This month is the dreaded “Monday” of the year. With all the reunions and parties the previous month, everyone just want to stay in the fantasy month, that is December.
And just when I thought it was going to be a pretty bland start, two events on January 28 made it very special: the book signing of the The Morning Rush Top 10 at the Robinson’s Galleria and Photoworld Asia at the Glorietta Activity Center. I had my picture taken with Chico and Delle as they signed my book and my sister’s; after that, I headed to Glorietta to meet The Tutor as he will help me with getting me a baby: my first telephoto lens. 😛 I have the lens, free lessons, dinner, coffee and a whole night of chatting. Yes, just plain chatting.
Oh! And I conquered Intramuros on my own and I commuted too! I can’t wait to go back next year!
I promised myself I will take my driving lessons seriously and really drive. But it’s so difficult to share the roads with discipline-challenged bus / jeepney / motorcycle drivers. And as with most promises, I broke it.
Just like I broke my promise of keeping my cool amidst people trying my patience with their obscure reasoning and the trash they feed to people who don’t know the whole story, making you the villain in their version of what really happened. I was visibly fuming that someone actually offered me a cookie. Hahaha 😀
If there ever is one promise I kept, it was to take my camera, wherever I go, no matter how heavy he may be. It’s been a year since I got him as a post-Valentine’s gift to myself and he’s brought so much joy. This time, we went to the 17th Hot Air Balloon Fiesta held at the Clark Air Field on February 11 and I’m glad to be around people who have good know-how on photography and they generously share tips and tricks to an amateur like me. But if you really want to learn, read. And you can start with the manual that came with your camera. Don’t expect others to know your camera just because they have a camera too.
And for the first time, I finally have a shot of the moon.
Going back to Ilocos after almost a decade is the highlight of this month. It was an Amazing Race-like experience since we cramped up Laoag-Pagudpud-Vigan in three days.
It is doable but I think an extra day or two will make the northern trip more laid-back. But we covered a lot of ground and it sure made the almost 10-hour journey well worth it.
My sister and her family came home for a short visit! That translated to lovely chaos and insanity at home with four kids running around that I actually had a heart-to-heart talk with my egg cells.
It is also on this month that I discovered another blog while doing a post on the controversial Nat Geo run. So, What’s News is a one-man team crunching out satire posts that those who just stumble on it don’t realize it’s satire, and that is where the fun begins: in the comments section. 😉 Thank you, SWN for driving much-needed traffic to my site.
It was a month of all things super:
- The supermoon appeared last May 6.
- The Claudine-Raymart-Tulfo super brawl at the NAIA. I didn’t realize Claudine will pass for an action star. Galing!
- Super rich Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg marries Priscilla Chan. Another feather on the hat for China.
- Chief Justice Renato Corona gets impeached in a trial that rivaled the highest rating soaps on tv. Senator Miriam Santiago saying “Wah!” and “…eh mga gago naman”, Niel Tupas taking the verbal punches from Sen. Santiago and Atty. Vitaliano Aguirre got caught covering his ears while the fiery senator was speaking because Sen. Jinggoy Estrada made sumbong. 😀
Bayo launched its controversial “What’s Your Mix?” campaign that deluged them with criticisms from netizens that they actually took down the whole campaign. So kudos to Bayo for apologizing and kutos to Sen. Tito Sotto for his continued arrogance. Awww shucks! This Sotto entry should be in August.
And on this month, I bought a CD again after nearly half a decade in support of my officemate who happens to be the bassist of Encounters With A Yeti. They are OPM but sounds nowhere near it and the perfect travel companions to drive the bad vibes away of rush hour traffic.
I don’t get sad if someone passes away who I don’t really know but when Mang Dolphy passed away, I did. It’s weird. Maybe because I grew up watching his good movies and tv shows. Or maybe his death came at a time when my father is getting sickly.
Father got confined in the hospital for almost two weeks and it was during this time that I made two friendship bins: The Keepers and The Trash. You know where you go. 😉
Twisted as it was, we were thankful that my father was still confined at the hospital and my mom was with him when the torrential rains poured over the metro. As if on cue, McDonald’s announces the return of Twister Fries. Trust SWN to know this top secret info. 😀
It is on this fateful month that we witnessed the sheer brilliance of Sen. Tito Sotto in his turno en contra. But wait! There’s more! He plagiarized! And even as he was found out, with bloggers suing him and Kerry Kennedy demanding an acknowledgment that he indeed plagiarized her father’s speech, he has remained undaunted, adamant and shamelessly arrogant. Sir, please find better use of that mouth. Shut. It. Up.
This is Day 1 of us getting used to the idea that my father has stage 4 lung cancer. We were surprised at how lightly he took the news then; lately, it seems as though he lost his zest. I just miss seeing him walk around the house; throw jokes and sarcastic remarks; do the things we used to do as a family. I guess it’s hard to get used to the idea that parents do grow old and get sick. They’re not invincible as we like to think.
That sadness was compensated by the joy of seeing my best friend after almost a decade. It was so surreal that we got lost in our conversation over margarita of anything and everything; and she ended that with a promise of sending us single girls a special gift. And we are so stoked at what it’s gonna be! 😉
October 3 was supposed to be the implementation of Republic Act No. 10175, known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 otherwise known as the Cybercrime Law. Netizens changed their profile pictures to black as sign of protest especially with the ninja-like insertion of online libel provision courtesy of none other than the very astute Sen. Tito Sotto. Again. This guy is on a roll! Can you please just roll yourself into the pits of Gehenna? Here’s to hoping it doesn’t spew you back.
And I get to do what I love as a post-birthday gift. Travel. I’m back in Saigon for a second time and Da Lat for the first time. The 8-hour journey was definitely worth it as the cold temperature was a welcome relief from the Saigon heat.
This month was looking pretty grim since there are no plans of going anywhere until a tweet sparked someone’s interest and asked if I can give him some details on the Starbucks planner. I gladly did and who would have thought that a satire post will catapult me to my so-called “cyberfame”.
When I shared the link on Facebook, even my friends got concerned of my “sickness” because of drowning myself in 17 cups of coffee just to get the planner. The things said about “me” on Twitter and on the comments section was just plain hilarious. I now have “atay na bakal”. hahaha 😀
The trek to Ambon Ambon Falls
On Nov. 17, we went to Amansinaya Mountain Resort in Laurel, Batangas. And then days later, I notice an insect bite on the back of my right thigh that just won’t go away. I went to the doctor to have it checked but mom wants to be sure; she asked our neighbor to “tawas” me.
So as not to offend her sensibilities, I let her have her way. Lo and behold. I stepped on something daw. And as the tawas was done, I got a extra perk. Manang read my palm and told me what the future holds for me. I just smiled the whole time. 😀
RH Bill gets passed! Even as esteemed and friggin’ brilliant Sen. Sotto proposed more than 30 amendments to the bill. Even as bishops claimed that calamities hitting the country were because of the RH Bill. Even as Bishop Ramon Arguelles compared President Aquino to Connecticut shooter, Adam Lanza. Women now have a choice. As Jennifer Aniston’s Friends character, Rachel Green said, “No uterus, no opinion.”
Christmas is always special. Though we tend to lose the spirit of Christmas as we grow older; as we get busy with our own priorities; as we just simply drift apart; it’s a comfort to know that we have our family and friends. Friendship that is bound by years of doing things together and those that are forged through thoughtfulness and just being there for you, in however way they can.