The Amazing Bean

If you have never seen Cloud Gate before, which has been nicknamed “The Bean” because of its bean-like structure, it may look like a big drop of water right in the middle of the square, which is exactly what I thought it was! But unfortunately, it wasn’t. Ever since I’ve watched the movie “Transformers: Age of Extinction” that was released on June 26 2014, I’m been tempted to visit “The Bean” and hope that I am able to in the near future.

Cloud Gate is built and designed by British artist Anish Kapoor’s and it was his first public outdoor work in the United States, which is made up of a seamless series of highly polished stainless steel plates inspired by liquid mercury. The name “Cloud Gate” came about because its surface reflects the sky and city skyline. Cloud Gate sits upon the AT&T Plaza, which is located in Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois, United States, measuring 66-feet long by 33-feet high.

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It is definitely a tourist trap as it provides an eye-catching view of the entire city located in the area. You get to see a reflection of the whole city from a variety of perspectives which enthralls you to have different points of views of the skyline and clouds, providing an endless reflection from where you stand.

I am constantly amazed by the countless selfie opportunities it allows one to have because it enables you to look thin or plump due to the angles where the reflections are stretched, expanded and displayed on the bean. There is even a concave area where visitors can stand underneath the bean!

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(The concave area that captures your attention)

 

Who would have thought that an enormous gorgeous metallic bean-shaped sculpture could become one of Chicago’s top tourists attractions? It is simply fascinating and is one of those landmarks that makes it worth your time and journey.

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There is almost always a crowd so it’s best to come early to avoid them. No trip is complete without a trip to The Bean. Kids, children and even adults are drawn to it. The best part is that it’s always 100% free! This is the perfect place to visit for a family vacation, and the view especially at night is simply fascinating 😉 Definitely a place you should not miss out!

– Kerri

 

 

References:

http://sensefunction.blogspot.sg/2012/04/why-cloud-gate-chicago.html

http://www.travelchannel.com/daily-escape/millennium-park

 

 

Giants on Earth? That’s right!

If you would like to have a totally different experience and spend your little vacation in a country across the world, then this post is the right one for you! This post would be about San Francisco aka the island where the sun always shines!

The San Francisco Giants are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team based in San Francisco, California, that plays in the National League West Division. They have won 22 National League pennants and appeared in 19 World Series competitions – both records in the National League. The Giants also consist of having the most Hall of Fame players in all of professional baseball.

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(The Giants’ celebrating their victory over the Detroit Tigers in a four game sweep in the World Series at Comerica Park on Oct. 28, 2012 in Detroit)

 

One of my many leisure pursuits is to travel to San Francisco to visit the stadium of the San Francisco Giants. My Dad has always been a big fan of the San Francisco giants, and since young I’ve often heard him talk about it. I’ve always wanted to experience sitting on a bench in an open field and cheering for my supported team among thousands of spectators. Just imagine the adrenaline rush of anticipation! Hear the crowd roar!

Having visited London before, it is a great pleasure to experience a day in the life of how Londoners spend their day as compared to Singaporeans, and one of the most distinct features is their routine of receiving their daily newspaper by the train station before hurrying off to catch their train. I had a wonderful experience travelling to different cities in London with my Dad, and I hope to create more memories and experiences in the future.

Giants Stadium

 

Of course, I could not end off this post without mentioning the infamous Golden Gate Bridge, also located in San Francisco, CA, which is easily identifiable by its international orange colour. It took a total of 4 years to finish construction with 2,737 metres in length and 227 metres above the sea.

As a prominent landmark, it attracts at least 10 million visitors annually. Walkways along the sides of the roads are available to pedestrians and cyclists. Do not be overwhelmed nor afraid at the length of the bridge and how long it will take you to reach the other end of the bridge as the journey offers plenty of fabulous views. Biking along the bridge is one of the most popular ways to enjoy the moment and scenery. Once you get across, you’ll be able to see the Golden Gate Park National Recreation Area, which is the perfect place for park enthusiasts!

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Skyscrapers and the tallest buildings can been seen drawing the well-known skyline of San Francisco. I’ve always wanted to experience how living in the countryside would be like, and travelling to San Francisco would be the perfect opportunity.

 

I might just plan a little surprise for my Dad during the end of year holidays! I can’t wait!

– Kerri

 

 

References:

http://whatchamccollums.blogspot.sg/p/mlb-stadium-tour.html

http://www.history.com/news/6-things-you-may-not-know-about-the-golden-gate-bridge

https://www.flickr.com/photos/kptripathi/6922527665/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_Giants

http://nymag.com/daily/sports/2012/10/a-giants-tigers-world-series.html