Wednesday, April 13, 2011

because i love this commercial and i don't really think there's anything wrong with it. aren't kids supposed to be shallow and cute? what's wrong with it? why does it have to be pulled out, why? pray tell!

Monday, April 04, 2011

winter in central park

It is cold but everything just looks so magical walking around Central Park during winter time. ;)

so you won't entirely get lost, look for the signages and arrows.

This statue is located west of East drive and 67th St. He is Balto, the Siberian Husky the sled dog who led his team which transported the serum of the anti-diphtheria vaccine in Alaska back in the 20s. He is now one of the more popular statues in the park having stood there for the past 80 or so years.

The park is also a famous place for sledding. Many kids along with their parents will brave the cold and enjoy such popular and fun sport.

Alice in Wonderland: The sculpture was constructed in 1959 by José de Creeft under the commission of philanthropist George Delacorte so that children could visit and experience the wonder of Lewis Carroll’s classic story. Atypical of most sculptures, children are invited to climb, touch and crawl all over Alice and her friends. In fact, through the decades thousands of hands and feet have literally polished parts of the statue’s surface smooth.
This is located at East 74th St.

If you feel tired and thirsty, you may opt to grab some coffee or hot choco at the Sweet Cafe at east 74th St, sit down and relax on some umbrella protected table and chair.

Belvedere meaning "beautiful view" is at the mid park of 79th. Sitting atop a hill, the castle as the name suggests indeed gives a beautiful view of the Central Parks famous views and landmarks.

The Bethesda Fountain also known as the Angel of Waters is seen at the mid-park on 72nd St. I remember this fountain from the movie Enchanted and in Home Alone 2.

The Mall is the open walkway going towards the Bethesda Terrace and runs through the middle of 66th to 72 Streets. I gather now that this is a different mall from what we are most familiar with in the Philippines hehehe. I recall this in the movie My Sassy Girl.

after walking around the park, you may want to look for the subway and hop on the connections towards the 7th train and alight at 69th St. in Woodside to check out Krystal's for their piping hot arroz caldo. :)

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Grand Central Station

The Grand Central Station, the largest train station in the world is indeed an attraction on its own. It has more than a hundred tracks serving hundreds of thousands of people each day. Aside from the tracks the station also houses several restaurants, coffee shops, clothing store outlets.

The Main Concourse is the center of the Grand Central which is usually the meeting point of commuters. Here a four-faced clock can be seen sitting atop the information booth. Also known at New York's most famous clock, it is believed to have an estimated value of be between $10M and $20M.

Found at the Lower Level Dining Concourse is New York's famous and reportedly the best cheese cake in town, Junior's. They serve full meals and sandwiches but we went there merely for the cheese cakes! i am not fond of cheese cakes but this one is just so good. It has a sponge cake base and the cake itself is creamy and cheesy and insanely delicious. I wish we have something like it back home.

Just below the dining concourse is the "whispering gallery" located near the famous Oyster Bar & Restaurant. They say that the acoustics of the low ceramic arches can cause a whisper to sound like a shout. We tested it out standing in opposite corners of the large arched entryway, faced the corner and whispered. And yes, I did hear the voice as if we were right next to each other and not whispering into a far-away corner. According to experts, this happens because the whisperer’s voice follows the curve of the domed ceiling.

There are still a lot of other secret passageways and alleys and interesting structures the Grand Central has. It is just shows how rich it is in culture and history that it would be great if we could explore it once more.