New York business trip | The big apple

So as a sequel of my Las Vegas business trip post, let's move forward as promised to this another exciting adventure of the exhibition world. Let me start by saying that I am still nervous about going here as to the pressure of having a notion that people who are in this city are sooo professional (or workaholic should I say) as to what I see in the television.. Well, aside from being the most destroyed city on movies hehe. So I researched a little bit about New York before the trip and the one that got stuck with me was "most people in here are in a hurry so don't get in their way, especially in rush hours.". So I immediately pictured myself slow-jogging most of the time there lol!

This time, aside from having a family trip conflict (which I will be talking about below), now it will only be a 2-man crew with our department manager, Sir Glen.

Michael at New York City
Wearing my casual clothes going to the convenience store (lol)

The family trip conflict? Our family is scheduled to go to Singapore with our uncle and aunt for the first time and the unfortunate news is that it just overlapped the date of the exhibit. HAHA! What a time right!? Well, of course, you all already knew what I chose as to this post should have a different title then hehe.

So we arrived at the JFK airport, rode a cab and then checked-in at the Quality Inn. The Inn looked pretty decent and all were good as I appreciate things easily. They had a cute breakfast pantry below which you can freely check at their website hehe. The sky rocketing prices compared to the other states were anticipated, so a lot of preparation was evidently done - thanks to our awesome manager sir Glen for pulling this one off as this was also the first-ever company exhibit done in the Big Apple.

Quality Inn at New York
Welcome to Manhattan - Quality Inn

We are to attend the Photo Plus Exhibit at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center so we immediately familiarized ourselves with the neighborhood. Because just like in Vegas, the trade show is walking distance away from where our inn is. Since its fall, the temperature varies with the time. But since we always go outside either early mornings and night times.. We always feel cold, especially when the wind blows. Man, I always stop when it breezes as to the temperature really drops every time it does. *As an advance story* We ate in a Chinese/Asian restaurant in one of the given nights and since their servings here are huge, I decided to take my honey chicken meal out then back to our Inn. Our inn was only a few blocks away from it. I immediately opened it again to get a piece of it and the plastic fork broke because the chicken was frozen! Imagine my face when it happened.. Haha!

Other than the giant bridges we went through to get to Manhattan, one of the sights we always see is the one on this photo below. This testifies why the city is also popularly called a "Concrete Jungle".

Empire State Building - New York
Empire State Building view from our daily route

It looks near from that view but when we got the time to visit it on our free day.. its actually not that near yet haha surprise, surprise! So going back to work.. After successfully doing the ingress part for the pre-trade show and the main exhibit, we begin (again) the 3-day work goals.

PPE pre trade show
sir Glen at the pre trade show in action (naks)

Generally, it's the same workflow, but in a different setting (in reference to the Vegas experience). Well, now that we are just a 2-man crew it's obvious that it means more work for us but I did not feel that. I was actually too busy/occupied to even think about that and what more with sir Glen (Haha!).

So we man the booth for days of talking, doing demos and gathering of information on the expo.. One of the awkward situations I always experience was finding out if the guests I am talking to were Filipinos. I find it a little bit off on talking to them without using our national language.. Though of course as a sign of courtesy, most of the time I have to wait for them to initiate saying the first Tagalog words before I do. And when they do of course more stories follow.

Mcdonald's New York
Where I celebrated my birthday lol

This trip will also be unforgettable as I celebrated my first ever birthday abroad. I remember getting Facebook greetings a day ahead and I was like, "What is up people, my birthday is still tomorrow!" forgetting that New York time is always late of 12 hrs. VS our time there. Sir Glen even treated me dinner that day to this fast-food chain! Haha! Thank you again, Sir Glen! This was the time of life that McDonald's reigned my stomach.. From working locally to here, its all McDo. Haha!

So as we continue on through the following days, it was not that long that we accomplished our tasks one by one (I remember a specific one being a nail biter as it was accomplished in the last minute of the exhibit - haha!). Even though I was always asked by random guests either where the comfort room is or where the other conference rooms are located, "We" always do this proudly carrying not only the name of the company with us, but also the Philippine flag as per knowing that we are the only full Filipino team that regularly participates like this. So Kudos to the whole team in front and behind this.

Innovatronix at Photo Plus New York City
Innovatronix represents at Jacob Javits Convention Center, Photo Plus - New York City

I was supposed to meet a friend during the exhibit, but unfortunately, our communication was not that convenient at that time so maybe next time (Hi Dane haha!).

And after all of those "nose-bleeding" and attention-filled moments.. Alas! Come after are the tension-free, smooth breathe-able and relaxing times of the free day. Well, we planned the route and here are some of the places we got to see.

Sir Glen at Empire State Building
sir Glen "King Ko-ing" at the top of the Empire State Building

Of course, we visited who we see daily which is the Empire State Building. I remember looking up before going inside the building as you will really feel dwarfed upon seeing how big and tall this establishment is. You'll hurdle through a number of areas first before arriving at the observatory deck. Well, don't worry about it as to the view up here is really worth it. You'll have a glimpse of everything in here.. The Chrysler Building, Statue of Liberty, Hudson River, Brooklyn bridge.. You name it. We even tried to compass ourselves on the next direction we have to take from here.

A view from the Empire State Building
A view from the Empire State Building

One of the things I appreciate here is that the streets are properly numbered. It is so easy to navigate things and know how close or far you are from your destination. It gives you an idea of your location and you'll not be confused even if you take different streets or avenues.

The next we visited were the Madison Square Garden, the Flatiron building, Central Park and the Time SquareCentral Square..

The Flatiron building
The Flatiron building

I initially planned to jog in the central park one morning to genuinely feel the vibe there but since our schedule was too tight, our stroll was actually over enough for me to grasp the moment haha! I was even surprised to find out that there is a skating rink inside the park - an outdoor one. So cool. You can even roam the park using a horse carriage too, "Ang lakas maka Baguio vibes at amoy kabayo din haha! ~ malamang".

Inside the Central Park at New York
Inside the Central Park at New York

It was great having trees in the middle of all those giant buildings really. I like that the park is so wide that you can even forget that you are in the middle of a city. The city was strategically planned well, obviously.

When lunchtime came, guess what we had.. Pizza! Now I know why we have pizza parlors named after New York.. And that is because the pizza I tasted in here was one of the best I have ever tasted, Legit! So we ate at an ordinary pizza place in here and guys, I cannot explain it very well in words but it was THAT good. I ordered two slices, but ended up not finishing the second one because the slices were so BIG! But if I am to come back here, I will definitely not miss eating more of it and now maybe finish more than two if I can haha!

New York Time Square
The busy Time Square (The man behind says it all)

One word to describe central time square? Busy. The area is surrounded by commercialized LED screens, filled with shops and restaurants, there are even some benches for special events (I suppose) where you can wait for something to happen (lol). At that time we saw a live band playing in full costume. If I remember it right, there are also people performing random acts for tips in selected areas. So if you prefer that kind of vibe, go here.

So, does the city never sleep? Of course, it does! (lol) In fact, from where we were, it was so peaceful. Well, New York got that alias due to many things happening inside the city.. And it really shows. I cannot tell how much more this city can offer, but we just had a glimpse of it. There are so many things still to experience here.. Some of it is to see the Ground Zero (9/11 memorial), watch a Broadway show which is super expensive, ride that ferry and reach the lady liberty's torch (yes, it's possible), be on the specific spots of the Hollywood movie settings that have taken place in the city, and so much more! And on writing this post, I think I am now curious enough to experience an actual snowfall in a well-developed city like New York ~ while in a coffee shop looking outside a glass window.. Man! That is nice. Will I experience it in this exact city where I imagined it? Looking forward to that time.



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New York business trip | The big apple New York business trip | The big apple Reviewed by Michael on June 29, 2019 Rating: 5

120 comments:

  1. I would not feel very comfortable standing that high on the Empire State Building. I'm not a fan of heights! Very nice pictures you took of the city.

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    1. Really? Man, you should try it at least a couple of times.. When you get used to it, it can be a great stress reliever.

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  2. This is really a beautiful city.. My prayer is to be here one day and see how well and great this city looks like..

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  3. New York always looks beautiful to me but there are SO MANY PEOPLE. It just makes me anxious!

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    1. I do avoid crowded places too but when we got here I think the only place we experienced that was at central square.

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  4. I would love to visit NYC one day. I live in New York state for years and never went to the city.

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  5. I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but your blogs really nice, keep it
    up! I'll go ahead and bookmark yur website to come back later.
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  6. NYC looks like an amazing place to visit. Your photos are all beautiful. I'd love to visit and see all of this in person.

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    1. You will surely do. (y) Thanks for reading!

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  7. I love your pictures! Looks like you totally enjoyed your trip to the Big City. Thanks for taking us with you!

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  8. After read this article, makes me want to visit NYC one day. That's really interesting if could have the experience in that city.

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  9. New York is one of my dream place to visit someday Lucky you! Ang sossy mo Sir! Awesome photos!

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  11. Kristine Nicole AlessandraJuly 1, 2019 at 7:20 PM

    Wow. You sure looked like you made the most out of your stay in NYC. I have always wanted to experience that view from the Empire State Building, even if I am terrified of heights!

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    1. Super worth it. The wind was everlasting lol

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  12. I wish you had more time to explore Central Park. It would have been nice to just sit on a park bench and just totally relax!

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    1. We actually did that but not for long lol

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  13. Apart from the hustle and bustle, New York seems like a nice place to be. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. It looks like so fun place to visit and there is lot if things to do

    Laura
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  15. The Big Apple delivered. It really is a city that never sleeps. Your photos look good and it seems you had a lot of fun.

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  16. What an awesome trip! You did practically everything there is to do in NYC.

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  17. I have to say that with your jam packed schedule and wonderful places to see in NYC I have no doubt you got very little sleep in the city that certainly doesn't sleep. :)

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    1. Haha! Funny. we just slept early and woke early. thats all.

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  18. NYC is one of my all time favorite cities to visit! There's so much to explore that one trip isn't sufficient. Glad that you had a wonderful time out there!

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  19. Wow you did a lot of activities in New York. Good on you. Never been to NY but i think ill get an anxiety attack because of the crowd 😅

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    1. Lol. It can be fun sometimes.. Buy yea, only for sometime.

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  20. New york has always been on my bucketlist. I hope to visit Empire state building someday and just enjoy the view of the beautiful city.

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    1. This is true. If we have no schedule, I may have stayed a lot longer lol

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  21. Sounds like you had an amazing time! I have always wanted to go there!

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    1. Continue to hold on to that dream. It might come true in some unexpected time.

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  22. This just reminds me I really need to get back to New York. When I went it wasn't all that nice looking but they have done a lot to update it since I was there. Looks like you had a great time.

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    1. Curious what year is this you are talking about =)

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  23. I enjoyed reading this and Sir Glen king Konging made me laugh. I've never been to New York but I plan visiting this year and the Empire state building is a must! Thanks for sharing your trip!

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    1. How exciting that you'll go sooon! Enjoy!

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  24. I am jealous! O have always wanted to visit New York but we have never been there before.

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    1. It is always possible if you put your mind to it.

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  25. Wow, lovely photos! Thanks for sharing about your adventure. I have New York on my bucket list!!

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  26. NYC is one of the places I wanted to visit! But as previously mentioned in your other post, I need to really save up money to go there! It's expensive for me. But I wish to go there next time when I able to have enough savings.

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    1. So expensive really. Thank you to work goals ;) hehe!

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  27. Great pics. I'm not really afraid of heights, but the Empire State building looks totally something else. I'm sure I'll not make it past half-way.

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    1. Haha! No!! You can do ittt!!! Tryy itttt!!

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  28. This sounds like an amazing birthday! New York City is really an amazing site to see - there's no other city quite like it!

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    1. It has its own vibe actually. Though the smell that welcomed me was quite interesting lol

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  29. There is so much to see in NYC. I used to live on Long Island and would visit the city all the time. We haven't been with the kids yet, but it would be fun to take them.

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    1. Have you tried their pizza? Ooooh la la!

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  30. This is my city. I grew up here. And I will beg to differ. NYC never sleeps. Peaceful at times but you can get up in the middle of the night and have a meal at a 24 hour diner, party, and more. The people in the city sleep but the city itself does not shut down. Glad you saw so many sights! Lavern Moore

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    1. Ohhh, I can get that. But I think many cities are like that too now with all the 24/7 stores and other establishments ;)

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  31. Another awesome place your job has sent you to!! It looks and sounds like it would be an amazing job to work for. I wish I could travel like that for my job.

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    1. Thanks for the appreciation. I appreciate it now more though hehe

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  32. Mama Maggie's KitchenJuly 3, 2019 at 7:44 AM

    New York is really a great place to visit and have fun! Can't wait to go here! Hope you had a great time!

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  33. I have never been to New York but I always dreamed of going especially during Holidays, New Year to be exact.

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  34. New York is definitely a city not to be missed! The crazy part is that you could visit a million times and do something different every single time. There's so much to do!

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    1. But eating pizza will always be there - well at least for me haha!

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  35. I grew up in NY, so I could see what you mean in this post. It's pretty much a busy city, and so are its people.

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    1. Yep. So I appreciate being a tourist for a time and see how things are..

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  36. The building does look close. I have had that same thing happen in Chicago with a big building I wanted to visit. :)

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  37. Geraline BatarraJuly 3, 2019 at 5:03 PM

    Such a nice place, New York is so wonderful. I hope I can visit here one day. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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    1. I know someone who is actually obsessed on living here lol

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  38. New York looks like such a fun city to visit! Not sure I could handle an area so busy, but I’ve always heard New York never stops!

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    1. I am always glad to be a tourist on places.. has yet to see if there will be one worth staying. ;)

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  39. New York is such a fascinating city. I love visiting the hustle and bustle, and seeing landmarks like the Empire State Building. It's really exciting you were able to spend your birthday there.

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    1. Not planned but I did and yes, what a different birthday I had. different is sometimes fun. ;)

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  40. Ah I love NYC. There is so much to do and see there. It always amazes me.

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    1. Well, me too. Being new in town is always always fun.

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  41. New York truly never sleeps. I'm glad you had a fun time there. Try to visit India too I'd love your thoughts on it!

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    1. Interesting choice. Heard and seen a lot from movies. I have this one blogger blog so much about the country and it now makes me interested to visit the country.

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  42. We visited New York last year. It was a short but fun trip. Also really pricey.

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    1. The pricey part is a true story lol! Great thing the company shouldered our expenses.

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  44. Oh wow... seems like you had a great time..😇😇 Thanks for sharing your experience 😇👍

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  45. New York is one of my favorite cities and reading your post reminded me about all of the things the city has to offer.

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    1. Glad to have shared something somewhat emotional hehe!

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  46. I absolutely love this city! Thanks for bringing back memories from when I stayed there four years ago xx

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  47. I honestly have never been to NYC and am looking forward to a trip I am taking there in September! Your trip looked fun.

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  48. That view from the Empire State Building was magnificent.

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  50. did you have a happy meal for your birthday? :) glad you had a good NY pizza. i have had chicago pizza and italian pizza (in italy) and pizza in uk where they add fried eggs and my fave is the 3rd because of the eggs lol.

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    1. Haha! Laughed at the happy meal lol! Oh, how did it taste? Not sure about that combination.

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  51. One the of busiest place in the US, the business centers and the busy people all in one. It is also a nice palce to visit.

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  52. Kristine Nicole AlessandraJuly 9, 2019 at 3:18 PM

    I had to revisit this post to show it to my husband. He has been to NYC when he was in his early 20s and he says so much has changed since his last visit. I hope we can go together someday!

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  53. I've never been to US, but New York is one of my dream destinations since childhood. I know, what a cliche :D It looks like you had fun! And that picture of Sir Glen cracks me up. Hahaha!

    Oh did you have a happy meal? :D

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    1. Haha for the happy meal comment no. 2 lol!

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  54. I'm glad you enjoyed our city lol. It is always overwhelming for a first-timer but you did some tourist things which is good. Hope you went to Hudson yards not far from Javits Centre. Many unique pictures to take there.

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    1. missed it, but hopefully when I get the chance to go back!

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  55. Have never visited NYC and doesnt seem I could visit it in near future. Have a heard a lot. Loved reading your post.

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  56. I always going to New York City as there always something new you will discover!

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    1. expensive but worth it esp if its the first time ;)

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  57. New York never fails to surprise me.

    Its awesome, all the time.

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  58. There is something very appealing to me about this big city. I guess because I've never been to such a place before. I think I would go nuts if I ever made it there and stay up for days enjoying everything, lol.

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  59. Wow! I've never been to New York and it is certainly on my list of places to go. There is so much to see and do there!

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    1. I agree. So much things to see and do here. Looking forward to the time I can go back

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