Archive for October 2008

Around Bacolod in Two Days

October 30, 2008

Bacolod Getaway Part 3:

Side Trips

A two-day trip in Bacolod was not enough to explore all the interesting sites there. With approximately 2 days, minus the traveling and sleeping time, you’d surely say “bitin”. However, our trip went on regardless of the limited time.

My officemates and I just made the most out of the time that we could spend and satisfied the wanderlust in us. Trying to ignore how short our time was, we wandered around the place and enjoyed our side trips.

My officemate’s bro, Charles, drove us to Lacson Street. Some streets in Bacolod are not congested so traveling there would only require minutes. On our way, we saw this odd looking place.

At first glance, I thought it was an ordinary fenced area. This is Luzuriaga Cemetery, located along Burgos Street. My officemate, Kat, told me that this used to be an exclusive cemetery of a prominent family in Bacolod. I think this is the only cemetery that is located in the middle of the street. Wow! Only in the Philippines!

We then reached Lacson Street. It was perhaps the most crowded street in Bacolod. A few steps from Lacson Street, you’ll see a man-made lagoon located at the center of the park. 

Beside the lagoon is an enormous “carabao and naked man” sculpture which is known to be done by Francesco Riccardo Monti. (Shoot me! I dunno who he is) lols.

From the sculpture, you would see the facade of the Provincial Capitol of Negros Occidental. 

We only passed by Negros Museum but didn’t see what’s inside it. We just headed to 888, a shopping center.

 

It has been a long walk from Lacson Street so we decided to have dinner first. It didn’t take us a long deliberation to decide what to eat. We’re in Bacolod, so we should eat chicken. lols. We dropped by this small restaurant called Lion’s Park. Uhm, it may sound like a zoo but it’s actually a resto. Here we I ate like a lion. Groaaarrrr…lols

[Burp] My stomach was bulging after the dinner. Then, we dropped by SM Bacolod and do some window-shopping. lols.   

After a quick stopover at SM, we went home to Kat’s place. We just rested for like 30 minutes and we (plus Kuya Raffy) went back to Lacson to meet Crystalle, Kat’s friend. We had our face tattoos after. woot!

Some wanted to ride roller coaster so we did. Waahh…ang tagal ko palang di nakapunta sa perya. Medyo karag-karag na yung roller coaster. Akala ko nga madi-derail. lols. I heard a girl asked her American beau, “do you have this in the US?”. I was like, “hello, di karag-karag roller coaster nila dun”. hehe. This is where Nash lost her voice. Nash, sigaw ka pa! hehe. Crsytalle dragged and forced me to ride the Octopus with her. Ayeeee! Ako pa hinamon nya! Ala akong ride na uurungan. lols

We went home at 2 AM. Wow! Never thought I’d stay up that long since I only had 2 hours of sleep the previous day. But the night ended with a blast! lols.

On our second day, we attended a mass with Kat’s family at Queen of Peace Parish. What makes this church different from other churches is that it has a very unique architecture. It takes on the shape of a crown.

It was already lunch time when the mass ended so Kat’s family suggested we should have lunch with them. We then went to Imay’s Resto & Bar. It was not your ordinary resto. The resto has a “wallful” of autographed plates as you could see below. Nice gimmick, huh!

I was freakin’ tired at the end of the day. But I wanted to visit more places. If we only had enough time, we’d surely invade more sites there. But our side trips were nevertheless enjoyable! woot!     

Masks, Anyone?

October 24, 2008

Bacolod Getaway Part 2:

Masks Galore!

I was absolutely amazed when we traveled to Bacolod during the Masskara Festival. Known as the City of Smiles, Bacolod boasts of its well-crafted masks, smiling masks. They come in different colors and sizes. The colors are so vibrant and the sizes range from small to giant-sized. I’m no mask fanatic. I only wore masks of my fave cartoon characters when I was a kid. But I’d say I appreciate seeing those masks in Masskara Festival. They were intricately designed. I can’t help but wonder how long it takes to make a mask.

Have you ever thought that Zorro’s mask was the best you’ve ever seen? Before you shout “yes”, lemme show you the masks that would outshine Zorro’s. So, now here are the masks! I’m sorry Zorro! Yours is quite old and obsolete! haha. You might try these masks. hehe. Bagay kaya mga to sayo? lols

(These pics were taken at Robinson’s Place Bacolod. Photos courtesy of Nash)

That was first time in Bacolod so I didn’t miss my chance to see those masks around. My officemates (Candice, Nash, Kat, & Pam) and I walked along the streets and see for ourselves the masks that we could only see in Bacolod. We even bought small masks as souvenir items. I bought mine for as low as P80 (may tawad na yun). But if you wanna grab bigger ones, you can choose more expensive masks ranging from P300 to about thousands.

It’s pretty amazing that these masks, which were once made to hide the mournful and gloomy faces of the people in Bacolod amid crisis and tragic events, made Bacolod a well-known city.

Lemme tell you one thing, though. Not only the masks, but also the people, make Bacolod worthy to be called the City of Smiles!

All Smiles in the City of Smiles!

October 21, 2008

Bacolod Getaway Part 1:

First Masskara Festival Experience

My weekend has never been this good. Ask me why. We’ve been to the City of Smiles to witness the Masskara Festival. Woohoo! Come on, guys shout with me! I’m so overwhelmed. lols.

It was on Friday when my officemate Candice told me the plan. And I just responded with a frown since my wallet can’t dispense a good amount of cash that could take me to Bacolod. Yeah, seriously. I was just drinking on Friday night out of desperation.haha. I have to thank Richelle for being so kind (for the first time).hehe. After the inuman session I went home to pack my things up. I slept around 2:00 AM and that explains why my eyes were fiery red when I woke up.

Port of Toledo City, Cebu

Port of Toledo City, Cebu

Luckily I was able to join the weekend getaway with 2 hours of sleep and shoestring budget. Good thing, we have an officemate from Bacolod. Kat was the one who invited us (or should I say them – Pam, Nash, and Candice).hehe. They didn’t know that I’ll be joining them. Nevertheless, Kat didn’t complain when she knew I’m going. woot!

So the trip went on. From Cebu City, we traveled all the way down to

Nash, Candice, & Me)

At San Carlos terminal, waiting for the van (L-F: Nash, Candice, & Me)

Toledo where we rode a barge going to San Carlos, Negros Occidental. Then we waited for the van to arrive at 10:00 AM. The trip was quite long but we arrived in Bacolod at 12 noon. Kat’s family welcomed us with warm smiles. We just had lunch, took a quick bath and hit the streets. It was my first time there. Same is true with Nash and Candice. No wonder why Nash was so excited!hehe.

Masks in different designs, colors and sizes. Blaring music. Ocean of faces. Those filled the busy and festive streets of Bacolod. I just ignored how tired and sleep-deprived I was and joined the gang in the “gala” moments. Eh gala naman talaga pinunta ko dun eh. Though Candice and I felt like we were walking zombies, we saved energy for our tour. It was so much fun exploring the city streets and feel how warm the people are. Our side trips were also fun! We checked some intereseting places and structures around (more of them in my next posts). And the food? Dude, they have the best-tasting chicken! And I have to tell you that I got a kick of listening to their “malambing” Ilonggo accent. lols.

And now, look how the gang invaded the city, smiled like the thousands of smiling masks around, and managed to erase those haggard looks on our faces!

We pose with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen!

From Left: Me, Pam, Nash, & Candice

LEX: “Dude, your mask is pretty heavy and sweaty. But it’s cool!”

Kids, smile kayo!

May maskara din kami. woot!

Here we are with the masked dudes.

See those masks? They’re electric! Cool!

The whole gang, plus Kuya Raffy, near the float.

A view from Lacson Street. Kat and Crystalle are on the far right.

(More pics to be inserted here soon)

See? We were all smiles! Of course, we should. You’d surely smile when you experience Masskara Festival. I’m leaving a promise, my first time in Bacolod WON’T be the last! Woohoo! Come on, shout with me again!

P.S.
Thanks to Kat and her family – Tito, Tita, Kuya Michael, Charles, Kuya Raffy, and Crystalle – for a comfy accommodation, great food, resto treats! Thank you! Thank you!

More of our Masskara Festival experience and Bacolod side trips coming soon!…

From FHM to HP

October 14, 2008

It has been ages since I last read a book. Yeah, a book. The last book that I read was The Da Vinci Code. And I bought a copy almost a year after its release. Fine, you can shoot me for that! LOL. I didn’t feel like reading it at the height of the controversy. haha. I’ve been to National Bookstore and Powerbooks many times but didn’t feel like buying one of the bestsellers. BTW, what are the bestsellers these days? lol.

But when I dropped by Odyssey one time and saw a copy of Maxim (with Roxanne Guinoo on the cover), it didn’t take me a minute to decide. lols. It was so enticing to see her on the cover and she made me stop and smell her flowers. lol. Don’t get me wrong guys. Her upper body was actually covered with flowers. I collected FHM issues before but it’s only now that I started collecting Maxim. And now my boardmate exchanged his FHMs to my Maxims. I won’t tell which is better, though. I hate to compare things. lols. Uhm, on second thought I’ll say they’re better than Playboy Philippines.hehe

At long last, I decided to buy a Paulo Coelho book last Friday since I’ve got nothing to do on weekends than “kain-tulog”. I bumped into my two officemates Line and Cel at National Bookstore. Cel knows for a fact that I want to read the final Harry Potter book since I’ve been reading her posts about Alan Rickman (Severus Snape). She asked me if I’ll buy a copy but I just shook my head and said I’ll just wait for the paperback. Imagine how long will it take. That’s how pathetic I am. I can’t buy a book (or anything) worth 1K. hehe.

Paulo Coelho, canceled. I’ll read J.K. Rowling first. hehe. I finished reading the first four chapters last night. But seeing how thick the book is makes me wonder when I’ll be able to finish it. No skipping this time. I must read it from page to page. And I’m enjoying it. I had a kick of reading how dodgy Dudley transformed into a concerned cousin. lols.

I know there are some non-Harry Potter lovers here and I know one in my blogroll (you know who you are). Don’t react or else I’ll call you a Muggle and hit you with a spell. lols. I’m sorry but this genre was introduced to me since childhood. Who would forget Mask Rider Black and some cheesy-looking Japanese superheros? I would have to add Wansapanataym and Hiraya Manawari to the long list.lols.

And yeah, FHM to HP. Now, it’s gonna be wholesome reading. How’s that for a change?

Letter To My Mom

October 7, 2008

 Nay,

Sorry na ha. I’m saying sorry not because I traded my sandwich for a kiss, got dirty, stinky or whatsoever. I’m saying sorry ’cause I can’t make it to your birthday today. I guess it’s ok ’cause I just went home on erpat’s birthday 2 weeks ago. Wag ka nang magtampo, ok?

I’m also effin broke right now. I can’t afford to buy a round-trip Supercat ticket. And I only have three remaining leave credits. It would be such a hassle to use them this early. I might have plans before the year  ends. Kilala mo naman ang anak mo, pabigla-bigla kung magdesisyon.

I just wanna let ya know how grateful I am for having a mom like you (drama epek). Pwede ko munang agawin kay pareng John Lloyd ang Best Actor trophy. Pero totoo yun. I can proudly say “My mom raised me well”. Hope you’d appreciate that even if I just got that line from KC Concepcion. Well, di mo naman kelangang maging si Sharon Cuneta for me to say that. Isa pa, alam kong mas idol si Nora Aunor. lols.

I remember you used to buy me kiddie stuff when I was a kid. I was your “bilmoko” son. Kaya nga ayaw na ayaw mo kong isama nun pag namamalenkge ka eh. But you can never escape from me. Nauuna pa kong sumakay sa traysikel kesa sayo. lols. I used to ask you buy teks. And uhm, you used to buy me shirts with Power Rangers and Lion King prints. lols.

Alam mo bang ikaw yung motivation ko nun sa skul. I wanted you to be proud of me. I wanted to take home papers marked with 100% and all that. I was then hoping that you’d increase my allowance by P1. I didn’t give you headaches. I never gotten into trouble until I was in grade 3. I’m sorry. Thank you kasi lagi kang nakaalalay sa kin all the way. Remember our dance rehearsal before? Napunit yung pants ko minutes before the program dahil sa kaka-tumbling. Ayun bumili ka agad ng sinulid at karayom sa labas ng skul. You wanted me to strutt my stuff and see what we’ve been rehearsing for weeks. lols.

I can’t describe how you feel every time you attend our recognition day. Alam kong proud ka sa kin tuwing magsasabit ka ng medal. At sorry naman kung hanggang haysul mo lang nagawa yun. I did my best in college but I guess my best wasn’t good enough. lols. Pero in fairness naman sa kin 2.8 lang ang lowest grade ko. Forgivable naman kasi Algebra. I know for a fact  that I’m consistently poor at numbers. haha. I’m sorry if I failed your expectations. You and erpat then wanted me to take up Education. But making lesson plans and inhaling chalkdust make me sick. lols. Nevertheless, para sa inyo din naman kinuha kong kurso. Na-enjoy nyo din naman ang pakinggan ako sa radyo at basahin ang articles kong kahit pano eh napublish sa local newspaper. haha.

I should exit na. I’ll just call to greet you as soon as I step out from the net cafe. BTW, take care. Bawal ang pork. Bawal ang hipon. Bawal ang beef. I don’t want to hear that you’re blood pressure shoots up because you’ve been eating those. I don’t wanna see you pass out pag inaatake ka sa puso. Kaya, stay healthy ka jan! Happy Birthday, Nay! I’m sorry I forgot how old you are.

Anak mong mabait,

beerO

Prinsipe Ng Banyera at Videoke King

October 3, 2008

 

maliit naming pond

maliit naming pond

Nag-leave ako last last week (delayed post to kaya 2 weeks siguro) para sorpresahin si erpat sa bertdey nya nung Sept. 18. Actually, di naman sya nasurprise dahil alam nyang uuwi ang pinaka-gwapo nyang anak. haha. Isa pang dahilan ng pag-uwi ko yung pagharvest sa kung anumang laman ng palaisdaan namin. Alam ko kasi bangus lang at alimango laman nun. Pero mas okay kung meron na ring butanding para mas malaki kitain ni erpat. LOLS. Medyo matagal ding nilumot yung palaisdaan namin nung tumira kami sa Cavite. Halos kasing-edad ko lang din yung palaisdaan kaya sabihin na nating may sentimental value na rin kahit pano. Buti nga napapakinabangan ulit ngayon ni erpat kesa naman tubuan lang ng mangroves.

Alas otso na siguro nung dumating ako sa min. Medyo mababaw na yung tubig kasi sinasabay talagasa low tide yung pagharvest. Nagtatalunan na yung mga bangus na para bang nasi-sense nila na sa banyera na tuloy nila pagkatapos. Dati pa man gusto ko na talagang makipaghabulan sa mga isda tuwing nagha-harvest sa palaisdaan. Wag lang nyo kong asahang humuli ng alimango dahil di pa kaya ng powers ko yun. Pinauubaya ko na lang yun kay erpat. Ayoko pa namang maputulan ng daliri no. haha.

Puyat pa ko galing sa biyahe kaya di na ko lumusong. Gusto ko pa naman sanang magtampisaw sa

eto naman ang bangus.hehe

eto naman ang bangus.hehe

putik. Pero kulang ako sa energy kaya nakuntento na lang ako sa panonood. Masarap isipin na lumaki na rin sa wakas ang mga inalagan ni erpat. Mas madalas nya pa ngang makasama mga bangus na yun kesa sa kin. Siguro kung pagpipilian sya kung sino gusto nyang ibenta, ako siguro pipiliin nya. haha. Masaya rin ako kasi nakita ko yung produkto ng ipinadala ko, mula sa pambili ng fingerlings pati na sa supply ng pakain.

tara manghuli tayo ng bangus.lols

tara manghuli tayo ng bangus.lols

Di sinabay yung pagharvest nung alimango kasi mura bentahan ngayon sa min. Ayoko namang malugi dahil si erpat dahil di ganun kadali mag-alaga ng alimango ngayon. Pero dahil nga bertdey ni erpat, humuli pa rin sya ng ilang piraso para pulutanin ng mga bisita nya (at bisita ko na rin). Marami-raming banyera din ang napuno. Di nagtagal eh naubos agad. Halos wala na ngang natira sa min kasi konti lang naitabi ni ermat. May plano pa naman sana akong magpaluto ng all-bangus dish – yung may inihaw, prito, paksiw, escabeche, at kung anek-anek pa.

Hapon na ng makauwi kami galing sa palaisdaan. Naging busy agad sa bahay dahil nga may mga niluto sila para sa bertdey ni erpat. Halos tunaw na nga yung ice cream na dala ko pag-uwi. Hapon pa lang may mga bisita na pero nagkulong lang ako sa kwarto at pinilit ang sarili kong makatulog na dilat ang mga mata. LOLS. Di nagtagal hinatid na yung videoke machine na inarkila namin. Kantatero din kasi si erpat kaya pinagbigyan na lang namin ang hilig.

Kahit ala pa ko sa mood bumangon, nag-gayak na din ako. Gusto ko talagang i-celebrate ang bertdey ni erpat kasi minsan lang sya magcelebrate ng bertdey nya. Nalaman ko nga lang na 58 na sya dahil sa bertdey greetings na ginawa ng kuya ko. Dahil si erpat yung celebrant, sa kanya yung unsang kanta sa videoke. Maraming sunod na kumanta pero yung kanta ko yung highlights. haha. Dedicated kasi kay erpat yung mga kinanta ko – Hanggang (Wency Cornejo) at You Raise Me Up (Josh Groban). Naglakas-loob akong kantahin ang mga yun. Mukhang naawa naman sa kin yun videoke machine at binigyan ako ng perpek iskor sa parehong kanta. haha. Nagpauto namanako kaya hanggang ngayon nanniwala akong maganda boses ko.lols

Madaling-araw na nang matapos ang kantahan. Pero kinabukasan tuloy pa rin ang videoke showdown kasi 2 days naming nirentahan yung videoke. Dalawang araw di naming binulabog ang buong barangay. Buti na lang walang nagsiga-sigaan at bumato sa bubungan namin. Buti naman at marunong silang pumili ng makakalaban. LOLS.

It was fun! We never spent erpat’s birthday that way before. And I wish that his next bithdays will be happier! More birthdays to come, tay! And bountiful harverst, too.

P.S.

To those who have been waiting for the Part 2 of Reunion, please bear with me. It’d be my next post, I guess. hehe.