Nov 29 2019

The Two Popes

Times Square, Friday, Nov 29, 2019

Passing by the Square, although it was only at the end of November, the day after Thanksgiving, but Christmas was already in the air. Many characters are dressed up as Santa or in red. As I was heading to the Central Park, I felt very cheerful. Blissful. Peaceful. 

Nov 29 2019

A Black Friday in New York

I rarely venture out on a Black Friday, not to mention shopping.

Not disappointed today.

Not due to shopping (concert tickets) but just enjoyed the day in the Big Apple, from the Park to the shops to the streets. Walked a hearty 6.6 miles.

The Lincoln Center

Columbus Circle, Time Warner Center, Amazon Bookstore


The streets

Nov 29 2019

I fall in love with Central Park

I see something golden and yellow … on a Black Friday.


Nov 24 2019

Bouchon Bakery & Cafe

10 Columbus Cir, 3rd Flr
New York, NY 10019

Probably will return?

Been here before for a tea, loved their view and casual attitude. It’s just right for us, before a 3pm concert.

I enjoyed my spicy mint tea and smoked salmon (lox), but the sliced cucumber are old, and their service could have been a little more attentive – like not wet my phone when putting down the tea pot with hot water for my tea. Not sure I heard “I’m sorry” …

My friend said it’s the best French toast ever. Maybe it is or maybe bec I was paying … Overall, the food is good …


On a Black Friday

Nov 24 2019

The Hungarian trio

First row’s trauma: the belly attack. I’m not a fan of front rows and this is a good reminder, ha ha ha.

The trio Bence Szepesi (clarinet), Kristóf Baráti (violin) and Éva Polgár on the piano, played @ Judy and Arthur Zankel Hall – Carnegie Hall:

  1. Aram Khachaturian, trio for clarinet, violin & piano
  2. Schuman’s Fantasy Pieces for clarinet & piano
  3. Brahms’ Intermezzo in A-major
  4. Béla Bartók, contrasts for clarinet, violin & piano

I enjoyed the second and third pieces but the fourth was bit too modern for me. It’s my first time to Zankel Hall, its interior decor reminds me of Shalin Liu Center in Rockport.

Their performance is arranged by AGP Agency, an international full service talent management and production company, based in New York, with remote outlets in Singapore, Budapest, Tokyo and Taiwan. I think the host mentioned that one of the musicians (Kristóf Baráti ?) is heading off to China after the performance.

As we entered the building for the performance, an Asian woman was handing out 神韵 Shen Yun booklet. Oh boy …

第一排的坏处是 … 7⃣️ OMG 欧嘛膏
小鲜肉 … 不好意思 (俺够讨厌[捂脸])
Éva Polgár 小姑凉的上衣漂亮喔


Nov 22 2019

Taci’s Beyti

1953 Coney Island Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11223

Turkish, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean.

Will return.

Inviting ambience, delicious food and good service.

7pm on a Friday evening, we were seated right away. A waiting staff was examining two wine glass against the light and when he was satisfied, he put on our table, which was next to their glass cabinet. Throughout the evening, more glasses were added to the cabinet and inspected before being placed on the tables. I thought about the dirty fork at Half Moon the other day … the devil is in the details.

Although all the food we ordered and shared were delicious, but the tender cubical calf liver is worth an extra shout: for I rarely eat inside stuff and they were yummy.

We finished two bottles of red: you can bring your own wine. Not sure they charge corkage. Before we left, they surprised us with a huge plate of fruits.

Thank you so much!!

Street parking, free after 7pm.


Nov 8 2019

President Grant’s Tomb

Riverside Drive and West 122nd St
New York

It’s also known as General Grant National Memorial – Upon his death in 1885, his wife Julia revealed that he wished to be buried in New York. Hers is beside his. It also reminds me of Napoleon’s at Les Invalides in Paris. In spite of size and all, I feel they’re equally dignified and grand.

Sep 5 2019

The U.S.-China Trade Dispute: Where Things Stand

The prolonged trade war between US and China brought Wendy Cutler, the former US trade rep at USTR to Asia Society. Tom Nagorski  moderates the one hour talk.

Afterward, we visit the gift shop. The way they designed their door is pretty cute. Each of us has brought a huge pendant, and have lunch at Boathouse in Central Park.

Sep 5 2019

Central Park Boathouse

East 72nd Street and Park Drive North
New York, NY 10021
(212) 517-2233

On Yelp or elsewhere, it lists as
The Loeb Boathouse (E 72nd St 5th Ave, NY 10128)

We got there a few minutes before their noon opening, were told all lakeside tables were reserved. We settled on their patio – no table cloth, and the menu is limited.

The atmosphere was good so was the view. The New Zealand’s Brancott Sauvignon Blanc was a little flat but ok. The kale salad tasteless and the burger was hard and dry – the fries were the best item. Funny my friend mentioned that her Shake Shack’s stock (SHAK $103) has doubled since purchased six months ago. Good for her but it did little to relieve my misery -:). I rarely eat a burger but make decent patty for those who love a burger: add onion, etc., to make it soft and juicy. Anyway, I was throughly disappointed, if not horrified.

The walk in the park was great.

Additionally, be aware that they impose 15% gratuity (tip) to your bill. It’s been in use for a long time but I don’t read, so missed it altogether. And yes, my math is great, as my Chinese friend teased: was taught by P.E. teacher – a common joke in China. Verliii sorry physical education teachers…


Sep 5 2019

Soap bubbles

Passing by this playful bubbles after lunch at the Central Park.