Five things to be happy about

1. Christmas trees (like the one pictured on the left that can be found at Bryant Park on the corner of 42nd and Avenue of the Americas (a.k.a. Sixth Avenue)

2. Surprises from Angelo (prefaced with the dialogue: “Close your eyes, Mama.. I have something for you… SURPRISE!!)

3. Reconnecting with childhood friends through modern means like Facebook

4.  Receiving snail mail letters from Manila

5,  Hearing Angelo’s hearty laughter