Last night, all the TV news from CNN to CTGN, BBC, Jazeera and Sky News were busily highlighting the 16th Anniversary for the horrific bombing of the Twin Towers (1973 - 2001) in New York City. I was flipping my TV channels and those images & videos came haunting back all the sad memories of the 9/11 tragedy. I remembered sitting at my condo inside Taman Desa watching the usual CNN news when their Breaking News jolted me rudely to see "Live Reporting" of the Twin Towers being bombed. Then suddenly, the next plane crashed into the 2nd tower and my heart sank into the floor in total shock & disbelief. Yesterday, the news channels played back the disturbing images all over again. It was so sad to see the loss of 2,606 lives inside the Twin Towers and 157 lives inside the 2 planes that crashed onto the buildings. Horrors!
I had seen this actual World Trade Center many times in Manhattan and made only one visit inside where I took the elevator all the way to the roof top. The panoramic view of the skyline of New York City was very awesome and thrilling beyond words to see thousands of skyscrapers for miles. There is no other city in this world that has so many tall buildings like in New York City where one's eyes could see as far as New Jersey, Staten Island, Queens, Flushing, Bronx, Harlem, Brooklyn and many others! I remembered how I admired their US development for building so many tall buildings since the late 19th century! I stood there for over one hour to take photos of the blurry city view below as the haze & smog polluted the city during the Winter. I dug out from my old photo album to share this blurry photos and realised something. I wore the same shirt and pants on the different dates of the photos taken. The one showing me on the bench was taken in New Jersey which is next to Manhattan across the Hudson River and easily connects via the Holland Tunnel. That was how thrifty I was as I arrived in US in just one suitcase of clothes and wore the same clothes for years!
In my recent bucket list, I had wished to visit New York City again and show my wife around the famous spots. She had only transited at the NYC airport enroute to visit Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania and yet to set foot there. I hope that fate would allow me to show her around someday.