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I have been watching inspirational videos -mainly about photography and videography. Sean Tucker gives excellent personal videos about his experiences. Let me share you his words:

“When you take that leap and it’s not springtime and sunshine and flowers straight off the bat, that you won’t quit straight away, that you will keep pushing and that it’s normal. You’re going to have to push through. You have to push through the winter for a little bit. If you’re thinking of taking that leap, calibrate your expectations so you don’t just throw in the towel when the universe does not gift you with instant success.”

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“Just remember if progress feels slow, it only means you’re normal. It’s slow for most of us. Learn from rejection. Make mistakes. Just make different mistakes every time. Experiment because it’s the only way you’re going to learn.”

“You will start in winter because all change does. But springtime will come you just have to ride it out until the seasons change.”

The Big Apple: NYC

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It’s a crisp fall morning, I’m drinking my lukewarm coffee that I had reheated 3 times. Hot, cold, or lukewarm I’ll drink it. I’m finishing this blog entry.

This post is about the time I became a personal tour guide. Haha! …of my friends from Abu Dhabi, UAE. I already referred to them as “my friends” even though it was only our first meeting. They are my boyfriend’s friends. Let me digress for a second, when I first became a tourist of my own city, the first time I wandered around the Concrete Jungle, I instantly wanted to become a tour guide. You know, that person on a double decker bus with a mic. The bus that goes around the Big Apple. It’s still a dream of mine. I’d do it even just for a day. ūüôā

First stop, the ever so lively Times Square. Loud and bright as always.

imageI made them walk 8 blocks from Penn Station to see the place where thousands of people gather on New Year’s eve to witness the ball drop.

LOVE sign on 56th Street

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I’m actually grinning because they dont know that I purposely didn’t let us hop on any Subways (sorry, guys, but now you know. Haha). The plan was to show them Midtown Manhattan and make our way to the Upper East/West side and stroll the famous park placed in the middle of a city.

Central Park

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Bethesda

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imageI prefer this Observation Deck of NBC. It gives a better view of the skyline than the Empire State’s observatory. At least being on the Top of the Rock can give you the Empire State Building as a background.

imageAfter having dinner at Bonchon, we grabbed some desserts from Wafels and Dinges. One of my favorite desserts. My visitors gave it a thumbs up.

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I’m about to run out of words. I’ll probably just post photos with a caption. Haha! I was supposed to go to Niagara Falls with them but I couldn’t since I go to school. It would have been my first time too. They went over the weekend and I didn’t see them until the following week. On our next meet up we were joined by another member of their little group. A day with a never ending pouring of rain. I told them to meet me at Bowling Green since they were around Battery Park from seeing Lady Liberty.

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imageI was dressed appropriately for the weather but they weren’t. We found a Starbucks nearby and waited for the rain to stop. We had coffee while waiting for their clothes and shoes to dry.

We were thankful that the following day was dryer and warmer. Took a trip to the Brooklyn Bridge.

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I promised Kelvin that I will take him to the Highline. It was his and Adora’s last night in New York. After shopping at Uniqlo in SoHo, we took the subway to see the old train tracks that turned into a park. I was hesitant to do the trip at first because we had been walking the whole day but they said to make the most out of it. I hope we also saw the Highline during the day.

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image// ishael

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Fall Fun

It has been six months since the last time I saw my best friend – on her wedding day. I went to see her yesterday and stayed for the night. She slept in the guest room with me. Haha! thanks Blessing. Two of my closest friends are now married. I have to admit that I had a hard time adjusting with the change. We all went to college together. Ten years later, here we are now, Jaytee has now a baby boy and Blessing is doing well with Ken. Seeing them at this point in their lives makes me very grateful. The Lord has been gracious to our friendship. And to be present at both weddings – a bride’s maid and a maid of honor – I’m overjoyed.

Bless and I went pumpkin picking and later carved the pumpkins with her friend who joined also joined us for dinner. We saved the seeds to roast. I didn’t lose a finger. I was supposed to carve Ralph’s face but I opted out. Haha I chose the little fella called the minion. Tinker Bell was beautifully done by Joselhin. Blessing created Mr. Owl. So much arm strength needed to make these. We were pleased with our crafts.

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// ishael

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