Reflecting On My 20s.

Hello everyone,

I am back with another post and in this post, I’ll talk about my 20s, because I am turning 30 tomorrow.

First of all, I can’t believe how fast time flew by I feel like I just turned 20 and within a flash, I am about to enter the third decade of my life. I want to talk in detail about my 20s and reflect back on what they meant for me.

My 20s were amazing, I got to experience everything I didn’t when I was a teenager and that makes me feel like I fulfilled my social goals for my 20s. Just a piece of background information, my teenage years were not easy! My social life was non-existent, I was a newcomer to Canada with my family, I was bullied and I had depression. I know, not fun at all! My 16th birthday was spent in my bed because I had no one to celebrate with besides my family. So in my 20s that all changed and I finally lived the social life I didn’t have when I was a teen.

I turned 20 in 2009 and I just entered the second semester of my undergraduate program at Ryerson University.  Unlike my high school days, my university journey was profound and so positive. I had a good rapport with all of my classmates, we all got along great and I also made some of the long-lasting friendships from university. I wasn’t very committed to my studies in high school but I proved to myself that I was academically very bright. I graduated with 3.8 GPA, and I am still so proud of this accomplishment. I proved to myself I was a smart cookie, I just didn’t apply myself in high school because I was going through hardships and I had zero motivation.

Exactly the year I turned 20 I went and camped out in downtown Toronto to get wristbands for the 2009 MMVAs, similar to the yearly MTV VMAs. Some friends and I grabbed our sleeping bags and literally camped out on the street all night. That’s when I had the opportunity to walk around downtown in the middle of the night and enjoy the nightlife. Finding a 24/7 coffee shop to use the washroom was a challenge though! The next day we were ready to go by 6AM, and it took us until noon to go around to the main building to get the wristbands. That lineup was incredibly long, by the time we were done I was ready to go and then slept for 20 hours (really!). So this was another cool memory from my 20s.

In my 20s I went to a lot of concerts, my first concert to attend was the Britney Spears Circus Tour, with opening act The Pussycat Dolls. A few others I saw were Britney Spears Femme Fatale, One Republic, No Doubt with Paramore, One Ok Rock (I saw them twice), The Game of Thrones concert, Janet Jackson, and Lindsey Stirling. I went to the Circus Du Soleil show in 2014 and that was a cool experience. My friend and I attended Nuit Blanche, a contemporary art festival that runs all night. We stayed up until 2am and then left because it was getting really cold.

I also had a great time building friendships and socializing which did not happen often when I was a teen. I had my first sleepover at 23, I went to fun bars and restaurants with friends. I was a bridesmaid and I had the full wedding experience along with two bridal showers and two bachelorette parties. I was a bridesmaid for a second time at a Korean wedding. I went to my other friend’s Indian wedding and I wore a saree for the first time which was a very cool experience. I also started traveling in 2016 to Vancouver, Whistler, and a road trip to Portland, Seattle, and Cannon Beach. That trip was memorable for me because it was my first time to the States, my first time seeing the ocean and my first time going on a road trip. The following year I traveled to Jasper, Alberta, I went to New York City for the first time ever. Last year I went to New York alone because I wanted to experience traveling solo and it was a  trip to remember. Then a month later I went on a three-day bus trip from Toronto to Calgary with the purpose of seeing more of Canada. My knees hurt by the end of that trip but it was worth it! I stayed at my friend’s house in Calgary and we went to Drumheller, and then to Banff to see the Canadian Rockies.

In my 20s I made the life-changing decision to set aside my Bachelor of Arts Degree and follow my true passion to find a marketing position in the arts and culture industry. Life is too short to do something you don’t love! I also got back to dancing and had three showcases last year, which was a dream come true. I made new and more meaningful friendships and said goodbye to old friends who are no longer meant to stay in my life. Who still means a lot to me but sometimes you have to let people go because it’s the best thing for you. I have strengthened relationships in my life, and I made new friendships. I learned to control my anxiety better and welcome change as a positive thing. I learned to be more private and be more choosy with the people I choose to have in my life. I also got baptized in my 20s, I met some cool celebrities like Stan Lee, Christopher Lloyd, Jason Momoa and more. I met them at Comic-Con and Fan Expo, I also cosplayed which is something I’ve wanted to do since I was a teen. I dyed part of my hair blue and I’ve always wanted to do that. I bought my first bike, and it might not seem like a big deal but I’ve always wanted to learn how to ride a bike better. I started working out and actually liked to go to the gym, which was not the cased before.

In conclusion, my 20s were everything I hoped they would be and I am so thankful for all the memories. I am sad to say goodbye to this decade and to my youth, but I know my 30s are going to be flirty and thriving (13 going on 30 reference here :] ). My 30s will bring me the job I’ve always wanted, marriage and children, so cheers to a brand new decade of my life.

The next time I write a post will be as a 30-year-old, confident, accomplished and happy adult. Thank you so much for reading and see you soon!

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Me at Lake Louise last July 2018! My 30s are going to be a wonderful journey 🙂

 

 

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My Top 10 Favorite Kpop Songs of 2018

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to another blog post!

Today I will be sharing with my favorite Kpop songs of 2018, and let me tell you there were a lot. In the past, I made my choices based on how many sales were made, how well the song did on the charts, and how many awards it won. However, this year it will more of an unbiased choice and my picks will be based on my personal preference. At the end of my post, I will include 6 honorable mentions because let’s face it, listing ten songs is not enough.

I hope you enjoy the songs as much as I did!

  1. Fake Love – BTS

This is my favorite song of 2018 when it came out it was on replay for months! The song was released when I was in New York, and it was my go-to song when I was walking around the city. It’s no brainer that this song is very impressive, everything from the cinematography, to the emotion and choreography.

Furthermore, my team and I performed this dance at our studio’s showcase that took place in November. If you are wondering who I am in the video, I have quite a few center parts but the longest one is Suga’s part.

2. La Ta Ta – (G) – Idle.

The debut of (G)-Idle was something every Kpop fan talked about, and it was great to finally see Soyeon a former Produce 101 contestant make her debut. This is was a strong debut, it did not feel or look like a rookie group was debuting. Soyeon the leader of the group wrote the song and helped to produce it. That’s quite impressive, especially for a rookie group. This is the next girl crush group and I love their songs so far.

I also have another dance video to share with you that me and my team filmed at our dance studio.

3.  Ddu -Du Ddu-du – Blackpink

It was a year since Blackpink released a comeback ever since As if it’s your last so when Ddu -Du Ddu was released I was absolutely thrilled. In the beginning, I didn’t like the song but after I listened to it for a while I was absolutely obsessed. I tend to dislike YG songs in the beginning, and after a while, I warm up to them. This song is amazing, edgy and portrays their overall concept and vibe as a group very well. This was an excellent comeback.

4. EXID – Lady

I love this 90s inspired track by EXID, it was refreshing and it added something new to my playlist. EXID songs are always so catchy!

5. BAAM – Momoland

I love this hyper energy Momoland always has and whenever this song starts playing it makes me want to get up and start shuffling like they do at the beginning of the video. Even though there are some similarities to their single Bboom, Bboom, I still love the song and I think it is great.

6. Idol – BTS

What a shocker another BTS song on my list, but I have to stay true to what I’ve loved this year. BTS really shined this year, they are even nominated for a Grammy and I am so incredibly proud. Idol has a different vibe from Fake Love but it still delivers the message of loving yourself and not caring what people say about you.

7. Thanks – Seventeen

I had to include this song because the moment I heard it I was obsessed. I am not sure why people don’t talk about Seventeen more, they are so talented and have awesome personalities. Nevertheless, I love the song because of the emotion it makes me feel. It’s interesting how Seventeen can switch up their concepts from funny to more serious ones. They do both so well. I can’t wait to see what they’ll release in 2019!

8. Heroine – Sunmi

Ever since Gushina came out, fans were eagerly anticipating Sunmi’s return and she did not disappoint. Each song she has released this year is so catchy and iconic!

9. Lo Siento – Super Junior ft. Leslie Grace

Kpop and Latin music mashup? Say what? Yes, you heard it right and I had no idea I needed this in my life. This is such a groovy and fun song to dance to and it is nice to see the boys try something new. I hope to hear more mashups like this one in the future.

10. Starry Night – Mamamoo 

What an awesome year Mamamoo had and I am so proud of their success in 2018. This song has a mellow vibe and I love the scenic shots in the music video. I am definitely going to continue cheering them on in 2019!

HONORABLE MENTIONS

What 2018 Meant to Me!

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to another post! Today I will review my year and tell you how I felt about 2018.

As a new year approaches, I like to look back on the year and see how different it was from the previous one. The previous year was very challenging, painful and draining! Due to that reason I was very apprehensive to welcome 2018, I didn’t know what to expect and I didn’t have the energy for another bad year.

The start of 2018 was slow, there wasn’t too much happening until I saw there was a new dance course offered in my studio. I decided to join because I wanted to continue dancing and I have a passion for dance. Then February came along, and it was time for my 29th birthday and celebrating my final year in my 20s. I went to a fun ping pong bar with some friends and I had a great time. I also filmed my second dance video for my studio’s YouTube channel. March was an eventful month, I cosplayed for the first time at Comic-Con, I got baptized, and went to my friend’s new house. April was a very quiet month, I mostly spend time with friends and started the weekly classes that prepared me for my first performance showcase that took place in June. It wasn’t my first time on stage, but it’s been a while since I performed, so this was the first time in 15 years.

May was awesome, I went to New York City by myself to see if I could manage traveling solo and you know what, I did awesomely. It wasn’t that hard to navigate through NYC, it was so eventful and fun. Then when I came back I  went on a super fun Spring picnic with my coworkers. I also went to my high school’s open house because my high school shut down permanently. In June, I finally had my first performance showcase which was held at my studio. It was amazing and everything I hoped it would be. The studio was successful selling tickets and we got a bigger performance venue for the next showcase. In July, I went on a three-day bus ride across Western Canada with Greyhound from Toronto to Calgary. I won’t go in a lot of detail about it now, but I think I’ll write a separate post about my experience. I had a blast in Calgary and while I was there I went to Banff and Drumheller. Magnificent views and incredible adventures were seen and had on this trip. In addition, I enrolled in my next video class at my dance studio and that was a ton of fun. Unlike the last three months, August was quiet and I simply hung out with friends and family. I modeled for a nature theme photo shoot, I went to the Art Gallery of Ontario for the first time and I  also filmed my second dance video at my studio!

The Fall months were amazing and very eventful. September arrived and that’s when I started my next class for my second showcase that took place in November. These classes were weekly, but to add to that I also had weekly rehearsal for a small charity performance at the University of Toronto. It was a different experience and I really enjoyed it. I also volunteered for the third year in a row for the Toronto Internation Film Festival and it was the best year. I was at the busiest venue and I loved it because it kept me busy. We also got a major discount at the concession stands, and I ate an endless amount of poutine. I also attended the Nuit Blanche Art exhibit with my friend that was very enjoyable. October was a simple month, I hung out with friends, I attended some photography events and I attended the Game of Thrones concert. In November, I had my second showcase performance and I am absolutely thrilled I have committed to dance. I don’t intend to stop any time soon, and I would like to enhance my skills further. The rest of the month was quiet and I spend time with friends going out for some fun outings.

Here it is the final month, December, this month was magical and eventful. I had a great time being with friend and family. I went to the Christmas Market, The Happy Place (which I’ll talk about in another post), and hung out with my friend who is visiting from Australia and more.

So that’s basically what my year has been like, of course, I didn’t include some details that I decided to keep to myself because I am working on some things. That’s all I’ll say. This year was the first year I have learned how to properly take care of myself. I learned the power of letting go what not meant for me and who is not meant to be in my life anymore. I have learned how to practice positive thinking, and being happier. I felt for a while that change is coming as if I was entering a new phase, but for some reason, I was resisting it. I am glad I am no longer resisting this change because thanks to this change I am evolving.

Each year will have good and bad moments, and life will throw everything it can at you. At moments you will feel defeated and broken, but it’s those challenges that bring you to the next level. I am ready to welcome 2019, let’s greet it with a smile and wish for a wholesome year.

Thank you for reading and I will see you again with another post very soon!

 

Here to Stay.

Hello everyone,

It’s a been a minute, hasn’t it? I have written many posts explaining the future of this blog and every time I have doubts.

Ever since I started blogging in 2010, my main intention was to do to it for fun. That’s exactly what it was for a while, but after 2014 I thought I could focus on only one topic and profit from my blog. That’s exactly when I started to lose interest in updating my blog, I felt like it was work. Instead of doing it for fun and have a platform where I can write about anything and everything, I was focusing on my blog becoming popular. So I stopped writing for a while, and then I wrote a bunch of posts announcing my so-called comeback. Each time with a different blog title, and a different focus. That didn’t work either, and I felt stuck. So I tried to think why I started blogging in the first place, and why I enjoyed it. You see I am the type of person who thinks a lot but doesn’t say much. But there is a lot I Do want to talk about and blogging gave me that opportunity. I started to crave my blogging life, so with that being said here is what’s going to happen from now on.

This blog title will stay J’adore Music because music is my biggest passion. However, I will write about travel, beauty, fashion, food, and self-improvement. I want to stay true to who I am and not limit myself anymore. As always there will be an abundance of music related posts, but a mix of other topics that I enjoy talking about.

So in a nutshell, this is what going to be happening from now on. Those of you stayed with me all these years, thank you!

Let’s embark on this journey again!

Music Monday! GOT7 – Lullaby.

Hello everyone,

Welcome back to Music Monday!

Today I will be introducing a Kpop song by GOT7 called “Lullaby”.

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GOT7 are a South Korean boy group that debuted in January 2014 under JYP Entertainment. The group consists of seven members  JB, Mark, Jackson, Jinyoung, Youngjae, BamBam, and Yugyeom. They caught the attention of the audience with their sharp dance moves who quickly started to climb the charts. They deliver a variety of concepts to the public to enjoy, they can portray their fun and silly side, edgy and classic.

Their new single “Lullaby” exude a new level of maturity and artistry and seems like their performance skills are taken to the next level. This is a special song because it was released in four languages Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, and English. During a press conference, they explained they released “Lullaby” in four languages as a nod to their international fanbase. Kpop is taking over the world and with this, its fanbase expands internationally. It only makes sense for this to happen and continue to grow this Kpop wave, as I like to call it.

“Lullaby” has a modern yet a funky 80s synth pop twist to the composition of this song. The music video has fantastical elements, like entering another magical world and flying car scenes. GOT7 have delivered yet again another catchy track and we are loving it!

What about you? Comment your thoughts and impressions in the comment’s box below.

Thank you for stopping by and see you soon!

 

 

Update!

Hi everyone.

I have been MIA yet again after making a promise that I’ll be posting here regularly, but I can’t seem to multitask well this year. I have a lot I want to talk about, especially about music so I will make effort to commit as much as I can.

What have I been up to?

Well, I have been going through a career transition from one career field to another and it has not been an easy journey. I am currently doing a job that I don’t enjoy too much, but it’s tolerable in some ways. A career transition is not easy, as matter of fact, there were many moments when I felt discouraged.  However, the moment I give up on my dream is the moment I give up on the goal of living my best life.

Next, I have been performing a lot this year. I got back into dance after a 15-year hiatus, crazy right? I have to start from scratch, but I am so happy to be back to performing because it makes me so happy. I had my first showcase back in June, a video shoot in August and another performance in September. I am currently preparing for my next showcase that’ll take place in November. I am having a lot of fun improving my dance skills, and continuing to perform regularly. Below I’ll share two of my performance videos, please check them out and make sure to give them a ‘like’. The first video I am the girl with the ponytail and leather jacket. In the second video, it’ harder to spot me but I am at the center at 1:05.

I am going to start learning how to play the guitar, and I have an electric keyboard. Naturally, I want to excel as a blogger so my goal for this blog is to talk about anything related to arts, film, theatre, and music. In addition, I will have my Music Monday Segment and I have decided to add another segment related to other topics that I will call Soulful Sunday. Soulful Sunday posts will be published every other Sunday, and this time I will commit to bringing you the newer and better content.

That’s all I wanted to talk to you about today! I will be back tomorrow for Music Monday and as always, thank you for reading.

See you soon!

 

My First Solo Trip! NYC Spring 2018.

Hello everyone,

You guys, I am not even going to try and make any excuses for my long absence from this blog. However, I will say that I have trouble juggling my work, and social life, therefore my blog has suffered again. With that being said, I do want to commit to this blog more, so I have decided to post twice a week. I will start with Music Monday, I’ll be posting music video reviews or my current playlist on Spotify and tell you all why I love the songs. The second day of the week will be Friday, I’ll post anything related to travel, music, and daily life topics. Now without any further ado, here is today’s blog post.

At the beginning of this year, I made a decision that I would like to go to New York City by myself for the long weekend in May. I wanted to have more time to explore the city by myself and do this at my own pace. Last year I went to New York City for the first time with my family but I didn’t get the chance to do a lot of the things that I wanted to do and see. So this trip was all for that!

 

I booked my flight for May 18th to May 21st, I have never traveled solo to a city where I am not meeting anybody and where I am literally all alone to explore and navigate throughout this busy city. Let me describe what my days were like and what I did. 

My plane was scheduled to take off at 10:27 AM, so I woke up extra early that day to make sure I shower, double check if I packed everything that I need. Going to the airport  I carried one small carry-on backpack and I had a big suitcase because I was planning to buy some things while I was in New York. I flew with American Airlines and I don’t have any complaints about my flight it was very quick and the view was coming into NYC was absolutely fantastic. Seeing the beautiful cityscape below made me even more excited for the days that were coming up.

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Also when we were flying out of Toronto there was a wonderful view of the city and Lake Ontario.

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I arrived in the city around noon, I was debating whether or not to take an Uber or a taxi. I had enough money with me but I wanted to make sure that I didn’t waste all my money on taxis so I tried to figure out the most inexpensive way to get into the city. Lucky for me I stumbled across an airport staff who let me know there was a shuttle bus which costs only $16. If I were to take a cab it would probably cost around $30 or $40. I got on the bus and there weren’t that many people, the drive was also quite quick because there wasn’t any traffic. The bus arrived at Grand Central Station and when I got off I debated whether to take the subway to my hostel or walk.

 

My walk was probably around 20 minutes and let’s keep in mind that I was pulling around a very heavy suitcase. I wanted to challenge myself and navigate throughout the city by following the map. I am not the best at following directions and I get lost quite easily even in my own city. I pulled out my phone I clicked on the Maps app and I started following the GPS. Let’s just say somehow I managed not to follow the GPS properly but eventually after 20 minutes or so I arrived at my hostel around 2 PM. I was quite early because check-in time wasn’t until 3 PM so I decided to leave my big suitcase and go out to Dunkin’ Donuts to kill some time. I haven’t been to Dunkin’ Donuts since 2001 so it was exciting for me to go back and have a delicious donut to unwind after my trip.

 

After I relaxed for a bit, enjoyed my donut and iced green tea, I walked back to my hostel. I walked down some side streets so I can see more of the neighborhood. Then I went to  CVS because I needed to get a few things like soap and I also bought some miscellaneous items. I went back to my hostel, got my suitcase, went up to my room and I napped. I was up at 6:30 AM so I was feeling tired and getting some sleep was essential. After I got some much-needed sleep, around 6:30 PM I started getting ready to go and see Aladdin on Broadway. I was very, very excited to go and I couldn’t wait. This was my first time attending a show solo in a different country. I’m used to going to concerts by myself because my friends and I have very different tastes in music so it kind of felt weird going by myself. I decided to ignore this feeling and wait to see how I would feel when I arrive at the theatre. I got dressed up, put on my make up and got ready for a night out in New York City.  I caught myself a cab and I was actually lucky because the cab just happened to be right there as someone was getting out. 

 

Asking people to take your photo when you’re traveling solo can be a bit awkward. For example, when I got out of the cab there was a beautiful shimmering sign of the Aladdin show right across the street.

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I wanted someone to take a photo of me but people were not willing to stop and take my picture. I guess it may be because I approached them and said, “excuse me can you do me a favor.” Don’t say that, instead just get straight to the point, “excuse me do you mind taking a photo of me.” Now keep in mind people are always in a rush, even tourists, but there are some who are actually willing to take your photo. After I got a few photos taken I went across the street to get inside the theatre. The theater was beautiful and I loved the architecture, the feeling of awkwardness came back again but I pushed it away.

 

This was a false feeling and I didn’t want this to get in the way of having a good time. The show was fantastic, the acting, dancing, and singing were superb. The actor who played genie was memorable for me because he put so much effort into his performance. During intermission, I purchased some souvenirs and then it was time for the second half of the show. After the performance, I wondered what to do next, whether to go back to the hostel right away or go for a walk through Time Square. I decided to walk around for a bit and enjoy the nightlife in NYC. I felt safe because there were police officers everywhere, and I also was very aware of the surroundings. Just in case! 

 

I suddenly felt a bit overwhelmed at how many people were there at 11 PM, it felt like it was daytime. I never actually experienced the crowds of people at Time Square when I was there last year. Never to this extent, at least! I walked around, took photos of the busy nightlife and I purchased some souvenirs for my friends. Then it was onto the toughest task of all, catching a cab. If you’ve been to NYC you know how tough it is to catch a cab and it took me 35 minutes to get one. I am not kidding! I even got the help from two police officers trying to stop a cab for me, but that didn’t work either. I thanked them for trying to help me and I proceeded walking to the side streets with a higher chance of catching a cab. After 35 minutes I finally managed to stop a cab, I was so relieved and happy. The taxi ride was nice and I had a good chat with him, many people I’ve run into at NYC to move to Canada. I can’t blame them for feeling this way, and we are pretty great. I finally arrived at my hostel, and I couldn’t wait to go to bed. I stayed up a bit to watch a show on Netflix and then it was time for dreamland.

May 19, 2018

The next day I woke up around 8 AM and I did what I typically do when I wake up on a weekend, stay in bed for a while. I can’t get up right away I need to give myself a few minutes to wake up. When I finally got up I proceeded to complete my typical morning routine, put on my makeup and pick an outfit for the day. Unfortunately, it was raining a lot that day, it was gloomy and cold. I was a bit disappointed because I needed a sunny day for my photography. However, that wasn’t going to stop me from enjoying the day.

After I got ready I went downstairs to the lobby and sat there for a while waiting for the rain to stop. It didn’t and it was raining hard, but I decided to go ahead and just brave the day. I walked all the way to Grand Central Station to hop on the subway, the subway is not difficult to navigate if you pay attention.

 

I actually got off by accident at the wrong station but luckily I ended up at Bryant Park and the New York Public Library.

 

Visiting the library was already on my list, so I thought this was a funny accident. I spend about an hour and a half in the library exploring and taking lots of photos. I was fascinated by the beautiful artwork and the architecture.

 

I bought some gifts from the gift shop and then I decided to make my way down to Macy’s. My mother requested to buy some stuff from there so it was time for that. It was very crowded that day so I couldn’t wait to leave the store. Truthfully, this trip wasn’t about the shopping it was all about sightseeing. Going back I got lost quite a bit, but with the help of some kind strangers, I managed to get back to Grand Central station.

Before I exited the station I stopped to listen to a jazz busker, he was very kind and was telling me a bit about his music. I can’t say no to discussing music, because music is life. I mean, you can tell from my domain name that I love music. After we chatted I left and went back to my hostel, I arrived around 3 PM. I was so tired I decided to rest for an hour and take a nap. At 4 PM it was time to be on the go again and luckily it stopped raining which was great. The day before I wanted to go and capture some day shots of Times Square so it was time to be on the move again. Yet again there were many people so I took some photos and then I was on a quest to find a pizza place. I walked a few blocks until I ran into the first pizza shop I went to in NYC last year. It is called Gotham Pizza, I really like the name (if you are a DC Comics fan then you’ll know why). The pizza was really good and highly recommend going to this place. After my meal, I wanted to go to the Empire State building and go up to the observation deck. Now that’s when I got really lost. I decided to walk to the Empire State Building but I ended up going in the wrong direction. At one point I gave up and decided to take a cab, when I arrived we were told the fog is very thick and we will not be able to see the city at all. So I decided to go back to the hostel, but before that, I went to the supermarket to purchase some food so I can save some money. I also bought some breakfast for the following day with the purpose of not trying to hunt down for a food place. I arrived at the hostel around 8 PM and then I binge watched 13 Reasons Why.

May 20, 2018

We have finally arrived at my favorite day of the entire trip, it was such a warm and sunny day. Actually, it was so hot, I was sweating profusely! Maybe you don’t need to know that but there we go I said it.

Seeing the sunshine brought a huge smile to face and I was super excited to get started with my day. I bought a city pass so there were a number of places I wanted to visit like Top of The Rock, Empire State Building (again), and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. The CityPASS is super useful for tourists because it allows you to enter three or more popular tourist attractions. It costs around $100 plus tax, and you can enter the touristy attractions once. I didn’t want to take too many cabs that day so I did A LOT of walking. I walked from my hostel to the Top of The Rock and it was a lovely walk. I got the chance to see different neighborhoods and unique streets. I love walking because I get to see more of the city, but this can also be tiring so make sure you rest along the way. Top of The Rock is located at Rockefeller Centre, I used my pass to get in which was very quick and easy.

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When you get inside you can take a fun photo with a green screen behind you. Since it was my first time there I decided to purchase the photo for $25. My favorite part was finally going up to the top and seeing the city from above, I’ve envisioned that for so long. The view was excellent and it was so sunny. When you travel solo, picture taking is quite a task, I took a few selfies but then I had to find someone who would be willing to take a few photos of me. All you have to do is ask politely someone for their time and then offer to take their photo. Big thanks to the kind strangers who took a few photos of me!!! Now let’s talk about the views! The views were spectacular, to see the Empire State Building like this and finally take a photo like the ones I always find on Google was awesome. After taking soo many photos there, I got some souvenirs and I was onto my next destination.

As I exited the Top of the Rock building I took my time to enjoy Rockefeller Centre, it looks so wonderful in the sunshine. NYC seems even more dynamic during the summer with beautiful outdoor patios. I was making my way towards the Empire State Building, but in the corner of my eye, I saw St. Patricks Cathedral across the street. I decided to go in and I stayed for the full service. The details inside were beautiful, the artwork, the glass stained windows were stunning.

After the service I walked down to the Empire State building, I was excited to finally go inside and take some beautiful photos. As I expected the views were awesome, there is something about NYC views from above that’s so amazing.

I wrapped up my stay there and I decided to go grab some food before I continued walked to the Iron Building District. I came across a pizza place called Little Italy, it was quite busy, even busier than the other pizza restaurant. It was nice to get some food when I am on the go so much I forget to eat properly.

Afterward, I walked down to the Iron Building District and I have to say that’s when I felt like NYC is truly remarkable. Those NYC streets are amazing, you will never feel bored in NYC. The overall vibe of NYC is infectious, you feel like a true New Yorker. When I arrived I took some pictures of the building, and then I hopped on the subway to go to Brooklyn Bridge. Yet again I got lost, the subway system can be a bit confusing at times. I went back and forth quite a bit before I finally figured out which subway line to take. It was kind of comedic actually, I started laughing at myself a bit. Once I arrived the tiredness suddenly hit me, I arrived there around 2 PM. For some odd reason, I thought there weren’t going to be many people, but it was packed. It was hot and there were lots of people. My goal was to take a nice photo of the bridge but so many people were in the way. Despite this I did take some nice shots, leave to the photographer to figure out how to take nice pictures despite the circumstances. I even got a few good shots of myself!! I’ve got to admit no matter how many times I go to visit Brooklyn Bridge, I can never get sick of it.

Then I decided to go and get on a boat to see the Statue of Liberty but sadly I missed the last one and they were closing. I was disappointed but instead of being on the go again I decided to sit down by the water and enjoy the view. I think that’s one of the things we forget to do, we forget to slow down and enjoy life.

After I was done relaxing, it was time to go and see the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. That part of the city was probably my favorite, it was less busy and more interesting to me. Seeing the 9/11 Memorial was emotional, I didn’t expect to feel so emotional. For those of you who down know this, I was four years old when I watched Home Alone 2. This movie made me fall in love with New York and seeing the twin towers, it was my goal to see them in person one day. I think that’s why I got emotional because I never got the chance to see the twin towers. However, the Freedom Tower was beautiful!

Then I walked into the 9/11 Museum, before entering I got the chance to chat with one of the workers. He was giving me tourism tips, and talking about the creation of the museum. He was very kind and it was chatting with him. Walking inside was chilling, there had items from the twin towers and an entire gallery of the victims. It was really sad, but the fact that they use this to become stronger and unite together is admirable. I bought some things from the gift shop because it helps to support the museum and keep it open for a long period of time.

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Now it was time to head back, I had to make one final stop at Macy’s and the get food because I was starving. I bought myself a new purse, and then I went to Korean Town to get some delicious ramen. Downtown was so pretty with the sun setting down, I couldn’t resist taking some photos.

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Then I thought of going back to Top of the Rock to take some night shots but that’s when I found out that I can’t use my CityPASS twice for the same location. So I hopped on a cab, went back to the hostel and organized my luggage. In the morning I took a cab to the airport, and I arrived in Toronto around 3 PM.

So in conclusion, do not be afraid to travel solo because for me it was one of the best experiences I’ve had. I can’t wait to do this again and see more of NYC next time.

Thank you so much for reading and see you again this Friday 🙂