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Spring 2015


Even though there has been a few nippy days out recently, I think the flowers are all showing determination. Spring is here to stay in New York City!


Flowers in Park Slope, Brooklyn NYC
Flowers in Park Slope, Brooklyn NYC
Flowers in Park Slope, Brooklyn NYC
Flowers in Park Slope, Brooklyn NYC
Spring flowers in Brooklyn
April flowers in Brooklyn

Shorty goes to see Nightwish


This is what happens when a person of 5’2 goes to see Delain, Sabaton, and Nightwish. We see absolutely nothing except tall people, but not the tall people we paid to see sadly. Good thing I held my phone up high.

Aside from that, it was an awesome concert at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 9, 2015.

I had not heard of Delain before, but since they were opening, I looked up a few songs on Youtube. I was impressed with their sound. They are a female fronted band from the Netherlands. But during the concert, I fell in love with this one song, We are the Others, which happens to be about a girl in England, who was jumped for the way she was dressed. Coming from someone who has repeatedly been attacked for similar things, Delain automatically got my respect and a new fan.

RIP Sophie!


Next came Sabaton from Sweden, the only band that I know of who combines history with heavy metal. This video is bad quality since he was too close to the speakers, it sounds like. I wonder if he was able to hear the next day? But who says a ten year old can’t go to a metal concert? The famous Freddie even got invited on stage! He’s got cool parents!:)


Last but not least, one of the best bands from Finland, Nightwish! They are in the first video.

All in all, it was an awesome time. But personally I do like Best Buy Theater better.







Bangkok Airport on BBC


No, I have never been to Bangkok Airport. But I really want to go now after watching Bangkok Airport on BBC. But until I am set to do international travel again, I will be content with watching Bangkok Airport reruns.

The Thai people are not the usual workers in the airport. They are actually smiling and happy. In the words of Captain Jack, “I love my job!”. He is my (as well as a lot of other people, based on Twitter), favorite guy on the show. Ching ching ching!

I don’t know if the British people are real or not. They are pretty convincing if they are not. And if they are real, it must be nice for some of them to not stress out about getting back to the UK so soon. In Corporate America, if we don’t get to work when we are supposed to, you may face “disciplinary action up to and including termination.” (This is how threatening memos are finished in the workplace in America before they are sent out to people, usually groups I think, since I never got one alone, so the people fear consequences of management).

So much for work/life balance in America.

Definitely watch Bangkok Airport on BBC on their Youtube channel. You too will want to visit the airport of smiles!

St. Patrick’s Day NYC 2015 and Goodfellas Night at Neir’s Tavern

Neir's Tavern in Queens is the oldest bar in NYC
Neir’s Tavern in Queens is the oldest bar in NYC

This year for St. Patrick’s Day, I was determined to do something, since I usually stay home and avoid crowds. I happened to see Neir’s Tavern on Yelp when I was riding through Woodhaven, Queens on the train a few days earlier. I looked them up on Facebook, and they had a St. Patrick’s Day event, so I went.

I was greeted immediately by a friendly, bubbly bartender, and the beer was $5. A $5 beer in New York? I know what’s good and cheap! For their St. Patrick’s Day event, they had a free corned beef and cabbage buffet, so people could not only drink and feel Irish, but eat like the Irish too! Live music was played by Katelyn Richards & The Dilettantes, who played some classic Irish tunes.

St. Patrick's Buffet
St. Patrick’s Buffet

St. Patrick’s Day was my first day at this bar, and I honestly had no clue where I was drinking. Neir’s Tavern is the oldest bar in New York City! Neir’s Tavern is 180 years old, and even though the $5 beer was cheap by NYC standards, I was curious as to how much a beer in NYC cost 180 years ago, when there was more farmland in New York City than concrete and more cows than yellow cabs. The back walls are decorated with different photographs throughout the years. The most interesting photograph to me was the one with a hitching post. Imagine New York City looking like the Midwest? Yeah, that’s what I thought! But for a bar to survive in a forever changing environment that New York City has, the resiliency is worthy of praise and admiration. Even the ice box is as old as the bar is!

Neir's Tavern NYC
Neir’s Tavern NYC

But equally fascinating about Neir’s Tavern is that many scenes from my favorite movie of all time, Goodfellas were filmed there! In fact, on Friday March 27, 2015, Neir’s Tavern had a Goodfellas night in order to celebrate the movie’s 25th anniversary.

Same friendliness, but the crowd was bigger and more diverse, which was very cool. Everyone is nice there. And who wouldn’t want an excuse to watch Goodfellas on the big screen? Kerry Whalen spoke about his book, Inside the Lufthansa Heist: The FBI Lied. Some people took turns at the mic saying their favorite lines from Goodfellas. Based on overhearing what others have said in the crowd, I think “Now go home and get your eff’in shinebox” was the biggest crowd pleaser.

I’ve only been to Neir’s Tavern twice in this past month, but I’ll surely go there again. Not just to drink, but for the cool events that they put on. I think that it’s pretty safe to say I’m in love with this place, and the relationship is going well!