Sunday, December 15, 2013

NBC Studios and Chelsea Market

I don't think I have mentioned this on my blog before, but on Friday, December 13th, (we had some good luck and very bad luck on the trip..) we had a field trip to visit NBC studios and Chelsea Market for my oral communications class! (ohhh how I hate public speaking.. but I must take that class to get better!) I was super excited for this trip because I just love NYC!! I even get to go there next week for Christmas break with my cousins!
For this trip, we were set to leave school at 6:30 and return back around 6:30 at night depending on traffic! Ohhh gosh, for me, to be at the school before 6:30 was a challenge! That meant I needed to leave the house around 6:00 am. That morning, I literally rolled out of bed, threw on warm clothes and left. There was no time for makeup! I was planning to sleep on the bus hehe! We were taking a coach bus and I knew I could sleep on those!

We left the school around 6:35 am as stated and started driving. We drove for abut 10 minutes before we hit an Open weighing station! (like when are these ever opened??)  According to our bus driver, the last time he was at one of those, it took him about 2 hours to get checked! Immediately our bus groaned, but after about 5 minutes, they let us go without even checking us! Talk about good and back luck! We watched a few movies on the way there, including ELF, and finally hit the city a bit before 10 am. Our bus driver was nice enough to drop us right near the tree so we didn't have to walk that much!

Sights Of NYC
Michael Kors!!
After getting off, our teacher showed us the meeting place, which was under the huge tree and sent us off for an hour. Our first tour of the studios began at 11:15 and we had to meet under the tree at 11. It was pretty amazing to be set free like that. We were allowed to go wherever we wanted as long as we could make it by foot. We were even allowed to wander outside which I think most of did not choose to do because it was so cold!
For most of the trip, I chose to stick close to my friend because I didn't want to get lost. (If you know me, I get lost anywhere... even during a cross country race!) The first place I ran when I was set free was the bathroom lol. Sitting on a bus for 3+ hours can cause this!

rockefeller center

 It was so pretty inside!! I don't know exactly what the building was called, but it's the one right next to NBC studios and Rockefeller center. It was basically a huge building full of shops and places to dine at. It was literally huge inside. There were several floors and I'm very thankful I had someone with me or else I would have gotten lost! We basically explored a whole floor and went into many cute shops including one that sold soaps and one that sold pastries! I wanted to get something to eat but chose not to because I knew we were going to Chelsea Market later. Plus sitting on a bus for so long kinda suppressed my hunger so I just chose to take in the amazing sights.

NYC chandelier
Before Auto Awesome Photos
Twinkle Auto Awesome Photos
After Auto Awesome Photos
On a side note, as I was editing this post, I got a notification from google plus saying I had 2 photos that were "Auto Awesome." I clicked them and one of the photos was this chandelier photo. Google made the lights sparkle! How cool is that? Then I proceeded to look around google+ more and I realized that all my photos from my blog are on my google+ and they were all "Auto edited." Google+ itself looks very neat and I think I might try being more active there because it looks a lot better/funner than FB! 


Tree at Rockefeller Center 2013
This tree was HUGE!!! I bet it looks beautiful at night!
 Rockefeller Center 2013

After exploring the stores we went outside a bit earlier to check things out. We walked around the center and took quite a bit of pictures! I wanted to share all my photos with you guys, but I didn't want my post to have 40+ photos, so I made collages!
We saw so many amazing sights outside! It was cold, but totally worth it! I feel like in NYC, they have so much holiday spirit. Everywhere I turned, something was always decorated for the holidays. Trees in the streets were adorned with lights and the streets were dressed up with statues and sculptures. My favorite statues were the line of nutcrackers!
In the center of the square, there were also people ice skating! I wanted to go ice skating so badly, but the line was too long! Maybe next time..!

NBC Studio Tour

There were 51 students on this trip, plus my teacher and her husband, and an english teacher. I think the NBC tour only allows a certain amount of people per tour so we had to split into two groups: one at 11:15 and the other at 11:30. I was in the 11:15 group! The tour itself was about an hour long and we had two fantastic tour guides. We went around the studios and saw how things worked behind the scenes. Unfortunately cameras were not allowed on this tour, so I don't have any, but believe me that it was interesting. There are so many lights that have to be used for each show! I walked into a set and saw 300 lights above my head. It was crazy! We even saw the SNL set as well and apparently they were just about to rehearse when we got there so we couldn't go inside. It was still cool to see everything.

NBC Studio Tour
So much candy in the store!
The voice NBC Studios
I want YOU! 
After the tour concluded, we waited downstairs in the shops till the other group was finished so we could head to our next destination... CHELSEA MARKET.
We had some more bad luck on this trip as out bus driver was late and left us outside waiting for him for 30 minutes. It was very cold, but not that bad though because I had some awesome bonding time with my classmates and teacher!

Chelsea Market Christmas
Look at those Lights by the clock!
Chelsea Market Christmas

I have been to Chelsea Market before (I think it was this summer or maybe during spring break this year?) so I thought I knew what to expect, but I was wrong! I walked in and saw that a lot of things have changed! A lot of the stores were the same, but there were also new stores and new decorations! The scriptures and paintings have changed and they decorated for Christmas. Right in the center of the market where the clock is, there were thousands of lights hanging. My photos's don't do it justice because it was jaw dropping to see in real life! Everyone was walking by it like it was nothing while I just stood there in awe... I must have looked very strange hehe.

Chelsea Market Gelato

One place I really wanted to go to eat was this gelato shop. I had eaten here before and it was delicious though very expensive. A cup/ scoop was 6 dollars! I had already gotten ice cream earlier at store called the "milk bar," but I really wanted some gelato so I got some to share with my friend! ohh gosh was it delicious. I don't know what they do, but the ice cream here tastes so much better than what we get in the stores. They taste richer and there is something special about them.
* I just looked this up and it states that gelato has less air and fat than ice cream which is why it taste so delicious and dense!*
I roamed around the market a bit more till it was time to go. We met outside the market and onto our bus!


Peter Pan Bus Accident

Okay so I was deciding whether or not to post about this, but int he end I chose to because it made up a big part of the trip and it was quite memorable... plus it fit in with the Friday the 13th theme.
Luckily NO ONE got hurt in this accident that you see. We were driving home and right before we crossed the state line to get into Connecticut, a car had stopped in the middle of the highway! Our bus was going too fast at the time so stopping was not an option. We had to swerve to the side and in that process, we ended up hitting another car against the side of the highway.
I was asleep when this happened and all I remembered was waking up to my teacher screaming at the top of her lungs to "stop!" Then I felt a mini earthquake and heard noise and we stopped. At that moment, I don't even know what I was thinking. I thought that I would have to jump out of the bus, but by the time that thought came to me, we had already stopped moving!
My teacher was freaking out for a second and I was pretty scared. It was my first ever car accident, but we're very lucky that no one was injured, just shaken up. We had to wait for the police to come and he took down all 51 of our names and birthdays. We were stuck there for about 2 hours as the police did his report then we were let go. On a good note though, we hit almost no traffic on the way home! woooh!

Rockerfeller Christmas Tree
My friend and I under the tree
To end on a positive note, our trip to New York was so much fun! It's probably going to go down as my best high school field trip! Plus our teacher will always remember our trip that we went on!

Have you ever been to NYC? What did you do there?
Did anything happen to you guys on the 13th?
Gelato vs. Ice cream? =) 

84 comments:

  1. You did an amazing job with tbe images you took love Chelsea place and I agree the tree awesome at night. I kiss that ice so many time trying to ice skate. Rockefeller Center. Glad everyone its okay from the accident. Look at the good and the bad as an experience and memory you will look back at.
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    1. Thank you! I was trying hehe.. lugging a big camera around wasn't easy!
      ohh that sounds so painful, but a fun experience at the same time! I actually went ice skating a couple times and I ended up crushing people twice!

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  2. Wow.... Amazing pics, interesting Place!!!!!!
    Kisses hun!

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  3. the chelsea house is different from Uk and it is nice too~

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    1. ohh you have one in the UK?? I want to go!

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  4. What a lovely trip.
    Nice pics.


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  5. What a nice experience!!!
    You have a nice blog, would you like to follow each other?
    Kisses

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  6. Wow amazing pictures. You really captured a lot of amazing shots.
    Beautetude

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  7. lovely pictures! <3
    you really had a great time I bet

    sweet and sugars,
    DIAS

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  8. That's where I work. There's really no name to the levels of shops in the lower level.

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    1. ohh my gosh!! Really? That is pretty awesome hehe! You are very lucky cause it's so pretty there!

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  9. I love NYC seeing your pictures I definitely have to go visit this lovely city soon again! Great post and I just followed your blog on GFC and bloglovin!

    Much love xxx

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  10. Holy that auto awesome thing is SOOO cool. I'm going to NYC this Fri to Sat and I can't wait! I love the picture of you in the Voice chair. Adorable smile as always.

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    1. It really is!! They did it automatically hehe!
      ohhh NYC looks so awesome now! hey, I'm going to NY this sat too!! =)

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  12. That sounds like a great day! The city looks beautiful during Christmas time.

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    STAY AWESOME xxx Pauline
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  13. Sounds like a fun day, although so scary at the end with the crash! Glad that no one was hurt.


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    1. It was so much fun and yes, it is good that no one was hurt!

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  14. seems like such a fun day for you.. love that picture of the lights!

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  15. great pics....the ice-cream looks delicious

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  16. Lovely photos...seems that you are enjoying a lot :)

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  17. Nice!! Chelsea Market sure seemed fun for you guys! Haha, I'm also horrific at the thought of public speaking but I must agree, we must face our weaknesses and improve on them!! Enjoy your day! xx

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    1. hehe, yes it was lots of fun! I am still just terrible at speaking in public, but the class is helping!

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  18. Aww.. It seems an excellent photoshoot. I also <3 NYC and have visited Chelsea Market as well few years back. Since it was a academic trip, so you must has a different experience. I hope you will have more fun on your next week trip with your cousin. Don't forget to share those photos.

    xoxo

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    1. thanks! IT was so much fun, and it was a bit different since it was for school, but we got time to roam around on our own!
      Yes I will be sure to share pics! =)

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  19. I wish I could be there to be on the Voice chair!

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  20. it looks like you had an amazing time. And can we say that all that ice cream looks mouth watering!! we're also extremely jealous of all the Christmas decorations you have in your stores. Australian stores are pathetic compared :(

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    1. Thanks! The ice cream is amazing and yes the decorations are amazing! I bet your stores look nice too.. it's just NY that has the really cool decorations!

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  21. Hi Mindy, what an amazing experience, I think all the bad luck would outweigh the bad because nothing beats winter in NYC, your photos are so beautiful, those chandelier lights are magical.

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    1. Thanks and yes winter in NYC is amazing!! hehe thank google for the sparkling edits!

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  22. Hi Mindy,
    I've never been to New York or NBC. I once work in New Orleans for three months. Our company had a project there.

    Looks like 3 hours to NY was a really long journey and I feel sorry for the unfortunate incident. Glad you are ok.

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    1. It is slightly a long time. Thankfully we a re okay! New Orleans sounds like so much fun! I would love to go one day!

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  23. Your friend has nice blue hair. But I don't think our school here allow that.

    Regarding your questions;
    1. Nope. Never been to NYC.
    2. Nothing bad happened on Dec 13 to me.
    3. I still like ice-cream.

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    1. hehe. Ice cream is the best and yay for a lucky friday!

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  24. Lucky you to be able to take such a fun field trip to NYC during the holidays. It's a real treat! Chelsea Market is one of my fave places. So many yummy things to eat there. So scary about the accident on the way home. Glad to hear no one was hurt.

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    1. I know!! I felt very lucky because NYC looks amazing during the holidays and chelsea market was so much fun and delicious!! I'm so glad that we ar e okay!!

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  25. I hope you had fun! I am in NYC everyday because I live here! :)
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    1. you are so lucky!! I want to move there so badly!

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  26. Looks like you had so much fun there Mindy! How i wish i could one day visit there and that the voice chair is so cooool! I envy you to have sat in that chair now hihi

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    1. hehe thanks! It's so much fun ! The voice chair is really cool.. (though it isn't the real one but a pretty close duplicate!)

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  27. That looks like an incredible trip. I loved seeing everything through your photos. I live in Europe and NYC has been on top of my list to-visit-places for quite a while (I'd like to see it in summer and in winter- your photos are the reason why). Thanks for stopping by. I follow back via bloglovin #338. xx

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    1. Thanks and I'm glad that you liked my photos! ohh how I wish I could visit Europe! You are very lucky . NYC is also a cool place to be and I think it's worth a visit. hehe, I like NYC in the winter a bit more b/c of the holiday decorations, but it's also nice in the summer. =)

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  28. These pictures are SO fun! I love the voice chair picture! I hope you had a great time while there. Good luck with your public speaking!!
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    1. thanks! It was lots of fun there and hehe, I loved the voice chair too!

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  29. Nice :)

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  30. It looks like you had a wonderful time in New York! All the pictures are wonderful, and I never knew google could do that! That's amazing.

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    1. Thanks! I t was so much fun and I didn't know that about google either till I got a notification!

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  31. Glad to hear that no one got injured! I have always wanted to tour the NBC studios but never done it and I haven't been to Chelsea market yet either. Hopefully, I will make at least one of them when I travel to NYC in 2014.

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    1. thanks and I am so happy we are all safe!! ohh you NEED to go to Chelsea market and Nbc studios (though chelsea market is a bit funner in my opinion b/c of all the good!) =)

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  32. aaahh new york!!! i wanna try that nbc tour one day!!! :D i miss the city already! :D

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    1. hehe yes, NY! The nbc tour is pretty nice.. a bit costly, but worth it once!

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  33. Mindy, I can legit look at your pictures forever. You take such amazing ones!!!

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