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Sampung tulog at isa pa… heto na talaga. Totoo na. Pupunta na kong Batanes.

Batanes!

Dream destination.

Naalala ko nang magbook sa PAL Express. Halos isang linggo akong nagpatumpik-tumpik. Araw-araw, pinupuntahan ko yung onlinebooking.philippineairlines.com  at tsinecheck kung magkano ang flights papuntang Basco mula Maynila. Malay lang. Baka biglang magkasale kahit hindi nila inaannounce. Asa pa.

Napansin ko noon, ang budget economy rates ng PAL ay nagbabagu-bago at naglalaro sa pagitan ng P3k+ hanggang P5k+. Kaya, nang bumaba ito ng P3K, binook ko na.

Agad kong kinontak yung isang kaibigan kong atat ding mag-Batanes. Kaso nang gabing yon, hindi daw siya makakunek sa internet. Pabigat talaga minsan ang mga telco. Kung kailan kailangang kailangan. At nangyari nga ang masakit na katotohanan…

Kinabukasan, nasa P5k+ na ulit ang MLA-BSO route, at hindi na muling bumaba ng P3k.

At nanghinayang na ng tuluyan si kaibigan na magpabook.

At nanatili akong nakabook mag-isa. Mula Pebrero hanggang ngayon.

Ganito ako katagal naghintay.

Muntik na akong samahan ng isa pa.

Pero nagatubili din. Naging busy sa pangangampanya.

Ah, sampung tulog na lang at isa pa. Bawal mausog.

Batanes, aking dream destination.

Hindi ka na magiging dream.

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Here comes 2009!

Whew, and 2009 came! 2008 ended with a blast with our Sagada post-Christmas venture topping my list of unforgettables. The 8liens, I mean, me and my 8layer colleagues, invaded Sagada again last 26-29 of December (twas this time last year that we were there). This time, instead of Sagada surviving us, it is we who survived! Especially, our dear Kuya Willy, who almost peed in his pants trying to hold on to dear life in one of the tricky part of the cave connection trek. Sad to say, I wasn’t there to see it. Our group came a bit later, not fast enough to overtake the first group. I had to rely on the very detailed recollection of the 8liens about the rescue mission. (Lester of Saggas, you’re a hero!) Haha!

Another 2008 ender for me was the reunion of the V5 dabarkads last December 30 and held in our home sweet home. I survived it too! Imagine, fresh from Sagada and from the Autobus mishap (ran out of fuel, fortunately, we were already somewhere in QC!), I was dizzyingly still recovering from the cold (literally!) nights of Mt. Province, sleepy and battered from the long travel back.

I miss my “baby” Datdat too. I’m sure, Dada and Nellie misses her too. Lovely, she is. My “adopted” Christmas baby is one lucky girl. She captured two baby-less couples wanting to take her as their own. If only her true family can realize what an angel she is. Sigh!

It’s already 4AM and I am rattling my brain on what other things in 2008 have been quite unforgettable for me… Wow! Can’t list them down for now. All I can say is that 2008 was tons of blessing. Been with truly amazing people and every inch of them, every experience I had, every memory would take a whole lot of space… yehoy!

Well, I guess, it is better to look forward than look back.

2009, here I come!

A blissful and productive year ahead, everyone!

P.S.
This blog is supposed to have photos… still waiting for uploads… got no cam, yet. hehe.

Ayoko ng bumili ng itlog pugo sa bus at kumain sa Chowking!

Kahapon, dahil hindi ko na mapigilan ang gutom, nagstop-over muna ako sa Chowking, sa may Edsa Central, bandang 830 pm, bago sumakay ng tricycle papuntang West Capitol.

Nilagang mani at itlog pugo lang kasi ang kinain namin sa bus. Buti na lang kasabay ko si Korey (na nagbayad ng aming meryenda) at si Elai (na nagturo ng aming meryenda at hindi mahindian ni Korey). Hehe.

Aktwali, ako ang nagturo nung itlog pugo. Hindi ko nga napansin na na-modus operandi pala ako. Kasi, mas marami yung naka-display na “merchandise” nung mamang nag-aalok ng “Pugo, pugo!” sa bus kesa dun sa ibinigay niya sa amin. Peste talaga. Anim kasi yung lamang itlog pero nung bumili na kami, aba, lima na lang yung itlog!

Si Korey ang nakapansin. Ako kasi, busy na ko sa pagtatalop ng balat. Hay naku, next weekend, magkikita kami ulit. At talagang talaga, ibubulgar ko ang kanyang modus operandi! First time ko pa man ding bumili ng itlog pugo sa bus.

Naaliw pa naman ako kasi may libreng plastic na lalagyanan ng imis yung mga nagbebenta sa bus.

Dun naman sa Chowking, sa may Edsa Central, umorder ako ng yang chow tsaka ng pork tofu. Masarap kasi ang tofu dun. Malinamnam na malutong. Kaso, sa kalagitnaan ng pagkain ko, tama ba namang mag-agiw ng kung ano yung isang crew na minamanduhan naman ng manager?! Itinuturo yung camera na andun sa sulok ng kisame… tapos pinapalis yung kung anu mang alikabok sa may panel? Tama ba yun? E apat na lamesa lang ang layo ko kaya sa kanila.

Kaya ayun, nawalan ako ng gana. Kahit hindi ko nakikita kung may lumilipad na agiw, alikabok o gagamba sa kinakainan ko, nakakawala talaga ng gana. Nakakainis nga e. Gusto ko mang mag-eskandalo, ayoko namang idamay yung ibang customer na hindi naman kasing pihikan ko. Nag-walk-out lang ako. At sinabi ko na lang sa sarili ko: “Hinding hindi na ako kakain sa Chowking.”

Mukang hindi sila naturuan ng timing kung kailang magtatanggal ng agiw e. Malay ko kung nag-aagiw din sila sa kitchen habang nagluluto ng paborito kong yang chow at tofu? Haay…

lipad ko to

naalala ko nung magpunta kami sa freedom bar. may dalawang banda na nagpasayo ng kanilang awitin at sinabing walang title yung kanilang tinugtog. tapos, sa conspiracy din, nung tumugtog si rj jmnz, may kinanta din siyang walang title. uso ata ang mga walang title ngayon. anyway…

last weekend, mahabang byahe ang ginawa ko. sa haba niya, mahaba-habang pagmumuni-muni din ang naganap sa isip kong tuliro na rin sa mga bagay-bagay na dapat kong gawin (pati na rin yung mga bagay na hindi ko dapat ginawa).

sa pagdating ko naman sa aking destinasyon, tila bulang naglaho sa aking itinerary ang mga binalak kong gawin habang kako nagpapahinga sa nilibreng tuluyan sa min ni dadadidodu. sarap kasing mapahinga dun. bagong klima. bagong kwarto’t kama. bagong channel sa cable. bagong food staples. bagong mga kainan. bagong mga kwentong mumu (dun daw sa bed na tinulugan ko, yun daw yung huling hinigan ng katawang lupa nung mga magulang nung may-ari nung bahay, sumalangit nawa!), bagong mga trip (sabayan daw ba ang mga sandamakmak na aliens sa pakikipagtalastasan). in short, bagong mundo sa loob ng 48 oras. isang commercial ng yugto ng buhay ko.

sa pagpagtatapos ng aking paglalakbay sa norte, kasabay ng mga manaka-nakang ambon at pag-ulan, heto’t back to my senses na ulit ako. pagbukas pa lang ni laftaf, parang routine, agad kong binuksan yung aking email at kasabay nun ang status ng aking mga tasks at projects. parang gusto akong kurutin nung mga overdues ko sa wiki at online documentation, ganun na rin yung mga artiks sa website. at nagyeyehey naman yung proyekto na makalap lahat ng mga document templates na kailangan namin sa opisina para naman mapabilis ang aming correspondences.

naroon din yung constant reminder ko na rebyuhin ang linux filesystem. pagdating kasi sa mga bagay na teknikal, ewan ko ba, pero sa short-term retention lang kinacategorize ng aking hippocampus ang mga ito.  kaya para ma-override at mailagay sa long-term, kailangan kong magrebyu lagi. heto’t nakalimutan ko na nga ulit kung alin sa ext3 at reiserfs ang may journalling. nakalagay kasi sa nokbuk ko, sa ext3 siya, pero sa isang sulok ng aking nagpipilit na makaintindi ng mga teknikalidad, reiserfs ang may journaling. buti na lang, pwedeng i-google! o di-ba, ang salitang “google” ay pwede na ngayong gamiting verb?

at hayun, nagkaiba lang pala ang ext3 at  reiserfs sa usapang pinuhan ng sector. pareho naman palang may journalling. mas lamang nga lang sa ngayon ang reiserfs sa usapang journalling.

ano ba ang journalling? para sa mga linoobs (pinaikling linux newbies) at nyologs (non-linux users or no-linux backgrounds), ang journalling ay… ito yung… para siyang record book. bawat proseso na nangyayari sa filesystem, dito nila-log. kumbaga, isinusulat niya ang bawat transaksyon na ginawa mo sa iyong filesystem. importante ito sa mga pagkakataong magcrash ang iyong computer. nagbabasa-basa pa rin ako ngayon, pero pag naintindihan ko na ng lubusan, magandang mai-share ko na rin. tipong in vernacular para masaya. umpisahan ko sa filesystem, hindi nga lang ngayon. ike-ks (knowledge sharing) ko muna sa office.

haay. daming iniisip. pati tuloy yung interview sa embassy, kinatatakutan ko. kawawa naman si atenggot pag hindi ako nakapasa, lalu’t pinayagan na ko sa office na mag-leave. kawawa kasi all-expense paid nya to. maliban dun sa interview appointment na binayaran ko ng $9.95. barya lang naman to compared sa visa apps na $131 at plane fare (two-way reservation na kaya). sayang talaga pag na-deny ako. waah! ang problema ko, paano ko mapapaniwala ang consul na super duper closely tied ako kay motherland para magnais ng greener pasture sa ibang lugar. ang akin lang naman, which is what i personally believe, ang nagpapasaya naman sa tao ay siya rin. kung matayog ang pamantayan nya para maging kuntento sa buhay, dapat matayog din ang dapat niyang abutin para makamit yon at dapat, tayugin nya rin ang lipad.

ako naman, hindi naman katayugan ang pangarap ko. pero lipad ko to. maaaring matayog sa iba, pero sa akin, i’m freely flying. nag-eenjoy na ko e. ganoon naman. basta gusto natin ang ating paglipad, kahit bumabagyo pa, kakayanin! atsaka, penguins can fly, di ba? haha! whee!

Sagada Survived 8lien Invasion

26 December 2007

We we’re supposed to leave for Sagada. It was planned as if no planning was needed. And so, we weren’t able to leave as planned. There were clients left and right. And a new 8lien (to be announced) was given a verdict. Welcome welcome new 8lien! Your name may sound a bit vulgar but to us, you’re a name to reckon with!

27 December 2007

We slept in the office the night before. And I woke up feeling battered. Who wouldn’t? I guess Chox really hated me that he kicked me thrice when I’s about to nudge myself to sleep. Haha.

The 8liens made the most of the morning moving things here and there. Oh, yes, I forgot. We just moved into a new office.

By the afternoon, Chox (anxious to meet his “baby”) with Yvette went ahead to Baguio. Pangkal and Henyo (with their “babies”), eager to rendezvous followed hours later. Meric, Deng and Roz were doing a client call. Nilda and I were there. Just there. Haha.

28 December 2007

By 2:00 am, the five of us drove to Baguio. We arrived there past 7:00 am. By 9:00 am, we were at Dangwa Terminal boarding a bus to Bontoc.
pabili ticket!The 7-hour Baguio-Bontoc bus ride was the longest one I had but i won’t mind taking it forever. The view from inside looking out was a “cooling” experience.

can’t wait to get there! cold but smiling…inside looking out…

The jeep ride from Bontoc to Sagada took 45 bumpy minutes.

with da bossings…mixed expressions… da jip ride to sagada…cold but smiling
When we finally arrived in Sagada, it was drizzling. The first inn we found (Ganduya Inn) can’t accommodate the 12 and a half of us. The 2nd was the Sagada Guest House were we stayed for two nights.hiwa lang ang kaya… hehe…

Dinner was a delight. Deng cooked adobong pusit and chicken afritada. What happened after that, I didn’t know, because as soon as I got stuffed, I was already halfway to bed… then snoring.

29 December 2007

The adventure began late in the morning. We walked our way to the Sumaging Cave. And it was a real blast! It would have been blastier if Chinkee and Ehriel were there to enjoy it, and not just waiting at the mouth of the cave. Hmmm.

barely there…twas sunny outsidejust getting startedwarming up while cooling down the cave springsall natural foot spa, brrrr….whew! 90deg-climb down the rocks!oooh… and down the underground river we go…nginig sa lamig pero ismayl pa rin… sarap noh? noh?kunan nyo ko! camera ko to!heave ho!survived sumaging cave!sumaging cave… open to the public since 1966… =)
pose ko to… camera ko to! Then off we went to the Sogong Cave where the Hanging Coffins were. Amazing!

coffins here and there… and everywhere!unbelibabel!

chicken rice with veggies at YHNext stop, Yoghurt House. Good thing they’re serving delights of gargantuan servings. One order is good for 2-3 persons. Tsarap! We enjoyed the food too much that we didn’t know we didn’t have enough time to venture away to Bomod-ok Falls.

So, we whiled away the time exploring the town, the Parish Church, the “place where it’s most peaceful”, and the Echo Valley.

heads grow on trees… sana di empty heads ang mga ito… har har!survivors… oops, survivresses ng sagada!got our handpainted shirts here… look for BLUE. =)with my big boss at YHthis tree may wither but not my heart hither…bosses “clowning” the sagada bellbeyond where “peace” rests… echo valley…kunwari lang may bangin… pero wala, wala!

Again, Deng cooked pancit for all of us for the nightcap. I didn’t eat much as I was still full from the meal I ordered at YH.

omigash! can’t believe my eyes… how about your eyes? har har!Then, everyone huddled by watching the news. Until…

this pix made us all huddle chillingly togetherUntil Yvette showed the group the one image that made everyone chill. The ghost bride!

30 December 2007

Meric and Deng left at 7:00 am. What’s new, client meeting! But they were nice enough to let us stay and still enjoy what’s left of our time in Sagada–to buy souvenirs!

The plan was to take the 1:00 pm bus to Baguio but it left earlier so the group has to take a jeep ride to Bontoc and from there, take the bus ride to Baguio.

Well, I may not know what transpired after the group left Sagada. Because I (and later joined by Roz) opted to stay for two more days… Yep, to experience a Sagada New Year. I hope the gongs can cast the bad spirits away from me. Haha.

dahil sa kanila kaya may pix ang blog ko… si tatay einstein at si pangk einstein =)Special thanks pala sa pinagnakawan ko ng mga pix — kay Tatay Einstein at Pangk Einstein. Kung wala silang dalang camera, wala akong ibidinsya ng Sagad-Ah! =)

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