Grand Central


March 12, 2017

The great thing about the Grand Central Terminal is that your train terminal is a tourist spot all by itself. Hence, going to New Haven, I had to take a train from Grand Central.


Things to Know

  • You buy the ticket to ANY counter OR from the inspector himself. There is, however, a price difference of around USD5 between these two, with the ticket counter being the cheaper one.
  • There’s Peak and Off Peak tickets (based on the hour you’re traveling), with the peak tickets being around USD5 more expensive. The usual rush hour time is the peak period.
  • You will present the ticket to the inspector, inside the train.
  • I don’t know how to get the track number other than the info off the app I’m using, or asking the information center (the booth with the iconic clock)
The ticket is valid for a LONG time, though of course you’d normally use it within the day. I don’t see the point in buying bulks as I might end up not using some, and the line is really really short.
The Inspector will take your ticket and will put this little slip of paper off the back of the Aisle Seat.

New York, New York


March 10, 2017

Hello, New York! And New York Answered with a snow storm. Sigh.

The funny thing is, two days prior, it was good weather. Our Airbnb was located in Queens, near 103 St., and everything was peachy.



Then we went back from our Niagara falls trip, and this is what welcomed us outside. Ugh.



The Brooklyn Tabernacle


March 19, 2017

Pictures aren’t allowed, and please be on time.

This is one amazing church with an extremely powerful choir and an involved congregation. Anyone can come in, they simply request that you stay the duration of the service.

I think this is one of the highlights of my New York trip, and is something anyone interested in music used to celebrate faith should consider.

Huge Food Servings

March 19, 2017

I was warned. Really, I was. But I still wasn’t prepared.

I ordered one dish. Chicken. How was I supposed to know they will be serving me three huge chicken breasts?! I was full the moment I saw the plate.

The food was decent, but it’s just that my appetite was gone the moment I saw it. This was in a diner right at the corner of The Brooklyn Tabernacle Church.


Flying to US for less than $300

January 17, 2017

I’ve always been after the best deals – so when I knew I had to fly to the US from Tokyo, I just had to check the flight daily. Yep, daily.

So how does it work?

  1. Go incognito (ctrl + shift + n in Chrome).
  2. Search “Tokyo to New York [date]” in Google
  3. Check the prices available.
  4. Repeat. Daily.

For some other countries, google does not post the price. In which case, check all those sites. No, there’s no such thing as a consolidated site (probably except google) that will show you all prices. Skyscanner doesn’t show Delta, for example.

Voila. One day, I found a JPY30,440 DELTA round trip ticket (with merely a 1.5 hour layover in Minneapolis) on my preferred dates! Score!