May 30 2017

A breeze @ JFK’s T4


Terminal 4 @ JFK; the beautiful sunset.

A frequent business travel friend complained on WeChat an hour ago: “看来还是要停止抵制美联航。今天飞多伦多,试了一下porter airline。比原定时间推迟俩小时,据说雷阵雨不能按时起飞。更不方便的是脱鞋、解腰带、搜身都来了,看来美联航的Pre换了航空公司就不管用了,呵呵。” but the start of my trip is a breeze. At T4, there is no line. No taking out phone/laptop; empty your pockets. Open your purse. Take off shoes and strip search. Non of the above. Omg. It’s like pre 9/11.

With so much time on hand I shopped. For a pair of very similar sun glasses ray ban sells $160 while Prada $330. Oh well, the power of shopping.

Frankfurt airport has non working escalator like last time, which strikes me a bit unusual. It’s pretty warm too. Again no one wastes energy the way USA does.

 

 


May 20 2017

Brahms violin concerto @ Lincoln Center


Jupiter the beautiful: thanks to the armature astrologer society of New York (?) who provides telescopes on weekends all summer long.

My season’s last NY Phil concert @ David Geffen Hall. Brahma’s violin concerto is wonder but the soloist Leonidas Kavakos is so so – no wrong notes but the performance isn’t clean. He reminds me of the three brothers in

The second half program is pretty terrible: New York Premieres of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s magical Wing on Wing and Kravis Emerging Composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Aeriality – I can’t take these modern composers. Having the players as well as the sopranos joining the audiences is simply no good.

     


May 20 2017

The 9th Avenue International Food Festival


9th Avenue, between 42-57 streets

A street fair on the west side, 2-day event.

A wonderful day out.

We did’t go too deep in to the fair, instead we stopped at Kilo, a wine bar, have really good time there.

   


May 20 2017

Kilo


857 9th Ave
New York, NY 10019

The joke goes that you need eat to have energy, in order to be able to go on diet. Ehhhh … pardon me my chinglish but you get it.
As I’m closing their handsome but heavy bathroom door, I thought of this joke. You’ll need that little extra strength to deal with the bathroom door. All good and pretty clean bathroom.

High ceiling. Small. Exposed brick walls. Delicious food. Good wines, served in great wine glasses – theirs ranks near the top of my good wine glass list – thin stem and fat bulb, feels really good both in hand and on the lips.

We went on a Saturday evening before the Brahms violin concert @ Lincoln Center. We usually go north for dinner bec the south is just bit dingier. The host asked us if we’ve reservation – so remember to make one – nevertheless, he sat us immediately.

They hang a candle holder as decor. A nice wooden bowl for the shells. A cool tattooed wine connoisseur. Everything feels just fine. The south of Lincoln Center is just as lovable.

  


May 11 2017

Cats the musical

Neil Simon Theatre
250 W 52nd Street
on Broadway in New York

 

The last time I saw Cats, must have been ten some years ago. This current production feels refreshing, from the costumes to make up to the physical fitness of the actors, are all really enjoyable. During the intermission, the audience are invited to get on to the stage. The cat was there to entertain.

The middle section of the seats at mezzanine overhang  (row A) are not available, period. I checked many performances. Perhaps is purchased by tour company? The seats are fully occupied, by young Asians. This musical is suitable for non English speakers.

After writing Memory, Webber asked his composer dad how’s it, his dad said, “sounds like million dollars …” I feel the only complain I have, other then the middle section of row A is, Memory isn’t sung enough … ha ha ha. I youtubed the follow, and have to say that I like Streisand and Brightman better than Paige’s:

最后一次看百老汇音乐剧🐱大概是十年前了. 重温旧梦,耳目一新. 服装 化妆 都无懈可击 [强]. 🐱娃🐱蛙的身材曲线好!可惜 Memory 唱的不够多 [偷笑] 当年Webber 韦伯 写完后 问他也是作曲的老爸 “怎么样?” 爸爸说 “百万..” 岂止百万 [强]. (Whitney Houston 好像没有录过这首歌 – 可惜… Carey 也没有)二楼第一排 两边的位子有 中间的没有-场场如此. 觉得大概是旅行社包了吧?[发呆] [发怒]


May 10 2017

Chinatown, refreshing


Lower Manhattan, New York. I haven’t been to Chinatown in a long time. Even when I went, was usually on Canal Street. Today I went to Baxter Street, kind of nested inside of the area. It looks and feels very refreshing. Updated. There is a tutor school, too.

您多久没去下城的唐人街了? 俺好多年没有去了. 以前去也只是在 Canal St 附近. 今天去 有点刮目相看.

   


May 10 2017

Le Parisien


163 E 33rd St
New York, NY 10016

A cute little neighborhood French bistro on the east side. Unfortunately my guests were on vegan diet for the day – it’s the 15th of the month on lunar calendar. We’ll have to order double pasta which isn’t on the menu and double salad. Good service and good food, pretty yummy wine by the glass. Yelp review


May 10 2017

The World Trade Center

Taken with iPhone 6, inside of the cab.

  


May 10 2017

Tour of New York


A whirlwind few days in the city and upstate:


May 10 2017

Statue of Liberty


You got to listen to your husband, I’m serious. I was playing tour guide and heading over to Lady Liberty because that’s what my charges want. For a moment, I didn’t know where to go. So I got on the cab and heading toward South Ferry, and calling up my spouse.
“Hi Honey, I’m going to see the Lady with the torch.”
“Really? Do you have a reservation?”
“What reservation?”
“It’s a huge production. You need a reservation.”
I was thinking, holy molly I didn’t.
So as soon as we got off the cab, a few ticket agents surrounded us and trying to sell us. Since I was told about ‘reservation’ and these guys kept telling me that we just pay a little more so we don’t have to wait online. Whatever. I paid. …. and as you know, husbands are always right. Their boats only circle the Lady, they don’t land on the island. And the next departure was 1.5 hours away. I wasn’t happy. I took them on the South Ferry to Staten Island and back, then asked the guy for a refund. He did.

不听老公话 吃亏在眼前 😂. 人生第二次去拜见女神🗽. 老公说需要订位… 俺自以为是,得意洋洋买了一个🎫 (错票). 然后欢天喜地的去上🚢 结果就没有然后了. 够愚🐟… 最近来了四波娘家人,高兴过头,有点不知道姓什么了 [Smart]. 七月还会有娘家人要来,俺就一直兴奋下去吧. 不八了,去看看俺的头在哪儿哈 [Facepalm]