I remember that day clearly like it was yesterday.
You already know that me and the fam went to New York for the Labor day weekend right? It was only supposedly a 4-day trip which I totally realized was too short! I mean come on mom and dad?! I definitely made the most of our walking trips, and my constant craving for a bagel and some Dunkin Donuts…and oh wait wait wait- 99 cent pizzas!
So on our last day, I turned on the actor switch in me (but you gotta know that I legitimately felt sad that day knowing it would be our last day) and my parents bought it! They were like “okay, one more day”. We were also supporting my uncle because he had the citizenship interview the coming day, it would be rude to leave when he has a big day waiting too. I went with him and walked for an hour to the immigration office downtown (it was a long walk but it was a hot summer’s day so I was really loving it). I got to see SoHo and West Village for reals! I even took videos! Check my instagram!
By the way, I’m sharing too much and not talking about the picture on top BUT here we go. So I found out that morning on twitter that the TV show GIRLS is filming at Lafayette Street near Astoria! I was like “where the hell is that?!” and really, thank God for Google Maps y’all. I even asked my uncle as we were walking to the building of where the place was and he showed me exactly where the filming trucks and crew were setting up!
I immediately got home after the immigration office interview and took a nap for like 3 hours and then I woke up and kinda felt tired but I knew I had to come down and meet whoever possibly was there filming scenes. I expected Allison Williams and Zosia Mamet, of course Lena Dunham. So I walked back to the place and sat down at the flight of steps outside this big library and restaurant. I was wondering why there no fans waiting, so I kind of just thought “maybe this is a long shot”. To my surprise I saw Jemima Kirke lounging around outside a little apartment building! I was like “oh hell yes!”, y’all know my first reaction right? “SHE’S GORGEOUS!” and I came up to the nearest phone booth and started tweeting about it (like a normal obsessive hard fan would) and I saw another girl clamouring and talking on the phone with someone sharing the fact that she saw Jemima! I noticed that the people were just walking by her, maybe they didn’t know her? Or they just don’t care? For some reason that baffled me. She then went inside before I could even find the guts to ask her for a photo (in which she eventually turned down after she stormed out the door), she said she actually can’t take photos with fans, she wasn’t allowed. Oh well.
So an hour came by and I was getting kinda frustrated and thought maybe I’m not gonna meet anybody famous I could take a photo with. Then I waited for another half hour. I even saw two girls waiting, and they looked delighted and excited to see whoever’s going to show up. They left after a few minutes and right at that moment I saw the door open and there goes Lena! I was really shocked! Then I came up to her and said hello and immediately asked for a hug! That wasn’t typical me by the way. Then she gave me a hug and asked where I was from. I told her we were visiting and it was my last day in the city, and that I was from the Philippines and Canada. I asked her for a photo and she was like “yeah, sure!”. She was the coolest ever! She even posed for another photo after asking me if I liked the first one. Seriously it was the best day ever. She said “it was very nice to meet you!’ and waved goodbye. It was enough for me. It topped my first meeting with a Hollywood celeb back in 2011 which was Channing Tatum. I knew I had to share it at every social media account I have, so I did.
Thank God for making my parents say yes to stay another day in which I totally made the most of!
A week ago we went to the Big Apple! I, for one actually think I was born to be in New York City. Seriously. It eats me up inside that I am not yet even there living and struggling. That’s not a joke. I want to learn how to independent and even though I kinda am right now, I just want to live like majority of people my age and trying to figure out their purpose in the world. I’ll get there. I just wish that I can be awesome and get to meet the right people when I do.
Lower East Side and Chinatown. This is where my uncle lives and I’d like to say, this is my neighbourhood y’all! I’ll most likely end up in this area when I eventually find a place. I love how affordable stuff are! I even like the vibe of this junction.
Day 2: we went to visit the ONLY Jollibee (a Filipino fast food chain that is ever famous for its chicken and spaghetti) in New York. The people there were unusually warm and welcoming. Or maybe it’s just me. I am made of stone:( We ended up taking the subway to Queens going there and it was quite a long ride! It was raining but nonetheless we ate and we were able to cross that off our checklist. I have to go there again to embrace the vibe of the area. After that we hopped in the train again to go to the Grand Central Terminal. My only reference to that station is the movie Friends With Benefits. Go figure. I loved seeing people constantly take photos of the whole place. There wasn’t really much to see but the feel that you’re there is definitely a life goal come true.
Day 3: We went to Central Park! Gloomy weather but definitely better than our Queens trip. Here we saw that one place we always see in the movies, that long trail where people walk and there were green benches on the side. Yeah that. We also discovered that area in The Avengers movie, the one with the fountain downstairs! Very cool! There was some sort of a performance from a group of guys, they made everyone laugh and kinda scared afterwards because they mocked themselves and people actually slowly believed them. I won’t elaborate.
Times Square! I knew I had to go back here again and take the perfect photo. But sadly that didn’t quite happen! It was too crowded and there were construction going on and stuff. Nevertheless, I got to see it again and it felt all too real (again). God I would love to work here.
Some cool stuff I saw along the way. I’m a chronic sightseer and I just like to take anything colorful and interesting. SoHo is the place to be for fashion & arts people (I’d like to believe I fall in that category). I walked in that area and I didn’t want to leave! It was everything! This graffiti on the 4th panel was from a wall in Little Tokyo (that place actually exists!), it was really cool. The sticker wall was from an organic food store, I just really had to take a photo.
So there you have it! I actually have a lot more photos but I’m afraid I’m taking too much space up! Of course your time too. I could go on and on but there’s a limit to that. I have another NYC-related blog entry involving a Golden Globe winner that I met on my last day staying there. Sounds cool right? YOU HAVE NO IDEA.
So…do I actually need to tell y’all how fun this was? I found out about an upcoming paint party yesterday and I had to switch with someone at work so I can go. Invited pretty much a bunch of people but they were unavailable, I’m so happy Krista was free and so we went! It wasn’t that fun at first because we arrived at the venue around 3:30, and people were lining up like crazy! The lines then moved, but oh so slowly, we were getting frustrated. Can you believe we stood and waited for 2 hours? We wanted to get in so badly!
Then this chick, who was basically in front of us while we were in line, all of a sudden was on the other side of the barricade and we were like “WTF!?”, so she mouthed “go to the front so you can get in” to me and Krista. GUESS WHAT. We took a chance and actually got in! I was so happy! We didn’t come there for nothing. It was such a fun and out-of-control experience, people we don’t know just coming up at us and sprayed, brushed, poured every bit of paint that were on their hands or whatever. The band playing at the back was giving us energetic tunes too! I felt so free, even if you think that’s exaggerating. I couldn’t ask for a better companion other than Krista because we did wait, and we got in, right before the director had to shut it down because it rained! Not everyone got in though:( And mind you, I wasn’t gonna let me and Krista be those people on the other side just hoping they would be splashed with paint. We were so colorful! This is definitely one of those super awesome things this city could offer and I’m glad we took part!
P.S: Those girls with us basically just asked us to take a photo of them, then we all got together for another group photo! So fun!
I know, my hiatus has been far too long (not that I expect people to actually tell me to blog again). But I gotta tell you, New York was so much fun! It’s everything I expected it to be: dirty, busy, loud, very urban & of course, amazing. Here are some pictures!
My uncle lives in the Lower East Side so that’s when we stayed for almost a week! It was nothing short of my expectations. I’m a guy who loves to walk around a place I’ve never been before & just taking everything in, buying items that I find amusing, taking photos along the way & posting them to Instagram (you know it). It’s a bit cold by this time of year so probably when we come back later this year we’d be having twice the fun!
So there you go folks! I’d like to say one thing before I end this, I would LOVE to live here if I don’t make it back to Manila. It’s very ideal yet kind of expensive but you can almost do anything in New York, You know that song Empire State of Mind? This adventure really proved that it is INDEED the concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s NOTHING you can’t do. Til the next awesome trip!