Archive for September 2008

Reunion: Part 1

September 9, 2008

3-Way Journey

Only few of you, my blogger friends, know that I grew up in Cavite. Since some of you expressed interest in knowing my three-way (Leyte-Cavite-Cebu) journey, this would be the tell-all three-part story.haha. It’d be better to tell this here than to send hundreds of SMS whenever someone asks me. hehe.

We actually moved to Cavite in the late 80’s for reasons I can’t completely remember. I was just four years old then and I was just attending my day care classes when we left. 

I skipped nursery and kindergarten and attended Grade 1 three years after. Can I say I was accelerated? hehe. I didn’t like the first school (it’s actually called primary school) because we share the same room with the Grade 2 pupils. There was only one teacher and she was teaching all of us alternately. That was I think “multitasking”. I kept complaining that I won’t learn that way. 

After few days, my parents transfered me to a bigger (or normal) public shool. I liked it there, finally. I had my firsts, of course. My first 100 points in the exam which is usually a big deal for parents. And many other firsts. The school became a playground and a learning place for me at the same time. School days were fun because of my classmates. I actually had different set of classmates every school year. Heck, I can’t even remember all of them, especially the one who got me into a fight when I was in Grade 3 and the boy scouts who confiscated my “teks” . But I also ahd some good classmates who outnumbered the bullies, those who became my good friends.

Time passed by so quickly. We had to go back to Leyte, which I consider a strange place since I haven’t been there for so many years. I was totally brainwashed, thinking that I’m a pure-blooded Caviteno. All of my memories from Leyte were wiped out. I got upset when we went back because I already considered Cavite as my hometown.

One…two…three…four

I kept counting the years. But I really never had the chance to go back to Cavite. My parents did but I had a fat chance ’cause I was already attending high school. At first, I freaked out at school ’cause I only knew a little “Waray”.

Five…six…seven…eight

Four years have passed and I finished high school. I went to a university in Tacloban City. Met new classmates for the next 4 years. Studied this and that. Basicallly, I became busy with the absence of my friends, classmates, and relatives in Cavite. But there was never a day that Cavite didn’t cross my mind.

Nine…Ten…

At long last I earned a a bachelor’s degree after another 4 years. My initial plan is that I’ll work in Manila so I’ll be nearer to Cavite. But unfornately, my parents didn’t like the idea. Being the bunso in a brood of four, my parents want to see me every time they want to. hehe. As a masunurin son that I used to be, I did what they told me to do and decided to work in Cebu instead.

I’ve been here for more than a year. And as expected, I go home most of the times. But not to my “real”  home. Would I still be able to go back “home”? Would I still be able to meet old friends and relatives?

(to be continued…)

 

 

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BOREDing Haus

September 4, 2008

I moved into a new boarding house just recently. I no longer want to see rats and cockroaches in my room. And the 3 rides going to the office drain me every day. I actually stayed in my old boarding house for a year but I hated to stay there sometimes. That could be the reason why leaving it was as easy as changing an underwear.

GOODBYE, COUZ! My cousin actually left before I did. And I think it’s better that way. Yeah, we’re cousins but she was like a stranger to me. I mean, I can talk to a 2-year old neighbor more often than her. If she’s not sleeping, she’s out with her BF, doing their thing and enjoying their private lives and intimacy.haha.  What’s worse is that she’s got a lot of debts, which could be the reason why she doesn’t buy her own food when she’s there. Grrr…And so when she told me that she’ll leave, I just said “Bahala ka” (you’re old enough to decide for yourself) LOL. Then, she left without giving her share of the rental. tsk, tsk.

GET A ROOM! It took me few days to desperately look for a room. This got me busy for a couple of days. It was never easy. There were overpriced rooms and some greedy landlords were even asking me to pay unreasonable charges. Finally, I found one that is near the office. My officemate said that it’s a bit far but for me it’s just a stone throw away.

DEVOID AND DESERTED. I didn’t need a Lipat-Bahay service to carry a backpack and a travelling bag. I don’t own anything except those. I just hailed a cab and paid P70. So when I moved, the room was empty. There was just a double-deck and an overhead compartment where I can put my shirts and pants. Yeah, there’s no table and a single chair. I learned one thing, though. That is, I can survive even without cooking. But I’m still learning to live without TV and all of life’s conveniences.

BAHAY NI KUYA. My first impression of the house is that it was haunted because it was very silent when I checked the room. I even thought that I’d occupy it alone. Good thing, there are eight more boarders. I actually met some of them. But there’s still a “paninibago” factor. I mean, I can’t sleep at once. What’s new? I’m a certified insomniac. Perhaps, I’m still adjusting to the new atmosphere. hakhak. But I know I’ll eventually get the hang of it. 

KILLING BOREDOM. No TV. Goodbye to my fave shows! No DVD player. Should I throw those porn videos?haha. The first few days were boring. I just entertain myself by dropping by an internet cafe. Geez, how will I be able to save? I also need a stack of magazines and stuff to read. Roxanne Guinoo looks awesome on the Maxim cover and pages but I can’t be staring at her every night. haha. At times, I’m on the rooftop making a considerable effort to count the stars.

Dalawang beses na kaming nagka-inuman ng boardmates ko. Yun ang pinaka-mainam na pang-tanggal ng boredom. Siguro di na ko mabo-bore nito. Besides, baka nga di na ko lumipat ng boarding house. haha

Kailan

September 1, 2008

The title is one of Ereaserheads’ hits in the 90’s. I’m actually listening to it right now. And I think I don’t really need to say why I’m writing this post. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m a proud fan of Eheads.

Maraming beses ko na ring pinangalandakan sa blogosperyo yan. Bata pa lang ako eh sinasabayan ko na mga kanta nila. Hanggang ngayon laman pa rin sila ng playlist ko. Kung may mga kanta siguro na di ko pagsasawaan, sa kanila yun.

Masaya ako nung mabalitaan ko na may reunion concert sila. Pero alam ko na nun na di ako makakapunta. Walking distance lang kasi ang Manila at Cebu. Nevertheless, naging masaya na rin ako para sa ibang fans ng Eheads. Gaya ko, alam kong sabik na rin silang makitang tumugtog ulit nang kumpleto ang pinakasikat na banda nun.

Nangyari nga ang reunion concert nung Sabado. Frustrated mode ako nun kaya gumala na lang ako. Hindi ko na inisip yung concert kasi mai-inggit lang ako kina Chie at Ate Lenggai na alam kong di magpapahuli sa concert. Matagal ko na ngang sinabi kay Chie na i-share sa kin pics nya sa concert. Para sa pictyur man lang eh, maranasan ko yung certain “high”, yung feeling na nasa “Alapaap” ka habang pinapanood mo mga idol mo sa bihirang pagkakataon.

Once in a lifetime lang mangyayari ang reunion concert ng Eheads kaya nakakalungkot isipin na yun pa ang nangyari sa concert. I mean, di natapos dahil sa naging kondisyon ng bokalistang si Ely. “Hypokalemia” daw yun, medical condition kung saan mababa yung concetration ng potassium sa dugo. Kung matatandaan nyo may heart problem din sya dati. In fact, he underwent angioplasty procedure last year.

Alam ko nabitin yung libu-libong fans (at di masyadong fans). Ganun talaga eh, may mga pangyayaring di maiiwasan. Nakakapang-hinayang nga lang kasi kinailangang itigil yung concert. Pero maging masaya na lang tayo na kahit sa maikling panahon eh nakita ulit natin sila sa concert. Kahit ilang minuto lang itinagal ng concert, naging masaya naman tayo. Ipagdasal na lang natin ang paggaling ni Ely. Sana magkaroon ulit ng reunion concert kasi techinally di naman natapos. Itutuloy pa ba nila yung concert? Kailan?

Napakabata ko pa nang makilala ang Eheads. Di ko pa nga kayang bumili ng tapes nun. Di pa rin ako nakapanood ng concert nila hanggang ma-disband na nga sila. Di ko nga alam kung mararanasan ko pa yun. Makakapanood pa ba ko? Kailan?