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the cray cray adventures: a short, shorts day

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after my vacation and the Christening of bugoy on Saturday, i was back to te old grind on Sunday. most of our Victory groupmates were in the singles' retreat so we did not have to meet that afternoon. Michael texted that he will attend the service in Galleria so i went with Derrick instead. i did not have any clothes left so i wore shorts, and Derrick did too, for some reason that i have forgotten.

we planned to go to the 1pm service, but when we got there, we learned that the next afternoon servcie was at 3pm. because of that, we decided to go back to the village to eat, but all the food places Derrick wanted me to try were closed. we settled for the eatery in front of Mini Stop where we ate a decent tasting pansit bihon (with two pieces of lechon kawali) and for each of us, an order of lechon kawali with rice. i gave him my pasalubong from Veniz Hotel and told him my amusing story at the bus. when we were done, we went straight to the service.

after church, we went back to the village to chill and stayed at Moonleaf. however, after some unsettling news, i just decided to go home.

that night, i met the mahjongeras for an emergency session at 6750, and decided to leave Path. seems like we won't be hanging around for a long time.

(sorry for the dullness of this post. i won't be sharing anything from the service too. not allowed.)

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The case of the walk out queen

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Okay, i haven't finished my Day 5 post of my adventure last week. What i've posted so far are drafts. It's difficult to blog using my phone. My laptop misses me. Today was supposed to be the day that i finished all the 5 posts, plus pictures. But i just received a not so very nice bit of information, and i walked out.

I have the tendency to walk out when i get bad news about anything. When my emotions are sky-high, i am most likely to walk away. Most likely, anyway. I have my moments of being confrontational, but at times i just run away. Maybe because i don't want people to see my angry face or crying face. Or maybe i'm just scared of what i would do if i didn't step away to think. I could've been in a lot of trouble.

But there are also downsides of walking away. Sometimes, i don't look back and just leave. With that, there maybe buts of information that i leave out. Or don't hear at all. A few times, i guess, i'm just scared of knowing that i was right and the other party really did something wrong that i did not like.

I have walked away from companies that i thought was not for me. After that, it took me a long time to find the right one, because i felt so high and mighty. I have walked away from friends that i considered unhealthy for me without properly addressing my issues. And it may be too late to let them hear me out.

I walked away from God. Look where that got me. I was lost in intoxication. I believed all the lies that were spread in the world. I engaged in activities that were impure and worldly. I thought i was above and beyond what others were. I believed my success was solely because of me.

But this time, i'm looking back. And right by the time that i decided to face the Lord again, He was just there, walking after me.

Right now, i'm walking away from all the bad things that i've done. I'm completely surrendering myself to His call. I have walked miles and miles away from God not knowing He was just there. Waiting to welcome me back with open arms. I've experienced all that was bad. It's time to put them in jars and let them remain there. I can not afford to walk away from Him again. He does not deserve that after all that i've been blessed with.

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A real travel post: Day 4 of the 1st adventure

Baguio, Day 4

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I woke up the next day at around 630am. Had to make sure i did so i can eat breakfast, which was free, and fix my stuff. There were new guests that arrived. One of which was Luis Alandy in his shirtless glory. Yeah. Sinful.

I settled my bill and paid 810 pesos for tapsilog, bihon, a glass of Absolut, and lots of drinks/milo. After taking a shower, i left.

There were no buses nor trikes passing by, so i did the unexpected, i rode a jeepney.

It was sad because i missed the 9am Partas bus. I looked at it go away. Anyway, i had to find a place to stay, and settled at Jollibee. There were a lot of Mercury Drugs and Jollibees. Weird haha.

The Jollibee crew were nice. Greeting everyone and asking for the customer's name. I ordered the crispy wings, which reminded me of what i buy on the street. Sorry. They had a feedback smiley card. Of course i told them they were excellent.

I went back to the bus station, which was more like a cubicle. On the glass screen, it said "No Reservations" but when the bus arrived, apparently there were numbers we needed to get. Anyway, so an old man told me to sit beside him because his seatmate did not come back. I paid 92 pesos for my fare. Did not sleep on the trip again. Almost cried when i realized we were among the clouds. Sigh. That feeling. It amazes me.

When i got off the bus, i was happy to see lots of cabs, which La Union did not have. I got to the hotel (Hotel Veniz) on time. The hotel looked different from the pictures. I'll blog about it separately. Anyway, i got to my room. It smelled of old wood. AC remote control did not work. But the room was decent. Just enough for one person. They had free cookies, little notes, etc. they had a Bible in the rooms, a map of Baguio and lots of information about the city.

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After getting settled, i was off to withdraw money. Went to Cafe by the Ruins but it was closed. I had to change plans and ate at Volante along Session instead. It was what it was. A diner. Had to go upstairs for more seats. It seemed like a hang out joint for students. I ordered the Marengo pizza, bolognese pasta and a mango shake. They charged extra for parmesan cheese. Boooooooo!!! Anyway, the pizza was just okay. The pasta's sauce did not stick to the noodles. I ended up eating lots of the sauce with the bread. I might try another pizza next time.

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By 4pm it was drizzling, and i decided to go to Mansion House and Wright Park. Took a lot of pictures. Without me hahaha! I walked along the road to see what else i can check out and i found Ketchup, a food community. There were like 5 restos there and i chose Happy Tummy. It didn't have that look that will tell me what kind of resto it was, but they served Thai food. I got a super sweet peanut butter cake with Thai tea, which was orange and looked weird, but was also sweet. Reasonable price too, i only paid 100 pesos.

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After that, i was full, so i went to SM Baguio. There were a lot of kids. Not my crowd. After buying stuff at Watson's, i went to Starbucks. Got an iced tea that isn't worth remembering. SM Baguio isn't for me.

I went back to the hotel. I was so full so i decided to just rest for a while. I wanted to go to 50's Diner but i was so tired. Woke up from my nap at around 11pm and ate at KFC Session instead.

Session Road was scary at night. Lots of people walking. I felt adventurous so i walked back to the hotel. Super scared walking alone! Even the overpass was scary. But i made it to the hotel safely. Will not do that again.

Did two things today: said no to lower prices for the stuff i bought at Wright Park and offered to take pictures of strangers at the Mansion House.

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A real travel post: Day 3 of the 1st adventure

La Union, Day 3

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Although my cousins and i slept late, we woke up really early so i would be able to arrive in La Union on time. On Tuesday, i kept on googling about the travel time from Sison to San Juan, but i didn't google on the time from Gapo to Sison. Man, that was a wrong decision.

When i paid the conductor, i gave him 342 pesos. At first i thought it was little too expensive, but it was a loooong trip. We left at exactly 6am, and i arrived at the Sison bus stop of Partas at 12 noon. Even though i was really sleepy, i stayed awake the whole 6 hour trip. It was nice to see a Victory Church signage, i think it was in Dagupan. I forget. One thing my friends and i did in our college road trip was counting the Burger Machine stalls on the way; but now i want to count the all the SM malls i see. Saw one in Pampanga, Pangasinan, etc.

Anyway, from Sison, it took us a little over two hours before i arrived at the resort. The resort is awesome. It looked exactly as i imagined it. If there's one bad thing i have to say, is that my bathroom is really small. The staff is friendly. They answered all my questions. Luke Landrigan was very visible. I watched him as he went around the place, which was being renovated in some parts. I took pictures, and they're all in my instagram account. Before i went back to the resort, a few college kids ambushed me for a paper they're doing and interviewed me while being recorded in a video. it was all about the beach, and how to maintain it. Did not get their names. bummer. Too bad swimming is not allowed, because of the waves and the sea floor. So i just sat on my sarong, read my Sedaris and listened to music, while Elmo got the best shots on my phone's camera.

I saw a group of folks taking surfing lessons, but i didn't. I just wanted to chill. Rest. Maybe next time, when i come back. It would've been fun, but having friends around will make it worthwhile to surf.

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After the lackluster sunset that i waited for, i ate again, and their bihon is to die for. It had the right saltiness, and had a lot of sahog. Imagine it with meatballs. The ate there told me it was good for two, but it was good for four! I didn't finish my food and just asked ate to heat it for me later. Oh, i decided not to bring the food to my room coz there was no table. When i went back to my room, i slept a little.

And yeah, you might be wondering. There are a lot of shirtless guys. But i tried my best to look away and focused on my book.

After my catnap, i went back to the dining area for my reheated pansit. Took a glass of Absolut and ordered a pack of cigs. On Friday, i will go to the cemetery of Negativity and say goodbye to my previous vices. No, i am not smoking to get back on my addiction. This is merely a goodbye thing.

After dinner, i called Rye to tell him about Luke, and told him to come back with me. Luke's a nice guy. Really. I watched him ride the waves from afar and he was good!

And oh, i have a "Sea playlist" now. Of course there's Pure Shores.

So now, as i'm writing this, i'm in bed in my fan room. Should get AC next time. Getting ready to sleep since there's no nightlife here. I think. Just calming sounds of breaking waves at the shore. I'm def coming back.

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A real travel post: Day 2 of the 1st adventure

Gapo, day 2

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Day 2 was a little laid back. After the clothes were folded and us Skyping with my teenage sister, my ate and i went to the house in Gordon Heights to eat lunch with the family. We had chicken adobo! And no, when i crossed the street, i ignored all snails.

We left around 2pm, and roamed around Harbor Point. we had a hard time choosing where to eat so we walked more and got some massages at Timezone. when we were super hungry, we decided to eat at Max's while it was my other cousin's break at work. We went around again after eating. Yeah. It was difficult to go around a mall where there weren't so much to see yet.

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However, i saw some prospective bags from TNF. Expensive though. After that, we went to Japan Home Center where i went crazy and bought a bumper for my phone and cheap cologne that does not last that long and new earphones without a mic. What do you know, minutes later, i found a similar set, with a mic. I bought that second one too. I was craving for milk tea but i knew my tummy would react if i drank one, so we just walked some more. Disappointed with the Sesame Street lip balm that i got the day before from Watson's, i bought another lip balm from Maybelline, while my ate tried on some make up.

Finally feeling really tired, we went Starbs to settle a bit. While i was ordering, the barista thought i was from somewhere else. Lololol.

After charging at Starbs, my ate treated me to Wimpy's. Finally, something not available in Manila!!! It was like an old Jollibee with that diner feel. The mene was really similar to Jollibee's except they had grilled porkchops that were divine! The matching potato salad was lackluster. Imagine all the carbs i ate that day.

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The three of us went back to the Kalayaan house and agreed to sleep in one room because of my nightmare the previous day. Well, we didn't sleep enough.

Sleep deprived and hungry, we all went to Victory Liner and they set me off. I almost cried when the bus left. I really had a great time. This must be God's way of making me realize how important spending time with family is.

Days 1 and 2 were really about Thanksgiving for my ate who was always there when i was hospitalized twice. I never get to spend time with her family here, and that's why i included Gapo in my itinerary. With the good times and all the food we ate, i think i achieved what i wanted to experience on those days.

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The case of the nightmare

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This is going to be quick. There's one thing that i left out in yesterday's blog. I just did not want to worry anyone. Last night while chatting with Derrick, i was already falling asleep. We just had a big meal, we've walked around but i was really full. So a few minutes after i slept, i had a nightmare. It was not a dream-nightmare. I was just there, lying still, looking at the wall. When i saw the wooden cross on the wall, i started saying the Lord's prayer. Towards the end, i was able to move my feet and breathe normally. I was scared. I didn't know what would have happened next. I am so thankful i still woke up... Just sharing. I am full again. So i'll sleep later than planned, although my trip tomorrow going to La Union should be at 6am. Anyway, have a good night everyone. Feel blessed by God with every waking moment.

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A real travel post: Day 1 of the 1st adventure

Gapo, Day 1

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A real travel post: Day 1 of the 1st adventure

For some reason, i woke up earlier than my alarm clock yesterday. It must have been plain excitement, and my body wanting to get away. With my bags packed, i went to Victory Liner at 5:30. 

When i got there, i was dismayed to see that there was a 5am schedule, but happy coz i would be able to eat. I was looking for the lumpia my ate was telling me about, but i knew later she was referring to Double Happiness. So i settled for malingsilog which cost me only 52 pesos. It was decent. No complaints. 

The bus fare was 212 pesos. I thought it was higher. I settled in on seat number 8. My seatmate got on earlier so he had the window view. And he had his earphones on, so there was no chance of chatting with a fellow traveler. The bus left at exactly 6am. 

Along the way, i was creating my travel playlist, and there are two that i feel everyone should have when they're travelling: Juice's Best Days and J.Lo's Feelin so good. I so wanted to burst into song but everyone else was sleeping. And while they did, i just enjoyed the view of passing by different cities.

When the bus passed by Robinson's Starmills, i knew we weren't going to SCTEX. It would've been faster, but less fun. At one point, i heard the dad seated across me asking for directions from the conductor. Whew! I wasn't the only worrywart there. I saw the Pampanga S&R, finally! The bus was filled with people right by Dinalupihan, where Mr. Big is from. Couldn't imagine the area being flooded by the recent habagat... 

One of the things i wrote down on my notebook was seeing the domino houses the trio adventurers passed by in our Iba trips. So the name of the village is Lincoln Heights. And it's scarier in close view! The houses really are too close for comfort to each other. I hope the houses are strong. 

Further, into Bataan, my Ate Angie called me and said that if i'm in the zigzagging road, i should be close. That road, ugh. 

So i arrived at Olongapo. When the bus stopped and a lot of peeps got off, i thought it was already the terminal, so i got off. Inggitera. Lol. I had to find the terminal so my ate an pick me up. 

I had lived in Olongapo one summer vacation. It was in my ate's house and the kids were still well, kids. Now her three children are all grown up. And we have new toddlers in the house. The house was still the same as i remembered. I took time to bond with the younger kids. And oh, when we went out to buy Coke, i saw a huge snail and had to take a picture of it on the road. There, a jeepneh was passing by. I almost got hit lol. My tita and my cousin's in-law (who we call mommy too) cooked fish fillet and sinigang! Wow! What a welcome! After lunch, we went straight to the house my cousin looks after.

Well, it is a nice house! Two floors, three rooms and a spacious living room (where they are sleeping in right now, i'm at the second floor alone). The furniture and appliances are really nice. 

After watching a movie and eating almonds cashew and chocolate, i had to rest for a bit. We would be going to the Ayala Mall inside the base.

Hmm. Harbor Point reminded me of an unfinished Trinoma. It was bigger than the SM in the city proper. Not all stalls were done yet. The restos were good, Clawdaddy's, SumoSam, Army Navy, Yellow Cab, Starbucks, CBTL, etc. we waited for one of my nieces and my tita and we all ate at Kusina ni Gerry's. 

While Gerry's is known for being an inuman place, Kusina ni Gerry's is more into food, with prices really affordable and the servings good even for students. I got kare kare paired with pansit bihon and extra sizzling sisig. They all ate something else. The food was good.

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We went around and looked for stuff we needed. My nephew, whom i asked what he needed in Watson's, sai he didn't like Toblerone because it was expensive. I was amused, because he only agreed to let me buy him Toblerone if i got the smaller and cheaper one. At Puregold, i bought milk for breakfast, and my ate bought bigas. 

After what seemed like a long day out, i think we were all full. I was tired. So we went back to the resthouse. I wanted to talk more but my body was too tired. I disn't have time for Bible reading, but i just silently thanked Him for allowing me to have the time with my relatives here, and showing me a good time. Oh, i brought my travel buddy Elmo. And we took pictures. 

Later today, i don't know what we'll be doing, but i know there will be more food! 

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the day before the big travel

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this morning, i woke up really early and ended up eating breakfast with my cousins. i tried the bentelog again, this time the eggs were not that salty, so it was all good.

after the busog lusog meals, i went straight to church. i did not know it was a series break. a series break is a service that does not fall under a church-wide theme. we had Pastor Raymond running the show today, talking about faith. it was really apt for what i've been struggling with for the past few days. i need to have stronger faith. there was also a Hillsong song that i heard at church. i need to download that, if only i knew the title.

and yeah, after service, we didn't eat at peanut butter company. we ate at Mom and Tina's, where they have delectable cupcakes. i ordered the chicken baked macaroni. it was yummy, but the serving was too small. banapple would have had the same price and taste with a bigger serving.

the small group was, erm, a bit small today, although we had new girls joining us. Jobo asked us what our vision was, and i told them about my blog and my work. i really want to inject some Scripture stuff in my training sessions and i'm hoping it would be okay at work.

Jobo's first question actually made me think really hard. it was about opposition that i experienced from people and what happened to make things turn out well. i remembered the time when all the companies i applied a job for turned me down. it was until i swallowed my pride and applied as an agent at NCO that i redeemed myself. 4 years later, here i am, a manager. who would've known?

after the small group, i hung out with Lori and Ella (?) for a bit at KFC. and then i met Michael.

Michael's a twitter friend. we became good friends when he DMd me and told me he was also in the training field and loved food. we decided to meet today since he needed to attend church too. i brought him to Chocolate Kiss and i treated him to Pure Chocolate and Dayap cake. then we went to SC so he can buy fruit shake. it was such a shame that when we had to get back to Bahay ng Alumni, it rained and we were stuck on the street where Lutong Bahay and Lutong Kapitbahay were. at least we were able to talk. when the rain turned into just a drizzle, we walked towards Bahay, but it's a good thing a cab passed by, we went to SM North. we ate for a few minutes at The Sandwich Guy. i got HBLT, which was still my most favorite sandwich, sans the extra mayo. :) we never really finalized where to go in November.

so i went home. and now i am checking all things i need before i leave tomorrow morning.

on Sep 24-25 i will be staying at my Ate Angie's house in Olongapo. then on Sep 26, i'll be in La Union to watch surfers. Sep 27-29, i'll be in Baguio. i need to double check all my hotel reservations and clothes.

in La Union i'll be staying at San Juan Surf Resort. in Baguio, i'll be at Hotel Veniz. i am so excited!

on a sad note, please take time to pray for Derrick and his family. his uncle passed away this morning.

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hello, life test, 1, 2, 3

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According to the Purpose Driven Life, our life is a test. And it is one major test. It's funny because just when i decided to change, the little tests start coming in.

So far, i haven't been tested with smoking or drinking. i guess i have a strong hold on my vices. next week, i will have a goodbye ceremony of sorts. no, i will not be throwing away my lighters in the ocean, that's littering. maybe something like what the trio adventurers did in Olongapo months ago. i'll say goodbye to smoking and drinking.

the one thing that i feel is a daily test will be my preference. i can't even use the right words for it now. ever since i started tweeting and posting about my recent experiences, guys have been suddenly sending me messages. they're asking me how i am, and all that jazz, but the crazy coincidence is that they popped up just when i decided to slowly turn my back on that lifestyle.

today, i met with someone. i dated him more than twice. that's big. no, not Mr. Big. just big. i never dated anyone twice unless i liked him. and i liked this person. when we were together today, i remembered why i liked him. just a little bit of pop culture, and more "makes sense" conversations. it's his nature to be smart. and i like smart guys. and smart conversations. when he dropped me off our office, i thought about kissing him before he left. but i held back. i realized that urges will always be there. it only depends if i act on those urges.

so i didn't kiss him. you know how much of a struggle that is for me? he was my last kiss. that was months ago when we met before going to an ex-friend's party. and he is still my last kiss.

i honestly don't have any idea how long these tests will continue to haunt me, but i must be ready. every day the devil whispers to my ear and tells me to just sleep instead of spending quiet time. when i sleep, my subconscious reminds me of what i am missing out on: smoking, drinking, sex, etc. but i have given up on those.

it is my nature to be competitive. so i will compete. i've been victorious in living a sinful life. i should be doubly working hard on living the right life. in the end, when i leave this world, it won't matter how many parties i went to, or how many boys banged me, or how many bottles or Skyy vodka i drank. what's important is how i followed His will and purpose for me. every day is a test. and i should ace it every day.

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the case of the bank passbook

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i've been working since 2004, two years shy of a decade. and i haven't saved anything yet.

sure, i have some gadgets. but these things depreciate in value, and can be of little help if i needed emergency money. so i decided to open a bank account.

it took me this long because i was too lazy to get valid IDs. i didn't realize IDs were important in most bank transactions. aside from my company ID, i had nothing else. it was a good thing our postman said we could apply for a postal ID thru him, with a little extra cost only, so we didn't have to go to the post office. knowing me, that was okay.

i got my ID this morning. and that prompted me to go to BDO and open a savings account (with passbook and ATM).

all i needed were a 1x1 picture and two valid IDs. i didn't need anything else. even though i went to National Bookstore to have my IDs photocopied, BDO had their own machine, bless them (unlike Comelec). i just filled out a form, and in a few minutes, i had my own passbook, with my initial deposit. i felt like a proud momma. i'll get my ATM next week (but i'll be in La Union by that time teehee).

this decision is in line with my challenge to raise savings that would reach 6 digits. i don't know how i'm going to use that money, but i just want to keep it. i feel like a responsible adult!

anyway, after that, i met Derrick at Green Coffee. he gave me goodies from his Cebu-Bangkok trip! i'm trying to imagine my bag. half-clothes. half-food. hahaha. thanks Derrick!

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