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Getting Old with Friends!

Guess what! It’s just the first month of the year but I got older again. I had my birthday on the 11th and my friend Alvyn Jean on the 6th. There was an earlier celebration with my family at home. It was an all-in-one dinner meaning, Liza’s and my birthday and Sarah’s sendoff party. I haven’t got the chance to invite some of my friends to come over. I wanted to celebrate my 22nd birthday with my friends so Alvyn and I planned a night out. Initially, the planned date should be on the 13th but the weather wasn’t good and it turned out that some of them were on duty that day. So after having that situation, we had to postpone the get-together and wait for their new duty schedules so that we’d know when all of us would be free. Their scheds came and we saved the 25th as our date.

The day of our celebration came and Alvyn and Casey dropped by at the shop in the afternoon. We took some snapshots at the studio as we killed time. We went to Good Taste Legarda at around 7 PM. Bebet, Jhenne, Cherith, Rozen and Jeff joined us for dinner.I handled the bill which was P1,190. Unfortunately, the “in-love” Jhenne and the “working girl” Jeff had to leave after that. We then decided to go to Chairman’s KTV. Jonrich came to join us and brandished a box of pizza. I dunno how he was able to hide that from the staff when he entered. Caring came at the last minute with fries in a styro.We were able to chow down the greasy food without staff knowing about it. No corkage due! We had to end the night as some are having their shifts early the next day. Alvyn took care of the bill, which coincidentally, was also P1,190! Go figure.

It was a happy night. Well, every moment with my friends is extra special—with all that food, photo moments, singing, laughter and a little bit of landian. Having them around to celebrate with is already enough to make me happy, the gifts are just a bonus. And before I get more mushier than the mushy person I am today, I want to say that I hope and pray to celebrate one another’s birthdays with them  in more years to come… Salamat at kumpleto kami kahit wala iyong iba.

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Flipping Through 2012

As I rummage through my bag, I can’t help but to take notice of my oak wood-bound organizer. I forgot to write my activities for the past several days as I was quite busy during the holidays. I decided to write about how I spent my Christmas and some out of town trips with friends and family. My December entries were on the last six pages of my little brown book. All of the pages are on the verge of being field. Days from now, I would be keeping my organizer into my stash. So while it’s still serving it’s worth for this year, I turned the pages back to January and recollected 2012.


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I went through my January entries and saw that it was one of the most jam-packed months I’ve had this year. I was still active in the EMS. My body was still aching from our extensive trainings we’ve had last year but we needed to return to our base and complete our duty hours. It was also my birth month but I celebrated my 21st birthday away from home. I enjoyed sharing my two caked with the groups though before we had another bone-breaking emergency drill.

February came and I was still quite busy with the EMS during the first half of the month. We had a chance to go to one of my hometowns, Sagada, to volunteer as medical standbys for the mountain bike race during the Lang-ay Festival. Valentine’s Day came and I let it pass by with the company of my EMS pals. I sometimes drop by my sister’s shop and help get orders and deliveries. I’ve tried hanging out at a new coffee spot, the Ebai’s.

March was the start of the summer in the Philippines. I got addicted to the tanning mousse and hot iron curlers! It was my first time to have a coffee date with my friend, Bebet, this year being away from Baguio for several months. Glenn also passed their MedTech board exams! Aunt Melba got home from Canada for a several weeks vacation. I was quite her constant companion which I very much enjoyed doing! Lots of receiving hand downs and eating out. Our friends also introduced me to a very potential hang-out—The Fireplace at Villa Cordillera. It was also the start of Casey’s KTV addiction. LOL!

April, the month I started to be homebound. I still got to meet up with friends over coffee and KTV. Aunt Melba was still here so there were more night outs. My grandma got hospitalized and so I had to turn myself back into becoming a nurse. My EMS pals thought we missed each other so we organized a get together. My first godson, Luis Ezekiel, was born. I had my first haircut this year. The last time I had one was December last year.

I’ve turned into a total bum by the month of May. There were many blank spaces in my May calendar. I practically spent my days reading books and watching TV series. Casey and Jeff’s addiction to KTV became worse. We frequented Kalei’s Grill, Roof Garden and The Fireplace.

Rainy June came. I dunno what got into my friends’ mind that made them want to camp in the middle of a storm. We had a photo shoot under the rain which was quite fun. We went home to Mt. Province to celebrate our grandma’s Diamond birthday. Casey, Rozen and I became quite a fixture in Villa Cordillera. Haha. I also enrolled in a driving school.

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July was the start of the second half of the year. It was my mother’s birth month and I bought her a bag. My Uncle Nestor continued teaching me driving for weeks. I noticed we haven’t been to Starbucks lately. We got caffeinated at The Fireplace, Kalei’s Grill and Session Cafe. We thought we wanted a different coffee spot so we tried PNKY. I was also back to Kaffee Klatsch after several years. I continued reading the second book of Percy Jackson, the first one I read last year. I got so engrossed that I read the sequels one book a day. I finished the ten seasons of Friends.

August was quite busy for me. I got my first traffic violation resulting to minor injuries of two persons and a damaged motorcycle! It was so nerve-racking but thanks to Casey for bringing me to the spa to relax. I, Casey, and Rozen hung-out at The Fireplace for like on a weekly basis. We also went to La Union to celebrate another grandma’s birthday. Our baking class started. I finished watching three different DVD series. It was also Jhen and Bebet’s birthdays. I also got a new crush—but ONLY FOR ONE NIGHT! Casey, don’t get me started on that again. Haha!

The Ber months started with September. Lots celebrated their birthdays this month- Casey, Karen, Glenn, my grandma, etc. It was also my parents’ wedding anniversary. There were more hanging out at The Fireplace again. It was also when I fell in love with Mr. Christian Grey. My grandaunt died which was sad. I got to have a coffee at Starbucks again after several months. God, I missed saying “venti”! We had an assessment on our baking class in which I failed. It was depressing as it was only my second time to fail! The first time was on our Chemistry subject during college sophomore. Casey told my crush that I got a crush on him. She failed to tell that it was FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY! Aldrin got home from Australia and he treated us to Army Navy, The Fireplace and Pizza Hut.

It was only on its 2nd day that I realized that it was already October. I made lots of cakes, pies, and cookies which, luckily, the kids liked. I had the chance to drive again. I started womanning Liza’s shop again. My mother got her gallbladder removed. I turned into a Starbucks junkie again!

My November calendar was definitely the most filled one. 28 boxes out of the 30. I lost weight after 3 days of upset tummy. I changed into my geeky mode while doing Sarah’s essay. There were more coffee dates because we were collecting stickers for the 2013 Starbucks planner. I had my second haircut of the year. I turned into a bookworm again. I finished 2-3 books a week. I completed my sticker card and got my green 2013 planner with just 6 coffee dates. It was my most caffeinated month.

And here comes the last month of the year- December. We still go to Starbucks a lot. I am planning to complete another sticker card. I’ve been downloading lots of movies lately. My college blockmate, Lanie, got married. I also happened to have my first fever for years. The last one was when I was in grade school. We also frequented Chairman’s KTV. Sarah, Bradley and Ashi came for the holidays. We also stayed at a resort in Bolinao for two days with my sisters and their friends. It was supposed to be the end of the world as the Mayans predicted. I was waiting for a tsunami to wash us away but nothing happened. Then the next day, we went to Sea Park Resort in La Union, this time, with the family. Talk about getting tanned in December! I dropped two of my phones into the water. At least the better of the two is still quite functional. Ashi returned to Hong Kong. At least we’ve got to spend another Christmas together. I also got my Starbucks pen sans the 100 pesos discount. I am also making another essay for Sarah which I am taking a break from just to write this one. Haha

So that pretty much summarizes my 2012. I’m not sure if it was that exciting but at least I got over it with lesser drama. I have met new people, been to new places, felt and done something new. It was a year of new discoveries. I now have a bigger, more spacious 2013 day planner. Will I get to fill all of the calendar entries, list more songs to sing in the KTV, more coffee dates or maybe travel abroad and meet new boyfriends? Well, let’s see.



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Lanie’s Wedding

Another wedding happens! One night, Lanie texted me to save a date, December 12, 2012. Apparently, she’s going to get married! She formally gave the invites over coffee at Starbucks Technohub Camp John Hay. Finally, 12/12/12 came and we witnessed the ceremony at Baguio Palace Hotel along Legarda Road. It’s just sad that only 5 of us from Block 16 were able to go- Cherith, Casey, Jhen, Allysa and I. The others were at work or somewhere else.

It was a happy event though. I love the couple’s attires which came from India. We also got to taste some Indian cuisines and have lots of picture taking at the hallways and the gray-tiled restroom! 🙂

Congratulations Lanie and Harris!

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November Get-Together


It’s already November and Starbucks is already giving out their stickers for the 2013 planners. And being coffeeholics and planner savvies, we started going out to our fave coffeeshop weekly. And since some of our friends are in the city this week, we planned another nightout. Glenn’s stayed here for a while after coming from a seminar in La Union. You’d be surprised to know that it’s a rare case for here to go home at 3 AM sober! Lanie and her fiancé, Harris also dropped by to give out their invites for their December wedding. Jhen came with her mom and sister, which I am thankful for for the stickers! Then after taking some photos, we decided we were hungry so we headed out for dinner. Casey,  Jhen, Jhen’s mom and sister stayed though and waited for May. Casey said she’d meet up with us later so we have to dine nearby the coffee shop. We were’nt interested with any of the food around Cap John Hay so we went back to town. Sorry Casey! We had our dinner at Zola where we all ordered baby back ribs and shakes. Jeff had to hit the road earlier than us because of work.  Kim and Jopat also showed up straight from the bus terminal, after coming from Manila which is very thoughtful of them. At least we had some photos taken together with them. Casey and her cousin and a friend came minutes just before we are about to leave. It was 12 when we left the resto. The couple headed home to rest and Cherith went to work. That left Me, Glenn, Casey and her company. They wanted to go to a karaoke bar so we tagged along with them. We headed out to Chairman’s which thankful, upgraded their karaoke machine and playlist (some of the songs are still on Billboard Top 100). After two hours of singing, we decided to end the night, sober.

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Born This Gay: Glenn’s 14th Birthday Celebration

I’ve already uploaded these photos in our Block 16 account but the quality has been compromised that’s why I’m putting them in my blog. Hope the resolution’s better when I upload it here.

Well, Glenn’s birthday is actually on the 6th of October and she is not really 14. It’s for you to guess how old she is. I don’t want to spill it as I want her to indulge herself in her “Like A Virgin” status. Anyway, she was not the only girl who was supposed to give us a treat. Paola, Cherith, and Loraine were supposed to be joining us as previously planned but for some reasons, they were no-show. Casey had her blow-out earlier this month that’s why she’s excused from co-financing this party. LJ, the other virgin celebrant, is also away so there’s no way she’s celebrating it with us this year. Sana next year ilibre niya kaming lahat sa Cebu.

The meet-up happened at SM then we went to 50’s Diner to stuff our tummies then we went to Miguel’s to booze up. After Miguel’s, we thought we didn’t want to go home yet that’s why we went to Insomnia. Siyempre, bading kaming lahat kaya gow kung gow para mag-aura at mag-sight sa may bikini open ng mga hommes! Witchibels namang ka-join na yummy. May-I-dance naman kami shugkatapos ng bikini open. Kalorka ang Casey! Pa-ispluk pa siya na wit na niya bet sumayaw. sasamahan daw niya si Bata sa table na navovorlog na. Maya-maya, paggala ng mga mata namin, give-it-to me siya sa paggiling kasama ang mga otoko. In fairness dun sa isang otoko, may fez. Napagod kami sa pagsayaw kaya inubos na namin ang mamam namin sa T-ice tsaka gorabels na papunta sa mga balor namin.



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I had nothing to do on a Wednesday afternoon and I thought my pencil and sketch pad could use some exploitation. It was almost 3 weeks that I haven’t drawn a croquis de mode. I tried doing some this time but I’m not that inspired to design and I thought I had some designer’s block – you know like the one that happens to writers when their creative juices doesn’t seem to come. But I know you already know that. OKAY! I’ll stop with my blabbing, if that’s the technical term used when it comes to written words. Urgh! Never mind.

So okay, since I’ve had this designer’s block which made me impossible to design a dress, I’ve decided to just work on the portrait of 2 of my gay best friends, Jeff and Glenn. But also since I can’t let them be just the persons to have their portraits drawn by me, I’ve decided to draw ME too. Wait, did I just got jealous of them when I’m the one who’s responsible??? Never mind again.

Here are the outcomes. Just guess who is who from the pictures.