Tuesday was pretty chill…until it got to the afternoon. I gotta admit, I was knocked out for a good portion of the day. I was just exhausted from life in general that I had a damn good sleep the entire day. Why Tuesday out of all days, I don’t know. haha!
But afternoon came, I woke up and my cousins came: Lorilei and Sheila. Both bickered as to who will take us where and when. We looked up pizza places because I was a pizzaholic (yes, that word better be official, because I just made it). Every time I go to Chicago, I gotta have some good old Deep Dish Chicago Styled Pizza and some good old Chicago food in general. Cousins mentioned Portillo’s (Italian beef, amazing chocolate cake apparently), Lou Malnati’s, Gino’s East, Giordano’s and more. Then they mentioned Joy Yee’s and Seven Treasures in Chinatown. OMG so excited to try these places!
So we set off to go to Chinatown with Lorilei and her hubby Peter (a different Peter…not me haha). We went to downtown to take the scenic route. As we were on the interstate approaching the downtown skyline I was in awe. I was born in the city, and my heart truly belongs in the city. I was speechless. There’s just something about downtowns that always enchants me. Maybe it’s the architecture. Maybe it’s the hustle and bustle. Maybe it’s the urban sprawl in general. But I was just so happy to see people out and about. The only place in Orlando where you’ll see so many people roaming the streets is in the theme park area (I-Drive, Disney, Universal).
On the way to Chinatown, we stopped at Millennium Park to take a breather and to get an appetite before we eat. And man was it absolutely beautiful. We saw the Jay Pritzker Pavillion, which was a breathtaking sight. But that was just the appetizer. We then visited the bean. The bean. What is the bean? Well the bean is actually called the Cloud Gate and it’s an abstract sculpture made of stainless steel that resembles a bean. This has become popular with locals and tourists. You just have to be there to see why it’s amazing. Then there was the fountain that had faces on it. Creepy right? Kinda, but it was SO COOL! It’s a large wall fountain that shows faces of people in the area.
Then we went to Chinatown to eat at the Seven Treasures restaurant. The food was good, but what made dinner great was the stories my cousin told! So Lorilei and Peter went to the Philippines, more specifically Pangasinan. This was where my mom and her siblings grew up. This was also where Lorilei grew up. So back to the story, when Lori and Peter stayed at the old family house, their locked door suddenly opened and nobody was there. Then Lori recounted hearing someone scrubbing the floor and moving furniture around…at 2 in the morning. My mom said that the door opening was my dead grandfather and that the person moving furniture was another old lady that died in the Philippines. SOOOO CREEPY! But apparently…my grandfather only visits those that he likes. Which I guess makes sense, because apparently grandpa loved Lorilei when he was still alive.
But now I’m scared to visit the Philippines. But also intrigued to see if grandpa shows up or not. I mean if he doesn’t show up when I visit…then that means he doesn’t love me! 😦 haha
Upcoming posts: Day 4 at UIC, Wrigley Field, United Center, Chinatown and one of my favorite restaurants, Joy Yee Noodles.
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