Archive for November 2008

Hula Hoop

November 24, 2008

palm1Naniniwala ka ba sa hula? Maraming hula na ang nagkatotoo gaya ng mga prophecies ni Nostradamus. May mga hula naman na mahirap talagang paniwalaan gaya ng propechy ng Mayans, ancient civilization na nagpredict na end of days na sa December 21, 2012.      

Lately hinulaan ako ng babaeng naka-inuman ng mga kakilala ko sa tapat ng boarding house namin. Nasa 40 na siguro ang edad at parang late bloomer. Sa unang tingin nga eh, mapagkakamalan mong si Madam Auring. At biruin mong may konek talaga ang impression ko sa kanya kay Madam Auring. May alam daw kasi sya sa palm reading.

Self-proclaimed manghuhula sya. Boardmates ko dati yung mga kainuman nya kaya tinawag nila ako. Pagkapasok ko pa lang, sinabi nila na magpahula raw ako. Out of curiosity, I obliged. Hinawakan nya kamay ko, tinignan yung palad ko, at tumahimik. First time kong magpahula nun. Kinabahan ako [insert tibok ng puso SFX here]. Baka kasi kung anu-ano ang sabihin nya. Then, I expected her to say that I have to fulfill the prophecy and kill He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Okay, di ako si Harry Potter kaya bumalik tayo sa kwento ko.

Inabangan ko ang sasabihin nya. Para bang inaasaam kong sabihin ng nililigawan ko na “I love you too”. lols. Talagang may kinalaman sa love ang una nyang fearless forecast. Sabi nya todo-todo daw ako magmahal at lagi akong naloloko ng jowa. Aba! Akalain mo’t tumama si Aleng Manghuhula. Nasense din ng vibes nya na may nagkakagusto raw sa kin na pinsan ko. Aba naman! Incest? Ayoko nang ganun. Pero may nagkagusto talaga sa kin na “medyo” pinsan ko pa raw. Sayang nga kasi girlfriend material talaga. I contolled myself and fought the temptation. lols. Di ko alam if she feels the same way until now.      

Pero ang bad vibe, matsutsugi daw ang susunod kong magiging gelpren. Wapak! Buti na lang pala at “single blessedness” ako ngayon. Ayokong madamay ang ibang tao sa kamalasan ko. Di ko naman binabalaan kung sinuman ang magkakagusto sa kin. Hula lang yun. Kung idadaanan natin sa probability, fat chance yun. Pero dapat handa ka sa posibleng mangyari. Malamang ‘Til Death Do Us Part at Against All Odds and maging pamagat ng love story natin. Wag naman sana.

On the lighter side, tinanong ko sya kung may chance na yumaman ako. Meron daw. Makakapag-abroad daw ako. Totoo pala na “Japan, Japan, sagot sa kahirapan”. Don’t get me wrong. Di ko pinangarap na maging Japayuki. And I’d rather go to Canada or UK. Finally, iikot din pala ang wheel of fortune. lols.

Mahirap paniwalaan ang ganitong mga bagay. Mas lalong mahirap maniwala na malalaman ng isang tao ang magiging kapalaran mo dahil sa guhit ng palad mo. Pero di naman talaga natin kelangang paniwalaan yun kasi aka-depende pa rin ang buhay natin sa sarili natin. Parang guide lang naman yun. Magkatotoo man o hindi, I’ll just live my life to the fullest!

Sa lahat nga pala ng sinabi nya sa kin, isang adjective and tumatak sa isipan ko. Dahil dun mas gusto kong paniwalaang mambobola sya kesa sa manghuhula. Kursunada pa ata ako nung ale. lols. Guwapo (referring to me) ang katabi mo. Pero parang di naman hula yun eh. Nagkatotoo na yun nung oras na pinanganak ako nung March 1, 1985. ahehe.

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Drinking Do’s and Dont’s

November 18, 2008

beerdrinker1Like any other things that we do, drinking should also be done with the right attitude. Treating your drinking buddies with decorum is a good thing. And you might want to learn the BIG no-nos for more a peaceful and satisfying inuman session.lols.   

These are so-called commandments that you should follow. I just would like to share these to the drinking dudes. Here are the DO’s and DONT’S when you’re drinking that I personally wrote with a li’l help from a text message I received 😎         

1. Don’t be “suwapang” in an inuman session. You’ll have your own turn to drink so don’t go grabbing someone else’s shot. Remember that you’re there to share the drink and you’re not drinking alone. Give your drinking buddies a chance to gulp.     

2. Don’t eat the pulutan as if you’re in an eat-all-you-can resto.
An inuman session is half-fun without the pulutan. However, that doesn’t give you a valid reason to be a glutton. Get a spoonful of pulutan once every shot. Try to control your appetite or else go to the nearby carinderia. lols. Don’t wait for your deed get into their nerves and yell, “Wag mong gawing kanin ang pulutan” at you.

3. Don’t drink too slowly. Your thirsty drinking buddies are waiting on queue. Don’t keep on holding your shot for a long time. Keeping a good conversation is good but you should know when to stop yakking and drink your shot.  

4. Drinking treats are fine but know when to chip in. If you have a few bucks in your wallet, spend some. It won’t hurt to spend when you’re having fun. Bring out the “galante” in you and give something back. It’s a sort of give and take.lols.

5. Try to control your “amats”. In other words, “ilagay mo sa tiyan at wag sa ulo”. Other people talk too much nonsense and act insensitively when they’re drunk. Don’t get nasty and talk about things which don’t interest your drinking buddies at all. Be a good listener and try to remain sober.  
      
6. Inform your drinking buddies if you’re going home. Though it’s better to stay until the inuman session ends, it would help if you just go home when you know it’s the righ time. But you must inform the dudes where you’re going. It would give them peace of mind somehow. Don’t leave them guessing.         

7. Set aside your pamasahe. Don’t go overspending, dude. If you have your full-tank wheels, then there’s no need to worry. If you’d still have to travel a few miles, then save something if you don’t want to be in serious trouble. It would be such a hassle to go walking when your head seems spinning and you can’t even walk through a straight path.  

8. Don’t sleep in front of your drinking buddies. Like you, they’re also drunk. And drunk people can never be trusted. They’ll play you around and do silly things. They might make you a human canvass and paint everything they want on you. The worst is that they might pull your pants and brief down and take a pic of your naked body, which I’m sure you won’t like.   

9. Make sure you enter the right door when you go home. Drunk people sometimes have a poor sense of direction. You might mistake your unit to your neighbor’s who’s a girl-next-door type that you fancy for a long time. Good thing if she favors the intrusion. If not, you’re more likely to wake up in prison the next day.   

10. Don’t puke (don’t think of something else, please) on the dude beside you. It’s too gross to puke on someone. As much as possible, go out and rush to the nearest comfort room. You’re lucky if the victim is Mr. Patience who’s willing to accept your apologies.  

11. Drink moderately and know when to say “ayoko na”. It’s pretty hard for drinkers to say that they can’t drink anymore. You know pretty well your drinking abilities. Thus, you should decide for yourself if you can still swallow your shot or not. Don’t fake your sobriety ’cause you’ll end up crawling on the ground. If you feel you’ll fall at any moment, sit still and avoid unnecessary movements. Don’t even dare to dive into a pool without your buddies around.   

12. Keep your personal stuffs safe.
Believe me when I say that drunk dudes become inattentive of their personal things. They seem numb and don’t pay attention to their possessions. You can never blame your buddies if you lose them. And you’d surely be in drinking hiatus to save and buy those things again.        

Hope you learned something from this stupid post.
          

Pano ba yan? INUMAN NA!

25 Minutes Too Late

November 11, 2008

I got late…

AGAIN!

late

Nalate na naman ako kanina. Eh ano ba bago dun? Pangalawang late ko na yun ngayong buwan at ang mas masama, late din ako kahapon. Hala! Parang nadadalas ang pagkalate ko. What on earth is happening to me? At talagang tinanong ko pa ang sarili ko the schizophrenic way.

As much as possible ayoko namang malate eh. Gusto ko namang magpaka-propesyonal kahit wala talaga sa itsura ko yun. ahehe. But I could’t help it. Minsan talaga late na ko nagigising. Anyways, dapat ko pa ngang ipagpasalamat yun kasi nagigising pa ko. Kaso di ko dapat ipagpasalamat ang P100 na kaltas sa sahod ko sa tuwing malilate ako ng pasok sa opis. 

Na-spank nga ako ng sup namin kaninang umaga dahil dun. May konting awarding ceremony na nangyari at malugod ko naman yung tinaggap sa aking acceptance speech. ahehe. Nagtataka kasi sya na kung kelan malapit na boarding house ko sa opis eh yun naman ang dalas kong ma-late. Tama naman sya eh. Dati kasi di pa bukas ang opis dumadating na ko.lols.    

Teka. Bakit nga ba ako na-late? Okay, eto ang maikling flashback.

6:20 PM
Dumating ako sa boarding house at nagbihis. Nag-internet para magblog hop at magreply sa comments dun sa last post ko at nagdownload ng music videos.   
 
7:45 PM
Nakipagkwentuhan sa boardmates. Kumain ng hapunan habang pinagtyagaang panoorin and Gagambino. Pinalipat ang TV sa channel 2 para panoorin ang pilot episode ng Pinoy Fear Factor. Nagloko ang TV kaya in-off na lang.

8:50 PM
Tumambay sa rooftop para magpahangin. Tumawag sa bahay para kumustahin ang mga kapamilya at kapuso ko. lols. Tumingala sa langit at naghanap ng shooting star. lols  

9:55 PM
Bumaba galing sa rooftop at nanood ng Survivor Philippines. Nabalitaang si Kiko ang na-vote out at wala akong pakialam dun. Pumasok sa kwarto pagkatapos at nagligpit ng mga gamit. 

10:25 PM
Humiga at nagbasa ng MYX Mag kung saan featured artist ang Eraserheads. Collector’s item yun kaya bumili ka na ng kopya kung tagahanga ka rin ng Eheads. Bili na, NOW na! (Pero mag-iwan ka muna ng comment kung gusto. Kung ayaw mo naman i-shut down mo na lang ang PC. lols)

11:00 PM
Nagset ng alarm sa cellphone para magising ng 7:45 AM at as usual Miss Independent by Neyo pa rin ang alarm tone. Pinatay ang ilaw at humiga ulit sa deck. Tumagilid, tumihaya, at dumapa pero di agad nakatulog. Epekto kaya yun ng pagiging adik ko sa kape at Coke? Sabihin mong “oo” at hindi na ko iinom ng mga yan. Jowk!       

I woke up at 7:15 AM this morning but I thought it was too early to get up. So I went back to sleep and waited for the alarm. Heck, I didn’t hear my cellphone ring. Perhaps, I was deeply asleep that I couldn’t hear and feel a thing. The next time I opened my eyes and grabbed my watch, it was already 8:48 AM. WTF! I just wanted to wash my face and rush to the office but then I realized that I still won’t make it on time with only 12 minutes left before my shift. It was already 9:25 AM when I arrived in the office. 25 minutes late. Wapak!

Won’t “ruin” your day!

November 5, 2008

Bacolod Getaway Part 4:

Mansion Ruins

Bacolod City is not only the home of Masskara Festival, sugarcane plantations, and “sweet talking” people. It’s also the home of beautiful mansions – ruined and not.

mansion ruins

A week before we went to Bacolod, I happened to read an entry of a blogger friend, Kuya Dong, who was in Bacolod that time. He featured this ruined mansion and it’s where I got the idea.

On our way, I asked my officemate from Bacolod if she knows the place. Good thing she knows the place. Bad thing she’s not familiar with the route. I was hopeless because I know that I’m the only one who wanted to see it. Asa pa eh Certified Lakwatsero ako! Blame it on Kuya Dong’s pics (manisi ba). I couldn’t help to see the mansion ruins because of the pics that he posted. hehe.

I was overwhelmingly ecstatic, er, when Kat considered my suggestion and told us that we’re going to the place. Woohoo! The trip was scheduled on our second (and last) day. Jeez, I almost missed the trip ’cause I met my kumpare and inaanak at the mall. The place is a bit secluded and the route is quite tricky. My officemates started complaining and I felt like I couldn’t stand the pressure since it was all my idea. They would really kick my a** out of the car. That’s an exaggeration, though.

MY OFFICEMATES: “Lex, lagot ka sa min pag di maganda yung place. Ang layo pa naman ng biniyahe natin”.

ME: “Takte nakaka-tense naman kayo (with sweat dripping from my forehead). Chillax lang kayo, maganda naman dun”.

Facade of the mansion

Facade of the mansion

Their reaction when they saw the old mansion? Look at the pic above. Nag-unahan pang magtake ng pics. Tsk!

Side view of the mansion

Side view of the mansion

BRIEF HISTORY
The mansion was built by a sugar baron Don Marciano Ledesma Lacson in 1920. During the World War II, the mansion was burnt to prevent the Japanese dudes from occupying the place. It could have been a good idea if they let them took over the place first then burn it after. lols. Despite of its tragic fate, the mansion stood the test of time and began to attract tourists when it was opened to the public.

Hallway of the mansion

Hallway of the mansion

HOW TO GET THERE
From downtown Bacolod, it would only take you 20 minutes to get there. I think there are a lot of means of transpos going to the area. Make sure the driver knows the route pretty well ’cause you might get lost in the nearby “tubuhan”. lols.

Full view of the mansion

Full view of the mansion

WHAT TO EXPECT:
Be amazed by hundred-year old mansion built in an Italianate design. This is one, I think, of the most beautiful mansions ever built in the Philippines. No need to worry because this won’t collapse. But don’t expect you could run on the second floor ’cause the flooring there was totally burnt. And, this one’s roof-less. Kewl!

Veranda of the mansion

Veranda of the mansion

BEST TIME TO VISIT:
We went there before sundown and I think it’s the best time to be there unless you want to shove “unwanted subjects” as you do your own photo ops. The sunset gives the mansion a different glow. And it’s best enjoyed if you have your late afternoon coffee (or beer if it’s allowed).

A view from the second floor

A view from the second floor

WHAT TO BRING:
Make sure you have P25 in your wallet for the ticket. Bring extra money (which I didn’t have when I was there) if you want to buy some souvenir items. And guys, don’t forget to bring a camera for camwhoring purposes!hehe

Four-tiered fountain fronting the mansion

Four-tiered fountain fronting the mansion

The next time you set foot in Bacolod, include this mansion ruins in your list! It won’t ruin your day! Blame me if it would.

Check Kuya Dong’s post for better pics and more serious content.

P.S.
This would be my last post for my Bacolod Series (may ganun talaga eh no). I apologize if I bored you with my travelogues! lols.