Ice Skating in Bryant Park! [New York, USA]

April 13, 2012

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Skating here is free! But if you don’t have skates then you must pay. Skating here is fun. You’re surrounded by beautiful buildings that you’ve seen in those movies. Plus, if you don’t know how to skate, you should come anyways. There are plenty of other people holding onto the wall.

If you fall, who cares? Get back up–you’re ice skating in Bryant Park!

-ballerina gypsy

Times Square! [New York, USA]

April 13, 2012

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Where tourists come to thrive and New Yorkers come to die. No matter what time or day you decide to visit Times Square, it will always be swarming with people. Maybe if you go after midnight on a weekday when it’s snowing, it might be less crowded. But usually, this place is swarming with people taking pictures with everything, people trying to give you brochures or nagging you to watch a comedy night. I even remember someone selling Obama condoms. 

This place is a visual overload. Everywhere you look there is something going on. Lights will blind you. Advertisements will hypnotize you and your wallet. Be on the lookout for celebrities because this is also the place of MTV Studios and major news networks. 

Sit down on the red steps. Get some Jamba Juice. Offer to take photos of tourists, then run with their camera.

Welcome to New York!

-ballerina gypsy

CitiField/Shea Stadium/Mets! [New York, USA]

April 13, 2012

Queens, hollaaa!

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Wether you’re a Yankees’ fan, Red Sox fan, Mets’ fan, or you just don’t give a damn about baseball, you should still take yourself out to the ball game. 

The atmosphere is great-people rooting for their home team, chanting simultaneously, feeling the excitement of home run…plus, you smell lots of beer. Everywhere. As soon as you walk in, the smell of alcohol greets you. There’s also really expensive hot dogs. But it’s all part of the experience right?

Watching a game live is much better watching it on TV (I hate watching baseball on TV anyways). 

So, wear your Mets tee and cap and enjoy the game!

-ballerina gypsy

Wasabi Restaurant! [Connecticut, USA]

April 13, 2012

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This quaint little restaurant is located in small town Kent, Connecticut. It’s a little house but inside you feel warm, welcome, with a hint of Asian festive. They serve Chinese, Thai, and Japanese food. The service are quite friendly and accommodating. The prices are a little high, but the servings matches it. Try the tofu teriyaki–it’s fried tofu with vegetables and teriyaki sauce. It’s absolutely yummy!

-ballerina gypsy

Rockefeller Center! [New York, USA]

April 13, 2012

Rockefeller Center truly shines during Christmas season with the showcase of the tallest Christmas tree in the world, and ice skating.

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Don’t go visit the tree during holidays, because that’s when it becomes really crowded with tourists. To truly experience the tree, you need to be able to walk up to it and really admire it, in all its lights. Marvel at how it towers over you. Feel the shimmer of Christmas.

What people don’t really know is that Rockefeller Center is also quite lovely during Easter!

There’s cute topiaries of easter bunnies and eggs, and lots of Spring flowers!

-ballerina gypsy

Disney World! [Florida, USA]

April 13, 2012

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[photo taken from Bing. I have my own photos, but my family & I are in them, so I can’t post them here]

Now for the park that’s been literally dubbed: “The happiest place on earth!”

It’s been a while since I last went to Disney, but I still remember the magic! I was eight years old at the time, so my wanting to believe everything is probably the reason why I remember the magic. 

If you’re a lover of Disney movies, this is the place where you get to meet your heroes: Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Mickey. They all live here. I remember a show where they all performed in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Magical!

Get an autograph book because the actors (excuse me, I mean the real-life Disney characters) sign in their true characters’ script. The Disney princesses are really beautiful, the shows are spectacular.

The rides are also great. One that really stood out was The Haunted Mansion. All the ghosts are real!

Everything here is real. No actors or special effects allowed.

-ballerina gypsy 

Six Flags! [New Jersey, USA]

April 13, 2012

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I believe that Six Flags is truly the happiest place on Earth! 

If you’re not a fan of rollercoasters, Six Flags may not be the place for you. But don’t worry! If your kids/friends/colleagues are forcing you to visit, there are things that you can do! Take pictures with The Old Guy In Those Six Flags Commercials, Tweety Bird, Batman, Wonder Woman. There are also arcade/carnival games that you can do. There’s also a huge ferris wheel. Nice.

If you are a roller-coaster junkie like me, definitely go on the following: Skull Mountain (a roller-coaster in the dark!); Batman (it goes backwards, while your feet hang in the sky); Superman (fly!); El Toro (the fastest wooden roller coaster in the world, although some people note that this ride is quite dangerous, yet thrilling); Bizarro (you feel the heat of the flames as you pass them); Nitro (one of my favorites); and of course, the mother of all roller-coasters: Kingda Ka.

People are afraid of Kingda Ka, and I don’t blame them. I was scared shitless when my brother made me ride it. But it’s totally worth it! Believe me! They start you off (completely strapped in) and then slowly wheel you right in front of the giant drop. You’re just sitting there for about five minutes facing your fate, contemplating on the fact that maybe you should have gone bowling instead. Then you hear the engine hiss and suddenly you’re speeding off 128 miles per hour. As you’re ascending, you scream and inwardly curse out your friend who forced you to ride this thing, and as you’re on the summit, you suddenly hear silence–everyone is gasping at the beautiful sky directly above them, the parking lot and trees below them–until you’re dropped 418 feet. The brave ones put their hands up as they feel the wind against their face and that addictive feeling of falling. You go down a lower loop, but compared to what you just faced, it’s nothing. Before you know it, the ride is over. After waiting what feels like hours on the line, and 2 minutes on the ride itself, you realize: it was all worth it. 

-ballerina gypsy

P.S: I would avoid the dolphin/seal show they offer. Watch the documentary: “The Cove.” You’ll see what I mean.

 

  

 

Grand Canyon of the East! [New York, USA]

April 12, 2012

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My biology professor recommended his students to visit here: it’s a little hidden, unknown gem of the east coast! Located in Letchworth Park in upstate NY, the “Grand Canyon of the East” is pretty breathtaking with its deep mountains and numerous water falls.

I kind of felt like I was in Jurassic Park with its cloudy, misty skies, and deep terrains.

-ballerina gypsy

New York Botanical Gardens! [New York, USA]

April 12, 2012

This is the place in your head where you dreamed of holding your wedding.

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Flowers of all colors, smells, textures, greet you in this wonderful maze of nature located in The Bronx. There’s a place where your children can learn about science and nature, it’s the perfect place to take a stroll, and the conservatory has the best blooms! 

The dome houses the most spectacular vines, trees, flowers, plants. It’s utterly beautiful here. If you hate nature and wish to see the burning of the earth, spend a few minutes here, and you just might be turned.

-ballerina gypsy

The Body Exhibit! [New York, USA]

April 12, 2012

Attention all medical students, anatomy enthusiasts, and murderers! The Body Exhibit is the place to go!

The Body Exhibit in South Street Seaport, New York showcases real-life bodies preserved by removing the water and other fluids with acetone and plastics. You will truly learn the functioning of the human body and really see what it’s like inside of us. 

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(taken from Bing. This is one person’s body, it’s skeleton and tissues separated!)

You will see it all here in this beautifully crafted exhibition. They’re mostly male bodies, I must note. Some of them had their muscles cut up and split to show the dynamics of running. The one female body that I remember was holding open her torso to show her insides. And, not trying to sound immature, but breasts are disgusting. It’s basically just fat. There are also different organs on display, some of them organs with diseases, such as lungs of a smoker. Next to it there’s a bin where you can give up your cigarettes as a gesture to quit smoking, but when I looked closely at it, I realized people are cheaters as most of the boxes were empty. 

The most gruesome, yet fascinating, part of the exhibit (which you can skip and go around of if you’re too sensitive to the sights) is the fetus section. It’s basically babies in jars in a dark room. It was the coolest thing ever. You see every stage of a growing baby: from the fertilized egg, which is very small, to an unborn six month old baby. By a few weeks, you can see the baby with tiny fingers and eyes, it makes you think about abortion and such. 

There’s also a game you can play with your friend. You each sit at one end of a long table and wear this headband that’s suppose to record your brain waves. On the table is a metal ball. According to your brain waves, whoever is the least relaxed, and whoever the ball goes to, loses. It’s a game with the winner being the one who’s most relaxed (I won against my friend, but it was funny because looking at my brain waves, which sometimes drew out to a straight line, I looked brain dead).

I also highly recommend the Dialog in the Dark exhibit. You tour “New York” as a blind person. Smell, touch, sounds, all become important to you as you experience life with a tour guide who is actually blind.

So go out there, and explore your body! 

-ballerina gypsy