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24 Hours in New York City // All About MoMA

Sharing my 24 Hours Adventure in New York City // All About MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)
 
Sharing my 24 Hours Adventure in New York City // All About MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)  NOT YOUR BORING OLD MUSEUM  My brother's top 3 museums in New York City included MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), so when he flew in from Asia for a quick visit, we went to check out its latest exhibits. MoMA is one of those museums where, no matter how old you are or whether you're into art or not, you'll find something that excites you. And it starts the moment you enter into the main lobby area with these dramatic paintings hanging high above the help desks.    Artworks shown in photos: Mark Bradford, "Let's Walk to the Middle of the Ocean", 2015 (Left) & Brice Marden, "The Propitious Garden of Plane Image, Third Version", 2000-2006 (Right).

Sharing my 24 Hours Adventure in New York City // All About MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)  BEYOND WALLS OF PAINTINGS  What I love about MoMA is the variety of exhibits you get to see. This one here reminds me of similar display I saw at the Ampersand Hotel in London's South Kensington neighborhood. 

Sharing my 24 Hours Adventure in New York City // All About MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)  AROUND THE WORLD  This is another interesting exhibit where the artist, Alighiero Boetti, made up travel itineraries for his friends and mailed envelopes to each destination on these imaginary trips. As each one was returned to him, he continued to mail the returned envelopes to the subsequent destinations. Sounds silly, but it's fun to see how far these mails had traveled and the care they received as each mailman/mailwoman hand-wrote return notes in different languages from around the world.   Exhibits shown in photos: "Viaggi postali (1969-70)" 

Sharing 24 Hours Adventure in New York City // All About MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)  CHALLENGE THE NORM  The top photo is from the "A Japanese Constellation" exhibit (through 7/31 only), showcasing works by Japanese architects who are heavily influenced and mentored by Toyo Ito, the award-winning architect. It's fun looking through these miniature versions.  The bottom artwork is a copy of a poster originally published by Life Magazine in 1967. What's special about it is that, in 1968, MoMA curator Mildred Constantine asked local designers to add graffiti to thecopy to challenge conventional attitudes about the appropriate treatment of an artwork in a museum.   

Sharing 24 Hours Adventure in New York City // All About MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)  AT THE HEART OF IT ALL......  Paintings still make up the heart of a museum. There are many that I like at MoMA, but   it won't be possible to show them all. Here are a few of my favorites.    Artwork shown in photos: Piet Mondrian, "Broadway Boogie Woogie", 1942-43, Jackson Pollock, "One: Number 31, 1950", 1950, Henri Matisse, "Dance (I) Paris, Boulevard des Invalides", early 1909, Georges-Pierre Seurat, "Evening, Honfleur", 1886, Mark Rothko, "No. 3/No. 13", 1949, Fernand Léger, "Exit the Ballets Russes", 1914.

Sharing 24 Hours Adventure in New York City // All About MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)  BRING HOME THE MAGIC  A must-do at MoMA besides the exhibits is to shop at their store. I've been a fan of their catalog for ages. I can't afford to buy them all, but below is my wishlist. Well, a short version of it because I'd want to buy them all. You can also shop online, but it's great to be able to touch and feel them in the store.   
 

Visiting Tips //

Give yourself at least 2 hours to get a taste of the exhibits.  To be honest, you can probably spend a day in there if you want to explore every nooks and crannies.  If you're short on time, try to check online and pick out some exhibits you really want to see and focus on those first.  Don't forget to set aside some time at the end for the MoMA Store!

Getting Here //

Address: 11 W 53rd St, New York (Between Avenue of the Americas and 5th Avenue).

MoMA is surrounded by a few subway stops, but I highly recommend spending some time walking through the streets of NYC to get to MoMA. The city blocks are short and there's so much to see at every corner.  If walking is not ideal, I recommend getting a cab/Uber as the subway system can be very confusing.

bye bye nyc...hello san francisco

My next goal is to visit the newly renovated SFMOMA in San Francisco.  The brand new structure in itself is a great piece of art.

This MoMA story is the last installment of my 24-hours adventure in New York City.  It's been lots of fun sharing the different things I did in NYC with all of you!  Thanks for all your comments here and on Instagram....and thanks for following me along!

If you're curious about the other legs of my NYC adventure, click links below for previous posts:

Korea Town Beauty Shopping & Yummy Dessert @ Grace Street Cafe

The Food Edition @ Caracas Arepa Bar + Spot Dessert


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24 Hours in New York City // The Food Edition

Sharing my 24-Hours adventure in New York CIty // The Food Edition. Shown: Spot Dessert.

I flew down to New York City recently to meet up with my brother, who flew in from Asia for a short visit.  How short?  It's literally 24 hours in total!  We both have our must-do list - His was museums and mine was k-beauty shopping in Korea Town (read about this part of the adventure here).  But there is one thing we both want and love and that is food!  Given our limited time, here are the two spots we hit in our 24-hours adventure in the Big Apple!

~ caracas arepa bar ~

At first glance, Caracas is not one of those flashy eateries on Manhattan.  If you aren't looking for it, you most likely would have missed it during normal hours. During my first visit many years ago, there was a long wait for a table, so we accepted the offer to sit at this tiny bar in the very back of the restaurant.  I was a bit taken aback at first because it was so dark and cramped, but as soon as the food came out, all my doubts were gone.  And I've been hooked ever since...

Sharing my 24-hours adventure in New York City // Caracas Arepa Bar in East Village.   // HIGHLIGHT //    V  e  n  e  z  u  e  l  a  n  -  S  t  y  l  e     A  r  e  p  a    // HIGHLY RECOMMENDED //      A  r  e  p  a  ,     Y  o  y  o  s  ,     C  o  c  a  d  a  ,     W  e  e  k  l  y     S  p  e  c  i  a  l  s    N  Y  C     h  a  s     a  n     e  n  d  l  e  s  s     l  i  s  t     o  f     g  o  o  d  -  e  a  t  s     t  h  a  t     w  i  l  l     t  a  k  e     a     l  i  f  e  t  i  m  e     t  o     t  r  y     t  h  e  m     a  l  l  ,     b  u  t     t  h  e  r  e     a  r  e     f  e  w     s  p  o  t  s     t  h  a  t     I     j  u  s  t     w  o  u  l  d  n  '  t     m  i  n  d     g  o  i  n  g     b  a  c  k     t  o     o  v  e  r     &     o  v  e  r     a  g  a  i  n     a  n  d     t  h  i  s     i  s     o  n  e     o  f     t  h  e  m  !     A  l  s  o  ,     s  i  n  c  e     m  y     b  r  o  t  h  e  r     i  s     v  i  s  i  t  i  n  g  ,     I     w  a  n  t     t  o     m  a  d  e     s  u  r  e     h  e     h  a  d     a     c  h  a  n  c  e     t  o     t  r  y     s  o  m  e  t  h  i  n  g     h  e     w  o  u  l  d  n  '  t     f  i  n  d     i  n     H  o  n  g     K  o  n  g  .        I  f     y  o  u     d  o  n  '  t     m  i  n  d     t  h  e     p  o  o  r     l  i  g  h  t  i  n  g  ,     s  i  t  t  i  n  g     a  t     t  h  e     b  a  r     l  i  k  e     w  e     d  i  d     g  o  t     u  s     s  e  a  t  e  d     r  i  g  h  t     a  w  a  y  .     O  t  h  e  r  w  i  s  e  ,     i  t     c  a  n     b  e     a     l  o  n  g     w  a  i  t     f  o  r     a     t  a  b  l  e  .
Sharing my 24-hours adventure in New York City // Caracas Aprepa Bar in East Village.  The selection is huge, but we stick with some of my favorite ingredients - Avocado, grilled squid, chicken, plantain...   Hot Queen //   "Pulled  CHICKEN  sauteed with mixed peppers, purple onions & scallions over a spread of house-made herb mayo &  AVOCADO  slices".    Chupe Caraqueno (Limited-Time)  //  "Chicken broth with shredded  CHICKEN , potato, carrot, corn,  AVOCADO , white cheese & a touch of cream".    De Pabellon //   "Shredded beef, black beans, white salty cheese & sweet   PLANTAINS  ".    La Oriental (Limited-Time) //   "Filled with sauteed  SQUID , lots of garlic & herbs crowned with tomato &  AVOCADO  slices".
Sharing my 24-hours adventure in New York City // Caracas Arepa Bar in East Village.  Besides arepa, these goodies are also worth ordering...   Cocada //   "Coconut milkshake with a touch of cinnamon".   *They forgot to mention the generous serving of coconut-flavored whipped cream on top.    Yoyos //   "Sweet plantains with white cheese, fried in a cinnamon plantain batter".   *  This a perfect mix of savory & sweet between the cheese & plantain.

Ordering Tips //

Do it tapas style and share among your party - That way, everyone will get to try different arepas + the delicious starters.  If you order the soup, get small for individual serving or large for sharing.

Getting Here //

Address:  93 1/2 East 7th St, New York (East Village). 

Closest subway stop is Astor Place, but if you're not familiar with NYC's subway system, I highly recommend taking a cab or Uber for convenience.

~ spot dessert bar ~

I was introduced to this East Village dessert hotspot a few years ago.  And I've been coming back to Spot every time I visit NYC because they are just that good!  The staff here is also exceptionally nice and patient even when this place gets super busy during the post-dinner hours.

Sharing my 24-hours adventure in New York City // Spot Dessert Bar in East Village.   // HIGHLIGHT //    A  s  i  a  n  -  S  t  y  l  e     D  e  s  s  e  r  t  s    // HIGHLY RECOMMENDED //      E  v  e  r  y  t  h  i  n  g  !       I meant it when I say "everything" is highly recommended!  Good news is that they have a short menu.      I do recommend going there just before the post-dinner crowd arrives (before 8:00pm). Otherwise, the wait can be more than 30 minutes. We arrived a little before 8pm and got a table right away, but soon after that, a line was formed!
Sharing my 24-hours adventure in New York City // Spot Dessert Bar in East Village.  We opted for Spot's two signature dishes...  Golden Toast //  "Crispy honey-buttered toast with strawberries & condensed milk ice cream". The toast is so crunchy and the condensed milk ice cream is just beyond words!   Chocolate Green Tea Lava Cake //  "Warm dark chocolate cake filled with green tea ganache, with green tea ice cream". This is matcha heaven for me! The cake is so moist and the g/t ganache makes it like no other lava cake.

Ordering Tips //

If you're coming here after dinner like we did, I recommend ordering 1 less dessert than the number of people in your party, for example, order 2 to share among 3 people.  These desserts are pretty rich and heavy!

Getting Here //

Address:  13 St Marks Place, New York (East Village).  There are 2 other locations.

Closest subway stop is Astor Place (less than 1 block from the stop), but if you're not familiar with NYC's subway system, I highly recommend taking a cab or Uber for convenience.  And if you stop by Caracas first, you can walk over here (less than 5 minutes).

~ it's all about the food ~

One of the great things about New York is the extremely wide variety of foods you get to try.  You can go super high-end or budget-friendly.  And what I love is that you also get to choose between fusion and authentic cooking or both, whatever you prefer.  

What are some of your favorite good-eats from your travels? Do share with me here!

Thanks for stopping by!

If you're curious about the other pegs of my NYC adventure, click links below to previous posts:

Korea Town Beauty Shopping & Yummy Dessert Tasting @ Grace Street Cafe

All About MoMA (Museum of Modern Art)


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Celebrating Happy Moments with Kikki.K Stationery - One Journal At A Time

Kikki.K Stationery: Exploring this stationery heaven in Hong Kong.

Shopping at Kikki.K in Hong Kong was a great experience (you can read about it here), but what I love more is how their journals carry a positive message that we can always find something good or something we can be thankful for all around us.  When life throws us a curve ball and we feel like nothing's going the right way, these little notebooks and journals remind us that maybe the glass is just half full.


My Happiness Is...

Kikki.K Stationery: My Little Journal of Happy Things.

Is It Just Me?  Sometimes it really feels like nothing is working and everyone is driving me crazy...have you ever felt that way?  I use this little notebook from time to time to help calm me down. 

Glass Half Full  A recurring theme among Kikki.K's collections is the idea that life is a glass half full.  Kristina, the founder, had a rough start on her business, but with support from her family and a positive attitude, she kept going and turned her dream into reality.  This little book of happy things is an example of Kikki.K's message - It's a space for writing down happy thoughts, things that make us smile, things that remind us of the happiness around us - in big and small doses - we sometimes look past.

Kikki.K Stationery: The inside pages of My Little Journal of Happy Things.
Kikki.K Stationery: The inside pages of My Little Journal of Happy Things.
Kikki.K Stationery: The inside pages of My Little Journal of Happy Things.

I Am Thankful For...

Kikki.K Stationery: The Gratitude Journal

Keeping a Gratitude Journal  Sometimes life gets crazy and stressful and I find myself complaining about things more than ever.  I really don't want to live my life like this, so I google around and start reading about gratitude journals.  It's a small and simple lifestyle adjustment that I'm willing to try.  Since then, I've been starting off my day with a gratitude journal entry.  This quiet moment allows me the time to slow down and appreciate all the great people I'm surrounded with.  It's a great way to start the day with a smile on my face.  I know this concept may not work for everyone at first glance...but do give it a try for couple weeks and you'll see the transformation.

More Than Just A Journal  Kikki.K's gratitude journal is a little different or should I say a little more than just a journal.  It gives me space to develop a holistic approach before I dive into writing down my daily gratitude thoughts.  An example is the reverse bucket list - Writing down what I've already accomplished in life, what makes me happy, and what I'm proud of.  It's a small switch in mindset - The result is a positive energy that fuels even more creativity, ambition, and curiosity.   

Kikki.K Stationery: The inside pages of The Gratitude Journal.

Stay Consistent  For the gratitude entries, there is one tab per month and pages for entries within each monthly tab.  It helps me stay consistent in keeping my entries.

Kikki.K Stationery: The inside pages of The Gratitude Journal.

Small Reminders  I also enjoy reading the little reminders at the bottom of these pages.

Kikki.K Stationery: The inside pages of The Gratitude Journal.
Kikki.K Stationery: The inside pages of The Gratitude Journal.

Inspirations  And finally, the inspirational quotes throughout this journal serve as encouragement that even when life gets tough, there is always something we can be thankful for. 

This one is my favorite. 

Kikki.K Stationery: The inside pages of The Gratitude Journal.

Writing Down Those Random Thoughts...

Kikki.K Stationery: "Write It Down" Notebook.

This fruity-themed notebook is in the same collection as the "My Little Journal of Happy Things".  It's great for writing down those random thoughts or blog ideas that pop into my head from time to time.  All the cute images/graphics make it fun to use this notebook, too.  

Don't Lose That Great Idea  I have a habit of keeping a notebook with me most of the time, so that I can write down the thoughts as soon as they come to mind.  When I'm done with my yellow Moleskin, I'll start using this cutie.  And staying true to Kikki.K's positive message, words of encouragement are spread throughout this notebook. 

Kikki.K Stationery: The inside pages of the "Write It Down" Notebook.
Kikki.K Stationery: The inside pages of the "Write It Down" Notebook.

Thanks so much for letting me share with you my love for stationery and, more importantly, some of the lifestyle changes I've gone through.  I'm always looking for ways to improve myself...would love to know some of the things you practice to live life to the fullest!


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