Monday, October 22, 2007

Day 2 @ New York

The first stop of Day 2 starts from the "big daddy" of museums -- American Museum of National History. This place house endless models and skeletons of dinosaurs, reptiles and fish, as well as changing exhibits, an IMAX theater and countless buttons to push.




The relatively recent addition to the museum is the Rose Center for Earth and Space, a Planetarium in an astounding glass box that will whisk you away on virtual reality tours to Mars and beyond.



This the main lobby housing models of our solar systems and more...



This the Planetarium. I purposely took at this angle to portrait it as a living thing with a cute face...... Very creative right???? Need skill you know... hehe



This the monitor that shows all earthquakes worldwide and it provides live results not like normal stock prices monitors which lag of 10 - 15 mins...btw there is a quake around Indonesia as this picture is taken...



Here house the models of different kinds of animals you ever seen.. sure is a large collection...



They even have them hanging on ceiling... very impressive..



Large Jelly fish ....btw this is the 1:1 ratio of its size.. very long indeed...



Sames goes to this whale.. this is how it is like in the sea... Upon seeing this, you will feel how small actually humans are...



This animal with a spiral shell and tentacles is an Ammonite, an extinct relative of the squid



This animal is known as the Whitetail deer. What is a Whitetail deer? They are generalists and can adapt to a wide variety of habitats. Although most often thought of as forest animals depending on relatively small openings and edges, white-tailed deer can equally adapt themselves to life in more open savanna and even sage communities as in Texas and in the Venezuelan llanos region.






This one of the main attractions @ Museum of National History is the skeletons of Dinosaurs. Sure is breath-taking. Lots of work is done to develop this selection. From what I know all of these skeletons are real. These dinosaurs are surely huge, it is better to come and experience it first-hand...




The day cannot be finished without visiting the famous Time Square where the most famous original New York Times buliding from which the New Year's Eve glass ball drop. It was rather sad that we are unable to see the glass ball...




A stop-over @ the colorful fun of M&M'S Brand Chocolate Candies is a must. This 25,000-square-foot, three-story sensory immersion into the world of M&M'S comes equipped with an interactive kids area, full-size #38 Ford Fusion NASCAR, and the largest display of M&M'S in the world.. Fun for kids and M&M candy lovers.....



There's no need to travel to Pennsylvania for a Hershey experience. There is one here @ Hershey's Times Square. This tourist trap is worth the visit if only to see all your favorite name brand candy in one place. Top treat: Five-pound Hershey's chocolate bar. DaDa will love this..



I had never seen Mac with neon signs..... sure is cool...



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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Day 1 @ New York

The first place that we go upon arrival is the famous Trump Tower. You can't explore New York without encountering mega-developer Donal Trump's influence. A few years ago he took over the old 44-story Gulf and Western building, hit it re-clad at vast expense by architect Philip Johnson, and voila -- The Trump International Hotel & Tower. Btw the building is home to supermodels an baseball players and anyone who can afford the rent...



The view of the Tower from outside...



The water features and the his collection from The Apprentice




The Trump's version of Vodka...





This is the Apple Shop @ NY. The glass building seen earlier is just the entrance to the shop underground.. wow.. sure is cool..... very crowed as people are rushing to purchase their iPhone... I have tried and ..... life goes on.....



This is the famous Chinatown ice cream factory where there are lots of different flavours and all made from this factory in-house. Too expensive so i did not try..... The ice cream is really over price til buying Ben & Jerry will be a wise choice.


This the smallest NYPD (New York Police Department) vehicle i had seen. Can this 3-wheeler chase bad guys????

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Friday, October 19, 2007

Day 3 of Washington DC

Today's main attraction is the US Capital Building, White House, National WWII Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial. Sure is a lot to see on our last day @ DC..



Just a bit on the Capital Building, the construction of the three story visitor centre is in progress and for now visitors can only enter via a guided tour and must wait in an often very long line for free tickets. So being kiasu we are there at around 8am and manage to secure a place @ 11am.....



nice ceiling upon entrance..



These paintings house the history regarding the building.. i was not really listening but taking pictures as once she has done with much talking, we have to move on to other place. Btw there is no turning back to this place due to security reason. No wonder it is a guided tour...



This is the place where they place statues of famous people who had done great things to its country. Btw the best part of this place is that your voice can be heard clearly even speaking softy. Quite fun..... as this place uses to be for discussion for political affairs and there is no way your tiny secrets cannot be heard. This is due to the design of the room nothing to do with bugging the room.



This will be the view of Capital Building when the visitor centre is completed.



View of the entire National Mall from the Capital Buliding.. Btw the tall stick is known as the Washington Monument.



No trip to DC without coming to the white house... look peaceful and quiet... on the inside but the outside.......



That is more like white house... with demostrators screaming and singing about poticial affires.. Our version is nothing compared to here... very happening.. btw they even dispatch the secret service to standby in case things go out of order....







The above pictures are the National WWII Memorial where the country shows a grandiose gesture to the staggering 16 Million Americans who served in WWII... Btw Singapore one.. only one not so tall stick...



Behind the WWII Memorial is the reflective pool that leads to the Lincoln Memorial seen at the far background...



I manage to saw someone having its meals @ the long and wide reflective pool...



The Korean War Veterans Memorial commemorates the 1.5 Million Americans who served in this little-understood war.





The Haunting troop of 19 steel soldiers bear expressions that speaks volumes.

Tomorrow i will be sitting Greyhound bus from DC to New York... Hope it will be fun. especially dragging all the luggage that i have..........

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Day 2 of Washington DC

Today we start our trip to the National Air & Space Museum wehre it holds full-size air and spacecraft from the wright brothers' flyer, Charles Lindergh's Sprit of St Louis to the Apollo 11 command module.







Sure is full size........





will they ever drop on the ground.......?



Too bad don't have the chance to sit this airship.....



What a long plane......





This helicopter took 30 days to travel the world... nice.....

The original flyer by the Wright brothers.. sure is big...



Can you believe this? This is the very first lightbulb by Thomas Edison. All real ok..... not made in china nor plastic...



Well, all of you will know this two...... actual size seen in the starwar movies..



We wanted to go to the pentagon and take pictures. However, as soon as we got up to the surface, the Security officer of Pentagon told us immediate that no pictures are allow around the pentagon.... security sure is tight... well once bitten and you know how to react.... or should i say over-react.......



This is the resting ground for over 245,000 military personnel and theie dependents, with veterans from every US war since the Revolution....



The cemetery was close when we were there... nvm atleast we were there once....




However, our efforts to brave the rain did paid off.. The photos above are for the 101 Airborne Division... those who have watch The Band of Brothers will know what it means...

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