Tuesday 15 October 2013

Hello, New York!

Featured city of the day - NEW YORK CITY! 

Many big films have been shot in this city before and it was a great privilege for me to step foot on this city.

Unlike the different cities I've been to in the states, New York is indeed a big apple! It's always crowded and walls are decorated with street arts - Pretty much the stuff you can think of in a typical hollywood film!

This is one of my favourite picture - Top of the Rock. The view is simply magnificent!!

MOMA - The Museum of Modern Art. If you're an art junkie, this is one place you never want to miss!

Train Station

World Trade Center Boundaries

An event that changes American's History

The new facade

Street photography - flowers that instantly brighten one's day!

One of the more popular cruise that most tourists take - Circle line

The weather wasn't helping though!

Statue of Liberty

- After rain - 

One of my favourite places in NYC got to be Grand Central Park, it is so beautiful and therapeutic! A great place for families and friends to hang out! 

An evening night stroll would be perfect :)

Tourists watching some street performances going on while I immerse myself with the architectures here in Grand Central Station

Famous eatery outlet - Shake Shack!!! I've long heard about it before I even arrive in NYC. It's really good, another "must-try"!!

Street Photography/ Arts in NYC

So here's some places you can explore while in NYC, wherever it is, make every minute count!

The author is a graduate of UNLV and this article is written specially for NATAS.

Wednesday 2 October 2013

Weekend Getaway - Bintan

Working life is so hectic in Singapore, finally its time for a short getaway to Bintan – Tanjung Pinang. This trip was also to celebrate someone’s birthday. J


Ferry to Bintan

The stark difference between this trip and trips to the Bintan resorts is that we will get to experience and explore the city life of Tanjung Pinang in Bintan! And off we go for the city tour…

Local Food Products

More food…

Most of the locals travel via foot or scooters/bikes. It was mentioned that a driving license can be obtained by the locals aged as young as 16.


And we arrived at our next destination, Maitri Graha, a Chinese temple that housed the tallest Goddess Guanyin in Bintan, towering at 16 meters.

Next up, lunch!
Mini shopping at the local shop. There were many handicrafts for sale.
After lunch, we went for a traditional massage at the local vicinity. The experience was different from the massages you get at the resorts. It was a refreshing and brand new experience for us. Following which, we checked in at our accommodation, Aston Hotel, and unpacked. We were all eagerly awaiting for our seaside seafood dinner in the evening.

And back we go to the hotel after dinner. Not forgetting, a photo of my tour group!

Good morning Bintan! Day 2 here we go.

Breakfast at the hotel

Focusing a little bit on the hotel where we reside in, it is located in the city center, unlike the resorts in Bintan. In contrast with Singapore, they allowed smoking in the hotel general areas, which is something that smokers will love. The staff there were well mannered and diligent, what they lack of in lingual skills, they replaced with excellent service attitude and manners. Now let us take a quick peek at the hotel…

And before leaving the hotel, some roadside delicacies!
And lastly, home sweet home!


Sayonara Bintan, Hello Singapore.
Photo Credits:
© hayatehong