A Travellerspoint blog

a trip to Katipunan, Fairview and Fort Bonifacio


yesterday, fresh from the natural high of Bry's wedding and winning 400 pesos from our short slot machine stint, i went to church.

Derrick and i went back to Regis. i was glad to attend service here again. although GT was nice, i still feel an affinity with Regis. the sermon was still about Nehemiah, as part of the "Ako, Ikaw, Tayo" series. it was all about rebuilding Jerusalem with everyone taking part in it. towards the end of the service, what i've been waiting for came. someone spoke about making a big decision 7 years ago to be a part of the ministry and i guess he had the task that day to seek for others who would follow suit. i have been thinking about it for days too, wanting to start my transformation. so when the speaker asked for folks to raise their hands, i raised mine. someone approached me right after the service, just like Derrick weeks ago. i have given my contact details, i just don't know which group i'm joining. am i excited? yes. i am still worried about a lot of stuff, but i hope everything turns out well.

after the service Derrick and i had late breakfast at KFC. he had to go to his small group so we separated ways after. i dropped by Fully Booked but didn't see anything i liked so i moved to CBTL. good thing i didn't go home right away because i had time to read the PDL chapters i haven't finished. yeah, i've been behind. would you believe i'm on Day 24??? in a few days i'll finish the book, right on time for my solo journey. while reading, i was tweeting. Noy was not doing anything, so he asked if i wanted to tag along looking for that ukay ukay that Yogs mentioned when we were at Bry's wedding.

around 2:30, Noy came. so glad he arrived early because i didn't want to be the guy with no more drinks still hanging around CBTL. i don't like that. all we knew was that the place was before McDo near FEU in Fairview but we got it wrong. yeah, McDo is everywhere. after walking around Regalado, Yogs called us to say it was in a different place. i kinda remembered Yogs mentioning FCM but i wasn't that sure. hmm. the whole experience was fun, albeit so hot. when we found the place, we knew it was the right one because we saw a group of gay guys getting in. score! we should've gone the day before, because ate said that there were already a lot of stuff bought by parokyanos. the place looked like any regular ukay ukay, it is called wagwagan by the way. there were rows of clothes hanging on aisles and big electric fans to lessen the heat inside. good Lord, there were Zara polos and lots of really good items. i felt like buying but i already had enough jackets and bags that i just let Noy do all the shopping. cheapskates will really enjoy the place. there were also shoes in very good condition that were priced below 1000 bucks. oh jeez, thank God for my willpower.

after that, we went straight to S&R so Noy can apply for membership. the place was packed! we forgot that it was a sweldo weekend. i tagged along because i missed the chicken and pizza. after Noy got his membership card, we went around to check the merchandise. then ate. Noy got a big ass slice of pizza and a really big slice of chicken for less than 200 bucks. i got a pepperoni pizza lang because i was buying a whole chicken for the house. anyway, while waiting for Noy's card, we saw other PMS alumni, Tads and Grace with their kids. oh em. that was nice! after eating (Noy didn't finish his food lol), we got the stuff we needed and went home.

when i arrived home, they had eaten dinner, but i knew they would not resist the S&R chicken. oh my, i've been talking about S&R to them for a while now. i'm glad they liked it.

so much for recaps. i'm off to the bank now to deposit money for my hotel reservations. see you later!

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The day my friend got married



Yesterday was a happy day. It was the day Bry finally tied the knot. Bry and Jason had been together for a few years and decided last year to get married. In one of my recent posts, i met Bry and Jason along with Derrick after church service, which made me all the more excited for their wedding. There were PMS peeps who were invited that i rarely go out with nowadays so the excitement just went up a notch. A few days ago Bry asked me to say something, some sort of speech, and i still did not know what i had to say at the last minute. But we'll talk about that later.

I had work the previous night, so i had to go home right away after my shift. I might have slept around 6am but i was awakened a couple of times. When i finally got up at around 12 noon, i saw that my tita had ironed my new pink polo. It looked amazing to be exag. Lol. Seeing that it was hot, i decided to wear something else and just change at the venue.

It was scorching outside. It took me almost 300 bucks worth of cabfare to reach the place, which had great airconditioning, thank God. I finally wore my pink polo. The rest of the PMS peeps arrived later, with Noy coming in after Bry had already marched in. It was nice to see Sheils, Chris, Yogs, Andie and Noy again. Felt like the old times.

The ceremony was short. It was a Christian wedding, different from what i was used to. I didn't take that much pictures because Sheils brought a camera. And i was bad at taking pictures. It was the first time for me to see Bry's mom, dad and younger sister. So weird after knowing Bry for ten years.

After the ceremony, it was time for the speeches. Well, i tried to think of embarrassing moments, but chose not to do so. Instead, i just said how happy i was that Bry found somebody who was a perfect fit for her. In the end i came up with a last minute quip. "Contrary to what pop culture dictates that it is okay to find love in hopeless ways and places, Bry and Jason found love in God's grace." Kabouge!!! Hahaha.

Wheb i got back to our table, we started chit chatting about our lives. It was good to know that some of them still are funny. What i love about seeing old friends is remembering the old times. Like the first PMS gay couple na nagpa-siopao. PMS had a tradition that every new couple should treat the org to siopao. And yes the gay ones did too. Lol.

At times, they left te table to smoke. I was tempted to go with them, but i didn't. Even when we had to go after the party was over, they smoked before we left and i was the only one without a stick on hand. Good job to me.

Instead of going home right away though, an unidentified PMS friend and i decided to go to Resorts World and gamble. Well, i as lucky enough to win 2000 pesos. I tried other slot machines and lost, so i went home with only 400 left from my winnings. Not bad right? Now it can go to my bucket list. I don't think i'll do it again. I was wondering how much those people were spending just to stay there. Well, it was cold and comfy. There were free snacks and you can smoke and drink. Nah. Not my thing.

After leaving the casino area, we had some milk tea. Good Lord. I can't believe i'm actually liking milk tea. But wintermelon got me. Anyway. We went home after that. My friend dropped me off by Shang and when i got home, i received a call from my cheese friends. They asked me to go to Makati to drink, but i was too exhausted. Next time.

All in all, the day was fun. First time to give a speech at a friend's wedding. First time to win in a casino. Might be the last time too. First time to say no to a drinking spree. Wow. What a day!

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the case of the passport forgotten


i remember my lolo and lola asking me to sign several pictures when i was younger. i didn't have a "signature" signature back then but it is close to what i use now. i didn't quite understand why i had to go through all those stuff. i also remember my Nanay Lily bringing me to DFA, and passing by the Luneta Park with Nanay telling me it was some place that was important. the actual stay at DFA is still a blur for me. i remember long lines, but not how the place looked like. anywhere my Nanay or Tatay brought me was just a normal trip for me.

so i got my passport after all that, but i never left the country. there was a tug-of-war, no, pin pointing between my mom or dad on who should get me, but in the end no one did. all that talk almost stopped when i turned 18, but from time to time people will ask me "your parents are both not here, but you still haven't gone to the US?"

well, that's partly my fault. i never really wanted to leave anyway. back in the days when my Tatay and Nanay were still alive, i would have been really sad if i ended up leaving them. also, i figured, my mom and dad had their own families so i just let them be.

around three or four years ago, the folks at home were cleaning up the second floor common area and i found two suitcases that belonged to my mom. in one of the suitcases, that's where i saw my passport. i looked at my picture and cringed. argh. i had a very nice face before. now it's all scratches.

so anyway, lately, i have been asked by friends and family to get a passport. just this morning, a cousin was calling me like 200,000 times, to tell me about a plan to go somewhere. weeks ago, a friend also told me to get one. so i'm about to give in. it's going to suck now because i don't have my lolo or lola to take care of stuff for me. and i'm not a fan of documents, really. government documents? no, not my thing.

so soon after my Baguio/detox trip, i will start working on getting my passport. at the back of my mind, i still yearn to go to Spain and backpack across Europe on a solo journey so yes, this might be the perfect time to take care of my passport. the one document where i can't smile with my signature angle.

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the case of the perfect prototype


a few days ago, i was vibering with Derrick and we somehow touched the topic of the guys we had relationships with in the past. it made me think again of my boys, and how different they are from each other. what's funny is, i have a usual type: chinky eyes, fair, tall, a bit manly, hairy (face and chest); like what Romeo noticed when i checked out another guy at the office. but i only had one boyfriend who had all those physical qualities, TJ. even Mr. Big isn't a perfect match.

it made me realize that physical attraction may be the first thing that happens, but it's not the end-all and be-all. i admit that cuteness is a factor when i date guys, but if the conversation goes downhill, so does the chance of going on a second date. maybe having a trophy boyfriend isn't important anymore. earlier when i was with the trio, Bratty asked, what if in the middle of your Baguio journey you meet a boy? i answered, well, if it's the right time and he's a Christian, why not? it sounded funny, coming from me. but i guess it's true.

putting the looks aside, now it matters that he and i have the same faith. although we may be violating a lot of rules, i want to be in a God-centered relationship. i have thought of celibacy and man, it's hard. difficult. tough. but at this point, i am still more attracted to men. again, whatever the future holds, i'm okay with it. but right now, i still feel the same about men.

i guess it would be a plus factor if i went out with someone who more or less has the same interest as i do. although it is true that sometimes, opposites attract, i would beg to disagree. i would enjoy talking to somebody about the things that they do that i don't, but not when i'm in a relationship with that person.

there's no perfect man at the moment for me, but it surely won't hurt (yeah, sometimes it does) to search for him. unlike Charlotte in earlier seasons of SATC, i guess still have enough patience to wait. i'm still young. maybe i can complain when i'm 36. admittedly, there are also things that i need to improve on. i don't think that i'm the perfect prototype for anybody. but anyway, i can never tell. and in the hypnotic delivery of Enya, only time.

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the trio adventures: catching up


in true trio adventurers fashion, we are a riot everytime we are complete. today, i went to work early because i woke up early. good thing Bratty and Madam were still here. i didn't see them right away because they had lunch at the pantry. when they came back though, we were at it again.

on Saturday, i will be attending Bry's wedding, and the L&D folks planned a drinking session on the same day. if i still have time after the wedding, i might drop by since Kalayaan is in QC anyway, and it's easy to go home after. no. i won't be drinking nor smoking. i have stopped doing both.

so the three of us talked. or shouted at each other. LOL. i showed Madam the blog of Journeying James, just in case they would want to travel again. before i left work yesterday, i had left a note on Madam's PC that i wanted to go to Cebu, but on a budget. i know now that i can enjoy most adventures even when on a tight budget so i want to try that. after my September trip, before of after Christmas, my target is to visit Visayas. hopefully, the three of us are free then.

Bratty's baby won't be baptized until November. Madam is sorta kinda busy with her new boyps. and that was the topic of our convo.

Bratty said that he has always been married, i have always been single, and Madam is the only one who changed her status recently, thus spending more time with the boyps. Madam is arguing, "but you had a baby???" to which Bratty replied, "bakit nag-aya ka ba?" (did you ever ask us out?). Madam said the same thing she said to me "di naman kayo ma-o-OP e!" (you'll never feel out of place!) then Bratty acted out how Madam and Teddy are when together. oh, hanging out together is so fun. i just thought of a very cool couple name: Meddy. hahahaha! oh well, Teddy's hot, i must agree. but Madam, sissies before p****es! hahaha!

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a real travel post: transpo and budget

thinking about not spending too much


so far, i have gone to La Union on my own by taking a bus, but that was one way. so easy. this trip will bring me to three different places. please correct me if i'm wrong with what i researched. going to the secret province from Manila is easy because i've been there a couple of times. i am unsure how to travel from the secret province to La Union. although i'm sure there is a Victory Liner there, i'm not sure if the route will take me to the La Union resort that i chose. From La Union, it will be easier to go to Baguio. i saw that there are many buses that would go straight to Baguio. computing what i assumed to be the fares for all my bus rides, i have roughly 1500 bucks for transpo. fair enough.

now, i am not sure how long i'll stay at the secret province. i might not see anything that memorable anyway. i know some people there, but everything's commercial there. i'm still deciding on whether i'd spend two nights in the secret province or two nights in La Union. bah. anyway, for sure, i'll be in Baguio for two days. not yet sure what i'd do on the first day, but Friday is set for the yoga thing. i haven't been contacted or anything, but i'll go there LOL. for lodging, i may be spending 5000 bucks just for rent. i"m wishing for some type of discounts. wish ko lang. i guess that is okay until i know more and more about Baguio. it's one of my favorite cities, and i haven't gone there alone so i think this is the perfect time. my target next year is Cebu or Iloilo, but i don't want to be too lavish. i'm looking for more experience. i feel that getting away from the metro is a good way to relax myself.

if the hotels do not respond by tonight through email, i'll be calling them up tomorrow. then i'll focus on brian's wedding. :)

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playlist update: jars of clay


lately, i've been looking for Christian bands and Jars of Clay was the first one that i could think of. they were big during the 90's, when i didn't know they were a Christian band. anyway, here are their two songs on my current playlist:

"Unforgetful You"

I never minded calling You a King
If that meant that I could count on You
To give me everything
I never thought to ask You
I always thought You knew
It was never my intention to question You
You never minded calling me a child
Well, I guess that's how I acted all the while
But You live through every tantrum, You see through every lie
Though they seem to be more common
I just wanted You to know why oh why

Unforgetful You, unforgetful
Unforgetful You, so unforgetful

You never minded giving us the stars
Then showing us how blind and unaware of You we are
You painted me a picture and showed me how to see
Though I just won't behold it
Unless it pertains to me...

"Five Candles (You Were There)"

A promise or a dare
I would jump if I knew you'd catch me
Staring over the edge
I can't tell if you'll be here for me

I close my eyes and make a wish
Turn out the lights and take a breath
Pray that when the wick is burned
You would say that it's all about love


You were there when I needed you
You were there when the skies broke wide, wide open
You were there when I needed you
You were there when the skies broke wide, wide open

You were never here

I remember you said
Love was more than your good intentions
Empty boxes on the floor
Things I never asked you for
I pray that when the wick is burned
You would say that it's all about love


I can't see the promise of
Excuses you fall upon
I pray to God not holding on
To things you've left undone

[Chorus x 2]

You were there when I
You were there when I
You were there when I needed you

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playlist update: joss stone


i added this back to my playlist. sigh.

"Tell Me What We're Gonna Do Now"
(feat. Common)

Yes, we have arrived
Joss Stone
Uh huh
It's for the world world world world

You don't have to make your mind up
I just wanna take my time with you
If that's alright, it's alright
Oh forgive me if I get too shy but
maybe you're the reason why, love
I'm feelin' butterflies

Somethin' bout the look in your eyes
Oooh it just makes me feel so right

When my mind's void
You're my joy
You're the dream when I sleep
And hey I'm for ya yeah I adore ya
you're everything
That I need
And I love how you love me
If I'm made for you
you're made for me
It's too good to be
So tell me what we're gonna do now
Yeah tell me what we're gonna do now
yeah yeah

Funny how my world keeps spinnin'
sometimes you can be so silly
You know just how to make me laugh
Ooh, your skin is so lovely
It moves me when you touch me
I know that you got my back
It feels so safe when you hold me
It's already like you know me

When my mind's void
You're my joy
You're the dream when I sleep
And hey I'm for ya yeah I adore ya
you're everything that I need
I love how you love me
If I'm made for you
you're made for me
It's too good to be true
So tell me what we're gonna do now

Oh right now
See baby I love how you make me smile
Don't leave please stay awhile
Let's make this happen
I don't care how

Right now lets stay in the present
Can't worry bout tomorrow cause today is a blessin
The world in a state of aggression
I find calm in you
I see my mom in you
It's like a feelin' in ya stomach
when you want it so bad
If we keep keeping it fresh
it ain't gonna go bad
I've been through the valley of love
Rode through the shores of Cali
just to find peace of mind
Looking to the sky
asking for at least a sign
Beautiful you came at such a decent time
When we combine it's like good food and wine
Flavorful yet refined
You remind me of the divine
So easy
Love can be lost and then found, like Stevie
I just love having you around
you wearing the gown
I'm wearing the crown
pound for pound
we the freshest couple in town

When my mind's void
You're my joy
You're my dream
And hey I'm for ya yeah I adore ya
you're everything
And I love how you love me baby
I'm made for you oh
you're made for me

Ooh tell me what we're gonna do
Tell me what we're gonna do
Tell me what we're gonna do
Tell me what we're gonna do

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a real travel post: the planning stages


so my trip won't be until next month, but i'm sooooo excited that i keep on planning for it. after this, i will go on a sudden trip, something that i didn't plan. like going to the airport and hoping there's a vacant seat and then go to Iloilo or Cebu.

but for now, my Cautious self is getting the best of me. my week of travel's already set. the next things for me to do will be to confirm my hotel reservations and read more stuff about the places i'm going to.

for the past few days, i've been reading on posts of Journeying James and i've been taking note of some of his tips. i've also used one of my notebooks (same notebook i gave to Derrick, different cover, mine has black hearts, his has a tree) as my official travel notebook. it's small, handy, but still looks nice, not too fancy.

i've chatted with one person living in Baguio and he promised to show me around when we both have time. well, i hope he's not some crazy axe-wielding murderer. i'm also making a list of possible places i will go to. in Baguio, Cafe by the Ruins got my attention for the food. i'm really hoping there's some poetry thing happening by the time i'm there. i just don't want this trip to be some run of the mill Baguio experience. i wanna try new things, see new places.

following the trio adventures tradition, i hope to do some sort of erm, ritual? in our Iba adventure, we let go of the guys that haunted us by releasing sand into the sea. that worked. maybe when i go to LU, i can do that again.

so now, armed with my little travel notebook, i'll continue planning this trip. i deserve this. i need this.

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quickie post: my dream today


so i dreamt that i was with UP PMS peeps in a buffet. i kinda miss the whole crew. the guys/girls in my dream were Yogs, Sheils, Olive, Richie, Ivy '02, Esa and Ness. i guess i'm just excited to see some of them this Saturday, on Brian's wedding. and yeah, i have no speech yet.

after that scene, i saw Mrs. Guzman from HS. hmmm... i must be THAT excited to go to Baguio that i dreamt of my YMCA adviser in high school. that time, i was in the national assembly from sophomore to senior year. just one year away from a loyalty award. i could've already met Burn in those years, but we don't remember each other haha. :)

anyway, posting again later.

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