Howdies y’all! Just a quick update. Aslan and I are currently on our honeymoon.
We’ve thought very hard of which destination to go to and it was not easy. At first, we thought of going to Bora-Bora but after calculating flight and hotel cost, too expensive. To make things more complicated, the trip would only last less a week. Meh.
After endless research and budget proposals, we finally made up our mind…
We flew to Newark via Dublin, Ireland on United Airlines. At first, we were quite skeptical with most American airlines but after seven hours of flight, they are not that bad, almost like Malaysia Airlines. Our flight was uneventful and once we landed at Terminal 2 Newark, we didn’t have to go through any form of security because all that was done back in Dublin. It is our first time in the United States of America. American virgins! Hence, we do not know what to expect.
Why via Dublin? That was where Aslan’s family vacation ended. It saved us a lot of money rather than to fly from Asia, so we took that opportunity.
We bought return transfer from Newark to our hotel for about $18 per person on SuperShuttle. We had to wait a while for our pick up but since we were not in much of a rush, it was okay. We saved a lot of money using the shuttle. If we were to use the cab, it would have cost us around $80.
The journey from Newark to our hotel on Manhattan took about half an hour. I was beyond excited when we reached Lincoln Tunnel because I knew, the city is nearby!
Now, picking a hotel was not easy. Manhattan is a big island and so many interesting districts. In the end, we went for Staybridge Suites at Times Square. First of all, the location is just nice. Some may think it is a bit touristy but it is not that bad. It has a mini kitchen ensuite and that is very convenient. The package included daily breakfast and on some nights, complimentary dinner. Best thing about the hotel was we paid using points… In a way, almost free!
However, when we arrived, our room was not ready. Check in was at 4pm onwards. After storing our bags away, we went to get some lunch. We walked around and tried to familiarize ourselves with this part of the town. Honestly, we both still cannot believe the fact that we are in NYC! Always, always see it on tv, never dream of someday, we would be here. I must say though, being in NYC is more exciting that anywhere else I have ever been. They say Paris is magical, obviously they haven’t been to NYC. :P Then again, perhaps this is just naive me? Hahaha.
Honestly, we had absolutely no idea where to have lunch, we simply chose the first restaurant we came across with people lining up from the entrance. Snack Shake and boy, we did not regret that choice!
That satisfying lunch made our American dream sweeter. Hahaha. We had big smile on our face as we walked back to the hotel. Thank goodness, our room was ready. Before that, some photos of our comfortable room at Staybridge Suites. It was on the 23rd floor. I find the elevators in this building a bit dodgy but apart from that, no complains. They even provide complimentary laundry machine usage for the hotel guests. AHMAZING!
We didn’t spend long there as we got to go to the nearest station to Yankee Stadium at Bronx. Why? Aslan and I actually bought tickets to watch a baseball match between New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays! We paid $30 each for the seven days Metro pass and it took about 45 minutes to get to Yankee Stadium via 42nd St Bryant Park stop on the D train.
If we weren’t too sleepy or jet lagged, we would have stayed back till the game ended. We left at 930pm fearing the train would be packed and well, fatigue managed to win us over. It was disappointing we didn’t get to find out who won but what is the internet for right? Yankees won!
That is all for today, loves, will blog more soon! So very tired now and another long day tomorrow!
Lots of love,