Day 9 (Wed) - New Years Eve!
Trip Start Dec 21, 2008
17Trip End Jan 08, 2009
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I decided (with accompaniment of Nikka, Jocelle and Daniel) to walk out of house in search for a market. I was told by one of the house workers the nearest market was the next block over. We cautiously walked outside with lots of sights to see in a matter of a few yards. Various street vendors selling "Lugow" (rice porridge), drinks or fruits to people hanging around or just walking down the street. Luckily Nikka noticed and pointed out, the market we were sent to was like a Farmers Market! What I should've asked for was a Sari Sari store! We did eventually find one because literally on every block are tiny corner markets called Sari Sari stores that sell the basic necessities, food and snacks. I was told that some stores also sell things like cup of soy sauce or 2 cloves of garlic, enough to fulfill the needs of the moment.
Later after lunch we were driven to Greenhills, a popular indoor destination for bargaining shopping. I would say that Greenhills is a notch upscale than 168 Marketplace. Everything sold here is still imitation but at a slight better quality - I know that doesn't sound right but its true! If the real deal is your thing, this is not a shopping spot for you.
Were only had a few hours to spend until it was time to go to Santa Cruz to meet with other family for an afternoon snack. But before the hour trip we were directed to McDonald's for a snack! Let me explain: we had just eaten lunch, so we had to eat a snack before meeting family for an afternoon snack in time for New Year's Eve BBQ then New Year's Eve dinner!
After spending time with family in San Mateo we headed back to Santa Cruz to beat the traffic. Everyone was trying to get home in time to ring in the new year. We stayed in Santa Cruz and BBQ out in front of the house. We celebrated into the 2009 New Year together outside along with the ongoing booming noises of the fireworks and firecrackers throughout the neighborhood.