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Journey to New Jersey

by Kiran on January 12, 2011 · 8 comments

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Continuing from my previous post during our recent travels to New Jersey & New York City.

We woke up bright and early, gobbled some breakfast and headed towards our destination – which was 650 miles away! That was many miles to cover and our plan was to make less pit stops for road site attraction.

While crossing between Dillon-South Carolina and Rowland-North Carolina, I couldn’t resist taking photos of South of the Border’s Pedro. It’s a roadside attraction with lodging, food, amusement park etc. The place was so quiet that day, so we just took photos and drove off. Creepy πŸ™‚

Gas prices were expected to be high. And remains. Sigh. And look at the difference in the above and below photos? Weather was so unpredictable.

After a few more hours of driving, we pulled up at a gas station to refuel, stretch, relieve and snack on blue and blackberries. I was also craving an orange flavored lollipop. Brought back great childhood memories. A lollipop just transforms one into a kid, right? πŸ˜‰

As part of my initiative to spread positivity, I left an OperationBeautiful.com post-it note in a restroom along I-95. If you are a frequent traveler or jet setter, can you imagine the amount of post-its you would be able to stick all around the world? A small gesture can make a huge impact. It made my day for sure.

A Blackberry with data plan certainly helped kill time. I was on Twitter and Facebook as often as I could. As soon as we crossed Virginia, I thought about my friends at YoungHouseLove and tweeted this message for them:

They were as usual, hilarious πŸ˜€

The Hubs continued with driving till we arrived late in the evening at Freehold, New Jersey. We opted for convenience and went to PF Changs for dinner. Starved, exhaustion and excitement completely took over. Ended up ordering too much food for two. Somehow, the food photos went missing. Strange. For starters, we had fried calamari. Delicious, but a tad salty. And for main course, there were fried rice, Dali Chicken, Spinach with garlic and Singapore Street noodles. Oh.So.Yum!

If anyone saw this note at PF Changs, I hope I made you smile πŸ™‚

We arrived at our friends place in North Brunswick just a little after midnight. Headed straight into for the bed. Gotta be up, fresh and early in the morning to begin our New York City tour that involved stuffing ourselves with Malaysian food. Oh, the joy of life πŸ™‚

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Ps: I am hosting a photography related giveaway at Shutterbox.

{ 8 comments }

1 Dinu January 12, 2011 at 9:59 AM

nice work with photos !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2 Kiran January 12, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Dinu,
Thanks a lot! I love how you’ve transformed your Thesis theme πŸ™‚ Looking good.

3 Charlie January 13, 2011 at 1:25 PM

First of all, I’m glad I found you among the chaos of fitblog. Seriously, your pictures on this blog are beautiful! And speaking of beautiful, I LOVE that you leave post-its all over the world, encouraging people! That is what this world needs, more than anything. Kindness among strangers. Encouragement. Smiles.
I’m adding you to my blog roll! And I can’t wait to read more!!! <3

4 Kiran January 14, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Charlie,
Welcome to my blog and thank you so much for adding me on your blogroll & your beautiful thoughts on my efforts to spread positivity πŸ™‚ It means the world to me that I can bring smile to anyone who reads my blog and post-its.

5 Ching Ya January 17, 2011 at 6:05 AM

What a fun trip you’re having! πŸ™‚ Yay! Malaysian food on the next. lol! Well, hope you’re able to get what you’re craving for, roti canai, cendol, maybe laksa too? Keep us all updated.

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6 Kiran January 18, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Ching Ya,
We were able to stuff ourselves with delicious Malaysian foods. Read our culinary adventures at http://kirantarun.com/food/2011/01/05/malaysian-street-food/ No doubt the roti canai was dissapointing, others seems to make up for it. Overall, I am currently not missing Malaysian foods. It would take a few months down the road, but for now, we are satisfied πŸ˜€

7 rossie November 29, 2011 at 1:43 PM

hi kiran..enjoy your trip especially the food! though if you are in NJ we can meet up as I stay at South Jersey near Atlantic city and Philadelphia.

8 Kiran December 1, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Rossie,
Welcome to Chatterbox and thanks for the lovely comment πŸ™‚
We went to New Jersey last winter — this year we are staying put. Would love to meet if and when we go up north again! Thanks honey πŸ™‚

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