Hustle & Bustle of the City: A New York Travel Diary

So is a New York trip going to be an annual thing now? I’m down.

It was great to be back on the East Coast. About a year ago, I had my first trip to the Big Apple. Ever since, every trip back has been so refreshing. The first time I visited New York, I fell in love. Being born and raised in San Francisco, I’ve always been a city girl at heart. Big cities fascinate me and New York went high beyond my expectations. There’s just something so magical about it. Being the city that never sleeps, there is always somewhere to be and something to do all the time. You can never get bored! I admire the Big City so much that hopefully one day, I get to experience living there.

The warm, fuzzy feeling being in New York never goes away and I hope it stays that way. There is something about the grit and grace that inspires me to keep hustling and pursuing my passions. Every trip is a retreat for me that allows me to realign my energies. I miss it all the time and I can’t wait to be back.

This trip was special to me because this time around, I had the chance to travel with some of my closest friends. Our goal was to be complete tourists while also having the experience of regular normal day-to-day lives of New Yorkers. I wanted to revisit some places while also experiencing new wonders and eats. To sum up my past trip,  here is my NYC 2019 Photo Diary:

Day 1

Fly in! We made sure to dress comfy for our five-hour plane ride. Upon landing in New York, we traveled to our Airbnb and grabbed a delicious pizza slice. Our Airbnb was located in Brooklyn so we found a local pizzeria to try out for our first meal there. I am in love with white pizza so I always order it when I am here.

Brooklyn Homeslice located in Adelphi

Day 2

The adventure begins! Today was dedicated to checking out more of the tourist destinations in the city. Think — the 9/11 Memorial, Grand Central Station, Central Park. Of course, we started off the day with a Lox Bagel!

Day 3

We decided to take it easy today. After a long day of walking all around the city, we dedicated our second day to “treating ourselves.” From devouring a hearty brunch to finding gems in vintage thrift stores, we truly had the Brooklyn experience. If you’re looking for a place to thrift in New York, check Urban Jungle & Flamingoes. They offer a huge selection and their prices are quite a steal.

Day 3 definitely made my stomach happy because we had the best eats this day. Please, if you ever find yourself in the Chelsea Market, visit Very Fresh Noodles and order yourself a spicy, warm bowl of soup. I’m getting hungry just thinking about the delicious Taiwanese Beef Soup I ordered! Nonetheless, you can’t go wrong with a visit to the Chelsea Market. It’s like a #foodie galore. They offer an eclectic mix of eateries that for sure get 5-stars in my book.

Day 4

This was our last full day in the City. I had the chance to spend time with my Auntie around the DUMBO area of Brooklyn. We had an amazing Filipino Brunch and made me miss silogs from back home.

The main event of this day was definitely… WATCHING A SHOW ON BROADWAY! It was an amazing experience and definitely recommend everyone watching a show at least once in their life.

Day 5

Our final day in New York! To be honest, it was a lot of just packing up and heading out. We all ended up on separate flights, with mine departing at 3:30pm. To end the trip, I had my last NYC style pizza slice. Obviously, not pictured. It was definitely a long trip home but I’m glad I made it home in one piece.

There ya have it! My past trip to the East Coast was for sure something for the books.

Until next time, New York! I’ll see you again in June.


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