18 August 2007


Is there such a word as "uptime"? Because, since there's downtime, there must be uptime as well, right? Or maybe I am just attempting some weird backformation.

Anyway, I am back in town. Back in Buffalo.

New York City was awesome. I had the fatalistic view that the city is too big for me to see in 5 days. So, I just took my time in seeing the sights rather than rushing myself, tiring myself, and not have fun.

So, here is the broad history of what happened.

On the night of August 10, I boarded a New York City-bound bus. It took about 6 hours to drive from Buffalo to NYC. I left at 10:30 in the evening and arrived at Port Authority in 42nd St. at 5:30 in the morning. My contact person wasn't showing up until 7:00 AM, so I killed time by having breakfast and connecting to the internet until they arrived.

I was staying at my new roommate's relatives' house in New Jersey. So, upon picking me up, we drove to New Jersey by crossing the George Washington Bridge. We then spent the morning in the movie theater. Nothing much happened on that day.

The next day, we headed to the city. We went to Lower Manhattan, ate some Chinese food, and visited Trinity Church, Wall Street, and Ground Zero.

Monday was the day when it was just me and my roommate on the streets. We were dropped off in Battery Park City, and we lined up to get tickets for the Statue of Liberty. We then went to see the lady, and then we proceeded to Ellis Island. After that, we crossed Brooklyn Bridge by foot, and did a walking tour of Brooklyn. Then, we rode the NJ Bus and went home.

Tuesday, I was alone. I rode the NJ Bus to the city, and then I went to the United Nations Headquarters and toured the complex. Then, I met with Candice, a good friend of mine. I haven't seen her in 6 years, and the last time I met with her was in Guam, at the other side of the world. Now she resides in Manhattan, and we had a great exquisite lunch together. Here are the two of us, enjoying each other's company.

We dined at a wine bar called Morell Wine Bar. It is located in the middle of the Rockefeller Center. I had some amazing Fluke Ceviche for my first course, followed by a great sumptuous Pan-Seared Tuna for my main. This was washed down by a glass of Asyrtiko White Wine, chilled to perfection. Finally, I had the signature New York Cheesecake for dessert. She on the other hand had the gorgeous Sweet Onion Tart for a starter, and some exquisite Sliders, made with grilled lamb shanks, for the main course. This was accompanied by a full-bodied California Cavernet Souvignon. She had the heavenly Chocolate Truffles for dessert. Unfortunately, this is not a food blog, so I did not take pictures.

So, that was my lunch. After that, we parted ways, and I proceeded to the Solomon Guggenheim Museum. I also went to the Grand Central Terminal, the New York Public Library, and the Atlas Statue at the Rockefeller Center. It was again, an amazing day.

The next day, I accompanied my roommate and his aunt shopping. He is a new student so he was shopping for stocks and supplies. After that, we went to Manhattan again, and visited Times Square. It was still sunny, so it wasn't dramatic, yet. Then, we got tickets to watch a Broadway musical. We watched the longest running Broadway show, that is, The Phantom of the Opera. It was amazing, and the sets were magical. After that, we proceeded to Times Square again, and this time, it was a magical experience. All the lights, all the people, it was dizzying, to a degree, yet it was other-worldly as well. We then proceeded to the Rockefeller Center, again, and went up the Top of the Rock observation deck. It is less crowded than the Empire State Building, so we preferred this one. I took some amazing night shots of the city here. One example is the following picture.

So that wraps up my first long visit to New York City. Last year, I visited NYC but just for a day, so I didn't get to see many places. All in all, NYC is an amazing city, it never fails to amaze me. I still have plenty of places that I wanted to see but couldn't, like the Museum of Modern Art, Central Park (yeah, I've walked beside it, but never really entered it), and the Dakota Building (where John Lennon was shot in 1980). So maybe, I'll visit those places next time I am in town.

Ok, here ends my post, and school will turn on again after a week, so that break was very welcome. Again, enjoy the flowers from my Ecuadorian Flora Series.


  1. "Hehe, curious lang, gusto ko lang malaman kung ano ang mayroon na nagpapasabi sa iyo na Bostonian white guy ako."

    last june i hosted my cousin who's been residing in boston for the past 8 years. he's part-german/american and ilonggo (his mom and mine are sisters). as per my assessment of him, he's a conservative white male bostonian. he also grew up never knowing a single word of tagalog.

    what makes a white bostonian as such? quoting my cousin, "bostonians are quite a proper people, snooty at some point, but owing to a sense of socio-political history and wealth, they tend to be quite conservative, exacting and
    have a tick-tock attitude towards time. we (and he sees himself as part of it) regard the good life and time with a precarious balance."

    as i read through some of the posts in your blog, it didn't occur to me that you are a scientist and pinoy. (i only found out when i took the time to read your profile AND the comments of some bloggers. i hardly read them for i prefer to surprise myself.) instead, i sensed a refined demeanour, elan and exactness with your words that is more characteristic of the leisurely but well-defined bostonian. your writing is how my cousin (and his boyfriend - who's a blue-eyed, never-been-out-of-the-borders-of-north-america caucasian) would put in his words when he writes to me.

    when i read that you are filipino, your blog entries became much more interesting. i was, in a way, pleasantly "duped" - particularly when you end your posts with your south american floral series.

    oh and another thing, is it true, as per what an american art dealer friend of mine told me years ago, that Buffalo is the best city in the U.S. to raise a family? meaning, it is safe, no racial tensions and cultural diversity is encouraged?

    cheers! i am fairly new to blogging and i enjoy having hopped into yours.

  2. Daniel,

    Interesting. I never knew stereotypes pertaining to Bostonians.

    I guess my writing just reflects the fact that I am not a typical Filipino. Read my Archives and you'll understand what I mean. I guess the term global citizen would describe me appropriately.

    I am glad that you were duped, I guess that's a good thing. I end my posts with pictures. I have different themes running throughout the blog. Once my photographs of my flowers from Ecuador runs out, I'll change the theme.

    Buffalo is a rather weird city. It is safe, or rather, its suburbs are (Amherst is the safest municipality in the US for a couple straight years in a row now). There is indeed cultural diversity, because of the presence of major universities, but I don't know about racial tensions. The city itself can be pretty segregated, with blacks living in the inner city and the whites moving towards the suburbs.

    If you're fairly new to blogging, I hope you enjoy it. It's been fun for me.

  3. interesting.

    pardon my putting stereotypes into people according to geographical location but getting regular emails from individuals from different parts of the u.s., well, one can detect that particular distinct way of writing according to ones location, status and region. :-)

    blogging is fun indeed. it affords anyone and everyone to have a space to share their thoughts. it also allows others to see how someone thinks halfway across the globe.

    it makes this earth of ours a wee-bit smaller. :-)


  4. hello jeruen! hmmm, i now know why you had a crush on "her"...hehehe..she's pretty..looks like you really had fun having lunch with her.. i really liked your posts, especially the one with the bull testicles, i was doubling up with laughter in my chair..haha..so that's why its shiny! hehe, hope all is well with you...tc!-jemimah

  5. I could share with you stereotypes about Bostonians...but most of them pertain to things we say after baseball games...