Friday, April 28, 2006

Day 2 & 3 of DC

The capitol up close

FBI police car! We actually wanted to have a tour inside the FBI building, but it was temporarily closed...the building is actually quite disappointingly boring though. pooh.

After ALL the walking, we had a rewarding dinner at Hard Rock Cafe...where Carol & I shared a legendary 101 burger, and I was SO full. Even Gabe & Ambrose were 'struggling' with their "pull-pork sandwich"...massive. Ugh. No more burgers for me for a while...

The Ben & Jerry's here are like USD5 for 2 tubs!! Cool stuff, we're even thinking of going to Vermont to check out the Ben & Jerry's factory in July/August...=)

The White House!! Actually that was kinda disappointing, cos we couldn't really get up close (which I guess is logical), and it looked so puny from far away...cos 1)we were really far away 2) the wings and neighbouring buildings like the Eisenhower Executive Office Building & the Dept of the Treasury were hidden behind trees. But yeah, ladies & gentlemen, THE WHITE HOUSE!

DAY 3 (today)
The washington monument...and just one of the many flags surrounding it. Wanted to go up, but when we got there, the tickets to go up were all sold out. And it was only 10plus in the morning! It's actually only 170m tall, but no other building in DC is allowed to be taller than the washington monument. So you can actually see the distinctive feature of the washington monument wherever you are...

The Lincoln Memorial, really beautiful from the outside with its Roman pillars. But seem pretty...hmm 'interesting' on closer look, cos after a seeing all these people who have monuments and huge memorials with their huge statues in memory of them, you get the feeling they are 'worshipped' to the certain extent, cos the awe created and magnitude of their name and honour is so great...

The Korean War memorial - "Our nation honours her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met."
"Freedom is not free."

As a cheap alternative, we had packed lunch on the lawn in between the lincoln memorial (in the backdrop) and the washington monument, along the reflecting pool...yummy.


The Thomas Jefferson Memorial...with an ugly scaffolding at the side =P He's most famously known as the author of the Declaration of American Independence.
Famous words: "I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."
I realise a lot of America's leaders are really really good orators...people just don't say things like this anymore.

Arlington Cemetary, which stretches for miles and miles! It's the burial grounds for veterans from every war...and burials are still ongoing.

JFK's burial ground, with his wife & children buried next to him...the fire will never burn out.

The sunset over the amphitheatre of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It's actually to comemorate the soldiers who were unidentified during the war...

Ok I realise my post is quite boring, but all the happening photos were not taken with my camera! there was this shot where we did an SMU jump in front of the washington memorial, where we all scrambled onto a cedar-looking tree (and nic took quite some time to come down from his perch haha) and this boyband-quality photo of all of us, looking seh. haha. Ah well, maybe next time when we consolidate our pictures.

And today, my goodness. It hasn't been a week since we left Singapore, but the guys are like really craving for Chinese food, and all the mouth-watering local delights back bahkuteh, timsum, spicy laksa...hmmmm ok i'm making myself feel hungry right now! I'm sick of burgers already, but let's hope I don't get sick of Italian food just yet =)

Next stop (tomorrow): Georgetown University!

I've got feet muscles

It's been a crazy past few days just walking and walking and walking! But that's the best way to see NY & DC! Found out what DC stands for - District of Columbia. Haha never really thought abt it actually...ah well, you learn smtg new everyday.

had a good breakfast prepared by claire before heading out to meet the guys at smithsonian station.

Smithsonian Castle, redecorated inside as an information center...dedicated to the guy who poured in so much to make the musuems so filled, wonderful and accessible (all of them are free) in the name of expanding knowledge! His remains and things are kept and displayed inside...

Visited the American Natural History Museum, was pretty big! Had loads of stuff, from fossils, to gems & minerals.
This is the HOPE diamond, kinda looks like the one in titanic. They traced it's beginnings from the 1600s, and they claim it's the flawless diamond that ever existed...and it's ALMOST the size of my fist! Brenda, Tiffany's is NOTHING compared to this ;)

Met Juline for lunch!! It's been EONS since I last saw ironic, I come here, and she's going back for the summer hols -_- Oh well, at least I get to see her campus & her dorm this coming Fri! =D We're standing in front one of many sculptures in the gardens.

Uhh...bush 'supporters'.

In front of the capitol building...oops we're kinda blocking it!

Too tired & sleepy, will post again another time

Thursday, April 27, 2006

I'm in Washington DC! Ok, not exactly, but near it...on the outskirts, in Maryland. (FYI: Where Josh Harris' church is! Heh) Staying with Claire & Eugene, really nice place and people, feeling extremely blessed!

My feet are still aching from the past few days in NY, so much things to see and do, with so little time! But I defintely want to come back to Manhatten's just so exciting! Everyday there'll random people screaming and shouting in the street, the taxi drivers here should have their licenses revoked, the air here is crisp and nice, every corner wouls seem like the world's tallest skyscraper ever,'s New York! =) It's like the word's capital...can relate to it because so many tv shows and financial hubs are based here.

SO, here are some highlights!

All packed, and uhh...not ready to go

The American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum, more commonly known as the "Met". It's HUGE! This museum holds thousands of artefacts, paintings, mummies, armours, antiques, name it! It's pretty amazing, spent a bulk of our day just walking and walking, and in every turn we took, we found ourselves in a different room.

This is Time Square...the heart of Manhatten! Watched "The Producers" on Broadway, it was waaayyyy cool. really awesome! Was actually just as good, if not even better than the movie itself! They really went all out for THAT'S what I call a Broadway show =) AAaand they had a regular-sized ferris wheel in Toy 'R Us! So happening right...and they had a naked cowboy feature. Where this guy, just dressed in his briefs, boots cowboy hat and guitar would sing the naked cowboy song. And he's in the NYC Guide, can u believe it?

The funny things you see on the streets of New York...

Grand Central Terminal...apparently has good cheesecake too, but didn't manage to try it. Next time =)

There she is! The statue of liberty. Took a ferry to Staten Island (instead of to the statue itself...cos it's free heh) and managed to see her "in person" =) Gabe cried when he saw it...almost.

This is a monument that was near the site of the World Trade Center, it was relocated to the Bowling Green for visitors to see. You can still see the damage and impact that was created...

This is the charging bull at the famous Wall bring good luck to the stock market!...I think.

George Washington...facing the JP Morgan house.

The New York Stock Exchange! The capital of THE WORLD...seriously, if anything bad happened here, all the stock markets in the world would crash. The humongous flag was actually only put up recently after the 9/11 attacks...I guess a symbol of pride for the Americans.

Ground Zero. Ok not really ground zero anymore because they have started building a memorial. because NYC is so full of buildings and skyscrapers at every turn, a massive plot of empty space was quite a difference, and the mood and atmosphere was pretty somber. After watching all that happened on TV, you could imagine what had taken place there...was a pretty heavy feeling.

Random. Haha.

Mouth-watering spicy lunch with the gang at Nyona in Chinatown!

The breath-taking view at the top of the Empire State Building! Was magnificent...took almost a 30min wait to get to the top, but it was worth it.

Phew! Didn't know maintaing a blog was so time-consuming and difficult.

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Monday, April 17, 2006

This is my going-away gift to you =D

because i can't send you off. =(
I even set it to the US time frame for u.. *preens*