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A Malaysian In New York City

New York City’s Famous Skyline



silhouettes-of-new-york-city_23-2147517910A Malaysian in New York City What else can I say about this ultra-famous city?. I’ve only visited this city once and this was about three years back when I was on a cruiseship circumventing the United States from the Carribbean. When the cruiseship docked in New York it must have been around 8am in the morning and it took quite a while before we all managed to debark. I believe we did dock at the Manhattan cruise terminal as you can see at the map. Go here to find out more about New York City.

The various NYC Cruise Terminals. The one we docked at was the Manhattan Cruise Terminal (see map)
Inside Manhattan Cruise Terminal New York
Manhattan Cruise Terminal

1024px-Alfie,_comic_cutie_with_big_green_eyes,_help_someone_smileIt was actually must faster than I had initially expected to whiz through the cruise terminal inspection process for all disembarking passengers even though it was for only a few hours. Its a real pity we didnt stay longer docked. Ahh well…:-))

The huge stretch of cruiseship docks!


1dc3ab2f0df841caf20cd1985d4843feNow swing your booty!?. Lets get in the mood?. This is what the United States is all about especially New York! Remember all those 1930, 1940 and 1950 dance halls in the city (thats if youre a dance hall/ballroom dance freak?. I am!). Nothing beats the good ole’ ballroom dance swing moves!?. Below are some more videos that depict what New York City is all about – plus all the photos that I shot when there about three years ago via a Holland America Line cruiseship. A what a voyage that was slowly sailing into New York City!!


Here are some fabulous shots of New York City I took…and boy was it a hot steamy morning which only got hotter as the day went on….almost as hot as Malaysia! Some Americans/Tourists with shirts and tops off…and it was a great sight to see so many Americans so happy with such weather, which must be heaven-sent since NYC also gets the worse of it when it comes to the snowy winters and the cold autumns. All this photos were shot over a period of three hours whilst I strolled down the side-streets of Manhattan and Times Square, and experience I will never forget!. If this is youre first time to the United States especially New York City, being an Asian/Malaysian, you very might well experience a serious attack of “Culture Shock”!!. Enjoy these photos……sometimes I wish I was standing there all over again?!!. Without much more ado…lets get on with the photos…..

A huge cinema signboard – at the time, this movie was showing in NYC!
Just off Times Square
Round and about Times Square district
How else am I to prove I was at Times Square?!!
Looking down one of those main streets from Times Square
42nd Street Station (Metro)
Very colourful, full of adverts all around Times Square
An equal amount of Americans alongwith Tourists from the cruiseship enjoying the morning sun
Fashion Walk Of Fame, Times Square


American legendary composer, George Gershwin’s “An American In Paris”


1024px-Alfie,_comic_cutie_with_big_green_eyes,_help_someone_smileHow else but to post a wonderful interpretation of George Gerwshin’s “An American In Paris” (above) – so American in style, mood, culture and very much in my opinion depicting whats like to be an American in a foreign city, very much the same feeling I had being a “A Malaysian In New York City“!. 


Here goes – more photos I shot of this amazing city – Times Square district and more!!!

Where else but NYC’s Central Park!!!
Hard Rock Cafe is it?. I only read Hard Rock. How about you?
Can hardly see the sky what with all it’s skyscrapers!!?
Such blue sky!! Amazing beautiful warm sunny day!


CA Ballroom 013This is what I love so much about America, the UK and Europe – they do what needs to be done whilst keeping it entertaining…wish we as Asians particularly in my country of Malaysia would do the same – where we seem so reserved, up-tight and cloistered in so many ways. They hang loose which is so cool!!! Have fun I say!!


Makes me feel looking at this photo that I’m still there!
Aha!…Broadway! Where else?
What a sparkling entrance to what seemed to be some sorta office block! Love the number dont you?
Peeking down one of the side-streets just off Times Square
Looking across the sidewalk from Broadway across to the other side
Closer to across the street from the sidewalk at Broadway
One thing I luv about NYC, is the array of signboards/adverts. This is Walgreens, one of the most well known supermarts selling everything you could wish for
Seems that there are some minor road-works going on?
The parameter around Times Square
Aiyoh! Not another MacDonalds?!
Nothing compares to New York’s skyline!!
This was probably shot around 11am in the morning and the traffic seems to be building up by now…usual for any major city!
Is that a Harry Potter movie poster I see to the right?
One of the other side-streets just outside the Times Square parameter


Now a video I came across – a Night Tour of Times Square….yuhoo!!! Its a real shame I had to leave on the cruiseship well before

Night Tour of Times Square

Here’s another video I cam across of “Walking down Times Square”. Unfourtunately the two videos I shot when there have kinda vanished..but listen up, if I do locate them or at least one of dem, I’ll surely upload them here k?!

Walk Down Times Square


More pics of Times Square and surrounding areas?

Walking around Times Square
This place looks familiar doesnt it?.
By the looks of things, NYC most certainly is one of the “capitals” of Fashion!!?
Ooops….isnt that Walgreens again? Lmao!!
Round and About the Times Square district
That familiar skyline once again
Gosh! Office Depot again? Its everywhere Ive been in the United States – San Diego, Miami, Seattle and Los Angeles! Its everywhere man!! Good stuff too!!


1024px-Alfie,_comic_cutie_with_big_green_eyes,_help_someone_smileWell folks.this is all I can offer right now when it comes to my half a day trip to New York City! Hope you enjoyed all the photos I shot whilst there alongwith the videos too?. 4ibBrkbigAs I said above, if I do locate the videos I took three years back, I’ll definitely upload them here and update it, so no worries…pray that I do find them! It would be great to see what my videos have to offer.


With this I’ll end with a poem about New York City: 

“Let me tell you about New York City.

The sidewalks are sort of like highways.
The people are sort of like cars.
We all say vroom as we walk.
We say it out loud instead of having conversations or thinking.
Vroom, we say, vroom.
We are busy people.

Let me tell you about New York City.

No one goes to Times Square. No one. Ugh.
Times Square is empty, silent.
Vines grow from the walls.
I don’t know what kind of vines. Like, viney ones.
A cloaked figure wanders Times Square, penduluming a censerful of white smoke out over the empty square, and no one sees, because no one is there, because no one goes to Times Square.

And that’s what New York City is like.

In New York, no one looks at celebrities.
We pretend they don’t exist.
We look through them.
They shout “help.”
They shout “help please I’m on fire.”
(Sometimes the celebrities are on fire.)
But we see that they are famous
and so we just act like they aren’t there.
We move out of the way so we don’t catch on fire too,
but other than that we act like they aren’t there.
Also homeless people, although they are only metaphorically on fire.

Real New Yorkers never eat at Grimaldi’s.
We never eat in Little Italy.
We never eat at chain restaurants.
We never eat at all.
Real New Yorkers consume nothing.

We don’t even have mouths here. Tourists are always walking around with mouths.
F***ing tourists. (Aiyoh!!?)

In order to be a Real New Yorker you have to have been born here,
or moved here more than ten years ago,
or know the New York password (“Fievel”),
or inherit Real New Yorker status from an existing member who passes away.

No matter how you do it, of course we have to remove your mouth.
That mouth has got to go. We have smooth, featureless lower faces in New York.

No one in New York calls it “the Big Apple.”
We call it N’awlins.

It’s easy to find your way around Manhattan.
Just remember: every address and location in Manhattan.
Just remember every single possible place you could ever go in Manhattan.
Hold the entire island in your head.
See, it’s easy.

Let me tell you about New York City.

Every neighborhood has its reputation.

For instance, Midtown is where the Aerial Sects congregate, using the rope systems they’ve installed and the vines that grow in Times Square to swing from building to building because they believe that touching the ground is an insult to god and they are right.

The East Village used to be cool, but now it’s covered under several feet of gravel. No one goes there anymore, because of the gravel.

Williamsburg is, of course, entirely fictional. When tourists ask us Real New Yorkers how to get to Williamsburg, we laugh and laugh and tell them how to get to Neverland instead. Neverland is pretty fun, so the tourists don’t mind.

Staten Island? Staten Island is in Chicago. No, don’t worry. It’s a common mistake.

Let me tell you about New York City.
Please let me.
I want to tell you about this place I live.

I Have No Mouth, and I Must Give You Advice”

Joseph Fink is one of the writers of Welcome to Night Vale 

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