New York Rockefeller Center – Top of the Rock!

We went up to TOP OF THE ROCK, an observation deck at Rockefeller Center located in midtown Manhattan which is 70 storeys above the city.

A slideshow of the Manhattan city with shots taken from TOP OF THE ROCK.

A bird’s eye view of Empire State Building, Central Park and a 360-degree panorama view of the Big Apple, with tall buildings sprouted up all over the city.

The Central Park of Manhattan in New York City, nestling amid the hustling and bustling city. It is the most visited public urban park in the U.S and its appearance in many movies and television shows has made it famous. […]

By |April 1st, 2008|New York, USA|0 Comments

The United Nations Headquarters

In front of the United Nations Headquarters is a display of flags representing each member state, beginning with Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. The flags are only raised when members are in congress in The General Assembly.

Spotted the Singapore Flag?

As we entered the UN Plaza, we saw a gun with a knot in the barrel. This […]

By |April 1st, 2008|New York, USA|0 Comments

New York Metropolitan Museum of Art

At first, we thought of visiting the Natural History Museum to see dinosaur exhibits around the area. But Richard advised that we could visit another Natural History Museum in Washington with free admission, as we need to pay for the one in New York. So instead we visited Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the world’s largest and most important art museums. An adult ticket costs USD20 and for the next designated 2 hours, we were madly rushing through the museums.

The Met Museum Asian Art Gallery: wonder how they extracted and moved the precious piece from the East to the West across the vast ocean in the olden days.

Altarpiece Dedicated to Buddha Maitreya, Northern Wei dynasty (386-534), dated 524 Zhengding xian, Hebei province, China.

Arms and Armor Gallery, where the knights come alive.

By |April 1st, 2008|New York, USA|1 Comment

Philadelphia Tour

Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania. It served as the capital of the States in the 1790s.

The Liberty Bell at the Liberty Bell Center is one of the most prominent symbols associated with the American Revolutionary War. It is one of the most familiar symbols of independence within the United States, and has been described as an international icon of liberty and justice for all.

Did the bell crack due to too much hitting? No. The bell cracked while it was being put up because it was dropped, by a man, when it was hung up to try the sound. Oh my gosh!

By |March 31st, 2008|Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA|7 Comments

New York Times Square

The tourist-famous Naked Cowboy has become a Times Square fixture, playing guitar at 45th Street and Broadway, strategically holding the guitar over his white briefs to make him appear to be naked. Women are often seen hugging him to take photos. If you want to dress like the Naked Cowboy, you better get permission […]

By |March 30th, 2008|New York, USA|3 Comments

Washington D.C. – the Capital Tour

Washington D.C. is the capital, but it is not a state; it is a separate political division. And the D.C stands for District of Columbia. Parking is extremely scarce in Washington, D.C. It was an exhausting day for us, walking under the hot sun to memorial parks.

Peace Vigil 24 hours since 1981, in front […]

By |March 30th, 2008|USA, Washington D.C.|4 Comments

Hershey’s Chocolate World

We took a 2-hour coach ride to Hershey, Pennsylvania. As the name “Hershey” suggests, the town is built by Milton S. Hershey, the world famous chocolate maker. He believed that workers who were treated fairly and who lived in a comfortable, pleasant environment would be better workers. Accordingly, he set upon building an infrastructure to take care of the people who were employed by his company, drawing up plans for a model community housing for executives and ordinary workers alike, schools, churches, theme parks, recreational facilities and a trolley system.

World’s largest Hershey bar.

Hershey’s Chocolate World: Admission is free!
Crowd rushing in as soon as Hershey opened for the tour.

By |March 30th, 2008|Pennsylvania, USA|3 Comments

Corning Museum of Glass

Picturesque views along the way to Corning Museum of Glass, a museum where the best collection of art and historical glass can be appreciated.

By |March 30th, 2008|New York, USA|4 Comments

The Powerful Niagara Falls

After about 2-hour’s ride from Corning, we finally arrived at the main attraction of the day – The Niagara Falls, Buffalo.

The Niagara Falls are renowned both for their beauty and as a valuable source of hydroelectric power. Despite the hot summer weather elsewhere, it was very cold and windy at the Niagara Falls.

The ticket for the entrance to our boat ride – Maid of the Mist and the observation deck costs USD12.50 for an adult ticket. Before we boarded the boat ride, we were each given a souvenir rain poncho (raincoat) to save us from getting wet near the falls.

Saw this cute photo from somewhere: “Yo-Yo! See my poncho!”

By |March 30th, 2008|New York, USA|3 Comments

Return to the Mighty Niagara Falls

We went back to the falls again in the morning. From far, we could actually see the rising mist resulted from the powerful Niagara Falls.

Took a video from Niagara Falls.


By |March 30th, 2008|New York, USA|5 Comments