Drinking Marathon

I was actually known as the girl who refuses bar and party invitations. One even said that I had no social life. Even my best friends had hard times making me drink alcoholic beverages.

But one fateful night, it all changed.

THE WEEK BEFORE:
We had stayed over a week at Reniel’s unit. Since we were partners, I stayed there together with our friends to finish our plates. I was very stressed with doing Steel Design plates. Our friends started their tequila drinking session. When they were sober, I felt like taking a shot. I invited Neb to drink with me.

TUESDAY:
The following week after the holy week, Jeff and I left our things (clothes and essenstials) in Reniel’s unit from the previous overnights. We went there to have a drinking session with Vee, Reil, Neb and Datan. But an unfortunate event postponed our inuman (drinking) session and that’s another story.

WEDNESDAY:
Both Jeff and I felt like not going home. We felt like drinking and invited Neb. For the part one of our drinking marathon, we had Emperador Light (brandy). Maybe two to three bottles. Then we had a movie marathon, too. Damn horror movies! Hahaha we started from midnight till dawn. We felt like the stereotype tambays drinking in a squatters’ area minus the videoke. Our pulutan was roasted chicken and the chaser was iced tea.

THURSDAY:
The part two was Red Horse Mucho (extra strong beer). Reniel said that beers are heavy for our stomachs. He does not look like it but I call him Booze Expert and Veteran Number One; Neb is Number Two. Since I was a beginner, he made me choose what to drink: with or without pineapple juice mixed. I tried drinking pure cold beer. I liked it more than with pineapple juice. Minutes later, I changed my mind. I liked the pineapple juice more. Hahaha again, we had a movie marathon. Another horror movie! Thai horror movie! My, these men wanted to kill me! I never liked horror movies. They even pulled pranks on me. Again we started from midnight till dawn.

What we do during mornings? We slept. We wake up around 2PM. Eat lunch (prepared by our resident chef, Neb) at 4PM. Wash dishes after (either Jeff or me). Watch whatever’s on TV. Internet. Share our latest chikas like neighborhood wives do. Sound trip (Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Billboard Top 100). Our favorites were Maroon 5 and Ed sheeran because those were what we always played. Cook food at 9PM (Neb). Eat at 10PM. Reniel did nothing. Jk. Hahaha. He provided the place, aircon, water, electricity, wifi, and bed for two weeks. Jeff and I cleaned the whole house and did the housework. Living there felt so good, all of us wanted that kind of life.

FRIDAY:
Part three was suspended because Neb left. He was depressed. He thought he failed a subject. But he did not. He confirmed it the next day. The three of us just watched a movie. Another horror movie, damn Reniel. We postponed our drinking marathon because we had Immersion the following day.

SATURDAY:
I went to Reniel’s unit to retrieve my things and go home supposedly. But Reniel welcomed me with a bottle of Red Horse Beer. The whole story is in another post. And this is supposedly the part four of our drinking marathon.

And that, kids, is how I had my drinking buddies. (Not met your father! Hahaha too early for that!)

Year-End Highlights: 2014

It is already summer but I don’t care. Hahaha! Presenting the year-end highlights for 2014!

I failed Soil Mechanics. Though I got a high grade in the preliminaries, it did not mean I would pass the subject. I failed (as in unimaginable figure) midterms so it was expected. I aced the finals nonetheless. But it is not enough to make me pass the whole semester.

The saddest birthday ever. Starbucks Market! Market! celebrated it with me. Guilt-Free Indulgence in the house. They sang the birthday song for me and managed to make me smile. A bit.

For the first time, I treated my friends because it was my birthday (not my real day though). The only ones with me were Ryla, Kirby and Homer.

Summer. It was the last time I was classmates with Vee. We separated from the gang. I became close friends with Reil and Reniel.

I, with Vee, used to visit my mates from the other Theory 2 class when we had breaks. Reil and Reniel were eating lomi outside so I made Vee come with me to support me with “visiting” my crush. Hahaha

First semester. Vee’s not my classmate in any subject anymore. My only friends there were Reil and Reniel.

Thesis. My groupmates were Reniel, Kirby and Ryla. The idea came from us all but Kirby had the idea of using the raw material for our product. Not telling. Hahaha. Reniel was very enthusiastic of the project organization we found inside our HQ during our practicum. He, of course, was the project manager (leader). I was the project-in-charge (assistant leader AKA his secretary pwe!). Kirby was the deputy engineer. Ryla was the finance manager/engineer. The good thing about our schedules was we were divided into two — internal affairs (also known as the TTh Team consisting of Ryla and Kirby) and external affairs (the MWF Team consisting of Reniel and me) — each team had the same schedule. The MWF Team handled any thesis-related thing outside the campus. It includes site visits, interviews, library visits, and searching for a certain someone. The TTh Team did the work inside the campus.

We also visited De La Salle Henry Sy Library. It was so amazing! Ryla and I loved the place. It was so admirable. I saw many books that I wanted. I’d love to visit there whenever.

Maleficent is the only movie I together with Fidi and Kirby watched in the theater last year. The rest were downloads.

And speaking of downloads, I had a 500-Gb collection of anime and movies. It was actually more than 500 gig. I had to delete 100 series to fit new downloads. Talk about the sad life of a poor girl.

And I finished my life as a poor girl.

I rented a room with Kirby, Gela and Jeno at Vito Cruz for the whole semester.

It was pouring hard when Gela’s nanay invited us spontaneously to have fun. We knew no flood just to meet nanay. The flood was actually knee-deep and it was like that everywhere until Reniel’s condo. The wind was so strong. In the end, we went to Harrison Plaze to sing at a local videoke hub.

A friend and I unconciously started to try different restos and food trips we could think of that moment. A lot of first times actually.

This year alone, we applied for two companies for our OJT. The reason for leaving the first one was we got tired of office works.

We thought of the craziest excuse for not taking up exam.

Kirby, Fidi, Vee, Reil, Chezki and I watched Gela’s final performance as Tinik ng Teatro‘s actress. She was the lead character.

Gela’s sister, Acel, and I became friends. On her 18th birthday, she kidnapped us (Kirby, Homer and I) to Pansol, Laguna. They rented a private hot spring resort.

I attended for the first time an anime convention! Best of Anime was truly great! I went there with fellow anime fan, Shee. There I finally found Uruhara Kisuke’s hat! I bought it because he is my favorite.

Neb was our hero of the first semester.

I started to drink booze. Lowin’s birthday. Just for the heck of it.

Christmas party with a different set of friends. I was invited by Ryla, Jeff, Neb and Reniel. Why not? Of course it was a drinking party! We had exchange gifts. It was the only gift I received for Christmas.

Catherine is now a certified public accountant. When she came to Manila to work, we spent a lot of time together. On our last day, I went with her to look for the building she would work at.

My high school barkada, as always, went to Catherine’s home to celebrate her birthday. On December 31, I had a rough ride. No regrets though.

Reconciliation Part 1

A year and a half.

It took me that time to reconcile with an old friend. That long.

We were great friends. We used to be. But one thing ruined it all.

These past months I did nothing but recover and renew the messed-up me. I asked my friends to stop telling me that I should forgive her. It was annoying and it would waste the me I was rebuilding. Yes, pride is part.

But I sincerely thank my friends who helped and respected my decisions. Their endless supports make my heart fill up with gratitude and warmth. I love my friends and my mentor who I am dedicating my latest book to. Also, their understanding made me think it is time. Especially Vee. I dunno. She just did.

She, my old friend, actually approached the unsuspecting me, who was busy with my plates in Steel Design, first. Her reflexes did. She told me that she was surprised when she greeted me hello and apologized for what she all did before.

It baffled me. Thanks to that, it made me realize how much I missed her. The clock was ticking. The time for us to confront each other came nearer. I actually said that one day after all were done, we would talk.

Then it came one fateful day. Thanks to oreo cookies she gave me that day.

I mustered up the courage to speak to her. I invited her out. She agreed. It excited me. A lot.

I was very confused. I did not know what to say or how to spark a conversation. Should I switch to my leader mode? Strict assistant mode? Normal mode? Friendly mode?

Thank God Elaine was there. She eased up the tension inside me. We started like we used to. It was nostalgic.

We mostly talked about what we missed these past months. Gee, it felt like we did not have conflicts before.

She was surprised that I had drinking marathon with my mates for three days! Hahaha beat that!

Suddenly, her mom called. She needed to go home. We looked forward to part two. I asked for her number and kept communicating each other.

It is nice to have your old friend back. 🙂

I think it is a nice graduation gift for her.

The Late-Night Post: Entry 6

I am currently enjoying my final year as a student. New set of friends. New subjects to enjoy. New “struggles” to overcome. New places to visit.

I really, really enjoy our thesis. So much! It can be energy-consuming most of the time, but I am having fun. The travels, misadventures, interviews, people — all of it! It became my saving grace. I also like my groupmates. They are awesome. We have a role allotted for the other. I learn how to manage people and the way of talking to them. The use and abuse of cajolery. Meeting different people made me learn a lot of things and I love it! Our thesis is my pride. I think we deserve to be number one. I strongly believe in it.

I also enjoyed our academics. However I was about to lose heart in Prestressed Concrete Design (PS) and Construction and Project Management (CPM). PS was one hell of a subject with one helluva professor! Dang it hit my mate it made me conscentious! So I swore I would help him in ways I can.

Another thing I learned this last term is to drink booze. Yeah, now I drink liquor. Wine, cocktail, beer, brandy, tequila. In great moderation though. I still do not like drinking. My mates think I have high tolerance against alcochol. We will see. I got my drinking buddies now. Hahaha

I can also say that my horizon is much wider than before. It is because a friend told me that I should not be imprisoned and die in civilization, and I must think out of the box.

Because I take slightly different classes than my friends since the first semester, I got to meet new sets of friends. It made me realize that separation can do you good.

I got to visit a lot of places! The farthest I have gone this academic year are Quezon Province and Nueva Ecija! I missed breathing the air of provinces. Refreshing despite the 3 to 4-hour bus ride from Manila. It was really cold in Sariaya, Quezon! Vee and I went there to surprise her boyfriend. One day I will sure go back to visit Kamay ni Hesus. Nueva Ecija was where I spent my teenage years so I got high school friends there. It was nostalgic to see my friends. I visit every end of the year to celebrate my best friend’s birthday.

I am visiting a lot of restos in the metro and trying every milk tea and coffee shop with friends. Most are yum! I will do reviews soon.

Struggles. Maybe I got no sense of belongingness from my own friends. Sigh. But it won’t stop me from being their friend. One day, I’ll fit in. It could be one of the reasons I am enjoying other’s company a lot.

I am a lot confident than I was before. Little by little, my timidness to speak fades. I really thank the people who helped me.

To end this random unrelated paragraphs, if I got spare time or maybe on my next rare vacation, I will post again! Btw, I composed another poem out of ennui.

Posted 2:53 AM GMT +8:00

P. S. My 100th post! Yay!

The Late-Night Post: Entry 5 – Do Not Butt In

I am not lenient when it comes to rumors about me and anyone going out or I like a certain someone or whatnot. I had a very bad experience with rumors and teasing from friends.

I had a friend from the opposite sex back then; we were close, really close, and we were “often mistaken” as a couple. Our friends noticed our unusual closeness and started teasing us of being a couple. My friend did not like it. I did not either. We knew each other’s dark sides so it was a no-no for us. Really. He actually made plans on how we get away with rumors. He called it issue, like a showbiz thing. I call it teasing. To end the teasing, I simply did not mind it. The teasing subsided however returned and the teasing was 10 times more grinding to our ears. He was offended. I was offended by being him offended. He set up limits. I felt uncomfortable. We had an on-off friendship. I asked my friends to stop it because our friendship was being affected. They did not listen; instead, they teased us more like high school kids. Finally, I ended our shitty friendship. It was not healthy anymore. It ruined me.

Fast forward to two years, I was separated from the gang. I did not have any close friends in my new classes. Then there was also another one who was like me — separated from friends. We became close from then on.

Dang!

History is starting to repeat itself. We are being teased. I ask everyone to stop that nonsense because what happened two years back might happen again. I am actually thankful to his mature and dense sides. (Or I guess he knows and pretends not to know and let me respond to the teasing. Cruel. Hahaha.) He is really cool and I respect him a lot.

My friends are starting to get overboard, they actually tease me when he’s near. I avoid it too much. He is my only friend there.

I do not want to lose an important friend anymore. So to my friends who might read this: Scratch your arse. DO NOT BUTT IN!

Archives

I just found out where the SIM message archives are.

I read all the texts. It was like I time travelled to when I was 18 and 19. God, I realized how mature I think I thought I was. It was creepy and funny at the same time. I will never go back to the me before. Hahaha. I killed the sweet old me. I don’t like her honestly.

Honestly, I reread yours. It actually, embarrassingly made me smile and laugh. It reminded me of how close we used to be.

How silly we were.

How we knew each other’s secrets.

How frank we were with each other.

How we trusted each other.

How we cared for each other.

How many firsts I had experienced because of you with you.

I actually missed the old times. I had fun halfway.

The latter was bitter end.

The later messages reminded me of how I ended this shitty on-off “friendship”.

How much you hated us being paired.

How you “maturely” suggested that we would not mind it.

How in the end you tried to get “off-the-grid”.

How I did not mind it.
But in the end I did because YOU minded it.

How I desperately tried to fix the problem.

How much I cried because you said we could not be friends anymore.

How you told me I WAS THE PROBLEM.

How you told me that we should restart our friendship.

How skeptic I was about restarting.

How I told you, “I hope I won’t regret meeting you.”

How I lost “friends”.

How I started to cuss at every thing because fuck it.

How long I waited for explanations.

How my academics declined.

How I gave up waiting.

How much of an asshole you were.

How for the first time I loathed someone to the core.

How I thought you were such a huge dick with no balls. Pun intended.

How I was accused of being an unforgiving bitter bitch.

How I turned 180 degrees.

How hard to ignore rumors about me.

How hard to bury you alive.

How much I regretted ever befriending you.

How I started again.

How I stopped chasing happiness.

How I finally started smiling genuinely again.

How I found another set of friends.

How I “met” him.

How I changed for the better.

How I finally removed you. Entirely.

How one day, I would say to you, with a genuine smile plastered on my facade, “Thanks for being a lesson. I do not regret meeting you. Be happy. Thank you. Farewell, former friend!”

Thank you. Farewell.

Year-End Highlights: 2012

2012, I think was my most favorite year — the year I was at the heights of my happiness.

On its first quarter, I became a debutant. We had a mini-party (but it turned out to be a teeny weeny pretty huge party) with formal dress and programme. My college blockmates and friends came. There were my beloved friends, KP, who came straight from a dance competition at Marikina, and Rhoane. Sadly my two best friends couldn’t make it. I received multiple gifts. And my most favorite was a portrait made by Elaine. 🙂

Though I was an irregular second year student, I was more than happy. It was like we were blockmates. Also, I was still classmates with my beloved best friend (more like sister), Vee. I became really close with Tin Aves and everytime I was with her, I was becoming a good person as she was. We three girls spend each day together and share secrets. I used to (and still am) think that failing a subject wasn’t bad. During summer, I made friends from other courses. I am still friends with them.

Physics 1 was the subject I failed. However, taking it again proved that I misunderstood Physics. I came to love Physics! All thanks to Prof. William Bill Turnbull! All of us second takers were able to understand it in one shot! My grades were nearly flat one!!! Actually I couldn’t believe it. Also in summer, Physics 2, I even perfected some of his quizzes! I was very happy. Because of being an irreg, I was able to sit in classes of my peers. They were Integral Calculus and Physics 2. I applied what I learned in those subjects when I took them and proved to be useful.

On summer 2012 was our Engineering Qualifying Exams. It was an exam for incoming third year students so they’ll continue being on their course or forced to shift to other courses IYKWIM. I just studied for our quiz in Physics 2 for if I failed it, it would taint my beloved record. EQE was 2 days after our quiz on Physics 2. I did study a bit so I know what to answer in some. I was really excited on taking it that I couldn’t sleep. We took exams in Algebra, Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry, Solid Mensuration, Calculus, Chemistry and Physics. There, it was quite easy, some parts were hard (think about Integral Calculus!!!). I made it with a huge grin plastered on my face despite how gloomy others were. I thought to myself, “I can pass it!” Days after, the results came. ASDFGH! I was TOP SEVEN!!! OMG!

I joined 2 quiz bees last 2012. They were not as prestigious as the nationals or regionals, but they were my first times after my math quiz bee on third year high school. The first one was for our Rizal subject teaming with my two classmates. We didn’t win though but I was happy I joined. The second one was for our Engineering Economics subject teaming with Joseph and Ate Kathy. It was quite big. Hehehe. But not to brag about. We actually made it to the finals but landed as third place. I thought we were going to be the champion. I was quite thirsty for victory. It was a thrilling quiz bee so far for me. I love the experience!

On my third year, first sem, I was hailed as top seven among Civil Engineering students. :3

In 2012, I made friends too. As in lots! From my fellow irregular students on 2nd year, Physics 2 groupmates, Prof. Turnbull, PSAU family, some from 202 2nd sem, Block 302 1st sem, Block-Blockan Wooh, AUSS, to  Marielle. I love every one of them. So much.

Then there were little misadventures with a no-name certain creature.

I started watching movies (not just 25 Pesos) on movie houses, singing on karaoke hubs, subscribing to combo20, loading every 5 days, waking up very early to study, and stopping cramming a little.

Last day of classes before Christmas 2012 was my happiest “Christmas Party” ever! I was with many college friends! We even had exchange gifts! XD Also I received gifts! Hihihi

At the end of the year, as usual, I went to my best friend’s (Kate) 19th birthday. Then again, I received gifts.

Indeed it was my happiest year! Though I didn’t have much money, I was very content. I hope I could return to it because little did I know, the saddest year was to come.