This year’s New Year was extra special because Tito Dodong came home! Hehe. We attended the mass first and went home to prepare the food. Then, my family went to our terrace, waited for New Year to come and also made the countdown there. We didn’t fire fireworks because our parents are very cautious hehe. So we just watched. Nonetheless, the view was spectacular, as always.
My relatives came a little after 12am because they didn’t want to drive while people were shooting fireworks! Haha, so we waited for them before eating pa. When they arrived, they brought lechon!! Haha it was our first time to have lechon in our family gatherings, so I guess it really was a special New Year.
Featuring Tito Dodong, thanks tito for the lechon! Hehe
Mga apo! haha
Red’s the color of the year!
And lastly, family picture!
Tita Grenda’s family and ours are the only ones left here in Manila, but hopefully this year, mas madami na kami! This post makes me excited about the upcoming holidays! Ber months na bukas!!! yasssssss
Watched the Pyromusical at Sports Center! Yearly kinukulit namin sila mommy na manood nun haha. Lagi kasing natatapat ang date ng pageant sa fireworks display ng Marikina, kaya pagod lagi. Last year we were lucky to watch it!
Pageant n. - Large-scale, spectacular theatrical production or procession. In the Middle Ages, a pageant was the wagon on which religious plays were performed. Because the plays were associated with ceremony and spectacle, the term came to refer to any extravagant dramatic event or colourful celebration. Pageants often serve to express the shared identity of a community or religious group.
When I was a kid, I was just an audience of our church’s annual pageant. But now that I have my own community, the youngest community, I’m part of the production! It’s already the second pageant that we handled, but the amount of stress and hard work was still the same. We only got less than a month to do everything: the script, costumes, props, settings, backdrop, assignment of roles and of course to practice. Kaya naman pag Christmas season, super busy talaga. Pero when we did it, after all of it, ang sarap sa feeling. It’s our way of giving back to the church. When we were young, kami yung pinapangaralan ng mga plays every Christmas, ngayon naman, kami naman yung magkkwento sa mga bata ng mga important stories about Christmas.
Last last year, I played the role of Eve. haha! But last year, I was the narrator. I loved being the narrator! hehe, I was sitting with the kids and was telling them the story. So it felt like I was the one teaching them about the true meaning of Christmas.
The event was successful! Despite the lack of light (nakalimutan mag rent ng spotlights! haha) I’m glad the kids understood what we wanted to teach them.
So here’s a photo dump of the cast. So much love for community 4. <3 We did it guys!!
Dad being the tech person. =))
Me, Ellaine and Kuya Marion, the narrators!!
Yes, my sister inherited my role as Eve. =))
There was also a part in the pageant where the kids were asked to sing. Nico was the lead last year!
More years to us! Thank you guys!
Of course this year worth of backlogs won’t be complete without the Holidays! Bear with my backlogs guys hehe, I’m not yet even halfway through it all!! Anyway, last year’s Christmas was a blur. It was the usual family gatherings but still, it was fun! So I’ll just leave it to these photos to tell you guys how my Christmas went.
First things first, we attended the mass for Christmas eve and took our annual family picture.
After the mass, grandparents and relatives went to our house where we ate together and celebrated Christmas.
Then, picture taking! (thanks fb for ruining the quality -_-)
Featuring our cousins in NYC! Haha distance can’t stop us from taking pictures together. Excuse my dirty laptop screen =))
Dad’s siblings and lola!
And lastly, when the clock strikes 12, it’s our tradition for the youngest member of the family to put baby Jesus in our Belen.
I hope to have a blessed and joyful holiday again this year, especially my cousins from New York are home!!!!!! We missed you guys! Finally, a Christmas with all of you here. Can’t wait!!!
I was planning on having a reunion with my gals, but sadly Syd wasn’t able to come huhu. So what happened was like a triple date with Gleef, Cham, me and our boyfriends. haha =))
We met up in UP and watched the parade (of course haha). UP was packed. Although we were sitting on the sidewalk and there was barely a room for us, we were lucky to have a good spot to watch the parade. Just like what happened last year, each college paraded their lanterns. The lanterns last last year were better though haha, may rule ata kasi na recycled materials lang ang pwedeng gamitin for the lanterns last year. But nonetheless, the company I had that day made everything perfect.
After watching the parade, we walk from Melchor to Area 2 to eat dinner. We ended up at iskomai haha, the famous siomai rice of UP for it’s affordable price. We also saw Eph there haha! And after eating, all of us (including eph) went to Quezon hall where all the lanterns had parked. On our way there we bought these flying things na umiilaw. hahaha di ko alam kung anong tawag, pero you will pull the rubber band with it and release it pointing towards the sky where it will fly and as it goes down magsslow-mo haha because of its sort-of wings. Basta ganun =)) Other than that Je and I also bought glow sticks! hehe. I love glow sticks! So ayun, we weren’t actually listening to the program when we got there. We just played with those and also tried playing frisbee! But unfortunately, ang hopeless ko maglaro nun. hahahaha okay. Kaya most of the time nakaupo lang ako sa grass. That’s actually the highlight of that day, when we were all playing and resting sa grass nuks. haha parang picnic pero sa gabi. It feels good to have your friends together plus the love of our lives. And I hope for more of these dates in the future.
This is a post long overdue. I can’t exactly remember all the details. But basically that’s what happened.
(ang cute nung trees okay)
'till the next Lantern Parade!
My birthday was a Saturday, that Friday night we already went to Antipolo and stayed there until Sunday. It’s an annual thing we do in our chuch, think of it like a retreat.
The night before my birthday, the youths planned to have a jamming session. After the last event in our sched for that day, we rested for a bit and agreed to come back at 10pm. So I rested, changed into my pajamas and went back to the hall. Before entering the building, two of my mom’s friends were outside and called me. Camille and Fatima went in first, and I stayed behind. It was so random, they just wanted to talk about my love life haha. But it really didn’t occur to me that it was a trick! I went inside and upstairs to the hall. It was already late so it was dark, when someone suddenly blindfolded me. Hahahaha :)) Di pa natinag sa blindfold, I also felt someone put a blanket around my body (parang sa bagong ligo haha) and tied it around my neck. I was laughing the whole time, I did not expected anything like this. So, when I entered the hall, I was instantly wearing an improvised gown and was walking blind in the dark.
Then somebody removed the blindfold, and she handed me these violet flowers. It all happened very fast, at first there were no people inside, then I saw the curtains move and revealed the boys. Haha, then they started singing while Kuya Marion and Kuya Nico were playing the guitar and beatbox. Then the girls came in too from the other room while singing haha! Then one by one, the boys approached me with their yellow flowers and danced with me. Of course dad was there also and we danced last. :) Although we didn’t reach 18 and I was not wearing my bonggacious gown, it was as wonderful as any other 18 roses can be.
The night ended after our picture taking. haha :)) Special thanks to Ate Gannia who planned everything. My jaws were aching from smiling the whole time. It was the first time somebody threw me a surprise party. And to everyone who helped, especially community 4, thank you guys! I’ve never felt this special, haha thank you sa pag kanta at pagsayaw sakin. =))
(ang salarin sa lahat ng ‘to hahaha! With ate Gannia)
(Community 4! <3)
(Other people who helped! Thank you titas, ninongs, ninangs, etc. haha! Uso look up pose niyang panahong yan :)))
(Family pic! Hehe)
But wait…. there’s more! :)
I’m not the type of person who has a large group of friends or barkada. I’m not good with befriending people. I have very few close friends, which I’m grateful at, and to some of them, I’ve connected deeply.
The week before and after my birthday was full of surprises from these people. Haha! I have felt so much love from you guys. Thank you!
First: Date with Je at Banapple!
Banapple has always been a favorite resto of my family, and recently (during that time) they’ve opened a new branch in SM North! I just had to bring Je there. Haha. Unfortunately my usual order, roll up lasagne, was not available! I opted for their rice meals and ordered the same for Je instead. And for dessert, we had oreo cheesecake! Nothing beats cheesecake. So there. It might have sound like I was the one who planned everything. :)) No, it was really a birthday celebration, it just so happens that I picked the place. Thank you Jerome for bringing me here!
Second: Cham and Jacob!
Cham’s one of the few people who truly cares about me. Friends come and go. But Cham’s always there to make me feel loved. I could still remember, she pm-ed me on Facebook just to say she’s there to help me plan out my debut. O diba ang sweet! Haha, I’m so grateful to have you dear, lalo na ngayong magkasama na tayo sa UP. Lagi kaming nagkakasundo sa mga bagay bagay. Para ko na siyang long lost sister. =)) haha. Love you!! And I’ll always be here for you!
Thank you sa pagpunta sa Jollibee, kahit hassle. Sorry din kasi di ko na kayo masyado na entertain that time. But I really appreciate you came. Out of all the friends I invited, onti lang kayong nakapunta. Thank you for making time for me.
I love this girl so much huhu. Even though we rarely talk, she’s one of the fewest people I could rely on and super comfortable ako with her. I’d spill out everything to her and she would always listen and understand me. And probably because close friends si AJ and Je, mas nakukwentuhan ko si Gleef about love life nung high school. Kaya she’s a big part of me. We might not know every details about each other’s lives but I know she got my back no matter what.
After my birthday celebration with the kids at Jollibee, Gleef went to our house just to give me her present! She gave me this notebook and a letter na nakakaiyak. hahaha :)) Love you! See you soon pls.
Si Ellyze naman bestfriend ko na way back grade school pa. Although di na din kami nagkakausap masyado, and have those awkward moments paminsan minsan kapag magkakausap na uli kami, mababalik at mababalik pa din yung dating comfortable-ness at sarap ng kwentuhan namin. hihi. She knows a lot about me and my deepest secrets in life. naks haha. I love you bezzie! Thanks for all the years of friendship.
One school day, she surprised me at home and brought me a cake! It was so unexpected because it wasn’t my birthday anymore. haha! Thank you for the cake, I appreciate it so much. >:D<
(low quality photo, sorry =)))
Fifth: Syd’s letter
Syd made one of the biggest impact in my life. She taught me to value education so much, hehe, or to simply put it, tinuruan (hinawaan) mo ko maging GC. haha! I would always admire you Syd! I’m happy I met a friend like you. Yihee. Love you!
Despite of Sydney’s absence (di man lang kita nakita huhu i miss you!) she still pm-ed me her greeting. Thank you!
HI KATKAT! HAPPY HAPPY 18TH BIRTHDAY TO YOUUUU!!!! Salampers dahil hanggang ngayon friends pa rin tayo, yeheyyyy!!!!! At kahit busy na sa school, nakakapag-sched pa rin tayo ng reunion!! I wish you all do best sa iyong life and more blessings to come!! Kering keri mo naman yang acads and you have everything na family, friends and lovelife. Continue to grow as a better person ha and stay pretty/stylish! Kapag may problem, andito lang ako. Im one message away (though madalas mukha akong offline sa fb, online talaga ako. Just pm me) Hihi!! Hope u enjoyed your day and I lovee youu!! »:D«
KATRINA BALAKIT GAPUZ!!! Hahahahahahahaha!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Super thankful ako dahil nakatagal ka sa akin ng ilang taon… Marami na rin na nagsabi na “Paano mo natagalan si Karl?” at pero ilang beses ko na ring nasabi na “Syempre, ako pa!” Hahahahahaha! Ang masasabi ko lang sayo ay ANG GALING MO. Gusto mo ng listahan? Ito na! Ang galing mo kasi kahit anong asar ko sayo di ka nagagalit. Kahit medyo paulit-ulit na lang yung mga inaasar ko sayo! Ang galing mo rin dahil sa lahat ng sinasabi ko pinakikinggan ko, seryoso man o walang kwenta. Ang galing mo kasi kahit na wala na tayong mapag-usapan at tahimik lang tayo hindi awkward yung silence! Ang galing mo kasi halos lahat ng mga may kilala sayo eh gusto ka! Ang galing mo kasi available ka lagi para tumulong. Ang galing mo kasi you always find a way to fulfill your promises. Ang galing mo kasi tinatry mo lagi na mapasaya or i-comfort ako. Ang galing mo dahil ang sipag mo. Ang galing mo dahil ang talino mo. Ang galing mo dahil di ka naaasar sa akin kahit na super matanong ako. Ang galing mo kasi wala akong masabing masama tungkol sayo. YOU’RE THE SUPER BESTFRIEND EVER! Ayiieeee ang cheesy!!!!
“Close friends are truly life’s treasures. Sometimes they know us better than we know ourselves. With gentle honesty, they are there to guide and support us, to share our laughter and our tears. Their presence reminds us that we are never really alone.” -Vincent van Gogh
Kat may quiz tayo sa Math 55 sa Wednesday. Dadalhin ko yung notes sa Tuesday para makopya mo!
Need I say more? hahaha. To the clingiest and pinaka makulit kong best friend, i love you grabe okay. No words can describe how much I’m grateful for you. Ikaw na anino ko since high school palang at kahit na madaming nakokornihan sayo, you’re always there to brighten up my day. haha :)) Kung wala ‘tong taong ‘to di ko alam gagawin ko. Thank you sa message!! Sobrang na uplift mo self esteem ko :( grabe. Super thank you! >:D<
Okay, para ng naging letters ‘tong blog post na ‘to. =)) Despite of not having a debut for my 18th, I’ve felt the love from all my friends. A party might have not made me feel this special, kaya I’m lucky and grateful that it turned out this way. Thank you sa iniyo guys! You made my birthday ultra special!
It was almost a year ago. But still, what it taught me, what it made me realize are still with me. I could still remember the stress it brought me before it, the contentment and happiness during it, the what ifs after it, and the remembrance I will always carry for the rest of my life.
I was already planning a debut to be honest, the gown, the place, the theme, the ceremonies: 18 roses, 18 candles, 18 gifts, etc., the people to invite, the food, everything. But then I got stressed over planning it and asked myself, what’s the point of all of this? I’m not even socially involved, I’m shy and I don’t like being stared at. So why torture myself to something that I’m not even sure I want? Well, yes maybe I want it because I saw my batch mates and friends with their “bonggang” debuts and saw how happy they were and how they felt very all princess-y. But that’s them. They’re popular, they have lots of friends, they have all the courage and self esteem to be confident enough that they’ll be entertaining. And I’m me, obviously the self-esteem is not there and I’m dreaded that everything might turn out to be boring (I’m not that entertaining at all), I’m not really the type of person who’s friends of everyone, I have a handful of close friends but not the number that would make a big party, I do have a lot of friends but not in the level where I’m comfortable of asking them to go to my birthday. Sure, for those who held their debut, it turned out to be one of their happiest moments in life, but that’s because of who they are. And with who I am, I’m not sure it would be the same. I realized that. And so, I stick to a celebration which I know will make me happy and not force myself to be happy on things which makes ‘other’ people happy. Does that make sense? I really am crappy with explaining and expressing thoughts. (lol)
While other girls held a debut on their 18th, I, on the other hand, celebrated with the people I truly care about: kids.
I think it’s my first time to tell you guys about this side of me. I love kids. Whenever I’m commuting and saw a baby inside the jeepney with me, I would stare at him/her the entire trip and make eye contacts and smile at them (haha creepy ba =))) and they would always always smile back (unless tinotopak, but nonetheless….). That’s what I love the most about them (besides the cuteness and how adorable they are), not just with babies but as well as the other kids (mga 5 below siguro?), they easily get happy, they’re always jolly. Whatever the world throws at them, just give them even the smallest of things like a candy or a toy or a smile, they’ll appreciate it.
So I planned a kiddie party instead and I chose an orphanage because I know that’s where the kids who need happiness the most are.
(warning: a very long post ahead)
Finally, small cups of inspiration and motivation occurred to me to revive this blog. There’s always this small voice at the back of my mind demanding me to do this way baaack, now i could put it to rest. I promised last summer to start blogging again but circumstances didn’t went along with my plans for my LAST summer vacation. It’s such a bummer and I’m a bit nervous of how I spent my last summer since next year I’ll be doing practicum and next next year I’ll be entering the real world (well, hopefully), there won’t be a next time for me anymore and I’m scared there won’t be another time to do my bucket list! But…
It might have not been how I planned it, I might still have a gazillion of entries in my to do list for the summer, but at the end of the vacation (despite of it all) I’m proud to be the person I’ve been. Haha, meaning, being the yaya and all, I’m pretty sure I’ve changed and become a better ate and daughter. So that’s that.
I miss blogging, for real. I know this baby of mine wasn’t been a good blog but still, the adrenaline when typing every feeling out, I miss that.
I’m still thinking whether to do loads of back posts (the list goes on!) or just get over with it and start with this academic year. And I still badly need a theme! I wanted to learn CSS last summer to make one myself but yea, I was so busy. I’ll just keep looking, I guess. But I’ll start blogging this day before the motivation escapes me.
Here’s to reviving blogs! *cross fingers*