Day 1 in NYC

Jan. 26, 2012 will forever be known to me as the longest day of my life. So far, it’s lasted a total of about 42 hours and it still isn’t over yet. I’ve been up since 4AM Manila Time, and over there it’s now nearing 1PM of the next day, so you can kinda guess how messed up my body is. But it doesn’t matter. I’ve been having the time of my life.

I got to the airport at around 5:15AM because I left my jacket and had to turn back. Every thing went pretty smoothly, except I didn’t get the free business class upgrade that I was hoping I’d get as an eighteen-year old kid who was traveling alone. In our first stop at Narita, I got a Bacon Lettuce Cheeseburger from McDonald’s. Why don’t they have those back home? They’re delicious! I paid $5 for it and got 55 Yen for change. I’m planning to buy Royce’s there when I return cause they’re pretty cheap. Only 660 Yen. There was also this really cool exhibit in one of the stores where classic stories were reenacted in origami. They had Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Wizard of Oz.

The long flight to the USA was quite exciting. For one, it was about 11 hours long. And for two (yes I know that’s not a phrase), they had individual monitors for everyone. I got to watch three movies, Tamara Drewe, Midnight in Paris, and Restless. They’re arranged in order for viewing and also, coincidentally, in ascending order of preference. Restless was just a powerfully moving film with such a great storyline and fantastic acting. It’s a new release and I highly recommend that everyone should watch it.

When I first landed in Minneapolis, I saw the ground covered with snow. It was beautiful! Too bad I couldn’t go outside though. In Homeland Security, the man could hardly believe that I was a director attending a film festival at 18. He said a lot of kids at 18 didn’t know what they wanted to do. I guess he was right. He also asked me if I had any chicharon on me, which I said I did.

After getting the food I brought in cleared through customs, I went around and bought a Frappucino in Starbucks and a pack of Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Cups in one of the shops. The flight was slightly delayed, although it didn’t really matter because I still arrived at the original time. During the flight, I got to speak with a middle-aged woman who was a registered nurse. We spent a great deal of time chatting about films (she recommended I see Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest and Rear Window after I showed her Fine Dining) and about life in general. She was quite fascinating to talk to. She also asked me to sign my business card. First autograph!

I arrived in New York at 5PM to the bustling sound of the suburbs. It was awfully cold outside and I made the most out of it by watching my breath fog up in front of me. A pigeon went inside the baggage claim area and started to walk around. A little girl started following it and would scream “Whoaaaaa!” each time it would fly. Somehow I felt like I wanted to do the same, except, well, that wouldn’t be cute, just freaky.

Tito Leo picked me up from the airport and we headed home, but not for long. After a ton of photos with my cousins in just about every possible permutation, we headed out for dinner in this place called La Casa Latina. I had a steak which tasted pretty good. It was also pretty big so I didn’t finish it. I finished it off with some sangria which was well mixed. I’m really enjoying the food here in America, even the airline food. I don’t understand how you can not like airline food. It’s delicious! And there’s a lot of it too.

It’s finally January 27 and I will be off to bed. In six hours, I’ll be up again to explore the streets of New York City all by myself. I am so excited.

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    • Dixie Puyat
    • January 27th, 2012

    So happy for you Lance! I really admire you and will be following you!!

    • Mindy Juatas
    • January 27th, 2012

    Good luck and enjoy you stay there. We are all praying for you here. We are so proud of you here. Take care ok. God speed….. love from Tita Mindy, Elijah and Elian

  1. Absolutely love travelling. So proud (and a tiny bit jealous that you’ll get to explore New York on your own haha) of you for getting this far! Enjoy your stay! 🙂

    • Manny Librodo
    • January 29th, 2012

    congratulations Lance!

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