Fall upon the East Coast

Fall has arrived and with it, many adventures and experiences that have made this season truly memorable so far. Here’s a glimpse into my fall scenes in Philadelphia.

My fall journey began with a birthday celebration back again in New York City. It was a special one that I celebrated with friends from Hong Kong studying at Columbia and FIT. I visited their campuses as well and ventured into the city, exploring new spots and going to a fancy Lebanese restaurant called Ilili for dinner. It had been on my list for a while, and it didn’t disappoint. The hummus, falafels, and chicken were nothing short of amazing. Birthdays are always better with good friends and great food.

But it wasn’t all about indulging in amazing food. I also hopped on the tram to Roosevelt Island, and the view it offered of the Manhattan skyline was breathtaking. This day was shockingly not pouring as for some weird reason every weekend or Saturday, it has been raining in NYC.

Returning to Philadelphia, I started slowly noticing the fall season to be more evident. The leaves had started to turn, actually “falling” on the streets with the gold and orange colors. The weather is absolutely perfect, though the chilly winds of the night served as a gentle reminder that winter was coming closer and I am not excited for that, as it’s going to be a lot colder than it gets in Hong Kong.

While I was loving my new home in Philly, I couldn’t help but miss a bit of my homeland’s spirit. That’s when I came upon a Garba event organized by the Drexel South Asian Students Association. I’d never been to a Garba event before, but the experience was really interesting and fun! Learning the traditional dance and celebrating with students gave me a sense of home and it was great being part of such a big union. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for Diwali!

One highlight of my fall season so far was a visit to the Eastern State Penitentiary’s Halloween Horror Nights. This historical prison transformed into a realm of haunting experiences, unlike anything I’d ever seen. The creative minds behind this event turned the penitentiary into a series of 5 different haunted houses, complete with actors who did an incredible job at doing their scares. Definitely worth an experience at least once.

As the fall season continues, I look forward to more trips, explorations and celebrations. There’s something about this time of year that makes every experience more unique and better. Whether it’s the leaves, weather or the haunted season, fall has a way of turning ordinary moments into extraordinary.