Day 4 in NYC

Today was a relatively laid-back day. I got up a bit late and found myself surrounded by a delicious breakfast of bacon, eggs, and toast. First thing on the list was mass at St. Hugh’s of Lincoln. It was my first time to attend an American mass, which was pretty cool. I noticed that they had young girls serving in the mass, that there were no mother butlers (it was two gentlemen who passed the baskets during the offertory), and that both men and women served as lay ministers, and that they wore no special uniform. The most interesting thing though was that after receiving the Eucharist, there was another minister holding a chalice. It was optional to go, although I lined up there as well to drink the Blood of Christ.

After mass, I got to tour around Huntington Station. I saw Huntington Bay, where they had geese, ducks, and swan, and Coindre Castle, which was a legitimate castle that stands at over 100 years old. I also saw a couple of schools and churches. Huntington Station is a very small town but one that is very cozy.

We had lunch at The Cheesecake Factory. Another interesting thing I noted was that it’s customary in America to order appetizers first, and then the main course afterwards. This means more waiting, though. I had a breakfast steak, although it was a bit too salty for my liking. (Need I point out that it was pretty big too?) The Cheesecake, however, saved the day. I had a delicious Snickers Bar Chocolate Cheesecake.

We got to look around Walt Whitman Mall afterwards. There were a lot of pretty cool shops, including Victoria’s Secret, where I bought pasalubong for a friend who requested. It was… an interesting experience.

Perhaps the most exciting part of my day was in Tanger Outlets, which is a small compound, probably similar to the Paseo de Sta. Rosa area, where they have outlet stores of different brands, like Nike, Reebok, Polo, Gap, Adidas, and more. I went to the stores that interested me and saw that the prices were slashed to as much as 75% off, plus additional 15% off. It was amazing! The most interesting thing was that I witnessed a shoplifting in Nike. A man ran out with a couple of pairs of shoes that he hadn’t paid for yet. All the salesmen, who were mostly in their 20’s, raced after him, but they couldn’t catch up. “I fu*king told you to watch him!” shouted one of them.

Tito Leo and Tita Malu ended up getting me a pair of Sperry’s Topsiders which I’ve been wanting for quite some time. It was about half the price of the shoes in the Philippines. I also got to try Nathan’s Hotdogs. I don’t see how it’s different from the Filipino hotdogs, except for the fact that it was brown, but it was pretty good nonetheless.

I had a slice of pizza for dinner, and I’m now reminded of how hungry I am. Although for now, I’d like to once again extend my thanks to everyone who has gone out of their way to congratulate me and to share Fine Dining on their walls. I am deeply touched by your actions. I’ve gotten a couple of interview requests lined up again and I’m really excited to continue moving on. Nowhere to go but up!

P.S. I forgot to mention yesterday that I saw Anne Hathaway walking along the streets of New York. She’s incredibly tall and thin! I also saw Waverly Diner at Waverly Place. Straight out of the TV series?


    • BdR
    • January 30th, 2012

    you already!

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