Sunday, June 26, 2011

夏日东欧旅: Day 7 (15 June): Budapest sightseeing

夏日东欧旅: Day 7 (15 June): Budapest sightseeing: "Budapest, made up of 2 places - BUDA (which means water) and PEST (which refers to cave), where the BUDA side is the historical part that is..."

Good snapshot of the itinerary.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wrapped Up Visit with a Day Tour of Uptown and Downtown Manhattan

Downtown Manhattan

Uptown Manhattan

Columbia University

Teachers' College

It was Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants gave good discounts.

Saturday, September 4, 2010


Respite from the summer heat when the rain came and temperature dropped for a couple of days. On some mornings, the temperature was in the 60 degree F range. Beautiful weather.

Sunset was a sight to behold as sunlight peeped through the buildings.

Island Hopping and Coastal Views

If time permits, a trip to Staten Island offers a totally different experience and sights from busy Manhattan.Free ferry ride for all between Manhattan and Staten Island every half an hour.

The Legacy of Abrahim Lincoln lived on in this museum. The voices and sounds of the past era reverberated in the background.

The beautiful and serene surroundings of Staten Island.

No Mistake. The materials in this Chinese Garden on Staten Island were hailed from China.

A View of Manhantan Skyline

The Statue of Liberty.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Visit to Whitney Museum of American Art

A museum coordinator explaining the exhibits around.

Young children, on a museum tour, were taught how to appreciate the art pieces and installations in the museum. Some parents accompanied their children.

This real-like structure never failed to fool anyone. She appeared so real. Look at the detailed work on her hand and face. Simply amazing.

Many of such paintings could be found on the website. The museum generously made cards of such paintings which were distributed to students on museum programmes.

These were not picture frames. They were craftwork made in the shape of frames and aesthetically displayed on the wall.

Two of the installations in the gallery. Huge works were lifted on top of the elevators to reach the higher floor.

Putting candles and toys together as an art piece.

The museum encouraged hands-on experience in art,writing and new ideas. Visitors were invited to doodle on the blackboard and shared their thoughts.

Tea at Nearby Lady M cake shop. Must try.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

"Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" at the Discovery Times Square Exposition

The "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" exhibition explored the figures who guided ancient Egypt more than 3,000 years ago. The exhibition focused on the 18th Dynasty, a 100-year period when Egypt was at the height of its power and the "golden age" of Egyptian artistry. This was the era when Tutankhamun and his ancestors reigned. The extensive array of more than 130 extraordinary artifacts from the tomb of Tutankhamun and other ancient Egyptian sites features 50 of Tutankhamun's burial objects, including his royal diadem and one of the four gold and precious stone inlaid canopic coffinettes that contained his mummified internal organs. The following website gives detailed information one can expects to see at the exhibition. To help those who have no or little knowledge about King Tut, the website has also made the learning easier with the historical facts.
Suggested steps to know the exhibition better:
(1) Watch a video on exhibition video footage
(2) Look at the exhibition preview
(3) Read the background of King Tut
(4) Catch a gallery preview

(5) Review of the exhibition:
Some pictures of the exhibits from this website.

The door that led into the exhibits.

A mock up of the splendour of Egyptian living.

I had never seen so many artefacts made of gold. It seemed that gold and only gold was King Tut's raw material.