We flew from Winnipeg to Toronto early on June 8, Friday. We then got on a connecting flight to La Guardia Airport (LGA).
In this picture, we are waiting for Bro John (RC) Catipon, who graciously volunteered to pick us up at LGA and bring us to my wife's cousin's house in Clifton, NJ.
There was a bad accident on the George Washington Bridge, so Bro RC, who was accompanied by Bro Dennis Paulo, was delayed. Traffic did not move for one hour while on the bridge. Welcome to New York City!
On June 9, Saturday, in the morning, Anna, Mikey and I went to a mall in a nearby town. Mikey needed a pair of dress pants and leather shoes for Anna's convocation on June 15. I also needed a shirt and blazer as I left the garment bag in Winnipeg. In the afternoon, Bro RC Catipon and Bro Dennis Paulo picked me up to bring me to the EA Degree Conferral of Plaridel Lodge No 302.The Conferral was done excellently. The WM of the Lodge is Gio Nazareno (L).
Plaridel Lodge No 302, which is only three (3) years old, is a very vibrant Lodge.
Thanks to WB Gio Nazareno and to the Lodge Officers and Brethren for all the courtesies extended to me that Saturday.
It was wonderful to finally meet in person RWB Ross Rosales, the Lodge Secretary, who I have been communicating with electronically for the past 15 years. I also finally met in person RWB Val Basiga, Jr, who has been my internet buddy for about five (5) years now.
After the Meeting, we had a feast. There were two (2) lechons (roast pig) and lots of other dishes.
Then we watched the Pacquiao-Bradley boxing match, which had a disappointing ending.
Day 3, June 10, Sunday:
On June 10, Sunday, we woke up a bit late so we missed the Annual Philippine Independence Day Parade in Passaic Park, Passaic, NJ. However, we stayed in the Park with the Brethren and Ladies of Plaridel Lodge No 302, which had a Masonic CHIP booth. There were lots of food and warm fellowship.
We got home late but it was a wonderful evening to end an excellent day.
Day 4, June 11, Monday:
St Patrick on East 51st Street.
It was beautiful inside the Cathedral.
In the NBA Store looking for some souvenir shirts.
Lots of walking on our first day of touring NYC.
Day 5, June 12, Tuesday:
Here is a picture of a store with an interesting name.
We bought tour packages and rode the hop-on-hop-off bus to the American Museum of Natural History.
The spectacular Star of India (on top)
In the evening, we had dinner hosted by my wife's cousin, Bebi Valderaman, his wife, Riza, and son, Alan. The wonderful dinner was in The Cheesecake Factory in Hackensack, NJ. This restaurant chain is another of my wife's favorites. It was an excellent end to an excellent day, despite the rainy weather.