Long Island, People

Exploring the Sakura

Every years towards April and early May, the Sakura or Cherry Blossoms bloom for a couple of weeks.

These beautiful petals of of mixed whites and pinks fill campuses and churches, gathering people around them to enjoy and relax.

Here I was at The Shrine of Our Lady all the way out east of Long Island.

This photo was actually taken by my brother. So, I can’t take any credit for this. 😉 
Long Island

E – is for Eye

In conjunction with the 100 Strangers Project, I’m also doing the Alphabet Photo Challenge, which involves finding things or even animals that begin with a certain letter of the alphabet.

Here is the eye of my doggie Cookie! He is so obedient with me making photos of him. It makes me think he secretly is vain. ;P

Long Island, People

Free Comic Book Day

“Is this where the free comics are?” I asked to the back of several heads who were staring at a towering shelf of comics.

One guy turned to my side and answered, “Yeah, this whole stack of comics.”

In almost every comic-book store across the country, moms, kids, teens, even grown men reached over to scavenger the plethora of varied comics from television shows, manga or Japanese comics, superheroes, and more.

It was ubiquitous.

Although, I’m not much of a fan of comics, I figure it’ll be a great resource for teaching English to non-native speakers.

Overall, I had a grand time jumping up and down and fooling around the store with friends and even photographing unbeknowest strangers.

That’s me jumping randomly.  Photo by Oppa.


New York, People

Hanging Out with the Happy Drunks

I was taking photos of the terrain and these guys wanted to be in it. So, I let them and this is what happened. 😉

“We want corn dogs. We want corn dogs!” chanted the crowd in front of the kitchen.

Two security guards blocked the entrance. Soon a lady entered from the kitchen, holding a tray of corn dogs – hot dogs covered in battered flour.

And the riot began.

Women shoved in front of women. Men over extended their arms, capturing two or three corn dogs.

It was madness.

Well, that must have been expected when these beer paramoures had food craving hours later after drinking…

This was my first-time experience at NY Tap Fest. Usually, when I hear the words “beer” and “festival,” I’d imagine a mosh pit of brawls.

However, it was the opposite. Men were smiling and laughing and even permitting me to pass or holding the doors open. Overall, everyone was merry.

Some of the friendly beer brewers.

Besides the corn dog riots and lively drunks, mini shops, such as organic made foods, soaps, sweat shirts, barbecue sauce, covered the festival as well.

Hand-made bubble soap.

All in all, the NY Tap Fest provides unlimited samples of brews ranging from sweet to sour to strong to spicy flavors with All-American Food, of course.

The festival welcomes eating, boozing, and socializing.

Selfie - with my friend who has an awesome smile. ^^
Cliche selfie. 😛 Hanging with my friend who has an awesome smile.

*Additionally, since I’m doing the 100 Strangers Project, the following strangers have agreed to have their photos taken:

The Bus Driver: Stranger  11. While he was telling me that the bus was available to board, I felt compelled to ask to photograph him. He raised his eyebrows and gladly agreed. Afterwards, he extended his hand out and introduced himself as “Ferrin.”
Stranger 12: One of the Beer Brewers and she was the first one to hand me a sample of her company’s beer.
The Sweater Man: Stranger 13.  “Sorry. I had a rough day yesterday,” he said when he misunderstood my question whether he accepted credit cards or not. I forgot that the mountain ranges of New York are colder than the city and the island. So, he helped me find a warm and comfy sweater. And he even gave me a $5 discount.
The Pet Treats’ Couple: Strangers 14.  As with most conventions and fairs, there are always vendors selling food products for pets. This couple were selling doggie and kitty beer as well. They were cheerful and attentive to our questions about their products. All of them were organic. In the end, I bought their dried sweet potatoes for dogs.
The Nuts’ Man: Stranger 15.                                                 
“Albany is a skater’s town,” he said after I asked him where he was from.
“Oh, but I thought that’s where the government is,” I replied.
“Oh, no, we took it over.”
He was selling pecans, almonds, and other nuts coated in sugar. He was pretty chill.
New York


Hola, I’m renovating this blog! I’m doing some photo challenges, such as the 100 Strangers Project and the ABC Photography. And I’ll also be including more of my recent travels as well. So, stay tuned!ˆˆ

New York

The Cloisters

It was more on a whim. I was just planning to only attend the Medieval Event at Tyson Park, but the cloisters‘ stone walls and narrow windows drew me closer.

Admission amount was based on donations, so I only paid a dollar.

Entering through these walls was magnificent. Designed around the early 20th century, the cloisters was an imitation of mostly Spaniard architecture with its enclosed gardens and towering walls.

Every section was breath taking. And I found myself admiring the simple garden with its thick trees at the corners and a goblet like water fountain in the center, where the symmetrical arch walls enclosed all around.

Along with the garden, the cloisters housed wooden carvings of Biblical figures and the famous Unicorn Tapestry, which told a tragic story.

The cloisters’ walls and arch way windows continued to impress me even as I walked away.