Things I Miss About New York


Hey all, I’m back in Malaysia. My biological clock is still screwed up. I don’t think this jet lag is fading at all — in fact, it’ll probably take me another week or so to fully adjust to the Malaysian time zone. I took a 6-hour afternoon nap yesterday and only caught 2 hours of sleep last night. And the night I came back, I slept 12 hours until my dad woke me up because he feared I might dehydrate. 

While it’s great being back in the comfort of my family and friends, I do miss New York City a lot.

Processed with VSCOcam with f1 presetI miss chilling in the pretty parks during the summer.

Processed with VSCOcam with f1 presetI miss the archetypal fashion and hairdos that have taken NYC by a storm.

2013-07-18 21.59.20I miss the variety of museums and exhibits, and the day I explored the Metropolitan Museum by myself.

IMG_8596I miss the beach. Well, technically Coney Island isn’t considered a beach… but whatever. It’s beachy enough for me. Oh, those hot summer days on warm sand beneath dusty blue skies.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI really miss Hillsong Church.

2013-09-13 19.13.08I miss taking the subway to and from 23 St, where I used to work and intern.

Processed with VSCOcam with f3 presetI miss the Flat Iron District, because I spent five days a week there.

2014-02-23 17.00.24I miss the busy mornings in the Flat Iron District when I’d have 5 minutes to emerge from the subway, grab a banana from Flavors Cafe and dash two long avenues to my workplace.

2013-09-15 01.38.29I miss late night card games with the wild bunch.

2013-08-31 18.08.31As odd as it might seem, I actually miss riding the subway. I miss how convenient everything used to be. You could get from one borough to another in like, 10 minutes!

Processed with VSCOcam with k2 presetI miss Central Park in the fall, when the trees were graced with brilliant shades of reds and golds.

Processed with VSCOcam with f1 presetI miss wearing boots and jackets and dressing like a hipster.

Processed with VSCOcam with f1 presetI miss Hale & Hearty’s soups and salads.

Processed with VSCOcam with f1 presetI miss that Sunday afternoon at my friend’s new apartment, when we all gathered around playing board games and ate homemade banana pudding.

Processed with VSCOcam with f3 presetI miss Korean food and Koreatown.

Processed with VSCOcam with f1 presetI miss my SHK Magazine‘s parties.

Processed with VSCOcam with c2 presetI miss attending events and getting freebies!

2013-09-07 11.43.47I miss Queen’s Comfort, a spectacular brunch spot in Astoria with amazing eggs benedicts.

2014-02-25 00.29.29I miss randomly discovering a film or commercial or TV show in the making. In this case, they were filming Person Of Interest in the Upper West Side.

Processed with VSCOcam with f1 presetI used to get chills riding this steep escalator nearly every morning, but I got over that.

2014-02-22 22.08.06I miss pigging out on interesting Asian-fusion desserts at Chikalicious.

2014-02-23 14.30.33I miss the Salty Pimp ice cream.

IMG_7185I miss browsing through $1 books outside The Strand, one of NYC’s oldest bookstores.

Processed with VSCOcam with f3 presetI miss the East Village and all the mystery that it holds.

IMG_7191I miss grabbing hot chocolate at cute, cozy coffee houses like Le Pain Quotidien.

2013-12-30 16.55.51I miss the food scene. I miss going for brunches. I miss the restaurants.

IMG_8188I tried to avoid Times Square as much as I could, but I do miss the traffic and the bright lights. That was the world’s epitome of NYC.

IMG_1221I miss writing at Argo Tea Cafe.

Processed with VSCOcam with f3 presetI miss the architecture and old brownstone buildings.

2013-08-31 00.05.27I miss the food-writing for

IMG_9457I miss the subway performances. They were always worth watching. Most of them, anyway.

2014-02-02 00.24.13I miss long, late night drives with my friends and just reflecting on what we did that day.

2013-08-21 19.07.37And I miss this city for its infinite possibilities and whimsicality that churns beneath its calm surface.


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