Wednesday, August 17, 2016

American Dream | Work&Travel Winter in USA

hey everyone!


i'm sure if you've been seeing previous post of my USA hopping, you'd know i have been out on work and travel program for the past 5 months.


honestly, i never knew i had the guts to try work&travel programs on my own. well, because people are quite skeptical- like its an indirect human traffic plot and schemes. and we all don't know who you might end up with during your working period overseas. truth to be told, i was one of them. i was scared and uncertain if i could handle the foreign and total independent environment. HAH says the girl who went for so many exchange programs to Japan.  no. really. USA was another dream adventure for me ever since little, heck i grew up with American series/cartoons. now i get to touch American roads for real. ahaha but its a whole new world compare to Japan. and it doesnt seem as safe with all the news and guns are around, now does it?


but today, im here to encourage you to see the world!




i had so many amazing experiences during my trip! my first acorn encounter, first ski, first fluffy snow, first huge food portions. met so many amazing people! gracias amigos!


sara was my bestfriend cause we stuck together like glue!


i have the coolest guests of all time! literally laughed my heart out, when they brought this paper guy to serve wine and beer! hahaha and being reunited with family! look how much these little ones grown! 


after great encouragement from friends and family who've took the risk and came home, they shared so much! and i'm so excited its my turn to share my experiences. literally best advice, YOLO. haha There isn't much Work&Travel program agents around Malaysia, but i've been with Infinity Abroad for mine, and they have been great help.

So here, i'd like to dedicate this post as a thank you to Infinity Abroads for all they have done for me.
they have been great encouragement with advises and help. Wei Soong and Favian are super cool big bros and great help during my trip! i am super grateful for them.

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thanks to Ned & Royal at Moutaineer Inn. it was an amazing experience and i'd never regret taking up the skiing experience. here's a ridiculously fat face of mine during our little trip to Williams College! but its probably the only photo i can get royal in it. and before i end this post! here's another photo showing my love for american food. HAHAHHAHA


yeap, got my decent infusion of American football from the family too. Patriots. hmm

look out for my guides for the trip!
you can also check out my work&travel posts
via the work&travel labels


until next magical day,
wan

Thursday, August 11, 2016

White House & Lincoln | Washington DC, USA III


hey guys! the last travel post for my USA trip! 
if you've missed out on the first two parts, here's the link to Boston and NYC!
sadly, there isn't much picture for my DC trip because my phone went crazy and died on me during the trip. so these are mainly put together from lee wei's tablet's camera. yes. 


the great district capitol! washington dc! its the most touristy place in the states because people seem to travel far from different states who was there for their first time too! 

it was actually a gloomy day with tip taps of rain but that didn't stop us from our DC adventures!
they city is famous for its free entry museums and great historical landmarks, hence our day one adventures was pretty much based on that!
really enjoyed the museums, cause it was pretty interesting as i learn american culture. the national science museum is a must go! 

there was no sign of mr.obama, i was hoping to get a glimpse at the white house. hahaa

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here's some tips for the trip! 

TIP ONE | there's NO NEED FOR TOURS / BUSES! 
tip: all landmarks from White house - Capitol - Lincoln - Museums are all pretty much walk-able distance to save on transportation, the capitol might be a little further passing along the museums.

1. start with the white house, and work your way to Lincoln Memorial.
2. Washington Monument, and the rest of the nearby attractions.
3. Walk your way to the Museums, and it should lead you to the Capitol, then work you way back on the other side of the Museums.

click here for the National Mall and Memorial Park map for more details. 
here's a little trail map that we came up with to sorta save ourselves from getting lost and it might help you plan your trip! it looks far, but trust me. it's actually quite a nice walk. 

TIP TWO | bring your OWN-ON-THE-GO lunchpack
another tip, i suggest you to pack yourself a lunchbox or a sandwich for the trip, if you're on a budget, because food there might be a little higher priced due its touristy environment. but don't worry, there's quite a number of food trucks along the road somewhere off the Washington Monument, price might range from $7-$14 if i remember correctly, for kebabs and other finger foods.

TIP THREE | plan your trip FOR THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN APRIL
though i'm still rather sad i missed the cherry blossoms blooming due to the weather condition that actually affected on the expected bloom period. it was said that was a warm winter that year, and full bloom came a little earlier than it's suppose to and as you can see they are starting to see greens. 

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so for my DC trip, we spent our nights in Highroad hostel, sorry, i didnt have proper picture of the hostel but its a cozy friendly and rather new hostel right along Adams Morgan. super convenient! and nightlife is just walking distance away with great food, good drinks and amazing people! a good place if you enjoy meeting new friends and socializing.

click on the link below to check them out!
HIGHROAD HOSTEL, ADAMS MORGAN 
 

we met new friends at the Korean restaurant Bul, the food was soo good, we went back the next day for supper! i know, we should have explore new places more, but comfort food was real comfort at that time. nothing else matters. ahahhaaa!


so that's it for my work&travel USA posts!
keep a look out for the survival tips i've been prepping.


until next magical day,
wan

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Yellow cabs & Liberty | New York, USA II

hey guys! here's part two for my work&travel USA!
if you'd missed out on the first one, here's the link where i roam Boston, Massachusetts!


 
statue of libertyyy, i actually cheated this shot. lee wei took it in representing me instead as i was rush to the airport for my flight home! nearly missed my flight home. i loved USA that much. HAHAHA



i have to say, i sorta like the whole new yorker streets! these are mainly in Chinatown, the housing areas like Park Slope have amazing streets that i didnt get to take pictures of. admiring homes all day err day.


how can you not go to the financial district in NYC right? well here's the infamous golden bull.


few minutes later. thank goodness we done with that. 
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whyy hello there malaysian cuisine restaurant! (;


pokeworks, best sushi cravings satisfied! I didn't get to take much picture of the little lot, but boyyyyyy it was crazy. the queue was long, but it moves quite lean- so don't be discourage if you see the queue! go line up! its totally worth it! check out their website here for their location and menu! ps: that website is love. please do not click if you are hungry.


and we also stopped by bible and sip! it was the craze in facebook, so we figured might as well drop by and try their awesome cream puffs! can never say no to matcha and cream puffs! - but i liked the earl grey one more tho. (:

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being in New York City is still so surreal for me. the hustle bustle struggle of the city is real! was roaming around like a sampalau. but still in awe that i was actually stepping my way into places i see in televisions all the time.


time square! lights lights camera! i didnt have my chance to watch my first broadway show, but perhaps in my next visit!


we visited the 9/11 memorial. it was emotional. i cried. ;(


the most unforgettable experience here, getting lost in the subway! i'd highly recommend a local friend to guide you around if you intend to take the subway, cause geez it was confusing! but surely nothing a few months getting used to won't do. 



i am working on my last 2 USA post! look out for Washington DC soon!

until next magical day,
wan