Friday, July 27, 2018

Cebu Blogger

My NEW YORK STORY, Walking Tour in Big Apple!

It was gloomy outside when I took a peek at the Hotel's window. I thought that would be an uncool kind of day for visiting New York. I thought it was a bad decision to visit the Big Apple on a Sunday without even checking out the weather forecast prior ahead. It was my weekend off from work at Timex Middlebury and I thought a good walking tour around that City wouldn't hurt. But my worry went off the radar when I finally arrived the busy City of New York. It was indeed worth the risk.

Walking-Tour-Big-Apple-New-York-City-Timex
Walking Tour in New York City with my new Timex Fairfield Chronograph Supernova™ 41mm Leather Strap Watch


Twentieth of July when I purchased my online ticket for a bus going to New York from Waterbury. Indeed, it was an easy-peasy kind of transaction. I chose Peter Pan Bus Lines because it was suggested by my Filipino friends here in the States and they didn't fail! So it was a rainy 6:30 in the morning when I walked from my hotel going to the Travel Center or Bus stop which is definitely very near to Courtyard by Marriott. It was a two-hour ride from Waterbury to New York City. I arrived like 9 AM sharp and the excitement rose up from my feet to my head. Without any hesitations, I grabbed the iPhone borrowed from the Company and launched my best friend app of that day, Google Map. It was my first time in the big City in the United States and I bet I was confident because I got the right tool and of course, money to roam around. So, here's my own itinerary or places which I am so proud of that I had visited successfully by just walking. Yes, if you really wish to enjoy the scenery and savor every corner in New York, you should try this Walking Tour I made.



1. Central Park (Southern Part)


Let's start off with the famous Park in New York, the huge Central Park. For me, an hour or two is not enough to experience Central Park. This Park is the fifth largest Urban Park in New York City so  I would say One day is good to cover everything. If you're riding a Bus, then your start location is the Port Authority of New York. This place alone is very instagrammable so you might want to check this place out before proceeding to Central Park which I actually forgot to do so.

New-York-City-With-Timex-Watches-Central-Park



A lot to do in Central Park. If you wish just to site seeing, then you are very much welcome. But the park is open to everyone who wishes to do everything such as running, walking, family time bonding, eating, just feel the fresh air, or whatever you want except Rated 18 activities (wink).

Central Park New York City


Central Park New York City


WALK TIME: 9 AM to 9:50AM
FROM-TO: Port Authority of New York to Central Park
DISTANCE: 1.2 miles

Central Park New York City



2. Times Square


So the next destination is very near, it's the busy Time Square where you can see all race of life getting selfies or taking pictures of their friends. So before you arrive on this area, you can also take pictures of the famous Radio City Music Hall.

New-York-City-With-Timex-Watches-Times-Square


WALK TIME: 10 AM to 10:15 AM
FROM-TO: Central Park to Time Square Manhattan
DISTANCE: 0.7 miles

New York City United States of America

New York City TImes Square



3. Empire State Building


This New York's famous building, Empire State Building is located two-three blocks after Bryant Park in which I forgot to visit.

New-York-City-With-Timex-Watches-Empire-State-Building


WALK TIME: 10:15 AM to 10:30 AM
FROM-TO:  Time Square Manhattan to Empire State Building
DISTANCE: 1.1 miles

New York City Empire State Building


4. Madison Square Park


Of course, as what you expect from me - I'm into green stuff so I went directly to Madison Square Park. Nothing nice to see here but just a cute Garden Park with a cute playground for kids.

New-York-City-With-Timex-Watches-Madison-Square-Park


WALK TIME: 10:30 AM to 10:40 AM
FROM-TO:  Empire State Building to Madison Square Park
DISTANCE: 0.5 mile




5. Flatiron Building


This amazing skyscraper is originally called the Fuller Building. Why it's called like that? Obviously, the building looks like a cast-iron clothes iron. Cute, isn't it? Why Flatiron is significant most especially to Movie-goers? Because this building was featured in several films such as Armageddon, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Godzilla, As Good as It Gets, Hitch, New York Minute, Spider-Man, and many more!

New-York-City-With-Timex-Watches-Flatiron-Building


WALK TIME: 10:40 AM to 10:42 AM
FROM-TO:  Madison Square Park to Flatiron Building
DISTANCE: 1.0 mile

New York City Flatiron Building



6. Washington Square Park


Now, this is one of my favorite Urban Park in New York.  Washington Square Park has the famous Washington Arc and this place is very near to New York University. It is situated in lower Manhattan and is the center of Cultural activities such as singing, dancing, band, painting display and other stuff. Also, Washing Square Arch celebrates the centennial of George Washington's inauguration as President of the United States in 1789 and forms the grand southern terminus of Fifth Avenue. That's why it's famous and historical!

New York City Washington Square garden


New-York-City-With-Timex-Watches-Washington-Square-Park


WALK TIME: 10:42 AM to 11:00 AM
FROM-TO:  Flatiron Building to Washington Square Park
DISTANCE: 1.0 mile

New York City Washington Square garden

New York City Washington Square garden



7. Our Lady Of Pompeii Church


This is a Catholic church located in Greenwich Village in Manhattan. Such a nice building for me.

New-York-City-With-Timex-Watches-Our-Lady-Of-Pompeii-Church


WALK TIME: 11:00 AM to 11:05 AM
FROM-TO:  Washington Square Park to Our Lady Of Pompeii Church
DISTANCE: 0.3 mile



8. Hudson River Park (Pier 45 down to 25)


Aside from my fave Central Park and Washington Square Park, this Park is designed for physically active people of New York! Why my fave? You can see the skyline of New York City! A fresh air from the river/sea plus the trees and plants around gives you a determination to go on a run or just a walk with friends or maybe a simple picnic with family is famous here. It is very relaxing in this park compared to others.

New York City Hudson River Park


New-York-City-With-Timex-Watches-Hudson-River-Park

New-York-City-With-Timex-Watches-Hudson-River-Park



WALK TIME: 11:05 AM to 11:20 AM
FROM-TO:  Our Lady Of Pompeii Church to Hudson River Park
DISTANCE: 0.6 mile

New York City Hudson River Park

New York City Hudson River Park

New York City Hudson River Park



9. Ground Zero Memorial Park (9/11 Memorial)


If you remember the tragic September 11, 2001 attacks which killed 2,977 people, then this is the place now. It's ground zero from two tall buildings which were destroyed during the attack. Names of those who died were engraved in the two memorial roofs of the twin towers. It is the most crowded Parks I've visited when in New York. You can actually feel the sadness of the Tourists coming to this area. That tragic moment was a story that no one loves to listen.

New-York-City-With-Timex-Watches-Ground-Zero-9/11-Memorial-Park



New-York-City-With-Timex-Watches-Ground-Zero-9/11-Memorial-Park



WALK TIME: 11:20 AM to 12 NOON
FROM-TO:   Hudson River Park to Ground Zero Memorial Park (9/11 Memorial)
DISTANCE: 1.7 mile

New-York-City-With-Timex-Watches-Ground-Zero-9/11-Memorial-Park


10. Westfield World Trade Center or Oculus Mall



This is a unique structure as this is actually an underground mall which is situated just at the back of the 9/11 memorial museum and front of The Millennium Hotel. And to add, this is the largest mall in Manhattan which is designed by Calatrava. I did not go downstairs as I was hurrying to grab some Starbucks Coffee but at the top, the mall really looks good and nice!


New-York-City-With-Timex-Watches-Oculus-Mall


New-York-City-With-Timex-Watches-Oculus-Mall

New-York-City-With-Timex-Watches-Oculus-Mall

Read More

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Cebu Blogger

It's still Summer in Starbucks! Here's the reasons why!

Summer has not ended yet in Starbucks as our favorite Coffee Shop brings two of its refreshing Frappuccino® blended beverages. Starting July 24, #GetTheFeels of summer with these fruit-forward beverages featuring light, tangy yogurt, peach jelly, juicy apricots and mixed berries that will definitely leave you sipping endlessly! Are you excited for the returning (my personal favorite) AÇAÍ MIXED BERRY YOGURT FRAPPUCCINO® BLENDED BEVERAGE and new APRICOT & PEACH YOGURT FRAPPUCCINO®
BLENDED BEVERAGE?






AÇAÍ MIXED BERRY YOGURT FRAPPUCCINO® BLENDED BEVERAGE

Tall – ₱ 165 | Grande ₱ 180 | Venti– ₱ 195



The AcaÍ Mixed Berry Yogurt Frappuccino® brings together the tanginess of the acai berry with cooling yogurt and juicy mixed berry pearls. The beverage is topped with milk foam for a light finishing touch.





APRICOT & PEACH YOGURT FRAPPUCCINO® BLENDED BEVERAGE

Tall – ₱ 165 | Grande ₱ 180 | Venti– ₱ 195



Starting with a layer of aromatic peach jelly and real white peach bits, the Apricot and Peach Yogurt Frappuccino® is layered with a tangy yogurt blend and a topped with apricot sauce.


And of course, when the sun's out, what do you wear? Nah, I'm not talking about sunblock, I'm talking about some cool shades! Yes, Starbucks has an amazing Summer Shades Card to all Starbucks Lovers out there!


SUMMER SHADES CARD

Dive into summer nostalgia with the new Summer Shades Card. Available for an initial activation amount of ₱300 per card with a purchase limit of up to two (2) Summer Shades Cards per customer, per day.
Available in all stores starting July 24, 2018
Read More

Monday, July 23, 2018

Cebu Blogger

A Travel Story, Working In Timex Middlebury

In the past few days, I used to expect Connecticut as another countryside state of the United States. I thought it's just famous because of Yale University. Actually, it was not a bad impression but it's more on a nice first mental picture I had since I'm a traveler who is into trekking and camping especially on a bright Summer season. But when I started browsing places to visit when in Connecticut, a different level of interest climb into my brain. Then I get excited about my Business Travel at Timex Watches' Headquarter!

Timex Waterbury Classic Chronograph 40mm Leather Strap
Showing my favorite Waterbury Classic Chronograph 40mm Leather Strap Watch from TIMEX

Do not forget to subscribe to our Youtube Channel

I arrived in the United States on the 15th of July for a two-week stay. I'm one of the lucky Timex employees from the Philippines who got the chance to fly in the Dream Country and experience their style of living and of course, attend a series of business meetings and workshops. From John F. Kennedy International Airport, I rode a Limousine which was booked by the company going to Waterbury. I am staying in Courtyard by Marriott Waterbury Downtown. The place is very nice and clean - I'm loving my huge Suite Room! Check out the link for a short tour uploaded in Instagram IGTV.

Timex Middlebury United States of America
This is one of the best and most pleasing offices I've visited
Lucky is indeed within me so far! I met my old friend, Eunice from Timex Philippines who are already living in the State with his husband who happened to be a good buddy in Timex. She is already a mom and she's running a blog called WANDERFUL DAYS OF A GIRL WHO LOVES LIFE. She's a good toastmaster member that's why you need a dictionary when you read her blog. Kidding aside, this Mom Blogger helped me a lot in my stay in Connecticut. Now, I'm excited to share the places we've been so far during off-office hours in this beautiful state of Connecticut.


FIRST DAY


Red Corner Restaurant Waterbury
With my friend, Eunice and her family
Red Corner Restaurant Waterbury
This masterpiece is deserving for a spot here in my blog!
My first day was welcomed with a great Japanese eats in Red Corner in which the best Sushi is being served. After such gastronomic lunch, we headed to Costco which I purchased a large item of Chicken Breast and 2 dozens of eggs for my weekly consumption in the Hotel. And of course, the afternoon won't end without a caffeine fix in Cheshire Coffeeshop - I love their Brewed coffee btw.

Cheshire Coffeeshop Waterbury Connecticut
Spending a summertime with my Cheshire Brewed Coffee


SECOND DAY


Special highlights are--- I was able to meet the amazing people behind our E-Commerce Team in Timex Headquarters. Of course, I got a tour around the Timex Premises with our very own E-Com Director, isn't it a lucky start of the week?


Timex Middlebury United States of America
Look! I feel like I'm in an International Aiport. This feels!



THIRD DAY


And of course, I met another Pinoy who is working here, her name is Joy of Finance Department. She showed me around most especially the Nature-spots of the Office. Walking and Jogging are a thing here in the headquarter - very nice!

Timex United States of America Office
Woodhedge in Timex Headquarter!


FOURTH DAY


Rich Farm Ice Cream


A normal workday for everyone. After 5PM, Eunice and her hubby invited me for an ice cream treat at Rich Farm Ice Cream - a very famous shop when in Connecticut. And if you are a first-timer, please try their Razzmanian Devil, two scoops in a waffle cone. This kind of ice cream is made up of Vanilla with red raspberry sauce and melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chunks!

Rich Farm Ice Cream
Say hello to my Razzmanian Devil!


Address: 691 Oxford Rd, Oxford, CT 06478
Phone: (203) 881-1040
Email: kelly@richfarmicecream.com
Social Media:
instagram: richfarm
facebook: Rich-Farm-Ice-Cream-Shop-115457481808901
twitter: RichFarmCT
Site: http://richfarmicecream.com/

Rich Farm Ice Cream Connecticut United States America

Rich Farm Ice Cream Connecticut United States America


Rich Farm Ice Cream
The cute baby couldn't take her eyes of my ice cream. Sorry baby, this is mine!
After that sweet treat, we then headed to the not so famous Southford Falls State Park. It is a public recreation area good for walking, jogging and even fishing. This is situated in the towns of Oxford and Southbury, Connecticut. You should get a selfie at the scary yet instagrammable covered bridge down the Falls. I love this Park!

Southford Falls State Park Connecticut United Sates of America
Panorama of Southford Falls State Park




Southford Falls State Park Connecticut United Sates of America
Scary covered bridge in Southford Falls State Park!


FIFTH DAY


This day was very nice! All of our team including our Director had a nice beer and eats in Maggie McFly's in Middlebury! We talked a lot of stuff and sharing cultural stories from the UK to the Philippines and here in the countryside of Connecticut. And oh, I got that Harpoon IPA Beer - it was slightly sweet with a little kick. LOL

Harpoon IPA Beer



SIXTH DAY


Thank God It's Friday! I decided to roam around the area of Waterbury Courtyard. Check out below:


1. Waterbury Union Station - This is the most historic building in Waterbury. It is located on Meadow Street in the city of Waterbury, Connecticut, United States. It is a brick building dating to the first decade of the 20th century. Its tall clock tower, built by the Seth Thomas Company, is the city's most prominent landmark. Designed by the New York City architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White for the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad, it handled 66 passenger trains a day at its peak. (Wikipedia)

Waterbury Union Station Connecticut United States


2. St. Anne's Church - This Gothic-Style Church in Waterbury was organized in 1886 to serve the city’s French and French-Canadian Catholics. The parish’s first church was built in 1888-1889 on Dover Street. (historicbuildingsct.com)

St. Anne Church Waterbury Connecticut United States America


3. Waterbury Court House/Building

Waterbury Court House Connecticut United States America


4. Our Lady of Lourdes Church - This small Church is just a block away from the Courtyard Hotel.

Our Lady of Lourdes Church Waterbury Connecticut United States America


Our Lady of Lourdes Church Waterbury Connecticut United States America

Of course, after that quick roaming, Joy and I headed to Brass Mill Center to buy some personal stuff. The Place is huge.




SEVENTH DAY

This day was dubbed as my free-kind of a day!

Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets

First couple hours in the morning, Joy and I headed to Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets for some windows shopping and of course, check out some amazing clearance sale in almost all stores.


Yale University Connecticut United States America
Mickey was in Yale!
After that tiring yet fulfilling product browsing, we then visited the famous YALE University. The University belt is huge! It's like you're into Hogwarts University where Harry Potter was studying his witchcraft and wizardry. The buildings are old yet elegant. The visually striking structures were designed by famed architect Eero Saarinen who was also known for designing the St. Louis Arch in 1934 and built 25 years later.

Yale University Connecticut United States America

Yale University Connecticut United States America

Then we had a full dinner in Mr. Wok Chinese Buffet in Waterbury. I love their seafood menu here! Their Shrimp dishes won't fail - I tell you!

Mr. Wok Chinese Buffet in Waterbury



EIGHT DAY


This was the BIG Day for me! And because of that, I'm doing a separate article for my Walking Tour Adventure in New York.



9-11th DAY

Monday is always Monday. It's all about work and of course, workout after office. Yes, our Hotel has  a gym in the ground floor. It is really good. Anyways, take a look of this first timer here. LOL

Timex United States of America Office
Sorry, if you're a first timer in the headquarter then one picture with yourself and this UFO-type building in the background won't hurt. LOL


TWELFTH DAY

My twelfth day in the office is tagged as GIFTS kind of day! So, to start, I received a tasteful pasta from Eunice - she cooks really good! Then all I thought it was all it but her hubby and her cute family got me a farewell gift! Yes, a brand new SoundPeats Q12 wireless headphones! It's like, I've been dreaming to own one but finally, they read my mind!

SoundPeats Q12 wireless headphones-united-states-america
See! So cute message from Mittal's family!

SoundPeats Q12 wireless headphones-united-states-america
I opened it and currently charging the headset. Excited to use it my friends!
Then in the afternoon, a package came in the office. It's what I was thinking of! A brand new Timex Fairfield Chronograph Supernova™ 41mm Leather Strap Watch from my very good manager, Denise! Halleluhiah! LOL

Timex Fairfield Chronograph Supernova™ 41mm Leather Strap Watch
Timex Fairfield Chronograph Supernova™ 41mm Leather Strap Watch



THIRTEENTH DAY

This day was crazy! My officemate and good friend Nathan treated me with various kinds of BEER at Black Hog! And yes, when you heard BEER, this place becomes your favorite destination! LOL

Black-Hog-Connecticut-United-States
Me and Nathan at Black Hog Brewery


Black Hog Brewing is located in Oxford, Connecticut and they got a lot of Beer varieties such as my favorite Granola and Chocolate Milk Beer. And oh, if you want a refreshing type, you should try Cucumber or Fruity Beer. Check out their website to find more details.

Black-Hog-Connecticut-United-States



FOURTEENTH DAY


My last day at Timex Middlebury office and it went well. Just prepared my documents for travel tomorrow and decided to go for the last minute shopping with Joy and some farewell dinner. I will surely be back the United States!










Read More