Day 7 in Boston and NYC

Okay, today was just absolutely crazy. Not physically though. Today was pretty much my lightest day when it comes to physical activity, but definitely the heaviest and most overwhelming, emotionally.

I woke up this morning to the news that the feature on Fine Dining and I would be aired on ABS-CBN’s Bandila. Jasmin Romero, a well-known broadcaster, had been interviewing me and assembling materials to create a feature on the whole thing. It was about 9:00AM and we were headed off for breakfast at IHOP so I didn’t bother finding a way to watch it. I figured I could just catch it online afterwards. IHOP was pretty good, although it wasn’t anything magnificent. American-wise, the meal I had was pretty good. I had two pancakes, two strips of bacon, two pork link sausages, and two eggs for $5.99. Given a choice, though, I’d probably stick with Pancake House.

We drove around for a while, and I checked my Facebook account while we were getting gas. Beside the Friend Request icon, I saw the number 221. It was probably a glitch, I thought. That was probably the total number of friend requests I’ve ever ignored ever since I started using Facebook, right? Nope. Apparently, all 221 had come in just after the feature had aired on Bandila! Wow, mga Pinoy talaga! I also had around fifteen private messages, some from people I knew, and some from people I didn’t. It was crazy! I also found people tweeting about Fine Dining and I. My five minutes of fame were extending a bit too long. I ignored all the ones from people I didn’t know. (If you’re one of them, I’m sorry. I like to restrict my Facebook page to my real-life friends only.)

Ate Mia and Kuya Joel showed me around Boston. I saw Boston College, Boston U, Ninoy and Cory’s house while they lived here, TD Banknorth Garden, and Fenway Park. I really like the Boston feel. It’s very town-y, and has a home-y sort of feel. They dropped me off at South Station (just like Alabang’s!) and I took the bus back to New York. It was delayed a bit because of some traffic obstruction, but I arrived in New York City nonetheless. I love how the bus had wifi and power outlets. It was very convenient.

I took the Subway to Union Square to meet up with my high school friends, Mig and Javier. We had dinner at this amazing pizza place called Artichoke. I had a pizza with Vodka Sauce and one with Cheese and Artichoke. It was delicious! We had cereal milkshakes in a place called Momofuku for dessert. It was interesting because it tasted like cornflakes with milk, but had the same texture as regular milk!

I’m now back home after a long day. I have no idea how I’m going to fit all the pasalubong I bought, but I guess I’ll have to do it somehow. I’ll be touring the city tomorrow, and I’m going to watch Bulls @ Knicks. Can’t wait!

P.S. I forgot to mention that the other day, I helped out an elderly couple work the ticket machine at the subway. It felt good! I guess it’s very American to help each other out and to ask “How’re you?”. I noticed they also say “That’s awesome!” a lot.

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