It can’t even be considered a getaway… because it wasn’t a short holiday. (2 weeks cannot quite be described with “short”)
Warning: Please pardon all the grammatical mistakes/typo errors! (There are 8361 words in this post!)
BUT ANYWAY WASSUP MAH HOMIES.
So I wanted to start this post when I was in Dubai’s airport because the plan was to rot there for 8 hours from the start, but other than playing Big 2 on my phone I have no idea what else I did. Other than walking around aimlessly (bura bura) and eating.
I think I might have drank 129872918321031 cups of Starbucks while I was at America for 2 weeks by the way ;)
I also have completely no idea how long I will take to finish this post so by the time you read it, you may be holding your grandchild in one hand while simultaneously drinking Kopi O. Let’s just hope efficient me will get trivial things like this done ASAP!!
A bit cranky now (or rather especially cranky since my body clock cannot be screwed up any further) so please pardon my ridiculousness. Oooh. (Edit: throughout the post my state of mind varies)
If I have to rate this trip upon 10 it’ll be 9.5!!!!
I really had a great time there and it was good escaping reality in Singapore.
I sound like a problematic and depressed child but thats not what I intended it to mean.
It was nice taking a breather from the hectic SG life (question is, what have I actually been doing before the USA trip) (the answer is nothing much) and being around people who didn’t know who I actually was so I could actually be all creepy and anti-social and all. =D (this is the creepiest face ever)
But there were really cute kids in my tour group and the tour guide + manager was a really funny guy who was really hardworking. You gotta admit even though he’s funny till borderline weird, he was not too bad. Hahaha.
Anyway let’s begin!
Oh yes and I classified everything so if you can’t be bothered to read Day 1: Airport because it sounds stupid and boring you can just skip to Day 2 (just a heads up – it really is) and yeah…. You get me. Alternatively if you think everything sounds lame you can scroll to the end of the post. Because it’ll be cool. ;)
And like I’ve mentioned before, moving memories are much better than pictures alone ;)
Here’s a compilation of all the video clips I took!
Hehehe. You can watch it while reading this :)
And I’m really sorry it was quite crappy editing because it’s done in a rush – some parts will no doubt give you a headache because of unstable camera + fast forwarded, so yeah… BUT SOME PARTS ARE WORTH THE PAIN I SWEAR (i.e. magic kingdom’s fireworks + night show)
Day 1: Airport
I wasn’t lying when I said this day was going to be stupid and boring hahahhahaha.
Anyway excited little me went to the airport with my family with our luggage which included a black one, a grey one, a pink one and a red one.
Guess which one was mine?
Nuh uh, it was the red one.
Why am I doing this?????
Okay so basically we ate Chinese food for dinner (fantastic choice really, given how we stuffed our faces with Western food [mostly] the next 12+ days) at Ah Wang’s cafe yada yada yada.
Because I literally have nothing to write I will give all of you a thorough movie review.
I think I watched 6 movies on the way there, including a shorter-than-an-hour transit at Dubai. We sat the emirates airlines and it was great. But the food was really bad. Really, really bad. Trust me even though I’m not a food critic.
Cant wait to start my movie review!
Rating them in terms of stars…
Okay to be fair I watched this when my eyes started to hurt and the audio sucked so bad for no reason but it was pretty lame as much as it was interesting.
Not Just Another Happy Ending:
To be fair again I watched this after I watched Austenland and this show was basically WHATTHEHECK so yeah.
Love in Time:
This one got a little more stars than the previous one on top because of Bosco and Stephy. But the ending was whattheheck so the whole show became whattheheck. I love spoiling things for people so basically the what-the-heck ending is after finally confessing to each other, while Bosco was running across the road to Stephy, he got knocked down by a van. What the heck. JUST WHAT THE HECK.
Now You See Me:
I love this movie so much I watched it again. Hahahaha. ‘Nuff said.
Teen Beach Movie:
Honestly it wasn’t THAT bad but it was quite ?!@?@?#?!@#?!!
Strongly not advisable to watch unless you have ample of time to kill.
Watched it again because it was awesome the first time.
(it’s really because of Fiona Sit and Sandra Ng and Teresa Mo and Ronald Cheng)
(the story can be said to be crappier than teen beach movie)
End of review!
I might have watched more movies but either they were too crappy to be remembered or too impressive.
This is the crappiest review one can ever find but it will have to do for now because I’m moving on to Day 2! :D
Day 2: Arrival in NYC + Philadelphia
So today we arrived in NYC and met the tour guide and the rest of the tour group!
Honestly nothing much happened today. We sat a long bus ride (I really cannot remember how long) from New York to Philadelphia and the view outside the bus window was something… new. And unimaginable.
New York was kinda dirty.
Hahahaha can you feel the drop in energy here? Honestly it was, but the buildings and everything still made NYC really cool and good to look at.
You know the feeling when something is good to look at and you can’t stop looking… yeah. That’s it.
On the way there we had a stopover and this was my first meal in America:
Not too unexpected eh?
At Philadelphia – with me taking a picture with nothing in particular.
The tour bus wasn’t even my group’s!!
This photo has won the lucky draw and is hence here. HAHAHAHA this was the place where the famous Liberty Bell stands strong.
It has a crack on it, but really what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
And believe it or not, that was all on the first day.
We had our first dinner at a Chinese restaurant and the food wasn’t too bad!
Bought 12 bottles of water thereafter and slept pretty early on the first official night in America :)
Really developed this good habit there of sleeping early and waking up early.
There wasn’t a night I stayed awake past midnight!
And because I didn’t have a choice, wake up calls were either 6.30 or 7. With the exception of one being 3.30am.
Surprisingly waking up at 6.30 or 7, which used to be (and still is) a horror, felt normal over there. Survived every single day without eventually morphing into a sleep-deprived zombie despite pretty early wake up calls. I do miss that feeling and I have no idea how it worked.
Okay just giving this a thought made the entire thing make sense.
Since bus rides were always long, I was always sleeping.
That explains it.
Day 3: Sightseeing in Washington DC + Shopping Part I
On this magical day, we went to the following places.
Let me just say it was quite a boring and unhappening day.
This is my sister and I sneaking around the back alley of the White House. Hahahaha. (I mean of course we couldn’t just strut into the White House and demand a photo with President Barack Obama. Speaking of which, when we visited, he was returning to the White House after his visit to South Africa – Nelson Mandela’s death. RIP Mr Mandela. He took his country from the extremes of apartheid to democracy.)
Jefferson Memorial. If you love my hair don’t speak.
George Washington Memorial which was under construction.
We also visited the Lincoln Memorial + Vietnam/Korean War Memorials!
See that sounded boring right.
Okay la I don’t know how to spice this day up a bit.
Thereafter, we made our who-knows-how-long ride to Lancaster’s Tanger Outlets. Basically things there were supposedly much cheaper and they had promotions/sales as well.
Plus the day we went was just a few days after crazy Black Friday…
Which also meant many things were gone. :’(
But Shopping Part I proved to be quite a disappointment but Woodbury Premium Outlets made it all up. More about that on Day 11. Thank you very much. :)
Day 4: Hershey's Chocolate World + Niagara Falls
Day 5: To Orlando and Beyond! (Not really) + Trashy Japanese Restaurant
Grand entrance! With my mum and me!
Hershey’s Chocolate World was a really cute place. We sat on a ride to find out how the chocolates were made and I felt 4 years old again.
I took plenty of videos during this little ride but because eventually my camera decided the memory space was full, I definitely prioritized Magic Kingdom’s Fireworks show over Hershey’s Chocolate World Tour. Just hear the sound of this.
And I didn’t even fully enjoy the Chocolate Ride because I was so distressed over how my camera kept losing focus. Artsy when its a once in a while kind of thing but terribly annoying when it just decides to go out of focus every few seconds. :(
Bought Hershey hoodies and shirts (most as gifts) there and my sister swept chocolates off the racks.
#RandomFactofMeoftheDay: I really don’t enjoy eating chocolate bars/candy in general. Chocolate-flavoured stuff are the best. Except for Pocky. I always thought Pocky tastes better in strawberry flavour.
On our drive to Buffalo, guess where we stopped over for lunch!!
HAHAHAHAHAHA. A place I have developed a love-hate relationship with over the years. It’s complicated. I haven’t always been lovin’ it. But I love it.
And interestingly enough, a 6-piece nugget meal (technically a normal adult meal in SG) was a “mighty kids meal” in the US. A normal adult meal consists of 10 nuggets. I was completely shocked.
And I missed my Iced Milo. Soda was basically everywhere along with coffee.
Being the caffeine-hating person I am, Diet Coke was the way to roll.
Another fact to share: US pumps more gas into their soda at fast-food restaurants, according to my sister. Yikes.
Moving on, we finally arrived at Niagara Falls! By the time we reached it was pitch black already but again, sun sets before 5. I think the drive was longer than 6 hours. I died on the bus. Mother nature didn’t even call for me. It was amazing.
Look at it! Look at just how pretty it looks!! The water was rushing furiously. I would state an analogy but that won’t be too pleasant.
Lights show on the American Falls!
The catch here is: see all the glitz and glamour in the photos?
That’s actually Canada’s side of the Niagara Falls – basically it’s bustling with life.
On the other hand, America’s side of the Niagara Falls is basically ulu and empty.
Heres the dilemma – if you’re at America’s side, the atmosphere sucks but photos are pretty.
If you’re at Canada’s side, you’ll be as excited as a kid getting candy but the photos you take will look quite… gross.
But Canada has a better view of the falls so I guess it makes up for it… in that sense.
Honestly I expected to see crazy falls, possibly something like this:
But reality hit me.
I’m still glad all the same though, being able to see ‘em Horseshoe Fall and all.
If I’m not wrong, later that night we went to a buffet place.
Fried Chicken there was ahhhhhh-mazing!!!
But other than that food was meh.
There was this machine with the label “Make your own dream dessert!” and next to it were plenty of toppings, from chocolate fudge to chocolate chips to cereal to other stuff that were deemed irrelevant already.
Look how it turned out!
Sorry it looked like a bite was taken out of it, because thats the truth.
After I tasted it, I found the need to bring out a key learning point that has been repeated to humans plenty of times: Looks can be deceiving.
It tasted horrible.
My dream dessert became a nightmare.
This poor day was spent wasted flying to Orlando.
We reached the airport mighty early and spent my hours rotting away because we had to arrive early. The flight was at 12+ if I am not wrong.
By the time we reached it was 3+, and by the time we settled down in the hotel it was almost 5.
So thereafter, we headed to a pretty close Japanese restaurant our tour guide recommended because WE HAD ENOUGH OF WESTERN FOOD.
This was me anticipating beautiful thick udon strands and fresh sushi rolls and beautiful gyoza (dumplings).
This was me after I took the first bite of my udon.
This was me after the dinner.
Tired us headed back to the hotel, desperately wanting to shower.
Oh yes, on a side note, weather in Orlando was much better than New York’s. It was basically 10+ or 20+ throughout the day.
Since everybody wanted to shower first, being the youngest, and living up to the Kong Rong Rang Li spirit, I xi1 sheng1 xiao3 (technically xiao2) wo3 and agreed to shower last.
AND GUESS WHAT there wasn’t water hahahahahaha. A quick call to the front desk brought us the fact that THE WATER SUPPLY WAS CUT OFF. Before I gloat, it was really a ?!@??@?!~@?@?$1289u313u2ejdi situation for a hotel to have its water supply cut off. It came back after 20 minutes… but damage done.
I ended up showering even later.
And sleeping later.
Karma is horrible.
Day 6: The Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow, Epcot
We had Thank God It’s Friday breakfast for the very first time – unbeknownst to us it’d be readily available for the next 500 days.
Anyway, Epcot – the first theme park of the trip!
To be honest, it doesn’t sound the most exciting. I mean listen to the name.
The Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (Epcot) compared to Magic Kingdom.
But really, it was quite a place to be in and I enjoyed myself a fair bit!
A tour group photo!
Epcot’s central icon – Spaceship Earth. (Took a really long time to build, 26 months I think)
Basically just like a Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle.
But I really affectionately call it the golf ball, and I believe I am not the only one!
With my sister!
First ride we took was Soarin’. Look at me pointing at the words, even though I really look like I am just about to knock a door.
Soarin’ was possibly the most must-go ride in the whole of Epcot and it was a really cute flight simulation attraction. It was supposed to be like a hang-glider as it brings “passengers” over many scenic places. Heck, there was even a pleasant smell one point in time. Because it possibly has the longest waiting time, it boasts “entertainment in queue” – while guests wait, they can play interactive games with their bodies. That just sounds completely wrong but basically based on your own hand actions you can either throw balls on the screen or do other stuff. I have no idea how to describe this.
It was over all too soon and it was completely fun – and non-scary. At all.
This is coming from a person who has a crazy fear of heights!
Then we went to the Finding Nemo and Friends ride and sat in little shells.
Sun was blazing hot!
As much as it was adorable, lets just say this ride’s target audience might be kids.
We ate lunch at a Chinese restaurant, because what else is interesting in Epcot was that it had attractions which were inspired from 12 different countries. Asian countries included China and Japan. What was more amazing was, they literally hired people from the specific country to work at that specific spot which featured a country. So Japanese worked at the Japan part of Epcot, Chinese/Hongkongers worked at China’s portion, Germans worked at Germany’s… you get it. It was really cool. Because we had enough of Western cuisine, we went to the Chinese restaurant hoping for the best. Food was really not too bad at all :)
We also sat on a cruise! Look at the sparkly waters :)
Then we moved on to a futuristic ride which involved time traveling. The cutest thing was towards the end of the ride, they made you answer a little survey and they made an animation with our faces on it (they made us take a photo at the beginning) based on our answers. You could choose to email yourself the adorable photos. Mine turned out scary. Not the slightest bit adorable.
And then we went for the last ride of the day – Ellen’s (DeGeneres) Energy Show. That ride was really, really long. I cannot remember how long exactly but 40+ minutes? We thought it’d be quite interesting since there was Ellen but uh… it went okay. Meh.
The sky was starting to turn dark and look at the amazing Christmas tree they had in Epcot :)
Then we decided to give Japanese dining a shot again even though the previous night’s Japanese dinner left a harrowing experience.
But the Japanese food we ate at Epcot was AMAZING. AWESOME. BEAUTIFUL. Ok not beautiful but you get it, all the positive words. :)
After dinner, we originally planned to watch Epcot’s fireworks but because we were all so tired, we didn’t stay till 9+ to enjoy it.
I didn’t get to see Frozen’s Elsa/Anna though, they were at Norway’s section of Epcot :(
That left quite a few regrets!
But night view of Epcot was equally, if not more, stunning.
It was getting more crowded towards the night, maybe because everyone wanted to catch the fireworks show!
And I’m not sure if it’s an everyday-occurence kinda thing, but I saw quite a handful of kids on leash.
Obviously it wanst as blatant – there wasn’t a chain around the neck (haha suddenly remembered the ribbon-around-neck story I showed some friends in class) but the kids were carrying a backpack with a long… string attached to it.
I’ll be pretty damn upset if my mum did that to me okay. All the kids I saw “on leash” didn’t seem to be as affected as I thought they would be.
It was pretty awkward to watch the whole family moving together on my part… Is this normal in the states?!
Fun fact: As I’m writing this, I’ve had 12 revisions so far!! (edited this post 12 times la basically)
Day 7: Magic Kingdom
After our THIRD T.G.I.F breakfast in a row, we headed to the Magic Kingdom.
BUT before that, we went back to our hotel room.
And we slid the hotel key into the slot.
AND NOTHING HAPPENED – no green light and we couldn’t open the door.
Not sure if the hotel has something against us or it just pales in comparison with the other hotels around, but it wasn’t cool hahaha.
Turns out the lock ran out of battery.
Anyway we headed to Magic Kingdom and the thing about this is that there is an area for vehicles to stop, and this had a common drop-off lot as Epcot’s. We had to take a little train (monorail) to Magic Kingdom.
And to say it was crowded is an understatement.
And to say it was breath-taking is also an understatement.
Classic Cinderella’s Castle ;)
Even at 9+ am, there was a long line of people queueing to board the train. (And I tell you it’s much worse at 10pm)
The first ride we took was Pirates of Caribbean’s!
Basically it was supposed to be a short ride with “small drops” – and after sitting Soarin’ the day before which had the same description, my family thought little of it.
I think I’m spoiling it if I blog it but heck hahahaha. At one point of the ride, we entered absolute darkness and there was a sudden downwards plunge (which came with water). Which was scary.
But at least we had a heads up because the people who were in the boat in front of us screamed like mad. So we knew something horrifying was going to happen!!
It was fun though – that unexpected drop :)
Next up, I tried my hardest to persuade my family to go for this roller coaster which was SUPPOSED to be kiddish. The description also wrote “small drops” and I really thought it’d be okay, even though I no longer love roller coasters.
Okay it’s really because I hate that rush of adrenaline and the HELP-IM-GONNA-DIE feeling that comes along with it – I HAVE DEVELOPED A FEAR. Apparently the small me loved thrilling rides. Let’s all bid goodbye to her.
But I think in society today, people often deliberately confuse the concept of hate and fear together.
Taking me for example, I think disgusting me told many (close) friends “I hate living things that can move except humans”.
I know deep down I actually fear animals.
I thought I overcame my fear of dogs many years ago when I was at my ahma’s house and my godmum made me stand in the middle of many relatives during CNY with her dog sniffing my leg. Thats actually really creepy when I put it like that.
I survived it (thank goodness for long pants) but throw in a few weeks, no. Just no.
And animals are scary.
OKAY ANYWAY BACK TO TOPIC
So when we reached the attraction I chickened out since my mum and sister had stood their ground – they’re not going to ride the high-speed roller coaster with dramatic turns and drops and tilting and all.
It sounded really scary when I read the warning sign outside so I decided it’s better not to.
But I had forced them to walk all the way to the ride so they wanted me to ride it and it’s time to “overcome my fears”.
So I did.
I went to queue for the freaking ride.
And throughout the time spent queueing I tell you, you have absolutely no idea how close I was to crapping my pants.
Mum managed to snap this picture of a smiling me. The roller coaster messed up my emotions. I was screaming one second and laughing one second.
You also have no idea how thankful I am the picture turned out REALLY blur.
Because as you can see my forehead is exposed for the world to see – no traces of any form of bangs left on my forehead.
Please do me a favour and do not attempt to zoom in.
Actually you’ll be doing yourself that favour.
And for the record – the “small drops” in this ride = LIES. LIES LIES LIES.
I almost died.
Next up, we moved to the Haunted Mansion and to our utmost delight, there wasn’t a queue AT ALL.
Neither was there the usual estimated waiting time – the ride was closed temporarily.
As we dejectedly left the place as slow as can be, looking for a potential place to have lunch, suddenly all hell was let loose and people were rushing back to queue for the ride.
And that included us after we literally froze for 10 seconds.
To be honest, the ride practically had nothing scary in it, not even any form of “small drops” (<- that’s actually a good thing) or thrilling factor, but it was pretty cool.
Especially when we were trapped in a room with an extendable ceiling in the beginning.
After the ride, we went for lunch at some seafood/chicken/sandwich place and the food was not too bad. I remember drinking chocolate milk and having the time of my life at Whatsapp talking to nocturnal people.
After that, we proceeded to Fantasyland for Peter Pan’s ride.
Which was as scary as Haunted Mansion’s.
And then we went to the Under The Sea ride.
Which was as scary as Peter Pan’s.
(They all weren’t. Kids were everywhere!!!)
(But then again kids tend to love roller coasters)
Then we moved on to Tomorrowland and we went on this amazing ride called Tomorrowland Speedway.
Basically we got to drive our own car and I fetched my mum around.
My screaming mum.
Roles reversed, except I don’t scream when my mum drives.
Gross picture, but look at how excited I was.
Everytime I bumped into something/went to the extreme side of the track, my mum would yell.
Which was almost every second I believe.
I love her.
Pretty pretty! I want a balloon.
That night’s dinner was special – only Starbucks!
(which we completely were unaware of)
But Starbucks is fine. It was great actually.
And the menu above is slightly different from SG’s.
Basically every single time I go to Starbucks, I only drink one drink – Chocolate Chip Cream without whipped cream.
(One of the things I am thankful for is the fact that I hate whipped cream)
And when people usually know of this fact, they’ll try to persuade me to try something new.
And half the time when I actually “try something new” it turns out to be one of the worst decisions of my life. Hahaha.
Because this “something new” will either make it or break it.
And I don’t understand why I have to sacrifice something I enjoy very much to try something else that can either potentially be as enjoyable or be absolutely horrible.
Anyway that evening we watched a parade (you can find this in the video) while eating awesome sandwiches from Starbucks.
Starbucks @ Disney Parks ;D
Beautiful at night as well!
Sneak preview of fireworks!! You watch the video down below ;)
We were literally like this before the fireworks (finally one Bitstrip comic that doesn’t show the bad side of my sister) (kidding, look at that ridiculous split she’s making)
We literally waited for 3 hours straight doing nothing at Magic Kingdom to wait for the (possibly) most amazing fireworks show I have ever watched.
If only the camera wouldn’t keep going out of focus which annoyed me till no end!!!!
Oh and I cannot believe I forgot to write about this section:
Got my caricature drawn by a really cool and nice guy called Victor.
I love this so much!! (My mum got him to draw a tiara and Rapunzel’s gown)
One of my favourite things from the trip!
And when I went back to the stall to collect it (we didn’t want to lug it around), I witnessed the first proposal I’ve ever watched in real life.
It was adorable :’)
This day ended way too quickly :(
Day 8: Island of Adventures
Had TGIF breakfast, as per normal!
(On this magical day my sister found the existence of a chocolate chip muffin in the breakfast buffet table. SECOND LAST TIME EATING BREAKFAST HERE AND IT WAS ONLY JUST DISCOVERED. It was filled with chocolate chips by the way THAT MUFFIN IS AMAZING)
Headed to Island of Adventures (10 minutes drive away, compared to the 20+ minutes drive to Epcot/Magic Kingdom!) ;D
This place was really adorable.
We didn’t take that many rides though, because a few involved getting wet (as seen in the video) and nuh uh, that’s uncool. (HAHAHA UNCOOL. GETTING COLD AND WET IS UNCOOL)
This is me being ridiculous.
This is my sister being my servant.
Started off the day in the land of the Dr Seuss dude. Never really fancied his work (they were a tad too creepy) but the rides were really cute. We sat on a train ride which kinda brought us around the theme park………. no not really. Possibly just around the whole Dr Seuss area.
Next up we moved on to a pretty exciting place: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
I mean this isn’t the real set since that one’s in the UK, but this one was pretty close in my opinion.
And to be honest I’ve never thoroughly enjoyed myself watching Harry Potter movies. Because to the young me, they were extremely scary.
So when I started to grow up a little and actually understand bits of the plot, some were left un-understood because when I was younger I didn’t really watch it. I was just looking at the screen, not knowing what on earth was happening.
My pretty swaggolo buffalo of a sister (pretty has double meaning here – which one do I mean? ;D) drinking Butterbeer. Which wasn’t too good in my opinion. (But I believe many people beg to differ)
The most exciting thing of the day was the Harry Potter ride – some Forbidden Journey thingum.
Basically the description (WHICH LIES, I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER) didn’t exactly quite describe the ride quite accurately.
It was one crazy intense ride.
And it left me with some potential blackmail material……….. ;)
But then again it really is a must-go.
It was awesome possum.
Even though I almost died. I believe it was a crazy roller coaster. It was high-speed, and it involved crazy dramatic actions.
Like one second we were flying downwards (or plunging) and the next we were lying on our backs, next we were sliding off to the right, then the left, then there was fire (fake la) and suddenly we were in the quidditch flying on broomsticks!!
It was a crazy ride indeed which was really scary. I could feel adrenaline rushing through me like mad.
And another cool part of this section of the theme park was the toilets – they had creepy soundtracks of Moaning Myrtle, well, moaning.
You know the toilet ghost in the Harry Potter series.
Creeped me out pretty badly the first time.
We had lunch in there as well, and we ordered too much for our own good.
Food was just like the usual, nothing special! (Unless you count Turkey Leg/a crazy splatter meal special… which I do) WHAT AM I SAYING?!
As much as the wizarding world was pretty amazing, I left feeling kinda disappointed.
I EXPECTED MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE
Afterwards, we proceeded to Marvel Land (superheroes) and we took the Amazing Spider-Man ride.
It was again one of those simulated rides where you wear 3D glasses and pretend you’re dying in whatever car you’re sitting in.
I enjoyed flying over buildings and roads as much as I felt giddy after 1 minute into the ride.
Marvel land was sadly quite a disappointment as well :’(
Then we went back to the Dr Seuss place to sit in the ride Cat in the Hat and it was one of the worst decisions of the day.
It just spun and spun and spun and my head almost got twisted off.
But it was cute all the same, when I could actually see what was happening.
Then because we didn’t sit anymore rides, we decided to call it a day around almost 3pm.
We had Starbucks again, but the Double Chocolaty Chip I ordered here was horrible. Almost tasteless and diluted!! AND VERY LITTLE CHOCOLATE CHIP BITS (which is the reason why I order the drink at Starbucks) (If possible I try to ask for more chocolate chip bits)
I think the girl hated my sister (since she made the order).
We walked around, shopped around a little and then went for dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp & Co.
We ate shrimp.
I mean I expected a greater variety of food, but yes, variety means steamed/fried/have bread crumbs/tempura-ish not shrimp/fish/chicken/pork/reindeer/etc. (before you go all upset on me for suggesting reindeer there – it exists okay. I’ve once been made to eat it when I was a small little kid at Finland. I regretted instantly.)
Bought some cute merchandize at their little shop and soon it was time to head back to the hotel!!
Where I watched The Heirs Ep. 19 with my momma ;D
Day 9: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA!!!!!!
(Update on chocolate chip muffin: we almost couldn’t find it for breakfast this morning, some sneaky thing hid in under all the blueberry ones. But we managed to dig two out for consumption. Thank goodness there were 2, if not I wouldn’t know what I’d do to my sister.)
Today was the “free day” of the trip – we could either go shopping or go to universal studios.
OBVIOUSLY UNIVERSAL STUDIOS (my sacrificial family)
This is possibly the most amazing place – because Despicable Me is in here!!!!!
If you know me you’ll probably know my love for minions (and Agnes) (then Edith) (then Gru-Margo-Lucy) and it was paradise.
Just let me act cute
Definitely not something to take a picture with on any other day BUT THIS DAY WAS NOT ANY OTHER DAY
We immediately went to queue for the Minion Mayhem ride, which already gathered many many people. (estimated 35 minutes waiting time)
Earlier on in the morning because of everyone’s complacence, we missed the first shuttle bus from our hotel to USF. But thank god the second bus came 20 minutes later!
And the ride was not a disappointment :) At all!
IN FACT IT WAS SO INCREDIBLY CUTE I DIDNT WANT TO LEAVE.
It was also a 3D ride la but basically it’s the most amazing ride I’ve ever sat in the past 3 days of theme parks.
Maybe because Im biased. Actually I think I am. I know I am.
Then I took a picture with Jerry the minion (it moves okay, not some cardboard thing like he looks in photos) (again everyone looks 2D) (what am I saying) and went on a crazy shopping spree at the shop.
BOUGHT SO!! MANY!! THINGS!!!!!!!
And as some of you may know, I got a pretty damn big minion (Christmas present) and I LOVE IT TO BITS.
Although I don’t really know what to do with it.
It isn’t really huggable because my hands can’t even wrap around it fully, but I still love it.
It’s guarding my bedroom door.
Another ridiculous photo which was quite embarrassing to take
Because my mum bought the crazy huge minion (to be shipped), we had VVIP treatment hahaha!
Because you know every theme park has the fast pass + normal queueing lanes?
A lady from the transformers part of the theme park brought us to the ride, straight through the normal + fast pass queue, even, and we immediately got to sit on the ride. By immediately I mean INSTANTLY. NO QUEUEING AT ALL.
It was quite a feeling.
I still can’t quite put it in words.
But you know it.
The feeling of being a VVIP.
The transformers ride was pretty much like the spider-man’s one – filled with effects like water, heat (“fire”), vibration when some stupid character jumped on the “car”… It was not too bad overall.
Next up we sat on a ridiculous E.T. bicycle ride (never quite liked him + his glowing finger) and we had to spend time crossing a fake immigration system to receive a fake card. ALL THAT TROUBLE FOR A CARD WE HAVE TO RETURN ANYWAY.
The woman even asked for our first name.
And why??? WHY DID YOU ASK FOR MY FIRST NAME FOR NOTHING?!!?!!?!?!?!?!
But anyway after that we went for lunch.
And I have no idea why – maybe its because its my last lunch in Orlando and its 10+ degrees celcius weather or maybe because its Universal Studios Orlando, BUT SIMPLY PUT IT WAS DELICIOUS.
Chicken fingers + fries
And then afterwards,we went to sit on a Simpsons ride, which left me feeling worse than the Cat in the Hat ride the day before. Because I was so full (the food was great, I ate a lot) and the ride included tilting, accelerating, dropping and craycray actions that I didn’t know were possible in a simulated ride (once more).
Then we went for the Shrek 4D ride (believe many people sat on this before!!) and ever since the first time I took it in Japan’s (?!) universal studios, I became consciously aware of the stupid string-like thing below the seat which basically tickles your feet when the spiders come out. I MADE SURE TO AVOID IT. I think I’ve taken the ride a few times before and after the first time when I felt the creepiest thing on my leg, whenever I sat on subsequent rides, I either put my leg up or just put a bag there to block the string from reaching my legs. Im cool.
After that we waited for the Despicable Me group parade (at 3pm) and I am so thankful to have been able to seen it!! If my mum didn’t ask anyone we would have left and flew to Hard Rock cafe already, but woohoo!!
Took photos with all the characters who were out except Vector!!
Please ignore my hair
Please ignore my hair again
I thoroughly enjoyed myself :))))))
We went to hard rock cafe afterwards and were running for our lives back so that we could take the 4.10pm shuttle bus back to our hotel.
If we missed that one, we’d have to wait till 6pm AND AINT NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT.
Had dinner at TGIF – because western food was starting to scare me once more I think I settled with soup. And stealing food from my mum and sis.
Tonight was a turning point or some sort – upset we couldn’t end the day as happy as can be, but I’m glad it has finally come to me to stop insisting on putting my hopes of the most ideal situation into real life because that is downright selfish. Whatever you do, I’ll support you. It’s high time I stop being delusional when things already aren’t going right.
I love my babies!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I sounded kinda cranky there but yes thats it for today!!
Day 10: Back to NYC + Shopping
Woke up at 3.30am to reach the airport to catch a 7am flight!!!!!!!
Ate burger king for breakfast and I’m loving those little hashbrowns 8)
Came back to a snowing New York and to say I was thrilled is an understatement.
And to say my sister was not the least bit thrilled is also an understatement.
It took 2 hours plus to reach Woodbury Premium Outlets because of the crazy traffic in New York and the snow made is much worse.
First time in the trip touching/stepping snow and being all creepy so I definitely had fun even though I was so close to freezing my butt off! Didn’t manage to throw snow at anyone though… I should have. But then again my sister was having a hard time since snow was falling on her eyebrows and making her look completely ridiculous. I’ll let that one go.
Pretty pretty pretty!!!! I loved it :)
It took so much to snap photos because my gloves weren’t the cool kind so I had to remove them and exposing my gross, dry fingers to the even colder gushing wind and snow, but it was worth it. Can you see the snow?! ARENT YOU EXCITED???
We ate at the same place for lunch and dinner – a Chinese food restaurant. Not sure if managed by Mainland Chinese or Hongkongers since he spoke Cantonese really fluently………. but the food was slightly better than average. Still slightly odd though.
Most exciting part of shopping was going to Aeropostale to buy Bethany Mota’s clothes!! If you don’t know who she is I’ll really be surprised!
PRETTY PRETTY PRETTY! My favourite has to be the grey sweater :D
Bought the besties shirts for YY and XY (I find the need to clarify they aren’t all for me) (I’m not that weird….. yet)
Best buy hahahaa!
The motavator shirt was a free shirt that came with ANY purchase :)
I should’ve bought them all separately so I could have gotten a lot more shirts. But then who would I even give them to?!
Shopped till we dropped and returned back to a pretty damn cool hotel :) At least much better than the one in Orlando!
Day 11: Sightseeing + Statue of Liberty Cruise + Fifth Avenue
Here’s a magical photo of my shoes.
HAHAHA basically we went to the U.S. custom house (old one), the famous charging bull (people were touching and taking pictures with the bull’s private part shamelessly because it is believed to bring good luck), Wall Street (which we were unable to get near because some sort of filming was going on), Trinity Church, Ground Zero (not really, apparently it doesn’t exist anymore)…
This is a picture of a building – not just any, though. During 911, the ashes which came from the WTC upon collision flew to the buildings around it and this happened to be one of them. :(
We managed to see the new World Trade Centre, still under construction though!
Tickets for the cruise.
Before you even wonder why the fingers look distorted, my mum wasn’t wearing her gloves properly hahahah.
Actually you probably didn’t even wonder.
Staute of Liberty in all her glory!
Did you know that the statue’s sculpture sculpted the face based on his mother, and the body based on his mistress?
With the best person in the world
Cruise wasn’t all that amazing because it was windy and hence VERY VERY COLD and we couldn’t take that many pictures without freezing and dying, so yeah… and I was getting motion sickness from all that rocking at the harbour!
Made our way to Times Square later on… and had a pretty damn amazing lunch. ;)
And along the way we saw so many fake-looking and creepy mascots. A few people dressed up as the Statue of Liberty, some as weird-looking Disney characters (Mickey & Minnie & Woody (?)), Mario, MINIONS (WHICH LOOKED DOWNRIGHT CREEPY), etc.
Then I saw this wrinkly old man wearing a Mickey suit taking a breather… basically the mickey head wasn’t attached properly so I could see his face. I was slightly traumatized because that really wasn’t what I was expecting. I can’t help wondering now, if a dude was in Agnes’ costume the day when I was at Universal Studios. It creeped me out. Just a bit though.
That day, we also went to Rockefeller!
Panoramic view of NYC was promised.
Indeed it was, but it was just a little… less beautiful than expected.
/takes a photo anyway/
Okay la, it wasn’t too bad, frankly speaking. But it wasn’t breath-taking either!!
I think I was expecting myself to hyperventilate.
After Rockefeller, the sun was starting to set.
AND HAVE I MENTIONED?? THERE WAS A GIGANTIC POSTER OF AMERICAN HUSTLE (JENNIFER LAWRENCE JENNIFER LAWRENCE JENNIFER LAWRENCE jeremy renner jeremy renner) HAHAHHA I got pretty dayum excited!!
We began our walking adventure to Urban Outfitters :’) :’) :’)
Bought a couple of stuff there whoop whoop!
We had to meet back with the tour group soon after and didn’t manage to grab dinner.
THE SKY WAS DARK AND IT WAS AS THOUGH THERE WERE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AROUND.
Okay to be fair it was a Sunday and most didn’t have to work.
Plus Christmas is coming.
So it’s cool.
BUT STILL you can’t walk in a straight line. Just two steps forward you’ll be jostled to the far side of the street and if you don’t cling on to somebody (preferably someone you know well) you’ll be a lone warrior.
Anyway have I mentioned we didn’t grab dinner? (We had Starbucks before that though yum yum)
Apparently we could order in Chinese food at the hotel.
PLOT TWIST: Chinese food caterer refuses to deliver (I mean I wouldnt either – it’s like cooking for 32+1 people immediately in the middle of the night, like 8+)
PLOT TWIST II: THERE WAS ANOTHER CHINESE FOOD RESTAURANT WHICH COULD DELIVER!!
PLOT TWIST III: OTHER THAN THE FORTUNE COOKIE, NOTHING ELSE WAS REALLY EDIBLE
PLOT TWIST IV: I DIED
PLOT TWIST V: I WOKE UP IN THE MORNING
Day 12: Last day in NYC :'(
It was truly upsetting and the day to leave has come :(
Really didn’t wanted to come home!!
Anyway that day we went to the United Nations headquarters to see the flags of all 100+ of the countries that were part of it but somehow they have all been taking down and it was a trip wasted!
We then had our last lunch in NYC in another Chinese restaurant, and it was not too bad but the serving was too little and it left us feeling un-full.
Thereafter, we continued our shopping spree and we crossed many streets (just like my family did for my trip to UO the night before) to reach Chrome Hearts for my sister and my greatest takeaway from the store is the AMAZING DARK CHOCOLATE, which came free.
I love it.
I LOVE IT I LOVE DARK CHOCOLATE.
After that we just went to random shops.
AND THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING CAME INTO SIGHT: a gigantic minion.
It was in a massive shop – maybe something like an Isetan, but a fancier name.
Inside there I found the giant nerds i’ve been wanting for ages.
Here’s a picture I ripped off some page online to show you guys.
I LOVE IT AS WELL.
(Random fact: I love miniature and SUPER BIG versions of things)
There were some minion merch available as well :’)
After a cup of Starbucks…
(my last one in US x( ) (AND YES IT WAS COLD, BUT I STILL DRANK A COLD DRINK ANYWAY) (DONT ASK WHY) (I DONT KNOW EITHER)
We went to Applebee’s for our dinner!!
LAST DINNER IN NYC (It was supposed to be a grilled chicken sandwich… but I took out the chicken because I didn’t need the bread)
Last photo I took of NYC before leaving for the airport :(
I miss New York and Orlando :’(
Day 13: CROSSING INTERNATIONAL DATE LINE
I wish I could say something like I felt like I was sucked in a time-machine-like object and I felt giddy and then suddenly a mysterious force pushes me into 18 December when I was just at 17 December a second ago…
Nothing happened here.
Day 14: ARRIVAL IN SG
I FELT MISERABLE
haha no actually it felt great to be back.
Hello to my fried fish bee hoon/laksa/roti prata/chicken rice/bed/sleep/bed/bed/bed/soft bed.
But anyway before arrival, because the Earth was now spinning in our favor, the flight felt shorter somehow (must be xin1 li3 zuo4 yong4) and I watched even more amazing movies.
Because my review for Day 1 was crap, I’ll try to put more effort into this one.
And not rate them based on stars on a night sky but the normal way.
I loved every second of it. Really! It was funny and it had a great ending. What more can I ask for? (and romance although that really wasn’t the main point)
Never thought I’d say this because I’m definitely not a Twilight/Stephanie Meyer’s fan, but this show didn’t turn out too bad!! The main girl was extremely pretty (me thinks) – she was from Lovely Bones as the victim but oh well. The only disturbing thing was how she kinda behaved intimately with two different dudes. No doubt she was supposed to have dual identities but I thought it was quite disturbing to watch. Upon seeing all those kissy-wissy stuff my mum decided to tune in herself. HAHAHA. I love her.
It was nice to watch ;) Happy ending-ish and romance and quite entertaining at some points!
This show was acted by Angelababy, Ke Zhen Dong, Donnie Yen, Michelle Chen (<- my new love) and a little bit of Bosco!
It really was cheesy and kinda gross and cliche, hence the appearance of the stars but actually it isn’t as bad as I put it to be.
I can’t even recognize Angelababy though!!
And this is one of my first times seeing Bosco act as the bad guy but honestly I don’t think he even appeared for more than 10 minutes in all.
Happy endings and funny (because it was ridiculous), and I also thought Michelle Chen was really pretty (she’s the na4 xie1 nian2 girl by the way) and it was half-weird to see Ke Zhen Dong and her acting in the same show again but they have different love interests and zero interaction because it’s supposedly two different stories.
Cant even see how they even remotely link, but oh well!
Grown Ups 2:
This show made me laugh like mad in the plane hahahahahahahahah I loved it a lot. Bumpty’s my favourite character. HAHAHA and his mum. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. Taylor Lautner was being a complete joke as well. Really loved every minute of this show even though some scenes were mildly disturbing.
Gui Lun Mei, Aaron Kwok, Zhang Zhen…!
Charlie Young (Yang Cai Ni)’s first shot at directing and this is the kinda show that leaves people thinking: was it a trashy show or was it a super deep show?!
The plot twist at the end was a bit too much though somehow predictable.
Gui Lun Mei’s acting was really impressive though :)
That’s it for this post.
I took almost a week to churn this out, so I’ll be grateful if you liked it.
And that includes you, sweet cheeks ;)
(HAHAHA THERE ISNT MUCH LEFT ANYWAY FOR MOST)
Okay I’ll stop behaving like a manic.
Just in case you forgot, there was a video for this post posted on top!!
(one of the reasons why this post was posted kinda late….)
SEE YOU ALL BABIES.
Hopefully December has been going awesome possum for you wonderful fellows!
And have a Merry Christmas to you and your family and loved ones (and me) :D
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