At 32, I found myself sitting in a corner, deciphering techno music over a bottle of water. 

It’s been almost 2 months since I QUIT drinking and smoking. In between, maybe a glass or 2 of wine or a mojito and maybe a puff or two from a friend’s drag but other than that, it’s been almost 2 months. Why? Well, because I decided I dint want to anymore. You just get to a certain point where you tell yourself “I don’t want to do this anymore.” And hopefully, I’m not lying to myself.

I’m drafting this at 3:30 am because I can’t sleep from the caffeine of the soft ice cream that tasted like really bitter coffee earlier (swear I was not eating dark chocolate) and I went ahead of my friends who’re still left enjoying the night away at the bar.

And now I am sitting on the loo writing this because I might lose these thoughts in the morning. I realized that when you refocus your life to be more substantial, you notice the unnecessary things. Or maybe I’m just not into this techno shit but, there I was, at 32, sitting in a corner, drinking a bottle of water, trying to enjoy the music, watching my friends dance their hearts out (yes, you Greg) and all I could think of is my bed.

Maybe if I was drinking, my drunken senses would have made me believe I love techno and I’d be dancing crazy just like before when I used to almost always get drunk. Maybe if I was smoking, I wouldn’t be yawning too much. Maybe if I forced myself into the sea of people at the other side of the bar so I could listen to the local dj play the Chainsmoker’s overused Closer, I might be staying til sun up.

When my sober self had a moment to just stop and stare at everything around me, kids all over, girls in crop tops, guys hitting on girls, people pushing people inside the small and overly crowded bar and everyone is bumping at each other’s sweaty self, cheers here and there, some guy slipped, some girl puked, loud laughter, boisterous laughter, the smell of smoke in my hair, I was like man, I might just be too old for this (then I see my uncles in a table at the far end). I guess, this bar scene is no longer my idea of fun.

Yeah, boring. Fun is subjective tho so..yeah.

xx

DMV

Sugbo | 2016

Titas of Bacolod go on a trip.

We were thinking of going out of the country this year but since election period is nearing, some of us (that’s you and me, Mika) have to stay put. This was initially supposed to be a Vigan trip, I’m not really sure how we ended deciding on Cebu. Two were flying in from Manila and the rest of us hitched a ride with Aissa’s brother to Cebu. We left round 1AM because we took long at McDonald’s. When we arrived at San Carlos City, we missed the 3AM trip. Rode the 5AM and docked at Toledo port round 7AM I think.


From Toledo, it normally takes an hour and a half to Cebu (via SRP) but everyone decided to pass by Simala first. The Marian Shrine they say is miraculous, people flocking the place to ask for intercession. When we got in, my first impression was wow, this is some theme park. People were swarming. I felt like the essence of the place was lost because it somehow became a tourist spot.

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But anyway, I lit my candles and said my prayers. I thanked God for a safe trip and wonderful weather.

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As we were about to leave, we found out that these two got engaged. Somewhere between the bustling of people, wiping statues and lighting candles, he popped the question and we saw her jump hug him. Congratulations Manong Jun and Tin!

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Saw this yellow moth at the banyo. Luck? Sign?

Arrived in Cebu quarter past 12, I think. Had lunch and got drunk on coffee. At this point, I haven’t had any sleep.

When those from Manila arrived, we went to Ayala to do some shopping of course. It was just right across the hotel we were staying at, how convenient.

After shopping, we had dinner at Brique,

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and vino at Maya.

Aissa wanted to go clubbing (hahaha I’m not kidding) but the rest of us titas just wanted to chill. This was at Crossroads. Last time I was there, Vudu still existed (lol). So long ago.

Beach please.

When we decided with Cebu for this year, we planned to just go to the beach. When February neared, we found out that there was a long weekend so we grabbed that so for those of us working won’t be filing leaves anymore. First place we checked was Shangri-la but it was fully booked, so was Bluewater, because well the long weekend was Chinese New Year. Most of the hotels were full so we opted to stay in Cebu then a day trip to Mactan. Checked and decided on Movenpick since their day pass was cheaper compared to Shangri-la (add about 2,000 and you already get a room).

Movenpick Hotel, Mactan Island Cebu 
Day Pass: P2,500 – beach, pool, game room, lunch buffet and ice cream

Place is nice, beach is small though. Weather was perrrrrfect.

They accommodate a maximum of 100 people per day for the day tours and we were lucky enough to have availed since they did not accept reservations for walk-ins and when we called earlier, they only had 5 slots left. We arrived round 11AM and welcomed ourselves with ice cold beer.


Somewhere in this parallel universe, sunlit skin and names in grains.


Story of the fortune cookie

We were finishing lunch and I noticed Guada had a fortune cookie. So I got up and got one. When I opened it, it was empty, no fortune paper inside, whatever that is called. So I went to get another one and when I opened it, it still had nothing in it! Guada got up and got herself another one just to check if it would also be empty but when she opened it, it had paper in it. So I went the last time and got another random fortune cookie. This would be my third cookie. And when I opened it, it had this.

How weird that all three would be in the last cookie I randomly get. Oh and unlimited mimosas.

We stayed until sunset and went back to the hotel when the beer and mimosas were starting to kick in.




Went to Rico’s for dinner but they ran out of lechon so we went to Zubuchon instead in Escario. Hit the Casino after and it was so full! All those people (including us) trying to get lucky because it’s Chinese New Year. Did a few slots and had a beer at the bar.

Homebound.

Before heading to the port, we passed by S&R to buy some junk to bring home (lol). Lunched at Bigby’s because everyone was missing it. All its branches in Bacolod has closed.

And another fortune cookie. Feels of the moment.

Arrived in Toledo and what’s new, we missed the 4PM trip. Killed time at McDonald’s and took the 6PM home.

Half a face because I’m all red and sunburnt.

Sugbo, bye for now.

xx

DMV

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