Thursday, July 14, 2011

US Summer 2011: At Home In Daly City, California!

by: Mhe-anne L. Ojeda

Date: July 3, 2011
Location: Daly City,California

Located immediately south of San Francisco,Daly City is the largest city in San Mateo County, California, United States. The city is named in honor of prominent businessman and landowner John Daly and was incorporated in 1911.

My best friend Dearie lives in Daly City for a couple of years now and so Daly City has been my home for a few days, shortly after getting out of the plane from Manila (and before hopping on board the plane again bound for the East Coast ) both on this visit and in February 2009.

Daly City is just a few minutes from the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) on board the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system. There is one BART station close by to where my best friend Dearie lives so that is a bliss.

Daly City is located in close proximity to Downtown San Francisco, San Bruno mountains and the rest of the Bay area. Because of its location, Daly City gives me the semi suburban feeling, yet close to the city. When there is really nothing going on in Daly City, San Francisco is conveniently close by.

Daly City has one of the largest Filipino communities in the Bay Area with 51% of the population being Asians and 32% of that are Filipinos. Because of this Filipino domination, the fog in Daly City is always jokingly associated to the steam from all the 'rice cooking in the Pinoys' houses!'.

I feel at home in Daly City. And yea, I say that even taking my best friend Dearie out of the picture for awhile. Except for its freezing temperature in the summer (that actually causes its foggy look and not the rice steam!) and the nice old stucco homes that give it character, Daly City is indeed a little Manila (or Quezon City) with everything Filipino, you can find here and that, puts me very close to home!

Daly City is a mecca for all things Pinoy while in the United States. There are Filipino supermarkets, Jollibee, Red Ribbon, Goldilocks. And of course, Pinoys who still speaks Tagalog and other Philippine dialects!!!

After attending Church service at the East Bay Area Singles Ward (which is all-American dominated except for a handful of Asian looking folks), I attended a Pinoys' celebration of the Fourth of July, US Independence Day and Filipino - American Friendship Day.

I immediately felt at home with ate Dearie's Filipino friends. It felt like I know them from Adam and instantly got along well with them. I had a great night of fun July 4th festivities with the fill of Pinoy food and outstanding entertainment Pinoy style... videoke to the max!!!

We finished off the night with an explosion of rock hits, fantastic 80's and my own version of Jessa Zaragosa's Bakit Pa. My rendition was truly jologs ("pang-masa" (for the masses)) and truly a mark of being a true-blue Pinoy wherever I go!!

(This is part of the 5-week US Summer Vacation series, which took place from June 30, 2011 to August 3,2011 in California, Colorado, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Pemnsylvania, and Indiana)

1.Four Countries In One Day

2. Enjoying Cable Cars in San Francisco

3. Enjoying Union Square and Downtown San Francisco

4. Commuting Easy With Panoramic Views

5. Mad About Museum in Sacramento California

6.Museums Trekking in Sacramento,California

7. Catching Gold Fever In Coloma,California

8. Psyched With Mormon Battalion In Coloma,California

9. Eureka! Sacramento, California

10. Highway 49 Summer Adventures

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