Stevio...LA LA Lovin' It?

I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Summer holiday on the east coast

So finally the folks arrived in Toronto to hang with the family and that was the signal to get the east coast party in full swing. So I dragged Mum and Dad to New York (good idea TYP!)

I met Mum and Dad at the hotel near Bryant Park which is an awesome location for a short trip. In the summer there are free yoga lessons a couple of times a week and free films there too. We hit the water taxi tour all around Manhattan, the Hudson River, the East River and back to Pier 17, all for $20. That ride gave us killer views of the Statue of Liberty, Olafur Eliasson's waterfall installations (that cost $15m), Brooklyn and Manhattan.

The plan was to hang in NYC for a few days before the folks went on their cruise. but then after talking to an east coast seaside regular I decided to cut our trip short and rent a car to get the hell out of Dodge (whatever that means?!)

I brought my TomTom GPS from LA and programmed in "Newport, Rhode Island". 200 miles and 4 hours to drive north out of New York. The GPS freaked out with all the tall skyscrapers that obscured or bounced the GPS signal around. I almost got seasick looking at the map as it spun around confused! But once on the FDR freeway it was plain sailing! No pun intended with all the sea references.

I booked us into the cute, Victorian Sarah Kendall bed & breakfast overlooking the harbor. It was an old house with small rooms without ensuite bathrooms and close to 60 restaurants. I think we explored about half of them looking for the perfect clam and crab combo for Dad's ravenous appetite!

Our half-day tour of Newport, Rhode Island included the Vanderbilts' summer home...or the Breakers, a massive ostentatious mansion on the coast. They say their fortune ($50 billion) came from the railway system they build across America. One documentary also explained that this area was the hub for rum, sugar and slave-trading too. As we were in the Breakers the sky turned dark grey and rain poured for 30 mins so we got a bit wet as we tried to get more pics on Ocean Drive. They weren't joking about the temperamental weather!

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