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Favorite Moments in NYC Marathon 2009 – running

November 20th, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey 2 comments


If you participated in marathons before, what were you thinking when you were running? I saw a runner said on TV that he thought about important things in his life. A runner friend of mine told me that running long distance is almost meditative to her. She does not think about anything.

What were you running thoughts? Share with us here.

I dedicated these favorite moments below (3 pages) to all of you Marathon Runners out there! See you next year, no sweat.

Last Part of the NYC Marathon 5-part series.

Where: Queens, New York City

When: Nov 1, 2009


Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel

“I’m Running in Style, Baby!” – NYC Marathon 2009

November 20th, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey 1 comment

The NYC Halloween Parade ended barely 12 hours before the start of the race. Maybe, it wasn’t enough time for some runners to get out of their costumes. And some runners probably had planned to run in these unique attires. One guy actually run with a ‘duck’, maybe it was for a cause…. (hopefully!)

I chuckled at some ‘slogans’ on T-shirts, we have ‘Fat Bloke’, ‘Guys of a certain age group’, ‘Now I can die in piece’, etc. One of my favorites was a couple, she wore ‘Just married’ and he wore ‘Game Over’. Definitely a fun way to run the Marathon and probably not the best way to spend the honeymoon!

Check out the Gorilla, ‘Muscle Man’ and ‘Flora runner’ below. Pink tutus seemed to be in trend for both sexes. You will not miss the big hairdo in the French runner and the subtle style in the ‘matchy’ runner, matching his boxer with his running shoes. I also caught the ‘flag guy’ the second time with bigger and better outfit and accessories this year! (I posted his 2008 picture next to his 2009.)

Do also check out last year’s Special Mention, the Mankini Runner. I was actually looking out for him this time but I did not catch him. Perhaps the weather was too cold for his debute this year.

And you have to admit that you are not running in real style without your ardent supporters! There was a little girl in pink who would not miss raising her thumb and cheering loudly to each runner, “Good job!”  Maybe that’s why I got so many ‘happy runners’ shots.

And behind me was a ‘hairy’ guy with the ‘water to wine’ sign. And we saw Larry’s granddaughters running with him (note Larry’s T-shirt) and a young boy frantically running out from the walkway to hug his dad when he saw him running by…Great marathon moments…

Part 4 of the NYC Marathon 5-part series, check back for more pictures.

Where: Queens, New York City

When: Nov 1, 2009


Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel

Determination and Pain ~ NYC Running Marathon 2009

November 19th, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey 6 comments

Running Marathon

If the urge of running a marathon gets too strong for you after viewing the ‘Happy Runners‘ pictures in the previous post, you might want to check out these pictures. Running a Marathon is more than grueling for most people…it takes tons of determination. Me? Thank you for your suggestion, I’m happy being a photographer on the sidewalk.  But I did garner enough inspirations to kick-start my yoga lessons!

The Determination

The Pain

Part 3 of the NYC Marathon 5-part series, check back for more pictures.

Where: Queens, New York City

When: Nov 1, 2009


Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel

“Running a Marathon is Sheer Joy!” ~ NYC Marathon 2009

November 19th, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey 1 comment

The NYC Marathon has always been one of my favorite photo opportunities. The indescribable joy, unspoken agony, exhibited camaraderie and displayed human determination all rolled in one event!

I had some fun this year and came out with my own special marathon categories. Comment on your own favorites among these categories:

(1) “Running a Marathon is Sheer Joy!”
(2) “I’m So Determined!”
(3) “I’m Running in Style, Baby!”
(4) Other Favorites Moments

I was snapping away along the sidewalk and I guess I got the attention of the runners. They started to look into my camera and smile! Experience the sheer joy of these runners in the pictures below! (Warning: Viewing these pictures might aspire you to run a Marathon.)

Part 2 of the NYC Marathon 5-part series, check back for more pictures.

Where: Queens, New York City

When: Nov 1, 2009


Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel

The Unexpected Runners ~ NYC Marathon 2009|

November 16th, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey No Comment yet

The 5 Things that Amazed me about NYC Marathon:

1. Is This Hallo-thon?

The ‘costumes’ wore by some runners. It seemed like they went straight from an overnight Halloween party to run 26.2 miles. Nonetheless, admirable! (Click here for more photos of creative runners!)


2. You Beat My Time? No Way!

How some seemingly unfit looking’ runners beat fit looking runners. Maybe just by sheer will and determination! Way to go! Click here for more pictures.


3. Honey, I Just Ran A Marathon!

I’m simply amazed at people’s ability to finish a marathon. It’s not a walk in the park but a daunting 26.2 miles!  That might just be the total distance some people walk in a year!

And I’m not referring to athletes but normal people, you know, like your co-worker, neighbors, friends etc. A lot of them ran for causes that are dear and close to their hearts. With the cause printed on their T-shirts, step by step and with strong camaraderie, they finished the race! I saw a few groups holding strings while they ran. Talking about team work!


And then there were people who didn’t even exercise regularly and then one day, for some personal reasons, decided to put ‘running a marathon’ as one of their ‘things-to-do-before-I-die’ list.


Regardless of your reasons, if you were running today, I salute you!


4. Is This A Good Angle?

Things that people do while running a marathon. Talking on the phone, filming on video cams, chatting with fellow runners…


5. Unexpected Runners…

This year, we saw Mary, who looked at least 70 years old, jogging very slowly and looking very frail but determined to finish the race. She has a sign that said, ‘Running for the Taylor Haugen Foundation.’ We saw her around the 14 miles mark, but we do not know if she finished the race.  I cannot help but put my camera aside and cheered, “Go, Mary, go!”


And just before we left, we caught a truly inspiration moment. We saw a runner with a single prosthetic leg and two crutches. Step by step, he inched himself nearer to the finishing line, with a crowd of supporters walking next to him. People clapping and cheering him on the sidewalk…it was one of the goose bumps moments for me.

After some research, I found out that he is John Tartoglio Jr., 22 years old. He started the race at 6 am and finished it at 10pm, with a time of around 16 hours. Amazing! He is the first amputee missing his thighbones to ever complete the NYC Marathon.  John, you are truly inspirational! Read more about John here.


Part 1 of the NYC Marathon 5-part series, check back for more pictures.

Where: Queens, New York City

When: Nov 1, 2009


Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel

Yankees Ticker Tape Parade along Canyon of Heros!

November 12th, 2009 Posted by Featured, Photo Journey No Comment yet

Ticker Tape Parade

New Yorkers know how to organize a ticker tape parade! I was at the corner of Battery Place and Washington St and could barely get a standing spot at the barricade. Finally, I saw a spot available and quickly ran towards it.

Within seconds, I realized why it was available, it was right in front of a sewage vent and it sticks real bad! A lady walked past it and said, “someone just farted’”and I just looked at her and smiled. She must think that it’s me. I clinged on to the spot anyway, bearing the motto in mind, ‘This too will pass…’

There was so much to see to be bothered by the stench. Groups of marching bands getting ready, Irish pipes group practicing, Giant Yankee T-shirt balloon being set up, policemen controlling the crowd (with unusually huge smiles), the excitement was contagious!

I waited for another 45 minutes. The stench actually went away (or I got used to it). The parade has not started. Some ‘pre-confetti’ were being thrown from the buildings nearby,  shredded paper, bathroom paper and whatever paper-like items . I have no idea flying bathroom paper can conjure so much joy in me!

The parade started and everyone went crazy. I read that some people lined up along Broadway as early as 5 am! I have not seen so much paper falling from the ‘sky’ in my life before, it felt almost like snowing, what a sight to remember!

The cleaning up process was a sight to behold as well. Blowers, oversized brooms, tractors were standing by and within hours, the streets were spotless. I’m actually more amazed by the clean up than the mess up. (See the pictures below for the ‘happy’ mess created)

According to officials, the parade cost more than $300,000. Apparently, the city only funded less than 10% and the rest came from donations. More than a million fans lined the route of the parade. Seems like a big sum of money for a parade in this economic climate, but this breaks down to just 30 cents per person.

Do you think it’s worth it? Perhaps it was. It has been a long time since I saw so many happy people in Financial District. (Beside those-you-know who are reaping in record breaking bonus again…)


Where: Financial district, New York City

When: 10:15 am to 1:50 pm, Nov 6, 2009


Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel

Buzz before the Yankees Parade!

November 11th, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey No Comment yet

Car honking, people cheering, Scottish pipes playing…

Thousands of people flocked to lower Manhattan for the Yankees Ticker Tape Parade; Yankees Parade. We noticed the bustling before 8 am in the morning!

New York City is hosting the parade and ceremony in honor of the World Series champion New York Yankees. The last ticker tape parade was on Feb 5, 2008 when Giants won the Super Bowl.

The parade will start on Broadway at Battery Place at 11 am up the Canyon of Heros (Broadway) to City Hall. Yankees fans had waited nine years since the team’s previous World Series title!

It’s just 45 mins before the Parade. I grabbed my camera and ran downstairs…the city is buzzing! Check back for more pictures!

Where: Financial District, Broadway and Battery Place, New York City

When: 10:15 am, Nov 6, 2009 (original post date is Nov 6, reposted on Nov 11)


Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel

Ireland in New York City – Irish Famine

November 1st, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey 2 comments

An authentic 19th century Irish roofless cottage sits on a modern, angular structure located on one of the most expensive real estate in New York City. Majestic yet quaint. Quiet yet hectic. Tragic yet inspiring.

It is a garden jutting out from the earth at an angle, or in my mind, a giant skateboard tilted 45 degrees from the ground. I walked past it so many times and I have no idea it was a memorial! It could easily pass off as a wonderful park.

I walked into the ultra modern tunnel-like walkway, which I liken it to an entrance of a modern art museum. And then the landscaping hit me…

If I blocked out the high-rise buildings around me, I could make believe that I was in an Irish countryside. The landscaping is incredible. The designer, landscaper and architect did an amazing job of relocating a real piece of Ireland into New York City.

This memorial is a monument to the Great Irish Famine (1845 to 1850). On formal records, over a million people perished. About 800,000 survived by escaping to New York City which explained the strong foothold of Irish culture and heritage in the city.

Some sources called the ‘Great Irish Famine’ a cover up to the ‘Irish Holocaust’ whereby over five million Irish were murdered. They described it as genocide, mass murder and even ethnic cleansing.

Over two miles of writings based on poems, quotations and statistics related to the famine wrapped around the entrance and exterior of the memorial.  Irish music and recordings of personal memoirs playing in the background pulled me back further into history.  One can close one’s eyes and be lost in time.

Where: Irish Hunger Memorial (2002), corner of Vesey St and North End Ave, Battery Park City, New York City

Who: Designer, Brian Tolle. Landscape Designer, Gail Wittwer-Laird. Architect, 1100 Architect.

Why: Monument of the Great Irish Famine to highlight hunger in the world.


Copyrighted 2009 by Farting Camel.

PS: This post was originally posted on Oct 28, 2009. It has to be reposted as the database was reset.

Love is in the Air in Manhattan – Paired Pigeons Mate

October 24th, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey No Comment yet

Paired Pigeons Mate

Minutes after I left the two lovebirds, Shia Labeuof and Carey Mulligan, at the Irish Hunger Memorial, I saw another two real lovebirds right in front of me. They were preening each other and then….French kissed! No kidding, see pictures below!

This is the first time I have ever seen Pigeons kissed, let along French kissing. What’s going on? First, it was Labeouf and Mulligan holding hands minutes earlier, and now the Pigeons are French kissing…Is Love in the air in Manhattan?

If there is a season for Love, Fall must be it.

Where: Battery Park City, New York City

When: 11:19 am on Oct 23, 2009        (Click on the pictures to enlarge them)

(For Pigeons, the ‘French kiss’ is called billing, which is ‘often a prelude to mating…Once paired, pigeons may mate for life.’ Smithsonian National Zoological Park Website)

So apparently, ‘once paired, Pigeons may mate for life’. Is this a good omen for Labeuof and Mulligan?


Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel.

Celebrities Sighting in Lower Manhattan – Labeouf Mulligan

October 23rd, 2009 Posted by Featured, Photo Journey 6 comments

Labeouf Mulligan

I was taking my own sweet time adjusting my camera, hoping to get a good shot of the entrance of the Irish Hunger Memorial. Just couldn’t seem to get it right.

Finally I got a decent shot and I started walking out of the tunnel-like entrance and I saw them! It took me an instant to recognize them as they appeared too vigilant of their surrounding to be ‘normal people’…

Seizing the opportunity to get a picture with a celebrity (yes, that’s unlike me) as I never had a camera whenever I saw one, I asked, “Excuse me…err”, the lady paused for a split second and the guy pulled her away. Sensing the animosity, I stopped. I had wanted to ask, “Excuse me, are you the Transformer guy, can I take a picture with you?”

Yes! It’s Shia Labeouf and Carey Mulligan. They were holding hands and appeared just like a couple. I guess I might be luckier if I was carry a small point-and-shoot camera instead of hanging a giant DSLR with a humongous zoom lens down my neck. I do look like one of the Paparazzi. I turned around and snapped a few shots but did not follow them into the Memorial.

Apparently, they are in town shooting the Movie, “Wall Street 2, Money Never Sleeps”. It is set to release in April 2010.  And to answer the question, do they look like co-stars hanging out? No, they definitely looked like a couple on a date.

Mira, the unusual and unwilling Paparazzi just taking her morning walk….(Check out what I saw after this.)

Where: Irish Hunger Memorial, Battery Park City, New York City

When: 11:05 am on Oct 23, 2009

Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel

See You Next Year, Fred!

October 22nd, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey No Comment yet

I love farmers markets.  I love the color and smell of fresh produce! It’s a cool Saturday morning in early fall. We took the free downtown bus to catch the last day of farmers market at South Street Sea Port.

We bought our usual battalion of vegetables and continued to seek out eggless pastries. For some reasons, whenever I asked, “Are your pastries eggless?”, I would always get a shock blank look from the seller, like I just spoke French or something.  Oh well…. we moved on.

And just before we left the market, there he was, Fred!

I caught him resting on the grape tomatoes. He then flew to the next basket, grasping on to the scallions. See you next year, Fred!

Where: Fulton Stall Market, South Street Seaport. Located on South Street, between Fulton and Beekman Streets. Every Saturday in summer to early fall., 10-6pm.

When: Sept 26, 2009.

Click here for a list of other Farmers Market in Manhattan.


Copyrighted 2009 by Farting Camel.

Have Fun Like a Child

October 20th, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey No Comment yet

I stayed till the end of the performance when the audience were asked to join professional dancers on the stage.

The kids were the first to go crazy and ran up the stage even before the announcer finished his sentences.

They were so excited, laughed, giggled and had so much fun that I was almost convinced to ditch my camera and join them…I didn’t and I snapped these pictures instead.

But I did leave the park, with lighter footsteps and a big smile on my face…

When was the last time you had fun like a Child?

Where: Battery Park, New York, New York.

When: August 2009, during the grand finale of the 28th Downtown Dance Festival.


Copyrighted 2009 by Farting Camel.

Is it Going to be a Cold Winter, Sammy?

October 16th, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey No Comment yet

There he was, poking his head out from the shrubs as we walked along South cove in Battery Park City.

Sammy, the squirrel lives in an acorn-less area just behind South Cove. Howard and I would usually pick up some acorns on North Cove, where they are in abundance, and bring them to the South Cove.

We call it our morning ‘Communist Project’, spreading the ‘Acorn Wealth’.

Karen, our yoga teacher shared with us that Squirrels could sense if it is going to be a cold winter. They would try to store as much food (mainly nuts) as they could before the winter if they sensed that it is going to be nasty one. So, we started to look out for Sammy and his friends to see if they have been gorging themselves silly this fall.

Yes, people rely on the meteorologists, and we really on good old Sammy. We have not noticed the binge eating and storing as yet.

However, news has been recently released that this winter might be one of the coldest winters ever or the coldest in this decade for the Northeast.

If this is true, Sammy, quick go stock up!

Where: Battery Park City, New York City

When: Morning of June 14, 2009


Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel

Dance in Summer in Lower Manhattan

October 12th, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey 1 comment

She was just sitting in front of me, totally engrossed in the performance on the stage. I don’t think I have seen her moved for quite some time now. It’s just such a lovely sight that I have to snap a picture!

I love to watch dance performances, and even more so, the reaction from the audience, particularly young children. Just watch the glow from their eyes!

This time, I have to convince Howard to accompany me to the Downtown Dance Festival at Chase Plaza. I have been missing it for the past years.

Great show and I will definitely catch the one in Battery Park, which is the finale for the Dance festival this coming weekend.

Dance is definitely one of my favorite outdoor performances in Summer!

Check out the schedule for the 29th Downtown Dance Festival in Summer 2010 here.

Ps: My all time favorite dance performances have to be Evening Stars. You can check out their Summer 2010 schedule here.

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(Originally written on August 21, 2009)

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Island Prison Near Wall Street

October 12th, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey No Comment yet

For all you who clicked on this post, thinking that we finally have an exclusive prison for white-collar crimes on Wall Street, I’m sorry, that didn’t happen (yet).

But there is an ex-military prison just one mile away from Wall Street on Governor’s Island in Castle William (Surprise?).

It was built in 1807 of red sandstone on Governor’s Island as part of the fortification to protect New York.

It became a military prison in 1903 and was renovated extensively about 60 years ago, which gave its interior the ‘industrial look’.

It was then later used as a ‘community centre’ in the 60’s for military personnel and their families staying on Governor’s Island.

I was snapping away when I accidently blended myself into a walking tour by a Park Ranger, which by the way, is really the best way to start if you want to soak in the rich history of the island.

“Castle William was one of the four Island Prisons in the States, together with The Rock on Alcatrez Island (1.5 miles of San Francisco Bay), Rikers Island (another NYC prison, still active, in the East River between Queens and Bronx) and Johnson’s Island (off Lake Erie in Ohio)”, the Ranger trying his best to speak as loud as he could to the big crowd.

Interesting fact.

This is the Park Ranger, whom I thought looked like a soldier lost in time, trying to hitch a ride.

(You can click on the pictures to enlarge them.)

Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel.

Faking it in New York City

October 9th, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey No Comment yet

I was walking around in South Street Seaport with my friend Daphne trying to get a good night scene picture of the Brooklyn Bridge. We turned around, saw the beach and though that it will be good spot to test out her new Nikon D5000 camera. We just snapped away. I simply just love this picture with the lights, the Brooklyn Bridge and the ‘relaxing mood’ that was captured. Skyscraper, Sand, City!

Manhattanites live on an island. We are surrounded by water but there is no one beach insight.  Someone came up with this great idea to have an artificial beach in New York City in 2005, similar to the ‘Paris Beach’ along River Seine.

The first water taxi beach in NYC started in Queens, then South Street Seaport and the most recent one opened in Governor’s Island on July 2009.  (Their office website is here.)

I think this is amazing idea (though faking it)! After hours walking on hard cement, my soles (or soul?) love the feeling of having sand beneath it, the next best thing to walking on a real beach!

Location: Water Taxi Beach, South Street Seaport, New York, New York

When: Summer 2009

Copyright 2009 by Farting Camel

Tunnel to Tower Run 2009

October 9th, 2009 Posted by Photo Journey No Comment yet

It was about 9 am on Sunday morning.  We heard the sound of Scottish pipes coming from the Battery Tunnel. We peeped our heads out of the window and saw hundreds of people holding flags, lining neatly along the entrance of the tunnel.

Each person in the line had a cloth picture hanging from the neck. We watched closer and realized they were all firemen in uniforms. We knew that the run was 9/11 related but did not know the story behind the run until we read more about it on the Internet.

This event is called the ‘Tunnel to Tower Run’. It is to honor all Firefighters, Police and EMS workers who performed their duty on 9/11, especially a Firefighter hero Stephen Siller. He was off-duty that day and on his way to play goft. When he received news that the World Trade Center had been hit, he drove towards the site immediately. His car was stopped in Brooklyn, just before the Battery Tunnel. He raced on foot towards the site with 80 pounds of gear strapped to his back. He perished that day. The Run retraces his footsteps on that fateful day.

The event is organized 100% by volunteers. Learn more about Stephen and the run at the ‘Tunnel to Tower Run’ website.


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