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How I Fell in Love with New York City

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How I Fell in Love with New York City

Posted on 15 June 2011 by Liza Mae V.

It was the summer of 1994 when I first travelled to New York City.  I was 11 years old and it was a summer road trip with my family where we went from Toronto-Ottawa-Vermont-New York City-Toronto.  It was quite a scenic trip and I loved the mountains in Vermont and remember going through a bridge that had a house structure covering it.  Then as we got closer to the city you can start to notice the congestion of vehicles and buildings starting to emerge.  I have visited New York City before this but I was even younger and didn’t really appreciate or care to notice my surroundings.  This time was quite different for I was pre-teens and can comprehend the greatness that was New York City.  This is not my first time writing about New York for I did a comparison 5 years ago, New York vs. Toronto, and looking back I shouldn’t of let anyone hold me from my dreams, another story, another day.

I Love New York - Liza Mae

I loved the busyness that filled the streets of New York City.  You can feel the energy in the air and the bright lights everywhere.  I remember hanging out with my cousin and her friend on the front building steps in Astoria, Queens, listening to music-filled cars blaring salsa or hip hop music or passerby’s talking amongst each other.  This is when I started people watching for amusement.  I watch the way people move, interact, dress, and try to analyze what kind of person they are.  I can do this for hours and New York City is an awesome city to do so.

Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge

New York City isn’t for everyone but I love it. What makes me love it even more is the friends that I have met throughout the years. It is one of the main reasons I keep coming back for I love them and I have a couple of my favorite people here.  Every time I visit it seems I gain a new friendship through friends of friends or just randomly.  You are guaranteed to see a new face every time you step outside, so the amount of interactions is endless.

For some reason I still remember 2 songs that remind me of my first trip to New York City which I had to check release years to validate that my memory served me correct.  It was 1994 when TLC released CrazySexyCool and Aaliyah (RIP) released Aged Ain’t Nothing but a Number.  These are the two songs that bring back the memories of New York City at the age of 11.

TLC – Creep

Aaliyah – Back and Forth


My closest friends from Toronto keep telling me that New York City is where my heart belongs.  In 2006 I wrote about New York vs. Toronto and I still feel the same way 5 years later minus the ex.  I’m not too sure if I am convinced to move but I definitely do not eliminate it from my future. Anything is possible but for now I will continue to love New York City for all that it has to offer and I’ll try to figure out where and what my next steps are going to be.

Until then … just gonna roll with the punches.

– Liza Mae

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Homeless Serenity

Posted on 20 July 2010 by Liza Mae V.

I wrote this last week but never truly finished it but here it is …

Today I woke up and I felt sort of down because we have to move again.  I have lived in so many places in 2010 I feel like I have no home to just relax.  My timeline really started in 2009 where I’ve been moving place to place, today will be the 10th new place I will be moving into. I’ve been living out of my suitcase ever since I arrived in China in March 2010. This may be part of the reason why I am feeling kind of lost.

During the time I’ve lived in different places I’ve left a part of me … mentally and spiritually. Some days I find myself day dreaming of the places I’ve been and faces I’ve encountered. The little boy on the street still haunts me now and then, even typing it makes me teary eyed.

When I first arrived to Manila, Philippines, my Tita Heidi picked me up from the airport. She weaved in and out of chaotic traffic filled with different types of vehicles such as Jeepney’s, Tricycles, Motorcycles, and of course pedestrians. It was humid and hot and I was grateful to have been in an air conditioned car. We finally pulled up to a stop light and a little boy, age no older than 4, put his hands on the driver side window and peered through the tinted glass. He looked like he didn’t shower for weeks and he put on the saddest face I’ve seen. Though it may have been an act so that you would feel sorry and give money to him, it still left a bad taste in my mouth. He was about the age of my nephews and I would never imagine them ever begging for money on the streets nor have I seen that on the streets of Toronto.

Part of me is heart broken and only one person truly understands what I am going through … x 10. People understand but don’t really go through the emotions as I have.

(unfinished thoughts)

– Liza Mae

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Destination … Freedom

Posted on 20 April 2010 by Liza Mae V.

I haven’t been updating my blog because I’ve actually been working on business plans for when I get back or even sooner. I am currently not in Shanghai, China but I arrived in Manila, Philippines as of last night. I have no real defined time lines except when my Philippine Visa expires and even that isn’t a deterrent since I have an option to extend it. I know I want to be in a beach soon and see the rest of my family. I feel like I am living a dream where this reality of mine is so surreal.

I went for my morning workout at my Tita’s subdivision community centre at 8am and I am not used to the heat. Apparently this is the cooler time of day, oh my. It was a pretty good workout, I got my heart rate up the entire 25 minutes, maybe it was the heat or I just really worked hard. I was complaining that Shanghai was too cold and wet and now I am in the heat and I can’t handle it. I think I will get used to it in a few days.

Right at this moment I am in the living room watching my niece and three nephews playing Nintendo Wii. While on my way from the airport yesterday something happened which I can not get out of my mind. My tita and I were at a stop in the car and small boy who is about my nephew’s age of 4, plants his face on my Aunt’s window with the saddest face I’ve ever seen. Every time I see little kids like that on the street it just breaks my heart. I wish I could take them all in, maybe one day I can but for now I will try to find out how I can help while I am here. I don’t really know what I am doing here but I am here for a reason.

– Liza Mae

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floating in air … dream turned into reality

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floating in air … dream turned into reality

Posted on 22 March 2010 by Liza Mae V.

I’ve been hearing the words of “You’re Crazy!”, as of late because of my defining decision which took the world, my world and everyone surrounding it, by storm. One of the few friends, Bobby, who understands what I am doing said something profound to me which I hold near and dear to my heart.

He said, “Well you are not trying to be normal, so to them ‘Yes’ you are crazy.”

Whenever someone would comment as such I would go back to what he said. I realize I am not my friends, nor am I the majority. It is not that I am trying to distinguish myself from everyone else, for everyone wants the same thing, to be happy. Essentially, that is what my pursuit is and this is my story.

Cake by Francine

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keep moving forward … desire to be inspired

Posted on 25 April 2009 by Liza Mae V.

I am sitting on the porch soaking in the sun on a Saturday afternoon thinking of things that have progressed in the last year.  I smile back on the memories and it makes me teary-eyed.  Who would of thought I would be here now, a year later.  I sit in a house which he envisioned a year gone.  Many people speak of things they dream about but many people do not put those dreams in motion.  He is a person who has made it happen.

I remember laying in my parents house with him on the left of me, speaking of a place that he and I should share together.  We spoke about subletting, renting, and lastly owning a house.   The first two did not happen because it was decided that the latter should happen, owning/living in a house we could call our own.  So we sacrificed some freedom to save money and now here we are.  I didn’t officially move out of my parents but it is apparent that I basically moved out except for some clothes that I have left there.  My brother Rich, called me 10 min ago to ask me if he can move my remains in the smaller room for he is going to move in to my room for it is larger.  This was like a smack in my face, not in a bad way but in a reality check type of way, “I HAVE MOVED OUT”.  I go to my parents maybe once a week and when I do, it feels foreign to me.  At first the house felt foreign but now I can finally call it home.  We haven’t yet settled in due to renovations and the fact that we have rented majority of the house in order to reach our next goal of getting another house as an income property.  I have grown to love this house and the memories we have built together.  Unfortunately, it is time to build memories elsewhere, and where is that exactly?  It could be helping poor children in the streets of Philippines, enjoying the busyness of the streets of Tokyo, or eating crepes with the French in Nice, France.  Basically my memories are built with people in places.  I do not get attached to places, I get attached to people whom I love in those places. For example, before I made friends in New York City, I wasn’t too gong-ho about it except for the shopping.  After making friends, I love New York or more so, I love my friends in New York.  They are the reason why I keep coming back.  I still shop in New York but it is not my reason for visiting.  This reminds me that I am long over due for a trip to NYC.


So I have been meaning to post this video that I received from a co-worker, weeks back.

It made me think of things that inspire me to be.  I am a pretty lazy relaxed person, so what makes me get out of bed in the morning?  My desire to get another house and then retire.  It is not that I want to lay in bed and watch Dr. Phil all day but I want to travel and also help people.  He has showed me the organization(missionary) that he volunteered for in Mexico and it inspired me.  I realized working for a corporation to make the rich richer isn’t satisfying.  It is my time to help those who truly need help.  There aren’t enough hands to feed those who starve, so I want to offer my hands to feed empty hearts.

What inspires you to be?

– Liza Mae

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Gemini’s Horoscope: Little Adventure

Posted on 02 December 2008 by Liza Mae V.

Gemini Horoscopes

(May 21 – Jun 20)

Tuesday, Dec 2nd, 2008 — However impractical you are now, it’s not going to stop you from planning your next little adventure. You are thinking big and could easily turn a trip to the corner store into a backpacking trek through the rugged high country of Tibet. While others may be laughing at you because they think your ideas are too far out, you’ll get the last laugh when you send them postcards from the top of the world.


I liked today’s horoscope. =)

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Posted on 23 May 2006 by Liza Mae V.

I know this is a delayed entry and my tan is now fading but I was inspired by Joseph to write something about my NCL experience.

1. The DJ in the one and ONLY club played the same set night after night.
2. You can only spend a few hours at a stop over not fully grasping the travelling experience (ex. meeting locals, trying new foods, etc.)
3. Motion sickness
4. Not much partying since its all couples or family.
5. Majority of Filipino workers, I felt like my cousins were serving me. lol.
6. Waiting in line for formal dinners.
7. Drinking water tasted funny.
8. Gaining weight from eating so much.
9. Alcohol wasn’t free.
10. The stir-fry line was 20 minutes long.

1. Food was available 24h/day.
2. The sunsets.
3. Being pampered.
4. Relaxing under the sun.
5. Sea Breeze.
6. Comedy Shows.
7. Chocolate Buffet.
8. Jacuzzi.
9. Smiling babies.
10. Getting Drunk.

-Liza Mae

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..crusing it..

Posted on 28 April 2006 by Liza Mae V.

I’m finally done school unless I failed something.  I hope not.  Now I have to enter this working world and I am having mixed feelings of excitement and I am afraid of the unknown but I suppose it is a part of life we all gotta go through.  Until I found that career related job, I am just going to be relaxing and I am going to start by going on vacation.  I am leaving from Buffalo tonight and I’ll be in New York City before midnight.  Then I go on my  7 day cruise starting Sunday afternoon.  Here is my itinerary:

Day Port
New York, New York
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At sea
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Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida
Miami, Florida
Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas
Nassau, Bahamas
At sea
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New York, New York
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Then I will be flying bak on Monday morning.

I am excited yet I am sad that I am leaving him again.  I wish that he joined me on my adventures but he has goals to get his own condo and trips are not in his agenda right now.  blar.  Anyways, if you are in my planned destinations and want to share a moment or two, feel free to contact me.

-Liza Mae

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Random Ramblings Issue No. 1064

Posted on 19 August 2005 by Liza Mae V.

A pet peeve is posts saying “I am going to update soon!” … Just update … I don’t need a warning.

I just looked at my school schedule and I am in for another deadly semester.  I do not miss school, I just want to get it over ASAP.  I am trying to mentally prepare for it but its easier to THINK you won’t procastinate but when it comes down to it, I will procastinate.  Ack!  Also, I won’t be over analyzing my relationship with G as much as I do.  I have too much damn time to think of him.  School keeps me busy and thinking of other things.  Graduation is a hop … skip away.  It will be here sooner than I can even fathom.  The transition will not be an easy one.

My labor day weekend will be in NYC … its my yearly trip which started about 5 years ago when I was 17.  Usually I am so hyped about going but I am not.  Knowing that my house will be abandoned for the weekend and I could of had him sleep over the whole weekend … sucks!  It is too late to back out of my plans because I am the one who convinced my cousin to drive to NYC instead of taking a plane.  Only if I knew sooner.  I told myself that I would not go on vacation (esp. NYC) without him … but here I am.  I like to get away from the familiar, once in awhile … but he wants to save money, for who knows what.  AGhhhh … The main purpose for my trip is to see Lemar because he had just gone through a major surgery and I just want to watch over him.  I can’t imagine being alone after sugery … I would need all the support I can get.  I suppose the trip is all worth it.  That felt good to type.

The summer is almost over.  I realized I am getting sick of clubbing, it is not as fun as I remember.  Being in a relationship and clubbing, just don’t mix well with me.  My hunt has ended.  I usually used to go clubbing with Martina … and I had fun, but it is not the same.  It seems I only have fun when I have more friends around like Roxanne, Francine, Darlene, and friends from work.  I think because they are hillarious as hell.  I just enjoy the jokes we have.  I think the reason that Martina and I used to go to clubs is to pick up … no matter how much I  say I love to dance … this was the mere purpose.  I have more fun in dance class. [Reminds me … have to find a new dance studio to go to]  I think I am throwing in the towel.  My clubbing days in Toronto are going to be kept to a minimum.

I need to get a massage, my bed is horrible and I’ve had this knot for a week and I feel very tense.  Feel like paying for one.  Ack..

-Liza Mae

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