What is up with Taiwan Beer. I know the canned ones are crap. But I was looking forward to my big brown bottle of Taiwan beer I bought at the 99 Ranch to celebrate my return from my week long trip to NYC.. And the beer was crap.
Is it because its an export or is Taiwan Beer in the big brown bottle now craP? it's lost that skunk taste and smell it was known for, at least to me. I miss that skunk.
As for the NYC trip. Lucky for us, I have cousins living in NYC> So we had a very nice house to stay at and also they splurged on us and took us to two shows (plus sprunged for many many many meals) !!. One was the Rockettes at Radio City. Which must have been going on since something like 1934. But I'd never watched one and this was their Christmas edition. Well worth watching . Packed house. Zillions in the audience. Even had a live Camel as a prop. Its a 90 minute show . Worth seeing if you are in the Big Apple.
We also saw a small play .
Was much better then one may have imagined !
Our spirits were dampened by the horrible events in Paris ! It is so easy for a few suicide killers to kill hundreds at any given place, any given time it seems. NYC brought out cops with m16s , covering a lot of the major attractions.
Cousins live on LONG ISLAND. And I will not complain about BART fares now because that Long Island Railroad is much more expensive ! To travel an hour (something like 40 miles) on it costs 18 bucks peak hours and 13 bucks off peak.
Whereas our HSR in Taiwan is only about a fraction of that, our regular rail even more of a fraction. 2 bucks to Taoyuan on the regular train versus 18 bucks on the LIRR (Long Island Rail Road).
And bridge tolls? To New Jersey over the George Washington bridge is 14 bucks and the Verrazano Narrows bridge to Staten Island is 16 bucks (you only pay in one direction like bay area bridges) !!
I won't complain about our Bay Bridge being 6 bucks at peak hours anymore, or our Golden Gate being 7 bucks.
It's expensive living in NYC. Those poor buggers who have to commute by Long Island Rail can pay 94 a week (weekly price) for travel. This is cheaper then paying a daily 36 bucks at peak times though!
Parking? NYC parking is about 36 dollars ! That's a lot !
So basically you have to make a very very good income to live well there. The land of multi million dollar apartments (course Taipei apartments can also be millions).
Tons, nah zillions of people everywhere. I was happy once again to return to California.
The food was good there though and prices are very competitive due to something like 14000 restaurants in NYC !!
We went to grab the Bull on Wall Street by its horns, constant line of people waiting to jump in and get a quick pic so you have to be fast. And went on the ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. Given to America by France. Fitting that the US flag is flying at half mast , in conjunction with the French flag, to remember the victims in Paris. Don't buy online or from touts who sell you the tour at 36 bucks a head. Its only 18 bucks at the gate !!
Includes Ellis Island, worth a quick stop to see how the 12 million immigrants between 1899 to 1924 (something like that) that went through Ellis Island.
The tour is worth it so do it. Buy a week long MTA (NYC transit) pass , its cheaper that way. Otherwise its 2.75 per ride, any distance.
If you fly into JKF (what a nice airport it is now with a 24 hour airport train)> you can take the AirTrain to Jamaica station to connect with Long Island rail. or the subways. Or at the Howard Beach stop with subway connections also. This way you can get into Manhattan for 7.75. The five bucks for the AirTrain and the 2.75 to get into Manhattan on the subway. Oh and the ticket itself costs a buck, but its a usable buck.
The flight from SFO to JFK took 5 hours and took 6 back due to headwinds coming back westwards. We were bout 600 mph ground speed going , at 30,000 feet but 480 ground speed coming back at 38,000 feet. The JFK to SFO leg , non-stop is close to the upper range of 737s or A320s. Thus the need to stay high for fuel savings.
The flight over was the smoothest I have ever experienced. There was virtually no perceptible movement at all. Totally still air. Uncanny feeling.
Coming back was not like that. 2 hours of bumpity bump in the middle of relatively smooth 2 hours prior and after.
Oh and at JFK, don't eat inside the terminal after security. There is a CENTRAL DINER . Right smack in the middle of the arrivals hall at Terminal 4. Good food at reasonable prices. NIce big fat burger at 9.99. I had a couple pieces of toast and two eggs scrambled for 4.99 and coffee was at 2.50. CHEAP. I would imagine other terminals also have some sort of eatery before you get into security.
Three hour time difference and now its near midnite NYC time although only near 9pm SF time.
Will add a few pics . Add your comments and NYC experiences !
Radio City Music Hall , where the Rockettes perform. Do you see all those people? This was just bout 15 mins before the show starts. There were not many empty seats when it did.
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Nobody kicks like the Rockettes. The girls seem all to have the same height and slim bod and kick to the exact same height.
Times Square where everyone in NYC seems to end up.
Me and the Bull of Wall Street. Good opportunity to wear the ski jacket i bought in NYC in 2003 (still fits, yay) which i rarely wore in SF. NYC is much cooler then SF.
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Never knew my cousin was such an accomplished amateur painter: