Shorts: Entry 7 – First Date (?)

I just realized it a while ago.

I think I had my first date.

God, why did I just realize it now?

You invited me nonchalantly and I accepted just because.

We travelled. We explored. We ate. Had fun.

It was a usual date without the movies, dressing up, holding hands and flowers. Well, I reckon it was not normal.

We both had fun.

No photos though. Too bad. Ugh.

I want to do it again. With you. 🙂


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.

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!

UN Day 2010

Hay, malas noong UN Day or United Nations Day ng General de Jesus College. Inulan. Signal number two pa sa Nueva Ecija. Wala tuloy pasok.

Pero kahapon, nagpunta kami ni KP sa GJC para “manood” ng UN. Haha! Pero as usual, inantay ko pa uli si KP sa kanila at ambagal ng bruha! Haha!

Pagpunta namin roon. Wowness! Sa kanto pa lang papunta roon e maraming nagbago. Iyong hilera ng kainan roon eh na-elevate at na-renovate na! Bongga! Pagpasok namin, ganoon pa rin naman iyong ambiance. Pero weird pa rin. Sarap magbalik-tanaw.

Pero nagulat kami doon sa ginagawang Canteen bago kami gumraduate! Wow! It reminded me of the PNP Camp in UN Avenue, Ermita, Manila! Well, kung napunta ka na sa PNP Camp eh maiintindihan mo ako. The best (?) way to describe it is that it looks like a new-built house! (Doesn’t make sense, eh? Just use your imagination, kiddo!) Kaya, bilang dalawa sa “legendary” alumnae ng GJC, inikot namin ang bagong building, na sa huli eh canteen pa rin na sa second floor e classrooms. Pero may third and fourth floors na ilalagay pa roon! Bongga na ang GJC! Talagang kung kailan kami umalis eh tsaka pinaganda. Wahaha! 😀

Tas ito pa, may bagong “branch” ang high school library! Iyong dating homeroom ng Champaca eh naging HS Library! May nakalagay pa sa karatula:

Siyempre, para sa Internet rent iyon!

Tas bumaba na kami, doon sa gym kung saan ginaganap ang program ng UN Day.
Tinanaw agad namin si Ma’am Tiqui, ang aming guro sa Filipino noong aming ikatlo at ikaapat na taon sa mataas na paaralan. Siya kasi ang ka-close naming dalawa ni KP.
Me: Bulaga!
KP: Ma’am!!!!!!!!!!!
Ma’am Tiqui: Ui!!! *looks at KP* Kumusta na? Ang payat mo ah!
KP: Tumaba nga po ako eh!
MT: Ang payat mo nga!
Me: Ako po Ma’am, hindi niyo kukumustahin?
MT & KP: Hahahahahaha!
Me: Ma’am! Alam niyo po ba hindi ko binabagsak ang Filipino!!! (Trivium: Bagsak ako madalas sa Filipino noong HS days)
MT: Talaga? Eh di kahusay!
KP: Ako rin po!
MT: Ano ba mga kurso niyo?
KP: Accounting po!
Me: CE po!
KP: Mahal na mahal po namin si Ma’am Cruz! Haha! Puro math po kami! (Si Ma’am Cruz ang teacher namin sa math noong 4th year.)

Tas nakita rin namin si Ma’am Erese, Ma’am Cheung, Ma’am Bolagao, at Sir Sugay! Happy! Puro tawa na lang ang ginawa namin nung araw na iyon.

Tas ito pa: Nilibre kami ni Reina ng Silvanas, at ang mahal niya para sa isang cookie na may mala-ice cream sa loob. Iyong laki niya eh parang mas malaki ng onti sa Oreo. Pero mas malapad ung Oreo roon. Ang price niya? PhP30.00!!! Hanep! Matagal na pala ibinenta yong silvanas na iyon! Noong last year pa pala. Ni hindi namin nalaman haha! Kung hindi dahil kay Weendy na kapatid ni Reina, hindi siguro kami nailibre noon!

Take note kung magkano lang ang dala kong pera: PhP36! Haha! Pamasahe ko lang iyon!

At marami rin kaming nakitang alumna ng GJC, anjan iyong Faith last year at iyong Faith last, last year. (IV-Honesty kami, 2nd section. 1st section ang Faith.) Lima lang kaming Honesty na nandoon, ako, si KP, si Reina, si Karlo at si Romar.

At diyan nagtatapos ang Pagdiriwang ng Araw ng mga Nagkakaisang Bayan ng Kolehiyo ng Heneral de Jesus.

UAAP Season 73 (Sept. 12, 2010)

Cheerdance Competition, it is something to look forward to every intramurals. When I was in high school, my friends and I used to go to school early to reserve seats on the staircase to the third floor library. We were prohibited to watch on the rooftop. That part of the event was always blockbuster.

I was lucky to be one of the enthusiasts to watch such an event as big as University Athletic Association of the Philippines. The week before, I invited my beloved friends from high school who studied in Manila to watch UAAP Cheerdance Competition live at Araneta “Colishum” (instead of Coliseum. Man, i love poking fun at this! Haha!). Only one responded, that was KP.

Six days before the said event, I went to the PE Dept. to buy tickets. But my PE prof said it was available on Wednesday. Then Wednesday came. But our prof said it was SOLD-OUT! But we said even general admission tickets were fine. Then our prof sold us those “hidden” tickets.

The event came. I came from Nueva Ecija that time. I waited for KP at the Tayuman Station (LRT). After several minutes, KP came. Antagal niya as always! Haha!

Then we went to Araneta early, however the crowd told us we’re late! I peeked on the tickets’ prices. Wow! They were more than twice the original price! I’m telling ya, even the rich Atenistas and La Sallites bought General Admission tickets!

UAAP Cheer Dance Competition 2010 Ticket

Ang pogi kong ticket. Kahit mura iyan, sold-out iyan!

As we entered, blood came rushing through my veins! I was that excited that time! The General Admissions corridor is much different from the usual corridor. You couldn’t see food stalls there. *sighs*

We entered the first entrance we saw. Whoa! We barely saw anything! It was full of Tomasians (UST students)! Then we went to the second one, it was full of La Sallites! Then the third, it was full of Peyups (UP)! The view was kinda okay. We saw some of the court. We heard that on the next one, the views were fine. So we went there. We had no idea it was the AdU’s spot! Haha!

Even though I’m an Adamsonian, I went there to watch the phenomenal UST’s piece. They have the legendary Salinggawi Dance Troupe!!! (FEU was the champion last year.) So, we cheered for “uste”, as we fondly call it.

University of the East (UE) Pep Squad started. Followed by (not in chronological order though, I forgot, sorry) the 2009 1st runner-up, Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) Blue Babble Battalion, De La Salle University (DLSU) Animo Squad, University of Santo Tomas (UST) Salinggawi Dance Troupe, Far Eastern University (FEU) Cheering Squad, University of the Philippines (UP) Pep Squad, Adamson University (AdU) Pep Squad, and National University (NU) Pep Squad.

The Salinggawi Dance Troupe’s routine was breathtaking! Their uniform’s cute! Even their props were. I barely blinked an eye! I love it! So much! For you to agree with me, watch this:

FEU’s routine was another one. But I prefer USTe’s hehe.

UP’s oriental-inspired routine was–wow! Still, USTe pa rin! Haha!

At the end, the results were:

UAAP Cheerdance Competition 2010 Results:
Champion: University of the Philippines (UP) Pep Squad
1st runner-up: The Far Eastern University (FEU) Cheering Squad
2nd runner-up: University of Santo Tomas (UST) Salinggawi Dance Troupe
Samsung Stunner Award: Nikka de Dios(DLSU)


What an exhilarating experience! I love it! SOOO MUCH though USTe didn’t win! I’m looking forward to next year!

UAAP Season 73 (Sept. 4, 2010)

(Yet again, another reaction paper for midterm grades… Good thing we have this, or else I’m dead. Haha!)

On September 24, 2010, for the first time in my life, I traveled alone to Araneta Coliseum through jeepney and MRT. (I brought Konkon with me every time I watch there. Too bad I couldn’t have Kon-chan. :() When I set foot on Farmer’s Plaza (Cubao, Quezon City) and searching for the way to Araneta, I got lost. The mall served as a labyrinth to me. When I finally got out, I was relieved to see my classmates at the entrance of the Big Dome.

uaap ticket

Buti hindi na sinira ng admission guy. Haha!

Just like what we did the last time, we sat on at the upper box-b near the thunderous drum beats of the DLSU (Animo, La Salle!) since we sat near them.

The La Sallites really were rich! They rival the wealth of Atenistas! (Or they were much richer) They occupied three-fourths of the Patron Box (the front seats) and the upper box-a (to those who were out of tickets)! They scarcely seated on the upper box-b in contrast of the UE students and us.

We started the first game of University of the East Red Warriors and De La Salle University Green Archers. I cheered for La Salle for I feel like it. No reason at all. Hehe. But when my classmate explained to me why we should cheer for UE, I commenced to do it so, albeit we seated next to the Archers. Hehe. My classmetes felt like annoying the reserved Archers. They keep on shouting purposely, “UE!!! Galingan niyo!!!” or “Go UE!!!” La Sallites looked at us every time we did so. They didn’t cheered for them, maybe they were but silently. They were really reserved! Calm and reserved, just like what a true heir of a large company behaves. If La Sallites were to win, they would tie our standing, and we didn’t want that to happen. Fortunately, UE won.

This was what we’re waiting for, the second game, of course, of our beloved alma mater, Adamson University Soaring Falcons versus National University Bulldogs.

Every time our team scored, we cheered on the top of our lungs that strained my voice box! I barely sat on my seat as I watched painstakingly. I, together with my fellow Adamsonians, were so full of energy cheering for them. We were really nervous as the fourth quarter came. It was a close fight, so close that no one could predict who would win and who wouldn’t.

My heart thumped as the last seconds of the game approached hoping that our team scores. Unfortunately, Bulldogs scored three points as our team’s defense shattered.

National University Bulldogs won over Adamson University Soaring Falcons with a score of 62-59. We were all depressed and disappointed of the outcome of the game.

God was still with us for we are still enthroned to the third place of the Final Four (1st-FEU, 2nd-ADMU, 4th-DLSU). I do hope and pray for our team to win this season.

UAAP Season 73 (Aug. 5, 2010)

(This is originally my reaction paper for Physical Education as a requirement for preliminary grade. And since I forgot my supposed-to-be-draft, here I am, thinking of what happened on that day. Here it goes:)

As a student of Adamson University, I was lucky to watch University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 73 at Araneta Coliseum. And that’s my favorite part.

UAAP Season 73 Ticket

This ticket was kinda ruined by the careless officer in the gate!

As I, together with my classmates, set foot to Araneta Colishum (that’s how my prof in PE pronounces “Coliseum”), I saw only two colors, blue (AdU) and red (UE).

Well the first game was of AdU Soaring Falcons and UE Red Warriors; the second game was of ADMU Blue Eagles and UP Fighting Maroons, anyway.

As we entered the Coliseum, the roaring students overwhelmed me. Men, they’re cheering on the top of their lungs! Not to mention the earsplitting drumbeats of, of course, drummers of each team. Whoa! I felt like joining them.

We seated on the upper box-b near the thunderous beats of their drums. Yeah, it was deafening at first, but when you got used to it, it’s not blaring anymore. Trust me. 🙂

I noticed that both schools gave their all in cheering, for they were both answering each other’s cheers. Say, it was like a debate or Balagtasan. When my classmates started yelling, (yes, yelling, as in cheering or better yet, shouting) I started to yell on the top of my lungs.

Since I was kind of snob during my first months, (yes, I WAS, I’m inept to crowds or strangers. I think I’m demophobic.) I didn’t talk to them that much. But because of the overwhelming cheering crowds, I was at ease and yelled on the top of my lungs, liver and intestines until I ran out of voice! I rested for a while for the game wasn’t starting yet.

Then the game started. AdU scored 2-points first! Yay! Every time AdU scores or our player held the ball, I could’t help but yell, scream, and shout! Men, I never felt this ecstatic before for a basketball game, really.

AdU won, of course, with a score of — *I forgot, sorry. Hehe*

After the game, both schools sang their respective school hymns. I proudly sang Adamson Hymn, head held high!

After that was ADMU, my favorite, and UP’s turn. I noticed, since I was next to Atenistas, that most of them occupied the front seats which were prone to “accidents” like ball hitting an audience or two. Something like that.
Man, I could feel the difference between our statuses! If I were to be a scholar in Ateneo or La Salle, I’m sure, my life’s going to be like Boys over Flowers without F4 (though I hope there was). I’m in my threadbare backpack, they are in their Louie Vuitton bags. I eat my “baon” or budget meal worth the cheapest price in canteen or outside the campus, they eat French cuisine that I never heard of.
While I was in my PE uniform, the Atenistas were in their signature or branded “civilian” clothes. That’s reality, peep. I was out-of-place! So hierarchy exists?

With that thought, I turned to the UP’s side just in front of us “Atenistas”. Oh, they weren’t that supportive of their team. There were approximately less than one-fourth of the upper box-b “cheering” for their players. And of course, they were scattered, most were occupying upper box-b.

Then, before the first half ended, I went around the circular corridor. And then, I saw the Ateneo Souvenirs Stall. I saw T-shirts, caps, and other keepsakes for a high-price (for me). And I saw a key chain of it for only PhP60!!! Gosh! I wanted it badly! But then, I was in a state wherein I was outta cash! Unlucky me!

It’s already getting rush hour! The horror! The horror! Although it was already the horrifying rush hour, I boarded that stupid train… And as expected, I was sandwiched between workers and students. Poor me. 😦

But the best part was I got a souvenir!!! Haha! Aside form the ticket that was partly ruined by the officer, of course! (but I want the ADMU one!)