Apple Picking in Warwick, New York (Masker Orchard)

Since I was young, I have been dreaming about seeing an apple tree with lots of fruits overflowing in it. And now, it just came true.  It is another box ticked off in my list! Great!

One of the “must-do” things to do during autumn is apple picking. Fortunately, NY has many apple orchards. It is my first time to experience autumn and I feel like I need to do this activity. So we searched for the 5 starred apple orchard in upstate NY and we found Masker Orchard.

Karen D in the house!

The weather was cloudy with cold winds gently blowing and the sun was peeping from time to time. It was a perfect day to pick apples. Masker Orchard is a 200-acre farmland which has (from our experience) two kinds of apple –  red and green. hahaha ( I don’t know exactly what name they have for each species. For me, it is just green and red.) Also, they sell some apple goodies like apple cider donuts, apple pie, apple ciders, and stuff that can be possibly apple flavored. hahaha!  They also sell pumpkins. We did not bother to buy pumpkins but we did take a lot of pictures with it!

Jun is weighing which pumpkin to choose.

 

Hartney loves pumpkin so much!

I think a half day is enough for apple picking unless you just wanna stay there for a picnic with your family. One full bag of apples will cost you $30. So you got to maximize the space but if you have just half of the bag then you will just pay according to weight.

Apples just made Anne the happiest girl in the world!

Overall it was a memorable experience and what makes it special is because it was with cool friends who share the same passion with selfies and love posing in front of the camera!

Here is a raw video summing up our wonderful and memorable experience doing the apple picking!

New Chapter: New York City

So many random things just took place in my life for the last three years. And these random things are probably the highlights of my years.

I look back and it was indeed a hell of a ride! All i know was I enjoyed every moment. I endured every pain. I did not leave any stones unturned. I had a wonderful life in Sint Maarten, Caribbean (Gosh! I miss the island so bad!) for almost couple of years. I experienced a monstrous hurricane and thought I would be dead during its passing. We were able to survive. I endured weeks of not having a decent bath! Yeah you can laugh at me ? ? But good things sometimes need to end.

Leaving SXM was freaking hard for me. I had a wonderful life there. It is #livingthelife. I had amazing friends from different countries. I had nice experience. I learned so much. I was safe there. It was my comfort zone. I had a nice company. I am pretty sure someone would exchange for my slot just to be in the caribbean. It was pretty tough decision. Something in my inner mind just tells me to grab it.  My closest friends just advised me to leave the island for a while and pursue for something greater. I cried (drama!) and left the island but made a promise to go back and even considering to retire there.

Anyway, here I am actually a month old working and living in the city in what they refer to as “THE BIG APPLE” ?. Yes! If you can make it here, you can make it everywhere that’s what they say. (Alicia Keys.. move over!) NEW YORK! ? ?

This is in front of Rockefeller Center.

One month is too soon to summarise NYC. But base on what I had so far, she is crazy amazing! It feels like I am in a youth camp where everyday there are a lot of activities that are just tempting for me to go and participate. It is a never ending possibilities on ways to enjoy and see its beauty.

In the street you hear a lot of different languages! You see different kind of faces in subway. You see different ways on how they run to catch up their morning schedules. Everyone in the city just minding their own business and maybe that is their way of celebrating being in the concrete jungle.

The Financial District behind the famous Brooklyn Bridge!

The food are amazing, the Halal of food truck in 3rd avenue was super nice.  Deli burgers are delicious too. There are a lot of choices. Name it, they have it! Crazy right?

Up close and personal with Brooklyn Bridge

Most of all are the places to visit. The parks are beautiful and you can tell that they are really being taken care of. It feels weird when you actually see the places you just saw in movies before. Different places have a special history and it just makes it more beautiful and amazing!

Lady Liberty must be really tired.
Chinatown!
The famous Radio City but I really dont know why it is famous! heheheh I will google it later.
The Flat Iron Building. Very impressive!
Central Park!

New York takes the cake! But it is pretty expensive! So I have to be wise everyday! But there are a lot of freebies as well. So I enjoy the city in the most economical possible way.

 

I will be digressing okay. But I guess what I want you to realize is that, it is never too late to dream and never too late to work for it. Never stop dreaming. When opportunity comes just grab it. It will be really hard but it will be worth it in the end. Sometimes we need to make tough decisions and get out of our safe circles but that is just how life is. It is made up of decisions no matter how big and small they are. We are a product of our decision and what we basically put in our mind and believe.

New York is another place. Who knows I could be somewhere else sometime in the future. But you know what? I just live in the moment. Just enjoying every second of the “NOW”. So yeah! 

 

 

 

Happy Bay in Saint Martin

Happy Bay is one of my favorite beaches in the island. Only a handful wants to go there. Maybe because it requires much effort. There are two ways to go, drive further past the left turn to Friar’s bay or go to Friar’s bay and hike. I prefer the hiking. There are no commercial business in the place, maybe only one. There are no loud music as I believe there are no electricity there. So if you want to have a relaxed beaching and have a nice sun bathing without much disturbance, try Happy Bay.

PS. Clothing optional! 🙂

On the way to Happy Bay, you will encounter a lot of Tamarind trees!

This is the view of Friar’s bay!

Be happy in Happy Bay! Some remnants of last month’s SXM Festival still.

The sound of blue waves kissing the white sands of Happy bay is everything!

Another take on Friar’s bay.

If you love me, then embrace me! Love, Cactus! Corny level 889

Some folks sailing in the Bay of Happy Bay!

Nothing beats the refreshing feeling of sleeping in the branches!

SXM Festival. This serious looking Easter Island statue is all alone.
Meanwhile, here is the video I made during my hike to Happy Bay.

PS. Please bear with the video. I am a beginner in video editing.

 

Mullet Bay: A Close Encounter

I have been in the island for almost a month. By far, Mullet bay is my favorite. I will have to write about other beaches I have been but this one I got so excited. Sands are the finest and the whitest. It has the clearest waters. On top of that, on the left side there are colorful fish that you will encounter if you fancy snorkeling. I saw an eel and some friendly fish. There are a lot of tourist though which is understandable. This beach is probably one of the best in the whole island.

A few miles away from Princess Juliana airport you will experience this great beach! It is  near the famous Maho. What is good about this is that you can experience it for free! No entrance fee or anything. You can bring your own food as there is no corkage! Be sure to have your car parked near the beach or else you will have to walk. But either way, it is worth it. If you can bring a hammock it will be great as well. There are really nice trees with good cool shades. You can definitely take an Instagram worthy photographs or even a Facebook profile photos! How cool is that!

You will definitely enjoy the island vibe here. I am pretty sure of that!

Chasing Waterfalls: Binalayan Triple Drops

After our Aguinid falls encounter, we needed to see more. We were advised by my couchsurfing friend to try and visit the Binalayan Falls which is just adjacent to Aguinid falls. We rode a tricycle to the Binalayan drop off point and paid Php1o only. As usual, we need to fill up some information in the registration and paid PHP20 for the entrance fee.

Continue reading Chasing Waterfalls: Binalayan Triple Drops