Feeling Nostalgic : Vintage New York City

Balancing work and school is never easy. Whoever said it is easy, boy that person must be a superman or something.

Anyway, just for the quick update. I was doing some school work earlier with Adobe Premiere Pro CC. We were color correcting some footage from the original color to the edited one. At first I was like “oh boy, it’s gonna be boring”. but then, i enjoyed it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

It’s only a minute video so I hope you guys enjoy it! Any feedback is appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚

I will try to write again a.s.a.p

Yours Truly ๐Ÿ™‚

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When In Doubt: Carvel

Spring time. Cool and warm weather at the same time. Everybody heads out to feel the sunlight. Days are getting longer. Well, not as long as the summer but it’s so much better than those dreary dark winter days.

The best way to celebrate? Ice cream! Without a doubt!

I love my sorbet from Ciao Bella, i love my ice cream from Haagen Dazs, Breyers, and Whole Foods, i love my mochi ice cream from several brands in the Asian supermarkets, but i am also open to try new brand for desserts.

Bf talked about Carvel. I wasย curious. I have heard about Carvel but haven’t really tried them out. I saw the ad on a newspaper and they have what every Nutella fan wanted to see and taste, Nutella ice cream and shakes!

Off we went to this Carvel located near Coney Island.

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My Nutella Shake. HEAVEN!

 

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Nutella Ice Cream

 

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Happy Face indeed!

 

I had the medium Nutella shake while boo had the regular Nutella ice cream.

How was it? It was so goodย I literally want to go to Carvel right now and have that Nutella shake.

They also have plenty of other selections if you are in the mood for something different. Just scroll down the pictures below and you will know what I meant. Anybody a fan of ice cream cake?

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They have Oreo rounders for those Oreo fans

 

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Baseball and Basketball fans would really appreciate this!

 

 

Carvel Ice Cream
Address: ย 2744 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235
Phone:ย (718) 934-8173
Nearest Transit: Sheepshead Bay B and Q trains. I saw couple of B buses stop by near Carvel however I am not a Brooklynites so please feel free to add more info regarding buses info that has bus stop nearby this Carvel.

Yours Truly ๐Ÿ™‚

My Opera at Met Opera review: Manon

Aside from musical theater performances like Broadway, I am also a fan of Opera. I do not have any particular favorites but if you ask me any favorite arias, then it would be Mozart’s Der Holle Rache followed by Puccini’s Un Bel Di Vedremo. I also like Puccini’s O Mio Babbino Caro but the latter seems so sad i feel like stop hearing it after just one session.

Don’t get me wrong, i still love Maria Callas.

anyway, on 3/28/15 i took boo to his first ever opera performance. Previously i have watched two operas but my first ever opera at the Met Opera (or Metropolitan opera) was this one with boo. So it was definitely an exciting moment yet i felt so happy because i finally crossed one of my bucket lists. Lol.

(yes after living for more than 4 years ; well opera show is not cheap)

The opera is Manon by Jules Massenet. For those who are not familiar, you can learn more here

I am not going to spill you the acts and the ending but one thing for sure: Ich liebe Diana! Manon is not your ordinary lovey dovey opera as it has great story and interesting characters. All i could say is: thank God i made the right decision to actually purchased the tickets for the last performance of the season.

And even boo enjoyed it as well!

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Definitely a great experience!

Prior to the show a week earlier, Diana Damrau herself had a CD signing event at the Met Opera shop and i was aware of that. However, due to an errand i needed to fulfill at my workplace i arrived there so late but she was still there taking picture and talking. I realized i only had like a mere one minute to simply talked to her so i just told her i loved her work and she replied back with a warm smile and thank you. Later on when i headed to the back of the shop, i accidentally bumped her and said sorry but she just casually said “no it’s ok”. I felt so funny afterwards. Nevertheless, she is a very down to earth person. I would love to work with her someday (heck, i even already had a dream she was lecturing me in one of the acts from an opera performance) even if it’s a non related to opera thingy.

Back to Manon, i gave my biggest thumbs up to whoever did the costumes and production design. Boo and i could not stop gazed in awes whenever the acts began. Like literally, the sets were just amazing. Of course there are couple of sequences that did not need any great touch up but my oh my — surely opera production is getting advanced each year! Oh, i do not think i need to criticize the performance. Everybody did splendid, not to mention Damrau as the flirty Manon and Vittorio Grigolo as the charming Des Grieux.

Oh Manon, i feel like i need more than one glass of Chardonnay that night! Je T’aime!

PS: opera production at The Metropolitan Opera varies each season calendar. I saw Manon this past March but that does not mean you could be seeing another production of Manon next summer with the same casts. Your best bet is to actually subscribe to Met Opera’s calendar catalog shows for latest performances.

PPS: our seats during the show were at the Grand Tier section which for us was definitely the best one as we could see the whole stage without any obstruction. It’s not the cheapest however it is still way better than the family circle section on the upper part of the seats. Orchestra level seats are also good but be careful because some seats in the back do not give the best view. If you can afford, the first ten rows of the orchestra seats are definitely awesome.

PPPS: dress your best! Not too formal like Oscar night but not too sloppy either. During intermission, you could walk outside the theater and see a lot of interesting audiences. I saw a handful of ladies dressed in ball gowns but mostly all the women (including me) dressed in cocktail dresses or business casual suits. Even tho the Met does not have any dress code but for an opera show, why wouldn’t you dress up ?! And FYI, the show is very on time meaning arrive early at least maximum 15 minutes before showtime otherwise they won’t let you in until another 3 minutes break or pause.

So what else are you waiting for? Get tickets for your favorite opera show and enjoy the rest of the evening humming the aria while sipping your favorite wine ๐Ÿ˜‰

Yours Truly ๐Ÿ™‚

When In Doubt: Woorijip

I feel like adding a new category regarding to my review about restaurant and stuff (excluding market because that whole thing is different) so I named it “When In Doubt”. Sounds cool, rite?

Anyhow, I cannot recall how many times I have been to this place called Woorijip in K-town. Introduced by a friend of mine many many years ago and instantly i got hooked. Woorijip offers fast, cheap, casual yet authentic Korean food without being too serious. Feels like actually dining at a small cafeteria in Seoul.

They open pretty early and also close pretty late. Sounds good to me! Although i am not a party person but living and working in New York City means 24/7 so if i feel like having a good dinner without banging my buck then does not matter if it’s 10PM or midnight, my craving for food has to be satisfied.

and Woorijip solves my problem.

back to Woorijip, they have what it’s called “pay per lb” hot and cold buffet currently as i ย am typing costs $7.99/lb. Oh yea, it’s not All You Can Eat buffet (non NYkers would prob think its ayce but in fact it’s not) so please don’t freak out if you take a lot of foods and ended up paying $20.99 LOL you maybe take too much food so choose wisely. Cold selection has salad, kimchi, kimbap, cold omelette, cold pajeon, seaweed, cold soba, and some more veggies. Hot selection has ddeokbokki, japchae, bulgogi, mackarel, pork, okonomiyaki, pajeon, fish, chicken, fried rice, and much more. Their menu varies every single day so be prepare to ย expect something different. Like last time i went there, i did not see soba and jjangmyeon sauce. Couple hours ago, i saw them at the buffet spot.

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Yummy yummy in my tummy

My meal selection for last night consists of: cold soba, okonomiyaki, crab pajeon (not shown), omelette (not shown), chinese broccoli, bok choy, jjangmyeon sauce, and jap chae. It costs me around $8.13 and i felt quite full afterwards. The soba was great, okonomiyaki, pajeon, and omelette were always good (standard), the japchae was delicious and by adding the jjangmyeon sauce it even added more oishii ness into it (ok enough Japanese here). The veggies were crisp and delightful. My bad, i forgot to take the kale and kimchi :p

oh yea, since i am a female and i am monitoring what i eat after 7 so this portion might be a bit small for some of you but yes do choose whatever your taste bud wants. This is just a reference.

Woorijip also has a lot of pre packaged hot meal like kimchi fried rice, chicken over rice (i recommend this one, soo good), seafood tofu stew, pajeon, cold salad pre packaged, cold entree that has rice, kimchi, an entree; also they have plenty selections of kimbap. For those who likes cold soju and beers, they would not need to worry as this place has liquors as well. Handful selections of sodas, teas, juicds, waters are also available too.

and do not worry, they are still affordable. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Woorijip

Address: 12 West 32nd St, New York, NY, 10001 between 5th and Broadway

Transit: 34ST Herald Square B-D-F-M-N-Q-R-PATH trains (closest), Q32 and M4 buses, also M2-M3-M5 buses on 5th av, 1-2-3 trains at Penn Station (a little bit of walk)

Yours Truly ๐Ÿ™‚

My Broadway show review: Jersey Boys

If you read my short bio at the about me section, you probably are aware that I am a musical theater fan. Any types of Broadway shows; be it something full of non stop music for two hours or something that has less music with lots of dialogues. For me, each Broadway show is unique. You cannot simply compare the magic of The Phantom of the Opera to let’s say Kinky Boots or Cabaret.

Fortunately, i am also an oldies music fan. So when boo said he wanted to take me to see Jersey Boys, well without any doubt: I AM IN! ๐Ÿ™‚

Off we went to August Wilson Theatre to see Jersey Boys.

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My pic collage with boo. Thanks boo for taking me ๐Ÿ™‚

Did we enjoy it? Hell, we LOVED it!

The show started at around 7.15 ish PM and ended at around 9.45 ish PM. Even though i was not really a fan of The Four Seasons but i grew up listening to some of their songs (thanks mom and pops) and my favorites were in the show as well. Sherry, Let’s hang on, and Can’t take my eyes off you — boy, i could listen to those over and over again.

Acting was superb, singing was more than superb, costume design was oh so gorgeous. Total package. Even for first timer who never hear of Frankie Valli and the Four seasons, they will surely be entertained.

If i have to put a critic, it would be the Let’s hang on part. Why, oh why, it was not a complete song?!? As a fan of let’s hang on (ok i am totally out of proportion lol) i felt a little bit disappointed. Nevertheless, i would not mind seeing Jersey Boys again and again!

Do see Jersey Boys! You will thank me later! Learn more here

PS: for those planning to take the little ones, profanity and languages might seem a little bit too harsh and some of the scene can be quite disturbing so i do not really recommend this to kids under 10.

PPS: because i love let’s hang on so if you bumped me at a nearby Barnes and noble music dvd section and catch me singing that tune, please say hello ๐Ÿ˜‰ or if you think i am nuts then just pretend i am not there lol.

Other than that, enjoy!

Yours Truly ๐Ÿ™‚