Please

          ​I was jolted awake at around 1 this morning by a panicked call on Facebook from my sister, a dealer at Resorts World Manila. Thinking that it was a terror attack, she checked  on us and her exact words were: “kumusta kayo? Ta&*^/ nagpuputukan dito. May isis!”

       Could anyone blame her for thinking that it was a terror attack? Hearing news about Marawi everyday, the situation in Syria and the attacks on Europe – that was the first thing that popped into her head. The gunman was only a few feet away from her, imagine the terror! 

      She was able to run to the nearest exit and the rest is not my story to tell. Thank God for Facebook because we were immediately informed that she was safe. 

        What I’m trying to say is believe what you want but do not trivialize the fear of people esp those WHO WERE ON THE SCENE. 

        She lost one of her friends by the way. Let us pray for those innocent lives. Now more than ever we need the protection of God against all kinds of evil.

When Anxieties Come

Anxiety is like a vice to me. I know it’s bad for me but I can’t seem to kick it out of my system. In the past, it has lead me to do things that I still regret to this day. 

But now I know that worries disappear when I know I can count on someone. And who is the best, strongest support I can hold on to but my creator?

Cooking Adventure: Pigs in a Blanket

We are expected to report back to work tomorrow and I still feel a wee bit lazy. I came across this recipe on my FB wall and I thought why not?! Going back to the kitchen and eating something comforting just might give me the push that I need.

Thanks to this recipe: http://riceype.blogspot.com/2017/03/pigs-in-blanket.html

I was able to enjoy these little piggies in a blanket.

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Random Muttering 5/31/2017: Just Like That…

Just like that, the summer is over. In a few days, I will be back to my hectic schedule and the usual humdrums of my ordinary boring life. I am actually okay with it because at least I know that I would be productive. Over the last month I realized how much time my cellphone games and useless daydreams eat up. I wasn’t able to binge watch anything new or write any rants or doodle anything because I was either glued to my phone or lying around waiting for it to charge.

There are tons of things I want to do like have another trip to the beach, catch up on Game of Thrones before the new season begins, clean up my desk in the faculty room, etc. However, they just end up like that – wants. None were accomplished, some not even started.  I can blame the smoldering heat or my hormones but in the end, blaming is useless as well. Putting blame on anything will not give me the motivation I need to start working, much less accomplish anything.

But still…

DAWSON

Teachers’ Outing 2017: The Bicol Adventure

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It’s the annual Teachers’ Summer Outing and this year we visited the very beautiful Bicol Peninsula. We acquired a tri-city tour promo from one local travel agency and enjoyed a tiring yet very fun trip. We rode a van from Manila and it took us 12 hours to get to our destination.

Our first stop was the province of Albay where we reveled in the beauty of Mt. Mayon. My mom is originally from Bicol and I lived in the town of Daraga for two years. Honestly, I didn’t appreciate it that much before. I was 8 or 9 at that time and all I really cared about at that time was playing. It was like putting on a new pair of glasses when we entered the province. Mt. Mayon looked so grand and beautiful; no wonder the legend says it was once Daragang Magayon or Beautiful Lady. We went to Cagsawa Ruins where we took a lot of pictures and had fun riding the ATV.

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Then we visited Hoyop-hoyopan cave and learned a thing or two about fossils, stalactites and stalagmites.

We also visited Quitwinan hills where we enjoyed another breath taking view of Mt. Mayon and even explored a Japanese tunnel which was used during the Second World War.

Then we dropped by Sumlang Lake, a picturesque lake in the middle of a rice field. The entrance was fairly cheap as well as the raft rent but the sun was really hot and we were really exhausted from travelling all day that we had to pass from the opportunity. We also went to Daraga church, said a short prayer and went straight to Legazpi City for dinner.

We left very early the next day and had another six hour road trip to Caramoan. We got there at exactly lunch time so after eating, we dressed up and went island hopping. Survivor Africa is currently shooting in one of the islands so we were not able to visit that but that’s fine because all the islands we visited are really beautiful. No wonder Survivor chose those islands, the terrains could look pretty in pictures but they don’t seem too friendly in person. You got to have some skills and determination to get to know them better.

Our last day was spent going around Naga City. By this time, it was raining so we were not able to get down from the van when we visited CWC and the Naga Cathedral. We were able to visit a deer farm and I am so glad I was able to visit Our Lady of Peñafrancia before we headed back to Manila.

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It was another memorable three days of summer. I wish I could still visit a few more places before the season ends.

Random Muttering 2/27/2017: That Dream and Alternate Reality

I stand on stage – lights blaring, clutching a microphone on a stand. A faceless guy sits on a stool holding a guitar. After a few deep breaths, he started playing as I held tighter to the mic stand. Feeling a dozen or more eyes on me, I delivered a heartfelt rendition of Patti Austin’s “If I Believe.”

Never mind that the notes were too high for my range or if I am running out of breath. I sang my heart out; two shots of gin were enough to give me the confidence I need.

Then the alarm sounded off.

I hit the snooze button.

No, I don’t have an unconscious desire to be a singer. I like attention from time to time but I am not desperately craving for the spotlight. Whatever the meaning of that dream was, I do not wish to decipher. All I know was that it felt real. You know those dreams that leave you smiling even after you wake up, it was one of those. I have been feeling sh*#&y the past few days and it took one dream to make me forget that I was annoyed.

I would have an extra rest day tomorrow so I can go on another night of binge watching. After Goblin wrapped up, I finished Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok joo and Love in the Moonlight. I am still so infatuated with Park Bo-gum and Nam Joo-hyuk right now. They’re just so cute I want to put them in my pocket.

I miss my Japanese princes though so I am planning on digging some old stuff. I just hope my ISP will be cooperative and give me a faster service tonight. I need to spend more time in this alternate reality before real life starts to suck me in despair again.