Just before Spring, I met with my college classmates in New York. It was as much fun as I had anticipated! We started meeting for a reunion maybe three years ago when we all met in Los Angeles, CA. It was from a class who all went to University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines, taking up Medical Technology. You don’t want to know the year but in any case, that whole class had a bond like no other. We had such a blast that we decided to meet again in San Francisco, CA a few months later. After that, we all met up again in New York City. This is our story.
We all sat together in class. Some of us were in the “cool group” and others in the “nerd group” but somehow in the end, we all got along and to this day, we all keep in touch through our Facebook Page. In the Philippines, even college classes in some universities have block sections. What that means is the classmates that you have during freshman year will be the same classmates (except for dropouts and other reasons of course) you will have until graduation. Our class consisted of about 40 or so students. I sat on the front row, with some of my classmates who I met during the reunion. Our seats are arranged in alphabetical order. Obviously, the closest friends I had in college were the ones seated next to me. The other classmates just became close to us later while hanging out at campus or during the internships.
These are the four of us. We expected more classmates to join us but due to schedules and other things, some bailed out during the last minute. Many of us live in the US – like all three except for one on this picture are US-based. One of the person in the photos lives in Hong Kong but I am not at liberty to say which one.
We saw a broadway play as we’d planned. It was Cinderella and Fran Drescher was playing the evil step mother with Carly Rae Jepsen as Cinderella. It was very good!
Me and my BFF.
The famous flat iron building in Manhattan.
Here we are at Madison Square Garden.
Manhattan at night.
Our dinner with samples of beer.
We really have only three nights together. We all arrived on a Friday, and left on a Monday. We had to squeeze everything in and I must tell you guys, it was still worth it. We had the chance to visit JEEPNEY for lunch and it was delish. If you’re expecting the traditional Filipino food however, I would suggest going somewhere else. The food at JEEPNEY was customized to foreign customers so there is a twist to every meal.
I don’t remember if this was the Hilda Koronel or Pops Fernandez Mimosa but it was pretty good.
Here’s the tinapa and sinangag JEEPNEY style.
Here’s the BULALO – JEEPNEY style.
And here’s the BINAGOONGANG BABOY – JEEPNEY style.
Like my fellow classmates, we weren’t that impressed simply because we were expecting to have traditional “Barrio Fiesta Style” dishes. Although, I would say it is still something you may want to experience when you’re in New York City. You may like it.
We had to walk off what we ate so we decided to take a tour of Manhattan. FYI – the COP was much cuter in person. LOL.
After some sightseeing and walking around the city, we decided to top our night off with dinner. We were craving for some real asian food so we decided to take the Korean route.
Sorry about the blurred photos. I promised myself that I will take better photos for my blog but I seem to not be doing very well at it. 🙂