New Year's in Manila

Thursday, January 1, 2009
Allison Fuiten

Right now I'm at an Internet cafe in downtown Manila. Last night we arrived in Manila at 11:15 p.m. New Year's Eve. The city was lit up and fireworks were going off non-stop. It was quite a sight to look down at the city to see all the fireworks from the plane. We celebrated the New Year right outside the immigration office, en route to baggage claim. Today we walked around Manila. Many of the businesses are closed due to it being New Year's Day. All the people are out on the streets and in the parks celebrating and everyone seems to be in a fun, holiday mood. Later we're going the National Museum. And tomorrow, hopefully, we head out to Mt. Palai.

—Allie