Flight deal by fly.com: NYC to Tel Aviv, Israel

August 6, 2012

Today, fly.com posted a special for roundtrip flights NYC to Tel Aviv for $335-350 after taxes and fees.  Normally, this ticket would go for about $1,000+.  They had dates available ranging from November to February and as predicted, the special sold out within two hours.

My sister is in Bahrain right now so I thought maybe this would be a good chance to get a ticket to go see her.  But by time I factor in 200+ to get to/from NYC and then also Tel Aviv is still a long ways away from where she is.  I’d meet her either in Bahrain or Dubai which is another $600+ ticket.  So all in all, it would cost over $1,000 to piece together the ticket and it’s still so far away it’s too early for me to begin planning.  I’m hoping to visit her in December or January after I graduate from school.



A Great Singapore Dish: Singapore Zest

June 14, 2012

The NY Times is featuring  a dish offered at the restaurant Marc Forgione in Tribeca, NYC called Singapore Zest.

Here are a mess of lobsters for Father’s Day dinner: a pure American take on a Singaporean classic, chili crab. A fiery stew of sweet lobster and butter, hot sauce, ginger and lime, it is meant to be eaten with a fork, fingers and immense slabs of buttered toast. It tastes best when eaten outside in the throbbing heat of summer, with humidity hanging heavy in the air and the beer in the cooler so cold that it has little flecks of ice in it.


Fire escapes of NYC buildings

July 17, 2011

Fire escapes have been a means of egress for buildings in New York City since the early 1900’s and they’re still in use today.  Although new buildings aren’t building fire escapes on their buildings, they are still an important part of the architecture and safety of today’s buildings.

My favorite way to see NYC is to walk around and look at the different buildings in each area.  I don’t see other people noticing the architecture and the uniqueness of the buildings in NYC that often but recently I started noticing the different forms of fire escapes and I thought it’d be interesting to take photos of them.  Some of them are long and skinny while others are wide and spacious.  Usually they’re painted to blend in or match the building but sometimes they’re accented to stand out against it.

The buildings below are all in the Midtown and SoHo districts of New York City, taken on July 17, 2011.

Big Nick’s Burger Joint & Pizza Joint

May 20, 2011

I’ve walked past this place many times but I’ve never given it a second thought to stop and eat here.  Big Nick’s is on Broadway between 77th and 76th Streets and is definitely a gem in the Upper West Side.

Two coworkers were talking about amazing chicken sandwiches and recommended that I have lunch here sometime.  They recommended a specific chicken sandwich but I don’t recall which one it is.  I ended up ordering a chicken steak & prosciutto pesto sandwich “deluxe” which means with french fries, $12.50.

=AMAZINGNESS, I’ll probably start having lunch here once a week or so.

I’m disappointed they don’t have a website, instead their webpage www.bignicksnyc.com goes straight to their menu hosted by Seamless Web.

2.3 mile Morning run

April 29, 2011

Starting this morning I’m aiming to go for a 2 to 4 mile run at least twice per week before work.  It shouldn’t be too tough, it will only take about 30 minutes and I will slowly start to see a lot of this area.

I’m so close to The Village, West Village, East Village, SoHo.. so many great areas.  It’s about time I start to learn NYC!!!

Double screw me

February 15, 2011

This past weekend I traveled to Tampa because I had to take an in class exam for an online class I’m taking at USF.  I was scheduled to fly out of JFK at 5:15pm on Friday but I messed up on the subway and missed the flight.  Going from the Upper West Side to JFK is kind of tricky because there is no direct way to transfer to the E train.  I have to get off the train at Columbus Circle, take the B or D train one stop and then transfer to the E train.  Well, since I’m not real familiar with this of course I messed it up which set me back about 45 minutes because I made a few other stupid mistakes trying to get back to where I needed to be.

This is the third flight I’ve missed in the past few months so clearly I need to step up my game.  The other two times it wasn’t a big deal but this time I was flying American Airlines and the 5:15pm is the only direct flight to Tampa for the day.  And since it was already getting late in the day, there were no other flights to get me into Tampa, not even if I traveled through a different city.  So I had no choice but to pay $325 for a last minute one-way ticket on JetBlue which was leaving JFK at 7:00pm.  I could’ve waited til the next day and flown standby on American but my test was at 1:30pm the next day in Sarasota and the earliest, given I was even able to get on the earliest flight, I could’ve arrived in Tampa would’ve been 12:05pm.

Obviously I wasn’t happy about this but at least it was my own fault so I couldn’t be mad at anyone but myself.  My weekend went well in Tampa, I did well on my test and I saw a bunch of friends who I wanted to see.  My return flight back to NYC was at 6:00am Monday morning that way I could get back into the city in time to go to work.  Well.. 4:45am I got dropped off at Tampa airport and when I tried to check in for my flight, they couldn’t find my name on the list.  It turns out I mistakenly booked my flight in reverse so instead of Tampa to NYC, I had a ticket to leave NYC at 6:00am Monday morning and arrive in Tampa.

It was clearly an honest mistake which I figured could be cleared up without too much problem.  I was wrong.  The in person agents couldn’t help me so they told me to call the customer service and they would have to assist me.  Of course instead of letting me fly stand by on the flight that I thought I already had a ticket for, I had to pay the last minute price for the flight and it ended up costing me an additional $170 dollars.  I talked to a few different supervisors and got really upset but the only thing they would do was waive the $50 change fee and I still had to pay the $170 difference in airfare.  I was LIVID.  But once again, it was completely my own fault so what could I do?

UGHHHHHhhhh what a glorious waste of $500.  FUCK ME.

Dyker Heights, Brooklyn

December 19, 2010

My friend Elizabeth and her sister are visiting New York City this weekend so I met up with them on Friday and Saturday night and we explored some interesting things in the city that I otherwise wouldn’t have even known exist.

On Friday night we visited Dyker Heights in Brooklyn which is a neighborhood famous for the over-the-top light displays.  At first glance it appeared to be a few houses heavily decorated in lights, but as we got into the neighborhood more, it became evident why people from all over go out of their way to pay a visit.

Aside from the nice lights, what I enjoyed just as much was seeing the beautiful houses.  The neighborhood has a very suburb-like feel to it but unlike the suburbs that I’m used to outside of Tampa, every one of these houses was unique and different.  They were all ENORMOUS houses, hence why they’re able to pay for expensive displays such as these, and most of them were about three to four stories and set back a little bit from the road.

The majority of the large light displays are on two streets between 11th Ave and 13th Ave from 83rd to 86th Streets.