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It’s been a lazy Sunday here at HQ (which I’ll probably regret later) and I miss posting some of my photos online so here’s some random shots around my room. Except the first one, obvs.
My parents dragged me to this ice sculpture festival thing and I saw this Hazelton Lanes sculpture there. It’s apparently a shopping centre/neighborhood in Yorkville and I like to imagine how funny it’d be to live there seeing as my name is almost identical to it, give and take a few letters.
Hazel Llanes living in Hazelton Lanes… pffft!
This is a page from a book I got called The Art of Looking Sideways by Alan Fletcher. I’ll dedicate a separate post for it later, but that right there is how the Queen would supposedly look if she was from Timbuktu.
I told myself that I would do some art during the holidays, so instead of taking photos of what I got for Christmas, I drew them! It’s times like these that I fully embrace being part of a big family. Lots of presents and lots of laughter!
Okay, now I’m starting to sound sappy. But this was seriously one of the best Christmases we’ve had, as far as I remember. No one was being a Scrooge and whining over what they did/didn’t get.
I guess we’re all growing up.
Edit: I caved and took a few photos.
The red, Keep Calm and Carry On book (which is a weekly planner and a hipster essential) is from my dear sister, the photo album underneath from Amanda, the chocolates + $30 Chapters gift card from Beatrice (my Secret Santa), the mittens + $15 green iTunes gift card from my older brother, and the canvas bag under all of those…
…was from my other Secret Santa, Sonali. She painted that Dumbledore quote on there, which is a testament to how awesome and talented she is :’)
When she handed me this, she hinted that there was a second addition to the gift which would come later.
On our third morning in New York, my roomate and I went down to have a quick breakfast—consisting of nutella, cup noodles, & fruit loops cereal—at our other friends’ room. After that, it was off to Queens!
There, we stopped by the Museum of Moving Image. It was still under renovation, so we didn’t see much, but the things we did see were way cool: props, sets, merchandise, wigs, costumes and scripts from old movies and TV shows, ancient video game machines like Pacman and King Kong, old cameras and sound boxes, stuff like that. Only complaint was that it was mostly dark inside and they didn’t allow flash photography, so I didn’t really bother taking shots of everything.
I went to get my first disposable camera developed this weekend and, bar a couple of too-close shots of food, the rest came out way better than I expected they would.
Between my sister and I, there is a total of 5 disposable cameras that still need to be finished and developed, so we decided that we’d paste all of our prints on the door of our room. It’ll be exciting to see how cool our door looks when it’s all covered. :)
The first five shots are from New York and the rest are from over the summer break.
I find that the building looks a little warped on the photo. How strange…
Oh hi, that’s my finger. Simultaneously holding my umbrella while taking a shot was tough!
I miss summer…
Though the Tour Director gave us some money for breakfast, we decided to save it and eat in that morning. I packed so much food for the trip that doing so was quite unnecessary. Tuna and crackers for breakfast, yay!
Our first destination of the day was…
St. John’s Cathedral! This was an art trip, so we should’ve expected it, but little did we know that inside the cathedral, we’d see work by none other than Keith Haring:
As we journeyed to Central Park, we saw The Dakota where I felt an overwhelming sense of awe at the fact that little ole me was standing on the streets that John Lennon stood upon; that I was right in front of his home where he lived and that I was facing the entrance where he was shot. Part of me wished that at that moment, Yoko would peek out of her window on the top floor and look down at us. But that was just wishful thinking on my part.
From there we entered Central Park through Strawberry Fields memorial and with our teacher, sang “Strawberry Field’s Forever” as we walked.
We crossed Central Park to go to The Met which was so amazing and so big that we all sort of died when we were told that we had to leave so soon. The Met’s front steps are where the cast of Gossip Girl usually sits, but we couldn’t take a picture because it was so crowded!
I’ve been really interested in Greek mythology lately, so I looked real smart identifying the sculptures of Greek Gods that we saw not only at The Met, but all over New York City (e.g. Prometheus in front of The Rockefeller Center). Theseus over here is famous for defeating a minotaur but he also slayed this poor centaur named Bianor.
One of the highlights at our visit to The Met was seeing Miss Pandora and The Cherry Blossom Girl! I took some stalker pics because I was too scared to approach them and my French is abysmal. But it was hard to concentrate on the art after I saw them…
Next we went to the Guggenheim and then Harlem, 5th Avenue and then Time’s Square again! We went inside Sephora and guess who we bumped into again…
Yeah, I’m not creepy at all.
We had dinner at this place called Schnipper’s which to me had the best veggie burger and best name ever. Also, the manager and the restaurant itself was very nice. A++ to them!
When we got back to our hotel, they let us go to Time’s Square again again again but my feet were killing me so I opted out. I visited my friend’s room when they got back and ate some of their noodles, their cheesecake, jumped on their bed, gossiped, and took silly photos with them.
To end the day, we climbed to the top of the Rock(efeller) and we screamed, “I LOVE NEW YORK CITYYYYY” to the top of our lungs.
Overall a very fun night :)