To the beach, I must go

Abril 19, 2007

I think I’m the only person in the whole Philippine archipelago who haven’t enjoyed the waters yet until now. And it’s midsummer already! Going to any of the resorts near Metro Manila didn’t even cross my mind. Some of my friends have invited me to join their weekend getaways but I’m so tamad to go. So I’d usually end up  holing up in my little bedroom at home reading a book or daydreaming (and I’m the shore of Bolo in Tiwi, Albaytoo old for this!) on weekends. I’m just so lazy to do any outdoor activity this summer. The blazing summer sun just wouldn’t permit me to go out and it makes me feel dizzy.

But a few days ago, I saw a picture of the shoreline of a local beach in my family’s hometown. It looks so refreshing. I can almost feel the cool breeze touching my face. It may not be the white sand beach most people prefer, it’s still one of the most beautiful and peaceful places for me.

I reckon I’m missing the point why the summer season is here: for us to enjoy the beauty nature has to offer during this time that we can’t appreciate anymore when the rainy months have arrived. by-the-shore.jpg

So I made a promise to myself to visit at least one beach resort before summer says goodbye. I don’t care if I have to go alone. It can be the perfect time for me to distress, get away from the crowded metropolis and breathe some real fresh air.

If anyone can suggest a nice affordable place accessible from Manila, I’d appreciate it very much. 😉 No pool resorts, please.

Me, a Love Charm?!

Abril 17, 2007

I have reasons to believe that I can actually help another person find her way to lasting (?) love. It all started when my Tita and I shared an apartment in 1999. I was still a university student then and she was starting to establish a career. You see, Tita’s only older than me by four years, so we really get along well. She has a boyfriend, a childhood sweetheart, and they’ve been together for ages! Even so, I knew they weren’t planning to tie the knot soon. They were both busy with their careers. But after more than a year, they suddenly decided to get married. A few months before that, my younger sister was sharing the apartment with us already because she just transferred to a new school in Manila. So, here comes my second evidence.

A month before Tita’s wedding, my sister and I chose to find our own place. Like Tita, my sister also has a boyfriend and they’ve been going out for a couple of years already. I am aware of my sister’s impulsive nature and for a time she’s been talking about getting hitched and having a baby. I didn’t take that seriously. I was so sure she wouldn’t do it. But then, during a school break, my mom called me up one day and told me my sister won’t be coming back because she’s getting married in a few months. I was so shocked, of course. But what can I do? *sigh*

So, in the next months, I lived alone and I got so used to it. I discovered I actually liked living alone and on my own! 🙂 Before I knew it, I’ve survived a year already!

Then came the day a friend asked if I can recommend a place she could rent because she  wanted to space away from her family for a while. Besides, she’s having a hard time traveling from the countryside to Manila where she submits her work. She’s a writer and practically owns all her time.

I told her, if she’d agree, she can share in my apartment. It was a big place for me, anyway. And of course, sharing the apartment would mean a few bucks of savings from my monthly household expenses, too. 😀 To cut the story short, I found myself a new roommate! She was unattached and not even planning to get involved with anyone at all! But — yes, the big BUT again — after almost a year, she started talking about this guy from her hometown whom she never really liked before and haven’t had any descent conversation with. She really tried to fight what she felt and she would tell me all the time she’d never go back there until her feelings for the guy had completely died. It never happened, of course. As we all know, LOVE would come knocking when you least expect it, and before you know it, you’re hooked already. And before I know it, too, my friend was spending more and more days in her hometown than in the apartment. She’d come over once or twice every two weeks, until she finally decided to leave because she wanted to spend more time with the guy who is now her boyfriend.

So, I’m left alone again. I didn’t feel sad. It was during this time that I thought — after what happened to these three people–that maybe I can attract the “L” word for other people. They should be enough evidence. I presumed that, since a lot of things come in threes, right? Like wishes, luck, wise men, even characters in children’s stories (billy goats, bears, blind mice, etc.). I always tell my friends and officemates that if they want to be walking the isle or find a boyfriend soon, they might want to consider sharing a place with me. It has become a joke among my peers.

I don’t know if it’s a gift. Or maybe I posses extra-extra positive energy/vibes and it affected the people close to me. Or maybe they were mere coincidences. Whatever it was, I’m glad to be part of it.

Now, Tita have two sons, my sister and my friend have one boy each and all of their kids are my inaanak. 😛