Where did all these people came from?

I spent this weekend in Baguio and I planned to go back to manila by 3PM thru victory bus after a quick visit to Brennet (Auntie Gina’s niece) at Pines Doctor’s Hospital. Upon arrival at the terminal I was surprised and disappointed because there were many people waiting for their trips. There was a long line for the chance passengers. Boy, I thought it was only on holidays that people that many come up to Baguio? Oh well, maybe these are the people who did not want to go along with most o the crowd last Holy Week. Expecting the worst thing, I still decided to check the available trips at the ticket booth, hoping against hope that there are additional buses and earlier trips. Upon landing on the second floor, I saw the longer line. That’s when I stopped hoping. When I checked on the available trips, the earliest is already 8:20 PM, which is not possible for me since I am meeting my friends in Manila for Tita’s birthday celebration. Lesson 1: Baguio, being the summer capital of the Philippines will always be overflowing with people during peak seasons especially during summer so we should always make bus reservations. After calling Anne and complaining abut my predicament, I hailed another taxi and asked the driver to bring me to the Dagupan Bus terminal. As I was on my way to the ticket booth, I realized I did not have enough cash so I made a detour to the nearest ATM. Heck, I was so sure I would be riding Victory that accepts credit card so I did not bother for additional cash. Lesson 2: It’s still a long ways for the Philippines to becoming a cashless society so have some enough cash always. Anyway, with enough cash, I went back to the ticket booth of Dagupan bus, and was able to buy a ticket for their 4:30 trip to Pasay. Lesson 3: Dagupan bus already has trips to Pasay. That’s good news plus the fact that they have cheaper fare. The last time I rode their bus, their trips are only until Cubao. That settled, I went to Jolibee to grab a bite and blog while waiting for my trip. Go along

Weekend Road Trip: Destination – Tarlac and Manaoag

It was Joe Benj’s (who happens to be my 6th godchild) christening last April 14, 2007 so Joey invited us to celebrate with them in Tarlac. Thanks to Anne’s Innover and her passion for driving, we did not have to commute. Her passengers this time were: Jason, Jem, Weng, Fides and me.

Meeting time was supposed to be 1 PM at SM North but as always, Anne’s passengers were late hehe. We left Manila at around 2:20 PM, hoping that we’ll make it to the 4 PM event. We were lucky traffic was not too heavy so after a long drive, with a call to Joey and Jerome every now and then for the right directions, we were able to reach Liezl’s family’s residence at 4:04PM, just in time for the christening! Whew! I was relieved hehe. Tita and Ron had to follow later because they still had to fetch Pey who’s coming home from Japan. Jerome brought his own car and driver (tsotsalan! :p) so he was the first to arrive in Tarlac.

After the baptismal rites and some picture taking, we went back to Liezl’s place where dinner was served. The food was sumptuous and so yummy! Lutong-bahay eh :). r group (Sykes and former Sykes peeps) had a great time exchanging stories. At around 7 PM, Jerome, Jason, Weng and Fides bade goodbye and went back to Manila, while the rest of us stayed for the night. Joey reserved a house for us in a resort near their place. When PBB airtime was already near, Anne and I begged the others to go to the resort where there’s TV. After some more convincing, the guys finally gave in hehe. Hey, it’s eviction night and I was so excited to see Dionne out that night :p (but unfortunately, it was Zeke :(). Upon arrival at the resort, we went directly to where the TV is. After the show, we went back to the nipa hut where the guys are and bonded with them. When exhaustion has taken it’s toll on all of us, we finally bade goodnight in the wee hours of the morning.

Early the following morning, Anne and I got ready for our trip to Manaoag. The rest, except for Tita, were still sleeping when we left. Aided with a map prepared by Pey and Joey the previous night, we hit the road again. We stopped by Luisita for a coffee at Starbucks and a quick breakfast at Jolibee. Along the way, we found out that there were places Pey failed to put in the map hehe. We finally reached Our Lady of Manaoag a little late for the 10 AM mass. We heard mass, received the priest’s blessing (with holy water), took pictures in between masses, prayed some more then we were on the road again, back to Manila this time.

It was a tiring but fun weekend spent with some of the most important people in my life. I cannot ask for more. 🙂

My 28th Birthday

Few days from now, I will be celebrating my 28th year. 🙂 I know I am getting older again for a year but I am looking forward to it, especially so that for the first time in my career life I will be in Baguio on my birthday. That was unplanned but since my presence is required at home on the 24th, I decided to take a leave on my birthday, hence I can already go home on Thursday night. I haven’t planned anything special. Originally, I was contemplating on taking a leave on Friday and stay home and just be a bum but things changed when I was asked to go home. So now, I’m thinking of visiting Bell Church while I am at home. I may also meet with friends if they have the time. My wish? The same one I wished last year and I guess for the previous years too. Hehehe.

Previous birthdays

I just want to note down what has happened on my birthdays for the past years.
2006 – I was in the office. The IS Socials committee prepared a surprise for all the March birthday celebrants.
2005 – This was the time that the IS team was in 2 different sites. We were in BCT but Anne and Jo came by to give me a surprise. 🙂 How sweet of them. 🙂
2004 – Another surprise from the IS team. I prepared a ref cake for the team.
2003 – It was my first birthday in Sykes and I was really surprised and touched with their birthday surprise for me. I was just new then, so I was not really expecting anything. Though the surprise happened days after my birthday, it was still a surprise for me. After the snack in the pantry, we also had dinner at Aysee. It was the time I started to treasure my team and started to fervently pray that I may be regularized for the position.
2002 – I was doing a part time teaching job at APTECH.
2001 – Jonathan (team lead in previous company) and I attended a client meeting. On the way back to the office, he required me to treat him to a slurpee. In the office, a surprise was waiting for all the March birthday celebrants.
2000 – I was still in Baguio. Just graduated from college.

Daddy’s Birthday

Today is Daddy’s 69th birthday. I’m happy that he is still with us until now. He may have his short comings but for me, he is still the greatest dad. He has been with us during our school days. He helps us with our projects and assignments. He stays with us at the times that we have to stay up until late at night for our project and reviews. In high school, he was the one attending the PTA meetings. For all of that and more, he deserves the title.

I wish him longer and healthier life. I want him to be my escort when I march down the aisle on my wedding day. So he has to be there. 🙂

On Saturday, we will be performing a ritual (I’m not sure of what the ritual would be but it’s something that Igorots practice) for him. This will also serve as his birthday celebration.

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