11 March 2009

New York, New York trailer

It's finally registered in my head, I'm going to New York this Sunday the 15th of March! Oh my goodness! I've never been to the USA let alone New York! There's so much I want to do, so much I need to prepare, so much to get done before leaving it's not funny.

I'm actually fighting time now because I'm try to get everything done before I head off this Sunday and well time's just flying. Heck, I'm late for my Day 10 entry here because I've been pushing so hard trying to crank out all the work one by one.

So have you been to New York before? I've heard mixed stories about it, people saying it's dirty but fun, it's full of life but people are rude, etc. I suppose having lived in Hong Kong all my life and only enjoying USA via TV shows and movies, I'd be more than happy to get there and keep screaming (in my head) "Oh my goodness! I've seen that on TV! I've seen that on TV!" I can't wait to just walk around there on my own for a whole day, visit museums, go to Central Park, eat Pizza, have a hot dog, drink coffee, shop (I'm from HK damnit!), look at all the graffiti, hit the comedy clubs, watch street basketball games, take the subway and just generally soak in New York, New York! As one of my friends said, it's so good they named it twice, New York New York!

Any tips? Any experiences you'd like to share? I'd love to hear from you as to where I must or must not go.

Back to life here, it's already Wednesday, and I'm charging through my inbox and all my work pending to be completed and I must say, I'm feeling a bit stressed out because I've started to build a certain level of discipline that is enforcing itself, by itself. It's a good thing, but the problem is that darn thing we call time again. I've got a lot of things to do, and I want to do them, but somehow I don't have enough time to do them all. Darn.

Speaking of time, I've finally reloaded my Phantom of the Opera music into my play list and I'm loving it. It's been quite a while since I last worked while listening to this album. I've gotten a bit tired of Buddha Bar mostly because I hate it when I go to a cafe and they're playing it there, it makes me feel like I'm back at work.

For those of you who've been reading my blog recently, you'll notice I talk a lot about different music for different situations. It really works, my mind has been conditioned with certain songs that it shifts into a different mental zone upon hearing different songs. I suggest you give it a shot on days when you feel like you just can't get yourself to focus or get into the right mind-set. I have yet to find music to get my mind at optimum condition for stand-up comedy, then again, I suppose it's better that I just watch the show and all the comedians before me, that'll get my blood flowing from laughter.

There's a long day ahead of me and a long, fun 2 weeks waiting for me on the other side of the planet, so I shall sign off here and continue after my trip (no idea about Internet status while there) so I hope everyone has a great March ahead of them and we're almost 25% done with 2009! Scary eh? :) Well that should get you motivated to live!

New York, New York! :D

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Woo.. ur going to NYC with Jamie?!! Don't forget to go to MOMA (modern museum of art).. Love it there. and then theres the MET(77th street? i think), (have good hot dogs there at the stalls in front of it too)..and Central park and Chelsea (25th street).. Broadway of course, and um.. theres china town , little italy next to it...are u going to perform there too?

12 March, 2009 22:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

phantom of the opera is great.. I like "music of the night, " "angel of music," and of course the theme song a lot.. u shud see whats out on broadway in nyc and go to a musical there. I duno what they have out now though.."rent" and "the producers" come to mind.

ooh and get BBQ ribs in times square (forgot the name of the place)...visit a duane reed for the heck of it.. eh.. don't walk into triads in china town ballroom dancing and stay away from china town bubble tea >o< They can be pretty rude there too so make sure you clarify if you want a "dong ling cha" instead of a "yit ling cha" (hot lemon tea)

12 March, 2009 22:47  
Blogger Vivek Mahbubani said...

Ahaha thanks for the pointers, I think the first couple of days I'll just be feeling my way around the city really with my lovely guidebook in hand, but after that the exploring begins and I'll have to list out all the things to do, see, taste, hear, touch and of course see (yes, I like to take a 2nd look at things :P). My biggest excitement is that I'll go to places and scream out (in my head)"omfg, this is what i saw in this movie, and that movie!!!" lol

13 March, 2009 02:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you going to perform there?

13 March, 2009 10:14  
Blogger Vivek Mahbubani said...

It's not yet confirmed, but I might get a spot at an open mic. No formal performance for this trip :) It's 50% vacation 50% see the other side of the world educational :)

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