food!

We did finances and I was told to SAVE SAVE SAVE. We spend an awful lot on dining out and entertainment. So today we decided that we’re going to eat IN for all meals!

So went kris was busy with his robot-ish duties, I went grocery shopping!

I merely reheated pizza and made broccoli for brunch!

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We went out to Roosevelt Island and then I came home to make dinner!

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Korean beef ribs, rice and stir fried veggies.

As I type away furiously, the robot is doing his taxes. Its the absolute last minute because payment is due on Monday. Taxes in the US are like super complicated, so many forms and then  you have to pay so much money to the government. Its like doing work and still having to pay for it. In any case, thats the price of living in this fabulous city.

I have come to love New York City, so all is well.

I’ve come to realize that I’ve learnt to be so much more independent here. When I first came, I didn’t know anyone, missed my family and friends a lot. Over time, I’ve made quite a few friends  that I like and also learnt how to do things by myself. I actually like the solitude at times.

When robot is really busy, it can get a bit meh sometimes but nothing that makes me ultra sad. I’ve learnt how to self entertain, how to make good use of my ample time as a housewife, done a lot of wandering, made a lot of friends, cook a lot of meals, find entertainment for the both of us in the weekends and I never ever feel bored.

I’ve very proud of myself. I have overcame the initial emotional/transitional difficulty that every new immigrant has to face, forced myself out of my comfort zone to make new friends and learnt to enjoy my sometimes solitary independence and am very happy with my current life. I’ve learnt to be very grateful in all circumstances and found fun and meaningful things to do. I think this grateful blog has been really helpful to me!