Monday, March 20, 2017

Field Trip ng Magkakaibigan sa Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

'Di planado. Basta nangyari na lang.

Mula sa Anvaya Cove, tinungo na ng tropa ang heritage park na ito sa Bagac, Bataan. Ang konsepto: Tipunin sa isang lugar ang mga makasaysayang tahanan buhat sa ika-18 siglo, mula sa iba't ibang lugar sa Pilipinas.


Casa Baliuag

Casa Byzantina

Pero aba aba... May kamahalan din pala ang day tour na nagkakahalaga ng 1,500 piso. Kasama rito ang pagkakaroon ng tour guide, tubig at malamig na bimpo. Marahil wala masyadong dating sa 'yo ang "malamig na bimpo" pero kapag patapos na ang Heritage Walk, tila biyaya ito ng langit.

Narito ang ilang mga sandali habang pinapasok namin ang mga kabahayan. Bilang bahagi ng tradisyon, hinuhubad ang sandalyas bago umakyat.

Dungaw

Pahinga

Haligi

Ito pa ang ilang kuha sa bandang dulo ng tour.

Hotel de Oriente


At paano namin ito malilimutan? Ang tanawin sa kasagsagan ng palosebo sa kabilang ibayo. Imbes na panoorin o kunan namin ng litrato ang palaro, minabuti naming makinig na lang sa ganadong-ganadong emcee (na nagni-namedrop pa ng dumudulas na kalahok) at magrelax sa damuhan.


Marami pang maaaring gawin dito bukod sa day tour. Alamin sa kanilang website.

Friday, March 17, 2017

May Outing Na! 2017

May tamang panahon para sa lahat ng bagay.

Akala mo kung ano, outing lang pala! Eh pa'no naman kasi, matagal na 'tong pinaplano at natuloy lang nitong Marso 3-4. Epektibo pala kapag personal ang pagpupulong at may Minutes of the Meeting sa tisyu:


Hindi man nakumpleto ang itinerary, masaya naman ang magdamag sa Anvaya Cove. Kinagabihan pagdating, lumangoy na kami agad at pinag-usapan ang mga kontrobersyal na isyu sa barkada:

1. Ano nga ba ang respeto? Kailangan ba talagang igalang ang oras ng iba?
2. Ano ang pagkakaiba ng failure sa frustration?
3. Sino ba talaga ang dapat magbayad ng Nachos na nagkakahalaga ng 277 pesos?
4. Bakit nga ba isinasagawa ang kaingin?

From Bautista Ron's Facebook Profile

Sa oras ng hapunan, isang malaking desisyon kung a la carte ba o buffet. Kaya iba-iba na lang. Masarap ang mga putahe, nabusog kami't dumiretso na sa tinutuluyan para ma-compute ng mga accountant ang ginastos. Hehe. Siyempre dahil Mass Comm ang tinapos ko, dun lang ako sa kabilang kuwarto.

Dahil may edad na kami, puro charades at isip ng kanta ang ginawa. Isang Smirnoff Mule lang bawat isa, habang may pulutang cookies, Cheetos at M&M's. Natulog kami ng 1:30 am at nagising ng 7:30.



Siyempre nanabik lahat sa buffet breakfast na sinundan ng paglangoy at paglalaro sa dagat. Himala! Maganda na ang panahon sa Anvaya, 'di tulad noon na dumidilim ang kalangitan tuwing magbabalak kaming lumusong.




Sa susunod na blog post, ikukuwento ko naman ang pagpunta namin nina Belong, Rusell, Rap at Ron sa Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, sa Bataan pa rin.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

My 7th Trip to Baguio

Never mind my tonsilitis. I am still going to make the most out of this!

My trips to Baguio have always been significant because of the memories attached (of childhood, my high school church org, college friends and love past). So today, I am back to the place where I never thought I'll be. With it comes realizations of how much time has changed me, the things I valued too much to let go, and the dreams I dreamed for myself. In due time, maybe I could be more specific about this place in Baguio. If you know me too well, you'd know. :)

So it's as if I'm making peace with my past, just because fate brought me to it when I'm ready. As Gianne said, "it has gone full circle." I don't know what will happen next, but whether it will happen or not is not for me to worry about.

Kaya tama na ang seryoso at bumalik tayo sa dating Merrywanna. Ito ang mga kalokohang naganap sa araw na 'to:

1. "Sumbrero"
Itay: Maganda sana 'tong sumbrero dahil natatakpan din ang tainga 'pag malamig. Kaso... Nabibingi ako.
(Tawanan kaming mag-ina.)
Ako: Pili ka na lang 'tay. Giniginaw o nabibingi?

2. "Tenderloin"
Waiter: Order n'yo sir?
Itay: Isang tenderloin steak.
Waiter: Anong luto?
Itay: Plain rice.
(At ito ang pinang-asar namin kay itay maghapon.)

3. "Driving School"
Galing sa carpark ng SM...
Inay: Tandaan mo anak, sa A-1 tayo daraan mamaya.
Ako: Saan kaya ang practice driving ng mga nag-eenroll sa A-1 Baguio? Zigzag agad?! Baka puro sa Session Road.
Inay: Trapik doon. Kumikita kaya sila?
Ako: Siguro 'pag may nagtanungan kung saan sila nag-driving school, mapapa-"Wow! A-1 Baguio ka? Astig!"

4. "Kapre"
Habang pabalik sa tinutuluyan, nagkatakutan.
Inay: Baba na kami ha.
Itay: Sige una na kayo. Maninigarilyo pa 'ko.
Inay: Sige ka, baka may mangalabit diyan.
Itay: Nyay! Mag-aalok ng tabako eh!

At siyempre, bumili ang nanay ko ng walis sa Baguio. Pinabitbit sa tatay ko. Sa patayong pagkakahawak niya, parang naka-national costume tuloy.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Gianne and I: A Friendship Since High School


Yesterday was fab, not just because of seeing the Trendsetters Bazaar but finding/realizing things more essential than fashion.

Through the years, Gianne and I have shared a number of "parallels" that were not planned. They just happened, like how we joined the same church org, went to the same university during college, decided to pursue respective master's programs and finished in the same year. And even if I don't understand her Computer Science thesis at all, we connect in a lot of ways. :-D For one, we are both happy with how we spent our 20s.


And now, we are the drivers who still have a lot to learn to be masters of the road. Hehe. It was the first time that I met her car named "Mikhail." Our itinerary: World Trade Center followed by Blue Bay Walk.



I praised her for navigating well to our destinations, but we celebrated too much later on to almost climb the Skyway without meaning to. Hahaha. Thanks to Waze, we got back on track at Magallanes. That's how we effectively learn in life: Making mistakes.

So to Gianne who's reading this, I commend you for such care on the road. May all drivers take to heart their responsibilities: To other drivers, pedestrians and passengers. May we also resolve our inner conflict as to whether offense is the best defense in driving. ;-)

Credit goes to her for all the photos in this post.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

An Apple A Day

For my first blog post this year, I decided to look at my relationship with technology.

I rarely saw myself as tech savvy. Through the years, I have succumbed to issues with processors, power supply, display, internet speed, computer shop hang-ups, and many others. It could be said that I don't really have an affinity for computers and gadgets.

However, these gadgets closely surround me everyday. By chance and by choice, they came into my life and took a hold of it, no matter how I try to deny what's happening. "I can live without gadgets." "Could we go back to the time when people simply agreed to meet at a certain time and place, without having the need for text or instant messaging?" "I love shopping but I'd rather not spend on gadgets." "I am not as hooked on social media as the others." These statements are true, or so I thought.

As someone who's not really into gadgets, here are the ones I actively use:

1. 2-year-old iPhone 4S (a reflection of loyalty and simplicity?)
2. iPad mini
3. iPad Air 2
4. Acer Aspire E 14
5. 6-year-old Sony Walkman

It's not really much about what one has, but what one does with them and the amount of time spent. So what do I usually do with technology?

1. Word documents for work and pastime
2. Powerpoint presentations
3. Excel sheets for grading students
4. E-mails
5. Facebook and Instagram (not into Twitter these days)
6. Photos (I don't use filters)
7. Magazines through Zinio (I just looove having digital copies with free access, plus viewing them with Retina display)
8. Plants vs Zombies 2
9. E-books
10. Grab
11. Zomato
12. Waze

So yes, I only got the basics. But I still get surprised with how much time I could spend with a gadget. Could this be a case of unconsciously getting addicted? Notwithstanding, by the dinner table, I would remind my father to put down his phone so we could start eating.

Despite this love-hate relationship with technology, I still found myself working in a digital advertising company and now in a university where I teach ICT.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Celebrating Christmas and Friendships

After a few years that I've worked the night shift, 2016 became an exciting time for me to go to reunions and small meet-ups once again. I actually missed it, and now, more life changes and adulting issues are at hand. We could imagine ourselves reuniting someday talking about retirement. Haha!

For my last blog entry this year, here's a list of this month's events:

1. Achorn International and Manila Typesetting Company Christmas Party - I got the opportunity to host the event held at City Garden Grand along Makati Avenue. The night was fun-filled with the showcase of talents, raffle prizes and the Stars of the Night contest. It was also a night of appreciation for the employees who stayed with the company and are continuously contributing to its growth.

2. My Cousin's Wedding - The family went to Cavite to witness Ron and Gizelle's big day. Unfortunately, heavy traffic and getting lost (thanks to the church of the same name in Waze) made us miss the church ceremony (and I was supposed to be one of the bridesmaids!). We still made it to the garden reception.

3. University Christmas Party - The institutional celebration was held at the gym on December 16. We liked the blue and white theme, the comic host, the programme, the simple gifts and treats. I just had to work on the 20th to encode final grades and the vacation officially started. Yey!

4. Lunch at Tita Pet's - This is a yearly tradition for the Conti family. We just savor a hearty lunch together, share stories and give gifts especially to the kids. I missed Pinoy Henyo this year though, since I'm sure to be the champ. ;-) Hehe

5. Wisdom Reunion (High School) - Since the perennial organizer JP is in Hawaii for grad studies, Karl Edejer took over and my, what a successful event it was! We had dinner at Dong Juan (Mother Ignacia cor Sct. Reyes QC) and also went to Afters for coffee and desserts. As usual, I had the chance to catch up with close friends Belong, Bagz, Paul and Rap. Sugar/Paz became my partner food critic. We were the new Taste Buddies. Haha!

Analyn, Marrian, Ron and Lud should have been there too! Before leaving, we reminisced the days when we used to go to Heights Studio for barkada pics. Hihi

6. Date with hibu Friends Lori and Neil - We decided to meet up at Cubao before Neil's shift. It started at Buddy's in Shopwise then Lori and I extended the kwentuhan over coffee until 2:30 am.

7. Broad Dinner (Upcoming College Reunion) - I am looking forward to seeing my batchmates again, this time, at Galileo Enoteca. We thought that after years of working, we deserve a fancy platter of cheeses, gourmet food and wine. Haha!

There goes my December list. A prediction says I'll be attending more parties in 2017. Hmmm... I wish for more travels too!

Saturday, December 03, 2016

My Greatest Fears

It amazes me how lists of greatest fears could drastically change as we age. When I was younger, it was all about the physical. Today, at 30, I honestly and courageously confront the question "what do I fear the most?"

1. Running out of ideas. I fear having that faraway look as someone asks for ideas to make things more fun or more beautiful. Or holidays extra special.

2. Finding it hard to be inspired. I fear not doing things with vigor as I used to, or falling out of love with the endeavors I once felt passionate about. Those things that made me smile as the sun rose, and as I closed my eyes to sleep at night (albeit tired).

3. Losing faith. I fear the day when I would only believe the things I see or prove with logic, when there is supposed to be something bigger out there, watching us, designing the scheme of things and putting order amidst all the chaos.

4. Being incapable of receiving love. Which is more difficult: To love or to be loved? I fear succumbing to fear itself, because it could lead someone to refuse kindness, doubt affection and build walls. But if fear can be embraced as we take the plunge, then the probable pain will just be worth it.

5. Not making an impact. As someone with a media and teaching background, I always aimed for a cognitive or behavioral change. If I can be a positive force in the lives of my students in any way, then my purpose will be fulfilled. If they would merely memorize, cheat, or let someone else do the job to get a good grade, then I'd consider myself a failure. If students would only learn the ideas from books but not the values from experience and engaging in lessons, then I'd better seek a better place where I can make a substantial contribution.

When I get old, I'd love to stare at photos of my youth and perhaps traces left on outdated yet still existing Facebook profiles. By then, I hope to be able to tell myself that I made wise use of time to express ideas, find inspiration, have faith, receive love and make an impact.