Two weeks ago, my partner and I had the privilege of travelling to the Big Apple. And let me tell you, we had a great time. And even better, we stayed under the budget. #Winning!

Of course, as always, the trip has been planned months before it even happened – six months to be exact. By planning ahead, we had a lot of time in our hands to sort out our options when it comes to our expenses – airfare, hotels, places to visit, etc., which then saved us money. Needless to say, I am already planning our trips for next year. You should give it a try, too. 

Anyways, without any further ado, these are the things that we did, and the places that we visited while in NYC:


  • Wicked, The Musical – everyone in their lifetime should watch a Broadway show. Yes. This was my first, and I enjoyed it so much. The production, the actors, the script, the stage, the music – spectacular! 
  • Statue of Liberty in my opinion, a New York trip wouldn’t be complete without paying homage to Lady Liberty – the icon of freedom, and one of the most recognizable statue in the world. Luckily, it was sunny when we went. A must see!
  • NYSE and Wall Street – this was a budget pal bucket list. It was a thrill for me to walk into the financial district of the Universe!
  • Brooklyn Bridge – this bridge was featured on the movie Spider Man, and probably other dozen movies. I just liked the architectural design of the bridge.
  • Times Square – the lights, the big TV screens, the energy, the people from all over the world – you have to be there to feel it.
  • MET – the Metropolitan Museum of Art showcases world artifacts and modern art pieces alike. I particularly liked the European Sculpture section and the exquisite Korean section.
  • Stephen Colbert Show (the Taping) – Hans is a huge fan of the show. Luckily, I was able to score two free tickets. With the exception of having to stand in line for two hours, we enjoyed the taping of the show (which was aired in the entire U.S. a few hours after). Stephen’s guests were Rachel Maddow, another popular TV host on MSNBC, and the talented Ben Platt from the movie Pitch Perfect.
  • Top of the Rockefeller – you can view the entire New York City metropolis from here. We got to see the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, and Central Park!

So, there you go.

One Epic Fail

If there is a low light, or should I say, an epic fail on this trip, it would be our very first day in New Jersey. Yes. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Secaucus Meadowlands in New Jersey. Be it known to the world that the hotels in New York will cost you an arm and a leg. Even with points! So, we opted to stay in New Jersey, which was waaaay more affordable (in terms of points), and only a fifteen-minute bus drive to Times Square (Thanks, Port Authority Bus). We didn’t mind the commute.

Going back, the epic fail of this trip was, we arrived at the hotel  so early (like 9 am), that they could not check us in. They had full occupancy, and the check in was supposed to be at 3 pm. It was understandable. We were just tired, and we were basically been awake for 24 hours. You know that feeling? We should have booked another night on our first day.

But other than this one epic fail, we had a fantastic trip! 

Attached below are the photos from our trip. Enjoy! 🙂

My very first musical ever! Wicked is the bomb!

Statue of Liberty

New York Stock Exchange

Brooklyn Bridge. Isn’t it nice?

Times Square

The MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

At the Ed Sullivan Theater

Chrysler Building

Top of the Rockefeller