Tuesday, December 14, 2010

i was LMAO reading and remembering this:

A Jewish lady named Mrs. Rosenberg many years ago was stranded late one night at a fashionable resort - one that did not admit Jews. The desk clerk looked down at his book and said, "Sorry, no room. The hotel is full."
      The Jewish lady said, "But your sign says that you have vacancies."
      The desk clerk stammered and then said curtly, "You know that we do not admit Jews. Now if you will try the other side of town..."
      Mrs. Rosenberg stiffened noticeable and said, "I'll have you know I converted to your religion."
      The desk clerk said, "Oh, yeah, let me give you a little test. How was Jesus born?"
      Mrs. Rosenberg replied, "He was born to a virgin named Mary in a little town called Bethlehem."
      "Very good," replied the hotel clerk. "Tell me more."
      Mrs. Rosenberg replied, "He was born in a manger."
       "That's right," said the hotel clerk. "And why was he born in a manger?"
      Mrs. Rosenberg said loudly, "Because a jerk like you in the hotel wouldn't give a Jewish lady a room for the night!"

[thank you http://jokes.christiansunite.com for this]

Sunday, December 5, 2010

i was right- UGAT rocked!

in celebration of the glorious decades in pinoy music history, great pinoy folk rock artists performed together for the first time in a one-night concert dubbed ugat: ang himig natin

the concert, (december 3rd at the araneta coliseum) featured the juan dela cruz band (mike hanopol, pepe smith, wally gonzales), lolita carbon of asin, sampaguita, heber bartolome (and banyuhay), and florante (certified pasimpleng comic-walang kupas). 

manong gary granada and noel cabangon (to my delight) were also there. as mike hanopol puts it : "one of the great things that we have to do is to make sure that when we fade out, we will be able to pass the great music that we had then to the next generation". here's their opening medley [thanks to iamwalrus] . 

these pinoy icons performed their signature hits - himig natin, bonggahan, laguna, masdan mo ang kapaligiran, pagbabalik, itanong mo sa mga bata, tayo'y mga pinoy, nena, handog, mabuti pa sila, kahit konti, kanlungan, and titser's enemi#1 among others. they really rocked the big dome with audience (us included!) dancing and singing with them all throughout. 

surely, that was a night i'd forever cherish! 
[thanks shellz for the pixs...thanks claire for the you know...backpass, ahay---weeehhhh]

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

flashback december 2009

yes...very soon, it's december once more...
5 memories lingered from last year's december...
(this is aside from the fun-time with my family in gensan of course)
here they are:
i proved that TGIF is really a must-try-resto...
i saw classmate tamrat wore their national costume
i was surprised when my classmate luella gave me ticket to this ballet show

i realized wrapping gifts in brown paper and ribonning it with straw is easier and practical...

i was showered with tokens...and gifts from friends

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

for the rainy days...




Monday, November 22, 2010

is this hoping against hope?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

why im looking forward to december 3

[thanks to www.noypitayo.com
for the pic and the wonderful info]

Ugat, The Concert is a once-in-a-blue-moon-celebration of original Filipino music and stars on December 3, 2010 at the Araneta Coliseum! Thanks to Viva Concerts and Events.Time to see Pinoy Folk Rock legends together --- Mike Hanopol, Pepe Smith and Wally Gonzalez of the Juan de la Cruz Band, Sampaguita, Lolita Carbon (ASIN), Florante, Heber Bartolome, Gary Granada and Noel Cabangon .
Tickets are available at all SM Ticketnet outlets and at the Araneta Coliseum. (Patron A P2,500; Patron B P2,000; Lower Box P1,500; Upper Box A P1,000; Upper Box B P600; and GenAd P300)...but you can have a GA ticket for free when you buy a copy of Ugat 2, The Album (from Vicor). Songs in the album include Titser’s Enemi Number 1,No Touch, Tao, Easy Pare,Pulubi, Alaala, Laki Sa Layaw,Mr. Kenkoy,Pinay,Sierra Madre, Lolo Jose, Himig ng Pag-ibig, Itanong Mo Sa Mga Bata ; 22 Anos,  Pagbabalik Ng Kwago, Sirang Plaka, Nena, and Sigarilyo...all from greatest pinoy folk rock legends.

Gonna get me the concert ticket (or the album...or both)!!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

gensan in tecynch's eyes

the prettiest

the seat of local government

what's a hot beautiful afternoon in a cool rush rush gensan gala without the yummy hot spag and halohalo from ellamarie...the waitress told me they make garlic chicken yummier than chickenhauz...hmmmm

gaisano in its latest archi

KCC from the other side of the street

happy tuna all the way

ooops, ate cynch got the chance to be with Pekto one snacktime

and here we are...happy to see each other after many years...
soon, she'd visit gensan again. yey!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

love can seriously damage your health

yes, this is a movie. and i have seeen this movie for free. at instituto cervantes just 15-minute ride away from my cell. with my usual movie-fest buddy ate irene, we shared laughs...true, oh so true. there are times when love... can... seriously... damage... your... health.

here's the synopsis [thank you wikipedia]...Paris. King Juan Carlos I offers a diner at Hôtel Crillon. Diana (Ana Belén) meets Santi (Juanjo Puigcorbé) , an old lover, who now is the King's bodyguard.

They remember how they met each other, 30 years ago, in another hotel, inMadrid. Diana (Penélope Cruz) and Santi (Gabino Diego) met when The Beatles were going to play. He works in the hotel. She hides under John Lennon's bed because she's in love with the singer. But, what starts is an attraction between them. It is an impossible love because she wants to be rich and famous, and he is poor and has to join the Army. When they meet again as grown-ups, Diana has become a socialite, and Santi is a pilot. Both are married, but the love goes on... 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

housewarming during storm

 in this uber - stressful life, nothing beats seeing good old friends (as those your high school schoolmates) for a good chit-chat over good food (as in fried chicken, spaghetti and pomelo juice), despite the storm...

coz the storm megi (local name juan) really came...but fritzie's housewarming is still a go...braving the rain and flood, we came since there's no better time to warm a new house but during a storm when it is uber-cold...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

boogeyman out

heres something you dont know about her. and it pains me 'coz i have this feeling that you got to know this but you just dont want to for many reasons i can think of. this will be just first of the many. i have promised myself id write everything i remember here so one day youd be able to read and one day youd know and hopefully that one day wont be the day the shes gone...

YOU WERE NOT  EXPECTED BUT YOU WERE LOVED BY HER...EVEN NOW. i know so. you were conceived during those times that her relationship with him is on the rocks. you may look up to him as someone good, well-respected and unfairly-judged by some. the truth? he didnt work and provided for the family coz he believed having his familys name, track record and relative riches is enough so he just let her work her ass out coz her pride couldnt take begging from his family all the time. but yes, he was there.

he was there as a symbol. he decides. he was the man of the house. i was even proud having him- so tall, so big, so loud. he forced her to borrow a very huge sum of money from the bank where she works and invest it on something that didnt work so he decided to move us out of the place and bring us to unfamiliar grounds and try to live there. you were in her belly then. when her belly grew big, i began to wonder why i didnt see her throw-up then on second thought i said to myself, what will she throw up when we barely have anything to eat? but she fought for you. she ate what little food i and marion have left to nourish you inside. she touches you in her belly every night. i know coz i see her (most of the time she thought i was asleep) looking at the stars and tears flowing in her cheeks. i always look at her and check on her and marion if they are still breathing. i kept on praying for them to be awake the next day. it was my biggest fear then, i was 5 and i am haunted by the thought that id be left alone...

and you were born, i was crying. i was worried. marion was trying to calm herself by playing. i was at the stairs wondering if shes ever gonna live after giving birth to you. she was weak and pale. i was wondering if you would look okay, if you have fought for your life inside her in those months of hunger and pain. then someone told me he heard you cry. i thanked god you were alive. but that someone also told me she isnt moving. my heart beat so fast, what will i do? i was just 5. how can i ever take care of you and marion if she dies. i decided to make some plans. a. go to the nuns and ask for help, have them adopt us. b. beg the landlady (an old maid) to adopt us while i clean her house and help her in sewing or laundry in return. c. find ways to contact grandpa and ask them to think of whats best for us. funny, that time, i didnt think of him (our father). perhaps i knew then that he never really was there even as he was. back then i surrendered to the thought that id grow without a father and that it is okay.

we sold all we had just to buy milk for you and food for us. she did laundry for others again as she was waiting for her wounds to heal. she believes god has plans and that we would all be okay if she finds a good job. she was promised by a certain company that she would be hired as soon as shes fit for work...days after he arrived, he took you away. she was crying, she didnt want to. she was able to start working but on weekends we would look for you. we would ride a bus, the three of us and look for you. after several attempts we saw you and we took you back. you were a beautiful baby. i love seeing you in her arms. marion and i would play with you. you had a strange giggle.you were our baby...

after a few months , i was at school, he came again. he took you away from us (again). that time, there was no crying from her, there were angry voices. and then we did the usual round (of looking for you). you were walking by then, and when we found you, you were thin and your legs were full of insect bites. i was crying. i told her we wont go unless we have you with us. the lady wouldnt give you unless we give her something. she gave everything she had in her bag to the lady...and so we had you again.

when i was in grade 2, our aunt came for a vacation, she said shed borrow you. i said yes and i made her promise to bring you back soonest but i didnt expect that she wouldnt tell her about it and just take you away. i was reprimanded by her. i was crying and i was so guilty. for many months i hated myself for allowing them to take you away from us again...days and months have passed you didnt return. we stopped our usual route in looking for you. i asked her why cant we take you back. she said a bus ride would not be enough anymore...then i realized you were taken so far far away.

living without you isnt easy. your dress are still in my box then and all those fancy jewelries i make you wear when we play-pretend you are a princess. i was so used to giving you bath, feeding you, combing your hair and playing with you all the time. we missed you so. sometimes we miss you so much we just cry. all three of us. day in day out, month in month out year in year out i still see her crying and looking at the stars but this time you are not in her womb anymore, you were somewhere far... those nights i look at her, i also pray to god that you are taken care of, that you are happy, that you are not crying...all i can do is hope, pray and wish that one day youd be back in her arms ...back in our arms again...

back @ la nana - alone again

so im back at la nana...alone again, naturally...i always go there when i needed a taste of home cooking...i go there too for the fun of overhearing familiar conversations...now i have another reason to go there--- the TV hahaha. when i wanted to have series of moments with the idiot box (which is sadly very seldom), i go there. save from the TV and the new goto cart near the entrance, the resto hasnt change much. still the homey-freewifi-spot no-nonsense resto along espana, few walks away from my cell.
that evening, i had a variety of viands to choose from--- pork adobo, beef and mushrooms, caldereta, and some i-dont-know-how-they-are-called dishes. but since, im not a fan of pork and beef- i got me plain rice and chicken soup and  fried fish dipped in soysauce-vinegar mix...had my free glass of iced tea too. i was alone...but...i didnt feel that way...coz...somehow...i felt at home.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

kaeskwela hurray!!!

i have decided to join KaEskwela after my dissertation proposal defense in august. i needed some fresh air after the event so i went to visit my dear friend kate in makati. we had brunch then. she didn't know i just came from a big academic event of my life that time and i'm glad because what we talked about is a better breather :)

KaEskwela is katie's lovegroup and i immediately realized why it is so. kaeskwela (in filipino) means "schoolmate". and you know how schoolmates and classmates are- no matter where they go or what happened to them years after, they always feel they belong (to the school, to each other) and that's the spirit we're banking on... Kaeskwela (http://www.kaeskwela.org/) is a group of volunteers who help public schools in the Philippines. being a volunteer (and a teacher too), i share the belief that education is a foundation for building better lives and nations.

school kids must at least have or enjoy their journey towards that...this is the call of the group (might as well be a challenge to all): Think of the many ways you can help beyond just giving money: understand what a school needs, coordinate donations to respond to these needs, hold training sessions for teachers, assist in fund-raising events, help feed undernourished children -- you may have ideas, too, that could help your local school. soon, one school at a time, we can make dreams come true!

one dream shared by members since last year was to build a library for Lara Integrated School in San Fernando, Pampanga. the parents of the students have volunteered their labor to help build the library. the teachers have committed to help organize and run it. KaEskwela, have found book donors for the library---all's that missing is this ceratin sum of money to buy the building materials. one of the few plans to earn such is the rummage sale...we had it in katipunan (unit 313 near teriyaki boy) on september 24th and 25th. preparations and pricing is not easy but when you think of the possibility of earning for a cause, nothing's difficult :) we got us more that 11000 php in 2 days...that's a woot! (far from what we need though but still enough to keep our spirits high)... part2 of the rummage sale will be november 12th and 13th, anything you can do to help (donate goods for the sale, buy goods during the sale, volunteer your time, share to others what our activity is about), please do. together let's help make dreams come true.

Monday, October 11, 2010

3 economists bagged 2010 nobel

in 2009, the prize for economic sciences was awarded to two american economists: Professor Elinor Ostrom (Indiana University), the first woman to receive the prize; and Oliver Williamson, (retired professor from the University of California). this year, three economists will share the 2010 Nobel Prize for their work on how government policy affects unemployment

the nobel goes to Peter Diamond of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge; Dale Mortensen of Northwestern University in Evanston.; and Christopher Pissarides of the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. this is for their research on how economic policy affects the job market. their theories offered help in understanding the ways in which unemployment, job vacancies, and wages are affected by regulation and economic policy as the research focused on so-called "frictions," or impediments to trade, such as misinformation, cost of transportation or the disparity between companies' and employees' needs.

see full story here ---money.cnn.com/2010/10/11/news/economy/nobel_prize_economics/index.htm?hpt=T2

Sunday, October 10, 2010

10.10.10 run for pasig - success!

hundreds of thousands of runners, celebrities,  contingents from schools, religious groups, the police and military, government agencies, non-government organizations (NGOs), business sector, and private institutions and fun-run-loving families joined hands (feet?) in “10.10.10 A Run for the Pasig River.” the event (organized by the Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig ) is touted as the largest footrace in the country (the run’s 3 starting points in SM Mall of Asia (MOA)--for 3k, CCP Complex--for 5k, and Ayala Avenue in Makati--for 10k). chief executive officer of ABS CBN Eugenio Lopez III showed his usual deep commitment to the Pasig River cause by joining the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the ceremonial 21k run (which kicked off from Marikina City). the fun run aimed to create awareness and raise funds for the massive Pasig River clean-up campaign. it eyed (too) the Guinness World Record for most participants in a footrace. the record of most runners has been held by San Francisco’s 1988 “Bay to Breakers” race til now...yes yes yes!!! it did (break the record)!!! with a more than 150,000 registered participants (more or less the same number for 'starters')--- 116, 086 made it to the 'finish'!

sharing the same hope and knowing that we can contribute in our own little ways, I and some old and new friends have decided to volunteer (answering friend benjo sandoval's call) to help steer the event as it starts. armed with enthusiasm, willingness to sacrifice hours of sleep et.cet, we were assigned to the information booth (we were so excited we arrived so early- at half-past midnight) and did the best we could given the eleventh hour orientation. concerns and worries from participants cropped up but we were able to somehow pull it through. my warmest thank you to paul (of abs cbn foundation) and my workmates marlyn and ian (from padilla cogeo), teng (from tandang sora), fritzie (from caloocan), connie (from balicbalic), irene (from paco), ernan (from bulacan) and emgy (from fairview) for the tiring yet worthwhile series of moments then.

here's the official story --> http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/sports/10/11/10/pinoys-set-world-record-pasig-run

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

the battle continues

i have yet to find the bestest way to ward of mosquitoes. my 9-year old son has had a bad case of dengue fever about a year ago and there's no stopping me from wanting to get rid of them (those mosquitoes) for good, not only for me but for my family and friends as well.

here's what i did (and have been doing) so far:

1. i learned that mosquitoes are attracted to certain body smells. i learned  that eating more veggies than meat makes one less smelly hence, i am at an advantage since i don't eat meat that much. i drink lotsa water too. i have reason to believe this game plan works.

2. i have tried lotions too. i send my boys (the father and the son) sachets of off lotion or nosquito or whatever is available to protect their skin from becoming targets. i heard that the DEET in those does not repel mosquito, it sorts of  block the receptors of the mosquitoes, whatever will do. for me, i use Skin So Soft of Avon (i am not an avon lady, i just speak from experience) the scent (the odor) is so replusive (teeheehee), it drives those bugs away!

3. and lastly (oh, i think this would not be the last and least), i bring along a bottle sprayer with listerine on it [just because it's my other (stingy) brand aside from betadine]. it started out as an experiment (coz i dont like chemical anti-bug spray) and i was surprised it works. i just sprayed 'it' in my working area and mosquitoes bug me no more. hmmmm

which of the 3 really worked? beats me! maybe all!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

LIBRARY: a possible dream

please visit http://www.kaeskwela.org/ for more details on how you can help :)

Monday, September 20, 2010

dancing for peace with my bestfriend of the 80s

manila began the celebration (in asia) for earthdance 2010- a global peace festival celebrated in over 500 locations in 80 countries. sept.18th, sun-down to sun-up, Earthdance Manila broadcasted to the world (live via EarthdanceTV) the hours of non-stop dance, music and live art. there were wellness and dance workshops, an eco-bazaar, showcase of indigenous rituals and healing ceremonies too. the event culminated with the Global Synchronized Prayer for Peace at 7am Manila   (4pm California - 8pm Sao Paulo - 12 midnight London - 9am Sydney)...[the whole world (of every race, and religion) prayed at the same time, that's good!]. bantayog ng mga bayani memorial center was the chosen venue (somehow to rekindle the fire of a nation united in its desire for peace, justice and democracy). themed “Embracing All Traditions,” artists of various genres from world music to techno, electronica, jazz, and hiphop fused their styles in jamming...

that night, i was reunited too with my bestfriend in elementary school- marlyn (she went there with her 15-year old son)...the three of us enjoyed the company and the beat as we ate our all-time favorite 'chippy' and as we danced along with the fire dancers, the participants from all over, the pangalay artists circle, and other traditional and ethnic dancers. it's a delightful collision of cultures, faiths, art forms, music and dance! kadangayan, nyko maca with DJ robby sanchez of peace pilipinas, and joey ayala head the stellar line up of performers (including tapati) and sponsor representatives like epi quizon for the dolphy aid. the event has become a convergence of advocacies too... SEARICE promoted their No2GMO with a free feast of eggplant dishes from all over the country; hare krishna demonstrated labor of love in its truest as they (pray and) chant while cooking vegetarian dishes to fire up the artists’ energy for the whole event, and, bagong lumad foundation, partners up for the ISAling Lahi Project- books and audio books of the various tribes and indigenous communities documenting their culture rooted in a deep connection with the environment through songs, stories, and values.  these, and many others were also made more fun-filled with free informal workshops in pangalay, poi dancing, belly dancing, and tribal drumming.

we went home just before midnight (cinderellas-in-the-making), bringing with us memories of the once-in-a-blue-moon event: the friendship reunion in a dance-for-peace drama. whew!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

from me to me: congratulations!

you made it! see?
 i was right, you can do it without loosing your grip.
i know you'd do well but... you just don't believe in yourself
the way that i do (belive in you)
why is that?
when you know that you have prepared for that
and did your best (as you always do).
has the world been so unkind that you just can't trust it fully anymore?
keep on believing sakura.
keep on doing your best and keep on wanting to
make a difference in this world
the way you knew how.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

i teach best what i most need to learn

on the 16th i'd be presenting my paper in a national conference. i have been teaching for 12 years now, but still i can't help but feel nervous everytime  i speak. others say they hardly notice my nerves when i speak---pft! that's because they can't feel me shivering and sweating, they don't see me vomitting the day and a couple of hours before, thay don't hear me asking the moon to take me or the earth to swallow me...

if i'd have the chance to talk to me today, here's my script:

stop those negative thoughts sakura! negative thoughts will kill whatever confidence you have left in that weird system of yours. what negative things you say to yourself, about yourself, inside your head is probably worse than anything else other people say to you. STOP! it doesn't help you thinking that way. STOP! those things in your head---they are not real! your audience are people too. they are just curious. if one is sarcastic, just think that he/she may have had a rough childhood/or may be having a midlife crisis. if one is irking you, smile and politely answer him/her what you know. you know more, you know better 'coz that's your work. goodluck and hey, if you come out alive afterwards (i'm sure you will), have an icecream and dance as if no one's watching...blah blah blah.

Monday, September 13, 2010

when equal IS NOT fair

you divide the electric bill by equal parts
so each of you (housemates) pays the same amount
regardless of the electric equipment used and the hours of usage.
bang! that's when 'equal' isn't fair!

you divide the day's allowance by equal parts
so each of you (siblings) gets the same amount
regardless of the fare and the physiological needs of each.
bang! that's when 'equal' isn't fair!

you give your students the same high grade (academic score)
so each of them gets to get good marks
regardless of their research output or efforts in class.
bang! that's when 'equal' isn't fair!

bang! bang! bang!

Sunday, September 12, 2010


It's nothing but a circle
and a cycle on and on and on and on
you - being born, you-living, you-loving, you-hurting
you-giving up or you- loving/living some more.
you are there, they can see
they can feel 'coz you are there...and then you're gone
you aren't there, they can't see
they can't feel 'coz you aren't there even if you know you still are there
you are gone, even if you are not
gone gone gone
and the cycle goes on and on and on and on
you, and that circle have become one or... nothing.
Ah, nirvana.

Friday, September 10, 2010

found this some-where...some-time... felt some-thing...some-how.

few lines from...

by Cathy Denny

Hearts and souls heal slowly
Silently recalling fractures of long ago.
Weighing the risk of letting anyone know
What lies deep in his heart, what he's buried in his soul.
Patiently waiting for the one to help him see
How good it feels to set his heart free.
To trust her enough, and so completely,
He tells her those things he was once afraid she would see.
Mending his heart one fracture at a time.
As he comes closer to this I find;
Mending that fracture in his heart,
Is the key to mending mine.
[from http://www.exiledmothers.com/speaking_out/fractures.html]

Monday, September 6, 2010

despicable me @ RWM newport 3D cinema : semi-emo fun fun movie night

THE MOVIE : gru (voiced by steve carell) wanted to prove the world that he can perform the biggest burglary known to man : STEALING THE MOON! the plot revolved around gru's competing with a younger villain vector and adopting three girls- margo, edith and agnes. the minions (i have reason to believe their dialect resembles that of 'mahal': hardly understandable, high-pitched, fast paced tagalog- lol) are wonderful to watch too especially the part when they asked gru to kiss them goodnight the way he did to the kids at one point. and that minion who had the anti-gravity serum and keeps on popping at odd moments surely made me laugh (reminded me of the ice age movie too).
THE CINEMA: posh! yeah yeah, if that word isn't enough, try- wow! it's a state-of-the-art theater with the latest dolby digital audio technology (meaning, sound is at its best!). the seat viewing is like a stadium (read: unobstructed- like like like). legroom was oh so spacious, i feel like i'm just at my living room (oh well, minus my uber-old footrest). thank you resortsworld through ever-dynamic manila blogger azrael coladilla (http://www.azraelsmerryland.blogspot.com/)    for this major major nice 3D experience! the cinema lounge is a nice place to meet other bloggers too- glad to see my online friends offline!

THE ME-PART: yes, i was directed to my semi-emo mode during the screening. it's a movie about someone despicable turning to be a good dad. (i keep saying to myself that having no dad is better than having despicable dad, but the truth is: i guess i'd really never know). it's heartwarming seeing a man trying to fight off his caring nature to keep up his supposed- (believed to be) natural 'badness'. i also think some may have found themselves in gru as he grew up just trying to please his 'deadma-mom' (who in the end told him she was proud of him, aaaw). oh what funny ways to put the human side of a supposed funny cartoon!
"One big unicorn, strong and free,  thought he was happy as he could be.
Then three little kittens came around and turned his whole life upside down.
They made him laugh, they made him cry.
He never should have said goodbye.
And now he knows he can never part from those three little kittens
that changed his heart."
(a bedtime story, as told by gru)

[many thanks to wanderlustful ria of http://www.sugarsmile.blogspot.com/
for the pretty pretty pretty pictures- yes, that's pretty written 3 times]

Sunday, September 5, 2010

braving the rain for the bestest-ever pancit and fresh lumpia

i can't even remember when was it. but i have clear memory of the heavy rain pouring that sunday afternoon. after my usual sacred time (at my cell), sorting things both physically and spiritually, friend irene called- asking if i still am up to our plan of having authentic chinese 'merienda' at binondo (manila), the rain then is showing no signs of stopping. without further thinking, i said 'yes of course, give me 10 to 20 minutes and i'd be at the meeting place'. she was quite worried 'coz the place was somewhat unfamiliar to me, hence she decided to meet me at the church where i have less probability of getting lost, it's an old famous church in manila (name that church) anyways.

paying 50 php (a little more than a dollar), i asked the driver of a tricycle to bring me to that church. he didn't hesitate to bring me there passing by flooded streets (only on rainy days do they get to ask for higher fares. on normal weather, a ride from dapitan-where my cell is-would just cost 10 to 15 php). and so i arrived. irene was waiting and somewhat amused by my go-go attitude. we walked the streets of binondo and found her favorite restaurant (name that restaurant) after several blocks. we have umbrella (each) but well, streets are semi-flooded so we're practically wet. we were greeted by the restaurant staff and were served with bestest-ever pancit and fresh lumpia in town. beat that!