These last two days have been lovely! Although they’ve been relatively low-key, I’ve once again fallen in love with the city even more than I thought I could. I know I would miss Seattle so much but the hustle and bustle of NYC is unlike anything else. (except maybe Shanghai, but my relationship with my parents’ hometown is a story for another time) Yesterday I visited the American Museum of Natural History, which I didn’t have much expectations about heading into it, but I’m glad I went although I’m gonna admit it wasn’t as amazing as the MET Museum by far. Since I’ve always been a fan of biology (that’s my backup plan if business doesn’t work out… fingers crossed), there was an exhibit on the origins of mankind that featured a section on disease that blew me away. With all the new technology that’s come to be, most diseases have been eradicated but certain parasitic diseases in places like Africa right now are still in existence. There was another exhibit on Theodore Roosevelt and his contributions to society. There was a speech-type of assignment in junior year IB History that I clearly remember called Chautauqua, when I was him. I recall researching a lot about him but was re-reminded yesterday how great he was. Something he stated once was “It is hard to fail but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. All daring and courage all iron endurance of misfortune make for a finer nobler type of manhood.” Yes, failing sucks and I learned that especially in junior year (a story for another time) but getting back up on your feet and becoming stronger and embracing change? That takes grit.
I learned more than anticipated yesterday and afterwards C’s family and I headed to SHAKE SHACK!! Soooo yum. I got the Veggie burger with mushroom (surprisingly tender and yummy), my mom got the smoked shack and my dad got the original shackburger and they actually liked the burgers too which goes to prove how good they are. (my parents aren’t the greatest fans of American food in general)
Which leads to another food story. We headed to Chinatown round two this morning since I really wanted to see my cousin D (I mentioned him a few posts down when I talked about The Lion King) and today was his only free day, so the first half of our day was really low-key and we chilled in a Shanghainese “small eats” (xiao chi) place. IT WAS AMAZING. We ordered enough food for 6-8 people since we’re really into food if you can’t tell haha and afterwards, I was stuffed. And couldn’t move. And swore I wouldn’t eat again for a day. But of course I always say that and my relationship with food is simply too strong.
We later met up with D at Penn Station (which is a really big train/subway station next to Madison Square Garden). D and I went to Macy’s where we went “shopping” aka going up and down the escalators aimlessly, laughing our heads off and having a great time. He was my best friend and companion for nearly a decade growing up and we had so many sleepovers, soccer camps, Chinese school, English lesson and he even went to my church a number of times. Basically the best person to grow up with. And I got to see him again today and it was so good. Whenever we’re together, we always manage to do nothing and have fun being in each other’s company. At Macy’s we ran into C which was pretty funny and a great coincidence. C was also in our English class so they sort of remember each other. Afterwards, D and my family went to a steakhouse nearby and I pigged out once again. Then we explored a bit at night and got lost walking 30 minutes to Times Square. It was super pretty! Times Square never fails to take my breath away. I know I say that every time, but I don’t think it ever will.
I’m headed back to Seatown tomorrow and less than excited. I’m getting used to this weather and yesterday, a sales rep at Walmart even said I sounded like a New Yorker… the conversation went something like this: Are you a local? / No I’m not haha / Well you sure talk like one and walk like one. WAIT WHAT… Such a compliment. New Yorkers can be pushy but they sure are assertive and a lot of them are very intelligent and put together. The West Coast will always be better in my opinion, but NYC is a special city.
See you on the West Coast!!