Day 2 in New York

Just like every sleep I spent in new places, I woke up early this morning. After a little chat with my love, I started the journey for my 2nd day in the NYC.

Most likely because it was early in the morning, there weren’t many people around so I was able to have my breakfast purchased at 7/11 and hopping into the train heading to Uptown without much trouble. The subway arrived at Battery Park in about 20 minutes and the Statue of Liberty could be seen from the shore, although being tiny due to the distance. Then I got my tickets from thr pre-paid window and checked-in at the ferry. The temperatures was still freezing, and with the presence of the strong sea wind, I stayed most of the time in the cabin. During the sailing, Miss Liberty gets magnified gradually as the cruise approaches and the details of her face, hair, robe and the torch becomes clearer and clearer. Not to mention that the view of the New York City skyline from the cruise was also very enjoyable.

After grabbing an Audio tour, I headed straight to the pedestal entrance that lead to the museum inside the pedestal that displays story and history of the statue. One little story to mention before the musueum: before entering the pedestal, I went to the locker room to have my backpack saved. They were using some hi-tech fingerprint protected lockers that costs $2 to store for 2 hours. So I had the money paid and my fingerprint scanned before seeing an instruction saying ‘Put your belongings into the locker and press the lock button to lock.’. I then opened the door and had a look at the locker to see if it has enough space for my bag. Just as I was sorting out things in my bag, the door closed and locked on its own! Then I saw the notice that says ‘You can only open the locker once to take your things out’. ‘Okay. Now this auto-lock feature is truely surprising.’ I thought. So I was about to get another locker when I found that I didn’t have enough 1 dollar notes. With the hope of solving the problem, I asked a lady who seemed to be a shopkeeper in the souvenir store beside the locker area. Amazingly, after knowing my locker number, she walked directly to the machine and opened the door immediately using some administrative tools. I was therefore able to avoid wasting my money on purchasing another locker! ‘Thank you and Happy New Year!’ I said joyfully. This experience, in a way, demonstrates that one should not be afraid to seek for help from others when in trouble, a simple solution might be waiting for you in someone else’s hands.

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Day 1 in New York

Follwing my mom’s suggestion, I decided to spend the end of 2013 and the begining of 2014 in the beautiful New York city. The only thing I initially decided to do was to join the 2014 New Year countdown so I booked the flight and a hotel online (single bed in 4 bed shared room, much cheaper than other ones) near Times Square. After some hours of online searching, some other sites are added to the list of places I would like to visit, including The Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, 9/11 Memorial, Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park and American Museum of Natrural History.

I was already excited the night before the flight but managed to take a nap during the transfer flight. Right before the aircraft landed, I got my first impression of the Manhattan area: the amazing skyscrapers in the CBD and the distinct rectanglular-shaped Central Park. From a distance, the Manhattan Island looks like an extremely detailed miniature artwork that you can place on your palm. Then I was greeted by a sign on the meadow in the airport saying “WELCOME TO ♥ NEW YORK”.

The public transportation of New York City was fascinating. I was able to get on a Q70 bus just outside the airport and reach the Broadway St. Station where I then take the subway to Times Square – 42 St, all with just $2.50. The Midtown area, where the Times Square lies, reminds me of streets in London, Manchester and streets in the UK: grocery stores, restaurants, shops and things like that, all available within walking distance. I was able to check-in at the hotel at 4 PM and head to Times Square at about 5 PM. I was going later until a kind roommate reminded me that the NYPD have already blocked several streets and it won’t be possible to get a glimpse of the crystal ball if I’m not setting off ASAP.

I finished my dinner, a footlong Chiptole Chicken & Cheese, in Subway and grabbed 2 bottles of Spring water from 7/11 before joining the crowd that goes around the blocked Times Square region trying to get in. It was about 7 PM that I finally discovered the correct way to approach the ball, but there were already countless number of people ahead of me so I had to join the queue and move about 100m every half an hour. However, the ball’s in sight, so I got that going for me, which was nice. The rest of the night was filled with memories of freezing winds and squeezing crowd. My honey (loveya~ O3O) has been my strength to help me get through all the waiting and after seeing numerous couples/lovers around, I sincerely wished that she could be there with me to spend the night. The next time I come for the new year countdown, I’m definitely bringing her with me to enjoy the wonderful evening.

With the ball dropping and the crowd greeting each other “Happy New Year~” at 00:00 on 01/01/2014, my first day in the New York City has ended. Although being physically exhausted, I was happy that I made it to the last and shared my experiences with my love. It was a great day.

Happy New Year~!

I’m Back!

Long time no see. It’s been almost a year and I hope that I have not disappointed anyone who’s interested in my blog. Hopefully I’ll start blogging regularly from now on.
Currently: Busy doing assignments and projects. Will try to learn more about WebGL and implement something like MabinogiWebVer(Prototype). 😉

电话销户了 | Phone number got canceled

According to an interesting policy in China Mobile, if your phone account is in debt for 90 days, it will be cancelled, which means, it will be recycled and made available in the market sometime later. Due to my very inactive willingness of using my phone, my number qualified this policy and is now gone. Somehow I’m feeling a little sad about it because I spent much time using it. But as it is indeed not playing any role in my life, maybe it’s better to not waste this resource. Anyway, I would really like to see one day that phone numbers like this can be turned into pay-as-you-go accounts and be activated whenever needed, just like the phone numbers in the UK. Although it is not likely to happen in countries like China where resources are not so abundant when compared to its population.

推荐个视频网站| Video Sharing Site Recommendation

I recently came across an interesting website called CollegeHumor with loads of funny videos and therefore wants to share it with everyone. Here are some of my favourite ones.

Tada! “The Boy With an Arse For a Face”:

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这学期要忙起来了| Getting busy this semester




—————————–Lang Sep————————————

The busy semester has started and we are having two reports to hand in in the second week with another two assignment to do in the following weeks. I would also need to work on my project as well as my postgraduate application.

Because of all the aforementioned tasks, this blog will not be updated frequently.

BTW, I’m pretty amazed at the behaviors of some group of people here in Preston. According to what they have done, it isn’t difficult to classify them as ‘drunkard’. Singing loud, peeing by the street and smashing garbage bins, this is like their daily routine after drinking too much in bars. With the great help of these people, the 4 of our trash bins have been changing locations daily.

新年快乐| Happy New Year! | Akemashite Omededou!




Happy New Year!

——————-Lang Sep———————

2011 has come and 2012 isn’t so far away now. Therefore I should cherish the rest of my life (—  —) and work hard on what I am doing!

The Romaji in the title is just a joke. The time for Japanese to be applied to my post is not in the near future because I’m even losing my motivation to write this English version…..

Whatever, here’s what the post is supposed to do:

Wish you a Happy New Year!

动漫歌曲推荐| Recommended anime songs



目录| Index:

  1. Irony – Claris
  2. ツキアカリのミチシルベ – ステレオポニー
  3. ツキアカリ – Rie fu
  4. 君の知らない物語 – Supercell
  5. 总结| Summary

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