January 31, 2014

Travel / Five times New York City

New York City 2012

1. Ulta

You want to do some beauty shopping while you're in New York? Of course you want to go to Duane Read and Walgreens, you can find those al around the city. But when you're in New York you can also go to Ulta. Take the subway to Queens and get out at 63 Dr - Rego Park (the E, M & R trains will take you there). From there it's just a short walk to Rego Park Center I and II. Ulta is located in Rego Park Center II.

2. PAX

For breakfast and lunch I like to go to PAX (you can find these all over the city). What I love most about this place is the fact that you can create your own salad. You can choose your greens (crisp romaine, mixed greens or spinach), your toss-ins (vegetables, chicken, cheese etc.) and your dressing (honey mustard, ranch, caesar etc.). Of course you can also buy a bagel, sandwiches or a lot of other things.

3. Red Rose Nail & Spa

There are a lot of places in New York where you can go and get a manicure and/or pedicure. I like to go to Red Rose (152 W 72nd St). Both times I was in New York I went here a few times. They have great prices, the people that work there are really friendly and they have a lot nail polish colours to choose from. There is a Urban Outfitters and a Duane Read close by. At Gray's Papaya, which is also close by, you can get a fresh juice.

4. Chat N Chew

You want to go here (10 E 16th St) for a good old burger (and a lot of other things - I went for the Quintessential Macaroni and Cheese). The place has an amazing atmosphere and great quality food. With names as 110% Veggie Chili, Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf and Thanksgiving On A Roll who doesn't want to eat here?! It's close to Union Square Park which is also a cool place to check out!

5. South Street Seaport

Yes, you get a great view of Manhattan from the Empire State building and Top of the Rock. Definitely go there. But if you want a view that's a little bit different, go to South Street Seaport. Go onto the pier and on the top level of the building (where the restaurants are) you can go outside and you'll have an amazing view of the Brooklyn bridge on one side and Manhattan on the other. South Street Seaport itself is also worth checking out. It's a 'cute' 'little' area with shops and restaurants.
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January 27, 2014

Photography / The roads I knew became a city


Another portrait ;)
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January 26, 2014

Photography / Snap!


Don't mind my hair, please =) Taking pictures in that save garden I was talking about. I need to go out and take pictures of the rest of the world.
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January 24, 2014

Photography / Save garden




Oops I took photographs in my backgarden again. One of my goals for this year was to go out more and by go out, I didn't mean out in my garden. I'm working on it.
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January 22, 2014

Photography / Remote control



Testing out my new remote for my camera. So happy with it!
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January 17, 2014

Photography / Blogging Goals 2014


I had to think long and hard about what I wanted to write for this morning's post. For some inspiration I took a look in my picture folder. I came across a picture that I took in Het Rijksmuseum (one I didn't publish here on my blog). There were a lot of people in that picture and that is rare for pictures that I take. Usually there aren't any people in the pictures that I take. And that is something I want to change. So I thought I write down my blogging goals for 2014. It may be a little late for that, but better late than never right? =)
  1. Photograph people
  2. Go out, discover new places to photograph
  3. Take that photograph!
  4. Really look at what you're photographing
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January 12, 2014

Running Diaries / My first ever run!



It was al set into motion when I got a H&M gift card and some money for Christmas. Two days later I was in H&M buying myself some running gear. Tights, a top that keeps your really warm (I don't remember the name) and two long sleeve tops.  The next morning (which was a Sunday morning, extra points for that) I'm outside by 9.30 am, feeling like I could run a marathon. Which I can't (not yet), but it's the thought that counts right?!

There I go. My first ever run! I'm doing this Start To Run program where someone tells me exactly what I should do. When to run, when to walk and when to breath. Oh yes, breathing. I'm not good with breathing (I could be a vampire). I feel that that is going to be an issue in the near future, but hopefully it will sort itself out when I've been running for a little longer.

The first thing I notice, is that there are a lot more dog walkers than runners in my neighbourhood. Every time I see a dog, I wonder what I would do when one comes after me. Would I a. go in full sprint and outrun the dog, b. stop running completely and surrender or c. climb the nearest tree and stay there until someone saves me? What would you do?

A few minutes later my nightmare becomes reality. I run past a guy that is walking his dog. Nothing scary happening so far. After a few seconds I get the feeling that I'm being followed. I keep running but turn my head to look back. The dog is following me, instead of his owner who is walking in the opposite direction. Aaaah! I keep staring straight ahead. What should I do, what should I do? What I should do is admit that the dog wasn't really chasing me, but rather running along side me. Oh and did I say that he (or she) is the size of big chipmunk? No? Oh. The dog is gone by the way.

When I get back after twenty minutes, I feel like a champion. Not only did I just survive my first run, I also survived my first dog chase. Check, check. I want more! And I get more. After my first run, I've been outside running five more times. Which means that I completed the first two weeks of the Start To Run program. Yes!

Next week another running journal!
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January 6, 2014

Photography / Fireworks overload


The first thing I always do when the clock hits 00.00 at new years eve (after saying happy new year to everyone) is go outside and start taking photos of all the fireworks. This time I didn't go outside, but went up to the attic to snap some pictures. It was the first time I used my 50mm lens and my tripod for shooting fireworks. The first few photos turned out pretty crappy, but after that it got slightly better. I still didn't think that I had taken some great shots, so I was lightly disappointed. To my surprise a few of the photos turned out pretty ok when I saw them on my computer. So now on to the fireworks overload, sorry I couldn't choose just one.







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January 3, 2014

Photography / Clean House, Fresh Start




I promise these will be the last Christmas decorations you're going to see for a while. We visited my grandparents house just before Christmas and I took a couple photos of the decorations they'd put up. I'm a little bit sad that all the Christmas decorations at our own house are gone now. The house looks so empty. I do have to say I'm really excited for this year, and what better way to start it then with a clean and neat house =)
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January 1, 2014

Photography / Happy New Year!


2009/2010


2010/2011


2011/2012

I hope you've had a wonderful new years eve and I hope you've an even better 2014! Here are some of the photographs I took the last couple of years celebrating the new year. I have no idea where 2012/2013 is though. The photos I took last night will be up shortly!
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