Tuesday, 1 January 2008
Happy New Year!
New Year's Eve is also Edson's birthday. One way of looking at this is that the whole world celebrates your day. Another is to say it isn't.
Let's face it, the only thing worse than having a birthday near a holiday is having a birthday on a holiday.
We spent the day having lunch at Outback and then dinner with Edson's family.
As you can see here, the night of the 31st in Makati was full of "shock and awe".
Fireworks and firecrackers spread throughout a city of tens of millions appears a bit like a war zone until the most magnificent ones light up the sky.
Down the street from us was the Makati New Year's Eve Countdown. How convenient to be just a six block walk from metro Manila's version of the Times Square Countdown! Thanks to Makati's Ayala Avenue being the Central Business District, traffic was non-existent most of the day. By eleven-thirty Edson, his brother Emil, and I could walk down the six blocks to the event, wait eight minutes for the stroke of midnight, enjoy the fireworks, and head back home.
Here's what we saw as we approached the event:
And now for some video footage of the fireworks:
Ask us how we liked the fireworks display: