Hello New York!

Hello, guys! I don’t know if you’ve missed me, but I’ve missed you all!

It’s been too long, and I guess it’s finally time to write about what I can only describe as the most eventful 3 months of my life. This is really hard for me to do because I’m sure I wouldn’t be able to give justice to the incredible places I’d been to, to the unbelievable experiences I’ve lived through, and to the most interesting people I’ve stumbled upon in my life, but I might as well try.

I think I’m getting ahead of myself though, so for a briefer of what I’m talking about, it was 4 months ago when I received a letter that I’d been accepted to Hogwarts! Ha! I wish!😝Just joking, although being accepted as a visiting fellow in Cornell University for a 12-week program, is probably as close as it could get. So after graduating college last July 4, I applied for a US Visa, packed, and then flew!

Here’s the apartment I’ve lived in for 3 months.

It’s called Maplewood Park Apartments, and we’re very, very lucky because we’re so close to the bus stop and the laundry machines!

And this was the only book that I was able to carry in my very heavy, almost excessed luggage:

I’ve finished this on my first night in Ithaca, probably because I couldn’t sleep at all. Jet lag! It was a good read though.

The 12-week course I was enrolled in was set-up like we’re really in class, each week had a topic we would focus on, and we’d  have sessions from 8am-5pm, Mondays through Fridays, but we did have a few amazing field trips, and we had most of our weekends to ourselves.

Here are my classmates in the program
Here are my classmates in the program

Honestly, it feels overwhelming to write about everything that transpired during those three months, and as much as I want to put it all in writing, gosh it’s impossible! But, here are some my favorite moments:


I learned how to kayak in the mountains of Adirondacks in Upstate New York! I think I’m really good at it, and I had the time of my life just going round and round in the water, lol! We also had bonfires, and night walks (which is walking through a dark forest without any flashlights or torches, all you have is the guidance of whoever is in front of you, and wishful thinking that no bear or wolf would eat you).

First bookstore I went to!
First bookstore I went to!

For two weeks I’ve asked around and researched on all the book stores and libraries around Ithaca, although to get there I also had to study their pesky bus system, so when I was finally sure that  I wouldn’t get lost, I went.

I’ve tasted more than 20 varieties of grapes, apples and berries in Geneva, New York. I also tried orange watermelons (What orange watermelons??? Yes!!!! Orange watermelons!!!)


I also went in Barnes and Noble in the corner of 5th avenue. And last but not the least, The STRAND! *Huhuhu, Lily and Dash!!!!!!!!!!*

The White House!

I was able to go around Washington DC for a few hours!


I’ve also dressed up for Halloween and attended a Harry Potter themed celebration in Ithaca, New York’s very own Diagon Alley, otherwise called as Press Bay Alley.

Anne Eliot, the funniest and kindest and most talented author sent me a package of all her books! I even have a video of me freaking out, when I opened it!

Finally, I graduated again… this time in Cornell University! <3<3<3

PS. was also lucky enough to fly to California after the program, where I visited all the zoos and amusement parks to last me a lifetime, but that’s a story for another time.

PPS. Here’s my Book-Haul in NY

I bought this from The Strand
I bought this from The Strand
Half of these were the books that Anne Eliot so kindly gave to me, half I bought in secondhand bookstores in Ithaca. <3
Half of these were the books that Anne Eliot so kindly gave to me, half I bought in secondhand bookstores in Ithaca. <3




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Hi! My name is Jeremae Manalaysay, but everybody calls me Jem. I love to read and fangirl, then read and fangirl some more.

3 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Awesome Jem! You are awesome and the experience was awesome! I miss being your flatmate, class mate and Newyork roomate thanks for putting these experiences in writing.

  2. Oh wow, this sounds like the experience of a lifetime! I am so glad you were able to go and enjoy all of these benefits. At some point I am really hoping to go to America as well and maybe get to live through some brilliant times like you have managed to do so here :3
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