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Thoughts ni Tolits : Chapter 6

Random thoughts. Sixth installment. Hoping for a seventh.

Separation is necessary for growth. A bird eventually has to leave its nest in order for it to learn to fly.

Demotivation is the biggest threat to excellence.

Some people are like canned goods. They have expiry dates. These people will only be in your life for a specified period of time, then begin to fade until they’re gone.

It’s hard not to judge a book by its cover when that’s all that there is.

Beware of promises. Most are made to get you to do something for the person making the promise and once that’s done, so is that promise.

The point of you responding to someone online who you do not even know, to fight for some celebrity who does not even know you exist, is totally lost on me.

A sharp slap across the face is better than whispered conversations behind one’s back.

Life has it’s way of knocking you down a peg when you are flying too high.

There will always be that someone who will not like you. That’s okay.

When a tree grows up, it has to branch out to survive. However,  it also has to keep it’s roots firmly planted to the soil it grew up in, otherwise it will be uprooted when strong winds come.

When you screw up and blame everyone else, except yourself. Of course it’s not your fault. You’re perfect.

Amazing how people can easily lie, what’s even more amazing, is when they actually believe the lie they tell.

The biggest regrets will always be the risks we decided not to take.

Think of what you need to do to succeed instead of finding ways to undermine the success of others.

We work for money. Anyone who says otherwise is either filthy rich or lying.

 

 

 

Camping at Nagsasa

The Busy Boys are back for another summer adventure. This year, me and the boys decided to give beach camping a try. Schedule conflicts make these adventures tricky to plan, but we still make it a point that we get to do it at least once a year. This trip had a chill start with everyone getting picked up from their houses (almost everyone. Lol). The drive to Zambales was quite eventful, we teased, bullied and caught each other up with what we’ve been doing since we last got together. Once there, we dropped by the town’s public market to pick up the supplies we needed. This is an activity that I really enjoy whenever I go on out of town trips. I’m not yet sure why, I just do. Hehe.

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It was back on the road for us after that. Google Maps lead us to this resort (I did not really pay attention to the resort’s name so I can’t recall what it is now, plus they overcharged us, so no free advertisement, Sorry.) where we left our ride and rented a boat to take us to our destination. What followed was the longest boat ride ever. Apparently the cove we chose to go to was the furthest of all the coves of Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales. Our late arrival (past 11:00 am) at the resort did not help either since the waves were already high at the time and if the boat went too fast, we run the risk of capsizing.

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I was wondering why the guys manning the boat gave us big garbage bags and asked us to put our stuff inside. I got my answer five minutes in to the boat ride. We were riding against the waves and every so often sea water would splash inside the boat giving us a salty shower. I was lucky to be seated at the back, before the water reaches me it will hit my companions first. Lol. After an hour and a half, with some of us dripping wet and all of us tanned, we finally arrived at the shores of Nagsasa Cove.

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We were led to a nipa shed which will be our accommodation during our stay. The bangkeros helped us pitch the tents while we organized our stuff.  When everything was settled, I got the chance to look around, suddenly I forgot about the long boat ride or that my stomach was growling, (I exaggerate, I was very hungry. Haha.). It was all worth it. Nagsasa Cove was a far cry from the hotel type resorts we were used to. Mountains. sand, trees, nipa sheds and tents, the vibe was very chill and relaxing. The place was awesome.

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With everyone exerting effort in preparing our (very) late lunch from scratch, we were able to sate our hunger in less than an hour. Not bad for a group of boys huh?

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Our accommodations in Nagsasa

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One of us brought a portable stove

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Portable, waterproof, shockproof speaker.

Upon our arrival we were all quick to notice one thing,  there was no mobile reception in Nagsasa. This meant no phone calls, no text messages, no mobile data. This might sound scary to some, being cut off from the outside world, but it was a welcome change for me. Electricity supply was also limited. The place gave us the chance to go back to the basics that we often neglect back at home, talking and interacting in person. That’s what we did for the rest of the afternoon.

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Shot na!

When the heat of the sun became bearable, we took our session to the beach front.  The sea breeze keeping you cool, the sun as your light and the sand as your cushion, nothing beats sessions by  the beach.

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Bury a Buddy Part 2

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We pretty much stayed there till sunset, only breaking for a quick dinner then we went back for a night time chill out session by the beach around a modern bonfire.

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The darkness of Nagsasa was not frightening, it was peaceful. The only source of electricity was a generator. Anyone who wanted to have a light had to pay Php 100 for it. Aside from that, it was total darkness.

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Thanks to the LED lights of our mobile phones and disposable styrofoam cups, we were saved from the trouble of building a fire and enduring its smoke. The night was warm so fire would have just made it hotter. The modern bonfire was a stroke of brilliance.

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No firewood? No problem. Modern bonfire.

Eventually, the excitement wore off and tiredness due to all of our activities for that day caught up with us. We called it a night and retired to our tents.

I wish I could say it was the most peaceful night’s sleep I’ve had, that I slept like a log. It wasn’t and I did not. Sand may seem soft when we walk on it, but sand serving as a bed to sleep on was a different story. The tent was the only barrier we had from the sand and it was like lying on a lumpy rock. Haha. I woke up with a stiff neck, sweating (sun plus closed tent equals sauna. Lol.) but still in a good mood. It was a great experience since I have never slept in a tent before this. It was something I’m glad I was able to do but its not something I’d like to do on a daily basis. Hehe.

It was just around 5:00 am and my buddies were still sleeping so I decided to walk along the beach and maybe catch the sunrise, one of my favorite things to watch when I go to the beach. Armed with my camera I walked towards my destination.

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Gotcha!

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I lost track of time, it was already 7:00 am when I got back to our camp. The boys were up, and one of them showed me what was left of our food. A stray cat or dog beat us to it while we were sound asleep. Lol. We had no choice but to buy some “golden” (cost Php 10 each!) eggs  to cook for breakfast. To take our minds off food or the lack of it, I showed them the photos of the lagoon I discovered this morning, it was at the far end of the cove but we had time to spare.

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See you at the crossroads

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We had all the time we needed. Lol.

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Photographer duties

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My turn! Haha.

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The part that connects the lagoon to the sea was shallow but the current was strong enough to carry us. We had a great time laying there, floating and letting the current propel us from the sea to the lagoon. We did his several times. Lol.

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One of us had this awesome idea to stick the monopod in the sand, and set the timer to my mobile phone’s camera so that we could all be in the photo. From the LED light bonfire to the monopod turned tripod, we Busy Boys will never run out of brilliant ideas.

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Test shot.

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Dadbods. Haha.

As the well worn cliche goes, all good things must come to an end, same goes for this adventure. Me and the boys left Nagsasa Cove with awesome memories. We arrived back to the unnamed resort after a two hour (Yup, took us longer now, it was less wet though.) boat ride with me singing loudly halfway through the trip to distract myself from feeling nauseous, I did not want to end up feeding the marine life. Lol. All things taken in to consideration though, I’d say this adventure is one for the books, or in my case, the blogs. Hehe.

Thoughts ni Tolits : Chapter 5

Accumulated thoughts. Collection of rants. A comeback post.

There are those who will grow with you and be there for the rest of your life. Then, there are those who won’t.

At times, it’s the happiest of memories can cause the most pain.

I only explain to those who matter. If I stopped explaining to you, now know why.

Looking at a person’s past can give you an idea of how they might be in the future.

Mistake can be a good teacher, if you are smart to learn from it.

I choose to stay quiet not because I have nothing to say, I just don’t want to explain it after.

Learn to give room for new people but never neglect those who’ve always been with you.

No one likes a know-it-all. We already have Google for that.

You can not fix something when you do not know what’s wrong with it.

If you don’t start moving now, you might wake up one day and find out that everyone has moved forward and you’ve been left behind.

Never consider giving up, especially when you have not even tried yet.

Not everyone understands the thin line between being straight forward and being tactless.

The amount of time a person spends on you is the measure of your importance to them.

Count your friends and followers on social media. Now tell me how many of those are actually your true friends.

 

Foodie Fridays : Indonyaki

Few weeks back, I had the chance to visit Maginhawa Street in Quezon City. The street gained popularity due to its numerous food places. The whole extent of the street was a collection of coffee shops, restaurants, hole in the wall food spots and diners. Due to time and budget constraints we were not able to fully explore all of what Maginhawa Street had to offer. This gives me an excuse to plan another visit soon.

We were starving, and looking for somewhere to eat was our top priority. Good thing we were at a place that gives us plenty of choices. Two of my companions just came back from Indonesia, one because of a language scholarship and one for couch surfing. They we telling us of their encounters with Indonesian cuisine. Luckily, I did not have to travel all the way to Indonesia to get an idea of how their food there looks and tastes like.

Indonyaki is one of the hole in the wall food spots in Magihawa Street. The place serves Indonesian cuisine, the dining is al fresco style and it’s awesome! Since the two of them know what the words on the menu corresponds to, we let them order. (How am I supposed to know what Ayam Goreng is?! Lol.) Then we waited with hungry anticipation.

We had different ways to pass time while waiting for our food to be served.

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When our food arrived, I found out that Ayam Goreng was a big serving of fried chicken! Here is the rest of what they ordered for us to feast on.

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The food was awesome! Nasi Goreng is similar fried rice, it was the perfect base for our main dishes. Paired with the two dipping sauces, the lumpia and ayam goreng will make you forget your diet. Sambal, the red sauce was my favorite. It was like salsa but spicier and tastier.  Saus Kacang for me was a hybrid of gravy and peanut sauce. According to the two who have been to Indonesia these dishes we tried were a bit more flavorful than the authentic ones they have tried there. I stored this trivia in the subconscious part of my brain to use when I do get the chance to sample the authentic dishes myself. (One can dream right?! Lol.)

After a very satisfying late lunch, we then went to this interesting cafe, to pass time before we go to the next place in our itinerary. Will blog about my adventure on that cafe soon. For now, here are my unexpert ratings for Indonyaki.

FOOD = ☆☆☆☆☆

PLACE = ☆☆☆

PRICE = ☆☆☆☆☆

SERVICE = ☆☆☆

more adventures coming..

Thoughts ni Tolits : Chapter 4

Thoughts come from observations. Rant are my frustrations.

The best thing about being mysterious is no one will ever truly know you. The downside is no one will ever truly know you.

It’s easier to point out other people’s mistakes than to acknowledge yours.

I don’t understand why some people feel the need to put  other people down just to feel better about themselves.

Effort is something that goes unnoticed until it is not being exerted anymore

Focusing too much on wanting to be who everyone else wants you to be deprives you the chance to be who you want to be.

The ability of children to forgive and forget quickly and not hold grudges is enviable.

We tend to save our harshest criticisms to the ones we care for the most.

By thinking too much we are causing the problem to seem bigger than it really is.

When you can be silent with someone but not feel awkward about it.

Should you be happy when something you helped put together can now survive even with you or should yo be sad since now you are not needed anymore.

I’ll take hate over indifference. Hate still cares. Indifference makes you nonexistent.

It’s better to commit mistakes when young than to live with regrets when you get old.

 

 

 

The Arayat Adventure

Sitting on a huge, uneven rock halfway up Mount Arayat, while my eyes feasted on a spectacular view, the internal debate I’ve always had about the choice of where my ideal place to live will be was going through my mind again. Is it on a mountain top or is it by the beach. It’s like there were two separate teams inside my head, vying for the championship title.

Team Mountain has the view from the top, how things look different from a vantage point, how one can almost touch the clouds. The fresh mountain air. The sounds from trees and other living creatures. Team Beach on the other hand has lying on the sand, hearing the sound the waves make when they hit the shore, watching the sun rise then set, feeling the cool sea breeze. Both offer priceless sensory overload in their own distinct way.

I’ve been to several beaches and it was one of my goals this year to try and climb a mountain. Like an normal person today, I posted this goal on Facebook. That status quickly became a chat box, friends sharing their suggestions some even offering to come with me. (Thanks guys!) February 8, was the day I was finally able to turn this goal into an adventure.

I try to approach each new adventure with a positive mindset. There is always that possibility that things will not go as planned and I make sure that it will not ruin the adventure for me. That was how I managed to still be smiling and excited for the trip even after waiting for an hour and finding out that the driver of our rented jeep was not able to wake up early and we will be riding a tricycle all the way to our destination instead. Hey, at least we’re not walking and our new ride was less expensive.

The level of my excitement shot up even more once we reached the the base of the mountain. That was it, I really will be doing it! We started walking, along the way we passed by life size statutes depicting the stations of the cross. I think this part is called Bundok Banal, I could only imagine the crowd of people who visit this place during the Holy Week. We passed by a DENR outpost where we submitted a signed waiver, which by the way I just signed but did not read since it was prepared by the people I was with. That’s how much I trusted them. It could also be because I was just too lazy to read it.

Before, I had wanted to climb a mountain with the help of an elevator. I wanted to avoid the effort of the actual climb thinking I am not capable doing it. This adventure changed that. I found myself enjoying the effort of the climb. Kaya ko naman pala eh! You really will never know if you can do something, until you actually do it.  

There was so much to see, I was so absorbed with exploring and appreciating what I was seeing that there were moments that I forgot that I had companions. During our climb, I was half expecting to get even just a glimpse of monkeys or birds, but I did not see or even hear any. The only creatures I saw were two bugs in the process of procreating and ants industriously working their butts off. Kuya Jun, our guide said before there used to be a good number of labuyo (wild chickens) and monkeys in Arayat, but due to hunting they’ve either gone into hiding or are just plain gone.

The path we took up the mountain was marked with yellow paint, mostly painted on rocks. It was obvious that this was the path people took to reach the summit, which was our original plan. We would pause every so often to drink, eat, catch our breathes and take pictures. Until finally we reached the spot our guide called the White Rock. This is where we will be eating our lunch. It was also the spot  where we decided to reschedule our goal to reach the summit.

I found the rock I was sitting on after lunch. It afforded me a bird’s eye view of the land below. It felt really good to just sit there where everything seems so near yet so far. It was like you can touch it all at the same time. In some ways we do. Every trash that is thrown carelessly touches it in a negative way. On our way up I saw the amount of trash people leave behind and it saddened me. We are used to city living where someone will always be there to clean  after us. It’s different here, no one will be there to clean after us. It wouldn’t really hurt if we bring down with us the trash that we brought up.

It is often said that it’s hard to get to the top. This is true, both literally and figuratively. However on our way down, I realized that going down is twice as hard. We had to carefully watch each step we took since one wrong step can send us sliding down the rocky terrain. I enjoyed this process though, thinking of it as strategy game, planning each step before I make it, each one taking me closer to my goal. This can also be likened to the way we choose to work our way up in our lives. Always respect the people you pass by during your ascent and not treat them as mere stepping stones to reach your goal. Remember, they will most likely be the same persons you will meet on your descent.

Although we were not able to reach the summit, I still consider this a personal achievement. Not bad for a first try if you ask me. This trip definitely won Team Mountain major points. I am still undecided though and that’s awesome, I still have more adventures coming to help me decide whether it’s Team Beach or  Team Mountain.

Shout out to Kuliat Mountaineers, Kuya Jun and The Legendaries for making this adventure possible. Big thanks guys!

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more adventures coming..

 

 

 

 

 

Thoughts ni Tolits : Chapter 3

Fresh rants and random thoughts

Some from me. Some from others.

Preconceived notions prevent us from ever knowing the truth.

The harder you push to get what you want, the further it gets.

We all lie. I hate bad liars though. If you are going to lie make sure you will never get caught.

I wish i was born filthy rich so I can help solve people’s problems. Then again money is not everything. The time that you give to people will be worth more to them than anything money can buy.

When you know when to bend, you will never break.

Aside from family, the most awesome gift an only child can ever hope to have is the gift or true friends.

What you give isn’t always what you will get.

Time will come when all that will be left are the ones who chose to stay.

We are often blinded by how much we want something or love someone that we can’t see he truth even if it waved a neon colored flag in our faces.

Dreams  are the subconscious thoughts that we do not want to admit,  fighting to surface.

Caring about what someone thinks makes them important. When you stop caring about their thoughts, their importance also diminishes.

When you know you’ve done your part, you will not regret anything if it does not work out.

Excuses signify reluctance. When you really want it you will exhaust all possible ways to make it happen.

It’s not that I have nothing to say. I just don’t think you would will be able to comprehend what I have in mind.

You will not know if you can do it if you don’t do it.

I find it amusing when people choose to judge me based on what they see not knowing that what they see I only what I want to show.

Gravitating towards toxic people is an unfortunate skill most of us seem to have but is oblivious of.

Keep your negative thoughts about other people to yourself. If you can’t, tell them to their faces and not behind their backs.

 

Foodie Fridays: Tsokolate Batirol, Isaw at Fishball

Hindi ko alam bakit nung naiispan kong mag blog ay English ang ginamit kong wika. Hindi madaling magsulat o magsalita ng English. Aminado ako na hindi ako maalam sa proper grammar at kung saan  dapat ilagay ang mga puncuation marks. Basta hindi pangit sa pandinig pag binasa ng malakas, okay na yun. Siguro ego yun, para mapakita ko na kaya ko mag English, pwede ding para maintindihan din ito ng ibang lahi, universal language nga naman hindi ba. Hanggang ngayon wala akong maibibigay na siguradong dahilan bakit hindi Filipino o Kapampangan ang ginamit kong medium.

Ito ang unang post ko na sariling wika ang gagamitin ko. Pinoy street food ang topic ng Foodie Fridays ngayon at  sa palagay ko mas bagay gamitin ang sariling wika. Nakakapanibago.  Sanay ako magsalita ng Filipino pero ang huling sulat ko ng ganito ay noon pang college. Hindi ako dalubhasa sa pagamit ng purong Filipino kaya malamang maghahalo halo ang English, Filipino at Kapampangan sa post na ito. Iyon ang gusto ko sa pag bablog, walang istriktong panuntunan, basta naiintindihan ko at ng mga magbabasa, ayos na. Iyan naman e opinion ko lamang.

Kagabi, nagkaroon ako ulit ng pagkakataon na sumali sa pratice ng bago kong nalaman na ehersisyo. Matapos nito masarap at magaan ang isip at katawan ko pero gutom ako. Gusto ko ng inihaw na isaw! Noong nakaraang taon ay inayos ang harap ng Museo ning Angeles. Nagtayo sila ng cafe sa loob at may mga nagbebenta din ng samut saring street food sa may bandang gilid nito. Magandang ideya ito dahil malapit ang lugar sa simbahan at mga eskwelahan. Tila pinagsama ang bago at luma dito, mula sa disenyo ng lugar at mga pagkain na maaring orderin. Kaiba sa mga naunang Foodie Fridays na mga unexpert food review, ito ay simpleng pagkukwento lang ng experience ko kagabi.

Una kong nalaman na may nagbebenta ng inihaw isaw dito mula sa isang kaibigan. Masarap ang sauce at mura ang tinda nilang isaw. Tila isang naglilihi, ilang araw ko din inisip at ginusto kumain ulit nito. May mga iba pang maaring bilhin gaya ng hotdog, pork at chicken barbeque, at betamax. Pero nung gabing yon, isaw lang talaga ang nasa isip ko.

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Tsokolate batirol at fishball naman ang cravings ng kasama ko kaya pagkakuha namin ng puwesto, kanya kanya kaming lakad papunta sa aming kaligayahan. Sa pagkakaalam ko, ang tsokolate batirol ay isang old school na inumin na bumabalik sa mainstream ngayon.   Unang beses na matitikman ko ang inuming ito. Excited ako. Nakalimutan kong mainit pala at napaso ako mula dila, lalamunan at gumihit hanggang tiyan. Hindi talaga magandang magsama ang katakawan at excitement.

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Masarap maupo sa isang open na lugar, kumain at magkuwentuhan. Maganda sa mata ang paghahalo ng luma at bago. Mula sa kinauupuan ko tanaw ko ang simbahan ng Holy Rosary at sa gilid ko naman ay ang dati kong eskuwelahan. Presko ang hangin.  Sa harap namin ay ang mga pagkaing simple pero masarap. Samahan mo pa ng makabuluhang usapan. Solb na ang gabi! Sa madaling sabi, nakuha namin ang gusto namin.

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Ayos! Nairaos ko ang unang Filipino post ko! Masarap pala sa pakiramdam. Uulitin ko ito.

more adventures coming..

Peace out!

Thoughts Ni Tolits: Chapter 2

Random rants. Random thoughts. These are mine.

Sorry is just a word until it is backed up with actions.

Life will be less complicated if we knew how to say No when we don’t want to, and Yes when we do.

Being a part of someone’s life, no matter crucial you feel you part is, does not give you control over that life. Sometimes all you can do is stand by and watch them make their decisions and be there to cheer if it succeeds or help pick up the pieces if it falls apart.

There are certain things that we know will hurt us but we still do anyway. Self inflicted torture.

One day you will meet someone who will be an exemption to every single rule you have lived by.

Learn to let go of what weighs you down.

There is a thin line between making your absence felt and being forgotten all together.

Honesty is sometimes like pouring rubbing alcohol on an open wound. It disinfects it making the wound heal faster. A lie will not hurt at the time it is said, but it will let the wound fester.

When someone leaves, never think you are not good enough. You are. That person was just not bright enough to see it.

My promises come by rarely. But when I make them, I keep them.

Just because you are always there for everyone when they need you, it does not mean that they will all be there when you need them.

I always have my back turned so that I will never see when people leave.

Falling in love just happens. Staying in love is a choice.

Change is constant. The earlier we learn that the sooner we can accept it when it happens.

The connection people have when alcohol is involved is amazing.

When the person you love does not love you back, it does not mean you are unloved. Someone loves you, its just that you are not aware of it or you just don’t love them too.

These days it’s quite difficult to find someone who actually listens and not just hears.

I am not sure what will happen or where it will go, but I am willing to take my chances.

Challenges are the crayons that make life colorful.

Let no one take that smile away.

 

Peace out!

Weekend begins Thursday

When life gives you lemons don’t just make lemonade, sell it! Make money out of the d#mn thing! (Cliche alert!) This is exactly  what I always try to do, metaphorically of course.

In this story my lemon is my ambiguous work schedule. That will be as much as I will say because I don’t want this post to turn into a full on rant fest. This is a feel good story on how my weekends now begin on Thursdays.  It was supposed to consist of three parts, unfortunately the turn of events did not permit the third one to happen.  So yeah, I owe you that ONE coffee, you know who you are. The story is now down to two parts, the unexpected 24 hour challenge and the awesome session with my brothers. Both of these involve booze and good friends. Don’t judge and drink responsibly.

My phone alarm goes off by 2:00 am and my day begins. Wake up. Eat. Shower. Leave home. Work. Leave work. Home. That was the routine for the whole week. Thursday ends that routine and begins my weekend of adventures!

I as much as I can, I never pass up invites from friends. Kaladkarin is the word I often use to describe this trait of mine. I am a firm believer that time is the most important gift we can give people. This belief of mine lead to a adventure packed weekend.

Adventure number one, the 24-hour challenge one involves a good friend who is like my brother, awesome new people, food, booze, love and life talks, sexy singers, a motorcycle, and elementary school buddies. I joined my brother and his work buddies for a couple of beers. What I found amazing about this session is how comfortable I immediately felt. Except for my buddy, it was the first time I had met these people and yet it somehow it felt we had known each other for quite some time.

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The night progressed into more stories and laughter with the voices of the sexy singers slash dancers serving as our background. When a familiar song is played we sing along, we swapped stories and views about love and life like we were indeed old friends. New friends, new adventure, life is good.  It was around 12 in the morning when this part of my adventure ended.

A buddy from elementary school happened to work nearby. I was lucky to be able to hitch a ride on his motorcycle, since public transportation to my place at that time of the morning are hard to come by.  My elementary school friends and I kept in touch even though we don’t get to hang out that often. This was our topic till we reached our hometown.  Imagine our surprise when we saw one of the people we were talking about having an after work session at a store owned by one of our friends. we joined them for a few beers and planned a full scale reunion.

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It was past two in the morning by the time I got home. The unexpected 24 hour challenge accomplished! #feelingproud Haha.

The next day I had to wake up early (I woke up at 10:45am. Haha.) to prepare my place for visitors. This is adventure number two. My brothers from college, the Busy Boys, were coming over later that day for one of regular sessions. These sessions are held alternately on each of our places. I was able to convince them that it was now my time to host. This was one of our longer sessions since they will be staying the night. These guys are the people I see myself hanging out with when we all have our own families until we are all old dudes. We were not complete, which was usually the case since we all have different commitments to attend to, but those who can always come to these session. After a dinner of home cooked sinigang, store bought sisig and Kapampangan chicharon (the one with a bits of meat stuck to the skin. Sarap!) We started the session. Stories from this session will be for us to know and for you to find out. Altough I will say this, it was quite uncomfortable since I found myself being the one on the hot seat. Haha.

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Session continued till the wee hours of the morning. The next day was movie marathon day and before we knew it it was 5:00 pm. Before they went home, a sudden craving for samgyeopsal led us to this place.

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I have eaten in some Korean restaurants before but It was my first time to try eating at this place. I must say I enjoyed it. I have had samgyeopsal on a different restaurant in the past and this experience is way better than the first one.

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This unlimited samgyeopsal meal is complete with unlimited rice, egg soup and ice tea for only Php 289 per head. Sulit na! Lalu na kung matakaw ka. Haha.

Adventure number three sadly  did not push through and had to be rescheduled at a later date. That’s how I made my lemonade and earned from it. Hehe. Looking for next weekend’s adventures!

more adventures coming..

Peace out!