New York City

New York City – Things to Do

New York City

New York City, big apple, the city that never sleeps. According to Wikipedia NYC is the most densely populated city in United States. Home to the United Nations, center for international diplomacy and where Statue of Liberty is. It is also the home to 2 of the world largest stock exchange. A very diverse and vibrant metropolitan city.

Below are a couple of activities I did while I was in the city.

1. M&M’s World

M&M’s World is located in Times Square. The store front is decorated with huge billboard and brightly coloured “chocolates”. A all-time favourite candy store to all children and children-alike. A must go-to place when visiting Times Square.

You will be greeted with a gigantic M&M character once you stepped in. Consistent with its chocolate colour theme the store was decorated in rainbow colours. A feel good, happy place. Mural on the wall depicts the humble beginning of the cartoon characters and how the characters evolved.

If you looking for souvenirs you will not be disappointed in M&M’s World. The store is packed with merchandise and memorabilia like magnets, keychains, t-shirts and plushies.

Here’s a quick tour of the store.

The coolest thing and the best souvenir in my opinion is to personalise your M&M’s chocolates.

The final product, a bag of  M&M’s chocolates with customised text and designs printed on it.

2. Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market

Treasure hunting when i’m in overseas is always fun. I enjoy browsing and going through items from the by-gone era, clothes worn by the military personnel, 70s and 80s shoes and bags which make a come back.

3. High Line

An former railway track which has been given a new lease of life – greenway which cuts through the downtown district spanning some 2.33 kilometers in the city center. A innovative way to bring greenery and parks in an urban city.

4. Chelsea Market

And you can pop-by the Chelsea Market to check out the fresh produce as you walk along the High Line.

5. Top of the Rock 

A place you must go! The view is spectacular. Day view of the city is very different from the nights. As you can see buildings are brightly lighted with neocolours and from the digital screens in Times Square.

Do note, you have to book a time slot after buying the tickets. Don’t expect to see sunset when you buy your tickets at 5pm, the earliest time for you to get up might be 10pm.

It has been a fun 2 days exploring NYC and to do some shoppings. I would have to say the weather in the city is crazy! It was clear night sky when i went up to the Rockefeller Center and snowing the next morning.


Paris Paris Paris!!! Day 2


Palace of Versailles

Other than Louvre, Palace of Versailles is the most visited place in Paris. When i mean most visited i kid you not, loads and loads of coaches packed with Chinese visitors will pack these places. If you want to have a good tour in the area be the first few to be at the gate waiting for it to open.  The advantages to be an early bird:

  1. You get to avoid the long queue
  2. Touring the place at a leisure/comfortable pace without having someone to hurry you
  3. Less noisy
  4. Toilets are spanking clean. Not that i’m very particular about cleanliness, the place can get very awful after the many tour groups
  5. The entire estate comprises of the Palace, gardens and Marie-Antoinette’s estate

Give yourself 4-5 hours to complete the entire estate.

You can get the details on how to get there in this page.

Gardens of Versailles

The gardens cover some 800 hectares of land and to maintain it is no easy feat. The construction of this gardens was under the instructions of Louis XIV. It was carefully managed under the King’s directions. Within the park, there are water fountains, grand canal and water garden.

Marie-Antoinette’s Estate

Located at a corner of the estate is Marie-Antoinette’s. A getaway place for Queen Marie-Antoniette from the Palace. What’s interesting in this estate is the Queen’s Hamlet, a mockup village around an artificial lake.


Sainte-Chapelle was a royal chapel. It was constructed to house the relics of Christ which includes the famous Crown of Thorns. And it is prime example of a gothic architecture style. What’s stunting in this chapel is the row of tall stained glass windows. Magnificent!


If you’re visiting Sainte-Chapelle you might want to consider to swing by Conciergerie, located just next to the chapel. It was a royal prison. This building played an important part in the history of France.

If you want to understand the history of France and how the French revolution came about take a tour in Conciergerie it will provide you an overview of the sequence of events which led this country to behead their monarchy and became a republic.


Centre Pompidou

This industrial looking building is both a public library and museum which has the largest collection of modern art in Europe.