The Weekend

Leah and I had a busy Saturday.
Central Park Gates  – 7Just before we left the apartment for my usual gym session at midtown Manhattan, we decided to go to Central Park afterward and see what the fuss is all about The Gates. I took Leah’s compact digital camera with us and took some photos there. The park was packed full of gates as well as people. The orange fabric makes the park looks very zen/Buddhist-like.

But we couldn’t find somewhere we wanted to have lunch near the park so we decided to walk all the way back to midtown and had Japanese noodles instead. The round trip must have been at least 3 miles. Well it was 10 blocks up and down town between the park and the gym/noodle place as well as our walk up and across the park. I persuaded Leah to try out the pork curry ramen noodle and she loved it. Now that becomes her favourite dish, replacing chicken katsu don. We shared the gyoza and they are probably some of the best gyoza I’ve tasted! (I am sure there are better ones but hey, I am easy to please)

Then in the evening later, we went to a Sinatra party in downtown Manhattan. Really it was just an excuse to have a party and get ourselves drunk!
Sinatra Party – 1 We were supposed to be there by 9 p.m. but I had some shirt problem and PATH train problem so we didn’t get there until way past 10 p.m. Still we had a great time there drinking and chatting with people I work with. By the way, the ‘classic’ martini tastes pretty bad. Perhaps it is the gin but I am not sure why people like it. So I had a Baileys to balance it out 🙂 We didn’t leave until 2:30 am when the owner of the place more or less kicked us out.

I joked to Leah that since we have the keys to the new apartment in Battery Park City, just across the street may be we should just stay there instead of trekking home. She didn’t buy it and so we had to wait in the freezing platforms at WTC then at Grove Street before we got home at around 3:30 p.m. Good job I didn’t go to work the next day like I planned to!

The next day I woke up at 11 a.m. by Leah’s departure to the cinema with her friend (her reason/excuse of not staying at our new apartment). I stayed in bed and surfed the net for awhile then I got up and worked on ecto for a couple of hours. By that time Leah had came back with Thai food so we finished watching the last two episodes of Long Way Round DVD* and other TiVo shows. Then took some photos of my film camera body which I will be putting onto eBay for sale very soon. More TV then ensured and after that, I played like 4 hours of Halo 2 and went to bed at 3 a.m. I need more days like this one.

* There are a bunch of negative reviews about the book of their trip on Amazon. I am not sure whether it is because the reviewers are jealous that Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman were rich actors, or that they realise they didn’t get off their collective asses and do the trip themselves. Either way, Leah and I enjoyed the DVD. It is certainly not the Round the World in 80 Days by Michael Palin but it never pretends to be.

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