There are time where I feel extremely lazy – especially when it’s pouring outside. Despite the fact that I procrastinated the whole day yesterday (it’s just so easy when the weather is dreary), I managed to go across the East River with Heidi, Alby, and Stefan to the Bring to Light Festival in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

The festival was supposed to start at six. But it was literally pouring outside. The walk from the L-train was very wet, but the closer we got to the event, the rain waned. Very few of the exhibits were set up when we got there so after a quick browse of the area (and a lot of silly pictures) we went for some tea and cookies at a nearby bakery, Cookie Road.

Maybe half an hour later, it was fully dark outside and the festival was in full swing.

Though I procrastinated all weekend long, I don’t really regret it. We did some awesome things this five-day weekend:

  1. N for Nepalese – except the restaurant was really Tibetan. This was fun even if we had a really large group that made it impossible to talk to another person at the other end of the table. This was also a highlight since it meant milk bar for dessert.
  2. Free USG Party at District 36 – The DJ was crap. And there are probably some parts of that night that I want to permanently erase from memory. But pregaming that night was just so crazy. Scrambling to find an open liquor store on a Wednesday night, only to fail. Giving in and reluctantly buying three giant bottles of Corona. … Only to sit on a stoop half a block away from the club.
  3. Girls’ Tea Time – While I love hanging out with the boys, there’s nothing like meeting up with just the girls and having tea at a cute restaurant. 🙂
  4. Dinner with Alex – and Heidi and Alby. I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so much at a dining hall. I feel a bit disgusting now that I think about how much food I consumed that night. But I couldn’t help it!

This has felt like a never-ending weekend. Too bad that it has to end with me scrambling to finish my homework. 🙁 On the bright side, it’s another five-day weekend for me next week!


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Uncharted territory in Brooklyn is always tough. In my experience, I’ve only gone to the “nice” parts of the borough so it was quite an experience to get out of the L on Morgan Ave. in pretty much as what Eric described as the ghetto. Okay, so there wasn’t anyone there. No gangsters. But the walls were filled with graffiti. Warehouses, abandoned houses, and commercial buildings surrounded the area. No cute stores or restaurants.

What really disturbed me the most was probably the fact that there was no one around. A few cars here and there, but Claudia, Eric, and I ran into anyone the whole two blocks we walked to the party.

The party was actually a book launch for Intern Nation by Ross Perlin. Despite the fact that it was a book launch, it was barely about the books. We did get there a little late so maybe it was more of bookish nature during the early hours of the party. But when we were there, there was alcohol, smoking, and very very loud music. A hipster band whose name I cannot recall was playing some kind of electronica music (is it even categorized as such? I really don’t know but they used a lot of synth). The crowd was definitely diverse and eclectic and it was weird to see so many different people at one place.

It was overall an okay party, but it was an eye-opening experience.


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Who would have known that the walk over the Brooklyn Bridge would take half an hour? This morning was not very fun. Not only did I have to wake up early for a class at Hunter, I had to schlep over to Brooklyn. Tasha and I ended up being very late – AKA missed our class completely after walking over the bridge, going to the wrong side of the park, etc. Not a fun morning. But I did take a couple of pictures via BlackBerry of the Brooklyn Bridge.

My new camera from Macaulay wasn’t fully charged yet so I didn’t have it with me. I was kind of shocked to see a handful of tourists on the bridge. Never knew they would go there just to take pictures.

I cheered myself up from my bad morning by going uptown to Chinatown and gorging on food. Cheap food. Nothing better than that. I can’t wait to eat the rest of these pork buns now. 🙂

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