10
Dec
18

Apple Chronicles: Wrap-Up

It’s been more than a year since this story concluded so before I totally forget, I think it’s time to wrap it up!

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Times Square soon after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade (2017).

New York City allowed me to experience a lot of things for the first time and that can only happen nowhere else.  Among these is the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade which involves a lot of floating balloons shaped into pop culture icons.  It was my first time to see a parade of its kind so despite all the hassles getting there because of a lot of road closures and the literally freezing weather, I sucked it up and enjoyed the experience.

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Another must-do activity when in NYC is watching a show on Broadway and I got the opportunity to do just that with the world-famous Miss Saigon.  I have never seen nor read about its story so I didn’t know what to expect.  The story, actors, and the stage were all great so I really enjoyed it!

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The stage of Miss Saigon, before the show starts.

What I really like about New York City is the ease of getting around because of the subway.  Most of the time, it’s more practical to get around using the trains as you avoid traffic and it’s definitely much cheaper than taking a taxi, Uber, or Lyft.  They probably have more lines than the letters of the English alphabet and most, if not all, lines operate 24 hours on weekdays so you can go places even early in the morning.  Fares are fixed regardless of destination and they offer unlimited rides ($32 for 7-days) so you can control your transportation budget.  Mind you though, it can get crowded on certain lines during rush hour.  And you may notice that some of the stations and coaches may not be as “sanitary” as what we’re used to here in Asia (even by Philippine standards).  But overall, I love the subway and I wish we had a something similar in Metro Manila.  It is even connected to the airport (JFK)!

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One of my favorite spots in NYC: SOHO.

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One of the subway stations of NYC.

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Time to go home… at JFK International Airport.

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I was very thankful that my return flight to Asia was on business class so I was able to take a shower on my airline’s lounge upon arrival on Taipei (after more than 16 hours in the air!).  And after a few hours, I was back in the air towards home.

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One of the best things after a long flight: a warm shower!

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One of the first glimpse of home, somewhere over Luzon.

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The world is indeed a big place.  Unfortunately, we only have a finite time on this earth so whenever possible, take the opportunity to travel and see the world!  Sure, it would cost you money, but the experience you get is priceless!

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