Empire State of Mind Day One

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…

 

NEW YORK CITY!

NEW YORK CITY!

 

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.

 

United Airlines metal bird at Dublin International Airport

United Airlines metal bird at Dublin International Airport

Lunch on board

Lunch on board

 

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.

SuperShuttle

SuperShuttle is like van sapu lah.

 

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!

 

Lincoln Tunnel

Lincoln Tunnel

Lincoln Tunnel

Almost thereeeee…

Our first view of Manhattan city!

Our first view of Manhattan city!

 

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!

 

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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.

The New York Times building near just a block away.

The New York Times building near just a block away.

Chrysler building peeking at us

Chrysler building peeking at us

 

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!

 

The amount of people wanting to eat here is overwhelming!

The amount of people wanting to eat here is overwhelming!

Snack Shake!

Snack Shake!

Ditto.

Ditto.

Lunch: Veggie burger for me and the Shake burger for Aslan

Lunch: Veggie burger for me and the Shake burger for Aslan and Cheese fries for sharing!

Absolutely delish burger, mozzarella in the middle of the vegetable patty!

Absolutely delish burger, mozzarella in the middle of the vegetable patty!

 

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!

 

The bed

The bed

The entrance and mini kitchen, to the right is the wardrobe area.

The entrance and mini kitchen, to the right is the wardrobe area.

Bathroom

Bathroom

View from the window

View from the window

 

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.

 

Waiting for the train. Initially, we were quite nervous but using the subway in NY is almost like London underground, except more humid. Overall, it was pleasant. But that doesn't mean we weren't careful.

Waiting for the train. Initially, we were quite nervous but using the subway in NY is almost like London underground, except more humid. Overall, it was pleasant. But that doesn’t mean we weren’t careful.

Yankee Stadium at Bronx!

Yankee Stadium at Bronx!

Picking up our tickets

Picking up our tickets

We bought these babies a few months ago! And guess what? We got free t-shirt!

We bought these babies a few months ago! And guess what? We got free t-shirt!

Posing with my oversize free t-shirt. Haha.

Posing with my oversize free t-shirt. Haha.

First ball game and very clueless, should have walked around more coz the ballgame didn't start for another hour.

First ball game and very clueless, should have walked around more coz the ballgame didn’t start for another hour.

Toronto Blue Jays were practicing on the ground. It is very hard to play an away game. Poor guys were prone to be booed by the hardcore Yankee fans

Toronto Blue Jays were practicing on the ground. It is very hard to play an away game. Poor guys were prone to be booed by the hardcore Yankee fans

This warning is completely true. Can't recall how many times Aslan and I almost dozed off and increase our chances of being hit by a ball. Phew.

This warning is completely true. Can’t recall how many times Aslan and I almost dozed off and increase our chances of being hit by a ball. Phew.

The trying really hard to keep awake face. After the seven hours flight and strange timing (NYC is 12 hours behind Malaysia, 5 hours behind London)

The trying really hard to keep awake face. After the seven hours flight and strange timing (NYC is 12 hours behind Malaysia, 5 hours behind London)

We managed to witness Ichiro Suzuki's career hits of 4000!

We managed to witness Ichiro Suzuki’s career hits of 4000!

The man himself in action. A very good player, even with our non-existence knowledge in baseball, we could tell he is epic.

The man himself in action. A very good player, even with our non-existence knowledge in baseball, we could tell he is epic.

Game in session...

Game in session…

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,
E.

 

Lunch at The Two Fat Ladies

Hello loves! How are you? I hope you are in the best of health. Just three days ago I renewed my domain and it made me realized how much I have missed blogging. To make up for all the dollars I paid for this blog, I promised myself I must blog daily. Anyway, I am in Glasgow, Scotland now with my husband (Still not used to referring Aslan as my husband. The other day I said boyfriend to the immigration officer… Hahaha) on our honeymoon!

Our stay in Glasgow this time is very short, about four days. Since we’ve done the must do eat list, we decided to try a new restaurant and well, the mighty Google said I must try The Two Fat Ladies at Bath Lane.

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I’d strongly advise for you to make a booking in order to dine here, it can get quite busy. The place is quaint and the deco is simple. We got a booth at the far end.

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Their speciality is Scottish seafood and well, since I am a big fish fan, this is definitely the place for me. We made a booking for two at 1pm and the walk from our hotel at Renfrew Street to Bath Lane is a nice leisurely stroll, especially in this cold summer (A friend quoted, “Summer is like an old man on viagra… He never comes!”) ANYHOW… We located the restaurant easily and decided to order one entree each and share the main course and dessert.

Before our starter was served, the waiter offered us some bread. Mmm… The simple pleasures of life.

Who doesn't love bread? Mmm...

Who doesn’t love bread? Mmm…

I was tempted to savor my bread generously buttered but I decided to wait for my starter, the traditional Scottish favorite, Cullen Skink £5.95

Cullen Skink: Basically smoked Haddock in creamy soup with potatoes

Cullen Skink: Basically smoked Haddock in creamy soup with potatoes

Since my first trip to Scotland in 2010, I’ve tasted many versions of this dish. It is quite impossible to justify the definition of a cullen skink as some restaurants make it creamy, slightly sweet etc. The Two Fat Ladies version is the first non creamy I ever tasted. However, it is still hearty in taste and flavorful thanks to the smoked Haddock.

Aslan on the other hand, ordered the Tomato and Mozarella salad £6.95

What can go wrong with such simple but delish dish?

What can go wrong with such simple but delish dish?

As for our main course, we chose the The Fat’s Fish Platter £19.95

The Fat's Fish Platter

The Fat’s Fish Platter: Sea bream (Left), Unknown fish (Middle) and Smoked Mackerel (Right)

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Vegetables and Potatoes

Yours truly before devouring the fish platter...

Yours truly before devouring the fish platter…

Aslan and I really enjoyed the main course. I personally like the unknown fish in the middle. The waiter did mention what fish it was but I never caught it. Haha. I just love the simplicity of how the fishes were cooked and yet, the taste was so refined.

Luckily, we shared dessert because the portion was quite generous. Sticky toffee pudding with creme anglaise  £6.50

Sticky Toffee Pudding with Creme Anglaise

Heaven on a plate!

Complete JOY. This is such a simple dessert and yet, so divine! Even Aslan, who don’t really takes toffee, enjoyed this dish to bits. Excellent!

Latte with complimentary Jack's tablet

Latte with complimentary Jack’s tablet

I must say, because of our dining experience here, Aslan and I look forward to try more new restaurants in Glasgow. We’ve been cooped up in our comfort zone for too long. Hehehe.

That’s all for today, loves, blog more soon!

Love,
E.